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  1. Hi Raiders! I have Thursday (tomorrow) and Friday off this week and not many plans for the weekend. Let me know if you're keen for a fish. I'm up for just about anything other than boat fishing or rock fishing as I don't have my own PFD yet. But if you have a spare and need a buddy count me in! Outside of that I have all my own gear and happy to pick up anything I might need. I'd be really keen to do some bait gathering, whether that's beach worms, poddies, nippers, weed, cabbage.... I haven't done any of it before so I'd love to learn. Flatties have been looking good around the coast the last few weeks and I haven't been after them before, so maybe that's an option. Really, just looking to wet a line with a fellow Raider and anything above that is a bonus.
  2. Just wondering what rod and line I should get for shark fishing from the surf I already have a reel (penn spinfisher ssm 950) I'm thinking about getting some form of 65lb multicoloured braid and I'm wanting a rod around the 10-12ft mark. It will mostly be used for bronze whalers and gummies but there is also the chance of mulloway
  3. G'Day Raiders, New member, first post. I spent a fair whack of time writing this and then lost the whole post when I went to submit! Here we go again... I'm generally land based off the Northern Beaches and rock ledges....Friday eve last week went down to a local spot with the ongoing jewy quest on my mind. Gear was 30kg 12ft rod with 12000 bait runner spooled with 65lb braid and another lighter setup with 30lb braid. Bait was store bought whole bonito, yakkas and squid that had been sitting in the back of my ute for half a day in the hot sun. Get to the spot, set up the heavy rod with 80lb mono leader, snelled 9/0's and a whole yakka. Cast #1: Plunk it out the back around sundown as far as I could with a 110g sinker and whole yakka, drop the rod in the holder and head back up the beach to rig my other rod. My mate gives me a shout and the rod gets some good jolts. Grab it out of the holder, slack line, I reel it in, feel a good weight and bit of thrashing around, see a big splash beyond the breakers in the failing light then all is quiet. Called it for a big salmon with the acrobatics and let the bait sit for a few more minutes thinking maybe he will be back or something else will come along. All quiet so reel in slowly and bottom hook bitten off through the 80lb...... hmmm wasn't a dodgy knot so maybe a stonking tailor, maybe massive salmon or shark. Cast #2: Re rig again with the 80lb mono leader, out goes another yakka, glow stick on the rod tip by now. 2 minutes passes and the rod buckles over with a screaming drag. Struggled to get it out of the pipe holder which was buried deep in the sand due to the tension on it. Finally get it out, put some weight on the thing and "pop" its gone...reel it in mono bit through above the top snelled hook. Only one candidate now must be the bronzies Cast #3: Re rig again with 130lb mono leader, 150lb 7 strand nylon coated wire trace. Same process but yakka on a single hook this time. Plunk it out, drop it in the holder take up the slack and go try to have a chat to my mate about life in general, had hardly got a word in since we showed up with the action. Bang off goes the rod again as hard as cast #2, glow stick flexing toward the horizon and a screaming drag, such a great sight to see. Grab the thing, leave it to finish its first run and start to work it back in plenty of weight in this one. He goes for a second run and "pop" gone again. Start kicking myself and thinking must be a dodgy knot of my doing, bronzies don't usually pull hooks once they are set. Reel in and see the 150lb 7 strand coated trace has opened up at one of the factory loops at the end... not too impressed that it broke way before the 65lb brain and 130lb leader.... thing was brand new out of the pack and bought only a few weeks ago. Might try to make my own in future. My mate is fishing a bit lighter than me with 20lb mono, leaves his rod in the holder, were having a chat 20m away near my rod, see his buckle over, falls flat on the sand and starts flying across the sand towards the water, all we could see of it was the glow stick zipping across the sand! Fastest I have ever seen my mate run he got it in knee deep water and bitten off soon after when he put pressure on. Had a good laugh about that, he almost lost his whole combo never to be seen again. Cast #4 and Cast #5: Same rig as cast #3, get the strikes within 5 mins of casting and a quick run but no hookup, 2 hooks are better than one I think but harder to do with trace than mono Cast #6: Same rig again, strike and drag goes off pretty much as soon as the bait hits the water, didn't even have time to drop it in the holder. Decent first run but less weight than previous hook ups. 5-10 mins worth of to and fro and beached a 4ft bronzie. Was keen for some flake but didn't have the right kit to fillet and transport it properly so back she went, carried in to knee deep water and swam away slowly but surely Cast #7: All is quiet for around 25 mins which is a rarity for the evening, bait comes back in untouched Cast #8: Throw out again this time without the wire, back to 80lb mono. 10 mins passes and get a few good hard thumps that move the rod a decent bit. Not that frenzied thrashing of a bronzie and definitely something with some size to it. Thinking jew but that might just be optimism on my part. Cast #9: Repeat cast 8 All out of bait and time to go. A good fun session, not very relaxing at all but good to get plenty of hook ups. Only one cast out of 9 that didn't get a good strike. Beaches have been pretty quiet for me since July/August last year. Hopefully the warm water is bringing them to life again. What I might have learned out of it; - Went to a beach Ive never fished before, quiet spot with no-one else fishing, not that easy to access and hardly any artificial light visible from the water - Bait absolutely reeked, this might have had something to do with it - As soon as I released the bronzie, the rest of them went off the bite Will get some photos next time. Cheers and good luck! Sam
  4. Hey fellow fisherman, my first post on here as I'm a newbie, can't wait to get into all the action! I've been fishing off puckeys beach there north of Wollongong quite a bit lately with some great success. Last week I went down at about 7am and using some squirt worms I pumped for bait, I bagged some decent whiting! The smallest was 30cm. The only time I've had trouble there is when the current is ripping through, though other than that it's been great.
  5. Hi all I was hoping to get some help from you guys. Just wondering if I am doing something wrong as the title implies in regards to beach fishing. Yesterday afternoon (12/1/17) I went to narrabeen beach planning to fish the high tide at 9.30pm. 2hrs either side of the tide. I picked my spot which had a nice gutter about 20mtrs from shore. I set my gear up which is a 15 foot nitro Frankenstein rod with 20lbs braid and 20lbs leader on a shimano Sedona fe 4000 Bait of choice was chicken marinated in garlic and soy sauce (coles) and I had tuna pellets as berley. Fished from 7.30pm-10.30pm with out a bite. There were a few other guys fishing there too, but didn't look like they were catching either. Just want to know if i am doing something wrong? Fufu
  6. Hi Fishos Thinking of hitting the beach this Sunday morning (20/11/16) but I have a few concerns and would like everyone's opinions Here are a few facts Sunrise: 5.40am Low tide: 7.20am Wind: SSE 6knots Swell: 1.1m Solunar activity: high (tides4fishing.com) Best time to fish: 5.40am-7.40am (tides4fishing.com) (time I'm planning on fishing) I'd be on the beach targeting salmon/tailor with pillies Knowing all this, would you guys go out or save it for another day? Appreciate the response
  7. Hi everyone, my first post here, hopefully in the right spot Off to the Entrance in the next few weeks hopefully. Any tips on shore / beach based spots I could try? I'm looking to stay on North Entrance side, so I'm going to try my first beach session (basic beach fishing rig set up advice welcome!). I may have my kayak as well, so I'm going to go off around Picnic Point etc for a look as well. thanks in advance, I'm getting a lot of great tips already from this forum
  8. Hey fellow Raiders, With such great weather, we decided to go fishing a couple days ago off central coast. There is 2 parts to this report and it included a day of many firsts. We usually drift for flathead but decided we would do something different and troll around in our small boat to see if we could entice anything. Had 2 lines out, one with a halco twisty and the other a skirt, Within 30 secs of trolling we caught a mac tuna and then a bonito caught on the halco twisty and the skirt respectively. This was my first fish caught trolling. We then caught tailor and salmon, when ever we caught a salmon, several of his friends would follow him to the boat. We then threw out a plastic and bang we were on. All the salmon were in the 60-70cm range and VERY fat, they were feeding on schools of yakka. Then for a 10 min period a massive school of salmon were feeding on a school of yakka right underneath the boat. the yakka were literally jumping out of the water and into the boat to get away from the salmon. It was a very surreal experience. I'm not sure if this picture will do it justice. They were taking anything you put in front of them, I literally caught my first fish on a blade, my first fish on a floating minnow, my first fish on a deep diver, my first fish on a popper. All those lures you have in your tackle box and wonder if you'll ever use them were all catching fish. We kept one salmon and gave some to kayakers who were watching us catch the fish and they were really happy. After a BBQ and a break we headed off to the beach at sunset to have yet another crack (after many doughnuts) at some beach mulloway. It was a beautiful sunset and even more beautiful with a rod in the hand. We found a very jewie looking gutter and casted out. We caught a lot of bait sized tailor around the 35cm mark and I decided to fillet one to use as fresh jewie bait since the squid baits were getting demolished by pickers. The fillet went onto 2 snelled 7/0 gamakatsu circle hooks and just as the sun went down the rod buckles over and goes for a run. I set the hooks and bring the beast in. Called it for a jew and in the next wave came up a nice silver ghost. High fives all round , as we picked up a 93 cm slab of beach jewfish. (Another first for me) We also caught another one on a squid shortly after. The jews died down but the salmon kept going and we caught heaps of salmon. At one stage I caught 2 salmon on my paternoster rig which was another first for me. All in all it was an amazing day and an unforgettable fishing experience with many things being ticked off the bucketlist. The highlight of the day being the Jewfish which was my first legal Jewfish, a first off the beach and a great accomplishment. I think the jewie deserves a spot on the Catch of the month competition and will be submitting it in. Thanks for reading .
  9. Hello Raiders, Lately I have been looking at trying some beach fishing and my mate and I are looking up to try Manly beach, picking up some worms and seeing what we get from there. Does anybody know if there are any good spots out on manly beach to pick up some worms, and if there are pippies out there? If you have insight on how to pick up these worms I'm all ears (youtube makes it look so easy!!!!). If any locals see this post, is the northern or the southern side of the beach more productive, and what would I be expecting to pick up (and what rigs should I use)? Im also looking at investing an alvey reel onto my surf rod because it's butt is a bit short. Any insights would be greatly appreciated. Happy Fishing KTAN3235
  10. G'day. I have done some beach fishing this year at North Curl Curl beach on the Northern beaches, and I have caught a few things, but have had trouble getting the fish to bite. I was wondering if anyone knew exactly what to do and how to do it when it comes to beach fishing Cheers
  11. Hi All, This is my first post. I have just got into fishing in the last six months. I have been fishing off the beach (Collaroy, Northern beaches). I have been fishing for whiting. I believe this can slow down a bit during the winter months. Does anyone have suggestions for species off the beach in the winter months? Baits, rigs etc? Cheers Matt
  12. Hi raiders, I've just picked up a cheap beach setup to give beach fishing a go. It's a cheapo 12' jarvis walker royale gold 5-10kg, up to 90g lure weight with matching reel and line. (contemplating switching out the mono for some 30lb braid i recently picked up at another sale), better to keep it mono? or switch to braid with a big shock leader? Any tips on how to set it up and properly cast it? I rigged up a paternoster rig and went down to the local beach to give it a go and could only manage a cast of 10-20m with the sinker landing to either my left or right. How do i cast this thing? I have no problem casting 50m+ on my 7 foot rod, but with this monster, i'm reduced to looking like a fool with an oversized rod. I've had a look at youtube videos and tried mimicking their actions but still no success Also being based in the southish area of sydney, I have quite easy access to the brighton-le-sands strip of beach, are there any collectible baits there? such as worms, pippies, nippers etc. It looks pretty interesting to be able to catch beach worms, very interested in learning. Any advice? Sorry for the heap of questions but with no beach fishing teacher around, i can only turn to you guys! Thanks, Allen
  13. THE ENTRANCE SOCIAL DETAILS VENUE: The Entrance, Central Coast, NSW DATE: 15th, 16th, 17th May 2015 FORMAT: Beach and estuary, early bird and gentleman's hours SPECIES: Biggest Bream and Biggest Flathead and Biggest Whiting (estuary) measured from nose to tail Biggest Salmon or Tailor or Jewfish (beach) and now we have added Blackfish to the mix MEETING POINT: Dunleith Caravan Park at the end of Hutton Road, The Entrance North START TIME: 12 noon Friday till 10am Sunday 3 day event, details TBA Book accommodation at Dunleith Caravan Park. There are Villas, Ensuite Units, Campsites available. Book early to get a good spot on 4332 2172 Make sure you tell Rebecca or the booking staff that you are from fishraider Park Map is found HERE Stewy and I are booked into Waterfront Villa 5 This is a family event - please feel free to bring wives, husbands, partners, grandmas and grandpas and kids ATTENDEES The Swordies (Donna and Stewy) Sean and Lisa Scratchie and gang (Sat only) Camo1808 + best mate Teflon (Sat only) Geoff and Lyn With a and nbdshroom Cath and Dusky Ryder and Jacqui Dynabolt +1 Swano and Debbie Buttsy and better half Steve Johndory and Wayne Salty Dog and Anne + Chantelle and Madison Stapo (weed gatherer) plus mate Joep tide'n'knots and Lesley(weed bringer as well ) jeffb5.8 flatheadfred bretto101 ajonesy and Dad and 2 mates
  14. Haven't been beach fishing since I was a kid, really keen to get back into it but wanna try this time with metal/plastic lures. Types of fish? salmon, tailor, bonito, mackerel, trevally etc most from the surf/rocks Looking at this rod/reel combo Daiwa Crosscast Surf Combo - 11', 10-20Kghttp://www.bcf.com.au/online-store/products/Daiwa-Crosscast-Surf-Combo-11-10-20Kg.aspx?pid=326688&menuFrom=30305#Recommendations Most likely will pick it all up from BCF. Just a few questions I need answered. Mono or braid lines ? If so weight, brand etc ? Best type of rigs for metal lures? Cheaper better rods/reels? also would it be better to go for a 9 - 10' rod for surf/rock? Best metal lures? weight, brand etc Want gear that will last, I've done some research but still want to be sure that I'm getting the best setup for the surf/rocks. Appreciate any advice thanks.
  15. Good afternoon all! My brother and i are heading up to the entrance for a golf tournament this Friday and we thought we would make the most of it and head out for a little afternoon fish once were finished at the golf course. Were new the the entrance area and have never really done any fishing there before. Just wondering if anyone had any advice on where to start? at the moment were thinking of maybe pumping for some nippers and trying in and around the bridge and if that doesn't really produce maybe even try a beach fish with some poppers and pillies? Any advice would be greatly appreciated THANKS ALL!!!!