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  1. Kicked off the summer with a 4.5 hour session at Barrenioey armed with 150 yabbies and 3 mates, target species was the good old Whiting and flattys and we didn’t miss.......It was a surprisingly good session for the lack of tidal movement and zero wind we encountered between 6am and 10:30am. I usually fish the bay for the same species only because its closer but every now and then..... I really want to fish I head to Barrenjoey and it never disappoints.....
  2. Hi Raiders As usual had to take my 30min drive past at least 10 beaches to find decent worms. Finally got some beauties and headed for Blacksmiths Beach. Only had a couple of hours to fish just after low tide, I'd love to see what the after dark high would have brought! Ended up with a mixed bag, biggest bream going 43cm, threw half a dozen back to live another day A tip for this beach is as follows: - In calm conditions, cast baits towards the sand bar even when very shallow (less than 30cm). Your bait will spend a lot of time doing nothing in shallow water however the decent fish seem to chase the waves onto the bar seeing looking for food that's been stirred up. The biggest bream had a gut full of crushed pippis. Cheers, James.
  3. Hi Raiders It's been a long time between posts but I finally got out for 2 fishing sessions this week. Just thought I'd share the result as I know most of us are looking forward to the warmer months especially on the beaches. Headed out armed with a bag of pilchards and some frozen worms both times and was greeted by plenty of hungry bream! The action was a plenty from the first cast, the best results coming in the last hour of the run in tide then all went quiet. A couple of smallish whiting however the bream were all in between 28cm - 42cm. On the second trip I threw plenty under around 30cm back. Only kept the large amounts due to my friends and family asking constantly haha. Great fun though Cheers, James
  4. Hit Windang early this morning armed with a variety of baits with the wife and son to be greeted by a glorious day out on the water.We tried fishing the channels along the islands to be plagued by massive schools of mullet everywhere and other than my son landing a small tailor around the mid 20,s not much else on the drift there. After a discussion earlier last night with another raider we decided to head upstream to the drop off to try drifting for flathead/whiting.Within minutes my son lands the first casualty,a flathead around 30cm or so on a whole prawn. From there on in it was hook up after hookup and quite frantic at times with 3 fish on at once in a small boat juggling rods,bait and tripping over each other that I was kept quite busy being the fish netter,bait passer etc. Overall we must have landed around 25 flathead,around 6-7 whiting and 2 good sized squid that had a appetite for prawn on a #1 hook. I tried to get a few snaps on my phone amongst all the fuss. We could not have asked for a better day both in the weather,the fishing and family time. We kept 2 legal Flatty and 4 whiting for dinner the rest went back to live another day. Plenty of other boats enjoying the weather also. Cheers.
  5. Hiya folks, Figured after nearly losing the site, I'd make more of an effort to post some reports. I've been chasing bigger fish on heavier tackle and smaller stuff on the fly, but I thought I'd give the light gear a go today. It was a beautiful morning and I headed down to the Georges. Managed 5 fish in total: a bream, a luderick (foul-hooked, but a PB!), a whiting and a couple of flatties. Also got busted off by a monster tailor and a couple of follows by something bigger. It was an eventful little session, with everything taken on Powerbait crabbies with 1/16 and 1/20 jigheads. Happy Easter!
  6. Hey fellas, first time posting... Heading down to Lake Tabourie with the Mrs and young chap in a couple of weeks. Staying at the tourist park. I've never been there but the better half has, and tells me she seen a few fellas fishing there. Wondering if anyone's been recently that might have some tips on where to throw a line in, preferably walking distance from the tourist park. Beach, lake etc. Targeting whiting mainly but will be happy to catch anything. Any tips on what rig setup for whiting, and what other tackle I should take in case they aren't biting, would also be greatly appreciated. Cheers
  7. Wandered down to Bondi Beach for a quick flick late yesterday arvo armed with my bream stick and a small vibe I picked up in a $1 bargain bin. First cast landed an impossibly small whiting with the third cast bringing in this beautifully light coloured flatty. Dropped what felt like another small flathead a short time later but that was it for the sesh. Nice way to spend the hour before sunset. Swell was very low and it was nice to find a gutter without swimmers in it for a change.
  8. Just wondering what light braided lines everyone uses for their estuary fishing. I've been looking for a while now at some light braided lines for my Daiwa legalis 2000 as the braid I have on there at the moment doesn't have the best castability on it and I'm looking for something get it spooled up with on less windy days. I will be keeping the current braid on it though In case it's very windy and I don't want to be getting wind knots
  9. G'day Raiders, I was up early this morning and headed over to the George's around East Hills and Picnic Point. After reading some other posts about using chicken soaked in fish sauce, I thought I'd give it a whirl. All up, I landed 15 fish in 4ish hours and lost a few more on top of that. Apart from a small tailor and whiting, the rest were bream. A few photo's are attached. I'm planning on getting up early tomorrow and having another crack. Hopefully I manage to attract some larger specimens. Tight lines. Hodgo
  10. Hi all. Had a frustrating day yesterday on the flats near the entrance to Lake Illawarra, trying a popper in shallow water for the first time. A couple of nice bream and lots of big whiting were following my popper (clear prawn type) right up to where I was wading, but were not willing to strike. I tried everything I could think of - fast/slow, steady retrieve versus jerky, stopping and starting... the buggers just kept swimming along behind it. Any tips? Mind you, guys with bait weren't getting much to happen either - even fresh beach worms - so maybe the fish just weren't hungry and trying to piss me off for fun!
  11. 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.
  12. G'day Raiders, Last year I bought a Shimano Sienna 4000, but have struggled since to pair it with a decent rod. So, with a gift card from the big red fella at xmas and a sale at the same retailer, I picked up a Daiwa Crossfire 862. What a purchase! The in-laws live around East Hills and I've driven past it heaps, but have never been into the Georges River National Park. So with the 2 daughters in tow, off we went. While the fish weren't massive, I ended up picking up 3-4 bream and a few whiting. The new set up landed most and a few of them ended up being skull-dragged across the river. My youngest daughter Kyla picked up a toadfish and small whiting and was stoked. I think the girls just enjoyed paddling around the edge of the water. Halfway through the session, I did have a run in with a few douches in a boat. Despite having the whole river, they felt that it was necessary to hover right where we were fishing (one of the morons jumped in for a swim). Anyway, they came right up to the shore, right over one of my lines and I wasn't game to move it in case it got caught in their engine. Now I'm quick to acknowledge that no-one owns the river, but common sense should prevail. So when these muppets just sat there talking about their boat and what they needed to when they got back to the boat ramp, I 'politely' asked them to move somewhere else. One of them mumbled something about being an accident...yeah bullshit! Anyway, after a while we packed up and went around to Fitzpatrick for a quick session, where I picked up a good size bream (maybe around 20ish). As it happens I was getting Kyla off a snag when my new combo bent over. So a quick dash and olympic-style hurdle over one rod, I've caught the other and had a great time. So, I'm off again early tomorrow solo. I was thinking of trying near the Audley Weir. I'd appreciate any advice/experiences anyone has had there as I wonder if I am wasting my time. Thanks for reading and tight lines. Hodgo
  13. G'day Raiders, It has been a while, but with my chauffeur skills not required on a Sat morning, I headed out early last Saturday for a long awaited crack. So I get to spot #1 and bugger me...there are a whole stack of speedboats for a ski race piling up. Anyway, after battling for a park, I persisted for a quick session and headed off before they got started. During this session I managed a small baby snapper, smaller flathead , whiting, puffer fish, small bream and 3 stripped fish (as per pics) which I have been told before are a Stripped Trumpeter? The larger of these (going about 35cm) pulled like a train and was great fun. Anyway, with the boats starting up, I got out of there and headed to my old faithful spot upriver. Apart from picking up some nice bream (as pictured) I got busted off a few times by something bigger. But, them's the brakes right. Anyway, it was a fun morning out, away from work and away from the wife and kids (ha!). I'll be back out there again tomorrow, for another crack. Well, that's it from me. Tight lines everyone, I hope you get some fishing in during the xmas and new years break. I hope Santa brings everyone a shiny new reel or their desired rod Cheers and merry xmas, Hodgo
  14. Well... with finishing up the HSC and the ensuing chaos that was the week after I finished, it seems like I haven't been able to have a decent fish since late August/early September. And let me tell you, the fishing seems to have gotten alllootttt better since then! Anyway, onto the report. This is a combined report of a shrt camping trip I did with some mates earlier this week as well as an afternoon session the the day after i got back (caught the fishing bug again!). All fish were caught on my lox 1-3kg rod with a 1000 size reel, 6lb braid through to 6lb leader. Day One at the basin (5/12/16): After setting up our tents it was time to cool off in the water, followed by hurredly running back to grab the nipper pump and collect some nice live bait for the evening. Evening coincided with the low tide, so we walked out on a spit that had formed and cast literally a few metres in front of us into a nice deep hole. Fishing either with a tiny sinker or just a long shank hook, it wasn't long before we were into some fish. Conditions were perfect, although the evening was definately a story of quantity over quality, with only a few fish going legal. That being said, it was a fast and furious few hours followed up by BBQ'd whiting and bream for dinner Day two (6/12/16) would prove to be much more interesting, however for all the wrong? reasons it seems. The nippers were firing and we had what we needed in probably 10-15 minutes. Not long after it was out to the water. First fish for me was a nice 34cm bream which would become my dinner. However, it seemed as though a large stingray or two was lurking in our hole. 5 times over the session we would get the gentlest pull, almost like a tiny whiting. Upon reeling in to check our bait we would discover our hook in half! Quite odd. Whatever was eating our hooks seemed to also be keeping the fish away, as the day was much slower and yielded some old favourites the toadfish and weedfish Overall it was a fun few days that got the fishing bug back into my system as well as giving me some nice freshfish dinners (always a bonus to not fishing in the city). Before I move on, a quick question for the ID experts out there. Throughtout both days we caught a few fish that looked like yellowtail scad, except they were pushing 35cm in length. I've never seen them that large, do they grow that big? Sorry for no pictures, but hte fish had a bright yellow tail, a bucket mouth and oval stipes along the lateral line, perhaps 5 in total. I've only seen bait sized yellowtail before, but these things were monsters, and ran pretty well also. ^ The larger of the flathead caught at Iron Cove Anyway, after ariving back home i felt the urge for a fish, so i headed down to the local iron cove, rod in hand, ready to tackle the bream. Almighty winds were coming through for the first hour or so, so I did what any respectable fisho does and sheltered in the local tackle store. With the wind down and my wallet a fair bit lighter I set off. ind meant fishing from the points as i usully do wasnt possible, so instead i focussed on the small bays and mangeroves around Iron cove (Drummoyne side). This limited my chances of a bream, however i was soon into a small flathead that went roughly 35cm. A couple of suprise whiting also took my gulp sandworm, while a small bream seemed to take a fancy to the zman grub. I also managed a larger flathead of about 53cm before low light made me head home for dinner. Well, that's about it I suppose. Sorry for the long report, I guess im just excited to finally be back and able to fish on a regular basis (and who wouldn't be???). Now, to read all the reports I've missed, I'm sure there's some cracking fish being caught!
  15. I went down to Jervis Bay over weekend with my missus, my brother and some friends. We stayed in a house in Vincentia just next to the south end of Collingwood beach. Fishing was pretty sporadic as I was the only one who's really keen and the others were more interested in sunbathing and drinking. I'm also (admittedly) partial to these pastimes, which could partially explain my relative lack of success. However success is a subjective thing and my weekend was objectively fantastic, so I've got that to take home with me in place of a fish. THURSDAY The first day I tried for beach worms for the first time on Collingwood beach with my newly purchased worm pliers. I'd been looking into how this is done a lot and was looking forward to the results of all my research. As usual, I found out that watching Youtube videos doesn't make you even remotely competent at this understandably frustrating venture. I waved the reeking leg of pantyhose in those waves for over an hour, scouring the water for the telltale "v" of a worm. They were everywhere! I kneel down and hold the bag over the worm and pull it out only to find over and over again a tiny hermit crab waving his little claws at me like he's giving me the finger. Bastards! Nothing left to say. No worms. I was defeated. I attempted to cast a line into the surf against the wind to no avail. I went home with the group to drink my disappointment away with plans to hit the shoreline early the next morning. FRIDAY I'm up early as promised and head straight down to the rocky shoreline that leads to Orions Beach. There's a bloke down there with three rods setup who doesn't look pleased to see me. I walk up the shoreline without a word. I've got some pippies I'd bought the day before for bait and my new 10ft rod to try out. I'm casting a double paternoster rig out but get bored pretty quickly as I haven't eaten anything yet and am in dire need of coffee. I reel my line in and just as I'm packing up I see three dolphins cruise past about ten metres away. Just that was enough consolation for the day before's worming escapade. We head as a group for Hyams beach and I (stupidly) leave the fishing gear at home. Big mistake as there's loads of whiting cruising the shallows while I'm swimming. Decent size as well. We head up to Chinamans and I snorkel around the rocks at the north end spotting more fish that I can't identify in the gloom of the rocks. That afternoon we headed for Moona Moona Creek to swim and flick plastics round in the shallows. This was a lovely place to fish and my brother pulled in a tiny 25cm flattie near the bridge on a 2" bloodworm wriggler. Cheeky bastard got his first fish on plastics his first time trying it! I've been at this for months! I consoled myself with the thought that the whole plan, choice of lure and spot was mine. Another fisho kindly gave us his half dozen or so nippers that he's dug as they weren't enough for what he needed. I couldn't be bothered re-rigging with hooks and sinkers so rigged up a nipper on the end of the small jigheads we'd been using with the plastics. First cast into the little channel that connects the creek with the surf and I'm onto a little whiting. Finally a fish! Beautiful little spot. I love this type of fishing. Knee deep in crystal clear, warm water. Watching the bait fish swim around your legs. Spotting little whiting in the distance. It's magic. SATURDAY We did the Booderee National Park loop walk starting and ending at Murrays Beach. It was overcast all day and the hot weather the day before seemed to have woken up all he flies. We pushed on, swiping at our faces throughout the day. The only respite was swimming. I had a little flick with the plastics around the eastern end of the beach where there's a couple of inlets with over hanging rocks. Really beautiful place but I only managed to get toadfish striking at the lure. There didn't seem to be anything around at all. We headed back to Moona Moona Creek in the arvo and fished till sundown over the runout tide. We had the whole place to ourselves and it was so quiet. It was here that I managed to catch my first flattie on soft plastics. The bloodworm wriggler struck again! I was out almost waist deep when I hooked him and had to walk him into shore to get set him loose. He would've only been about 30cm - I was elated. I inherited a bunch of fishing gear a few months ago when my grandad passed away. He was the one that first took me fishing when I was a kid. I'd not even thought about fishing until he died and my Nan said I could have all his old rods and tackle. We'd always fished with bait when I was a kid, so I was surprised to see some old lures among some of his stuff. Nan said he was just getting into lures when he started succumbing to Alzheimers. I always said that when I finally catch something on them, I'll let it go for Papa. So it was nice to see the little guy swim away unharmed while I thought about my Grandad and all the laughs we had catching fish up at the Entrance together. I know there's no tales of marlin or mahi mahi in here, but I get a kick out of hearing everyone's fishing adventures no matter how successful or experienced they are. Thanks for reading, Niall
  16. Hi Raiders I had an awesome day / night yesterday, much needed after a rubbish week at work. Set off on a 40min drive to the Central Coast to collect my worms on low tide (Birdie Beach), then spent some time with the kids before heading out to Blacksmiths Beach around 5pm with a mate. Fishing was slow to begin with but it was a cracker of a day so enjoyed the odd fish between relaxing. I tried a different tactic than usual in fishing the shallow water away from the gutters (difficult to do on this beach normally due to wind & sweep but yesterday was calm). Got a couple before high tide (7pm) then things picked up from about 8:30 after dark. It was a fish a cast there for a while however the stingrays moved in and made things difficult, must have caught about 20 of them. Ended up with a dozen odd for myself, smallest of either species was 30cm. Cheers, James
  17. Hi Guys, Went up to the entrance over the weekend from Friday till Monday and fished the lake for 2 days, Lake is producing some decent size whiting and Bream. I fished the other side of the bridge of a small Warf that is opposite the pylons on the bridge at run in tide on a sat night and run out on a sunday. Lake produced some decent whiting and bream, Whiting biggest measuring 38cm and smallest 31 and Bream biggest 35 and smallest 29 CM, Fresh prawns caught that night from the lake where used to catch and also throwing around some small soft plastics which hooked up some tailor and all thrown back in. Prawning session should be at peak start of November and can truly say a lot of stonker Whiting, Bream and Tailor about.
  18. G'day Raiders, With the day off work yesterday and the apprentice off school, we decided to get up early and head to a spot we discovered a few weeks ago. As I pull the car up at the spot, after battling Sydney's shit traffic, we discover that the bait is still sitting on the bench at home. Damn :ranting2: . Anyway, we found some nearby, headed back and got stuck in. Over the next 4 hours, we landed 12 fish each (we have these little competitions and this time it was 'the most'). Ha! The apprentice was ecstatic as she smashed her prior record of 6 fish in a session. Cheeky bugger claimed 2 fish which she caught on my gear while I was repairing hers or de-snagging her. Best fish was my 52cm flattie which was released after some happy snaps. I had another about the same size which I could see as I was pulling it in, but then with a quick flick I was dusted. Dam!!! From where we were fishing, we saw a few 50cm+ ones swimming right under our noses as well. Another notable catch was a decent bream going 26cm. Of course the action started heating up as we drew closer to home time. We were both having so much fun that we ended up being late home, much to the wife's annoyance. All up it was the best session we have had so far and we can't wait to get back there for more. Tight lines everyone, Cheers Hodgo
  19. G'day Raiders, It's been a while between posts, but rest assured I have been busy the last few months on the riverbank So, Saturday morning the young apprentice and I headed down to Kogarah Bay to try a new spot which looked good on the map. Over the next few hours we picked up a few whiting, bream, a flounder going 24cm (which the daughter landed on my gear while I was checking my other rods -and she claimed it as hers cheeky bugger) and a silver biddie which we had no idea what it was until we looked it up when we got home. Needless to say we had found a decent spot and would be headed back there soon (little did we know!). Sat arvo, I headed out after lunch with daughter No2 for her first fish. She has has been pestering me for ages, so I finally caved and took her out around Picnic Point. First cast and she's landed a nice little bream around 20cm. Needless to say the grin was from ear to ear. While she didn't get anything for the rest of the afternoon, every tug at her line was 'dad, i've got one' which I just played along with. What was awesome was after an hour so she turns around and says "dad, this is nice and relaxing'. Ha! Little does she know. Anyway, we had a great afternoon. Sunday morning the eldest daughter and I headed to Kurnell for a crack at south Botany. First cast and i'm on a 26cm bream -awesome! That was short lived however as about 2mins later the daughter says she doesn't like the spot and wants to move . Anyway, we decided to head back to Kogarah Bay for another crack. As it turns out, it was the best move ever!!! Not only did the apprentice crack her record for most fish in a session, she got her first tailor (small) and her biggest bream. I knew she was having a great time as I could hear her humming away for a few hours straight . Anyway, to top that off, I landed my first stingray ever (totally surprised) and my PB Flatty at 60cm. WHAT A MONSTER!!! I've never caught anything that big, and it was pretty placid on the way in (thinking I've got a decent bream), but about 5m from shore, it decided it wanted to head the other way and BANG! off it takes. Best fun on 2-4kg rod with 6kg line. Anyway, got it on the shore, took some photo's (which I will attach) and let it go. So, it as a cracking weekend, and now I have the monday blues (I want to be back out there again). Guess I will have to wait (stupid work!). Cheers Hodgo
  20. Newbie, first post. This whiting was caught on blood worms in the Georges River last weekend. I go out most Sundays with my sons and enjoy a bit of bait fishing and flicking SPs. Haven't invested in the brag mat yet, but this fish would have to be 40 plus. The misus still cant find her green hand towel that the young bloke borrowed for the tinny. The boys wanted the fish to be put in COTM. It was released after the photo.
  21. Hi All, Quick question on bream & whiting tactics. I usually target flatties in Patonga Creek & have had some good sessions using nippers & salted pilchard on the run out. In recent times I've pulled in a heap of undersized bream & whiting as by-catch but I've never caught a keeper. I know there are some decent bream & whiting in the area and was hoping to get some advice from the community on how to target them? Cheers, Jb
  22. G'day again everyone, I woke up this morning feeling sorry for myself. My fishing luck so far in my new state has been bad and to make matters worse, my 20's are now a thing of the past. The Mrs randomly says "let's go to Noosa". I said "Noosa? You wanna drive all that way just for the day?". I honestly didn't realise it was only 2 hours from home, it still amazes me just what I have at my fingertips now, especially coming from a country town in NSW. Awesome. Got there at 9am and wow, what a nice place. Unreal. I got some frozen prawns just for back up as the plan was to net some livies. I had a look at the end of the rock wall near the sandbar and it just looked too awesome for a Whiting so I threw a prawn on the Bream/Bass rod. It was the last of the run in tide but the current was still ripping in hard. I had my first cast and I was kinda daydreaming and taking in the sights when suddenly the Mrs yells "look at that!". A big bust up was happening right in front of me and a bunch of large herring literally launched outta the water and one landed on my foot. These were BIG baits. I was shocked and started to bend down to pick one of them up when my little Luvias 2000 starts screaming. I knew this thing was big because of the size of the baits and it was ripping serious string. Knowing the odds were heavily against me, I tried not to panic and I got down close to the water to extend my rod as far past the rocks as possible. I hopped rocks like a madman until the fish went deep and used the strong current to it's advantage. Stalemate for 10 minutes, what a strong fish. It wouldn't budge and I didn't trust the 8lb leader but I had no choice but to put some more hurt on. I started to win and after a few tense moments up come a nice Big Eye Trevally. Top net shot by the Mrs. Stoked. Nice 20 minute battle. I turned around to find that I'd amassed crowd of around 30 people so thankfully I didn't choke. Instead, I was met with an applause fit for a champion hahaha. The Big Eye went quiet, only rising once more and disappearing too quickly for me to get my popper into the fray. When the tide began to rip out hard, I went around further to the beach and got a few nice Whiting up to 30cms. They went quiet so I went back to the rocks and dangerously casted in close and let the current take my bait right up under the overhanging rocks. I picked up some nice Bream and some really hard fighting Happy Moments or Black Trevally (they really go). I picked up a lot of other strange northern species too. I was back in form! Top day overall and I was glad to finally have some luck, especially given that the odds were against me with the Big Eye. Stoked. All fish released. Cheers, Dave
  23. Went up to Terrigal for the long weekend. Had a new light beach outfit I wanted to test out (bought without hubby's permission on Friday night all set for the long weekend) - Stradic Ci4 4000 and Catana Coastal Light (10'6" 3-5kg) spooled with 15lb braid. Got out for a fish on Saturday night with hubby and father-in-law without much luck. We were fishing on the beach side, opposite the lagoon (closed). We were using a mix of soft plastic, pilchard, prawn and worm. There were blue bottles about and there was a bit of a swell. Sunday night, tried the beach again from 6:30pm. Quite a few more guys fishing the same area. Glassy water with small waves breaking. Got my first ever whiting but it was under sized so back it went. Was awesome to christen the new outfit. Got if off beach worms. Getting whiting off the beach is one of my goals this season - along with a kingfish that is legal size. Monday morning, the boys were headed out for golf so I snuck another session in - a few hours from 7:30am. Lots of morning walkers, no fishos. Tried further north on the beach, between Terrigal and Wamberal. A local who lived right on the beach came by asking if I was getting any bites. Told me his favourite bait was king worms bought from Freddy's at Erina. He came back an hour or so later with rod in hand as I was packing up. Within 15 min, he was hooked on to a nice salmon. I actually saw the salmon in the waves earlier. He said it spat out a bunch of white bait. Deadly bait. He was nice enough to give me a bit of worm "from one fisherman to another" - but geez it was longer than my arm in lengh! Aren't fishos the best? Was tempted to re-rig and try the bait but it was getting hot and needed to get home before the hubby found out I snuck out to fish again Hope everyone had a good long weekend and had better luck!
  24. Spent a beautiful day on the Hawkesbury last Sunday with my wife and kids. Launched from Brooklyn mid-morning, immediately setting some witches hats in the mouth off Parsley Bay. I’m still getting my boating experience up, so to date most of my ventures have been down river from Brooklyn. However, the conditions on Sunday were perfect to head east from Parley Bay (very light easterly puff of wind and 0.8m easterly swell). Got to Juno Point before 11am and fished there for a bit with no success. The only bite we got landed a small undersized flathead. Decided to head to Little Patonga. Drifted around there for a bit just as the low tide was turning to incoming. This proved a fun little playground with us picking up a few flathead on both fresh prawn and nuclear chicken SP. They weren’t massive fish, but they were fun for the boy, and he managed to get his first keeper flathead. The kids were also impressed with the hawk circling above our heads. A very fun, relaxing few hours in a sheltered spot on a beautiful winter day! Promised the kids some hot chips from Patonga, so we motored around there and while my wife and daughter got off at Patonga wharf to get the chips, my son and I headed back out for a quick fish. I’d always wanted to fish the rock wall east of Patonga, and the calm conditions provided the perfect opportunity. I set to drift just past the beach at Dark Corner, and first cast was onto something good, seemed like a decent sized flathead, but I lost it before it came to the surface. Immediately after that, we brought in a nice whiting. Trying to juggle two rods (I think my boys mind was on the hot chips by now), I couldn’t keep up with all the hits we were getting. Ended up having to leave to pick up the girls, and lunch, but came back to the spot to spend the next hour and a half there. In the end we ended up with a good haul of flathead and a couple of whiting, and plenty of throwbacks and dropped fish to make it a fun day out on the boat for everyone. My son also got a Long Tom which was an interesting first for us. Headed back to the crabs traps on the way home, fingers crossed. There’s always an air of anticipation when hauling them in. From the 4 traps, we had a crab in each one. Exciting for the kids to catch them. Unfortunately 3 of them were females, so we threw them back and only came home with the one small male. On another day he would’ve been lucky enough to have been thrown back, but the kids had never tried crab before and were keen to keep him for the pot. I’ll say it again – a glorious day out on the water! The only down side was popping a rocker roller off the trailer while getting the boat back on it. Of course, it doesn’t just pop off and sit on the bottom, it pops off, falls into the water, lands upright and rolls all the way down the ramp (underwater) never to be found again. The day then ended with both me and the trailer submerged so we can float the boat back on without doing damage to the hull.
  25. Hadn't been fishing for a while so me and a mate went out to Cowan Creek, we got some livies and hooked on to something big while drifting around Cottage Point but all i pulled in was a half eaten yellowtail. After a bit more drifting my mate ended up with a nice Flattie,Shovelnose Ray and a Whiting...I got a Australian Salmon,a tailor and a bream. All was caught on bait