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  1. Mixed bag off Swansea 20/01/18

    Went out with two mates to do some bottom bouncing. ran into some big bait Balls busting up on way out to check out the inner reefs. I only had a big overhead combo and my little trout set up (gen back 5'6 1-2kg spotted wiggled + gen black 2000 4pd mainline) so threw on a little 10gm slug and casted it out into the boil and immediately began to be smoked. I surprisingly turned its head after a massive deep run and got some line back before being smoked again haha this went on for a while before slowly managing to wear it out, about ten minutes later had a fat 49 cm Mac tuna boat side. The boys pulled in a nice bonito each which both put up a good fight on slightly heavier spinning gear and I got a legal tailor and dropped a big yakka next to the boat. We Followed the bustups around for awhile longer but they started getting spooky and more timid so we went to find a good spot to bottom bash. Not much action for half hour before my mates rod buckles over and strips line. Good fight and plenty of head shakes later he pulls up a 98cm gummy. fun morning sesh with plenty of meat for a bbq and some decent bait (Mac tuna) that will hopefully be converted into a some flathead/jew
  2. Newcastle Beaches

    Just a short report from a few sessions. Newcastle beaches holding good numbers of fish - and bigger numbers of fisherman! If you can find a little gutter away from the headlamps & noise - you’ll find enough dart, whiting, flatty and tailor to keep you on your toes. Whiting are hitting really nicely, averaging about 40cm. Interestingly - I’ve not caught a bream in weeks, though have seen a few reds landed at Redhead & Stocko - not sure if there’s any reason or just coincidence. Yabbies / pipi / beachworm the go, I’ve been fishing 5-7 am or pm.
  3. Brisbane water 19 December

    Having recently moved to Woy Woy it’s been a while since I’ve been able to wet a line due to renovations and illness. The other weekend that was perfect conditions - I planned to go out but we all got struck down with type A influenza (anyone else got it?). Put the boat in at Blackwall Ramp. Rough around the edges Ramp but a lot easier than the surge you to have to deal with at Terrigal. It was hot- pushing 40 and I had the rig out and wasn’t the least bit cold. Bit of wind and the tides were all wrong but love the no crowd factor compared to weekends! Delayed start as I had to help a jet ski with a flat battery but pushed off to explore a new area. Thought id try for flatties first, did some shallow water trolling and flicked a few lures around - zip. maybe a few bream? Did a few drifts past the jetties and Moored boats - tide was too low I think - no good. what about a Jewie at the rip? I pulled a few good ones this time last year. Epic fail. kept pushing down the system I noticed a few hundred metres away (port side) some surface activity. Found the bait! It was either garfish or some monster whitebaits. Moored downwind from the school and Threw a 35 gram metal upwind. Pulling the lure with the current I didn’t get a lot of time but it was enough to get the strikes. Over the next hour caught 15 Tailor, kept 6 big ones and let the littlies go. They were all well over legal (even the little ones) this was a bigger school of fish. tried for flatties/Jewies again at half tide rocks but no good. There was a lot of bait there though I reckon a night session would have produced results. If only I had more time and had put some of the Tailor in the livewell. the fish are in the esky still as I write this I’ll add a pic tonight. I’ll check the guts for the bait to see what it was.
  4. Newcastle Beach

    Just a short report from a couple of efforts this weekend. Beaches have been lovely, and lots of fish still about. Salmon up to 80cm - you certainly know when you hook a bigger model! Bream up to 40cm and a few tailor in the mix also. There are some really good schools of salmon visible from most beaches, my challenge has been getting a small enough lure to "match the hatch" whilst still maintaining casting distance required to hit them. I might experiment with a few techniques this week, I reckon 3" white plastic would be the right model to match the bait in the water. I know they're not to everyones liking, but treated right upon capture & prepared simply, I find them a very nice eating fish too. tight lines
  5. Akuna Bay 5/9

    Don't usually have a reason to post, but....took a quick trip down to Akuna Bay this morning for a quick 45min plastic session, caught a 51cm & 43cm Tailor as well as dropping another legal one at my feet. Also landed a 43cm Jew. Fished the runout tide, and was pretty windy, tailor busting up the surface was able to sight cast for the second tailor. Really wasn't expecting much, so it was great fun on light gear. Cheers
  6. Brisbane Waters Sat 26 August

    Put the tinny in east Gosford just before lunch. Would have liked to go earlier but my son has swimming lessons early sat morning. Headed over to paddy's channel near the racks. Tide was rising and some good current moving through. Slow moving with the electric in about 1 metre of water on the weedline I sighted some big bream darting about, they knew I was there despite my stealthiness. Pretty hard when the sun is overhead and water is shallow. I anchored up and pumped a burley trail. sent two floaters out, one a SP and one a bait. Got a few nibbles but no hook ups. I left my bream stick at home foolishly, I had 10lbs mono, maybe 6lbs could have yielded different results. I decided to head over to the rip bridge and try for Jew. I caught a squire (released) but other than that no luck. Last stop was Gosford rail bridge. Flicking softies around the pylons I managed a few just legal tailor. I live baited one for the elusive jew but still no luck (maybe if it was dark I might have gotten lucky). All fish released unharmed (mostly). Got back to the ramp late afternoon and called it a day. No feed for the family unfortunately but still had a great time by myself and got a chance to get some fuel through the outboard during winter. Next time I'll go at dawn and get the wife to take the boy to swimming lessons. I'll bring the bream stick too and get some of those weedless jig heads to troll for flatties. Thanks for reading. Luke
  7. Some mates and I hired a houseboat for a weekend and parked up Friday and Saturday nights in Little Pinta to try for some hairtail. Spent a lot of hours fishing but it was pretty quite over all and not a single hairtail - though we did get some bites that felt like hairtail. Friday night was the better of the two. Picked up a couple of nice trevs, both taken on some garlicy chicken breast off Shark Rock Point at dusk. We then went back to the houseboat for some dinner and went out to chase that elusive hairtail. Two of my mates had pillies down and I took a fillet off one of the trevs and put a strip of that down on ganged hooks. Somehow my mates managed to get their lines tangled so I put my rod in the holder and I had just managed to free up the two lines when my rod bucked in the holder. I threw my mates rod at him and struck my rod. I was on, but I knew it was not a hairy because I could feel tail beats. I wasn't sure what it was on, but when it came up and I saw the sheen of silver I knew I had my first jew. It was only a tiddler at about 40cm but a first is a first so we snapped a quick photo and returned it to get a bit bigger. Saturday was a bit of a wash. Picked up a few yakkas for bait that we kept for bait and lots of small tailor well short of 30cms that we threw back. Then I got my anchor snagged and we could not free it. After trying for ages we had to cut the rope. This was a problem as we were wanting to fish for hairtail that night so I motored into Pittwater and grabbed an Uber into Mona Vale to get a new anchor, some chain and the associated fixtures. We then motored back to the houseboat and had to splice in the thimble eye. All up several hours of fishing time lost. Mind you some of my mates were in another boat and spent most of that time fishing with precious little to show for it. We went out again that night and fished through dusk and well into dark. The sounder was awash with activity and we had a mix of baits down between the two boats we tried trev strips, yakka fillets, a live yakka, a live squid, salted pilchards, prawns, tailor strips and mullet strips. Not a single bite - except the cold. Once that started to bite we went back to home base for dinner. Due to the lack of activity none of us were too keen to head out again so we had a few quiets instead. Sunday morning I needed to get back fairly early so I helped clean up the house boat, popped into Cottage Point for a bit of extra fuel and then motored back round to Blackwall. A disappointing showing from the fish but we all had a great time and the weather was as spectacular as the fishing wasn't
  8. Float fishing for tailor

    Hey guys, just wondering how to catch tailor in the estuary with a float as thats where I have seen they like to hang out. I do have access to live and fresh caught yakkas caught on location plus frozen salted pillies. Is it better to use gangs or circles/suicides? The tailor like to rip up the yellowtail but I'm but looking for a second opinion. Thanks fellas
  9. Echo point park

    Went down to Roseville chase for mullet today but had no luck. Decided to walk down to a rocky drop to the left to find a couple fishing there. Fished next to them and on the first cast, managed to snag a little tailor on a pillie. The couple said they were fishing for an hour with no luck then I came along and got one as if it was nothing. Lol. Hooked a big leatherjacket only to find half a hook left when lifting. A few bites later, a couple of blokes turned up and after watching me get a big bite they literally casted right where my line was, hoping to catch one. Two tarwhine later, I got fed up and left quietly, not wanting to make a scene. Slightly rude but karma I guess right? A pretty quiet trip all considered but no worries.
  10. Terrigal Saturday

    My friend and I put my boat in yesterday afternoon for a session. Wind and swell stronger than we expected, got thrashed around a bit but still ok. Our target species was tailor. We managed one each early on but that was it. I caught a red and 2 salmon which my fried kept. I also caught 4 squid and my friend caught 1 which was the largest I've ever seen. Ive asked him to measure it I think the mantle would push 50cm!!! It was a horse. We do have a degree of healthy competitiveness and Im pleased to say for once I outfished him using some of my newer methods and techniques learnt from trial and error and also from fishraider. The old guard have a lot of knowledge but I get a kick out of showing them a few new ideas that they later adopt (after telling you before they're stupid ). Here is a photo of my part of the haul, absent are my friends' two salmon, his big squid and a smaller squid. I wish I got a photo of the squid it looked like an alien invader!!
  11. Illawong trip for hairtail

    Headed out to Illawong bay today despite the conditions for an afternoon/early night fishing trip for hair tail. Managed a small tailor about 25cm near the end and jagged a just legal bream accidentally. Didn't get a hairie but fun still. Gonna try further up coal and candle and might report on it. No pics taken as they were not worth snapping
  12. Wanda beach 23/4,24/4

    Made a 3 hour beach session each on Saturday and Sunday night. Saturday was a group event with 4 of us trying to manage 2 rods. Later the other 3 decided to have a walk so that I can concentrate on my fishing. Kept two tailor caught ealier of the night and donated one to a shark, and the other was demolished by a bigger tailor which was landed. Come home with 4 fish with total count of 13 when we finished the session at 8 o'clock Sunday was a solo trip with an aim to catch tailor and use as bait. Arrived at about 5 pm and found the beach was packed. Caught a few small tailor all about 20cm. Without a keeper tailor for bait I had to keep going with my pilchard. Along the way trying for tailor, I caught two flathead with the larger one went 48 cm. On my last pilchard I finally caught a keeper tailor but this one was too big and it was 8 o'clock and a bit so packed up with three fish came home with me. The trip did not come to the plan. I might give it another go tonight if not tired out during the day's work. Charles
  13. Port Stephens lb session

    Happy Easter raiders! Headed out off the stones at Birubi/Anna Bay this morning with my dad. There were a few tailor about hungry for the trusty raider jig. Landed maybe 10, lost a few more, with a few kept for the BBQ tonight. Landed also a nice wrasse, along with the very rare "Easter egg bream" to round out the morning! Most tailor were between 40cm-50cm with a few smaller choppers in the mix. Dad (who contributed donuts to the bucket by the way, despite jagging an eel at some point) did manage to take some cool video which I'll add once I can figure out how to make the file smaller. Fished Nobbys breakwall at Newcastle last night, plenty of flatties & tailor around there on sunset taking pillie cube and small lures. Didn't have the phone on me so no pics of that sorry, but worth a try if you're in the area about 2/3rds along casting to the ocean side.
  14. Plan C

    Put the boat in late afternoon at Terrigal. Missed out on Saturday perfect conditions so had to settle for 25 knot WSW winds, rain and dirty water 🌪🌧😡. My go to is lure fishing in close so I did lots of trolling runs, anchored up and threw lures and jigged. A quarter of a tank later I had two small Bonito. That would not feed a family of 4 so I decided to do something I don't normally do, fish into the night. I cut off the lures, dusted off the hook and sinker tackle box and rigged up a paternoster rig and a floater rig. I deployed my frozen burley logs and while the light faded threw lures from the front while the baits soaked. i didn't have to wait long. The bite came on and came on hot!! Every bloody yakka north of Sydney swarmed my baits. At one stage I thought they might all pick up the boat and tip it over. To add insult to injury a heap of frigate mackeral busted up around me but wouldn't take a lure, they were feeding on those small baits, 'eyes' I think they're called? Thankfully, the burley logs melted, the bait fish left and some bigger marks started to show on the sounder. The paternoster rig was pissing me off so I brought it in and switched to just the floater bait. Annoyingly, despite all the activity I couldn't tempt a fish. I tried different presentation methods, retrieves, hooks, strung up some live baits, even tried some scented lures. I couldn't turn a reel!! It was getting colder, windier, the sea was building and I was starting to tire, both physically and mentally. I was peeved that i used up one Bonito and now I had only one left, which would feed only half of one kid. Before throwing the towel in I stumbled across some old green glow sticks in the tackle box and thought I'd give this one final go. Not 5 seconds after the bait hits the water I'm hooked up to an ok size tailor. Brought him in quickly, ok maybe I can salvage a meal here after all. The next 60 minutes was a fish a caste, and it was a bit of everything, a real mixed bag. Tailor, flathead, snapper, squid, even a pike hit the bait. Very cool when you see you glow stick, then the fish hits and and starts swimming towards you!!! I decided to call it a night, I threw back close to a dozen undersized or undesirable fish and kept 4 fish and a squid for the table and two fish for the lemon gardeners (aka neighbours). i left the boat out overnight to clean in the morning, bloody hell it was a mess!!! Blood and guts from rear end to breakfast!!! Thanks for reading. Luke.
  15. Hi Raiders - having settled and unpacked boxes in our new home town of Newcastle, this weekend was time to get fishing! I put in a couple of sessions between my closest local beaches (Nobbys and Stockton). Plenty of good looking gutters in close produced some great flathead fishing. The largest went 78cm (a PB), a with the others in the 40cm-70cm range. As a personal preference I only keep flatties 40cm-65cm all others were released. Schools of salmon and tailor would move through at various times of the morning & afternoon - often just in knee deep water. Most tailor were small 'chopper' size but landed a couple toward 40cm. Hopefully in the coming months the average size will increase (that being said a chap fishing 50m up from me landed a pair of really nice fish). Also caught a handful of bream, dart, cobbler catfish, and a few pesky rays - but that's part of fishing on the beach. Nobby's Beach also produced a tangle with an almighty (for me) jewfish - after fighting it for over an hour, it got caught in the "suck" of the closest gutter where the waves break and recede. A friendly passer by tried to help my wife beach it with the leader - sadly this just seemed to annoy the tired fish which took me for a little jog before breaking the leader. It's always difficult to estimate size of a fish in the water, but we got a very good long look at it and somewhere around 1m would be realistic. Next time, gadget! I fish very simple rig on the beach, 20lb line to a 30lb leader, running ball sinker to a single 4/0 circle hook with 1/2 pilchard bait. This accounted for all fish (with the exception of tailor which were spun on a 30g raider lure). I'm still new here & getting to know the area, so appreciate anyone's tips via PM or if you'd ever like to meet up for a session it would be great to meet you. I'll be heading up to Nelson Bay for Easter wkend to visit my dad so hopefully will get to wet a line there too.
  16. Solo session Terrigal

    Put the boat in Terrigal ramp myself this morning. My fishing mate/mentor was busy doing renovations so I was on my own. Water 23 degrees and dirty in close. Despite this I managed a small bonito on the troll. After a few more passes I decided to move. Spotted some surface activity so I anchored up and started casting. Lure wasn't working, changed it. Then changed that one. Then changed again, smash! Pulled in a better bonito. Fish in the esky, first cast I worked the lure and at the boat a MONSTER greenback kingfish engulfed the lure. I set the hook, an initial lull while the fish tried to shake the hooks. Then it panicked. We all know what happens next. ZzzzzZZzzzzzzzZZ! Fish runs out towards sea. Now the drag I have set is tight, a 65cm bonito barely took 10 metres of 20lbs braid. This thing has taken me to the mono backing (200metres plus). Quickly I engaged the electric and started to chase down the fish. After a 5 minute tussle I've got my braid back. Then without warning fish takes a run. PING! Pulled the hook. After regathering myself I kept fishing and managed another two bonito and a tailor before calling it quits. Overall happy, but a bit low about missing the big boy. Oh well, I'll get him next time.
  17. PB Bonito

    Headed out to crackneck point this morning from Terrigal ramp. Finally some decent conditions, small swell and water 23 degrees. We kept moving around and spinning different lures and spots. It was hard work! In the end we kept 11 Bonito and 1 tailor between us both. This one is my PB at 65cm and 3.6kg.
  18. Broken bay lure fishing

    Hi Raiders, put the boat in yesterday at pretty beach. Took my friend with me as a decky. it was a great session chucking lures. Conditions were ideal, calm waters and bait a plenty. We were really poling them for a while - a fish a cast. We also got 4 doubles (two fish on the one lure). Ended up almost double bag limit on the bonito and a few tailor and salmon thrown in for good measure.
  19. A bit more form ...

    With the calm wind and low swell, I thought it would be ideal for beach fishing so I gave one of the northern beaches a shot during the night tide. There were plenty of big bites and strikes but from a bunch of undesired species - 1xbanjo shark; 4xshovel nose shark; 1x car shark. So there was plenty of action .. I managed to get one good sized 51cm tailor after an hour after the tide change, and I suspect I dropped a smaller tailor too. I lost what I suspected to be a big ray or large shark that took plenty of line too. So it seems like the beaches are starting to fish a bit better.
  20. Drought over

    Fishing drought (in terms of success, not opportunity) finally over. Landed my PB flathead (73cm) and a decent tailor (45cm) from the surf.
  21. 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
  22. Wanda Beach/Cronulla

    Hi folks, I have been tried to catch at Wanda Beach and other spots in Cronulla and just wondering whether my gear set up is suitable for this area: I am using a single 3/0 suicide hook and a metal pilchard lure (the suicide hook is at the bottom while the metal lure is at the top part) of a 40cm leader tied to a swivel and a sinker (150grams). I use small pieces of pillies through the suicide hook. Hope I can catch tailor/salmon. Yeah, it sounds pretty amateur but I am looking forward to moving on. Thanks! Fernando.
  23. Byron beach session

    In Byron for a week, packed the beach gear. Second session on tallows beach tonight. Few dart early on and a big shovel nose. Right on last light and 1 hour before the high tide score a few good tailor. Quickly bled ready for the BBQ. Good times, love holidays
  24. Put the stacer in yesterday about lunch. The Mazda CX-5 unloaded the boat powered by shell 98 petroleum. The plan was get live bait then head north for some trolling and spinning. Conditions were ok, swell looked a bit bigger than the 1.1 ENE willy weather forecast. Got bait easy enough - a couple of yakkas and a few tailor. Trolled a rapala x rap and a live bait using a poor mans downrigger comprsing a 5'6 samaki rod and the Penn SSV 8500 with 50lbs daiwa J braid and 60lbs samaki fluorocarbon. The trusty 6/0 gamakatsu double hooks held the bait in place. Rod buckled over and took a lot of drag out. After a strong fit I got a smallish bull shark to the boat. He got sideways on me and cut the line. Did a few more passes. Spotted a nuggety looking fish on the Lowrance elite 7ti. Managed to hook it on the live bait, up to the boat comes a black rock cod. Knowing this is a threatened species I very quickly unhook the fish and release him/her unharmed. Thankfully the water was only 10 metres and the fight was very quick, I'm sure s/he survived, it blazed off quickly. Shame they were overfished, it's a beautiful looking fish. Massive bucket mouth - could have swallowed me probably. Headed back to near the boat ramp, anchored up and put out another livey, butterflied yakka and also castes my halco twisty lures from the bow. Just close to sunrise the live bait reel took off. After a good fight up comes the largest eagle ray I've ever seen, this thing was a dinosaur! Got a look at the spikes on the tail, looked a solid 6 inches, I really didn't want to get hit with one of those. Headed back to the ramp at Terrigal, bugger of a ramp to use single manned. Thankfully the minn Kota powered by the century battery helped with the task. One guy forgot the bungs, got the boat back to the beach just in time, thought he might need to make a claim against his club marine policy. Great day on the water, didn't get to catch the target species but got some bent rod and downtime and that's enough for me. Thanks for reading.
  25. Coal Cliff fishing

    Went to Coal Cliff rock platform on Sunday night with two friends of mine. Arrived there around 7:30 pm, fishing on a run-out tide (low at 12 am), NNE wind, E swell. Caught a few good size tailors (over 35 cm), lots of yakka and few salmons. Good place to fish but the bites a far and few in between :(. Am I fishing the wrong wind/swell, or time?