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  2. Berleyguts

    Big neil

    So sorry for your loss, Neil. May you always have fond memories.
  3. big Neil

    Big neil

    Thank you Raiders. Tomorrow is the funeral and I sincerely hope that we can give her a good send off. She will be sadly missed by lots of people. Sleep well my love. bn
  4. JamoDamo

    Big neil

    Sorry for your loss hope you are going well
  5. Hi Raiders, I am looking to upgrade to a bigger boat that is stable and capable of going out past the heads and on the odd occasion going out a bit further. I have come across a Crestrida V1800 cant seem to find much about them online. Hoping there are some Raiders who can help? Thanks in advance
  6. Hi Hustler, How did the research go over the weekend? Any follow up questions? Regards, Derek
  7. A few raiders knew of your wife Susan’s battle with her health @big Neil We are very sorry for your loss Condolences from your fishraider family Donns and Stewy
  8. Hoods

    Big neil

    Same bn. Sad news. Keep your chin up mate.
  9. And keep the brands separated (zip lock bags as above) as each one reacts with the other and some are worse than others. ie Keep Zmans away from everything else etc.
  10. Nice flatty’s @kiwibrown without giving away your secrets are you fishing the deep hole off Clontarf beach?
  11. Legend @Scratchie thanks for the info! I’m keen to get out there and try my luck and if I get a decent hook up then that’s always a bonus, a day on the water beats any day off it.
  12. Congratulations to you, and the new Mum and Dad! And as usual a great catch of reddies... Cheers Fil
  13. Thanks Baz! Yep and she’s a PB for sure!
  14. Thanks mate! Oil those reels if your not using them! Your free to travel now 👍 Thanks Sam. Much appreciated! My Mrs lets me go whenever I want. It was the one condition that we get married! Lol 😝 Thanks champ! The kids love it! It always a pleasure to take them out! They just don’t get many Monday’s off! 🤣 Cheers toby!!!
  15. Great report and congratulations, Poppy! 🥳 As for the “best catch ever”, that capture would have been in the Landbased Game section, I guess?
  16. Well done again Scratchie, nice bag! Regards, Toby
  17. A nice bag of fish there, Grandpa Scratchie. 😴 and good work on taking the kids fishing.
  18. Great report. Great to see the kids having a good time. Super PHOTOS.
  19. Thanks Berleyguts for the info
  20. So it seems triple congratulations are in order ! #1 on the boat upgrades ! #2 on the nice fish #3 best till last, on the baby girl. May she live long and prosper. #4 (extra) Congrats on having the best Mrs in the world to let you go out fishing two days in a row !
  21. Nice one mate and congratulations on becoming a pop. Hope to see you up there soon, my reels are seizing up.
  22. G’day raiders, I’ve recently done a few upgrades to the boat and a few things I’m still working on but it has made me more keen than ever to take every opportunity I get to hit the water. So yesterday, I finished work early. Had a quick sleep and hooked the boat up. I decided to take the three youngest out for a troll around the islands. The seas were calm so we decided to catch some live bait first and give them a troll before we switched to deep divers. You kind of forget how much fun it is for kids to catch bait fish, especially a good slimie! Well, put the slimies to good use and after only a short while the line starts peeling off. The eldest at the time Brandon was running the deck and grabs the rod and brings in a huge bonito. Sweet! The bonito are around, so we switch to deep divers. Didn’t take long to hear another one screaming and the girl was up! Great fun watching their faces tangle with a tuna. Landed that one and then time for the youngest to have a go! Well he thought he’d hooked a whale but just another bonito! Gave them a few turns each then it was time to head home and watch the footy! I didn’t touch a rod or reel all day and I didn’t drive either as the second eldest now has his boat licence! 👍 So today, was the eldest boys @Jnr Scratchie turn after he became a father last week and made me feel older than ever by becoming a poppy! The plan was to go south and fish a few areas we haven’t tried before. But someone forgot to tell scratchie (boat) and she just turned left out the heads like usual and headed for Broughton Island. We didn’t stop for bait so we could get up there before first light and start casting. The seas were more than placid and no current to be seen although there was a little wind to help out drift. We both managed a few pannies and then the boy comes up tight. I set his drag and when I start to hear it sing I know he has a good fish. Well this fish kept singing and I thought it was whiskers until up comes a decent mid 70’s king. Nice! A few more drifts and a lot more casts, he comes up tight again And this time there is the telltale signs of a good snaps! Soon it was into the net and hi 5’s all round. Managed a few more at different spots and called it a day around 11. Cracking day on the water and we obviously did better than most as all the boats that came to the ramp, just hooked up and drove home! Thanks for reading, Cheers scratchie!!! The best catch ever......... I hope she likes fishing 🤔
  23. The bay does hold snapper but not generally a specific area you can target them. They are usually a bycatch from people chasing Jew or just drifting around with bait. I haven’t done much fishing in the bay of late as the open ocean always seems to draw me to it! But I’ve had good reports of Jew around middle island one hour either side of the high tide change. The snapper out the front are really hard work atm due to a lack of current. Really early mornings or late arvo are best. Fingal and the reefs surrounding are producing during these times. Hope that helps! cheers scratchie!!!
  24. I have no other words than......... That is just awesome! 👏👏👏👏 Can you give us a report on that stonier?
  25. Hi Scratchie, A big thank you for your article on snapper vs SP's. I needed an upgrade on my reel for a 10kg stick so read the articles hereabouts regarding best ones. Ended up with a Daiwa Kix 5000 with 20lb braid and headed out on Saturday to put your words of wisdom into practice. Christened the outfit with an 85cm 8kg model. Thanks again. Hoods.
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  27. Next time you cook a brisket try this: Season (dry rub, salt pepper whatever you prefer) then put in the fridge overnight. If possible rest on a rack so that it stays dry. Pre heat your oven to 165 C. Slice up an union than fry that in butter until it softens then add some garlic, rosemary and a cup of apple juice. Cook until the juice is reduced by half. Put half on this in a roasting tray, put the brisket on top then pour the rest over the brisket. You want the brisket to be fat side up. Cover the tin in foil then bake in the oven for 1.5 hours. After this reduce to 120 C and cook for another 2.5 hours. What you get is very tender, juicy and tasty. I've done this with just salt and pepper and it's great. Largest brisket I've cooked like this is 2.5 kilos but larger should be fine; maybe cook for a little longer.
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