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  2. blaxland

    Haines Signature 575F built in 2017

    By the way I am on several group chats Pretty sure I saw a Haines owners group but didnt join as Im an Aluminium fan
  3. Welster

    Tailor migration

    As a kid 35 😳 years ago. Fishing in the bay with my parents tailor seemed to make up the vast majority of our catch. They did seem more plentiful than now especially considering the bay was commercially fished as well.
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  5. Have not done a report in a while so thought I should write this one up. Entered a Barra Comp on the Fitzroy River 2 weeks ago. We arranged for a mate of ours to take us out two days before the comp to show us how to fish the Fitzroy as neither of us had ever caught a Barra let alone tried. Our guide was a local fish nut and he knew what he was doing. Off early and to the first mark where we saw a lot of fish on the sounder. We cast vibes over and over with different retrieves for nothing. Moved spots and again we had fish sound. Then we started catching Barramundi, well not me but I was happy to see them come in. One went 72cm and we dibbed it as dinner. All the rest went back. Then my mate is on a good Barra 70cm + and had it at the boat and out of no where comes an easy 6 foot Bull Shark and with a lot of splashes and thrashes was gone and left the Barra head. Mate was in such shock he froze and left the head in the water still hooked. Before he woke up and started to wind it in the Bull Shark came back and took the head. Whizzzzzzzzz it was off. Grabbed his spool and lost his lucky Vibe. I was getting a bit stressed. 4 Barra in the Boat and one sharked and I was looking at a Down Trou. Did the small double hop off the bottom with the Vibe and Yupp!! I was on. This video tells the rest of the story. I guess this is the last third to last half of the fight. They really zoom all over the place, he has done most of his crazy zooming around by the time the footage started. I had never even really heard of Threadfin before this catch. he went 1.2m which is apparently a very very respectable Threadfin. I later also caught a Barra so good day out. Threadfin was released. On the eve of the Comp both me and my mate came down with a stomach bug and were spewing and what not all night and day. We made it out for 3 hours fishing on the second day which was the last day of the comp. I managed to catch a Barra during our brief showing. Out of 53 teams 11 teams got a doughnut prize, so we managed to avoid that shameful award. Longest Threadfin was 137cm Longest Barra was 125cm. Most individual Threadfin in Length for one day was around 12m and most Barra in length was around 11m. The total Boat lengths i can't remember. Who said you can't catch Barra in the winter. I can't wait to get back up there and have another go. Rockhampton is now a net free area as council is turning the river into a rec fishing haven in order to get Fisho tourism. I think it's a great initiative so thought I would do a post to spread the word. You can catch monster Barra and Threadfin right in the middle of Rockhampton.
  6. wazatherfisherman

    Tailor migration

    G'day PaddyT totally agree with what you've said, these days it's almost like the Tailor and Salmon ratios have 'reversed'- where you used to get a bag of Tailor with a couple of Salmon, it seems common now that this is the other way round. The Salmon 'distribution' was thought to end as you say around Newcastle with the great spawning aggregations in Stockton Bight, catching them far north of there(to my knowledge) was not really a common occurrence. During the 1st week of the Sydney Olympics in 2000 I was beach fishing at Wooli north of Coffs Harbour with several mates from Murwillumbah who were keen beach fisho's. Standing on the top of the sand dune at the holiday-house front door, we spotted a single bird diving repeatedly in the wash-zone close to the beach, although we hadn't even unpacked most of the stuff in the cars, I raced down there with a handful of metals and bang, from the first (and every) cast, Salmon after Salmon. This greatly excited my Murwillumbah mates as they'd never caught or even encountered one before this. Over the next few years, they started catching Salmon, even up as far as Wooyung, which is only about 35km from the Qld border, so all of a sudden the 'distribution' changed? I reckon you're more on the money, with less comercial take of them and more efficient methods of commercial fishing, plus the wholesale slaughter that everybody took part in- we just didn't realise- that the Tailor numbers have dropped so alarmingly over the last 20 years.
  7. Stephen86

    Southern highlands

    Yeah I usually head that way to but just looking for a clean see spot to do a day trip to and I’ve seen a few people say there are trout some parts of rivers that aren’t in the snowies are open all year like the lower Cox’s river but that’s to far from me
  8. bluefin

    What herbs do you use with fish

    Not Herb related But Good. When camping and catching Bream or Trout, I would fill the gut cavity with tomato and onion, Wrap in Alfoil than on the fire. A great meal with potatoes in the coals also.
  9. jeffb5.8

    New boat

    Hi This ignites a similar debate like Ford V Holden. I would go the 4 stroke and the lighter one as 5hp isn't worth it, the only reason I would and did go the Etec is because its lighter I was able to have more 15HP more than the 4 stroke option and it make a huge difference when loaded and the engine works less. My Etec is good on fuel, not sure on oil as I seem to be buying 4ltr bottle often, am monitoring it. Would I buy another Etec, probably not, maybe I have bought a lemon but I mainly think its been my servicing dealer that's been my issue, changed servicing places last month but have only used it once, so will see, When it runs right its good but I have lost faith in the engine ( Towed twice and alarms on 4 other occasions in 78hrs) to the point I am worried about going out side the heads and my kids worry about breaking down and being stranded again.
  10. savit

    BALMORAL MOSMAN?

    Permanent night light attracted more baitfish, squid which attracted quality fish in the area.
  11. JewCraze

    BALMORAL MOSMAN?

    I agree that people leaving fish, mince and bread mess etc ... is BAD. But banning everyone seems excessive. Maybe they should impose a fine of x hundreds of dollars for leaving those stuff on the jetty (littering). As for the lights not being fixed for the 'proper place' that doesn't seem to be a problem. Everyone seems to bring their own lamp, head lamp, torch etc ... and there seems to be lots of people there. My 8 year old boy commented about that 'proper place' as the spot infested by those noodle eating people (now, I'm not being racist, I eat noodles too). There seems to be lots of people fishing there with their gas stoves boiling hot water making coffees and instant noodles etc ... having a party there. The lack of lights doesn't seem to be a problem.
  12. lyons90

    Southern highlands

    Hey mate, Welcome! I can't help with a spot as I go further south to snowy mountains region. Just chiming in to note that all trout streams in NSW are closed for spawning season until 1st weekend of October.
  13. JewCraze

    Tailor migration

    Awesome! Thanks again everyone for all your replies! 😊
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  15. Stephen86

    Southern highlands

    Hi I am new to the site and just wondering if there would be any spots to try for trout around the southern highlands around an hour or a bit more from moss vale would be good as I’m from Jervis bay any tips or directions would be great thank you
  16. PaddyT

    Tailor migration

    They certainly do migrate north but not all the fish go, summer in the Sydney areas is dominated by choppers, bigger fish in Autumn and then its a lottery in winter, some of the stay behind fish can be a really good size- like Waz said there are some good ones in Cowan creek in winter, then again the biggest tailor i ever caught was a 4 kg model at Christmas spinning for bonnies at Avoca (I was about 15 years old and still havent beaten that one)- like Waz said a lot used to get killed in the pre bag limit days- certainly can remember plenty of 100 plus days myself, i dont think numbers are anything like they used to be and once salmon stopped getting hammered by the pros when the cannery closed in Eden and the kings made a come back I get the feeling these two species have pushed the tailor out of there slot in the ecosystem- 25 years ago i caught a lot more tailor than now, salmon were pretty rare around Sydney (if you read some old time books and magazines the northern end of their habitat was considered to be Newcastle) and kings had been hammered very badly by the pros and the floating traps they used. These days i drive away from the salmon (most days) and if i catch two undersize kings in a row i change spots so i dont waste my livies. Tailor are a great fish once they get up around the 1.5-2kg mark and its a shame (mine included for killing so many of them in years past) they arent a bit thicker on the ground.
  17. wchh

    The biggest bloody pufferfish I've ever seen.

    Contributing my photo to your post: I caught this one last Friday off Wanda beach and it was the first for me. It was definitely over 40 cm. It did not cut through my 80lb leader but flattened a good 5 cm of it.
  18. savit

    BALMORAL MOSMAN?

    I have a suspicion that the sign was already in place when the topic was started in 2011. At least I remember it in 2012. People are still fishing from bath structure and in the bath area at night leaving fish, mince and bread mess on the bath structure, however people are fishing less the proper place - the pier at night as the council removed or just does not fix the lights on it.
  19. masterfisho7

    Tailor migration

    I fish the Parramatta River there has been a lot of Salmon but I have not seen any Tailor for weeks in the harbour .
  20. nutsaboutfishing

    BALMORAL MOSMAN?

    Hi that sign has been there for a longtime. You can fish from the pier (where boats can dock) which is to the left of the baths
  21. wazatherfisherman

    Tailor migration

    Narrabeen is a good option, if you go to the spot past the aquatic reserve you need safety gear ie: plates- it's an easy climb down the natural gully. A couple of spots in the harbour you could try this time of year are East Balmain wharf of a night and pier 2 at Walsh Bay. Closer to the heads you could try the flat ledges between Lady Jane beach and Camp Cove- you fish with bobby cork along there or on the bottom or weightless at Balmain and pier 2. Hope this helps and best of luck. Cheers Waza
  22. JewCraze

    BALMORAL MOSMAN?

    I realised this thread is several years old. Maybe fishing in the baths at balmoral was allowed back then. There's a sign that says fishing from the bath structure is prohibited now, and even casting out over the hand rail (not in the bath) is not allowed. We were told off by this lady who said she works for the council. It's a shame!
  23. JewCraze

    Tailor migration

    Thank you so much guys! I don't have a boat so my options are restricted to land based only. I'm thinking about either going to narrabeen beach, the rock cliff to the right of the aquatic reserve at shelly beach (which I've never been too but my colleague told me he caught quite a lot there, but I've also been told a bit of a climb is required and it's a bit dangerous) , or just try hawkesbury river (e.g. berowra waters, mooney boat ramp, or brooklyn). I guess I'll have to make up my mind which one to try first. JewCraze
  24. wazatherfisherman

    Tailor migration

    Hi JewCraze not sure what happens to them after they leave Fraser Island area, but can tell you that the Sydney Metropolitan Division fishing clubs annual estuary championships used to be held in May and the rock championships were held in mid to late June/ early July. The significance of this to your question is that these dates were always selected to coincide with the largest volume of fish movement/abundance. Well before the days of bag limits, these comps ran from 3pm Saturday until about 1-2pm Sunday, if you didn't get at least a couple of hundred Tailor, you wouldn't run in the top 30 fishers, so great was the volume of and abundance of Tailor. They are still around in numbers, albeit lesser in size, from my experience until about August. Hairtail fishers usually catch plenty throughout the winter also and I've seen some really big ones caught by guys fishing for big Mulloway also through this time. Smiths Creek is worth trolling for large Tailor in July early August for example.They used to re-appear around end of November in larger numbers, but there always seem to be a few that don't for whatever reason do the migration thing. Cheers Waza
  25. Aardvarking

    Tailor migration

    I would say that winter is the best time to catch tailor in the estuaries. In fact, I caught my first tailor over 40cm as a bream by-catch a couple weeks ago at Blackwattle bay. Usually I only get choppers there, but in winter I catch some bigger ones too. I'm not sure exactly why that is, but it's just my experience of it
  26. JewCraze

    Tailor migration

    Hello raiders, OK, so I've read on the internet that every year during the winter months tailors from nsw migrate up north to Fraser Island to spawn. I've read that as they travel up north they might stop by the northern beaches along the way. My question is: Does this mean the chance of hooking up legal size tailors in our estuaries during winter will be significantly reduced? Also, what happens to the tailors spawned in Fraser Island? Do they travel back down to nsw and enter our estuaries during summer? Thanks in advance! JewCraze
  27. wazatherfisherman

    Luderick solo session.

    I'm not suggesting going for a kingy at the gulf- they are usually just too damn big! It's worth going there on Westerly flat days in October just to see one. After repeatedly getting busted up by them(at this spot) One of my mates and I came up with a way (we thought) that we'd be able to land one of the gulf kings- we both used 25kg outfits and tied both lines to a solid ring, then a single leader and 2x 10/0 seamaster hooks (about $7 each hook) put a 1kg live pike under a white bobby cork set 2 metres deep only a couple of metres out from the ledge in the front of the gulf. What happened next was comical to all who watched. One of the usual giant green monsters 'ambled' over and did a lap around the pike which came to the surface and tried to "play dead"- the kingy wasn't fooled and did a second slow, close lap of the floating Pike before inhaling it right on the surface less than 3 metres from where we stood- cool instant hook-up! WRONG!! Bloody thing tore off towards the reef out front (about 50 metres out) and nearly pulled both of us in! We were both experienced LBG addicts and have caught them up to 20 kg, but experience counted for nothing and the fish took the expensive hooks, plus left about 30 metres of shredded line, and left us both shaking and stunned, It was an embarrassing moment in my fishing life, as all the other LBG guys were in stitches and we felt like 1st- timers. Not long after this happened we went out in the boat and sounded around out the front of the gulf- there are heaps of boulders and pointy looking hard reef everywhere. After discovering this, LBG at the gulf was off the menu, though we still spun there and caught heaps of squid-it's a great spot for them also. A word of warning if you go to the area- North Curracurrang point is another good and popular spot that is reasonably high out of the water with 'enticing' looking southerly ledges and an eastern front that sits both high and well out seawards. There is an "Angel ring" there (unless removed by vandals) as it is an extremely nasty spot to get out from should you go in and we have seen giant waves crash over the whole point (from our Snapper spot- which is always safe) The last Snapper trip, I had to call Water Police who patched me in to Westpac helicopter, when a fisherman was washed off Nth and to cut a long story short, sadly drowned. Better off giving Nth Curra a miss, regardless of what others may say- just my opinion. Go in the day, check the Snapper spot and semi-circular bay to familiarise the spot, then go for the walk to the gulf for a look and maybe a squid fish. As a matter of interest there is also a really beaut swimming hole about 50 metres up the creek at Curracurrang also, though sometimes in summer the area has litter from people too lazy to carry it out.
  28. JewCraze

    Fish heads and guts for burley

    Thanks!
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