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  2. Not many of them floatin about seen over a dozen steelite centrepins at markets this morning quite common
  3. As an aside mentioned before my pet hate is watching tv fisho presenters brag about how they are releasing their fish but hold it out of the water for ten minutes discussing how shiny its scales are or some other bullshit peeves me to no end get it in get a foto get it in the water done 30 seconds max
  4. pretty much sums it up-keep handling to a minimum and dont faf around too much with a fish you want to release, the one sure thing is if its in the esky its dead
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  6. I cant remembwr where i read ab article on this but they found common size 1/0 2/0 chemical sharpened hooks were rusting or being eaten away by the antibodies in the fishes body in bream in less than a week i personally dont use stainless steel hooks other than in latge trolling lures as i believe fish stand at least a chance of survival if released as said before they dont survive in an esky i have caught an undersize red twice in an hr as i could see my line in his mouth that i cut off so he survived an came bak for more
  7. Not an Alvey but took some photos of an old Steelite sidecast this morning to show someone and thought I'd add here.
  8. Nice one Richard! Top report and a top lizard.
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  10. Got a chance for a fish on Thursday and this morning. On thursday i started in the canal bordering Barnwell Park golf course. When i fish a canal I have begun casting the lure and then walking 10-20m the other way with my reel in free spool, effectively lengthening the cast. Was getting many small taps on my SP but no hook ups. Eventually hooked 24cm bream which gave a good account of itself. Next I hooked up to a tree branch. I've worked out if it's low enough winding in the line till your lure is on the point of the rod make it a lot easier to get your lure back. Tree was released safely. Then pulled out a tiny bream about double the size of the lure, greedy bugger. Fished the bay next and eventually a 48cm flattie that had inhaled the jighead so deep I couldn't even see it. Lucky I had my net cause my 6lb leader was pretty frayed and there was no way I was going to be able to lift that fish. So i clipped the line and started a post about gut hooked fish. This morning started at Putney park, a found the left hand side much more productive a pinky and a couple of small flatties. Next hit another nearby bay. Hooked a small flatty i didn't bother measuring. A few more casts and hooked what felt to be something massive, turns out to be a foul hooked bream Walked around to the otherside of the bay hooked a tiny hand sized flathead. Then I fished a mangrove edge a got snagged, so walked right around to the other side of the bay in free spool, luck I got unsnagged. There's a drain outlet and I thought being an out going tide there might be some fish at the entrance. So I cast about 1m back from the drain so as not to spook any fish that might be there. Next thing my lure gets hit with a freight train, definitely not a bream. i walked to the edge and theres a nice big flathead hooked. As i'm still getting used to using 6lb leader, I'm pretty nervous as I can't see if it is hooked in the jaw or if the lure been swallowed. After a few minutes playing it very gently I landed it again with my trusty net a 60cm model. Thanks for reading Richard
  11. DPI have not imposed a minimum size limit for deep water species just for that reason - the chance of survival is pretty close to zero. It’s a quantity limit (bag and boat and it’s also a combined limit across all species) with the caveat of only 2 gemfish per person and 10 per boat. So most fishos bag out on deep water fish by hitting their gemmies limit first. On my boat we then move onto trolling and other fishing endeavors- but I see some boats hanging around repeating drifts - makes me wonder if they have some special non-gemfish attracting bait ! 🧐🤨 cheers Zoran
  12. Holding fish, big fish by the gills, lip grip or anything that places all the weight on the spinal area by down force is said to often result in permanent damage and the eventual death of the fish. Just common sense that one I think. Can't imagine too many creatures would fare that well being dangled around by their heads or jaw. Especially an aquatic one.
  13. Great fishing and great report
  14. Great story and photos. Congrats on your new boat.
  15. Thanks for that BN. The reason I imagined hooks would be hard to pass is because of the barb. It's probably safe to assume the act of reeling in a gut hooked fish is going to set the barb into the stomach of the fish. Now I've never actually set a barb into my own flesh but have caught clothes, tackle bags and car seats, and once that barb's in it can be pretty hard to dislodge. I find it had to imagine that a fish stomach could dislodge itself, but your Murray cod with the butt hook would suggest otherwise. cheers Richard They way i read it is 14 out of the 200 fish caught shed the hooks and since about 70 fish survived, this equates to 20% of surviving fish shedding their hooks. This is 20% more than I would have expected. Incredible how a fish can get a barb out of it's stomach. I always wondered what's the mortality of fish that are send back into the deep with release weights. That would be a hard study to do
  16. With fisheries regulations, it’s a mix of managing a wild population and managing human behaviour. The human behaviour side is the difficult one as we all know that there is a percentage of fisherman who will cheat the regs in any way they can to get a result. So you end up with regulations which are not immediately logical. So I assume that Fisheries know 1. most people aren’t going to get a bag limit, or anywhere close to it. If the majority of people caught their bag limit the result would be catastrophic. 2. allowing people to keep undersized fish because they may die on release will lead to a certain number of people targeting undersize fish. Eventually you would have a situation where everybody catches a bag limit, mostly undersize, and all perfectly legal. i grew up trout fishing in NZ and the regulations at the time read that it was illegal to target (catch, not just keep) undersize fish. If you found yourself catching undersize fish accidentally that was OK but you had to change location or change method to minimise the chances of it occurring. Any undersize fish you caught counted towards your bag limit even though you couldn’t keep them. There is also the public education angle. Regulations change peoples’ behaviour, albeit very slowly. I know a lot of people scoff at this, but I know it’s true. When I was a kid we kept everything we caught. I remember hearing about catch and release and thinking it was just some crazy American thing. Things started changing when I was about 14 or so, and new attitudes started surfacing. I was pretty late joining the bandwagon, which was mostly about parental example. on the subject of keeping fish out of water, I did come across some research that showed keeping fish out for more then 1 minute dropped survival rates to 28%. I’d have to read more closely before accepting this, seems pretty low, and I think it would depend upon handling and fish species. i know that in some US fisheries fishing is not allowed in weather over (I think) 74 degrees f., as the survival rate of fish boated is too low. All this stuff is on the net. There is an amazing amount of research done on fish survival because both recreation and commercial fishing are important industries worldwide. You need to do a bit of study on how to access scientific papers, but they are mostly out there and free.
  17. Salt water would speed up dissolving of the hook & if your fishing areas of deep water& want to release fish with barotrauma then you should have a release weight on hand.
  18. Thanks for the report M1100S and congratulations on the new boat. Bet you can't wait to get out again and get a legal Kingfish. Good luck and keep safe. bn
  19. Hi there noelm. Totally agree that we all need to treat fish as humanely as possible when we catch them. Just wondering how you remove hooks from a toothy critter without using lip grips or such like. I've seen lots of anglers lift large fish by the gills...I don't think that this is a good way to handle fish either. Maybe some others would like to chuck their 2 bobsworth into the discussion. Cheers, bn
  20. What the hooks made out too would have to have impact as well. I was once told when i used to fish for mulloway if you want a fish to survive with a hook in it and the hook to eventually rot away don't use stainless. I used to fish for them with stainless 10 O's. I know virtually nothing about it personally and it's just something I was told.
  21. Awesome report and well done 👍 on the fish and the release. The start of many boat adventures I bet. cheers Zoran
  22. Hi Volitan. Slightly off the original topic but still worth attention is your statement in the last paragraph of your post. Barotrauma kills fish as does puncturing the air bladder of captured deep water species. It would be easy to believe these statements. Working on the assumption that these statements are correct why do Fisheries encourage release of fish which are going to die anyway? Would it not be far more suitable to allow these fish to be part of a bag limit, even if they were undersized. EXAMPLE: Say you were fishing for Gemfish. There's no benefit in releasing small ones all day long, whilst chasing a bag limit of legal sized fish, if the released fish are going to die anyway. Just a thought. One thing that really concerns me, particularly when I watch videos of fish being caught, is how long anglers keep these fish out of the water before releasing them. There's another topic that Raiders can weigh into. How long should fish be kept out of the water before being released? Cheers, bn
  23. I managed to find my way down there yesterday to drop of several packs of expired flares. A bit of an expedition due to the intersection closure - fighting the congestion then working the maze of side streets. I was the only one there at the booth around 11am. Well worth it though. Had a good chat to Ray - he sparked up when I said hey you’re the guy from the flare video on fishraider!! Fishraider rocks! Cheers Zoran
  24. Flathead are firing now around Stockon Bridge, found a few shell run off reef patches on the morning run out tide just as it turned, landing sizes between 40-70cm range bagging out within the hour all on soft plastics. It was a good time to try a few different type and sizes of lure catch and release. Colour, paddle tails in clear speckle diesel colour seemed slightly better than the clear blue or green. Size, as expected the 3-4cm Lures attracted the smaller 35-50cm fish and the 6-7cm lures the larger fish. Although, the two largest fish shown bellow which I released one was caught on a 7cm clear Blue speckled paddle tail and the other on a 6cm double treble vibe in brown diesel colour. The vibe was interesting as I had to keep it moving pretty quick and jerky as it would obviously get snagged very quickly on the shallow shells and landed 3 fish 60-70cm. Great morning all round small bite window though planning is the key to be on the water flickin.
  25. What a maiden voyage, a king n all You made the right call letting it go, fisheries are often waiting back at the ramp & that 2cm could have cost you $250 a centimeter! Thanks for the report & hope to see you out there some day. What sort of boat is it anyway?
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