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  1. G’day raiders, Being a father of four kids, it’s very difficult to get one on one time with my kids. But finally the planets aligned and I headed to crowdy with my eldest. We stayed the night and got up early to beat the ramp traffic with conditions looking mint. Got there first all prepared ready to go. Headed out to collect livies but they were hard to come by. Managed a few and didn’t want to waste too much time, so we headed to our mark to start our drift. Deployed livie and begin to cast. Wasn’t marking much on the sounder, so I started the boat and just ticked it in gear until I
    28 points
  2. G'day Ladies and Gentlemen of fishraider! Long time no see! Another successful school holidays absolutely choccas full of fishing! I've fished every single day of the school holidays without fail landing a fair few fish every single session with relative ease. The fishing in the georges has been absolutely on fire lately the fish have been all too eager to hop on my lures namely soft plastics absolutely slaying the fish! There's been big whiting, medium sized dusky flathead and a sparse few pickings comprised of bream the occasional flounder and big flathead. Overall its been absolu
    27 points
  3. Hi guys, headed south of Sydney for a red or 2 yest. Right at the death as we were about to pull up stumps this PB 72cm jumps on my nemesis gulp using 10lb braid. After a good fight and a scare from a mako we headed home with half a dozen reds. Floated strip baits out fished the plastics today. Great conditions for it as there was little drift.
    18 points
  4. G'day Raiders, First post in a while. With the school holidays over implying reduced ramp traffic, and weather conditions forecasting a great day, Maria and I decided to hit our favourite flattie grounds off Barrenjoey. At the ramp at 645am. Found a guy power washing the slippery slime off the ramp taking up 2 lanes at a time (nice to see our fishing licence revenue being put to good use). Not a big issue - there were just a few boats launching and we all got out pretty smoothly. We were at the grounds rigged and in the water by 730am ....started fishing with half pil
    17 points
  5. Been doing a lot of E-learning on the site about fishing in Sydney. Took up the courage to ask Derek and he kindly obliged a stranger. Although the session was shorter than expected, I learned a lot from him. The man is a wealth of knowledge. For those who wonder what Derek means when he writes , ' walking the dog" lure presentation, you need to engage him to see it in action. From showing you how to cast efficiently to working different lures, the teacher has the patience and energy to slowly walk you through the paces. If you wish to flatten and shorten the learning curve, he's the one you s
    16 points
  6. Ive noticed a bit of interest from a few folk on the site about metal lures and using them for chasing pelagics-SO -i thought id write a bit of a story on chucking heavy metal and techniques/tackle etc. A Bit of History I started being interested in lure fishing in my early teens. I grew up in Castle Hill so not near the water and with non fishing parents . We did however go on fairly regular holidays to North Avoca where I started catching a few tailor of the beach on pillies and mullet. One Xmas hols i took a walk down to South Avoca "to see where the big fish lived" and was standi
    16 points
  7. G’day raiders, I’ve been fishing pretty hard of late. Trying to make the most of my opportunities to hit the water, with family, friends and fishraiders. I’m not able to get out on every call I get but I’ve been trying my best. Anyway, the master plan has been to get out early to beat the tourists, arrive at grounds first light and head home by 830-9 or when the fish stop biting. The last few weeks we’ve had some good successes with this method. And the fish have been playing ball. There’s been a few good snapper in the mix and a heap of Mack tuna to get the arms stre
    16 points
  8. Collected some poddies yesterday afternoon for an early start in Botany Bay today. Hit the water just on low tide and stopped at a reliable drop off to send a couple of poddies down. Within 5 minutes one rod goes off and I grab it thinking it might be a flatty as the take wasn't that spectacular. The fish comes up quickly to the surface and I seen a yellow tail as it sees me then takes off with a few bullying runs into whatever structure was around. Soon after I had the king in the net and bang on 65cm so she was dispatched and iced up asap. Just as I was getting re-rigged a Maritime rib
    15 points
  9. Up here for a few days to explore and hopefully catch a few fish. Never fished Coffs before so I’ve been really looking forward to this trip. Pretty sloppy conditions today but we managed a few fish including the ever present mack tuna, a few keeper snapper and my first ever longtail. My mate also hooked one on his snapper plastics rod which kept him busy for a while. We struggled to find livebait today. Will try again tomorrow.
    15 points
  10. A long planned “post COVID” trip with fishing buddy Peter finally happened today. The weather was brilliant, wind slight, seas small, tide was good and bait was easy. Peter wanted to get Flatties and after Monday’s success, I decided to head off shore again to chase blue spots. I caught up with fellow raider “Blaxland” at the ramp, who had the same idea, but he was heading South and us North. We ended up with our bag limit (20) by 9.30 and 2 nice flounder. The water temp has dropped quite a lot, being18 at the ramp, but 20.4 outside. Bait was squid (from previous trip) and
    15 points
  11. Had a few near donuts recently that made me think I might need to put away the sugapens for a few months. Turns out I was wrong. Got up mega early to be out for sunrise. Walked past a drain on my way to the usual spot - saw a decent size fish hanging around that I thought was a big bream. Cast over him with one of the fake sugapens I've been using and got smashed straight away. Turned out to be my first ever Estuary Perch. Kept walking and casting and was getting loads of hits and the occasional hookup from feisty bream. You just need to cast accurately and keep the lure r
    14 points
  12. So I got out after 10 am to go do a bit of fishing,left Drummoyne ramp and headed out to Lane cove river, got there about an hour before low tide, so I drifted down on the flats across from the college with a few nibbles,so I went back up and anchored across from college wharf on the edge of the flats. The tide had just about stopped, so I tossed a curl tail grub around and got two flathead, bait lines were getting cleaned but thats all, then tide started to move and lines got hit more. but wanted some bream, so I anchored up near the college wharf and tossed bait lines at the wharf edges and
    13 points
  13. Gday Raiders Have hung up the boots for the year on chasing offshure summer species, with mild success but learnt a lot this year. So back to reef bashing. Haven't dropped a paternoster with a pillie or prawn in almost 5 months ! Yesterday was the day and first time out in almost 6 weeks, the wife and i decided to celebrate mothers day on the Saturday to avoid the crowds and so that we could free up Sunday for a fish (She's a keeper !). Arrive at Drummoyne boat ramp at gentlemans hours - 8am. Virtually empty with no que and no confused, slow and annoying "once a year boaties" -
    13 points
  14. G'day Fishraiders! Another day another fishing session and guess what! I caught my first legitimate mullet on soft plastics! Now I had foul hooked 20cm models and a beast 40cm model but nothing could prepare me for the fight that was to come. After putting up my recent bream on soft plastics topic up I decided to downsize my leader to 4lb and utilising light jigheads ie 1/16th's and 1/20 hidden weights with grubz and small baitfish profiles. Recently landed my first fish on a hidden weight and of course it had to be a flathead.. Got another very nice flattie on a hidden weight smothe
    13 points
  15. Collected some poddies yesterday arvo ready for a bash in the Georges this morning. Launched at Kurnell about 8:30am and tried for some squid but the water still seems a bit murky. Tried a favourite spot for nada and decided to head to a spot I have fished from the shore. Over the next hour or so I picked up four flatties, two in the 50s. Dropped a couple more after some solid takes. As the tide turned I headed up the river to a couple of deep water spots to no avail but tried another drop-off and picked up three more fish with a small area. Headed back to a couple of deep water spot
    13 points
  16. The forecast looked amazing for Sunday afternoon so headed out with @reel'em around 1pm from Bayview. The ramp was almost empty which is always a great start to the day. Plan was to head to the deeper grounds for a relaxing arvo sesh and to get a feed of lizards. A mate of ours was also going to join us from Terrigal too in his new rig. Conditions were unbelievable. Very little swell and light winds. Headed straight out to the 40 odd metre mark and dropped a variety of baits including pillies, vacuum sealed yakkas from a previous kingie trip and squid strips. First drift pretty uneve
    13 points
  17. Got myself organised yesterday collecting poddies and picking up some live prawns for an early bash this morning. Headed out before sun up to a cool breeze and trolled poddies in the deep water up near Yowie Bay. Salmon were busting up big time and a few other boats got stuck into them with various lures. My first fish of the day was a shovel nose ray on a live prawn! Soon after a legal flounder smashed one of the poddies. The flatty and tailor followed came on board, both on poddies. I lost a coupe of good fish on the live prawns in the deep and got a glimpse of a rat king that spat the
    13 points
  18. G'day raiders, Heres another report and god forbid another PB! Went for an early morning fish waking up at the crack of dawn to go for a fish before mothers day celebrations. Met up with @SaltyGreekand walked down to our spot of choice. Man what a cracker of a morning for it I hadn't seen the river this decrepit of wind for a long time so we made good use of it, I couldn't believe the river it looked like a lake! Unfortunately I for some odd reason didn't snap a photo but nonetheless. We were fishing squid baits for jew as there are a fair few getting around in the Georges and prett
    12 points
  19. Brilliant day on the harbour - live bait was easy, Kingies came out to play. Raider Hadz and Hadz junior nailed them. All fish on live yakkas floated back in berley trail & swirling on the surface. Raiders - Don’t forget your mum’s tomorrow- we owe them big time.
    12 points
  20. I have the hairtail bug again and with upgrades to the boat and new tackle it’s become an addiction again like all my fishing. The usual spots are no secret and while not around in numbers the are of good size with good tailor and small Jews abundant it’s great fun.
    11 points
  21. After months of flooding and dirty water, finally got the boat out on the river for the first time in ages. The water looked good, went for a run upriver, the carnage from the flooding is unbelievable, huge sections of bank and trees gone, in some sections it's likke a different river. The day started with slow rolling cranks on the gravel beds for bream with not so much as a touch, switched to flicking plastics along the edges 2 casts into that and a fish on the boat definetly no monster but my first saltwater fish for over 2 months. The bites and small bream weren't to hard to com
    11 points
  22. After placing order in november 2020 and being boatless since then it has finally arrived. Is sitting in dealers waiting to be fitted out... but may have to wait till end of month to get it. Im damn looking forward to getting out there and trying to catch something.
    11 points
  23. The full moon was approaching and it was due on a mid-week night, the beginning of Tailor season in Sydney. We've always loved Tailor fishing and the number one spot in Sydney is the Sow and Pigs Reef. The reef is situated almost right in the centre of Sydney Harbour between Georges Head in the west and Camp Cove in the east, is visible on all bar the highest tides and has a small wave break on the north-eastern side. Being both the first and also largest reef system that migrating fish encounter after entering the harbour, it naturally is the first location that most species stop at. Typ
    11 points
  24. Raider dlvbw (Duncan) and buddy, Peter and I have contracted a bad case of “Blue Spot-flathead syndrome”, the cure is quick and simple - get outside on a perfect day with no swell and flat seas, with crystal blue water and a tank full of livies. We had a great day with 16 fish kept and a bucket load released. Platycephalus’ species (flathead), have to be one of the most sustainable and fast growing species available to the average fisho’ and taste great to boot and fillets currently selling for up to $69 a Kg - just adds to the enjoyment of consumption. I have been involved with DPI K
    11 points
  25. Headed out off Sydney heads to 25m Mark (sandy bottom, just off reef) to chase Flatties ($69 for fillets at the moment 🙁) Stopped to get Yakkas first and there were heaps and on fire, got 30 in about 15 mins so plenty of baits - Flatties love them butterflied and fillets. The day was magic, a slight southerly, no swell and a good (slow) drift. the Flatties obliged and we got a doz keepers in about 2 hours and headed back home for a short (but productive) day. also 2 rat Kingies off North Head on yakka strips.
    11 points
  26. Garie Beach Snapper Measured 85cm 5.9 kg's.
    10 points
  27. Metal lures have been around for a very large part of fishing history, from the humble spoon lure to the most sophisticated of slow jigs the are essentially a lure which attracts a fishes attention by imitation of a fleeing or wounded baitfish. Whilst these havent changed much (despite marketing hype) the delivery systems have simply gotten better and better since i started fishing and i really cant see the quantum leaps in gear of the last 25 years recurring REELS Its often speculated that high speed spinning started on the east coast of Oz at the Avoca rock platform . When i starte
    10 points
  28. Out last Tuesday before the rain chasing kings because I've had no luck on the snapper. So what happens I catch a snapper! Caught on my version of a poor mans down rigger, running barrel sinker to swivel 90cm trace. Just off a reef straight out from manly 35mtrs deep using live yellow tail water temp 21 degrees. Did get some rats at Long Reef also. Not in Scratchies league but made me smile.
    10 points
  29. Headed out early this morning, up from Lilli Pilli. Pulled the tailor and bream early on fish strips, then some reddies turned up, including small ones in the burley stream. After a while, small chinaman jackets turned up, too small to eat (unless you are desperate) like a plague under the boat, chewing off hooks and just cutting the line. 😠 I also released 3 reddies around 32cm and a flattie near 50, as I had enough for a feed. The reddies were hammering any squid baits thrown at them - the tentacles saved from the squid I caught last week were the best. Surface action was non exist
    10 points
  30. After a couple of weeks travelling about southern NSW (no bites in the Murray River, and sunken trees eating lures in the Murrumbidgee) it was time for salt water. Headed out this arvo with my fishing mate out of Bate Bay. Tried a couple of spots for flatties, the biggest only 39cm and many throw backs. The wind was forecast to drop, which it did not, and eventually pushed up a northerly wind chop, going against a S/E swell, making it a bit bouncy. Headed towards Kurnell to a mark I was given, in 90 feet of water, just before sunset. Pulled out the tailor from there, all feeding jus
    10 points
  31. After all the weeks of high seas, followed by the heavy rain and flood water in Broken Bay, finally got a day with great outlook. Called around to see if my mate Gil was available (this would be his first after a fall off a ladder back in September 2020, when he received injuries), and he was given the go ahead, so was great to have my mate out fishing again. Got on the water around 8am, and headed out and off to the flathead ground. Wind was up at first, needing the use of a sea anchor, and fishing was slow. The wind calmed, and we started getting fish. Ended up with 14
    10 points
  32. I went out this morning to try my luck on the Murray Cod. The boat ramp had about 4m of mud on it, a result of the Authorities running massive amounts of water down the river, overnight. The morning was quite cold but the water was about 15c as we headed off upstream. Water clarity was ok in parts but quite coloured in the main. We made a choice to cast hard body lures...normally one of us uses spinnerbaits. We gave the snags a major workout and only had slight interest. My mate (Luke) had 2 decent hits, but neither stuck. I was a little more fortunate landing this 65cm specimen after he smash
    9 points
  33. Headed out from Roseville at 5.30, with buddy Dave. With the threat of rain and wind, it was a confident call, but we were both keen so put the raincoats in and headed off. The harbour weather was close to perfect with none of the predicted wind rain and there was almost no swell. With such pleasant conditions we decided to venture through the heads and troll along the headlands. We filled the live bait tanks up and had our first Kingie aboard by 8 am. I dropped a seriously big fish on cuttlefish and estimate it to be in the 90 cm range. There weren’t lots of fish boated today, but ther
    9 points
  34. Today's forecast, issued a few days ago, was for southerly winds but that changed, so last night decided to head outside for a flattie drift. Woke up earlier than I wanted, so changed plans again and headed to Gunnamatta Bay for an early fish - if nothing doing then head outside. Anchored along the edge of the sand bank and fished into deeper water. Pulled up a few yakkas so cut them up for bait. I pulled up the reddies, tailor and flattie on the yakka strips, plenty of small reddies then the jackets turned up and ate all baits and snipped off some hooks - I suspect they were little china
    9 points
  35. A huge congrats to @dirvin21 on becoming the second fishraider Deckee brand Ambassador. This was posted on LinkedIn yesterday afternoon. Well deserved Dave 👏🎣🐠👍 “I was never much of an app user, but now I can't imagine going out fishing without the Deckee app." Born and raised in Nambucca heads, Deckee Ambassador David Irvine has lived on the Mid North Coast all his life, working as a nurse for the last 13 years. He takes his fishing very seriously, spending most of his free time out with his partner Amy casting lures. From chasing bream throughout their local estuaries, to o
    9 points
  36. Hey Raiders With the Thursday forecast being for very calm conditions, it was too good an opportunity to pass up for a trip out to the shelf (Browns Mountain) for some deep dropping activity. So I reached out to a few Fishraiders and got a positive from Dieter @61 crusher and Bob @Pickles. With crew set and conditions holding through the week, the excitement was building especially after the success of the previous trip to Browns with Sam @GoingFishing Well Thursday finally came around. We hit Ermington ramp at 630am dead on time. Our trailer was the 3rd in the carpark
    9 points
  37. After having donuts last few times out, I was determined to get a bream. With the heavy rains a few weeks back the “too much fresh”, “water too dirty” excuses were wearing a bit thin. Started flicking old faithful zman 2.5 inch grubz watermelon red 1/16 in a spot where I’ve had success in the past. Nada. The wind direction shifted so I moved so I still had it behind me, wasn’t far as I was fishing a small bay. There were one or two larger fish that were disturbing the bait at random areas all within casting distance. What were the chances of hooking one? Suddenly
    9 points
  38. headed down to middle harbour landbased this arvo, managing close to 15 watsons leaping bonito and legal trevally, most released save those that were hooked deep. also witnessed some kings touching close to 10 kilo swimming around under the bonnie bust ups.
    9 points
  39. I am in the process of making a aluminium trailer for my Quintrex 14 foot project boat, which I will turn into a Centre console. This build will take some time as I am not in the best of health and it takes me a while to do stuff. I previously made some keel rollers and brackets, so that's a start. I melted my alloy and cast the round forms , then done the lathe work to make them, solid Stainless steel axles. First big job is making the X members 4" x 2" C channel cut, formed, welded and reinforced, 3 of these. Some time ago I bought a lot of alloy collets to
    8 points
  40. Middle Head from Manly Ditch work and get out there if you can
    8 points
  41. One thing I have going against me is lack of room for welding up large projects like this. Although I have a 8x 4 steel welding table it's quiet obvious it's just not large enough. Difficult to weld it up outside as the sun effects the settings on my welding helmet and mostly a bit of wind about that blows the gas away from the job which makes for a messy weld. I spose I could just lay it flat and do vertical up welds but I prefer to do flat welding so need the frame on it's side as much as I can get it. OK enough moaning and groaning . I will get on with what needs to be d
    7 points
  42. Last 3 days I've fished the sandflats in the lower Maclaey River. I use the boat to access the flats. About a third of the fish are undersize, they range in size from25-49 cm. I've kept 4 or 5 a day depending on which ones are badly hooked. Monday Caught 28 about half on nippers half on lures. Tuesday only had a 2 hr trip caughr 10 all on lure. Today caught 25. 18 on lure 7 on fly (2kg tippet) these included my first legal size. Normally I would get a couple in the high 50s seem to be a smaller run I'm blaming it on the floods in March. Photo shows 2 of the fly cau
    7 points
  43. Went out with my mate John, fished out of my boat on Friday 30 April. Hawkesbury Park boat ramp at 8.00am and anchored close and south of Captain Cooks Bridge Botany Bay side Day before pumped about 50 nippers at at Sandringham. Tied was last two hours moving to high In the first half hour hooked 4 bream undersized... We only wanted to fish for a couple for hours so did not want to move ... burlyed up more and added a tin of oily sardines, a left over from one of my lunches days before I chucked in the freezer. Next hour I landed 2 bream largest 30cm and a
    7 points
  44. thanks Waz-your style of post is what ive hopefully emulated, i think a lot of young guys skip the formative stages we had to go through and dont have a deep understanding . Fishing Mags these days are largely advertorials and social media is "here today,gone tommorrow type of info"-Fishraider provides a store of knowledge that hopefully we can all add too.
    7 points
  45. Had a little tackle box which had a tangle of hooks in it and had been irritating me for years but somehow I never got around to tidying it. An idea came up on my Pinterest feed a few weeks ago which involved using safety pins to organise the hooks. Finally got round to it this evening: Thought it was quite a good idea, so figured I’d share it here. Could also apply to little swivels and the like. Also makes it easy to pick up small hooks which has become noticeably more difficult as I get older. only issue is that the safety pins could corrode. But thought it worth a go.
    7 points
  46. My dad was a 1st world war veteran. Born England 1894 migrated to Australia when war broke out to join Australian army, sent to France where he copped shrapnel in the leg, sent to Hospital in England patched up and sent back to France with different unit where he was shot in the neck with machine gun fire, sent back to England patched up again then sent back for 3rd time where he seen the war to an end. Came back to Australia where he finally passed away in 1960 at the age of 66 two weeks after retiring. I was 1 day off turning 14 when he passed away . I got exemption from school VIA Legacy an
    7 points
  47. I had the opportunity to take the kids for a quick couple of nights at Copeton. The weather forcast for Saturday morning looked a bit suspect but decided to go anyway. The weather on Friday arvo was perfect although the fish didn't comply at all we hoped against all hope the forcast was wrong. We were greeted Saturday morning by lovely cold and rainy conditions the according to deckee the rain would disapear early to mid afternoon (and thankfully was right). Around midday i decided I'd had enough of sitting around under a lowered gazebo and set-up a rod for Declan (my young fella) w
    7 points
  48. Today’s efforts exploring new grounds!
    7 points
  49. I will answer the last bit first-the most likely 50kg fish these days off the stones would be sharks or if you are willing to join the circus at the JB tubes a large black marlin. The gear you have will deal with a 50kg shark from the stones without too many issues but some of the blacks hooked at JB are more like 100kgs-you will kiss your spool contents goodbye-the guys that chase these aim to have at least a 1000m of line on the spool-usually 24 kg with a lot of backing. Most fish on the east coast rocks are well under 20kg with kings (that dont run far) and longtails (that do) your most lik
    6 points
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