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  1. G’day raiders, Headed out this morning with my second son in tow. A bit of an early get up for him but he shook off the sleep eyes and off we went. Picked up some bait pretty easy at cabbage tree and left for our first mark. Got the drift sorted and first cast the young fella was onto a screamer. Netted that one and continued our drift. I managed a nice pannie then it was time to move. Got to our next mark and it was all happening. Live bait everywhere, the boys hooked up again, livie goes off, then I’m hooked up! Left the live bait rod, got mine in, netted the boys, picked up the
    18 points
  2. Been a while since I’ve been able to get out chasing the yellow hoodlums (legal duties, executing a deceased mates estate, coupled with rotten weather), so went with good mate Steve (not a raider - yet) who I’ve been promising to get out on Kings, but big seas and strong winds have blocked our plans. So we decided to hit Hawkesbury chasing Jewies and flathead. We left home base at 4 am and headed for the ramp, what a difference mid-week makes and only one other boat launching and few trailers in the car park. The water was dirty and lots of flotsam in the water as we headed up stream for
    18 points
  3. Gday Raiders I hope all is well, i imagine many Raiders are glad that xmas shutdown and school holidays are over. Less crazy at the boat ramps though i must say if Foreshore Rd was any indication on the weekend, it doesnt seem to be that much better ! Due to a mixture of family commitments, bad timing of poor weather and work i have not managed a to go fishing since my last trip with @zmk1962 at Browns on the 10th Jan. Not being able to get out absolutely categorically sucked because by all accounts the Marlin fishing off the east coast the last month has been on FIRE. Every afternoo
    17 points
  4. We've had a pretty long run of poor conditions for crossing the local bar over the last few weeks, hence why I haven't been out to much. The last four trips now have been very similar with plenty of fish but none reaching the legal size limits. Had another day yesterday, clocking 127km on the water without a legal fish to bring home, though we did catch plenty of dolphin fish and kings again. Out of frustration trying to get my youngest daughters boyfriend into a marlin we decided to head to the beach straight after a day in the boat. Ive learnt over the years what and where to target cer
    16 points
  5. Hit the sandflats on the hacking, Saturday mid morning 1 hour after the low on the run up. A slight bit of wind, but nothing to worry the cast (fishing completely unweighted). Water was clear as, first few casts was with peeled and un peel prawns with no even a touch. Converted to the worms and the bites were instant. Took a few small pinkys and bream to piss me of and move a little further away down the sand bank. I could see the whiting stalking the drop off and the first meter or two of the flats, I threw one into the deeper water and brought it back to around the clearer water,
    15 points
  6. After having bad weather or other commitments get in the way of fishing I decided i needed to take a day for myself or it wouldn't happen. Looked at the forecast and decided Thursday was the day to fish so took the day off work, dad @hookerbruce found out i was going and came along for the ride. Launched from Grays Point and with a mixture of smaller live bait from the river and a few bigger Yellowtail from near the Bombie we headed for Port Hacking FAD. Arrived to find 8 boats or so and not much current, started the first drift a bit away from the FAD using the largest livie. Bait was ta
    14 points
  7. I've taught my son how to fish ,tie hooks bait lines etc etc Took him out yesterday to the FAD he showed his appreciation by catching the fish that should have been mine. I am sure he will add his comments and thank me for teaching him how to fish.
    14 points
  8. We had a small window of opportunity to fish the morning and launched from Gosford ramp at 4:00am on the 670HT Bar Crusher ‘Fraid Knot’ with 2 mates. Weather conditions were just as poor as forecasted, with the wind already gusting quite hard. It was going to be a long day! 🤔 We had no option but to fish as we were fishing in the CCGFC Skins Tournament. After a very slow run out across Brisbane Waters with only a few metres visibility in the dark, and heavy rain along with a few nears misses of sandbars and moored yachts we finally made it into Broken Bay. We struggled to
    13 points
  9. Thunder and lightning, 2 m swell and choppy conditions, but they wanted to go, so go we did. Everyone else had more sense as one of the only other boats we saw was raider “Blaxland” - Bill in his weapon of a bar crusher. We filled up with yakkas that were easy today & jumping on the hook. We also caught 3 kings by dropping down under the berley trail, as well as a nice leather jacket and 3 bream over 38cm and a 45cm pike that grabbed a yakka coming in, but wasn’t hooked - (greedy blighter wouldn’t let go). The rain cleared, wind dropped and God was smiling on us (He always is) and
    13 points
  10. Left shoal bay ramp with my younger brother at 4am and nailed it out to the island. The first shallow reef we fished showed some good signs as I dropped a nice snapper and my brother boated 2 Trag!. Didn’t know that they could be caught so shallow. Fished for a few more hours for nothing but we kept casting and eventually I sunk my hook into a lovely sized snapper. It’s been a while. All fish caught on 7inch Gulp plastics on 1/4 ounce jig heads.
    13 points
  11. Predictions of swell, wind and tides for Thursday meant “the planets were all aligned” and it was so. We hit the water at first light, got a tank full of lollipop sized Yakkas and a thumper bream (42cm) and saw several rat kings in the berley trail, but were shy of anything with a hook in it, so we moved to our first spot off the heads in deep water and landed two giant Cuttlefish while live baiting for Kingies. Not often you put a live bait down for a kingfish and catch a cuttlefish - TWICE. We landed 5 Kingies in 10 minutes, one going 67, the rest all between 57-64.5 cm😞. We hit ou
    13 points
  12. Weather was rough and raining when I woke up and almost called it off, headed out to Gunnamatta bay. Still windy and tide was rising. Got myself some worms suitable hooks and swivels from Mac's Bait Bar. Went out knee deep cast out a worm, first cast got my possibly my PB Whiting, a good size 35cm+ The little whiting were chasing my bait when I retrieved it so i tried some lure but no luck Wish I took a hoody out, was getting early signs of hypothermia shivering and numb hands 😆 so left earlier than I would have liked. The wind-chill factor was creeping. Caught at
    13 points
  13. Took my two boys (aged 5 and 7) for a fish on Saturday on the Woronora River. Launched from Bonnet Bay about 9:30, overcast conditions and a bit of drizzle must of kept most people at home as there was only 1 trailer at the ramp. Not much current to start with so moved down to Como bridge area to fish the change in tide, no luck there, but saw a steam train crossing the bridge which the boys liked and with the tide starting to run moved back into the Woronora. Tried a few areas before finding some fish. First keeping fish went to the 5 year old with a 36cm bream, followed by a legal flatt
    12 points
  14. I was blessed to be able to fish 3 days in a row after a prolonged period (3 weeks) of “piscatoria depraviva”. Ian and Dave have been asking to catch a kingie for several months and Friday was the day. It was Ian’s birthday, so he was keen as and his son Dave had a RTO, so we headed to the harbour and loaded up with livies - didn’t even try for squid as I had cuttlefish from the day before. As always, whenever getting livies, I put one down just in case there is a hoodlum cruising around in the berley. Dave’s little livie rod with 6lb line went screaming off and 120m of line peeled off t
    12 points
  15. Went out fishing off the rocks in the RNP yesterday. It was a glorious morning and the seas were almost flat. Took a nice pic on the way out to the coast. It has been almost 6 months or more since we have had a chance to get out, so despite only having a couple of hours, we managed an early start. I was using an old rod and a Tempo reel and it was a bit soft to put much pressure on the fish, but managed to land a few. The biggest fish I have hooked in a long time, took around 5 minutes to coax up onto the ledge. Every time it would come close, it would power off back to the deep. I was using 6
    12 points
  16. As planned got out for my cod mission, a good mate managed to join me so we made the 5 hour trip our favourite cod river. We didn't waste anytime hitting the water, saying conditions were hot would be an understatement. The river itself was a bit low but pretty good in some sections and absolutely choked by weed in others The water itself was nice and clean, casting a weedless plastic it didn't take a lot of casts to spot a shadow behind my lure that launched at it first fish of the trip love watching them swim off and this one was good enough to give
    11 points
  17. I'm pretty happy to see one of my sunrise shots made it onto Alvey's facebook page.
    11 points
  18. You may have missed me @mrsswordfishermanand @Scratchie from the forum recently. I went for an emergency decompression of nerves in my lower back and had operation yesterday. Please look after your backs raiders. Apart from other medical conditions I was a manual handling trainer for nurses in the 70’s and 80’s. We used to physically lift patients and there were no wonder hoists or equipment back then. I had left mod team in charge and the Jeff sent me pics of his little bloke Cruz. Dislocation of ankle and fractures of tib and fib. Oh boy brave child. Here are some a
    10 points
  19. G’Day everyone. Headed out last night just before sundown and grabbed some livies from around the anchorage at Corlette and made our way to the wreck. put our live baits down and caught some squid. After a couple of hours we rigged up the live squid and sent em down. caught 1 undersized Jew (released to fight another day) Hoping for a bigger model but it didn’t come. But glad we are on the right track. Had a few more runs but no takers. caught a few shovel nose and a Ray, but assuming our baits were set to low! Easy fix for next time. definitly
    10 points
  20. Hey Raiders, Headed out from Broken Bay on Sunday afternoon with the forecast indicating that the southerly was going to be blowing hard. Whilst not ideal it was the only window I had so @reel'em, my youngest launched at Bayview around 330pm. The forecast was accurate and it was pretty ugly. It was relatively slow going but we made it out to around the 48m and dropped various baits. The fishing wasn't easy as we had a northerly current, southerly wind and SE swell. We found turning the spot lock on the Minn Kota on and off was the best way to manage the drift, noting you still need to wat
    10 points
  21. Hi Raiders, been a while since I last posted but hopefully my reports will become more frequent. Went out on Sunday arvo with dad on the 28th, hoping to get some bustup action. The chop around darling Harbour was disgusting but once we were past the zoo it was much better. We scouted around the Navy ships to no avail so we stopped by one of the ferry channel markers and dropped metals. I was using a Kato jigging metal with only assist hooks on my Abu-garcia ambassaduer combo with 20lb braid(ALDI stuff) and 20lb fluorocarbon leader. After 5 minutes of jigging I was on. The hit wasn't as ag
    9 points
  22. My mate is in the same boat, so to speak. No fishing for a month either like me, the swell had dropped off so we headed to Bate Bay in his boat to one of his spots, a couple of hours before sundown. A big elastic bandage on my knee seemed to help it during the night, I needed to go fishing. 🤪 We had not been there long, when underneath the boat turned yellow. A solid school of small yakkas, but they were not biting as they were being herded by schools of rat kingies. They were on the move, disappeared, back under the boat again, and I could only manage 1 to take a bait. Disappeared again
    9 points
  23. With all the rain on the coast and seems everywhere else Amy and I decided to head west to our cod spot for a quick overnighter. Recently started using the Deckee app. I have to say it's great for planning a trip with weather even out west, as it was there was basically no rain predicted for our destination. After driving 6 hours through terrential rain we arrived at Kwiambal and found the river to resemble chocolate milk unfortunetly the rain upstream had made the river unfishable, a bit dejected we got back in the car and headed back to Ashford to check the river at Wells crossing, unbelieva
    9 points
  24. headed down to a busy pier in sydney harbour for an afternoon to find hundreds of garfish and yakkas being riled up by a small school of bonnies, watched them smash bait on the surface and jump out the water chasing them as i was rigging up. snagged 1 small bonnie on a pillie and watched them nose my pillies, live yakkas and lures for the rest of the day without a good hookup. still great fun seeing the bonito cruising around. also hooked up to a waterbird on a live yakka, which bit me hard as i was unhooking it, should have been more careful but was too annoyed by the bird taking my bait to t
    9 points
  25. There is a well known Snapper spot at Curracurrang Bay in the Royal National Park that we used to fish when the conditions were right. By "right" it meant going during or immediately after a big southerly that had been blowing for at least three days. The bigger and rougher the swell, the better. Heavy rain also added to the best fishing conditions, albeit not at all comfortable to fish in. However, in these bad conditions for the fisher, catching a couple of Snapper was the reward and worth the long travel from the city There are other spots that produce fish in huge seas, but this one w
    9 points
  26. Off the beach, the South Coast is firing at the moment with big salmon. The one pictured must be close to 5kg. Rising tide in a good gutter, caught 5 on pilchards in no time. Terrific fun, great fighting fish, leaping from the water. Took two home and released the others. Cheers and tight lines!
    9 points
  27. Evening Raiders, I hit the hawkesbury today keen for a fish or two. Despite the wind against the tide today i found a little cove just up river from Wobby Shore where i could throw a few plastics targeting Bream. After getting my plastic down below the tiny chopper tailor i snagged a couple of Flathead. One just legal and one at ~ 60cm all within 20 casts or so. Also caught a small Jewfish. This time i kept it in the water when taking the hook out to ensure a safe return.
    9 points
  28. Bought a 4.9M Savage Bay Cruiser second hand just before Christmas. Absolutely loving the fishing trips around Lake Illawarra. Since we bought her though i have just not been able to find a weekend with decent weather. The nice days come and i'm on shift for Marine Rescue ! At least i get on the water. This weekend was fabulous, but guess what ? Yup family duties to attend to. The weather has holding resonably till Monday arvo, so i booked the day off work and the missus and i took her out for our first trip in the deep blue. Out of Port Kembla Harbour at around 10
    8 points
  29. Hi All,I had been waiting for the covid windows to open to revisit this amazing area. They aligned, and off I set on the 2 1/2 day drive. Two night time stopovers and I’m there early afternoon on the third day.I had both border passes needed, no check point going into Victoria and a quick check at the SA entry. I stayed at arguably one of the best designed and appointed caravan parks in Oz. The bay is known for its King George whiting, blue swimmer crabs and calamari.The boat is now a 370 Quintrex Dart, still with the 15HP Yamaha, also an electric has been fitted. Like most areas, fishing is d
    8 points
  30. Been out in central NSW for a while caught a few carp here and there but its not a fishing holiday. Spent a night camped next to the Lachlan river near Condobolin fished in the afternoon and the next morning before we moved on. Caught shrimp in a trap and fished from the bank. Caught at least 20 cod between 35 and 53 cm, the most cod I've ever caught in a short time. Also caught 3 silver perch 30 to 40 cm and 4 yellow belly to 45 cm. Kept 3 yellow belly to eat. Also lost a cod in the 60's about 5kg got it to the surface hook pulled as I moved it towards the shore.
    8 points
  31. So...after being bored smegless at home deciding if the weather is going to rain or not...I went out and launched from Drummoyne at 6:30pm, and the ramp was nearly full! Conditions were windy and choppy going into the harbour and heaps of harbour cruisers, big cruisers, all make the water a washing machine. I had planned to nip into the harbour, maybe go to Rose Bay, but decided not to, not that it was dangerous, just uncomfortable. So I anchored up around the corner from Ball Head, about 15m off the rockland, and set up, I burley up, put the bait catching rod out, only got one yello
    8 points
  32. A huge congrats to @Scratchie on becoming a fishraider Deckee brand Ambassador. This was posted on Instagram late this afternoon. Well deserved Jeff👏🎣🐠👍 deckeeapp Deckee is proud to announce Jeff “Scratchie” Thompson as an official brand Ambassador! @team_scratchie⠀ ⠀ A local fisherman and colourful personality from the Port Stephens area, Scratchie has a love of the outdoors and is constantly exploring out on the water.⠀ ⠀ His fishing journey began as an 11-year-old on a family holiday, when he was introduced to a handline, and captured one big angry fish. From then on h
    8 points
  33. It always amazes me how weather can change in 24 hours. Yesterday a blowing southerly gale. Today so much better to fish with moderate easing SE winds. With the wife back in Sydney for the day for a course she is enrolled in - I had another day to myself to go for a fish on our Lake Macquarie holiday. Today I headed to the Belmont Barges. I sounded up lots of bait fish and proceeded to flick the Samaki Soft plastic vibes I have been trying. One hour of effort yielded just one 38cm flathead - what looked so promising ended up not delivering much at all. Then again - Better than no fl
    8 points
  34. I fish naked on my boat as I never catch anything to cause injuries by hooks.I do notice people stay well clear of me though for some reason.
    8 points
  35. Caught this beautiful fish off Sydney on Thursday. My first ever Dolly.
    8 points
  36. Haven’t been to the harbour chasing kings for a few weeks (swell and wind producing unpleasant conditions) so been reconnecting with the Hawkesbury to good effect. Today the soapy Jews were again in plague proportions (20 in total, making over 50 in the past 10 days in 3 trips, but all under 70 and most under 40). The Flatties were on fire though and we had a great day, only keeping 6. We had fresh live herrings and fresh cut flesh baits as well as fresh frozen Hawkesbury prawns. All fish were caught on prawns. They were biting very lightly and were hooked by slowly retrieving the bait. Two
    8 points
  37. Last Sunday the weather was great, my wife suggested we go crabbing in Lake Illawarra, so I loaded the tinny, grabbed some rods and bait, my grandson wanted to come too (14) we launched at Windang and the tide was raging (huge tide, full moon) we went under the bridge, water was crystal clear, up the channel into the lake, my wife asked to go over to Tallawarra for "a look" went from there to Berkeley, hooned around a bit, then over to Primbee to have a look at the huge Caravan/mobile home things, then back into the channel, zig zagging between the 500 boats fishing there. Back under the bridg
    7 points
  38. Sitting at home on Saturday looking at the boat and thinking, its been a while and with no renovation work for the day, texted a mate and away we went at 4;30pm The ramp was empty only about 8 cars in the parking bays at Rydalmere and two boats just pulled out, one had taken on way to much water and the owner just got their license the day before, bungs were in but there was plenty of saltwater, so something wasn't right. From Rydalmere the wind was gentle but was creating some chop and the amount of party boats around was something I hadn't see since before Covid. We headed str
    7 points
  39. I was uncertain of a trip to the harbour today as Willy’s weather (and ABC news report) was predicting 2m + swell and 20- 25kn SE winds and intermittent showers - not a fun day, but crew member Ian was dead keen to get out and we hadn’t caught up for over a year, so we headed off. The predictions were accurate, but this meant there were very few boat on the harbour and no pressure at the ramp launching and retrieving. The live bait were obliging and it only took 20 minutes to fill the tanks with little Yakkas - didn’t try for squid as I still had (have) loads of cuttlefish from the l
    7 points
  40. Hi all, Up here in Nelson’s bay and the weather is a bit hit and miss. None the less I took the boy out for a fish this morning at Fingal bay. Plan was to catch some beach worms and then target the Whiting. No sign of any worms but luckily my son found a couple of pipis which was just enough to give him a few baits. First bait, he gets a solid Whiting and that was about all we got except an opportunistic sand crab. I want to mention, there was a nice guy at the beach who gave us a couple of worms. Thanks for those mate if you’re reading. does anyone know where we can try fo
    7 points
  41. Fish turn up in some funny places, I think he was a bit optimistic with a landing net though......
    7 points
  42. Hi, Went boating with my mrs last Monday. We launched the boat at Apple Tree Bay at 10.30am and started fishing couple hundred metres from the boat ramp. Light 1-3kg rod with my favourite plastic lure Zman MinnowZ, Pearl/Blue Glimmer 3inch. High tide was still 1-1.5 hours away. I was casting over the drop off and second or third cast I felt something heavy. After 5-10 minutes beautiful 63 cm flathead was in our boat. Ten minutes later 25 cm model was caught on another fishing rod with squid bait, then small bream. After this we moved to another bay not far away to catch 2 small squids on
    6 points
  43. There is a safety meeting tomorrow at Hill 60 In the past month five (5) people have tragically lost their lives while rock fishing at Hill 60 Port Kembla. A community engagement will be held at this location from 3pm to 6pm on Friday 26 February 2021 to offer advice and educational tips on rock fishing safety. The community engagement is a collaborative approach with stake holders including; officers from Lake Illawarra Police, NSWPF Marine Area Command, NSWPF Multi-Cultural Liaison Officers, Transport for NSW – Maritime, Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries, Surf Life Savin
    6 points
  44. Water temp in the harbour was 24.2 and water clarity / visability was excellent (8-0 m). Live bait (squid and Yakkas) were easy today and there lots of rat kingfish at all the headlands and bait grounds. Bonito and mackerel were also in numbers. Only one keepers I give today, but year total now 91. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to get wide, due to big swell or strong winds or both. Fisho Tim, go this first Kingie (total of 6, but only one legal at 66cm) and was understandably stoked. Lots of Kingies in the berley stream fishing for livies though.
    6 points
  45. Headed out early this morning with the FIL and BIL - I got picked up in their new boat. We filled the live bait tank then poked our nose out the front of broken bay. Like a frightened turtle we quickly retreated back into the safety of the Hawkesbury River. We missed the tide change and fished Flint and Steel and Juno for three good sized tailor. Sorry no photos of the fish. A great trip and I look forward to more trips further offshore when conditions are better. The last time they caught five dollies.
    6 points
  46. easy to call these people idiots, but just remember a whole lot of people willingly go into the water everyday , swimming into rip currents, swimming while there are sharks in the water.... why are risky behaviour by swimmers and surfers tolerated but as soon as any rock fisherman gets swept in, news/media jumps in and call these people stupid and idiots? When was the last time you saw on a life guard rescuing a swimmer wearing life jackets at the beach? by the same standard we should name and shame everyone that needs rescuing swimming in the ocean and surfers that dress like sea
    6 points
  47. Copied from Facebook page of Marine Rescue Port Stephens ———————————————————— Sunday February 7, 2021 Today was a memorable day for Marine Rescue Port Stephens . We were honoured by being asked to assist with the scattering of the ashes of our former Coxswain, Watch Officer and Boat Manager, Barney Pinney. Our very good friend passed away before Christmas. He had a wish that his Ashes be scattered in the waters of Port Stephens from PS31 (John Thompson). His wish was delivered Sunday afternoon during a small private family ceremony. A very touching part of the sa
    6 points
  48. So my dad was at my uncle’s tackle shop the other day and he came home telling me that a customer showed him a video of a marlin that was hooked inside the port hacking river. I couldn’t believe it and after searching for the vid with no luck I gave up and moved on, a bit sceptical about it all. However, I just saw the video reposted on a Facebook page and i couldn’t believe my eyes. Link to the video (not mine btw): https://vm.tiktok.com/ZSokcX3w/ @mrsswordfishermannot sure if I’m allowed to repost the link but if it needs to be deleted that’s fine.
    6 points
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