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  1. 12 points
    Hi all, A bit of a delayed post. Went for a kayak session in the George's River on Labour day using soft plastics on the rising tide in the lugarno and menai area. Started in the morning at around 8am and finished fishing by 12pm. Was using a clear prawn squidgy and 2.5 watermelon zman grub. Caught 3 bream ranging from 27 - 34cm, 1 flathead at 42cm and a mulloway at 63cm. The mulloway was caught on the prawn squidgy 2 hours before high tide on a steep drop-off. Caught the others on the zman grub. Using 6lb braid to 8lb leader. Surprisingly the 34cm bream had more fight then the mulloway which was almost dead weight. Released all fish except 1 bream and the flathead which was kept for the table. The mulloway are out there if anyone is keen to give them a go. Hopefully next time they are a bit bigger!! Cheers Joe
  2. 10 points
    I really needed to get out for a fish this weekend. My son has been saying he'd like to come so I asked if he wanted to come and he said yes. We set off at a kid friendly 8am. Beautiful morning in Brisbane Water. We cruised out past Box Head and made for West Reef. I was thinking we'd drift over the reef a few times. I've been getting heaps of bycatch here and he is happy catching anything. I pulled up a bit short to judge the drift and we dropped a couple of lines over. Within minutes we were both on to little fish and pulled in a pair of little flatties that we released. By now I had the direction of the drift sorted so we moved the boat, revisited and drifted across the front of the reef. We pulled in several red rock cod on the first drift, getting bites as soon a as we got into the bottom 1/3 of the water. There was a bit of swell - about 1-1.5m. My son said he was starting to feel a bit sick. I decided we would move out a little wider to get off the reef and try for flatties. Figured in the deeper water out a bit the waves would not be quite so pronounced. I moved to a mark I have in about 33m of water where I have caught flatties before. I didn't want to take him further out in case he got properly sea sick. I put the first rod down and it buckled straight away. Technically it was Ollie's rod, but as he was lying face down in the cabin I brought it in. He perked up a bit when we landed a nice fat 38cm flounder! Great fish! But he still wanted to go in. I said let's give it 10. I rebaited his rod and sent it back down, but didn't bother with the other one as he was looking a little pale. Again the rod was hit straight away, but this time they took the bait and left. I really wanted to stay, it just felt like it was on. But I didn't want to turn a good experience for the boy into a bad one so we headed in. Got home to hear the the words a fisherman hates hearing... You're home early. All up the boy had a good time and the wife and I got to share the flounder for lunch. Did it whole on the BBQ and served with a burnt butter and sage sauce. Delicious.
  3. 9 points
    We are here for a week with the Campbelltown Catholic Club Fishing Club. Swordie and Des were up at sparrows and hit the 40m mark north of Ulladulla Harbour. Armed with Swordie’s “secret bait” aka Woolies peeled prawns they were on. First drop down with a paternoster rig and bang they were into them! Swordie and Des bagged out on snapper and flathead and caught some pigfish, nannygai, leatherjackets and trevally. Swordie won the fish of the day with his 1.61 kg Morwong. A great day out with Des. Yes Stewy you may go tomorrow if you win those dollars again
  4. 8 points
    Washing, ironing, cooking, dishes, cleaning takes up at most an hour of my valuable time. The other 23 hrs I sleep so I have the energy for the previously mentioned. Cheers, bn
  5. 8 points
    I get that kayak maintenance is important. I own a Hobie Revolution 13 which gets a wipe down every time it comes home. I service the mirage drive once a year at home including a grease change. After walking past a marina this afternoon I think my maintenance program is a little inadequate compared to whoever owns the kayak in the photo... I would have never thought of booking a slipway for an annual kayak service.
  6. 7 points
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  7. 7 points
    I was trying to decide what to for fishing on the weekend when I got a text from fishraider Zoran AKA @zmk1962 He wanted to go out bottom bashing for flathead and I'd been chatting with him during the week about getting a bigger boat, so this was a good opportunity to go out in one and see how it goes. We made plans to meet at Paisley bay ramp and then head offshore. I was there a little earlier an was surprised at how busy the ramp was. For the most part, people were ok, but as I was used to Woy Woy, I found it a bit hectic. Anyway, when Zoran got there, it was a lot quieter, we loaded the boat and went to launch. At this point, Zoran asked me if I wanted to have a go at driving the boat off so he could go and park the trailer. So I did and his boat was very easy drive. I was pretty nervous about scratching his pride and joy but I managed to get the boat off the trailer and then up to the jetty for Zoran to jump on. We then switched places and headed out at a leisurely 60 k/hr. The swell was quite small and there wasn't much wind to speak off. We stopped at the 40 metre mark and started a few drifts. We got a half a dozen small flatties so moved out to 50 metres and started again. I got on to a couple of 40 cm models and Zoran suggested a tactic that I have never used and that was to anchor. With the press of a button, the anchor was deployed and we started catching. It was a good tactic and seemed to produce the goods. When it went a bit quiet, Zorans' magic finger lifted up the anchor so we started drifting until we found some more and then down it went. I don't do this in my boat, its too hard winding up a flathead from 50 metres, let alone doing it with an anchor, but the electric model Zoran has makes this an effective addition to the fishing tackle box! This was so successful, that by around 9:15, we've got 20 flathead on board, and surprisingly, had to come up with a plan B, or what to do next. We headed out to the FAD, but noting much was out there, then tried a spot of reef fishing, with the only things that we caught being a pike and a nannygai. The wind started getting up so we decided to head back in, and Zoran handed me the keys to drive back in. I really enjoyed it, and Zoran was giving plenty of coaching about adjusting the trim and throttle to make it a softer ride back. It was good and I'll be trying to incorporate it in to my driving style. Finally we were back, and I was once again entrusted to drive the boat on to the trailer, and thankfully, the weather and tide gods were kind and the boat went straight on first go. We then spent a bit of time cleaning the fish and swapping stories before heading off. Top day and it was good fun fishing with another raider.
  8. 7 points
    Hi Thought i might post this pic, its been a long time since i have caught one of these. So stoked when i saw colour, new straight away what it was. Cant wait to get another.
  9. 7 points
    With a break in the weather (no torrential rain at least) and spousal dispensation I decided to head to my usual Pittwater location on Sunday to fish the run in tide from 4pm towards sunset and see what was around. A trip a few weeks ago suggested that things were starting to liven up in the estuaries and I was keen to see if warmer conditions together with recent rains had helped to stir things up. For the gear junkies I was fishing with my usual setup for bait fishing from a jetty: 9ft Shimano raider 7kg rod, Daiwa TD Sol III 3000D, 12lb power pro braid, 8lb leader. Bait was salted pillies and endeavour prawns. Casting unweighted with a strong southerly at my back I was getting better than usual cast distance. Second cast and I was into the trevally with a good 33cm specimen in the bucket (this was a catch your dinner session btw). A few pinkies later (as always) and I’m onto another nice trevally. I’m steering it in taking care to keep the rod out in case it makes a run for the pylons and just as I’m about to lift it out a large flathead emerges from the depths beneath the jetty and takes a swipe at the trevally. A bit ambitious considering the trev would have been around 30cm. I leave the trev in the water to watch the flattie keep swiping and then somehow like a bizarre aquatic magic trick the trevally is off the hook (only a small No 4 mustad baitholder) and the flattie is on. But it must have engulfed the hook as it takes a run for the bottom and one headshake later I’m busted off. Disappointing but not unexpected. Oh well. Re-rig and back out. About 15 minutes later I’m on to another trevally. Again as I’m bringing it in the same flattie emerges and takes a swipe at it. This time I land the trev and decide that if the flattie is hanging around under the wharf I’m going to go after it. I change up to 12lb leader and throw out the bait with a slow retrieve into the zone the flattie keeps coming out of. First cast, nothing. Second cast and the flattie jumps on! After a few runs I have him close to the jetty and the net in the water when it dives and again busts me off. Re-rig, this time with a long shank hook, and go again. After half an hour of working the flattie zone there are no more touches. I decide my chance to land the flattie is gone so I start casting out further again. More pinkies and trevs. By 6:30 I’ve got a feed of trevally in the bucket. I’m feeling only moderately pleased. The thought of that big flattie that got away twice is still on my mind. I finally run out of prawns and switch over to pillies. Cast out and something jumps on. Something heavy. Not running like a trevally. Get it a bit closer and I spy it in the water and bugger me it’s that flathead again. This time pinned through the lip with a long shank hook. No escape this time. After a few heavy runs he’s into the net and up onto the wharf. 61cm. Very nice. I release a couple of the trevs because the flattie is now going to be my special guest at dinner. But here’s the question: was it the same flattie each time or was I just into a school of big ones? I saw it three times before I landed it and each time it looked about the same size in the water. Either way, it made for a great ending to the day and hopefully a good omen for the season to come. Tight lines.
  10. 6 points
    Just returned from a week in Far North Queensland, based at Lucinda at the southern end of Hinchinbrook channel. The saltwater fishing was tough we spent a day fishing the reef and the creeks for barra with very little to show for it. The other 2 fishing days I had planned involved hitting some freshwater systems in the area, all the spots we fished I found using goolge. Our first proper freshwater session was freshwater creek in Cairns. Only a small system but full of jungle perch, near the top of my bucket list. A beautiful system, full of JP's but as I had read very wary, these fish are the flightiest fish I've ever casted at and after 2 hours of fruitless strikes and a couple of dropped fish it finally happened it's been nearly 30 years since I first saw JP's in a book and have dreamed of catching one ever since, they're a truly stunning fish. Only managed 1 JP for the session but still absolutely pumped. On the way bac from Cairns we hit the Tully river, starting at the upper section in the Tully Gorge natonal park. The hits came thic and fast and after awhile finally came up tight on a fish. A khaki grunter similar to a sooty but endemic to the Tullythese things fight like demons. Continued casting for a couple more fish not a lot of size but a lot of fun. Heading away from Tully gorge we decided to fish an easily accessible piece of river for a last ditch effort to get a few fish for the arvo. The next half hour was insane with both me and Amy cracking some solid sooty and khaki grunter These things pull like trains I'd heard they were tough but I had no idea. With fading light the one last call was made and whilst running a zman grub and jigspinner down a rapid run the rod was nearly pulled from my hands, the fight was nothing short of brutal had to run downstream to bring the fish into a small beach all the while watching for crocs. in the end out came a 42cm sooty build like a tank. With that the day was ended on a fist pumping high. Our final day of fishing I planned a trip out to Herbert gorge accessing it from the bottom end in the Yamani section of Girrigun NP. This place is well known for big crocs and a chat with a local at the gate confirmed the rumours. A nice smoking hot half km walk in and we hit water This place was huge rugged and isolated and amazing there was also some very sinister looking croc water there were some very big slides on the bank in this section Amy didn't waste anytime getting some casts in we caught quite a few sooties fishing the deeper pools with most fish coming from the base of rapids similar to trout the Herbert fish weren't as big but beautifully coloured and just as hard fighting if not more. I did manage to hook a barra of about 65cm he took a couple of awesome jumps before my leader slipped through a gap in the jighead (a squidgy pro range very disapointed in the quality). We tried hard with bigger plastics for a barra but only eneded up with more sooties although Amy got smashed by what I assume was a big freshwater Jack. The heat ended up getting the better of us even after having a dip in a couple of safe sections. I intend to got back to FNQ and just focus on the freshwater options it was awesome we worked hard but cracked plenty of fish. Couple of suggestions if anyone gets inspired by this report pack light when trekking a couple of packets of plastics is all you need don't underestimate how much water you'll need we almost did luckily we had just enough to reach the car crocs are there we saw lots of croc evidence a long long way from the salt it's easy to forget they're there because if they're doing it right you won't see them (we did see a small one) cheers for reading Dave
  11. 6 points
    Went out very early this morning to try and get a session in before work and before the wind came up. I launched about 5am and the wind was already about 10 knots at the Blackwall boat ramp. I hightailed it out past Box Head - the forecast swell was very low so I wanted to see if I could drift for flatties or if the wind was going to be too much. Swell was indeed negligible. The wind was not, however. Because it was an offshore wind and West Reef is on my way to the mark I was heading for I cut the motor just short of West Reef with a view to letting the wind drift me over it. I put a couple of baits rods down. I landed a Sgt Baker and had a squid follow the bait up on the other rod. Normally I would have had a squid jig rigged up already on another rod, but not today. In a pre-work session I always try to avoid re-rigging as it just eats into fishing time. I hooked into something else as well. It did not feel big but it was crafty and it managed to cut me off on the reef. Not bad for one drift over the reef, but I wanted to stick to my plan so I headed further out to a bit past the 40m mark to a spot that has produced good flatties recently. I changed up the sinker and dropped baits down. Even with the drogue out I was drifting quite quickly so I decided to just fish one rod, keep it in hand and open the bail arm if it was coming off the bottom. This paid off as I quickly hooked up and could tell it was a decent fish. I worked it up and and netted a flattie around the low 50s mark. Unfortuantely the wind was just picking up though and I sensed this was going to be a hiding to nothing so I decided to change tactics. I headed in a bit to around the 30m mark and dropped on a spot I had marked in the sounder. I managed to land and release a small squire and undersized flattie, but the drift was still too quick to keep the baits down. I wound up and headed even closer in. Because the wind was offshore I decided to nose in just outside Box Head and let it drift be back out over the drop off. This proved a good tactic as it was a bit sheltered so the drift was slower. I not only could keep baits down, but I could even downsize the sinker. Then the rod loaded up and I struck and had a solid hookup. And it ran - peeling line off my fairly light gear I use for flatties. I could feel definite head shakes and was wondering - could this be the big snapper that had been eluding me? It was not a bad fight, but of line lost, regained and lost again. But then I saw colour and knew it was not a snapper, but a gummy shark! Not what I was after, but I'll take that any day of the week! By now it was time to head in so I dispatched the gummy, wound up and headed for home. Glad I did, too because by the time I got back to the ramp the wind had picked up even further. Only a couple of hours on the water and came home with a nice flattie and a gummy for the table. The Gummy was a first for me and measured in just under 97cm. Great way to start the day.
  12. 6 points
    G’day guys, with a few days off mid week I made the most of the conditions and had a flick around the local. Flicked a variety of soft vibes and plastics mixing it up between 3-4inch paddle tails and changing the weights to match the depth and tides I managed to put a number of fish in the boat. Majority of the fish were smaller around the 45-50 Cm mark but were in good numbers. Managed to get a 75cm female late In the arvo which after a quick happy snap was released. Now is the time to get out to your local estuary, tie on a plastic and have a flick.
  13. 6 points
    Went for a 5 hr paddle up a local creek this morning three of us fishing total of two tiny bream and a couple of fish dropped but its not all about the fish as it was a great morning weatherwise and good company
  14. 6 points
    Thanks @blaxland .. now when I come home after 'wasting a hole day' without 'any fish to show for it' I will have another excuse to give my wife -- " sorry hon... no fish 'coz of the internet! " BAHAHAHA ? Cheers Z
  15. 5 points
    Hi All, There I was trying to explain why I spent $70 on a stick bait (without hooks) and how it works to my mother when I decided to do a Youtube search. Found this link to someone else's report and the sound of the drag going off on the first run is music to my ears and way too good not to share. For those that have not achieved the metre plus king (me included) this is the sound to look forward to (in the immortal words of Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Turn it up!"): Now I'm seriously contemplating a heavier rod to match up with a Saragossa SW20000.... That looks like way too much fun.
  16. 5 points
    Hi all, Went for a quick flick with my workmate and fishing buddy yesterday arvo. Last chance for local species before i head to thailand for 3 months. Anyway, the whiting were more than happy to play. Fish pictured went 36cm to the tip and inhaled the fly so deep it had to be retrieved throught the gills. Biggest would've cracked 40. Unfortunately he was lightly pinned and managed to escape nick's grasp before the glamour shot. Fly of choice was hammerhead BMS in tan with pink flashy rib, as pictured below. They didnt seem interested in the more elaborate shrimp patterns (probably because theres more baitfish than prawns in the inner west). After half a dozen or so whiting plus a couple of small but plump bream, we made the mistake of leaving fish to find more fish. Sadly the other side of the bay wasnt as productive. Hopefully the next report contains a mahseer or peacock bass!
  17. 5 points
    My mrs paints.This one above our bed is over 20yrs old now.She's a really good painter/drawer.
  18. 5 points
    Usually working through an extremely long list of things to do around the home. There is always something! The two things I have in life that take me to a happy place are fishing and music. I play guitar and sing, sometimes even in front of people... ? I have written a few songs but not for some time - I guess I lost all that angst! ? I just took over caring for a bonsai plant of my son’s. So far I’m finding peace in that, so I may take up bonsai. ?
  19. 5 points
    Hey @blindmullet please don't take this the wrong way .... its probably just me showing my age... but does anyone else find it somewhat funny to read "blindmullet" and "sewage spill" in the same topic .... ... as a kid I just remember we'd always be wary of blindmullets swimming off Sydney beaches that were near the old sewage outflows - especially when the king tides were on ! .... BAHAHA... Z
  20. 5 points
    Launched at Tunks on saturday and found the harbour quite smooth but once outside there was the usual washing machine until clear of Bluefish, and even then it was very sloppy for the first 2 hours before the southerly dropped right off. Reading the other saturday reports we did not do as well as they were very quite at our usual spot off DY in 55m, and by the number of changes in location the charter boats in the area were not finding them either. The conditions might have been against us as the seas and wind made it very uncomfortable until the wind dropped and then there was no drift at all. We did manage 5 bluespots and a wrasse but did not match the catches of the other reports up further north.
  21. 5 points
    Last Sunday I took Big Neil out to chase blackfish and meet a few of the boys. We started around the inner west and it was dead.!!! 5 guys fishing and nobody got a touch. We changed spots and still nothing. The conditions weren't great with the southerly so fishing options were limited, the guys packed it in and Neil and I went to the eastern suburbs for one last go. The theory being with all the rain the fish had headed towards the mouth of the harbour. There were signs of life from the start and things were looking up. We were getting the downs but no solid hookups. I almost hooked an 80cm king that followed my weed and Neil hooked 1 blackfish but lost it at the net. It just wasn't going to happen. Yesterday was totally different, I planned to go east again but after a late night I stayed close to home and fished the afternoon runout tide around Woolwich. The forecast was for northerly winds so I thought I would be protected, funny how the wind seems to follow me, it hooks around in the harbour and starts blowing east. Just had to put up with it. I found weedon the rocks at Curly on Thursday after work and when I went back on Friday to collect, it was mostly covered with inches of sand. I got what I could, scraped up the sand and grabbed heaps of cabbage to mix in the berley. The action started from the get go. I hooked up to a decent fish but lost it at the last minute trying to lift it rather than net it. I didn't make that mistake again. More followed including a couple of sleepers, they didn't take the float under but they did take the bait. The berley was mostly cabbage but all the fish were taken on weed, I tried cabbage bait but they wouldn't touch it. Most of the fish were around 30cm but 1 was well over the 40cm mark, a big square mouth. I could have bagged out, but I called it with 9 in the keeper net. I let 6 go including the big one and kept 3 for the smoker.
  22. 5 points
    Just a quick one Headed to stockton beach last weekend for a swim for the kids and bought along the rods "incase" there was some free time. Found a nice little gutter for the kids to swim in and threw in a gang pillie. nothing touched it for hours until mr sambo got lost and took the bait. Just a quick little fight and a happy snap and he was sent off to find his way home. and nothing else touch my pillies for the rest of the day. The wife and the kids had a blast swimming and flying kites!
  23. 5 points
    True blaxland but just because you know where does not assure you of fish. Location is only one element involved. Fishraiders catch fish because they help others with the other elements and they do their research ;) Good on your flatties and hope you had a nice dinner :)
  24. 5 points
    Hello all. Thought I would share my little creation here. I was fishing a few times a week with the Mrs, 2 kids and a baby and ended up with a heap to carry to and from our favorite spots, often along dirt tracks or off road. I looked at buying a caddy but they were a bit pricey and didn't do it for me so I knocked one up in an hour or so with a few bits and pieces and some stuff I had lying around. Provided you have a bunch of stuff flying around like me you will need to buy very little, if not; $25 big pneumatic wheeled trolley from bunnings $15-$25 appropriately sized heavy duty plastic storage tub with lid $8 Occie straps $7-$15 worth of PVC pipe (appropriate size and amount you need) $3 packet of cable ties Total $75 at most Super simple. Cut your PVC to length, as many as you need, cut a notch in them for the reels so the don't spin around. Drill 4 holes through your box per length of pipe. Run your cable ties through and secure your rod holders. Done and dusted. My tub holds a bait bucket full of bait, all my tackle and spare line and gear, some rags and some other little bits and pieces (sunscreen, aeroguard etc) Esky for your food and drink for the day. Secure them to the trolley with your straps and you are sweet. I have wheeled this set up a few KM's on a muddy dirt road with no dramas, all very secure, holds a tonne of wait, and the lid is plenty thick to hold the weight of the esky. I often strap some fold up chairs on too. The big wheels are great over rough terrain. Though you folks here might enjoy my shonky little DIY trolley, looks a bit odd but definitely a life saver and makes family trips a whole lot easier and quicker. Packing the ute is a breeze too. Cheers.
  25. 5 points
    When the current is tunning even a small amount it creates a pressure wave as it pushes up over a reef fish sit on the face of the reef waiting for food to come to them or they dit in the eddy created by the pressure of the water being pushed over the reef behind it and look for food items being washed off the reef drift can be caused by wind not current so i normally drop anchor uphill from reef and see which way your burley flows if it heads toward reef good if its goin wrong way anchor on other side of reef....if wind and current are opposite go someehere else cause its too hard fishing back under boat toward anchor
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