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  1. 13 points
    G’day raiders, Headed out this morning with mate and fellow raider @Woodsy1. It’s been a while since the both of us have been out. We were keen and left early. Pitch black and some fog about it took a while to get to our destination, all the while being mindful of the migrating whales. Got to our spot at first light and began to throw sps! Very little wind, swell and current. It took a while for the first fish but Woodsy came up tight and landed a decent 45cm snaps. Next was my turn and I’ll boated a healthy 55cm one. We moved a few spots with the drift and wind changing every time making it hard to hit the mark. We changed locations again but now the wind was up and helped a consistent drift. We drifted straight over some bait and boom! I came up tight to a thumping red that gave a good account of itself. Some manoeuvring around the boat was needed but a well netted snaps was now onboard going 75cm. I then realised that it was Woodsy’s lure I borrowed, his boat and he netted the fish for me! How rude! But what a champ he is! We made our way back and hit a few other spots for one snaps at 35cm released. Then cruises back at 30 knots in sublime conditions! Yet another great trip and great company and I’m not talking about the whales, dolphins or scenery. Thanks Woodsy! Cheers scratchie!!!
  2. 12 points
    Headed out at just after 5am Friday from little beach boat ramp with Port Stephens fish'o and fishraider member Jrcjamie. I've been talking to Jamie for a good 2 - 3 years asking for tips and advice on weather conditions, certain species of fish etc. I spoke with Jamie on Friday afternoon and after months of planning (me hounding him) Jamie was free to take me out on his boat and show me a few tips on catching BIG snapper. Nicknamed banana for good reason by Scratchie I wasn't real optimistic as I've brought some good fish'os undone before 😂 Jamie told me it wasn't exactly the best time for snapper, it would be more a tutorial than anything but was confident he'd put me on a couple. Arrived at an area and sounded up some reef and bait at one of his spots near Broughton island, and after showeing me his technique and explaing a few things he said go for it! A couple of cast later my line come up tight and Jamie said you're onto a good fish here and it went straight under the boat, it was pulling hard like nothing I'd ever experienced before, any other time I'm pretty sure I'd lose this fish but Jamie talked me through getting it boat side where he netted it after dropping it and thought he'd lost it on me 😁 I could have hugged and kissed the bloke, cannot explain the feeling. I've never had a feeling like it, this thing was huge and I'd never thought I'd ever catch such a beautiful big beast, it has been one of my dream fish ever since I started trekking out through the heads, It was by far the best ever feeling, the pure power of this thing on the end of my line was something I could not get enough of, and little did I know I'd get to experience it a few more times during the morning. We had a great drift with plenty of bait and fish showing up on the sounder, I'm sure we'd get railed a few more times but a boat load of spear fishos came and pulled up right in out drift and started scouting around and scared the fish off. After a few choice words from the skipper they left but made sure they made as much noise as possible with their screaming motor and scooted off all the way up our drift line ensuring we wouldn't catch any more at that spot. We moved from that spot and Jamie scoured around and found another spot which produced another bohemath snapper a short time later, it was a donkey also and once again had my arms stretched as it took off making my reel scream! Isn't it just the best sound in the world a screaming reel. We both hooked up at the same time on a couple more big reds and a period of mayhem where we were both pulling in some decent reds at the same time. A short while later I dropped another monster, as I left the bail arm open for too long and when I closed it, it just a broke me off like it was nothing. It was the greatest fishing day of my fishing life, catching a couple of dream snapper, I thought I never could, I cannot express the feeling and was just in a state of fishing bliss evey time I thought of these things I'd landed and the fight.... I couldn't stop looking over at the Esky and looking at a couple of huge tails hanging out of it. I would like to say a huge thanks, and give all the credit to Jamie. He made me a very very happy fisherman and I cannot thank him enough, absolute legend and very humble guy making a fishing wish come true for me. Thanks for reading.
  3. 12 points
    I headed out early this morning with @antonywardle to chase some flatties off shore. When we had the central coast Fish Raider lunch the other day ant was telling me that he had gotten pretty good at the flatties offshore. He was not kidding! We launched just after 6am from Woy Woy and made our way out of the heads and into Broken Bay. We started drifting in about 50-55m of water. First 10 mins or so were fairly quiet. Then mayhem! After I pulled in the first couple on pilles we hit a patch of flatties. We were both using two rods and went through a period where we could barely rebait one rod without the other going off. By nine we had 12 keepers between us and had both several undersize or just legal fish go. Ant also pulled up a few whiting as well - I think about 5 all told through the morning. By this time we were running out of "the good pillies" and were into some prawns and some very manky pillies that had been refrozen and were pretty awful. But we were still catching fish but it took a bit longer to get the remaining ones. We repositioned and worked through the remaining bait and I even tried out my worst ever lures just for a laugh. I was picking they would catch nothing. Ant thought I might get a jacket. Surprisingly we were both wrong with my two biggest flatties (both over 40cm) falling to my $5 squid lures! Having said that Ant landed the two biggest fish of the day. Mine ranged from about 35 to 45 cm. But we both bagged out - with me pulling up my 10th just as the bait ran out. This was my first time I've ever bagged out so was pretty happy. We headed in about noon and on the way back in I spotted a whale breaching and Ant killed the motor. As we slowed it arched gracefully, flicked its tail up and disappeared. What a great finish to a top session. Everyone one at home was dying for fish tacos - so we had a good feed and could give some fillets to the elderly couple across the street. And there was still enough left to vac pac some for later. A great day.
  4. 11 points
    Hey Guys, With the offshore conditions continuing to be excellent we filled the bait tanks with slimey's and yakka's and headed North from Broken Bay, Plenty of Whale and Dolphin's on the run up the Centy Coast. Dropped two livie's on our first drift over the reef at 118m deep for 2 good Kings to 90 + cm. Action on and off for the day, plenty caught. The best going 105cm. All big fat fish. Regards, Toby
  5. 10 points
    After a donut trip on the blackies in the harbour I decided to give my trusty standby spot at long reef a go for pigs and blackies. Donut on those too... despite using red cooked prawn, cungie, weed and bread. Nothing tempted them so was scratching my head a little. Probably the westerlies being the culprit?? Anyway... Nothing but dozens of wrasse...UNTIL... Bam! The rod buckles over and the drag starts peeling off my alvey as I loaded up the fishes weight. Figured woohoo I'm gonna have myself a nice tussle with a big silver drummer as it was fighting pretty clean. Started sweating too as I only had 12lb line on. After a solid 5-10mins I lost count of how many runs this fish took I got it up to the surface to reveal my first ever winter rat kingie (scraping in at 67cm - made some fine sashami and ceviche). Lucky for a few helpful ISO fishermen close-by with their long landing nets helped me land the fish. Gave them a dozen leftover cungie as thanks when I called it quits not long after. Caught this little fella on a peeled prawn about 1m from the ledge. Who knew. Will probably target kings more often now. I'm hooked! (pun intended). It made up for the donut tripS on the blackies and drummer.
  6. 10 points
  7. 9 points
    About two months ago i caught my first kingfish on lure, havent visited fishraider for a little so havent posted. Reading @DerekD‘s post about his central coast kings got me fired up again since originally Derek taught me the retrieve for kingfish along with lots of other important info about kingfish which definately helped me with getting this beauty. I was out with two mates and after getting a few flathead, decided to come back inside cos i wasnt feeling too great. Came back into pittwater and fish some pilchards, fish didnt hit so i decided to put on a little lure after seeing some whitebait getting spooked. I still reckon this was mostly luck but i was just hopping it on the bottom and suddenly just took off. Line was a little frayed from flatties so took it easy. Got it up and my mate scooped it up. While i was unhooking it my mate picked up my rod and dropped it down to try his luck, hooked up almost instantly to a good sized trevally. My other mate then had a go and got a flounder. What ive taken away from this is that correct lure choice is key, these fish were keyed in on small baitfish and wouldnt eat a pillie. Very happy with this catch and an awesome day out on the water.
  8. 9 points
    Hey Guys!!! Last night l went out for a fish around the Neutral Bay Area, I grabbed a bunch of frozen Pillies & Prawns from the servo and made my way down. l was lucky enough to have @DerekD come down and show me a few good tricks, from squidling basics to just casting techniques... WOW he knows a lot!!! On arriving we setup and got into a bit of squidling after no success for the first 15-20mins we put that aside to get the other rods setup and put some bait out there, I simply cut the tails off the pillies put a decent hook through and loop it so it doesn't come off with only a little nibble!! After 1 hour Derek noticed my large rod had some movement, I grabbed it and got anot even five seconds later BOOM WE WERE ON!!! The fish gave the line a great little screaming noise but after 15 mins we bought it in and @DerekD got the salmon in the net for me! YES FIRST EVER SALMON!! "Swallowed the how rig" After measuring it for a second time at home by laying it flat over the tape it broke the 60cm mark!!!!! Yes I couldn't wipe the smile of my face as you can see below. On the way out I noticed some bream and quickly dropped a line it and they had a look but just simply weren't taking the bait, the Mrs started to call the phone and yes that meant TIME TO GET MYSELF HOME All in all was a fantastic achievement and defiantly a PB for my land base fishing ***Big Thankyou to @DerekD For coming down and helping me through he evening*** Gear: 1.) (Running sinker method) Rod: Aerowave 9ft Carbon Reel: Shimano Baitrunner 6000D Line: 14lb 2.) (Running sinker method) Rod: Shimano Beastmaster Reel: Abu Garcia Line: 8lb 1.) Shakespeare Jungle Combo (From a shop) 2-4kg Setup (Used this for my Jigging) These where the conditions for last night fishing adventure Tide Time: 7pm Tide Hieght: 1.69m Weather: 16 Degrees 5-7pm / 13 Degrees 8-10pm Sunset: 5:11pm NEW P.B - 60CM AUSTRALIAN SALMON
  9. 8 points
    Teambaitcatcher had an excellent opportunity to push out wide to chase some fin off Sydney which was made possible due to 1st mate mobile marine. We contacted our great friend Dean, a charter operator to give us an idea and location as to where to look. After countless hours of trolling in not so ideal conditions we managed to find a patch of fin went 10-10-10 only keeping 3 fish for a feed (3 people onboard) Most fish were caught on a jigs and the biggest going 61kg Pm us for the name of the charter operator (site rules)
  10. 8 points
    Nothing to exciting, had the urge to catch a few salmon, was going to take a little flick stick with 10lb braid but after picking up the rod decided to go even lighter and take a 1-3kg bream rod with 6lb line. The lighter meant I could drop down to 20g lures but still have quite a good cast distance. Drove 5mins up the road stepped onto the beach and was into my first fish first cast, followed by several more all in the small 1kg size bracket. Decided to move on to the next promising looking spot about 100m further up the beach. Once again it was fish after fish, all great fun and certainly no push over on the light gear but still on the small size. The next spot, a favorate of mine was about 1km further up the beach. The walk barefooted in the incredibly soft sand gave me quite a workout, the cold was also starting to get to my feet now the sun had dropped behind the headland creating a shadow along the beach. Once again first cast into promising looking water loaded up solid, these were a bit better. Ripping off line and using the surf to their advantage the 6lb gear was simply the best fun. Still not big but at least they were hitting the 2kg size, the fish were solid one after another, lost count around 30 before heading back towards the car, couldn't resist a couple more casts back at the car which once again hooked up instantly. Took three newbies back up there today, forgot just how hard it is trying to show people how to cast and use gear. A few tangles and cracked off lures but they still caught and released around 20+ salmon and 1 tailor ( didn't let them use The 6lb gear ) Just polished of a delicious fish bake from a few fillets from yesterday, today's fish were released.
  11. 7 points
    Fishraider turned 14 on the 29th July! Time goes past so quickly. A very big thanks to all members, guests, sponsors and moderators past and present. Lots of good things in store for the site this year. Cheers mrsswordie
  12. 7 points
    I managed to swing a leave pass from the missus to get out for a fish today. Woo hoo! It’s been nearly 2 months off the water due to a virus that laid me up, plus things that needed doing around home. I left the ramp at about 5:30am. I forgot it was bloody school holidays - why do people need to put their headlights on, high beam even, to reverse their trailer down a ramp?! Have some courtesy and just switch to your parkers for God’s sake! My night vision was ruined as I reversed down (with just my parkers on)! 😡🤬Rant over. I cruised out through the heads at 23 knots - I’ve never had it so smooth through the heads! It looked like it was going to be a great day! I quickly picked up some slimies at Cabbage Tree and took off for Broughton - at a comfortable 26 knots! Surely today was to be a snapper day! Alas, I could not get the snapper to cooperate and I struggled to turn a scale! There was not much current, so I guess it was a case of “no run, no fun”. 😕 I tried plastics, I tried bait - to no avail, only a rock cod and a trevally. I then tried to troll up a bonito, tailor or salmon - again, zilch, so I turned towards home. Stopped at a reef halfway home and tried a drift but, again, not much current and no action. I headed over to the kingfish pens to see if there were any stray kingies around but it was quiet there, too. I then fell back onto my old standby - the flathead drift. It hasn’t let me down much... until now! I only managed one blue spot at 36cm. I released 3 at 33 - legal size, I know but I prefer 36 up. I did drop a nice flathead at the boat while I was reaching for the net. It would have beaten my PB blue spot of 50cm by another 5, I reckon. I got a foul hooked whiting and a shovel nose - that was it! Tried trolling around the inner islands - again, for zilch. Back at the ramp by 1 and home to clean the boat and all the gear - I probably don’t really need to carry 7 rods, do I?! When you’re tired from a long fishless day on the water and you’ve still got the boat to clean and gear to put away, you sometimes find yourself wondering if it’s worth it. 🤔 Then you remember, the awesome sunrise over the island, the sea lion that came up for a close look at The Sisters, the whale that cruised by just 30m away, the sea eagle hunting (with better success than me) around the inner islands, and the garfish skipping around you on the cruise back in (at 26 knots 😀) and you realise that, yes, it really is worth it and you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else! 😎
  13. 6 points
    Hi Raiders, Felt like fish for dinner so I took a day of work and headed out early to Long Reef after collecting some lives at the Quarantine Station. In other posts, I saw that another Raider ( Blaxland) in his Bar Crusher was heading out to Manly Reef and Long Reef so I kept an eye open for him. I arrived at Long Reef and anchored up on the wall just on first lght and set a burley trail going. I dropped an unweighted pilchard in the burley trail and another on a small sinker out a bit wider. After half an hour or so I got a solid strike on the floater and pulled in a nice pan sized snapper. After I didn't get another bite for 15 minutes and then I noticed I had been drifting and was 100 meter s away from my anchor point. Well, the anchor was probably still in the right place but it wasn't' connected to my anchor chain! The coupling must have come unscrewed. Bugger! I motored back to the mark and lowered the Minkota and set the spot lock. When it was light enough to see I thought I could make out a Bar Crusher in the distance but I was not sure. Anyway, after lots more burleying I had a couple of solid strikes on the weighted pilchard rig but I got reefed on a couple of good fish.. not sure what they were as there were rat kings in the burley trail but I think they may have been some better quality reds. After the bite died down I headed off to the grounds around Manly reef to drift for some flathead only to find Blaxland there in his Bar Crusher - We had a chat and drifted for a while a few boat lengths from each other. I caught a ling on the drift but I only stayed about half an hour before heading off to the Colours off North Head. I have a few marks in my sounder for the colours - one off North Head and one off South Head - They are both definite reef areas but I don't know why they are called the same. At the Colours I rigged up a paternoster with one baited hook and one soft plastic. Over a 1 hour session, I caught a couple of blue spot flathead on the baited hooks, a couple of trevally on the soft plastic and few Sargent baker and foul-hooked jackets. No fish pictures at the moment but I went out to get a feed of fresh fish so am about to indulge in. Trevally Sushimi Flathead in Tempura Batter Baked Snapper A side of chips and A Fennel and Apple Salad. ..and oh Yes ..another beer! Cheers Jim
  14. 6 points
    Does appear to be a baby numb ray. You really should have touched it to confirm for us
  15. 6 points
    Yeah, I flat spotted my jockey wheel once! 😂 Also, soon after I moved to the new home here, I towed the trailer up our steep driveway with the motor down - left a white mark up the middle of our black driveway! The funniest thing, though, was leaving the transom straps on the boat... I remember I couldn’t budge the boat off the trailer. It normally floats off well but it had been so long between trips I thought the rollers might have been a bit seized. I drove back up the ramp and reversed down twice, hitting the brakes each time to try and force it off before I realised the straps were still on! It was a good thing I was the only one at the ramp! 😂😂
  16. 5 points
    A plane crashes into the ocean miles from anywhere and there are only a few survivors, who huddle together in the water holding onto a tiny piece of wreckage. Two white pointers- father and son- spot the crash scene and cruise over towards the survivors who are struggling to stay together and afloat. Son shark(SS) says to Father shark(FS) "Look at all the people over there, lets race over and eat 'em!" FS "Hang on son, we've got to do this the right way, first we swim over and circle them with just an inch of our dorsal fin out of the water"- they swim a couple of laps round the survivors. SS "Ok can we eat them now?" FS "Not yet, next we swim a few laps around them with all our dorsal fin out of the water" they swim a few laps. SS "Ok now can we get 'em?" FS "Not yet, next we swim a couple of laps with all our dorsal fin out and we open our mouths so they can see our teeth" they swim the laps baring their big teeth. SS "Ok, now eat 'em?" FS "Not yet! One last thing- this time we do the laps with dorsal fin out and mouths open and as we swim around we do some big practice bites in the water"- they do the laps, fins and teeth out, taking big practice bites around the terrified survivors. SS "Now can we eat 'em?" FS "Yes now son" - they race in and massacre the survivors and after finishing the last one SS "They were tasty dad- but I don't understand why we did all the circling and stuff first?" -FS "Well son, they're a bit like prawns, they taste heaps better when you get all that crap out of 'em first!"
  17. 5 points
    Went up for the yearly visit to see the family. Great day out on the water but probably too good with no drift. Went over the bar just on day break and glad to see it was flat as a tack even on the run out tide. Fishing was good for about an hour, caught a few to keep, three heaps back and got smoked by something decent. After about an hour everything went dead, couldn’t hardly get a bite. Heaps of whales about with some of the best breaches and displays I’ve ever seen, topped the day off.
  18. 5 points
    Hi Fishraiders, Saturday evening, while sitting in a bar, I got a call from a good fishing buddy Mat asking if I was free the next day for a chance at a 1m kingfish. While very short notice (found out later someone had pulled out of the planned trip) the plans I had for Sunday could be changed pretty easily. Said I was in and we made some initial plans. Went home and sorted out some food and gear for the trip and set the alarm for 4am. Mat rocked up at mine and we put the gear in my car, left his new car in my garage then drove West to Mark’s place where the boat was stored. Bit chilly when we arrived with frost on the grass. Loaded up the gear, topped up the fuel tanks and then drove North. If you have ever seen one of those posts “Tag a mate who falls asleep when fishing” then I’m usually the one that gets tagged. True to form I fell asleep on the back seat. Woke up as we were in the Gosford area. At one stage we were discussing trailer handling and I told the lads about the time I was at Tunk’s park boat ramp and an older couple with what looked to be a recently acquired boat show special were struggling with the ramp. She was directing and after about six attempts I realised they were going to be there for a while so I lined my trailer with the other half of the ramp and put it in first go. The lady pointed at her husband to get his attention then pointed at me and very helpfully told her husband “that is how you do it”. The boys laughed. When we got to the ramp I could see why three people were needed. There was enough water surging around the ramp that you or your boat could quickly get into trouble. With Mat on the boat at the controls and Mark and myself in the water we managed to launch the boat safely. Mark asked if I could park up the trailer as the parking area was getting a little crowded and as per my earlier anecdote I reckoned I was pretty good handling a car and trailer. I got the chance to put the money where the mouth was or more accurately the trailer in the spot. To be fair I think Mark was very capable of doing it himself but as the boat and trailer was a relatively new acquisition he needed just a little more confidence that comes with experience. My usual technique is looking over the shoulder rather than using the mirrors. I’d had a cyst removed from my neck on Friday evening and due to the stitches and plaster feeling a bit tight I had to turn the whole body to look over the shoulder – uncomfortable but workable. While I could have driven it straight in that meant the challenge would have been at the end of the day. With a couple of adjustments to work around the parked cars it went smoothly in trailer first. We then boarded the boat from the beach and made the long trip to the bait grounds 200 metres later we’d arrived at the bait grounds. We would have been there quicker but there was a group of swimmers that seemed to think swimming in front of a boat ramp wasn’t a potential safety hazard. 11m deep and plenty of fish showing on the sounder. In went the burley and down went the lines and shortly afterwards we started pulling up some yellowtail. There were even some 30cm plus ones which I looked at with a 1m king gleam in my eyes. Too many for the live well so we put some of the larger ones in my salt water filled esky (after removing the food). Heading out of the bay to the fishing ground we were fortunate enough to see a few whales moving North. Trip out took about an hour and when we pulled up we were over structure in about 160m of water. Local advice is that kings hang around this as it is only structure in the area (no I don't know what it is called or have the GPS marks). There was apparently a fishing competition on that day so we were surprised to find we were the only boat out there. First pass with live yellowtails Mat hooked up and then snagged up on the structure. Neither fish nor working end of the tackle came back. We were using stupidly heavy leads to get down before we drifted over the structure. I was using my 80lb outfit with 100lb leader through the sinker to a swivel then dropped down to 80lb line to the hook. The intention with this rig was that if I snagged up I was likely to lose just the hook and the line below the swivel. It worked as I retained the sinker for the whole day. Counting down I worked out it was taking over a minute for the livies to reach the bottom. Next pass my hook didn’t come back and it looked like the line had been bitten and we thought it was likely to be leatherjackets (bugger). A re-rig, another bridle rigged livie down and this time there was a hook-up and I was on. Some weight but it didn’t feel like a 1m king would. After a hundred plus meters of pumping and winding and got colour and what a beautiful colour it was complete with a yellow tail and I even got my livie back (should that count as 2 yellowtails albeit of 2 different species). Netted and my king count for 2018 was up to 7 with still a few hours of fishing on the cards. It was legal but not by a huge amount. Mark then sent down a livie and upgraded it for a legal king. Mat was struggling a little and losing gear. We’d also get hook ups but then have the hook pull. At one stage we heard a blast of venting air and turned around to see a whale much smaller than any I have seen out there before. It was about 5m long and certainly not a dolphin and Mark called it as a pilot whale. We weren’t getting a king every pass but often enough that it kept things interesting. All the kings were legal but not hugely so although they were pretty broad across the shoulder. They also looked a bit more silver than I had seen before. The winds eased up and the swells flattened out and we had a beautiful albatross bobbing about nearby and keeping us company. Mat then scored his king and Mark changed to jigging and started getting a few more kings. Mat and Mark had double hook-up but I let the team down by not making it a triple. On the next pass I caught my second king. Two livies left for the last few passes as time was running out with 7 kings in the esky. No joy and time up so we let the last livies go. The run back in was pretty good and we were fortunate enough to see a pod of dolphins. The sun was dropping down and glaring through the windscreen by the time we were close to the boat ramp. I changed back into my shorts so I could jump into the water and hold the boat against the surging swell. Mark hopped out with me and before we went up to get the car we watched one of the locals struggling to get his boat back on his trailer so I stepped in to give him a hand (which is sometimes all you need to make a difference). Since we took the time to park the trailer in the first place we had no trouble getting it out of the parking area and down the ramp. With Mark on the winch, me in the water and Mat driving the boat in, putting the boat on the trailer went as smooth as you could ask for. We set the safety chain, ratchet straps, indicator check and Mark asked if I minded driving back to Sydney. Considering that he’d done pretty well all the driving till then I was happy to drive back. On the way back he had the usual manly discussions. Cars, recipes for kingfish, best domestic cleaning products, how our significant others don’t quite get us and multi-layered roles we are having to cope with in today’s complicated political correct society (alright not the last two). Back at Mark’s I got the opportunity to back the boat into the driveway on a cul-de-sac with poor lighting, limited view out the passenger window because of the baby window shade. Even with the two of them acting as spotters it was a challenge. I had to hop out of the car twice to check the alignment. Maybe I’m not quite as good as I thought I was but got it lined up and into the driveway without any scrapes. Mark’s lovely wife Amanda was there to greet us and watch us unload the boat. Mat laid out the 7 kings on a towel and it was such a nice sight I took the picture below. I don’t actually eat fish but I had some recipients in mind for the two I was keeping. My long term fishing mate Todd and the mate that stood on the stingray, Anton “First Cast” M. Mat was going to keep one and then give the other to another couple in our fishing group that often shared their catches with him. Todd was pleasantly surprised to get a king as he loves eating them and he called me up with a thank you today. Anton filleted his and enjoyed the taste of fresh sushi. He has family in town so I suspect they will be eating a meal of fresh kingfish. All in all a fantastic day and I was grateful for the opportunity to get out there and I hope I get to join them again. My kingfish count is at 8 with 10 more to go to achieve my fishing goal of 18 kingfish in 2018. Still working on my other goal of a 1m plus king and more importantly I'm still enjoying the journey. Regards, Derek
  19. 4 points
    Rod and reel combined or just rod?? The rod I fish and recommend as a starting point (or at least baseline) for others is the Shimano Raider bream finesse 762 (7 foot 6 inches 2 piece) 2-4kg lure weight 3-12grams. The length gives me good tip speed for casting and the slightly shorter butt works with my rod tip down fishing style. You should be able to find this at a RRP of $129 but if you look further I am aware of shops selling it for $105. Check with the site sponsor Dinga too and also see what they might recommend. For someone on a bit more of a budget the Shimano Catana 702 spin used to be around $70. Reels - something 1000 to 2500 sized. I like the 1500. Recently I picked up a Sedonna 2500 for $50 as it was price dropped due to the new range coming in. Braid - I like PowerPro in the white as it is easy for me to spot when working plastics. Wasn't a popular colour/shade so stores don't seem to stock it any more. There are many excellent and well priced braids out there. Don't get too stressed about thinking 4lb is too light. Most of the braids overtest (probably to factor in knot weaknesses). I'd challenge you to take a length of braid between your hands and gradually load it up until it breaks. Bet you will cut your hands before it breaks. Often enough 4lb will break at more than double that. A couple of things to think about. Ideally get an experienced SP mentor for the first few times as it will shortcut the learning process. If you can't then: to start, don't fish stupidly light lures (less than 1/8oz) as you start to get casting knots (bird's nests) learn a main line to leader knot and try to avoid swivels. get some help putting the braid on the reel for the first time. You will want to use mono backing to stop the line slipping on the spool and to bulk it up for optimum casting. keep in contact with the lure as much as you can. don't high stick the rod (if you don't know the term look it up). Fight a fish with a nice arc in the rod and let the tip absorb the shocks and the base of the rod take the load learn to play a fish and not muscle it. Use the lift and then wind technique. Don't lock down the drag as it protects your line from snapping under load. graphite rods bruise. Don't let them bang around. I store mine in a case. graphite rods conduct electricity. Watch power lines and stay away from lightning. do persist but don't be too optimistic. I do get donut days but I find in general the quality (size) of fish I get on plastic are better than I get on bait. When I am teaching someone at the very least I want 4 hours of their time and I prefer 8 if I can. We cover gear selection, line and leaders and knots, lure choice, casting techniques, different retrieves, playing and landing the fish. Once it all comes together you can apply what you learn to other aspects of your fishing. What I am trying to say is there is a lot to learn so don't be discouraged if you are not a natural at it when you start off. My 2-4kg outfit probably gives me the most fun from all my outfits and it is what I would choose if I could only fish with one rod for the rest of my life. Regards, Derek
  20. 4 points
    Hard to get with cold water and moon but reds should love this little bugger
  21. 4 points
    Sometimes it just pays to write your thoughts down and ask a question. Even if no-one else answers the question, it sometimes jogs the creative side of the brain... Solution found! I visited a local aerospace plastics company. I showed him the photos. He struggled to get his head around what I wanted and didn’t have any scraps that looked like they’d do the job. I told him I might just have to bend some aluminium sheet into shape. He said if I get something to work in alloy to bring it in and he can mould something in acrylic. But... I was wandering through my local Bunnings store (where I happen to work) and found a length of polycarbonate roofing cap. It looked the right dimensions but about 2850mm too long. I found a 3m length that had no protective film and a couple of chips and cracks. They marked it down to $5 for me. A little bit of cutting and sanding and I got it to the shape I wanted. A bit of silicone and “voila”! Spray protection for my phone charger. Time will tell if the silicon holds. I may have to use a few pop rivets.
  22. 4 points
    G'day mate basically there are two 'main' methods of fishing for Black Drummer (Rock Blackfish) 1st method is mainline tied to swivel, 60 cm leader, running ball sinker(size 0,01 or 1)straight onto hook- 2/0 double strength suicide('octopus')- best (and probably cheapest) hook is Mustad 92554. You can use same rig without lead also. Prawns, crabs, cunje, white bread commonly used baits. Method is either 'float' bait down deep edges or in turbulent wash zones, they generally pick up before the bottom and run off with bait pretty similar to large Bream. Don't give them too much line when taking bait, usually 1-1.5 metres is enough, much more and they're 'in motion' towards obstacles or the bottom. Method 2 is small running bobby cork above the same rig, variation you can use is sinker sitting above swivel instead of right on hook. This method is good for really snaggy bottom, areas with a lot of big rocks in the water and places like Burning Palms (The "Tablet"- gutter on south side) where there are seemingly 'millions' of rock cod (kelpies) that compete for the bait. If using crabs, particularly red crabs(their and Groper's favourite) cut all legs off crab-don't pull as you pull meat off with leg- lift top of crab off with knife from back towards front, then cut crab body either in half or quarters if large crab. Take one of cut legs and insert hook, pull hook through and off hook onto line. Next insert hook through body section leg hole and through meat, then pull leg back onto hook shank. Gives you either 2 or 4 baits per crab instead of one and releases "scent" from crab meat. Red crabs, also known as "Red Bait Crab" by fisheries are Best bait for Bream off the rocks, especially during daylight hours. Pigs(Drummer) Leatherjacket and Groper(use whole, just remove either one or two legs for hook insertion) all love them. Whole crab a little less vulnerable to pickers, but as bag limit is only 10, halving or quartering gives far more baits. Use white bread for burley (it's also good bait for them) and better still use Chicken "Layer Pellets" to really get them interested. Soak pellets in a bucket until they dissolve and keep a small constant trail going- the fish often end up swimming around in sight. If using prawns, peel them (cooked or fresh) if using cunje, cut cunje straight down from top to bottom going all around with knife and try to keep entire 'pod' intact, the real big ones love a whole intact pod. First hook entry point is through the 'tits' at the top. Any more info just let me know. Cheers Waza
  23. 4 points
    Hello Raiders, here's a post from the frozen South. I've been quietly reading other anglers reports and it appears that they are struggling with the Wintery conditions too. It WILL GET BETTER, eventually! My usual boat ramps have been unusable for months now so the boat hasn't had a run for ages. I did go out one afternoon to do a spot of Carp fishing, from the bank, lit a bonfire and managed to hook a monster of a Carp which took about an hour to take the bait, in the crystal clear, shallow water. Didn't land it as it spat the hook after several strong runs. I tried my favourite spinnerbait along some logs and ended up losing it. Had it been Summer I would have gone in to retrieve it but with the water at about 8c...bye bye lure. So yesterday I ventured to the 5 mile (aptly named because it's 8 kms from Narrandera) and spent a lovely few hours battling the icy cold wind, whilst chucking lures and spinnerbaits around. On the way back to the ramp I took note of a deep hole in the old creek bed where there appeared to be some fish showing on the sounder. I set the lure well back from the boat and did a few laps over the 8 mtr deep hole. I kept running line out so that I knew I was fishing the bottom and got snagged. I couldn't reach the lure with my "pole retriever" so had to deploy the one which I use in the dams. After about 20 mins I felt a bit of movement and thought maybe it was a fish. I hauled it up from the depths to find my lure well tangled in an illegal lobster pot. I was happy to get my $35 lure back and get rid of the lobster pot. Called it quits and returned home, still fishless, but much happier for being able to get out on the water again. As usual here are a few photos. Roll on Summer, bn
  24. 4 points
    I’m sure there is a bung licking joke there somewhere.
  25. 4 points
    Headed up to Shoal Bay for school holiday fun, arrived Sunday and with the wind the kids were not keen to head out in the boat, so we fished from the wharf for a small squid. On Wednesday the wind was gone and the bay was like glass and the sun made it feel warmer than the 18deg predicted. we went out from Shoal Bay about 9.30am (Headlights on low beam) 😃 the Dolphins in the bay were having a great time in the bow wave of our boat and in the wake at the back much to the kids and wife’s delight. No matter where we went they followed and jumped around. cruised up the river to Hawks Nest and tried a bit of fishing while having a early lunch for zilch. the did a full speed run down to Soldiers point and watched more dolphins herding bait fish. Need to see if recent issues have been fixed, so far so good. My daughter managed a small Sole / Flounder and that was the only bite we had all day. we then toured about a bit more before heading back to the Shoal bay ramp and home to wash the boat and down to the country club for a beer and dinner. I drove back for work today and the kids and wife went whale watching, Hope to get out in syd Harbour this weekend.
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