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  1. 17/09/2020 Took a week off work to head up to South west rocks with a good mate of mine Potter and spend the week fishing around Grassy head, Scott’s, Fish rock and Black rock. After fishing these spots to an absolute pulp for only a handful of rat kings it was obvious that something was up. A complete lack of bait at any of the spots had us wondering what we could do to change our luck. After a chat at the pub over few beers we decided to head an hour north to Coffs Harbour for an early morning soft plastic session to see if we could land one of the snapper that the area is famous f
    24 points
  2. PM: With the weather looking alright for a fish Saturday morning before the wind was meant to come up around lunch, and it been way too long since I’ve soaked some baits for a jewie, I decided why not do it all! We launched from Gosford wharf at 8:00pm with a mate that fished with me frequently, the bacon & eggs and sleeping bags loaded. The plan was to fish the low tide in the Hawkesbury, snapper at sunrise, and a flattie drift just before the wind hit. We were in a rush to try make the end of the low tide change but had a quick crack at trying to get some fresh squid in Paddy’s chan
    19 points
  3. After enjoying a few too many cold ones celebrating the Roosters win over the Broncos on Friday night, the plans of fishing early with a mate around the rocky washes for a morning snapper bite disappeared quickly. The plan changed to launch around 8:00 o’clockish and fish the deeper reefs north off Broken Bay (Anticipating that the snapper move out further when the sun comes up). 8:30am came and went and I still hadn’t heard from my mate who I had tried to call a few times after launching, I made the call to still have a crack by myself although he was meant to be bringing more gear and
    19 points
  4. After a 3am start my younger brother Tyler and myself headed up to Port Stephens to chase some snapper around Broughton island. We arrived at shoal bay ramp at around 4:30am and made the journey from the heads to Broughton in the dark. With good winds predicted and a tide change right on first light we both had high hopes. We arrived at a reef just north of the island and began our first drift. Being sure to cut the outboard well upwind of our drift we started casting both opting for 7 inch Berkley gulp jerk shads, Tyler using the yakka snack colour and myself using garlicker.
    17 points
  5. G’day raiders, Well this is a bit of a mixed report from different journeys to Broughton Island. After the cancellation of the Port Stephens meet up, there was still a few raiders that managed to get up here over the last few weeks and we found a chance to hit the water. Starting with @the skipper a couple of weeks ago and a few mates. We hit the water early and made our way up to the island. Got to our spot and found there were 5 boats in the area. (I hate fishing weekends) Anyway, we worked hard all day trying many locations but to no avail. The fish just weren’t there.
    16 points
  6. Hi Raiders, Went out a few times over the winter months without much success, so instead I've been doing some long walks exploring the greatest natural Harbour in the world. North head, Q Station, Middle Head, Georges Head to Bradley's. Really interesting with some spectacular views. The is from Dobroyd Head last weekend. This morning I had planned to fish the lower Harbour fro Blackfish, but plans changed when I woke up to the pouring rain. I had a good stash of weed I didn't want to go to waste so I decided to try a spot closer to home well into the runout tide. The wind was c
    16 points
  7. Hit the heads on Saturday with young raider James C to help him get some large fish for a biology assignment for a major senior school project. The plan was Salmon, Trevally, Kingies and blackfish.We had a corker of a day and brained the salmon, boated a 67 king, busted of three times by bigger Kingies and a big salmon at the side of the boat. We didn’t count the Trevally, but bought home 20 over legal, one good king 5 nice salmon. James has always wanted to catch a shark (you know how young blokes are) and we boated 3 (Port Jackson’s)- all released of course. we got a good feed for
    16 points
  8. Went out today with 2 of my mates @JamoDamo and Oliver to try and land a jewfish. We’ve persisted at this particular spot for months now with no luck on jews, only bicatch and eels, until this morning in the pouring rain. We arrived at the spot at around 9:35am. We began to set up all of our gear as well as defrosting the yellowtail which we had planned on using for bait. After setting everything up I picked up my soft plastics rod and had a flick. Thought to myself “may as well do something while I wait for the bait to defrost”. Anyways about midway through the retrieve on the first cast
    14 points
  9. Headed north to Scratchie country (Port Stevens) to visit an ex student from many lunchtimes ago - Mick with my fishing buddy Adrian, (our dekee Jensen had the day off). Conditions were pretty good off shore (25ks out) & got better as the day progressed - a southerly to go out and about 10am a NE to come back in. We ended up with 9 keeper Nanigai and 3 healthy snapper over 45 and one monster Nanny almost 50. Snapper seem to be a bit lean on compared to the past, but they were all nice fish. Mick threatened to do a Jonah and throw me overboard if I took my secret weapon (Bananas), but
    14 points
  10. I was having lunch at Swansea RSL last week and noticed a fisherman pull in a few good luderick right in front of where we were sitting. So this motivated me to dust off the gear, chase up some green weed and have a go. Went down this afternoon and tried a couple of spots before finding any fish. Ended up with 3. Ranged from 34 to 37 cm. I don’t target them very often so happy to get a few.
    14 points
  11. Picked up a new ( old ) toy yesterday, 13 foot Dehaveland and registered trailer. No motor as this boat is only going to be used for fishing Bermagui harbour and maybe part of the river. I have a 9.9 Mercury I can throw on it IF later on I want to go the registered boat way, but for now I will just throw a transom mounted electric on it's rear and that should give me enough momentum to get where I want to go in it. Mainly my mate who lives down there will be using it, but it will be handy little craft for the times I venture down that way. Certainly nothing fancy but that's what
    13 points
  12. Late report I know, sorry! I seem to be getting out more than I can type (A good thing I guess). LOL After getting home late Saturday night, my mate decided he wanted to get out for a fish Sunday seeing he missed out the day before, I stayed up re-rigging gear and loading the boat getting it ship shape, we made the call to launch at a gentleman’s hour as we were only going to be chasing flatties off Broken Bay, with the opportunity of a Jew later in the Hawkesbury if we had time. Launching from Gosford ramp solo at 9:00am (Waited for my mate again) we had an uneventful run out throug
    13 points
  13. Headed out early this morning to catch the sunrise near Kurnell. Must have found a patch of reef, as it was reddies to 29cm, and the piggie. Drifted off the reef and onto many little spiky flatties, and eventually a couple of just legal blue spots. Not much wind, so was a slow drift. Decided to head out to deeper water, and must have dropped onto another patch of reef that I did not know about (don't have a depth sounder in my tinny, just look at the marks on the shore line). Reddies, pike, maori wrasse, red rock cod, nothing worth keeping. Moved back closer to try a few spots,
    13 points
  14. Another late report sorry guys – Saw the pictures in my phone and remembered I hadn’t done one yet. 🤪 After everyone’s reports of yellowfin tuna, and getting into a few a week earlier, we decided to give it another crack before they disappeared. The guy I usually fish with out of Swansea was keen to chase them again (He had hooked a good one 3 weeks before, but lost it boatside on the gaff) The only problem was he couldn’t find enough crew members – I eventually convinced my mate, and we made the drive up to Marmong Point Marina at 4:00am After filling up the big girl and a sho
    12 points
  15. Headed out early this morning to the deep water up from Lilli Pilli. Pulled out 2 yakkas, cut them up for bait. A nice jewie pulled out and kept, 2 others released at 71 and 75cm. One on pillies, the other on yakka fillets. Also caught the reddie on yakka. At the bottom of the tide, headed to South West Arm and threw a lure about for nothing. Pumped some nippers and tried a few spots before finding the whiting at Lilli Pilli flats. The fish were scattered, some time between bites. Also pulled out a bream, about 30cm, and a trevally about 40cm, both released. The flattie was foun
    11 points
  16. Hello FishRaiders So I spend a lot of time up at Nelson Bay and thought I’d share one of my squid adventures I had earlier this year. My favourite spot is around Fingal where it’s a bit weedy/rocky/sandy. Arriving around 10am I started with an orange jig which didn’t entice the squid. Then I changed to a yellow and I couldn’t believe how quick the squid were on to it. Standing on the end of the pipeline wrestling the biggest squid I’ve ever seen. I had that awful feeling that I’d lose it as the waves were giving it some but I managed to safely land it. After that excitement, I c
    11 points
  17. Hope you enjoy this travel report/bit of fishing report. We needed to breakout of iso and lockdown and all the other things we had endured over the last six months or so. Top of the list was a visit to see Stewy’s Mum who lives in a Nursing Home in Forster - Tuncurry area. We had a week in Belmont on Lake Macquarie, four nights in Shoal Bay to visit our old mates Jeff, Jodie and the 4 kids followed by three nights at BIG4 Tuncurry. BELMONT - The week at Belmont was very restful and we went out fishing in out tinny 3 times, enough to provide lunch twice. One of my whiting w
    11 points
  18. Gday Raiders I find myself with a few spare minutes and thought it would be good to post up my thoughts on how best fish a reef. Some of us are lucky to get out every weekend but i am also aware that some of us are quite limited in time and dont have the luxury of trialing and testing out on the water - so hopefully these tips will help narrow down your target area and increase your chance of finding a few fish. A while ago i had previously posted a report on bottom bashing tactics, that article was more inclined as to "how" to fish. This article however is more related to "where" to
    11 points
  19. Gdayy Raiders Been a while since ive posted a report, have been doing less fishing than id like however kids are growing fast and life more consuming 😔 Took a day off work and decided to fish the south coast as a few friends have been getting good results on the reds. Fished with old mate Ralph on his Whitley as his boat hasnt tasted the water in about 3 months and he wanted to give the engine a run. Left the house at an eye watering 3:30am to arrive at the boat ramp by 6am. Finished up by 1pm and currently driving back, lots of free time to post up a report so here it is.
    11 points
  20. After a pretty good session a few weeks back (no kings so plan B for Flatties), I took one of my students from school and his dad to catch flatties off sydney last Wednesday. We brained them landing over 40 fish, many just on legal that went back and only keeping those around to 40cm mark and got a few around the 50 cm. All caught on stops of fresh Yakkas and slimy mackerel. One rig a paternoster with two no 2 live bait mustud hooks. The other rigs were no 2 BKK light (Fluor coated) live bait hooks with running ball sinker. I used the secret weapon and wiped banana peel over each bait (n
    11 points
  21. Had the original plan of flicking for flathead and salmon off the beach with plastics no hits so we went and collected weed for bait and burley and tried for luderick, they were in massive numbers all good size but very finicky when eating we just used a tiny split shot to the hook even the floats would spook them and dropped leaders to 4/6lb. Bite was slow but managed a few biggest going 42cm in the pic below
    11 points
  22. A good mate and I both had the day off, we were planning on hitting the salt in the boat but with a perfect weather forcast we decided it was a perfect opportunity to fish a stretch of the Taylors arm of the Nambucca from private access I have to Grays crossing what I worked out to be about 9.5km, have never done this run before. We dropped a car off at the retrieve point and hit the launch looking quality as ever, and we got to casting didn't take long to be on the board a flea to break the doughnut, the fishing was a little slow but woring the familiar pools we put a co
    10 points
  23. Hadn't been out for a while & this trip was more about getting the tinny ready for the season & give the motor a run, have a bit of a flick not that I was overly hopeful & also test my new intended method of trying to to land some kings in the bay this summer without a downrigger. In the water by 7.30am & headed to the southern head to try for some squid, tried a few colours but nothing about there. Caught a couple of undersized flathead on SP's & there were multiple schools of taylor dotted aroung the bay which was a bit of fun for a while throwing a metal
    10 points
  24. Hey Raiders, Took my youngest out for a bottom bash off Palm Beach yesterday in great Spring conditions. The condition of the ramp was not so great. PACKED. Both on the way out and in. I also had to park miles away which is not ideal when leaving your six year old on the boat (beached). Thankfully a nice family kept an eye on him and the boat whilst I did this. We were fishing in around 28m of water and were using a combination of drifting and anchoring using the minn kota. We were using paternosters with a mix of bait and plastics and using a octo-style jig as the sinker. The fish
    10 points
  25. I had a day off work, so......off we go for a fish in the boat. Launched from the ramp next to the M1, bit choppy and windy , but powered through it in the ol' pongrass surfmaster mostly exploration day and peace and quiet basking in the sun went up as far as Spencer for a bit of a fish and look around, then back down a bit to try a few possible spots. Not much on the bite, got a stocker bream and two little tailor , live prawns mostly being taken. no touches on squid or pilchards or chicken. no matter , too nice a day to be at home I made a bit of a video as I have a chea
    9 points
  26. I love to fish from Nelson Bay breakwall. My favourite bait is live nippers that I pump at Taylor’s beach. Earlier this year I decided to go down around sunset and wet a line plus enjoy a beer or two, just take in the sunset. I cast out a few live nippers and had some good contact until something took off and busted my line. I thought, righto I am staying now😬 So with the new line, I quickly sent another nipper down and this time it was on. I only fish with a 1000 Stradic and a shimano raider for Bream. This thing took some effort, but ended up with a lovely pan sized Bream. I o
    9 points
  27. Will try to keep on top of these reports sorry! 😑 05/09: I got a call up from a mate late Friday arvo seeing if I was keen to fish Broughton Island early Saturday morning with other crew he already had, they had got a few good kings the week before – 1 up to 98cm. Of course I said yes and juggled a few things around which didn’t go down too well with some people. LOL. With other commitments Friday night, I didn’t get my gear ready and loaded until late and was thinking about driving up then and there so I couldn’t sleep in! 🤔 The plan was to launch from Soldiers Point boat ramp at
    8 points
  28. Hit the Cooks solo as all my so called mates gave me the ass. The plan was jewies but no one home but got a nice consellation prize with a decent Kingie on the gobbler lures as well as a nice Trevor and bream with a few flatties thrown in🤩
    8 points
  29. I was lucky enough to be asked to join in on a trip along with @61 crusher out to the deep with @zmk1962 on his mighty Barrycudda. The trip out to the marks was comfortable & also entertaining coming into multiple pods of large dolphins & also sighting whales blowing & breaching across the horizon. Again another new experience with using electric reels which was a learning curve, it took a little to get used to but managed with a bit of time. We spot locked on different marks & while we didnt have any luck on the intended targets the experien
    8 points
  30. We started off on Friday night gathering only three squid. We slept on the boat at a public mooring and got up at 3:45. We headed towards our squiding grounds and got 25 squid in a few drifts. We then headed towards some of our kingie spots and at the first spot we marked a schoolof big kings. I got first drop and chucked down a live squid. After trolling it for about 30 seconds it got taken. On 6.5kg of drag and 60lb leader it was pulling drag very quickly. I tightened up but a bit too late and it got me in the structure. Next drop was my mates, down went the live squid and even more drag. Th
    8 points
  31. Went out yesterday to bate bay for a fish with the aim of getting a snapper for myself or a few flathead. Was a perfect morning the water was like glass in bay and no swell outside so a nice run from botany. Was fishing by 630 at my chosen spot. Cannot say my snapper hunting went well.... got a small one about 20cm and then i dont know what it was but looked like a baby baraccura... so im just enjoying the morning and then i see some birds going nuts in distance and read always look out for the birds....so 100 mile an hour i motor over and it was like the water was boiling such a massive
    8 points
  32. Gday Raiders Managed another hall pass having fished earlier during the week and after a quick chat with Dad we decided to continue the hunt for reds down at Bellambi. Firstly, holy crap what a shit show that boat ramp has become... certainly not the ramp to visit without doing your homework beforehand and almost everytime i visit there is some dumb and dumber who has rolled their boat straight off the trailer, get bogged on the sand or tie off on the (only) 4 metres of usable jetty there for 20 minutes. I do honestly feel for the locals especially the ones who work mon-fri an
    8 points
  33. Headed out Sunday arvo with a mate, the only time he and I could find spare time. Now I know why I don't fish on weekends, Port Hacking is jammed pack with small boats, big boats and jet skis. A f****** nightmare. Headed out to near Kurnell, and a bit of breeze picked up. It was moving ahead of the rain band, that was not forecast until rather late, the forecast was for light winds to 10 knots. Picked up 2 blue spots, then the wind turned up from near south, more than 20 knots and too hard to drift, so we headed back towards shore, the breeze dropped a fraction so I said, drop here.
    8 points
  34. Went out for a fishing session this morning in a mates Haines 580F, with the intention of getting some flathead and then venturing further south out of Port Hacking, to a spot where I used to catch plenty of snapper. It was a nice morning and the conditions were expected to improve. A bit of a SW was blowing, but the surprise was the swell and sloppy, choppy water conditions. Got to our spot after some 30 minutes and got immediate hits for all three of us. In no time at all, we had our 20 flathead limit and there were a couple of big girls amongst them. The part 2 plan didn't eventuate, as one
    8 points
  35. Weekend spent on the Clyde on Clyde river house boats water still a bit dirty from the recent rain no fish caught in the river but out the front in 40m if water straight out from yellow rock head out to at least 35m or 40m 6 nice snapper in 2 hrs sorry about the pic
    8 points
  36. Just back from a short trip to lake Wallace near Lithgow. Caught four solid rainbow trout while there. We saw a few fish caught on lures. My first fish was a surprise because I wasn't expecting to catch anything mid afternoon. The next three I caught on the last day just before we left. I got up early at 5.50am, first fish at 6.07am, next one at 6.20am and the last one at 7.00am. Just as I got it in, the hook came out and as I was trying to take a photo it flapped around and escaped back into the water, it must have been camera shy. That is the best day trout fishing I've had in awhile. ( all
    7 points
  37. Been seeing plenty of yellowtail cockatoo's locally, many are pushed close to our home from the last bush fires. The silkies (with the red ) are normally more difficult to approach, especially given Im walking the dog.
    7 points
  38. Didn't catch much but if you have a boat this will be helpful for you. There are lots of salmon and kings busting up in between Clarke island and goat island in the main harbour. They were taking downrigged live yakkas all we could do was watch as the boats cleaned up. Bustups came close but just out of casting range of landbased. However my mate who was fishing with us decided to travel on to milsons point rock ledge while the rest of out friend group stopped at Kiribilli to try at some blackfish. First drop for the blackfish and I get a very intense phone call to say that there are about 20
    7 points
  39. I found my retirement job ! Cheers Zoran
    7 points
  40. Noel. These boats were made with aircraft precision , being made by a aircraft company they were built to withstand the worst of conditions. Many readers won't believe what I am about to type here. The way they used to test these boats besides normal water testing in pretty rough conditions is they used Yarra bay in Botany bay for added water pressure tests. They suspended the boat harnessed under a helicopter which hovered approx 60 to 80 feet above the water , Water police stopped all boat traffic in Yarra bay and they released the boat and let it drop and crash into the water. It
    6 points
  41. Today was a good day. I’ve been fishing the last couple of months with fish coming in drips and drabs. The odd Aussie Salmon, Bream, Tailor and Trevally. Enough for a miserly feed and to keep me interested. Today I fished my usual spot in Pittwater and I finally have a score I am happy to report. It was a wet day with plenty of drizzle around but I braved the conditions and I was rewarded. I caught 4 Trevally ranging from 30-37 cm a 32 cm Tailor and an Occy. I also hooked 3 big fish which I lost on light gear. One spat the hook and the other 2 swam under the wharf and that was that.
    6 points
  42. Ah it's not just here on the south that things are tough. My daughter managed to put the charter clients on the sweep again today, even managed a couple of wrasse!!!!
    6 points
  43. My pimping is finished, now time to get it all scratched up and messy again. I must say the makita polisher is a miracle worker.
    6 points
  44. Plan A was a daybreak run to Longie for some Kingies after filling the live bait tank with squid and Yakkas. reports during the week suggested the first run of spring rats had arrived, which are always fun on light gear and my mates young bloke just turned 11 and wanted some Kingies - but I think they all had a Flexi day as no boats seemed to get any outside and I spoke with quite a few fishos in the harbour, including some of the charter operators and only the odd rat was caught and live cuttlies and squid were being ignored - one of those days. We decided to drift offshore at 35 m and
    6 points
  45. Headed out on wed from Grays point about 6.30 with a mate I haven't fished with for about a year. When we were working we used to get out every 3 or 4 weeks, now we're retired don't have a spare day. We had booked the Weipa house boat for two weeks early sept but that got cancelled. Stopped and said hello to Yowie on the way, probably scared his fish away. Plan was to head south catch a few flathead for the table and find some salmon to play with. Went south to Wattamolla caught just enough flathead for a meal but couldn't find one of the big salmon schools. Made do having fun catching a
    5 points
  46. Haha just realised Ive been calling them silkies when they are glossies!!!!...my wife picked up on it when I called our silky chickens glossies. Yep I'm loosing it!!!
    5 points
  47. Quick update. Finally got the chance to test the Rocket Launcher Rigger with @61 crusher and @kingie chaser ... here's a very short clip... it definitely helped ease the congestion in the spread.... Deployment was pretty easy. Let the lure out. Clip on the peg release. Retrieve the rigger line to hoist up the fishing line. We could let out or retrieve line to adjust the position on the wave. (note - on hoisting the rigger bent down to almost kiss the rod tip, then slowing raised the line - this suggests that on a strike it will hold tension until the peg touches the rod ti
    5 points
  48. Fish River pics from years ago Camping at the reserve at Oconnell next to river (pre camper trailer days). One of many pools to fish. Nice brown next to my size 12 boot! Caught plenty on fly and on hard body minnows
    5 points
  49. @Pickles has been taking out raiders and showing them the finer points of fishing. Congrats on your Mentor badge and thanks for showing good raider spirit mrsswordie
    5 points
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