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  1. 9 points
    Still a bit early but they are on, headed out of bellambie this morning, Tired 2 spots for zero. I then headed north towards the humps and found a patch, stuck with them most of the day and had a ball. Most fish caught on Pillies and the the two Larger fish on plastics, gulp jerkshad 5 inch in white . go get them Boys
  2. 8 points
    Bit of a late report Made some last minute plans with swordy after he called late Monday afternoon saying he got some new soft plastics to try, he sounded pretty excited, so we decided if I could manage a leave pass for Tuesday morning, we would go out and try em, somehow I managed the leave pass, and met stew at the boat ramp for a flick for jews. Stew had a few hits on the new plastics, but missed the hook ups, but we continued on between spots, until we finally managed to hook up to the little fella below. Tried for a bit longer, but decided to hit up another spot for some perch and bream, so off we went. Managed a few at the other spot before the leave pass expired, stew dropped me off at the ramp, and left him to it until his leave pass expired. all in all a great day out, and thanks to Stew for taking me out yet again. Cheers
  3. 8 points
    Snapper were simply not to be found in our area over the weekend. The regular snapper marks were loaded with toads, these little piranha type buggers destroyed every plastic but even micro jigs couldn't locate a red. We had plenty of fun searching the headlands for the odd salmon on 6lb line. The shallow reefs had no end of sergeant bakers and other reef species but the good thing was that there were plenty of good sized squid. Jumped in for a few lobsters to top up the dinner variety.
  4. 7 points
    Thought I'd have a go at the drummer yesterday (northern beaches) before the southerly front came through and pushed the swell up too much. I haven't fished for them since last winter so wasn't sure if they would be friendly or not . They weren't on fire but I did score 2 nice fish amongst a lot of pickers that I think were sweep and mados. I was using 25lb flourocarbon leader for the first time as the water was pretty clear and there wasn't much wash. I normally use nylon leader. I found the flourocarbon OK but it didn't have much abrasion resistance and chaffed through without much pressure. Any other Fishraiders had this experience? The larger of the 2 fish went 47cm and both were well conditioned with a lot of fat in their gut when I cleaned them. Cheers Phil
  5. 7 points
    Popped out for a late afternoon early evening session. Normally we would use soft plastics but my daughter had just been given a new snapper outfit and micro jigs. Thought I would run a little test by setting up three outfits, one with plastics and one with a baited double hook rigs how we used to fish and of course the new micro jigs setup. I used two rods while my daughter used just the one micro jig outfit, jigs were 20g, water depth 62m and very little current. Let's firstly get the soft plastic out the way as this only managed one fish over the 2 hr session. First fish landed was by my daughter who had great delight in giving me heaps as I was using two rods and three hooks, she also gave me heaps about the orange $5 pants I was wearing ( wanker pants, as she named them ). Bait was freshly caught squid ( heads ) and due to my daughter pulling the hook on her next two fish I slipped ahead with two snapper. The banter cooled down and experiments in jigging and twitching soon had the micro jig hooked into around 7 species of fish but still no snapper on her board. Not sure why but after around 7 or 8 fish on the bait ( all small rubbish apart from the two snapper) the bait rod simply shut down. Even trying some different actions with the bait I simply couldn't coax another bite for the second hour. The micro jig seemed to really come into its own in the last hour as the sun started to set, maybe the luminous stripes were the key or just perhaps my daughter had worked out a jig technique which the fish couldn't resist. All up the micro jig splayed my catch in both species and quality fish.
  6. 7 points
    After a couple of trips to Jindabyne fishing from the bank with minimal success I decided that it was time to drag the boat down and have a go trolling at the lake.... This turned out to be a great decision. Before the trip I used a great article from Fishraider to learn how to service the bearings on the trailer, or more accurately put in a new set, in preparation for the 500 k tow down from Sydney. Also spent days preparing fishing gear including making up my own downrigger by casting a 4lb bomb out of some old roofing lead which I hung of an old Abu overhead reel loaded with 120lb mono, a short heavy boat rod and a release clip that I bought online. Got up early on the Tuesday and left Sydney at 6.30am for the drive down. Had a good run and was in Jindabyne in time to get the boat in by 1.30 for an afternoon fish. As I drove into Jindabyne I stopped in at Snowy Mountain Sports and spoke to Richard, owner, and Liam, son of owner, who were great in providing some advice on where I might get onto a fish, so I headed to East Jindabyne and started trolling some Tassie Devil lures. Turned out that their advice was good and I found myself connected to a lovely 40cm Brown Trout. Not a bad start and my best Trout to date. The rest of the afternoon was quiet with no more fish but I was more than happy with just the one. Day 2. Early start, out of bed by 5.30 and boat on the water by 6.15am. It was a fantastic day with hardly a breath of wind so the lake was glassy flat. I started by trolling the clay pits but nothing was cooperating so around 9.00 I headed to East Jindabyne again. Things then picked up, the first fish hooked was a nice 38cm Brown followed an hour later by a 37cm Brown, then the bite went off. I trolled around till around 4.00 and decided to call it a day. The weather had been so good with so little wind that even though I only got 2 it made it a wonderful day. Day 3. Up and on the water by 6.15am again, 1/2 before sun up, this time with a Jindabyne local, Mick, who suggested that we start again at the Claypits. Within 20 minutes we had the first bite, a nice Brown 35cm, 1/2 later on again with another nice Brown at 32cm, then again an hour later a nice Rainbow at 32cm. After that Mick had to go to work so I dropped him off and kept going. By 9.30 that day I had another Brown at 38cm and another Rainbow at 36cm. For the first time ever I had bagged out on Trout.... One very happy fisherman. Day 4. Friday the 18th of May a date that will be etched into my mind for many years.... It was another early start and on the water by 6.15 with no wind . Trolled away from the boat ramp and across the front of the Claypits in about 25 foot of water with 1 Tassie on a down rigger and 1 running on the surface. About 15 minutes later the rod with the Tassie on the surface bent over and line started flying off the reel, I grabbed the rod and the fight was on, I got line, then the fish took it back, but slowly I started getting him towards the boat. As I was on my own I leave the boat in gear to keep the other lure straight out the back and out of the way of the fish I am fighting. That worked fine until he was about 15 foot from the boat and just refused to come any closer so I knocked the engine out of gear and got him close. When I saw the fish I nearly wet myself, it was a HUGE Brown.. There I was rod in 1 hand and landing net in the other and this fish was kicking all over the place.. Eventually I managed to coax him into the net at which stage I let out a big Ye Ha and he was on the deck. I put him on the scales and he came in at around 4 1/2 lb and measured 60cm I continued fishing and had the best day ever, landing another 7 fish, 1 Brown and 6 Rainbows including a pair where I landed one, dropped the lure back in and as I was about to clip the downrigger onto the line it went of with another fish on. Day 5 and 6 were nothing special, weather was good but the fish were not so cooperative. having said that I still managed a 33cm Brown and small Rainbow on the Saturday and a 34cm Rainbow on the Sunday. Also it was cold, on the way to the boat ramp it was showing as -3 on the car and there was frost on everything...... It was so cold that I had trouble getting the boat off the trailer as the rollers were frozen up...Even the esky was frozen. Day 7, the last day. Forecast was not too good, with Willyweather forecasting quite a bit of wind, however as it was the last day there I was at 6.15am putting the boat in again.... Just call me a sucker for punishment. I ended up all over the lake, East Jindy, up into the mouth of the Snowy River up towards the North of the lake. Generally exploring and trying to stay out of the wind. It was so cold that I was driving along wearing my Ski jacket and Ski gloves to try and keep warm. Eventually I did get a strike. At first I thought I had snagged the bottom but then realised that the line was disappearing off fasted than the boat was going and it was kicking so had to be a fish. Turned out to be a really nice 43cm Rainbow. For those who have caught Trout before you'll know that the Rainbows fight harder than the Browns and this one put up more of a fight that the big Brown that I caught on the Friday. That was the only fish that day, however it did round out the numbers nicely to make it 20 fish for the week and every one of them over the minimum size limit. So overall I would say that it was a successful week. Dragging the boat all the way from Sydney was well worthwhile and something that I will do again. I hear that there is a big Trout festival after the Ski season so I just might have to start preparing my gear for that one. Now off to start cooking up that 43 Rainbow for tonight dinner. :-) Does anyone know how to update my PB's below, I need to update those trout sizes..
  7. 6 points
    Using a combo of google earth and the stocking data from NSW fisheries found a promising little creek that should hold loads of brown trout. Brownies are a bit of a prize around the Dorrigo-Ebor area as there are only a few streams with decent populations of brown trout. The weather turned it on with a beautiful 10 degrees and a breeze that made it feel like 5. The creek was not what I expected instead of a flowing stream it was a series of overgrown swampy pools. Thinking there can't be any trout here had a cast under the bridge and straight up the biggest wild brown trout I've seen followed my lure right to my feet, atleast there were fish. Hiked upstream casting the pools which was very difficult, most of the pools were only a couple of metres long and surrounded by shrubs. a view of the creek it's running up the right hand side of the photo saw plenty of fish as a worked my way along mostly good sized fish too it was just near ipossible to get a decent cast in finally after many pools and frustrating follows and miss hits came up tight on a fish a beautiful brownie the picture doesn't quite show how densely overgrown this pool was the fish came out of had a couple more follows but no more fish landed next season I'll head to the creek again with either lightly weighted soft plastics or bait which I think will suit the creek better cheers for reading Dave
  8. 6 points
    Recently got into fishing with switch rods, the evil two handed version of fly fishing! Well two hands is better than one! The beauty is you can Spey cast or overhead cast. Just gives so much more versatility. So out I went with the new toy last weekend and landed two nice fish off a lower harbour rock shelf. A few fish about but takes were tentative. Still a load of fun.
  9. 5 points
    Over the last month I’ve been fishing berowra creek from the ferry up to the scouts hall fairly regularly in the kayak. I’m compiling a large report as the fishing has been really good on the flattys and bream working either strike pro blades, 4.6gm in shallows and the 9.6gm in deeper water around the boats. My other go too lure has been the 100mm squidgy biotough wriggler in bloodworm which has nailed me a lot of flathead over 40 and a cracking bream I got today that went 43cm. Its all been a major learning curve for me after a disappointing bass season, and I’ve found it most productive working mangrove edges and the drop offs from the sand flats. One day from memory I had a hot bite for thirty minutes where I waded the flat and was getting fish a cast. Today I launched at the ferry on the west side (around 9:30) and worked around the moorings to start the day. Was frustrating to say the least, snapping line, and then losing a 70cm+ flatty next to the yak in the first half hour was hard to take. Was pretty quiet for a while with the drop of the tide so I made the decision to work up the creek to the begining of the flats where the waters quite deep and lots of weed beds. This paid off with some good mid 30s flathead around but was highlighted by a 43cm bream I caught on previous mentioned squidgy wriggler. Was a very solid fight and had my fears I’d pull the hooks on it, quick picture and I released him for another day. Called it not long after this to finish the day on a high, back in time to start work at 4. Thanks for reading. Will put up another report after the weekend.
  10. 5 points
    Weather looked great so locked in a trip for Monday. Not quite the winds we were after with 10 knots of Northerly on top of left over NE slop but away we go. Launched at Shoal Bay, looked like it would be interesting on the low tide. Livies were easy, tank full of slimies in 15min along with a few for cut baits. Bashed Out to 80 fathoms, very sloppy. Ran through a couple of current lines but temp was constant. Arrived wet and well tenderised. Rigged the rods with traces sinkers and bait, noticed we had drifted 1.2 kms in 10 minutes, obviously lots of current. Ran back to the mark and scored a king and a nice 2kg red first drop, looking good. Hard work over the next few hours but scraped a bag of reds to 4 kg, a few great kings, big goats and a weird yellow cod? Much better run home, entertained by the whales along the way. Low tide meant Shoal Bay was a no go with a shipload of sand on the ramp a car and boat already stuck so split to Halifax which wasn’t much better but managed to get out first attempt. Long day, hard work (felt it on Tuesday) but good fun and a great feed of fish. No pics, I was flat out all day. One pic of my share of the vacuumed fillets!
  11. 5 points
    Mulloway - such a nice looking fish, regardless of the size. Those leave passes... I find I have to get a whole day pass. Otherwise, I know I’d be back late and future passes could be revoked! ?
  12. 5 points
    As my last report said I've been getting quite a few bream just no real size to them. Headed down to the river this morning for a bit of a landbased session to have a bit of fun with some more feisty little bream. Probably casting for about 40 minutes with no sign of a fish when a familiar tap came during a pause on the lure and the rod loaded up allowing for how hard the bream have been fighting lately felt like a better quality fish than I've been getting, gave me a good run around the structure then came ashore, still not big but a better quality fish than I've been getting lately a couple more small fish landed and the clear water came with the run in tide and the fish were off, back in the car and headed to a spot further upstream. Stopped for a quick cast at a footbridge home to some very wise fish but always worth a shot, as soon as the lure hit the water it was smashed again fish went hard going for submerged shopping trolleys and again a reasonable fish a bit smaller than the first these urban fish wise up really fast you generally get one shot and this was no exception. Decided to finish the session casting a spot I haven't fished for awhile the cormorants have started nesting again above the water for some reason bream love cormorant crap. First cast went wide with nothing second cast landed inches from a fresh cormorant crap two twitches and the black shapes were allover it. The take was brutal and straight away no doubt it was a quality fish nothing like fighting a solid bream from a 2.5m embankment covered in branches but unbelievably manged to keep him clear and bring him up the bank a beautiful mid 30's fish not overly long but solid for his length, been awhile since I've caught a solid bream certainly brought a smile to my face Just to give an idea of how fickle these urban bream can be I've marked where the cast landed and fish hooked basically I'm behind overhanging vegetation so the bream don't spot me as they cruise around that's it for another breaming session can't wait for the next one cheers for reading Dave
  13. 5 points
    We had been thinking of doing a Luderick trip, cause we hadn't been dabbling in the dark arts for quite some time, So when Stewie rang with " I've got some great weed man ", It was on. Arrived and were set up ready to go just before daylight with the last few hours of the runout tide. We could hardly see our floats for the first ten minutes, and were not sure if we were getting downs. Soon enough we found out for sure, they were on.... a red hot bite for the first 1/2 hour, slowing to a steady pace till bottom of the tide. We had bagged out by 10 o'clock. What a cracker of a morning! Was such a beautiful day on the water we decided to stay and practice some catch and release for couple of hours. The bite was a lot slower on the run in, but there was still some good fish being set free to fight another day. (and boy can some of them fight. LOVE IT). Stewy decided to experiment with some new float set ups. After a few trials and some choice words, I'm here to say some of them poor floats may never see the light of day again! He was back with old faithful and once again hooking up. His fishing brain must never stop. Did,nt take too many pics but sent a few to Stew to post ( It takes me too long---dont ask ) Thanks again Stewie for a great day fishing. See Ya Deano.
  14. 4 points
    Two new kids tv shows start tomorrow on channel 7(2) 7am, Get Arty and Get Clever. Both my girls feature in the first Arty show but not sure which Get Clever show they will be in. For those of us who get up early to watch kings do tv 😉
  15. 3 points
    Hi Everyone, Haven't posted in a long time. Have been caught up with work. Thought I'd put up today's landbased session which is a little different to my usual style of fishing (kayak/boat). I was supposed to get to my spot in the port hacking river by 630am. It takes around a 30min hike through bushland. This didn't happen. I arrived at 10 o'clock to get the start of the runout. Conditions weren't great. High winds and side rain, but this settled down after a bit. Started off using soft plastics (squidgy prawn) with 6lb braid and 8lb mono to start as I've caught some good bream and snapper here before. Straight away I get a good hit on the descent and reel in a tailor measuring 38cm. I try again several times but get bitten off everytime (seemed like there was nothing else there except tailor). Switched to a rapala and cast after cast I was bringing in tailor (6 in total from 36cm to 42cm). They were all released. Suddenly on a retrieve something else hits and gives a much better fight. So good in fact that it broke my rod (there must have been some previous damage). Brought in a good bonito at 58cm. Given that my rod was broken and no further fishing was to be done I kept the bonito for the table and headed home. All up fishing time was under an hour. The drive and hike took 3hours. Thanks for reading. Joe
  16. 3 points
    Berley?...... Also do you move about once you know the spot is dead? If you're struggling Ill take you on a tour...
  17. 3 points
    Sorry, no pics, but I got 5 nice whiting in about half an hour yesterday, at the start of the runout tide on the sand banks east of the bridge from the northern shore. Was using pipis from a for-humans seafood shop (about $3 for a double handful!). Fished the last of the rising tide for no result, and was starting to think of home when suddenly every cast was bites ahoy. Largest went 38cm, which was a bit of a struggle with the ultra-light gear - krappy Kmart rod with a 2500 and 2kg line. Eating notes: I've always liked really fresh sand whiting (I'm from WA, so the almost totally white ones) as sashimi. But when I did that with the smallest of these yellowfins for entree, it was a little too al dente for my wife's taste. I could see what she meant, it was kinda chewy, but the 3yo daughter wolfed it down so good signs there. Obviously the panko crumbed fillets from the rest were superb, so no big drama.
  18. 3 points
    hi guys if the marina you pass has a green flag showing you can stop at there marina free of charge for 1hour or more and use there faciltys for free. i no of at least 3 in sydney harbour that have joined the program it is called the better boating destinations you can look them up on rms site they are saying they have 19 marinas in sydney harbour signed up .cheers dunc333
  19. 3 points
    Took my boat to the local dealer yesterday for a routine service on my 60 ETEC. He rang yesterday to say it’s running well but needs a new solenoid, under warranty. Left it overnight as the part needed to be ordered. Well, it didn’t come in today, so I am boatless for a few days. I could have picked it up and used it on the weekend then take it back next week but I’ve lost my voice and am pretty crook with a cold, so I thought I’d rest up... but... I’m going stir crazy! I stopped in for a look at a breakwall near home this afternoon. Good to see the luderick are looking active. Then I spotted a few squid moving around. Headed home and grabbed a rod and some jigs. Got one nice fat one, then lost another and that was it. Also lost a decent bream on a Squidgie. It’s a good size but I’m torn. Do I cook it, or try and convert it into a snapper or a jewie?! ?
  20. 3 points
    Hi Raiders I was really keen to give the new rod a go, I matched it with with a little Shimano 2500 with 4lb braid. Simple rig size 1 ball sinker, swivel, 30cm 6lb fluro to a no.4 longshank hoping for whiting. A little disappointed there were no live worms left at Narrabeen Bait and Tackle, I settled for dead and added a bit of S factor. There is a nice gutter formed at the north end of the beach, running just north of the Pines up to the car park. Even at low tide it is very obvious. The lagoon itself is well and truly closed. No kidding, I was on first cast. Nice little dart about 20cm. I could see the take just watching the rod, it's really sensitive. 3 more darts followed in the hour, missed a few and dropped what was most likely a flattie.
  21. 3 points
    Hi Raiders When I took the old Glassmaster to the rod builder I took along another old blank I'd been sitting on for a while. I found it in an antique/ junk shop in Huskisson last year. All the bindings were shot, the grips were gone, but the action grabbed my attention. It's a real noodle, light and whippy as can be. I showed it to some mates who reckon it's a very early Sportex in wood grain finish. Jim, the rod builder was pretty excited when he saw it, he loves Sportex rods and from the pattern in the glass he's 90% sure. I wanted to have it made into a rod I could use for Blackfish in the estuary and Whiting and Bream on the beach. We kept the original wooden butt cap, added cork grips and reused the original bind on reel seat. The seat was reversed so not to interfere with a sidecast reel
  22. 3 points
    Yeah, why not? There’s enough for an entree. I’ve never cooked any squid I’ve caught before. Always use them for bait. I’ve just made the rings. Kept the head, tentacles and flaps for bait (cryovacced). ?
  23. 3 points
    Trying conditions today! I don’t normally fish weekends as I often work them and when I do get a weekend off, I normally spend it with the family. However, my wife is away in Thailand with my son so I thought I’d head out. Headed for Little Beach ramp, stopping in for boat fuel on the way. Got to the service at 5 but it wasn’t open yet. They’ve been a few minutes late before. Due to the forecast, I wasn’t intending to go to Broughton, just the closer islands so figured 2/3 tank was OK anyway. Got to the ramp and the tide was well out with deep sand on the ramp so I figured I’ll launch at Soldiers Point and keep my feet dry. Also, it was heaps windier than I’d expected so I thought I’d fish in the Bay instead. Stopped in at the servo again (10 past 5) and someone was just arriving to open up. “We don’t open ‘til 6”, she said. “You opened at 5 the other week”, I said. “That’s on weekdays. Weekends we open at 6”. A bit inconvenient... if I decide to fish a weekend, I’m going to have to haul the trailer up the driveway and make a special trip during the week. Or fill up on the way home from a trip, I guess. I was so used to a 24 hour servo down the road in Sydney! Anyway, I launched at Soldiers and headed down the Bay to a mark I’d been considering for jew and, I’ve heard, a sneaky inside red. The current was racing and the spot lock was working overtime to hold position. Would be better on the tide change, I reckon. The wind didn’t seem so bad so I decided to head outside . Tried a drift flicking plastics near Boondelbah (made it for sunrise) but it seemed worse than the other day when I fished there with Scratchie. The wind picked up again and I decided to troll for bonito. The gannets were dive bombing in a number of locations but predominately on the western (windward) side. No bonito but picked up 2 tailor on the trusty XRap. Promising. I want to get a decent length salmon for my club comp... maybe soon. Next pass, I heard the ratchet scream and I looked back to the lure but I couldn’t see it. Then I looked up... sure enough, it was in the air... attached to a friggin’ gannet! I played that sucker for about 5 minutes on 6kg mono, got him into the boat with some difficulty, threw a towel over his head and managed to get the treble out of his beak. However, another treble was stuck in his wing and I had trouble budging it. He bit me (just a bit) and took off again. I eventually got him back into the boat and finally got the treble out of his wing and he took off again. I saw him dive bombing on some bait so I hope he’s OK! It was no mean feat dealing with that sucker solo in a lot of slop and spray! The wind was really picking up now, so I headed back towards the entrance but could only do 5 or 6 knots. Any faster and I’d get soaked! (Might have to get a cabin boat!). Found a bit of shelter in the lee of Tomaree Head around to Flyroads and Fingal Spit. Tried trolling and drifting for flathead but no luck... it was too uncomfortable and I headed back in. A very wet ride punching back into the westerly all the way back to Soldiers - not good when you’re battling a cold! Back at home by 11:15 to thoroughly clean the boat, have a shower and swallow some cold and flu tablets. A trying day but, still, I enjoyed myself. The conditions don’t look so good outside for the rest of the week (typical - the rest of my holidays!) but maybe I can manage a session in the Bay.
  24. 3 points
    I took “the boss” out today and she was quite excited to catch a legal king (“ almost better than shopping”). The Squid were a bit slow today, but heaps of Yakkas at all the common spots and Kings we’re slow too. All the kings were either outside (12 mile) and Long Reef. A few rats in middle harbour though. Ive been getting XXL cuttlefish (2 at Long Reef = 9.7 kg) and the candles from these are the hot shot, youbeaut bait for Kings - like Tim Tams.
  25. 3 points
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