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  1. So Sunday me and a mate decided to go fishing possibly land based at Rose Bay, took the origami boat just incase. Got there and the conditions were perfect for boating so we set the bugger up in 20 mins and got out there. I really didn't care today if I caught anything that day just wanted to get my pal out fishing. He turned up with a broken tip rod and very little experience. It was calm partly cloudy not too hot not too cold, water temp 20°. Seen some fly fishos on the flats possibly chasing Whiting so we drifted and tried to catch something on the sugapens but gave up quick
    28 points
  2. Hi all, Delayed post from Sunday out of Port Stephens. Having not fished up there for a while due to lack of time and opportunity I thought I would give Sunday a go given a good weather window. To be honest I wasn’t expecting much in terms of action as there hasn’t been much reported and if resident guru scratchie says they are few and far between then that’s gospel. Anyway you can’t catch them on the couch as they say so I thought I would get out and catching fish would be a bonus. A mate has also been bugging me to take him out for a while now so I thought here’s your chance and h
    21 points
  3. Headed out early this morning, checked the forecast before I left and it looked like rain on the way. Drove to my mothers place to launch the boat, and it started raining, and did not stop until I stopped fishing and was ready to head home. Fished the deep up from Lilli Pilli. One nice jewie, the only legal fish for the morning. Weighed just under 10 pound, caught on a squid strip on a 15 pound hand line. Put up a good fight. Only other fish were undersized reddies, eating anything I put on the hook. One nice fish is better than no fish.
    18 points
  4. A big day on the water with over 40 kingfish boated and a PB salmon of 72cm - that makes 73 Kingies in 3 trips over the past week - thank you Jesus. One of the Kingies had a tag from Nowra from 2 years ago. Live baits were slimies which were easy and we had thirty baits in about 20 minutes. I had a few cuttlefish from a previous session and most of the early kings fell to the cuttlies. They then switched preference and the following 30 fish were caught on slimie strips. Mitch who was “ partner fishing” in his boat got smoked by a BIG king on a downrigged live slimie. Only 2 King
    18 points
  5. G’day raiders, Well it was certainly a busy week last week and I forwent a lot of sleep. The balance between work, family, sleep and fishing wasn’t ideal but I did the best i could with everything. I was trying to tee up a session with @dlvbwbut a lot of things conspired against us and it wasn’t possible. Sorry mate! So on my next available day off, I got an invite to go out on a mates boat and thought I was no chance for a leave pass but the beautiful wife I have said “sure. I have some shopping to do”. 🤔🤔🤔 Anyway, got out early and found bait really hard to come by. Bailed o
    16 points
  6. Fished Newcastle Harbour this morning with plans of sinking some hooks into some soapy jew. Fished the last quarter of the rising tide and the slack on high but couldn’t seem to spark the interest of any jew but did manage some bycatch! A single decent flatty and 2 hefty bream including my pb 🤙 I’m no bream fisho but still stoked none the less. Didn’t get much of chance to show its strength on the 20lb setup. 42cm!, caught on a Samaki Vibelicious 85mm in pearl shrimp. A pb is definitely something to be happy about no matter what fish your chasing!. Thanks for the read,
    15 points
  7. Took 2 newbies out, father-Col and son -Jordan, (an ex student from school, who used to spend a bit of time in, and outside my office) this past Friday. Jordan had caught whiting off the beach before, but heard his dad talk about catching Kingies with me and because things had been “awkward” for a while, Col was excited Jordan wanted and was able to get a day out. We hit the water early and headed for the harbour bait grounds. The bait was easy and we filled up with Yakkas (didn’t try for squid as all the kings I’ve caught in past 2 trips have been on live fish baits). Again we headed out
    15 points
  8. Had a morning fish in Sydney on Tuesday with a mate before work. As expected the the squid where hard to come by & after two & a half hours we only managed 2 & an occy, other boats struggled as well & we tried quite a few different spots Around two hours before the high near Rose Bay we dropped down the occy & one of my squid, 15 minutes later my rod buckled over with an intense & short fight I could feel the line rubbing on the rocks & while still bent over with no signs of a struggle below & snagged, l lowered the rod & waiting for almost a minute it
    15 points
  9. After posting of my first fish on a lure a few weeks ago, I’d been in contact with @DerekD who had given me some helpful advice on how to fish lures more effectively. Ahead of a weekend’s fishing I’d been assigned some homework – grab a 70mm Sugapen and prepare to catch some topwater whiting. I was very excited, having never caught a whiting or a fish on a topwater lure before. I bought two of them at my local tackle shop and headed out at lunchtime to a nearby bay to sneak in some practice. It didn’t take long and I soon landed my first whiting with a ‘walk the dog’ retrieve across
    14 points
  10. Finished work today not far from this place, had many a doughnut here, but today was different! Within 30 mins I landed my first, a nice sized flatty, I fished and scanned the area as the low tide set in.. for 2 hours then I landed a slightly bigger flathead. Caught them both on blade vibes, some schnidey knock off ecogear prawn zx40 which did the damage. Temperature was perfect not too hot current seemed strong and slightly windy. Could see a bust ups way off casting distance possibly tailor or salmon? shame I couldn't reach it! Came home with a decent feed!
    14 points
  11. G’day raiders, Today I went and picked up my snapper mount. Something that I’ve wanted for a long time and the wait has been pain staking. But what a job this guy did. Every scale is hand painted and it takes 50 hours or more to create this master piece. Add in the 50,000 plus casts it took me to catch the bugger, it’s a lifetime in the making! If you ever want to have your fish immortalised, then send me a pm and I’ll pass on the info! cheers scratchie!!!
    14 points
  12. Gday raiders, After my fishing mate Woodsy moved to QLD about a year ago, we haven’t caught up for a fish. There’s been plenty of texting and phone calls but as soon as the premier opened the boarder, I thought right it’s time to go! We hatched a plan to fish Moreton Island Saturday and Gold Coast on the Sunday. I travelled up on Friday with one of my boys (Brandon) and gave him a bit of a drive along the way! (Learner=Left at few gears at Coffs) Crossed the boarder pretty easy and arrived around lunchtime, to see @Woodsy1making final preparations to the boat. We decided to go d
    13 points
  13. As promised, a report from today with Steve (FishyMcfishFace) and Lloyd chasing kings. A stop to fill the bait tank up with jellybean Yakkas and then the artificial for slimies. No squid today😞 but we had pilchards, Yakkas and slimies so most options covered. We headed out wide, deciding not to stick in the harbour even though wind was predicted to spring up around 10.30. The right decision was made as we cleaned up big time, boating 16 kings and getting smoked by a dozen others. A hint for newcomers wanting to target kings - don’t be afraid to burley hard. We were using 80lb Fluor lead
    13 points
  14. Bit of a weird report today. Honestly I'm still in a bit of shock. I have been working a specific channel land based in port hacking the past few weeks, finally starting to crack it and finding out what structure is holding fish. The spot I've been fishing is about a 300mtr shuffle along a rock ledge from where I park my car. On my sprawl along the ledge today I noticed something... a big blue nose sticking out from under a rock overhang. It was only in about a foot of water about 2 meters from the shore. After moving a bit further along the ledge I could see the broadside of th
    13 points
  15. @big Neil After what seems like years of messages finally managed to sort out a fishing trip with Big Neil. A quick meet-up the night before to discuss plans and we were set for an early start hitting the main Nambucca river, the aim of the day everything starting with jacks and GTs. We started out slowly working upriver hitting the jack snags straight away Neil showed he was no stranger to accurate casts didn't take long before i had a take, A nice trev to start the session things were looking good, unfortunetly the fish decided to stop playing the game, the casts kept g
    13 points
  16. After weeks of fishing with hard body lures for not much at all i decided to go back to basics. Late start. Fished from 11 to 1pm. Landed 4 good fish. All caught on fresh pipis. Nice going back to bait and breaking the long spell between bringing home some fresh fish. Caught two very good whiting. Both kept. Also caught two bream. Kept one and released the other. I don't like keeping big bream and the one released was 40cm. So he earned his freedom. Fat fish. Great fun on light gear. I recently purchased a diawa td black "mundi mauler" 7ft one piece flick
    12 points
  17. At 86 cm, this is not a huge jewfish from the beach. what worthy of noting is this one was again caught as a bycatch when I was hoping for a bream. The hook was a 1/0 suicide hook and bait was half a pilchard. Caught on the corner of the mouth, almost straightened the hook. last bycatch in a similar manner and time of the year and day was a meter plus jewfish back in 2017. (27/10/2017 to be precise). This one happened just before 8:00 pm last Wednesday 25/11/2020. Both from Wanda beach. a friend fishing together took below photo.
    12 points
  18. Hi Raiders. We will all remember 2020 for one reason or another, and we will all have Covid 19 as part of the memories. For me it has been the year where I have lost my wife, my life long love. It has been a particularly hard year for myself and my family. None of us getting any younger, and that's a good thing, but with longevity comes the inevitable aches, pains and health problems. There was a need to TRY to visit some of the relos who are having a particularly hard time with serious illnesses. Unfortunately they all live miles away. So I put the feelers out among fellow Fishraide
    12 points
  19. Went out wide (very wide) for some Pinkies, Nanny’s and Jewies /Trag with a few mates on Sunday (It’s always a perplexing issue “am I better off in church thinking about fishing or on the water fishing and thinking about God). We had a cracker of a day, bait was easy on the Broken Bay bait grounds, headed straight out to the 80m mark in perfect conditions with low swell and light winds, overcast and perfect cobalt blue water after the previous few days of NW that stirred the water up and cooled it down 😞. The bait that produced was pike (they seem to be in schools all up and down t
    11 points
  20. Hi raiders! headed down south and fished off the break wall to wet a line and hopefully get a feed! day started off well with 2 trevally around the 32-35cm mark and a 28cm flounder. lots of decent sized slimey mackerel around which was perfect to keep as strip bait as I’m heading to Jarvis bay in the next few days. fish stopped biting on bait for a while so I decided to throw out a lure, was spinning a metal for a while with no luck and changed to soft plastics. 1 hit for another trevally, 10minutes later another hit for a 55cm salmon. First time actually catching someth
    11 points
  21. Left ramp about 7 am yesterday caught a few live poddies and headed outside looking for surface /baitfish schools. Went as far south as Wattamolla had a troll at the usual spots nothing seen or caught. Worked my way back to Port Hacking having a short drop along the , kept 4 blue spot flatties for a meal. In the river pumped nippers and kept 3 decent whiting from about 20 throwbacks most over 20 cm. Moved and had a try for crabs which normally arrive in Nov. No crabs but a couple of legal bream their lucky day already had a feed of fish. Next went to the edge of the deep water off Lilli
    11 points
  22. No photo today, left the phone in my car and could not be bothered walking back up the hill to collect it. Headed to the deep up from Lilli Pilli. Pulled out a jewie just over the limit, hooks caught in the gills and throat and could not remove them without causing bleeding, so kept it. Also pulled up a reddie of 32cm and a tailor of 36cm on strip baits. Plenty of small reddies eating anything thrown at them. A couple of tailor splashing but out of casting distance. As I headed home, I saw several schools of salmon splashing about near Lilli Pilli. Many casts with a small metal strai
    11 points
  23. First time out with the new “Fishraider stickers” (many thanks Donna), what a way to christen them - a rat attack north of the harbour. Master fisho Jenson (9) and his dad Adrian (soon to be Raiders) hadn’t been out for about a month, so we decided to leave early, beat the heat and get on the bait grounds early and hopefully get a bag of Kingies. God was good and boated 35 kingfish, 6 big Trevally, 5 blue spot Flatties and a swag of mackerel (didn’t count them, but at least 20). it was a hot day on all fronts the sounder shows a “rat attack” on Lowrance HDS9”
    10 points
  24. A few weeks ago a good mate and I fished Deep creek just north of Nambucca looking for jacks, the creek is supposed to be a bit of a jack hotspot but I'd never actually jack fished it, that particular session was a perfect doughnut but the area looked to good not to hold fish. Last week I headed back to the same area again looking for the elusive red creature, it was one of thise mornings for all the wrong reasons, left gear at home, whilst re-tying a lure noticed a monster jack sitting under a log watching me only to spook as soon as I was re-tied and to top it off I rigged a weedless plasti
    10 points
  25. We had a last minute cancellation of the bass comp we were supposed to be fishing on the weekend, so we decided to go camp overnight somewhere new. We headed out from Grafton to a spot I'd found on the Mann river it was a longway out but unfortunetly it was packed with people and terrible river access, we headed back to the caravan park at Jackadgerry to try and salvage what was left of our weekend. The camp area and river are connected by a 4x4 track so we took the car down and set up to spend the rest of the day there, we left the kids to do whatever it is they do and Amy and I got to castin
    10 points
  26. Drove down to Cobargo on Sunday, took new Watersnake electric motor down for 13 foot tinnie. Fished Bermi harbor for 3 hours on Monday and not a keeper to be found. Small around 25cm Trevally plagued us and we got sick of them and retired after 3 hours. Wind got up too bad for rest of the trip. The Watersnake performed well and am very pleased with it. Frank
    10 points
  27. Well I didn't get to go out last weekend with the weather the way it was and the forecast for the rest of this week also looks ordinary so bailed out on Melbourne Cup celebrations and hooked up the boat and drove to Silver Beach ramp at 3.30pm. Headed to a little bay that has been good to us the past month and first lure hit the water around 4pm. Didn't look right at all - dirty water, lots of ribbon weed floating around, no baitfish action but tied on my "special" vibe with ball bearings and was determined to have a good go. 30 minutes and many many many casts later hadn't even had a hi
    10 points
  28. Its been a while since I posted, I have been out but just lazy to post. Went out twice this week, Tuesday and Friday mid day session. Peoole say you dont catch much or hardly anything during these odd hrs! But I like it because thats the only time gap I get once I drop the kids off to school and had to be back to work at 2pm. So I usually get to my spot around 10.30 and finish up around 1. Tuesday was a shocker! Half Way to spot! I realise thst I didnt had shit! I lefted everything In the garage! I had my usual rod already set up. 1 hook. 1 float! 1 line! Was tempted to drive back home bu
    9 points
  29. Bit late, but here it is. Sunday 15/11/20. Up at 5am and at the Spit by 5:45. We were at the usual baiting stations by about 6:15. After about 50+ yakkas, slimies & pipers, we were off to chase the kingies (and dolphin fish if they were around). The word around was that the kings were off one of the southern beaches. It was a parking lot when we got there!! Within 5min, we lost a solid king. After that, the line went tight with a solid acrobatic Aussie samon which was boated and bleed. 🎣 Throughout the morning we hooked up about 20 ratties. We had fun with a few rats on 10lb line
    9 points
  30. Hey Raiders, After all the atrocious weather, the promising forecast for Tuesday inspired me reach out to Wayno and by a stroke of luck he was free as well. The plan was quickly hatched to go stock up on some flatties at our favourite grounds off Barrenjoey. An early 430am departure saw us already on the mark by 610am ... .....and two top fish in the ice water by 617am (the white crate is 64cm). Water temp 19C and the conditions as forecast. There was a little slow easterly drift but after striking these two, we dropped anchor and swung on the rode...
    9 points
  31. After at least a 10 year hiatus from casting lures in to the surf (boats and kayaks are just far too attractive these days), I found myself walking a beach early morning, with rod in hand, a simple metal slice, looking for a decent gutter, just south of Sussex Inlet. I found a cracker of a hole, and an hour of casting, with a fast retrieve such that the lure skipped along the surface, resulted in a dozen visual strikes, half that hooked up, and 4 landed. Biggest a smidge over 50cm. great fun, and the smoker is being prepped as we speak.
    9 points
  32. Just got home from a few days west of Kempsey fishing with a few good mates and my brothers. The weather was great and the river was fishing well. Such a beautiful part of the world I almost forgot about the fishing at times and just admired the scenery. I did however manage to land 47 bass including my new PB wild bass @ 48.5cm. A few minutes after landing it I caught a 46cm fish! There were heaps of fish in the 40-45cm range too. We’ve been making annual trips to the Macleay for the last 10 years or so. I had been a little worried this time what the fishing would be like as there wa
    9 points
  33. Hi Raiders, After some six months of trying, I finally broke the lure drought and caught my first fish on a lure! Followed quickly by my second and third on the same day. Over the months of fruitless casting in the winter I kept having people tell me – just wait until the water warms up and they’ll be hooking up. This proved very true! I arrived at the usual spot in Neutral Bay about 8am after dropping the kids off at school and within about 5 minutes I had my first fish on a lure – a baby snapper. Mixed feelings as while I was delighted that I’d finally caught something on a lu
    9 points
  34. Headed out to Lilli Pilli early this morning, pulled out the tailor, reddie, crab on fish baits, rather quiet out there. Changed to Maianbar flats as the tide rose and pumped some nippers. Waded in less than knee deep water for the whiting, a couple of small ones at first then moved spots and found the larger ones. The fish were scattered, then no more bites for a while, so back into the boat and drifted a few spots for nothing worth keeping. A secret flattie spot produced one undersized one and that was it so headed home. WARNING FOR BOAT USERS. there was a f**kw
    8 points
  35. Been a while since wetting a line, aside from a few rather unsuccessful Jewie attempts rendering just a few measly Port Jackson's, stingrays and countless salmon (which seem to be in plague proportions, unlike any other season i can remember in recent memory...) - and a few lazy squid sessions any chance i can get while near the water. Been even longer, years even, since reporting on here. Managed to fracture my foot the other week, and with only so many fishing videos watched, and painstakingly slow days working at home, i decided to pop a few painkillers, ditch the moonboot and go targe
    8 points
  36. 21/11: After talking about it with a close mate for a few years now, and always keen to try something different, the opportunity finally arose to chase a Golden Perch! We didn’t have any real plans, and I only finally decided on the Friday morning to head out and meet him at Lake Windamere! He already had the chance to fish it the previous 2 days and had some success! Friday afternoon was a rush buying lures, (Way too many – I ended up only using the one! LOL) packing gear, and booking a site at Cudgegong Waters park. I finally managed to get away and turn the 3 hour 45 min drive from t
    8 points
  37. The Murray Cod season is about to reopen on December 1st. This year appears to be an improvement on previous years as there is presently water in the Murrumbidgee River. There are no guarantees that we will have good flows though, but it is looking promising. If any of you city slickers feel the urge to take a 6 or 7 hour drive during the warmer months (Dec to March), in the hope of catching one, let me know. You can try bait and lure fishing, I can also show you how to catch the bait. The offer is there, so it's up to you. (SUBJECT TO ANY COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS) Cheers.bn
    8 points
  38. Fishing report - Nov 25, 2020. My mate and I spent the day at Jerusalem Bay yesterday and had a bit of fun on a mix of lures and bait. We hired a tinny from Cottage Point around 9am and headed out to the bay. First hour was slow, working our way along the south edge in some deeper water - nothing taking. Tonnes of big jellyfish around (?not sure if good or bad for the fishing?) More action further in at the sand flats. Big bites early- good flathead (?50cm) put up a fight then bit us off at the boat dang. 10mins later landed a nice one at 43cm. Both on a little subsurface hard
    8 points
  39. Last minute Friday-arvo decision to head in-land for a camp this weekend, headed down to a spot near Bullio, on banks of the Wollondilly River. Landed a few decent rainbow trout there previously, so packed the light tackle rods and lures. Saturday morning, bush bashed down to the river with rods + picnic blankets for missus, and threw a few lures around, part of the river that funnelled in, bit deeper with some nice current. Second or third cast, felt a nibble on the Rapala 5cm spotted dog lure. Set the hook and soon realized it was a large fish - took me 5 mins to land it on 8lb, bu
    8 points
  40. I had big plans to travel further afield this morning but as often happens with me I ended up fishing locally instead. Started out in z man grubs which scored me two undersized flatties in quick succession. Then I switched to a squidgy shrimp and came up tight on a bigger model. No monster, but might have reached mid 40s at a stretch. All fish released. Not long after that I got snagged and got the call that the kids had woken up so it was time to go home and take everyone to the beach. Glad to have got my fishing fix before that!
    8 points
  41. Lon time reader first report - I thought it time I contributed something to the site Just spent 4 days in the Port Macquarie area - first two days pretty slow fishing the main river for Luderick and Bream, only ended up with one of each Against local advice we headed to Lake Cathie for some lure fishing ( mates first time with lures) Had three flatties to 45cm in the first 40 minutes on plastics then moved to a shallower area to chase whiting with poppers - smacked them - must have caught 20+ fish up to about 32cm (only kept a few for a feed) probably lost more than we got inclu
    8 points
  42. Went up to Forster/Tuncurry for our annual October break and found a lot of fish, mainly flathead, which are the target species. Last year we had terrible fires which threatened the caravan park and destroyed thousands of hectares of bush and several houses very close by. This year, we had very strong wind and torrential rain, which flooded several caravan parks on the lake, but spared the one we were staying at. Never the less, the park was running at full capacity and many locals were not happy with the influx to the population. I'm sure small businesses were happy though. Anyway we got out
    8 points
  43. These are the west and east views of the storm on the 13th nov from the mooring nth side broughton isl
    7 points
  44. Ps blowin 20 25 knots from south now then most of the night the swell will build and the chop on top will be big i wouldnt go anywhere near the rocks tomorrow morning and dont be fooled by low tide some places are worse on low cause its shallower and swell builds n breaks more
    7 points
  45. A few Raiders have asked about catching Yakkas in the harbour. My approach outside requires far less finesse (bigger hooks and thicker line and a rod), but inside, I think they are somewhat tackle shy and my experience is they need a far more gentle approach. My rig: a 6lb hand line to a small swivel, then 6 or 4lb line to a no 12 (if they are biting well a no10 hook). I like “ Owner mosquito” hooks - they are ultra fine, but pretty strong. I bait this with the smallest amount of squid or fresh yellowtail that will just cover the hook and then throw this out the back into burley trail abo
    6 points
  46. After arriving in the afternoon & unpacking our gear & launching the boat for our stay at lake Jyndabine instead of the Fitzroy river Rockhampton (COVID border lockout). My mate & I decided to troll around the islands & clay pits before sunset, we did manage 2 strikes but no hook ups the following day did a morning & afternoon session for a couple of rainbows each session which seemed to be the norm for most of our trip up to 40cm, certainly different to what we were used to when previously coming down in June & getting mainly browns & a few rainbows & the
    6 points
  47. The spot is Trag grounds off coggee - go get em Raiders, God made a big ocean for us all to enjoy. Happy to share - “ He who waters, will himself be watered and a generous soul prospers”. Proverbs 11:25
    6 points
  48. Im here 1 small red 1 goatfish massive storm coming chose to ride it out on nth beach mooring will head bak out after storm
    6 points
  49. Another great report Dave. I had a great time and it was really kind of you to show me the ropes in your backyard. I would definitely like to put more time in on the Nambucca. It's a really well presented area and offers heaps of potential, for novice and experienced anglers alike. Like most types of fishing, reward comes from persistence and developing a good understanding of the locale and the habits of the quarry. To that end it was a privilege to have a highly skilled local willing to guide me on the journey. Thank you for sharing your expertise and willingness to put yourself out, for the
    6 points
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