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  1. 24 points
    Headed up with a mate from Sydney to my brothers place at Port Stephens to see if we could find some Yellowfin Tuna We tried to work out what days would be best and decided on Sunday Interesting start to the day with torrential showers first thing in the morning while we loaded boat We could have almost cancelled - and as we headed up the bay from soldiers point the rain kept coming Conditions outside the heads were a bit all over the place but we thought we’d push through and see if it improved We got about 10kms out and things did improve- rain was behind us now and we felt the slop was decreasing so we pushed on - water around 17 degrees About 20kms and lots of birds showing up Some were concentrated and diving in so we thought we would put a spread out and work the area With no luck we decided to keep going We saw a marlin free jump for a bit so the lures go in again No luck 30kms more birds concentrated and diving in one area Again, lures out and we picked up a striped tuna about 7kg We push on - water now 18.9 and we are about 50kms offshore Then we see what we didn’t think we would ever see- small schools of YF jumping and chasing bait - we couldn’t believe our eyes! The shotgun rod goes off And screaming run- after only a twenty minute battle the fish is boat side and we see colour We trade the big net for a gaff when it gets closer Approximately 45kg YF into the boat!! A first for all of us!! Big celebrations to say the least We put the lures out again 15 min later another hit on the shot gun lure! Drops the lure after a screaming run 15 mins later same rod goes off And a longer run and what seems a bigger fish After 25 mins we get the fish boat side only to have it look at our ugly heads and take off again before we could get the gaff near it My friend on the rod is now sweating on whether we will boat this one (The first fish we got the hooks were only just in) Now the fish is deeper again and another 15 mins using the current and the wind we work him back up After some nervous pep talks on being patient and making our gaff hits count we manage to boat this fish!! Approximately 60kg fish!! We are so happy!! One more of the crew- the captain- my brother hasn’t fought one yet so we make it our aim to get another Fish are still jumping but not so much bird activity We troll for another 30 mins No takers- it’s now about 2pm and we have about a two hour trip back so the captain calls it time- I say come on give it ten more minutes 5 mins later two rods are hit and lines are screaming- this time it’s the rods closest to the boat! We get the captain on one rod and I grab the other one Line is peeling and the spools are emptying - my bro manages to slow his fish up but mine doesn’t stop He has his fish close to boat sickles showing in about 10 mins!! We check the drag and it’s like it’s been set for pulling big kings off the bottom! Anyway we get the fish boat side and I have now put my rod with fish on in holder as I got to help with leader and gaffing Just as I’m leading the fish up to gaff it takes off thrashing the hook pulls! But my other mate has just sunk the gaff in!! Rescued! But he’s loses his grip as it’s thrashing and his hand slips down the gaff He’s losing the gaff and the fish as it’s thrashing- and yells out help I’m right there so take a grab at the gaff too and now we both heave the fish in More sheer delight for the crew of 3!! Then it dawns on me- the other rod, the other fish is still on!! This fish has all but spooled me- (I think I have 400m of line out)I cant move it - 50lb braid won’t budge it We decide to gain some line and work the boat back toward the fish This feels much bigger than the previous one We gain half the line- then a couple of big runs and the line breaks - this one will haunt me forever unfortunately. But time will heal We caught most fish in the profidgie lures- but two fish at the end hit a heavy 9inch bullethead pink skirt and a large purple Halco maxi hard body Water blue green 18.9 First fish 45kg Second 60kg Third 50kg We are so stoked to have all caught our first Yellowfin together - not sure we will ever see another day like it We’ve so many trips with nothing and now they have been removed with better memories! Golden memories!! Thanks for reading - get amongst it!!!
  2. 20 points
    Stopped catching at 25, biggest 94cm (on 20lb), kept 6 between 3 (Fishraider dlvbw and Stephen) all others released. Cuttlefish and live yakkas Did the damage Sweet little livies hanging around Balmoral
  3. 19 points
    Hi all, This is a fly report but there is also a bit of history. Many years ago as a birthday present I was given a beautiful NZ made 4 piece 7 weight 9 foot freshwater fly rod with a gorgeous reel (and floating line) to match. This one in fact. It was from a very good friend who was in NZ and one of my bucket list items is trout on fly rod in New Zealand. When I got back I wanted to learn about fly fishing techniques and how to properly use the rod so I booked a one day lesson with one of the Sydney based trout guides (who has passed away in the last few years). Wasn't cheap but it was a really good introduction. In the morning he went through the background and theory. A short history of fly fishing gear. Older rods to modern rods. Line weights. Knots. Leaders. Very informative. In the afternoon we went through casting basics. The roll cast. Single hauling. Double hauling. Laying the line out. Loops. All in all it was a worthwhile day and shortened the learning process dramatically. I was still pretty uncoordinated (it is very like pat head circle stomach when starting out) but I'd learned enough to practice, practice, practice. My first fish on fly (black woolly bugger) was a bass in Manly dam. I've also had nice carp in the Hunter Valley. As it was a freshwater rod I wasn't keen to use it in saltwater. Even with a good clean I'm afraid of missing a bit of salt and damaging the rod long term. I invested in a 2 piece 9 weight saltwater rod from the same NZ manufacturer - a bit of a broomstick but I like the stiffness of the rod. I found a couple of Scientific Angler reels online and got set up. Over the years I've had salmon, bonito, tailor and a few other species. I'm also looking forward to the day I hook a king on it. This outfit is a bit overgunned for some of the smaller saltwater species we have in Sydney harbour so this year I decided to invest in a 7 weight 4 piece 9 foot saltwater (stainless guides) outfit. Matched it with an excellent value ($170) reel with an insane drag and some intermediate (slow sinking) line. All up probably the most expensive outfit I own but with care it is something I could use for the rest of my life. On the odd occasion I've been chasing Luderick (Blackfish) with @Mike89. He has gone to the dark side and acquired a centrepin reel and super long rod and has also been getting very good at it due to the time he has put in to it and the assistance of other Fishraiders. I'm quite capable of catching luderick but I use a spinning outfit as it is crossover fishing for me. This winter one of my goals has been to start catching luderick on fly rod. There has been a bit of a learning curve to work out how to approach it most effectively. The flies were easy as my local tackle shop ties them and does a mixed pack (light green or dark green - see photo) but it turns out they are either floating or sinking (tied with lead line). I've also included a wet fly in the photo so you can see how well it imitates green weed. Next step was the strike indicator. I am aware of the stick on foam ones but wasn't sure how well you could move them along the line once stuck. I found some waterproof indicator line which you can tie on the line but wasn't happy with the bend it puts in the leader. Online I found some ones with an O-ring attached (green, orange, red and yellow ones in photo below). These worked pretty well. I then hopped online and found some 5mm O-rings through which I passed the indicator yarn and fastened it with braid. This is what I am currently trialing. I pass a double through the O-ring and loop it over the yarn. When I pull the line tight the O-ring doubles on itself and creates a friction lock - the strike indicator sits where it is when casting but the position of it can be easily moved by sliding it up or down the line. One of the earlier trips out with Mike to one of his secret spots where he has been consistently been catching and releasing good luderick showed me the limitations of the intermediate line as it would drag down the strike indicator after a while. I had a few touches but no conversions. At this stage I was more interested in the learning curve than results. I fortunately had a spare spool with floating line so that problem was easily solved. This weekend I picked up some cabbage weed after work as I was going to introduce another friend to the joys of chasing luderick. @Mike89 was also free to fish the lower north shore with us. So with a goal in mind and company on Saturday we all headed down to the water. I cut up the weed and Mike made up the burley. We couldn't see too many luderick in the water but had seen them in the area on earlier trips. My friend Floris had an early down but was so in the zone he missed reacting to it in time. Mike then put a few on the board. Once I was confident my friend understood the concept I set up the fly rod and started fishing. I had a strike and set the hook. A luderick of about 20cm came up out of the depths. My first luderick on fly. I hand lined it up. The hook had caught near the eye which I carefully removed and then released the fish without worrying about a photo. A little while later the strike indicator disappeared under the surface and once I struck I ended up with a really nice bend in the rod. The fish was darting back to the weeds (6lb fluoro tippet) but I managed to keep it out. I saw the fish and thought it was average but was impressed at the fight it put up. Now in my defence I had acquired some polarised, prescription, sunglasses for my topwater bream fishing with @Niall over the summer and these throw my depth perception out pretty badly although they are as sharp as. Mike and Floris were telling me it was a good fish and it wasn't till Mike netted it that I realised how good it actually was. You judge. For the record it was 43cm on fly and a personal best (bait and lure). Out of curiosity I looked at the lure records on Fishraider and this one would put me in equal second place behind the record 47cm luderick on lure. I'm looking forward to doing more of this style of fishing over the winter. On a side note Mike has seen multiple times how effective it is to fish the weed flies even on the centrepin and spinning outfits. You still burley up but it saves the hassle of rebaiting the hook every time the luderick nibbles away at the weed on your hook. You can combine two flies by having a weighted fly at the bottom and a floating fly a little further up the line. He has also been using very small split shot sinkers to get the weed flies down into the water column. Thanks for reading. Derek
  4. 19 points
    Gday Raiders Headed down south to Bellambi today chasing snaps. Was joined by dad who was itching to get out too. Arrival at the ramp we were met with a very low tide with some cross wash. Luckily for us we were one of the first ones there so we managed to unload quickly before the ramp gets blocked up. Conditions this morning were better than forecast, which made for good irony because from 10am onwards the conditions were far worse than forecast. Steep stiff waves of 1.5m high about 5 seconds apart mixed with a gusty breeze which i estimate between 15 to 20 knots made for uncomfortable fishing. But we slogged it out and managed a nice feed of reds. Some just legals and a few just under 50cm. Managed a nice calamari too which ordinarily would have been stripped for bait but he came aboard very late in the day so i decided to keep him for the table. Baits used were whole pillies and fresh caught slimey mackeral strips. Also managed to witness a few whales jumping a little too close for comfort. But with two sea anchors and 6 rods in the water there was no time to tuck tail and run🤣 Thanks for reading Sam
  5. 18 points
    Hit the mouth of Botany Bay in the yak yesterday afternoon in search of a feed of calamari. Conditions were pleasant, almost a glass out and overcast. Had a good feeling as in July they are pretty aggressive and spawning. Had three hits in 15 minutes and they were all 30cm+ hoods then things went quiet for an hour. trolled around and found a few more and two more bigger models just on dusk. Calamari on the menu over the weekend!
  6. 17 points
    Another walk up the beach with the kids in search of salmon action didn't take long to find a few rewards. Pretty much every gutter along Brou beach had them, some gutters we could only pick a couple of fish from before moving to the next gutter. As usual walking and flicking soon locates the mother load and once found it was fish after fish. The last three trips up there dolphins have turned up for a quick surf. My hope had been to hopefully be in the right place at the right time and have the camera ready. You don't get much of a chance as they might only ride one or two waves before heading off, so I was quite happy to get a few quick shots and hopefully get better ones another time. The dolphins haven't stopped the fish from biting on any occasion, neither have big bronzies in the past.
  7. 17 points
    Trip started out good fri arvo plenty of slimies at cabbage tree anchored up in one of my fave areas at broughton nth wind down hill current cloud cover low tide at dark perfect then the wind kept changing blowing me off my mark then current stopped shifted further nth and ended up with 3 small reds n a goat fish sat morn to mungo dead as a dodo back to some ledges near sisters got a few went to nth rock scraped up a few ana 75 kingy ended up with my limit of reds but nothing real big wind and current was all over the shop but better than sittin at home
  8. 17 points
    One of our fishraider members nominated our well known moderator Scratchie to become a guest on a podcast. Jeff jumped at the chance to help others (as usual) and the episode was recorded last week and posted up this morning. The interviewer is Greg "Doc Lures" Vinall aquatic scientist and PhD and he was delighted to interview Jeff on Broughton Island Snapper Introducing The Australian Lure Fishing Podcast episodes ......... OBJECTIVES Find and interview a seriously talented Aussie lure fisherman about how to fish for a sport fishing species they’ve mastered Extract from each of our guests the essence of their success on that species and where they think other fishermen go wrong in their quest Provide a refreshing new way to get your fill of fishing info whilst you’re in the car, at the gym, on a plane, or anywhere else you listen to podcasts Doc did not have to look very far to find a seriously talented lure fisherman who has mastered snapper fishing. Here is a fantastic podcast from our own @Scratchie CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO SCRATCHIE'S INTERVIEW Thanks very much for 35 mins of your wisdom and the great shout out to fishraider at the end
  9. 16 points
    A friend of one of my daughters has just flown over to stay with us for a couple of weeks from Darwin. Its a bit of a temperature shock for him having come from an average mid winter temp of 32'c down to our cooler southern temps. First introduction yesterday was to a little lure flicking for beach salmon. Tackle for him was a 1000 spin reel with 6lb braid and 10lb mono leaders (don't want to make it easy for him!!). My son used his usual spin outfit he tends to use for everything from salmon, tailor and gummies etc.They had only picked around four fish each walking and flicking lures until we came to a good gutter which was literally loaded with fish. From here on it was fish every cast, often with dozens trying to smash the lure from hooked fishes mouths. We started off trying to keep count but gave up when they got over 20 fish each. Salmon are such great little fighters, when I first moved down here to the south coast I fished for them almost everyday. Today would of been a good day to of gotten them offshore but they enjoyed the salmon so much they are back up the beach again now hooking into them again, I stayed home in the warm!!!My eldest daughter is out wide around the offshore seamounts with clients chasing bluefin and yellowfin tuna. Yesterday having a five way hookup with bluefin on lures, landing four and loosing one. The first run of bluefin are small, normally in the 40-50kg range which I much prefer. The bigs ones will soon be here too.
  10. 15 points
    G’day raiders, Got out today with @back cruncher, his mate and my son Brandon. We were in two minds wether to hit seal rocks or just stay at Broughton. Well the weather decided for us and Broughton it was. The first spot we hit usually produces and Mick managed to land a legal king. Not a touch for the rest of us, so we decided to move on! Next spot Mick was on again, this time to a decent snapper and into the esky. I then came up tight but it chewed through the leader. We reset the drift and I finally managed on for the box and Mick pulled another. Then the live rod goes off and Jnr was to quick for everyone and sets the hook. Decent fight and up comes a solid king. We moved around a fair bit but couldn’t find anymore fish. So after plenty casts we decided to head home! Always a great day on the water and it was good to see Mick getting a few after a fair break! Tight lines, cheers scratchie!!!
  11. 15 points
    With my reports from the last few weeks one of ou younger members sends me a message saying he'll be in the area and asking where he can find a GT, it was a no brainer to take him upriver to try and find a GT even managed to swindle the day off so we had plenty of time. We hit the water on gentlemen's hours the air was still a bit frosty and the water a balmy 14.6 degrees, but with a good run out tide we wasted no time shooting upriver, we started out casting the edges and didn't take long for bream to start coming aboard I got a couple of average bream to get the day moving, James managed to break the doughnut with a nice whiting, always a relief when when the doughnut is broken. Worked our way along to some decent trees where Amy got dusted a couple of weeks ago, James puts a cast in and gets belted with no hook-up he puts another cast straight back in and it's eaten again this time it stays connected, the fish gave him hell and after a good run around James had his GT in the net the high fives and fist pumps were going, a quality GT I reckon I was every bit as pumped as young James. We continued on our drift catching a few smallish bream and flatties, the bite was tough but we kept persisting and James had another solid take called another trev this time it took a good run at high speed and again after a good battle which was fun to watch James had his first big-eye in the net and a cracking 42cm which actually bests my own pb, to restore some dignity I managed a half decent big-eye shortly after we did manage a couple more small bream but the bite was slow so we decided to shoot downriver and cast som,...e bigger lures to hopefully find a decent flathead or cod. Sot locked at one of my new spots i discovered recently casting soft vibe and large plastics around the bait was thick took awhile to get a hit but I finally got a solid take on the soft vibe, the fish went really hard in the current had my fingers crossed for a jewie but wasn't disapointed when a solid flattie came up she measured up 65cm and a beautiful thick set fish I enjoyed watching her swim off, we moved onto the racks to put James onto a locked drag blue lip, the rack bite was incredibly tough we did spot a coule of jacks cruising the trays which was pretty cool, I did manage a couple of average bream and reaching the end of our rack run James loaded u on a bream it gave him a solid fight A nice fish to finish the session, being able to take James out to catch his first GT and see how pumped he was, that's what fishraiders all about cheers for reading Dave
  12. 15 points
    Went for a fish yesterday started in rose bay throw spf lures duckz in cola and sunrise shimmer two flathead landed 45 and 57 with a few dropped, moved to pier 8 in Walsh bay and had a nice haul of small trevally 30-37cm all released taken on bread and pilchard cubes then we walked around casting metals and found a lot of bustups of big tailor all caught 45-55cm on metals and spf lures
  13. 15 points
    G’day raiders, Just a quick report from up here today. Headed out with fellow raider @tyrone07 in very dark conditions this morning and hit the island. We struggled to get a good drift and find any bait, but we kept at it and soon found a patch of just legal and rat kings. We both landed a few (all released) but this wasn’t our target. Moved around a few times but still couldn’t find any bait. Then out of left field Tyrone comes up tight and this fish starts peeling line. Telltale signs of a good snaps and then pop! Leader crunched and gone! This was pretty much the story of the day. Next it was my turn to a solid hook up only to have the braid snap for no reason at all. Add to this, I broke my favourite rod and a chair in the boat, things were looking grim. But we still managed a few snapper for Tyrone to take home and spent a nice day on the water! cheers scratchie!!!
  14. 15 points
    Sitting at my desk all week watching Willy weather, psyched myself up for a trip out wide for the weekend. Had to fish solo today, the old man wasn’t keen. launched at terrigal and filled up on livies. Sea was 21.3 degrees, water was clean and seas were gentle made a quick Punch out to Texas (The cones if your speaking with a local). Not long before it was a car park. Fish were spread out no big schools or markA few people had some luck but they weren’t thick by any measure. Did some exploring to the south and found a nice rock in the middle of nowhere with a good show. They were not interest in the livies. My yellow and green jig was left untouched. Switched to a red and blue jig and the action started. Got my 5 pretty quick biggest went 90cm. Stoked when I got the fifth, my arms were gassed The run in was quick, nearly flat stick. The oldies, in-laws and my house hold will smash up the fillets in no time! Stoked I found a new mark, now back to dreaming about my next trip.
  15. 14 points
    I’ve been following that large school of salmon currently hanging around the eastern suburbs beaches for the past couple of weeks, but they’ve been out of casting range for me or I’ve just had the wrong gear. Anyway, I headed over to a local tackle shop and bought two new lures, one of the expensive slow jigging ones and a simple 40g metal. This morning I talked my mate into braving the rain and out we went chasing fish again. Lost the expensive Japanese shore jigging model on my first cast. Gutted. Not much action after that so we moved on. On the way to the next spot a mate jogged past and told us that there’s a huge school of salmon around the other side of the headland, so off we went. Unfortunately these too were out of casting range and the rain and swell were intense. We were about to give up 30 min later when the rain stopped, the swell dropped and the school turned around! Cleats on, down to the rocks and second cast I hooked up. After that it was a fish every couple of casts until my arms started to hurt. In total we caught about 12 salmon between us, landed 6 big healthy fish and kept 5. My daughter mixed up her famous beer batter when I got home and we fed 6 families tonight. Still got a third of the fish for dinner during the week Dogs got the oily red meat and frames will be used for berley. Nothing wasted. Honestly I think that this is the best day fishing I’ve had. The prep, finding the school, catching them and the good company on what ended up being a gorgeous day. I’m not an overly reflective person, but seriously, how lucky are we to live here...
  16. 14 points
    Took the same young lad I took out in the boat in one of my recent reports to the beach in hope of getting him educated in catching salmon. It couldn't of worked out better in the fact they were hard to find at first but then turned up in a gutter on our way back to the car. We must of walked 6-8km and though my had son had pulled a few half a dozen fish from random gutters we couldn't find a solid patch where they could both simply hook them consistently. When we did find them they were literally only 20-30m out and fighting for the lures. The newcomer kept two which I cleaned and prepared for them but he was stoked to of clocked up a total of 28 fish all together, my son would of released up around 40 fish. Received a phone call from his mother who simply couldn't believe how good they were to eat (prepared properly). I feel confident he will be able to find and manage these fish on his own now and hopefully provide a few meals for his family. By the way I find the smaller salmon better for the table.
  17. 14 points
    Hey Raiders, After the recent rain and rough seas earlier in the week, Maria and I were glad to see the offshore conditions forecast for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday looked promising for a possible trip out wide to Browns. I had also been chatting to my long time buddies @Fishingwazza2019 and @Gilbur who had been monitoring the weather and a plan was hatched that they would take Gil's Bertram down from Woy Woy and we would rendezvous at Browns 930am. BTW, Gil was the man that taught me the ropes on deep dropping Browns many many years ago...firstly on his boat and then on mine. So this trip felt special. Well Wednesday deteriorated and was a no go, but Thursday was holding up..... Come Wednesday night .... Thursday was touch and go ... but there was a morning window back-ended by a southerly change in the afternoon ... .quick chat with Gil and Wazza and the trip was confirmed on... It was a cold morning in Sydney, with lots of fog, so we timed our trip to arrive at Roseville boat ramp after first light to give us better visibility heading out (rower alert 😳). Here's Maria (three layers warm) - ".... it's fishin' not fashion ! " she says. Well the trip out to Brown's was uneventful, quite a few potholes with conditions and chop pretty much as forecast ... we got there just on 930am to find Browns a calm sea again as forecast.... saw 4 boats and the first boat we came across being the fellow raiders in the Bertie who had arrived 5min before us. Yet to start their first drift. Anyway, we quickly set up the electrics and bait (salted pillies and frozen squid). Noted water temp was 19C and that the GPS indicated there was a N-S 1-2km current running, so we headed to the North mark to drift the east side, while Gil and Wazza drifted the west side. First drift nothing on both boats. Second drift down the middle, Maria lost her sinker, then I lost mine (long sinker traces work - lost sinkers but no lost rigs so far). We continued different drifts across the mount for small picker bites on the baits, I also gave slow jigging a go ... but no fish. We could see the other boats around us were working hard criss crossing the drifts but no sign of gems or blue-eye. Finally around 1230pm we let Barrycuda drift way past the south end into deep water and I managed to bring up a pair of Ocean Perch ... our only fish for the day... but at least we have a feed ! By 1pm, the Bertie crew also managed one Ocean Perch and then called it a day snapping this photo of Barrycuda as they departed - would you believe this is the ONLY photo I have of Barrycuda in action on the water ..... Not even ten minutes later as we finished stowing all the fishing gear the southerly change came - right on time as forecast - and everyone left including us. It wasn't an overly strong wind, but the southerly 15kts winds crossed with the easterly 1.1m waves to create an - uncomfortable - short - sharp - bone jarring -chop that lasted from Browns for every single meter back to Sydney middle harbour .... a Thumper-of-a-ride Thursday for sure. Cheers Zoran and Maria
  18. 13 points
    Seems the fish are back on the chew along the beaches, with some hefty salmon among them. A friend ( the young lad I was showing the ropes to last week ) found a patch of big salmon from a beach in Narooma today. We found numerous patches of fish along the beach north of Dalmeny this evening and at the same time my sons friend ( another apprentice I took to the beach two weeks ago!!) was catching both salmon and tailor this evening from a Bermagui beach. Our intension had been to fish well after dark but having landed his best salmon I was quite relieved to here my son say we can go home now if you like. What's with these youngsters in shorts and just a thin shirt on the beach mid winter anyway. His big salmon almost didn't happen when a dolphin grabbed hold of it for a while ( a first for us ). There were also a few fish that straightened the halco lure hooks after this big one. No luck on the baited rods but in all honesty we didn't give them much of a chance leaving quiet early. Kept a few fish for gummy baits and a few fillets to smoke, no doubt we will fish somewhere again tomorrow!!!...now he's addicted. 69cm and 11lb on boga grip scales.
  19. 13 points
    Havnt posted for a while due to corona virus and moving house at the moment. But I decided to get my priorities right and have a warm up before the Port Stephens catch up. Took my nephew out and tried a few areas with a keeper and a 45cm model. Moved on to another spot and started feeding out a livey only for it to get smashed before the rod went in the holder, after a bit of a fight up comes a just legal king, landed a couple more the next drift. Set up our next drift and it was on, nephew gets a nice 63cm snaps, livey goes off and I get absolutely smoked, then my rod with the plastic on goes off, lucky to get this one as it swallowed it down and could feel the leader skipping across it's teeth, another 63cm shortly after a 54cm landed. Got dusted a couple more times and got a few big bonnies before the wind dropped completely off and the fish with it
  20. 13 points
    Sorry for yet another salmon report, its just that I thought was quite comical of my youngest daughter catching them from her boyfriends shoulders. Tilba beach.
  21. 12 points
    Hello all went out yesterday, sprinkle of rain now and again, great conditions out past the heads otherwise (next to no wind and very calm swell - lived up to the forecast of 3.6knts (7.6kn avg) and 0.9m swell w/ 9sec period). Was rocketing out there 😈 Did a few drifts at a spot near coogee (thanks @GoingFishing) and managed a few snapper, couple of pigfish, a nice flattie - catch of the day was one of the snapper coming in at 50cm (pb so far). Also, we got a couple of nannygai but threw back cause we were unsure of the legal size in Sydney (didn't come up on DPI) - they seemed pretty small, maybe ~15-20cm. Any ideas? These look to be also called bright redfish if my googling skills are reliable!
  22. 12 points
    Hi Raiders Braved the wind and the rain early this morning to meet the boys around Pyrmont for the first get together in months. The first spot looked promising, I put the first fish in the bag on my second drift. Royce added a couple before things went quiet. After long spell I got 2 more in quick succession before it went quiet again. With Trevor looking at a donut the decision was made to move. We found a spot that looked pretty good, I had never fished before, so it was a learning experience. The drift was pretty inconsistent, the wind was a bit of an issue and the fish were finicky. Changing berley pattern and changing depth we finally got on to a good patch of fish. We all added few more to the bag, Trevor dodged a donut with the fish of the day that went close to 40cm. We called it when things went quiet once again with over a dozen in the bag. ( I didn't make a proper count, and some of the fish jumped just as I took the photo, maybe out of shot)
  23. 12 points
    Decided to get out to fish from shores bit this arvo. Cold, windy, got this big sis on bait, put it back though as probably breeding female. I didn't have a measure tape, but I'm size 13 shoe. Fish would have been near 80cm mark.
  24. 12 points
    Intends to fish the last 2 days but suddenly the wind speed went up hence didn't get to go until today. Wake up early to pickup some weed but had to wait til 6:30am when there is enough light to see. Which means i miss out the possible early tailor session:( I could use my headlight to see but it may upset some people living nearby. I guess i just had to make a point to get the weed a day early. Got to Ramsgate Beach at around 7:30am but had to first goes to Coles to buy some more toilet paper before the second wave of the panic-buy hit and not to mention Quilton 36pack is on special this week. So i didn't get to start actual fishing until almost 9am. I was hoping there is still some tailor wandering about but no such luck. Even with blackfish, nothing until half hour later. The float went down hard and i tried to strike but the bail arm won't locked properly. It was a complete disaster as the strike failed and i almost panic but luckily the hook set itself. But then the reel takes on drag as the fish feels REALLY HEAVY and i am losing line quick. I tried to tighten the drag to reduce the momentum but what a big mistake that was. I underestimate the power of my opponent and the line snapped! That could have been a 45cm+ blackfish. For the next 3 hours, there is a bite here and there but no hookup. There isn't much to do but to relaxed, snacking, enjoy the nice weather and the scenery. Here is something i spot on the surface of the water moving toward me. A patch of clam water among the waves. Does anyone had any idea of what it is? Anyway, back to fishing. I got a rod out with weed on paternoster rig. As i was winding it in, i feel something heavy. Wah-lah, what are the chance that i foul hooked a 45cm lizard while winding in my rod!? And i managed to landed it as well. Since i had no luck with blackfish today, i decided to put my focus on flathead using a Squidgy Black n Gold soft lure. It doesn't take me long to hook my first flathead but lost it the last moment as i slacken the tension while grabbing the net. It took me another hour to hooked and landed another flathead, a 50cm. Though there are more flathead around the groyne (as another fisho caught a 45cm while i was packing), I had enough with flahead and wanted to give blackfish another try somewhere.else. I tried the platform next to the groyne i was on, nothing except heaps of tiny minnow. Some duck liked birds is chasing the minnows but there is a group of seagull chasing these birds away as if they are protecting the minnow. Maybe protecting their food source?! I tried Sans Souci Park Jetty next as i wanted to check out the cabbage weed mentioned by @eladamrine that are available/reachable during low tide. And since i am there, i give the blackfish a try. No luck as I keep losing the weed on my hooks but at the end, i managed to hooked a 15cm blackfish which i release of course. While i am there, 2 full uniform fisheries officers are there checking everyone for their licenses and catches. This is the second time this year i encounter fisheries officer at this very location. As long as we are doing the right thing, there is nothing to worry about. Its windy, it is freezing and it is getting dark. It just mean time to go home....well the good news is...the flatheads are back.
  25. 12 points
    Hey guys, this is my first time catching a blackfish! The day before I had @eladamrine teach me the ropes to blackfishing, harvesting green weed and making burley. If it wasn't for you I wouldn't be able to catch my first one! Special thanks to him! I came to San Souci Park around 2 pm, went to get some green weed and whilst rigging up my float another fellow fisherman approached me and spoke to me on how to rig up my float as I was still not familiar with it. He was very nice and gave me some really good tips on how to catch blackfish couldn't thank him enough for it! Any who, it was very windy today as well, I could hardly see my float as the waves kept pushing it down. Around the 20 minute mark I saw my float shoot down and immediately yanked back and Oh man, the feeling you get when you feel something pull back, I landed a 31 cm Blackfish, not too big or small, but I'm happy as it is my first blackfish. I kept casting out for the next 2 hours, but nothing else had come. So I went home and cooked it up- TERIYAKI STYLE, it was pretty damn good, might try steaming one next time!
  26. 11 points
    I had to go to Wagga Wagga last Thursday so I took the opportunity to have a look at the boat ramp which I use in Narrandera. I was surprised to see that there was enough water to launch the boat, despite the water level still being low. The water was very dirty but I figured it would clean up in a few days, so I took the boat out yesterday. Good that I gave it a run as it's been a while. It was quite a still day (windwise) so I was able to enjoy sitting there in full sunlight without being burned to a crisp. The water temp was 9 celsius but still the colour of a Milo nightcap. I didn't see a single fish on the sounder, despite sounding the deep holes AND the shallower areas. It was a frustrating session of 3.5 hours but marginally better than sitting at home. As usual I took a few snaps...ROLL ON SUMMER. Cheers, bn
  27. 11 points
    Headed out for a quick session before the big storm hits. Wind was already SE 15 knots when we left, which soon picked up when we reached Montague at 10.30am. The wind made the drift extremely fast and hard to fish, yet there were plenty of small fry on the bite. Snapper of 20-25cm, flathead of 10-15cm and small wrasse were plentiful!!!!!!.....gees give me a port Jackson!!!!!... Moved around a bit and even anchored to set up a cube trail in search of one of those Nelson Bay sized reds but no luck. Wth the weather turning SW 20kts we headed out towards the shelf to at last try and find a whale. Just as we located some my son started feeling sick, so we headed back to the island. By now the rain, thunder, lightning and waterspouts were dampening our enthusiasm so home we ran. Fun day none the less. The storm is now on its way up the coast, enjoy.
  28. 11 points
    Whenever I go fishing I'm plagued by questions about the environment underneath - like what type of bottom is it, what fish are down there, what food sources are available, why am I loosing baits but catching no fish, are there even any fish there at all - all those sort of things. Recently I built a drop camera to answer these questions. Its just a simple construction of mesh-reo with a 2kg weight, a float, two el cheapo Gopro clones, and an onion bag with some bait in it. I set this in all the places I fish and each drop gives me about 40mins of video. The knowledge these videos reveal is amazing. The videos are huge files so after watching on the pc I have just deleted most of them, but lately I've been posting a few snippets on Youtube. This is an example You can go to my channel for a few more. Just search for thebackwardpointinggodwit - my username. Please be aware its not my attention to offer videos that are aesthetic or interesting - the purpose is to map the underwater world where I fish. If that place has no fish - then so be it. And its not my intention to become a public Youtube channel - its just a resource for me. In fact, I think the most important videos are the ones which show 40mins of absolutely nothing (because they tell me where not to waste my time fishing). Because I don't have a boat I've mainly been limited to public jetties. Lately I've been borrowing a canoe and this gives me a bit more reach but I'm still limited to shallow areas - the ergonomics of using a drop camera from a sit-on-top make it difficult to work deep water. Things underwater are slowing down now for winter, but I will be targeting the Rip Bridge area, Putty Beach, Patonga and Pearl Beach in the next few weeks. I will put up snippets although they will mainly show the bottom and environment as fish are becoming scarce in shallow. FYI; I keep a records of fish species seen - so far up to 60 species in Brisbane Water. cheers
  29. 11 points
    Hit the rocks close to home at first light this morning - landed my first ever drummer. On a peeled prawn. Looking forward to dinner tonight. Missed a few more bites, might well try again tomorrow.
  30. 11 points
    Hi all, I have watched lots of old members visiting and posting again since we all started lockdown. Some have been viewing as a guset for 10 years and suddenly joined us to post and contribute. It is something positive that has come out of this enforced stat we have all been in. Thought I would check and share some stats. Some stats Jan to June 2020: most people still visit via desktop closely followed by mobile registrations more than last year member visits increased 100% member posts increased 100% reactions increased Top Content reaction (likes, thanks, haha) - these were posts by @Scratchie (plus his snapper article), @JonD, @rickmarlin62, @mrsswordfisherman, @Jnr Scratchie, @The Rev, @kingfish101 to name a few. Best reaction giver @Berleyguts2,525 wowowo, @big Neil, @mrsswordfisherman, @wazatherfisherman, @GoingFishing, @61 crusher, @kingie chaser, @antonywardle, @Blackfish, @JonD, @zmk1962 Thanks very much to the above members for encouraging others and of course all of you who posts and contribute to our wonderful community. I also changed things so you should see your badges in your signature on your smartphones I would like to get some ideas from you all regarding what sort of info or educational things you might like to know about. The articles section still has to be set up for us to use and we can add to that section. For example I became quite interested in Hairtail and would like some info on the science of things where do they go?? Is there something that we can share on fishraider? Give me some topics you might be interested in. Cheers mrsswordie
  31. 11 points
    Meant to goes on Tuesday as the condition are perfect but didn't due to work commitment. Then windy and raining the next day, no go either. Today's condition isn't perfect but forced myself to go out to get some sun the least. Still got the old weed meant for Tuesday but decided to get some fresh one and use the old weed for burley. Arrived at Ramsgate Beach at noon and was surprised that beach side parking area were now opened. Low wind but blew in from the ocean usually meant everything shut down from past experiences. And exactly that, not a single bite from blackfish, bait fish or those pesky little snapper. My blackfish float went down only after one hour later and landed a 30cm blackfish. And then nothing for the next 2 hours. Then i started getting bites again and landed a 34cm blackfish. Other fisho started to turn up. Two guys are lure fishing near my groyne and after almost an hour, they managed i think is a flathead and left. The flathead isn't big, probably just legal as it is too far to see. I guess something is always better than nothing to take home. I managed 3 more backfishes(29cm, 32cm and 35cm) during the next 2 hours. 1 hour before sunset, two more guys joined me the end of the groyne using bread fishing for trevally. It didn't take them long to score one legal trevally each and then it went quite for bit. Must be a school swim by and they didn't burley, the school disappear just as quick. Then the sun went down, so i gave up on blackfish and joined our friends chasing trevally. Instead of bread, i am using yellowtail flesh. Not as appealing to trevally but it should catch me something. And that something is a 24cm yellotail scad. I think i am a lot happier catching this yellowtail than a trevally. In all my blackfish trip, i always bring a small portion of yellowtail flesh with me for emergency(catching live bait) and today i am down to my very last pack. Catching this yellow meaning i got enough at least for the next four trips, so happy! Then hit after hit but nothing landed. Lost 3 hooks in a row to those pesky tailors, all decent weight. Got pi**, see the opportunity and shift to my hardbody lure quickly. And after 3 throws, i landed a 47cm tailor! And after that, landed a few more tailors but all undersized except one just legal and all released. All lights are out, time to go home. If it won't for those blackfishes in the live net, i may stayed a bit longer. But leaving them in the water at night may risk losing them all. In one occasion in the past, i left a tailor and a flathead (both quite a good size) in the live net at night. And when i fetch them out of the water, they are crawling with flesh eating sea roaches(i think that is what they are) like out of a horror movie. I had encountered this sea roaches a few more time, always at night and never pleasant experiences.
  32. 10 points
    Headed out to 12 mile this morning with great weather and seas but hard going on the fishing. First up livies just wouldn’t jump on the hook had to do with the handful we could get, throughout the day sounding up good bait balls and fish but nothing interested in the live bait or jigs. There were a heap of boats out there today all chasing the king, we herd a few comments that they may be on the sporn?.. Finally first catch was decent 55cm John Dory and then a 70cm king and that was it for the day. All in all not a bad selection of quality table fish and a great fun day.
  33. 10 points
    Headed up from Lilli Pilli to the deep water, early this morning. I find that after the winter solstice - shortest day of the year - the fishing goes downhill in the Hacking, unless there is a good drop of rain to colour the water, and that won't be in the forecast for a while. The water is cooling off and rather clear at present. Only 1 jacket about this morning, the reddie just legal and a gurnard. Some bait stealing little reddies about. Headed to the mouth of South West Arm for a few casts with a lure after that. Salmon on the first cast but nothing afterwards. Near the bottom of the tide, I motored home towards Gunnamatta Bay, looking at what was on the edge of the main channel. Very clear water. West of the Ballast Heap, I saw quite a few blackfish in various schools, some may be not legal size. I also saw a flattie sitting on the bottom in about 5 feet of water, under a big school of whitebait. Around the 70 to 80 cm mark, with a big head on it, not buried in the sand, just sitting on top as some of the big flatties do. Motored around for another look but he was gone. No bream or whiting spotted at all along that section.
  34. 10 points
    Hi Raiders, I was out on Sunday, enjoying the whales playing offshore and heading back from Long reef. Off Collaroy I noticed a rope floating on the surface. Realising the danger to other boaters, should it be run over and foul the prop Of another boater, we stopped and pulled it up. There was over 50m of rope and also an anchor. RAIDERS - KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN WHEN OFF SHORE. As I don’t use an anchor anymore, (Min Kota magic) but do carry a small one to comply with regulations, I left it coiled up at the wash down at Roseville ramp - someone would be pleased to get it.
  35. 10 points
    Hi JamoDamo, The shot is to keep varying your tackle, bait, working on your strike and the playing of the fish: 1. Tackle: I often find that missed strikes are usually due to not enough lead below the float. Try adding tiny bits of split shot (oo or ooo sizes) one at a time till your float is so delicately balanced that just a little is above the water, it may even submerge briefly as a wave comes through where you are fishing. is your line greased with vaseline above the float to your rod tip? I grease it every time I go fishing. It makes it easy to lift the line from the water when you strike and is one of the best tips I can give you. If your line sinks it makes an effective strike very difficult. ensure that there is not too much slack line between your float and the rod...if you can have a straight line to the float it's much better when you strike. Don't let it be too tight or you will be dragging the float which the fish will feel. On days when currents or wind see the line quickly develop a belly between rod and float, it pays to lift the line and straighten it when needed during each drift. try varying the depth, sometimes they can be feeding surprisingly close to the surface, but more often deeper before each session re-tie all the knots in your terminal tackle and put in a fresh length of leader what size hook are you using? I use Mustad size 8 540-BR hooks what size is your leader? I use either 6lb or more often 8lb fluorocarbon how long is your leader? I don't like it shorter than 30 cm from lead to hook up to 50cm or more long is the leader in good condition? It may be frayed or even have a wind knot from casting so you need to check and replace as needed. I often re-tie the hook after landing 4 or 5 fish as the last couple of inches of the leader (I half hitch my bait onto the line above the hook) and the knot do weaken after catching a few. 2. Strike The most common reasons for a failure to hookup after a down are premature striking, too much belly in your line between the rod and float and a jerky strike which telegraphs resistance to the fish before the hook can set. To start, not all downs are downs.....sometimes the float can pop up or jiggle sideways so you need to be on the lookout for that. If the float is popping up, it means the fish is taking the bait and swimming up so I will decrease the depth below the float if I am not hooking up from the rising float type of bite. When you get a down, how long do you wait till you strike? My default timing is to count slowly to around 8. Sometimes longer sometimes shorter. I saw one FR up here the other day count to 20! The longest wait I've ever seen but, he got the fish! Each session can be different so experiment. While waiting between down and strike, do you gently take up any slack and have the rod tip down and pointed at the float? If not, you should. Make sure that you do not pull on the float till you strike. It has to be one smooth motion. Some of the respected luderick fisherman up my way call me the dentist because they reckon I strike so hard, I'll pull the fishs' teeth out! (I learned to fish for luderick off the rocks where a harder strike is often needed to take up the slack in rougher conditions than still water fishing to ensure I hook the fish.) It's taken me a while to break the habit but as I now fish more in the still water of Tuggerah Lakes, I try to strike with one smooth but continuous lift of the rod, while reeling in the line and found it better. It often happens that at the end of a drift, just when you decide to reel in and cast again, that a fish might be at your bait and you have not noticed. It pays to assume that you may have a down, so take up the slack and gently lift your rod at the start of your retrieve just in case. 3. Playing the fish Most fish escapes once hooked, come from trying to drag them in too quickly. Don't rush. Using a centrepin reel, it's easy to let the fish take some line at the start of the fight and during the fight. If fishing where there are waves, you need to be careful as they will use the strength of the wave to make a dash for freedom right at your feet. Give line whenever they take off and by the time they're ready to be netted or grabbed, they're on the surface, tired and easy to grab, net or wash onto the shore. Exceptions to giving line include steering them clear of rocks, barnacles, clumps of weed etc Keep your rod up high when playing a fish so that the flex in the rod cushions any sudden lunges 4. Bait sometimes the fish prefer cabbage (esp if near the ocean) I prefer cabbage that is a bright, shiny green but usually if the fish are biting, they are not too fussy (most of the time!) there are different kinds of weed: wire or soft, and some of the soft weed can vary greatly too in colour and texture sometimes the brown algae or ribbon weed seem to do the trick though I don't really go there that often how you present the bait on the hook. I mostly use cabbage and every fisher has their own way of baiting up. I push the hook through the bottom of the cabbage twice leaving some below the bend of the hook, then gently twist or fold the top of the bait around the top of the hook and secure it onto the leader with 2 half hitches above the eye of the hook.One problem I see is putting too much bait on the hook. Some blokes just fold a bait a few times into a little parcel and push the hook through leaving most of the hook bare. when baiting with weed, select a length of strands, not too much and wind it around the shank above the eye then wind it in the opposite direction back down leaving a centimetre or two below the bend of the hook. Different kinds of weed determine how many times and how tightly you wind the weed onto the hook. Hope this helps. After a while, you will start doing these adjustments as a matter of course. Just the same, some days they are just very hard to hook. Also, I often find that when getting downs with no or few hookups, that the fish are usually very small (though not always!) Sometimes a tide change can make all the difference. Keep at it, it's worth it in the long run. KB
  36. 9 points
    Hi all. Weekend holiday to Copacabana presented an opportunity among the rainy patches to fish the rising tide at sunset with my nephew Callum. Bit of history - he’s living in Sydney now, but grew up in the US, and on one visit to Oz I took him to a little jetty on Rottnest island WA. I caught a nice squid and a few herring, and he (at 3 years of age) caught a jumbo (for WA) flathead - 45cm or so. I was quickly cemented as the uncle of his fishing dreams. Fast forward a decade, and we’ve been a few times for donuts since they moved to Sydney. Today was dreary and wet, but then my crappy footy team won. Then I cooked everyone dry-aged rump steaks with truffled mash. Then the skies cleared. Short walk to the beach, and after a quiet half hour of nibbles only, I got a solid hookup on a whole ganged pilchard - only to have the last hook snap off just as I saw silver flashes un the shore break. Crappy old tackle - time for a cleanout of the box. Still, knowing there was probably a school still there in the gutter, I put the tail end of a pilchard on the remaining two hooks and flung it hurriedly out. Couple of minutes wait, them bang and we’re off again. Got it in this time, and walked the 300m back to the beach shack in the dying light, with a beaming teenager’s faith restored and the makings of thai fishcakes for tomorrow. Went 64cm, and check out the payload from its stomach! How was it still hungry?
  37. 9 points
    Gday All, Took the boss out for an easy morning off cronulla in bate bay as she hasn't quiet got her sea legs yet. It was a little choppy but fine overall, good to have a bit of sun before this cell hits. Started the drift and she managed to hook a small gummy going 70 odd. She was stoked as its the biggest fight she had to on the line.. kept drifting for Plenty of spikes and a few legal flatties in the mix before she hooked up again!! This time it was an upgrade size gummy which had her buzzing and as was the 4000 size reel. Got it in and it went 1300 overall! Stoked!!. Didnt manage to see the whales i had promised her but shes happy with a few sharks so all is good!.
  38. 9 points
    Throwing around a paddle tail and snagged a beaut luderick and a first too, will be a tricky Pb to beat I think 42cm.
  39. 9 points
    When we moved into our house it lacks a garage and the existing old shed barely fit the lawnmower. So from April this year I started work on it. I am happy to report except for the power and lighting (coming this Friday) its now finished. very happy to have a place to store, protect and maintain my fishing and boating gear.
  40. 9 points
    When you're young, you do things that are often foolhardy, even downright dangerous. When I was 17, I used to get Wednesday's off work and usually go fishing, either to White Rock near Bradleys Head in the Harbour, or often to the Mattens at Dover Heights. Both locations during the week you'd usually have the spot to yourself, which can be OK for the Harbour, but rock fishing alone is far too risky. Anything can happen, other than the obvious dangers of climbing cliffs, negotiating tracks and the ever present swell, something as simple as turning an ankle can leave you in a helpless position, with nobody to either render assistance or raise any alarm in case of a more serious predicament or immobility. So trips to somewhere like the Mattens were always with companions. Nevertheless, when young, like they say- "you're 10 feet tall and bullet-proof"- which is great confidence-wise, but not necessarily always a good thing in regards to safety. The plan had been to travel to mentor Wally's place at North Bondi and go down the cliff and just spend the day chasing Blackfish, however, Wally couldn't go at the last minute due to his wife becoming ill and he rang me just as I was about to walk down to Croydon railway station to get the train to Central. Bugger- what to do now? Gear and lunch packed- go to the Harbour? No weed or cabbage though and although quality cabbage grows on the sides of the zoo wharf, you need someone to hold your legs while you stretch over then under the wharf to reach it. Maybe I could still go to the Mattens? If the sea is as predicted- "slight seas on a low swell" and I stick to the safer spots, should be OK. So off to get the train to Central, then the bus from Eddy Avenue to Dover Heights. On arrival at the cliff top park, first thing all the fishermen do is walk slightly south of the spot you get over the fence, so you can view the conditions far below. A quick look revealed a really flat ocean, however it's an unwritten rule of rock fishing to have a long look at the sea, as sometimes there might be a swell that's quite far apart, even though it looks flat, it can still be too dangerous for fishing. About fifteen minutes is the "accepted" time for viewing the sea, barring rogue waves, you get a pretty good idea of any pattern provided by watching the sea-to-land water movement. Looked pretty flat, maybe too flat in fact. No wash means no food going in naturally, so fish are naturally more cautious and obviously unable to gorge themselves, like Blackfish often do when feeding. Sea observed, decision made, down I go, being more careful than usual. Safe at the bottom of the climb, gear untied from pulley and rope tied off to a sandstone protrusion. About half an hour from getting over the fence at the top and I'm at the spot. No water coming over anywhere, bar the end of "Bombie" ledge, which is only fish-able on the lower part of the tide and then only during flat seas as it's only just above waterline. The whole location is a Blackfisher's paradise, offering up almost every kind of fishing scenario, from a tidal "lake" where you could fish either 6-7 ft deep in the main body of water, or about a foot deep in the shallow end- the most exciting form of Blackfish fishing, to various deep water washes, soupy white water fishing, cunje beds and shallower boulder bottomed drifts. Unusual "straight-edge" fishing for them is also on offer on really flat days, in another spot there, cunje is used instead of green growth and when you can fish there, action is also really fast. So gear rigged, fixed float set about 11 and a half feet deep- about 6 inches short of the rod's length, 6 and a half pound Tortue mono on the Golden Eagle centerpin greased the night before with Vaseline to keep it floating. Fingers given a good wash to make sure no Vaseline taints the bait. Shoes swapped for rock plates. Keep-net unrolled. Film container with a few spare hooks and an extra couple of bits of sheet-lead in the pocket. Now which spot to try first. As there was hardly any swell at all, there wasn't much in the way of wash and if there's no wash going in, then the fish are either really scattered or more likely in an area where at least a little water is moving back off the platforms, bringing in a little food, or at least the chance of some. On days such as this one, with clear water- due to little turbulence, you might take a while to bring them in with burley, as it doesn't disperse with minimal current, often trying a few of the spots before you locate larger numbers of fish, then "activating" them into feeding mode. After trying three spots and only catching a couple of fish, I decided to go down onto "Greeny", a long low platform straight out in front of the cave, that we used for a base when staying overnight. There is a large pool all over the back of the platform, which flows off to the most southern extremity of the Mattens, emptying in a permanent wash. Normally, there are really large fish off Greeny, but due to it being low, it's only safe to fish the lower section of the tide. In years to come, it became our number one spot for big Bream and where most of the guys caught their biggest Snapper, often while Tailor fishing in the dark. This day however, the Blackfish weren't there and a few drifts and a heap of burley kicked in provided only a couple of "Cocky's"- Rock Cale- a species treated with contempt by most ocean Blackie fishers. After having a look at the nice, soupy looking wash at the extreme end of Greeny- the area's only "permanent" wash, I decided that as the tide went down a bit more and no water at all had come anywhere near coming onto the ledge, that it would be OK to try there next. This spot was called "Bombie", as about 30 yards out from the end of the platform, there is a huge rock under the water that comes up to within about 8 or 9 feet from the surface and it displaces inward moving swell, throwing small curling waves and "lumps" of water in different directions. There are always fish hanging around this spot, as there are a couple of swirling eddy's, keeping any food washed in in a small area and the water naturally pulls outwards from the ledge. There is also a large cunje bed against the shore, abundant red crabs and really long "streamer" cabbage- the favourite food of the biggest Blackfish. These streamers, up to about an inch wide and eighteen inches long, grow very close to the edge and when the tide covered the ledge, the big Blackfish often come right up onto the rocks, grab a huge bunch of streamers and tear the whole lot off, before rolling back into the water. Watching them from high up above, floating up en-masse and shaking violently to tear the streamers off is quite surreal, with numbers of them actually lying high and dry for a time, waiting for the next swell to float them back off. On calm days however, with virtually nothing much being dislodged, the fish feed on what's called "black cabbage"- which is the softer (than the strong streamers) green cabbage that grows permanently under water in the larger pools, most other cabbage is exposed at some stage of the tide- black cabbage isn't black, but in fact darker olive green and grows as individual plants more so than in a "colony" of others. It is also softer to touch and has multiple perforations, or holes, throughout the individual leaf structure. The reason the fish feed on it during calm conditions is that due to it's soft, more fragile texture and small individual root system, it is the only cabbage to break off and wash in with minimal wave action during calm seas. I guess fish instinctively know what should be/is washed in and black cabbage is the go-to cabbage for glassed out conditions due to it's availability to the fish. So after baiting up with black cabbage (which I'd only just learned about) I moved to "Bombie" and cast out well away from the danger zone of close to the rocks- danger zone? Yes danger zone because there are large numbers of big Black Drummer close to the edge at this spot, mainly in the 6-8 lb size range, and too hard to stop on Blackfish tackle in this particular location, some of the deep water spots you'd occasionally manage to stop one, but not where the bottom's in sight- they just go too hard. Drift commenced, float moves to the closest eddy and down it goes. Beauty, hooked up. Two minutes later and a nice fat Blackie is lunging around close to the edge. I look south as I maneuver the fish to my selected wash up spot and suddenly hear the noise that chills rock fishers to the bone- the sound of the water dropping rapidly right on the edge. Large drops mean large rises in terms of water, and as I turned 90 degrees to face the sound, I was confronted by the level of the ocean at over waist height, just on my low spot on the end of the ledge. The bombie had thrown up a lump of water directly at me. I was standing right in the most vulnerable place too, right on the edge, before I could brace for impact or stand on one leg leaning into the wave - the usual "defence" for a swell over the ledge- the water pushed me sideways, straight off the edge and into the water, where I went under in about 15 foot of water. Within a few seconds I was about 7 or 8 feet out, in the natural current, but away from the edge. Instant panic. Everything you've learned and read about what to do if you go in, says swim out a bit from the rocks so you don't get "sucked down" with the water flow, but instinct wants you to get out immediately. I still had the rod in my hand and I didn't want to let go of it, I'd built the rod and it wasn't new, but it was my first quality Blackfish reel- a Grice and Young "Golden Eagle" and it had taken a while to save up for- in 1978 four days work only gave me about $72 clear. Even though the sea was really flat, when you only have your head out of the water, everything looks bigger- the height of the platform to climb back out on, the distance out from shore, the next rising bit of swell, albeit really small, the little bit of soupy looking water- which also looked sinister- I've always been worried about sharks after seeing some big ones just "appear" from out of nowhere. How your perspective can change in just a few seconds. Also and forefront in my mind was that the two eddy's situated off this particular location, just slowly swirled around in a circle, with anything drawn in, such as a float, would be held pretty much where it was. Getting back in and away from these eddy's could be a life or death move. Some years later, two of the guys- Fraser and Brad were to find out, that making it out of these same eddy's is very difficult indeed, after both being washed in from the same location, under pretty similar sea circumstances, only this time, Rob, who wasn't taken by the wave that got them both, was quick in getting the pulley rope from the cave and managing to get it to them. Brad was to later say that he didn't think he was going to be able to stay afloat, as trying to swim out of the eddy, wearing heavy rock plated shoes, was like swimming with bricks tied to his feet, regardless that he was a good swimmer. So with rod still in hand, I swam sidestroke towards the big cunje bed adjacent to where I was originally going to wash my Blackfish out on. The bed, slopes gently into the water from just off the cliff wall and is completely covered in cunje "pods", it sits about 3 feet lower than the platform I got knocked off, but due to the angle of it, combined with both water run-off from the big pool behind the ledge and the oncoming wave/swell action, the water is quite turbulent, however there isn't much current. I had to swim hard, as I knew if I got taken into the eddy I'd be in trouble. I made it away from the drifting area, out of the current, and just as I was wondering where to aim for, another push from the water behind me landed me on the cunje bed, where I found myself standing up as the water receded. At first, I couldn't move as my rock plates had sunk in between cunje pods and I guess now that I was just startled at being back on solid footing without having to do much, but I snapped out of it pretty quickly, got my stuck plates up and ran the 6 or 7 yards to the safety of the back of the platform. Phew! Only then did I realise that I was OK, not a scratch on me and I still had my rod and reel in hand. Winding the line in from the reel, which had had no tension on it whatsoever, I discovered the line was wrapped around the cunje in multiple spots, so I broke it off and climbed up off Greeny and went to sit in the sun to dry off from my untimely swim. It took me a fair while to stop shaking and longer to dry off. About an hour passed before I re-rigged and went to fish a safer spot, keeping in mind what had happened and how lucky I'd been to not get caught in the swirling eddy. After fishing for a short time, I decided to give it away for the day and go home before peak travel time. I got unusually nervous climbing back up the cliff and took the goat track very carefully also. Thinking about the whole event while on the way home on the bus, it seemed to hit home as to how lucky I was and I couldn't wait to get back to Central, then on the train home to Croydon. I didn't dare tell my Mum that I'd gone by myself, as she would have banned me from going again, but I did fish the same spot plenty more times, albeit never by myself again. This might sound like I didn't learn much of a lesson from the experience, but I did. NEVER go rock fishing by yourself- it's just stupidity.
  41. 9 points
    A group of us had planned a trip on the rocks, but the forecast of a really big swell had us change plans. Narrabeen Lake was the new location and as it was "safe" fishing compared to the usual cliff climbing expedition, a few extra guys were going to come. No problem, except there wasn't enough gear to go around, as the group was six regular fishers and seven newbies. As young blokes (I was 17) we only had a limited amount of outfits and some of them were stashed at the usual spot- the Mattens at Dover Heights. So it was decided to go to the Mattens at first light and retrieve a few more rods and reels before heading to Narrabeen. On arrival at the cliff top park just after dawn, we had a look at the ocean below, which revealed a really large and powerful groundswell coming in and swallowing up most of the ledges. The swells were a bit apart, but really thick and massive, making gear retrieval looking pretty difficult. However, as we still needed a couple of outfits, we decided to climb down the cliff as far as the pulley- situated about 130-140 feet above the water, check the sea out and make a final decision then. It was a good chance for the newbies to have a look for future reference, without having to do the big rope climb to the bottom. On reaching the pulley level, we sat and watched as line after line of huge swells came in from due east. It was a "westerly roll-back" swell, the kind that's most dangerous for fishermen and loved the most by surfers. These giant groundswells usually arrive within about 24 hours after a couple of days of really strong westerly winds. Big,thick, full lines of swell, that just engulf all before them. The stronger the westerly had been, the bigger the swell. They were lifting straight over our usual fishing areas, covering the rocks with about 8 to 10 feet of water, in some spots, right up to near the base of the cliff. After watching for a while, a pattern was revealed, there'd be about a dozen huge swells, then a bit of a lull for a couple of minutes, as the mass of receding water and "back-wash" flowed off the submerged ledges, almost like levelling out the next oncoming swells. Then another.dozen or so huge sets would roll back in, covering everything with ease. The white water was so churned up, it stretched out about 300 yards from the rocks, all you could see on the surface was white foam. I remember thinking that not even the fish would be able to handle the ocean in close, if feeding, they would have had to sit right out the back, as nothing would have been sinking close in. After having a long look at the sea, two of the guys- Fraser and Phil- decided that they were going to go down the ropes and see if they thought it was realistic to stay against the cliff wall- there was only one part of the route that looked hairy, if they waited for the lull, they could sprint the 150 or so yards on flat going, between swells to the relative "safety" of the drier, boulder-studded bay and go "high" and around the back, probably about 150-200 yards back from where the ocean met the rocks. No water would go up into the back of the boulder bay, it was both well back from the sea and up high enough. So Fraser and Phil climbed down the cliff, while the rest of us sat near the pulley watching the swell. On reaching the bottom of the ropes, you walk down step-like ledges and then disappear from the sight of those above, reappearing about 100 or so yards further south, on a long flat section of rock platform. This was the danger area, as although you were a long way back from the sea and up about 15 feet in height above sea level, you would be on flat ground, with the cliff wall on one side and nothing to climb up or hide behind when one of the big swells flowed over. They timed it well and ran the flat bit, making it to the boulder area well before the next big set of swells rolled in. They then went high up in the boulder bay, staying well up and away from the water. From the boulder bay, the next part of the journey was up high and back from the sea, then down a series of narrow stepped ledges that took you to about 15 feet above sea level, but protected from the swell by the higher "lake rock"- which was part of the main platform some 50 yards to the east of the cliff wall they were moving along. The next stage, after climbing down opposite lake rock, was another dicey bit, even though they were well back from the sea. They had to run about 100 meters to the "cave", again, up high, but not that far back from the big swells flowing in. From the cave, up about an eight foot rope, then up a few easy climbs, finally getting you to a small, wind-eroded ledge, nestled into the side of the cliff wall, probably about 80 feet up above the sea. This was our "rod-stash" spot and it provided a hidden, grooved crevice, where we left about half a dozen 2 piece rods plus reels.They were hidden from sight and in a place on the cliff where nobody would have any reason to be, besides, everyone fishing the location, pretty well knew each other and for many years, theft was not even a consideration. No outsiders fished the location, you only knew the way down if you were taken down by one of the regulars, it wasn't just a place transient fishers would ever turn up. We watched from the safety of the pulley area, as they took the furthest route from the water for all the stages, making the usual 15 minute scramble into a safer, albeit slower route and it took them over 30 minutes until out of our line of vision. We couldn't see them for their final 100 yard dash and climb until they reappeared about 20 minutes later, retracing the same high path on the way back. The guys had been down the bottom for over an hour and the tide was on the rise, enabling the big swell to flow over and reach just a bit higher into the boulder bay, meaning they had to do a fair bit of climbing up onto some of the huge boulders that were normally walked past. As set after set of big swell swallowed up the last section, they had to wait it out until another lull appeared, but no lull came, just more sets of the massive groundswell. It appeared from where we were, they were going to have to take a bit of a chance at some point, as the sea was still on the rise and the last 150 or so yards back, across the long flat stretch was definitely the most dangerous of the whole exercise. Plenty of water was flowing over the last section, it seemed like it was almost permanently under about three feet of foamy water, that flowed along the rocks like a fast flowing river. Each time the flow on the flat stretch finally receded to reveal the rock underneath, another series of swells would roll in and cover the area again.There was no way of getting back until another lull appeared, so they just stayed on the boulders and waited. Then we saw it, right out on the horizon. At first, it was almost like an optical illusion, even from our high vantage point, it didn't seem real. It was a line of swell, much, much higher than the already massive lines rolling in. Everyone up at the pulley level instinctively started screaming to Fraser and Phil, but they'd already spotted a lull and were off sprinting the flat section, through ankle deep water. They couldn't hear us in any case, the sounds of the ocean were simply too loud. They were running, sprinting along the flat section, right up against the cliff wall. Fraser about 15 yards in front of Phil and they'd soon be out of sight to us above, as the path took them well under our vantage point. Looking back out to sea, revealed not one large swell, but in fact there were three, all huge, much bigger and thicker than what was already a scary ocean. Fraser and Phil had been out of our vision for well over a minute when the first swell hit the platform below, just gliding over the whole area and leaving it totally underwater, the second swell flowed over the already submerged area below us and it looked from above that there was about 8 to 10 foot of water on the level the guys had just been running across. Leaning over the edge near the pulley, mate Ross called out "Fraser's on the ropes" and we all stuck our heads over the edge for a look. Sure enough, Fraser was on the climb ropes below and the third, massive swell hit the rocks and pushed up the cliff, but Fraser managed to keep hold of the ropes and although totally immersed and soaked, was still there when the water receded. Phil however, was nowhere in sight. The pulley itself sits on the northern-most edge of the ledge and after seeing Fraser still clinging to the climb ropes almost directly below it, thoughts turned to Phil, still unseen, somewhere below. Most of us raced about 20 or so yards to the southern extremity of pulley ledge, to see if we could spot Phil. Personally, I thought the worst, having been cleaned up by a large wave myself once, I knew how impossible it is to either resist or even go with the water flow and this was a series of 3 huge waves, that completely covered all the ledges below with over 10 feet of fast flowing water. I admit, that I was looking for Phil's body in amongst the whiteness of the foam, fully expecting to see him floating helplessly, somewhere over the edge in the sea. Meanwhile, Fraser to his credit, climbed back down off the ropes, to the unsafe level he'd just got away from, in order to look for his mate Phil. To say it was an act of bravery, was an understatement, considering he'd just had a near death experience himself. He disappeared from vision for only a minute and was back with Phil, who was still clutching an armful of rods (Fraser had the reels in a backpack)- what a relief! After making sure of no more of the gigantic swells were anywhere near, they tied the gear on the pulley rope and climbed up to the pulley level. It was all smiles at the pulley level and everyone marvelled the guys had each got back in one piece The question we all needed an answer to was- how on earth did Phil manage to stay on the platform? We all stopped talking and let him explain how he'd cheated certain death. He explained- as the first wave got near the rocks, he knew he couldn't make it around to the ropes, so he ran up into a crevice that ran north, up into the cliff wall, luckily for him, it also had a "honeycomb" texture each side and he went up in it sideways, as far as he could get, then turned his body 90 degrees, so he was physically stuck in there. When the water engulfed the platform, it of course pushed up in where he was and he was totally immersed, but due to being wedged in, as the water pulled out from the crevice, he was physically stuck in by turning sideways. The honeycombed sides gave a bit of foot, elbow and hand grab, but the simple turning of his body, undoubtedly saved his life, as the "suck-out" of the water had prised his grip free, but he just wouldn't fit out of the narrow crevice while turned. Being totally engulfed by the water was frightening, at platform level, he had no idea there were three waves, the sets had been around a dozen swells each time. All he was hoping for was that he wouldn't get sucked out of the crevice or drown from being underwater while the water flowed from the ledge. It was a big decision to leave the safety of the crevice when the water receded also, as he had no view whatsoever of the sea, bar the water flowing off the platform. He made the decision to go when the majority of the water was off the ledge, but just as ready to run back in again if more giant swells were going to hit. Fortunately no more swells after those three, and he ran the last few yards and resumed his climb up the stepped ledges to the ropes, some 20 odd yards around the front from where his crevice was. Tale told, Phil was still pretty keen for a fish, so we all climbed back up and headed for Narrabeen. A couple of hours after we left the cliff, another series of giant swells hit the coast and three fishermen were drowned at Bondi Murk, about a 3/4 mile south of the Mattens. These guys, were in a party of four and had only just walked down from North Bondi Golf Course to start the descent to the Murk, three were on the old iron ladder fixed to the wall when the swells hit and one above them on the ledge. I got this info from the survivor, when he came in to the tackle shop to buy a whole new kit of gear a few weeks later. They'd just gone to have a quick look to see if there was anywhere safe enough for a fish, where they were hit by the wave was almost inconceivable, well back from the water and not far down below the greens of the cliff top golf course.The survivor, only lived because he dropped his fishing gear and clipped his home-made belt to the ladder, which was cemented into the wall. The water ripped his hands and feet from the ladder, but his belt- which he'd made only a month earlier- had kept him attached to the the rung of the ladder. A companion below and above on the same ladder were both washed off and not found, as for the other victim, he was nearly 20 feet above the ladder. The story of the washed in fishers at North Bondi was broadcast on both TV and Radio stations throughout the day and due to our large group, someone's family heard the broadcast and frantic phone calls were made by most of our families, thinking it could have been us. We of course, were happily fishing at Narrabeen, oblivious to the news. Haven't seen Phil for many, many years, but Fraser and I are still great mates and we were talking about "THE" wave only recently, it was the inspiration for posting the story.
  42. 9 points
    The kids wanted Fish N Chips for dinner last night and I’ve been told to take a few hours a week off work, so I’ve been heading off to the rocks along the Waverley coastline to chase Luderick and Squid the past few evenings. Usually the Luderick are pretty reliable everywhere between Bondi and Bronte... But... after about 5 hours trying in the past two days I’ve only managed to catch 2 Luderick and absolutely no squid. I’ve hit all my usual spots and not even gotten a bite at most of them. Been awfully quiet the last few days.... Luckily the two that I did catch were fatties and fed the kids. I ate salad 🥗... Hoping it picks up soon. On a side note, I watched two guys in waders get knocked over by a big wave and almost get dragged in. Waders + no PFD is a life threatening mistake, like wearing concrete shoes! I spoke to them about it after checking that they were ok, but there was a bit of a language barrier so I’m not sure the message got through. Wear those PFD’s Raiders... They will literally save your life.
  43. 9 points
    Started out Early Saturday morning Long Weekend, Put the boat in at Tunks at around 5/6ish, After we tied up all the rods we started chasing around for bait, we tried middle harbour and only managed to get one squid, we then went over to little manly, and started to get a decent amount of yakkas, well atleast enough to give us some sort of bait for the trip, we already had some decent cuttlefish on board from the last outing on the boat provided by fluffy, We hit up the North Head, and seemed every man and his dog were out doing the same thing, setting up the bombs, trawling around to try and get onto the kings, but as the same as us, not much luck, we headed straight upto Long reef, got there and plenty of marks on the sounder, sweet, then nothing, saw a couple of other guys there too, they were getting on but we weren't, Alright time to change tactics, started using the cuttlefish, and fluffy strted to get some hits, we chucked out a yakka, not much interest untill much later. We had a decent amount of fun trolling and drifting around the reef, unfortunately where we wanted to go there was a "Pro Dive" boat there, so no go to our usual kingy spot. We worked around this kept using the bait and ended up closer in than we thought, worked out very nicely, it was now getting on in the day mabe around the 3/4 O'clock mark, starting coming on decently, then we ran out of bait, Anthony chucked on a 300g jig, and holy sheeeps, did a kingy take it, we had now used all the bait and light was starting to get dim, we were looking back at the land and it was now just a nice sunset, as we drifted over these marks, each time we dropped a decent jig they went for it, it was insane, myself never catching kingy's or atleast any size to write home about, was catching stonkers on Lures, not bait, fricken lures, it was one of the best days and sessions, we were definately all buggered by the time we got back to Tunk's, My Pb for the Day was 82, and i believe on the Boat was 90/91 mark, still didnt get that elusive 1m but we will get there one day Anyway guys thats just a quick report, ill let the pics and vid do the talking Vid Link : Kings Of The Reef Squ!rt - FSF Adventures.
  44. 8 points
    Hey Raiders, To cut a long story short, I pretty much did the unthinkable: I moved from a Mercury 200HP EFI XL 2.5L 2stroke to a Mercury 150HP ProXS XL 3.0L 4stroke .. Whaaaaaa ! ... and here's the goods for those that may be interested. But first a picture of the Black Beast that replaced Black Beauty ! I mentioned in a post a few weeks back that I was moving to repower my trusty Haines 635L. The Merc 200HP EFI had been great and reliable but was getting a little too thirsty for the long shelf runs we were doing more often. But like some of you have found the move from a 2st large thumper presented so many choices and considerations that it was just freaking daunting: stick with 2st trusted torque, move to 4stroke but increase HP or at least stay the same, what about the added weight etc etc etc. I spent a lot of time researching and talking to Raiders, mechanics, dealers etc which helped me clarify what the main repower concerns and considerations were, and all this helped focus my research to ensure I had these items covered off before the big deci$ion. I posted some of my research in @Scienceman's topic recently where I mentioned that when repowering we should be considering the effective torque the motor was generating across the RPM range more than the single HP rating the motor had been assigned. Infact we should first understand what type of boating we planned to do (fishing, waterskiing etc) and then based on that requirement evaluate the torque a motor was generating in the RPM range that was critical to that style of boating: 1. idle to plane (hole shot): motor 700-2500rpm 2. Plane to midrange (ride the wave): motor 2000-3000rpm. 3. mid range: (economical offshore cruising) motor 3000-4000rpm: 4. top end: motor 4000-red line (typically 5800-6000 rpm) In my case, being mainly an offshore fisho - performance in the hole shot, ride the wave and economical cruising RPM ranges was of MOST importance. Which meant the motor I chose HAD to deliver sufficient torque to spin a prop pitch that gave me the best speed/efficiency performance in those RPM ranges. Anyway, putting all that theory aside, the proof is when the "rubber hits the road" or "the prop hits the water". So having just completed the maiden sea trials (3.3hrs out of 8hr run-in procedure) I'll start by sharing the specifications and the stats. The new motor is a Mercury 150HP ProXS XL 3.0L 4st fitted with a 14.5in 17p Enertia propeller. The ProXS has a 2.08:1 gear box, a WOT of 6000rpm (200rpm and 5-8% more torque than standard 150HP). Here's the Haines 635L data: Length: 6.35m Beam 2.4m Heres the weight on water showing the 200HP and the 150HP 4st The maiden voyage had all the above except for the fishing gear (rods, rigs, lures, bait etc) - the fuel tank was full 240L, full water, 2 onboard, bait board and all other gear were on board laying at the rear of the cockpit floor. The run-in procedure for the 4st required the motor to be operated at varied RPM, 3500-4500rpm and no more than 1min at WOT out of every 10min over the first 2hrs. It took us about 20min to cruise out to where we could do a hole shot. Here's the first hole shot (first time motor went to 3500 and above): Hole shot 4sec. 3500rpm 41kmh .... not bad from a very tight yet to be run-in 4st pushing1922kg and dragging the swim ladder (doh) !!! For comparison, here is a similar video of the 1999 Mercury 200HP EFI XL spinning a Vengeance 14in 19p prop taken a few weeks ago heading out to Browns - this is a 2st motor that has perfect compression (and 21yrs of running-in). 200HP Hole shot - identical to the 150HP 4st ..... I think that should lay to rest that 4strokes do not have the torque of a 2stroke ... The maiden run was a 64km round trip from Ermington to Roseville via Middle Harbour, Sydney Heads etc So a mixture of smooth estuary water to very choppy harbour open water conditions. After 1.5hrs at 3500-4500 (occasional spurt to 5000) traveling up Syd Harbour to past Spit Bridge it was time to test WOT. We didn't quite reach WOT 6000rpm -- recorded 5820rpm 70kmh before encountering water traffic and running out of waterway. Here's the vessel view stats: So my summary observations: Hole shot: 4 Seconds smooth and powerful. As I incremented the speed 1000-2500-3000-3500 etc it had torque punch that put you in the back of the seat up to 5200rpm. 5500 onward it lost the punch and was just a steady pickup in speed. the Merc 150HP is a torque beast !!!!….. Ploughing through the chop around middle head I did not have to play with the throttle or trim just set the RPM and it held speed. 3200 35kmh 4000 43kmh 4500 51kmh. 5500 66kmh 5820 70kmh. Fuel consumption: mid range cruising speed across Harbour chop at 3200-4500rpm 35-51km/h vessel view was reporting 1.5km/L (or 0.67L/km), trolling speeds 12km/h 2.6km/L (or 0.38L/km). For comparison: heres the 200HP EFI 2st data which I have posted at various times on FR previously. 3200 30 4000 45 4200 55 5200 75 5800 80+ Average offshore trip of 100km used 135L : 0.74km/L (or 1.35L/km) So on current data on a 100km round trip to Browns I will see 100% fuel efficiency improvement and maintain the same speeds. So to say I am happy with the above results would be an understatement - I am freaking ecstatic !! Hope this helps some one else with their analysis. Cheers Zoran ("HP sells boats/motors, but it's torque that actually moves them") PS - Some of you may know that I was in no rush to repower and started my research back in 2017 with a post in this boating forum ("Repower 6.2m Fiberglass Hull"). I had a hunch that something had happened in the industry - which was changing the traditional rules of thumb we used to power our boats. It looks like that hunch was correct, in the background manufacturers had been working on technologies that brought the torque down into the lower RPM range and kept it flatter for a longer RPM range. Evinrude did it with their Direct Injection technology, Merc did it with their reworked bottom up marine 4stroke tech. Below is a chart that I found that showed the Standard Merc 150HP 4st crank torque vs RPM curve (the ProXS model has 5-8% more). It's virtually flat from 1500-5000rpm - right in the range that boaters need - and I can now validate it puts you in the back of the seat right through that range.
  45. 8 points
    Nice weather virtually zero wind so decided to give Ramsgate Beach Flathead a go. Had a big brunch and got to Ramsgate Beach at around 11am. Wow. So many people fishing. Of the 4 groynes nearby, 3 are occupied. There are at least 3 fisho flicking their SP while walking along the beach. And there are 3 more different groups of people staking their beach rods along the beach.. at least 12 rods side by side. The plan is hopping between groynes chasing flathead using SP but at the same time stake out my blackfish rods to see if there is any bites. Not much luck with the SP, felt one or two bite but failed to set the hook. Other people doesn't seems to have any luck with the flathead either. Well, at least my blackfish rod score this little bugger(24cm) within the first half hour. Kept in the bucket to take photo only and released after. In the next 2 hours, caught three more all between 34cm-35cm. Since blackfish isn't my primary target, so i didn't bother to burley. May have caught more if i did. Still zero luck with the SP and the water is getting a bit too high for this groynes. I managed to hopped to the next groyne before my feet get wet. Talked to 2 guys fishing on the beach in between, not much luck either. As soon as i staked out my blackfish rods on the second groyne, caught another 35cm blackfish. And that is very much it for the day. Talked to one of the guy lure fishing. He said he hooked 3 flatheads but 2 were too small and were release, the 3rd was 40+ but he failed to land it. Left early today as mum is complaining though i caught fish but never bring back in time for dinner. We steamed the smallest one for dinner and fillet the remaining three, deep fried them in batter and store them in the freezer for future snack. Just couldn't help myself hence grilled some for late super. Anyway, having another bash at the flathead tomorrow.
  46. 8 points
    Unfortunately the big one was taken by sharks just 20m from the boat after 5hrs. The smaller one came in just over 148kg. This is my daughter lying by its side, she has plenty of decent pictures of it on her camera.
  47. 8 points
    One of those days where you are pushed for time and take on too much (thanks to a very persuasive eldest daughter). It's hard to knock back time spent with them, but when you get talked into heading 50k offshore to chase 80kg tuna; leaving at 10am; but have to be back by 2.30pm, you feel slightly under the gun. It was a real weird day. Once we got around 30k offshore we encountered brisk SE winds, big swell and breaking white wind chop. I didn't have time to fit the clears, so had wave after wave of cold water soaking me and my dash (plotter decided to take the day off because of it!!!). Due to what seemed to be worsening conditions, I decided to pull lures in the home direction but soon gave up on that. As soon as we got back to the shelf area, the water was unbelievably glassy (which matched the given forecast for the day). We soon spotted numerous patches of gannets feeding, so headed over to investigate. It seemed there were no big pelagic fish feeding on the bait, so we turned our focus on trying to grab a decent dolphin picture instead of fishing. My daughter managed to get some truly envious shots, that put these of mine to shame. I blame the fact that driving the boat and being under the canopy restrict me too much. Anyway, I did get a few shots that made the effort of travelling all that distance seem a little worth while.
  48. 8 points
    Quick report on hairtail scene at the Cowan/Hawksbury system..I have been going out once a week with a good mate for the past three weeks chasing the elusive hairtail and managed a couple of hairtail per trip. They have all taking a liking to pilchards on gangs with a red glow stick, but this season the majority of hooks ups seem to happen a couple of hours before sunset and just into the night. Tried toughing it out through the cold a chilly AM hours for donuts🥶 WB has been absolutely dead compared to previous years and JB has been the go to.. Raiders what are your thoughts and experiences?
  49. 8 points
    Friday got out for a solo day, biggest issue was getting livies but managed 7 yakka's -headed up to Longie- good water -19.4 C with a decent amount of current and good blue colour- managed about 10 kings -nothing big, kept 2X 75 cm fish. All the smaller yakkas got whacked, butterflied the bigger ones and ran them off the downrigger and they got whacked too- also got fish on softies and unusually for me i had a quick jig too and got one more (I hate jigging)- back at the ramp by midday.
  50. 8 points
    Hi … (first time posting … hope it is interesting) After a big trip to Brown's Mountain (Thursday, June 11) from Woy Woy Bay with lack of results, Gil decided he needed a feed of flathead. So as the weather was looking good for Tuesday, June 16 (NW <10knots , Swell <1m) I was given a call to join .. which never takes much to convince me. Forecast was for wind to come up in the afternoon, so thought a few hours fishing would be good. So all packed up and ready to go, headed around to Gil's at 7:30am (Note: One challenge each time we go out in the 25ft Bertie, is the tide under Woy Woy Train Bridge, but Gil has it sorted to within 100mm clearance .. always interesting). So we got going around 8am (tide not quite as low as expected) after removing the flybridge steering wheel, giving us plenty of clearance .. 100mm or less. Well, the weather gods didn't quite get things right, wind in morning was more like 15-20+ knots, requiring sea anchor and heavy weights for fishing, but Bertie is very stable so we decided to stay. Fishing was slow, and we were about to go inside, then I hooked a nice keeper 45cm+ (we tend to throw back anything under 40cm) . So decided to stay fishing, and when Gil caught another couple of similar size, seemed like the right decision. Although usual marks were not productive, we moved around to find some fish and eventually came home with nine flathead and one whiting, so a good feed. Gil 6 + Whiting, and I got 3. Fish of the day I should mention was a big female at 75cm (yes by Gil) , and being a good breeder and fat, we decided photo, kiss and return to make more babies was best. All in all again a nice day on the water .. till next time .. Cheers Wazza
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