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  1. 14 points
    CABLE BEACH BROOME - 22/6/19 Swordfisherman’s brother Stephen gave him a fantastic gift of dollars for his 60th bday for us to take some fishing charters. We chose this full day trip and the bus collected us at 7.15am. We drove onto the beach at Gantheaume Point and transferred to an amphibious tender that took us out the the Contessa C, a 65 ft fishing vessel. We were told the first few hours were to be rough due the the winds. We were given an option to stay back even. It was very rocky for a few hours then magnificent fishing weather. We fished between 20 to 40 nautical miles offshore in beautiful pristine conditions. We saw whales breaching, dolphins, sea snakes and all manner of birds. They supplied all fishing gear (we took our own of course), bait, rod buckets, hand towels, catch bags. Stewy's brand new 24 to 37kg stand and deliver stick worked a treat. The deckie said swordie was the only person ever to bring the right equipment. Food and drink all day. Help your self to Moccona coffee, tea, soft drinks, cold water. Platters of fresh fruit and cake for morning tea went down well. Lunch was a delicious platter of cold meats, salad, cheese slices with fresh bread or rolls. There was a cash bar or BYO grog. The crew of Sam, Jake and Coen worked tirelessly all day rigging up, baiting lines, bringing fish to boat and keeping fish for us. Each angler had a coloured paper clip on their catch which was bagged up and distributed at the end of the day. They even provided a free filleting service where you could pick the fish up or we paid $15 for them to deliver it to us. They cleaned and scrubbed the boat from top to bottom at the end of the day on the way back. We were very impressed. We caught Cobia, Saddle tail, Golden Snapper, Tealeaf Trevally, Crimson Perch, Spanish Flag, Black Snapper and Golden Trevally all on bait. We got sharked several times and we hooked a few monsters we just could not stop. There were 8 others onboard and plenty of room. One man Martin had never fished in his life and caught so many fish! He even succumbed to seasickness halfway through but he felt better after a while (and a few over the side vomits) and he was back up on the rod to catch more!! It was a memorable day and we thoroughly recommend it for anyone. The cost was very reasonable and they even offered a shared line rate. This worked well for us. I have added a few randoms pics of us along the way - swordie with a nice Saratoga caught in Kakadu, us by the pool, Daly Waters Pub and playing up with the Fitzroy Crossing police. Sorry for pic overload!
  2. 13 points
    Gday Raiders Thought it might be useful to put together a short discussion on my experiences bottom bashing off Sydney, hopefully to help other raiders improve their results and catch some fish ! Bottom bashing is a very easy and common method of fishing. Most of my fishing involves bottom bashing, and it can be a very productive way to fish. I certainly wont say that i know everything, i am sure there is a wealth of knowledge out there that can add to the info below and alot of it may vary. But i can say that what i have outlined below works for me, and the way that i fish on my boat. Location Probably the most important aspect of bottom bashing is the location (DUH). Of course one would say thats very common sense, but very often i hear "fish on the 50m line infront of that lighthouse" or "Line up that headland and this that on the 30m line". As such it does appear that some fishos dont really spend a tremendous amount of time actually researching where they are about to drop their baits. It therefore doesn't surprise me that some people will land on the fish by chance, and others wont. I am sure that this advice stemmed from the days where fishfinders and electronic GPS didn't exist, and this worked OK back then and really there was no other choice. The reality is we now have access to a wealth of information online and GPS chart plotters that can tell us exactly where we are. Certain parts off the seabed off Sydney can be perpetual sandy deserts, and often setting up anchor or a drift an extra 200m away from the reef/structure or kelp beds can be the difference between catching some fish, and not. My advice is to do as much study, and as much trial and error to find the locations where the fish are likely to be. This requires a combination of online research, reading and then trialing outside. For the first year or so i had very hit and miss results, however as the years have gone by and my database of locations has increased, i more often than not will find the fish on at least one of the spots which are known to produce. In terms of what to look for i would suggest sandy or gravel bottoms adjacent to reef/structure & kelp beds. I have caught fish seemingly in the middle of no where with no structure or reef in sight, but this is normally the exception and not the norm. As an example in the image below you will see that there is a lot of sandy bottoms (Orange) interspersed among hard/reef bottom (Brown) east of bluefish point, the sandy bottoms between those reefs would be the places i would be looking for. A decent chart plotter should be able to show you the reef ridges and pinnacles and allow you to mentally formulate a 3D image of the seabed in the area. Once you find a patch of fish, mark the spot, drift over it again or if your biceps are big enough, drop the anchor !! A good test of time for me is about 30 minutes. If i haven't had any strikes in about 30 minutes its safe to say there is nobody home. This is of course redundant if your method is to anchor, burley and wait for the fish to come to you. Bottom line, you will always catch something, but if you want to produce good consistent results, spend the time and energy to learn the underwater seabed topography, where the reefs are, get a handle on what reefs fish best in what conditions, currents and the like. Drift Speed & Direction For me, the next most important aspect of bottom bashing is your drift speed. This can be rather complicated as the right answer for you will take into account the type of boat you have, the depth your fishing, the type of rigs your using and the conditions on the day. Whatever your circumstances are, the two most important things to consider are: 1. Your drift should be slow enough to allow the lead/weight to hit the bottom and, 2. Your drift should be slow enough to allow prospecting fish to see, inspect and attack your baits or lures. (ie, no point having 9 ounce leads but drifting at 4km/hr!) The ideal drift speed for me is between 1km/hr and 1.5km/hr. Any slower and i find that we dont cover enough ground, and any faster i find our hookup/catch rate declines. When bottom bashing Always have a sea anchor on board, appropriately sized for your boat. In respect of drift direction, and circling back to the earlier discussion on locations, my ideal drift is one that travels parallel with the reef structure, but note this is not always possible due to current and wind. If a parallel drift is not possible, i prefer a drift starting about 200-300m away and drifting towards the reef/structure. Just keep your eye on the chart plotter as i have lost many rigs to the reef by drifting straight over it. Rigs My go to rig for bottom bashing is the humble paternoster with two droppers. I usually allow about 70cm from the lead to the first dropper, with a size 5/0 or sometimes 4/0 octopus hook. The next dropper can be anywhere between 50cm to 80cm further away from the first one. Another rig i have been trialing and found to be successful is a hybrid paternoster/snapper rig. This involves a 1.5m trace from the lead to a single dropper. The dropper is extended at about 30cm in length and has two 5/0 octopus hooks. This will allow a whole pilchard to be snelled with a half hitch over the tail, or even a larger fish strip of about 15cm in length to be rigged. I have found this rig to be quite deadly on the snapper. Another rig which is also good for snapper is the snapper rig (DUH), which essentially involves a ball sinker in varying weights straight to two snelled hooks. Again this will allow a whole pillie to be presented with a half hitch over the tail. The snapper rig is better used when at anchor and with a burley trail out. For water below 30m in depth i usually use a 3 or 4 ounce lead and for water over 30m in depth i usually increase to 5 or 6 ounce lead. Some things to be mindful of: 1. A well presented bait can go a long way to enticing a bite 2. Whatever bait you are using, always expose your hooks. Fish will very often swallow a bait, try to swim away and then spit it back out. An exposed hook will increase your chance of hook up. 3. Size 4/0 and 5/0 hooks are best, for larger baits you could even go larger. I also like to have multiple rods out, all with different configuration in terms of rigs, hook size, bait ,dropper distance separation and the like. If i find one configuration producing more than others on the day, we would generally swap the others over gradually. Bait Mix it up, fish can be inexplicably choosy preferring one bait over another on certain days. For an average bottom bashing session i will have a mix of pillies, squid and prawns. Medium to larger prawns work best, especially in deep water. If a sargeant baker, pike, barracoutta, slimey or yakka come onboard as bycatch, they make excellent fresh strip baits when filleted and presented. Freshly caught and/or salted bonito is also very good bait. You can always try a soft plastic too even on the paternoster rig. Again, i will usually have a different bait on each rod, and keep an eye on which baits are producing, if one is producing more than the other i will usually use that bait more or until it runs out. I put all my baits in an esky with ice to make sure whatever i dont use on the day is still frozen or semi frozen by the time i get home. Dont forget, If your fishing at anchor a burley trail is mandatory !!! Thanks So there you have it raiders, i hope this has been informative, and that it will help you all catch some more fish !. Thanks for reading Sam
  3. 12 points
    Hi everyone, Had another good day in the George's in the hobie. Have developed a bit of a mulloway obsession the past couple of months and have been targeting them almost every time I go out in the yak on soft plastics. They've been out in good numbers around the 60 - 80cm range. Today I fished the low with the start of the run-in tide. I was fishing drop-offs at a few different river bends. Right at the change I had my first run. It was a blistering run and went for a few minutes. I knew I was on to a good fish. However, the line suddenly went slack and I had a dreading feeling. The hook had pulled. I suspect a head shake may have freed the hook. It was probably 80cm+ compared to the previous mulloway I've caught in the Georges. I had no hits for 2 hours and decided to try some calmer water out of the current. This is when I noticed some surface action 1 metre from the mangroves at a depth of 80cm. I was thinking they were bream or possibly tailor chasing some bait. I already had my jewie SP on so I just cast it out right into the bait ball. It got hit immediately on the drop and a couple of small runs later I landed a 72cm mulloway. It is the first time I've seen or caught a mulloway in the shallows. Not only that, this jewie had a full snooded rig with 1metre of line down its gob. The 2 hooks were well and truly on their way out and had pretty much rusted through. I removed them anyway before release and I'm sure he was appreciative. The fish was in very good condition. It's good to know that the hooks actually rust out without too much harm to the fish, when they are hooked in the mouth. Gear used was a stradic 2500, 8lb braid and 10lb fluro leader, green and red flecked paddle tail shad. Got home and found out my new gear had arrived. Can't wait to test them out. Thanks for reading, Joe
  4. 11 points
    Made my way down to Adaminaby a week before the season closure, arriving just after 26mm of rain. Heavy snow the night before left the Eucumbene River flats covered. With the river up and portal pumping everything looked good for some spawn run action. Picked up 9 fish in total on Rapala Xraps up to about 50cm, all released. Pretty slow for the others on the river by all accounts but hard to be too dissapointed given the epic scenery. The low lake levels for past couple of years have led to miles of extra river, with now well established banks, providing plenty of space for anglers to spread out which is great. Tried again the following morning but zilch - seems like you need to be there the day after heavy rain, the day after that is too late...
  5. 10 points
    And that’s a wrap!!! The clear winner of the weekend was Mother Nature who kicked our ass and showed us who’s boss! Although, in true fishraider spirit, there was still some members that fronted up and had a go and made the most of what was nearly unfishable conditions. I take my hat off to you guys and promise all of you that the next time you are in the area, you have a personal guide for the day! (You now have my number). Many thanks also go to one of our endeared members @frankS for offering prizes (which we agreed next time) turning up to all our meets and even turning up to the ramp early morning to wish us all the best, even though he wasn’t fishing due to health reasons! What an absolute champion! I hope you get well soon mate and it would be my pleasure to get out fishing with you sometime! Thanks again Frank!!! Also thanks to @the skipper who provided the flags which made our boats indentifiable from a distance and is certainly something we’ll do again in the future! We all agreed that this is something we would like to do again but next time hopefully we can get offshore and chase our target. (Maybe an annual event) So, Once again thank you to all that turned up over the weekend either for our Friday night meet and greet to the brave ones that fished over the weekend! True Fishraiders!!! @frankS @61 crusher @kingie chaser @blaxland @Ojay Samson And family @Peter Nelson @garfield28 And son @back cruncher @Woodsy1 @maveric0_3@farcanary @scratchie_junior619 Cheers scratchie!!!
  6. 10 points
    Thanks for a great day Scratchie. It was good meeting some top people, we didnt get that memorable catch but thats fishing. You put a lot of effort in to make sure everyone felt welcome and had the best chance of getting amongst a few fish. Looking forward to the next catchup. Big thanks to Blaxland for taking me out on his boat👍, only drama now is, I want a bar crusher, ha ha.
  7. 9 points
    1st report here been lurking around. thought i would try my luck down the entrance for some blackies 2nd time trying to chase these guys was there for about an hr and came home with 3. lets hope this is a good start to winter. cheers Bug
  8. 9 points
    Gday raiders, Well even faced with some adverse conditions the fishraiders have turned up! We’ll be using this thread to update the weekend and our success or failures throughout! Great to put a few faces to the internet names and hopefully we can get amongst a few tomorrow! Tight lines all, cheers scratchie!!!
  9. 9 points
    Steve - one of my buddies was keen to catch a Kingie, having never got one before. HE does a bit of beach fishing and gets salmon and tailor, but never hooked a king. Phil has been out quite a bit with me, so knew what to expect. i was pretty confident we’d get at least1/2 dozen (which was what we ended up landing, as well as Salmon) if the water temp was around the magic 18degrees. (My experience is the smaller kings under 80 cm seem to either shut down or go offshore below this). We had no trouble getting squid - the big winter green eyes are showing up and we got one Kracken around 60cm (didn’t stretch the tentacles out or would have been over 70), but small yakkas were hard to locate. We didn’t waste time filling up the bait tank with squid as they have been so easy to get. The squid were off The southern headland which was protected as a strongish 15-20k ssw on Wednesday, hence I didn’t go outside to Long reef, 12 mile which was the plan. The rough water seems to appeal to squid which seem to like this “troubled water”, wasn’t fun and the wind was pushing towards the rocks - Praise God for Minn Kota’s. The kings were all caught down rigging live squid. The water temp was 14 degrees on outgoing tide and 18 on in coming and they were pretty sluggish. I had to go lighter as the sounder showed lots underneath us but they wouldn’t look as 80lb or 50lb leaders and ones we caught and landed were on 20 and 30lb, but we did loose two, but toss up at this time of year - do you go light and loose them or heavy and get no hits? If you happen upon a big and hungry unit, then even 80lb is too light. I keep a rod ready with 60lb braid and 130lb Fluoro, but it’s a 1:10 chance. No kings were caught on the Yakkas, but there were salmon and tailor that took the Yakkas and trevally on strips of yellowtail. By lunchtime the sun was out, rain gear off and the harbour was “bootiful” We are indeed blessed to have such a magnificent place with such a healthy marine environment. Keep our harbour clean raiders and pick up any discarded rubbish, plastic bags and waste line - we’ll all benefit if you do.
  10. 9 points
    Went for a troll on kayak, starting 6.30am today at La Perouse. Had two lures – Slashbait 10 in olive green, and slashbait 12 in glass ghost. Tide was in second half of rise with very light NW breeze. Had a quick first hook up going around Yarra Point, but it got off. There were about 10 people standing on Yarra Point and one of them asked if I could please move around the corner to wind the fish in, which I thought a little odd, given they weren’t actually fishing. Turns out they were taking photos of a model to make an advertisement or something. Second hookup was closer to the seawall at Prince of Wales Drive. Landed a low 50s tailor. Then trolled back to La Pa, before deciding to go and do one more pass of Yarra Point (photography crew had moved on). Sounder lit up, with a school of something decent sitting about 10-15 metres off Yarra Point on the bottom (depth 5m). Trolled through the first time and hooked up on one line initially. Kept paddling and managed a double hook up. Landed two c.50cm tailor. Made a second pass and caught a smaller model (mid 30s). Then two more passes for two more mid 30s models. The fish were still there, but I’d run out of time. All up 6 tailor, 3 decent 50s versions which pulled well, plus 3 mid 30s. Good fun for 1.5hr session. Got back to the shore just before the rain and the yak got a rain wash on the way home on the car roof.
  11. 9 points
    Finally something........
  12. 8 points
    Just joined, thought I'd share a pic from a recent trip off Sydney Its been a great autumn
  13. 8 points
    Fished all day saturday into the night then before daylight till mid morning at broughton is and a reef further north my mate came with us in his boat to say it was hard to find fish is an understatement...i tried a few different spots fished floaters...livies...plastics and scraped up my bag limit..biggest red 63cm next best 55cm lots of 35 cm pannies never lost a live bait the whole time...i was goin to edith breaker but changed my mind and after talkin with guys at ramp that went there im glad i saved the fuel they had less than me...a combinatoin of westerly winds and changing currents...and currents flowing wrong way made fishing difficult.....right on dark sat the current actually stopped flowing uphill turned in 20 mi s and started running downhill under the boat which ruined peak time before high tide next wknds weather doesnt look flash so not sure bout goin now might come up and fish in bay for a jew or longtail at the heads and still do the meet n greet fri arvo couple of bad fotos
  14. 7 points
    Headed out into Bate Bay with a mate this morning to have a bottom bash for flatties. They were a bit hard to find. Took a while to find a few, and they were only just over the size limit. Stacks of small spikey flatties everywhere - kept a few for bait. Moved to a couple of others spots for bugger all blue spots, just spikeys. While we were drifting along, my rod loaded up, no bite felt, just vigorous head shaking then it took off, the reel screaming away for a little while, then gone. Retrieved the line to find what appeared to be a bite mark above the swivel, and some fraying about a metre above the end. Had the speed of a kingie, but they don't bite through line, so maybe a toothy critter. Moved to the back of the Bombie for a drift and pulled up a few slightly larger blue spots, up to 45cm, and more spikeys. After a while the bites stopped, so we hauled up to find all hooks missing. 2/0 hooks neatly snipped off the droppers, probably jackets, so headed home. Had a pod of dolphins cruising around the boat for a while, and spot several humpbacks cruising along. 2 whale charter boats out there as well, would cost the punters a few dollars each, whereas we saw the critters while catching a feed of fish.
  15. 7 points
    My youngest daughter Tess has managed two in the top ten finalists again this year. The winners are yet to be announced but just getting to this level again is quite an achievement https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/nature-photographer-of-the-year/?fbclid=IwAR2WgzcuZJoT5R4lSz3FRX1QkaJRh_WE_omiX9rJcVCdBeHrYdqP_Ju0Z04
  16. 7 points
    June is one of the best times to target bream on the mid north coast, fish may take a bit more effort but the average size is generally bigger ust a matter of making enough casts and finding what they want. First session was a yak upriver looking for fish along rocky edges and sunken timber, started by casting plastics, didn't take long to know it was going to be a tough bite. After some trial of different techniques and eventually slow rolling a hardbody along a fallen tree The fish played hard to get but with persistance and targeting the right structure almost exclusively being fine twigged sunken branches ended up with quite a few fish for the session no monsters but some decent sized fish Another tactic that works well in winter is targeting artificial lights under bridges during a couple of quick pre work sessions I have managed to get a few resonable quality bream Just before the bad weather hit managed a kayak session in some windy conditions on the main oyster racks last time I attempted this I ended up with 5 bustoffs from 6 hook ups In true winter fashion the fish were tough to temp and when they did hit it was very subtle resulting in many pulled hooks, which combined with strong winds frustration was building close to critical point when finally a fish slid in the net Decided a change of tactics was in order so out came the cranka crab. It's funny how you give the fish what they want and they play the game, hits came regularly with a few small fish but I was on the nasty racks looking for bigger fish Working along behind the oyster shed came up tight on what I thought was the bottom, then thought flathead as the fish slowly swam towards open water when it finally realised something was wrong it was far enough out to keep from bricking me, after a brutal locked drag tussle a much better quality fish was in the net not as long as expected but thick and gave me one hell of a run around working back to the launch site continued to get a few more small fish but the bigger ones still evaded, on the last rack there were 2 racks tied side by side with about a meter in between, couldn't get between because of the rope so nosed up to it said farewell to my cranka crab called out "hail mary" and sent a cast in there, it was nailed as soon as it hit the water it was a hell of a struggle keeping the fish from burying me and trying to get the net under it but by some miracle pulled it off and one of the better quality bream I'v landed in quite awhile was in the net the weather chased me off the water and now ust waiting for the rain to settle to get out and hopefully find some elusive winter blue-lips cheers for reading Dave
  17. 7 points
    Windy weekend so headed into the bush looking for snakes with my younger daughter. Pretty certain we found eastern spotted quoll scats (poo) in a remote wilderness area. Next week we will setup a remote camera to try and hopefully capture one, chances are slim given science researchers set 380 cameras to only find one recently. We are optamistic. Well into winter with frosts on the ground but still managed to find a few snakes, none of the ones we were really hoping to find but this time of the year in my area any find is a good one. Hoped for a sunset photo on the way hay home from a mountain top but that didn't happen either due to the cloud cover. We did find dingo poo though, so another place to set up the camera at some point soon.
  18. 7 points
    Hi all, first post and just thought I'd share my bonus evening with you all. It was the first clear evening after the storms and decided to try and break my recent drought of decent fish having only caught the odd flattie and squid when targeting them. I went to the Yarra Bay groyne out in front of the sailing club at about 4.30pm. It was the slack tide, and about to start coming in. There was barely a wave in sight - as flat as a millpond, which was a welcome sight after the recent crappy weather. Rigged up and had my first cast at about 4.45 just as the sun was setting behind the clouds. The setup I used was a Shakespeare Outcast combo I got for a good price at Ananconda. 10' rod and 8500 reel. I took off the generic line they had on it and spooled the reel with 300M of 40Lb JW braid and whacked on a rod's length of 30Lb mono. The rig was a metre of so of the same mono, size 4 swivel down to a gang of 3 x 4/0 hooks with a drop loop and size 1 snapper sinker about a third of the way down from the swivel. Bait was a whole servo pillie and cast out towards the container wharf approx 30-40 metres. Nothing but the odd picker for the first hour or more until BAM! Line started screaming off the reel. I set the hook and let him have a bit of a play. Back and forth, back and forth until I netted a beautiful shiny 45cm tailor at my feet, Iki spiked him, bled him out and straight onto ice. Cast straight back out again and rolled myself a smoke, waited about another hour and was about to go home. I actually packed up my bag and reeled in what I thought was an empty hook but saw the pillie was still ok, just the head flopped off the top hook. I readjusted and thought 'Righto, this is the last cast' when I got another hit! Same again, line screaming off the reel, more play, more drag, I thought it was another Tailor as it fought much the same as the first one, when out of the light of my headlamp I saw it was a Snapper. Beauty! Netted him up, unpacked my tools, cleaned him up and straight onto the ice with the Tailor. 44cm, fat and heavy, I don't know how heavy. Stumps on day one, I decided to drive home via the bottlo and attempt to placate a fuming missus with two lovely fish. (It worked). The Snapper will be baked whole with eschallots and Asian flavours, the Tailor will be filleted and floured for me young bloke cos he doesn't like to eat fish off the bone (time for some education on that methinks.) Anyway, after a month of bugger all, seems the hungry winter fish are on. Hope this helps.
  19. 7 points
    My very first jewfish! Caught on live arrow squid in Lake Macquarie. Was about a month ago but I didn’t get the chance to put it up here. Went 87 cm and a very nice flathead by catch as well.
  20. 6 points
    Wankers hammin it up for the camera
  21. 6 points
    Also meant to post these of ust got some pics of some nice marks on the sounder I found in different spots while out there yesterday.
  22. 6 points
    And one other big thanks is to FISHRAIDER itself....... What a premium forum it is to be able to get together so many like minded people and share our experiences to the fishing community! 👏👏👏👏👏
  23. 6 points
    kingchaser with a bottom dweller!
  24. 6 points
    Right species wrong size! @petenelson
  25. 5 points
    There is a huge amount of expert and other traveller info in groups on fb. We have spent about 2 years researching and preparing. Still learning every day. Just sharing a few things. Still travelling - did a bit on the Gibb River Rd it is VERY dry out here. Hardly any water in gorges, waterfalls, creeks. Very sad to see. Fishing is tough in most places.
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