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  1. 4 points
    First report in a while. Was meeting friends for lunch on Friday had a couple hours to spare before. Seabreeze predicted 30km/h westerlies. So I consulted google maps for a suitable place to fish. Ended up near Chiswick. Was dead low tide. I started with ol faithful 2.5in Zman motor oil grubz on 1/16th. The area was pretty flat and I saw a drain emptying into the bay which had dug out a deeper trough in front. A few casts in on onto the first fish of the day I've recently upped my leader to 10lb and was keen to see if it put off the bream. I must say it doesn't appear to have coz next fish Decide to try HB which I'm pretty new to. Casting with the wind I was sending a 4.5cm lure at least 25+ metres. I begin the retrieve. I've read you can tell when the lure is bumping the bottom but I couldn't tell whether I was bumping bottom or just feeling the natural action. it was fairly muddy bottom so was fairly confident I would get snagged up. Next minute the lure gets a big hit.. Pump and wind take your time. I see a silver flash. Near the shore there were exposed rocks with oysters After a few anxious moments and a great fight. .Tide was so low when I released him he was more than half out of the water, but a few tail flicks and he was on his way.. Thanks for reading. During the big fights it makes all the time you don't catch suddenly forgotten. cheers Richard
  2. 2 points
    The old "Wonder Wobbler" lure is an interesting part of our fishing history. I was wondering what was 1) your most memorable catch on one and 2) most unusual? My most memorable was my first lure caught Flathead, it was about 15 inches long (38 cm) caught in Taylor Bay I was told it was a "fluke" as Flathead didn't take lures, ha! Most unusual was a giant cuttlefish off Nielsen Park Wharf
  3. 2 points
    Gday Raiders We do most of our fishing off the Northern Beaches and that is largely because i have a good understanding of the under water terrain, fortunately this provides consitent success and finding a feed on almost all trips. That being said Botany is actually more convenient for me but gets set asife because i havent got around to collecting gps marks and coordinates for my fav eating fish . Having recently aquired some seabed charts for coogee to bondi I spent some time interogating the charts and marking likely gps coordinates to test out. Sunday was the day and the conditions were fantastic. Arrived at Foreshore boat ramp at 6am and the car park was almost full, with the que backed up all the way to the traffic lights! Id imagine they locked the gates at 7. Did anyone get in after that. It was interesting to see some big game boats getting launched and was curious to know what theyre chasing this time of year? Late season Marlin perhaps. There was an early morning breeze which made drifting a little difficult but that was resolved when we deployed the sea anchor. What a great little invention they are. This breeze died out around 9am and ironically around midday the breeze was entirely gone. I remember dropping the paternoster in 64m and the line went down in almost a straight line. Eventually the line started heading to the front of the boat as the under water current appeared to be moving north faster than we were stationary on the surface. Tried a whole bunch of new marks from Bate Bay all the way to Coogee wide and happy to report that we managed a nice mixed bag of a dozen red spot whiting and a dozen flathead. Also managed one pigfish. Couldnt find any legal snapper to take home but overall very happy with the result especially considering it was really an exploratory trip. Thanks for reading Sam
  4. 2 points
    Used to be THE go to lure in the day. I caught many flathead and tailor on the chrome 1/4oz models and a few on the 1oz models. I still have a couple somewhere. I also have some coloured ones that caught a few trout in the day. An Aussie classic!
  5. 1 point
    Hi everyone We decided to take our boat out to botany bay on Saturday and see if we could catch a few fish for a feed. We loaded up on yakkas and then proceeded to downrig them around a few markers, Mollineoux Pt and the Bare Island bommie. We had no luck at any of these spots. At this stage we found a spot to anchor up and soak a few baits. After we got a good burley trail going we started to get some hits. Most fish were undersize Trevs and Snapper with the odd Bream thrown in the mix. We had a live yakkas out but something kept biting their heads off. I decided to not waste our headless yakkas and filleted them up. We sent yakka fillets down into our berley trail. We started to get takes form Kingies every now and again as the school would pass by. Sometimes we had double hook ups. We landed a few and lost few. The biggest for the day was lost on the anchor rope. We kept four legals 65-68cm and released 8 or 9 just undersize models. We also landed a 54cm Tailor. We lost a few more Tailor due to being bitten off near the hook. We called it a day after that and headed back to the ramp. Here is a couple of pics. The little guy is my godson Thomo.
  6. 1 point
    G’day all, had a very small window to fish a tide change in a well known location in Brisbane Waters and marked some good fish on the sounder. Managed a nice soapie on a 4inch zman swimmerz in Pearl White my pretty much go to lure at the moment. Have had a couple of sessions now with not a fish boated but that is fishing for Jew on lures very frustrating, good to get that smell on the boat. Hearing good reports out of the Hawkes so I hope it’s a better few months then this time last year.
  7. 1 point
    Line strength and drag capacity have little to do with the size of fish you can catch with an outfit. You can catch 1m+ jewfish on 6lb braid with 2lb of drag and you can catch leatherjacket on 100lb braid with 40lb of drag if you wanted. The difference is how you can play the fish. When you are fishing light line and drag you can't just pull the fish towards you, because the line will snap or the drag will stop you from getting any ground. You will have to use your rod to lead the fish to swim towards you, and slowly tire the fish out until it's safe to bring it to you. When you are fishing heavy line and drag you can just crank the fish up no worries, but I would say it's just not as fun. The 2 problems with light line fishing is that it's easy to get spooled, and it's easy for fish to wrap you around something and snap you off. If you really think about it, if you are fishing in a perfect infinite sand flat with nothing sharp or pointy and have unlimited line, you could catch a marlin on 10lb line, because there'd be nowhere for it to go. But unfortunately such a perfect marlin filled sand flat doesn't exist, so you need to adapt your gear to your situation. The general rule with drag is to set it to about 1/3rd of your line breaking strain, so you could go up to 50-60lb with that reel, though I wouldn't recommend it because that's not what a 4000 size reel is designed to hold. With 50lb braid there are very few species you couldn't catch with a bit of patience, so you don't have to worry about catching too big of a fish. The only issue would be cooking your drag washers, which is extremely rare, and getting spooled, which is also uncommon if you know what you are doing and haven't hooked the Queen Mary 2.
  8. 1 point
    That time during a decent fight is what I call "reel time". Enjoy every moment of the "reel time" as it is the culmination of all the time and effort spent purchasing, preparing, driving, walking etc.
  9. 1 point
    Hi Baz, wouldn't you love a dollar for every Tailor caught on one! Back in the day, you knew a lure was a 'good-un' when another company copied it, as "Alpha Wobblers" came out next with a tiny red plastic "enticer" on the split ring
  10. 1 point
    Hi Blackfish mine was in 1974 and I was told it was a "fluke" as Flathead didn't take lures! I caught a second, almost identical sized one a week later off the same rock and again was told it must have "landed in it's mouth"- this time I saw the flattie come flying in from the side and grab the lure in front of me and was convinced you could fish for them with lures.
  11. 1 point
    Hi BN the Wonder Wobblers initially came in either chrome or gold in 1/4 oz and 1 oz and as Baz said were the 'go to' lures in their day. Like Baz, I also have a couple of coloured ones, which were 'declared' Trout lures. The cod lure is more than likely the "Aeroplane Spinner" which was a series of 3 or 4 propellor blades, decreasing from large to small in size and was an all time favourite with Cod fisho's. Red on the outside and either green or brass on the inside, they have probably caught more really large cod than any other Aus made lure. To look at one you'd probably shake your head as they resemble nothing 'natural'. I've got a couple in the collection. A 'new' version of them was brought out by Hawk(almost identical to the original) and I've got one in the original packaging, however it isn't as highly regarded by collectors as the "Aeroplane"
  12. 1 point
    Same issue i came across. I personally use shimano ace2? for drags. mx3 oil for small reel bearings. mx5grease for grease and saltwater reel bearings. Some fellas on here use Vaseline.
  13. 1 point
    That is interesting. Throw some posts up with your daily progress @eastwood1980 Swordie and I went on Thursday afternoon for some hairtailing. We were at Waratah Bay and Jerusalem Bay. No hairtail around for us. Judging by the years gone by and when we hold our Fishraider hairtail event it is a little early and not cold enough. Do a search here in fishraider as there are many, many hairtail posts. There is also an article in the article section http://www.fishraider.com.au/article/how-catch-hairtail/ It is getting mighty cold so don't forget to rug up and take hot coffee
  14. 1 point
    Same here Waza, you bought back some memories. First lure caught Flathead was also on a Wonder Wobbler up at Umina Beach. Early 70's. I had run out of prawns and this fellow said his son had caught them on lures before. I was doubtful but 5 minutes later I had one.
  15. 1 point
    Thanks man, we gotta get out for a fish together soon
  16. 1 point
    Tie a light stick to your rig, it will increase your catch significantly. Even better to get a battery power one, red light works best. Hairtails are attracted by light.
  17. 1 point
    I’ve been going nearly everyday for the past month stayed out till 4:00am and found a pattern when they usually bite, 5:15pm to 7pm 11:00pm to 1am 3:30am to 4:00am other times better to chase bream and the odd Jew, big jews start to bite from 11pm and onwards good luck hope this info helps
  18. 1 point
    Hi BN I love eating them! I cut them into about 8 inch sections and then fillet them, they're one of the easiest fish to fillet and you get every bit of edible meat without bones (great way to cook for kids also). I see that FrankS scrapes the silver off, and his cooking method sounds pretty tasty. I scraped the silver off the first couple of times but don't bother any more as I quite like it and you can just lift it off when cooked if you don't fancy it. Deep or shallow fried with either egg and breadcrumbs or simply flour they are delicious. More than once I've seen people argue over the last piece/s on the bbq also!
  19. 1 point
    Neil. I like them, others think they are not good eating. I take a hessian bag and wet it and scrape the silver off them while they are still warm, cut them in cubes about 5 inches long pre cook some chopped onion and tomato and add this to the fish on the first turn in the pan ( not too hot ) about 4 minutes first side then add tomato and onion ( keep it pretty simple ) then 3-4 minutes on 2nd side. The flesh is thin and white so cooks pretty quickly, a bit of hit and miss till you get used to the right heat. The bones are large so easily separate from the flesh. You can add whatever you like but I prefer to not add too much other stuff so you can still taste the fish. You should get yourself up here some time this winter and I will take you up to try for some and you could experience the taste first hand. Frank
  20. 1 point
    G'day Greg like FrankS says burley is important part of fishing for them, using same burley as bait best idea. My own preference is live yellowtail caught on site and burley with chunks of them. Importantly, when you get a couple of bites from hairtail, have a container of ready-cut chunks and make sure you throw small handfuls out every couple of minutes which seems to keep them round. From my experience, unless there's masses of them(there sometimes are) they seem to move around the bay a bit when actively hunting. It's also a good idea to have a constant trail of finer burley going to keep the baitfish around the boat the whole time. Also by setting your baits at roughly 3 levels 1) where you can easily see your lightstick 2) Where you can barely see it and 3) About 3 metres off the bottom seems to work best for me. I always use 2 ganged 4/0's in my hairtail rig and countless times have lost one only to have it come straight back to the bait-even after fighting it- provided you drop it back a few feet and give your lightstick a bit of movement. I love fishing for them as they're like no other fish. Like FrankS, Waratah and Pinta Bay(in Jerusalem Bay) are my(and many folks!) favourite spots, but they can turn up anywhere in Cowan. Years ago Akuna Bay at the end of Coal and Candle Creek was THE place to go and the Korean fisho's have been catching them off the shore at Illawong Bay Feb, March and April for many years, fishing with completely different rigs to mine. Good luck when you go. Cheers Wazza
  21. 1 point
    Greg. In over 40 years of fishing for them I think I have only ever missed one 0r two winters where I didn't go chasing them sometime in winter, the last 3-4 years they have come on the chew pretty early in the season so the next couple of weeks should light up if it stays to form. My favorite spots are Waratah bay and Pinta bay both part of coal and candle creek. Berley is part of fishing for them and try and use the same stuff you are using for bait, don't use a lot of bread in the mix as this bloats them and puts them off the feed. I have caught 100;s of the things but still get the trip where I come home fishless. It gets very foggy up there at night so if you see the fog roll in you are probable there for the night unless you have gps tracking and good spot light to see your way back to the ramp. I use Apple tree bay ramp and it's a national park so there is a fee to enter the park and heavy fines if you don't pay, there is ticket machine close to ramp. I have national pass so don't need to pay. Think it's about $13 a night. Don't put any part of your body near mouth, be very careful. Frank
  22. 1 point
    Thanks Basil are they good eating?
  23. 1 point
    Intended going out to chase whiting in the Port on Wed but ended up with a crew to " HELP " me. I only managed 2 keeper whiting and 1 crab.8 yo grandson started the day and pleased with a new specie porcupine toad, then a small red bream then his fishing was a bit quiet.Next he got pulled all around the boat by a rat king which we landed measured and released was smaller than his PB of 63cm.Heading back to the ramp with clouds building it was decided not enough fishing yet so stopped on a small sand bank. He then landed his fish of the day. A nice 36 cm bream on 2 kg line a new PB. 6 yo grandson managed a steady stream of tarwhine, red bream (including his new PB of 25 cm), mullet, bream and finally a just legal flathead. Grand daughter 3 yr old caught her PB fish the first fish ever a 49 cm long tom . By this stage the southerly was blowing fresh, the 8 year old managed to winch the boat halfway onto the trailer while I steadied it at exposed Gray's point ramp. A good day had by all. Thanks Bruce
  24. 1 point
    I have referred to your reply to bump73 and it's a waste of reading. Your interpretation of the rules are wrong and explains why you are a simple fisho. I'm glad you got yourself a rule book, enjoy reading it, other good reading on the rules and laws of the NSW DPI Fisheries is on their website, i'll even give you the link, you can search away on there for everything you need or may want to learn NSW DPI Fisheries website Also here's a link from DPI website about carp, enjoy the read CLICK HERE KOOKABURRA Thank you for your rude uninformative and incorrect replies and I hope you have enjoyed my post to you. Your posts are now being monitored. Not a good way to start your time here on Fishraider stirring the pot. Oh, and if someone wants to release a carp, so be it, there's no law that says they can't at the moment, if they want to kill that carp humanely, then good on them also. Happy fishing.
  25. 1 point
    "Catch-and-release fishing for carpIs it illegal to return carp to the water? It is not currently illegal to immediately return captured carp to the waters from which they were taken (defence under section 216 of the Fisheries Management Act). However, carp are a noxious fish in NSW and Industry & Investment NSW encourages recreational fishers to retain and utilise any captured carp rather than returning them live to the water." It is not illegal to release carp but DPI encourage you not to. Kookaburra, you are wrong, pretty easy to find the correct info as i pasted above.
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