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  1. 6 points
    Hey guys, Had a crack on the run out tide on Wednesday arvo/ evening in the lower Hawkesbury. The forecast rain eased and the wind dropped off to provide pretty plesant conditions. Put out a variety of live and fresh dead baits. Caught a shovel nose and a pair of Port Jackson a few tailor and a couple of red rock cod. Were about to call it quits when one of the livie's loaded up. This fish went 105, Looking forward to summer. Regards Toby
  2. 4 points
    Well another great trip to Crowdy is done and dusted. Had some great fishing and not so great weather the second week. While the fishing was good with plenty snapper to 5kg, heaps of pearlies and kings a few highlights stood out. First of all was my first sighting of a great white hanging around the boat. I have dived in the cages with them off Mexico but not whilst out fishing. Its wasn't huge but at 3.5metres I guess it was a great sight. Had a few half hearted thoughts about having a chew on the outboard but just nosed it instead. After fishing the comp over the long weekend my other main objective was to get my nephew a large reddie. He was staying with us for the remainder of the week to fish. It has been a couple for years in the making after a few false starts we got out on his first day with me and ended up with 9 reds and a couple of about 2kgs for Toby. He was pretty chuffed. My nephew is always asking how the big snapper fight I said you'll hopefully find out next time out. Well couple of days later and a late start due to weather prediction getting it wrong we left the house at 0615 and with a bit of NE forecast I didn't go to far from the ramp. Well first fish after 15min was his first big snapper. 4.8kgs and 74cms. He was over the moon. Very next fish he caught a pearlie which was another first for him. I said to him that my job is done and now anything else is a bonus. We ended up catching a few more reds then had early finish leaving at 0945. Had some video of the GWS but its a bit big to upload. See what is next on his bucket list. I think a nice king is his next target species. Anyway once again great trip away. Pretty good way to bring up his 15th birthday. Cheers Nipper
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    I use a good blast of carbie cleaner then lanolin spray better than wd40
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    I couldn't see it either but didn't want to admit it!!
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    I found this at Vinnies yesterday, Grice and Young Avon Royal MK3. A little corrosion around the reel seat and some paint loss. It would barely turn when I found it, I put that down to old grease. With a degrease, clean and lube it now spins for 2 min 30. Not bad for $40.
  6. 2 points
    that smile is worrth a million bucks well done
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    Guys - Yowie is right. I can't see why someone would call someone else a clown. Years ago I had bought a 300m spool of plastic coated wire and spooled up an alvey deckwinch. I made droppers with crimps and swivels. Caught heaps of jackets and never lost a hook. I fish inshore these days and I sold my big boat and the deckwinch years ago. The buyer was very suprised and greatful for the winch and intel on it's use... No clowns in sight...
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    gotta be happy with a metery
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    Nice ! Some great cutlets there. Congratulations. Cheers Zoran
  10. 1 point
    G'day Raiders, Just wanted to let you know why you should always be wearing your sunnies outdoors, even if the sun doesn't bother you. If you're not bothered by the sun, it is still damaging your eyes. Conditions such as pterygium, cataract and macula degeneration are all in part made worse by the sun. The later two are caused by long term sun exposure, so the effect won't show until you're older. As an optometrist I see these conditions every day. Wearing sunnies doesn't mean you won't ever get them, but research shows there's less chance and it won't be as severe Another reason is physical protection, if a fish spits a hook under tension, flying fish hooks and eyes definitely don't mix. Also as most of you probably know polarised sunglasses allow us to see beneath the water surface allowing us to see structure and sometimes fish. When buying sunglasses, the don't have to be expensive to offer good protection. As long as the swing tag says they're Category 2 or 3 (the Australian standards) they should offer sufficient protection. The difference is Cat 2 offer medium sunglare reduction and Cat 3 offer high sunglare reduction. Most sunglasses sold are Cat 3 I wouldn't wear sunnies without these classifications outside has they may be doing more damage to you eyes than not wearing them. Reason is just coz a sunglass is dark doesn't mean it is blocking out UV radiation. This is the radiation that does most damage to the eyes. If you wear sunglasses without UV block , your eye's pupil enlarges (coz it's darker) thereby allowing more UV light in. The lenses are generally made from plastic, polycarbonate or glass. Plastic lenses are the cheapest. Polycarb are the most impact resistant and lightest, but are also the easiest to scratch. Glass lenses are the most scratch resistant, but are heavier and can smash if dropped. thanks for reading (if you made it this far) richard
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    how to catch squid Fishing for Squid Catching Squid on squid jigs Squid are an excellent bait for fish like Jewfish ,Kingfish & Snapper. They are also great eating when fresh. Used live or freshly caught they are excellent bait & I would rate them as number 1 for catching big jewfish. Pittwater & the surrounding areas are pretty productive for catching squid so are some areas in Cowan Creek as well. A few hours spent catching squid will be time well spent if you are after that first big jewfish. On this page I will point out a few spots I have had success with & some of my methods. Squid can be very difficult to find at times but are worth the effort. I reckon the key to being a good Jew fisherman & regularly taking large fish is becoming a good squid fisherman first. Squid Areas Squid normally like to hunt around weed & kelp as it provides a bit of cover for them to use when they are hunting & to protect them from predators also. You will find squid in most areas that have a weedy bottom. Some of my favorite places in Pittwater are the flats behind Palm Beach along the western shore between Coasters Retreat & Longnose Point in close to the rocks. Around the western side of Barrenjoey from Pittwater round to the bombora. Areas to look at in Cowan Creek are in Cowan Bay itself & across in Jerusalem Bay on the western side of the bay, Yeoman's Bay , Waratah Bay & Stingray Bay. All these areas produce squid for me at different times & should provide a good starting point. Squid will turn up just about anywhere at times so working a squid jig while you are fishing for other species is always worth the effort. At night most wharves that have lights shining on the water are excellent squid areas as the light attracts small fish which the squid hunt. Squid fishing tackle The tackle you need for squid is simple. I prefer a soft tipped threadline outfit of 2 meters in length filled with 4 kilo line. The threadline outfit casts the jigs well & I find a soft action rod tends to tear the spikes out of less squid than one with a stiff tip. There are many brands of jig on the market today with Yo Zuris probably about the best. They come in many colours & sizes but in this area I have had most success with the smaller models & pink seems to out fish most other colours consistently. Just a point though is do not be scared to try other colours if pink is not working some days they want green & other days blue if you are not getting squid change colours & size. I also apply scent to my jigs & use Halco Catch scent I find particularly when the squid are touchy a bit of odor on the jig works well. I often fish squid at night & take a few medium size light sticks as I find a light in front of the jig attracts squid also. I also take one of the old type squid spikes to use with a whole fish such as a pilchard or yellowtail. I will post some pictures of squid jigs below Best Times Squid can be taken just about any time of the day if conditions are suitable but I prefer late afternoon & night. One big point with Squid is they seem to be put completely off the bite by wind. They do not like any chop on the water at all. Early mornings can produce well particularly in the spots I mentioned in Cowan Creek. I prefer a rising tide when hunting squid they seem to strike better Squid fishing methods Jigs are simple to use for squid & I prefer to fish mine fairly deep down as close to the weed beds as possible. I find the best way to get the depth is simply drop a jig over the side & do a count until it hits the bottom. Deduct a couple seconds & you have a starting point this method will make sure you are down close. I put a smear of scent on my jig then cast & let my jig drop close to the weed & retrieve it slowly giving it a couple soft flicks of the rod tip to provide a bit of action. Cover as much water as possible around the boat & work it systematically. If you do not get strikes down deep reduce the amount of time you let the jig sink for. the more water you cover the more squid you will catch. The strike often just feels like you have caught on some weed then you will feel the squid pulling away in little short bursts. I just wind slowly & try to keep as even a pressure as I can on the line. Any slack & the jig spikes being barb less will drop out. I use a net to land my squid & be warned sooner or later a squid will score a direct hit on you with ink its an occupational hazard. It is important to keep an eye on your jig for squid following it without striking. If this happens try adding a bit more scent to the jig. If that fails a change to a different colour or smaller jig will often score a hit. When I am squid fishing at night I put a light stick on my line about 6 to 8 cm in front of the jig as well. I find it works well. In my boat I have an overhead fluorescent light light which often attracts squid around the boat. There are floating lamps available to do the same & they seem to work very well. Catching squid is not rocket science but it can be frustrating at times as some days they just will not co operate at all. Other little tricks I use when the squid are playing hard to get is to suspend a small live bait down deep & when a squid grabs it he is drawn close to the boat & netted quickly. If they are a bit spooky & let go of the bait I toss a jig to them & normally they will strike it. Using a whole yellowtail or pilchard on a spike works also if they are suspended just above the weed & a sharp strike will impale the squid when he grabs the bait. I put my bait on with the head nearest the spikes but some prefer the other way around. The main thing I find with squid is try different depths & vary the retrieve speed until you score. Another method I have been experimenting with a bit offshore & have had some success with is drifting over some of the offshore reefs like Bolton's & Reggie's with jigs down. I use a heavy hand line with a snapper lead at the bottom & approximately 1.5 meters above this I rig a 3 way swivel & on a trace of about 1 meter I attach a large model Yo Zuri jig. I simply drift around the reefs with this down & have caught some rather large squid at times. In 2000 I nailed an arrow squid of 1 kilo. He ate very well indeed. When you have caught your squid if you have decided to use them live they are best used immediately or kept in a recirculation live bait tank, they don't last long in a bucket with an aerator. They make great fresh baits either cut or whole. If you intend to freeze them for bait at a later date it is important to chill them down quickly & freeze as soon as possible. If you do not freeze them quickly when you thaw them out they go a pinkish colour & experience has shown once squid get this pink tinge to them they are all but useless as bait. I enjoy fishing for squid it can be a real challenge at times but well worth the effort to learn. Whether you feed them to yourself or feed them to a big Jewfish or Kingfish you will be happy with the results
  12. 1 point
    I wouldn't know mate.But quintrex(Telwater)have been making tubs for a little while now and I'd say they are using something thats suitable.lol. Sounds like your over analyzing everything now you've been bitten. My advice is look for a boat/brand you like , can afford and don't worry too much about trivial stuff like that too much as they've been around long enough to know what they are doing unless it won't let you sleep at night knowing. Enjoy your search mate.
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    Hi FishRaider Members, Does any one fish the Hawkesbury River? If so I have been catching a couple of fish. Some flatties just under 40cm and some 35cm Bream. I was just wondering if anyone could share some of their tips on where they fish and what bait/lures they use. I would really like to catch a Jewfish or a Kingfish. I have a boat which can travel anywhere in the Hawkesbury. Any fishing tips would be most appreciated. Happy Fishing, Jew_Master06?
  14. 1 point
    Ok enough folks. Lets be respectful of each other or I will send in the clowns ........ Back to the thread now
  15. 1 point
    Top stuff nice red pldnty of whites on the coast at moment check dorsal rick
  16. 1 point
    Sounds like an awesome trip mate....great work. I hear crowdy is also good for camping
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    A good fish for any fisho, but especially a young bloke.
  19. 1 point
    Thanks Keflapod. Flatheadluke also made a comment about grandpa still living at home. Well, my grandfather died about 20 years ago so I just ignored Flatheadluke. If he was trying to be funny, he wasn't. My father, grandfather and great grandfather taught me various aspects of fishing, and I learnt a lot myself by trial and error.
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    Mate that’s an awesome red!!! A day he’ll never forget and that’s the best part! Cheers scratchie!!!
  21. 1 point
    Some great fish top photos
  22. 1 point
    I cant comment on the Hawkesbury really, or kingfish for that matter, but I can comment on Mulloway. I like to think of myself as a bit of a self taught expert with regards to mulloway haha. So much literature on Mulloway is out there mate, and I learnt by reading all that I could from magazines and forums just like this. There is a "how to" specifically on mulloway on the fishraider site, start by reading this and putting it onto practise. Catching Mulloway on a regular basis is somewhat of a mean feat, the hours I have put in to them over the past 8 or so years I couldnt begin to divulge. Add to that, the hours I put in just to catch bait to give me the best possible chance. Then you have those times, particularly when I began specifically and solely targeting them, the fishless, cold and soul destroying nights when you drop a fish, makes the times you net/boat them even better. Just the other night, I witnessed one swimming between a bridge pylon and my bait in the water for about an hour before it disappeared and I ended up with a donut. But, from what I have learnt over they years, I did put myself in the right spot at the right time, so I dont really count this as a failure by any means. For the record, if i did land that fish, my tally would be 15 for the year (and I didnt fish at all in june, july, august or september). So it averages out to be about 2 a month. Considering how many people I see trying to catch mulloway vs actually catching them in the Georges river, I think im doing ok. I AM a diehard fisherman for mulloway, that will never change now!! TIPS 1. Dont give up on them after just one or two sessions or you wont have learnt anything. 2. Keep a diary - might seem a bit silly, but trust me, if someone offered me 10 grand for my diaries I would never sell them. Doesnt have to be a diary, I just use exercise books. I record everything, what tide, the amount of water both run in and run out differences and the peaks, what the weather is like that outing, pressure, what the water is like and doing depending where I am, date, time etc etc. I just write down anything really lol. 3. Use the best bait you can!!!! You may need to learn how to catch bait first, so learn that as well, worst case you end up with a bag full of squid you can eat, and yakkas do taste ok too. I catch squid a few days out from when Im planning a jewie adventure, i wrap them indivually when I get home and freeze them. I have caught mulloway on self caught squid that has been frozen for 8 months, but never servo/baitshop squid!! Now for the little I can add about the Hawkesbury - never fished there ever for mulloway. There are plenty of known spots so begin by hitting them up. Looking at any map of the river, I always see two bridges, perhaps start there. You should be aware of those bits of structure for any estuary fishing really.....there is loads of info on the hawkesbury and also you could get your hands on a map from AFN that will tell you places like flint and steel, juno point, coal and candles etc etc. Hopefully some of this helps mate Hope to see you post when you do catch your first mulloway Mick
  23. 1 point
    Stonker Jewfish Would of put up a hell of a fight
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    Im only 7 minutes into this review & I am already blow away by the features on the Sony. I have been looking for a new camera for ages & was thinking SLR but I did this years ago with film camera's & bought lenses & heaps of add ons like lenses & like you said the weight of all that gear it over the top & especially if your travelling, that's a put off for me really for the SLR. I also think for what you get its a pretty good price to. Im pretty keen on this bit of gear but will Thanks Jon ?
  27. 1 point
    Man one top Jewfish well done Toby
  28. 1 point
    Nothing wrong with that one, very nice fish. It pays to keep going (to a point )
  29. 1 point
    OK guys I have merged the comments from the other post but they will not be in logical order. Lets keep the discussion in here - I can delete anything if needed
  30. 1 point
    Not in the murray-darling as Blackfish said..... it's easy to forget they exist I've seen 6 including this one....... have looked after many sting victims in my profession....... just posted up the pic to remind people these guys are out there especially in weed it's easy to get complacent in freshwater
  31. 1 point
    Good advice cameras can at first be hard to use takes a little time to learn to use them
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    The glory of digital cameras is it costs nothing to experiment Neil. Look at your manual, set your camera to different shooting modes, take it out the back yard and fire away. Try relatively large adjustments in shutter speed or aperture and compare the differences on your PC screen. Sometimes trial and error is the best way to learn.
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    Don’t believe they would be in a that System Neil. https://australianmuseum.net.au/bullrout-notesthes-robusta
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    Don't worry Neil, I couldn't see it either. very cool.
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    I have used wire before, and the little bastards will chew the line above the trace, sometimes not far under the surface. What you need is a line that is all wire from above the surface to the hooks.
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    Hi Jon, it certainly appears that fishing has been in the doldrums for most of us throughout the Winter months (and beyond). But what the heck, when we can see the things we see and take a few photos of the magnificent natural environment...it eases the hurt. Great action photos, bn
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    You’re reading into this too much - a clown is a person who makes jokes.
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    Yowie is not the only one, the same poster called me a commercial fisherman - apparently for being too knowledgeable on fisheries topics!
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