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    Some friends moved down the coast over a rear ago and we had struggled to find time for a visit. This weekend was our chance and as luck would have it Dave is also a keen fisho and the weather was looking good. We headed out from Crookhaven heads and managed to pick up a nice feed of reds. The first fish caught by Dave very soon after arriving. Naturally thought we were in for a cracking day but the fishing was rather slow with not much caught in between. The weather was very kind and we had a great day on the water. Another bonus was getting out on another boat with an experienced fisho to learn a few more things.
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    Hi all its been some time since I have used this forum, at that time I had bought a Quintrex Top Ender 8.5 or 8.9 metres my memory is fading now. I have one good friend and that being cargo5. We have had many talks about all things including fishing not always agreeing ! Shared many camp fires stories Well I have sold the Top Ender it was getting too big for me to push around, in my small yard. And in its place I have bought a Quintrex Renegade 4.2 with 40hp Yamaha along with a minn kota terrova i pilot and Humminbird Helix 10 Chirp MSI GPS Gen 3. So with a bit of luck and a lot of practise and cargo5 advice I will be sending some reports both good and bad Regards woywoycol
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    Not saying I am an expert, however, I have eaten fish for 60 or so years and can tell the taste of most of them caught from the southern parts of Aus, not so much from the north, but to me, Mowie tastes like shite.
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    Good read mate, and well done boys. Does he's best to put ya on the fish and shows you all of his techniques ol Scratchie!
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    Picked up 7 nice blackfish this morning to 42cm. I thought I might have had a pig when I hooked it! No sudden short lunges and head shakes, just took off! KB
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    I'll check dads rods, I still have most of them. He was a keen Luderick fisho & he used to build his own rods from blanks so it wouldn't surprise me if he has one knocking around. I think there are some bamboo/wood ones there to! He also use to make his own floats. Here's a couple he made along side a vintage rod I found when cleaning out he house.
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    Thanks for the tips @Koalaboiand @wazatherfisherman. Went today and got around 30 pigs, my biggest 42 cm and my mates at 45 cm for his first ever drummer session. I was using 8 pound line and got busted off a lot, mainly I think because i wasn’t giving the fish time to eat the bait and cruise off like @Koalaboi mentioned.
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    Hey Raiders, I’m Josh, and have been fishing Botany Bay for a few years out of an old de havilland and now a small polycraft. Been getting the new boat running right and been out a few times for a fish with mixed results and only a few keepers. i ma either out with my mate chasing a feed, trevs, flatties and the elusive legal king, or with my 2 and a half year old who is yet to catch her first fish. i fish the runway, mainly get undersized snapper, molly point rarely catch anything, or the oil wharf where I’ve had most success, took ok a day out with Scotty Lyons but could not replicate that success myself.... so looking for a mentor to come out in my boat a few time and up my productivity so I can be more productive.... mainly available on on weekends and the odd weekday.... fully equipped tackle and boat just need the no how
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    After a dud of a trip to the Snowies for trout, my mate and I went back to the comfort of our local salty stretch hoping to catch the salmon busting jelly prawns in the back of the Parra bays. Day was pleasant, water was calm and the gulls on the water had us thinking things were about to set off. The salmon didn't eventuate so we decided to wade the flats on the run out for bream as usual. Last night I had tied a shrimp fly using almost everything in the tying box, mostly to try out my recently ordered shrimp eyes from China. Anyway, the fly ended up a little busier and much brighter than usual with some hot pink & chartreuse feelers, pink BMS tail, tan dubbing and wing. Having a general preference for browns and olives, I figured if the bream wouldn't eat it a flathead eventually will. I haven't fished shrimp flies a lot, finding the simply BMS baitfish pattern being more than effective enough, but a few outings recently mixing it up had me rethinking my strategy. Old Mate wasn't thrilled with the colour scheme. I had my reservations as well. "I dare you to fish it - you stick with your shrimp and I'll stick with the BMS". "Fine." A few casts in and my hot pink mess gets munched by a mid 40's flatty. Game on - but will the bream bite? Things went quiet for a while - it was a weak tide so it would take a while for the current to warm things up. We decided to move to another part of the bay which has been productive in the past. Eventually, my mate who was fishing ahead started finding a few as we made our way up the flat. A mid 30's bream, a small flatty - we were just complaining about how whiting don't really fight that well and are inconsistent compared to bream when they apparently heard, took offence and started attacking his fly with gusto. It was begging to get dark and we were both getting cold. Hands numb, I found an excuse to start fishing in front and promptly connected to a solid fish before it spat the hook. Fark. Hands number, I soon connected again. Initially I picked it for a flatty as there was a fair weight but the run wasn't blistering. A few strips in and the fish suddenly woke up, giving plenty of nice headshakes and few good little runs. Still thought it was a flatty. Eventually the fish got its flank into the current and a long slog ensued - by now the rythmic thump-thump identified it as a bream. Eventually got it to the net and we were both a little surprised with how little space was left. We knew it was a trophy and took a rod-measure so Matey Potatey could confirm the numbers when he got home. Pleased to say the pink shrimpy wonder worked a treat - the fly was well and truly down the gob of my new PB of 43cm, and made a great consolation prize for the lack of pelagic action. Suddenly, my hands were warm again.
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    My biggest snap at 87cm was hooked just under a school of baitfish up north. Expected a tuna or sonmething because it was so high up....
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    Nice report Josh well done. You and the fish have the same facial expression
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    Sweet we share info and spots jeffs great guy
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    Great work fellas. Those are some nice reds. Heaven on earth that PS.
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    Oh crap, My parents decided to sell their investment property up there rather then set up a family holiday spot and me taking my galeforce up there....grrrrrrr
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    Hi I use "Telstra" rope and chain for my reef anchor. We use it to anchor in 50 metres. It is 6mm and means if I get really stuck, it doesn't cost so much to replace. You get about 400 metres for $65. I have to rebend the prongs after I pull it up and I use a float and a clip to raise it up as described above. My boat is a 5.8m plate. I've also anchored in 100 metres in my old FG boat with the same setup. One other thing that I have done is to attach the chain to the bottom of the anchor and then cable tie it to the top, so if it doesn't get stuck, the cable tie will break and the anchor will come out backwards. You just have to remember to keep spare ties on board
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    Sounds like your running it on auto simple thing like increasing the sensitivity wil have you reading tjings go thru the menu choose the exact transducer you have select deepwater settings and tune sensitivity manually also go to 50hz or lowest number hz on your set
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    Good report guys. What a great session.
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    Nice work jeff knows his s#@t im goin up this wknd and the followin raider run yeehaa
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    The usual looking cleaning bench from a Scratchie involved trip. Bring it on 😀
  20. 1 point
    Great stuff! So, if the other boats were heading north, did you fish south? Or out the front (close islands)?
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    Sounds like you guys had a tough day at the office but what a great session & photos, lucky you had Pagrus 😂 onboard to sort out the finer details ( good onya Scratchie)
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    Great report @tyrone07. I am very surprised about use the 1/4oz jig heads on the snaps. Must be very low current then? Would have been great just being out there on a magic day like that to 😉
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    I recon you could use one of those mantle ends cut down on a SP jig as well 🤔 Hey, anything is worth a bounce if nothings else is working!
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    Went out yesterday morning & this morning for one good squid hooked in the candle yesterday & dropped off before I had a chance to grab it, this morning I had two takes from what I assume was a large cuttlefish but the barbs didn’t hold (heavy weight with minor movement) the bonus came while chatting to a spearo who had bagged a nice blackfish, salmon & 90cm cuttlefish, he kindly offered me a couple of legs & candle for bait, hopefully perfect bait for the P.S snapper get together in a couple of weeks also saw a 2 1/2m grey nurse shark break the surface about 3m from me
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    Great report and a good haul. Just love the sunrise.
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    I have an elite 9 ti. Despite all fancy features, it still does the basic sonar well and I would imagine the elite 7 to do the same. If you haven't already, watch some tutorial videos for your sounder - e.g. I recently discovered that you can view structurescan (down view only) WITH sonar arch overlays. It mean you have the benefit of clearer view of the bottom with contrasted bait and fish sonar hits - really stands out. Would not have known this if I hadn't watched the videos. I'm sure there are more cool tips and tricks. For your situation, I would test it out in shallower water where you can get a better view of the bottom and what's going on. Depending on depth, you might need to turn on bottom lock. Make sure your transducer is perfectly parallel to the sea floor etc..
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    Nice feed indeed. Sunrise is definitely the best part of the day! And to be on the water to see it with a rod in hand is even better! Cheers scratchie!!!
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    Good stuff mate! That’s the spirit. Preparation ✅ Now just bring the good weather with you! Cheers scratchie!!!
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    I could never seem to find any reports of bateau bay beach on this so I decided to fish it myself. First I got to the rocks up toward crackneck and it was calm swell and very little wind, Just that bit of wash which was good as it being calm let the burley stay in the area below us. I bought some cooked prawns form coles and threw some heads for burly just to keep the fish there. First cast I hook up to a little 28 cm pig (drummer for those that don’t know), very hard fighters for there size second cast I cast out further so the wash brings my bait in closer and my alvey begins to Spin as I’ve hooked a nice trevally. Was around 40 cm and was Kept along with 2 other 32 cm drummer for some nice dinner for me and the fam( only my parents lol). I’m total me and my mate caught 15 drummer, 1 trevally, to many kelpfish! And some silver drummer. If anyone could give me some tips or spots for big drummer or better spots I would greatly appreciate it. Regards Toby - Tight lines! The good old alvey! The trevally
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    Love the vid mate and thats a cracking flatty too
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    12 mile consists of a couple of pinnicles, when the kings are on it they will school up on one or the other - use your sounder to find the kings and drop on them, or follow the boat pack. Beware of the LJ's!!
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    Same rig almost that I use when drifting, except, I don't use a three way swivel, just a quality "normal" one, and hook and sinker leader connect to bottom, main line to top, and if drifting gravel bottom or sand (about the only place I drift) I use a heavy lure instead of a sinker, quite often get fish on the lure too, I tend to use 15-20lb leader at the most
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    This might help
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    Hi Mate, find attached the 12 mile coordinate , I haven't try it yet , but you can fish the same way you fish for King ( live bait ).
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    Great report , I can't wait till I go there , do you always use 25 Pound leader for snappers ? What about the main line ? Mono or braided ? And what size?
  36. 1 point
    Good report and video.
  37. 1 point
    A nice feed there (except for the mowie ). The larger reddie is a good eating size.
  38. 1 point
    Easy to set up and so far proving to be deadly.
  39. 1 point
    Scored some cuttlefish tentacles & candle for the get together this morning off a spear fisho hopefully it freezes alright 👍
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    Great informative report & good video 👍
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    Thang you for your report on Narrabbeen some of the best imformation i have read have not fished there for some time to me one of the best fishing grounds
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    Thanks Ken for great article. I fish Tuggerah Lakes which is similar in many ways to Narrabeen Lagoon and the information you have given re tactics and species is relevant to here. We also enjoy good crabbing and prawning. KB
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    The bobby cork technique is good for avoiding unwanted species, but is also good for avoiding snags and enables you to fish in amongst obstacles such as boulders where pigs often reside. No mistaking a bite when a Pig takes the bait. A lot of guys fish a running bobby with a ball on the hook, personally, I prefered a ball then a swivel and about 45cm of leader (marginally lighter than your main line)- if you get snagged or busted off you only lose your hook or at worst your hook leader
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    Thanks guys, greatly appreciate the advice. I was using peeled prawns for bait @Squ!rt and I was burleying the same way you guys have stated (bread mushed up, cunji and prawn heads). I did use bread and got one fish but I had to leave so I didn’t have it time to use it. I think I may try the bobby corking technique.
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    Good advice from Koalaboi, just wanted to add that if there is cunjevoi growing nearby, use it also for bait and buy some chicken layer pellets from pet or produce store and soak them until they mash up easily.- add cabbage, white bread and cunje husks to your burley- the pellets really bring them on. If you can't find chook pellets, rabbit pellets are a reasonable substitute, but trust me it's worth seeking out the chook pellets. If you start having problems with Kelpfish, Rock Cod etc, try using an egg sized bobby cork to stay well clear of the bottom as the Pigs will readily rise in the burley and most of the rubbish fish won't. White bread also is good bait that doesn't attract most rubbish fish. A lot of my Pig fishing was done floating baits down deep water edges (12-15 mtr's deep) adjacent to huge cunje beds, whole cunje interior on a 2/0 Mustad 92554 double strength suicide ('octopus' nowadays) with a pea sized ball sinker on the hook and hang on Great to see a young person using an Alvey! There is simply no substitute for that style of fishing. Feel free to ask any other questions. Cheers and good fishing. Waza
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    Hi Toby, I've usually caught pigs as by-catch fishing for blackfish. Many years ago I used to fish the reef at the south end of Newport Beach. It was only accessible either side of low tide and not much swell. We'd use a blackfish setup but heavier line and caught lots of pigs on the runout tide. Off the rocks, you're looking for a spot where the water flows off the platform carrying food back to the sea, a bit of milky water and fish with weed as you would for blackfish. Look for spots where there is plenty of cabbage on the platform that the waves wash over. Lots of people use bread to burley the fish up and then as their bait. Soak the bread in some water to mush it up and then throw handfuls in at the start and as you fish. Good luck, they put up a hell of a fight and are very good on the tooth. KB
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    Thanks Ken for such a comprehensive write up. This will help many an angler master the lakes which do hold so many fish. I've fished it for 20+ years, always wading, never from a boat. I love it its so peaceful, and no matter which way the wind blows you can always find calm water. I mainly fish it with hard bodies, the lure that has caught me more fish than any other is a Dan Mcgrath Attack Lure in Tiger pattern. I've caught Bream, Flathead, Whiting, Blackfish, soapy Jew and a few more species on it. I fish water from 50cm to 2.5M deep. This lure dives down 1 1/2M and is easily worked close to the top water by keeping the rod high for Bream. My best session was when the lake was closed and the water is very high, on this day over 30 Bream where caught and released , just above the weed beds. I would encourage all to try fishing the lake as Ken has laid out in his article.. Its a magnificent fishery that will surprise you with the number of fish and the quality to be hard. PS. I only practice catch and release but the fish do eat well out of there i have been told..
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    As John Dory season approaches, I thought Raiders might be interested in a couple of methods of catching these extra tasty fish. The following information is generally intended for those who fish the wharves and shoreline, although the basic ideas could also be applied by boat fishers. There are no doubt, other methods, this is what has worked for my mates and I. We fished Taronga Park Wharf and originally, Tailor and Larger Flathead were the intended quarry. We all used 2 'big' lines each, one with a live yakka and the other a fillet. A third, much lighter line was also used to fish for yellowtail. Even though we all had rods and reels, everybody chose hand-lines for fishing the wharf, because you could have one each side of you plus your yakka line and space was fairly limited as it was such a popular fishing spot. At first, nobody used any lead on either line, simply letting the bait sink slowly to the bottom, covering the entire water-column. However, when using live yellowtail, if you didn't keep an eye on them, "monumental" tangles would often occur. It was due to one of these tangles, involving about 10 lines that caused us to add a sinker to the live bait. I have to admit, the sinker was only added so as to keep everybody's 'livie' in close proximity to 'their' own space on the wharf. All of a sudden we started catching a few John Dory, not many at first, but considering we'd all been fishing there regularly with live bait and had probably only seen less than a dozen caught over a couple of years, it was quite significant. Over the space of the next month, we worked out some 'vital' pieces of information, which lead to John Dory becoming a genuinely "targeted" species, instead of just a "lucky" by-catch. Firstly, for the most part, Dory seemed to live no more than about a metre or so off the bottom(or so we thought) Secondly, they only took live bait(we thought yellowtail) and Thirdly, they would only bite at high tide. So by using live yellowtail, well weighted down at high tide you stood a reasonable chance of getting one. This information greatly increased the amount of Dory being landed,and over the next few cold winter months a Dory rig was "developed"- it is still the same rig we are using some 40 years on and is as follows: Instead of a rod, a 6 to 8 inch(15-20 cm) plastic handcaster filled with 12-15 lb(5-7 kg) mono)- a ball sinker about the size of a ten cent coin is fed on, then a swivel, From the swivel an 18 inch(45 cm) leader of 7-10 lb(3.2-4.5 kg- we used mono but fluorocarbon is probably best) and then a 2/0 suicide('octopus') pattern hook. That's it, simple. The live bait is then hooked through the mouth by inserting the hook point in through the mouth and pulling the hook point out in the base of the eye-socket, being careful you don't puncture the eye itself, It's much easier than it sounds and can be done very quickly. The reasons for doing this? 1) John Dory always swallow the bait head first and are better hooked 'deep' rather than in the membrane of their mouths, this way they are usually hooked in the entrance to their gullet. 2) After hooking a Dory, your bait-fish will slide up the line often relatively unharmed(well seemingly, considering they've just been swallowed!)-which enables them to be used again,after removing the hook from the Dory you slide the bait back into original position. At this point people often ask "why not just use a new 'fresher' bait fish? Again 2 main reasons, 1)John Dory readily take injured or slower moving bait and a less active one is very attractive to the opportunistic and fairly slow moving Dory 2) As Dory often travel in pairs or very small schools in the harbour, getting the bait back down to the location you've just got one from, can quickly result in secondary or even multiple catches on the one bait. I have both caught myself and watched two others land 4 Dory on a single live -bait, and seen 2 caught on the same bait multiple times. Each time the bait has slid up the line, fish unhooked and bait quickly re-positioned and another fish has taken it almost immediately. Bear this in mind when you land one! The 2/0 suicide is the best 'match' for the small baitfish and results in a more positive deeper hook-up. Note I haven't used circle hooks for Dory and as the strike to hook-up ratio is usually near enough to 100%(as they completely swallow the bait) and have no intention of releasing them when caught, I doubt I would even try them. If anyone does, I would be most interested to hear their opinion. Once the bait has been hooked-up it is then lowered straight down from the wharf until the sinker hits the bottom,then the sinker is raised no more than 60 cm- having your bait in the "strike -zone" close to the bottom but not on it. The reason for the large sinker size? Keeps the bait hanging straight down, with a limited range of movement, making it easy for Dory to catch and also positions your bait in the exact area you have chosen for it. This is a really important factor when there are several others fishing the same way- you want your bait to be the first one noticed. The other reason is Dory love to sneak up on their prey, often coming out from behind a pylon, or kelp patch. In the case of locations that have saltwater fenced-off baths like Balmoral,Watsons Bay,Gunnamatta Bay and Forty Baskets, which are all well known Dory spots, the Dory will often "float" along or "sail" almost motionless along the pool fence or net, before launching the strike at their selected prey. When wharf fishing, having your bait within a metre from a pylon always seems to be the best,affording the Dory a vantage point from which to sneak up on the bait. After positioning the bait, if you can(without causing a 'trip-hazard' for others) move your hand-caster/line at least a metre or 2 back from the edge,as although they aren't renown for either speed (or stamina) they grab and inhale the bait in the blink of an eye,sending many a spool over the edge into the harbour. Also be careful not to interfere with the depth you've just set it,remember you want the bait to be only just off the bottom. Upon receiving a bite, you can strike straight away, as the fish pretty much swallows the bait fish down in one motion, no need to give it any line. The other rig is a small running bobby cork, about the size of a small egg, followed by a ball sinker(size 01,1,or 2-basically enough weight to keep your bait down )sitting on top of a swivel, followed by a 60-70 cm leader of same strength as rig 1. The cork is set to a depth of 3 to 4 metres and baited the same as previous method. This method is preferred when fishing shallower areas like Balmoral Wharf, Clifton Gardens and most saltwater baths like those mentioned above. The reason? you can drift your bait close to the bottom over a wider area. The only time we use this rig when fishing deeper locations like the old zoo wharf (fishing is no longer allowed there)and Cremorne Wharf for example is when the schools of bait-fish are holding close to the surface and well within sight. The general 'rule of thumb' is -when you can see the bait, you use a bobby cork, and when you can't see them you use the sinker rig, as like most predatory species, John Dory are usually lurking close to their food. Other things to note are: Dory actively feed on the slack-water periods of both high and low tide, with a high tide an hour or so after sunrise my favourite time to fish for them, but can be caught on these slack tides at pretty much any time of day. A common misconception is that they mainly eat yellowtail. After examining the gut contents of heaps of Dory over many years, I've come to the conclusion that pretty much any small bait-fish are likely 'prey candidates', however , there are some that the Dory genuinely seem to prefer. My favourite live bait for them would be 1) Mado(black and white horizontal lines and yellow tail)- Dory love them! 2)Small Trumpeters 3) Yakkas. In conclusion, they are not a species that are known for great size(averaging 700gms to about a kilo, with a biggish one over 1.5 kg) nor are they caught in large numbers. They also aren't in any way regarded as a sports-fish, fighting only marginally harder than a Fantail-Leatherjacket! I have had success using both "Glowbait" and Fluoroscene(plumbers drain marking powder) which is applied to the bait-fish's "slime", making them really stand out visually. The only time I ever used these bait 'enhancers' was when there were quite a few others fishing same bait and rig, at these times, and with limited Dory available, it was wise to gain the 'advantage' of having a bait so easily seen. AREA: I've fished purposely for and caught Dory at all of the following locations: Taronga(fishing no longer allowed) Cremorne, Musgrave St, Kuraba, Clifton Gardens, Balmoral, Forty Baskets and Watsons Bay wharves; the eastern side of the 'Gasworks' point at Manly, White Rock and Elizabeth Bay from the shore. In the boat from both "Wedding Cakes", Clifton Gardens 'trench' and the deep hole on the eastern side of Shark Island. In Cowan, as 'by-catch' Hairtail fishing Akuna, Waratah AND Jerusalem Bays and in Port Hacking at Gunnamatta Bay and Lilli Pilli. The largest haul of Dory I've ever seen was caught outside at "The Colours" off South Head and I caught a couple out at the Peak when live-baiting for Kingfish. What keeps you getting out after them on freezing cold winter mornings is how they taste. Mmmm Delicious. Hope this helps you catch a few!
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