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  1. 7 points
    Raiders, It has been a tough drought since easter time. I have been out fishing a few times and not a look in for anything. I was even in Darwin trying for some Barra but nothing. Seen a few good ones follow my plastic to the boat and my mate who took me out landed a few. I went to Wyangalar but we only got 1 60 odd cm cod in the boat. Although I was happy to see something I didn't get one. During the past long weekend I went up the Karuah river looking for lizards with some paddle-tails and once again...Nothing. I was beginning to think it was my lure choice, maybe it was however I needed to be consistent. I continued to say to my self, I have to get something on these paddle tails. My persistence continued, I rose early Monday morning and decided to give lake Macquarie a crack. I got there around 7 to start i nice warm morning with a gentle breeze. Launching at Speers point I zipped over to some moorings. It was there on my second cast I felt a little bit of tension. I thought hang on its a fish. Absolute excitement I began to wind it in, feeling like lazy dead weight I knew it was a flatty. Then the fish proceeded with some run and i thought it must be around 50-60 mark. I landed the fish with joy and rolled out the brag matt and I was shocked to see a whopping 73cm on the board. I cheered in excitement. Not only I finally caught something with the motor oil paddle tails, I landed my Personal Best Flathead. Not a bad way to break the drought. By the way it is extremely difficult to take a fish photo when alone. See ya out there, JA
  2. 7 points
    No Swell, no current, no wind, a million other boats = the perfect conditions not to go snapper fishing. Unfortunately I am unable to fish with everyone in a few weeks time so hit Scratchie up to see if he was interested in a little pre fish on Monday of the Long Wkend. Brought another mate along and after a quick attempt at getting some bait we made the decision after watching at least six other boats heading north we decided to hit our first drift as the sun was rising. My other mate had never caught a snapper on a plastic so given the conditions there was some slight concern. I think second cast with a seven inch jerk Shad in pilchard I pulled a legal pannie. Shortly after scratchie calls “good fish” before his braid pinged half way up the line. I had two more casts before I came up tight to a good red in some tight structure. I was confident I had turned the fish head and had it heading towards deeper water when that sinking feeling of being smoked in the structure. Having caught a few decent reds we all knew this one was a solid fish. Quickly Re rigged and the very next cast the 7 inch pilchard gets whacked and heads straight towards the deeper water. This fish is fighting dirty, down deep with some serious pulling power. Ended up having to chase it into the deeper water to try gain some line back, knowing I was away from structure It had all the hallmarks of a stonker red. After a few more blistering runs down deep the fish cane charging high in the water column with us all calling it for anythin from Cobia to a king. After a solid 15 minutes on 15lb line I manage to get the fish to the boat and is a Longtail of approximately 10-12 kg, we managed to get her to the boat, where after a quick (failed) gaff shot by Jeff 😂 the 16lb leader popped at the knot. We continued fishing and my mate put on the old faithful Nuke Chicken In 5 inch. Not long after he got his first ever legal red on a plastic, followed by an upgrade PB. With a wuick spot change I managed to put he fish of the day in the boat before my mate calls good fish. He duely sets the hook which is short lived before he is giving his first dusting by a Port Stephens Red. We tried a couple more spots with us all adding some reds with us endin up with 8 keepers and as many throw backs. Considering the conditions the fishing was extremely tough, if we had of converted all the fish we hooked it would hve been a cracking day on the water, but trust me the knowledge Jeff has of the area as I have said time and time again is invaluable. I’ve fished with him five times now and every time we hve hooked some crackers, the blokes middle name is Pagrus. For the technical side of things all fish came on 5 and 7 inch plastics on 1/4th TT jig heads, fish depths between 6-22 meters of water, and the old saying of find the bait find the fish is very true when snapper fishing. I don’t think one spot held more fish then any others but Jeff’s philosophy of just keep casting is so very true.
  3. 3 points
    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.
  4. 2 points
    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
  5. 2 points
    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.
  6. 2 points
    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!
  7. 2 points
    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.
  8. 1 point
    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!
  9. 1 point
    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
  10. 1 point
    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.
  11. 1 point
    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....
  12. 1 point
    Nice report Josh well done. You and the fish have the same facial expression
  13. 1 point
    Sweet we share info and spots jeffs great guy
  14. 1 point
    Great work fellas. Those are some nice reds. Heaven on earth that PS.
  15. 1 point
    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
  16. 1 point
    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
  17. 1 point
    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
  18. 1 point
    Good report guys. What a great session.
  19. 1 point
    Nice work jeff knows his s#@t im goin up this wknd and the followin raider run yeehaa
  20. 1 point
    The usual looking cleaning bench from a Scratchie involved trip. Bring it on 😀
  21. 1 point
    Great stuff! So, if the other boats were heading north, did you fish south? Or out the front (close islands)?
  22. 1 point
    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)
  23. 1 point
    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 😉
  24. 1 point
    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
  25. 1 point
    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!
  26. 1 point
    Great report and a good haul. Just love the sunrise.
  27. 1 point
    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..
  28. 1 point
    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!!!
  29. 1 point
    Good stuff mate! That’s the spirit. Preparation ✅ Now just bring the good weather with you! Cheers scratchie!!!
  30. 1 point
    Love the vid mate and thats a cracking flatty too
  31. 1 point
    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!!
  32. 1 point
    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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    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 ).
  35. 1 point
    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?
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    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 👍
  40. 1 point
    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
  43. 1 point
    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
  44. 1 point
    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..
  45. 1 point
    Its been around for a while but if you haven't seen it I thought Id post it. Especially since all this talk of Mahi recently
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