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    Last wednesday was out chasing snapper off Long reef no luck but remembered a bloke saying a good flattie drift off narrabeen drove about halfway up near some wrecks I think (show as +++ on my chart?) in 35mtrs got fish every drop paternosta with bait all keepers took three home. On the way out slimeys in abundance just off south head. On the way back some king fun at seaforth took a live bait 3 mtrs from the boat
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    Hey Raiders, So I finally went and bought myself the last bit of gear I was missing to complete my arsenal - a Tanacom Bull 1000 deep drop set up.... lets say it was a father's day present to my self. Here's the goods: The supplied power cables came with battery clips, and I wanted a solution that exposed the battery terminals without me having to undo and redo the battery box each time - so I came up with what you see in this post. There's probably something like this modified battery box already available in the market but this was a simple mod that others may consider for similar power requirements. With a bit of research I found these IP67 waterproof circuit breaker kill switches on eBay (around $14) - Following pictures tell the story: In the next picture you can see the modified battery box lid. Showing positive and negative stainless steel posts. Kill switch easily accessible to isolate the positive when the power is not required - hot glued waterproof seals on cable entry and exit. The stainless steel o-ring provides an attachment point - so an inadvertant pull on the reel cable wont pull the clips off the terminals - the white plastic is a clip that will be cable-tied to the reel cable. Here's a view of the underside showing the wiring: although the isolator switch already had a 100A Circuit Breaker that was a bit too much current for the Tanacom Bull which has a max draw of 30A so I have added a 30A fuse to basically restrict any current flow out of this box to 30A. The switch is now just a switch. And here is the finished installation. I use petroleum jelly liberally smeared over all terminals and fuse connections. I find it does the job of keeping moisture and corrosion at bay - but most importantly it is a hell of a lot cleaner than regular grease. All connected up, kill switch in off position. So this is battery 3 in my set up. I chose it as the reel's electrical connection point as it was closest to the port rod holder where I plan to use the electric reel (the starboard rod holder better suits my Alvey ReefKing deep drop rig which I still plan to use for that upper body workout). Battery 3 can be used in isolation of the other batteries to just run the electric reel, however I plan to run with either batteries 1+3, or 2+3 online for my deep drop outings (that approach always leaves one fully charged battery in reserve should anything untoward happen). Hope this helps someone. Cheers Zoran
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    Close to legal but I did not measure just a pic and back in.
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    Transport for NSW Media Alert 5 SEPTEMBER 2019 Lifting of overturned barge to start today at Pittwater Heavy lifting of the overturned barge off Great Mackerel Beach is on track to start today. The barge is expected to be moved, turned and floated with the help of two crane barges, weather and sea conditions permitting. Work to recover the sewage truck beneath the barge on the seabed floor will start once the barge has been removed and is not scheduled to take place today. Authorities are on site to ensure careful management of the marine environment is maintained to minimise any long term impact. Additional resources are on scene to respond to any further contamination during the complex salvage. Media access to the site, which is subject to an exclusion zone, will be provided only by NSW Maritime patrol boat.
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    The information is already out there, you just have to look for it! https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/fishing-rules-and-regs/saltwater-bag-and-size-limits On locations, you will need to look at if there are any sanctuary or similar marine parks where collecting is allowed Or not. These zones are usually able to be seen on RMS boating maps or check the DPI website for them. https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/marine-protected-areas https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/using-waterways/maps/boating-maps.html Also on your comment re pollutants etc & whether or not fish are edible this information is also out there, as to if there is a possibility of infections from cuts make by oysters well its pretty much possible to get infection from anything from the sea from anywhere. the fact that oysters are filterers & collect microscopic organisms makes them an even higher risk. Id be wearing gloves for sure, like those smooth gardening gloves from bunnings! https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/pests-diseases
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    Hi eladamrine and welcome to Fishraider- it was me who posted the info on Dobroyd. It is a good spot to have a fish for Drummer- just make sure you have rock plates and a life jacket for anywhere rock fishing in Sydney. Years ago, before it was declared a marine sanctuary, when Drummer fishing Dobroyd, we used to cut cunje on site and use it for bait, of course you can't take any now, so it's worthwhile sourcing some elsewhere and taking it anywhere you want to catch Drummer. Sure you'll get them on a variety of other baits like prawns (green and 'Royal Red') , crabs, bread etc, but if you aren't having any luck, go to the trouble of collecting some cunje. Take the firm red meat out- it has 2 'nipple-like' teats at the top, which is where you thread your hook through. Keep the 'guts'- the softer underside of lighter red and the yellow squishy part, along with the empty outer body for burley. Once separated from the guts, you can salt the cunje lightly with non-iodised salt, allow to 'toughen up' for a couple of hours, then freeze for when you are going fishing- it's by far the best bait for them (bar Abalone gut which has been banned due to the possible spreading of the Abalone virus) As you have discovered, just about everything eats prawns and although you get plenty of action with them, a lot of it is from unwanted species. A couple of suggestions for you- if you are happy to use a float/bobby cork, then fish deeper than 2 mtr's- that way you'll avoid (well to a degree). the heaps of Sweep, Mado's and Yellowtail that abound in the top 2-3 mtr's of the water column. For example if fishing Dobroyd, which fishes best (for most species) at high tide, you'd want to set your bait down between 3 and 4.5 mtr's depending on which spot you choose (there are heaps of places to try there)- ideally you also want to be fishing about a mtr or so off the bottom to minimise unwanted bottom dwelling species like kelpfish. There are just as many Drummer if you fish close-in along deep sections as there are in the white water zone, often people fishing the white water are throwing out past the fish- the larger ones are usually really close to the edge, particularly where there is a natural water 'run-off' from a cabbage/weed covered area- even more so if it's adjacent to a cunje covered spot, they are opportunist feeders just waiting for the run-off water to bring food from above over the edge. This also applies to Groper, which commonly "surf" a swell onto a low platform to search for crabs- I've seen plenty of large ones do it in quite a few different locations, they know how to get their food and get back off the ledge. Also there is a variation of the bobby cork rig that works really well. Have your sinker above a swivel then about 50-60 cm's of leader down to your hook. Use slightly lighter line-say about 15 lb under your 20 lb line,, The bait still swings freely and if you get busted off or snagged, you generally only lose your hook or worst case your lighter leader. Also using the lighter line will result in more bites, once you start using line over 20 lb you'll get significantly less bites. If you choose to fish for them without a float/cork, the easy rig is simply to run a size 0 to 1 ball sinker below a swivel running straight onto your hook- have always preferred a Mustad 92554 2/0- which is basically a double strength suicide (octopus pattern) like the "Big Red"- easily camouflaged in cunje. Keep the distance between hook and swivel at about 45 cm - that way you keep in good contact with your bait Another tip is to use chicken layer pellets for burley- you can get them at produce stores and pet shops. You need to soak the pellets in a bucket of water until they mash up into a mud like consistency- DON'T throw them in until they've mashed up or the fish will gorge on them and not your bait! They are cheap to buy and can really get Black Drummer in a feeding frenzy- sometimes right in view. If you are prepared to drive to the Royal National Park, there are heaps of places to catch them along the coast there as they are quite abundant. The rock platform at the southern end of Burning Palms beach is an excellent spot for them with most fish in the 1-1.5 kg range- not giants but plenty there. There is a deep gutter between the shore and the large rock outcrop at the north end of the platform, only fishable during flat seas on a falling tide. You fish 4 mtr's deep under your float and get your bait as close as possible to the land side of the outcrop. If you start getting unwanted species there just adjust your float a bit shallower- there is also heaps of cunje on location. It's not fishable from about halfway up an incoming tide as it is low to the water. By catch there are Bream and Luderick. October is the month when Black Drummer (correct name Rock Blackfish) activity is at a peak, with spawning aggregations and large fish biting freely around Sydney, which is handy at a time when prevailing westerly winds help flatten the sea. Hope this is useful info for you best of luck. Regards Waza
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    Dont forget about further Dinga's 5% discount for Fishraider forum members on top of fast and free delivery.
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    Always see someone standing on the Rhodes boat ramp so decided to have a quick flick today before the school run. I've had pneumonia for the last month so desperately needed to wet a line. Blade got snagged under the railway bridge and I lost it. Tied on an Aldi prawn on a weedless hook hoping it won't get snagged. First cast this 54cm lizard either followed it in or took it right next to the jetty. Not a single bite for another hour. Lots of bird action upstream from the bridge and with all last week's rain I take it it's Taylor chasing bait fish. They never came within casting distance though. Walked to the park on the corner hoping I could cast to them without getting fined but by that time they had moved up Homebush bay. Fun hour before the school run.
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    They are 19.95 pound which is about $45 oz dollars so you are paying a bit for freight. Much better choices locally and as for rear drag reels I try to stay away from them. Had several in the past and none stood up to any sort of rough treatment, but this is just MY opinion. PS I do like the little plastic indicator that plugs into the end of the spool that donates what line you have on it. But that's the only thing I like about them over any other cheap reel. Frank
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    Great work shroom Your excitement jumps through the screen, & the mic 😊
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    Great report and I follow your channel as I'm local. Keep it up! What were tose spots on the last bream you caught?
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    And that’s a wrap!!! The clear winner of the weekend was Mother Nature who kicked our ass and showed us who’s boss! Although, in true fishraider spirit, there was still some members that fronted up and had a go and made the most of what was nearly unfishable conditions. I take my hat off to you guys and promise all of you that the next time you are in the area, you have a personal guide for the day! (You now have my number). Many thanks also go to one of our endeared members @frankS for offering prizes (which we agreed next time) turning up to all our meets and even turning up to the ramp early morning to wish us all the best, even though he wasn’t fishing due to health reasons! What an absolute champion! I hope you get well soon mate and it would be my pleasure to get out fishing with you sometime! Thanks again Frank!!! Also thanks to @the skipper who provided the flags which made our boats indentifiable from a distance and is certainly something we’ll do again in the future! We all agreed that this is something we would like to do again but next time hopefully we can get offshore and chase our target. (Maybe an annual event) So, Once again thank you to all that turned up over the weekend either for our Friday night meet and greet to the brave ones that fished over the weekend! True Fishraiders!!! @frankS @61 crusher @kingie chaser @blaxland @Ojay Samson And family @Peter Nelson @garfield28 And son @back cruncher @Woodsy1 @maveric0_3@farcanary @scratchie_junior619 Cheers scratchie!!!
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