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  1. Another feed that mentioned stories of finding the Peak pre GPS reminded me of a funny story. Way back in the 70s I won a fishing competition run by the extinct "Fishing News" paper and won a trip to fish the Canadian Salmon Derby with fellow winner Pam Hudspeth. On returning she invited me out on her boat with her then famous boatman Jack Farrell who previously captained Bob Dyers boat as well as having newspaper columns and radio shows. Anyway, Jack said when he went to the Peak before the location was well known he would often be followed by a mob of little boats to lead them to th
    6 points
  2. With work imposing forced leave, I took the opportunity to fish with the kayak gang during my holidays. I was supposed to meet the guys at the ramp by 6am but I had trouble sleeping the night before and woke up late 5:45am! With only 15mins to get ready I messaged the guys that I would be late and not to wait up for me. Made it to the ramp by 6:20 and they were still getting ready, phew. On the way to catch livies we sounded a school of bait in the middle of the channel, a quick drop and I hook just one sardine and the school quickly disappeared. The next few hours we spend ages tryi
    4 points
  3. I agree with Waza that a Gary Howard rod is the way to go, especially if you're chasing a low mount reel seat to suit your Alvey. Although he's based in Queensland, he's happy to build and send rods by courier to your chosen address. There's not a lot of info of his rods on the net, so I'll PM you a link plus his contact details.
    4 points
  4. Probably not squid smashin the surface more likely to be pike 1.8 or 1.5 jigs orange pink green
    3 points
  5. Hi Macca 02 have a look at Gary Howard range of rods- he has several that would be suitable and purpose built for Alveys. They also build specialised rods by order. You want something like a MT 8144 (8 wraps of glass 144 inches-12 foot) to do both. When I was still an active cliff-base fisher we used to get really big pigs but on 9 wrap super powerful rods or FSU 5120's both originally made by Butterworth then Snyder, they are still sold on facebook groups
    3 points
  6. Hi all, I'm a young angler (14) who fishes the upper stretches of middle harbour, maximum range being from about Pickering point to just about anywhere upstream (roseville bridge way). The reason being that I am restricted to kayak (launching at Roseville boat ramp) and landbased fishing. I have recently moved into the area and have fished landbased multiple times and on the yak a couple of times already, with not much luck at all, only small bream, snapper, whiting, ect. I would really love to learn ways and areas to catch predominantly kings effectively off the kayak or landbased (tips
    2 points
  7. With all the things going on lately from fires to con artist boat sales and now covid 19 I haven't had many opportunities to fish the beach. My sons Xmas beach outfit had yet to catch a fish untill we hit the beach at lunch time today. With relatively flat conditions and an almost low falling tide we almost didn't bother taking his rod but he was keen, so why not. first cast he hooked into a good salmon which after a few jumps and headshakes soon flicked the 40g halco twisty. Second cast he hooked into what we assumed to be a good sized salmon, which after holding in a deep gutter close t
    2 points
  8. Welcome aboard. Ask rickmarlin. He knows Lake Mac. backwards. Cheers.
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  9. Battery will be nowhere near big enough. The sounder alone draws around 1 Ah so over 10 hours that is 10 Ah just for the sounder, no lights, pump etc. Batteries generally should not be regularly discharged below 50% of their nominated capacity. I would go something around 33 Ah.
    1 point
  10. Didnt get into the money prizes in Vancouver, but came 3rd in International teams with a salmon over 7lb. Ron
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  11. If you're keen for a few feel free to pm me, i've been doing lots of recon and research to get to this point\ JamoDamo
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  12. Mate it will do everything you need it to do. It might not be the fanciest, but I'd say 80% of people that own more expensive to top shelf sounders wouldn't know how to use/interpret them correctly anyway. As a start out with boating (fishing too?), learn to crawl with a basic unit, then onto walking as you understand settings, interpretation, functions to assist you (and maybe your level of dedication to angling vs $$$$ spent), upgrade to a better quality unit.
    1 point
  13. Hi Pete yes I had a 9108 which was awesome Pig rod but heavy, got stolen from that garage (had 2 of them stolen) FSU's perfect for the job, the 12 footer's are too long in my opinion and offer the fish more leverage against you. I also have a Silaflex FT 70 with the Aluminium extension (factory fitted) that was really good at stopping them but overhead mount -it was my live bait o/head rod, be getting close to 50 years old I reckon. Bought it 2nd hand for $20- bargain!
    1 point
  14. If you are just Pig/Groper fishing the FSU 5120 is the go- but you wont get the same distance you want opposed to the MT- really need a separate rod for each style
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  15. Sure Mick. The "500" means its 5 inches diameter, the "A" means its a direct wind (no drag) and the "3" gives you a rough idea of the age and spool material (yours being Australian cedar). I'd take a stab at 50's or 60's. Good for light beach and estuary fishing and being your Grandpa's you should keep and treasure it.
    1 point
  16. Thanks guys and massive thanks to green hornet for the PM! I think I may actually have an MT8144 under the house (it's a 2 piece 12" Wilson supergraph heavy surf rod), from what I found these are a Graphite MT8144 blank? It's not a low mount rod though and I've never actually used it. Sounds like a Gary Howard one is the way to go or see if I can find an FSU5120 on eBay/Facebook. I do like using a 10 footer for pig fishing at the moment so I'm leaning towards that, though I guess it wouldn't be as ideal for the snapper side of things and needing the distance.
    1 point
  17. Like Rebel said: great report (nice and concise) and wonderful pictures from catch to cook. Well done. KB
    1 point
  18. These big schools of traveling cowanyoung used to be fairly common. Biggest school of fish I have seen was when spinning off the rocks south of Jervis Bay in the 70s. There was a school of fish about 30 metres wide about 50 m out and when you brought a lure through them you would see the panic boil run north and south until out of sight and the school must have been miles long. We would jag one occasionally and to our surprise they were big blackfish/luderick. Ron
    1 point
  19. thought I may have had one but finally checked today and it is a plastic spool not cedar..model looks like 50 AIE7 but yes is a very good luderick/bream reel which I use with my Butterworth 4144MT Jim
    1 point
  20. Yeah fair enough, but I do see a lot looking at my jig then shying away
    1 point
  21. 42 spots??? Holy hell Batman! Ive got maybe 10 Jamo!
    1 point
  22. Ok James, so from what I got from what you said, bull sharks generally move out during winter, which for me is great because I have a pretty good wetsuit. Thanks for the advice on leatherjacket - I guess if the kingies and Jews are off I can do that as a backup plan, also with leatheries, is there a particular time or tide they bite, what baits and rigs to use and how do you avoid pickers. I know how to make poddy traps so if squid luck is rotten i guess i can put a couple of traps around the shallows at bantry bay or something. Thanks for the advice. If I can't get any squid, but do get some
    1 point
  23. Well done chaps @kingie chaser and @Jocler and good try @flatheadluke just a little late Just one not guessed number 5 ACE VENTURA PET DETECTIVE I will put another up later
    1 point
  24. If you are really worried about Sharks just limit your activities from now late April until December. There will be little to no Bull Sharks in the area as they are a migratory species. Acoustic tagging says they all disappear although there was a really, really, really small percentage throughout winter but remember you are on a kayak and still safe during the summer. There are plenty of jewfish in winter and less kingfish but still lots of big ones roaming. You can also try for some big leatherjacket around the Roseville bridge pylons or aroudn the spit if you want to go for a paddle. For ki
    1 point
  25. Ahhh the life of a nurse or healthcare worker. Nurses do this all day everyday and it is usual practice and not "heroic". We treat every patient as having infectious diseases to protect ourselves and our patients. You need the moisturisers to apply after each handwash to keep skin moist Baz. I have a lovely friend that sells Body Shop products and launched a request recently for all her mates and their friends to buy a small tube for nurses to carry in their pocket to apply. They costed $7.50 and you could donate one or a few to be donated to hospitals. She got several 100 of
    1 point
  26. Hi Jacob, Firstly Middle Harbour is an awesome fishing location that fishes pretty well all year round. You have some access to some good locations but as you said it is your skill sets you need to build up. Last year in June and July people were getting multiple big kings in a session. Up to and over 1 meter. I've caught my first jewfish there and to date also my biggest jewfish (104cm) in Middle Harbour. Our best session was 6 jewfish. I saw two lads one afternoon land a 116cm jewfish. There is usually somewhere out of the wind. I suggest starting to learn to catch your own bait - espec
    1 point
  27. There are online calculators that will work this out for you but can't answer that myself without looking up the equation. But I will guesstimate that that running all that at the same time with a 18ah battery it isnt going to last very long. My battery for just the sounder us 20ah. The thing to consider as well is standard lead acid batteries should not be drained to far constantly as this will shorten their life where as deep cycle batteries like AGM's are designed to be high drain. It is also better to keep them in a charged state as well.
    1 point
  28. Hi Lungfai, Pliers have arrived. Looks pretty interesting with the Teflon coating. Plan on taking them on my next kayak trip. Thanks for the suggestion. Regards, Derek
    1 point
  29. Excellent report guess Kingfish like us like a varied diet. Never know what the @#$%s will eat. Got one at southhead the other day on a 10gm Halco wasjust casting to get the braid wet.
    1 point
  30. Bit the Bullet got this 4 weeks ago, she's been out 8 times twice outside loving every minute of my new lifestyle. 499 Crossfire 75 Yamaha outboard. Lowrance 9" HDS Live sounder. I can say I have no complaints with this boat rides and drives like a dream.
    1 point
  31. Super report and Super photos. Well done, again.
    1 point
  32. Thanks mate F..ing fish, f..ing conditions. f..ing! Its nothing special, but thanks, Ive done a few other videos you can see via my channel, so if you want some more entertainment, feel free to browse. Im getting a bit f...ing better at videos
    1 point
  33. I've still got one or two left. I actually paid overs for one that came up on facebook recently. It had another name brad lure with it but what i was really after was that little pearl headed piece just in case lol
    1 point
  34. What started out as a below average session turned out to be a great day on the yak. We were on the water by 6:30am, with a forecast of moderate winds and some rain. Luckily no rain, but it was windy every now and then which settled to a breeze by the arvo. We located the wreck but we all struggled to catch any live bait, all day! I suspect the rain we received yesterday chased all the bait away or maybe its just the full moon, who knows! Even with burley I couldn't catch any livies, but I did manage pinkies, leather jackets, bream and a legal trevally all on the sabiki rig with tiny bits
    1 point
  35. Quintrex 420 Busta W/Suzuki 40hp Converted this bad boy from a tiller steer to forward steer and never looked back!! lattest edition is the live bait tank!!!
    1 point
  36. Yes I have one just like the picture. Will have to check the rest out when I get home & send you some pics via PM. I think it hours with a vintage 1930's luderivk rod I also have
    1 point
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