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  1. Headed out late this morning and missed first light tried a few spots. Saw a good bust up - I had to cast a lure and work out what it was. Turned out to be Bonito. caught the squid on a jig, bonito on a 20 gram metal and the rest on squid strips. Happy to get two good sized meals for the family, tomorrow we will have sashimi with fried squid and the next night will be the trag, snapper and flathead beer battered
    4 points
  2. Welcome aboard, look forward to seeing a few reports soon. As for youngsters on social media, I had a young lad join us on the beach Saturday who's mum was keen to get him off the iPhone and into a healthier lifestyle. It was extremeely rewarding to see how much he enjoyed all aspects of the evening from the orange moon rising on the horizon to the filtered moon light peeping through the clouds. The fish both him and my son was also a big bonus and I think Ive now created another addict!!!!
    4 points
  3. Hi All, Had a good day out on the water on Saturday. Went out in my mates tinnie from my local ramp Summerland Point. Launched around 10am and was out at Pulbar not long after. Just drifting for flathead with prawns. Good mixed bag. Fed all the neighbours pretty well. Might try head out again later in the week on my boat depending on weather.
    3 points
  4. Hi Raiders I went out today for a shot at Blackfish around Balmain. On the first drift I got a good down but didn't hook up. Next few drifts I was getting touches but no real takers. Then they were stripping the hook with no movement of the float. I thought small fish or maybe Black Trevally. I tried different depths, smaller baits and finally pulled up tight onto one. It went a good 6 inches long.p
    3 points
  5. I’m going to sound like a wanker as I explain this but here goes. Brain spiked it, bled, ice slurry then at the cleaning table I gut it, knock the fillets off, remove the belly flap then wash down in salt water only (no fresh ever touches the fish) and put in a zip lock bag in an esky. Then home to the fridge then the next day gently remove the skin and bloodline. I use a razor sharp fillet knife. Pedantic I know but every step is important.
    3 points
  6. I was planning on a quiet day on the farm splitting wood for the fire well away from the ramp traffic at Garrigal where I usually launch. My buddy Hayden got in touch at last minute and we headed out Wide off Terrigal (30ks) in his boat. Things were prettying slow to start, until I put down a 110cm knife jig, this was hit by a rat, which measured 62 and was released. Action picked up from there, but the biggest landed went 81cm . Until the Southerly hit (short lived), there was very little current, no wind and flat seas - perfect for the long weekend. Back at the ramp Fish Rai
    2 points
  7. Here's mine. Quintrex Cruiseabout, undoubtedly one of the best models ever made. Out of the Kirrawee factory. Great, solid boat. Currently selling,, but am in two minds.....
    2 points
  8. Loads must be covered to secure and contain all materials within the vehicle and trailer. https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/safety-rules/demerits-offences/uncovered-loads.html
    2 points
  9. Fishraider now Pickles! It was a pleasure to meet you after reading your many Kingfish posts on here as a visitor. I guess it was by chance or destiny as I was on a weekend away without my boat and hanging around the fish tables checking out everyone’s catch. Including yours FHL, I was the one asking you what the Trag was called as I was not sure what it was! Boat purchased late last year and not much fishing experience! After you left I just asked Bob, “your not the guy on FRaider who catches all the Kings are you”? Pickles he answered back, Then he says that he usua
    2 points
  10. Doesn't sound wankerish to me at all. The colour shows what your doing is working 👌 I cringe seeing people's catches just getting thrown into an esky with a few beers in it Or similar. Even on some fishing shows you see hosts not looking after the catch there taking home well
    2 points
  11. G’day raiders, Well, it’s time to try and organise another get together and see if we can chase some snapper. This is NOT a fishraider organised social but just an opportunity for a meetup if anyone wants to come and chase some snapper with me! With the increasing lift in restrictions and the encouragement from our state government to travel, I thought I’d just put up an expression of interest to see if anyone was keen to go fishing on the 11th-13th September??? This of course will be subject to restrictions at the time and weather permitting. Learning from past experience
    1 point
  12. Headed to the wharf before high tide. Dropped in my first bait and hooked up in less than ten seconds. Bagged the fish, baited up again... not another bite all morning! Scratching my head! I've never known blackfish to behave like this. I was teaching a mate how to chase blackfish, at least he got a feed.
    1 point
  13. Amy was a bit jealous of all the success I've been having the last few sessions, so when we had a kid and work free day together the only option was to go and chase some of the plentiful GT'soccupying the river at the moment. We headed a long way upriver with the plan of drifting back down on the run out tide.We started out casting 2.5 inch grubz along the edges. The fish started to come aboard starting out with some small bream and flatties, We kept working along coming to some better snags, spot a solid bream sitting in the timber just beneath the surface, put a cast past and worked it
    1 point
  14. So after sitting around twiddling my thumbs for the last couple of months I was hanging to get out of the city and catch some mighty Sergeant Baker. I am after all the self crowned Greatest Sergeant Baker Fisherman in Sydney. Thursday I jumped into the 4x4 and charged up to Yamba. I had booked a seat on Charter X as it wasn't worth towing the boat up for just a day really; Friday I had to work out of the hotel I was staying at and was coming back Sunday. Wandering around after work on Friday and noticed that no one was fishing one of the better blackfish spots there. If your ever up there
    1 point
  15. Mate was telling me he has hear of cars & boats pulled over on the road for unrestrained load in the boat on the trailer. You cant have any object in the boat on the floor ie tackle box rods esky. Has anyone else hear of this. I can understand it the boat is packed to the gunwale with etc camping gear,chairs & floaty tube toys not tied down.
    1 point
  16. Hi All, Introducing myself as Greg from Sydney. Finally signed up as a member after reading lots great info on here in the past 12 months as a sleeper. Purchased the boat 18months ago, mainly to get my No12 and No14 boys off their phones and IPads! Yes there is a life without these devices. Novice fishermen we are with a PB/best catch so far a 55cm King, perhaps by chance or luck! Our 1st goal is to catch our first legal King! I mainly fish out from Botany Bay and occasionally Sydney Harbour. This long weekend I managed to meet by chance 2 x Fishraider’
    1 point
  17. Correct, We are not going to need a bigger boat, Two will do fine.
    1 point
  18. to nolem are you dissputing my dissplacement values of 996cc f70 and merc 996cc 60 hp as i will say again all new outboards are good.these days any brand, price ,dealer location support ,and your trust in your local dealer .no 1 thing is correct rigging of any new engine .cheers dunc333
    1 point
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  20. All useful comments as experience is at least as valuable as specs. Unfortunately I wont know the outcome until it is actually fitted and propped. I've been quoted the F70 which has a promotional discount currently for $11K, fitted, gauges, prop fitting etc. So $1K more than the Mercury 60CT but it will be mounted with the same bolt holes, gauges will fit into existing holes (now digital), engine weight is similar, I get an extra ~10hp with a little more torque. The torque does seem to be at higher revs than the Merc so I think fitting the right prop will be essential to ensure low - mid
    1 point
  21. Thanks Sam, I just fried the fillets skin on in butter. Bloody delicious.
    1 point
  22. Have it your way, you obviously have a problem with anything I say, we all don't have the same opinion as yours, so, I'm off, was a nice stay for a while.
    1 point
  23. Ive heard it still goes on from Bermi. Securing every little thing in a boat would be a nightmare, that would include tubs of sinkers and not even being able to lie rods on the floor which Ive been doing as certain police have booked people from Narooma for the rods in holders as well as Bermi. Even having rods on lanyards doesn't cut it when it comes to the little fine book. Where were the police when Bermi and Narooma had someone fiddling with trailers over the weekend, one vessel came completely off the on the tow home. I also had mine disconected on Saturday and past the police with their
    1 point
  24. Starting to get mine how I like it now. Raised the engine, played with props settled on a 21 pitch 4 blade. Fitted trim tabs, re-wired and fitted basic electronics. Re-fitted the aluminium trailer with a custom skid system to suit the variable dead-rise and widening planing plank. Its now becoming a bit more of a weapon that can ride at a level attitude in less than perfect conditions and so far from the boat I bought.
    1 point
  25. Welcome to FishRaider mate, looking forward to seeing your reports. PS - i assume #12 and #14 are the ages, and not number in order of birth !!!!!
    1 point
  26. Thanks All, Definitely a lot of good info and hours off reading material on here which has already been put into practice! It was only a lazy weekend away with family and no boating involved. I am not game to use this ramp and agree with you not liking it! My parents are retiring in Terrigal so I may take up your offer. Thanks again.
    1 point
  27. Love doing boat upgrades. Get a bit of self satisfaction doing the work yourself too! Good stuff 👍 cheers scratchie!!!
    1 point
  28. Thanks all for your comments. Appreciate the input, especially zmk1962. I've always looked at torque as much as HP with my cars so what you say makes sense however there is a more limited choice with outboards (as there are many more restrictions such as boat weight, design, application etc). I found this interesting comparison: Merc 60 = 59HP @ 5750RPM and 76NM @ 3000RPMYamaha F60 = 57HP @ 6000RPM and 76NM @ 4,500RPMYamaha F70 = 67HP @ 6300rpm and 83NM @ 5,300RPM Also expect the Suzuki DF70A would be another good option.
    1 point
  29. I'm a real convert to looking after my catch more than in years gone past. I've haven't yet got to the point of brain spiking but where time allows i like to gut and gill my fish straight away before throwing into the ice
    1 point
  30. This is one of those common sens approach areas. You will have some police who are very decent and reasonable and if there is a legitimate issue will make you aware of it and allow you to rectify it and then there are the over zealous fella's who just want to have a go of their fine books. About 5 years ago at the Bermi Bluewater comp there was one such studious gentlemen who was fining boats for having rods in rod holders, not having the bungs in their boats with water running on the road etc etc. I believe the Bermi club and GFNSW wrote to the minister and the fines were overturned for
    1 point
  31. Good effort going to Terrigal. I really don't like that ramp Welcome aboard. I head out from Lions Park Woy Woy, so if you want to tag along on a flathead run then let me know chhers
    1 point
  32. Welcome to Fishraider Greg. I trust you will be delving into the search facilities for info you may need for your future quests. Lots of very experienced anglers on here with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Of course you're probably aware of that, having been a sleeper for 12 months. I can only encourage you to openly seek what you need to get yourself and 12/14 on the water regularly. Whilst members may be reluctant to give away locations they are usually very helpful in other ways...just ask. Good luck, bn
    1 point
  33. Must have been using shit bait? Sorry couldn’t resist...
    1 point
  34. Probably the same regulation which requires loads to be covered so nothing flies out and impinges on the safety of other vehicle users. Most likely it would be ok if the boat was tarped up. bn
    1 point
  35. one thing i did notice the merc 60 and yamf70 have the same engine displacment of 996cc. so the yam is getting 10 extra hp through its ecu chipping cheers dunc333
    1 point
  36. Thanks Toby. Both make fantastic sashimi. You don’t get much meat off the trevs though - normally I release the smaller ones for that reason but with one bonito in the esky I kept these two. to show you here is the total yield. The darker sashimi is the bonito.
    1 point
  37. finished my week of nightshifts, did the usual drag myself out of bed at lunchtime after the last one, seeing the weather figured it would be rude not to hit the river. Had the boat on the river in no time heading upriver looing for some bream. Went a long way upriver casting plastics along some timber and natural rockwalls, the fishing was a bit slow with a few small bream and flatties to break the doughnut. Did a bit of a spot hop changing focus to steep mudbanks hopping plastics from the very edge down the banks, didn't take long for a good take, straight up knew it was a good bream
    1 point
  38. “Bummer”, but greatcatch
    1 point
  39. Hi Neil, this is scratchies own article which should give you a good idea what's needed Hope that helps
    1 point
  40. Big neil if you come up i will go up solo you can jump in with me buddy
    1 point
  41. Decided to take advantage of the good conditions today and headed to the river to try my luck. Found a nipper flat I could access from the shore. Pumped some nippers and started fishing, few throwback whiting and flathead then landed a 40cm flathead. Over the next 2 hours landed a steady stream of whiting about 1 in 4 legal. Also kept 3 flathead to 54cm. Really good session with a bite almost every throw. The wind was behind me which made casting easy.
    1 point
  42. I am in Wilton if you want a crew let me know port Kembla shell harbour or Kiama have my own gear
    1 point
  43. Slimys yakkas squid cuttles pike seargent baker fillets or small heads bonito tuna etc etc
    1 point
  44. 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
  45. Your first boat? Post up some pics when you have it set up the way you want. Or, better still, start a thread and post up progress reports, pictures, etc. 80L of fuel? Does that include the 25L plastic tank on the floor in the pics? Does the battery slide into that space behind it? I wouldn't want either, battery or fuel tank, sliding around on the floor when zipping around in it. A recipe for busted ankles!
    1 point
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