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  1. Gday raiders, After my fishing mate Woodsy moved to QLD about a year ago, we haven’t caught up for a fish. There’s been plenty of texting and phone calls but as soon as the premier opened the boarder, I thought right it’s time to go! We hatched a plan to fish Moreton Island Saturday and Gold Coast on the Sunday. I travelled up on Friday with one of my boys (Brandon) and gave him a bit of a drive along the way! (Learner=Left at few gears at Coffs) Crossed the boarder pretty easy and arrived around lunchtime, to see @Woodsy1making final preparations to the boat. We decided to go d
    4 points
  2. 21/11: After talking about it with a close mate for a few years now, and always keen to try something different, the opportunity finally arose to chase a Golden Perch! We didn’t have any real plans, and I only finally decided on the Friday morning to head out and meet him at Lake Windamere! He already had the chance to fish it the previous 2 days and had some success! Friday afternoon was a rush buying lures, (Way too many – I ended up only using the one! LOL) packing gear, and booking a site at Cudgegong Waters park. I finally managed to get away and turn the 3 hour 45 min drive from t
    3 points
  3. Went out wide (very wide) for some Pinkies, Nanny’s and Jewies /Trag with a few mates on Sunday (It’s always a perplexing issue “am I better off in church thinking about fishing or on the water fishing and thinking about God). We had a cracker of a day, bait was easy on the Broken Bay bait grounds, headed straight out to the 80m mark in perfect conditions with low swell and light winds, overcast and perfect cobalt blue water after the previous few days of NW that stirred the water up and cooled it down 😞. The bait that produced was pike (they seem to be in schools all up and down t
    3 points
  4. Headed out early this morning, checked the forecast before I left and it looked like rain on the way. Drove to my mothers place to launch the boat, and it started raining, and did not stop until I stopped fishing and was ready to head home. Fished the deep up from Lilli Pilli. One nice jewie, the only legal fish for the morning. Weighed just under 10 pound, caught on a squid strip on a 15 pound hand line. Put up a good fight. Only other fish were undersized reddies, eating anything I put on the hook. One nice fish is better than no fish.
    2 points
  5. Its generally used as a "stop it or pop it" approach when a fish looks like its going to bury you in a snag or the reef. The idea is once you get the fish back out into open water you can just take your hand off the spool and resume fighting the fish with your normal, preset drag pressure. Baitcaster guys do it all the time, you just don't notice it so much in the videos.
    2 points
  6. I don't know if you have the space where you fish, but back in my land based game days we used to keep our live bait in an a kids, inflatable swimming pool. They're about 1.5m diameter and 30cm deep. You could keep a dozen yakkas in there all day, no problem and the larger surface area helped to keep the oxygen in the water. Your keeper idea might work, but I'd still try to have a large bucket of water to drop it into when you wanted to remove a bait, as you don't want your baits beating each other up flapping around in an empty net. Another important factor with live bait is t
    2 points
  7. We had a last minute cancellation of the bass comp we were supposed to be fishing on the weekend, so we decided to go camp overnight somewhere new. We headed out from Grafton to a spot I'd found on the Mann river it was a longway out but unfortunetly it was packed with people and terrible river access, we headed back to the caravan park at Jackadgerry to try and salvage what was left of our weekend. The camp area and river are connected by a 4x4 track so we took the car down and set up to spend the rest of the day there, we left the kids to do whatever it is they do and Amy and I got to castin
    2 points
  8. After weeks of fishing with hard body lures for not much at all i decided to go back to basics. Late start. Fished from 11 to 1pm. Landed 4 good fish. All caught on fresh pipis. Nice going back to bait and breaking the long spell between bringing home some fresh fish. Caught two very good whiting. Both kept. Also caught two bream. Kept one and released the other. I don't like keeping big bream and the one released was 40cm. So he earned his freedom. Fat fish. Great fun on light gear. I recently purchased a diawa td black "mundi mauler" 7ft one piece flick
    1 point
  9. So Sunday me and a mate decided to go fishing possibly land based at Rose Bay, took the origami boat just incase. Got there and the conditions were perfect for boating so we set the bugger up in 20 mins and got out there. I really didn't care today if I caught anything that day just wanted to get my pal out fishing. He turned up with a broken tip rod and very little experience. It was calm partly cloudy not too hot not too cold, water temp 20°. Seen some fly fishos on the flats possibly chasing Whiting so we drifted and tried to catch something on the sugapens but gave up quick
    1 point
  10. Didn't think you could get into Qld till December. Bloke from Brisbane bought one of my boats and he can't come down till first week in December or he would have to isolate when he went back over the border. Good to hear you got on the water, better fishing next time. Love Qld but always touch and go with the wind, specially up around Harvey bay. Frank
    1 point
  11. Know were you are coming from the place is over fished even the locals admit the fact. The mother in law lives at Currumbin, have fished the creek and Palm beach reef hard when visiting during Christmas . Never seen so many boats in one area 50 plus, have to do the yards to get a fish. No fishing licence required only pay once for a boat license never seen a fisheries officer ?
    1 point
  12. Certainly seems your putting in some hard yards Scratchie. Hope your luck turns around for you and nail a few fish.
    1 point
  13. Thank you Donna! Yes it was hard fishing, but I'll definitely be back out there to crack that 60cm fish. Just out of interest, just wondering what techniques you used? (Can PM) I'll shoot you a PM when we are out there next. 😁
    1 point
  14. I know that is why I put the pic of van 🤣 It was the only site left and it was the best! You were at the camp kitchen near the jumping pillow. It was a popular spot for swags! Windemere is 29.7% full. We were very disappointed. We tried everything. Nobody else was catching either. You did well. Copeton same. Had a few hits only. The dam is 16% full and clarity poor in places. Very glad to see you were lucky this week. Good report @Brendan Monks
    1 point
  15. I used to use an aquarium net and keep the fish in the water. They're easier to restrain without squeezing too hard if you grab them with the netting between your fingers and the fish.
    1 point
  16. Thank you. I just tell it like it is. 😁
    1 point
  17. The problem is i forget to change the water and by then some of the yakkas are dying or dead......i prob should do every 30 min but tends to be every 60 min......
    1 point
  18. That session was really informative, some good tips on catching flatty's on bait and lure and some good education around the significantly positive impacts of returning large females as identified via formal research.
    1 point
  19. Bit late, but here it is. Sunday 15/11/20. Up at 5am and at the Spit by 5:45. We were at the usual baiting stations by about 6:15. After about 50+ yakkas, slimies & pipers, we were off to chase the kingies (and dolphin fish if they were around). The word around was that the kings were off one of the southern beaches. It was a parking lot when we got there!! Within 5min, we lost a solid king. After that, the line went tight with a solid acrobatic Aussie samon which was boated and bleed. 🎣 Throughout the morning we hooked up about 20 ratties. We had fun with a few rats on 10lb line
    1 point
  20. That would be nice also a Salmon mate! I actually got this king on the ecogear prawn shhhhhh don't tell anyone haha🤫 Yep @pickles "give the burley another chop" ringing in my ears I think it definitely helped.
    1 point
  21. Saturday is a long way off-check the weather Thursday, Friday and Sat before you leave.
    1 point
  22. Thanks Neil would love to see you get a metery next time you're in Sydney mate!
    1 point
  23. Welcome aboard. I have been out there in a Caribbean Crestcutter. No problems. Just be aware of the weather before you leave. Happy Fishing. Cheers.
    1 point
  24. Congratulations FmFF. When you sent the photo to my phone I realised it was a good fish. What I didn't realise was, was how good a fish it actually was. It took me years to crack the meter mark (102cm - you are nipping at my heels with 101cm) and you have done it in an impressively short time. The sessions out with @Pickles would have helped with the learning curve but you still had to put it all together to make it work. Looking forward to our next sessions out. May have to try and get you on a mulloway before the end of Summer. Regards, Derek
    1 point
  25. After posting of my first fish on a lure a few weeks ago, I’d been in contact with @DerekD who had given me some helpful advice on how to fish lures more effectively. Ahead of a weekend’s fishing I’d been assigned some homework – grab a 70mm Sugapen and prepare to catch some topwater whiting. I was very excited, having never caught a whiting or a fish on a topwater lure before. I bought two of them at my local tackle shop and headed out at lunchtime to a nearby bay to sneak in some practice. It didn’t take long and I soon landed my first whiting with a ‘walk the dog’ retrieve across
    1 point
  26. Finally get to post a report, albeit not fantastic but nevertheless a report. Haven't been able to get out in the boat too much for quite a few years now. Firstly because both my hips have been riddled with arthritis for years and then been recovering and gaining use of everything again after I had both of them totally replaced last year (right one unfortunately dislocated 4 days after replacement, so 3 ops in 10 days slowed me down for some time). Wife and I took the boat to Jindabyne for a few days midweek. Weather was up and down, but mostly quite windy every day. There were only 1 - 2
    1 point
  27. The commonest boat retrieving error is to put trailer too far into the water so that boat floats off the roller. If you have last roller positioned so the keel rests on it as you winch the boat up the boat will straighten itself as it comes up. If boat is crooked just stop or slow down and it should come good. Ron
    1 point
  28. Had a bit of a sleep in and my uncle called for a little impromptu jet ski session on the Nepean river. He recently setup a rod rack and I thought I’d bring a rod along. We launched at the tench reserve boat ramp, gotta say the new ramp is awesome. After passing lapstone, we continued upstream for a couple hundred meters. We were in a stretch with no boats, all we can hear was the wild. Small bass (<10cm) can be seen occasionally rising and nipping tiny stuff off the surface. I had rigged a 2.5 inch watermelon red grub with a betts spinner. After lots of casts I skipped the
    1 point
  29. Hey guys the NSW DPI have a livestream tomorrow night about dusky flathead: https://www.facebook.com/events/369349024125954/ Apart from some fisherman like Starlo being on it one of the DPI research scientists will also be on. Could be a good way to find out what's really happening with duskies. Cheers Rob
    1 point
  30. Hi Kent! I don’t want to share the exact location I was but this was sand flats in the harbour. i also got one yesterday at George’s River (picnic point) so it seems anywhere with a sandy bottom and shallows. These were all in super close to shore and a lot shallower than I’d have thought. As in, only ankle or shin deep. I’d have a crack at Rose Bay sand flats. While it wasn’t where I caught this lot I do plan on having a crack at Rose with this lure over next couple weeks. Double Bay also has a similar sandy setup and I reckon there’s whiting to be had chucking out f
    0 points
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