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  1. Did not manage to beat the sun but managed a 5.45am launch at Tunks Park. Just a light westerly wind but a decent southerly swell once around North Head, and quite a bit of jiggle until we were well away from the cliffs. We. did not bother trolling as it has been quiet for a while and there were no working birds. Took a while to sort out out the drift as there was northerly current and a westerly wind. Managed to get a few nice flathead and a couple of reef fish when we strayed onto the reef area. When the westerly came up about 11am we headed for home. Sorry I didn’t have a rule to put on but the red was 33cm and the smallest flathead 37cm. There was a mix of bluespot and marbled flathead with some of them being very solid.
    6 points
  2. It went something like this.... Got the call from Stewart, Fish Raider Legend yesterday on short notice for a possible trip to the Great Botany Bay for some kings! I wasn’t going to miss this opportunity on the Blue Poly. That evening I prepare my Shimano SSS, Sonic Pro, 2-4kg stick, with 12lb FC leader and tie a nice Yamashita 2.5 pink jig for the task at hand. Second job was to prepare a rig for some Kingy action! I had a brand new Shimano Saragossa in a box already braided with 60lb ready to go that has never been used. I rig this machine to my other SSS Sonic Pro snapper, 6-8kg rod. The Gossa has been left behind until I knew I was up for a serious day’s fishing along with some more experience. I tie a nice FG knot to 60LB FC with a single Mustard 6/0 Hoodlum Hook. The plan was to meet at Kyeemagh Boat ramp at 4:15am for an early start, so that we could be at Captains Cook landing early for some fresh squid. We meet up at the ramp and launch the poly into very light 13Km Westerly wind with great conditions forecasted. On arrival to the squid grounds, Stew was not impressed with his rig and made some minor adjustments, then we were ready for squidding. Between both of us we bagged a dozen at least in about 1.5hrs and moved onto Molineaux Point for the kings. There were three other boats already there and soon after Stew shows me how to land a king. The bait & conditions were perfect and soon we were on fire with rat kings 55-60cm chewing up our baits, boated and then all released. I stopped counting once I reached a dozen. A real first for me as I only ever caught 2 rat kings prior to this outing and on separate occasions. Bait was running low, so we conserved and stripped them and recycled whether possible. I managed to hook up 8 times on a single 2-inch squid strip. Between the both of us we managed to catch about 40 or so kings and left them biting. No legal king yet but it will have to wait for another day! Our next adventure would be to try our luck at flat head, as I am told Donna loves flathead! We move onto Towra with soft plastics and stew hooks up to 3 flatties in a row, whilst I am yet to feel a bite. I soon realise that Stew is using a motor oil grub whilst I am using a dissimilar prawn like plastic. I then demand it to be changed over and he then instantly shows me how to bait it in detail to the ¼ ounce jig head. Still very, very quiet for me despite 20 -30 casts later at different directions, big difference to the rat onslaught. Losing some interest, I soon start rambling about work and then Bang! I finally hook up and assume it is only another 50cm model on my small SSS Sonic. As I am reeling it to the side of the boat, not much of a “fight”, The beast awakens and decides to run and take line of my Sti-Star Hypo drive HV-20 Spool. Without seeing the fish yet, Stew realises it’s a better model and decides to stop fishing and get on netting duties. A great fight that lasted about 5mins at least before it tiered out, netted and boated. The beast revealed itself as an 80cm model Dusky Lizard! Boy was I excited to land this as it would now be my new Official PB, a 30cm increase. “Ready for the KICKER Stew”, It was my first ever fish caught on Soft Plastic, he couldn’t believe it. My entire fishing career has been with baits until today. A few quick pictures and soon the lizard was released to go back home and fight another day. Not the fish I was expecting but definitely a fish of a lifetime and an experience to remember forever! Thanks again for the day Stew, & Special thanks to both Stuart & Donna for their passionate work on Fish Raider.
    3 points
  3. Gday Raiders I received a last minute invitation to join a few friends up to Port Stephens for the week. A few calls later and with leave approved at work it was on. Of course, it would have been silly to visit this beautiful place without reaching out to local legend @Scratchie to say hello and to also invite him onboard for a fish. Jeff and i had tried to get this meet together for a few years now but logistics proved difficult the last few times. It was all very last minute but luckily Jeff had an opening and we locked it in for Monday morning ! So we met at the ramp at 5am and were on our merry way. A quick sound around cabbage tree island for bait but none there so we moved on to maximise fishing the first light. Scratchie fished plastics whilst i stuck to baits with a pea sized sinker. Scratchie did a fantastic job explaining and navigating the many marine parks around the islands all whilst imparting his wisdom about plastics fishing for snapper (at which i am yet yo learn). There was plenty of bait stacked on the sounder but the reds just werent there. As we approached the edge of a reef Scratchie proceeded to tell me about the David and Goliath battle that has been unfolding over the last few years between him and whiskers... "this is where Whiskers lives Sam". A few casts later and Jeff had a huge strike followed by an immediate bust off. Jeff was absolutely gutted, but did a great job holding in the dissappointment. To quote " you would have learnt a few new words Sam" 🤣 We proceeded to move around the island fishing the permitted zones when we came across some surface action. We wacked on two lures in the Christmas tree colors and did some trolling. On the first pass we managed a double hook up of two rat kings, second pass one more rat and then third pass had a huge strike on Jeff's Saragosa. The head shakes were violent followed by a huge run. Jeff played the fish like a champ and we both agreed it was a solid king. I soon noticed the boat was spinning in circles and it was just about this time Jeff had the fish in sight and said " its a Tuna!!, a yellowfin" Both panic and excitement racheted up to the next level. Do you have a gaff ? Nope, shit how do we get it in the boat. Try getting its head in the net, didnt work. In the end i just reached over grabbed the tail and lifted it into the boat. An unexpected but welcome catch ! High fives all round. @Scratchie thanks for an awesome day on the water mate, good company, good fishing in one of the best places in Australia. Ps @Berleyguts we both discussed it and agreed that any replies to this post are forbidden from including any mention of chores, housework etc etc 😅 Thanks for reading fellas.
    2 points
  4. With great weather conditions forecast & a 5:30am meet up at the ramp with Zoran & his well decked out “Barrycuda” we were off & in no time out at the 50m mark By about 10:30 we had 11 flatties onboard from low 40’s through to high 50’s one good sized rock cod (poor mans lobster), 2 x good sized red spot whiting & one slimy which I had to dance around on the engine pod to retrieve after 2 of them dropping off out the back while trying to get them into the live tank while setting up the trolling gear for the north fad we saw a school of bait on the sounder & out came the Sabiki rods, only managing a slimy a yakka & a lone arrow squid (bait on the move) & a couple of spikies which were released (bait holding on the bottom 15m) Once about 800m from the fads we deployed 5 skirts & on the first pass picked up about a 58cm rat which we managed to the boat & trace but on lifting into the boat had a knot slip & saw said kingy swim away with a bit of jewellery hanging out of its mouth 🙃. After several passes though the fads & trap bouys no dolphin fish to be found but all up 6 under sized kings hooked & released With a calm sea & run in tide we were back at the ramp in just over 40 minutes (go the torquey 150 merc). A bit of cross over ramp traffic & busy cleaning table saw us saying goodbye & leaving Brooklyn a bit after 5pm All up another great day out on the water & a nice feed to take home, thanks again Zoran thoroughly enjoyed the mateship & day out 👍👍 Sorry no photos but I’m sure Zoran will tag some in, & on a side note guys check out @zmk1962’s video with the cordless drill & portable reducing gear, definitely makes life easier retrieving the boat at the ramp 😎
    2 points
  5. Great report fellas - a fun day and good feed to boot, well done
    2 points
  6. A snapperfin tuna? Mate, that's it - I'm painting my boat black. Awesome catch and, ahem, awesome whiskery bustoff Scratchie. Next snapper you will catch will have a bill on it and jump around. Well done gentlemen.
    2 points
  7. great effort all round raiders thanks for posting
    2 points
  8. Thanks for report crusher. headed out to fads ourselves Tuesday. Same report out there rats rats and rats. Spent some time around Newport reef. More rats. Didn’t think worth putting a report in but just an FYI for anyone thinking of heading to fads.
    2 points
  9. Thanks mate was a great weekend windy as hell like the south coast is but we got out on Saturday with a lot of hits on the Skutes with a few just legal released to fight another day. Need to do some tweeking on my design but happy with the way they cast. Best part was time with my brother on water together which we have not done for a very long time and the odd beer and bullshit session a night over the bbq. Life is pretty good. Cheers The Skipper
    2 points
  10. This post has me salivating! Great story, post and table offering!
    2 points
  11. After not being able to get out fishing for some time due to travelling, and then seas/weather not cooperating, decided time to get the boat wet so headed out for a late run yesterday (had visitors leaving so didn't launch till 10am 😞 ) to get some flathead . Launched at Woy Woy, wind was up a little more than expected around 15+ knots however it was to come down, so when I got out to 60mts around 11am, sea anchor deployed. Fishing was very slow, tried a couple of spots to get two fish on board. Decided to move in closer to around 50mtrs area, and around midday wind dropped off with next to no drift. Wind eventually picked up and I moved to some 40mt marks, to pick up another 3 fish. This was to be a short trip due to an appointment to get to , so packed up around 2:00, but still headed in with feed (5 flathead around 40-45cm), and boat is ready for the summer .
    1 point
  12. Thanks fellas for all the replies. Port Stephens really is a special place. Enjoyed every minute up here and now sunburnt to a crisp. Heading back to Sydney tomorrow. Hopefully back in February or March to wet a line with @Scratchie
    1 point
  13. Glad that you got plenty of responses to your skutes @The Skipper but even better that you caught up and had a memorable time with your brother. Thanks for your post. bn
    1 point
  14. Try further down river. The road and rail bridges can be good. Plus the flats area between the bridges. Or further down again past Dangar island to elanor bluffs.
    1 point
  15. Fished the Hawkesbury today from wisemans to spencer in search of a crab and hopefully a Jew in between lifts , very disappointing no crabs at all ,and only soaps on the rod biggest going a measly 38 cm . very quite indeed ,has anyone had any luck elsewhere in the river.
    1 point
  16. Tataki!!! I do mine with the same ‘log’ cut of tuna, but otherwise different: Coat log with raw sesame seeds before cooking. Use the browning seeds as a guide for how done the fish is. Slice thinly and serve with a dressing just like KC’s marinade, plus chives and a raw egg yolk. Maybe some pickled veg
    1 point
  17. Guys I will leave this here and close it. Against site rules to link to ads/businesses Please pm @Caple666 with your recommendations
    1 point
  18. Caple666. Go and see Nick & Steve at STH West Marine at 1/40 Stennett Road, Ingleburn (9605-6559). I’ve been using them for a longtime (Nick used to be head mechanic at Macarthur Marine) https://www.swmarineau.com
    1 point
  19. Nice report! I thought that poly was @swordfisherman I was on the Hobie next to you guys but couldn't manage a hit on my live squid.. I was surprised the squid was still alive after 45 minutes, perhaps it was too big for the little rats I thought you guys were on lures so I put on a vibe and hooked up instantly. Will say hi next time
    1 point
  20. Independant Outboards at Blacktown every time-your only problem will be getting in.
    1 point
  21. The guy near me is very good if you don't mind a bit of a drive, Sunset Marine at Warilla is a Honda and Yamaha dealer, probably be about a 40min drive?
    1 point
  22. Great video Zoran. Terrific seeing how your boat works so well for this type of fishing. Thanks for posting your half of the story too Dieter.
    1 point
  23. Ill also admit...i was nervous ! First time catching a tuna and no gaff ! Alot of pressure to get it right i tell ya especially when its head barely fit in the net 😬😬 Thats good old murphy for you ! But we came out on top🤙🤙
    1 point
  24. For sure that tail grab would of been a big relief. Top job Sam
    1 point
  25. Thanks, Sam. I actually got out on Friday. I didn’t get anything worth reporting but it was so good to be out on the water after such a long hiatus - only my 3rd trip since COVID, I think. I’ll definitely have to make it happen a lot more often! This Thursday’s a slim chance... 🤷‍♂️. Again, a great report. I enjoy reading reports of other Raider’s efforts. 😎
    1 point
  26. Top day and great write up Dieter ( @61 crusher )THANKS !... really enjoyed the fishing, mateship and our share of the flatties/red spot that we've eaten so far. We definitely got a feed but that big one has still eluded us ... we must try again ! Here's are a few of the pictures from the day and the link to the video. Good start .. the 730am count. We won't say who was in front ! And then the 1015am count: BTW, we used 2 hook paternoster rigs, with a 10cm SP minnow on the top hook, salted pilly or yakka bait on the middle hook and a sinker jig at the end. Most of the flatties, the 2 whiting and the rock cod were caught on the bottom sinker jig. I call the next picture "DIETER-MINATION" The FAD action ......water temp 24C My share of the pickings... Cheers Zoran
    1 point
  27. Ok folks I'm going to clear this up. Firstly welcome to fishraider IDAN . I hope you enjoy the wealth of knowledge that this site provides, it is world class, there are so many fantastic people on here willing to share there experiences. You can reach the beautiful jeresulm bay by a walking track that starts on the eastern side of the station then a bridge over the F3 then a nice 30minute walk down hill to the bay. There are plenty of places to camp ,just got to use your inner bear grills and remember no fires. The fishing on and at the edge of the sand flats is fantastic about 3 hours either side of low tide. You can pump nippers and plenty of poddy mullet. You can wade across to the rocky outcrop at the NE end of the bay and has a deep drop of on the southern side. Watch out for stingrays when wading. This is exactly the same for berowra station (which is the stop before Cowan) which will take you to beautiful waratah bay. I hope this gives you a heads up mate. Cheers Scotty
    1 point
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  29. Yes mate I have done quite a few now it tends to have become an obsession. I have used 1/8 and 1/4 jig heads with different hook sizes. Took one to Broughton Island with Scratchie a few months ago and it cast really well but no joy so far. Happy to send you a couple to try if you like I need feed back on how they go and what needs to change , how they cast etc. Cheers The Skipper
    1 point
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