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  1. 13 points
    G’day raiders, Headed out this morning with mate and fellow raider @Woodsy1. It’s been a while since the both of us have been out. We were keen and left early. Pitch black and some fog about it took a while to get to our destination, all the while being mindful of the migrating whales. Got to our spot at first light and began to throw sps! Very little wind, swell and current. It took a while for the first fish but Woodsy came up tight and landed a decent 45cm snaps. Next was my turn and I’ll boated a healthy 55cm one. We moved a few spots with the drift and wind changing every time making it hard to hit the mark. We changed locations again but now the wind was up and helped a consistent drift. We drifted straight over some bait and boom! I came up tight to a thumping red that gave a good account of itself. Some manoeuvring around the boat was needed but a well netted snaps was now onboard going 75cm. I then realised that it was Woodsy’s lure I borrowed, his boat and he netted the fish for me! How rude! But what a champ he is! We made our way back and hit a few other spots for one snaps at 35cm released. Then cruises back at 30 knots in sublime conditions! Yet another great trip and great company and I’m not talking about the whales, dolphins or scenery. Thanks Woodsy! Cheers scratchie!!!
  2. 12 points
    Headed out at just after 5am Friday from little beach boat ramp with Port Stephens fish'o and fishraider member Jrcjamie. I've been talking to Jamie for a good 2 - 3 years asking for tips and advice on weather conditions, certain species of fish etc. I spoke with Jamie on Friday afternoon and after months of planning (me hounding him) Jamie was free to take me out on his boat and show me a few tips on catching BIG snapper. Nicknamed banana for good reason by Scratchie I wasn't real optimistic as I've brought some good fish'os undone before 😂 Jamie told me it wasn't exactly the best time for snapper, it would be more a tutorial than anything but was confident he'd put me on a couple. Arrived at an area and sounded up some reef and bait at one of his spots near Broughton island, and after showeing me his technique and explaing a few things he said go for it! A couple of cast later my line come up tight and Jamie said you're onto a good fish here and it went straight under the boat, it was pulling hard like nothing I'd ever experienced before, any other time I'm pretty sure I'd lose this fish but Jamie talked me through getting it boat side where he netted it after dropping it and thought he'd lost it on me 😁 I could have hugged and kissed the bloke, cannot explain the feeling. I've never had a feeling like it, this thing was huge and I'd never thought I'd ever catch such a beautiful big beast, it has been one of my dream fish ever since I started trekking out through the heads, It was by far the best ever feeling, the pure power of this thing on the end of my line was something I could not get enough of, and little did I know I'd get to experience it a few more times during the morning. We had a great drift with plenty of bait and fish showing up on the sounder, I'm sure we'd get railed a few more times but a boat load of spear fishos came and pulled up right in out drift and started scouting around and scared the fish off. After a few choice words from the skipper they left but made sure they made as much noise as possible with their screaming motor and scooted off all the way up our drift line ensuring we wouldn't catch any more at that spot. We moved from that spot and Jamie scoured around and found another spot which produced another bohemath snapper a short time later, it was a donkey also and once again had my arms stretched as it took off making my reel scream! Isn't it just the best sound in the world a screaming reel. We both hooked up at the same time on a couple more big reds and a period of mayhem where we were both pulling in some decent reds at the same time. A short while later I dropped another monster, as I left the bail arm open for too long and when I closed it, it just a broke me off like it was nothing. It was the greatest fishing day of my fishing life, catching a couple of dream snapper, I thought I never could, I cannot express the feeling and was just in a state of fishing bliss evey time I thought of these things I'd landed and the fight.... I couldn't stop looking over at the Esky and looking at a couple of huge tails hanging out of it. I would like to say a huge thanks, and give all the credit to Jamie. He made me a very very happy fisherman and I cannot thank him enough, absolute legend and very humble guy making a fishing wish come true for me. Thanks for reading.
  3. 12 points
    I headed out early this morning with @antonywardle to chase some flatties off shore. When we had the central coast Fish Raider lunch the other day ant was telling me that he had gotten pretty good at the flatties offshore. He was not kidding! We launched just after 6am from Woy Woy and made our way out of the heads and into Broken Bay. We started drifting in about 50-55m of water. First 10 mins or so were fairly quiet. Then mayhem! After I pulled in the first couple on pilles we hit a patch of flatties. We were both using two rods and went through a period where we could barely rebait one rod without the other going off. By nine we had 12 keepers between us and had both several undersize or just legal fish go. Ant also pulled up a few whiting as well - I think about 5 all told through the morning. By this time we were running out of "the good pillies" and were into some prawns and some very manky pillies that had been refrozen and were pretty awful. But we were still catching fish but it took a bit longer to get the remaining ones. We repositioned and worked through the remaining bait and I even tried out my worst ever lures just for a laugh. I was picking they would catch nothing. Ant thought I might get a jacket. Surprisingly we were both wrong with my two biggest flatties (both over 40cm) falling to my $5 squid lures! Having said that Ant landed the two biggest fish of the day. Mine ranged from about 35 to 45 cm. But we both bagged out - with me pulling up my 10th just as the bait ran out. This was my first time I've ever bagged out so was pretty happy. We headed in about noon and on the way back in I spotted a whale breaching and Ant killed the motor. As we slowed it arched gracefully, flicked its tail up and disappeared. What a great finish to a top session. Everyone one at home was dying for fish tacos - so we had a good feed and could give some fillets to the elderly couple across the street. And there was still enough left to vac pac some for later. A great day.
  4. 11 points
    Hey Guys, With the offshore conditions continuing to be excellent we filled the bait tanks with slimey's and yakka's and headed North from Broken Bay, Plenty of Whale and Dolphin's on the run up the Centy Coast. Dropped two livie's on our first drift over the reef at 118m deep for 2 good Kings to 90 + cm. Action on and off for the day, plenty caught. The best going 105cm. All big fat fish. Regards, Toby
  5. 10 points
  6. 9 points
    About two months ago i caught my first kingfish on lure, havent visited fishraider for a little so havent posted. Reading @DerekD‘s post about his central coast kings got me fired up again since originally Derek taught me the retrieve for kingfish along with lots of other important info about kingfish which definately helped me with getting this beauty. I was out with two mates and after getting a few flathead, decided to come back inside cos i wasnt feeling too great. Came back into pittwater and fish some pilchards, fish didnt hit so i decided to put on a little lure after seeing some whitebait getting spooked. I still reckon this was mostly luck but i was just hopping it on the bottom and suddenly just took off. Line was a little frayed from flatties so took it easy. Got it up and my mate scooped it up. While i was unhooking it my mate picked up my rod and dropped it down to try his luck, hooked up almost instantly to a good sized trevally. My other mate then had a go and got a flounder. What ive taken away from this is that correct lure choice is key, these fish were keyed in on small baitfish and wouldnt eat a pillie. Very happy with this catch and an awesome day out on the water.
  7. 9 points
    Hey Guys!!! Last night l went out for a fish around the Neutral Bay Area, I grabbed a bunch of frozen Pillies & Prawns from the servo and made my way down. l was lucky enough to have @DerekD come down and show me a few good tricks, from squidling basics to just casting techniques... WOW he knows a lot!!! On arriving we setup and got into a bit of squidling after no success for the first 15-20mins we put that aside to get the other rods setup and put some bait out there, I simply cut the tails off the pillies put a decent hook through and loop it so it doesn't come off with only a little nibble!! After 1 hour Derek noticed my large rod had some movement, I grabbed it and got anot even five seconds later BOOM WE WERE ON!!! The fish gave the line a great little screaming noise but after 15 mins we bought it in and @DerekD got the salmon in the net for me! YES FIRST EVER SALMON!! "Swallowed the how rig" After measuring it for a second time at home by laying it flat over the tape it broke the 60cm mark!!!!! Yes I couldn't wipe the smile of my face as you can see below. On the way out I noticed some bream and quickly dropped a line it and they had a look but just simply weren't taking the bait, the Mrs started to call the phone and yes that meant TIME TO GET MYSELF HOME All in all was a fantastic achievement and defiantly a PB for my land base fishing ***Big Thankyou to @DerekD For coming down and helping me through he evening*** Gear: 1.) (Running sinker method) Rod: Aerowave 9ft Carbon Reel: Shimano Baitrunner 6000D Line: 14lb 2.) (Running sinker method) Rod: Shimano Beastmaster Reel: Abu Garcia Line: 8lb 1.) Shakespeare Jungle Combo (From a shop) 2-4kg Setup (Used this for my Jigging) These where the conditions for last night fishing adventure Tide Time: 7pm Tide Hieght: 1.69m Weather: 16 Degrees 5-7pm / 13 Degrees 8-10pm Sunset: 5:11pm NEW P.B - 60CM AUSTRALIAN SALMON
  8. 8 points
    Teambaitcatcher had an excellent opportunity to push out wide to chase some fin off Sydney which was made possible due to 1st mate mobile marine. We contacted our great friend Dean, a charter operator to give us an idea and location as to where to look. After countless hours of trolling in not so ideal conditions we managed to find a patch of fin went 10-10-10 only keeping 3 fish for a feed (3 people onboard) Most fish were caught on a jigs and the biggest going 61kg Pm us for the name of the charter operator (site rules)
  9. 8 points
    As many older fisho's would remember, while in operation, Sydney's ocean sewerage outfalls were very popular fishing spots that produced huge numbers of a wide variety of species. Bluefish at North Head, Bondi, Yellow Rock at Malabar, Doughboy at Kurnell, Rosa Gully at Diamond Bay and Turimetta Head near Warriewood all attracted large numbers of fish and fishermen. When conditions permitted, plenty of fishermen, using all types of gear, tried their luck in the 'discoloured' water. Most of the time, at least a couple of species would be on the bite and throwing a bait into the brown or 'opaque-green' water would result in catching something. Trevally, Bream. Drummer, Tailor and really large Luderick were caught every week and for the 'specialists' Kingfish and Mulloway. In fact, both Bluefish at North Head and Bondi Murk were known as the biggest producers of Mulloway anywhere in Sydney. The abundance of prey combined with the dark water and permanent 'berley-trail' coming from the outlets provided a happy hunting ground for the big silver fish. My regular spot was the Mattens, situated just over a km north of Bondi Murk. Due to the danger and difficulty in climbing down, only about a dozen guys fished there on a weekly basis and we never had to contend with the sometimes really large crowds at the Murk. The daytime Mattens fishers usually concentrating on Luderick, live-baiting or 'cunje' fishing for Bream, Drummer and Groper. Night fishing was all about Bream and Tailor, with big Snapper and the mighty Mulloway also on the fishing menu when the conditions were right. As for the night -time Mulloway, the 'right' conditions came about whenever the sea was really calm as the prime fishing area would almost always have at least a few swells washing over during the peak time of high tide and this spot faced southeast, leaving those drifting a live bait out under an illuminated cork vulnerable to swells coming in from their left hand/eastern side. Usually, we only 'braved it' at high tide when there were at least 3 of us and the sea was quiet and calm, as it was about a 20 metre run to safety if a bigger swell rolled in. Before anyone says we were mad fishing a spot such as this, bare in mind we were already 'mad' climbing a 160+ metre cliff in the first place. If you did get hit at the live-bait spot by a bigger than usual wave and knocked off your feet, there was no chance of getting washed in, at worst you'd end up in "the lake", a gently sloping, large tidal pool that was open to the ocean about 40-50 metres further north. A worse fate was going for a 'slide' over a small section covered in barnacles- their open tops are unforgiving on skin. Taking this into account, low tide was a much safer option, albeit in no way as productive as high tide in this location, as the Mulloway were usually in pretty close- within about 15 metres of the rocks. Daytime fishing the same spot used to produce plenty of Bonito and heaps of Kingfish on both lures and live bait, but only rare Mulloway, even at the peak time of full high tide. Generally, until the sun had vanished well over the cliff in the later afternoon, there was only a slim chance of a Mulloway hitting the strategically positioned live offering. Kingfish were the main culprits for snatching live bait, which was fine by most of the guys, personally I absolutely love catching them. Other than the dawn and to a lesser extent dusk, the run out tide was the time that produced the most 'genuine' strikes. Genuine meaning the fish would 'go-on' with the bait, rather than rip the cork under and race off with it, only to drop it. This was a fairly common occurrence that became very frustrating on some days, when no matter what 'tricks' we used, getting a hook-up was almost impossible. However, there was one factor which always lead to a completely different 'dynamic' at the Mattens- the incoming of the discoloured water from Bondi Murk. For this to happen, a southeasterly wind needed to be blowing to push the very distinct mass of cloudy/brown water right in to the rocks. The optimum conditions came when you were already fishing and a light southeasterly would start up, it would usually take around 45 minutes for the murk to travel up to where we were. Initially, on arrival, the water looked a strange 'opaque-green' colour, with the wash from the swell against the rocks an unusual creamy colour. You could only see about a foot into it. As this visually distinct, new water started to come in closer towards the rocks, the fishing changed dramatically. First thing that happened was the Luderick which were usually in pretty large numbers out off this section and would be generally 30-40 metres out from the rocks, would come right in to within a couple of metres out, which made them a much easier proposition to get as you kept your float in close- no need for the long drift any more. Next, Tailor that had seemingly been non-existent would 'boil-up' and be seen chasing bait around on the surface. Bream and big Black Drummer would come on the bite if you fished 'straight-down' close to the edge. Yellowtail, the mainstay of live-baiting and sometimes hard to get enough of, would all of a sudden become abundant only a foot or two below the surface, right up in a tight corner and you could literally 'pole' them out one after another. Then, once the discoloured water had come right in and changed from opaque-green to full on brown, the Mulloway and Kingfish would be on the prowl and readily take our live yellowtail. All of the live bait guys used Alvey reels when chasing Kingfish and Mulloway, In my opinion the "E' series 650 and 651 are the best rock live baiting reels ever made, with a great drag and the handles mounted on the spool instead of the 'cross-plate'. There is no better reel for this style of fishing, as often towards the end of the fight and particularly when washing large fish up with the swell there is the need to either let go or more commonly give no line at all in these crucial moments. This just can't be done with a spinning reel, however, it could be argued "thumb-locking" an overhead would still have the necessary "give no" effect. If after Tuna however, there is no comparison to an overhead, no argument there. Loaded with 48-60lb mono(Weiss Perlon, Schneider and Tortue the ONLY choices!) and we all used 81/2-91/2 foot rods built on 9 wrap blanks or cut-down heavy surf rods. The rig was a running bobby cork, ball sinker at least the size of a 10c coin, large swivel and about 5 to 6 ft of same line down to either 1 or 2 7/0 to 10/0 double strength suicide(octopus) hooks. This was set anywhere from 5 to 9 metres deep, depending on sea and tide. If yakkas were hard to come by, I always started out with them down around 8 metres, so as to miss the Bonito and Tailor that were usually encountered fishing the shallower depths. When the murk came right in, leaving your live-bait close in was the way to go as the big fish would be in close, using the murky water as cover, often hunting right along the edge. Perhaps this was why Pike, which were usually plentiful along the edge, were nowhere to be seen when the murk came in. In addition to willingly taking the bait under the cover of the murk, Kingfish in particular, would often take the yellowtail and move off really slowly, which was in direct contrast to their normal 'hit and run' method of attack. My own theory for this is simply that after surprising and swallowing a baitfish they were immediately on the lookout for another one, while the ambush conditions were made to order. Testament to this was on checking stomach contents, there were already other very recently eaten yellowtail. As previously mentioned, Tailor would often 'come on' when the murk arrived and throwing a pilchard, garfish, or a slab of Tailor often provided a few quick captures of these fast moving aggressive fish. Plenty of times, someone fishing for them in this manner would hook a Mulloway, often within a few seconds of the bait sinking close to a visual 'boil', showing that they were certainly hunting actively near the surface as well. In hindsight, a live Tailor or large slab of one could have been used. If the wind eased off, the murk would slowly move back out from the rocks and once well out again, the fishing would soon be as it was before the murk arrived. This of course meant that the Mulloway were gone again and any strike on a live yakka was most likely a Kingfish or stray Tailor. The usual Bonito didn't seem to like the dirty water, which usually was the top 8-10 ft of the water column. Another feature of this murk water was that if in a boat, you could troll lures along the edge of the colour change and pick up all sorts of different species. Trevally in particular were easily observed sitting all along the edge of the 'murk-line' and were easily hooked on small lures and especially white 'firetail' flies and 'Canada' jigs, with the schools sometimes spread all along the coast until the 'cloud' of water thinned out. When the deep ocean outfalls were opened in 1990 and the 'murk' started being released about 3 km offshore, I wonder if the great schools of all these fish, especially the Mulloway simply moved out there also? In 2015 Sydney Water released a report on the impact of marine life around the deep outfalls, which concluded that minimal (if any) impact had been recorded on the species studied, and also that 'great populations' of fish had been observed in the waters adjacent to the new(then) outfalls. Do any other Raiders have experience fishing close to the deep ocean outfalls off Bondi, Bluefish or Malabar? I'd be interested to find out!
  10. 8 points
    Nothing to exciting, had the urge to catch a few salmon, was going to take a little flick stick with 10lb braid but after picking up the rod decided to go even lighter and take a 1-3kg bream rod with 6lb line. The lighter meant I could drop down to 20g lures but still have quite a good cast distance. Drove 5mins up the road stepped onto the beach and was into my first fish first cast, followed by several more all in the small 1kg size bracket. Decided to move on to the next promising looking spot about 100m further up the beach. Once again it was fish after fish, all great fun and certainly no push over on the light gear but still on the small size. The next spot, a favorate of mine was about 1km further up the beach. The walk barefooted in the incredibly soft sand gave me quite a workout, the cold was also starting to get to my feet now the sun had dropped behind the headland creating a shadow along the beach. Once again first cast into promising looking water loaded up solid, these were a bit better. Ripping off line and using the surf to their advantage the 6lb gear was simply the best fun. Still not big but at least they were hitting the 2kg size, the fish were solid one after another, lost count around 30 before heading back towards the car, couldn't resist a couple more casts back at the car which once again hooked up instantly. Took three newbies back up there today, forgot just how hard it is trying to show people how to cast and use gear. A few tangles and cracked off lures but they still caught and released around 20+ salmon and 1 tailor ( didn't let them use The 6lb gear ) Just polished of a delicious fish bake from a few fillets from yesterday, today's fish were released.
  11. 7 points
    I managed to swing a leave pass from the missus to get out for a fish today. Woo hoo! It’s been nearly 2 months off the water due to a virus that laid me up, plus things that needed doing around home. I left the ramp at about 5:30am. I forgot it was bloody school holidays - why do people need to put their headlights on, high beam even, to reverse their trailer down a ramp?! Have some courtesy and just switch to your parkers for God’s sake! My night vision was ruined as I reversed down (with just my parkers on)! 😡🤬Rant over. I cruised out through the heads at 23 knots - I’ve never had it so smooth through the heads! It looked like it was going to be a great day! I quickly picked up some slimies at Cabbage Tree and took off for Broughton - at a comfortable 26 knots! Surely today was to be a snapper day! Alas, I could not get the snapper to cooperate and I struggled to turn a scale! There was not much current, so I guess it was a case of “no run, no fun”. 😕 I tried plastics, I tried bait - to no avail, only a rock cod and a trevally. I then tried to troll up a bonito, tailor or salmon - again, zilch, so I turned towards home. Stopped at a reef halfway home and tried a drift but, again, not much current and no action. I headed over to the kingfish pens to see if there were any stray kingies around but it was quiet there, too. I then fell back onto my old standby - the flathead drift. It hasn’t let me down much... until now! I only managed one blue spot at 36cm. I released 3 at 33 - legal size, I know but I prefer 36 up. I did drop a nice flathead at the boat while I was reaching for the net. It would have beaten my PB blue spot of 50cm by another 5, I reckon. I got a foul hooked whiting and a shovel nose - that was it! Tried trolling around the inner islands - again, for zilch. Back at the ramp by 1 and home to clean the boat and all the gear - I probably don’t really need to carry 7 rods, do I?! When you’re tired from a long fishless day on the water and you’ve still got the boat to clean and gear to put away, you sometimes find yourself wondering if it’s worth it. 🤔 Then you remember, the awesome sunrise over the island, the sea lion that came up for a close look at The Sisters, the whale that cruised by just 30m away, the sea eagle hunting (with better success than me) around the inner islands, and the garfish skipping around you on the cruise back in (at 26 knots 😀) and you realise that, yes, it really is worth it and you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else! 😎
  12. 6 points
    Hi Raiders, Felt like fish for dinner so I took a day of work and headed out early to Long Reef after collecting some lives at the Quarantine Station. In other posts, I saw that another Raider ( Blaxland) in his Bar Crusher was heading out to Manly Reef and Long Reef so I kept an eye open for him. I arrived at Long Reef and anchored up on the wall just on first lght and set a burley trail going. I dropped an unweighted pilchard in the burley trail and another on a small sinker out a bit wider. After half an hour or so I got a solid strike on the floater and pulled in a nice pan sized snapper. After I didn't get another bite for 15 minutes and then I noticed I had been drifting and was 100 meter s away from my anchor point. Well, the anchor was probably still in the right place but it wasn't' connected to my anchor chain! The coupling must have come unscrewed. Bugger! I motored back to the mark and lowered the Minkota and set the spot lock. When it was light enough to see I thought I could make out a Bar Crusher in the distance but I was not sure. Anyway, after lots more burleying I had a couple of solid strikes on the weighted pilchard rig but I got reefed on a couple of good fish.. not sure what they were as there were rat kings in the burley trail but I think they may have been some better quality reds. After the bite died down I headed off to the grounds around Manly reef to drift for some flathead only to find Blaxland there in his Bar Crusher - We had a chat and drifted for a while a few boat lengths from each other. I caught a ling on the drift but I only stayed about half an hour before heading off to the Colours off North Head. I have a few marks in my sounder for the colours - one off North Head and one off South Head - They are both definite reef areas but I don't know why they are called the same. At the Colours I rigged up a paternoster with one baited hook and one soft plastic. Over a 1 hour session, I caught a couple of blue spot flathead on the baited hooks, a couple of trevally on the soft plastic and few Sargent baker and foul-hooked jackets. No fish pictures at the moment but I went out to get a feed of fresh fish so am about to indulge in. Trevally Sushimi Flathead in Tempura Batter Baked Snapper A side of chips and A Fennel and Apple Salad. ..and oh Yes ..another beer! Cheers Jim
  13. 6 points
    Does appear to be a baby numb ray. You really should have touched it to confirm for us
  14. 6 points
    Yeah, I flat spotted my jockey wheel once! 😂 Also, soon after I moved to the new home here, I towed the trailer up our steep driveway with the motor down - left a white mark up the middle of our black driveway! The funniest thing, though, was leaving the transom straps on the boat... I remember I couldn’t budge the boat off the trailer. It normally floats off well but it had been so long between trips I thought the rollers might have been a bit seized. I drove back up the ramp and reversed down twice, hitting the brakes each time to try and force it off before I realised the straps were still on! It was a good thing I was the only one at the ramp! 😂😂
  15. 5 points
    Hi being fairly new to the site I thought I’d post my last fishing trip. Went down to Jyndabine on the last day of the June long weekend with a mate and the barcrusher in tow we got to the caravan park near the Thredbo turn off about 1pm and unloaded everything, we had launched the boat by 2:30pm and fishing soon after, managed to get 4 trout by nightfall, kept one around 48cm and released the others. That night another mate turned up, the next morning we were on the water by seven and tried another part of the lake and managed to get salmon, rainbow and brown trout, released two fish which were the only undersized fish of the trip. The following morning we were on the water before dawn and headed up to near where the snowy and thredbo rivers come into the lake, saw an amazing sunrise and proceeded to lose a bit of gear to some trees in a shallow bay, the wind started to come up which made things interesting trolling the edges, later in the afternoon we tried around the islands and the clay pits infront of Jyndabine. At nightfall we were making our way back to base past the clay pits when a yellow winged tassie on the the shotgun went off and I managed to wrangle a 58cm fat brown to the boat which was the biggest for the trip. We tried to stay out of the wind the next day but it was gusting so bad that at once stage that the whole lake had like 10 foot of white spray across it, the fish seemed to shut down even though we could see an occasional one on the sounder. The final day was canned and ended up going to the trout hatchery, very interesting and there retired brood stock made my brown trout look like a young teenager they are so big and bulky
  16. 5 points
    A plane crashes into the ocean miles from anywhere and there are only a few survivors, who huddle together in the water holding onto a tiny piece of wreckage. Two white pointers- father and son- spot the crash scene and cruise over towards the survivors who are struggling to stay together and afloat. Son shark(SS) says to Father shark(FS) "Look at all the people over there, lets race over and eat 'em!" FS "Hang on son, we've got to do this the right way, first we swim over and circle them with just an inch of our dorsal fin out of the water"- they swim a couple of laps round the survivors. SS "Ok can we eat them now?" FS "Not yet, next we swim a few laps around them with all our dorsal fin out of the water" they swim a few laps. SS "Ok now can we get 'em?" FS "Not yet, next we swim a couple of laps with all our dorsal fin out and we open our mouths so they can see our teeth" they swim the laps baring their big teeth. SS "Ok, now eat 'em?" FS "Not yet! One last thing- this time we do the laps with dorsal fin out and mouths open and as we swim around we do some big practice bites in the water"- they do the laps, fins and teeth out, taking big practice bites around the terrified survivors. SS "Now can we eat 'em?" FS "Yes now son" - they race in and massacre the survivors and after finishing the last one SS "They were tasty dad- but I don't understand why we did all the circling and stuff first?" -FS "Well son, they're a bit like prawns, they taste heaps better when you get all that crap out of 'em first!"
  17. 5 points
    Went up for the yearly visit to see the family. Great day out on the water but probably too good with no drift. Went over the bar just on day break and glad to see it was flat as a tack even on the run out tide. Fishing was good for about an hour, caught a few to keep, three heaps back and got smoked by something decent. After about an hour everything went dead, couldn’t hardly get a bite. Heaps of whales about with some of the best breaches and displays I’ve ever seen, topped the day off.
  18. 5 points
    Hi Fishraiders, Saturday evening, while sitting in a bar, I got a call from a good fishing buddy Mat asking if I was free the next day for a chance at a 1m kingfish. While very short notice (found out later someone had pulled out of the planned trip) the plans I had for Sunday could be changed pretty easily. Said I was in and we made some initial plans. Went home and sorted out some food and gear for the trip and set the alarm for 4am. Mat rocked up at mine and we put the gear in my car, left his new car in my garage then drove West to Mark’s place where the boat was stored. Bit chilly when we arrived with frost on the grass. Loaded up the gear, topped up the fuel tanks and then drove North. If you have ever seen one of those posts “Tag a mate who falls asleep when fishing” then I’m usually the one that gets tagged. True to form I fell asleep on the back seat. Woke up as we were in the Gosford area. At one stage we were discussing trailer handling and I told the lads about the time I was at Tunk’s park boat ramp and an older couple with what looked to be a recently acquired boat show special were struggling with the ramp. She was directing and after about six attempts I realised they were going to be there for a while so I lined my trailer with the other half of the ramp and put it in first go. The lady pointed at her husband to get his attention then pointed at me and very helpfully told her husband “that is how you do it”. The boys laughed. When we got to the ramp I could see why three people were needed. There was enough water surging around the ramp that you or your boat could quickly get into trouble. With Mat on the boat at the controls and Mark and myself in the water we managed to launch the boat safely. Mark asked if I could park up the trailer as the parking area was getting a little crowded and as per my earlier anecdote I reckoned I was pretty good handling a car and trailer. I got the chance to put the money where the mouth was or more accurately the trailer in the spot. To be fair I think Mark was very capable of doing it himself but as the boat and trailer was a relatively new acquisition he needed just a little more confidence that comes with experience. My usual technique is looking over the shoulder rather than using the mirrors. I’d had a cyst removed from my neck on Friday evening and due to the stitches and plaster feeling a bit tight I had to turn the whole body to look over the shoulder – uncomfortable but workable. While I could have driven it straight in that meant the challenge would have been at the end of the day. With a couple of adjustments to work around the parked cars it went smoothly in trailer first. We then boarded the boat from the beach and made the long trip to the bait grounds 200 metres later we’d arrived at the bait grounds. We would have been there quicker but there was a group of swimmers that seemed to think swimming in front of a boat ramp wasn’t a potential safety hazard. 11m deep and plenty of fish showing on the sounder. In went the burley and down went the lines and shortly afterwards we started pulling up some yellowtail. There were even some 30cm plus ones which I looked at with a 1m king gleam in my eyes. Too many for the live well so we put some of the larger ones in my salt water filled esky (after removing the food). Heading out of the bay to the fishing ground we were fortunate enough to see a few whales moving North. Trip out took about an hour and when we pulled up we were over structure in about 160m of water. Local advice is that kings hang around this as it is only structure in the area (no I don't know what it is called or have the GPS marks). There was apparently a fishing competition on that day so we were surprised to find we were the only boat out there. First pass with live yellowtails Mat hooked up and then snagged up on the structure. Neither fish nor working end of the tackle came back. We were using stupidly heavy leads to get down before we drifted over the structure. I was using my 80lb outfit with 100lb leader through the sinker to a swivel then dropped down to 80lb line to the hook. The intention with this rig was that if I snagged up I was likely to lose just the hook and the line below the swivel. It worked as I retained the sinker for the whole day. Counting down I worked out it was taking over a minute for the livies to reach the bottom. Next pass my hook didn’t come back and it looked like the line had been bitten and we thought it was likely to be leatherjackets (bugger). A re-rig, another bridle rigged livie down and this time there was a hook-up and I was on. Some weight but it didn’t feel like a 1m king would. After a hundred plus meters of pumping and winding and got colour and what a beautiful colour it was complete with a yellow tail and I even got my livie back (should that count as 2 yellowtails albeit of 2 different species). Netted and my king count for 2018 was up to 7 with still a few hours of fishing on the cards. It was legal but not by a huge amount. Mark then sent down a livie and upgraded it for a legal king. Mat was struggling a little and losing gear. We’d also get hook ups but then have the hook pull. At one stage we heard a blast of venting air and turned around to see a whale much smaller than any I have seen out there before. It was about 5m long and certainly not a dolphin and Mark called it as a pilot whale. We weren’t getting a king every pass but often enough that it kept things interesting. All the kings were legal but not hugely so although they were pretty broad across the shoulder. They also looked a bit more silver than I had seen before. The winds eased up and the swells flattened out and we had a beautiful albatross bobbing about nearby and keeping us company. Mat then scored his king and Mark changed to jigging and started getting a few more kings. Mat and Mark had double hook-up but I let the team down by not making it a triple. On the next pass I caught my second king. Two livies left for the last few passes as time was running out with 7 kings in the esky. No joy and time up so we let the last livies go. The run back in was pretty good and we were fortunate enough to see a pod of dolphins. The sun was dropping down and glaring through the windscreen by the time we were close to the boat ramp. I changed back into my shorts so I could jump into the water and hold the boat against the surging swell. Mark hopped out with me and before we went up to get the car we watched one of the locals struggling to get his boat back on his trailer so I stepped in to give him a hand (which is sometimes all you need to make a difference). Since we took the time to park the trailer in the first place we had no trouble getting it out of the parking area and down the ramp. With Mark on the winch, me in the water and Mat driving the boat in, putting the boat on the trailer went as smooth as you could ask for. We set the safety chain, ratchet straps, indicator check and Mark asked if I minded driving back to Sydney. Considering that he’d done pretty well all the driving till then I was happy to drive back. On the way back he had the usual manly discussions. Cars, recipes for kingfish, best domestic cleaning products, how our significant others don’t quite get us and multi-layered roles we are having to cope with in today’s complicated political correct society (alright not the last two). Back at Mark’s I got the opportunity to back the boat into the driveway on a cul-de-sac with poor lighting, limited view out the passenger window because of the baby window shade. Even with the two of them acting as spotters it was a challenge. I had to hop out of the car twice to check the alignment. Maybe I’m not quite as good as I thought I was but got it lined up and into the driveway without any scrapes. Mark’s lovely wife Amanda was there to greet us and watch us unload the boat. Mat laid out the 7 kings on a towel and it was such a nice sight I took the picture below. I don’t actually eat fish but I had some recipients in mind for the two I was keeping. My long term fishing mate Todd and the mate that stood on the stingray, Anton “First Cast” M. Mat was going to keep one and then give the other to another couple in our fishing group that often shared their catches with him. Todd was pleasantly surprised to get a king as he loves eating them and he called me up with a thank you today. Anton filleted his and enjoyed the taste of fresh sushi. He has family in town so I suspect they will be eating a meal of fresh kingfish. All in all a fantastic day and I was grateful for the opportunity to get out there and I hope I get to join them again. My kingfish count is at 8 with 10 more to go to achieve my fishing goal of 18 kingfish in 2018. Still working on my other goal of a 1m plus king and more importantly I'm still enjoying the journey. Regards, Derek
  19. 4 points
    Hard to get with cold water and moon but reds should love this little bugger
  20. 4 points
    Sometimes it just pays to write your thoughts down and ask a question. Even if no-one else answers the question, it sometimes jogs the creative side of the brain... Solution found! I visited a local aerospace plastics company. I showed him the photos. He struggled to get his head around what I wanted and didn’t have any scraps that looked like they’d do the job. I told him I might just have to bend some aluminium sheet into shape. He said if I get something to work in alloy to bring it in and he can mould something in acrylic. But... I was wandering through my local Bunnings store (where I happen to work) and found a length of polycarbonate roofing cap. It looked the right dimensions but about 2850mm too long. I found a 3m length that had no protective film and a couple of chips and cracks. They marked it down to $5 for me. A little bit of cutting and sanding and I got it to the shape I wanted. A bit of silicone and “voila”! Spray protection for my phone charger. Time will tell if the silicon holds. I may have to use a few pop rivets.
  21. 4 points
    G'day mate basically there are two 'main' methods of fishing for Black Drummer (Rock Blackfish) 1st method is mainline tied to swivel, 60 cm leader, running ball sinker(size 0,01 or 1)straight onto hook- 2/0 double strength suicide('octopus')- best (and probably cheapest) hook is Mustad 92554. You can use same rig without lead also. Prawns, crabs, cunje, white bread commonly used baits. Method is either 'float' bait down deep edges or in turbulent wash zones, they generally pick up before the bottom and run off with bait pretty similar to large Bream. Don't give them too much line when taking bait, usually 1-1.5 metres is enough, much more and they're 'in motion' towards obstacles or the bottom. Method 2 is small running bobby cork above the same rig, variation you can use is sinker sitting above swivel instead of right on hook. This method is good for really snaggy bottom, areas with a lot of big rocks in the water and places like Burning Palms (The "Tablet"- gutter on south side) where there are seemingly 'millions' of rock cod (kelpies) that compete for the bait. If using crabs, particularly red crabs(their and Groper's favourite) cut all legs off crab-don't pull as you pull meat off with leg- lift top of crab off with knife from back towards front, then cut crab body either in half or quarters if large crab. Take one of cut legs and insert hook, pull hook through and off hook onto line. Next insert hook through body section leg hole and through meat, then pull leg back onto hook shank. Gives you either 2 or 4 baits per crab instead of one and releases "scent" from crab meat. Red crabs, also known as "Red Bait Crab" by fisheries are Best bait for Bream off the rocks, especially during daylight hours. Pigs(Drummer) Leatherjacket and Groper(use whole, just remove either one or two legs for hook insertion) all love them. Whole crab a little less vulnerable to pickers, but as bag limit is only 10, halving or quartering gives far more baits. Use white bread for burley (it's also good bait for them) and better still use Chicken "Layer Pellets" to really get them interested. Soak pellets in a bucket until they dissolve and keep a small constant trail going- the fish often end up swimming around in sight. If using prawns, peel them (cooked or fresh) if using cunje, cut cunje straight down from top to bottom going all around with knife and try to keep entire 'pod' intact, the real big ones love a whole intact pod. First hook entry point is through the 'tits' at the top. Any more info just let me know. Cheers Waza
  22. 4 points
    Hi all, I've been a sticky beak ( not saying much) for too long. Anyway this is my Evolution Axis 552. Had it 2 years now and love it I just love everything about Centre Consoles. This one is 6.2M LOA with a Merc 150 to push it along. Heaps of storage and plenty of walk around fishing space. Spent most of the past 2 years fishing the bay but I've ventured outside a few times now and I'm definitely hooked offshore. Been through The Port Phillip Heads (The Rip) a few times in 6+M swell and the boat handles very well. Great thread, I can stare at boats all day. cheers Jamie
  23. 4 points
    I’m sure there is a bung licking joke there somewhere.
  24. 4 points
    Headed up to Shoal Bay for school holiday fun, arrived Sunday and with the wind the kids were not keen to head out in the boat, so we fished from the wharf for a small squid. On Wednesday the wind was gone and the bay was like glass and the sun made it feel warmer than the 18deg predicted. we went out from Shoal Bay about 9.30am (Headlights on low beam) 😃 the Dolphins in the bay were having a great time in the bow wave of our boat and in the wake at the back much to the kids and wife’s delight. No matter where we went they followed and jumped around. cruised up the river to Hawks Nest and tried a bit of fishing while having a early lunch for zilch. the did a full speed run down to Soldiers point and watched more dolphins herding bait fish. Need to see if recent issues have been fixed, so far so good. My daughter managed a small Sole / Flounder and that was the only bite we had all day. we then toured about a bit more before heading back to the Shoal bay ramp and home to wash the boat and down to the country club for a beer and dinner. I drove back for work today and the kids and wife went whale watching, Hope to get out in syd Harbour this weekend.
  25. 4 points
    Sorry, just have to say something re Alvey's not being suitable for Kingfish. I live baited for Kingfish off the rocks for near enough to 20 years. Started off with plain 650 no drag 20lb mono- too light, caught a few, lost heaps. Next 30 lb mono, still lost a lot but caught a few more. Next 700 Alvey- no drag 40lb Weiss Perlon started catching them regularly but still lost many of the larger ones. Next 651 E5 Alvey- with drag but handles mounted on spool 48 lb Tortue- caught most only lost occasional one. As PaddyT said fine for spinning with gars and also for spinning giant minnow lures. When the "sports-fishing" bug struck, changed to Penn Senator 113H star drag, 20lb(lost too many) then 30lb mono, then Policansky lever drag 30lb mono, Losing them again. Back to 651 E5, only lost odd one again. Bought another E5 Alvey- standard 650 size 33lb Tortue(651 has super deep more reinforced spool holds 600+ metres of 50lb mono) for dual purpose live bait/ gar and minnow spinning. The E5 series in my opinion are the best Kingfish/Mulloway reels ever made for rock fishing. Don't think they are still available as like many Alvey's were made too well and will last owner a lifetime. Very rare to see an "E5" model on ebay and they always sell for a big price. Good drag and trouble free. No question that lever drag overheads are miles ahead for Tuna etc. Almost ALL the live bait guys that fished Sydney cliffs and also Bluefish used Alvey's, not to mention most of the northern rivers wall Mulloway guys and original WA balloon fishers. Rods were from 81/2 to 10 foot (with the majority just over 9 foot)- "Butterworth" MT 9108,9120,9136 OR FSU6120, Silaflex FT70 with aluminium extension butt, Sportex 3904-6 and Fenwick LB1086, LB1206 were the"go-to" blanks for building the rods. Again, as Paddy said above, 2nd hand surf rod with a bit cut off the tip was also a popular alternative. As a side note, George Forrester of the AFA club used to jig for kings at the peak with a 725C52 Alvey and would sometimes get 30-40 fish in a day. You learn a great deal fighting fish with sidecast and centerpin reels and it's just my opinion, but having a 'stand-up' fight with a large fish in this style of fishing is really exciting. Sadly, Alvey fishermen seem to be a dying breed around Sydney and Alvey nearly closed last year, mainly because they made reels so well that they were 'handed-down' from father to son without needing to be replaced. Maybe you should borrow one and try it
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