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  1. 12 points
    With Tuggerah Lakes pretty quiet I decided to team up with a mate and hit the rocks. Been a long while since I had a serious fish off the stones and it took a while to get into the swing of things. Managed a nice blackfish at 39 cm then hooked into what felt immediately like a decent pig. Thinking that I'd be very unlikely to land it on blackfish gear, I held on hoping for the best. Managed to keep it out of the kelp and caves, finally washing it up onto the rocks. At 56 cm it was one of the biggest pigs I've caught. A great day with beautiful weather and good company. KB
  2. 4 points
    3 days fishing 2 weeks a go. More pictures, less text. 1th day went fishing with Vili and Shappo00. Catch some small ffishes old style systeem, and i catch my wery first fish by bait, 42cm zander. I was exiting like small kid. 2th day went fishing with Vili and my friend from old work, Arja And Liisa, Shappo00 came there allso later. Again i cach zandr by bait, 49cm. Liisa catch 250g perch, and Arja catch 1kg common bream by icefishing gears. Vili cach some small perchs. I allso lose on zander. If i remember, Shappo00 cactch allso 49cm zander By bait. 3th day fishing with Vili and Shappo00 by boat. Shappo catch 360g perch by bait (roach) i cach 1,8kg pike by softplastic and lose about 1,5kg pike. Vili allso cach couple nice size perch by oldstyle fishing
  3. 3 points
    Hi viz aerial pennants so we can spot other Raiders on the water. Then I can spot @Scratchie, @rickmarlin62 and others and find their snapper spots! 😂 (Actually, they’re very helpful with info as it is. 😎).
  4. 3 points
    1 week a go we went fishing all family, and my mom, uncle and cousin. We start pier, Esko cach firs fish by first cast, 49cm zander, and second cast he lose zander. So 2 cast 2 bite. Viko allso cach zander soon 48cm but more slim. Allso Veikka cach wery first fishes on pier, couple perch and was quite happy with big finnish smile. Allso Vili cach fishes, i am not. After pier fishing session we come our house to eat, and live boat fishing with Viki and Esko. First try cach zanders, but catch only undel limits. Then we move to other plase try cach perch and pikes. First i catch 1,5kg pike, soon Viki catch 320g perch and later 2kg pike. Than start windy and lighting, so we move other side bridge, but no zanders. Then start raining allso, so we move under the bridge, and soon leave back to shore.
  5. 2 points
    Hey raiders! Mike here. If you’ve been thinking it’s been a little quite since I first introduced myself a couple of months back, it’s because we’ve been flat out behind the scenes working on some really cool things. The first of these things I’m pumped to announce today! Just in time for Spring, we’re releasing some awesome, artist designed FISHRAIDER TEES available to pre-order! They will be a limited edition run and you can secure yours now here: shop.fishraider.com.au 🎣👕 PLUS – all pre-orders before August 31st will receive FREE shipping Australia-wide. We have sizes from Small through to XXL, and all tees will be delivered MID-SEPTEMBER. So without further ado... The ALL STAR CAST Tee – $45 The ALL STAR CAST tee is a tribute to the very essence of Fishraider, and just so happens to have a sneaky double meaning... First and foremost, it is a shout out to all the regular posters and visitors to this fine community of ours... an 'all star cast' fit for a Hollywood blockbuster. And secondly, it describes the skills of a Fishraider quite accurately, does it not? Get one The REEL DEAL Tee – $45 The REEL DEAL tee speaks for itself. Fishing is serious business and since 2004 Fishraider's have been getting the job done, all around this great country of ours. Better than your average shirt. It's the real deal. Get one The MEMBER PACK – $80 (Save $10!) Want both? We’ve set up an option to buy a combo kit including BOTH tees, with a $10 discount. Happy days. Get the member pack Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be doing our best to keep the goods coming. Do you have any ideas for more Fishraider gear? I’d love to know what you think. Hit me back! Mike
  6. 2 points
    Great idea but I am very hesitant to order cloths over the net without being able to try them on as there is always such a variance in sizing from country to country. Is there a sizing chart available with dimensions?? Also are the shirts Australian made & produced?? Id also prefer to stand by an Aussie site selling an 'Aussie made product'!
  7. 2 points
    Good idea Mike. I won't bother ordering the T-shirts as your suppliers wouldn't have enough material. However, I will keep my eyes open for the things that FranK S suggested, if and when they become available. Cheers, bn
  8. 2 points
    Just bought the all star tee. I got large, I’m 6,2 and 82kgs hope that is about right size? stickers and stubby coolers would be cool
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  10. 2 points
    I also have ordered the member pack and look forward to wearing the t's at fishraiders meetings etc. Suggestions for other items, Boat and tackle box stickers, Brag mats, can-bottle coolers, scarfs for those winter nights, and of coarse caps and hats. Frank
  11. 2 points
    I have the same problem with the butt hitting my forearm. I won't say anything about the fat gut but I could be in total denial. Looking at a photo today of me with a king while wearing a T-shirt that is a touch too short I realised the white belly was not a good look.
  12. 2 points
    In NSW maximum unbreaked towing weight is 750kg- full stop. If it is heavier than that- and dont listen to boat salesmen or the internet- go well under your maximum towing capacity. Because your boat will have add ons - fuel, gear spare tyre etc etc. Which all adds up. Your first question though- 3 blokes (unless they are jockeys )will not be comfortable in a 3.8M tinny, a 4.5M will be OK for inside/calm waters depending on the style of fishing you wish to do- tell us a bit more about what you want to do and then a bit more help will be forthcoming. Also buy a boat that suits the majority of its usage, dont listen to the wife when she wants canopies/toilets/leather upholstered doosiewhatsits when she will only come on the boat once a year.
  13. 1 point
    New rules and bag limits come into force on 1 September 2018 as follows: The advisory councils provided advice on this important issue, which included: • The removal of the possession limit of 10 Mulloway between 45 and 70 cm that currently applies to Estuary General meshing net fishers. This will mean that a 70 cm Mulloway minimum size limit will apply to all fishers. • A reduction in the recreational bag limit from two to one. The changes come into effect on 1 September 2018 and will be closely monitored by NSW DPI. An advisory campaign will also ensure all fishers are aware of the new rules. This is a joke, as the rule only applies to Estuary General meshing net fishers which means that beach netters that target spawning Mulloway congregations on northern beaches trawlers etc will still be able to take 10 undersize fish, while we get bag limits reduced yet again. Undersize Mulloway will continue to be sold with the claim they were non-estuary caught. All fishers should have the same size limit to avoid this. Most fishers would rarely catch 2 legal jewies in a day. I often fish nearly all night without even a run and when we have a good night with up to 9 caught we only keep 1 or 2 depending on the size. I think the better option would have been a slot limit with only 1 over a meter. Good luck all, I hope your 1 fish is a good one. Ron
  14. 1 point
    shirt ordered cheers mike . my 2 cents worth quickdry board shorts regards dunc333
  15. 1 point
    There's one major reason I'm writing this report up, being the Rockfishing Safety Act. Today was a great day, aside from the power tripping copper I had encountered right at the end of my day, which I'll get to. Not much action today at Browns Point but it's a beautiful spot if you haven't tried it. Be aware though, there is a bit of a hike to get down there. About a 10 min uphill/downhill, uneven ground bush walk. If you're not the fittest person in the world, the way down to Browns Point is pretty bad but it's worse on the way back up lol. The reward though, is that the water is nice and clear (looks great for a swim, a few folks came and went throughout the day for a dip) and it's not terribly snaggy, though there is quite a bit of weed and rocks close to the shore, so if you're casting further out, you'll be sweet. Mrs and I had two rods out each, two rods on the more heavy duty side and two light set ups. Both our big rods got nothing. Tried garfish, mullet fillets, pilchards and squid and nothing was touched with one exception - when I reeled in after casting out about 45 minutes prior with half a squid (head end) on double snelled hooks, I reel it in only to find that the squid, plus the hooks, plus a good chunk of my leader were gone. I'll take a safe bet and say a shark came across it and couldn't help himself. Our small rods is where the action was. We could see about 2m out from where we were standing on the rocks that there were some biggish, black coloured fish swimming around. They were interested in our bait and we did get quite a few pecks but nothing big enough to be able to hook em. I was about to reel my small rod in to change rigs after having it sitting in the water for about 15 minutes with a decent chunk of squid on the hook when BAM a huge hit. I pick up my rod and pray to the fishing god's that whatever it was hit again and they answered my prayers. Another big hit and I got it hooked. Put up a great fight, particularly because I was using light tackle. When it started getting closer to the surface I saw what I thought was a luderick. It kind of didn't surprise me at that point because I have caught a Luderick once before on squid (at Nambucca Heads). This fish kept trying to win the fight by going in to the weeds and under the rocks, fortunately the Mrs had the net ready to go and we managed to land a very nice fish which was later identified, thanks to my friends on fishraider, as a black drummer - my first. Measured in at 35cm and had a great weight to it. Mrs ended up catching two today on the light tackle. First up was a Port Jackson that was heavy as shit and I'd say around the 70cm mark. I was blessed (NOT - I'm terrified of sharks) with getting it in the net, which it barely fit in to. Took a happy snap and off she went to live another day. I'm curious if anyone has ever tried eating one? Reason I ask is when I was at Airlie Beach earlier this year I saw guys targeting and dispatching grey reef sharks to eat. But I digress. Next fish was a weird little red one and wouldn't have a bloody clue what it was but it was returned to the water after a timely struggle in removing the hook from her mouth (we try our best not to throw fish back in with hooks left in their mouths and avoid it as best we can). Threw her back in and she was floating on the surface. We felt so bad, thinking we should have just cut the line, but fortunately she got enough water/air through the gills and after 30 secs swam back down to live another day (and possibly lay her eggs, we think she may have been pregnant). **Word of Warning** Onto to my point about the PoPo and this, frankly puzzling, law regarding life jackets in Randwick council. Now I understand the good intentions behind this law. I understand many lives have been lost when anglers have gone rock fishing. Shit, there was yet another death just yesterday in La Perouse (though the angler was wearing a life jacket 🤔). You'll find where I find issue with the laws near the bottom of this post. I, as you can see in the picture, was wearing a life jacket. Mr Senior Constable Power Trip comes along and yells down at first the Mrs (who was not wearing her jacket, though she did have it and I told her numerous times to put it on) and says he wants to speak to her and she quickly pops over to the backpack to get her license and life jacket. I shake my head and have a chuckle because I couldn't wait to turn around later on and say to her "I told you so!" (it's a rare opportunity). I go back to casting. THEN I hear this guy yell out "Sir? SIR?!" I turn around (this isn't the first time it's happened, it doesn't bother me) and say "sorry, are you speaking to me?" and he says "yeah I'm speaking to you. It appears you aren't wearing a proper life vest." I look at this guy and think "are you not seeing this big, blue, ugly arse, f*** off vest I'm wearing or are you indeed seeing it and thinking I'm wearing it as some sort of fashion statement?" I bite my tongue and say "what's the matter with the vest I'm wearing, sir?" he says "it probably doesn't meet the Australian Standards. Check it for the five ticks. I said "I'm sorry, I wasn't aware that that was a requirement, the signs just say 'life jacket'". Now this is where it gets funny, and probably got my arse out of a $100 ticket. I'm facing him and take my vest off to check and see if it has these ticks on it. He then notices "the girls" which where well hidden by this stupid vest and says "oh... I'm sorry... ma'am". I say "it's all good, and no my vest doesn't have the ticks. I genuinely didn't know about it" he let's me and Mrs off with a warning, even though he had just handed out fines to 4 other people nearby us. Where my issues lie with the laws are this: 1. Signage around the area simply states "Wear a life jacket when fishing. It's the law." Nowhere does it say Australian standards. Now I'm not a lawyer, but I do know how to interpret law as it is part of my job. The council cannot expect people to read the Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016 and read, at the very bottom of the act, that is states the jacket must be of Australian Standards. The very first section and subsequent subsection states people must wear life jackets, which is where I'd assume most people would stop reading the law, because it seems very black and white. It is not until you read down to either the last or very last section where it states Australian standards. If I were fined, I would've happily taken it to court and contested it and I believe I would've had a good chance at winning. 2. This is what really bothered me about this law and where I am quite tempted in making submissions to the council and subsequent lawmakers to have changes made to the law, purely out of unfairness. There was a couple, sitting literally right next to me on the rocks, with no life jacket but weren't fishing - no worries. But because I am there with a fishing rod, I can get a fine for not wearing a life jacket. How does that make any sense? If I was swimming and had my rod out, how could they justify fining me? Would they expect me to swim with a life jacket on? These are issues within the law that, in my opinion, need to be reviewed. Nevertheless, if you guys are out fishing on the rocks, where ever you are, please wear a life jacket for your own safety. And if you don't want a $100 ticket, ensure that they meet the Australian standards. I'll be purchasing some for myself soon. The ones we had today went in the bin. Apologies for the rant and if it is inappropriate for the fishing report but I did want to voice this with you guys because it seems now the police are dead set on enforcing this law now. If you guys reckon I should add my warning to another part of the site, please refer me to the appropriate section. All in all a good day, though I can't say it ended on a high note. Happy fishing to you all and stay safe out there.
  16. 1 point
    https://www.bradley-smoker.com.au/ These guys used to be sponsors of fishraider - I will allow this plug
  17. 1 point
    You are right but its my understanding that some pro's were actually targetting their 10 undersized jewies- at least that will stop, and you can only imagine that if they were targetting them a lot more were ending up dead back in the river. The new regs are a good step in the right direction
  18. 1 point
    Here we go again hahaha. Congrats on the new rig Rebel. Nice boat.
  19. 1 point
    Nitro Powerbream Finesse has a tiny butt... Otherwise get one custom made. Howler Custom rods used to make rods for We flick fishing that were excellent... had tiny butts that you enabled you to customise the weights of the butts so you can match it with a specific reel...
  20. 1 point
    I would like to submit my recent 81cm snapper for 3rd place on lures. Caught at Broughton Island on a 7in gulp. Report can be found here.... cheers scratchie!!!
  21. 1 point
    Hi Raiders, I hadn't been Kayak fishing in a long time, so decided to dust off the kayaks and head to the central coast. With uni starting again, it is hard to find the time to fish, so any chance i have to get out is cherished and enjoyed. Left the house after the morning traffic had subsided a bit and made the journey to central coast. Got there and started setting up and rigging up. I was using a mix of baits and plastics to target some flatties. I used either squid or pillies on a paternoster rig and also worked some squidgy bloodworm wrigglers and some berkley gulps. I drifted over an area that I have caught flathead from before, fished for about 2.5 hours and mainly caught undersized ones. By the end of the session managed 2 legal Flathead both going 40cm. One was caught on a half pillie and the other on the bloodworm wriggler. Not as productive as some of the other trips but still managed a feed. And it was just nice being out on the water, I love boat fishing and land based fishing but sometimes kayak fishing can be the most enjoyable. Its just a different feeling being so close to the water. I did record the trip and edited a little video, so I hope you guys enjoy it. Haven't edited in a while so I am a bit rusty. Cheers
  22. 1 point
    No worries anthman, the basic ide of both diagrams are the same, the diagram I used incorporates a manual changeover switch like you mentioned earlier. The other 2 small gauge wires in my diagram are optional. At 140 Amps (your VSR capacity) you could even go bigger than 4 gauge, like 2 gauge but I imagine that would be overkill for a 40 hp motor. Do you know what gauge cable your existing battery is wired up with to the motor ?
  23. 1 point
    All brands I’ve owned can be self serviced... and that is Burke, Axis and whatever brand is my latest. A service is recommended after 3 or 5 years but is not compulsory. I guess if a service was needed, I would probably just buy a new one (trade in at the ramp like my last one). If there is rust in a cylinder (never had it happen), then the owner could not be doing their checks correctly. It costs about $20 for a new cylinder and valve thingy. If I get 5 years use (or even 3) out of a $60 - $100 inflateable PFD, I’m happy enough with that. I wear it because I want to, I hardly know it’s there and because it makes sense in my boating situation... not because of the regulations.
  24. 1 point
    HI David I did the same thing as you 2yrs ago, I went out to buy a Quintrex 480 or 500 and came home with a Stacer 539 Bow rider. Mainly because of the number of people it fitted, I can take two families since the kids are all under 12yr. My Tips> 1. Get the biggest bought you can handle by yourself, Friends and family never come as often as they think they will. 2. If its going on holidays with you big is not always best, especially if you go a little off the beaten track 3. I went the bow rider as it takes more people, mine fits 7 in the rivers and 6 in open water, even then fishing with 4 is the max, I don't and wont go outside unless its a nice day, I'm not that hardcore of a fisherman. 4. Work out what you want, casual fishing with family leisure days is what I wanted, So I went the Bow Rider, there is advantages to having the run about with the extra room at the back and there is advantages for the bow rider with room at the front, my wife doesn't fish so she sits at the front and reads a book, away from the bait. Kids sit at the front when underway so I can see them, unless its rough. 5. Get the biggest fish finder screen minimum is 7" but a 9" is better and a good radio to listen to sport, music or the news while floating around having lunch and waiting for that rod to buckle over. 6. Drive on drive off trailers are great I use mine in the Hawkesbury / Syd Harbour and the kids fish for maybe a hour, then its exploring and finding beaches to go swimming and bush to explore, We do the same in Port Stephens we leave the crowded Shoal bay beach and cross the bay and find beaches with only a few people or go looking for Dolphins. Then get the 3 person tube out and everyone has a go. There is so much you can do with a boat and so many different boats to chose from, but don't panic, whatever you buy you will enjoy and love it.
  25. 1 point
    G’day raiders, I managed to sneak out this morning with the boy and headed straight to Broughton Island. Knowing the wind was going to kick up at midday, the plan was to put on as many casts as we could before 1030. Anyway, weneeded some wind for a drift and had a nice gust to push us along. I landed the first at a respectable 50cm and then the boy came up tight on a 40 model and then another. The wind kept taking us on different drifts but we kept on working and Brando came up tight again but this time out did me with a nice 55cm snaps. I decided to change sps and put on a 7inch gulp called a garlicker. Now, the last time I used one I got smoked by a monster snapper and these lures only catch big fish. As I was explaining this to my son, I pause on the line and bang zzzzzzz. This thing gave me some real stick but with a bit of teamwork onboard comes a nice 80cm plus snaps for our efforts! Called it a day after that and headed for home to beat the wind!!! A cold beer with lunch and the day just doesn’t get better than that! Cheers scratchie!!!
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