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  1. Thanks so much for such a detailed reply. Great information. cheers i wondered what you could possibly have against Malaysian airlines - till I remembered past events.
  2. I’d love to do that. Can you tell us more about the trip and your arrangements? Like whether you booked before leaving. How many in the boat. Was it a good charter. Where did you stay. Did you go just for the fishing or do anything else. Costs would be good to know too. Any detail would be interesting. cheers V.
  3. If you’re after big fish, then before you go using braid off a breakwall have a look at this video . Ok it’s not ‘scientific’ but I think it nonetheless accurately represents reality.
  4. Braid has virtually zero abrasion resistance, so it cuts very quickly if it makes contact with the oyster strewn rocks that most breakwall have at their base. I use braid off the beach and mono off the breakwall.
  5. Volitan


    When I have a lot of gear, I use a yard cart. cost about $90 from Bunnings big fat wheels make it ok for sand.
  6. We live beside Brisbane Water. Probably an analogous situation. About once a month I see flocks of 1-200 little black shags fly in and swim along the shoreline in tight formation. It’s a very intense feeding activity, and it moves really quickly. Though I often follow them, and try to intercept them on wharves or headlands, ive never actually been able to confirm that they are feeding on schooling fish. It seems logical, but I just can’t see any, or any predatory fish either. There is usually lots of surface activity, but the shags move so quickly it’s hard to tell whether there are fish there or it’s just the leading edge of the shag flock. I really don’t know what they are doing. I have wondered if it’s just a feeding strategy that they use for busting the resident fish and prawns out of the sea grass - kind of by maximising underwater confusion and panic. That may explain why the shags ‘seem to know about it’. They don’t, it’s just a feeding strategy at their own initiative. There are usually a few pelicans and egrets crash the scene, but they don’t seem to catch much and soon fly off, which also suggests to me they are not chasing baitfish. I’ve been watching this for a couple of years and still no answer.
  7. I’m following this with interest. Though I understand it probably isn’t much use off a beach for all the reasons Coswecanfly said, we live waterside on Brisbane Water. The problem is the water is very shallow off our place so the fishing is poor, but I’ve been out in a little dingy and results are much better if you can just get the bait out - about 3 times the distance I can cast. ive thought of a drone but a boat would be much more reliable because it can’t fall into the water - it’s already there. if I could get the bait out that far, I could fish from our dining room while im having breakfast. How good would that be.
  8. Actually, the kahawai in NZ do taste A LOT BETTER then they do here. Ex Kiwi here, and I was surprised at the foul taste of the Aussie version when I first encountered them. It’s not uncommon for the same fish in different countries to taste different, probably due to the niche they occupy and hence what they feed on. I also believe that most of the kahawai caught and eaten in the northern part of NZ are actually Arripis xylabion (the Kermadec kahawai) not Arripis trutta. That’s where I lived and fished and I remember that they were slightly different in appearance - more blue on the back, clearer markings. Smelt different, tasted different. Can’t prove that, though. I think scientists are only just sorting the two species out now - but it might be one contributing factor to why they are higher rated in NZ.
  9. Q1. Most (not all) migrate to deeper water. Remember that shallow water is mostly a feeding environment. Fish are ectothermic, meaning they are cold blooded and don’t need to burn fuel to keep warm, so have very low food requirements unless they are actively growing, feeding or reproducing. In winter when doing none of these things they can just cruise around doing hardly any feeding - so there is no need for them to occupy dangerous shallow water feeding environments. They might as well move to deeper, more temperature stable environments. I don’t think the ferry wharfs would be deep enough to qualify, but don’t really know. Q2. I don’t target bream so don’t know. Q3. Generally, if you’re fishing in shallow water around Sydney then clear water days are difficult. Most fish around publicly accessible spots are leader-shy and easily put off by disturbance. There is a small jetty near where I live and I sometimes fish from it just to watch how the fish behave. I have noticed that even waving a fishing rod over the edge of the jetty is enough to make them scatter. Obviously these fish are semi-residents and have learnt that disturbance on the wharf means danger. So I don’t think the fish feed any more or less when the water is clear, but they are harder to catch.
  10. I’m not sure because I usually fish with beach worm so my baits are small. in the shops in NZ there are lots of pre-made rigs for sale and usually they have two floats, usually one red and one yellow. for casting distance, you could consider an impact shield, which will tend to make all the elements of your terminal tackle line up one behind the other. At least it will stop your rig helicoptering.
  11. Are you meaning the coastwatch sites?
  12. Hi. I usually want to know the surf conditions before I go beach fishing. These are usually Central Coast beaches. I’ve seen a few web sites that purport to offer real-time information, but I don’t find them very reliable. What sites do other people use?
  13. I went to Macmasters this evening for 3 hours for one whiting. It’ll stay like this till late September-ish.