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  1. Volitan

    Carp, Friend or Foe?

    JDanger, wh JDanger, what is that you’ve caught the carp on. It looks like a fly - maybe imitating a dragonfly ?
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    Fishing with all this rain

    Rain leads to a lot of fresh water in enclosed waterways which typically puts fish off the bite. There are exceptions though. For example, if you can find a creek in flood then where it enters the estuary will often produce very good fishing for bream. Best baits for flathead - they are not a fussy fish. They will take a large bait so I usually use a whole pilchard on two hooks. Bream/whiting/etc I find prawns and yabbies best. Beach worms seem to be best bait off the beaches but I haven’t had much success with them in your district. Chicken fillet is also surprisingly good and convenient. in terms of time of year - there should be a changeover from difficult winter fishing to better summer fishing right about now. We live near the water and there is shallow water off us, and most days I go for a walk to see what I can spot in the water. In summer there are heaps of fish in shallow water. Easy to see small bream, whiting, stingray, mullet etc. Right now there is absolutely nothing in that water, I see nothing living no matter how hard I look - so that suggests to me we haven’t turned the corner yet. you also need to keep a sense of perspective. Fishing land-based in Brisbane Water is never going to be easy, you only need to consider the shallow, sandy waterways, commercial fishing activity and the ceaseless pressure from amateurs. I take the view that catching a couple of fish per trip is a good result, that’s the level of my expectations, and as I never keep more then one fish per trip on principle that does me. i suspect that reading fishing reports for the region can give a false impression. Most people are boat fishing, which is almost always much more productive, so don’t confuse that with land based reality. I focus on the positives. We have an amazing number of waterways and fishing situations available to us. We can access almost the entire shoreline, and it costs nothing (beyond licence fee) plus there are public wharves you are still allowed to fish off. We can launch canoes and other small craft and fish safely for miles of waterway, and if the spirit moves us we can easily access the surf coast for different styles of fishing altogether. Pretty good, really.
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    Trout near train station?

    Ok, given that you have a bike that changes things. Best tip from me is to ride down to the McKanes Falls Bridge, ask for permission to access from the last house on the right before the bridge, chain your bike up and walk upstream fishing the pools. Try and put a couple of km walking in before you start fishing as most people don’t walk far and thrash the water near the easy access points. Obviously morning and evening is by far the best, but a few fish will be feeding all day. I’d go again soon, as the fishing is best close to opening day and falls off rapidly as the water warms. The better fish in the river are actually recovering spawners, which will drop back to the nearest lake over the next few weeks, leaving just the resident fish which are fewer and smaller. if you fly fish, it’s good nymphing water. my experience with the Coxs in the Megalong Valley below Blackheath were the same as yours. A few fish about but couldnt get near them. Never caught a fish near the road, but have caught them in the remote spots accessible off the six foot track. thats a hard ride you did, with some steep climbs. I wouldn’t have thought you were able to cover so much ground.
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    Trout near train station?

    Yes, Berletguts comment reminds me that I did a few long fishing walks in that area, and that there is no reason you couldn’t do them too with a bit of planning. I did a walk from Lake Wallace to Lake Lyell, which was good but need to take a lilo to get past the worst bits - the creekside is so impassable the onky practical way was to get in and float down. I also did from McKanes Falls to Lake Lyell spillway and back. Nice easy walking as a long fishing daytrip. I also did from the point where the Jenolan Caves Road crosses the Coxs to the Coxs River Road at a spot called Dudewarra Bridge or something similar. Also did the 6 foot track - from near Katoomba to over on the Jenolan side. Also did the walk from Packsaddlers to Little River, and from Packsaddlers, along the Coxs, up the Jenolan River, and up the Jenolan Ravine to the Jenolan caves Road. All of these trips were good, and all produced rarely fished water and some fish. However these were about 10 years or more ago so I can’t give you any relevant fishing advice. The walk I mentioned third (Jenolan caves road to Coxs River Road) was the one I would recommend. Either a long day trip or an overnighter. When you get midway you will be in territory no-one has fished for a very long time - which doesn’t guarantee you fish but are a good place to be regardless of the fishing. Getting from the station to the start of the track without a car is the problem to solve. Uber, maybe. Roads like Jenolan Caves Road will have busses. cheers V.
  5. Volitan

    Trout near train station?

    Assuming you have no transport at all beyond the train then your options are not great. From Lithgow Station you could reach the Coxs River by taxi. Probably best to head for the McKanes Falls area, or maybe where Great Western Highway crosses over (just below Wallerawang). I have also seen trout in the creek just past Bowenfels. I think it’s called Farmhouse Creek. in the Blue Mountains, the only waterway I know of which holds trout is Wentworth Falls Lake. There is a station nearby. when most people talk about trout in the Blue Mountains I assume they mean the winter fishing in the Coxs and Jenolan and other rivers in the Megalong valley below the escarpment. A very long trip from any station, with a long bush walk at the end, if you have no transport but still dearly wish to go fishing then I feel your pain. I used to hitchhike from my place at West Ryde to Lake Lyell to fish - but that was many years ago when it was not so difficult. i know you wanted a stream, but if Lake fishing is Ok then you could go to Lake Lyle or Wallerawang, but again the bit from the station to the lake is the hard bit. for the first couple of weeks of October the Coxs near Lithgow should fish OK. there may also be a railway station that will get you somewhere near the Fish river, I don’t know that area well enough.
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    Small fish I don’t recognise (Driftfish)

    No, I hadn’t, but following your suggestion I worked the key through and came up immediately with this black cube head, a type of driftfish Cubiceps baxteri or a related species - it seems there are several species in Australia. This is the page I ended up at http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/family/32 It would take someone better at ID then me to be definite, though it seems a very close match on all the features I noted or photographed, and the general overall look. thanks for the tip-off - I’d seen that key before but had forgotten about it. cheers V.
  7. Volitan

    Small fish I don’t recognise (Driftfish)

    That’s a pretty good match on the body shape, but Wikipedia tells me all lantern fish have a single dorsal, so I guess not.
  8. Volitan

    Small fish I don’t recognise (Driftfish)

    I sent the photo to the Australian Museum, but got an email back a couple of days later saying that due lack of resources no-one would be looking at it. Budget cuts I guess.
  9. I’m in the ‘it makes no difference group’. I reckon I’ve proved it to my own satisfaction over many years. incidently, I’ve always thought this was a myth that got its start many years ago, when the genteel people chased salmon and trout and it was the only game worth talking about. The belief was that fish could tell when a storm was coming and they fed well beforehand. Rapidly falling barometer meaning possible flood in Europe/ Britain. If you’ve ever looked at a normally placid river in flood - when it’s a raging brown torrent - I’m sure you’ve wondered how the fish survived. The fish were correct, it could be many days before they could feed again. From there it has generalised to all fish in all aquatic environments without a skerrick of empirical evidence or logical explanation.
  10. I found this beachcast on MacMasters Beach. I don’t recognise it and can’t ID it. the pectoral fin is long - almost half the body length. There are two dorsal fins, which are both long and take up most of the dorsal surface. No obvious teeth or scales. These things rule out the usual suspects like Ogilvys hardhead, sandy sprat, surf sardine, blue sprat and anything else I can see. any ideas?
  11. Volitan

    My green weed farm

    It’s the soft type. Came from the lagoon at Macmasters Beach - end of Tudibaring Road. Abundant there.
  12. Volitan

    Is it just me?

    Yep. If you google Hincksia you’ll see it’s a nuisance for a while but not for long - especially in places like Noosa.
  13. Volitan

    Is it just me?

    Lots of it here in Brisbane Water. Slimy brown filimentous algae that coats the bait and the sinker every time you wind it in. I think it’s Hincksia sordida, which causes nuisance algae blooms on the east coast in spring. Certainly not seagrass.
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    My green weed farm

    Thought this might interest a few people. Ive never had much success at freezing or preserving green weed long term. So I grow it outdoors. The long filamentous species grows easily. Well, I'm not sure whether it actually grows, maybe it just keeps alive -but anyway it survives indefinitely and is in really good shape. I had a day a while ago using both home-grown and wild collected weed and no difference in fish-appeal. Main thing is to put it in a bright spot as it has a high light requirement but give it just a couple of hours direct sun - preferably late in the day. Too much sun and the water overheats. We live near the water so I drop a couple of buckets of seawater in every now and again - and throw out some of the existing water. The sea cabbage (Ulva lactuca) is much harder to grow outside of winter. It is much more heat sensitive, plus it has a lot more animal-life on board which will die and pollute the water. Ive had the lot growing in the attached image for a couple of months.
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    East Coast Salmon

    They are migratory but their migration is not so well defined that you could make a comment about where they might be and when. There are also resident(year round) fish. Off the beach, it’s been just the usual species. Bream, tailor, trevally and flathead (blue spots). I forgot to answer your part-question about lures: my take on this is that if the fish are actively feeding then you want to throw them a lure that approximates what they are feeding on. So you need an educated guess about what they are chasing. if it’s small, glassy ‘eyes’ fish (in our area that’s almost always Engraulis australis - Aus anchovy) then you want a very small lure or better still a skinny white fly. This species is the ‘engine’ of our estuaries and the main food item for most of the pelagics like rat kings, bonito and frigates. if it’s bigger fish then in our area it’s probably Ogilvys Hardheads or Sandy sprats - bigger, slab sided things that need a larger lure with a darting fluttering motion. Both these species spawn inshore in first half of winter and the salmon pursue this. when the salmon are just cruising around ‘prospecting’ then I don’t know, it’s too much repetitive casting for me - I only use lures when I see fish feeding.