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    Brilliant effort and thanks for posting. Anyone know where it is !
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    Loved this vid

    I watched this vid and loved it. https://youtu.be/eLpYRAJxEBY These guys and their boat, their boat carrier and their beach launch are the real deal. I’ve never seen a boat carrier like that. Are they common ? Their catch was good too. Reminded me of one time, years ago, we were driving just outside Kaitaia in NZ and we came across a trailer parked outside someone’s house full of massive snapper - probably 50 snapper averaging maybe 8 kilos. My father bought one fish, and the guy told us it came from one trip that morning - several guys with handlines. He said it was pretty rare that the weather let you out but when it happened it was massive,
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    Estuary perch tips at the entrance

    Ok, thanks KB, I did not know that.
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    Seasons for fish...?

    Yes, most fish species have some variation in seasonal abundance. It’s never black and white, however. An example is salmon. These are most abundant in winter when large numbers migrate here from places further south. However there are lesser numbers of salmon here year round too, so you will catch a few in summer as well. Then there are other species where the pattern is almost black and white, but never quite. An example is mahi mahi. These will follow the North-South flowing warm water current - so will arrive in Sydney area when the water temperature is at its peak and stay around till the water cools. Finding one of these here in winter would be very rare indeed, but it has happened. then there are other species which don’t do long distance migrations but move seasonally from deeper to shallower water. An example is kingfish, which become active in estuaries in the summer months. However they never fully leave the area, just retreat to deeper offshore reefs. Being always around, they can show up at any place at any time. However if you want to target them you will be well advised to fish by the seasons rather then chance your luck on a rare occurrence happening. Every fish species is different and there are many influencing factors. For example, each year the water temperatures and the strength of current flows are different. These factors and many others makes it hard to predict fish population dynamics from the calendar. Very complex place, the ocean.
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    Estuary perch tips at the entrance

    I would imagine the estuary perch at The Entrance are an ocassional bycatch rather then a common thing. you might be having difficulty catching them cos they’re not there.
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    Beach Fishing - Help Required!

    Adding a bit to the advice you’ve been given. Do a google about finding and fishing the structure on a beach. There are lots of sites and videos that show you how to recognise gutters, rips, channels etc and how to utilise them. Dee why probably doesn’t have very marked structure but even a 30cm difference in depth is enough to concentrate the fish. Most of the fish on the beach will be concentrated into a few spots. dont make the mistake of thinking of it as a casting marathon. Often the fish will be in close - especially fish like dart and bream that love the stirred up sand. you can fish by the tide or you can fish by the light. If it’s the tide then just before and just after high tide works where I fish. If it’s the light, then just after the sun comes up and just on sunset are the times. Light beats tide by a wide margin but if you can get both at their peak together then all the better. that last half hour before dark very rarely fails to produce. its probably best to do something else if the waves are over about 1.5 metres. The fish will still be there, but the increased Longshore drift, seaweed, difficulty holding bottom, tangles and general discomfit will lessen the appeal. my favourite bait is beach worms. I’ve never learnt to catch them (too slow) but they are one bait which works well when you buy the frozen version. They stay on a hook well too. i usually use two rods. One with a combo of pilchards and surf popper, in a beach spike, for kahawai (salmon), tailor, jews etc. This has a heavy trace and big sinker so it can hold bottom and look after itself. The other rod has lightweight gear with beach worm bait (or usually a combination of prawn and beach worm on the same hook) on a longshank hook, which I keep in my hand and usually snags the bream/whiting/dart/flathead/trevally/etc. This combination seems to work well because it has almost every species covered. For rigs, it depends upon the surf. If the surf is small then I like a flat running sinker and fishfinder rig. If the surf is larger then this combination tangles too quickly so I use a paternoster rig, with a big star sinker which I keep the pressure on keep the line taut and prevent tangles.
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    Kingfish off the beach

    While fishing on the beach a few nights ago I was thinking a bit more variety would be nice. so a question just out of curiosity. Has anyone ever caught a kingfish while beach fishing? Never done it myself or even seen it, which seems a bit odd - I know they’re reef fish but they do get around. Especially the small ones. cheers V.
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    Quick Beach session

    Another session on a southern Central Coast beach last night. 6 to 8 pm. Three bream and two kahawai (salmon). The last two bream came in as a double header. One on a surf popper and the other on a pilchard. First fish I’ve had take a surf popper in months. I usually put out a rod with one of those Kmart surf popper rigs and spike it. These have a swivel for attachment, a surf popper on top and a 3 gang hook below, and finally a clip to which I usually attach a big star sinker. They’re a good rig because they don’t tangle much and the star sinker stops movement in the surf which is essential for an unattended rod. I clip two of the gang hooks off because I don’t like the damage they do to fish I’m probably going to release anyway, and bait the remaining hook with a half pillie, liberally tied on with bait elastic. In autumn nearly all the kahawai I caught were on the surf popper - but now they’re all on the pillie. I guess that tells us something about how they’re feeding but I can’t think what.
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    Quick Beach session

    I did another beach session on Macmasters Beach tonight from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Result was one kahawai (Australian salmon) and two good bream. That’s not bad considering it was low water and there is very little structure on the beach. The interesting thing was when I got the kahawai in about half of the top lobe of its tail fin had been bitten off. It was nearly dark and I couldn’t see it clearly (no torch) but it appeared to be fresh done - still red. Made me wonder if something toothy had grabbed it while I was bringing it in.
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    Trolling for Kings

    It’s interesting that most of the people here have had most of their success using lures in ‘shock colours’ rather then natural patterns. By shock colours I mean all white, or all white with prominent red, or all white with minor orange markings, or all white with a blue back. I can’t help wondering why this is - and I think maybe it’s because kingfish are not pelagic fish even though they sometimes act like it. They might rise to feed in the water colum for a small percentage of their feeding time - and actually they don’t do a bad job of it - but their overwhelming adaptation is to life as a reef fish. We can therefore expect their responses and perception to be different to a true pelagic like a mackerel, bonito or tuna. True pelagics essentially run their prey down, so they are well adapted to seeing and pursuing baitfish prey against a surface or near-surface background. The fact that most of their prey has disruptive camouflage (like the mackerel pattern) is something they have largely adapted to overcome in a kind of evolutionary arms race. Reef fish will more often feed by patrolling alone or in small groups and relying upon stealth and surprise to catch their prey after a short pursuit. Generally, reef fish seek shelter very quickly when a predator appears so the kingfish has only a split second to recognise prey and mount an attack. They may favour shock colours because they are only secondarily adapted to pursuing surface-oriented baitfish and therefore are not particularly good at visually tracking a well camouflaged prey item. The shock colours elicit a feeding response in an ambush predator adapted to transient stimuli and allow them to track it easily - right down to actually grabbing it. Of course I’m just speculating here.
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    Trolling for Kings

    sorry, forgot the image this is the Qantas colour
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    Trolling for Kings

    By qantas colours I mean the lure in the attached image. why this colour works well I can’t say. I generally stay away from lures with mackerel markings, or any kind of really natural markings. The point about the mackerel pattern is it’s designed to break up the image of the fish and hide it from predators. It does this so effectively that it has evolved in multiple unrelated fish families through parallel evolution - which is pretty remarkable really - so I don’t want my lures being particularly good at hiding themselves from fish. The Qantas colour seems to really stand out and trigger some deep-seated response. speed, depends on the lure action. Whatever is needed to get the lure doing a nice rhythmic pulsation, as could be done a baitfish. I expect it’s about 5 knots. Speed isn’t important, it’s the lures action that is. I don’t have a downrigger so I’m usually pretty close to the surface. A downrigger would be great. lure size from 120 to 200mm bib size about the same as the one in the image. generally rats are pretty easy to troll up when they are feeding. Bigger model kings are much harder. as an aside - ive never really tried trolling a popper. Perhaps slow trolling around rocks, keeping the rod in my hand and working the popper to get maximum variation. I used to catch a lot of rats flyfishing poppers around the navigation markers in Botany Bay and it was great fun, especially when you see them charge out of the deep to have a slash at your popper. I think I had great success with the popper because it’s so auditory - they can hear it from a long way away so you are casting a very wide net. It might be my resolution for this summer, to give slow-trolling a popper a try. I think it might work really well.
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    Trolling for Kings

    I’ve caught most of mine trolling using rapala-style hardbodies in Qantas colours (red head, white body). I usually set out a blue or green natural looking Rapala-style, and a Qantas-colour. The qantas catches 95%. this is mostly trolling in summer months around Pittwater. ive caught a few trolling flies too. Usually white or chartreuse minnow patterns on sinking lines. The biggest one I’ve caught in Aus was 95cm and it took a minnow fly in Bantry Bay. Unlikely place I guess.
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    Quick Beach session

    Went back for the same times, 2 days later, and managed only 1 small bream. How it goes. No obvious difference in conditions, though I don’t check water temperature. pilchards seem to be almost ignored of late. Prawns and worms lead to some success.
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    Cheaper alternative to sugapens?

    One thing about the sugar pens -> amazingly sharp hooks