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  1. A beach with virtually no underwater structure and little wave action to turn the sand over wouldn’t be my first choice of beach to fish from.
  2. Q1 - most waterways have closed seasons. You need to check the regulations on fisheries website. Q2 - for waterways with closed seasons the best time is usually the first couple and last couple of weeks of the open season. For lakes open year round, usually avoid the hot months as trout will be lethargic. Generally early spring and autumn give best catches, but there are exceptions to this rule for which you need local knowledge. For most trout fishermen, being on the water on opening weekend is a must - in fact some years opening weekend and the next couple of weeks are the only ti
  3. Hi Saladboi. Getting back to your original question about best way to fish that region. i fished the area for about 20 years until recent droughts . My best trips were done by taking 2 cars, parking one somewhere on the Coxs and driving the other one further upstream and then walking and fishing between. You get access to the inaccessible. For one walk we parked the car at Lake Lyell right up the arm where the Coxs enters, and the other one at Lake Wallace, where the Coxs goes under the Great Western Highway. The lower car had to be taken in the night before and left there else it wo
  4. And not transiting through a hotspot, like Sydney Airport.
  5. Great photos Jon, although the first one made me feel sick just looking. Do you do any post-processing or is that straight out of the camera? actually, I haven’t kept up. What camera is it?
  6. So here is a quick explanation and photo of the drop camera rig I use. Here is the rig. Components from left to right are: A handcaster with 50mtrs of 100 lb mono. There is a bolt and wingnut fitted under which I can quickly pinch off the line. I can clip on a float when needed. A sled made of reo mesh. Its just one piece of reo mesh cut and bent. A very cheap GoPro clone. A 2kg diving weight (probably overkill). An onion bag, which I fill up with bait. Its all held together with cable ties. All up it cost about $60 including camera and housing and took a
  7. For real time viewing, you would need a GoPro or a clone with wifi, and a phone with app to view it on. wifi doesn’t work underwater - or rather it only carries for a few inches, so you have to use a cable. There are commercial heavy duties ones available, cheaper commercial ones for recreational use, or you can DIY a solution. Plenty of people are doing it with just $20 worth of cable, and nothing else - like in this video I think the main limitation would be depth - on which I can’t comment, although plenty of people report 20 metres. I haven’t tried this because
  8. Whenever I go fishing I'm plagued by questions about the environment underneath - like what type of bottom is it, what fish are down there, what food sources are available, why am I loosing baits but catching no fish, are there even any fish there at all - all those sort of things. Recently I built a drop camera to answer these questions. Its just a simple construction of mesh-reo with a 2kg weight, a float, two el cheapo Gopro clones, and an onion bag with some bait in it. I set this in all the places I fish and each drop gives me about 40mins of video. The knowledge these
  9. Apologies if this has already been covered, or is well known, but are you aware that back in the 70s there was a ‘mini speed boat’ racing class. The only requirements were 9ft maximum length, and either 25hp outfit or maximum 500cc inboard. The boats were invariably made in lightweight style from plywood with minimal timber frames. The pilot was in a kneeling position when underway - a requirement so as to be able to throw their weight around for counterbalance, which was necessary as these things were screamers. I never had a ride in one but it was described to me as being like going 100mph o
  10. If you want to know more about it look up Enteromorpha intestinalis. I think it’s now actually reclassified as Ulva intestinalis. sorry I can’t give you a common name - there are so many and I don’t know which names are used locally. it can grow like fine hair or be flattened - depends on growing conditions such as salinity but all are the same species.
  11. Trolling sinker https://budgetmarine.com/catalog/fishing/terminal-tackle-hooks/floats-sinkers/lead-cigar-trolling-sinker-w-swivel-4oz/
  12. You could use a trolling sinker. I have a couple and they are pretty easy to use and no great water resistance. I don’t feel they are any worse then a down rigger in the limited circumstances I use them - which is not particularly deep - I think it’s 8 metres. the ones I have are 4 and 8 ounce and are like a very thin barrel with wire loops at either end. I think they are 100mm long or thereabouts. Not perfect but a good Compromise for those without downriggers. not too sure how they would go at 25 metres though. I have used the 4 ounce one which gives a nice slow troll at
  13. putty beach at sunup is worth the effort. That Bouddi NP area is something special. I like Tallow Beach too. James, dart are very common on Putty and nearby beaches, in fact probably the most numerous fish. Summer and autumn. Luke, Actually it may not be your ability to read the beach which is lacking - Putty Beach has almost no structure. Killcare Beach (the other end of the same beach) has a bit more structure but not a lot. If you can find a channel that’s 300mm deep then that’s a big one.
  14. Be a bit cautious here. If you are fishing in Thomson’s Creek Dam then only one rod is allowed, and only lure or fly - no bait is allowed.
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