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    Botany Bay - 28/03/19

    Thanks mate. I have burley going the whole time I'm on the boat (even when I am trolling) and agree, without it would get no where near as much action. The rat kings were taking cubed pilchards as well but were harder to entice then when I went a few weeks back. Thanks Gab. Mostly the smaller ones but occasionally you do get a legal one in the mix. Yep they are well and truly hooked on the experience!
  2. Hi everyone, Haven't posted in a while as haven't been out fishing much. Had a weekday off which is pretty much my preferred time to fish now; don't like to contend with the weekend crowds. Got out to botany bay at 6am with the boat and a couple of friends who have never really been fishing before. Got out on the water when it was still dark. Waited for first light then trolled various lures at varying lengths and depths. Started from the runways and made our way out the heads. Picked up the first and largest bonito of the day at 60cm at one of the red channel markers where it was hanging around a baitball in the middle of the water column. Caught the other 2 bonito outside along the coast. No surface action and the bait was hanging down deep. The deep diver got all the hits. Only spent a short time out as my friend got sea sick. Headed in to la perouse and picked up one squid. Anchored at the runway and cubed for some salmon, rats, bream, snapper and trevally. Took the 33cm snapper, one 29m bream, one 32cm trevally and one of the salmon for the table. Released quite a few bream and trevally that were just legal as we had enough fish between the 3 of us. Unfortunately pickers took our live squid bait. Got back home and cleaned the boat by 12pm. Friends were chuffed and looking forward to the next outing. Thanks for reading! Joe
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    Anyone still breathing?

    Hi Krause, Have not been yakking as much as I used too; last time would have been in November in Berowa creek for some bream and soapies. I'm in the middle of customizing a kayak trailer to fit my 2 hobies and my off-roading and camping gear. I can't be bothered lifting the kayak onto my car roof anymore haha. Have been taking the boat out instead due to time constraints. Just 2 weeks ago had a great session in Botany bay at first light with bust ups everywhere infront of the 2 runways. Got into a good number of bonito, tailor, salmon and kings on the troll and micro jigs. And I had them all to myself as everyone else was at molineaux. Once I finish the kayak trailer would be good to arrange another session eh? Cheers Joe
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    Swimmers are around in good numbers

    I was staying on the Hawkesbury river during the end of November and there were lots of blue swimmers about; of good size too. Unfortunately all our traps were stolen on the same day. Only got the chance to lift them one time!!! I know how you feel. Shame that there are a few people out there that do the wrong thing. I will have to keep the traps in view from now on. Joe
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    How To Catch Livebait in Botany Bay Info video

    Hi mate, Nice video! Just be careful with the 'baitgrounds' as I am pretty sure it is out of bounds as per the port authority. I've seen maritime and police move people out of this zone on multiple occasions. I know a lot of people still collect bait from here but it is something to be aware of; unless rules have changed for which I'll be happy to be corrected. Tight lines! Joe 9f-botany-bay-lower-georges-cooks.pdf
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    Secure parking - Parsley Bay boat ramp

    Just thought I'd thank you again Frank for your advice. I took your advice on Dolphin's ramp. It worked a treat and everything was safe and sound when I got back! I can see how it might be a bit difficult to launch at low tide due to the shallow depth but overall quite a well maintained ramp. Cheers.
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    Muddies in the Hawkesbury

    I've just come back from the Hawkesbury around bar point. I had no luck with muddies but was quite successful with blue swimmers. I was there for 4days but unfortunately only got the chance to put 2 pots out for 1 day before they were stolen...The locals had not caught any muddies either and said it was still a bit early.
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    Secure parking - Parsley Bay boat ramp

    Thanks mate. You always hear of smashed windows and stolen goods but I was thinking parsley was going to better then mooney. I guess another consideration is berowa but quite a drive... Thanks Frank! I will give them a ring. Only have a 470 coastrunner but bringing 2 kayaks as well so will be bit of a launch for all 3.
  9. Hi everyone, Was wondering if anyone knows of secure parking for 2 cars (one with a boat trailer) around parsley bay boat ramp? Or an alternative launch area that's safe? Just worried leaving the cars unattended for several nights. Staying at a water front holiday house around Milson's point. Thanks Joseph
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    George's River Mulloway

    Thanks mate. I wish us both luck in getting that 1m+ mulloway! Thanks masterfisho. Hopefully the bigger ones will come out as well. Cheers. Hope you had some success. Thanks for the advice mate. I have had some success around both como and captain cook bridge using bait from the boat. Yet to get one above a metre though. Do you happen to know if any of size have been caught lately?
  11. Hi all, A bit of a delayed post. Went for a kayak session in the George's River on Labour day using soft plastics on the rising tide in the lugarno and menai area. Started in the morning at around 8am and finished fishing by 12pm. Was using a clear prawn squidgy and 2.5 watermelon zman grub. Caught 3 bream ranging from 27 - 34cm, 1 flathead at 42cm and a mulloway at 63cm. The mulloway was caught on the prawn squidgy 2 hours before high tide on a steep drop-off. Caught the others on the zman grub. Using 6lb braid to 8lb leader. Surprisingly the 34cm bream had more fight then the mulloway which was almost dead weight. Released all fish except 1 bream and the flathead which was kept for the table. The mulloway are out there if anyone is keen to give them a go. Hopefully next time they are a bit bigger!! Cheers Joe
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    Port Hacking Landbased

    Thanks mate. I find the squidgy prawns work pretty well with some sort of scent. I was using the provided s-factor. Pretty wide range of species. Thanks Berleyguts. Fishing is a very good motivator for exercise I found! Cheers mate. Thanks Sam. Haha I'm off to buy a new rod soon. Looking at an upgrade. So looks like it's going to be alright.
  13. Hi Everyone, Haven't posted in a long time. Have been caught up with work. Thought I'd put up today's landbased session which is a little different to my usual style of fishing (kayak/boat). I was supposed to get to my spot in the port hacking river by 630am. It takes around a 30min hike through bushland. This didn't happen. I arrived at 10 o'clock to get the start of the runout. Conditions weren't great. High winds and side rain, but this settled down after a bit. Started off using soft plastics (squidgy prawn) with 6lb braid and 8lb mono to start as I've caught some good bream and snapper here before. Straight away I get a good hit on the descent and reel in a tailor measuring 38cm. I try again several times but get bitten off everytime (seemed like there was nothing else there except tailor). Switched to a rapala and cast after cast I was bringing in tailor (6 in total from 36cm to 42cm). They were all released. Suddenly on a retrieve something else hits and gives a much better fight. So good in fact that it broke my rod (there must have been some previous damage). Brought in a good bonito at 58cm. Given that my rod was broken and no further fishing was to be done I kept the bonito for the table and headed home. All up fishing time was under an hour. The drive and hike took 3hours. Thanks for reading. Joe
  14. Hi everyone, Very late notice but have a day off tomorrow and going for a morning session at botany bay launching from kurnell at 5amish if anyone wants to join. Cheers Joe
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    Been a while [Hawkesbury Jew Report]

    Thanks for the update Henry. I haven't fished Juno in quite some time. Happy to hear there are still fish hanging around. Might just have to give it another go sometime. Cheers Joe