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  1. As far as I know you can collect them but be careful the shell is extremely sharp. That's why they are called razor fish. They are easy to see as they are quite large. They are dangerous because the sharp end of the shell protrudes out of the sand. If you tread on one it will slice your foot very badly. People want them removed from Lake Mac for that reason. You can find them easily by snorkling.
  2. I have been reading with interest Waza's stories about the infamous Mattens fishing spot at Dover Heights in the 1980's. I lived a few streets away in the 1970's, in fact just above The Block, another great fishing spot, a little further north of the Mattens. I used to fish the Block, the climb was almost as hairy as the Mattens, but there was a long wooden ladder in the most difficult section and then a shorter ladder further down. Despite that it was extremely dangerous. I shudder when I think I actually climbed down it but I was only a kid in those days. One day I met up with a mate fr
  3. My brother has a mate with a farm near a creek that feeds into the Hawksbury River, way up past Wisemans ferry. After the recent heavy rains the creek flooded and after it subsided he went down to check it out. He said there thousands upon thousands of small bass making their way upstream. There was just a continuous stream of them swimming past. I assume they were originally washed down in the heavy rains and are not heading back to where they came from. The bass fishing should be good in coming years with that many fish around.
  4. The DPI recommends that for fish caught east of the harbour bridge, the recommended maximum consumption is five 150gm serves of trevally a month and one 150gm serve of tailor per month. The reason for the lower consumption level for tailor is that they are predatory fish that eat other fish and therefore accumulate dioxins that might be in the fish they eat. Dioxins are very dangerous and carcinogenic. Most of the doixins came from the old Union Carbide factory at Homebush. That's where they made agent orange - a lot of it ended up in the harbour (agent orange is the chemical they used to defo
  5. I read a book once about the Australian navy seals who had some kind of training base at Taylors Point and these guys used to swim at night all the way up Pittwater and back (behind a boat). No mention of sharks but you would not get me doing that.
  6. If they won't take a bait on heavy gear, it sounds like trevally. Even moderate sized trevs can strip line from a light outfit. There do seem to be a lot of trevs out there near the entrance to the bay.
  7. I think you are correct Volitan, the dark bird looks like a Great Skua.
  8. In relation to the birds, I think The Producer is right, the first one is an albatross, but its called a black browed albatross. The darker bird is either a shearwater of some sort, possibly the common short tailed shearwater (aka mutton bird) or a great-winged petrel. Its hard to tell from the photo given there is no scale or sense of size to work off.
  9. Don't be put off by the 20 minutes; it only took me 5 minutes...
  10. For bream caught west of the bridge the recommended consumption level is zero. Fort bream caught east of the bridge its 150gms per month. Bream have one of the lowest consumption levels of the fish surveyed. Almost all other fish have much higher consumption levels. Dioxins is a very toxic group of chemicals. It came from the Union Carbide factory at Homebush, where among other things, they manufactured Agent Orange used in the Vietnam war.
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