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  1. Howdoweplaythis

    Surf rod and reel recommendations.

    That is a decent budget and will get you a high end rod and reel combination. I have a penn prevail rod and pfleuger salt 6000 reel for my beach combo. Total cost was about $300. In terms of the 'hilux' gear you've described, this combo will probably last me many years to come because I take care of it and get the reel serviced regularly. The Shimano Ultegra reel the guys have spoken about is a superb reel, don't get me wrong but it is a $400 reel. You've described that you want as good a reel, but pay less. You will definitely get a better reel for $400 than $150, hence the $250 difference but if you take care of the $150 reel it will also last you a long time to come. It won't be as 'good' par se, but if it is your first beach combo, will you notice the difference? It will still feel nice to use. In regards to your target species, if you're throwing pilchards you are probably going to be targeting tailor/salmon. A rod rated up to about 12kg will be suitable and will also be sensitive enough for bream/whiting. You will inevitably hook a shark one day on pilchards. I caught many sharks on my previous 12kg beach rod but you will probably lose the bigger ones.
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    Surf rod and reel recommendations.

    Ugly stik for rod. Go the platinum if you can afford it, else go the gold. The Penn Spinfisher will be the Hilux of reels. It feels heavy and a bit clunky but it is HARD to kill and it works. Alvey is shutting down, but you may still be able to grab one and will be exceptionally durable. I would be looking at spending $200, minimum. Any less and the quality of gear will limit its life expectancy. If you use it regularly enough, the constant salt spray and sand is hard on your gear and will soon find you back at the shop looking for an upgrade because your reel has seized. What are you targeting? Whiting/bream? Tailor/salmon? Big sharks? No one combo will do it all. You'll need to purchase your gear according to the type of beach fishing you want to do.
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    Land based live bait

    balmoral is just around the corner and is reliable for yakkas
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    Circle hooks for kings/jews?

    I've been making a transition to using circles more and more in the past few years, mainly because I've become lazy and can't be bothered to time setting the hook and because circle hooks have a decent hookup rate and rarely gut hook fish
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    Bream not taking anything I throw at them

    Maybe a bit spooky in the shallow water. I bet they'd be more likely to take a bait than a lure
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    Northern beaches

    Short and sweet report Was at Manly Beach from 7.30-10pm last night. A lot of tailor around who kept tearing up my livies without hookups. Eventually managed to land two - one around 35cm and the other my PB at 60cm. No photos as it was getting late and I was hungry. Bait was live and butterflied yellowtail and fresh tailor fillets. No big predators caught this night, but I know they're around. I'm starting to suspect that Manly Beach has too many lights and 'activity' (music, cars, people traffic and even fireworks last night) on this popular tourist beach, even at night and this puts off jewfish. At the same time, I know they've been caught on this beach. Thoughts?
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    What line weight for flathead fishing?

    Second this
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    What line weight for flathead fishing?

    6lb is fine for that size fish - it's what I would start with. You'll land most of them but be prepared to lose a few too. Upgrade to 10-12lb if you're losing too many fish for your liking
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    Live bait!

    Forgot I made this post a while back
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    Live bait!

    Yep, if not then try Balmoral. They're consistently there during warmer months. I got a bunch there last weekend for livies
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    Live bait!

    Balmoral and clifton have plenty of yakkas biting Are there 'legal times' to fish from Manly Wharf? Always been curious but never been bothered to look
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    Whole day at Clifton Gardens

    That wharf starts getting filled at about 5am, even earlier on weekends. Good to see fisheries out. I've never been checked before in the ~5 years I've been fishing, not even at the regular haunts. Looks like a nice mix bag of fish caught. I've learned that burley makes a big difference at Clifton. Kings should be around now
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    Wamberal Beach

    Great to know. Sambos normally go to my cats but i'll throw a chunk out next time for a jewie. Cheers.
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    Flatheads: What am I doing wrong?

    If you are getting bites and not hooking up, unlikely to be flathead. They will normally fit an entire lure in their mouth first time when they bite. As mentioned above, make sure the hooks are sharp as their mouth is very hard. Given this fact, set the hook HARD for flathead. You mentioned you fished from a jetty. They are great places to fish but keep in mind flathead are lazy fish and you need to cover ground to find them (it's unlikely they will 'swim along' and find your lure/bait), which is the limitation of a small jetty because once you've cast from all around the jetty, that's it. Try a 'stretch' of water with the right conditions for flathead
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    Wamberal Beach

    do sambo fillets make good jewfish bait?