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  1. Has anyone started catching any summer pelagics (kings, bonnies, etc) around Sydney or the Central Coast yet? I haven’t encountered any yet fishing the rocks at Terrigal and Avoca except for my son catching a small king earlier this week using a 5 inch jerk shad. I caught a few yakkas this week from the rocks so the bait appears to be turning back up. Surely they should start turning up any day now. I’m over catching winter salmon, snapper and trevally. Cheers, Phil
  2. I spun Avoca yesterday afternoon using metals and xraps. Got nothing. The water was filthy green. Same thing last weekend off the skillion. There was a fair amount of swell yesterday and it’s forecast to increase today so if you go off the rocks be really careful.
  3. Hi All, I am going to re-spool my Daiwa saltist 5000 with new braid. I’m tossing up between Tasline elite 50lb or WFT strong braid 22kg. Does anyone have any experience with these braids and if so which braid would you recommend? I do all my fishing from the rocks so I’m after a thin braid for maximum casting distance but also good abrasion resistance. Cheers, Phil
  4. Have you considered a Daiwa Seabass 11ft XH? These are a 10-20kg rod with a cast weight of 60-150g. They cost $230.
  5. G’day Dieter, I caught mine the hour leading up to sunset. Cheers, Phil
  6. Stick to fishing for squid on the central coast on the weekends. There are stacks around at the moment. I caught 9 in an hour off my local rock ledge last Saturday then another 7 in 20 mins on Sunday (I wasn’t intending on fishing for squid on Sunday, just thought I’d have a few casts before I left). And most of them are quality size (up to 30cm hood length). I use 3.5 size jigs and have been getting them on orange, red and black jigs.
  7. G’day Rick, I’ve had the same experience the last few times from the skillion at terrigal. Spinning for a few hours for nothing. I tried off the point a few weeks ago in Terrigal Haven when the swell was up and the tailor were on big time. I only fished the last 30 mins before dark in the wind and rain and caught 10 tailor and dropped plenty at my feet (kept a few for dinner and chucked the rest back). I was getting hit every cast. Cheers, Phil
  8. Great job on the squid. I’ve been catching a heap of them up here on the Central Coast. A couple of weeks ago I caught 5 in 5 casts right on sunset with the biggest going 33cm hood length. We have 1-2 meals of squid per week. What I do is clean the hoods then butterfly them so they are one big piece of squid. In the morning on the day you intend on eating the squid, I mix up one mashed kiwi fruit with one cup of milk then pour this over the squid in an air tight container and put it back in the fridge for around 10 hours. Then before you cook it for dinner give the squid a really good wash under fresh water to get all the kiwi fruit and milk off, dry it really well with paper towel, score the squid in a crisscross pattern then cut into strips and cook however you like your squid. My wife and I had quite a few goes at different tenderising methods and I reckon this way is best. To cook we prefer flour, egg then crumb and shallow fry. The kids absolutely love it (and dogs when there’s left overs). We also eat the tentacles and candles. All the squid I have been catching have been big so I guess you can reduce the tenderising time depending on the size of the squid. Cheers, Phil
  9. Hey mate. Nice to meet you at Avoca the other day. I didn’t manage to catch anything that day. I went for a squid this evening from 4.30 to 6.30 on the north side where I told you I get them. I got 3 decent sized squid and on my last cast got a big cuttlefish. Luckily I had my 9 year old son with me to net the cuttlefish otherwise I wouldn’t have landed the big fella. Cheers, Phil
  10. I tried Avoca yesterday afternoon. I didn’t get there till after 4pm. The swell was still rather large so I fished from a high ledge round near the island. First cast I got snagged and broke off. I then moved about 50m back towards the beach and must have been throwing over sand as I didn’t get snagged on the bottom again. I was using squid strips and salted bonito strips. I hooked up to what felt like a snapper but as the swell was pumping I couldn’t get down to the lower ledge to land it and I got caught on the reef below and broke off. I got bites most throws then just before dark I got a good bite then just dead weight. I managed to land the biggest red rock cod I’ve seen (38cm). So while I didn’t land a snapper I think I’ve found some good ground and I’m going to try again today. i believe red rock cod live in reasonably deep water so I assume where I was fishing was quite deep. Also for those of you who regularly catch snapper, do you often catch red rock cod as by catch? I’m wondering if by catching the red rock cod it’s confirmation I’m fishing in the right area? Cheers, Phil
  11. Thanks for the responses so far. As I said I normally fish the rock ledges around Terrigal for pelagics but it seems too reefy/weedy to fish the bottom for snapper. I will give Avoca ago. Also I was thinking given the big seas we’ve just had the point at terrigal haven might be worth a try throwing out towards the surf club. Do you think it’s best to burley or just throw out a bait on a paternoster rig? Cheers, Phil
  12. G’day everyone, I fish the rocks on the Central Coast (mainly around Terrigal) and now the pelagics are all but gone I am going to concentrate on fishing for snapper. I have a freezer full of squid and salted bonito fillets so I’ve got good bait, I just need some advice on how and where to catch them off the rocks. Any advice would be appreciated. Cheers, Phil
  13. There are a few around at the moment. I got 5 in the same area this evening in the 30 mins before dark fishing in the rain and wind. They were all big. I parked near the skillion and a spearo had just got out of the water with a 27kg cobia. And last Tuesday I saw another spearo that had gotten a longtail which looked around 10kg. There are some good fish about at the moment!!
  14. Great job. There have been a few caught down here on the central coast over the last week too. Can you let us know what pound line and leader you were using and what size and type of hook?
  15. Was the longtail hooked on lure or live bait?