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  1. Daiwa AIRD 3000 Daiwa seabass 4-8kg 9ft6 I use this outfit for throwing 5 inch jerk shads for Bonnie’s during summer then squid during winter.
  2. Very next night I caught this Jew. Estimated weight of 14kg.
  3. The mangrove jack speared at terrigal last year (the one hanging on the light pole next to the boat ramp) was speared by my eldest son. He also speared a blue barred parrot fish last year at terrigal too. I have caught a small cobia in terrigal haven and speared a spangled emperor at Copacabana. Over the years I’ve also seen 2 other mangrove jack speared on the central coast. Ive caught Sampson fish and amberjack on the central coast too but I don’t think they would be considered unusual. Cheers, Phil
  4. Hi guys and girls, I am heading up to Iluka in 2 weeks to spend 3 full days fishing. I am planning on chasing mackerel and tuna from the breakwall during the day and Jews at night. Does anyone know if people have been catching tuna and Mack’s from the break wall recently? I have never fished for tuna or mackerel so I’m after some advice on what lures I should be throwing and what live bait can I catch from the wall? And what leader and wire should I be using? My plan is to spin with lures early and late in the day then use live bait when the sun is higher throughout the day. Also is there any particular spots I should be fishing along the wall? Or do I just head out to the point and try there? Any advice people can give me for fishing from the stones for mackerel and tuna in that part of the world will be greatly appreciated. Cheers, Phil
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. Have you considered a Daiwa Seabass 11ft XH? These are a 10-20kg rod with a cast weight of 60-150g. They cost $230.
  9. G’day Dieter, I caught mine the hour leading up to sunset. Cheers, Phil
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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