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    Harbour after the full moon

    We fished Tuesday and Wednesday, six hours each day, from west of the Bridge to Long Reef, for a grand total of two frigates, two 10 inch tailor and a cockney bream. fished lures and live slimeys, cast, trolled, reef drop offs, sand flats, wharves, plastics, blades, jigs, dropped leader sizes, fished tide changes.Was utterly dead.
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    Bloody Media And Boffins.

    I know the guy who does the size and species estimate after an attack, He's originally from South Africa and has been studying shark attacks for decades.He has an amazing collection of jaws of great whites, bull sharks and tigers of many sizes, and others. His estimates of the size of the shark, and he always emphasizes they are estimates, are based on the size and shape of the wound(s): the arc, or curve of the bite mark(s) is a good guide to the size of the jaws (matched to his collection) and hence the size of the shark. The type of wound is an indicator of the species of shark. The type of wound signifies the style of teeth involved and hence the type of shark. Simplified,a great white leaves a clean cut and a bull shark leaves a nasty ragged cut because of their different shaped teeth. The way they bite and the way some sharks twist and shake their head when they bite is also something of an indicator of species involved in an attack. Location and water temp can also aid the determination of species. He's not a book boffin.
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    Middle harbour King mushy

    Had a mushy 80cm king a few years ago from Longy at this time of year. Bugger is, as you experienced, you don't know until you cook em. I'd gone to the effort of making a bunch of fish tacos for girlfriend who had been on at me to keep a fish to eat. Not impressed. Mine was inedible. Very floury. Was told the fish which have this have spent a lot of time in warmer water and if caught in Sydney were probably "travellers" which had come down from north coast, where parasite affected kings are much more common.
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    How cuttlefish attack

    I'm the same. Squid no probs for bait or plate. Cuttlefish I just can't kill, they are amazing critters.
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    Jervis kings

    Apart from the usual yakkas and, far better, slimeys, a live garfish is a killer kingie bait down there. Use a small, but strong, circle hook, with the hook placed through the bottom of the bait down near the tail, not in its back, under a pencil float. And a bit of a special bait for big rock kings at JB is a dead frigate (usually pretty easy to spin up early morn) fished under a balloon, close to the rock ledge just on the edge of the wash. Seen them tempt big kings when even a live slimey wasn't getting any love. Give the king a bit of time to get the frigate down its gob.
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    Any salmon about?

    Quite a bit of talk that salmon numbers in Sydney are substantially down since the coalition state government allowed 200 tonnes of salmon to be netted annually in waters north of Barrenjoey Head a few years ago. Before the netting - the fish are caught for commercial trap baits - sambos had become a year round fishery in Sydney, and the average size was getting very solid. The average Sydney fish seems to be smaller now as well. Will be interesting to see what the spring baitfish hatch-sambo fishing is like.
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    north coast trevs

    nah those trevs with the yellow fins are a different species - compare them to the silvers in the pics - different body shape but also totally different fin shapes and placement. silvers don't change their fin shape and placement as they grow. don't know what species they are. great little session mate.
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    Where do kingfish go to spawn and lay eggs

    What we do know from recent tagging efforts is that it seems many but not all Sydney's big kings move between inshore and harbour waters and the deeper offshore reefs throughout any year. Many of these big kings don't appear to move up or down the coast as much as shifting between deep and shallower water in the general Sydney area. The recapture rate of these big tagged kings is quite high. So it might be that we have a limited pool of big kings in Sydney. We now tag and release all our kings of around a metre and above.
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    Catch and Release Fishing

    Sorry for repost above. Meant to say yep check out PaddyT's link further up. It's all there. Every fisho should read this study wrap up.
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    Catch and Release Fishing

    Whether a fish has a hard or soft mouth is irrelevant to a fish feeling pain.The most recent very detailed scientific studies say they do not feel pain. That's because they do not have the nerve structure, the nerve receptors, that transmit what we know as pain to the brain. This isn't "I think" stuff, it's the actual structure of their bodies which does not allow feeling pain. The "scientific" study most commonly quoted by anti-fishos has been discredited because the "researcher" who admitted to an agenda, used bee stings on fish's lips to "prove" they felt pain because they became distressed after the sting. However the fish were not feeling pain, they were reacting to being injected with a venom and the venom moving though their bodies. Of course fish do become stressed by long fights, poor handling etc and I suppose there's a moral argument about distressing an animal. . I hope far more slot limits are introduced. Release small fish which have not had a chance to become sexually mature, release the big fish which are breeders and have proved they are "the fittest", and keep a few mid sized fish.
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    Catch and Release Fishing

    Whether a fish has a hard or soft mouth is irrelevant to a fish feeling pain.The most recent very detailed scientific studies say they do not feel pain. That's because they do not have the nerve structure, the nerve receptors, that transmit what we know as pain to the brain. This isn't "I think" stuff, it's the actual structure of their bodies which does not allow feeling pain. The "scientific" study most commonly quoted by anti-fishos has been discredited because the "researcher" who admitted to an agenda, used bee stings on fish's lips to "prove" they felt pain because they became distressed after the sting. However the fish were not feeling pain, they were reacting to being injected with a venom and the venom moving though their bodies. Of course fish do become stressed by long fights, poor handling etc and I suppose there's a moral argument about distressing an animal. . I hope far more slot limits are introduced. Release small fish which have not had a chance to become sexually mature, release the big fish which are breeders and have proved they are "the fittest", and keep a few mid sized fish.
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    Manly Dam/Manly Lagoon

    Well you should pop down to the Manly Vale tackle store and look at the photo of the 6 kilo plus GT taken (and unfortunately killed) from the 'goon a few years ago. The GTs there seem to have reduced greatly in number past few years, still a few big eye trevs to 1.5 kilos though.
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    Big Eye Trevars in Forster

    Mate pretty sure they aren't big eyes. I've got southern latitude big eyes in Queenscliffe lagoon in Sydney and yours look different. Big eyes have distinctive white tips on their anal fins, different head shape, slightly longer bodies and, hence the name, very big eyes in proportion to their noggins. Yours. at least the second one, I'm pretty sure is a different type of tropical-sub tropical trev. Maybe even small GTs, brassy or tea leaf trevs. Awesome catches!
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    Thinking of buying a boat

    Strange logic you present. The banning of squid fishing has only recently been enforced. If squid fishing was so devastating to North Harbour why, over the time no one policed this strange ban (and which was never sign posted), was the squid fishing so good? Those "fishing celebrities" and charter operators you mention are advocating on behalf of all fishos. How do you know just a few rec fishos are pissed off by the ban? Banning squid fishing in North Harbour merely puts more fishing pressure on squid in other parts of the harbour. And the concerns about more No Take zones throughout the harbour for fin fish and other targets are justified, as the government has commissioned an investigation into the issue. If they can see votes in it, they would do it, scientifically justified or not. There's little science behind the squid fishing ban in North Harbour. Squid are very fecund, live short frantic lives and move about heaps. Why ban fishing for them just there? There was no scientific investigation into a ban, Some of those same "fishing celebrities" and charter operators you seem to be accusing of advocating out of pure selfishness are constantly fighting the good fight on unscientific restrictions and bans on rec fishing. I know one very well and he's spent many many many hours in government meetings when he'd rather be out wetting a line, fighting the good fight, and calling rubbish on extreme green propaganda or stupid legislation. He's battled many times to aid styles of fishing or locations he rarely, or never, indulges in. Selfish, hey? What have you done?
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    North head this morning

    Yep, watched them "clean up" the "human waste" while on surf charters while at anchor. Caught several each time and they all went back