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  1. Yep LuckyFil, long period swell is the killing swell for less aware rock fishos. Not only, as you write, does long period swell have more power, its true lethal characteristic is long lulls between the biggest sets. Those lulls might extend to half an hour or more. So that mantra of watching the ocean for 15 mins or 20 mins can lead to a potentially fatal confidence that the platform is safe. For those who haven't grown up beside the ocean, don't surf, have less experience etc it might pay to check any of the surf forecast sites. They include info on swell period. A swell with a period of mid to high teens, and higher, though that's rare on the Sydney coast, is something which should create serious caution. Same applies to boat fishos crossing bars. Scary and sobering story Fil.
  2. Garfish is a gun king dead bait. retrieve them medium/ slowly. Before tying on the ganged hooks you'll need, slide the leader through a two cm or so length of lumo tubing with wide enough diametre that you can wedge the gar's bill snugly into the tube (Snap the bill off a couple of centimetres). The tube keeps the gar aligned nicely and is also an added attraction. As far as lures, hard to go past a largish white sluggo.
  3. Flip your bail arm over with your hand, not by turning the reel handle. That little slack loop of line laying on the spool, caused when turning the reel to flip the bail, can cause wind knots.
  4. Yep a few years ago the coalition NSW government decided to allow pros north of Sydney to net hundreds of tonnes of salmon each year specifically for commercial trap baits. Funnily enough since then salmon appearances appear to have become much more sporadic. Way to damage a fishery far more lucrative to the NSW economy as a rec species.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I'm the same. Squid no probs for bait or plate. Cuttlefish I just can't kill, they are amazing critters.
  9. bombora

    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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.