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  1. On the hook size question - if specifically targeting flathead, I use 3/0 size hook. This gives good hook clearance and also is nothing to a flatty's gob. Of course I have caught flatties with smaller plastix and hook sizes but usually as bycatch when bream fishing. Certainly if targeting flathead on foot, I would go no lighter than qtr ounce (7g) for casting distance and the 3/0 hook size means I can comfortably use Zman 3" MinnowZ, 4" Streakz and even 5" Jerk shads. However, I must say, I prefer to use a worm hook for the 5" Jerk shads.
  2. I did not mention Gulp in my answer as the question was with "Squidgies" or shall we say, "real plastics". I have a love/hate relationship with Gulp and I have successfully weaned myself away from Gulp over 2 or 3yrs ago, except for one scenario which I will get to at the end of this post. IMO there's no way Gulp is as durable than "real plastics" even Squidgies. The reason I have a love/hate relationship with Gulp is that I love the way they work and catch fish. No argument. However, I hate using them because they represent everything I didn't like about bait fishing - mess, smell & pickers eating them. If you fish anywhere with pickers like little chopper tailor, leatherjackets and worse of all, toadies; you will be constantly replacing the Gulp as they will be eaten and chewed up. Zmans can tolerate a HECK of a lot more attacks from the pickers. It is not uncommon to go through a packet or more of Gulps in a session. Zmans, in my personal experience, I lose maybe max. 5% to pickers and most of the time I only lose my Zman when I get snagged & lose my jighead or I get bitten off above the jighead or a big bream busts me off! Gulp Sandworms - whiting love them. Possibly as much as they like real worms. If I'm fishing some flats, I like having a packet of Sandworms around especially if they're not biting on topwater lures.
  3. Squidgies work very well but are not durable as you have found. Zmans completely overshadow them on the durability scale AND are just as good in catching fish. 1 packet of Zmans equals 4 packets of Squidgies in my opinion.
  4. Very nice! Thanks for your report.
  5. I have been more impressed with your blackfish efforts, especially where you are fishing. Well done there! I also fish the shores of Botany Bay for flathead. I do it in late Spring/early Summer and I do it every year. Sometimes they start by Sept/Oct and in other years, nothng much happens until December. Main point is that this time of year is not a great time to be walking the shores of BB lurecasting for flathead. Not saying you won't catch any at this time of year, but they will be hard work. Both of my last PB flatties (10 yrs apart!!) have come from the Ramsgate to Dolls Pt stretch including my current PB caught in October 2018 with some good fish caught in Nov 2018. 2019/2020 - not a good season at all and I didn't get out much.
  6. Sometimes you catch the resident fish that happens to be there. The ones that school can move around.
  7. Congratulations!! Is the entrance open at the moment or is it shut?
  8. Thank you Rah. Of course carp is not a native species so it was not mentioned in the species list you put up. There's also another Australian native fish that has not been mentioned to be in Wolli Ck. 😘 So I haven't tried it there yet. I managed to find a cupla carp elsewhere in the Southern/Eastern suburbs but I will try Bardwell at some stage.
  9. Does anyone know if there are any carp in that creek? Its quite lovely surrounded by parkland. I checked it out today but didn't see any. That doesn't mean they're not there. Thanks!
  10. As someone who has lived a few years in the US and fished a lot there, I agree with some of what Capt Spanner said. Most of the US bass fishing we would see on TV, etc are Pros - this is a living for them. They are competing with huge fields of competitors, unlike some of the pro comps in Oz. A big pro comp there would field 100++ competitors. Time is money! They're not there for fun. Largemouth mouths aren't particularly super-hard. Bream mouths are much harder. Other reasons - (1) Largemouths jump and Smallmouths jump even more. Skiing them in quickly reduces the chance of them throwing the hook when they jump & shake their heads. (2) It also depends on the technique they're fishing & location. During the Spring spawn bite, they're targeting bass holding around & defending their spawn beds & depending on location, they could be fishing heavy drowned scrub, That's when they use their "flippin' sticks". Ultra heavy action rods, 30-60lb line & very short, repetitive casts into small target areas, using mainly skirted jigs. I find it interesting that skirted jigs are starting to be usedr for bass in Australia, not that I've ever used them for Aussie Bass. I thought they would be handy for cod. Those US bass pros can repeatedly flip (underhand short casts) those jigs into a bucket from 3-5m. The "fight" is brutal - its only a couple of seconds between the bite & the fish poled into the boat!
  11. I like adding assist hooks to my flathead blades but I just buy the ready made assist hooks, usually twin hooks.
  12. No need to do anything to the SSC hooks.
  13. EP. My 1st ever EP was caught in the Hacking. They don't need to come down from the fresh.
  14. Yes, I forgot about the stretch factor. I doubt it would make that much difference with a squid jig. I was referring to v light jigheads (less than 1/20th oz). Leader length - probably people would give a range of answers. Generally, for bream - long light leaders 2 - 3 times your rod length. Bass, flathead, most other fish - from 1 - 2m.