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  1. Scienceman

    Central Coast whiting

    I have recently switched to a double dropper (6lb fluorocarbon) paternoster with a medium star sinker at the bottom. Works a treat and probably accounts for a few extra fish over a few hours fishing. Occasionally one fish will take both baits!
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    Central Coast whiting

    Ideally I like some swell to create sand disturbance on the sand banks, usually 1 - 1.5m. Also a rising to high and early fall tide but if I am in the mood I'll try any tide. I like to pick a sand bank with white water on top and with deeper water to one side, usually a gutter running out to deep water. I try a few casts on the bank just in case they are up on it feeding. Water flow off the bank is not always obvious especially on a high tide so the direction of the breaking waves at the back of the sand bank can indicate this. I'll then try some casts on the side of the sand bank that the water is flowing into. If it is low light or early/late in the day this is usually the best location. If nothing there I'll try the deeper gutter. This is often where the fish go as the tide drops or the day gets sunny. If you don't get much then walk down the beach to the next bank/gutter and try again. Need to be patient as on this day the fish didn't bite at first light and it took me 1.5 hours for the first keeper. Then as the tide got near the top I found a good location with slow but regular bites/fish and just kept at it for a couple of hours more to get my 7 keepers.
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    Central Coast whiting

    Caught this nice bag on Saturday morning off the beach on the rising tide. 27 - 34cm. Quite spread out so needed to do a lot of searching. Identified a likely location where I caught one or two and kept at it until the results came, on the last of the run in/first of the run out, even when the sun came out at 11am they were still biting. Left when I ran out of beach worms.
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    Harrington breakwall/beach

    The jew in my pic was caught off Crowdy beach in November. Right on the high tide at dusk on king worms (metho/frozen) - see post. We couldn't drive more than a few kms from the surf club before the beach ran out at high tide and we got bogged trying to turn around and then again on the soft sand trying to get back. Ended up having to walk over 1km to find a nice gutter to fish but the result was worth it. Would have been OK at low tide but still beware. From the sounds of your post, I think you are talking about Harrington beach as that is the beach with the Harrington breakwall at the southern end. Best jew fishing here is near the breakwall. There is an access point just after the caravan park and a track at the back of the dunes to the right taking you to the wall.
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    Brisbane Water Flatties

    Not sure oft he jighead, probably ~1/8 oz or there abouts. That modded screwdriver looks like it will get through the hard head of a flatty pretty good. Probably the sort of think you would also find in hidden in cell at Silverwater prison
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    Brisbane Water Flatties

    Happy to help out and I thought the 22 comments very funny. Just took a photo of the ikejime I use. Made by SureCatch so should be readily available. Probably needs a sharpen and starting to rust a little but I have had it for +10 years. I drilled a hole at the side of the cutting board mounted at the back of the boat that this fits nicely into and I just leave it there, ready to use when needed.
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    Brisbane Water Flatties

    Ikijime, basically a spike with a handle. Much better than having them die slowly in the esky and it also makes it easier to get the hook out and transfer into the esky. I do this with all the fish I keep. Most good fishing shops sell them.
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    Brisbane Water Flatties

    Last weekend went out to see if the crabs were about yet on Brisbane Water and unfortunately they weren't. This was a shame as my wife decided to join me as she enjoys crabbing and even agreed to a 5am start. Anyway, I still managed 3 nice flatties on a 2.5cm Zman grub. Two were 60cm and the third, 63cm which was also much broader across the body. When I cleaned them I found something very interesting, one 60cm fish was still male, the second 60cm fish had a small amount of eggs so was just reaching breeding age, and the third was female with a goodly amount of eggs. I realise a group of N=3 is not statistically relevant but does support the scientific studies which show that females breed when they reach ~60cm (they don't change sex from male to female as I also previously thought). Fish >60cm can be male, its just more likely that they will be female.
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    Crowdy Beach Jew

    As king worms are large, I used a 2 hook rig (5/0 + 6/0) on 30lb fluorocarbon leader. Large star sinker on a short leader attached to the main line with a running swivel. Haven't seen these worms about on the Central Coast so have brought a pack back to try up at the Entrance beach. They are metho dipped and frozen. Toughens them up and doesn't seem to inhibit the fish.
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    Crowdy Beach Jew

    This is now an annual trip so definitely looking forward to next year. Last year the jew was 7kg, this year 12kg, I'm gunning for +15kg next year. This year was especially satisfying as it was in daylight hours (just) and didn't need a 1am - 4am session like previously.
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    Crowdy Beach Jew

    A weeks R&R with a mate up at Crowdy Head, staying in his holiday house overlooking the beach and ocean. The plan was reds from his boat and jew from the beach. Weather wasn't good most of the time, winds to 30 knots, seas to 4m but we went out in the boat when we could and dug the 4X4 out of the beach a few times. Nothing like some challenges to make the catch worthwhile. Best was this 12kg, 1.05m jew caught with beach worms on a late afternoon high tide. A good feed of reds one day too.
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    Fishing the Darling River?

    Thanks for the great feedback guys. A couple of farm-camping locations have told me that while low, fishing is still possible and OK. Whew, I was worried about green water and dead carp. This is a sort of "coming of age" trip with my boy. Did the same with my girl a couple of year ago, diving and fishing off dads cat in the Keppels (now sold ) Koiboi, I do intend heading south on the Darling and stopping at Lake Mungo, then heading to the Murray where I thought we might spend a night or two heading slowly west before the return to Sydney so your suggestion for a camping spot is much appreciated. Am taking dads Merc M350. Its set up with a Fox Wing, Engle, pod etc.If it rains, I'll be straight back onto the tarmac and waiting in a town until it clears or is safe to travel on dirt. Thanks for the warning though, I'll be extra careful. Too much rain and I'll head east quickly and into the Snowy Mtns instead (Plan B ) Thanks again for the feedback.
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    Fishing the Darling River?

    I am planning a week long road trip with my 14 yo boy in April, heading out to Broken Hill and back to Sydney. There is a great road that follows the Darling River and I intend to do some camping along it between Menindee and Wentworth. From what I can find, the river is currently very low and I doubt there will be any rain between now and April. What are my chances of catching fish? Menindee ponds might be a more successful, as will the Murray River but I would appreciate any opinions about the Darling R.
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    Slim Beauty knot

    When I need a quick, slim knot with reasonable braid to fluoro strengh I use a 5 turn surgeon knot. Knot as good as the FG but quicker to tie.
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    Driving boat onto the trailer

    Another benefit of winching on is that you dont have to back your trailer so far into the water, although the steepness of the ramp affects how far you need to go for drive on. I try to keep my axel and brakes out of the briny which has enabled my trailer to last 16 years before the rust got hold of weak spots at the very end of the trailer. (new one under construction just in time for Xmas - yay!).