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  1. jdanger

    Marine Enforcement Team

    The term "proactive policing" usually sends a shudder down my spine - nanny state, 1984, etc. But in this instance i'm okay with it.
  2. Hi all, Went for a quick flick with my workmate and fishing buddy yesterday arvo. Last chance for local species before i head to thailand for 3 months. Anyway, the whiting were more than happy to play. Fish pictured went 36cm to the tip and inhaled the fly so deep it had to be retrieved throught the gills. Biggest would've cracked 40. Unfortunately he was lightly pinned and managed to escape nick's grasp before the glamour shot. Fly of choice was hammerhead BMS in tan with pink flashy rib, as pictured below. They didnt seem interested in the more elaborate shrimp patterns (probably because theres more baitfish than prawns in the inner west). After half a dozen or so whiting plus a couple of small but plump bream, we made the mistake of leaving fish to find more fish. Sadly the other side of the bay wasnt as productive. Hopefully the next report contains a mahseer or peacock bass!
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    Internet ruins the fishery

    You werent at rose bay were you? Was on a charter yesterday chasing kings on fly. The crowd around goat island was unmissable. Only thing ruining the fishing was the idiot trolling back and forth through the school at 15knots whilst everyone else was respectfully fishing the edges. Then he gets aggressive and screaming abuse at everyone for giving him the stink eye. Anyway, plenty of kings around for everybody. Mostly rats but a couple 1m+ models taken on live squid around goat. We ended up moving on and found plenty nearby and had them all to ourselves! Good fun on fly.
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    Carp, Friend or Foe?

    That fly is called a "carp bitter". Heavier fly for fishing the bottom, reminds me of the kind of shrimp imitations we use for bream and tied on the same saltwater hooks (SL45s) with bead chain eyes for weight. Definitely looks like a dragon fly in the pic.
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    Carp on fly

    Mate of mine spotted a bunch of carp in an urban creek in western sydney whilst feeding ducks with his 3yo a few months ago. Following the rains and fly reports from the central coast, we decided to give em a crack last week, and again today. Plenty of fish cruising and feeding along the margins but we got the impression they've eaten enough recently to start getting choosy with their flies. The water was especially dirty due to the rain so efforts had to be concentrated on the edges of the bank, with fish sometimes hooked at our feet. Red & black wooly worms and tan carp biters did the trick last week, but olive was the go today. Below pic is about average from what we've seen. Had a very visual eat after switching flies by a larger model who wasted no time screaming off downstream, running me into backing and burying me in a snag. Worth packing the waders to help with landing them and worth watching for snakes (seen two red bellies in 3 visits). Using a standard 9ft rod with 6wt floating line and 8-10ft leader to 10/12lb tippet. 8ft of straight 10lb fluro works fine too. A lot of fun for such a maligned species and a great local option for highly visual fishing!
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    Carp, Friend or Foe?

    Despite the hate, carp have a lot to offer as a sportfish. Great sight fishing, easily accessible and put up a good fight (got dusted in some skinny water today). I'll kill em if i catch them in water worth saving, but the inner Sydney freshwater bonefish can have their chemically polluted urban creeks for all i care. At least there's fish in em!
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    The response from fishos has been so swift, i doubt any party would be keen to stir the hornets nest again any time soon. Any fishing bans coming in the near future would have to be very, very sneaky indeed. I for one am comfortable that we're safe. For now. Good work to all who took the time to respond, but be prepared to do it all again in a few elections' time (another decade or so).
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    Luderick on the double handed fly rod

    Spey casting to blackies... Love it! ?
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    Pittwater Success

    Dinner and a show!
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    Fly Fishing Tasmania

    Lucky for me youtube videos embed as a link so fishraider doesn't cop the bandwidth. Otherwise i'd be around 100 times over the limit! Glad you enjoyed the vid neil. No shortage of wierd and wonderful creatures in the Tassie highlands!
  11. Hi all, Had the pleasure of spending a week hiking through the Western Lakes in Tasmania stalking browns on fly. Long story short, the fishing was hard with numbers down on last year. The guys I was with reckon we saw 50% less fish than any other year. Happy to take their word as they have 30 years of annual trips between them. Low water levels following a hot, dry summer appear to be a factor as we found a few almost dead fish in some of the higher, almost dried out tarns. All fish caught on dries (adam's parachutes) though we did fish wets early in the trip as it took 3 days before the first scale was turned. Some of the sight fishing was awesome if not infuriating, with the biggest fish of the trip around 5lb with some bigger fish lost. While the fishing hurt sometimes, the scenery more than made up for it with plenty of wildlife to make up for the fish. Here's the highlights:
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    Lake mac bream

    Most bream anglers would give their left one for a bream over 50, and you've managed at least two. Awesome
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    Bondi luderick on fly

    Had the day off so after chores (taking the dog for a walk) i decided the water looked good enough for a couple of beers and a flick off the rocks. Took down the surf rod and some slices, as well as the fly rod and new reel incase i felt game to test drive it off the stones. Fished from the top of the tide with the slugs for a while for zip. Retreating to my beer, i decided to try for blackies with the wand. Rigged up using a bomber (weighted) fly with a trailing unweighted fly on the point. Unfortunately my weighted flies were nowhere near weighted enough so after watching them blow around near the surface for a few more casts i once again went back to the thinking can to consider my options. "you gonna give up?" called one of the bathers, as i considered doing just that. After explaining my predicament and insisting to incredulous ears that fish do indeed eat green wool, i remembered an olive baited breath that a mate gave me for bream but which i found too heavy for the estuary application at the time. Perfect! It was heavy and olive which is close enough to green. I replaced the bomber and was back at the ledge. First cast and i'm happy with the sink. The fly line does something funny and i strike, lifting into the unmistakable headshakes of a blackie. A short tussle later and i had dinner on the stones, a new species on fly, a freshly blooded reel, and congratulations from the onlookers.
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    Brisbane Water Flatties

    Good report and nice catch scienceman. I agree, ikijimi is a good way to despatch a fish. I don't often keep a feed but a knife or pointy scissors do the trick too. As long as you hit the brain. Equilateral triangle behind the eyes is a good rule of thumb IME. Can't fault the lure & reel choice either. I use the same. Pity pflueger don't make it in the gold trim any more. Running J braid as well?
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    Bream Whiting & Flathead on Fly

    It's been a while in the making Stan! Only really starting to come together in the last few weeks. Having faith in the fly is half the challenge! Once I get some more hooks I'll send you a few that have worked if ya like