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  1. This is my favourite catch mainly because it involved a few challenges. It was caught while slow trolling a live yakka at 12 mile reef. My 5.8 meter Quintrex is only really suitable for going outside on good days so to get out there is a rare enough event anyway. This fish was quite a challenge and of course you are never sure who well they are hooked so I played the fish for perhaps 15 minutes as it stayed down deep. When it came to the surface it made a few jumps and lit up iridescent blue with its fins raised... very spectacular and the fish in the photo doesn't do it justice. Getting a gaff in the fish single handed was a challenge so it was a great relief when I had it boated. By far the best dollie I have caught and it fed the family for a few months Cheers Jim
  2. My Dad taught me to fish when I was very about 5. I recall pulling a chair on to the verandah on Saturdays when he worked up until lunch so I could see when he got home because that meant we would be off to Gunnamatta Bay wharf for a fish into the early evening. I think I sat there for hours impatiently waiting and the excitement never wore off. He had a German mate who paid me a penny for the yakkas or slimies I caught at the wharf. Get paid to catch fish.. bargain! I remember him catching jewies from that wharf that were longer than me at the time! I remember being bitterly disappointed when they went on night fishing trips and I couldn't go. I think I told mum I had to go because they needed me to catch the live baits! She didn't buy it ... and not the sulking 5 year old either! When I was still only 12 or 13 dad often left me overnight at the Lugaro Street Wharf to fish until the morning ( not sure what mum thought about that! You certainly wouldn't do that these days! That wharf ( gone now) was an absolute gem in those days. Right on a narrow channel with weed beds in close and a sand bank over the channel in casting distance you could catch the limit of squid and bream in a session plus the odd John Dory, jewie and flathead in between. From time to time schools of tailor would appear and a frantic session would follow. I think many of my pb's came from that wharf. I had three brothers and in some way we all connected with dad but my thing with him was a love of fishing. Great memories. Cheers Jim
  3. That's a nice touch Jeff. You set a great example. Cheers Jim
  4. I have a few including a cedar spool job but here is the latest Christmas present... ... I ordered this when I though Alvey were going under but now it seems the rush of orders and a little restructuring has revived them indefinitely. Cheers Jim
  5. fragmeister

    Rose bay

    I bit late since you are probably already well into the trip but drifting in 30 - 40 meters of water off Rose Bay will almost always get you a feed of Bluespots as my son can testify to.
  6. Thanks Scratchie. I don’t know how I survived this last 6 months without the stress relief! my wife reckons I have been easy to get on with though (not!) Cheers Jim
  7. Thanks all. It was great to be back on the water but I am certainly out of condition for a 3 am start after 3 hours sleep! The drift was north to south Blaxland. Correct Yowie, they were red spots. The foot was a little tender - all that lateral movement I guess, keeping balance in the swell. I settled down last night for a feed of deep-fried flathead and double cooked chips... bloody beautiful! Oh, and a few quiet ales. Funny thing, I didn't seem to feel any pain after that! BTW, I didn't mention earlier that I have changed my flathead bottom bouncing strategy a little. Through the entire drift, I will be getting bites. I believe most of those bites are either Red Spot Whiting or small Flathead. With one rod in the rod holder further out back and the other in my hand in closer, I will feel every bite in the handheld rod and strike at many bites which of course are often too small to hook up. Eventually, I will strike at a more serious bite and it will be a decent Bluespot. Almost immediately I would hook up on the rod in the rod holder which ofcourse arrives at the patch of fish a little later. So, basically, my strategy is that as long as I don't start the drift too far away from the patch of Blue Spots I leave both rods in the rod holders and stop interfering. There will be plenty of bait still on the hook by the time I am over the right patch of fish and the Bluespots will hook themselves. This saves the effort of striking at small fish, winding up a little way to see if the fish is on, letting it back down again and effectively taking it out of the bite zone. Not a lot of finesse but I think it is more effective to let the fish do the work for you. I am sure this will be a familiar strategy for many but for those who like me can tend to over-manage the rods this may be of value. It is certainly true that I will catch more fish with a rod held in the hand but they will be species and sizes I don't want. We have had a few discussions on bottom bouncing in this forum... So I am interested in how many of you would use a less managed rod holder approach and how many want to keep the rod in hand? Cheers Jim
  8. Hi Raiders, It was my first trip since the foot surgery and I didn't want to overdo it so I decided to hit the Blue Spotted Flathead off Rosa Gully, hoping to get a feed in a few hours. The swell and the wind were not as predicted and the combination of the two plus the reflected waves off the shore made it a little bumpy. I started a drift in about 35 meters of water straight off Rosa Gully and I had a lot of small bites for the first part of the drift. I later discovered (by jagging a few by accident) that they were whiting. After a while, I hit a patch of flathead and hooked up two on the paternoster rig. The baits went straight back down and up came another two. I repeated the drift a couple of time more and reached my bag limit. I spent a few hours exploring and went home early. Good to be back on the water!
  9. Great photos Frank. The middle one of the fireworks is a cracker ( if you'll excuse the pun)
  10. Geat post and great fish. The small head of these fish makes me wonder what evolutionary advantage they exploited. Cavernous mouth Murray Cod have their strategy but obviously, Golden Perch have a different one in mind. Cheers Jim
  11. That's the strategy! Pity about the rod. I love the feel and weight of graphite but I am way too clumsy to make them last. Cheers Jim
  12. Nice in depth report - I enjoyed reading it. Cheers Jim
  13. That's a great Gemmie Basil,
  14. I'd be taking the 113 cm measurement Basil! Great fish BTW Cheers Jim
  15. I guess I haven't been paying enough attention! For the best part of 3 years I have been riding the bike track on that section of the river to and from work and never spotted a boil... I am at a loss to explain it... perhaps the ferry traffic kills the activity during the week. Thanks for the replies boys. Cheers Jim