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  1. they are split between sydney, the central coast and jervis bay so it will take me a while to get a photo of all of em together but i will persevere! My father has the 651c5 for those sharking sessions...
  2. looks like the 50 A5E is a keeper then for when i decide to dip my toes into the dark art of blackfishing (or bream fishing using the alvey!). PS: Im a big fan of alveys, own (and use) a 700c5, 650a5, 650c5, 2 x 6500bcvrr, 600a, 550a5 and a 650grbc. (though i must admit, the grbc feels a bit like you are winding up an air raid siren, but once that inertia is overcome, the line starts laying on thick and fast!)
  3. on a side note, are these rare at all? i have one at home and have never gotten around to using it (have not seriously tried fishing for blackfish yet).
  4. Give me red rock cod any day....... there is a reason why they are known as 'poor mans lobster'
  5. I have managed to catch a legal snapper on a squid jig, almost caught a fairy penguin too! (little bugger came up with the jig in his mouth but managed to spit it before he hooked himself).
  6. Love how that video just shamelessly shows the shortcomings in safety back in the day. shooting off glass fibres and the dust mask is protecting his forehead! Poor bugga probably ended up with silicosis... They sure make boat building look easy though...
  7. Thanks savit, thats a great start, still looking for pictures of tube and squirt worms.
  8. Though i can always stock up on beach worms, i never really tried going for blood, squirt or tube worms. I have pumped some really fat red worms with hairly 'legs' from an estuary before but i had no idea what they were (broke easily into a lot of pieces). Can anyone help with a photo of a blood, tube and squirt worm (google results show too many different kinds of worms for each of those so i dont know what im looking at). Also, a photo of their respective holes and areas found would be much appreciated! (hopefully this becomes a 'worm' sticky once the info is here!) Thanks!
  9. SquidMarks

    worming

    Chris, I do a fair bit of worming at your mentioned beaches. Its good that you caught the bug and want to give it a go, but can i suggest you wait till summertime? It takes a fair while to get your first worm (is a bit like riding a bike), and nothing saps your morale faster than watching worms continually slip through your fingers while you are freezing cold. Having said that, i worm year round when im up there and im happy to show you the next time im there. I use my fingers and my technique is a bit different so i wont go into too much detail as i know all different information can confuse (and frustrate) a newcomer to worming. I actually find it a lot easier to catch worms with fingers than with pliers (plus i believe that with pliers, any escaped worms have a smashed up head which essentially means that any worms you may have missed might be dead soon!). Good luck with it! I might be up there i a few weeks if you are still keen!
  10. That you dabbling in the nudist area eh Rick?!? 😄 Seen any big 'beach worms' round there!!!??? 🤣 All jokes aside, there are big worms there! Agree on the big bream at Hargreaves, especially this time of year. Funny thing is most folks are going for salmon when in fact there are quality fish there if you change up the bait and rig.
  11. I have had success with Reds out of the hacking, i hope you dont mind but i wont divulge where im fishing! Having said that, im fairly confident that all those reefs would hold snapper. The points which will determine your success IMO: 1. Time - first light till sunrise and sunset till last light being the prime time (i never caught a decent Sydney red in the middle of the day). 2. Date -these winter months going into early spring are best! (July in particular fires for me out of the Hacking). 3.Position - target the deeper edges of the reefs (nothing but reef fish like wrasses and sergeant bakers on the top of those reefs). I prefer to hit areas where reef meets sand. i pretty much use a 3/8 oz jighead with a 3/0 hook for 20-30m and a 1/4 oz jighead with a 3/0 hook for 12-20m (you can tell i fish the 12-30m zones). 4 (most important) - Read ANY/ALL posts on snapper fishing (and their reports) by scratchie and rickmarlin. (Scratchie brilliantly covers tactics and lure types as well in addition to the things i have mentioned above. Rickmarlins squid catching fishing reports (for snapper bait) opened my eyes to the importance of fresh bait for snapper, as well as scratchies fishing reports which always seem to start out with a trip to the LBG).... The Hacking reefs can feel really barren when you are not in the right place at the right time! Good luck!
  12. You should see me burly up the dogs when im waving the stink around while beach worming! Geez thats always fun! They come around, have a sniff and a lick of the stink bag, tread all over the spot where i just saw a worm and decide to try runaway with my staked stink bag while im getting the worm. Some sit next to me as if hoping i would give them some, and others just look at me longingly for a piece of pilly. Its all part of the fun, the owners usually rush over and try get the dog away from the stink bag, i usually give the dogs a few pats and everyone is on their merry way. The dog is an animal, not a remote control toy, it has instincts and will do what opportunistic animals do. (reminds me of a time when one pooch decided to go into my worming bucket and eat a few beach worms, was very funny watching the owners face as this dog is running around with a metre of worm still sticking out of its mouth and she is trying to get it to drop the worm!) Most dog owners are apologetic, me, i tell em not to worry, it is an animal after all.
  13. I get their usefulness, i think they are the bees knees when they work (especially in game fishing when you need to reverse on fish). The problem is, you just dont see that on a 5m ally boat (stacer 5 m boats have scuppers with unsealed decks) . THE FOLLOWING is what i have a problem with.. the thought of a days fishing in winter with my feet permanently submerged in an inch of water all day. Does not sound like a fun day to me.
  14. Fair enough, thought the deck was not sealed because i have seen the scuppers on the stacer boats with unsealed decks. Maybe a weak ss spring to hold the ball in place (stops allowing the leaves etc to jam up. That or creating a semi permanent seal (like bungs). seems like they are not of much use on the water and would just be used in washing down.
  15. sounds like fun...... For you blokes with scuppers, wouldnt you be better off just permanently sealing those bloody things if you need to clean em every month? If you are more likely to get water in through them leading to a dangerous situation then i would be sealing them, you can always empty your boat out through the bungs when stray water comes in, its not like the deck is sealed or anything anyways...