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  1. If you strip bait you only use a single hook? I've been hanging or snelling mine. Can't decide what's better. Sometimes gangs snap, but Snell's can be bitten through.. hmm Guess will try both So in summary, fillet instead of cutlet. Two sides and a head. Suspend about 2m below the surface
  2. Cheers Do you pin the head via the nose and lob it out? I'd have thought head would have similar issues to a cutlet? It'd be a hunk of meat that doesn't have much action/movement?
  3. Yep I mean cross sections of the fish, so round cutlets not fillets. I've seen people use tailor cutlets for mulloway so figured it'd translate to king's potentially
  4. What berley mix are you using and how often do you throw it in the water? I'm using prawn crush, bread and a dash of tuna oil. Might mix in some oats in the future to give it a bit more body. Will try it out on my next trip👍 Yeah I hate it when the livies swim back. Drives me nuts
  5. Do you 2 hook snell a strip or use a single hook? How far beneath the surface do you generally present the bait? I usually do around 2m I do do that sometimes but it can be inconsistent on the day.
  6. Thanks! I usually have 2 rods out, one baited and one with lures. Catching squid isn't reliable at my spot but maybe those California squid will be my backup instead. I just figured that if they are live yakkas salted would be ok too? Do you always present your baits under a float? I find the bottom has too many pickers
  7. You should be able to rent a boat in the Hawkesbury or maybe some parts of the harbour without a boat license. There should be charters around 150 to 250pp. If you want to maximise your chances of catching a fish maybe bite the bullet? They are pros after all
  8. Anyone have experience using this? I caught some 30cm yakkas and decided to salt and use them as bait. I chucked some decent cutlets out on a 2 hook snell rig and they didn't get a single bite, not even from pickers! Though it was a slow fishing day anyway, i did know the area i was in was full on baby snapper and trevally. I'm wondering if it will appeal to a king, as i'd like to break my duck this summer. Surprisingly I couldnt find too much about it. I read some articles about butterflying them but surely if butterflying works, cutlets must work too? Cheers
  9. Wow Waza great piece of history. Fascinating... Thank you so much. I think I'll be thinking of that story for years!
  10. theres a guy on youtube called sticky fishy fishing, he has some good lude vids. agree with the others, i dont think it needs a specialised rod. any long soft rod will do. also depends where you are fishing, casting etc. you cuold get away with a 7ft rod in some places, but a 10ft soft rod would be fine. in my opinion no need to spend big bucks
  11. Just wondering if anyone has experience targeting drummer in big seas. I have a spot that is probably 6 or more metres off the water so it's safe in big seas. I have fished it in low swell and dragging the fish up is no problem (so far). Just wondering if a float and bait can really survive waves of that power, and will the berley just be spread across the tasman sea with the water movement? Are the fish just hiding in holes when theres that much movement? I'm fishing with cooked prawns and a weed fly, but i suspect luderick wont venture out with that much wash. might try my cabbage fly for drummer.. I usually berley with bread and prawn crush. might need to make it a bit more dense tomorrow so it had a chance of reaching the bottom Cheers
  12. great catch rick what reel is in the photo? do you recommend it?
  13. actually had a look at the aird lt (is this the new version of the X?) its actually 100g lighter but with double the drag (12kg) but also half the bearings.. will check out the Okuma epixor xt as well. does size 40 equal 4000 size for shimano/daiwa?
  14. Good point.. didn't realise that's why it's cheap. I'll go the aird I think What egi rod are you getting? I've been using a bream rod for squidding but have thought about getting a dedicated one.
  15. Been looking at getting a new reel as my trusty symetre is getting a bit run down. I've seen the aird-x 4000 for about 79$ and the bg4000 for 179$. Both are within the budget but I'm looking for value. Can't find much in terms of reviews of the aird-x. Does anyone use one? Is the BG better value? Using it mostly for rock fishing with bait and lures