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  1. GoingFishing

    Eucumbene River Flats

    Fish and a view ! Can't complain about that. Great report.
  2. GoingFishing

    Chasing snapper

    Nice report Ahmed. Sounds like you had a great day out. Hopefully next time you will find your target species.
  3. GoingFishing

    Chasing snapper

    Can you validate your statement ? I can't see anything online about port Jackson's being a protected species.
  4. GoingFishing

    Bottom Bashing Off Sydney - What works for me

    Thanks mate. Happy to share information to help others get results
  5. GoingFishing

    Bottom Bashing Off Sydney - What works for me

    There's no rules when bottom bashing ! If your catching fish and your happy, no need to change. But if your struggling and want to try something new then by all means change it up. Give the hybrid a go too.
  6. GoingFishing

    brp G 2 new range

    I assume you have a 2 stroke....and that it's an Evinrude.(hence why your power needs are metπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) If you had a 115hp 4 stroke you would probably wish you had that extra little juice !
  7. GoingFishing

    Bottom Bashing Off Sydney - What works for me

    I fish with both braid and mono. mostly around 25lb all the way through. It helps to tie your lead/weight onto a smaller gauge line such as 12lb as if the lead ever gets snagged on the bottom, the lead can break away and leave the hooks intact, but sometimes i am not bothered to go that extra step ! On my reels with the braid line, i have about 10-15m of mono topshot. This stops the braid getting tangles with hooks and other rigs, which is an absolute pain in the arse.
  8. GoingFishing

    Long reef snapper snapper spots

    I have only recently started fishing for snapper over the last two years, and again am not an expert by any means. I generally fish for them all year around but during the summer months i will also fish for pelagics, flathead and other reefies. In winter i will specifically target them starting from mid to late June through to end of July when they seem to finish spawning. You can catch snapper all year round, during the summer they seem to be more dispersed, whilst during winter you have better chance of finding them as they leave deeper water and come into the shallower reefs and get together for spawning.
  9. GoingFishing

    New Around These Parts

    Welcome to Fishraider For someone who claims to be clueless you certainly seem to know what your talking about πŸ€£πŸ˜‚
  10. GoingFishing

    Landbased Yarra Bay ripper

    Welcome to Fishraider Paul That's a cracking snapper for inside botany bay. Great effort. I agree with Kingie Chaser and would advise you to reduce the size of your line when you have a chance. Another thing you can do to increase your catch rate is burley. Take an onion bag and about 10m of rope, throw it out into the wash and inside put some goodies such as old fish frames, a couple of cat food cans with 2cmx2cm punctures, expired bread and whatever. The burley will bring the fish to your location. When your done drag the onion bag back with the rope and dispose of whatever is leftover!
  11. GoingFishing

    Long reef snapper snapper spots

    Mate a 40cm or even 30cm snapper will have absolutely no problem putting away a whole pillie. That's not to say it will be swallowed whole. Sometimes the snapper may have 2 or 3 strikes before finally connecting to the hook. The good thing about whole pillies is that the bait lasts long enough through the pickers to be found by the larger fish. Want to see a snapper eat a whole live salmon πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  12. GoingFishing

    Annual Crazy kayak trip

    Mate that sounds like an awesome trip to do every year. I love how it combines fishing with adventure. Great report and great photos.
  13. Gday Raiders Thought it might be useful to put together a short discussion on my experiences bottom bashing off Sydney, hopefully to help other raiders improve their results and catch some fish ! Bottom bashing is a very easy and common method of fishing. Most of my fishing involves bottom bashing, and it can be a very productive way to fish. I certainly wont say that i know everything, i am sure there is a wealth of knowledge out there that can add to the info below and alot of it may vary. But i can say that what i have outlined below works for me, and the way that i fish on my boat. Location Probably the most important aspect of bottom bashing is the location (DUH). Of course one would say thats very common sense, but very often i hear "fish on the 50m line infront of that lighthouse" or "Line up that headland and this that on the 30m line". As such it does appear that some fishos dont really spend a tremendous amount of time actually researching where they are about to drop their baits. It therefore doesn't surprise me that some people will land on the fish by chance, and others wont. I am sure that this advice stemmed from the days where fishfinders and electronic GPS didn't exist, and this worked OK back then and really there was no other choice. The reality is we now have access to a wealth of information online and GPS chart plotters that can tell us exactly where we are. Certain parts off the seabed off Sydney can be perpetual sandy deserts, and often setting up anchor or a drift an extra 200m away from the reef/structure or kelp beds can be the difference between catching some fish, and not. My advice is to do as much study, and as much trial and error to find the locations where the fish are likely to be. This requires a combination of online research, reading and then trialing outside. For the first year or so i had very hit and miss results, however as the years have gone by and my database of locations has increased, i more often than not will find the fish on at least one of the spots which are known to produce. In terms of what to look for i would suggest sandy or gravel bottoms adjacent to reef/structure & kelp beds. I have caught fish seemingly in the middle of no where with no structure or reef in sight, but this is normally the exception and not the norm. As an example in the image below you will see that there is a lot of sandy bottoms (Orange) interspersed among hard/reef bottom (Brown) east of bluefish point, the sandy bottoms between those reefs would be the places i would be looking for. A decent chart plotter should be able to show you the reef ridges and pinnacles and allow you to mentally formulate a 3D image of the seabed in the area. Once you find a patch of fish, mark the spot, drift over it again or if your biceps are big enough, drop the anchor !! A good test of time for me is about 30 minutes. If i haven't had any strikes in about 30 minutes its safe to say there is nobody home. This is of course redundant if your method is to anchor, burley and wait for the fish to come to you. Bottom line, you will always catch something, but if you want to produce good consistent results, spend the time and energy to learn the underwater seabed topography, where the reefs are, get a handle on what reefs fish best in what conditions, currents and the like. Drift Speed & Direction For me, the next most important aspect of bottom bashing is your drift speed. This can be rather complicated as the right answer for you will take into account the type of boat you have, the depth your fishing, the type of rigs your using and the conditions on the day. Whatever your circumstances are, the two most important things to consider are: 1. Your drift should be slow enough to allow the lead/weight to hit the bottom and, 2. Your drift should be slow enough to allow prospecting fish to see, inspect and attack your baits or lures. (ie, no point having 9 ounce leads but drifting at 4km/hr!) The ideal drift speed for me is between 1km/hr and 1.5km/hr. Any slower and i find that we dont cover enough ground, and any faster i find our hookup/catch rate declines. When bottom bashing Always have a sea anchor on board, appropriately sized for your boat. In respect of drift direction, and circling back to the earlier discussion on locations, my ideal drift is one that travels parallel with the reef structure, but note this is not always possible due to current and wind. If a parallel drift is not possible, i prefer a drift starting about 200-300m away and drifting towards the reef/structure. Just keep your eye on the chart plotter as i have lost many rigs to the reef by drifting straight over it. Rigs My go to rig for bottom bashing is the humble paternoster with two droppers. I usually allow about 70cm from the lead to the first dropper, with a size 5/0 or sometimes 4/0 octopus hook. The next dropper can be anywhere between 50cm to 80cm further away from the first one. Another rig i have been trialing and found to be successful is a hybrid paternoster/snapper rig. This involves a 1.5m trace from the lead to a single dropper. The dropper is extended at about 30cm in length and has two 5/0 octopus hooks. This will allow a whole pilchard to be snelled with a half hitch over the tail, or even a larger fish strip of about 15cm in length to be rigged. I have found this rig to be quite deadly on the snapper. Another rig which is also good for snapper is the snapper rig (DUH), which essentially involves a ball sinker in varying weights straight to two snelled hooks. Again this will allow a whole pillie to be presented with a half hitch over the tail. The snapper rig is better used when at anchor and with a burley trail out. For water below 30m in depth i usually use a 3 or 4 ounce lead and for water over 30m in depth i usually increase to 5 or 6 ounce lead. Some things to be mindful of: 1. A well presented bait can go a long way to enticing a bite 2. Whatever bait you are using, always expose your hooks. Fish will very often swallow a bait, try to swim away and then spit it back out. An exposed hook will increase your chance of hook up. 3. Size 4/0 and 5/0 hooks are best, for larger baits you could even go larger. I also like to have multiple rods out, all with different configuration in terms of rigs, hook size, bait ,dropper distance separation and the like. If i find one configuration producing more than others on the day, we would generally swap the others over gradually. Bait Mix it up, fish can be inexplicably choosy preferring one bait over another on certain days. For an average bottom bashing session i will have a mix of pillies, squid and prawns. Medium to larger prawns work best, especially in deep water. If a sargeant baker, pike, barracoutta, slimey or yakka come onboard as bycatch, they make excellent fresh strip baits when filleted and presented. Freshly caught and/or salted bonito is also very good bait. You can always try a soft plastic too even on the paternoster rig. Again, i will usually have a different bait on each rod, and keep an eye on which baits are producing, if one is producing more than the other i will usually use that bait more or until it runs out. I put all my baits in an esky with ice to make sure whatever i dont use on the day is still frozen or semi frozen by the time i get home. Dont forget, If your fishing at anchor a burley trail is mandatory !!! Thanks So there you have it raiders, i hope this has been informative, and that it will help you all catch some more fish !. Thanks for reading Sam
  14. GoingFishing

    Long reef snapper snapper spots

    Hi Terry I usually fish water between 30 and 50m in depth. Sometimes i will go shallower. Im not an expert in soft plastics, so most of my fishing is with bait, especially so since most of the time i am fishing deep water and that can be difficult with plastics. Snapper love a whole pilchard, snelled on two 5/0 hooks. 42cm is a pretty decent fish, especially for Sydney. Remember that Sydney is not known as a XL snapper fishery. Finding legal reds is pretty hard let alone fish over 40cm.
  15. GoingFishing

    Easy cheap way to single launch most boats

    There is actually a much easier solution, which could save you even $25 !! Start motor, shift into forward gear (as slow or close to neutral as you possibly can be), the boat now wont be going anywhere as it is pushing against the rubber bow support on the winch stand. Walk to the front, undo the chain and the strap. Hit reverse and off you go.