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  1. G'day Neil

    I haven't been on the forum for a long time. How have you been going? Catching any fish?

     

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    John 

  2. You didn’t mention if you are fishing with a boat. There are a lot more options open to you if you are. There are a lot of very shallow areas in the lake, so my advice would be to go to Marine Rescue at Forster and get a chart of the lake for about $7, and take a lot of notice of the port and starboard markers, and you sounder. The channels are generally 4+ meters, but a large portion of the lake is less than 1 meter, and plenty of areas are only 0.3 of a meter. The biggest challenge is to work out the tides. The water moves quickly in the deep channels, with little slack water between the outgoing and incoming tides. The best boat ramp to launch from is at the Forster boat harbour, a short distance from Marine Rescue. It is fairly well protected from the quick flowing tides, and the washing facilities are great. Other boat ramps can be difficult when the tide is flowing quickly, although the ramp at one of the caravan parks has little tidal influence, but you need to be staying at the caravan park to access it. The breakwalls have been producing kingies of late, mainly using live bait. Fish the breakwalls on the top, or bottom, of the tide. Generally the water slows down about 2 hours after high or low tide. i.e. if high tide is at 7.00 am, the water will be stationary at about 9.00am (depending on the difference in height between the high and low tide that day). This time of the year you should get amongst the flatties almost anywhere, but there are a lot of small flatties in the system as well. Soft plastics will generally get results. Bream can be caught around the oyster leases, but again it can be a challenge to be there at the right times, until you have the tides off pat. Whiting are still being caught on the sand flats. As Badsanta mentioned the Wallamba (and the Coolongolook River) can produce well, but be aware that there are plenty of speed boats around at this time of the year, particularly near the caravan park in Aquatic Road. Early morning starts will help avoid them and most of the jet skis. Good luck.
  3. Marine Rescue still monitor 27MHz, but fewer boaties are using it. VHF is a better option.
  4. Good news. Often angler boaties will help each other.
  5. Great to see that the CSIRO are still investigating. Hopefully when the virus is released all will go according to plan. I think the idea has a lot of merit. My only concern is the environmental impact with a large number of dead fish in the rivers, and the effect that may have on birds and native fish. I am sure that the CSIRO will have fully considered the outcomes.
  6. For estuary fishing I am using 6 or 8 lb low PE braided line which is 0.10mm diameter. The FG knot is the best knot I have used with this braid, although it can fail. I now wrap the line 30 times, then 4 half hitches, cut the excess leader, and complete the knot with another 4 half hitches. The best method I have found is to ensure the knot is pulled tight after the first 4 half hitches.
  7. Like Aardvarking i use braid with a leader.
  8. Yes, a sad day for Australian manufacturing, but we are all to blame. In the many reels I own I have only one Alvey. It has been absolutely faultless in its operation, almost indestructible, but I seldom use it, preferring to use either a baitcaster or spinning reel.
  9. Yes, a sad day for Australian manufacturing, but we are all to blame. In the many reels I own I have only one Alvey. It has been absolutely faultless in its operation, almost indestructible, but I seldom use it, preferring to use either a baitcaster or spinning reel.
  10. What a difference local knowledge makes.
  11. If your ambition is to catch more fish my mate would tell you to use bait. But, if like me, you like to enjoy the challenge, then artificial lures is so much more enjoyable. Generally we have been using SP, but today we managed a 52cm and a 50cm, and a few small flatties on vibes in water temperatures between 15.4 and 16.7°.