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  1. Mike89

    Only One Red

    Cracking snip snap mate. Well done.
  2. Mike89

    Gladesville Area Report / Fishing Spots!

    I used to fish the rock wall around Chiswick for blackies. We had some good consistency there and would see the kings shoot through on occasion (once witnessed a bloke simply net a 70cm king as the school jetted past - probably not legal but the kings are sefinitely there!). Cheers for the tips mate, will be sure to check out a few of the places mentioned in this post. Tight lines bud!
  3. Mike89

    Whiting - tips wanted!

    Hello raiders! I've been seeing some reports lately of some big juicy winter whiting being caught off the beaches and am determined to give it a red hot crack. Trouble is in my 3 years of fishing - from trevs to blackies to kings and jews - I have never had much luck or any kind of consistency with whiting. Any areas or general tips on targeting these guys? I'm not great with finding gutters but willing to put some time in. Also have a nice long noodley rod for the beach paired with an Alvey. Thanks in advance!
  4. Mike89

    A girl from Cowan

    Ripper fish considering the weather as of late! Well done. Interesting to see you on the Alvey there.
  5. Mike89

    No kings but a welcome bycatch

    Wow, incredible fish on light gear. Good work.
  6. Mike89

    77cm King on Bream rod

    Awesome. What was the leader?
  7. Mike89

    Narrabeen Lake Croc Hunting

    Bad luck on the flatties. I've also found it easy to lead them even on very light leader. Nice pic of the cornets. So this is different to a long tom? I've had a chase on plastics at the Lake from something that looked like a long tom.
  8. Mike89

    80cm 5KG Kingfish - Botany Bay, Sydney

    Good stuff mate.
  9. Mike89

    How to fish Sydney harbor moorings for kingfish

    There are a couple of options that I would use targeting kings with live baits. 1. Use a float: use a largish float (go to the tackle store and tell them you need a float for kings) with a decent sized sinker to get your cast out and to balance your rig. Above the float you should have a stopper. My preferred depth would be around 3-4m with a trace from the swivel to a 4/0 beak hook (live bait hooks I find to be too thick and likely to kill your bait) of 60cm. 2. A sliding rig with a clip holding an 80g sinker (stars are good but you can also use a snapper lead). Your trace here will be slightly longer (a metre or just under). Again, a 4/0 beak hook. As for rigging your livies, you can pin them through the top lip (this will make it less likely you will kill them when you reel them back in), in the back on the fleshy part just behind the head (kings like to take baits head first) or towards the tail through the back (they will swim more freely however you may kill them if you reel them backwards through the water). If you are hooking them through the back, don't ever hook them below the lateral line. If you do, you'll get into their guts and they will die. If you're using yakkas the lateral line is easy to spot - it's the yellow line across their body on each side from head to tail. 20-30lb braid and a 30lb leader should be right for you if you are targeting these fish for the first time. Good luck!
  10. Hoping one (or more) of the raiders out there might be able to help on this one. I was thinking of picking up a new outfit for live-baiting for kings over summer. Baits are yakkas up to 25cm but usually around the 20cm and under range. Not sure what that might end up being in grams? I wanted to get a nice sturdy rod around the 7-8 foot length that can handle throwing out these baits. I've seen some guys using the Saltist Hyper and I really like the look of the rod. Trouble is it comes in so many different lengths/weights that I'm not sure which one is suitable. My goal is to find a balance where I can fish light enough that it's not complete overkill but heavy enough that I can cast the baits I'm looking to throw out. Generally I would throw out a yakka with an 80gm sinker. I'm looking at a 6000 or 8000 Baitrunner D to match. Is the 8000 too much? My thoughts so far for the setup would be to get the 702MH and match it with a 6000 Baitrunner and stick some 30lb braid on it. Any reason I should take it up a notch and get the heavy 792H (PE 6, same cast weight) or the 82XH (PE 8)? Could be a nice setup for sharks/LBG if I was interested in giving that a go... Obviously kings are possible on far lighter gear but this setup would be mostly for pitching out livies with kings as a main target.
  11. Mike89

    Crowdy Beach Jew

    Beautiful jew there. Looks like it all came together. Curious how you rig the beach worms up with you are targeting jew? Good work!
  12. Mike89

    Botany Kings

    Nice work on the king. The Terez really shouldn't have snapped in half like that. Happy to hear that Shimano helped you out. Plenty more to come!
  13. Mike89

    The one that got away,

    That'll keep you going back for more! Good stuff and nice flatty. Too bad about the big one!
  14. Mike89

    Leo’s PB flatty

    Haha bet they weren't as big as the one your fella caught!
  15. Mike89

    Bream not taking anything I throw at them

    Awesome tips here on dealing with finicky bream. Cheers guys, most valuable. I normally fish with a short length of 6lb leader and am now thinking of getting something even lighter for them.