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  1. The whole overcast/weather thing is an overstated misconception. You don't need overcast weather. Some of my biggest fish have come in the bright sunlight. However, this is normally adjacent to shady pockets or structure I originally cast into. For flats fishing, sunlight or not, it doesn't matter. Whiting will hit anything that moves and so will most other species. Tide and a nearby food source are more important than weather. In fact, if you are fishing the flats, the wind can be quite helpful and improve your catch rate. Most surface lures in the 5-10cm range will work well around the Middle Harbour shoreline. With the Sugapens and Stickbaits, try removing the rear treble and replacing it with assist hooks. The hookup rate is much higher and I find I don't really seem to drop many fish this way. With the hard body lures, natural/clear colours in the clear water will work best. Keep your hooks sharp and use a longer leader combined with a slower tapered rod to avoid pulling hooks. Some of the treble hooks on those lures can be really small. For bream you need to try mixing up the retrieve to figure out what they will hit. Sometimes it is slow roll, other times they want a pause (and will hit it on the pause all the time). As with most forms of angling (especially lure fishing) like this, you have to be "in it to win it" which means throwing your expensive lures into some dangerous places (oysters, rocks, wharves, pylons) but that is just part of the game. Don't be afraid to go up to good quality 8lb or even 10lb fluorocarbon leader on one of your outfits for those types of situations. Look how bright it is in the below picture and how shallow the water is. They'll eat any well presented lure in the right location.
  2. Anybody in Sydney interested in hitting Chipping Norton Lakes for a fish before Xmas? Get a couple of boats and kayaks together (the lake is very friendly for kayaks - 8 knot zone throughout) and plenty of good boat ramps with amenities. and the fishing is quite good around the area. Sunday the 16th of December. Nothing fancy, no weigh-in or anything just a chance for some of us to meet up, have a yarn and a fish?
  3. FishermanSteve this was boat based. Not many easy bank fishing spots down that way. Donna, Glenbawn is the go at the moment and supposedly Lostock is firing too.
  4. You fished the worst stretch mate. Try the other side of the rock groyne you finished up at and also the other side of Rodd Point from the rowing club. Have done hundreds of sessions down there and that stretch never produced much but the others can really fire up.
  5. Flattie was over 60cm. Me and my mate just looked at each other jaws dropped. Hahaha
  6. Fished out at Windsor with my fishing club (WSBB) today and nabbed a few more Bass. It rained all morning but we soldiered on. I converted all my hits into fish (3 Bass in total) and even landed a monster Flathead on a beetle spin in the fresh water above Windsor. Couldn't believe it. Thought I had nailed a big Bass!!
  7. Super stoked. 42cm fork length. This spot never gives up big numbers of Bass bit it makes up for it with big sizes. Going out again tomorrow somewhere else so hopefully can boat a few more!!
  8. Hi Cooper, You won't find many people willing to give up their Bass or EP spots on a forum. Most of us have invested years in finding our spots and learning the patterns etc. The best advice I can give you is to read articles online and search YouTube and then hit the water and put in the time. I can tell you that all of the fresh water reaches of the Sydney rivers hold Bass in varying numbers and that the upper reaches (brackish) all hold EP's and Bass depending on the time of year. If you do some homework and then hit the water, you'll find some fish.
  9. Plenty of references online about how to distinguish the two, however, at a very high level the EP's are more commonly silver compared to the bronze colour of the bass and the EP's have a concave forehead whereas the bass have a concave forehead. They are closely related and are often found together in most rivers at certain times of the year. Right now though the bass have moved further up to the fresh water after spawning and will be at the further reaches of the brackish water and above.
  10. They are hyperactive little buggers. They love it worked fast with lots of fuss and splashing and then a small pause.
  11. Headed down the coast to our holiday house and made use of the perfect weather to round up some whiting on the surface. Here is a real elbow slapper taken on a little Storm popper. They wouldn't take the lure in anything deeper than 2 feet of water.