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  1. GordoRetired

    Port Stephens winter reds- whose interested?

    Stopped in there a few time when I used to ride up the coast. 🙂
  2. GordoRetired

    A Tough few days on Lake Jindabyne.

    I marked quite a few on the sounder, but like you it seemed like nothing I did could get them on the chew.... and believe me when I say I tried. No lure had more than 30 minutes out unless it had a hit, then it got some extra time, different depths, different distances behind the boat, different hook set ups., varied speed...It was a tough slog 🙂 I was contemplating a June trip but it is getting very cold so if I do come down it will be with the family and a car full of ski gear for a few days on the slopes. Hope you get a few next time down. 🙂
  3. As those of you that have read my previous posts about trout fishing in Jindabyne will know trolling Tassie devil lures on lake Jindabyne is a very productive way to fish, or at least that was what I thought until this week! ! ! Friday morning, up early and on the road from Sydney heading south at 6.15am. Traffic was good and had a great run down to Jindabyne, stopping in at Macas for breakfast and at the Alpine Angler for some intel on what the fish were up to in Jindy. Rolled into Jindabyne around 12.00 and popped into SMS and Lakeside Lures and Tackle for further updates on conditions. So far all sounded very positive. Launched the boat around 2.30 and started trolling lures shortly after. OK, where are the fish? 2 ½ hours later and I have not had a touch. By now I had changed lures more times that I care to remember, changed locations on the lake, changed lure depths, speed of trolling, length of drop back… Nothing seemed to work… Finally at 5.30, sun had just gone down but still some light, I was in Sid’s Bay and off went one of my 2 rods. Picked it up and could feel that I was connected to a solid fish. About 30 seconds after picking up the first rod off went the second… I mean really, after 3 hours of nothing I suddenly have a double hook up… I left the second rod in the holder and worked the first fish to the boat, out with the net and in comes a nice 43cm Brown. Picked up the second rod and fortunately the other fish was still connected, so a few minutes later into the net goes a lovey Rainbow. Now I feeling a little more confident that the fish are here…. So much for that thought. I trolled well into dark and not another touch, however for my first session of the trip I was quite happy to have 2 fish on ice. Saturday. Up early and on the lake at 6.00am, before sun up. Yet again I tried all sorts, all to no avail. Finally around 9.0am I got my first hit and boated a respectable 35cm Brown. Kept at it till around 10.30 and after nothing else decided to call it for the morning. 3.00pm had me launching the boat again, around an hour later I hooked a small Brown, small as in under 30cm so threw him back to fight another day. Then followed 2 ½ hours of slowly cruising around the lake waiting for another bite…. Nothing. So that was it for Saturday, 2 fish with one being a keeper. Sunday Again up early and drove to the lake in the RAIN! ! ! ! On the lake at 6.00am, this time I was joined by Ollie, a Jindabyne local who I would describe as a gun trout fisherman. We decided to work the area around the front of the Clay Pits and the 2 islands so off we went. Fortunately the rain stopped. Around 7.15 we got the first strike on a lead line being trolled off planer boards. Ollie got the fish to 15 foot behind the boat where we could see that it was a good size and bang, it spat the hook…. Grrr 15 minutes later I hooked up on the downrigger and boated a small Brown, threw him back, then at 8.10 hooked another Brown just under 35cm so on the ice it went. A short while later Ollie picked up a nice Rainbow so we put him on ice. So the morning session for Sunday had not been too bad, 4 strikes and caught 3. Then it was off to the Jindabyne Fishing club weigh in. Turns out that fishing mudeyes was the way to go with biggest Brown and biggest bag both going to a shore based bait fisherman. Once again I got lucky at the weigh in with my Brown winning secret weight so got $50 towards my fuel and a nice Jindabyne Fishing Club polo. 😊 Sunday afternoon launched again around 3.00pm and stayed out till a bit after 6.00 for only 1 fish… However Arthur, a member of this forum, had arrived in Jindabyne and had better luck them me, he caught a couple of nice fish. Monday I launched around 6.00 again… Headed over to East Jindabyne. Then followed the fastest hook up that I have experienced. I was running flatlines to start so cast out the first rod, put it in the rod holder, picked up the second rod and as I cast that out the first one got hit. That lure could not have been in the water for much more that 30 seconds. Boated a nice 35 Rainbow. Around 7.30 got another Rainbow and a bit later lost one after a very short fight. Pulled the boat out and heading into town to catch up with Arthur for a lunch of pie and chips, fisherman’s health food, with a mug of coffee. Great catching up, we swapped fishing tales, compared areas where we had been fishing and talked about what was and was not working. Having another member there and being able to talk on the phone during the day about what was happening was great and added an extra dimension to the trip. Mid afternoon launched again. And spend another 3+ hours cruising the lake for only 1 fish.. Tuesday Heading to the ramp at 5.45am and the temperature had gone way down, the car was telling me that it was -1, then it went down to -2… Nearly went head over heals climbing into the boast as when I stood on the mud guard it was covered in frost and as slippery as hell… Second problem was when I went to open the live bait well, it’s where I throw my bung to save losing it, and the damn thing was frozen shut. Fortunately I carry a spare on the boat so got that one out. Finally got the boat in and headed off wearing ski jacket and ski gloves. Not the most comfortable outfit for fishing.. The cold bought with it a lot of mist across the lake. It even managed to shroud the town in fog with looked quite spectacular from the lake. Another quiet morning with only 1 small Rainbow. Caught up with Arthur for lunch again, burger and chips today with a big mug of coffee. Accompanied by lots of fishing and even some golfing conversation. Then after an afternoon nap in the car it was back on the water for the final session of the trip. Sounding like a broken record here but it was another quiet session. Although I did catch a nice 35cm Brown on my Skeleton lure. Was rather happy about this as the lure was a plain white Tassie which I drew a pattern on, so to actually catch a fish with my own ‘designer’ lure was most satisfying. Another thing I tried on this trip was using a pair of ‘assist’ hooks rather than a single. To be fair it is hard to say which worked best as I caught fish on both set ups, but Brian from Lakeside Lures and Tackle does reckon that it you get ‘territorial’ hits rather than ‘I want to eat that strikes’ the swinging hooks will hook the fish around the gill area. For me the jury is still out on that one all of my hook ups on both rigs were in the mouth. I would add that the way the hooks swing behind the lure does look rather enticing as well. So that was that. I spent around 33 hours on the water over 4 ½ days for a total of 12 fish, 8 keepers… The reason I titled this post ‘A Tough few days on Lake Jindabyne’ was how this trip compares to others. During the Trout Festival last year Ollie and I had one session where we boated 9 fish in around 1 ½ hours. On my trip in March I had a session where I boated 7 fish in 1 hour. The last trip every fish I caught was well above legal, 4 from this trip, although legal, were to small to be worth keeping. Biggest fish this trip was around 43cm caught on the first day, yet on previous trips I have boated numerous up around 45cm and bigger. Not that I am complaining, I had a great 4 ½ days fishing on a beautiful lake and catching up with a fellow Fishraider. Hope you enjoyed the report. Cheers Gordo
  4. GordoRetired

    Thursday fishing from Sydney

    Flathead are hard to beat when it comes to the plate. Good work.
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    A Tough few days on Lake Jindabyne.

    I have seen rigs with a fly off the back of a Tassie, however not tried it myself. Some people use flashers in front of their lures. I tried using an old silver lure at the end of my main line with the Tassie on a trace further back. Did not get a hit.
  6. GordoRetired

    A Tough few days on Lake Jindabyne.

    At least I caught at least 1 fish every session so really should not complain. As for better on the water, absolutely 🙂 Jindabyne can be a spectacular lake. Love my trips down there and cant wait for the next one. 🙂
  7. GordoRetired

    Port Stephens winter reds- whose interested?

    I reckon that I could be up for this depending on dates. Please keep me updated. Thanks
  8. GordoRetired

    A Tough few days on Lake Jindabyne.

    I have been using gamakatsu single lure hook in size 1 on every trip so far. But talking to Brian he suggested that I try the assist hooks as he reckoned that the trout were in spawning mode so suggested that a lot of the hits were likely to be territorial, rather that I want to eat motivated. So I ran one of each set up this trip. Both caught fish. Hook set up on Tassies seems to be a huge topic with some preferring 2 singles back to back, some just a single, some a treble all with a bead onto line and even some who just tie their line to the wire in the Tassie straight out of the box.. Ollie, who I mention in the report, always uses trebles with a bead onto his trace and he catches heaps of fish. One thing I have done with my rig is to have a snap swivel on the end of the 8lb main line. Then I have 6lb traces around a meter long with the hook and bead on one end and a very small swivel on the other. To change lure all I then do is unhook the swivel from the snap swivel, pull the Tassie straight off the trace, the swivel is small enough to go through a Tassie, then using a thin piece of bent wire I thread on the replacement lure and snap it back onto the main line. Job done. The main benefit is that you are not trying to tie strong knots while bouncing around in a boat with cold fingers. Oh, and the lure change is far quicker that having to tie a new knot. 🙂
  9. GordoRetired

    A Tough few days on Lake Jindabyne.

    Any trip fishing is a good trip, even if the fish did not get the memo telling them to bite 🙂
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    A Tough few days on Lake Jindabyne.

    It was certainly cold.. Would be a lot better up at Port. 🙂 Might have to think about a trip up.
  11. GordoRetired

    Sydney kings going off

    Even the small ones go hard. Sounds like a fun day. 🙂
  12. GordoRetired

    Reds again

    Lovely Reds
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    Almost Stripey Sunday 7.4.19

    If you really want to see them have a good fight use a bucket in place of the record. Make sure that the drag is set loose enough that moving the boat forward will pull more line and you can have them 'fighting a fish' for ages. 🙂
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    Eucumbene trip

    Being a retired old bugger with plenty of time on my hands and as someone gave me around 20kg of lead I spent hours making my own, Based on those cost I would have 'earned' around $2.50 an hour for my efforts 🙂 🙂 🙂
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    Something different Snapper!!!

    Careful, I may take you up on that, so long as you dont mind a small boat 🙂
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    Eucumbene trip

    Make one, get some old lead, make up a mould, I used a tennis ball as the diameter will make a 4lb bomb, I made a 1/2 tennis ball mould and poured 2 halves, drilled a hole through the middle, set a piece of thin galvanized plate in as a fin and bolted the halves together. Job done and cost almost nothing. 🙂
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    Something different Snapper!!!

    Makes me want to tow my boat up and chase a few myself... Nice fish there 🙂
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    Throw-a-line Thursday II 4.4.19 off Barrenjoey

    You are right, however in my defense I was helping out a mate who needed some guidance and a hand. 🙂
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    Almost Stripey Sunday 7.4.19

    Even 100lb is light if you're after a Marlin... I run 100lb leader on my livebait trolling rigs if I am after kingies or dollies... Maybe I am over gunning a little 🙂
  20. GordoRetired

    Throw-a-line Thursday II 4.4.19 off Barrenjoey

    Another good day out. Hope I get to join you soon. 🙂
  21. GordoRetired

    Almost Stripey Sunday 7.4.19

    Sounds like a fun day. I had heard that there were Marlin in close at the moment, when we were out last Thursday we had a pair cruise by while we were drifting the broken ground not far from the FAD off Manly. If the leader broke you must be using too light line. When I was regularly chasing Marlin on the big boats we ran 600lb leader to our lures. What have you got on?
  22. GordoRetired

    March Jindabyne Trip

    Thursday - Leisurely start, out of bed at 6.00am, breakfast, finished loading the boat and car and hit the road at 7.00am. Fortunately a good run through the Sydney traffic and by 8.00am I was driving past Campbelltown. Couple of coffee stops on the way down, popped into the Alpine Anger for a chat, and rolled into Jindabyne in time for lunch. After that picked up some bits from Steve Williams old shop, Brian was very helpful, and got the boat on the water around 4.00pm. The advice I had been given was that lures needed to be trolled deep, around 45 foot down with the downriggers. So, at 4.15pm down they went to 45 foot as advised. Well I trolled around various parts of the lake for the next 2 hours plus with not a single hit… Finally I moved to an area where I have had some previous success and this time, going against the advice I had been given, only dropped the downriggers down to 30 foot. Hey presto it worked, within a few minutes of starting trolling at 30 I had my first hook up, a nice Rainbow trout. The next hour was mayhem, almost as soon as I got my lures back down I got a strike. Over the next hour I boated 7 nice Rainbow’s, everyone of them was 30cm+, I threw back most but kept 2 that were around the 35cm mark as in my opinion they are a real good eating size. During that hour the sounder was showing heaps of fish. The first of the evening strikes was at 6.45pm with the last one at 7.45 then as quickly as the strikes started they stopped again, so at 8.30pm I motored off to my chosen spot to drop anchor and roll out the swag. I have to say that with the clear skies it was quite beautiful laying in the boat watching shooting stars and sipping on a cold beer. Friday - The next morning I as up at 5.30 with lures in well before sun up. Not a great morning, 1st strike I lost when it was still way out back and jumped off, the second strike I got to the boat and it jumped off as I was about to net it and the 3rd strike I boated a small Rainbow but as it was barely 30cm I threw it back. Still 3 strikes is not all bad. Then boat out and a relaxing day around Jindabyne. Back on the water around 5.00pm hit a couple of spots but no strikes till 7.15pm, this was a nice 43cm Brown so on the ice it went. Kept going for another ½ hour and get one more small Brown that I threw back. Saturday – lines in at 6.00am, by 6.20 I was hooked up to a nice 45cm Brown. Lovely start to the day. Then at 7.00 a 30 cm Rainbow, 7.20 another Rainbow and at 8.25 a small Brown. 4 for the morning session, quite happy with that. For the evening session I was on the water again by 5.00, first couple of spot that I tried came up blank, then last spot for the day, near where I planned to sleep, around 7.45 I got a decent 43cm Brown, followed 20 minutes later by a 40cm Brown. Sunday – I had lures in at 6.00am, 30 minutes later I was on to a good 40cm Brown then at 7.15 it’s twin brother, another 40cm Brown. 15 minutes later things got hectic…. Bear in mind I am fishing solo, well at 7.30 off went one of my 2 rods and I could see a decent sized Rainbow jumping out the back, as I started fighting that the other rod bent over and started loosing line…. I had my first double hook up. I left the motor in gear moving slowly forward, and played the first fish to the boat. I netted the first fish, then picked up the other rod, fish still attached, and bought that one in too. Success, I managed to boat them both so was very pleased with myself. I then went to the Jindabyne Fishing Club March comp weigh in. My best Brown went 777g, the winning fish came in at 1015, my Rainbow went 520g with the winning fish going 533 and my bag of 3 weighed in at 2.291kg with the winning bag going 2.311kg. None were winners but I got close. For the Sunday afternoon session I went in a bit later, 5.45 as all of the fish were coming well after 6.00pm. At 6.55 the new Anniversary Edition Tassie caught its first fish, a 30 cm Rainbow, then 20 minutes later got it’s second a 40cm Rainbow, at 7.20 another lure got a 35 Rainbow, then at 7,50 the Anniversary edition struck again with a 32 Rainbow, At 8,10 the last fish of the evening was another nice 40cm Rainbow. Monday – Lures in at 6.00 again, nothing for just over an hour, then hooked my biggest fish of the trip a cracking 50cm Brown. At 7.50 it was time to pack up so popped the lines out of the down-rigger clips and bought up the down-riggers. While I was reeling in one lure the other rod went off with my last fish of the trip a little 30cm Rainbow which went back to fight another day. What surprised me about that one was catching it on the surface when everyone I spoke to had said to fish deep… and the surface temperatures were way to high for Trout to be comfortable. Out of the water by 8.00am, packed up the boat and headed off back to Sydney happy after a good 4 days of fishing. Over the 4 morning and 4 evening session I boated a total of 27 trout all legal size or better, 10 Browns and 17 Rainbows. The split between evening and morning sessions was close at 13 caught in the mornings and 14 caught in the evenings. Earliest fish was caught 6.20am but they had stopped biting before 9.00am, then in the evenings the bite came back on after 6.00pm through till a bit after dark, 8.10pm being the latest. Lure choice seemed very important with lures that have previously been very hot not even getting a hit this trip. Fluorescent Tassies were the most successful with the green one in the picture below accounting for around ½ of the fish caught. The new Anniversary Edition, middle of the picture of 3 also did well considering that it was only used for 2 sessions. The only other lures worth a mention were the sparkly gold and the Clown which bother caught a few fish. Now repairing my broken rod. note to self, do not leave rod against side of boat and then lean on it while reaching over to rinse hands... Tight lines all. Gordo
  23. GordoRetired

    Mixed Bag off Sydney

    Not sure what happened here. I spent 15 minutes typing up a report but the text disappeared when I hit post.... EDIT: OK, no idea what happened so I’ll try again…. After all of my recent reports have been freshwater it was time to put in a day on the salt. So yesterday morning I met up with a couple of mates and by 6.15am we were launching at the Roseville ramp. 1st stop was the FAD off Manly, when we got there there were already 3 boats drifting around so we joined in dropped down cut pillies and squid baits as well as throwing around some soft plastics. We soon hooked into a small Dolly, over the next 45 minutes we caught 4 Dolly’s but as they were all quite small they went back in and we decided to head out to the wave rider a mile or so further out. There was only one other boat there but after drifting past the buoy a few times we were not able to entice a single hit. Time for plan B. This was to head around 8 or 9 miles North to some marks shown on the navtronics app on my mates phone that looked to be a couple of buoy’s… Wrong they were only GPS marks. So as we were all the way up there by Mona Vale we decided to drift around and see what we could pick up. Turned out to be a reasonable decision as over the next hour or so we caught a selection of Red’s, Flathead and Morwong. Lot’s of small ones but we started to get a few fish on ice. After that we headed back South to an area just North of Long Reef where there are 4 wrecks showing on the app. Down went the paternoster rigs again with pillies and squid and much like the first spot up came a selection of Red’s, Flathead and Morwong. Again lots of small ones but we did manage a nice sized Red and a real good sized Morwong. Eventually we decided that it was time to start making our way back towards home but could not resits another look at the Fad…. Turned out to be a waste of time but hey you never know if you never go….. Finally my mate said that he wanted to stop off at one of his favorite Flathead drifts for our last few drifts before home. By now the wind was starting to pick up a bit so even though we were only fishing in around 50m of water we had over 100m of line out to get a bait to the bottom. Then we hooked onto the fish of the day.. This Flathead drift had already produced a couple of small Reds and a Morwong then my Mates rod bent over with a solid fish. Took him a good few minutes to finally coax it to the boat and as I leaned over with the net a lovely Jew Fish came to the surface. Into the net and onto the ice, a good 85cm + fish. With that we headed back to the ramp with a reasonable catch on ice and all feeling quite tired after a long day on the water. Dinner last night was one of my favorites, Flathead fillets rolled in a flour and Cajun spice mix and shallow fried, served with garlic mash, peas and corn… Followed by a sleep in the arm chair after dinner.
  24. GordoRetired

    So we got one.....now what do we do !?!

    You will NEVER forget your first, as other have said a touched trace counts as a capture. Good advice on keep boat in gear and swim the fish to you at the final stages of a fight. Grab hold Tightly to the bill and then someone else should be able to remove hooks. Once the hooks are out keep hold and swim the fish to resuscitate the fish before letting go of it. The way that you know when the fish is knacker is when you can swim it to the boat. Depending on line class, drag settings and size of fish that can be anywhere from a few minutes to many hours. I remember one time when we had a fish to the boat in under 30 minutes, hit it with a tag and it went ballistic, took us nearly another hour to get it back alongside so that we could get the lure back.
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    Mixed Bag off Sydney

    I do not use a lot of the Cajun, a good covering of flour on a plate and then sprinkle the Cajun on top. Probably only a couple of heaped desert spoons. After you have tried it adjust to taste the next time. Enjoy 🙂