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  1. wazatherfisherman

    Silver drummer

    Just wanted to add that rabbit pellets are also ok for berley for them and have caught a few at both Pelican Pt and Soldiers Island on squid fishing for other species, as well as plenty of smaller (mostly under a kg) on cabbage while Luderick fishing around the harbour. At different times, their teeth become quite sharp and they will bite through mono, so bite-off's often attributed to 'Jackets can sometimes be Silvers
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    Silver drummer

    Hi Volitan as said above, same type of tactics as for Rock Blackfish (Black Drummer) they also respond really well to berleying with both white bread and chicken pellets (as do Black Drummer)- soak pellets until they break down into a 'mud' like consistency- then keep a moderate trail going in the wash and fish either pea size or smaller ball-on-hook rig or bobby cork for them if terrain is bad. Bait is either fresh bread, peeled green prawns or cunje. They also like quartered red crabs and large cabbage baits (too large for Luderick). Best all round hook is 2/0 suicide (octopus pattern). They grow pretty big in some locations (over 15kg) with plenty of smaller ones in Sydney Harbour and unlike their Black namesakes fight reasonably cleanly. No amount of preparation turns them into a decent eating proposition, but they are a great fighting sports fish to catch and release. If you have any other questions, happy to answer. Cheers Waza
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    Dangerous casting practice

    G'day Derek you could also film this and put it on facebook as an example of "dangerous casting" with an example of "safe" or "responsible casting"- he may not see it but someone may alert him to the danger he poses- he may be ignorant of the danger regardless of your suggestion to him, or as you have indicated "not the full quid". Perhaps offering a few pointers on safer casting might be in order, but that might not go down too well either. Forget the suggestions we talked about on the phone, they'll only bring you trouble! As others have said you have done the right thing, it's better to educate those around him instead of his unsafe practices
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    Interesting Squid Observation?

    Hi SydneyisSkyBlue Try marinating your squid in mashed kiwifruit for about 2 hours, then remove kiwifruit and cook normally. This tenderizes it and is a quicker method than using milk and garlic which is best left for a few more hours. Also doesn't leave your fridge smelling like garlic! Onion also works as a tenderizer but the kiwifruit are best and never get rubbery calamari again!
  5. wazatherfisherman

    Prawning - South Coast

    From my experiences at prawning you want the run-out tide(I don't think they 'run' on other tide) and the darker the moon the better
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    Manly lagoon

    G'day mate I haven't fished there for over a year now, but have fished the lagoon every Christmas for many years as a mate comes to Sydney and stays in the same house each year, which backs onto the park running between the 2 bridges. His family catches up for a Christmas fishing day there every year and lots of interesting things get caught. There are some really amazing fish caught in the lagoon every year and from memory the local tackle shop has a photo album of many of the unusual species that reside in the lagoon, Sadly, it's one of Sydney's most polluted locations sediment wise and there have been several fish kills there over the years, as the lagoon's feeder creek runs from Manly Dam via the Golf course and super-phosphates and 'heavy metal' concentrations are present in the mud/sand bottom. The water reaches the ocean via a small viaduct that comes out near Queenscliff rock baths. Fishing wise, there are all sorts of fish in there, including many 'northern' species like Mangrove Jack and various Trevally species. It isn't uncommon to see fish 'bust-up' on baitfish in the late afternoon. From observation they are usually Trevally (Big Eye) and they boil up for a minute or two then reappear 30-40 metres away, so you have to be quick getting a lure into them. The only time the fish seem to be really active is on the larger run-in tides above 1.5 meters, when there is a bit of flow. The best tides are the really big tides around Christmas 1.7+ are ideal and best fished in the night. Best bait is definitely live prawns which can be scooped on the run-out tide on the darker phases of the moon, try on the sand near the drop-off down closer to the ocean bridge for best results on the prawns. These are a clearer coloured prawn than the 'brown-ish' Sydney harbour variety (which we've also done well with), from what I've seen when prawning around Sydney, all the different lagoons have prawns and they are all slightly different in colour, depending on which spot you get them. There are also a few 'rock-prawns'- some with arms and tiny claws that are excellent for bait for larger fish. Best method is to use light line (2-4 kg) size 2 'baitholder' style hook and only a small split shot (don't squeeze it on hard as it needs to be able to move when you half-hitch your prawn on- then slide down to tail) The prawn can move around reasonably freely and the fish will easily find it. When you get a couple of sharp taps, just let the fish swim off a few meters before striking. Some of the largest Whiting give only the slightest bites when using live prawns. Our most successful trips there have been after prawning the run-out tide at night and using the live prawns on the run-in until the wee hours. I've caught Bream, Flathead, Tailor, GT's, Big Eye Trevally, Mullet, Luderick, Estuary Perch, Long Tom's, Mangrove Jack and some of the biggest Whiting you'll see- all in the lagoon, mostly from Hinkler Park and the canal that goes under Pittwater Rd. Others have caught Oxeye Herring, Mulloway and some large mud crabs. Mangrove Jacks are fished for around the Pittwater Rd bridge and behind the skateboard park. I've seen fly fishers get them there also. There is also another spot up the very back of the lagoon called 'The Dog Hole' which is like a small inlet. Mangrove Jack, Trevally and some big Flathead are caught there on live bait. One of the other Raiders told me there are a couple of no fishing signs in different spots, but the only one I've seen was in regard to pollution, but probably a good idea to check with fisheries. Good luck if you go there- it's a unique spot, such a shame about the pollution, you wouldn't know it was as bad just from looking at it. Just catch and release fishing to be safe! Cheers Waza
  7. wazatherfisherman

    Trolling for Kings

    Hi Zoran I've tried painting them but the paint doesn't stay on long and the penetration is not as smooth as the surface of the hook becomes 'grippy'. Easy way is to take a permanent marker which also aids (albeit slightly) with preventing the points blunting. Better off using as Paddy says Black trebles for same effect. Tried red trebles on Tailor spinners but found the buggers went for the hook as much as the lure resulting in heaps more 'jump-offs', so pretty much a reverse of the point of using them! Have been using tiny size coloured trebles on Bream lures for years but only because I got a big container of them really cheap at a close-out sale and they are dangerously sharp! The bronze and black are definitely worth putting on metals and baitfish profiles. Don't bother doing it with minnows, divers etc. The Owner ones Paddy uses are the go
  8. wazatherfisherman

    Seasons for fish...?

    No salt added! They actually have quite delicate flesh and I'd be surprised if you cooked a couple this way and didn't like them. It's a pretty easy way to cook them, just make sure you drain off the fluid well. I don't think people keep them as the fillet-to-size ratio is small and they have a few nasty spines and also it isn't likely to get many in a session. A lot of folks go by the "if it's ugly, chuck it back" ideal, which is not a bad general rule, but if you get a couple of them try cooking them in the above way, you won't be disappointed
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    Seasons for fish...?

    It's pretty easy recipe- scale and fillet them (the heads have nice meat but it's hard to get at it unless you bake them whole) put the fillets in a saucepan in cold milk and bring to the boil on the stove, as soon as the milk comes to the boil turn the stove down and simmer for about a minute and a half then take off the stove but leave the fillets in the milk to cool, then pour into a dish and place in fridge for about 20 mins. Drain all the fluid off and pat dry with a paper towel. The flesh will just fall off the skin. We usually mix it with either a blue swimmer crab or a lobster (if you're rich enough!) and it takes on the flavour- or just have it cold or add to a cooked pasta. Done this way it's called "poor mans lobster"/ Enjoy! For all those who don't keep them you should try this- you won't be chucking them back any more!
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    Seasons for fish...?

    Well you are in luck as they are available in summer -the Scorpion or Red Rock Cod are available most of the year but aren't generally a targeted species, more a 'by-catch' and a lot of people don't keep them. Personally I reckon they taste great, but you need decent sized ones to get a decent feed from as they are "a big head and small body". Got a good way of cooking them if you're interested? Mahi Mahi are usually around in numbers after Christmas and are fairly easy to catch offshore
  11. wazatherfisherman

    Trolling for Kings

    Hi Hateanchors bronze trebles are still often used on freshwater lures and small saltwater lures such as Rebel Crawdads. They have definitely lost popularity over the years with new age corrosion and strength treatments being chosen instead of them, however, they have always produced more and better hook up rates and most older rock spin men know the value of them and would still probably prefer to use them where possible. They don't offer great saltwater/rust resistance nor are they "chemically sharpened" although some are "laser sharpened" and they also are a little harder to find in multiple "extra strength" varieties. Better hook ups are achieved because the fish attack the lure, not the hooks. By this, what I mean is for example if you are spinning with metals or hard baitfish profiles, the most common types are chrome/silver, if the predator species are feeding on say 2 inch long pilchards, then a 2 inch long silvery (main colour anyway) lure would be the one you'd try first. If said lure then has a 1 inch long treble on the back, it then becomes a 3 inch lure due to the silver hook becoming part of the profile as it is same colour, Some species such as Frigate Mackerel, Salmon, Mack Tuna etc can be frustratingly hard to tempt if you haven't got an almost identical match to what they are chasing and you often see heaps of people casting right into the thick of them feeding for no result- this is because although they may have matched the right profile size and colour wise, the trailing silver (usually) hook has then increased the size of their overall lure.. High speed spinning from the rocks, you didn't really need a lot of lures, As Paddy said, 1/2 x 1/4 chrome plated bars in different lengths to copy the baitfish lengths were the mainstay of most, you could add a couple of sizes in hexagonal bar (marketed as "arrows") for better imitating smaller gars or maybe a few coloured lead 'fish' profiles, but in general the reflectivity of the chrome was the most widely used. Bronzed trebles were added because the profile size wise wasn't altered and the fish took the lure more into it's mouth resulting in less pulled hooks. You could also use a bigger size hook as it isn't compromising the integrity of the size, which also adds to better hooking/holding power. In the larger sizes (2/0 upwards) Mustad, Eagle Claw and VMC all make 2x, 3x, 4x strong (and stronger) varieties and also short shank styles as well. Yes they rust but if you wash them as you do most lures after use then they last a lot longer. A quick touch with the stone and they stay sharp and you can 'colour-in' the points with a permanent marker to keep the points sharp when not in use. Easy experiment is next time you come across feeding fish and you're using metals, is to try 2 of same chosen lure profiles, one with silver hooks one with bronze and see the depth of the lure in the fishes mouth- I guarantee you'll find the bronze hooked lure deeper and better hooked up and if the fish are fickle, will be the difference between a strike or a follow. Tailor and Bonito can be exceptions to 'profile size' but they also are hooked better. Give it a try!
  12. wazatherfisherman

    Trolling for Kings

    Hi Paddy great point about using bronze trebles. I don't reckon a lot of younger fisho's would realise the value of using the bronze trebles as opposed to the common use of silver coloured trebles regardless of the various strength and rust proofing qualities. Better hook-ups and far, far better "matching the hatch" properties
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    Seasons for fish...?

    Is there a particular species you are interested in, or looking to target?
  14. wazatherfisherman

    South coast luderick

    You should change your name to good fisho! Well done on a great bag of fish and releasing them also
  15. wazatherfisherman

    Trolling for Kings

    When I used the diving board I ran it on 30 lb rather than usual 20 lb as it does create a bit of drag. I bought a couple of the Scotty release clips to (use as PaddyT suggested)- keep the bait lower angle to help keep them alive a bit longer but the rubber band around reel handle as he suggested is probably a better and easier option. 1 of those cheaper black clothes peg style Scotty ones would be ideal to use crimped on a paravane/board style rigger. Or use the old Jensen "Dodger" style flasher- the "Krockadile" type were good for getting bait down deeper but you had to "fight" them as well as the fish!