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  1. wazatherfisherman

    Cowan Saturday

    Well done iconnolly it's a beautiful system with many different species-
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    Hawkesbury houseboat fishing trip

    Hi and welcome- if a big southerly blows up there is a great little spot with several moorings called "The Peep-hole" it's the small bay immediately on your left as you enter the large Yeomans Bay, which is on the opposite side of Cowan from Jerusalem Bay. Really protected from the wind and there are nippers that can be pumped from the sandflat (they are in most bays so take the yabbie pump)- same type of fishing as most of the system. Regards Waza
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    Manly (New to the Area)

    Thanks mate- a very under-utilized spot in Sydney and I used to eat the Whiting but no other fish!
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    Manly (New to the Area)

    Thanks GF - I know it's polluted but there's plenty of fishing action in there
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    Manly (New to the Area)

    Thanks Rick! Congrats on those choice Reds too!
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    Manly (New to the Area)

    Hi George and welcome. Manly dam has Carp and Redfin that you would be familiar with, as well as Australian Bass. Where the dam eventually flows to the sea is through Queenscliff Lagoon, which drains through a man made viaduct at the extreme northern end of Manly Beach (known as Queenscliff Beach) The lagoon suffers greatly at times from pollution (commonly from super phosphates and similar which probably leech into the water from the surrounding golf course) however, there are plenty of different fish species in the lagoon, particularly during summer. There are also prawns, which are easily scooped with a prawn net on the small sandy area about 150 mtr's in from the ocean bridge end- prawn season starts around the dark of the moon in late October. These prawns are the best bait for just about all the species in the lagoon, but are obviously not available at the moment. Lure spinning with light tackle and small shallow diving lures will account for some of the common (to Sydney) species such as Bream, Flathead, Tailor and Trevally, but there are other 'northern species' that turn up every summer that are geographically 'miles from home'. The lagoon fishes best on the larger incoming tides, marked above 1.6 mtr's in the tide charts, with the best fishing on the biggest tides around 2 mtr's which occur during both the full moon and new moon periods. Large 'king tides' around Christmas/New Year always fish well- although that is obviously also a few months away yet. The influx of clean water that pushes in through the viaduct seems to trigger fish activity. The simple rig for bait fishing the lagoon, is to use no larger than a pea sized ball sinker running freely down to a size 1 or 2 baitholder style hook (such as a Mustad 92247 or 92647) and whole green prawn bait, threaded on from tail to head (don't take the head off unless you are peeling the prawn). If you are using live prawns substitute the pea size sinker for 1 or 2 small pieces of split-shot lead so the prawn can move around reasonably freely. A good place to start fishing there is the Hinkler Park end, either from the park on the right hand side as you look towards the coast, even up in the blocked off section or the canal side that goes under the Pittwater Rd bridge. You can almost fish out of your car from the small car park adjacent to the canal entry into the lagoon, Bream Whiting and Flathead are the common species here. Anyway, there is a little information to get you fishing locally, albeit not the best time of year for lagoon fishing (or prawning) but a sneaky spot that can produce some surprising catches- just fish it as a catch and release area, due to pollution levels which are at times quite high- though you often wouldn't know. Any other questions feel free to ask Regards Waza
  7. wazatherfisherman

    Information Gathering?

    Hi James my tip for you is to keep a simple 'log-book' of ALL your fishing trips. Buy a decent hard-cover foolscap sized book to keep your info in. You can write in about 3 trips to a page- doesn't take long and you have an easy to reference reminder of what you did and what worked or didn't at particular times Record all the following:: Date and time, Moon phase, Tide phase/s and size, Weather and water conditions, Your target species, Then add your method/s, bait/s, tackle, rigs and results. A 2-3 line summary of what you think happened and why is how you finish your entry. It only takes a few minutes and you can look back on this easily.- EG "Bream were biting on last of run in,stopped at high tide, got a run from a Mulloway on high slack water, wonder if it spooked the Bream?" and so on I did it for years and found it to be invaluable as it relates to your own experiences/triumphs/failures etc. and is "location-specific" for where you are fishing. You can add a symbol or rating for easy reference of particularly good trips. Cheers and good fishing. Waza
  8. wazatherfisherman

    Whats your favourite fishing memory

    Windang was a fishers paradise for catching 'eating fish', prawns and Blue swimmers and most of the folk in "Oaklands" caravan park seemed to be connected by fish, prawns or the cooking/eating of them. Wonderful memories
  9. wazatherfisherman

    Whats your favourite fishing memory

    Never boring Frank! I for one, love reading the 'old' stories of times past, when there were fish everywhere and all the different methods that were used to try and get them- we didn't realise then, how good we had it. I started writing my own fishing 'memoirs', thinking how do you 'catalogue' so many tales? It came down to doing it by species, but after a year or so of writing I've only got as far as 'E' alphabetically and will probably never finish!
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    Whats your favourite fishing memory

    Very hard to pick a favourite from a lifetime of fishing 'joys', so it has to be an early one. My Grandparents had a permanent on-site caravan at Windang (Lake Illawarra) and my Grandma bought the first Aluminium boat with an outboard motor that the Windang end of the lake had seen. She won a big daily double at the races and surprised Grandpa by not telling him, instead having the new boat delivered to the caravan. The boat was bought from Knock and Kirby's hardware at Warrawong and as it didn't have a trailer was delivered by a big truck, along with the outboard, which came sitting on a 2 wheeled trolley. The Windang end of the lake was always alive with fish (and prawns) in those days and you only had to go and anchor in one of the 2 channels, use either fresh lake prawns or squirt-worms and you'd catch heaps of fish. Mostly didn't even bother taking the motor, just unchained the boat from the Casuarina tree next to the water and rowed straight out from the van, which suited my Mum, who used to love taking me out and loved handline fishing too. A cork handline with about 30 yards of about 10 pound line was all you needed. The rig was a small sinker sitting above a half a matchstick for a 'stopper' then about 10-12 inches of line to the hook. There were only 2 kinds of hook (so I thought)- bronzed longshank "Whiting" hooks (which came in larger sizes for Flatties and Tailor) and silver (cadmium plated) "suicide" (octopus they're called these days) pattern, which were also known as "Bream hooks"- I liked the Longshanks because the fish didn't swallow them! Method was simple- peel the prawn, then break it into about 4 or 5 bits, each one only about a half inch long, put it on the hook (it only covered the hook-bend!) and drop straight over the side of the boat, hit the bottom and bring it up a few inches. This rig and method used to catch pretty much everything, you never knew what the next fish would be- That was over 52 years ago and I can still remember my excitement every time we hopped in the boat and rowed out to the '2nd channel' - fish of some sort would soon be pulled over the side, as a 5 yr old, that was about as exciting as life could be (for me anyway) and I guess that started the lifetime passion (obsession?!) I've had ever since
  11. wazatherfisherman

    Greenback Tailor Comp

    Hi Yowie, some years that one would win you 1st prize (which is always $2,500+) there are great prizes on offer
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    Greenback Tailor Comp

    Hi Jim, yes it's a stay on the beach and fish all night trip. Part of entry fee includes a ticket for a stew (or similar) that a fisho known as "The Arab" drives along the beach with, great idea and we got ours one night about midnight in constant rain- nice to have a hot feed on the beach when fishing on a cold, wet night
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    Greenback Tailor Comp

    Hi Yowie, up to 6+kg, plenty of years won by fish in the 3-4.5kg range. Best fish I've seen weighed was a 20+kg Spanish Mackerel caught off the rocks at Cabarita Head on a Tailor that was being retrieved. All fish weighed in are made up in lots and there is a big public auction held on site Cheers Waza
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    Just in case you were wondering where I had gone...

    Welcome back Jim, hope you recover quickly. Cheers Waza
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    Greenback Tailor Comp

    Some good info there Ah, welcome to Fishraider. I have fished a few Greenback's over the years. Well organised comp with excellent prizes on offer and a lot of fun. I'm living in Murwillumbah now (ex- Sydney)- great part of the world with heaps of fishing options. Cheers Waza