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  1. Were the whiting those with brown diagonal stripes, known as the eastern school whiting? They are the main type caught in Moreton Bay. There is no legal size and they do not grow as big as some of the other whiting species I often catch them in 55m while chasing the flathead, and I should reduce hook size and target them when getting stripped pilchards back. They are good eating but you need a good catch. I was surprised when I first caught them but then identified them as a deep water fish.
  2. The Leatherjacket species found outside tend to bite off hooks and also bite the line off at any point of the rig, sometimes even a long way from the hook meaning the entire rig is lost. Lures are also lost. Using a smaller longshank hook catches them, sometimes a wire leader is useful as they are fairly good eating, but they have a very sharp parrot like beak and don’t always just bite the bait.
  3. Started a bit later today from Roseville ramp. There was not the usual standard of co-operation this morning, resulting in a long wait ot get out. As there was not much white water around the headlands we headed straight out to DY Wide., but the SW stirred things up more as we got out wider and it was a jiggley session. We needed the sea anchor to hold bottom and the first drops fed hooks and sinkers to Jackets. Changed areas a few times to catch a few and the sea calmed down a bit for the run home but it was not as good aas the last trip. Lots of albotross around as the Cuttlefish are dying after egg laying and the birds know to come around at this time to feed on them at the surface. If you are lucky enough to find one that has just died and surfaced they are good bait, but the birds usually find them first.
  4. Nice salmon. How do you make pickled fish.?
  5. If you take a close look it is actually a Marbled Flathead, different tail markings and a streaky brown skin without the blue spots. At this spot off Dee Why the usual mix is one marbled to every 2 bluespots, still a good feed and a nice fish. Thanks for your comments.
  6. Nice report and the sunrise photo is great
  7. It was foggy on the road but at Roseville ramp it was clear. Tried a troll around Dobroyd but only managed a salmon. Had a bit of a troll around North Head but the swell was up a bit so did not want to get too close in. It was a bit foggy as well. Got a bit of a fright when about 1km out as a whale leapt into the air about 50m away and did a half somersault. Then headed out to Dee Why wide and fished in about 55m for a good feed of flathead, they were all a good size, the biggest measuring 63cm and was a very heavy fish. This was my catch, my mate did almost as well and had a pansized red also. Thanks to a post on facebook the kingfish were copping a hammering with dozens of boats around Middle Harbour
  8. I was not near the spot called the whale and do not know it. you have a copy of my bottom depths chart and on it is clearly marked one of my spots labelled FF and the depth there is 52m. Perhaps you can tell me what the red mark and gps is east of my spots. Saltrix
  9. We were fishing in 50 to 55m. It was fishing for a feed using 35lb braid 30lb leader and 1lb lead and a sea anchor early to hold bottom. Use your sounder to fish between the reefs but you must be on the bottom to catch the flathead. Use a lighter trace on the lead so you don’t lose the rig on a snag. pM me if you want a starter gps mark.
  10. With an earlier forecast of strong winds we thought burley and the harbour would be the best option but this morning there was only a moderate westerly so we decided to try DY wide. Trolling Washaway and North Head drew a blank but they are always better with a bit of wash. With the breeze we needed a sea anchor to slow the drift but the flathead seemed hungry and were a mix of Bluespot and Marbled and varied in size from 34 to 54 cm. As the morning went on the breeze dropped and the sea anchor was not needed. We headed in about 10.30 and I took this picture as I thought it looked good and made me feel fortunate to live in Sydney where we have such a beautiful harbour. I took the fish out of the ice slurry to take a picture but they would not fit on the esky. We both got a good feed taking 16 between us but none will be wasted.
  11. Nice report and soundslike you enjoyed the trip and the scenery.
  12. A different fishing style to what we here are used to. Nice photos, thanks for your posting. Alan
  13. We saw a trawler working all the way down the coast from about 5 km out from Barrenjoey so if you fished his sweep you might have found them patchy,but there are plenty out there. We find that the fish are in patches so use your GPS, mark a catch spot and go back over that ground a bit varied.
  14. I think Yowie was right, I think the bigger female fish are out wider but we got a good spot producing fish at the shallower depth so we kept there before going deeper. As usually the bite is better at the change of tide we missed the bigger fish out wide.
  15. Launched with my mate at Parsley Bay at sunup. There was a crowd but all launching was smooth at first light. Headed out to sea to find a rather large swell as we got out further as well as a bit of chop[. Picked up a few at 45m then went out to 50m to get a few more. Finished with 15 bewteen us mostly Bluespot but 1 Marbled. We must have been fishing a spot where males were in residence as most were male 37 to 49cm. Got a few meals in the freezer now and some frames for the crabs a bit later.