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  1. Nice report, I am glad to see someone is getting out and at least you got a fish.
  2. The little ones you are catching are probably spikey flathead, and if a reasonable size there is no legal length and they are good eating. Just stick to the species bag limit of 10 flathead. To increase your chances of good blue spots or marbled try to keep the drift reasonably fast and the baits whole pilchards or reasonably large. The spikeys make good baits. You need to brush up your species to identify the different species. If you are catching more than you like try moving location, as the spikeys can be very thick.
  3. We did not get an early start and the sun was nearly up as we left the river. Tried a few spots in 40m before going out a bit deeper to around 50m before finding them. Picked up a few before the westerly dropped and our drift slowed, then the dreaded jackets struck, biting off hooks, sinkers and even eating my lure which I run on the top of my 3 drop rigs sometimes. It was a plastic prawn and they ate it all but a small piece of the body. We have found this before, if there is enough current or wind to keep moving the jackets do not find you as easily but once the dr
  4. great pictures but the seas look a bit big for me. Getting the action shots of the whales was excellent.
  5. Thanks for the report. It inspired me to take my boat out and try the change of tide for the crabs. The squid were around again at Patonga but I did not have a jig. the flathead were all undersized. Crabs were around again and we shared 11 good sized males, we returned all the females and smaller crabs and back home for lunch.
  6. Thanks for that tip, we have tried closer in a few times but not done good, but will give it another go in winter. On the south side it is sometimes good for bluespots about 2km south and out in about 40-50 metres. Red spot whiting are often there too.
  7. In reply to your questions After trolling North Head and some of the harbour for zero we headed out to DY wide and fished the bottom in about 50 m in our usual grounds where we often bag out on the flathead, but they were very quite and the spikeys were quick to hook up, even on spikey bait. There was only a very slight current as even with the westerly blowing the gps showed us moving at about 1 knot, and less when it eased. That might have been the problem as it seems a bit of movement improves the catch of the bigger fish.
  8. As we had not been out for a while we took the good weather forecasty as a chance to catch some fish. There was a bit of a westerlyearly on but it soon eased. The fishing was a bit slow, there was a whale which surfaced too close to our boat and gave us a suprise but I was not quick enough to get a picture, but the albertross were around as the giant cuttle are dying and at this time the albertross hang around waiting to feed on them as they float to the surface dead after laying there eggs. y This was our combined catch apart from Sergeant Baker, 2 shovel nose sha
  9. There was a crowd as expected at Parsley Bay but all seemed considerate and orderly and we launched OK. I was expecting dead calm conditions as there was no breeze but there was a confused swell which made things very jiggly when we picked up a few yellowtsil at West Head. The yellowtail were on the large size and too big for live flathead bait so we headed out to the 45M area and tried to find the schools. On the way out there were some good sized waves and it was a bumpy ride, I hoped the rock fishermen were wary as there were some whoppers every now and then. As us
  10. Launched at Parsely Bay and had a very bumpy ride out to the flathead area about 4nm out. Caught a few flathead on pillies and cuttlefish going over a spot which appeared OK. Then the motor refused to rev up. Checked the prop and fuel feed and all was OK, waited a while to see if overheating was a problem but still no revs. Gave up and called Marine Rescue who came out and towed us in. While we were waiting put out the sea anchor so we would not go too far and could get going quickly when the tow arrived and drifted the right way back towards Barrenjoey. Picked up a f
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 a
  14. Nice salmon. How do you make pickled fish.?
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