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    Thursday fishing from Sydney

    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
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    Thursday fishing from Sydney

    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.
  3. 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.
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    A Tough few days on Lake Jindabyne.

    Nice report and soundslike you enjoyed the trip and the scenery.
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    Ice fishing

    A different fishing style to what we here are used to. Nice photos, thanks for your posting. Alan
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    Flathead off Barrenjoey

    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.
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    Flathead off Barrenjoey

    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.
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    Flathead off Barrenjoey

    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.
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    Throw-a-line Thursday 28.2.19 off Barrenjoey

    Thanks for the report, nice photos and a good catch. Good to have a report as I am heading to the same area tomorrow.
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    Hawksbury Launch Sunday

    With a forecast of strong northerlys followed by a gusty southerly change we were not keen to be out wide on the flathead grounds off Broken Bay so decided to have a quite day in the river. Set a couple of witches hats off Dangar and did a couple of drifts in the bay at Patonga to catch one flathead going 39cm, it seemed small after the flathead I usually get out at sea but as it was legal and required for tea we kept it . The small reds then kept taking the bait and as I do not like injuring them we gave it away and drifted out along the shore towards Lion Island. There were a lot of pickers around and my mate had only a small bit of his 1/2 pilchard left and decided to put it back anyhow, then got a very nice flathead on it. This seemed to be a popular drift as there were several boats doing the drift. It got a bit quite then so we decided as the wind was not too bad to try a troll around Barrenjoey as we used to get good fish there at times. Not today though and there were a lot of boats in the area. We then went to a close mark we had off Palm Beach and fished the bottom for a nice morwong, an u/s Pearl Perch, a wrasse, and several Sargeant Baker, and several u/s reds. Kept the wrasse and morwong and returned the rest undamaged. The sea was pretty calm at this point. Returned to pick up the wiches hats. and stopped in the Bay to pick up 6 Tailor on metal slices, which only just made the 30cm but were fun on the light rods, and when we got to the hats found one nice male, and as it was getting warm called it a day. The southerly was a bit late up there but it did come a bit strong later. Got a few meals out of it and a bit of bait for next week.
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    Port Stephens- Rack em up!!!

    Great sunrise photo anda good report
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    Swimmers are around in good numbers

    That definitely looks like the coral crab, but it is interesting about the paddler crab being poisonous, I must look closely at what I catch.
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    Out from Sydney Monday

    Yes, pleased to know that you know your species. I had a couple of spikies as well but did not include those in the photo as a lot of fishermen think they are undersized when they are actually fully mature fish and are good eating. I think that they do count to your bag limit of 10 flathead so I only keep the larger ones. Usually marbled and bluespot are about equal from where we fish off Dee Why.
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    Out from Sydney Monday

    We were expecting crowds on the ramp and at fishing spots but we had the ramp to ourselves at Davison Ramp except for a later charterboat. The sea was pretty calm but a steady light drizzle kept up all morning. Tried a troll around Dobroyd for nil and again around North Head for a small king that quickly went back. Landmarks were out of the question and GPS and compass were the go all morning Got to Dee Why Wide and picked up some flathead, a morwong, and a bonito in 50 m. Even managed 3 flathead at omce but lost 1 lifting them in but took a quick snap of the 2 left. Finished up with a feed and had some fun catching another bonito at middle harbour. Not as good a catch as Scratchies but something to eat.
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    Port Stephens- plan A-B-C

    Great fish, persistance pays off.