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  1. Derek a good bloke alright. Sounds like you're smashing it mate. Might see you out sometime.
  2. Yep I've caught heaps of bream on that little stretch. Unfortunately it'll be un-fishable while they're doing the re-naturalisation on the creek. Should be done in about 6 months.
  3. Hey mate sorry I missed this. Not sure where you mean? What pool behind what hardware store?
  4. I err on the side of caution when it comes to eating fish from Sydney Harbour and it's tributaries. Catch and release only I'm afraid - there's better and cleaner places to catch a bream for dinner in my opinion.
  5. If it was only rainy I would've been out for sure. Unfortunately the wind just makes it too frustrating and, given I'd be fishing amongst a lot of tall trees, dangerous. We had telegraph pole snap clean in half outside my house - still waiting for power to come back. Many large fallen trees in my neighbourhood as well. It was a frustrating day but I'm glad I stayed in.
  6. Mate you're sure to get some fish with that lot on your arsenal. Just find a bit of clear or shallow water and you'll get into em. I put off doing top water for ages as well. Always seemed so unlikely that you'd get a fish that way but trust me, it works. Best way is to go out one day with nothing but surface lures and just keep casting.
  7. It's never as bad as you think. Once you're wet it's not like you can get wetter right? Makes the shower when you get home all the better as well.
  8. Seeing as it's nearest water to my place I've been exploring what I can catch out of Johnston's Creek lately and have found it extremely productive. First of all, to call it a creek is a slight overstatement. I'm sure it was at some point but it's a pretty standard canal/stormwater drain in reality. Don't get your hopes up about casting at snags like you're on a real river. There's no real structure apart from a couple of bridges and it only fills up to a decent level on a tide over 1.5m. Make no mistake though, the fish know there's food in there and they come up in big schools looking for it every high tide - especially my favourite target, the humble bream. I planned to meet up with a fellow bream obsessive this morning in spite of the weather report of torrential rain and near gale force winds. I've cancelled too many sessions based on the weather forecast and these days I don't believe it until I'm at the spot and experiencing it. This morning that attitude was well vindicated. We met at 7am near the Tramsheds building, I'd already arrived and scored a decent bream on about my third cast. The water was Cafe Latte brown with the storm water mixing with the salt. The water's only about a foot deep but you couldn't see the bottom at all. Plenty of swirls on the top indicated feeding fish - the canal attracts luderick, mullet and whiting in addition to the bream. I'm yet to catch a flattie in there and I think I'll be waiting a while until that happens. Anyway my mate Richard got a 30+ bream on his first cast doing a mega-slow retrieve. I'm talking half a handle turn, pause, half turn, pause ect. For the next 2-3hrs we were getting a fish every ten minutes. Some proper size to them as well. I can't say enough about how awesome it is landing a good fish in such shallow water. Richard had got nothing but donuts his past couple of sessions, so he was stoked to land 15+ fish (on his fancy new Daiwa rod). If you try it yourself you have to be willing to move around. The fish wise up to your game pretty quick and once you've pulled a fish out of a section, the rest of them spook for a while. Sometimes a lure change will do the trick but you're better off just walking down the creek and casting to a different patch. Plenty of attention from all the dog walkers coming past. No one can really believe we were pulling fish out of such a tiny bit of water - it's completely dry at low tide. Having spent a fair bit of time fishing this creek I've also discovered that the fish will happily eat top water lures when the water's clear. Nothing like seeing 20+ bream climbing all over one another to smash a Sugapen in 25cm of water - Even better when the biggest one in the pack barges in and gets it first! If it's dirty like today then any grub or creature bait will do the trick. Jighead weights depend on the flow (of course). 1/12 to 1/16 were doing it today. Don't fear the rain and don't trust the weather man (well not entirely.) Tight Lines folks!
  9. Have to admit I'm in the same boat with regard to Bream fishing - there's something about them that makes them different. I think it's their ability to recognise a lure and to pick up cues from one another - they're clever little buggers. My favourite way to target them is on topwater - since I started targeting them this way my catch rate has gone up massively. If you're keen to learn then grab a couple Bassday Sugapens and practice the 'walk the dog' retrieve. There's many ways of doing, you'll need a really light tippy rod and light line (4-6lb max). I wind slowly and tap the handle of the rod with my right index finger - that seems to give it enough vibration make the lure walk. Make sure you incorporate plenty of pauses on your retrieve and don't be afraid to let the lure sit still for longer than is comfortable. A mate and I went out this morning and bagged over 20 in Johnston's Creek near Glebe. The water was latte brown but they were smashing soft plastics on a slow retrieve. If you're in or near Sydney I'd be keen to meet up and share some techniques. I am land-based though. Good luck in the comp mate. I've been tossing around the idea of entering as a non-boater for a bit now - I'd love to know how you go.
  10. Niall

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    Shame they don't appreciate the bones mate. Fish cooked one the bone beats a fillet any day of the week for me - especially as you get to hunt around for all the bits in the heads and collars. Whiting are especially good cooked whole.
  11. Hey mate. I'm no bait caster expert but a mate of mine has recently become obsessed with the BFS (Bait Finesse System) style reels and rods. This is apparently a style imported from Japan that allows you to cast extremely light lures with a bait caster. Might be worth having a look into that as well.
  12. HAHA! This scenario is all too familiar for me. The other day I was sat on the edge of the water with my legs dangling while I picked apart a giant wind-knot. Ended up giving up and cutting about 10m of braid off my spool. Dropped my braid scissors in the drink by accident, the proceeded to try and use my rod (with sugapen still attached) to retrieve the scissors. Ended up getting the lure stuck and losing it amongst the oyster covered rocks. Felt like an absolute Desmond all day until I went back at low tide the next morning and (miraculously) my lure and scissors were still there. There's a couple of trees with my sugapens still stuck in them around Blackwattle Bay as well. I guess Sugapens are so good even the trees love 'em. Glad you got something out of my post mate. Not sure how you can tell the difference between the whiting and bream hits as I've only ever caught one whiting on topwater and he nailed it first try (maybe this is common). In my experience bream will have a couple of swipes before committing 9 times out of 10. Never hurts to throw a pause in though - as far as I've heard the whiting will hit a lure on the pause no problem. Welcome to the topwater bream club mate. You'll be chasing those boils behind your lure for good now - hopefully sugapens get cheaper over time. Cheers!
  13. I'd heard from a few people that if you fish the inner west storm water drains and canals during or after a big rain you could have some fun catching bream on plastics etc. Turns out they were dead right. Headed down to Johnstons Creek this arvo right in the middle of the heaviest rain we had today. Johnstons Creek is dry at low tide and barely has any water in it unless the tide is over 1.5-1.6m. Today though, the water was pumping out of the storm water drains into the canal and the bream were feeding where the storm water met the incoming tide. I'd had some success in the past casting surface lures in the same water over the past few weeks but I'd never found the fish in this creek to be as fired up as they were today. With a small Pro Lure Yabby SP on a 1/32oz jig head I was getting bocked multiple times per cast. Mostly little baby bream but once every few casts the lure got nailed by a decent sized fish. The best I got was probably early 30's - a good fight in close quarters on 4lb line. Interesting to note that when I changed up to 6lb and a heavier jig head (the storm water was running so much it was dragging my plastics all over the place) the bream shut down. As soon as I changed back to 4lb I was getting smashed. Discerning little buggers aren't they? I didn't try that many lures as the yabbies were proving so successful, but when I (briefly) tried a gulp crabby, they shut down again. Anyway, I must have caught over a dozen bream over a 2 or so hour period. Also pretty sure I briefly jag-hooked a big mullet that ran me around a bit before getting off. I still had a big mullet size scale on my hook when I got it back in. Pretty decent arvo I reckon. Beats work. Have a crack yourselves next time it rains heavily and there's a high tide.
  14. Nice work Derek. Great to see you down there again this evening. I was probably one of the ones doing more talking than fishing 🤣 It was definitely tough fishing down there today but you've got that retrieve dialled in nicely and it's showing with the fish you're catching. Just gotta get you onto a nice 40+ model now. They're out there!
  15. Hey Dave, I don't know much about boating but I reckon if you timed your visit with the right tide and wind you could set up to drift by the right spot. If you're facing the shore you'd wanna drift along the wall to the right of the Boathouse restaurant. Otherwise it's a pretty much ideal shore based spot.