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  1. Definitely a solid lure. The 95mm is a bit of a different beast - bigger splash and with very strong hardware but I casts great and catches fish for sure.
  2. Definitely lucky to have a willing instructor. It took me the best part of a year's worth of trial an error before I landed my first fish on a Soft Plastic.
  3. Blackwattle Bay has been fishing well since the water started warming up. No doubt due in part to the fact that the works on Johnson's Creek canal have finished and the creek is once again open to the tide. Always been a good spot to hit on the runout tide and it's been known to attract a pelagic or two. This was my mission this morning - early morning middle of the runout. Signs weren't promising when I arrived just before sunrise - one lone seagull. No wind. Not a lot of outflow evident from the creek like I was hoping. Ah well, I've caught fish in worse conditions. I left the 95mm Splash Prawn on that I'd been throwing at Rose Bay the day before. Cast around for a bit to no avail. Was just about to change lures when a larger group of seagulls arrived. A pelican had started making this way slowly from the opposite end of the bay. Decided a few more casts wouldn't hurt. Next cast I was working the lure slowly after a good size cast - the lure was probably 30-40m from me when the water underneath it erupted in a trademark fashion that I took for a good size tailor. Finally some action - welcome but not the target species so I wasn't too excited even though it took a little bit of drag. I was thinking about how I was gonna get the hooks out with him thrashing about as tailor like to do. It was pretty weighty actually. As it got closer I still hadn't seen any silver as I was expecting and it wasn't until it got to my feet that I saw it was an XL flathead. Its head was huge. That was only half the battle. I tested her weight and immediately ruled out lifting her. The tide was getting pretty low - probably 20cm at my feet. The only viable spot was a set of stairs 100m down the path. Didn't have much choice and I knew I had a solid hookset and quality hardware so I walked her all the way and slid her onto the bottom step with my heart about to jump out of my throat. Had a quick measure and a photo before I popped her back. She swam off like a champ in spite of the ordeal. Not quite a PB flatty at 77cm but definitely a PB topwater flatty and my second ever. First fish I've had on the 95mm Splash Prawn as well. Another thing, that Splash Prawn is a great lure - comes in at nearly 30 bucks but the hardware on it is solid as. I dragged that fish all that way and the hooks were like new after. Very impressed - makes me confident I can put some hurt on a king without pulling hooks. Tight lines everyone πŸ€™
  4. I've gotta say this one annoys me too (don't even get me started on the bloody barometer). It's painful for me to think of all the times as a beginner that I didn't go fishing because I thought the tides weren't right πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ Sure, tides are important, but so are a million other variables that alter in their importance from moment to moment. The tide info is not useful unless you combine it with a more comprehensive set of data ie water temp, wind direction, water clarity, availability of food, structure etc etc etc Better yet, go fishing anytime you have a chance. You'll probably find over time that you can catch fish on any tide you like.
  5. I've lost a fair few topwater lures to Long Tom attacks. Instant snip. Incredibly annoying.
  6. Absolutely painful mate. They always wanna hang just outside casting distance as well. A couple of months back I was searching through my tackle for something wouldn't take!
  7. Yep I reckon the same. Only hookup I got was on a bloodworm grub. Need to find some clear plastics. Someone else told me to tie a fly onto a metal πŸ€”
  8. I managed to drag myself out of bed early for a few mornings this past week to fish the bays around Pyrmont - this is within 10km of my house. Every morning I'd park up and find stacks of bait flashing silver at the water's edge - always a nice encounter at the beginning of a session. Gives you an idea of what lures to tie on. It wasn't long before I found some surface feeding fish. Conditions have been pretty calm wind-wise all week so spotting bust ups on glassy water is pretty easy. Seagulls were scouting around everywhere as well. This was gonna be easy. However for the rest of the week I proceeded to do the same thing. FInd Bait. Find Fish. Cast at fish. Get ignored by fish. Go home frustrated after throwing everything in the bag at them. Metals, plastics, hard bodies, poppers, walk the dogs? They wouldn't have a bar for the most part. One day I finally hooked up on a popper and fought a decent kingie to my feet. This was the only bite I'd had in days. Somehow at the last second he managed to shake the hook. There are no adequate swear words. Trust me I tried them all. Another day I finally managed to hook a salmon on a grub tail plastic. He jumped once and shook the hook like a Barra. Gone. So finally this morning I decided it was enough. I'd been chasing bloody salmon or whatever they were for days. Walking miles around the harbour foreshore following birds and bustups. I was over it. So I took a walk around and did a bit of half hearted casting for bream around the structure. I'd seen a few mooching about chewing around the pylons and pontoons. Weirdly a few casts in with a little Jackall Chubby popper I got a follow. A few casts later and I actually got a hit. It was so unexpected that it actually startled me and I pulled the lure away. A few casts later I got another follow. This bream must have stared at my lure for 30 seconds while I twitched it. He must have spotted me looming overhead just as his mouth opened. Gone. Finally I came to a spot that I knew would hold a few. As expected I cast in and 3 came out to investigate. I twitched a few times and spooked the two smallest while the biggest steamed in and choked it down without a second thought. Straight away he ran and wrapped me around a pylon. I was only on 5lb leader but I'd made sure to tie a decent length - luckily the pole wasn't covered in oysters like most of them. I ran over and repositioned myself to be able to pull him out from a better angle. Thankfully instead of digging in he moved out into open water and made a dash under the pontoon I was standing on. After a few heart-in-mouth moments of scrambling for my net and gently dragging him out from under my feet I had him netted and on the deck. He was a tank. 43cm to the tip. Not quite a PB but a solid one nonetheless. He sure bent the hell outta those trebles. I'd take that over any salmon. Maybe not a King though 🀣 Cheers and stay safe everyone!
  9. Nice Derek. That's a beast Lud. Not long till those bream start hitting the surface again. I'm definitely ready.
  10. This might be a controversial opinion but I reckon the reel is way less important than the rod for finesse fishing. I'd put the bulk of my money towards a quality rod before spending big on a reel when buying really light gear. Obviously a different story for heavier stuff where the amount of drag pressure is more important. If I were in your shoes I'd grab the Daiwa Legalis LT and spend the rest on a serious rod upgrade. If you're fishing for bream on plastics this will make waaaaaay more difference than an expensive reel. Have a look at the cheaper end of the Millerods range or the mid range Daiwa Infeet series.
  11. Good to hear some others have found them. Funny how picky they can be on a given day. I've snapped a couple of rods over this past summer - one of them flipping an oversized bream onto the deck. Definitely a bittersweet moment. I've stopped using my ultralight rod to catch them and I just leave that rigged for bream which I throw between moments when the salmon are boiling. Using a Daiwa TD Hyper 5-9kg which they still put a big ole bend in πŸ˜€. Much safer flipping them onto the deck with that thing. Might bump into you out there one of these days πŸ€™
  12. If you're up early enough lately there's been a preponderance of jelly prawns stacked up along the edges of most of the bays throughout the Parramatta River - as a result there's been some good size schools of Oz Salmon / Kahawai cruising the shallows during the low light periods. I've managed to land at least a couple per session over the past 2 weeks. All in that 2-4kg mark - Solid fish. Seems like they behave a bit differently in each respective bay. Sometimes they're really timid and picky, other bays they seem to be a bit less discerning. I've had a couple of those sessions recently where the bite is so hot, you find yourself digging through the tackle box for random lures to see if they'll still eat it. So far I've had them on - Small grub tail SP's Small minnow SP's Large jerkshad SP's between 5-6" Little blades Large and small poppers of various brands Sugapen style mini stickbaits I even managed to track them up one of the stormwater canals and pulled a couple out of there. No guarantees though - found a load of them yesterday and 8 of us were casting everything under the sun at them for 2+ hrs and no-one got a hookup πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ I'm more and more surprised that there's no Kings hunting the same grounds. Especially since anytime I've hooked a salmon or decent Tailor around Pyrmont or east of the bridge there's 3 Kings chasing it to the rod tip trying to get the lure out of its mouth. Get out there and get you some my land based brethren. Tight lines! Not great photos. There's a couple of vids on my instagram - @n_iallcameron
  13. That net that I carry around sees very little use to be honest. Usually I'm fishing from way too high up to use it effectively. It's the Berkeley rubber net one with the short handle - made for kayakers. Fits nicely in the backpack and it has landed me a couple fish that wouldn't have otherwise so I still carry it. I'm trying to figure a solution myself. Not really up for forking out for an ISO net and even though they're telescopic it's still gonna be a pain to carry around and will stop you being as mobile - less mobile = less fish. I've been looking at maybe a drop net on a long rope. Would love one that folds up to quite a compact size. I find with surface fishing it's less of an issue because you can fish a way heavier leader and just pull the fish up with your rod - I have a Daiwa TD Hyper 1-2kg rod that does this amazingly. The thing just bends and bends and bends. Def should've snapped it last week with a couple of the bigger salmon I flipped over the fence and onto the bank. When I'm fishing light leaders ie 6lb and under I think the drop net might be the move going forward. Just need to find one that's decent quality. I really like the rubber netting on the Berkley stuff. Less lures tangled in the rubber.
  14. I got one in Blackwattle Bay recently. I've always heard people talking about them being around in the bay. Worth a session either very early morning or night. I got mine on surface but you'll prob be better off using a plastic on the bottom. My suggestion would be to fish for bream and you'll catch EP's eventually.
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