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  1. ok-two dollars worth here-bridle rigging is a bit of a waste of time 99% of the time-its not that it doesnt work , its just that its not needed. Bridles serve two purposes- they keep big active baits alive longer when TROLLING- eg trolling a live bonito etc and when using circles- the main advantage served is that it keeps the hook clear of the bait when the fish is swallowing it allowing a clean hook up in the corner of the jaw- i only bother with bridles when billfishing-not fishing for kings. Rubber bands are a bloody no-no as far as im concerned when billfishing as they stretch and break - i always use a dacron loop. Circles require a bit of a knack to get good hook ups but for the average Joe can cause more dropped fish than not. Circles are hopeless when trolling or downrigging livies for kings - i always troll on full drag and look for the instant hookup, if i get a knock down without a clean hookup then i open the bail or freespool a couple of meters of line out to see if the fish will come back and then immediatley look to hook the fish on the bite. With bridles for kings you actually have to wait for the bait to be swallowed -end result is more wipeouts with big fish and more gut hooked small fish (bad news for C&R). When we are trolling a livie for marlin or switchbaiting then we use circles and hook all the fish in the corner of the jaw, we are fishing with the reel in freespool or a very light drag and allow the fish to turn away before increasing drag pressure (this is how circles work). BAck to your original question- a good choice is a stock standard 8/0 Livebait style hook- eg Hoolums or Gama livebaits, hook the livie through the nose NOT the back. Kings swallow head first and will often roll the hook over into the livies back if you hook it up there.
  2. size 8 longshanks if you have the patience to baitfish for them-personally just use sabikis
  3. you will wonder how you went fishing without one! there are no downsides to having a downrigger
  4. me- no one else in the family had an interest
  5. i dont hook fish on my boat -i just drive and let everyone else wind them in-my usual refrain is -"pull harder""
  6. every couple of trips i leave the bungs in while cleaning , the underfloor fills up with freshwater and i give the bilge pumps a good flush through with a couple of hundred liters of fresh soapy water-however i do not leave the bungs in while the boats in the driveway
  7. rarely fish for them any other way-it allows you to quickly hunt down the fish and still present the best baits to them-plus its a lot more interesting than sitting on an anchor waiting for a bite-which generally i hate- ask away guys. On your first question-ive had both Cannon and Scotty and they are both good-dont go cheap and look at your placement on your transom or gunnels very carefully before mounting up.
  8. if the boat weighs 2 tonnes and you are pushing it with a 150-it aint going to matter which brand or model of motor you use- it probabaly barely gets on the plane and you are constantly sitting in the zone that uses max fuel all the time. Without knowing more about propping-max revs, speed-hole shot and a whole bunch more you aint going to solve any problems- so give us a bit more info .
  9. Sam you dont have to travel far for macks at Coffs- my son caught a 22 kg spannie off the rocks at Muttonbird Island when he was 16 -still bigger than any spannie ive caught. There are a stack of bait grounds you can start at the bommie just off Muttonbird, the reefs of the front -called Bullocky will hold bait as will the "trag ground"" and as Rick stated Sawtell Shoals- the biggest issue you can face is that the bait can be very skittish if the spotties are around but its a good problem to have. MArk bait on your sounder and fish the baits around the bait schools- the Bullocky reefs start about 3 ks straight off the harbour.
  10. in Sydney ive caught estuary cod,spangled emperor,amalco jack (long fin amberjack), tarpon so sure we get visitors in the right conditions-usually at this time of the year.
  11. Agree Jon-stopped buying it a while ago except for light tackle stuff-mainly because it comes in convenient 50 M lengths on small spools which take up minimal space in my leader box, the best charter operator in Sydney uses any old 50 or 80lb bit of line he can find for leader for kings and thats good enough for me!
  12. Good on you for 'fessing up your story but I think you need a rethink for next time-not wanting to be too critical but you broke a few cardinal rules from your comments-but please feel free to correct me if i get any facts wrong. 1. you didnt go and watch the bar from the rock wall for an hour or so at the same stage of the tide you wanted to cross 2. Marine Rescue will rarely if ever give you anything other than "generic"" advice eg-go when you can see, stick to the deeper water etc because they could get into all sorts of legal problems by giving "Go-No GO"" advice. You are better off talking to a few locals who are experienced at that particular bar 3. you let someone who has no bar crossing experience take your boat over a bar!-I just think thats a no-no-over exuberance and excess testosterone are no substitute for experience. Anyway-you got away with it and learnt a few lessons- best of luck for next time BTW did you get spots or spanish macks?
  13. go up there at low tide-will give you a very good view of structure etc -nothing wrong with asking questions -this is a very helpful place to learn. I havent been up there in a while but the sand/mud flats and little creek mouth run offs fire very well for flathead on a dropping tide. The first big hole is a doozy-at low tide you cant miss it- the rock faces tend to have schooling EP's and the shallow areas of fast current on the sandy edge is an excellent place to use surface lures for whiting in summer. The middle of the holes can have a few school jew at times and a few bull sharks too. Its a very peaceful place .
  14. ive fished the creek upstream from the marina since i was a kid so more than 35 years-the whole area is excellent for flatties,whiting and EP's- ive also caught a few jewies in the first big hole- the paddle from the canoe launch area at Bobbin is not that far - but use the tides to your advantage-its also a nice place to be in a ├Żak or canoe as power boats tend not to get up there.
  15. If you havent done any or much bar crossing and you are lacking the confidence to do it-you've answered your own question-drive another hour north and hit Coffs- should be spannies and spots and probably a few wahoo by now if all the dirty water hasnt hit hard there- but then again the number of rivers isnt as great there-personally i prefer Coffs to SWR- there are more places to fish away from crowds- the Fish Rock and grassy head routine wears thin after a while