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  1. Well done Dave-writing a letter is the only way to get an actual response-petitions are a waste of time
  2. Gamefishing rules are basically this-the leader must be touched but only when tagging fish-no tournament im aware of operates on touching the leader alone. Personally when we marlin fish i generally aim to get the fish beside the boat and subdued enough that we can remove the hooks-OR-when we use light gauge hooks like SL12's have a good wrestle with the fish on the leader and aim to straighten the hook-and this is really a safety issue-not so we claim a catch thats not a real catch. MArlin can be a handful at the boat, frankly for everything else if it aint in the boat its not caught
  3. I think both you guys are missing the point of why this legislation is dangerous-it has been written in such a way that live baiting is exempt but can be included with the swipe of a pen-it doesnt need to be put in front of parliament again after its in place. You raise a point about cutting into a live fish-how is that more "barbaric" than hooking up a livebait-actually how is more barbaric that what already happens in nature-things like psychological damage is going to be included in the new act-how is that going to be measured. Both you guys are catch and release exponents-other non fishos might view that as torturing a fish for your own amusement, in fact i question catch and release fishing myself and these days find myself doing less and less of it-i catch a feed and then i go home (and i aint no greenie-i hunt my own meat). SO-before thinking this is an over reaction -have a look at what could come down the pipeline if this legislation gets passed.
  4. Correct Bob-there are a couple of brands but the Richters were easy to get when i was still rockfishing . Agree with the QANTAS colour scheme-but straight white seems fine too-which is interesting becuase if you look at white coloured things sitting on top of the water from underneath they are very difficult to see. Trick with the Richters was to hold the rod tip up high and use a medium paced retrieve and the lure would snake across the top very nicely-similar to retrieving a whole gar and almost as effective.
  5. Unfortunately its not just the ALP-the LNP have been complicit in this latest legislation-the majors cannot be trusted
  6. Richter stickbaits are excellent,cheap and very tough , cast brilliantly , while i was rockfishing i used these very successfully and the good old Cotton Cordell pencil popper-cheap and effective.
  7. good idea Bob-many years ago was fishing on a mates dads tinnie off Terrigal drifting for flatties and snapper on the rubble grounds. We only used handlines and my mates dad used to fish with 2 at a time (and outfish us young blokes about 10-1). He would usually drop one of his spools over the outboard tiller arm and on this occasion the handline got hit by a good a fish and launched the spool off the tiller arm and down into the deep blue. Anyway about an hour latter we caught sight of it floating (after doing about 3 new drifts over this piece of rubble) and still attached was a very nice snapper up around the 4-5 kg mark. It was a very nice piece of luck on that day!
  8. AND-news on the Stop The Lockout FB page today-it appears Marine Parks are back on the agenda-so as i said before our opponents WILL NEVER STOP-sitting back and being non political about your choice of lifestyle/recreation/access to nature (thats the real problem we face) is not really an option any more-sign every petition , write to your member (just in the final stages of having a meeting with mine), STOP STICKING YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND-once hunting is gone, fishing will go, meat eating next etc etc etc.
  9. Umm-if the SFFP and the Stop the Lockout hadnt of jumped in we would have vastly restricted fishing access all around Sydney-the legislation as they put it could stop fishing with the stroke of a pen -and virtually any other human/animal interaction-rec fishos are incredibly disjointed, lazy and complacent when it comes to protecting their rights, access and hobby and the AJP and their kind WILL NOT STOP until they get their way.
  10. I think if it is done within bag limits and size restrictions i see no problem with bowfishing for anything
  11. Hey Bud im guessing you are a fairly young bloke with no large family background in fishing-i think you are getting a long way in front of your self and worrying about fish you are not likely to encounter at this point. My advice is this-get a medium spin outfit with two spools-load one with 20 lb braid, the other with 12-15 lb mono. Get a few metals, couple of poppers/stick bait and a few ganged hooks , couple of light floats,and some general terminal tackle.Hopefully we will be free from this lockdown by December and this will coincide with the usual run of small pelagics around Sydney. Go to some of the more popular ledges-Avoca, Bass Point etc- a bit of research will find other spots. For Avoca get yourself cleats. Learn how to catch bonnies and rat kings, learn how to catch livies, upgrade from there. When the weather cools off in autumn do a bit of wash fishing for bream, small snapper, trevors etc. Learn how the ocean moves, learn to read a rock platform, spend time with experience rock fishos (Pickles gave an excellent suggestion regarding Alex Bellisamo), learn your craft. It will ensure your safety (which is above all else) and dont get your hopes unrealisticly high for huge fish. I reckon there are probably a total of 2-300 people who have caught a marlin off the rocks in Australia, LBG is a hard road and every fish is earned. The north coast is an excellent place in autumn for higer levels of action with longtails and a lot of mack tuna. Fighting a fish off the rocks is not about brute strength-some spots the fish just has to swim in the wrong direction and "ping" its all over-heavier is not always better. I NEVER tied my rod off when livebaiting -I ALWAYS held the rod-amazing how many times i saw fish lost because the fisho was lazy and stuck his rod in a crevice and i also saw a couple of outfits launched into the sea despite "safety lines" Good luck
  12. And this is why i hate inflatables-its all very grey and a PITA
  13. Start writing letter and phoning-and make it a habit
  14. Get this idea into your head-the ALP dont want fishing or outdoor activity (other that some vague promise of ecotourism) because they need to pander to the Greens. The LNP dont want fishing or outdoor activity because they regard us as the great unwashed and we might interfere with property values (you know-who wants to look at a fisherman from the waterfront mansion !!!)-if you accept this then you will start to realise that the only option we actually have is to stop biting each other and vote for parties that are REALLY pro fishing (and pro access-because this will become more and more of an issue as public space gets sold or given to private parties). Write letters, phone your local member -most of the time these guys dont even think these issues through -explain to them that fishing /hunting whatever is part of your lifestyle that you will change your vote for. The rally against the Sydney marine park worked because it made pollies from the LNP realise there are a lot of us who are genuinely passionate about our recreation . What you say about the dollar value is also very true-rec fishing brings an astounding amount of dollars into the economy -far more than rubbish like "eco tourism " or more concrete activities like scuba diving and again pollies need to be made aware.
  15. yep , works fine-especially with braid-i do it all the time
  16. mm-wonder how well the Sydney Marine Park would of gone for all of us if the SFFP and the Rec Fishing Alliance hadnt of scared the life out of the less thinking members of the LNP-and as for being a doomsayer-ive been writting letters and emails to my local member and the minister and the premier for the last 10 years. There is a very vocal and persistant part of society that simply will not stop until fishing,hunting and any other animal interaction is banned. Enjoy your steak while you can
  17. the really frightening bit is the 5 freedoms of animals-these are vague and "glossy" and at some point will be used against fishing-as will the newly added bit about "harm"-everyone needs to accept that by eating meat (of any kind), fishing ,hunting, eating grain producrs (think of all the pests that are killed) , we are part of nature , not seperate from it. Whats to say C&R fishing wont get added to the list later on.
  18. This is something SUPER important for all fishers, hunters, pet owners, farmers,-in fact anyone who has interaction with animals, large parts of this have already been hijacked by the AJP/Greens . This really is "thin end of the wedge" stuff-have your say https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/animals-and-livestock/animal-welfare/animal-welfare-reform/discussion-paper
  19. Sent my reply-over the top nanny state with its eye right off the ball strikes again. My boat is 5.4 m and is a far safer platform than a 6m bass boat but said bass boat owner will be able to hoon along at 100km per hour without an LJ on and i wont be able to down rig for kings at Longie on a dead flat day without one-ridiculous to say the least. How about Maritime start spending some dollars on new boat ramps instead? I am really not a fan of inflatable life jackets and actually just got rid of mine and replaced them with the zip up collared jacket PFD 1's (or whatever they are called now-100's i think-wonder which consultant made a motza off the number change?) . I dont like inflatables for two reasons-its a pain to make sure you service them to the letter of the law-and i know 2 guys who got fined for self servicing instead of the manufacturer (and watch-this will get worse, it will become compulsary) and secondly i actually dont trust them-its too easy to put a nick in the bladder /the seams deteriorate- i actually wouldnt trust them in a bad situation. This is a bad piece of regulation-i sniff revenue raising all the way.
  20. im not a local to PS -but have caught a pretty fair number of them at Broughton both prior to and after the MArine Park came in. Trolling livies is great BUT if you really want to catch kings get a downrigger-catch rate will go through the roof-even better get 2.
  21. there is the odd legal snapper in pittwater-used to have dealings with a bloke who targetted them in Cowan Creek-night time, lots of berley, super stealth mode fishing with unweighted baits in the berley. He used to get some good fish up to the 3-4 kg mark-as for spots -well he didnt give them away. I would suggest a similar approach for Pittwater along the deeper bits of the western shore
  22. Hi All-sorry for the delay-just finished my work stint in Qld and have moved back home, hope you enjoy!!! Final Installment-Lures, tactics and the fish Lures. Metals can be broken up into 3 categories and every fisho should have some of each style. The first , longest serving and most utilised all round the world are the slow retrieve style of lure which was derived from a spoon. Some of the more famous ones are the ABU Toby, the Wonder Wobbler and even the mackeral spoons or Smiths Jig type of lure fit in this category. They generally wont handle much in the way of speed but the anchored single hook system of the Smiths jig and mackeral spoon will change that. They will catch pelagics with a high speed retrieve but line twist will end up causing grief.Having said that I have had a couple of days at Terrigal chasing frigates when the only thing they would eat was a 10gm Wonder wobbler. This style of lure is an excellent choice for tailor, salmon , trout (caught plenty on wonder woblas, and the ABU Toby style is still used heavily in the northern hemisphere for trout), flatties don’t mind them either. The next type are the all rounders. Probably first came about with the introduction of the Iron Jigs from the USA back in the late 60’s. There are quite a few types on the market Raiders are probably the ones I use the most. The big advantage with this style of lure is their versatility. They have an excellent action at “medium pace” with a slight flick of the tail, they can be used with a slow retrieve especially with a bit of rod tip work and at the other end they can handle a very fast retrieve without causing line twist if rigged with a dual ring system (as I explained previously). Other examples are the old 1/2x1/4 (very important to get the ones with the bevelled corners), some of the Japanese shore jigs (prices are ridiculous though), another surprise one is the Bumpa Bar from Nth QLd which can handle a suprising amount of speed, Halco Slices and Twistys are also very handy to have (just hate those stupid triple split rings Halco insist on putting on them-they inhibit the action of metal lures quite a bit, they are fine on large hardbodies though). The final category are the pure speed merchants. The simplest and still incredibly successful barrel sinker and a treble hook has caught me everything from tailor, tuna, mackeral (spotties, spannies and they are actually a slimy mackeral weapon ) bonito etc. They are particular good on frigate macks especially painted metallic gold (I hope the guys that kept that secret for the last 40 years are not members on Fishraider -this was Central Coast magic). The commercial types are the Sea Rock/ Lead slug style of lure and all work well . Speed is often the key to getting hit and this is the type of lure to do it. A good little trick with these is to use a very fast retrieve-then stop-then fast again. The hits often come as you recommence winding. White is a good general colour choice. Rock Tactics Some general pointers here are 1. Work the whole water column-you can count the lure down 1001, 1002,1003 etc-when I was really fanatical and didn’t know a ledge I would make my first cast with a hookless lure and count it all the way to the bottom so I knew the maximum sink time I had. So you can start the retrieve at varying depths and also work the lure IN the water all the way back to the edge its really important to not have the lure skipping in from 30-40 m out. 2. Change the retrieve up-10 fast cranks/stop, 10 fast cranks is my goto for a couple of species-bonnies and mackeral will ignore straight retrieves and smash this all the time. 3. Don’t go rockfishing without a rigged spinstick. Even when I go blackfishing or drummer fishing I take a spin stick. The number of times ive been quietly watching a float and had a school of tailor or whatever bustup is too many to count. 4. Having said that-Summer/Autumn is the peak season-don’t expect too much mindboggling action in late winter-late spring, the East Australian Current is the key to pelagic action on the NSW coast Boat Tactics Use the wind-EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL OF BUSTING PELAGICS ive ever seen feeds into the current or wind. SO-DO NOT DRIVE INTO THE SCHOOL-go upwind/current and drift down on the school. And once again-DO NOT DRIVE INTO THE SCHOOL-just in case you didn’t get the message. Oh and if you troll through the school there is a special place in fishing hell just for you!!! Lure placement is also critical in this situation-cast in front of the school, not into the middle-fish don’t have eyes in the back of their heads, also as you arrive at a feeding school turn the boat away as you go neutral, this stops slack line situations from the momentum of the boat taking you closer to the fish and means you have full contact and situational awareness with your lure. Final factor is don’t discount using a longer rod when spinning pelagics from a boat, long casts on boat shy fish can make all the difference some days. If you want to spin blind then look for places where tide/current converge in very clear water- I must admit its not something I do much from the boat as I can use my mobility to find fish (not an option on the rocks). An example of a spot where ive done well at times is Longnose Point in Pittwater.The other “bustup” is the deepwater bustup. This is how we catch a lot of spotty mackeral on offshore reefs. We see the baitballs and fish on the sounder, cast a metal out, let it sink very deep and use a very fast 10/stop/10/stop retrieve back to the boat. We don’t drop the lure straight under the boat as we want the lure in the water for a long retrieve. Follows but No Commitment Happens all the time , or the fish just ignore what you are throwing at them. The most common solution to this is using a smaller lure , the second is wind faster . When this doesn’t work you start to get into the realm of other lure types eg when salmon are feeding on “eyes” in spring around Sydney-metals probably aren’t the number one choice. Some notes about fish; Bonito-speed and the 10 crank stop retrieve are very effective, not usually over fussy on what they will eat, 40-60 gm size lures probably the go to option. Kings-big white lures have been my most successful off the rocks 85 gm white raiders are a very good start point.Speed is not so critical a lot of the time , I found a side to side wiggle from the lure at a moderate clip worked best. Kings can be hit and miss on metal-poppers/stickbaits/plastics and spinning with garfish are all more effective (on most days). Tuna-match the hatch and wind fast-end of story really. Mackeral-both spotties and spannies love speed but the 10 crank/stop retrieve works better than a straight crank. A short bit of single strand wire is usually needed with spannies but spots can be really wire averse-some days you just have to accept the lure loses.40 and 65 gm Raiders are my goto lures-purple or red and white flash tape seem to be best (but then again they are the ones I use the most so who knows with colour!!!!) That just about sums up most aspects of chucking metal-hope you all enjoy the read!!!
  23. Albright will do the job reasonably well
  24. There are plenty of deep water weed beds around the inside of the spit-caught them on the bottom in 90 ft of water there with a paternoster
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