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    Kings off the stones

    hi Ragnar; You are not wrong. Bluefish can be very dicey. In fact there have been a number of fatalities off there over the years. A word of caution. The seas are very flat at present. In the next 48 hours or so there will be a big " roll back " with I would think very large and potentiallyt dangerous conditions on ANY rock spot. Just so PLEASE be aware of this. Hate to read about a Raider going into the drink!! Cheers. Roger.
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    Avoca tailor

    Hi Sw; It is a wonder you caught anything today. Sea conditions flatter than the proverbial " Dunny Carters Hat." !! Tailor or anything off the rocks prefer a bit of wash. Tailor especially along with luderick and drummer. Usually in those conditions you will catch al, the rubbish under the sun. Kelpies , cockies and wirrahs love those conditions. A pity you only caught one leatherjacket. Beautiful eating fish and ideal for kids, Cheers. Roger
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    Hi Guys; DO Not be surprised as zmk said if you get back to the ramp and find a brass monkey trying to borrow a welder!! Typical Weather in there for this time of year though. Old blokes used to say to me in May. No hairtail yet son. Not cold enough. How right they were. Cheers. Roger.
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    Night Time Luderick and Surgeons

    Hi Waza; Just remember now the weather is getting cold the temperature of the water in the Lake drops and all the residents get the sulks. Shrimps may still be about but not in the quantities that there are during the Summer. Have to agree Mona Vale weed is top stuff. But I just hope you will not get selfish people taking buckets of the stuff!! I am ex Mona Vale and fished off there since I was a kid until we moved to Tassie. Miss a session off the baths still, Cheers. Roger.
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    Removing black gut lining

    Hi Kraka; Use one of those nylon pot scourers you buy at the supermarket. Also very good to take the silver off hairtail. Make sure though you use a brush ( old toothbrush is ideal ) to remove the blood from along the backbone. If the drummer and blackfish have been feeding on brown weed failing to do this can result in the fish tasting bloody awful!! Cheers. Roger.
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    Narrabeen lake

    Hi Mutch; Was thinking along the lines of Wimbeldon Avenue myself. But remembered that there is about a half metre step from the parking area to the waters edge. Also the parking area itself is a bit uneven. That's why I went for the camping area. Cannot have the " Lad" missing his footing. Gees , if he tweaked an ankle or knee it would take a few schooners of VB for internal therapy to fix it !!! Cheers. Roger
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    Narrabeen lake

    Hey bookwa; Hope I can front up to a schooner with a grin like that when I am 95!!! Cheers. Roger.
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    Narrabeen lake

    Hi Bookwa; Best place to take the " young fella ' would be to the camping area. There is grass right to the waters edge and in places no weed. Just have a wander around and pick a spot. Really , I think when you put a rod in his hand he will lose 40 years!! Go for it , well done to you and best of luck to the " young bloke." Cheers. Oldfella.
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    Night Time Luderick and Surgeons

    Hi Kracka; You will catch a lot of luderick at night on yabbies , worms shrimps etc. A good idea is to reduce your hook sizes. Years ago it was set in concrete to use a 2/0 for bream. Many were the grizzles about missing bites. One old bloke told me to try using a #1 0r 2. Guess what?? A lot of the " bream " were rather large luderick!! Do not worry about missing bites. They hit as hard as a bream. Personally I do not worry about berley. Being sneaky I fish where people have been pumping yabbies in daylight. As the tide rises the fish come over the bottom to pick up the small shells etc stirred up. Give it a try. Cheers. Oldfella.
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    Hi Koalaboi; Many thanks for the proper name of the beast. Narrabeen or Pelican itch would be I think a purely local name. Probably it is called " Entrance Itch " There. Any other number of local names in other areas. Surprised to hear it is a form of bilharzia. A lot of old diggers (WW2 ) who served in South East Asia or were POW 'S Referred to this disease as " Bill Harris ". That Species could be fatal. Again Many Thanks. Cheers. Oldfella.
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    Hullo All; With all the reports of big flatties coming out of Narrabeen Lake a quick word. All the regulars will know about this but a lot of newcomers to the Lake may not. This time of the year with warm water and possibly the lake closed there is a very nasty little parasite shows up. It is called " Pelican Itch " or " Narrabeen Itch." It is especially common in the top end of the lake. According to the boffins it is a tiny little beast that lives in the surface tension of the water. When wet wading you can be affected. Sometimes you can see a red mark on the for want of a better word the " high tide ' level where you have been wading. Otherwise no visible signs. But , a couple of hours later the itching can be very uncomfortable. On kids it can be unbearable for them. So , the best idea is after fishing wash with hot soap and water and if possible rub the legs with metho. For kids a cream like Stop Itch or Soove would be cheap insurance. Reason being if the kids or anyone scratch it and break the skin it can become infected. For us older fossils the metho treatment followed by a trip to your favourite watering hole for some internal antiseptic is highly recommended!! Cheers. Oldfella.
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    Narrabeen Lake Croc Hunting

    Hi Again DRC; Not talking luderick this time. A tip; If you are in a kayak or dinghy and you hook a big flattie paddle gently to the nearest shore. As long as you DO NOT take a flattie off the horizontal you can \lead them around like a dog. The instant you lift their heads they start shaking and you are in strife. I have been 100 metres or more of the bank and have led them ashore with no worries. Give it a go. Cheers. Oldfella
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    Kingies On the Flats??

    Hi Guys; Just a suggestion. When whatever the fish seen are finicky like that a one inch S.P. in clear with a blue fleck has been successful for me. Might have to hunt around to find them though. Also of course , light jig heads and line. Cheers. Oldfella.
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    Bloody Media And Boffins.

    Hi Again All; Firstly I want to apologise re the gentleman that made the observations on the bite. I saw him on the news last night and he is certainly NOT a book boffin. BUT no apologies to the media!! It seems the great white has taken over as the medias favourite A few years ago any shark that was sighted was "a "12 foot grey nurse.:" Any reptile sighted was a "6 foot black snake." Hopefully in the media these two veterans have ben given a well deserved retirement. I have been involved in motor sports as an official for over 40 years. And I can assure you any serious racing incidents I attended were NOT the ones reported in the media. A bit of sticking to the facts would go a long way. Cheers. OLdfella. .
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    Bloody Media And Boffins.

    Hullo All; Must be getting old and cranky. The report in the media on the lady whose leg was injured at La Perouse. (1) How the bloody hell did they know it was a " great White."?? (2) The so called boffin even gave the size of the thing!!. 3.4 metres the " expert " said. In the old measurement that is near as dammit to 10 feet!! If it was a 10 foot Great White it would have taken her leg off and not even burped!! About time the both of them got out of the textbooks and into the real world. Personally I would think it was a small Bronze Whaler or something similar' Soapbox now packed away Time for a beer. Cheers. Oldfella.