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  1. Cheers guys! Now to remove everything so I can take the floor out and then have fabricators/boatbuilders patch up the crack and re-enforce it. Might fill the sides under the floor with expanding foam while I'm at it for some backup buoyancy!
  2. Weekend in Port Stephens with a bunch of friends and a few boats. Some of us fishing, others just cruising or skiiing, towing donuts etc. Day 1: headed out just after sunrise and made the trip out to Boondelbah Island. Conditions weren't the best, but not too bad. Circled the island a few times, came across loads of slimies and bonito. Then moved across to the headland to try along Shark/Fingal Island. There we drifted across a few underwater peaks we picked up on the sounder, where we found bigger bonito mixed in with schools of kings. Landed 5 kings and a bunch of bonito. Kings were all undersized and released to fight another day. Great fun bringing them in on light gear! We were fishing unweighted baits of slimeys and pilchards, which were getting hammered on almost every pass. Headed back in the afternoon, only to find that the boat had taken on some water, so called it a day. Day 2: conditions were a fair bit rougher, so we decided to stay within Port Stephens itself. Fished around Boandabah island this time. Conditions were pretty windy and choppy, and we weren't there very long, as sadly the trip was cut short when we realised the boat was taking on even more water than the previous day. Lucky I installed a bilge pump! Got back to the boat ramp and after inspecting things discovered a crack at the bottom of the hull. The crack being across a weld which the previous owner must have done to repair it in the past! Will be taking it to fabricators/boatbuilders and asking them to repair and re-enforce it good and proper. On the downside, it'll be off the water for a little while until I get around to it, on the plus side I found the source of the leak! Cheers to Scratchie for some tips he gave us on the area. We didn't end up using them much but it was a great starting point. The folks are Ufish Brined Baits in Heatherbrae also gave us some good advice, and their bait was excellent! Highly recommend them. Definitely returning up there sometime. The fishing seemed great and wildlife plentiful. We saw dolphins, sharks, turtles, dingoes. Didn't take any photos of the bonito but got a few of some of the kings
  3. Thanks mate! Boat is a 16ft Stessl with a 60hp so days need to be rather calm to head outside. Some marks would be amazing if there are any you think I can get to. And yeah Friday seems to be the go for going out, maaaaybe Saturday, but most likely sat/sun will be spent inside Port Stephens itself or maybe Myall River.
  4. Epic catch Scratchie! I'm actually heading up there next weekend. Don't think we can go out as far as you do though, smaller boat etc. Would love some tips on fishing the area if you have any you'd like to share? I can message you if you'd prefer to keep it off here
  5. Hey fishos! So my next attempt at a trip away with boat is on the cards, this time to Hawks Nest at Port Stephens this weekend. (assuming no surprise fires or floods pop up in the next few days) Just wondering, anyone who fishes the area, is it worth trying to target kingies up there? From what I've read it sounds like squid are plentiful, so was thinking to get some livies and troll out around the headlands and around Boondelbah Island (avoiding the sanctuaries etc). Pending wind of course, and if my little 16ft runabout can get out there safely. Is it worth trying for kings? Or would we be better off going for flatties etc. inside the port? Have heard of good snapper caught there also but unsure if inside or out. Any advice would be mighty appreciated. Visited there (Jimmy's Beach) by chance earlier this year and fell in love with the place so now it's time to take the boat!
  6. Yep Rowland reserve. Good to hear they dropped the price, it was pretty outrageous. I heard talk of it but didn't know it had actually happened. I bought an annual parking pass for there, so haven't noticed the change. I see your point on water restrictions, but it's not a case of enforcing the rules, it's a case of the new taps making it actually impossible to flush your motor.
  7. Heads up folks, Boat ramp at Bayview has now switched the taps over to a push down dealio, where water trickles out for about 30 seconds then it cuts off and you have to push it down again. Was in line for the wash bay and watching fisho after fisho trying to flush their motors on the weekend, the taps did not provide enough pressure. Basically a case of them starting their motors, watching the temp gauge rise, and so turning it off real quick before any damage was done. That was the careful ones, I can only imagine how many less attentive boat owners will end up cooking their motors if they aren't paying attention or don't have a temp gauge 😕 It's a bit silly considering that flushing your motor at home will only use more water as you have the run the it longer so it warms up again and the thermostat opens up. Also a bit rude considering that council charges up to $40 per day for people to park there... (Edit: Someone pointed out the fee is lower now)
  8. Cheers Paddy, will keep it in mind. Good point about time of year! I think this weekend we'll do a bit of exploring, will try West Reef if conditions permit, and I probably also give Trawleys, Boultons, and Reggie's reefs a try. Again depending on conditions and time. Most online mentions I've read about these reefs tend to be from 10-20 years ago. Curious how they fish these days. One way to find out
  9. Thanks mate! Yep I can see a mark near there on Navionics, just towards the bottom of West Reef. It does also have a warning about potential heavy swells, so a case of picking days and being careful I guess. Will give it a try when I get a chance and let you know how I go
  10. Funny how different each of our experiences can be hey! Hehe we just got hammered by big fat yakkas, it was also around a month ago. We were using pillies and fresh squid, fishing the bottom up to around halfway up the water column. Were the snapper you caught of decent size?
  11. Snapper would be great, a species I haven't really targeted in the past. Lately have mostly been chasing kings, keen to mix it up though.
  12. Hey folks! With my planned trip south now postponed due to the fires down there, planning a weekend of fishing around home instead. Pittwater and the harbour etc. Keen to try out some new spots and have heard West Reef and East Reef mentioned a few times. Wondering if anyone has some advice on fishing these with a 15ft runabout. I've read that in certain conditions they can be dangerous, so will obviously avoid the area if there is swell etc. but anything else in particular to watch out for? Looking at charts it seems like some parts of the reefs are quite shallow. Also any other suggestions for reefs to try which are near Pittwater would be amazing. So far I've tried the Valiant wreck, seemed to only be home to loads of large yellowtail. Also tried a few of the reefs not far off Barrenjoey headland, but they seem very small, or we may have missed the mark with the GPS coordinates we were using. Any advice would be super appreciated Slowly gaining confidence going out past the heads but keen to stay within a few miles of shore for the time being.
  13. Some great advice thanks guys! I'll have a think about the island, maybe doing some fishing in the rivers and bays etc is a better idea and then going on a charter to the island before considering taking my own boat out there. Local knowledge & advice is always so valuable Stino, some marks would be amazing! I'll send you a message.
  14. Have been looking for Lunds squid but haven't spotted it at any of my usual tackle shops. Anyone know who stocks it? I'm on the Northern Beaches, maybe I need to venture out of the area?
  15. Heya Raiders So I'm planning on taking my little boat down to the south coast over the holidays. Will be based at a friend's place near Moruya. Would really love to try fishing Montague Island, but is it a safe/realistic idea to take my small runabout out there? It's a 15ft Stessl with a 60hp on it. Have read that the bar crossing at Narooma is quite dangerous, is there any safe place to get a small boat out there? Not keen on trying the crossing, nowhere near confident enough in my little rig if conditions aren't dead calm. Any advice on other places to try down there would be very appreciated. Ideally keen to head out and target kings, but open to other suggestions for areas worth trying and species to target