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  1. Knocked off work early and decided to get the kayak out and go for a fish in gunnamatta bay among the moored boats just off the sand flats. launched at cronulla ferry wharf. Plenty of decent sized blackfish there around the pylons, wasn't interested in targeting them. my plan for the day was a bottom bash with pillies and squid while drifting out. wind as slighty on the annoying side for the first half of the trip but it did die down later on which meant i was on a pretty fast drift for my liking, Anyway i lost a fish 5 minutes in on my squid slab. Big solid headshakes, a little bit of weight and not peeling much drag, ether a flatty, small jew or a shovel nose. this was followed by 25 or so small snappers ranging from 15-25cm. I hooked a nice flounder 35.5cm right on the dropoff across the RMYC. decided to keep it. i don't keep many fish so this fish was "lucky" to come home with me. Ignore the terrible cleaning job on it, just started to clean it before i remembered to get a photo. Never cleaned a flounder in my life haha Now the purely heart breaking part. I have a scalier net which i put pilchard heads and other pieces of bait i don't use and leave over the side of the kayak for berley and i have my lines in the trail. I was going to restart my drift as i have drifted too far south, i was approaching the big sandbank on the southern side of the bay. My net tangled with the prop for the kayak so i untanned it and left it there for a second, all a sudden i felt a big tug on the net and i yanked it in because it thought it was a shark, Nope, a 85+ cm Kingfish. I threw the net back in and let it have a few more chomps at it before getting my heavier rod with a piece of squid and just dropped it in front of its nose. The kingie couldn't resist a nice slab of fresh squid and took it. a nice fight later the fish is boat side i went to grab it and it darted of for round 2 and i reel that in. i remembered i had a folding net so i went to use it got the fish inside the net and went to bring it in. As i'm bringing the fish in the net folds in on itself, the fish gets out and surface skids away pulling the hook out... Should've loosed off the drag. 2 minutes of swearing followed and the passing by ferry just watching that. So close but so far. first kingie in over 5 years gone. all on yowie to catch it now. i went back to where i hooked it to see if there were more but nope just pickers and called it at dusk. I'm sure we all know that feeling we have for weeks after a good fish was lost. ill be having that for a long time to come. This was my 6th time on the kayak and i plan on only fishing the hacking & to crack the systems code. 5/6 times were in gunnamatta bay and one was in burreneer. Once it warms up abit more ill defently go to the deep water of lillipilli for peligics. finding places to launch has been a challenge. i prefer off wharf's or sand but not boat ramps. If anyone knows some nice areas that are flat and have no stairs thats somewhat close to gymea baths and lilli pilli that would be appreciated.
  2. I have used oysters along the rock walls at cpt cook bridge. They also had a green tinge to it. i use a large flat-head screw drive to pry them open and take the snotty looking things out. they are a cracka bait. I myself wouldn't worry about gloves or anything as it depends how you open the oyster, if your just pry it open with a Flathead screw driver you shouldn't really touch the shell. As for pollutants i wouldn't be entirely sure but have heard here and in multiple other places the cooks is no where near as polluted as it was years ago, weather it is or not i wouldnt exactly know as i rarely fish the cooks. A really good berley is crushed oyster shells, a little bit of mud or sand mixed with oysters. would be a wise idea to wear gloves for that. or just use to ball launchers you use for playing fetch with your dogs.
  3. the kayak i mentioned is 3.2 meters, theres also a 4 meter version with a small live well i think. i dont stand ether but i guess its a nice bonus after sitting down for hours on end
  4. I am fairly new to the kayak scene aswell and recently purchased myself a pedal kayak, just for the hands free experience. They arnt cheap compared to their traditional paddle counterparts but are defiantly worth it. The kayak i purchased is commonly known as the REVOLVE 10 kayak. which sits around 1,500$. I got mine of bay sports under the name "pedal pro fish". Ill list a few pros and cons with this kayak after taking it out 15 odd times during the winter. pros; - i was quite surprised with its stability and how it sits on the water (you can stand up in it if the waters calm and your balance is good) - pedal drive system is quite and has no resistance - plenty of leg room (im around 6'' 2) - heaps of places to mount extra rod holders, sounders, lights - handles chop and wake pretty well. - really comfy chair which has storage straps under it. (i never use them) - has a good cruising speed and can go pretty quick when going all out - good turning circle with the rudder cons; - fills up with water through the rails when washing it down (or flips) because the screws arnt water tight and the water a pain to remove. It dosnt gain not alot of water. - Pedal drive pins didn't line up with the cut outs in the hull. I fixed this with a lighter and a razor blade. - Its heavy. I recommend a kayak trolley. - the adjustable plastic strap bits on the seat broke 5 seconds into its maiden voyage, take them off as soon as possible and just tire the strap to the top of the chair in a position your comfy in - if you are to stand up on it, its really slippery, get stick on anti slip pads - the bits that come with the kayak that slide inside the rails to mount rod holders, sounders, etc were slightly to big for the rails that came on the kayak, had to sand them down half a mm. - dosnt have any easy access storage on the side like pockets for small hook boxes, pliers etc
  5. camping on a beach with a few mates for a couple nights. we all had a tent each and had a central 3x3 meter gazebo in the middle back beyond the high tide line where we stored gas stoves, food, our catches, spare cloths, and pretty much everything besides the gear, bait and a few snacks & drinks. The first night came long, calm and perfect weather. I couldn't sleep, i'm a very light sleeper and just kept waking up to the odd large wave breaking, so i did a all nighter and just fished. following evening (just gone past the first 24 hours being there) the tide was really low so i moved my stuff closer, tent, chair, the lot without much thought of the high tide that would soon come in. 9pm comes along, no fish, so i goto bed shortly after. I soon awoke around midnight to waves entering the tent. everything was soaked besides my rods which were in their rodholders behind the tent. Thank god it was mid spring and i had spare cloths.
  6. looks like half a pennant fish
  7. Good job snagging 2 jewies, i myself just bought a kayak will be arriving Tuesday and this thread is geeing me up abit haha good luck on the hunt for the meter jew, it wont be far away. you defiantly know how to find and catch these ghosts of the estuary
  8. i have found the rat kings usually disappear for winter and the big boys remain. no one should hang their rods in the winter.
  9. amazing stuff mate... Haven't been up that way as of yet. I hang south of the harbour bridge and anywhere over it ill need a visa haha. Seems like amazing fishing up there, Ill have to come up one day and bag a few myself.
  10. i heard about this aswell. Had a mate buy a 1000 sienna combo as well. lucky one of them found the issue quite early as he and returned it to the store shortly after. While one of my other mates had the same issue with a different reel and tightened the screw on the side of the line roller and upgraded to 10lb fireline. I Don't recall him having an issue since
  11. Ahh cheers fellas, Googled wirrah cod and this exact fish came up. Not sure what drug my fishing book is on haha. Thought about eating quality while i was unhooking it. glad to know they are no good.
  12. Caught what i'm guessing is a brown spotted rock cod while bottom bashing at kurnell cliffs measured around 30 -35 cm
  13. Is the rod graphite? I own 2 graphite rods, both do this, i have always thought its like that so it stays tight and dosn't come apart while casting. If you push it in too hard they become quite hard to pull out
  14. defiantly a shame that you cant fish there. I gave the harbour a thought, very rarely go up there due to the millions of boats and other fishos. Is there any wharf in particular? But man, 11 kings in 18 days, almost one a day. i'm clearly missing out on some fun in the city.
  15. Hey fellas first post here & a long time lurker, I'm looking to fish molineux point over the next coming weeks with some mates for some land based kingies as they haven't caught a kingie yet and i got them hooked on kingies as my uncle and i pulled many of them from kurnell cliffs 10 years ago. Unfortunately i don't have a boat and cant join in with the boatpark there, and i haven't fished there before. and seeing everyone here pulling a few out, within casting distance, but see no one there on the rocks? anyway I'm just asking, are the rocks as bad as people make them out to be and are you allowed to fish there anymore. My dad tried the spot 15 years ago and said the rocks have 2 meter gaps in-between them. If not any suggestions for a nice landbased spot in the north side of port hacking & anywhere botany bay. I have tried gymea wharf for pickers & people casting over my line, Kurnell groynes don't produce anymore ether I was looking at the rocks at la perouse point or that rockwall at the swimnets in Sandringham. I have 11 squid in the freezer from last night and yakkas arnt a problem. Thank you for taking time to read