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  1. Thank you Sam for sharing this, i have the same map and obviously a sounder with charts on it. The way you have explained it in detail has helped me a lot understand how to read both and especially how to find reef edges, which I've always struggled with. πŸ‘
  2. I had a 15ft tinny with a 30Hp 2 stroke Mercury all the gear, bait tank, 2 anchor sets ect , would launch at Roseville fish the Harbour all day with plenty of moving round, and would use 11L on my own (88kg) or with 2 (160kg) and use 15L. As the others said it all depends on if its a 2 or 4 stroke, weight of boat, gear and people inside. I doubt you would ever use 22L in a day unless you went outside. PS. I ran it pretty it much flat out when moving spots, and coming and going from the boat ramp.
  3. Hi, I've been a chef for 20+ years. The number 1 thing people do wrong with squid is over cook it. I almost always cut mine at home into finger strips like beef stroganoff as i like to stir fry it for maximum flavor. Keeping it all cut the same size is also very important to keeping tender. It Never Ever Needs milk, kiwi fruit or anything else to tenderize it, if you don`t overcook it it will always be as soft as butter. The best way i can explain is to think how thin a piece of squid is either in a ring or a strip, it doesn't take much time to cook such a thin piece of seafo
  4. Great article Sam, this will help a lot of people refine their drifting and to catch more fish. Ill add that when i drift fish off the northern beaches that ill do it anywhere from 40M to 20ft. many people don`t realize how many fish there are in the shallower water (just think of all the flatties, pinkies, bream that are caught from our beach shores) in 15ft of water. Ill drift as close as i can to the beaches just behind where the waves are breaking. I love the traditional paternoster rig with 2 droppers and mainly use Mustard Wide gap hooks in 4/0. I find with these i very rarely
  5. Thank you for that, i will follow your Winter times for sure. In summer i fish for the same as you do. You cant beat a good kingie secession or a great feed of flatties in summer!
  6. Thank you for the info Sam i appreciate it very much. I will use whole pillies next time i go with renewed enthusiasm thanks to you! Problem is i see a 42cm as not very big compared to a lot of the photos that get around of 4-5kg+ snapper caught off the northern beaches. Maybe they are very far and few between? Can i ask Sam if you fish for them right through winter or do you wait for the current to start running south again? I will have a look off Blue fish point and see if i can find the reef structures that you are talking about.
  7. After having 4 different boats over the years with each heavier than the last i had to find a new way to single launch each of them when needed. With my first 2 tinnies i used to have a long piece of Telstra rope tied to the front and pushed it off the trailer and guided it with the rope to where it needed to be. It worked but wasn't perfect. Problem was carrying so much rope and if the wind was up or i couldn't get a spot next to the wharf. With my latest boat i devised a very simple way that most people could do to single launch. Simply i put a stainless steel Hose Clam around a U Bolt
  8. Buying a second hand Electric motor can very cost effective as new Minn Kotas with Ipilot are well over $2.5k. I went down this route last year and paid $1350 for a second hand 6 year old Ipilot, 55lb, 54" shaft. All looked great and i tested it working on the boat it was from, it did everything it was supposed too. I used it around 6 times and loved it, (they are the best and i would never be without one now). I decided that it was time to clean and lube the release control area, which was as simple as screwing off the side covers, cleaning up all the old grease and reapplying knew
  9. Hi Sam, Can i please ask if you use Bait or SP`s off Blue Fish? Im asking as Snapper has been the one fish that i haven't been able to master, biggest is only 42cm 😞 Ive tried many times mainly off Long reef with both bait and more recently SP`s but with little to show for the time and effort put in. I am so frustrated with snapper that its becoming a mental battle just to fish for them, when i know i can get catch other fish for a feed or catch and release. This whole post has been great and ive learnt a lot. Thanks to all. Terry
  10. With 20cm hooded squid, i would get around 6-7 baits from it. First i slice the head off. Its gets a 7/0 Big Red through it about 10mm deep. I then slit the hood lengthways from where the top of the head was and avoid slicing the guts, ink etc. Once open i put 2 fingers underneath the the meat that the guts sit on and pull it upwards getting it all in one piece. This is the first bait to go down (with the same 7/0). Just hook it 5mm down through the meat that holding it all together. Remember Kings dont pick the take baits in one hit! Once the ink sack is broken by a king it keeps
  11. Thanks Ken for such a comprehensive write up. This will help many an angler master the lakes which do hold so many fish. I've fished it for 20+ years, always wading, never from a boat. I love it its so peaceful, and no matter which way the wind blows you can always find calm water. I mainly fish it with hard bodies, the lure that has caught me more fish than any other is a Dan Mcgrath Attack Lure in Tiger pattern. I've caught Bream, Flathead, Whiting, Blackfish, soapy Jew and a few more species on it. I fish water from 50cm to 2.5M deep. This lure dives down 1 1/2M and is easily worked cl
  12. Well done, fantastic catch. Great report and love the photos! Im so surprised that you didn't encounter any Jew at Flint and Steel? Even soapies? I presume the Snapper we caught on livey fillets?
  13. Thank you for this informative article. I've caught most fish in the bucket list sizes but Not snapper, the big ones have always eluded me. This article has taught me a few more things so hopefully this year i can get one over 2kg!
  14. Thank you for a great report, im heading out tomorrow and expect a lot of traffic with the weather being so perfect. Last week the squid were really on, but as you said the yakkas are really hard at the moment. I dont know why they are very shy and not in the usual spots i get them, strange one.. Were any of your kings keepers or were they rats? I know you got busted off on the light gear but just wondering if you could have had a feed if you wanted. Cheers
  15. Nice report and photos, you had a nice calm day by the looks of it, i wasn't so lucky. I went out on Friday and it blew offshore horrible plus very choppy swell with the wind changing direction many times. I couldn't get anything offshore but in the harbour 2 kings and the squid were playing ball for a change.
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