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  1. Arrived at Tuncurry for our annual 2 week stay in late October and the weather was hot and glorious. A couple of days later, it turned windy and hotter and then the fires kicked in, a little bit to the south. I have been fishing Forster/Tuncurry for many years and some time back, opted to get a sleek fishing kayak. It performed very well but the paddles hindered me significantly in the oyster racks, where we get most of our good fish. Bit the bullet a few years back and bought a Hobie Outback, which is ideally suited for fishing, being beamy, stable and with the rudder and peddle propulsion, leaves hands free to cast and fish. My friend Mark and I headed off for a few hours morning sessions on most days and caught heaps of flathead and bream on hard body and soft plastic lures. The water was very clear this year, as the rains hadn’t been seen in a long time. Didn’t seem to affect the fishing though and I landed and released well over 100 fish in the 2 weeks we were there. Got two personal best flathead from the kayak, this year and they proved to be great sport and a real challenge to fit into the net and onto the kayak. The first big girl was hooked as I trolled a soft plastic along one of the channels, on my way to a good spot further up the river. The water was gin clear and the bottom was sandy. I thought the lure had snagged on something as the drag just clicked over as the kayak slowed in the tidal run. I turned around to wind the line in and free the lure if I could, but the line started to peel off faster and faster, towing me out into the centre of the channel and then back towards the oyster racks. After about 5 minutes, a big sandy coloured lizard came alongside. With her head all the way into the net, more than half her length was still out. A few moments of anxiety as she flipped out of the net three times, before I managed to get her in and over the side. Paddled ashore, snapped a photo and measured her before releasing her back where she came from. Length 85cm and 4.5kg. The fires were really close and surrounding the caravan park now, with one blaze started by flying embers, 300m across the bay and another right behind the cabins. With the strong winds, big clumps of glowing embers raced across the bay, setting off grass fires and racing north. The road was cut and one house burnt down only 2klms up the road. Also raced across the road just south of Forster, closing off the roads in both directions. The small caravan park a klm or so away was evacuated, but we were lucky. What was left to do, but go out the next day and fish again. This time we went up to the shallows of the Wallamba River and it wasn’t long before I hooked “the bottom” again. This fish towed me around in big circles for quarter of an hour, in less than 2m of water until she came alongside. Only took two attempts to get her into the net and by that time the rest of the gang had paddled over to see what I had caught. Big, dark flathead, coming in from over the mudflats and weighing in at just over 6kg, with a length of 93cm. She was really fat and presumably full of roe, so after a quick photo, she went back in and cruised away strongly into the murky water. Ended up the holiday, keeping about a dozen fish. Snapped my anchor pole in the fast current on the last day and lost a bunch of S.P’s to good fish and oyster snags. Booked for 2020 and already looking forward to it.
  2. Well, after many months, my mate John and I finally locked in a session off the rocks on the coast, just to the north of Coalcliffe. Arrived there at 6am and the swell was just about perfect, but as in all conditions when fishing from the rocks, there is a need to be extra vigilant. Cleats on our shoes and lifejackets are a must as you never know what can happen. Only a few months ago, John snagged his heel on a small rock and fell on his backside as the swell washed over the ledge and knocked him onto his back. The swell wasn’t at all dangerous but the sheer weight of water is very powerful. He was lucky that I was beside him and grabbed his arm and rod before the backwash dragged him over the edge. Simple things can bring you undone on the stones. John was already rigged so he made his way down to the ledge and cast in before I had even put my rod together. Bang! He was on. Into his keeper net went the blackfish and he was onto his second by the time I got to the water's edge. We were like kids in a lolly shop. The luderick and drummer were voracious, hitting the bait as it was being wound in to place it in a "hot" spot. Truth be told, they were everywhere and it was just imagination that told me one spot was better than the other. There were two other guys there, having arrived just minutes before us and every cast was a fish. We all had our bag limit just shy of 2 hours, having also dropped a few and getting busted and dusted by good sized pigs. Steve, one of the other two, managed to land 3 very good sized pigs while John and I certainly hooked into a few and had the opportunity to re-rig on many occasions. I was using my Pacific Composites blackfish rod, Avon centrepin reel, 12lb floating line and 8lb fluorocarbon leader. We both love the direct contact which the reels give us, using a hand as the drag mechanism and also the small degree of skill which must be learnt to effectively cast with a free running reel. Best mornings fishing we have had in a couple of years. The water was glorious. The swell was perfect. The weather was too hot on the hike back to the car. Have to do it again soon.
  3. That hit the nail on the head for my three girls as well Jon
  4. I recall doing a patrol around Googoley Point one day and cutting across the shallows near the church camp, came across a dozen witches hat crab nets laying on the bottom. They were loaded with blue swimmers, which were all released and the nets confiscated, as it is prohibited to use nets in the Hacking. Don't know where the owners were or if they were watching, but they obviously knew the rules, as none of the nets had floats or any kind of I.D. on them. Good catch, Yowie.
  5. This guy was 20m away on the freshwater side of that crossing. Don't want to use Swordies thread to post pics. Last one
  6. Shady Camp is a few klms of gravel road off the highway and can get a bit crowded, but worth a run in just to see it, if nothing else.
  7. Don't know if you have a car topper or not, but we parked our van out at the Mango Farm caravan park at the Daly River and caught barra there. Lots of big crocs in the water so you need to be aware, especially at the boat ramp when retrieving the boat. Try not to park under a mango tree though - fruit bat poo is hard to clean off the van.
  8. Had to go fishing for my iphone a couple of days ago. Fell out of my pocket and into the toilet bowl (before I had done anything in it) and was only 1/3 under the water for maximum of 3 seconds. Took it to a repair centre and AppleCare only to find it is now an expensive paperweight. I have an Over Board brand bag for the phone when I go kayaking, but it doesn't float. Can make calls etc though, when it is in the bag. Also have a new phone now.
  9. Know what you mean Frank. Having worked on the Hacking for 8 yrs, I also saw and dealt with hundreds of fools, tragedies and also good times every weekend, but the "maintenance" days mid week were the best
  10. That'd be good Frank, but I have to be at Strathfield at 9am and then a grandsons easter hat parade at 10am I know where I would rather be.
  11. Frank, head up into Gymea Bay near the baths and try for squid, otherwise on the southern side of SW Arm
  12. James, yes it is - Other Names: African Pompano, Pennant Fish, Pennant-fish, Round-headed Pennantfish, Threadfin Trevally.
  13. Same for me Frank. We lived on the "waterfront" at Kurnell for a number of years and I just had to wheel the tinny across the road and haul in tailer, kingfish and trevally whenever I saw the birds working. Also the never ending schools of hairtail across the bay, before the container terminals went in, were unbelievable. Fishing the wrecks off the Marley area always provided the "rubbish" catch of huge trevally. There were some real bruisers back in the 70's - 80's and consistent 50cm plus fish were common. The big trevs more often than not, had flesh eating worms in their gut/spine area and were a little off putting, when filleted. Memories are what we treasure these days Frank
  14. Back in the '70's, we used to soak our mullet fillets and bonito fillets in whale oil, to increase the "S" factor and make the baits more desirable to snapper etc. It actually increased the catch ratio by about 60% compared to untreated baits. Ken Appel had a 44 gallon drum of whale oil in the back room and about that time, it was almost impossible to get, as the whaling industry was well and truly winding down in Australia. I still have a few jars left, but haven't fished in any club comps for a long time, so it gets little use these days. I also have a Sportex 663 one piece blackfish rod which is like new, built by Ian Whitton, of D.P Whitton and sons, another early days iconic business in the fishing industry. Good memories.