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  1. Just thought I'd share this pic and see if anyone is able to knock me off the podium for smallest flathead on lures. Feel free to post any other species if you are feeling confident and we can get a bit of competition going chris
  2. Hey raiders, Went away with 4 friends last weekend on a 10 berth houseboat. Was hoping to have a decent few days fishing so I could write up a report but to be honest it wasn't the best. Managed to score this stonker of a flathead on the first night though. Caught on half pilchards on 4/0 circle hooks. Paternoster rig on 15lb braid 20lb fc leader. Put up a hell of a fight and trying to land it in a 30cm x 30cm net was very stressful to say the least. Took a good 8 attempts with the net (each of which I had my heart in my mouth) after which we finally got her on board. Few pics and a measure and she was off to grow even bigger. Measured 84cm. Also managed to catch my first squid which was then in turn used as live bait to catch my first ever jewie. Only a baby at 60cm but was great to finally check that one off the list also. Enjoy, tight lines
  3. Was caught in about a foot and a half of water, right next to a weed bed. Released it at the shore Lure was taken floating on the surface, and it's what it's being called online 🤷‍♂️
  4. Hey raiders, For the uninitiated... yes you read that correctly, flathead on topwater. After seeing some decent success online and on a few of doclures' podcasts I thought I'd give this crazy trend a try. Picked up two crossfire 115 lures and tried my luck a few times in the past week. They are sort of like the bent minnow lures but a larger profile and a very slow float back to the surface. Finally had success yesterday afternoon when I landed a 57cm lady. She looked very healthy and even scored a nice aerial display as she took the lure! Gear used was my 7" Daiwa TD Zero rod, stradic ci4+ 2500 reel spooled with 8lb kairiki braid and 12lb FC rock leader. Fun fight, she had a few decent runs and was safely released to swim around another day. Definitely going to keep at this new trend. I'll keep you all posted on any further success! tight lines, chris
  5. Thank you so much for your recommendations guys the house boat comes with a small Tinny with an outboard so we should still be able to get around pretty well. looks like we're going to be heading to Cowan Creek I will definitely report back and post a fishing report once we're back home thanks again guys
  6. Hey raiders I'm not sure about you guys but when I go fishing I usually have a rod soaking out deep with a Paternoster rig and I usually use just standard long shank hooks but some of the time when I hook a fish it's either gut hooked or Gill hooked. I was just wondering if there's any safer hooks to use such as wide gape or Circle hooks? the rod's usually unattended so I don't usually get a chance to strike but I was just wanting to know if there's a safer option so that I can choose whether I release the fish or not. Thanks
  7. Hi Raiders, I'm hiring a 45' houseboat with 4 other friends on the Hawksbury next weekend. Bit of a generic "guys weekend away" but primary focus is fishing. None of us have fished the Hawksbury system before and we were just planning on boating around looking for some fishy spots but thought I'd ask here for any recommendations also. We're launching near Brooklyn marina. I'm assuming the boat will be quite slow but happy to cruise around however long it takes if it's for a decent fishing spot. Feel free to PM if you'd prefer it not be posted in public. (I'm in no way after any secret spots! ) Thanks guys. Tight lines.
  8. I've had a look on google maps and haven't been able to find where you're talking about any chance you could show me a pic of google maps where it is? appreciate your help
  9. Hey Raiders, Looking to hire a tinny tomorrow from Como and just wondering if anyone knows how the georges / woronora river has been lately. Last tinny hire about 2 months ago gave us a donut, even the guy that owns the shop was telling us it was dead & how hard it would be to catch fish... Any locals able to fill me in a little? Also any suggested spots to try out would be appreciated, usually just hang around como bridge and the flats where georges & woronora river meet. tight lines!
  10. Hey Raiders, I saw the thread earlier in the week where someone was flying into Sydney for work and asked for a few land based spots. Someone mentioned Narrabeen Lagoon and that it's a cracker flathead spot. Decided to head there on Saturday morning, arriving at 5am with a friend to fish either side of the high tide. Does anyone have some suggestions on where we should head for? I've never fished there let alone been in the area, not looking for any top secret spots or anything but would appreciate some advice on general areas or what to look for. Was planning on just rocking up and looking for somewhere that looks fishy but thought I'd ask here first 🙂 Thanks for your help & tight lines Chris
  11. Title pretty much sums it up. I have limited time during the week to go fish after work, and the days that have good tides have been blowing a gale more often than not. Has been incredibly windy around sydney lately. Does anyone have any tips or areas they could recommend to try and get around silly wind?
  12. Not too sure, the larger ones that I used were quite fleshy. About half of the oyster was way too soft (forgive my terminology, around the lips of the oyster) and found the middle part of the oyster and the foot to be quite thick and meaty. Just cut them into strips, threaded them on a hook and cast out. Was only casting maybe 5 meters out so was only soft casts and didn't have any dramas. I'm heading back today to try again on the rising tide, will report back any changes or if I hit gold again
  13. Thanks mate! Looking forward to posting a fair few more reports now that the fish are coming back on No idea what I was doing, threw around a few different kinds of lures and got him on a squidgies slick rig. Thanks, plenty more <50cm but don't usually take photos of those ones I know EXACTLY what you mean, he seems to just pull those elbow slappers out of nowhere. I've tried a few times but sadly I've given up and accepted the fact that it's too hard land based in Sydney. Will try to get out on a boat a few times once the topwater season fires up again
  14. Howdy Raiders! As I'm sure some of you are aware this winter just gone was terribly rough in Sydney for catching fish. Nonetheless I made regular time during the week to get out and fish, worked on my technique, scouted new locations, worked on improving my knots, etc. The fish were definitely few and far between and never really had any cracker days out to make into a fishing report. Understand this format is a bit out of the ordinary for a fishing report, admins feel free to move if necessary. I've taken a real shine to the youtuber sand flats fishing australia and his techniques on chasing flatheads with lures. I've learned a lot of info from his videos over the last 3-6 months and I'm now happy to say that flathead are my favourite chase species. All caught on either stradic ci4+ 1000 with 6lb braid / 6lb fc leader or stradic ci4+ 2500 8lb braid / 10-12 fc leader, both used on my 2-4kg 7ft savage gear rod. All flathead pictured were 50cm+ with the largest bang on 60cm (current p.b) Bonus carp picture that I caught while on holidays in the hunter valley. Never really fished fresh water before, had no idea what I was doing, just throwing around random lures and managed to hook up on this guy. Very fun on 6lb gear and some say he even looks a bit like me....... Tight lines (I have size 13 feet 😛)
  15. Thanks for your quick response. I did some googling yesterday and I struggled to find much about using them as bait in aus. I had a look at the map and the area I fish isnt in the protected zones. I noticed the bag limit of oysters is 50, but just curious how this would apply to breaking open and using as bait on site. Could I get in trouble from fisheries if they find me using them? In the same sense as you need to keep fish whole to be able to prove size. Having a small mound of smashed oysters would be hard to count and keep track. Not that I'd use anywhere near 50 in a session!!! And as far as safety goes I'm aware of the infectious nature of oyster cuts, had my fair share back in the day! Was more so concerned about any specific pollutants in this specific river or collection of heavy metals etc. I understand that these guys cop the brunt of most heavy metals and pollutants being filter feeders. Thanks again mate