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  1. JonD ... Its amazing the type of country you can access with a humble handline. The more I get into fishing the more I think bushwalking and fishing are a win-win. When out looking for fishing spots you end up visiting some really cool places you would never of thought of as a bushwalker. And as a walker you are much more comfortable exploring harder to get to areas which have way less fishing pressure. This has been good for me chasing cod and trout. Waza ... I bet those climbers would have got way more scared if they went down your descent route. It might have seemed a bit weird that they seemed to spend all day on that wall. But you probably need to understand the climbing process; Step 1- pick a climb that is way to hard for you Step 2- spend all day working out and practicing the moves Step 3- somehow climb the whole route from bottom to top without falling off Step 4- go to the pub and tell your mates how easy you found it I still think climbing is about the most fun you can ever have but fishing is way simpler. Dee Why Jim... yea mate the Sydney sea cliffs have a rep for choss. I remember being terrified on a few routes out at North Head.
  2. Hey Joel My kids have caught heaps of fish on cheap combos. My daughter was gutted when I broke her pink rod when I got impatient trying to get a soft plastic off a snag. From my experience the two most important things are; 1) Don't let the reel get immersed in salt water ... it will seize up real quick 2) Replace the line with a reasonable quality mono. The cheap line combos come with will be crap in terms of memory and breaking strain. If you have already had a few tangles and have cut line off you will need to replace it anyway ... your casting distance will be diminishing as there is more friction as the line comes off the reel during a cast. There is heaps off stuff on youtube that shows how to replace line on a reel. Hope that helps and good luck with it.
  3. Hi guys, I've been lurking a while and learnt a fair bit on this site. I've particularly enjoyed reading about the rock fishing adventures of Waza's youth. Back when I lived in Sydney in the 90's I did a bit of climbing on the sea cliffs and remember being horrified at some of the fisherman's descents we used to access some climbs. Fast forward 25 years and I have taken up fishing after my 5 year old got interested. I've never done any rock fishing but have often thought about what nutters those Sydney rock fishos must have been. I've also thought about whether or not people fished some of the other sea cliffs I climbed on ... Point Perp at Jervis Bay, the dolerite in Tassie and the granite of Cornwell and Lundy in the UK. Anyway I came across this on the ABC today This got me thinking. How many arborists, rope access workers and recreational climbers use their technical rope skills to access fishing spots? Is this a thing? My son who is now 8 is keen on fishing and climbing. I'm thinking that in a few years when his brain catches up with his stoke I could see us combining the two. I'd love to hear about what other people are doing. For the past 30 years every time I have driven past a piece of rock I've wondered how it climbs. Now every time I drive past any sort of water I wonder how it fishes. I really must learn to keep my eyes on the road. Cheers Steve
  4. Where I come from: Red sky in the morning, Shepherd's warning. Red sky at night ... barn's alight.
  5. Hey Fishlearner, This is my first post here. I started fishing about 3 years ago when my kids got interested (blame Jeremy Wade). We have had a lot of fun since. I'd recommend going out without your kids and having a play around with different rigs and techniques. This will give you confidence in both your skills and fishing spots that will make trips with your children more successful. Being a relative noob I'm a bit apprehensive about giving you technical fishing advice but can give you a few tips on what worked for me. Firstly depending on where you live fishing for carp and reddies can be fairly seasonal. I live in the ACT and find it is much easier to get my kids onto fish between November to April. Over the cooler months if my kids are keen to wet a line I will hit the coast or head up the mountains and target trout. You can still get reddies and carp in winter but the bites are way less frequent which is not what you want for young children. When targeting carp I've found the key is small hooks, burley and patience. I've got way more action once I moved down to size 8 (egg) hooks. I leave the drag right off. The carp will hook themselves. I let them take a run, slowly tighten the drag until I'm breaking even and hand the rod to one of the kids. For bait I use a single corn kernel. For burley creamed corn mixed with oats or bran seems to work. It usually takes 45 minutes to an 1 hour for the burley to bring on the first bite. My kids have lost a fair few fish landing them. The key is to ease the fish onto the bank rather than lift them. A better option is to bring a landing net. You can get another child to net the fish. When targeting redfin have you considered using lures. From about age 5 kids are more than capable of casting. They do snag up and tangle a lot but I think you will find you will catch a lot of small fish this way. You can cover more water and the kids will be constantly engaged. Have a chat to your local tackle shop about what lures to use. My kid's goto are blades and small soft plastics.