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  1. Absolute donkies mate!! 😁 Sure am jealous seeing this while we are in lockdown, but someone has to do it! πŸ˜‚ I'll be towing up as soon as we are out. lol Love the photos!!! πŸ‘Œ
  2. True True, but we also love the adrenaline πŸ˜… Yeah, it was good to get back to the basics and how it all started. I did have bags with me but didn't have to use them luckily (I make sure he goes at home) 🀣 Cheers πŸ€™
  3. Thanks! Can be annoying but he's learning pretty quickly πŸ€ͺπŸ˜„ Cheers, thank you! πŸ€™
  4. That's it, reports have become non existent! πŸ˜‘ Yeah awesome spot for a camp, I will have to try it sometime with the yaks πŸ‘Œ
  5. He loved it, but it was more towards lunch time when he just couldn't get comfy where to sleep πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Cheers mate! Would love to be out fishing, but using the time to get my boat looking smicko and running again πŸ˜„ Fingers crossed a few trips up off Swansea and Port again soon! πŸ€™
  6. So I managed to get out a few times locally and off Swansea before lockdown hit! (We actually got the news later that day we were going into a lockdown at 6:00pm here on the Coast!). Now I’m just twiddling my thumbs, so I thought I’d write something up to pass the time and for the memory bank – Warning: By no means big fish or anything exciting! πŸ˜† I had recently made some new kayak racks for my canopy so I was super keen to try these out. I loaded and packed the yak the afternoon before with no issues and was set up bright and early on the water’s edge at Patonga Creek. Gotta love the smell of fire wafting by a few people that were camping upstream (Will have to try this sometime!). Boy does it stay cold in the valley! The plan was to head up to the main sand flat to pump for nippers and try catch a feed of flathead or whiting. I decided to chuck in the little cooker in case there was somewhere I could pull up and cook some fresh fillets! It was also the first time taking my new little mate on the yak, so it was always going to be interesting! (He decided it was better in the water than onboard in the first 10 metres we pedaled). πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚ During the Summer months the channel always produces a lot of flathead. It’d been quite a while since I’ve last fished this area, and hesitant with the water temperature so cold but was keen to give it a red hot crack. Like we used to always do, some of the first nippers we got went straight back out with a long shank as jewelry while I continued to pump enough for a few hour session. This accounted for 2 very small flathead – At least we were on the board with the target species! I decided to try drifting the channel instead to cover a bit of ground, I was instantly rewarded by a Flattie that was just over legal length. Thinking it was going to be a productive session, I let him swim away hoping to upgrade – No such luck! The next hour or so I spent drifting the same spot as the tide was rising for only small Flattie and micro Bream. I have never explored too far up the creek but looked at it a few times on Google Maps. I thought it was time to see how far we could get up and find somewhere to stretch the legs and cook a feed (Lucky I also had bacon and eggs in the esky). By now the wind had picked up and was getting a bit too much for the patience levels fighting this and an ADHD puppy wanting to clamber over everything. πŸ€ͺ I found another fishy looking location and quickly pulled a just legal Whiting off the flats. I was tossing up whether to keep him for later but decided on a quick happy snap before releasing, a few more smaller models came on board but not the size I was after for a feed! I decided to call it a day after finding nowhere decent to pull up upstream and started pedaling back to the ute. Not to be beaten, but almost back to the launch area, I flicked a small grub into the edge of the mangroves that looked like they were holding small bait and was rewarded with another just legal fish. This time a Bream! It’s been too long since I got one of these on plastic so it was great to tick this off in a day. Wish I kept something for a feed but that’s fishing. It was a great day on the water and I hope to try this area again come Summer as the scenery is just too amazing, and hoping for some better sized fish. Cheers, Brendo
  7. Love seeing your inventions @zmk1962! πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜. I had a mate from NZ that used to smoke Aussie Salmon and I couldn't believe the taste! This has got me so keen if it is that quick and easy! (Time to chase these and tailor) πŸ˜… As @kingie chaseralso mentioned, he used to always soak the woodchips overnight in water as well - I just remember him telling me how much better it made it taste. Great work!
  8. Cooper, I'd definitely have a read of the post @DerekD had posted above - A lot of useful info in there! πŸ‘Œ I bought my Hobie 'Outbacks' on Gumtree for approx $2000-$2500 each from memory, I was mainly estuary fishing back then and wanted the stability (Can stand in mine in flat water), but also used them off Terrigal. Personal preference, but there is also the 2 'Revolution' models which have a sharper nose (Better for covering distance).
  9. I can't comment about what areas to fish down that way sorry! I would definitely go for a pedal kayak if your budget allows, it makes it so much easier to rig, fight fish, hold in current etc. I bought my hobies 8+ years ago now before I had my boat so I'm not too sure what other pedal brands are out there now (I'm guessing some a lot cheaper then Hobie!) πŸ˜€ The need for a fish finder will really depend on the species you are chasing. If you plan on surface fishing, chasing bust-ups then obviously no need. I used to have a basic model Lowrance just to check depth, drop offs etc. instead of actually hoping to mark fish on the sounder...again, this was quite a while ago πŸ‘ Hope this helps! Tight lines πŸ€™
  10. Tristan, We done a trip the other day and managed to get a few. I actually kept the head of one as I was interested in getting the skull mounted! It is still in the freezer if it would be beneficial to you? Feel free to shoot me a PM if you have any questions πŸ€™ Cheers, Brendo
  11. Not the best session at all but at least we ticked the Salmon off. How did it cook up? πŸ˜‚
  12. Mine is also in the very back of the bilge. Never noticed the noise before - But I also have a 150hp 2 stroke and rarely turn it off when fishing. πŸ˜…πŸ”ŠπŸ™‰
  13. @Pickles I fully agree with @wrxhoon1. I have the exact same pump and pickup (Make sure you fit an emergency seacock if you do go down this path!) on my Seaswirl Striper - The manufacture date is 2004 and its still running fine! I thought it stopped the other day but turns out just one of the wires had worked there way loose that the boat manufacturer joined - Don't get me started on some of the things they have done! πŸ˜… I should add I have hardly ever flushed it, although I plan to get something like this to help it last longer. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/265139020776
  14. Hey Mike, It's a mates boat I regularly fish with. The boat is a 18ft Carribean/Pride Gazelle hull I think. πŸ€™
  15. @GordoRetired Okay, I'm sure the temperature when chasing Hairtail in the Cowan would feel like Summer compared to fishing down there! πŸ˜…πŸ€£ I always wear my ski pants (Cheapies) and jacket when night fishing, perfect for cleaning off if we do a bait session, as well as been waterproof and a lot warmer. If you're rugged up, comfortable and prepared it's a lot easier to fish giving you a lot better chance - IMO I'll let you know how we go tonight down there 😁🀞
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