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  1. There are quite a few spots you can wander too (or if you have one of the golf carts, drive too). The first would be the rock wall protecting the boat harbour, plenty of GT's and small Queenies to be had along there. There is also a small wharf nearby (off Airport Drive) that I believe is accessible but never fished it myself. What I did last time I was there was take a walk north, there is a good walking track and the beaches you can access all have good reef edges and sand to fish. I got plenty of little reefies and pelagics on a mix of plastics along there, the best one I found was Catseye Beach (I think?). I am sure there are better fish there, but I didn't encounter them that trip. There are more beaches and headlands to look at too. The 10,000 Saragosa is an overkill I would think though? Cheers Windy
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    Can also look at Bass & Flinders Point (Salmon Haul Bay) on Port Hacking. It is fairly easy spot to fish and has good kelp beds with good numbers of Squid. Any of the wharves in the lower end of Sydney Harbour are also pretty good. I have done well at Clifton Gardens and Balmoral at different times. Cheers Windy
  3. Yes, there is a wonderful little split ring tool from Smith (Smith Split Ring Pincette). It is priceless for small hard bodies and changing hooks. I highly recommend checking them out, I have owned a couple for many years and they have made life sooo much easier. Pretty available from most tackle stores both shop and online. Cheers Windy
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    Slimies & Yakkas vs. Sweep etc

    I am pretty sure that the regulations for size limits are 'in possession' so using an undersize fish for bait is illegal. Having said that, I do believe there are allowances for Poddy Mullet in particular for bait use. But in my example where I used to use live, undersize Whiting it would be illegal. I remember the howls of protest when they introduced size limits on Tailor meaning no one could use small Tailor as bait anymore (another gun bait, but very hard to keep alive). As always, best to check fisheries for exact rulings. Cheers Windy
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    Slimies & Yakkas vs. Sweep etc

    Used to Sweep a lot for John Dory (and Mado's) and caught more Johnies on those than I ever did on Yakka's or Slimies. I think anglers just get caught up using Yakka's and slimies at times. Another gun tactic we used to use (not any more, not legal) is undersize Sand Whiting for big Flathead. Cheers Windy
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    Five Dock Flick - 4/10/17

    The whole area can fish well, where you were I find to be one of the better ones (exact opposite to what TheFoosh said, I think the worst stretch is where he does well!!). You used to be able to wade out along the rock groyne and fish either side but since it became Oyster encrusted it is a little dangerous and slippery. The north side of the groyne is good but the silt/mud there can be deep and wading it a bit hairy. The shoreline running from here along to Half Moon and Sisters Bay is a gun stretch especially for Bream but the rocks are slippery so be careful there. Cheers Windy
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    Trolling lures for flathead!

    I will throw another vote in the Manns Stretch 5+ and 10+ if you can find them. I have a few left and they are pure gold. Some more HB's I have been using specifically for Flathead and have success are: Zerek Tango Shad 69mm (the 50mm is good too). Daiwa Tournament Spike 52sp Lively Lures Micro Mullet Cheers Windy
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    Favourite soft plastics

    Berkley Gulp Shrimps in both 2" and 3" Probably the only plastic I find that crosses different species and styles. Cheers Windy
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    Soft plastics advice

    I would ditch the plastics for Tailor, just end up being an expensive outing with lots of dead plastics. Metals, hard bodies and poppers would be the go. Tailor can be a load of fun on poppers. can't comment on Snook, not something I have ever caught. Cheers Windy
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    Fishing diary

    I have been keeping a hand written one since 1999 and every so often I do some research into specific software etc to upload all the info into. There are quite a few specific logs out there, one I have been mucking around with lately is Fish In Sight ( It's freeware and looks ok. One problem I find with these are they are tailored to the US market, but they certainly have a lot of options for capturing details. There are others too but a lot actually require purchasing or are 'cloud' based allowing others to see what you catching and where which I don't like. Otherwise you can make your own using Microsoft Access but you will need some knowledge on how databases work and how you can use Access to build them. Excel is OK but it is limited in what it can give you. Cheers Windy
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    Has any one fished Dora creek

    it looks super inviting but never had much luck there myself. Got a couple of small EP's from the road bridge and some Bream off snags at different times but I always left it feeling disappointed. The mouth of the creek on Lac Mac though holds some top Bream. Cheers Windy
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    The past month or so

    Heya At the mouth of Homebush Bay, Wentworth Point. I was actually looking for Trevally as it can be a good spot for them there but there was a bust up and hey presto a couple of small Salmon. I actually haven't got that many of them this year but have seen them! Later in the afternoon I was at Iron Cove along the Russel Lea shoreline and got some nice Bream along there. Good little shoreline for Bream but the rocks are deadly there now, so slippery! This weekend might be good for Salmon, high tides on dawn and dusk and they might push up with that tide. Also think it might be a good tide to hit some of the canals and creeks around see if some nice Bream are pushing up them. Cheers Windy
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    The past month or so

    Nice vid jdanger. I have been having the exact opposite on the Parra to you this month, more Bream this month than last and better size too. Some quality Flathead and I got some Salmon well up the river on Sunday! Only think i haven't found much of this year are Trevally. Amazing how we can be fishing the same waters and get totally opposite results, I was thinking the same thing last month, I was really struggling to find fish and it looked like you were getting a few. Cheers Windy
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    Strange catch - last Sunday

    I once managed to lasso a small Rainbow. Had to cut off a massive tangle at Middlingbank on Eucumbene one evening and I let the now loose line just drift out in the water whilst we sorted out some stuff. I picked up the rod to wind in the loose line and setup again when all of a sudden I had a fish on! Was super confused and wandered if I had cut the wrong line or something but no, a small Rainbow about 30cm had swum through the loose line and somehow looped it around its tails. One very unlucky little Trout! Windy PS. He was released unharmed.
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    Fishing Gear and domestic flights

    I have travelled with gear all over the world and generally match what I am taking to my luggage. Most of the time I can fit my Fly Rods into check-in luggage as they are 4 piece, they have their own carry tube which makes it easy and I can sometimes fit a 4 piece travel spin rod in with them. Where I want to take heavier gear that is either 1 piece or 2 piece than the old PVC tube works. I went the extra step and bought a specific one designed for rods with extra padding and locks etc. Its been with me to a lot of places both international and domestic. Just needs to go through the 'large luggage' areas of air ports. You hear bad stories about rods getting dusted up but I haven't had an issue (yet!!). The rest of the gear gets scattered around the various luggage cases, just make sure you don't put anything into your carry on that could potentially get pinged by security. Good luck. Windy