Jiggy

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  1. I couple of times when I've been at Nambucca I've seen the bait in that area getting harassed by something; this was at night and there were some big explosions happening. In your opinion kings or something else? Oh and yes kings had been seen during the day when this was happening. Oh and yeah the gear was at home, no leave pass allowed Cheers Rob
  2. Yes usually impossible. But sometimes you get lucky; landed a 7.5 pound drummer on 8 pound mono one time at Stanwell Park. Talk about a fluke!
  3. Back in the day we used abalone gut for good results; sadly banned now and no longer available. Like Noelm said peeled prawns or bread. Cabbage weed works great for drummer but it has to be rigged properly. Light blackfish rod, centrepin with 8 pound mono and a properly weighted float. You'll hook plenty of drummer with that setup...won't land them but you will hook them.
  4. I've heard that redfin are in Walarawang now too. Not sure what it'll do to the trout fishery there.
  5. As PaddyT said no river fishing as the season is closed. Give Lake Lyell a go instead. It's stocked with bass and trout and has redfin in it. Cheers Rob
  6. No I don't have a slow cooker, no doubt that brisket would turn out very well in one.
  7. Brisket is one of those cuts of meat that needs to be cooked slow otherwise it's tough. It's often one of the prime cuts for long slow smoking and, lets be honest, a slice of brisket that's been slow smoked is pretty awesome. If like me you aren't geared up to do long slow smoking try this next time you a mood for some brisket: Season (dry rub, salt, pepper whatever you prefer) then put in the fridge overnight. If possible rest on a rack so that it stays dry. Pre heat your oven to 165 C. Slice up an union than fry that in butter until it softens then add some garlic, rosemary and a cup of apple juice. Cook until the juice is reduced by half. Put half on this in a roasting tray, put the brisket on top then pour the rest over the brisket. You want the brisket to be fat side up. Cover the tin in foil then bake in the oven for 1.5 hours. After this reduce to 120 C and cook for another 2.5 hours. What you get is very tender, juicy and tasty. I've done this with just salt and pepper and it's great. Largest brisket I've cooked like this is 2.5 kilos but larger should be fine; maybe cook for a little longer.
  8. In my younger days we'd think nothing of getting up at midnight and driving 7 hours to hunt all day. Then drive back the same day as we had work/life obligations. I'm not that crazy anymore...well maybe a little. I'll have to do this again soonish, I really liked those tuskies.
  9. Yeah and say at least we'll get a flathead or two as an extra incentive. The bakers will jump into the boat then.
  10. My thoughts exactly until I ate one of the tuskies last night. More crappy bottom feeders please.
  11. So after sitting around twiddling my thumbs for the last couple of months I was hanging to get out of the city and catch some mighty Sergeant Baker. I am after all the self crowned Greatest Sergeant Baker Fisherman in Sydney. Thursday I jumped into the 4x4 and charged up to Yamba. I had booked a seat on Charter X as it wasn't worth towing the boat up for just a day really; Friday I had to work out of the hotel I was staying at and was coming back Sunday. Wandering around after work on Friday and noticed that no one was fishing one of the better blackfish spots there. If your ever up there this spot can go off big time but the fish often want black weed. When they are like that the generally won't take anything else. We headed out at six and went south towards Brooms Head to the first spot and baits down. Felt a few bites then I'm on; it was the right colour but wrong species. A pannie snapper. Back down and shortly later I'm on again; tusk fish. I got to say at this stage I was getting worried as neither I, nor anyone else, had caught a sergeant baker. This just wasn't going to plan at all. I had caught some micro red rock cod but that's not what I was after. Finally someone did catch one and the deckie cut it up for bait!! What a sad way to treat a prized game fish like that. At one stage a floater that was out went off and I was hopeful that it would be a giant one, but it was only a 73cm snapper. We fished on after that for more snapper, tuskies and a few trag. I briefly tried slow jigging but I kept tangling up with others so stopped pretty quickly. By the time we had to head in there was not a bad collection of fish in the box and everyone was pretty happy. FYI there were more fish in the box include a metre whaler shark that was kept for the table. I myself was pretty happy and had enough fish for a couple of feeds which is fine for me. How can you not be happy floating around on a nice day, see a few whales and get some salt spray on the face. It was nice just getting out and about and a fish or two was a bonus. The charter was very good and they knew where to go. It wasn't the best moon phase for reef fish but we did OK. If anyone would like details on the charter PM me and I'll pass their info on. Once we got back they started prepping for an evening charter; they run these during the winter as there is no wind. I saw the results on their Facebook page..yeah they did ok I think I need to go on one of these charters and see if I can stop being the worst jewie fisherman in Sydney! Cheers Rob
  12. Like all of us I've spent the last couple of months sitting at home; for most of the time in glorious weather. Made a spontaneous decision the other day to go to Yamba and jump on a charter. Currently I'm sitting in the sun on the wall watching the sea and the charter operator has just confirmed tomorrows trip. North coast sergeant bakers watch out I'm coming for you! Cheers Rob
  13. Next time you cook a brisket try this: Season (dry rub, salt pepper whatever you prefer) then put in the fridge overnight. If possible rest on a rack so that it stays dry. Pre heat your oven to 165 C. Slice up an union than fry that in butter until it softens then add some garlic, rosemary and a cup of apple juice. Cook until the juice is reduced by half. Put half on this in a roasting tray, put the brisket on top then pour the rest over the brisket. You want the brisket to be fat side up. Cover the tin in foil then bake in the oven for 1.5 hours. After this reduce to 120 C and cook for another 2.5 hours. What you get is very tender, juicy and tasty. I've done this with just salt and pepper and it's great. Largest brisket I've cooked like this is 2.5 kilos but larger should be fine; maybe cook for a little longer.
  14. Jiggy

    Coffs Harbour

    Usually by now the Spanish and spotted mackerel would be going off, but this year all the rain has had an impact on them. They seem to be few and far between. As the water clears they should start to come on or at least I hope so, my plan is to go up late April early May. Try ringing Motackle at Coffs and they can tell you what things are like at the moment. Cheers Rob
  15. Jiggy

    Oh to dream...

    That's nice. My once I will lotto dream is a 37 foot Freeman; just the thing for chasing whiting in Brisbane Waters. If you're going to dream, dream big!
  16. I know we all bitch about them but leatherjacket are not a bad feed. A few large ones when nothing else is biting isn't a bad result but yes I understand what you're saying.
  17. Thanks Donna; I wasn't sure if a link to the article was allowed. I really hope that this is a hoax cause it could be the beginning of a problem. I think they would compete with jewies for food which is the last thing they need.
  18. Just looking at the Fishing World site and they are reporting that a Newcastle angler caught a Japanese Sea Bass in the Hunter river, on fly, in the last couple of weeks. They have pictures and it's a pretty solid fish. It could have been transported in ballast water but the article states that others have been caught there and there may be a breeding population. If so they would be a fish to target. From what I've read they pull hard and are pretty good on the plate. And as ferals they need to go, who knows what problems they will cause for local fish species. That's if they have established a colony in the Hunter/Central Coast area. Cheers Rob
  19. Thanks that's a great idea; I'll call around closer to when I'm up there and see how it goes. Cheers Rob
  20. Yes so I found at Port Macquarie; out on a charter and asked the deckie if they chased mackerel in season. Big no on that but they do chase jewies on the full moon each month. Seem to get a few looking at their pictures so that is something I'm going to try. I may take the boat up to Coffs anyway and give it try; always in with a chance dragging some lures around.
  21. Hi Guys, I'm planning on going north in March/April this year to beat my PB on Spanish Mackerel. Should be easy as my current PB is 0! Given that I've not chased them before I wouldn't mind a charter that would target them, if anyone has any charters that they recommend please let me know. FYI pretty flexible for area so anywhere from Ballina to SWR would be great. Oh and pm's please. Cheers Rob
  22. If you ever get stung by these pouring very hot water on them is supposed to reduce the pain...I think not getting stung is the far better option.
  23. That's a familiar looking ledge; used to be my go to blackfish spot for a number of years. Caught some cracking fish there especially in the autumn...enjoy!
  24. Jiggy

    dogbox is back

    Same here; was caring for a parent with dementia then had a heart problem. As I'm getting on top of that developed a hand issue that needed surgery. Haven't had the boat in water for at least 2 years. Had my first fishing trip in a long time recently, charter out of Port Macquarie and a couple of nights spinning the wall, and it felt great. Next job is getting the boat wet again. Cheers Rob
  25. You could try a trolling sinker or make your own. Just get a large bean sinker and put a swivel in front and behind on a short piece if mono. You really don't want it to move much and I would also place a bead between the swivel and sinker. If you search for trolling sinkers you'll see what I mean. How far they sink depends on the sinker size and distance behind. Look at the attached guide as a chart. I'd start with 100 grams which is around 4 ounces and adjust from there.