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  1. Thanks RRM. I fry them in a batter of egg; milk; sparkling water; flour and ice. The batter needs to be very cold. I only keep the fish between 30cm and 35cm because I find the fish over 35cm are a bit tough. My family prefer Silver Trevally cooked that way to any other fish I catch. I have served up Coral Trout, Red Emperor and Rankin Cod but they prefer battered Trevally. So I didn't keep this one, which is my PB Trevally caught 20 years ago at the Montebello Islands.
  2. I had a 3 hour gap between Zoom calls yesterday, so I put the kayak in the water with a plan to fish the tide change. Ended up catching 10 Trevally but just kept 1. I forgot my measuring stick and quite a few were about 30cm so the only one I kept was clearly over 30. I caught them at the end of Chowder Head in the main Harbour with Navionics telling me I was 1.5km from home, so well within the 10km rule and definitely within my local Government area. I used prawns for bait purchased while refueling the car and a burley bomb full of old bread I pulled out of the freezer. In my 30 minute kayak from Sirius Cove around Bradleys Head to Chowder Head it was like being on a remote lake. Other than empty ferries, I only saw 2 boats out in 3 hours. I wouldn't normally share such a mundane venture but the experience of having Sydney Harbour all to myself was amazing. The fishing was pretty fast and furious as well. I used a small 3 way swivel onto the main line with 2 hooks (size 4) off the swivel. Very light trace. I was using 6 pound yesterday but even lighter can make it interesting if the Trevally are over 35cm. No weight but that only works if you fish an hour before and an hour after the tide change, which is what I normally do. The burley is more effective at the tide change too as it stays close to the kayak. I went out in the first week of lockdown on the Friday and caught 15 Trevally (kept 4) a bit further North but there were hundreds of boats everywhere. Lockdown sure has changed a bit since week one. Cheers, Tony
  3. Donna, The locals all fish out of tinnies between Fitzroy Crossing and Derby and no one has ever been taken, so I think the risk is pretty low. The Barra fishing in that part of the river during the run-off is supposed to be amazing. We have never been further downstream than Geikie Gorge in the kayaks and we have never seen a Salty or any indication that they have been in the area. Cheers, Tony
  4. Kevin, They are amazing videos. You are much more game than us. Going solo is quite incredible and going so close to the salt water is not something we have been prepared to do. While we can't be certain there are no Salties, we are pretty confident that we are far enough from the coast that they are not around. We will have a go at cooking the fish whole next time. I loved your handline. We are all fishing fanatics so our fishing gear is a bit sophisticated. Our trip record for a Barra is 103cm. It would be interesting to see you catch that on your handline. Cheers, Tony
  5. Kingie Chaser, As I said in my other responses, it was probably less about luck and more about planning and preparation. I'm not saying we couldn't have a disaster but I think we are very well aware of how remote we are and therefore we are incredibly careful to be self sustainable. Cheers, Tony
  6. Pickles, I had the best treatment from the vet, very much antibiotics and pain relief early on. The scary thing for me is the fact the vet has put stiches in me 6 times over 27 years of fishing trips together. When I got back from the 2018 kayak trip, where I had 7 stiches in my hand from a Barra filleting error, the doctor in North Sydney that removed the stiches remarketed that they were unusual. I explained they were administered by a vet with dog stiches and she had a good laugh. Over the years the vet has administered antivenom for spider bites, loads of stiches to lots of the guys and some help for many other ailments to all those who go on the adventures. We couldn't go without him. Cheers, Tony
  7. Donna, Firstly I want you to know I'm a big fan. I've been a fishraider member for a long time and I take more than I give to this site and see you as the opposite to that. The risk of losing the finger was actually pretty low. We knew there was a possible infection the night before and at 5am the next morning I had my first round of antibiotics and anti inflammation drugs. I was able to grip the paddle and kayak again by noon that day. We have 3 risk management meetings before we go and we can emergency chopper out at very little notice, so there is a lot of planning and discussion before we go. Our group is very well resourced and we do a huge amount of preparation. This type of trip, to probably the most remote part of Australia, needs very careful planning. It also needs the approval of several aboriginal tribes and land owners so is not a simple undertaking. Cheers, Tony
  8. I didn't do enough training so my hands were too soft, even with gloves. One of the blisters on my hand got infected from what we think was filleting a fish. Each of us have agreed jobs and one of my jobs is processing the fish for dinner each evening and the infection developed overnight after filleting the first Barra. It ended up in pretty bad shape as per the attached photo. Almost fully recovered now.
  9. I recently got back from a 6th crazy kayak trip. This was the 3rd time in the fresh water rivers of the Kimberley and we've done 3 in the salt water, all in the North West. With the on again off again lock down situation in Perth, I decided the best way to get to Broome was to avoid Perth, so I ended up flying from Sydney to Alice Springs and then through Darwin, Kununurra and on to Broome. Then a 4 hour drive and 90 minutes in a chopper, which dropped us next to the river. After an hour of set up we were on our way for an eight day adventure down the river. The Sooty Grunter were pretty easy to catch on the first few days but no sign of any Barramundi. The freshwater crocs were surprising aggressive with one of them attacking one of the kayaks that put a decent hole in it and that took some patching up. As we got further downstream the rapids became more challenging but we also started catching plenty of Barramundi. They were all in the 70cm to 90 cm range, so a decent challenge off a blow up kayak. I ended up with a pretty badly infected finger that needed some urgent treatment and meant my wedding ring had to be cut off. We do carry a full medical kit and one of the guys is a vet, so he managed to patch me up so I was able to continue. Our exit from the river went very smoothly with a heavy reliance on the latest technology. We sent a text via satellite phone to the helicopter company with our GPS coordinates and a request to pick us up at 6.30am the next morning. The one word response to our text was "confirmed". Then at exactly 6.30am the following morning the 2 helicopters came over the hill and picked us up. With the 5 of us now in our mid 50s, the physical challenges of kayaking 110km down a raging river while dodging crocs and eating only what we catch is not the most relaxing holiday but we are already planning on doing it again next year.
  10. I catch yakkas at the tide change from my kayak when the burley doesn't drift away. If it is not a tide change I target squid.
  11. The best fish I've ever caught was a 81cm Snapper. I have caught a lot bigger fish (Marlin, Sailfish, GTs etc) but I rate it the best fish I've caught because of what I had to do to catch it. I sent my kayak on a train from Sydney to Perth, where a mate picked it up. I then flew to Perth and drove to Denham (820km North) with the kayak on a trailer. I was then taken on a large dive boat to Steep Point (Southern point of Dirk Hartog Island) with the kayak on the back of the boat. I then kayaked over 6 days to the Northern End of Dirk Hartog Island where I caught the Snapper below. The Northern End of Dirk Hartog Island is in the background, which is about 50km from the nearest point of mainland Australia.
  12. Dave, That was actually my 8th trip to the Monte's with my first being in 2000. One issue I didn't mention in my report was the number of sharks that smashed up our gear. We caught our bag limit very quickly but lost over 300 rigs to sharks. On my first trip almost 20 years ago, being "sharked" was rare and on this trip the rate was about 1 keeper to every 1 lost to a shark. The locals in Exmouth are really struggling with what to do about the problem because it is even worse if you try and fish anywhere near the mainland. Someone needs to find a commercial use for the sharks or the problem is going to get even worse. Cheers, Tony
  13. I recently went on a fishing Charter out of Exmouth in Western Australia to the Montebello Islands. Before we left we had a couple of days with Peak Sportfishing and caught 8 Sailfish across the 2 days. This was the biggest one. At the Islands we managed to catch our bag limit of table fish (20kg of fillets each) pretty quickly with Coral Trout and Red Emperor being the prize fish. There were a lot of Coral Trout that were all around the 4kg mark like the one below. After the table fish box had been ticked we concentrated on casting for GTs and there was no shortage of these around the islands. The picture below was the largest caught. If you haven't been to the Montebello Islands put it on your bucket list.
  14. I just arrived back from my 5th annual crazy kayak trip. The first 2 trips were from Coral Bay to Exmouth in our Hobie Outbacks, the next 2 were in the Fitzroy River in the Kimberley (using Alpacka Rafts) and the 5th and most recent installment was from Steep Point to Turtle Bay up the East Coast of Dirk Hartog Island. All the trips have been in WA as I'm the only one of the 5 crazy kayakers who doesn't live in WA. So I think my Hobie Outback is now probably one of the few kayaks to catch the train from Sydney to Perth and back 3 times. We packed up the 5 kayaks on a trailer and drove from Perth to Denham. After a quiet night in Denham we had a local diver operator drive us (and all the kayaks and equipment) across Shark Bay and drop us near Steep Point early on the morning of Saturday the 8th of June. We don't take a great deal of food so catching fish is a pretty important part of the trip and fortunately we were into the small Black Snapper almost from the first time we put a line in the water, so we didn't go hungry. As we made our way up the East Coast of the island, the fishing just got better and better. We reached Turtle Bay on Tuesday afternoon so it took us 4 days to do the 90km journey. During the Wednesday and Thursday we were completely blessed by the weather gods and had near perfect conditions. This put some of the more serious pelagics on the menu and we managed to catch Spanish Mackerel (1.25M), Shark Mackerel (1.2M), Giant Trevally (1.2M) as well as a few decent Spinner Sharks (2.5M), which are to be avoided if you are not very well prepared. In terms of fish for the table, we caught more than 50 Pink Snapper up to 80cm, about the same number of Black Snapper to 60cm, a nice Malabar cod that went 84cm plus about 10 Rankin Cod to 70cm, so we certainly didn't starve. We kept a small amount of the catch each day for food and everything else went back. The dive boat picked us up from Withnell Bay (10km South of the Northern tip of the island) and took us back to Denham on the afternoon of Friday the 14th of June. The weather had turned nasty on the Friday with a 20 knot Easterly, so launching the kayaks into a 1.5m shore break and then kayaking 10km in a gale in open water was not ideal but it is the only sheltered place for an extraction along that stretch of coast. The logistics of a trip like this are pretty challenging. We have a master list of equipment and everyone has 2 or 3 jobs to do for the week. My jobs are being the rubbish man and preparing all the fish for the table ready to be cooked. We have 2 satellite phones, a full medical kit (one of the guys is a vet) and 2 gas cookers. I have a bunch of photos I am trying to share but they are all seem to be too big, so I will work out how to shrink them and will add them to this post tomorrow. Cheers, Black CC
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