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  1. As the wave comes in, use your rod to bring the fish up onto the platform with the momentum of the moving water. Be ready to give line quickly if you aren't able to strand the fish on the platform. The power of the receding wave plus a solid kick from the fish can easily see it escape. If you need to lift the fish, not just wash it ashore, you again use the approaching wave to give the fish some upward momentum which you capitalise on to help lift the fish clear and swing it ashore. Try to do this in one smooth motion. KB
  2. Like rickmarlin62 said. Give yourself time. His advice re tucking rod butt under your left arm with the palm of your left hand under the reel is spot on. I also use my left middle finger, slightly bent at the top joint, to support the line just above the reel and guide it evenly on the spool when retrieving; this helps stop the line going behind the reel and around the mount. After a a while you will be doing all these things automatically. Keep at it. See if you can go with an experienced blackfish fisher who uses a centre pin. I just taught a mate and after a few months of frustration, now loves the centrepin for the feel and control it provides. KB
  3. Hi, There's plenty of second hand kayaks for fishing on Facebook, Gumtree etc. KB
  4. Hi, I have tried sheet lead and split shot. My dad was a piano tuner and the old player pianos used lead pipe. When he replaced them with plastic tubing i got the lead and melted it into sinkers, sheets etc. Lead sheet works OK but can come off easily when fishing. I take the time to balance my float when rigging a new one up. I use a ball or bean sinker first to get close the the right level of buoyancy then add split shot to get it right. I use wooden floats and, as they soak up water when fishing they lose a little buoyancy so need to take that into consideration. If I need to remove shot I generally snip the knot below and slide the shot off the line and then retie any knots. I save the shot and when I get home, hold each one with a pair of pliers and use a knife to reopen the shot for further use. KB
  5. I cut the throat and break the neck when i kill them. KB
  6. Good fishing Toby and some great pictures. KB
  7. Hi JamoDamo, I reckon spend a bit of money and get the right gear right from the start. My father used to tell me that only a rich man can afford cheap tools and I have found that the same applies to fishing gear. Get yourself a centrepin, they are the best IMO for blackfishing as they give you so much control when playing a fish. They do take a while to learn how to use but the effort is worth it. Here's a bit of a rundown on reels: http://www.macman.id.au/index.php/luderick-fishing/66-centrepins-for-luderick New ones can be dear and seem to be hard to find in tackle stores. Alvey seemed to have stopped making them though i know some store still have them on their shelves. You can find them second hand on the net, garage sales and markets. Try searching FB marketplace and some of our sponsor tackle stores. Rods are much easier to pick up second hand. I got a sportex the other day at a market for $20. I prefer 2 piece rods as they are easier to pack up and transport. My go to rod i bought a few years ago for about $65 but is now over $150 new. For gear; I use nylon mono for my mainline around 12 to 15lb breaking strain. I grease it with vaseline each time I go fishing. I tie a stopper knot using a bit of 30lb mono: I find it better than the rubber stoppers which perish in my tackle box and are a bit slippery on the mainline. Floats come in all types and sizes. It's easy enough to make your own but you don't lose that many anyway so buying a few is ok. You'll need ones that are medium at least in terms of the lead they need to cast with a centrepin. I mostly use a running float setup though fixed is OK too as long as you are not fishing too deep. A few ball sinkers plus a range of split shot to get the buoyancy of the float nicely balanced. A ring or swivel then 6 to 8lb fluorocarbon on nr 8 hook. and you are good to go. A very small tackle box is all you need, scissors and pliers, bait bucket (easy to make from, a plastic container), keeper net, knife and scaler. KB
  8. Hi, Don't know your part of the world at all so, not really able to give specific locations. Just the same, I have caught a lot of drummer over the last 40 years and I can tell you that if you have a spot that holds luderick, there's probably drummer there too. Look for those rock platforms where the waves at high tide wash over patches of lettuce. If you target the spot where the wash returns to the ocean you'll find drummer, and blackfish and bream etc. Keep trying different locations according to swell, wind, season and tide conditions and, after a while you'll know where to go to get a feed with some level of confidence at any particular time. KB
  9. Hi Col, Honestly, I reckon just stick with the centrepin reels for blackfish. The control they give you is unbeatable. KB
  10. Hi Wellster, The article you linked is hidden behind a paywall...I don't read the Australian and was wondering if you could give us a quick outline of the issue. KB
  11. Hi, Been an interesting conversation and thanks everyone for your perceptive and thoughtful input. Not sure about the demonising of greens in kingie chaser's post above. We need an appropriate balance between the environment and human needs for our own survival not to mention well being. Development and conservation are not mutually exclusive but there does need to be some long term views taken into account when decisions are made rather than just considering the short term profit motive. I consider myself a green but I don't have a problem killing fish and other animals for food or conservation purposes. Anyway, to answer kingie chaser's question "What is worth??" (I'm assuming a chat). My post, which started the thread was, not so much about saving sharks or humans, but about whether shark meshing was that effective in protecting people, is it cost effective, is the by-catch of non target species an issue and should we really be looking at alternative methods of safeguarding swimmers? Should we just accept that the possibility of shark attack when swimming/surfing etc (unlikely though it may be) is just a risk we should be prepared to take, like getting into a car, which is far more dangerous? I don't know how politicised the issue is but, like I wrote above, the "fear of the beast" is a primal fear that all humans have. Here it plays out as fear of shark attack, snake bite, crocodile attack etc. If we lived in other places it may be lion, tiger or bear attack. Maybe that primal fear sees us making poor long term decisions. KB
  12. I use cabbage in Tuggerah lakes and it works fine. KB
  13. Hi, In a post above, Mr Sqidy said: "On a side note, how do you get killed by lizards in Australia? That's an achievement. " In today's Guardian this report of a particularly vicious lizard attack which Qld Ambulance senior operations supervisor Shane Tucker, described as having the potential to be, "life threatening" https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/16/goanna-attack-dog-killed-and-queensland-couple-in-hospital-after-freak-ordeal It's a dangerous world out there! KB
  14. He's got 4 brace there: a brace is a pair of fish/grouse etc. I only learned that by reading old books on fly fishing. A good trivia quiz question. KB
  15. Hi, I remember back in the late 60s and 70s that catching a few tailor was simply a matter of turning up at the beach or rocks with some pillies, a 3/4 gang hook rig and having a cast. Not any more. @kingfishbig above wrote, "No saltwater fish species has ever been made extinct by fishing." I think he's probably correct but at the same time, have absolutely no idea how such a claim could be verified. Lots of animals have become extinct because of human activity, the Tassie Tiger is a good example and, there's plenty more on the way here in Australia. National Geographic has an interesting article on the issue: "...by 1989, when about 90 million tons (metric tons) of catch were taken from the ocean, the industry had hit its high-water mark, and yields have declined or stagnated ever since. Fisheries for the most sought-after species, like orange roughy, Chilean sea bass, and bluefin tuna have collapsed. In 2003, a scientific report estimated that industrial fishing had reduced the number of large ocean fish to just 10 percent of their pre-industrial population." The full article is linked below but I'm sure there's lots more out there. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/oceans/critical-issues-overfishing/ Again, it's all good us talking about this, and that's important. We need to get the conversation happening. I want my sons and their children to be able to go for a fish and come home with a feed. I guess the question here is, what can we do?