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  1. Koalaboi

    Central Coast Fishing

    Hi Vanders, I had a very quick look for weed from the jetty at the end of Panorama Parade at Berkeley Vale and there was plenty around...if a little dirty after the fresh. Good luck. KB
  2. Koalaboi

    Where can i fish for Flathead best!

    Where in Australia do you live? KB
  3. Koalaboi

    Central Coast Fishing

    Hi, The rocks south of the ocean baths at The Entrance offer a couple of spots as long as you have a low tide and very calm seas. Just reading your post again: Toowoon Bay Point is only fishable on very low seas and mostly low tides. It's hard to get out to atm as the sand tombolo linking the point to the shore has been washed away by the big seas. You can pussyfoot out there in a couple of spots but everything: seas, wind, tide etc has to be just right. A hard spot to fish. Mostly shallow The deep water off the front is hard to access by casting as there is lots of reef in the way and no safe area to fish from. Blackfish are supposedly caught in the shark hole gutter, an obvious gutter about 100m south of the Toowoon Bay Surf Club but I've never done any good there. The rock platform from there to Shelly Beach is OK to pussyfoot for bream, blackfish and drummer on a high tide as long as the swell is very light. The platform between Blue Lagoon and Bateau Bay is ditto to the previous spot. Lots of potential for pussyfooting on the high tide for bram, drummer and blackfish but again, the swell needs to cooperate. Bateau Bay rocks at the south end offers some decent water to fish as long as the tide is low and the seas and swell very small. Drummer and blackfish, groper, bream etc Good luck. KB
  4. Koalaboi

    Central Coast Fishing

    Hi Vanders, It seems really quiet up here atm. The blackfish should be on the chew but nothing really doing there. After the big seas recently there's a lot of weed on the beaches too. We've also had over 200mls of rain in the last week and maybe that might fire up the lakes...may even be some jewfish lurking near the mouth of the channel. The runout is pretty shallow despite the dredging so not much doing there. Rockfishing might be the go if you're up for it. KB
  5. Koalaboi

    Black Fish Fishing

    Hi, The blackfish seem to have been a bit thin so far this winter. I had one good day when the sea was up but otherwise not too many fishing for them atm. I usuially get my weed from around the shores opf Tuggerah lakes: Long Jetty right around to Chittaway though with the recent heavy rain the lake ios up and finding weed might be difficult. I'd suggest looking between Berkeley Vale and Chittaway as in the map Good luck! KB
  6. Dunno what other FRs reckon but This Is Serious Mum! https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/shocking-fish-stocks-in-australian-waters-drop-a-third-in-a-decade-20180605-p4zjip.html What needs to happen here? Be interested to hear other FRs opinions as to; a. reasons for the drop and b. what needs to be done to secure viable fish populations in all species into the future KB
  7. Koalaboi

    Zebra Fish? (Zebra Fish Girella zebra)

    Thanks everyone, Much appreciated. KB
  8. Koalaboi

    Need some help around the entrance (tuggerah lake)

    Hi, You might also try flicking your sps around the channels further inside the system: North channel runs from the northern side of the bridge following the shore right up to the old fishing co-op. Lots of water and good with an east to northeast wind at your back to assist casting, South channel runs south along the shore towards Long Jetty from the boat ramp at Picnic Point ... not as much water to fish as the north channel but, great in an east to southeast wind, again assisting your casting. I fished the run from the bridge to the sea pretty consistently through summer and had a lot of success using live poddies but the flatties seem to have tailed off in that section of the lake. I did get a few smaller ones just before the last school holidays flicking plastic off the fishing wharf on the north side...not a lot of action though. KB
  9. A mate caught a fish like this on cunje on the south coast of NSW. He said it appeared greener than the accompanying photo. Any info on it including if good to eat etc would be good. Ta, KB
  10. Koalaboi

    Float Rig for Rock Fishing

    If you use a running float it will help with casting and also give you a better range of depths for your bait.
  11. Thanks for the post & link, much appreciated. The channel is still flowing well, I fished there this morning. Council has already moved pipes to both the north and south sides of the channel to facilitate dredging. So hopefully winter will be fishy. KB
  12. Koalaboi

    Luderick troubleshooting

    The best day's fishing I've had for luderick was off the stones on the northern beaches, westerly wind, no swell and crystal clear water. Sometimes they just aren't on the chew. There's a brown weed I often find in them when cleaning and up here at The Entrance, a feller put me onto using the ribbon weed from the lake when it has some algae on it. I've also caught them on prawns too. Maybe be try no float and just a split shot about 30 to 40cm above the hook to get the bait down to where the fish are feeding. Glad to hear you've been getting some fish. KB
  13. Koalaboi


    Hi, It's a form of bilharzia that depends on a few different animals to get through its life cycle, birds being one. I copped a fearful dose some years ago wading at The Entrance with 35 to 40 "bites" on each foot and have worn waders ever since. In summer it's too hot so lately, have taken to applying sunscreen pretty lliberally to my legs before fishing and it seems to work. KB
  14. Koalaboi

    Rockfishing shoes for North of Sydney

    Hi, Been fishing the rocks north of Sydney since 1970. here's my thoughts: I always used to use plate style cleats, two per shoe: one under the ball of the foot and the other under the heel. I ended up having problems: 1. I'd occasionally swipe my ankles with the cleats cutting them 2. The bolts would loosen and undo until rusted solid. We tried araldite and locktite nuts but still, they came undone. 3. Walking on uneven rock in cleats saw me fall and roll my ankles. They are great on flat smooth surfaces but clambering over boulders or honeycombed rock can be really dangerous. 4. If the nuts loosened a bit, I'd find myself wearing the pressure of the top of the bolts used to secure the cleat fully into my feet rather than the whole plate..painful. Now and again the bolts would either undo and fall out or, break after rusting. Used to carry some coathanger wire in the pack for reattaching any errant cleats. All the different styles of footwear mentioned could be just the ticket: it depends on what kind of rock surfaces you're walking on. I found the shoes: Mirage Rock Gripper Fishing Shoes. They cost about $50 and are by a very long shot the best footwear I've used since I started fishing off the rocks in 1970. They are light, comfortable and provide a good grip on slimy rock. Easy to take on or off and the velcro strap is a much better option than the zippered boot. I have had a couple of pairs of the boots and they are too heavy and the zippers are not reliable. An internet search using the name of the product will put you in touch with the outlet. I hope I haven't breached site rules re sponsors but the safety issue is really important. Just the same, if I have I apologise. KB
  15. Koalaboi

    Narra lake poddy

    Hi, I fish for flatties land based and use the same rod and rig I use for fishing for blackfish. Centrepin reel loaded with a mainline around 12 to 15lb monofilament greased with vaseline above a fixed or running float. A swivel below the lead and then 8lb fluorocarbon trace with a size 2 widemouth hook. I pin the poddy to the hook through the lower jaw exiting above the top lip. I set the depth to be a foot or so off the bottom and drift the float through the channels during the last couple of hours of the run out tide. Like blackfishing, I let the down go for a slow count of 5 or more while I reel in the slack before setting the hook. Other people around here fish the bottom without a float and have a small sinker above the swivel then a lighter trace and the same hook. All the best. KB