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  1. Fisheries have some useful maps which clearly outline what you can and cannot do. In the case I mentioned above of the drag net pinned across the mouth of the entrance to Tuggerah Lakes it was not legal. here is the Fisheries map showing the area shaded in red where only line fishing and hand held nets may be used. No crab traps, drag nets etc. You can access the maps here: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/closures/location-closures KB
  2. I went last night and it was pretty much a waste of time. The mouth is almost completely closed with hardly any flow at all. Between two of us over a few hours, we only scored about 15 prawns. Might be able to convert them into some flatties hopefully. A few guys had actually strung up a drag net right across the opening. Not legal and probably no more productive than my mate and I with our dip nets. KB
  3. Hi Admis, The real satisfaction and joy of fishing comes from the hard work you put in over time to understand which spots and species to try according to whatever combination of the following factors you are presented with when you want to go for a fish: aspect of your different locations, tides, winds, swell, time of year and day, moon phases etc. Working away at these things is a real challenge and, when you achieve success consistently, it's incredibly satisfying. Get out there and have a dig, watch what other people are doing, be always thinking, be friendly and respectful (especially: don't be a space invader) and experienced fishers will, after a while, give you some tips to help you on your way. Have fun: it's the journey not the destination. KB
  4. SPs for flatties in the creek go OK too. KB
  5. Hi, Tidal flows in Tuggerah Lakes depend a lot on the flood level of the lake and the size of the tide. There is always a lag of at least an hour or two behind published tides. With the mouth all but filled with sand, tidal flows are reduced, especially west of the bridge. Keep this in mind when planning a fish in the lake. KB
  6. Great report and photos Toby. Still getting blackfish but looking forward to the flatties! KB
  7. Hi, Anyone know if I can trap poddies somewhere close to Point Clare? If so, some locations be very gratefully received. KB
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Hi, There's plenty of second hand kayaks for fishing on Facebook, Gumtree etc. KB
  11. 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
  12. I cut the throat and break the neck when i kill them. KB
  13. Good fishing Toby and some great pictures. KB
  14. 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