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  1. With a reasonable weather forecast thought you might be out there had a quick look out front of the bommie as we went south. We didn't see a lot of boats out today. Always reliable yowie and blue spot flathead. H
  2. Headed south from Port Hacking this morning plan was to NOT drift for flathead. Travelled down the coast to fish reefs I haven't fished in many years. First stop was not encouraging, as soon as we stopped Sammy the seal was at the back of the boat before we even had bait on our line. Had a distinct liking for reddies four throwbacks plus a nannygai were it's breakfast while we managed to land a couple of legal reds and some jackets. Best red of the day was taken by the seal which surprisingly then disappeared. Fished with my son and grandson, grandson caught best red, biggest mowie and the largest pig fish of the trip as they always tell you Bait was octopus backed up by sweep and mado fillets. Had a good day with pleasant sea conditions, had a line set up for a Mako today but it didn't turn up. Couple of photos to follow, thanks.
  3. Weather leading up to sunday was not encouraging so decided to do a short afternoon trip with a grandson. Left grays point ramp at 2pm and headed out off Jibbon Pt the swell had backed off a lot but the Bommie was still working well and got my grandsons attention. Stopped in 35 meters for our first drift which produced 1 keeper flathead and a couple of whales making an appearance. Second drift no keepers so moved to deeper water for the next drift. this produced just 2 fish plus a small baracoutta in 45 meters. Moved out to drifted in 50-55 m got got 4 lost at least 3 good fish to medium sized mako. Had another drift and got 6 without the mako showing up. Flathead 35 - 47 cm grandson got the best. Headed back in near Jibbon beach landed some tailor and trevally on unweighted pilchard pieces drifted down the berley trail, kept a couple of each then fished deep water off lilli Pilli till just after sunset for undersize red bream, back at the ramp at 6 PM. Managed a new species for grandson ( barracoutta) plus a PB tiger flathead, and had a pleasant afternoon keeping 17 fish. Over the last couple of weeks I've had a few blackfish trips George's river just a few fish and the Macleay River quite productive with several fish in a day over 40 cms. The weather for the next couple of days is looking good so I'll be having another fish
  4. Good size luderick and super fish on fly. I've just put a weed fly on my fly rod and will give it a try next time I'm chasing blackfish, never tried for them on fly. Your details of bite indicators etc is very helpful. Bruce
  5. At SWRocks if you take the road to the new entrance where you cross the little one way bridge you can get nippers on the flats at low tide, also worth a cast as the tide starts coming in. Watch out for the sand flies. Also can walk up from the main boat ramp and pump nippers and fish the mouth of spencers creek where it meets the river.(again at lower tide) I intend to chase blackfish in the main river at some stage over this weekend. Bruce
  6. It's good to try something simple and be rewarded with a good catch. The tailor love the little lures but can get expensive when they eat them. Nice bit of water you were fishing . bruce
  7. Some good blue spots among that lot they always eat well. It's nice to have reliable tucker just outside the river. I went Tuesday afternoon like you say found they were scattered this week. took nearly 2 hours to get 10 , although had a lot of just legal throwbacks. Then went and fished inside out from Lilli Pilli for two hours with a zero result and back at ramp by 5;30. Bruce
  8. Hi Dave Had a look and yes it is a trumpeter whiting caught it while I was fishing with small squid baits for jackets. Just noticed it seemed to have a slightly deformed head when I caught it. I'll plan another trip for Tuesday at this stage. Rebel I don't claim to be a photographer so I just take pictures of fish thanks for the very kind coment. Gordon Certainly a nice feed had jackets and squid last night with a couple of blackfish fillets from Tuesday. Another feed to go plus some fillets for the freezer Welster Yes didn't take long at all, flathead were 38-48 cms. I have found they are quite thick out there at the moment and can get 10 in an hour easily. Haven't come across any jackets outside lately and luckily no toads.
  9. Fished the edge of the deeper water near lilli pilli. Encouraged by yowie's catch (and release) of not quite legal jewies had a go for them this morning. First problem too hard to get out of bed early, so left the ramp at 630 am instead of 530. Caught a couple of pilchards and put them out, took 40minutes to get chewed to pieces. Had a squid grab a salted fish strip dropped a jig down caught it straight away. Used squid pilchard and salted fish strips but still no jewies. I think yowie frightened them away. Did manage a bream, whiting and some jackets. 9 am headed outside to chase some flathead, had my bag limit of 10 by 10 am. Headed back into the river and didn't catch anything so called it a day at 12 o'clock.
  10. The jackets will cook up good. Pity about the jew. I'm going to hit the river in the morning for a while then go out and chase blue spots. Had thought you might be out there. Been getting a few blackfish in the Georges but not many where I've been fishing. Bruce
  11. Hi Skipper What did you catch when you went exercising
  12. I bought one of these last year for my car toper. It works really well can't believe how good it is for the cost. Set it up on a removable piece of ply which sits on the thwart use a rechargeable battery (spare caravan brake 7AH battery cost $28) lasts 3-4 trips. Set up transducer so it is removable when the boat goes on the roof. In the Hacking like everywhere else you need to fish structure or bait schools sounder shows where they are. The GPS plot of your trip really handy in twisting mangrove creeks trying to find way back out and where you left the crab traps the day before. Bruce
  13. Nice work Dave The smaller flattie fillets are sweeter just more work for less meat. Still a nice feed. Lost the baits a couple of times on Friday without feeling a bite, mainly when over 40 m of water. Didn't get around to trying a smaller hook. next trip I'll try 1 large and 1 small hook
  14. This was just a short trip out had thought about the FADS but decided it wasn't really in the spirit of the covid 19 restrictions. Left home just after 630 home by 1130 straight to ramp and back no close contact with anyone. Not even my son. A photo of my catch some to my son rest to be eaten over next couple of weeks.
  15. Hi Dave I agree port seems very very quiet . No surface fish at all except for big slimmes out off Oak park. I fished near lilli pilli Tuesday surface was smooth and not a baitfish to be seen. The reddies stopped biting about 730 and then it was dead. Ended up with a legal red and a Trev . I didn't try for whiting, back home 1100. Bruce
  16. Nice to have the time to amble along. Tried some razorfish tonight cooked it tastes just like an oyster might have to try them raw. Heading up to where we went the other year have a spot available for 1 or 2 weeks 4 to 18th sept this year yes no maybe
  17. Started fishing in Ceduna they had been getting blueswimmers off the jetty so I bought a couple of crab nets and went to the jetty late afternoon. No one else there. Maybe the 20 knot southerly had put them off. Caught a few Tommy rough as well hadn't tried them so kept them for later. Managed 5 legal crabs in windy conditions in less than 2hours. Next afternoon had another go managed 6 with slightly less wind, again had jetty to myself. Moved along the coast to a beach about 20 km before streaky bay. Guy camped Next door offered a trip fishing but I was going into Streaky bay for the day. My wife said don't be stupid go fishing. Result was squid king George whiting and Tommys, apparently a quiet morning. Went to Streaky bay for the afternoon. Next day moved on to Sheringa beach near Elliston, a salmon fishing spot. First morning fished beach near camp area for some very small salmon. Then went exploring and found a guy catching medium sized salmon off a beach. He was very keen for me to fish right next to him to keep the school active. Landed about 20 salmon 30-40cm kept a few and surprised how good the smaller ones cook up. Moved on to Coffin bay for two nights but didn't have a fish. Next stop near Port Lincoln place called North Shields. The jetty at the back of the van park was irresistible. An hour before breakfast or at tea time would produce 2 or 3 squid, on the last evening I fished till dusk and scored 7 squid and a nice king George. Heading to Cowells tommorow and hoping for some blue swimmers. As this is a touring holiday I am happy with what I've caught. Will add photos when I have better phone service.
  18. Spent last night camped near the creek/lake at Brim. Of course I had to throw a line in managed these two just enough for a meal. Leave Victoria tommorow head for SAust
  19. Weekend before last we went to Culburra fished the river it was filthy . Did manage some fish on the rising tide. Also got more bream and blackfish day before. Heading to Weipa Sept 4 to 18th might be a spot available
  20. At least you had a positive result with something to eat and salt for bait. I don't mind fresh or smoked tailor. Another week might clear up a bit. Bruce
  21. Had a night camped by the Murray near Echuca. Caught some shrimps and used them live. Fished couple of hours late afternoon and a bit less the next morning. Landed 5 small cod a small silver perch and 3 carp. I was surprised at small number of carp.
  22. That's a very good reddie for the river. Shows the fish are still there just got to know where and give them a try. Good catch. I'll not be out till Friday. Bruce