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  1. I had to check this again - in fact I think the same fish (Antennarius striatus ) is listed as striated anglerfish and striated frogfish. It certainly had little "arms" and almost legs on its body.
  2. I found this little fellow in middle harbour - dead and floating over a sand flat. I think it is a striated frogfish. Those guys are pretty fluffy underwater. It was hard to see any fluffiness on this guy - he appeared to be smooth-skinned. Very blue eye! The pics were taken on the blade of a paddle- so fish is maybe 10-15cm?
  3. According to a renowned sashimi guru (Michelin starred), apparently 3 days is prime for [KINGFISH] sashimi but if and only if the fish is iced as soon as it's caught. It takes that long for the flesh to overcome the rigor mortis and become soft again. Not cutting/gutting but getting on ice immediately is apparently important for reducing the spread and growth of bacteria into the flesh you're going to eat. Also, a quick capture and iki jime is recommended to dispatch without stressing the fish - which leads me to think a long fight (which killed the fish) may not lead to great sashimi. Kingfish are not listed as being a susceptible species for scombroid - but still - I think the view that cold giving a longer shelf life than 2 days is valid. Anyway - that is a great capture anywhere, and especially so off a breakwall. Super skilled!
  4. ginko

    Jewie bite

    Wow, seems I am indeed not alone in the dead fish bite club. Hopefully I won't get ticket for the the dead snake bite club. 61Crusher -How long did you sting for? I was once nipped by a live cuttlefish on the thumb - it went numb (like really numb) for about 3 hours, only coming good just as I was about to head off to the hospital with what I thought would be a really lame "a cuttlefish bit me" story. I still don't get near cuttlefish. Toilor 3,000,000, I did Ike Jimi the fish (and then bled it) . It still got me. Interestingly, I also caught a few tailor on the same trip. I noticed that the next day, that the tailor I'd ike jimi'ed were quite floppy, but the one that I'd only bled-out was stiff as a board with rigour mortis. Apparently sushi chefs insist on only iki jimi, then directly on ice, and then only serve the fish on the third day. Do you find a difference in the tenderness of the fish that are iki jimied?
  5. ginko

    Jewie bite

    Picked up a just-legal jewie off the beach this week... I dispatched/bled/scaled it and then gave it a rinse off in the surf. After a good wash, I lifted the fish by sticking my thumb in its mouth and pinching its lower jaw... Ouch! I must have hit a nerve - the jaws clamped shut hard on my thumb, driving the little peg-teeth through my skin on both sides of the thumb, and crushing it a bit harder than I would have thought was funny at that moment. Thankfully, when I shook it off my thumb, the sea cooperated and didn't wash the fish away. Anyone else felt that pinch?
  6. that is very scary - I had a small rockfall come down near me - but I was on a very wide platform at the time, and not near the rockface. that was scary enough for me! I think rockfalls on the cliffs are probably more common that we'd like to believe; there is also the huge rockfall at north head that came down last year. I wonder whether dry weather is more of a cause than wet?
  7. def loads of bronzies on northern beaches - I caught 3 or 4 in one night when targetting jewies with yakkas. Fly fishos, who really look forward to the arrival of salmon, have also noted that the salmon haven't shown up yet. My calendar has them coming in thick by the end of August.
  8. I got out on the northern beaches on Friday at the evening high tide for about 2 hours - went ok with 2 tailor and a flathead, and one solid run that was pulling some serious drag when my knot broke. I think the line was too old and getting a bit weak. fishing was on pilchards and gang hooks, and surf was fairly small, maybe 2 foot.
  9. beware squidding near manly: apparently fisheries have been occasionally enforcing the (somewhat mysterious) ban on squiding within this area.
  10. great pic of the luderick there! I love the technique of finding a promising location by spotting the greybeards in action.
  11. I've also been out in Pittwater, chasing the kings for nothin'. Recently, I had some marks show up down about 10m on the west side about 100m off of a drop-off, and my slimey was bitten super-cleanly in half down there by something - I assume a big tailor or shark. My fishin' diary from previous years has the kingies back in Pittwater at this time of year, but so far, I have had absolutely no success raising them: with slimies, yakkas, squid, and even on a fly that was a damn fine imitation of the eyes that are around in Pittwater atm. In fact, I've found all fish life to be in extra short supply up there this summer, apart from the pinkies and leatherjackets. Were there still loads of jelly blubbers in Pittwater when you were out?
  12. I fish some areas where charters are frequent visitors - and they are much more mobile than me (I am usually in a kayak). My experience is that if I'm catching fish (or, more likely, I am not catching but all of the other fisho's nearby are catching fish), then the charter boats seem to notice, and seem to stay in the area until the fish go off the bite. If it is quiet at the spot, the charters seem to move on. So I think the charterboats observe your catch at least as much as you observe theirs. From your report, it seems like you might have some good info for them!
  13. I headed out on Wednesday, hoping for a king... but it was not to be. I was a bit late out (9am) - and didn't find any yakkas over my usual wrecks - in fact, I couldn't find them anywhere. I did see some bonnies having a bust-up at the surface (on a prominent headland, and covered heavily by the gulls), and managed to land two (Watson's leaping bonito). One of the bonnies was used for bait. In spite of covering more than 20km in the yak with good bait, I didn't see any evidence at all of kings on the sounder. There were heaps of very aggressive leatherjackets around all the headlands, and I managed a small bream and multiple snapper when investigating some of the deeper markings on the sounder. I haven't really seen much kingie action in Pittwater yet this summer - and my fishing diary shows the same pattern last year at this time. Has anyone been bringing in any? If so, any tips you can share?
  14. agree with Neilm - anywhere close to the cleaning tables is covered with banjo sharks - really big and heavy, they just suck themselves onto the bottom with no fight at all, and no fun of losing rigs and sticking them into rays' faces. On the other hand, there are definitely blackfish and bream out along the northern side of the spit there. Just go out past the big rock shelf into the little bays and cast alongside the edges of the rock. Cunje is definitely a no-no there, as it is a no take zone, and I think even weed may not be allowed.
  15. Nice one! at least you remembered to pull in the sea anchor before heading back in. I wonder if hammerheads often feed at the surface: I had an experience with one that took squid off the surface. I'd had a yellow-tail out as bait for kingies, and notice it was getting munched on by a nice big calamari - I'd reeled in a bit to make sure it was a squid, and the yellow-tail/squid was now right at the surface. Before I could get a squid jig tied onto my other rod, a ~1.5m (?) hammerhead came up and over the squid and yellow-tail, and headed for the deep, taking my 30lb line about 2 meters before it snapped with a terrific recoil on the rod in the rod-holder. From the many times I've hooked them, I can say that they just go and go - very high stamina.