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  1. Hi Everyone. Good numbers of lighter coloured dusky flathead are coming into the Sydney area. They range in size from undersize fish to larger schools just below legal to around 420-450cms and quite a few flathead around that size have been caught lately. They have been caught namely around the flats in the Hacking, in the usual bays and alcoves off the main river in the lower Hawkesbury, Botany Bay and are in good numbers generally in the lower sections of the Georges at this stage. After there not being much to show on the jewfish front since the end of Autumnn and after having poor winter results myself, I decided that this year I would get back into old style drift fishing to at least have the chance of getting some take home flathead rather than spending the whole session fishing for jewfish and the bi catch associated with jewfish waters. At one stage of winter I was considering installing an electric on the transom of my Savage Side Console and only fishing the warmer pockets around shallower water, but now have opted for drift fishing deploying a sea anchor and using a pole push off where necessary. Sp technology is going ahead in leaps and bounds and I've had advice on how Nuclear Chicken sp/s have been working very well and I have had several confirmations since winter that these lures are a must have inclusion for flathead . I would like to hear opinions from flathead specialists as to which particular lures they have had their best results with, particularly new hi tech sp/s or blades which they consider as being outstanding and also those bordering on being outstanding flathead lures. Cheers jewgaffer
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    Mr Dalucius (61), Jizzo (36)

    Many Happy Returns Geoff hope you have a nice day celebrating your Birthday today Cheers jewgaffer
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    Fun Day Out South of Cronulla

    Watch for heavy rain and chocolate water and have a crack at the thumper size yellowtail that follow the run in tide right up to the platform around Gymea bath. Mark my words Chris the more rain and the muddier the water is the better the Hacking fishes for the larger winter yellow tail thhe hardiest fish in the sea. Blue water golden kelp and no connection to the fresh and because of the dead end at Audley makes the Hacking what it is Cheers mate jewgaffer
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    Fun Day Out South of Cronulla

    + 1 to Hodgey's post well done Pongrass18ft Ian I can't remember seeing the Sydney area fish so well for so many species in general - it's as though a complete change has taken place in our part of the Pacific with the effect of changing outside currents on fish movement and migration after so many years of only average fishing if not drought type conditions in the main in the estuaries on most species for quite a few years now... After all the very quiet winters we've had we've seen some exceptional out of season results including these types of results from Pongrass 18, Cungee George and PeterS who enjoy launching in the Hacking and spend a lot of time fishing the run along the National Park Cliffs. Looks like it won't be all that long before we see some thumper size snapper moving up along the cliffs from the south coast. Cheers jewgaffer
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    Flatties Galore

    Nice haul of flathead BillyD you must have fished right into a flathead nest and stayed there - very handy to know where the nests are too as flathead become very territorial even at night and are genetically geared to attack anything that resembles a moving bait. Cheers jewgaffer
  6. Hi Raiders, I had a new 60HP Mercury Bigfoot Motor fitted to my Side Console boat last year & had to have the motor raised a couple of holes to a higher position so that the cavitation plate would be just covered by water when the boat was at rest. I need to make sure that the boat is still completely waterproof - haven't had a chance to test it as yet - and this particular boat has always been "a dry boat" and didn't lose any water at all when driving uphill with the bungs out after retrieving the boat at the boat ramp after a long day on the water. I need some advice or ideas on fitting some sort of rubber product or something made for the purpose so as to completely fill the gap in the transom where my steering arm goes thru as the existing holes for the steering arm had to be elongated to over double the size rather than going to the expense of modyfying the transom well and then repainting the area etc. As always your advice will be very much appreciated as I am very fussy about not having any water sitting in the hull when the bungs are in - I always put my boat away with the bungs out so as to drain out any rainwater immediately and also to aerate the inner hull and to prevent any associated rot inside the hull. Maybe a rubber surround is made for the specific purpose? perhaps Huey or Geoff aka Geoff on Fishraider would be familiar with a suitable product? Photo taken before my new 60hp Merc Bigfoot motor was fitted and shows the same copper steering arm which moves from side to side inside the transom well when the steering wheel is turned. This photo was taken after the new 60hp mercury motor was installed - the left side entry of the steering arm is the main offender because of it's size and the possibilty of sea water splashing into the area or allowing back wash to come into the hull- doesn't show up very well in the photo but the hole to accommodate the steering arm inside the transom well had to be elongated to over two times it's original size. I need to have this area addressed so that I can get back out on the water without any further ado once my hip joints have been replaced, operations which I expect will commence in a few weeks. Cheers jewgaffer
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    massive blue swimmer

    That's one helluva blue swimmer crab tide'n'knots not only absolutely worthy of a Fishraider record and congratulations on landing it. What a magnificent meal it's going to make. Cheers jewgaffer
  8. Thanks all for the advice so far Geoff thanks for offering to take a photo and posting it up of the "elongated hole" where the steering arm enters the left hand side of the transom well. I like Dunc333 suggestion of using a rubber grommet known as a slop stopper. I wonder what sizes they are available and whether a slop stopper can be slightly modified for a nice neat fit where the steering arm travels from side to side into the port side of the transom well. Thanks for that Duncan it sounds like a handy rubber product just made for the job, something that I was hoping would come out of my post. Cheers jewgaffer
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    battery for 54lb thrust 12v water snake

    Top advice aquaman As you say Breambucket not only needs a good quality battery charger to charge his deep cycle battery but he also needs to have a charger good enough to maintain and top up the battery and hold it there when required Cheers jewgaffer
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    Reversing a boat trailer

    Funny post Musty Thanks for sharing! I must say I had a pretty good laugh at that guy's antics. You know to this day I still have my own private little war trying to reverse a boat trailer particularly when reversing into a confined spot and moreso when the boat isn't connected to the trailer, especially when reversing a trailer on the smallish side over rough ground which causes it to bounce around all over the place and take charge of the steering. Cheers jewgaffer
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    Fishing spot choice

    Hi Rockfisherman. The golden rule when fishing bays and rivers is to have the wind or the drift direction coming from behind you and fish back towards structure or the shoreline in the direction of the boat drift at the time, no matter how slight the drift is. Cheers jewgaffer
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    lowrance X4 fishfinder

    Hi Prawn Star A few months ago Geoff aka Geoff on Fishraider did a comparison on a spread sheet between the various model fish finders including the HDF series Lowrance fish finders (High Definition Series). I couldn't find the particular post but did manage to find my reply to a similiar post addressed to a member also looking to buy a good quality sounder at a sensible price for his tinny . This is part of my reply and it was ineresting that Geoff himself favoured the Lowrance ELITE 5 over any other model in the under $500 price range from memory "I think you've made the right decision going for the Lowrance Elite 5 model sounder...I was quite surprised to find out (from the mngr of a large retail outlet) that the HDS5's have been outselling the equivalent Furunos by 5-1 ie the Furuno 620 and also the Lowrance HDS equivant of the big selling Furono 585, the deep sea model ...I reckon the Elite 5 is a retail "sitter" aimed to attract the estuary off shore market and gives general fishos that don't require a sounder that better covers the deeper fathoms off shore the best of everything including the $300 card in the one package" It would be a good idea to get the raiders price on the Lowrance ELITE 5 from Huey as Geoff certainly put a lot of research into fish finders at the time and my reply in calling the budget priced Lowrance ELITE 5 "a retail sitter" speaks volumes for the quality of Geoff's research when chosing a sounder for himself. Cheers jewgaffer
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    Roberta (58), out n about (27),

    Roberta Keep up the good fishing Cheers jewgaffer
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    My new dinghy/project

    Nick I'm not sure whether you have already addressed the requirement to install an all round anchor light that complies with the 1 metre clearance regulation i.e. the anchor light must be mounted a minimum of 1 metre above the line of the port and starboard navigation lights and must clearly visible at 360 degrees of vision. An all round anchor light must be displayed at all times when boating at night. I have an all round anchor light the same as one in the photo below and it is mounted on a small alloy plate on the top of my side console unit. This particularly anchor light is very good quality and costs around $65.00 but well worth the money (it's available from boating suppliers such as HM in your area or WW's, It is of the screw in telescopic type and, when not in use it can easily be stored out of the way i.e. against the side gunnel of your boat using those plastic clips that are used for storing small oars, boat hooks, nets, gaffs etc Key Benefits & Features: The 12 volt plug-in removable type 360 degree anchor light which can be quickly removed from the base for easy storage. The telescopic locking shaft allows for adjustable length that extends from 600mm to 1.2 meters. Fitted black nylon base with stainless steel cover and a rubber sealing plug. Aluminium telescopic shaft with sealed long life LED's in an anti-glare lens. Cheers jewgaffer
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    1000 posts

    Congratualtions on reaching 1000 posts Leo. Keep up the good work mate Cheers jewgaffer
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    Another crackon Broken Bay Session

    Nice read Anthony No doubt you lost a couple of decent jewfish not to worry they'll be back there in the same spot next time. Cheers jewgaffer
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    Contaminated Boat Fuel

    Now that the winter has set in it is a good idea to maintain your outboard fuel by draining it after not using the boat for a few weeks and even then alternating your unused outboard fuel between the boat and the car. A fuel filter that separates the water from the fuel is a must own these days and it only pays to add a fuel preservative additive to each tank of new boat fuel icluding pre mix. As Huey wisely says it doesn't do any harm to use premimum petrol i.e. to revive the small amount of fuel that may remain in the tank. I believe that stale fuel whether contaminated or not is the number one killer of marine engines to the extent that it's not even worth flushing a boat motor or even running it under load to see how it runs as the components in the petrol may have already broken down and lost their effectiveness as far as the internal components having proper ignition and proper lubrication is concerned. Cheers jewgaffer
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    Botany Bay Sunday -

    Hi Ali well it looks like things have quitened down on the squid with the trough and now the cold front coming thru. It seems the squid are in the last of their cycle as they only live for 12-18 months or so at the best of times. I wonder how Port Hacking is performing on the squid front at the moment. In regards to Botany Bay I feel someone should give Bear Island a go if only to guage Botany Bay. A keen squidder might like to get down there and let us know the result, Penguin would fit the bill nicely unless he has decided to hibernate too Cheers jewgaffer
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    Last minute trip to Jervis Bay sat morning

    Nicely done Steve - a top session! Got to say you sure love your fishing Stevie travelling all the way down to Jervis Bay in this cold weather after having had hardly any sleep at all. Nice reading too mate Cheers jewgaffer
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    Painting my dinghy

    Hi Nick I made some suggestions in regards to a similiar post you made and it seems you may have overlooked my reply, so here is a link to my suggestions for your boat, I hope this might help you in your quest to set up a top class fishing boat Best regards Nick and say hello to your Dad and your Uncle who you mentioned in your pm conversations in the past. Cheers Byron
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    Drummer Fishing Technicques

    Hi Mondo are you referring to fishing into the cracks where the water has eroded whole sections of the corner rocks away at South Maroubra? you can also get a good supply of lobsters in that area. Cheers jewgaffer ................................................................................................................... "hi mondo did a bit of potholeing on the high tides at night i would pick out the deeper holes in the day at low tide and put a wire burley cage filled with stale bread and a dash of tuna oil weighted down with a heavy rock so it did not move as the tide came in as the tide comes in start fishing 1hour before high using bread [dough]or peeled prawns have caught heaps of bream drummer and blackfish with this method i used 15lb mono little or no lead do it to a few different holes in the same area and see the ones that produce the most fish peter"............................................................................................................... There's some top advice there Luderick59 Cheers jewgaffer
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    Squid Goooonnne

    That's a really good question Basil - about 2 years ago there was such a shortage of arrow squid for so long in the Hawkesbury along the trawler run in thru Lion Island that I asked one of the trawler operators about the shortage and he blamed the number of leather jackets in Broken Bay that were literally wiping out the eggs before they had the chance to wash into thru river mouth. If the trawlers blamed leather jackets for the shortage of squid eggs there is no reason why these pirrhanas wouldn't wipe out whole schools of squid of any size. Cheers jewgaffer
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    Trailer movers

    Hi Geoff I had a look at the tow dog brand on your short list. It seems to be commercial quality alright and very well made but it's a two man carry according to the site I looked at and being 24volt it would require two batteries - when I was doing research on batteries and chargers for my 24v Motorguide electric trolling motor it appeared that single 24volt batteries are quite expensive and also hard to find. Being a 24 volt system would mean that the battery charger chosen for the job would need to be of good enough quality to maintain and also revive the batterys if and when necessary. Another thing that I learned thru the research was if one battery was worn out and or became faulty, both batteries had to be replaced at the same time because the faulty battery would degrade the good battery and bring it down to the same standard of performance in no time. Other than that this particular trailer mover looks to be quite suitable for moving a boat around corners and in and out of tight spots etc. I wonder if there would be a light weight version on the market perhaps a manually operated trailer mover that would act like a jockey wheel perhaps specifically engineered for extra leverage. Cheers jewgaffer
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    browns mountain bottom bash

    Well done Drummo you make it look so easy. For mine Gemfish and Cod are the best eating fish in the ocean. It's a shame you have to travel so far and fish so deep to get them. That sky looks a little on the dark side for my liking, What was the swell like Drummo?. Cungee George waits on until the late afternoon which he finds performs much better for cod on days when the gemfish are abundant and over aggressive in the early mornings. George usually stays on till after midnight for a Mako another good eating fish for an extended family The quality of the seafood that George has cooked Greek style over the years and brought up to my place for our get togethers has been nothing short of restaurant class particularly the cod and the occies so there's no need for me to dive for occies like George does or get knocked around too far out to enjoy the best fish in the ocean these days Basil why the need for a charter George's big Stessyl will do Browns on the sensible days no worries at all just that you'll have to give him a nudge or two to leave around 4pm (on the day of the session that is and not the following day) We never did find out but I wonder who does the cooking in the Penguin's household as he generally always brings home plenty of quality fish Cheers jewgaffer
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    Botany Bay 20-5-11

    Top session Penguin ! you couldn't have chosen a better day to fish Botany Bay Cheers jewgaffer