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  1. About 2 summers ago we had a whole lot of kings move into Middle Harbour. They were frequently hitting at least 2 bays I know off as there was a good school of bait fish in both of them. There were a group of us hitting those areas shore based whenever we had spare time. We found the tide didn't matter. We had a bit of action at the first dawn (sun starts sending light over the horizon) and then at the second dawn (when it got over the hills) and this would continue till about 11am. This was happening daily for several months so wasn't tide dependent. Word got out (damn the application fishbrain) and it started to get busier and busier. On one morning there were at least 10 of us on the wall alongside the water. As a group I think we were pulling in 20 to 40 kings daily (all shorebased). About 1/3 to 1/2 of the hook ups were on squid. Slapstix and 3" minnows probably picked up another 1/3 and the rest were on a combination of hardbodies and surface poppers.
  2. Are you talking about tides from an access point of view or from a fishing point of view. The kings move around. In middle harbour it has never seemed particularly dependent on the tides. Or to put it another way, the whole of middle harbour doesn't suddenly fire up at X minutes before or after high/low tide? If that was the case it would be easy and a few more of us would have cracked the code long ago. Where tides might make a difference is Spit bridge as it is a choke point where a lot of water will pass through in one direction or another. Just get out there - the method of floating strips under floats has been very effective for my group of fishing mates over the years (when the kings are around).
  3. My pleasure @Devon - you have been pretty effective that combo so far. Be interesting to see how it goes when we get some burley into the mix.
  4. Turns out that @Devon responds well to peer group pressure. He sent me this lovely photo today of a blackfish he caught on fly rod with a message confirming that the strike indicator I gave him to try worked a treat. Turns out that @Devon is also a bit competitive as well as being a bit of an over-achiever as he picked up this really odd looking (but legal) yellow/green/silveryfish on surface lure in the same session. Funny looking fly....
  5. Hi @SaltyGreek, If you are on a tight budget what is is stopping you using a spinning outfit for the time being? Gives you the chance to save up the money to get the outfit you really want if you decide to stick with it. Also means you don't need to use @JamoDamo's gear. I'm not trying to discourage you from getting a blackfish rod but open your eyes to another option/path which will allow you to catch them now with your own gear. For the cost of some 8 or 6lb mono (which you may already have) and some float stops at a minimum it is a very inexpensive way forward. 🙂 Regards, Derek
  6. Hi JamoDamo, I will probably have the blackfish purists shaking their head at me but if he is only planning on doing it intermittently then why does he need a blackfish rod? If that is all he wanted to chase then go for it but this doesn't seem to be the situation. I chase blackfish successfully (probably not as well as the specialists) but I get my fair share and can catch them when I want to. I use a 2-4kg spinning outfit (my finesse bream soft plastics rod with 2500 reel). I have a spare spool with 8lb mono, floatstop (which I leave on the mono), floats, sinkers, maybe a swivel so I can drop down a line size at the working end and Gamakatsu pan hooks (#6 or #8). The float stop arrangement allows me to set the depth of the hook as well as casting out through the runners. If you want more information I'm happy to put some more together. If he has a light rod set up for braid he could can also tie on about 4 to 5m of mono as the leader and then use the float stop arrangement. Derek
  7. Hi again, Went out again with @Mike89 last weekend to try for blackfish on fly again. While he was heading back to his car to get some items I saw my strike indicator get ripped under the water. I quickly lifted the rod to set the hook and felt some weight on. A few minutes later this one came to the surface. As I was feeling a little smug I took a photo to send to Mike while he was at the car with a text message of "this is what luderick look like on fly". I missed the moment as he came back before I could send it. Thought I'd share it with you instead. Legal but not worth measuring. Went back in the water. I had some chores so Mike persisted without me and came back at me with this lovely photo. Recently we also caught up with @Devon and with afternoons like this fishing mid-winter in Sydney it hits home how lucky we are to live near this wonderful harbour.
  8. DerekD

    Jaded Tackle ??

    Both the Squidgie and the Berkley minnows in your photo should be absolutely fine - I've probably got older and still usable. Just feel them and put a bend in them and if they don't crack or tear then you are right to use them. If you plan to fish the plastics then dump the mono for two reasons. Even if it hasn't been damaged by UV (stored so very unlikely) it can develop a memory and can be an absolute pain to use (the stretch will also make it feel spongy). The use of braid with plastic is highly recommended. It gives you extra casting distance and the sensitivity is what makes it so fun and effective to fish. You can feel bites 50 meters away. Braid overtests so something in the 4 (my preference) to 6lbs would work well with the plastics shown in your box. I fish lower North shore and if you can't find anyone of your group that fishes light soft plastics effectively then I might be able to give you an introduction to them. The plastics are best fished with the graphite rod. They have a very better sensitivity than the older fibreglass rods.
  9. If it is claimed. Check the lure records section:
  10. Just slots in to third place I think. Record is 47cm. Second place is 43cm (which I just equalled on fly the other week). The 3rd place was 41cm. Beautiful catch on SP. Think I've only ever had one on soft plastic (and one on a vibe) so I suspect it would have been a bit of a surprise.
  11. From my experience they will spin in circles if dropped. By keeping in contact with the lure on the way down (tight line) it then behaves like a pendulum and can only swim in one direction.
  12. Even the fight almost feels like you are hand lining it in as the strength of the rod certainly isn't in the top part of the rod. Also something about being able to land a lure less than the weight of a pinkie fingernail about 20 to 25m away when you load up the rod correctly and get the timing of your hauling right. I know it is more about accuracy than distance but I'd love to spend some time with someone who can get the whole length of fly line in the air.
  13. Hi Noel. You weren't kidding. That is a fat specimen. Pretty sure I've seen basketballs less round than your blackfish. 🙂
  14. Thank you GH. So far they seem to be working pretty well as they don't put a kink in the line and don't seem to slip very much when false casting. Going to give some to @Mike89 and @Devon to trial over the next few weeks.
  15. Hi all, This is a fly report but there is also a bit of history. Many years ago as a birthday present I was given a beautiful NZ made 4 piece 7 weight 9 foot freshwater fly rod with a gorgeous reel (and floating line) to match. This one in fact. It was from a very good friend who was in NZ and one of my bucket list items is trout on fly rod in New Zealand. When I got back I wanted to learn about fly fishing techniques and how to properly use the rod so I booked a one day lesson with one of the Sydney based trout guides (who has passed away in the last few years). Wasn't cheap but it was a really good introduction. In the morning he went through the background and theory. A short history of fly fishing gear. Older rods to modern rods. Line weights. Knots. Leaders. Very informative. In the afternoon we went through casting basics. The roll cast. Single hauling. Double hauling. Laying the line out. Loops. All in all it was a worthwhile day and shortened the learning process dramatically. I was still pretty uncoordinated (it is very like pat head circle stomach when starting out) but I'd learned enough to practice, practice, practice. My first fish on fly (black woolly bugger) was a bass in Manly dam. I've also had nice carp in the Hunter Valley. As it was a freshwater rod I wasn't keen to use it in saltwater. Even with a good clean I'm afraid of missing a bit of salt and damaging the rod long term. I invested in a 2 piece 9 weight saltwater rod from the same NZ manufacturer - a bit of a broomstick but I like the stiffness of the rod. I found a couple of Scientific Angler reels online and got set up. Over the years I've had salmon, bonito, tailor and a few other species. I'm also looking forward to the day I hook a king on it. This outfit is a bit overgunned for some of the smaller saltwater species we have in Sydney harbour so this year I decided to invest in a 7 weight 4 piece 9 foot saltwater (stainless guides) outfit. Matched it with an excellent value ($170) reel with an insane drag and some intermediate (slow sinking) line. All up probably the most expensive outfit I own but with care it is something I could use for the rest of my life. On the odd occasion I've been chasing Luderick (Blackfish) with @Mike89. He has gone to the dark side and acquired a centrepin reel and super long rod and has also been getting very good at it due to the time he has put in to it and the assistance of other Fishraiders. I'm quite capable of catching luderick but I use a spinning outfit as it is crossover fishing for me. This winter one of my goals has been to start catching luderick on fly rod. There has been a bit of a learning curve to work out how to approach it most effectively. The flies were easy as my local tackle shop ties them and does a mixed pack (light green or dark green - see photo) but it turns out they are either floating or sinking (tied with lead line). I've also included a wet fly in the photo so you can see how well it imitates green weed. Next step was the strike indicator. I am aware of the stick on foam ones but wasn't sure how well you could move them along the line once stuck. I found some waterproof indicator line which you can tie on the line but wasn't happy with the bend it puts in the leader. Online I found some ones with an O-ring attached (green, orange, red and yellow ones in photo below). These worked pretty well. I then hopped online and found some 5mm O-rings through which I passed the indicator yarn and fastened it with braid. This is what I am currently trialing. I pass a double through the O-ring and loop it over the yarn. When I pull the line tight the O-ring doubles on itself and creates a friction lock - the strike indicator sits where it is when casting but the position of it can be easily moved by sliding it up or down the line. One of the earlier trips out with Mike to one of his secret spots where he has been consistently been catching and releasing good luderick showed me the limitations of the intermediate line as it would drag down the strike indicator after a while. I had a few touches but no conversions. At this stage I was more interested in the learning curve than results. I fortunately had a spare spool with floating line so that problem was easily solved. This weekend I picked up some cabbage weed after work as I was going to introduce another friend to the joys of chasing luderick. @Mike89 was also free to fish the lower north shore with us. So with a goal in mind and company on Saturday we all headed down to the water. I cut up the weed and Mike made up the burley. We couldn't see too many luderick in the water but had seen them in the area on earlier trips. My friend Floris had an early down but was so in the zone he missed reacting to it in time. Mike then put a few on the board. Once I was confident my friend understood the concept I set up the fly rod and started fishing. I had a strike and set the hook. A luderick of about 20cm came up out of the depths. My first luderick on fly. I hand lined it up. The hook had caught near the eye which I carefully removed and then released the fish without worrying about a photo. A little while later the strike indicator disappeared under the surface and once I struck I ended up with a really nice bend in the rod. The fish was darting back to the weeds (6lb fluoro tippet) but I managed to keep it out. I saw the fish and thought it was average but was impressed at the fight it put up. Now in my defence I had acquired some polarised, prescription, sunglasses for my topwater bream fishing with @Niall over the summer and these throw my depth perception out pretty badly although they are as sharp as. Mike and Floris were telling me it was a good fish and it wasn't till Mike netted it that I realised how good it actually was. You judge. For the record it was 43cm on fly and a personal best (bait and lure). Out of curiosity I looked at the lure records on Fishraider and this one would put me in equal second place behind the record 47cm luderick on lure. I'm looking forward to doing more of this style of fishing over the winter. On a side note Mike has seen multiple times how effective it is to fish the weed flies even on the centrepin and spinning outfits. You still burley up but it saves the hassle of rebaiting the hook every time the luderick nibbles away at the weed on your hook. You can combine two flies by having a weighted fly at the bottom and a floating fly a little further up the line. He has also been using very small split shot sinkers to get the weed flies down into the water column. Thanks for reading. Derek
  16. No didn't get the chance. Had a full weekend booked up already and for some reason I don't see too many people in Council working on Saturday. On a side note my dad had been patient enough with me leaving it there for a long time and wanted the spot back so it was easier just to move it.
  17. Yes there was and it was in clear view too. I preferred the old days when you had the rego stickers. No doubt then.
  18. Hi All, Just a heads up for others that store their boat and trailer in the streets. My boat has been stored on the trailer outside my dad's in the Willoughby Council area for quite a long time. My dad advised me on Friday the 26th of June that there was a note on the boat which it turns out had been placed by Council 3 days earlier advising that it was unregistered and abandoned and was going to be collected in three days. Both trailer and boat were registered and I have just renewed both recently. At no time has either registration lapsed. I'll own the fact it had been sitting there for a fair while and that there was a build up of pine needles on it. What pissed me off is that the notice was mostly under the tarpaulin and so difficult to see and secondly that there was only 3 days warning without advising the owner (what if I'd been overseas or if dad hadn't seen it). I didn't want to risk it so I shifted it that evening. I know some Councils are warning that trailers must be moved within 28 days but what I don't know is how far. Is 10m sufficient? I used to store it in the back streets behind my place in front of a park and rarely had problems finding a spot. Just found that down through the years there were more cars in the area and it was getting hard to find a place without inconveniencing others. Regards, Derek
  19. Hmmmmm.....9 foot 6 inches.... Thought one of your original criteria was "nothing over 8 foot and under 7 foot thanks in advance". Thanks for the update. Haven't heard of it either but interested to hear how it goes.
  20. Hi Kyle, A follow up to this thread. Was in at one of my local tackle stores and there is a range from Daiwa called the Saltist. Was looking at a rod with the same specs (line rating PE3/5 lure rating 60 to 120gm and 7 foot length) as the Saltist Hyper I recommended above but for only $99. It is a mat black and the guides are not stainless but if you are on a budget then it might be worth looking at. Regards, Derek
  21. This is Oz - we use metric system. That should be 1,609.344m away. Unless you are using nautical miles.
  22. Hi Matty, It has been an absolute pleasure to watch the growth in your knowledge with each success over the last year. We've had some long conversations on gear, techniques and thinking like a fish but you have been the biggest factor in your dramatic improvement. I've really enjoyed the discussions where you have mentioned your latest aha moment and say you are really enjoying a variety of fishing styles. When you mentioned you were getting more and more bream on soft plastics is when I think you'd graduated that course. You will start to crack the kingfish code sooner or later too. If you get the chance it is worth taking a bit of time to mentor someone else. The questions they ask will help refine your knowledge because if they ask something you don't have a good answer to then it will need further examination. I make sure they are worth putting the time in to before I start and I have remained in contact with about half of them. The network helps us all catch more fish as you can't be all over Sydney at once and we keep each other up to date on what is working and where. I also mentor because in my learning curve people have helped me here and there and it is a good way of passing the favour forward. Well done and thank you for sharing. Derek
  23. Hi Anthman, Personally I think that the original poster is overgunning with 40lb for the target species but as he already has the 8000 reel I recommended a rod that fits the requirements as stated. I picked up that rod and reel (BG5000 with skinny 50lb) for a snapper rod on steroids set up off the rocks. I was hooking small kings off the rocks with the Raider Snapper 762 but getting them out of the water without a big landing net or gaff (didn't want to kill them) was the stumbling block so I got a bigger outfit. Turned out to be a sweet outfit for so many things. I can still bang 60 to 120gram lures off the rocks. The rod tip is just soft enough that I can get some really good action out of the slapstix when matched with 1/2 or 5/8 or 3/4 oz jig heads. There is a technique for the retrieve which you need to use but not difficult to learn. Offshore jigging worked well too. There is enough flex in the tip that the line will not easily wrap the end of the rod when you stop the upward stroke. I use it with bait too. I've since had a couple of mates who have gone with a similar set-up. One put on a BG4000 with 40lb and the other went the Saragosa 10000 with 50lb so a Saragosa 8000 with 40lb should match the rod well. As mentioned above - I changed the butt cap out for one of this type as it stays on the rod a bit better and I still can use a gimbal belt.:
  24. Budget?? Daiwa Saltist Hyper 72MH SPIN ROD Med.Heavy, 60-120g lure weight 7'0"/213cm PE 3-5 9say 30 to 50lb) 2 piece Fast Spin The only change I made was remove the butt cap and put a different one on. The original could slip off on the odd occasion I was using the rod for jigging. I've found it to be a very versatile outfit (casting off the rocks, live baiting). I set mine up with a Daiwa BG5000 and a thin 50lb jigging line but it should be of similar size to the 8000 you have.
  25. PM sent - I've probably got either Sunday or Monday free and probably both and if so I'll be heading out for a fish. I have a kayak and do a lot of shore based in the lower north shore. I usually mentor a few people each year as you might notice if you go through some of my past posts. At the very least I should be able to help getting you up to speed in the general area.