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  1. So good! " Flatty drift of shame"! We have all been there. THANKS Scratchie.
  2. Hey mate. Great report. With the crabbing, I personally believe the tide is the most important aspect of crabbing in the Hawkesbury. We always do well around high and low tide. Also don't be afraid to go shallow, we often do well in 1-2 m of water. Good luck, D
  3. Great report mate. Interestingly, I shed most of my old witches hats for some new pots last summer and the pots seem to have been just as good. What I will say is you get HEAPS of bi-catch with the pots (sharks, rays etc) which I am sure limits how many crabs are likely to get in that pot....... I still have a couple of witches hats so will do the Pepsi challenge next time I am crabbing with the kids. Cheers D.
  4. Awesome day out mate. Thanks for having me on the boat!
  5. Great stuff as usual mate. Looking forward to our next kingie trip!
  6. Yeah, I got a couple of really nice flatties in the Hawkesbury two weeks ago. Live yakkas did the damage. Happy days.
  7. Cheers guys! I knew it was going to be harder in winter but you always start with high expectations (possibly need to lower these but I was frothing pretty hard). Water temp 13-14 degrees. Great bit of water so we will be back for sure! We performed our first "at sea" rescue helping some kids in a tinny get home after their motor had broken down. Surely that is worth some fishing credit!
  8. Hey Raiders, Spent the weekend down at the lovely seaside town of Cuddmirrah just south of Jervis Bay. Plan was to target some big flatties with the family on St George's Basin. Prior to the trip we did the research including reading every report available and catching up on some good podcasts from Greg Reid and David Johnstone (local legends). We stocked up on the recommended plastics, hard bodies and soft vibes (at the local tackle store) and headed out for 3 long sessions over 4 days. Unfortunately after dragging and casting lures for many many hours we only ended up with a handful of decent fish with the biggest going 54cm. Interestingly not a lot of by-catch either which I found surprising given everything I had read (a few tiny tailor and minuscule snapper). We fished the edges and the depths, the dropoffs and the weed beds, morning and night per expert advice. Just wasn't to be on. On the plus side it is clearly a wonderful place to visit and fish. A beautiful part of the country. We will be back, but might try and coincide with the breeding seasons to try and create a little more action. This trip will go into the learning box for now...... Cheers D
  9. Flathead weapon! Great work.
  10. They are definitely good fun! Plentiful around Sydney this time of year off the rocks or at sea. Good luck.
  11. Awesome stuff mate. Norfolk and Lord Howe are on the list no doubt.
  12. Great conditions yesterday to take the boat on its maiden voyage up to Longie with @REELCRAZY. Headed out at first light looking for a few squid. The usual spot wasn't firing but luckily the livey spot had the usual schools of yakkas (and boats!). We filled the tank and was heading to longie by 9am. Thanks to kind seas we made quick time to Longie and had livies under the boat by around 930. Heaps of bait and lots of surface action (bonnies) on arrival and hence we started casting metals and bubble floated plastics at the bonnies whilst the livies soaked. Soon enough the livies went off and we had landed a rat and lost a much bigger specimen, mainly due to giving it way too much leeway on the drag (lesson learned). Fishing in 10-13m so not a lot of room to play. Nailed the next fish at 85cm and landed a couple of nice bonnies, Lost another king on an unmanned rod whilst we were battling a good king (which Ev gave serious grief to on his Saragosa) and I was landing a solid bonnie on 10lb. Didnt quite have time to get the bonnie in the rod holder and pick up the king. The bite went quietfor about 45 and then it all came around again. Bonnies and kings rampaging for about 15 mins. All up took two kings home at approx 85 cms and 3 nice bonnies. Lost 3 larger specimens to the reef (due to amateur hour and just pulling power). Put back a few rats. Heaps of yakkas in the burley trail the whole morning. Packed up at 1230 after a memorable session in glorious conditions. The ramp coming in was PACKED with boats coming in and also launching. Thankfully everyone was being respectful and helping out those who might have needed it. I had a good chat to a few guys whilst waiting and I think we were all just happy to be out on such a great day. A nice end to the day. Cheers Dunc