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  1. G’day raiders, After fishing Tuesday and doing ok. Me and @Rodeohatched a plan to try get out today as the forecast for the next week looks crap and I’m off to Coffs for more kids sport! We got the all clear from our wives and double checked the weather. Forecast: 12-16 knot easterly and 1m swell. My mate wasn’t keen on the wind (me either) but I was going no matter what. Turned up to the ramp with a slight breeze, launched the boat, go around the corner and pretty much blew our hats off! Kept pushing on and steadily exited the heads and made our way to the bait grounds in pi
  2. G’day raiders, Headed out this morning early with @Rodeoto beat the expected boat traffic with the sea conditions looking mint. We could see a heap of bait on the sounder but in the dark we couldn’t entice them. We did however manage a heap of garfish as a substitute. Headed straight to the island and a first cast special for scratch, and we had a nice 50cm pannie in the box. Kept drifting but we didn’t see what we were looking for, so time to move! Well the next spot was red hot and there were fish busting everywhere. I cast out and was on to a thumper snaps. So my mate winds
  3. Hi there New to this fishing site and looking for a fishing buddy. New to North side of Sydney ( Brookvale), so don’t really know any fishing spots at all. Thinking to take my kayak out but 2 is always better than 1 in the water. So if anyone else willing or doing kayak fishing alone, we can fish side by side. We sure can help each other a lot. cheers MD
  4. Just wondering if any members care to share their experiences of fishing on the DPI artificial reefs off Cronulla, Sydney Heads and around Botany Bay. Personally I haven't fished them (other than for slimies off Sydney Heads). I would be interested to hear how others have found them for kings, reds etc and the techniques that are best used when fishing them (such as anchoring off them and berleying, drifting over and throwing plastics, jigging etc). Have they had the impact on catches that we had hoped for?
  5. Left the ramp at 5am for 1 mission and 1 mission only, successfully hook a kingi and get it in the boat for my cousins first king(and let him fight it). Grabbed some Pillies on the way to the ramp and as soon as we got there we headed to spot x and gathered some squid, one decent squid in that spot and off we were to another spot, got 6 squid out of that spot and 3 were humungous so we had enough baits for the day. Fished for more squid cause there was still 2hours till high tide and nothing. 2hours later headed to the kingi spot near north head and as soon as we got there every boat was hooke
  6. Hi All. Heading to Jervis Bay with my brother for 10 days after Anzac Day. Was wondering if anyone has been getting a few kings "inside" the bay ie Point Perp, Middle Grounds, Longnose etc? Not after specific locations, just info if they are still around in numbers? As want to minimise the amount of gear we take down if they aren't really about. Also any squid about at the moment? Should we take down extra jigs due to jackets biting you off? Last year at the same time we lost 22 jigs in 7 days, was a expensive BUT rewarding trip. Any info would be greatly appreciate,
  7. Last week I posted on the lack of large salmon schools. However they are around. Also some heavy Kings. On the weekend we got reefed with two big fish our guide estimated at over 1m. Just monstered the gear, unstoppable on 80lb line See attached shot from today at Darling Pt warf. Note not my fish! A good catch for the dedicated fisher this morning!
  8. Hey Guys, I'm based out of neutral bay and have been really wanting to chase some Kings. (LANDBASED) I have tried Pillies and a few other bait but realised where l have been going there is a fair few Yakkas. I wanted to know if anyone had ANY great advice on what is the best Rigs / Bait setup to chase them. eg - how to hook a Yakka correctly and what method to use to maximise the length of there life in the water swimming around I really want to land a few good ones before l move on to targeting my next fish. Any advice is greatly appreciated - If you would like to get together an
  9. Hi again fellow Raiders On the last day of my holidays and having just returned from Jervis Bay I decided a quick fish on Sydney Harbour was in order. I had a few squid baits left over from the trip down south and thought I might find a good king on one of the markers. Unfortunately the squid got picked to pieces by small fish so Plan B was to hit sow and pigs and try for some bream and trevalley. On my 10lb Bream Rod baited up with an unweighted cube of bonito caught the other day - all of a sudden it took off like a rocket. At first I thought monster bream. It kept taking line. Rat
  10. Late report, I've been busy cleaning n cooking fish and muddys? Went out Friday with my mate and his dad, only 2 squid early so we made a run nth of the hacking along the cliffs to be ready for HT, caught 15 plus kings with 4 being legal, bouncy as all hell but that's king fishing, fish of the day went to the old fella, 62cm snapper, made his day as he also managed to snap his sons rod whilst being snagged and high sticking? Successful and productive day for the 3 of us as we haven't been out this year . ? Since I had plenty of FRESH frames, which would be a sin to freeze, over
  11. Like Tdogz, ive been out in JB fishing for Kings the past week. Caught a heap of rats between 50-64cm (25 sent back to grow bigger) and just one keeper at 68cm. Most fish were caught on fresh squid I caught each morning. Even though they weren’t big - they can still pull hard! Here is what happens when you put a green king in the boat when you have forgotten to put the lid back on the chicken pellets used to burley up yakkas!
  12. G'day fishraiders, I'm hopefully heading down to Callala bay for a night or so in a few weeks and would like to hit a couple of spots for pelagics. If you have any suggestions feel free to PM me. I have a newly acquired 9ft shimano to try out sometime soon!
  13. Hi people, Went spinning today off Bare Island Botany Bay,didn't catch anything but I saw a few 1 meter King Fish crashing through the surface around the bombora,too far out for me,any boaties might be interested,was about 9am on the run in tide,3 hours before high tide.
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    Happy New Year to ALL ! Got up this mourning/midday...lol.. & looked at the weather outside , Wasn't looking crash hot but with no wind around I thought WHAT BETTER WAY TO START A NEW YEAR THAN GO FOR A FISH !! I thought I might just head out myself to Botany for a quick fish & leave the Family to chill out around the house since I haven't fished for over a MONTH !!! But I was gladly surprised when the rest of the family wanted to tag along. So Hooked up the boat & we were off . Got to the ramp without much traffic & was pleasantly surprised not to see it PACKED. So after a q
  15. Hi guys, My mate and I fished two full mornings down sydney harbour between xmas and new years. Went to our usual bait spots, clifton, tarronga and back up middle harbour and couldn't find any lives.landed a few squid at clifton another day and put them out looking for. Kings at south head and wedding cake. No love.. my question is where where is all the bait nd kings at the moment? Usually see heaps of yaks but didn't see 1! Any one else having same trouble?
  16. Hey guys, A few days ago a mate and I headed out to Pittwater to try and get amongst some winter kings. We left the boat ramp, heading north and hugging the eastern shoreline. We motored up to Clareville, where we saw a tight flock of birds hovering over the surface. Under them was a small school of kings, feeding on eyes. Using my 9 weight, I threw in a squid fly, and on the second cast hooked up. After a 5 minute fight I had a 66 cm king in the boat, my first since december last year! It was a good reward for the freezing weather! The kings went down during the fight, so I couldn't have a
  17. G'day Raiders, I went to Nelson Bay on Saturday to take advantage of the awesome weather that was predicted. I didn't plan to take the day very seriously and I couldn't take my big gear anyway because my ute is still being repaired. I had my Loomis 4-7kg and Caldia 3000 though, which can handle most things. Got there just before high tide and I hadn't even finished rigging the lines for my mrs and young fella and my mate was onto something huge on his Bream stick. After a 10-15 second reel screaming run, his leader got shredded on the rocks. Seconds later, a big bust up happened right in f
  18. Hey Raiders, The time was last Friday and I had scored an RDO. The weather was 10/10 at 5:30am and I was on the way to my mates place to pick up his boat.. He didn't want to come fishing for some reason... Crazy. We filled up the boat at the local Caltex at 6 and were on the water by 615. A beautiful glass like river presented itself on the way to the harbour. This was it, the first decent dawn fishing outing that I had organised. I had two mates on the boat, rods all rigged and ready to go. Armed with a stack of bait c/o our lfs from the night before. We were at Clifton Gard
  19. Hi Ladies and Gents, Thanks for the add by the admin team. I thought I would post up a report on my first boat outing in a while and contribute to the forum. I was lucky to get out for a fish with my brother in law on his boat on Saturday. The plan was to chase kings so after a late shift and 3 hours sleep, I met up the Dan at 4.15am. We stopped by for some fuel and a supply of bait in case liveys weren't co-operating. We managed to hit the water at around 5.30am and conditions were great with the bay glass like and a zephyr of wind blowing on our way to Dan's favoured squid ground. Hopeful
  20. sorry for being a bit naive peeps but we seem to have come across a good arrow squid situation and was wondering do kingfish have a preference to them or calamari. Cheers
  21. Seas beautiful last weekend, flattest and smoothest with the light westerly I've seen in ages. The Mrs decided she wanted to head out with myself and my mate, perfect chance for her as she gets a bit green when there's swell. Put in at Shellharbour and made the dash out to Kiama FAD. Zero bird activity on way but quick trip due to lack of swell. Had it to ourselves when we got there, 4 or 5 metre long Dollies lit up and circling the FAD we thought happy days here. Well the next half hour incredibly frustrating- was cursing I didn't grab any livies. We tried plastics, jigs, trolling, every lur
  22. Hi Guys Arrived at Botany boat ramp 5am OMG could not believe the boats lined up. Anyway short report, Stop 12mile caught a leather jackets and some of those that chew through your line, I hate that Stop Fad 19 lots of undersize Dollies great fun trolled a few miles towards shore no hook ups Stop Maroubra wide many drifts working our way in towards the 25m depth, few flathead and JACKETS. Then my first keeper king for the season Trolled back to the bay hook ups on some Mac tuna great fun overall great day with my mates Dogbox
  23. I took my Girlfriends nice fishing combo (that i bought her for her birthday) for a quick walk this morning while she was at work. Managed a nice feed to keep her happy. I've been using black magic kl 1/0 circle hooks recently as i was sick of gut hooking fish and re rigging. They work a treat. Dinners sorted! She cant be too annoyed at missing out, She nailed this nice 80cm King the other Sunday after persisting and keeping away from the weekend Floatillas. It went like a rocket and made the reel scream like mad before she landed it. She was very happy indeed upping her PB. There are
  24. Went out early yesterday to Kiama FAD. Lovely warm seas, hardly any swell or wind. Only got one decent King out there, lots of rats, ended up getting it on a pilly. Decided do a troll in, nothing about. Dragged some lures around rocks for more rats before heading to favourite flatty drift. Within half hour had a dozen good size blue spots. Dolly rats started following them up, had some fun on them before heading in. Shows you don't need to go far to get on the Dollys, I went all the way to FAD and saw none, then ended up catching them in 20m water on sand. Lots of baitfish about, should be a g
  25. Made the early decision on Sunday to troll Molly Point as there was little surface action that we could find in the Bay. After 2 passes and a big dounut the decision was made to bring in the lures and come up with a new plan. That's when bringing the last lure to the boat I saw some silver flashes. Kings!!!! Threw in the lure again and this time imparted some more action on it. Bang!!! As I was bringing the first one in my mate throws out another lure and it's hit hard. End up with two in the boat. Under size but sure good fun on light gear. Sure that there were some bigger kings in the scho
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