Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'Luderick'.



More search options

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


Forums

  • General Fishing Section
    • Fishing Reports
    • Fishing Chat
    • Fishing Trips
    • Safe Rock Fishing Initiative by Location
    • Adopt a Learner
    • Desperate & Boatless
    • Catch of the Month Archive
  • Fishraider News
    • Site News & Info
    • A Word From Our Sponsors
    • Social Events
    • Fisheries News & Politics
    • Technical Support
  • Gamefishing Section
    • Gamefishing Reports
    • Gamefishing Grapevine
    • Gamefishing Tackle & Techniques
  • Freshwater Section
    • Freshwater Fishing Reports
    • Freshwater Fishing Chat
  • Saltwater Lure & Fly Section
    • Saltwater Lure & Fly Fishing Reports
    • Saltwater Lure & Fly Chat
  • Public Bar
    • The Bar
    • The Aquarium
    • The Library
    • The Kitchen
    • The Workshop
  • Boating Section
    • Boating
    • The Kayak Krew
    • Boat Ramps
    • GPS Marks
  • Fishing Tackle
    • Tackle Talk
    • Reel and Tackle Maintenance
    • Swap & Sell
  • Members Photos
    • Brag Board
    • General Pictures
    • The Dark Room
  • Fishraider Record Catches
    • Bait fishing records
    • Lure fishing records
    • Submit your record fish pics here
  • NSW Crime Stoppers
    • Crime Bulletins

Find results in...

Find results that contain...


Date Created

  • Start

    End


Last Updated

  • Start

    End


Filter by number of...

Joined

  • Start

    End


Group


AIM


MSN


Website URL


ICQ


Yahoo


Jabber


Skype


Location

Found 30 results

  1. Kracka

    ISO float fishing

    Gday raiders, Just wondering if anyone has used the japanese ISO floats for blackfish/luderick. And if so, how do they compare with a quill/pencil float? I would imagine the pencil floats offer less resistance to a down given that both are weighted properly BUT I've seen quite a few blokes off the stones using these ISO set ups and they swear by them. The long ISO rods and reels cost an arm and a leg... Plus I just love my good old alvey rod and reel blackfish setup. So just keen to know about the floats if anyone's had experience with them.
  2. G'day Raiders. Now that the Luderick are in the spot light over the next few months we will see a tonne more reports and tips about these bronzed brawlers - probably some bigger biceps too from hauling these fellas in. However, a question that isn't ever really covered in fishing magazines and rarely on forums is targeting these beauties at night time. In the past, I have caught a couple of Luderick while fishing for bream at night over the flats up at The Entrance on live Nippers and prawn baits. From what I have read on a few past forums is that it is definitely not unheard of being able to catch luderick at night on pipis, worm, prawn and nipper baits while targeting other species such as bream and whiting. Due to the fact that blackie angling is a float-dependant style of fishing (with the exception of pussyfooting from the rocks) it makes them a target primarily throughout the day. Naturally, we don't use weed baits at night as we target other species such as Mulloway and bream. I haven't been able to test this yet but I will look into it the next night outing I get and let you all know how it goes - this weekend...HOPEFULLY. Figured I'd ask first to either maximise the chance or find out if I would be wasting my time. I would assume heavy burlying is required as weed, unlike prawn and nipper baits, don't carry much of a scent (I assume). If luderick fish by sight, fishing around a well lit wharf such as Balmain would be a better option, too. Has anyone had any experience successfully targeting blackfish (EDIT: Or even surgeonfish) at night using weed baits?
  3. G'day Raiders. Crack of dawn i rocked up at Woolwich to strengthen my blackfishing some more - And oh boy were they hungry today. First cast in and the float shoots down. After a bit of a lengthy fight, a whopping 43cm lud. - my best yet...couldnt be happier. Two more followed after this. I was on a roll. Then something strange happened...my float stopped mid drift...4 or 5 seconds of just sitting motionless the float bolts down to the deep faster than a jet. Couldnt believe it. Stirked as usual but this where my heart really started to pound...whatever was on the end of the line was definitely NOT a blackie. This thing was a jet on steriods...my reel pumping out the drag as this fish screamed out to open water. With my spool running low (only had about 150 yards of 12lb braid on) i apply a little more drag and POP...the 8lb leader breaks at the knot. At least i got my float back. Other than a surgeonfish i cant think of anything that would take a weed bait. Maybe a foul hooked kingie. Ended up hooking onto 6 other blackies after thaf but all managed to spit the hook prior to the net 😣. Spewing over it! Had lost count of the missed downs too. They became a bit finiky after the sun was well up. All in all...a magnificent day. Very happy with a few fish for a feed and a lot more confidence in my blackfishing. Keen to try some new spots now. Tight lines guys.
  4. Kracka

    Blackfish on the chew

    G'day all. Felt like i should share a report rather than always mooching information from here. Had the alarm set on Monday morning at 4am...woke up chirpy and ready for action by 3.45am. Zipped on over to brave the chilly ocean water to collect 3 types of weed: stringy, cabbage and ribbon weed from a low platform at Manly. Burleyed up and started fishing at Woolwich by 520am. Even though it was still relatively dark i had my first down within 10 seconds on the first drift on cabbage bait. After a bit of hit and miss with the striking i landed my first blackie of the day. Absolute stonker went about 40cm and pulled like no tomorrow. Rebaited up and the cabbage was never touched again... Swapped over to stringy weed and the float steadily dives down. Waiting the longest 8 seconds of my life before striking...bam! onto him. Even bigger than the last. After a few rounds i thought he was ready to be netted then he took one last dive and the line clipped off at the trace!! Reckon 6lb Rovex FC doesnt do too well with half hitches... Rerigged and back on in the first drift. Landed my second for the day. Followed by another the next cast making that 3 in the keeper bag. Kept on fishing the next few hours with a few lost fish, 2 released and some tentative downs. Home by 10am. All in all a very happy chap. Still a lot to learn. Keen to test out a few other blackie spots. Might head down to Bradleys Head or Cremorne this coming weekend. Rig: mainline 10lb braid with sliding quill float and ballasted barrel sinker to swivel, 60-70cm FC leader to #6 hook with half hotched weed. Burley: Moist sand, stale bread, 3 x weed chopped finely. Used every 10 to 15mins. P.s. Thank you to Royce (Luderick Angler) for his tips. Legend!
  5. trigunner54

    Blackfish fishing mentor needed

    Hi Raiders, my name is William, I am located in the Eastern suburbs and want to improve/ learn Blackfish fishing from a mentor who would be willing to help me out. I have fished for a couple years now and I have done blackfish fishing before in the past, not really successful on the rocks but had relative success on the wharves, however i feel like I have a lot to learn still. I would be able to travel around Sydney to fish (eastern rocks or north to Balmain areas/ down south) and i do provide my own gear but not the green weed bait (All previous places i got from has disappeared). I would also only be available on the weekends since I am just starting uni now. Additionally, any information that would help me such as locations/ spots would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou very much.
  6. Kracka

    Luderick troubleshooting

    G'day Raiders, I was hoping to get some tips towards my blackfish fishing. I've read tonnes of articles and forums, watched a stack of videos and I also manage a few luderick when I'm up at The Enterance and Long Reef (thanks again KB for your help). So today I fished at the south western end of the Spit (between the marina and the bridge) targetting blackies at both sides of the high tide. Unfortunately, the water was crystal clear and only managed a few downs (no hook ups-and that's after numerous bait depth adjustments, using cabbage and string weed AND trying different bait presentations, using various rigs including leader colour - clear and olive 6lb mono). It is extremely frustrating when you can see a kilo fish eying your bait for a moment or two then knicking off. The blackies were actively feeding in the weed bed (rolling around on their sides and chasing other fish around) in about 2-4m of water maximum I would say. They seemed more interested in the bait when I swapped to smaller floats but even then no downs. I have had this same issue at Forty Baskets in Balgowlah too (there's some seriously sized blackies there - water is again very clear most of the time both at high and low tide). My rig is just your run of the mill luderick rig - smallish float and adjustable stopper, barrel sinker, then a tiny size 12/14 swivel, about 40-50cm of 6lb .22mm mono down to a size 8 mustad green hook. Split shots added as needed. I was burleying every 10 mins with wet sand and finely chopped weed (cabbage and string) and bait (string and cabbage) was collected fresh from curly. I have heard Clarkes Point is worth a shot but blackies seem to be abundant in the harbour especially where there's structure and kelp and weed beds. So naturally I am questioning my understanding of blackfishing and attributing most of my previous catches to luck. Hopefully some fellow raiders can give some insight and tips. *aplologies for the essay, figured as much info as possible will help*
  7. Looked at the tides yesterday arvo, bottomed out around 1700 so decided to head south of Wollongong and hit my favourite spot, the river fishes well on the last hour of the run out. My son and I went to a local rock pool and gathered a heap of bait and he made a burley mix (which ended up being worth more than its weight in gold I found later on). We arrived and my son started the burley, nice balls of weed n sand dissolved on the water and showed me the run out was still going. I cast out and no sooners does the weed hit the water I see my float vanish, I set the hooks and pull in a 20 cms baby blackie, let him off cast again 10 cms blackie, let him of cast again and WHACK, 30 cm models this time.....I started to fish the deeper whole and got on to the larger ones. This went on for 30 mins with a total of 20 fish caught with 4 in the keeper net then I get hit by a monster. The fight lasts 5 mins resulting in the line snapping or the hook unthreading (which I would find odd given the fish it caught previously) and the force threw my line in the air creating a Christ almightly know. I spend the next 30 mins trying to fix then decided to cut it off and start again. By the time I restarted the flow had stopped and we were in the lull of the tide. I got two more keepers and decided to head to a spot that fishes well on the rise. AS per the first spot jnr starts the burley I cast out.....no drift. 10 mins later the tide is rising fast as is the drift and I am getting very very slow downs....I set the hook and the fish are on, I drop two and land two around the 40 cm mark. The beach side fish are more decided in their bites, slower in the down but huge!. Each fight is a fight for my balance and to steer the fish away from the rocks. I had 8 by this stage.......my PB for a take home I wanted to make it to 10 and the fish were there and I had bait and a little daylight still. I loaded up a cast and hear SNAP. The Wilson RFB 1206 Snapped near the hand grips. The line wasn't caught when I cast nor was the rod tip or any other part. I was gutted, 2 short of my pb and my favourite rod destroyed!. I have heard of blokes keeping rods for decades and was hoping to keep the Wilson for just as long. I don't believe they make the RFB 1206 anymore, they had a one or two piece 10 footer but its not the same. What would be a suitable replacement? I have already re rigged my Gary Howard which is a great rod but id like a good spare and a single piece. The GH has caught many fish for me and if I was to destroy that some how id lose my sh@#@$t. All in all it was a great trip and my son loved it. I have him a go when I hooked a small one and he said that was his favourite part. I want to teach him some casting next time but with a kids rod. Thanks for reading Steve I have already re-rigged my G
  8. G'day raiders. New comer to the forums, long time fisherman. I've got a little dilemma I was hoping somebody may shed some light on. Just started getting back into some rock fishing of late and the last 3 trips nothing but rock blackfish. Don't get me wrong, these fellas are a fantastic fight and it's great to keep one or two for the plate. BUT...I set out to catch luderick and the 3 trips down to long reef (the eastern-most point)...nothing but drummer maddness. Initially started using cabbage weed (collected elsewhere of course as it's a no collection sanctuary) at all outings (a little finely torn weed as burley) and was getting slammed on my 8lb float set up time and time again. Upped the tackle to unweighted 15lb mono and kept the #6 hook...drummer...one after the other. Ended up swapping to bread as I gave up on the luderick. Had a ripper of a time though. Caught an average of 6 in an hour per outing, kept one for dinner the first outing (scales tipped at 1.4kg) and released the other pigs to fight another day. Was fishing the rising tide on the first trip and the falling for the other 2 trips. The last trip I moved to the lower lying ledges on the north side of long reef. Using my luderick set up...yup...more drummer (it's great to see they're up in numbers btw). Productivity was slightly better on the rising tide. Here's the question though...where on Earth did the ludrick go? Starting to wonder if I've lost my touch for the dark arts as I have no problem catching them around Manly. Have tried 2 types of weed and bread. Only drummer. Or perhaps even move to another location? Thing is I know that it's prime luderick territory. Perhaps I am just cursed and blessed at the same time. Hoping somebody can shed some light to the luderick. Thank you in advance.
  9. ChristoperHrycyk

    Green weed all gone....

    Hi team, I'm looked to take my nephew out for a spot of estuary luderick fishing, but I have a problem...my usual spots for collecting river weed in botany bay have been completely knocked back by this hot weather. Any info on other locales in the area, botany bay port hacking etc would be greatly appreciated...I understand people's concerns about over harvesting but I'm not that kind of guy...so if you can help out please pm me. Cheers fellas and happy New Year!! Chris
  10. drc2076

    Pittwater Blackfish

    A mate and I scored a decent bag of luderick out of Pittwater this morning. Collected the weed from the ocean rocks and finally got started around 7am. The wind made it tough going and took quite a while for the fish to find the bait but once they did it was great fun. Had to move around a bit to find them. First location gave me a down first cast and hooked on to a nice fish. Had him at the surface ready for the net and then he spat the hook. At that stage I thought it was going to be a good day and an early finish but didn't get another down in the 90 minutes that followed at that spot. Packed up the gear and moved around the bay and finally got amongst them. No whoppers but all at or about the low 30cm mark. Heaps of small baitfish around and a number of bust ups on the surface. Couldn't tell if kingfish or salmon but quite a bit of action. In the quiet moments tried jigging for a few squid (in the hopes of lobbing one back for a passing kingy) but no dice. Still, can't complain. Dinner tonight is sorted.
  11. arthur06

    Fishing for luderick

    Yo guys, I wanted to start fishing for luderick since apparently they taste great and fight well too. I have no idea how to target them, what size Hooks to use, spots, tackle or methods. All I know is that I can use weed for bait. Any help would me greatly appreciated and thanks in advance guys. P.S I have a really low budget so anything on the cheaper side for tackle would be good Cheers guys
  12. adamski

    Georges River 15/04/17

    Hiya folks, Figured after nearly losing the site, I'd make more of an effort to post some reports. I've been chasing bigger fish on heavier tackle and smaller stuff on the fly, but I thought I'd give the light gear a go today. It was a beautiful morning and I headed down to the Georges. Managed 5 fish in total: a bream, a luderick (foul-hooked, but a PB!), a whiting and a couple of flatties. Also got busted off by a monster tailor and a couple of follows by something bigger. It was an eventful little session, with everything taken on Powerbait crabbies with 1/16 and 1/20 jigheads. Happy Easter!
  13. dlo2

    South Coast Luderick

    Have been down to the Ulladulla area twice in the last week or so for four productive sessions off the stones for a total of 32 fish. First day was a late afternoon tide and upon arrival at 2pm was greeted by sunny, warm weather and a light ne breeze and a small ne swell. Not much wash but I could see quite a few fish sitting close to the rocks in the clearer water. I burleyed up a bit but could only register the occasional timid down. As luck would have it, a lot of dark cloud was amassing to the south and west as the water darkened and light rain started to fall. This change coupled with the run in tide put the fish on the bite and I managed to land 4 nice fish before a monster southerly hit accompanied by torrential rain, lightning and thunder. It was really a case of get out of there yesterday and I grabbed my pack with phone, wallet and keys and bolted back to the car. Sat it out for about an hour until the worst of it passed, and then ventured back down to rocks. Thought I'd have a throw or two and bang, bang .... two more fish before losing my hook on a third and with a now gale force wind making fishing virtually impossible, cleaned the fish and headed off. Next morning dawned overcast, raining and bleak as, so I decided to wait for the afternoon run in tide at a north facing location a bit further south. Arriving there just after lunch, I was surprised to jag a big (42 cm) fish first cast in very shallow water. Boy, did he go! Conditions were close to ideal; dark and overcast, moderate swell from the south, incoming tide, first class bait and hungry fish. A few hours later I had bagged out. The amount of fish I hooked was amazing. The only problem was the huge number of pathetically small drummer that were around on the day. Probably caught six and threw them back, let alone the massive number of sharp bites I missed, too. Also dropped quite a few luderick over the course of the afternoon. Once I reached my bag limit, I replaced some small luderick (under 30cm) with a few thumpers and called it quits shortly therafter with the fish biting their heads off. The swell was close to 3 or 4 meters by mid afternoon and a pod of dolphins were having a field day doing figure 8's as the swell rolled around the point. Great day's fishing. Decided to stay on that night and returned to the same spot, fishing the run out for a few hours next morning. Fish were still there and again I had no trouble bagging eight good sized fish. Hooked a big fish, that took me on a run of all runs along the edge of the weed beds to the next point (perhaps a hundred plus metres away). I finally managed to retrieve about 50 metres back in with the fish still giving me a burst of resistance from time to time until it bit me off after a marathon fight (over 10 minutes). Thought it was a drummer but maybe it was something else? Caught a 3 and a half pound pig in the same area that fought exactly the same many moons ago. Decided to go back to the same area again Sunday just gone, just for the day and in bright conditions with intermittent wash, caught another eight fish, mostly +/- 30cm in size. Couldn't believe how well the fish bit in such mercurial conditions. Autumn is certainly a great time to fish off the rocks down south.
  14. Hi raiders What a day....got a good dose of some much needed rod bendage! I was lucky enough to let the kids go today and also escaped the baron of finance. I got out late to austi rocks to collect my cabbage and string weed for both bait n burley. All in all there was that much I didnt even finish my coffee and I was ready to leave. Got to my beloved spot about 20 mins later and was greeted by a familiar face, the usual fishos still trying to get their kingys and whatever. Always been good to fish with them as we work in well and no one hogs the spot or gets in the way. One of the gang was asking my advice on black fishing. So I showed him my rig and tried to sound like I know what I am doing....it didnt hurt that every demo drift I was getting really hard downs..at which point I decided to get serious. I was struggling after this point for a bout 20 mins until I had my first on, one of the gang came over and netted it for me so I was one in the bag. I got another soon after and decided I would try some of the slated yakka I recently brined up. The kingys and frigates that I could see zooming passed didnt seem interested. They were chasing bait fish the size of a prawn. I switched back tot he Gary Howard and started drifting again. At this point a large boat came passed and I was on as its wake smashed the shore. After this guys it went dead for an hour as the tide changed and the water got cloudy. I thought at this stage...hmmm ill win some points with the baron and go home and mow the lawn.....but after one last cast. Well that was it, I went on a streak dropping fish, getting busted off and pulling some in plus letting some smaller models go. I also rigged up a yakka on a paternoster set up on my other rod and ended up getting a flounder. He wasnt the biggest however the damage the hook caused and the fact he fell between rocks meant he was well and truly finished when I finally recovered it. Would have preferred sent it back as it was right on legal and I usually like to give a cm or two. By now it was two hours after I first decided to leave. I thought again...one last cast and I was on again. The fish dove hard and fast and felt like a bloody train and then SNAP....lost the hooks and decided to go home. All up I would have hooked up to 20 fish dropping some, releasing some and keeping some for the family. BTW the solo cans arent mine they were there with the rest of the shit some grub left behind. All in all one of the best days fishing I have had and my first bag out. Was satisfying as the fish all went to three different families so was good to give them out. Steve
  15. flatheadluke

    PB luderick

    Fish were angry this morning. Managed to keep 2 - all caught on the cabbage. Started out 10lbs and kept getting busted off. Stepped it up to 15 then 20lbs and still couldn't stop them. PB went 43cm
  16. Returned yesterday from a quick trip down to the south coast where it all started for me in the early seventies. Good news is the nearby lake (Burrill) is wide open at high tide and the big luderick population that frequents these parts can move out to the ocean rocks (as they (try to) do each summer, but were lake locked for many years to pathetic local council decisions, or should I say, lack of them). Saw plenty of fish sitting close in against the rock shelves and in near perfect conditions made an absolute ass of myself dropping a dozen fish and landing five plump but smallish blackfish and a two pound drummer that went like gang buster for 5 minutes or more, which is unusual for a pig. The drummer made up, a little, for all the fished I missed. Ate the drummer fillets last night. Flour, salt and pepper in a buttered medium pan .... perfection with crunchy straight cuts and a nice salad.
  17. Brad K

    Secret Luderick Business

    I tried a different rig for Blackfish today, and had reasonable success with it (three keepers). Reflecting afterwards I started to wonder about the effectiveness of different techniques and rigs for this humble fish. Now I know that Luderick fishing is a secretive business, with as many tricks and gimmicks as fish in the sea, but I think its time for the weed specialists to spill the beans. The setup I used today was very simple. I put a float stop on the main line followed by the float, then another float stop, then enough lead to balance the float, a small rubber bead, a small swivel, then a light leader finishing with the hook. The whole rig was balanced by the lead just below the float without any split shot on the leader. It was a bit of a challenge to get the balance right, but was very easy to fish with once achieved. So all you float watches out there open up the vault and give us mortals a glimpse into this specialised world. Cheers Brad. .
  18. flatheadluke

    Drought broken

    Hi Raiders, Finally caught three fish to break a long losing streak. Went off the rocks at and despite loads of salmon schooling up at the northern end I took my luderick gear. Swell was a lot bigger than I expected. Im a novice luderick fisho so tried a few different rigs and bait presentation types. No hits. The tide was running out and a lower ledge looked fishable. line goes tight, felt a few head shakes then I come up slack. Yes! There are fish here and they're feeding. rerigged and back out again. After 10 mins line starts peeling off like I hooked the newcastle flyer. Got the fish up the rocks. Didn't measure it but around the 40cm mark black drummer. next up was a smaller black drummer about 35cm. Then finished up with a luderick which was closer in. wind picked up and also became too low to fish so called it a day. On a side note I took and old pair of footy boots and they work a treat instead of rock boots or cleats! thanks for reading. Luke
  19. trigunner54

    Luderick bait

    Hey guys. I've been wondering where people get all their green weed from. I've read that you find it in creeks or drains but couldnt find any after searching in the georges river region. Can anyone be kind enough to pm me a place that has some (wont use alot, only have time for max once a week). Thankyou
  20. trigunner54

    Growing Blackfish weed

    Hi guys, since finding blackfish weed is hard... I was wondering if anyone has ever tried to grow the green weed that blackfish eat as bait in a tub or aquarium. It doesn't really seem hard replicating the ocean environment. If so, can you pleas share the information, thankyou
  21. trigunner54

    Georges River Luderick

    First ever blackfish sesh using weed Headed down to Lamberth park at picnic point 7:30am after finally getting my hands on green weed. Some other guy was already fishing at the concrete wharf and had landed a 45cm flathead on chicken strips. Was pretty calm in the morning but could not get a single bite as I had no idea if i was hooking the weed right or not (first time using it). Started burleying with weed and sand but couldn't tell if it worked or not as the current was pretty strong. Then the winds started picking up, and it was huge, chair and stuff getting blown everywhere, nearly lost a rod and the float couldn't stay straight in the wind. Was about to leave after a disappointing cold, windy start as I couldn't see the wind getting any better at 9am. Until some old master guru guy came up and asked me if he could fish here. Thought i could learn some things from him as he was also black fish fishing, so i watched him for a bit then also unpacked and went back fishing. He helped a lot and corrected where i went wrong when hooking the weed on the size 10 hook. He also berleyed like crazy with sand which attracted a lot of blackfish as I was hooked up to a 10cm one within 3mins. Tried to take the hook out but couldn't, the fish would not open its mouth for some reason and ended up cutting the line. Some other blackfish fisherman arrived and had a chat with the other guy, still windy as ever. 10mins later however, my float went down and i striked. The drag was pulling which has only happened once when blackfish fishing (never caught any real large fish haha and drag set pretty tight). It was a blackfish but i could not pull it up, and left the net in the car, however thanks to the other guys, they had nets and netted the fish for me just when the hook came out. I also made the dumb mistake of trying to put a thrashing fish in a keeper bag bare-handed as it was thrashing madly while I was holding the fish getting spiked all over. The fish measured 39cm and smashed my PB of 32cm for luderick (only tried blackfish fishing three times) Altogether, it was a nice day, would of been a lot better without any wind. Left at 11am as the wharf was getting crowded by blackfish fisherman. Also, thankyou to Luderick-Angler for helping me out a lot on finding weed
  22. Looking for a land based spot to catch a few blackfish . New to the area. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  23. fiveflies

    Woronora River 14 April

    G'Day Raiders, Headed out today in a tinny down the Woronora River from Como. Armed with some dodgy old refrozen prawns and frozen squid, the sun on my face and no wind at all it was a perfect start to the morning. Lauched just before low tide and cruised down towards Bonnet Bay. Stopped there to drift along with the current and threw some bait out the back and flicked soft plastics up on the sandbanks. I was hoping for a few flatties having had some luck there before, but my SP skills seemed to have deserted me today. Not that they are very advanced in the first place! I was also nervous about leaving my rod with the bait on it untended as I flicked so soon reverted to two rods, both with bait. Having previously lost a rod overboard not far from here! Prawns seemed to be doing the damage with lots of bites when finally I land a small whiting. This was the first of a few but all undersize but quite aggressive. Finally managed to land a bream but just undersize so back he went to fight another day. Next up was a surprise as my rod loaded up and a fight that was stronger than the bream but not like a flathead. I brought the fish in and surprise, surprise its a luderick/blackfish caught on squid! I know that they sometimes eat prawns but this was a first for me. I struggle to catch them on weed in areas where they school but catching one using squid in the middle of the river was unusual. But it was a solid fish and a keeper which will be dinner tonight. Next up were more bream with two decent sized. I kept one to go with the luderick and released the other one. After that it slowed down with just more small whiting and an undersize snapper. So it was time to head back to the marina and head home having had an enjoyable morning and landing some keeper fish. Usually I'm land based so getting out like this was fantastic even if the return was modest!
  24. andysinmexico

    Middle Harbour Luderick

    Gday again raiders, been a little while between adventures but here goes. I had set myself a goal of catching a feed of luderick this year, as I have never fished specifically for them before but I do enjoy eating them. This morning I had intended to use a float and dropper rig to try out a new artificial fly I had bought over the weekend, this if course only works if you remember to put the floats in the car ! Hmmm plan A out the window, what to do now, bingo I will tie the fly straight on to the 10lb fluro carbon leader and sight cast it up current to sink and drift back past where the fish were holding. First try slurp yank miss, next try slurp yank miss, third try slurp pause yank twang I'm on !!! My first targeted blackfish and its on fly !!! Played him for a couple of minutes then into the net, a nice solid fish and so strong. Ended up with a full bag after about an hour this morning before work, most of the fish were male, ranged from 32 to 41cm and all fell to a fluro green artificial fly, they were no interested in the brown one at all. Cheers Andy
  25. dino999

    Sans Souci blackfish

    My first report on the forum. I tried my luck for blackfish at Sans Souci wharf yesterday afternoon. Had seen an old bloke consistently catching them from the same spot week in, week out. Got there at 3pm, so only had 3 hours before it starts to get dark. Using a 12F Shimano telescopic rod, with 12lb braid, with a medium stem float, 6lb FC leader and size 8 hook. I was using cabbage bait set 3m deep and within 20min, I was onto a nice blackfish at 38cm. After another 15min, I landed my second at 33cm, quickly followed by an undersize one at 24cm that was released. It then went quiet with no bites for the next hour. The tide was increasing, so I added another 40cm to the depth, and straight away had success. I landed my third keeper coming in at 39cm. We then had a visit from 3 Fisheries officers. I'm pleased to report everyone on the wharf were compliant with the rules (you would be stupid to fish there unlicensed with a Dept of Fisheries office just a few hundred metres down the road). Must have been my lucky day, I finished with 4 downs, 4 hook-ups, 4 fish landed. The secret was leaving the kids at home, so I could have both eyes on the float. The rule in the photo is in inches.