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  1. We hadn’t fished our haunts on the Hawkesbury for some years and had real doubts about the likelihood of fish. Luderick have been very scarce on the South coast this summer and likewise on the North Coast last winter. I was even more sceptical when I saw how few posts there are on Fishraider. About 2 weeks ago we had a short session in a southerly and produced a few fish. A good start and I was keen to see what would happen in good conditions. Last Friday we fished in glorious conditions and the fishing was good. We landed about 20 fish up to 39cm’s, kept a few and had a lovely day. The average size was very good Fished again the next day with similar results with fish up to 42cm’s. We had quite a few bust offs on bigger fish as they run you around the rocks in some spots. 42 is about as big as we seem get them out. You can go up to 10lb trace with the coloured water and still get busted. In 2 days we saw only one other boat. We saw wonderful sea eagles and lovely scenery. Just the best time. Geoff and Evi
  2. The blackfish are starting to show up in better quality.. weed is harder to find.. these were caught on soft weed
  3. Gday raiders. Decided to go for a blackfish session today. Time got away from me so it was late afternoon before I left home. Getting any decent weed was challenging to say the least and all my normal haunts came up with bugger all weed. I finally managed to find a few sparse strands around Carss Park so with that headed down to Botany Bay. I nearly turned back as it was howling and bloody freezing. I decided against all the usual spots as it was just too windy so I ended up a bit up river near the Lugarno. First cast and hit a snag nearly losing the whole rig. A few more casts and adjusting for depth it was not looking promising. Few guys came past flicking lures and we compered notes with zero fish all around. It was getting dark and the small amount of weed I had left was barely staying on but just then the float disappeared in a flash. I was slow to react and after what seemed an eternity struck but nothing. Cursing myself I baited up again and cast. Float drifted about 2 meters and then down she went again. This time though i lifted the rod and was on. Out came a beautiful 34cm blackfish. No time to muck around i threw it in the keeper net and cast out again. Bang down again and after a more spirited fight was rewarded with another blackfish at 32cm. Both put up a superb tussle on the outfit I was using and ended up as fishburgers for dinner washed down with a Heineken. Cheers
  4. Went out on Sunday morning with a mate at first light to the South Sydney ledges,was low tide and blowing S/SW about 30kms,not good fishing weather,1st swell running North about 1m,second swell running South abouth 0.5-1m but the wind wipped up the swell and by about 12 noon and with the incoming tide,high due at 3.30pm, we had to abandon our ledge due to it getting too dangerous with white outs coming over the area as the tide was rising,it rained and it was cold as ice due to the wind but we managed to get 3 blackfish and 2 drummer,threw 2 drummers back at 28/29 cm due to the 30cm legal size. These fish were taken in a space of 1.5 hours the rest of the time was standing there watching floats and freezing,better than last weeks fish where we only took 1 luderick and gave it away to someone cause we couldnt be bothered cleaning the 1 fish. Short video.!AlGOn4GVmtRRgSR5CWT3yR4iZ9A-
  5. 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. Thought this might interest a few people. Ive never had much success at freezing or preserving green weed long term. So I grow it outdoors. The long filamentous species grows easily. Well, I'm not sure whether it actually grows, maybe it just keeps alive -but anyway it survives indefinitely and is in really good shape. I had a day a while ago using both home-grown and wild collected weed and no difference in fish-appeal. Main thing is to put it in a bright spot as it has a high light requirement but give it just a couple of hours direct sun - preferably late in the day. Too much sun and the water overheats. We live near the water so I drop a couple of buckets of seawater in every now and again - and throw out some of the existing water. The sea cabbage (Ulva lactuca) is much harder to grow outside of winter. It is much more heat sensitive, plus it has a lot more animal-life on board which will die and pollute the water. Ive had the lot growing in the attached image for a couple of months.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. Hi everyone, Next weekend i'll be down in the central coast with the wife, all day Sunday and she'll be working, so I'll have the day spare to go... fishing! I don't really know the area, and I'll be around the entrance area, and land based. I'm guessing they'll maybe be blackfish, salmon, tailor, bream? Any tips? Judging from google maps there's toowoon point etc, or the rockwall west of the bridge... but i'm really just guessing. Thanks!
  10. 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 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 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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*
  13. 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 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 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
  14. Spent the day in our tinny at The Entrance last weekend. Flatties were scarce. We switched to blackies and finally found a school late in the day. Ended up with a mixed bag of 6 blackies, a flatty and a bream. Also managed the rare feat of a dumb flatty on wire weed! The current was quick and he's probably mistaken it for a fish. It's amazing what they will take. Cheers, Keith
  15. Great to see reports coming through of harbour blackfish. Despite the winter estuary run, there are still plenty around the ocean rocks. Attached is a pic of 6 fish from a short session last weekend at Long Reef. The bite was hot for a short period before the rising tide forced me to leave. On another recent session at Long Reef I caught a rabbit fish while targeting blackfish. Eating quality wasn't great so I'll let the next one go. I'd never seen one before but read how they are venturing south with our warming water. I've also read warnings about them - if you catch one watch out for their spikey fins which are venomous and inflict an intensely painful sting. I've attached a pic to show what they look like - it's the fish at the bottom with the skinny tail that looks like a trevally. Sorry about the darkness - I hung around 'till I could no longer see my float! Cheers Keith
  16. Fished the Pyrmont wharves with @luderick -angler at dawn chasing kings. Royce was targeting them with a fly while I had a crack with a nice soft plastic. Royce tempted one to bite, but couldn't hook it, and after that they went off the boil. We switched to blackfish rods and settled in for a lazy public holiday session. The fish were pretty lazy too and they were few and far between downs. The big schools must have moved on, but we still ended up with a nice bag of six and called it quits about midday. Beautiful morning to be out on the Harbour and good company too. Thanks for the company and chat Royce. Enjoy that beer!
  17. Hi raiders What a 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 didnt hurt that every demo drift I was getting really hard 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 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
  18. Long time lurker, first time poster. After endless frustration with surf fishing conditions I decided to change things up today. Inspired by the reports in this forum I decided to do something I haven't done in nearly 40 years - chase luderick. As a kid growing up on the central coast I spent many hours float fishing for blackfish from the old Gosford railway bridge but hadn't pursued it since. My fishing mate collected weed from a location he knows on the northern beaches and I read Fishraider posts and studied a few YouTube videos. Armed with weed, ambition and the best luderick advice the internet can provide we set out this morning. We selected a location in the Pyrmont area where I'd seen some obviously experienced fishos chasing blackfish as I walked by one lunchtime a few weeks ago (I work nearby so always try and study who is chasing what in the local area). The result was better than I could have expected. Landed four (29cm, 31cm, 33cm and 41cm) and dropped two. Kept one for the table and sent the other three back. Pretty stoked and happy to join the brotherhood of the blackfish. I don't think it'll take another 40 years for my next outing.
  19. Here goes my first blackfish report on Fishraider... I had 2 consecutive days blackfishing last week. Weather not so great, but mainly big swells meant that I was looking at flat water. Flat water blackfishing is still a bit of a mystery to me since I started doing it in the last 3yrs in an effort to expand my blackfish horizons and to get some spots closer to home. Day -1 I went to the eastern suburbs to get some bait for the next day. Where I would normally get a bunch of good ocean weed in a few minutes (in winter) there was not a skerrick! I went to the other side of the bay to the ocean pool where I found some nice cabbage growing on the side of the pool. I gathered enough for a good session and went looking for more. No cabbage, but I did find 2 other types of string weed - a fine, wiry type usually found on sandstone and a long, fine slimy weed growing down a Cliffside seep. 3 types of bait - I thought I can't miss. At the car, I met a blackfisho, obviously a local, and we had a short chat. I saw him go to the side of the pool and begin to fish in a smallish gutter/hole next to the pool where there was a fair bit of white water coming over the outer rocks. I decided to watch him for a few minutes. Bang! He was on after about 5mins. A mate of his turned up, netted his fish for him and ran off to get his gear. He returned about 3mins later and he was on first cast. Dang! I was only gathering bait and didn't bring any fishing gear! I filed that spot away and decided it would be a good high tide spot. Day 1 The next day, I drove back to the pool, but was a bit late. The tide was a fair way out and the gutter was quite shallow. Still, I landed a small drummer first cast, but that was it. I tried a couple more possies with deeper water in the area and even though it looked good, I didn't get another bite. Wasted a couple of hours doing that. Decided to head back west of the Bridge. Ended up fishing in the Drummoyne area for 2 nice blackies in the mid-30's. The water was slightly murky from the rains and I used 6lb leader. I filleted & skinned them and gave them to the old couple next door. A lot of driving for 2 fish. Day 2 My Bass Sydney club mate Doug joined me and we fished 2 spots west of the Bridge. Firstly, we fished next to a ferry wharf where I/we have not tried before. Doug landed a nice mid-30's a couple of minutes before I arrived on some weed from the Northern Beaches. He didn't have much though. I arrived and after rigging up, started burleying up. We had no sand, so I made small burley bombs of mushed up bread mixed with chopped cabbage & weed. Before long I hooked and landed a fat 40cm model on cabbage. We were both using 4lb leader. We stayed for about hour & half, missed a couple more half-hearted downs and decided to move a short distance away to where I fished the day before. We fished there for another 2hrs and while the action was not exactly "hot", we got another 3 fish. 3-2 to Doug, but I got the 2 biggest of the day. No fish was less than 34/35cm. Pretty happy with that. Doug didn't want any fish from west of the Bridge so I went to work and finished with 10 skinned fillets. I kept the 2 fillets from my biggy + 1 more fillet and gave the rest to the oldies next door. That's 9 fillets in 2 days so I think they had enough for 3 good feeds. As for eating fish west of the Bridge, I don't do it very often and I'm too old to care and the neighbours are definitely too old! My spouse won't eat blackfish. The oldies were happy as. This is me at first spot. My 40 is in my right hand. The day's combined haul - She did cook them up for my dinner though. Crumbed and fried, accompanied by potato scallops and minty coleslaw. Yum. Looking forward to the rest of the blackfish "season".
  20. 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. .
  21. Aftet not fishing for a few months I decided to set the alarm and actually get up. I hit bulli pools to collect weed for bait n burley then headed over to port kembla north wall. I was depth checking and knew i hit the spot with a solid down. After a very uncharacteristically soft fight i landed my first blackfish for a while. I waa getting downs straight after but not as frequently. I then saw a school of snaller blackfish taking off so maybe they decided to call it a day. I continued to fish and ended wuth a nice bream on weed. Judging by the amount of weed in its gut i reckon this was the fish responsible for quite a few of my unsuccessful downs. Anyway was worth the early start to get the rid bending again. 3 kids make it hard to negotiate fishing time.
  22. Heading to Gladesville (Sydney) this week (Tuesday - Friday) and hoping to get a heads up from someone kindly as where the blackfish may (really) be on the chew on the ocean rocks. Don't mind which side of the harbour really. Anywhere between North Head to Pittwater? South Head to Cronulla? Thanks in anticipation.
  23. Landed my PB Blackfish, but something else got away. It took weed and ran like a 5kg King, Iv heard stigern if that's how you spell it, big black or Drummer, and thoughts? Broken Bay.
  24. 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
  25. Looking for a land based spot to catch a few blackfish . New to the area. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.