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  1. Hi all, Been fishing Chowder Point since my last post with mixed results. Last Sunday was the most interesting session as I had frozen cabbage to see how that would work having read about it on another post. On Thursday 27/8 headed up to northern beaches and collected some cabbage. went straight to Chowder Point for a couple of hours and landed 3 Lulerick see pic. That night I froze the rest of the cabbage carefully after removing the water with a spinner, On Saturday 28/8 went to the same spot with the frozen cabbage and landed only 1 Luderick for a 2 hour sess
  2. Had the original plan of flicking for flathead and salmon off the beach with plastics no hits so we went and collected weed for bait and burley and tried for luderick, they were in massive numbers all good size but very finicky when eating we just used a tiny split shot to the hook even the floats would spook them and dropped leaders to 4/6lb. Bite was slow but managed a few biggest going 42cm in the pic below
  3. My First Post 😀 a little late but i like to kick this off Fished Chowder Point over the last three weeks for some good luderick on cabbage. Weed and cabbage hard to find in Sydney Harbour in safe locations. Went to northern beaches Curl Curl and Mona vale (bit of a drive for me as i live over the bridge) to collect some cabbage bait even then had to pick the right days as the swell and surf conditions made it even a risk at these spots Used burley - sand, weed and bread mix to keep them around... they seem to bite on low and high tide in the harbour throughout the day if you keep the
  4. Throwing around a paddle tail and snagged a beaut luderick and a first too, will be a tricky Pb to beat I think 42cm.
  5. Hey guys, this is my first time catching a blackfish! The day before I had @eladamrine teach me the ropes to blackfishing, harvesting green weed and making burley. If it wasn't for you I wouldn't be able to catch my first one! Special thanks to him! I came to San Souci Park around 2 pm, went to get some green weed and whilst rigging up my float another fellow fisherman approached me and spoke to me on how to rig up my float as I was still not familiar with it. He was very nice and gave me some really good tips on how to catch blackfish couldn't thank him enough fo
  6. Hi Guys, I am new to fishing and reading the forums for a couple of months since registered. I tried fishing for luderick couple of times before lock down based on tips from fishraider and caught one. I am planning to give it a go this weekend along with my kid. Just wondering if anyone can help me with a luderick spot in and around sydney harbour which is less crowded and safe for kids. Thanks
  7. Hi all, it's been so long since I caught anything worth reporting, I was wondering if it would ever happen again. I decided last weekend to hit a wharf on Pittwater every morning this week to fish the early high tides. I wanted to target tailor with a pilchard under a float, and bream with soft plastics. Monday morning - no action. Tuesday morning - no action, but noticed blackfish swimming around the wharf. Returned Wednesday with a blackfish outfit, but equipment failure and a lack of planning for such sent me home empty handed. Then this morning the stars aligned - I caught five fish betwee
  8. 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 l
  9. The blackfish are starting to show up in better quality.. weed is harder to find.. these were caught on soft weed
  10. 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 a
  11. 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
  12. 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 woul
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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!
  17. 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 lin
  18. 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. Absolu
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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 watc
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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