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  1. Been a while since my last post. Dusted out the old blackfish outfit with my trusted Alvey 475A. I also have the non swivel model but I suspected some long casts into the wind and this is extra difficult with a centre pin. Normal weed spots were completely bare from the recent rains but I did have some old weed stored in a hessian bag luckily and a weed fly my neighbor made. Tried all around Tom Uglys with nothing. Water was very murky and lots of debris floating out with the outgoing tide. Moved around to Captain Cook bridge and changed to the fly. This was more successful with a couple of downs but no hookup. Wind had now picked up so I tried the floating cruise boat pontoon. You are not allowed on there as it is private but you can cast out to where the structure is. Anyway I got a good cast in from the shore and dropped it right next to the walkway. I could just see the float and the rain had also started to come down as the float started its drift. I dropped the rod quickly to put on my raincoat whilst trying to keep my eyes on the float. Picking up the rod I looked out and could not see my float anymore. Not certain if it had just drifted too far or if it was a down I began to panic. Do I strike? The even heavier rain made my decision for me. Lifting the rod I felt some weight. It could have been weeds. Then the tell tale surge of the blackfishes tail told me I was finally on. After a great fight with some strong runs taking line out I landed this beautiful 40cm model. Rain coming down in buckets now so I called it quits.
  2. @swordfisherman and @nbdshroom often go fishing, here are two videos. shroom does excellent videos of his fishing adventures on his YouTube channel. He is also on facebook, instagram, twitter, TikTok Go and subscribe, follow, view etc on social media channels for his other videos Pete was a moderator for several years on fishraider and he is doing a great job educating and informing about aspects of catching fish on his channels.
  3. Hi, I have been lurking these forums and decided to post for the first time. I want to try to catch a good sized (>1kg) black drummer. I have been trying at a couple of rock fishing spots in Kurnell (Doughboy Head, Potter Point, and Kamay National Park. Also tried Bare Island today) with no luck. I thought I'd check that there are Black drummer at these spots before I commit more time. Are there any good spots near Botany Bay (I live in Rockdale) that I might have more luck with? Since I am here I should also check my gear, rig and strategy is right. I pretty much follow the advice from this video from The Hook and the Cook (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q6bQu6hs5A). I try to find a gutter with lots of whitewash, and use a bread burley every 5 mins. Then I cast towards the edge of the whitewash. I use peeled green prawns (from woolies) as bait on a size 1/0 baitholder hook. I use a running float on the main line, with stopper set to 2m. I use a size 1 ball sinker down to the hook. I use some budget fishing gear that I list below: - Shimano Aerocast 122 Surf Rod (12" 6-10KG) - Daiwa C4000 Reel with 20lb mono (the video suggests 30lb, but this is what was already on the reel. Willing to change) I have trouble getting big bites. A lot of times my bait will get picked off very quickly by smaller fish. I have seen a poster on this forum suggest Dobroyd Head as a good Drummer spot (https://www.fishraider.com.au/topic/89598-a-hook-size-for-both-luderick-and-drummer/?tab=comments#comment-660106). However, it is about a 50 min drive for me. It will be my next destination if there are no close spots. Thanks
  4. Hey all went out last Thursday and posted "Botany Bay mixed bag and lost the big one" So we headed out today again in search of some larger kings inside the bay but also with the idea in mind of still catching a feed of fish. So we headed to our usual squid grounds where we caught 5 nice sized squid I was really tempted to keep some for a feed but decided to send them out live. We then bounced around the bay trying to find the baitschools and in-turn the Kingfish we tried the drums and molineaux but it being a weekend there were 22 boats, 4 kayaks and a team of divers there with a few seals on the break wall. Caught 2 or 3 leatherjackets and decided to up anchor and move, we headed to our favourite kingy spot near Bare Island and managed one legal king. All in all seemed the overall bite wasnt as hot today as it was on thursday which was later confirmed at the boat ramp by other fishos we weren't successful. Even though this trip and our last wasn't succesful and we didnt get our 'big' King i'm still happy that on both days we managed a feed of fish. PS. Turned last Thursdays feed of leather jacket into a seafood risotto and was one of the nicest meals i have had. I wanted to get some feedback for my youtube channel currently im of the mindset to ensure that the videos i upload have better content and contain better catches, but the downside to that is that i dont upload as frequently. So would you guys as the viewer prefer this current format as stated above or would you rather a more casual approach where the videos are more of an update on the day of fishing so you guys as the 'average fisho' know whats going on in the bay? Let me know what you guys think would to hear back from you https://www.youtube.com/user/m1croe
  5. I go out Botany or just outside most weekends. Welcome any fishos to come along. Just chip in for fuel and bait. Boat is 30 foot Boston whaler with all you need for fishing and comfort
  6. Hello everyone Time for another video, Nothing as great and fancy as my last video although this one really gets back to basics on how to catch livies, Slimeys and yakkas in particular. I know most of us know how to catch our bait but this is for those new to fishing or new to fishing in Botany Bay. Added bonus some kingy fun at the end including a bust off. As always all feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read and watch
  7. Hey fellow fisherman and fisherwoman! I need help identifying this fish I recently caught as it is my first fish I ever caught (I’m still beginner) I caught this fish at La Perouse on the bridge to the island, The size of the fish was between 15cm-30cm. This was caught using frozen prawn as bait. Any tips and places where to fish around Sydney area would be great! Thanks!!
  8. Just a quick little update for you guys, We headed out on the 10th of Feb to Botany, with a plan to catch kingies. Unfortunately the wind was too strong to head outside so we had settle for fishing inside the bay Hit the usual squid grounds to no avail only managing one small candy squid, Then bounced around to all other locations that produce squid, still nothing. Downrigged along the Bare Island Bombie seeing crazy activity on the sounder as we were positioning the boat to anchor, WE HOOKED UP!! The water temp on the run in was at 22. The kingie put up a tough fight on the 50lb gear. He Measured in at 82cm weighing just over 5kg. Heres the vid enjoy
  9. Decided to go for a bottom bash over the weekend departed from botany and hit the 60m mark. First baits down nice pan sized snapper and few other good reef species. Continued drifting eventually flathead were benign hauled in, some instances 2 at a time. Managed to bag out by 11am left fish biting and back home by 12pm. (Note: fish was caught between 3 people)
  10. Don't forget with the warmer weather and water temps rolling in that crabs will shortly be arriving!! For any of you who are a little rusty Check out this quick informative vid that will have you up and ready in no time
  11. Hey fellow raiders, me and few mates are hiring a boat out of Botany Bay on Sunday, im taking my fishing gear for the morning (obviously) just wondering if anyone had any spots they were willing to share with me, will be happy catching anything and will take a selection of bait and sp's, I'm usually limited to land based so any tips would be massively appreciated, tight lines all round ??
  12. Hey Raiders, with the long weekend around the corner who is going out for a fish? I'm thinking of hitting the botany bay this weekend but looking at the weather it isn't so great on Saturday ( the only day I have free ) arrhhh. question is what is uncomfortable wind /swell in the bay, I'm in a 5.75 tinny with the better half and she is the one that starts to panic if it get a bit rough on the water.. thinking of drifting for flatties and or other species when anchored, seen a report that the trevally is about and about? my other option is to go to Georges river launch from river road and fish near by holes etc.. however being a long weekend I'm sure the jet ski's will be out and about hooning. any other options you suggest? cheers have a great long weekend Mojo
  13. Hey there everyone, I live in the botany bay area and often fish Dolls point, Sandringham and sylvania. A few times ive been on the bay with friends who have a boat and noticed people fishing Trevally ally (just up from yarra bay) from the retaining wall. I was just wondering if anyone has fished from there in the past and want to know how safe it is. Also any other Botany bay land spots wouldnt fall on deaf ears!
  14. Good day all, Firstly THANK YOU for taking the time to read this post. I'm new to fishing from a boat , and I normally fish inside botany bay, I was wondering what sort of fish is going to be around in the cooler months in the bay. am not asking for exact locations , but any information will help for a hook up. I would like to hook up a few snapper ( if possible) wether its catch n release ,or keepers it works for me , am not out to bag every fish I catch but to have a great time and get a small feed. Thanks in advance Mojo.
  15. After pumping a heap of yabbies yesterday at Maianbar I was looking forward to a day out on the water with the FIL. Up at 5am for a 530am depart & we were under way, just a quick fuel stop first. The usual plan is to head to the ramp behind flower power & travel down the river to the bay, however the gates were locked with a sign that now states they will be unlocked by 7:30am. Ok plan B required, the choice to use picnic point or the George's river national park ramp. Decided on the later as it is a better set up ( even if it costs $8) Arrive & get the boat in the water, start the motor & let it idle while the FIL parks the car. FIL jumps in puts it into gear & nothing!!! Quick check & everything looks ok. Jump on trusty google & instantly put 2&2 together. FIL had recently changed the impeller & knew Straight away something hadn't lined up correctly. Boat back out of the water & on our way home for repairs. Pull the bottom end off & sure enough shaft isn't line up, line it up put it back together & after testing we are away again. So finally hit the water just before 9 & away down the river we go. Get to Botany Bay & the wind is a little stronger than predicted. FIL decided we will try a few drifts which only resulted in some small snapper around Towra wide. Decision made to head to Yarra Bay & try for some squid but again wind & swell not in our favor, so we are on the move again. Across to Captains cook landing site, FIL decides a drift is needed again which only resulted in finding the dreaded pinkies again, finally convince him to head over to the weed beds to try for squid. After a couple of casts I dropped one but perseverance paid off & I finally had a squid on board, sadly it was the only one. We then drifted in a few different spots with no luck before deciding to call it quits. On the way back in the George's river we stopped & gave 2 blocks in a boat the remaining nippers & wished them luck. While not being an ideal day & having to find something for dinner tonight, it was still a good day out & beats a day at work anytime. Thanks to the Raiders that offered the squid advice.
  16. Hi Guys, First post on this forum, Went out to fish Botany Bay yesterday, Beautiful morning with wind very minimal and the sun shining. Started off fishing the first run way to see if it will produce any decent table fish but unfortunately it did not, Further then fished the barrels, Kurnell but only produced some small travelly. Finally fished run way 1 again which then produced 2 30cm snapper and a 28cm bream, As the weather changed approaching the afternoon we decided to pack-up and head home. Although the nice day but the wind coming strong later on the bay has been very quiet as the kingies seem to have disappeared for the season ( Sorry did not take any pics guys ) Cheers Ace
  17. Hi Raiders, Im looking for some advice. So a few months ago ive started to get into the artificial section of fishing, so SP's and HB's, and my main reason is for it is so i can pick up my rod and go whenever i had free time (i do love using bait, but the bait shot is annoying out of the way trip). I usually hit somewhere alot botany from endeavour bridge all the way down towards captain cooks ( i never go beyond that), with my main spots being captain cooks, endeavour bridge and dolls point. When i first started with SP's i went for flathead alot, and more or less most of the time i would come home with 2 or 3 decent sized one. Great fun to catch and when i still get them now, it excites me! However I'm now looking at trying to get some bream, and I invested in some HB's and some creature SP's however for about 2 months now, to no avail, I have pretty much gotten ZILCH! I do aim for structure like your rockwalls, pontoons and channel markers, and mostly i use a 8ft diving HB minnow (different colors) to try and hit this elusive bream. Ive tried different jigging techniques with SP's from slow retrieve, fast retrieve, the combination, hop-hops etc and nothing. I do know what the pull and feeling of a bream is like and its great fun (usually if I go up to Narrabeen, with pretty much prawns or yabbies, you would be pulling them back in, usually avg. 20cm, undersized but good pulls and very fun). My question really is, WHAT AM I DOING WRONG? Ive watched enough youtube videos and read enough reports, and im still not getting it. Could any raiders please give me tips, especially if you live in the area! Just note, i dont have a boat or a yak, it would make fishing structures easier but im limited to landbased approaches. Gotta walk before you run right! Happy Fishing Raiders, KTAN3235
  18. Weird day out at Botany Bay Boat Ramp... Went out to watch the planes land and brought around my fishing gear. Had 3 rods, one with plastics, one ganged on pillies and another on pillie cubes. Wind was ok, the current was quite strong but i used a heavier sinker to keep it down. Started off quite slow, and later the rod with the ganged pillie buckled, and seemed like 4 our 5 head shakes. By the time i got to the rod and reeled it in, all that was left was half a pillie (split straight down its spine.... weird). Anyways rigged up, and a bit later, my smaller rod rigged with the pillie cube got a strike, and pulled it up... and I got no idea what it is (please help me identify it), had some razor sharp teeth, but looked nice (aesthetically speaking). A bit later i saw initially some silver flashes, think it was bream (since it was right next to the rock wall), and started throwing the plastic out, but looking closer, pretty much 4 small sharks, maybe 1.5 ft long, circling each other (couldnt tell for sure what type of shark). Tried to land one but failed miserably. So yeah... weird day out at Botany Bay Boat Ramp. If anybody knows what fish is around there, can you just comment on it. Happy Fishing KTAN3235
  19. Decided to go for a reef session off Botany Bay recently and it paid off managed good feed of snapper and other reef species was fishing a patanoster rig in 80m of water using whole pilchards biggest snapper went 60 rest were in high 40s Had a live bait it got smoked and could not stop what ever was on the end got Reefed with 80pound leader!!
  20. So had an hour or so off today and decided to do a quick fishing session out on the Northern Rockwall extending from Endeavour Bridge into Botany Bay (Near the runway), high tide was about 1800, and I got there just about 1.5hr before it. A few anglers were out there although had no luck. I rigged up with S.P. (fire tiger minnow i think on 1/8 jighead) and casted out against the tide (and the 15kt of wind which picked up). Could barely hit more than 10m, else my S.P. flew back into my face. After about 20 or so minutes, I hit a good 45-46cm flatty, nice and fat. I decided to move about, and saw another bloke pick up a smaller one on chicken (i think). The bite died down from there, (didnt feel much), and kept getting snagged. If you fish there, i suggest you to be careful, once you get close to the wall, reel in as fast as you can. For a quick hour sesh, 1 fish, I'm happy.
  21. We went to Botany Bay for a New Years fish with the plan to catch some live bait and then go looking for some kings. The plan almost, sort of, maybe not went to plan. Couldn't bring up the yakkas, bloody other little stripped fish kept on taking them. I was using my 2-4kg rod with 1000 size reel with a bait rig, the ones with the tiny tiny little hooks with prawns the size of my finger nail attached to them, all of a sudden my reel goes off like a freight train, took a least 1/4 of my line just like that, go to get some line back and again takes of like a rocket. It eventually turns back and I get some line back, now my son wants in on the action so since I've got some decent line back I hand him the rod. It's so much fun watching kids screaming when a fish takes line so hard but he eventually brings him up, At first I think it's a big trevalley then a big bonnie, but then we see that big yellow tail we start to cheer and hype each other up. We're amazed its hooked on a tiny hook. I miss netting him first go but it was enough time for him to spit the hook out. ?. The rest to the day nothing much. Traveled to Browns rock with an octopus as live bait, but nothing. It was full land base though. Anyway as the saying goes, there's always next time.
  22. What's the Best time for catching blue swimmers crabs in Botany Bay?
  23. Took my co pilot out for a session on Saturday with all the good intentions of getting a Kingy got some fresh dead squid from the bait shop and headed out around 6.30am as we rounded the corner out of the Cooks River entrance we noticed around 3 separate schools of chopper tailor busting up so we had a little fun with those for 30 mins or so then made our way to Molinuex Pt and soaked the squid for an hour or so .We were soon bored by absolutely no action and went back to what we know best flickinlures.I had never really bothered fishing out in the middle with the plastics but we soon discovered a 300mtr drift in around 3-4 mtrs over weedy sea grass ground broken up by some nice sand patches that produced a mixed bag of Bream,Trevally,Flathead and a nice 36cm whiting.The pumpkinseed 4" worm did the damage yet again as we cleaned up in a session that lasted around 2hrs of constant action.We tossed back a lot of small Bream and Trevally .We took home enough for the neighbours and inlaws and a couple for ourselves,overall it was a top session with a good mate.Oh forgot to add if anyone drags up a 6000 Shimano Alivio reel off Bonna Pt loaded with mono on a short boat rod it's mine , forgot to put the little white clip over the rod holder DOH http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-9vx8PQr3g
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