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  1. Hope everyone’s been staying strong during these tough times, everyone’s had to change the way they fish with everything that’s going on especially us bream fishos, but I’ve found the myself chasing the elusive carp and after checking in a few times and with my fair share of donut sessions I finally cracked a wild river carp on the Nepean that I was after. I’ve been chasing wild Carp in the river system for a couple of weeks now or longer and it’s taken me few sessions to figure out the system again since the floods everything has moved and changed it actually looks like totally different system. Also finding the fish first then the way they feed in such a big system was challenging at times but I finally cracked it. This felt all new to me since it wasn’t just carp feeding off the surface like it is in ponds and lakes around the, this was actually very interesting with all the research I ended up doing they aren’t as dumb as everyone thinks and all fish need respect I’m glad I had the connection with the one I caught today and learnt what I did In depth about these fish I headed down to a spot on the Nepean river At about midday, after I arrived at my spot that was packed with locals I made my way down to a spot where I could get a stretch of river to myself which is abit of a steep drop off since the floods have washed the river banks away, I decided to get my bread and corn baits out and my home made burley cranking. After about 45 minutes of no action I decided to burley up again about an into my session I was on, I had 2 set ups out and it took the lighter set up of course. my 2500 reel was screaming I had 6lb braid and 8lb leader on my Light set up so I knew I couldn’t pull to hard after a 25 minute battle and being dragged down the bank into the water with my phone falling in also i successfully landed my first wild river carp and also my PB going 75cm to the fork And approx weighing around 5kg+ After a few pictures I returned the fish to the water I couldn’t dispatch of the fish humanly so I decided to release it, I then wrapped it up after being soaked, plus having fish slime all over me from climbing up the bank with this brute in my arms and being harassed by local kayaking gangs of kids was enough for me to call it a day. Tight lines Swfisho 🤙🏽
  2. Gday fellow raiders we’ve been in lockdown for our 6th week here in Sydney and with a 10km radius to travel I’ve got the itch and Carp are the only thing on the radius with a few local ponds stocked with bass. I know bass in dams would hold on the deeper edges but not knowing how to fishing the winter bite where would the best area to find them in a pond if it was stocked with bass? Also lure selection? I know how to fish for bass during the season but if I’m able to find some bass stocked in some local ponds I’m hopeful to catch these brutes all year round! I'm also thinking of heading down to the neapean river to try my chances with Carp as the bass would’ve well and truly headed up river to spawn by now, but I’ve never chased wild carp and with a system as big as the neapean I was wondering if anyone had some pointers on how to catch fish in such a big system I’ll be using all my light gear so gear won’t be an issue, I’ll be using bread and corn with burley in the area also fingers crossed I can get that feeling off a fish after feeling like an inmate for 6 weeks already! hope all my fellow Sydney siders also doing it tough stay strong during these tough times 🙌🏽
  3. Hey I have been fishing at Manly Dam a few times and never been successful with anything ( I have tried lures for bass and bait for carp). I am wanting to tick both these fish off my list but I am aiming to go for carp first. Does anyone have any tips for getting a carp out of manly dam. Thanks.
  4. Went Fishing today at manly Dam aiming to get my first fish out of there. We were targeting carp using Corn on a weighted rig. Were waiting for about an hour when my rod took off with the fish. Put up a good fight on my 1000 reel and 2-4kg rod. Took a while to get it in but it ended up going about 45cm. Very happy with this catch. I know its not a very impressive fish to catch although it is one I have always wanted to catch. If anyone knows any ways to get any bigger ones let me know. If anyone has any other tips of good carp fishing rigs or bait, ect. would love to know because I will definitely be out there trying to catch another one soon. We were using a mixture of corn and breadcrumbs as bait.
  5. Hi, I'm planning to go fishing for carp in Coomaditchy Lagoon in Port Kembla in the holidays and I was wondering if it's actually legal to fish there. Thanks, Lauren
  6. Hey all, haven’t had a chance to have a flick up at home this week at Lake Mac so me and a mate decided to go to our local Lake and chase these mighty mud marlin that I have been seeing plenty of reports on social media. We met up after work at mine got our gear and decided to head down the road. Started out a bit slow with a couple of nibbles and nothing much on the bite, bugger we thought been hearing heaps of reports on this lake so we decided to move locations just to the right of the jetty. It looked like a little bit of a gully in between the reeds. Started berlying them up with one solid piece of bread and several small balls of bread 🍞. We were trying to get the Carp to rise to the surface, and by jingos by crikeys damn it worked well. My first carp had a massive fight and then bam it was off, spewin. Re-berlyed up the water and tried to keep the damn ducks away which works if you throw a rock or two and make a splash just before them, the seem to scatter which is good. My first landed was pretty decent nothing massive but around the 40cm mark, this was in the afternoon around 6pm just on dusk but still plenty of light due to daylight savings, good catch and a decent fight, i was ecstatic with landing this, my first fish on my new setup I got for Xmas. (Sahara X with 2500 sienna) Couple of hours went by we got a couple of nibbles but nothing solid. It got close to 8:30 the sun had just gone down, still light but was time for mozzie repellent and head torches. Bit more of berly and my it was my Brothers turn his reel zoomed off with the drag I thought sweet he is on. Reels it in after giving a semi decent and very weird fight, the fight was interesting very fast then slow then fast,he pulled in a Koi Carp, good looking fish and was good fun for him. Now I was on the prowl to outdo him as us brothers/mates do, and it happened, bit more Berly out literally 15mins after he caught his Koi I struck a beauty, 52cm carp, good solid fight and great fun, it was now solidly dark and we were both thinking of packing up and going to get a feed for dinner (handy with a maccas round the corner) then boom he was on again, this time a carp around the 35-40cm mark so a decent little guy. Ok so now it’s 2-2 we were happy with our avo/night fish and it was great fun, finally started packing up the chairs and our tackle bags and were ready for dinner, both our stomachs were grumbling, had everything packed but our rods still in the water with drag on as you do....just as we packed up our stuff my line went off again, not a big zoom of the reel but I wasn’t going to not bring it in, ended up being small at the 30cm mark. Well that’s all folks, here’s the piccys of our Mighty Mud Marlin... Will definitely be going back here for some arvo Carp fights, the reports aren’t wrong this place has the been going off, some 🍞 and small and light 🎣 plenty of fun
  7. G'day raiders, Going camping at wollondilly river station next week for a couple of days. Have heard there is carp and potentially bass and ep's. Does anyone know if there bass and eps are around there at the moment? Have done some reading on targeting carp and I think I've got that sorted with corn and bread, little to no sinker and let them really take the bait before striking. What's the best way to kill them? Potentially in a kayak. Planning on handing them over to the owners if we get any. Is there anything I need to look out for handling carp? Any tips or advice would be fantastic!! Cheers Rah
  8. Went with PATTHERAT to his place in one of the creeks that connect to the hawkesbury over the weekend. Left Sat morning and arrived to have lunch and have a late arvo fish. Got rods setup for carp and had plenty of takes on corn but only managed one, about 1 kilo. Also had a small turtle take some sweetcorn, poor bugger would of had a sore tongue after that. Next morning we got up later and went out for a fish, I focused more on lures for flatties and my mate got some prawns and minnows also for flatties. After many many casts on a 4.5' curly tail with no results i switched to a big squidgy paddler for some more action and be a little more agressive. Very first cast i hooked up, big headshakes and a decent run later, my mate netted a healthy 38 flatty. I grab my mates rod to tie one a bigger lure, he picked up my rod and had a few flicks. Few casts in he rips the rod up, good bend and some very nice runs. Sand kicked up all around our feet and a very nice fish is in the net, went 55 and very thicc. Had them cleaned up and on the bbq for lunch, both fish had thick fillets but had empty stomachs. After lunch we dropped some pots, fingers crossed for some muddies to take home. After dropping the pots we went for a swim and some wakeboarding. Had the pots in for 2 hours or so and pulled them up before we were heading home and I reckon we didn't leave them in long enough, three baits were untouched and one had a nice muddy in it. If you guys have any tips for trapping muddies as I'm definitely an amateur. Headed home after a great weekend with a grin from ear to ear, thanks to PATTHERAT for taking me along for some great fishing.
  9. Had my annual trip to Burrinjuck Dam on the weekend, only freshwater trip I do most years. Arrived there about 4 pm fri just as the rain stopped. Got unpacked then launched the boat went for a short troll couple of smaller redfin. Set the shrimp trap and back to the cabin. Reasonable start sat on the water by 7am. Collected the trap no shrimp. Headed up the dam fished various trees with bait and soft plastics for a nil result. Short troll for another redfin. Then went ashore and walked the shoreline and sight fished for carp. Had my fly rod and a light spin stick with me. Had some fun as only cast to fish that looked over 2 Kg and they go hard. No we don't eat the carp. Ended up with half a dozen redfin for the weekend which do cook up okay. Early on the carp didn't want to play the game, so keep moving spots till we found some that would. Landed over 20 for the afternoon on fly and lure. Best two on fly went 67 cms 3.7 Kg and 3.9 Kg. best two on lure were both 3.6 Kg. Spin rod was loaded with 2 Kg mono used 2 Kg tippet on the fly rod We normally catch a few yellow belly and cod (released) but this year none. other people still caught them.
  10. Fishing Report for Saturday, 12th August 2017 I haven't really done much freshwater fishing in Australia before, and I heard that there are quite a few introduced carp that have been ruining the environment in the Parramatta river. I decided to have a go at catching one so I headed down to Little Coogee Park. It was a fairly warm day and I started fishing around 2:00pm using sweetcorn as bait. After about 2 hours of no bites I decided I would try fishing near a weir that I came across earlier. After about 10 minutes of fishing, another guy came by and started flicking out what looked like a black 2 inch grub on a small jig head. Within seconds he was onto a nice fat Australian Bass. I talked to him for a while and he told me that it was his second bass of the day. A few minutes later, the line on my reel tightened for a second before slackening again. I checked my bait and it was still there so I dropped the line back in. A couple seconds later line was screaming off my small 1000 reel. It was a real struggle to stop the fish from going under a bridge but it eventually surfaced and when it did my jaw dropped. The carp was albino and looked around the 80 centimetre mark. For a first carp, this was a pretty good fish in my books. I didn't have a net with me so I walked it down to a rocky area to the side of the weir that was closer to the water level to try and land it. The bass fishermen I met earlier tried to help me land it but as soon as the fish came partly out of the water, it bent out and spat the hook. I watched in disbelief as the albino carp sank into shallow water where it sat for a few seconds before taking off. I had mixed emotions. I was sort of relieved as I didn't know what to do with a carp anyway (I can't release it and I don't want to eat it) but on the other hand I didn't get a picture of it. I will probably be heading back there next week with a landing net this time. Anyway, I hope this helps any anglers who are attempting to catch their first carp. Don't make the same mistake I did. Cheers E.T.
  11. Headed out at first light with Dave and Swano for and early morning carp bash as Dave had never caught one and there are some thumpers in the river that give a great account of themselves armed with the sweet corn and bread and some spinnerbaits for a bass. The morning started well with Dave and myself catching a couple of the smaller carp and congrats to Dave on landing his first ever carp As the morning wore on we got plenty of hits and no hook ups until the turtles came on and Dave and I got a few beauties which fought above their weight (NOT) and were quickly released unharmed. Swano persevered with his spinnerbaits and after a few nice hits landed a nice one around 25 cms...well done mate. The time was getting on and a few big swamp puppies showed up and were slurping large pieces of bread down off the surface so I changed to a float and large piece of bread and a nice carp smashed it without hesitation and after a great tussle he or she finally succumbed to the pressure and was dispatched to go to carp heaven. Great morning fellas and the highlight was watching John Dory strike at an unseen monster and fall on his ass. Daves magical moment was watching me try and flyfish in the trees and I looked like tarzan going from vine to vine . Daves fish which he was washing and decided to free it HAHAHAHAHA Regards Stewy
  12. Hi All, Being a new member to this forum and my first post, I thought I would enquire about a bait myth I have heard... I have been told that fresh water carp are good saltwater bait and burley (closed and offshore waters) due to the toughness of the skin to hang on. I'm not sure about the legitimacy of the claim, but interested in member views and experience in this regard if they have any. Any feedback would be appreciated.
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