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  1. Hey Raiders so has been a while since i have been able to get out but today was the day. It was also my last chance for a few months to have a good rock session so just had to go. So set the alarm for 4am and after a couple long weeks just kept hitting snooze. Finally crawled out of bed around 4.30 and straight into the car. I had packed everything the night before. Arrived at the spot around 6 and was fishing straight away. Had pre rigged everything and was using garfish and pilles so was nice and easy. Had a couple early hits while still dark and they turned out to be tailor. As the sun started to rise one of the other guys fishing started to get a few hits from bonito. I changed to metals and landed one nice bonito but the hits were sparse at best. I decided to try a coconut rig for the first time and then things went mental. For nearly an hour i was landing a fish for every 2 casts. My aim for the day had been kingies so as i had a good feed i changed back to garfish as we had seen something spooking them. I had about 20 casts for nothing so went back to the coconut rig and 2nd cast landed a kingie. Was undersize so he went back. Caught another 2 small rats so they went back as well. I started to pack up as i was done and one of the other guys said that the bonnies were back so had another crack and landed another heap so gave them our to everyone else. Was such a great day with lots of fish, fresh air and meeting new fishos. Amongst all that i also caught my first Mack Tuna. Anyway will convert the catch to some nice sashimi tonight and some meals over the next couple days Tight lines R&B
  2. Hi raiders Just finished watching Reel Action on the box.. I was a kingie bonanza at swansea channel on the incoming tide. So im gunna have to travel down with the new boat and get a piece of this action. Can any one recomend a nice camping spot nearby as well as any info on catching these beasts. Also where to go if their not firing .
  3. Need some suggestions about hooking a kingy! There is several schools or possibly the same school that has been terrorising bait balls in front of my flat for over 2 weeks. Just seeing them high and low tide, has encouraged me to give sp's a go. As I have always been a bait or live bait angler. So far they have been chasing what i have chucked out, Some Jacko & Starlo Squidgees (black and gold) look similar to yellow tail and tailor depending on size, metal slices and even plastic off a cigarette packet and foil around a hook. So far the closest I have got to landing a kingy is hooking a tailor first and in the fight a kingy managed to unhook the tailor or take it completely, leaving me with nothing. I would fish for tailor and use them as live baits but they are fairly rare only the odd school if im lucky per session. Where as the kingys are right there in front of me all day smashing the surface teasing me. HELP!
  4. G'day again raiders, its been too long between sessions and posts but this week i have forced myself to make time for some therapy. It all started Saturday before last when the minister for war and finance allowed me a full day to myself, i was up very early to be greeted by a good southerly blowing and the associated rain. Getting to my usual haunt near Balmoral i set about catching some livies and soon had a bucket of healthy individuals ready to do their part. First livie went out under a float, next up was an unweighted whole half of a squid drifting in the current, i had just placed this second rod down and was reaching for my flick stick to start cranking a halco twisty when i watched my float speed off with a massive splash. I quickly fumbled in the dark to turn off the baitfeeder and soon felt that awesome pounding and twich of a good solid fish, at this point i had no idea what i had hooked as lighting was too poor so i persevered and played it as a good king. After about ten minutes of playing around one of the biggest tailor i have seen in the flesh decided to start jumping around on the surface and then SPIT.... out comes the yakka and off goes the tailor. I quickly reeled in the rig and amazingly the yakka was barely touched, this yakka was close to 25cm and only had a few scrapes around his tail despite spending ten minutes in another fishes gob, the 50lb leader did not fair so well so an immediate rerig was on the cards, i was half way through this when my second rod went off, quickly picked it up set the hook and all hell broke loose on the surface immediately and then pop... limp as a week old lettuce, wound the rig in and the 50lb leader was bitten through bugger... two rigs to re do, i had plenty of rigs pre made but decided to go with a gang hook with a slab of yakka on the drifter and upgraded the floater to 80lb flurocarbon. So livie out, engage baitfeeder rod down, second rod slab of yakka on a gang of 3 X 5/0 hooks sent out and hit pretty much as soon as it dropped below the surface, let it run for a couple of seconds then engaged drag and raised the rod, again splash splash limp leader bitten through about 5cm above where the gang should have been. I decided to change tack and try and get through the tailor by putting on a running ball sinker and reverting back to a half whole squid, had just finished securing the bait when my livie got creamed, quickly picked up the rod engaged drag and struck same deal splash splash limp 80lb fluro leader bitten through. I was very frustrated by this point as the fish had me 4 - nil and the sun wasn't even up yet, i sent out my now weighted squid bait and re rigged another 80lb float rig for livies. Cast the livie out and it got crumped literally as soon as it hit the water, solid hookup and the fight was on, after a couple of minutes a nice size salmon was on his way towards the net i had just about had him scooped when rod number 2 started feeding out in a strong steady pull, managed to net the salmon while securing the other rod with my foot, picked it up engaged drag and onto a nice fish, a non eventful fight down deep in the water and a couple of minutes later a nice little jewie was on the deck, he was just under so after a quick photo he was popped back in the drink. By this stage the sun was starting to emerge and it became apparent why their was so much activity, the water was a solid mass of white bait schools which it seemed everything which could was keen on feasting on, i got sick of losing gang hooks and had run out of floats after having livie rig number 3 bitten off so i started casting a gillies 15g metal in a silver/lumo colour, this proved to be a good match to the baitfish and the predators were keen to have a crack at it, managed to get another couple of salmon and a few smaller tailor before the frigates and bonito turned up to join in. I could see a few larger shapes below the bait so i put on a 12cm popper in a silver/white combo and gave that a cast, after a couple of bloops a small tailor snaffled it, i played him for a couple of minute before he shook the trebles free during a jump, i didnt get a chance to turn the reel as a torpedo hit it as soon as it made contact with the surface, i could do nothing to slow whatever it was down so i just watched as it stripped the 6000 Aernos to the backing, at this point i was trying to remember if i had indeed tied the line to the reel lol , turns out i had and after i ran out of line i just held on thankfully the hook pulled and i retrieved the lure, a salmon liked the look of it on the way in and he was added to the bucket. Ended up getting blown away by another 2 unstoppables before calling it a day just before lunch, final tally for the morning was 4 salmon, 6 tailor, 4frigates and a bonito. Last Saturday Fairly similar weather with wind from the south but this time the rain stuck around making it cool but not unfishable. The tailor were still around and keen to play but the size was down considerably with the biggest being mid 40's, also managed to get a couple of bream with one of them going 40cm so nearly a PB with a single salmon and a tasty blue swimmer also coming home for tea. Monday The start of the working week was upon me but i decided i better have a fish before work as i was keen to try a new bibbed lure i had acquired through the week. Mild condition wind wise but only a few fish about, manged one small kingfish who went back in the drink and a couple of tailor with the biggest going 45cm Thursday Well now i am truly hooked on lure casting so i again decide to my luck before work. I use my new bibbed lure again and im soon onto a nice size tailor, awesome start second cast and im onto another small tailor who is foul hooked in the side, i just about have him to the net when a huge king smashes into him and hooks itself on the lure, my little spin reel was incapable of turning him so he went straight into structure and bye bye shiny new lure so thats the end of todays session. Friday Morning, Well theres time for a quick fish before work so i start off with a halco twisty in the hopes of getting a few tailor but the only ones around are fairly small with the biggest only going 34cm, i noticed a few larger boils when retrieving it but could not entice further interest so i swap it out for a 12cm popper in red/clear/silver give it a nice long cast aided by the south westerly wind and begin to work it, got 2 good blopps out before it got crumped and the fight was on, i immediately regretted using my favourite popper on 3 kilo braid but decided that if i take my time i might just be able to see what was on the other end of the line. After a tense 12 minute battle in and around pylons and across 3 sides of the structure i finally had a horse of a salmon in the net. He isn't the longest salmon i have caught at 65cm however he would be one of the fattest, i dont have an accurate weight but he bottomed out the kitchen scales as they only go to 3 and a bit kilos ! . I have put my ugly mug in the last picture and a tenner in the hopes he might be considered for catch of the month. Sorry about the long winded story !!! Cheers Andy
  5. 1st trolling session of 2014, Kingies, Dollies, Marlin Strike – Sydney Offshore Hey Raiders, Happy New Year. First game fishing session of 2014, 3-1-2014 and we're off to good start. We arrived at Sydney Heads around 3pm and as you might have guessed by now we don't get up early, we sleep in and fish afternoons. Water was a little choppy and only a small swell. Nice blue water around 22 degrees was only about half a mile out, so we put our lures in. Our spread consisted of four 6 inch Scent Blazer Nano Lure chains and one larger 10 inch purple lure for a marlin or something that’s interested in a bigger lure. The lures chains have been working really well, they look like small bait fish schools and get the fish biting, so why change. We trolled north east towards the Whale FAD, when we got there, there were 2 boats casting lures around it so we kept a wide berth and just kept trolling NE. About 30 minutes later about half a mile from Manly Hydraulics we hooked up on nice Kingie, which went around 15-18lb. Kept trolling around the area and kept picking up kingies, all different sizes, 6lb, 4lb, 2lb and one small Dolphin Fish as well. It went quiet for a little while before a sprinkler (Stripped Marlin) showed up behind of the one lure chains, we hooked up and it peeled about 200 metres of line off before settling down. Only 2 of us on-board so I left the rod in the holder and I cleared the gear to get ready to back down on it, by the time gear was cleared unfortunately it had thrown the hook, still its bloody exciting. Just a tip, even if you are trying to target big fish I would always run a small lure somewhere in your spread. In the last few weeks every fish we kept had its stomach full of pilchards and small slimey mackerel, I am guessing the Marlin would be feeding on those baits at times as well. Quite often Marlin will take the smallest lure in the spread. Think about it, if you are hungry you going eat a big meal if you are not you will have a snack. You don’t know what each fish out there has just eaten, it could be full or famished. We kept trolling a little while longer around the area then started trolling back towards Sydney Heads, we got 2 small dolphin fish on the way back. One was hooked only about 1 mile from Sydney Heads. Have a successful 2014 of fishing and if you would like to try Scent Blazer Lures for yourself you can get a 5 lure rigged pack which is ideal for Dolphin Fish and Small Marlin for only $99.99. Happy hook ups for 2014 Raiders! Peter Scent Blazer Lures Leaving Sydney Harbour for afternoon trolling session. Trolling lures we used. We’ve been running Scent Blazer trolling lure chains with great success. They look like a small school of bait fish and the pelagic fish have been striking them like crazy. Put pilchards inside the stinger lure of the trolling lure chain to make the stinger the most appetising of the 3 lures in the chain. Nice Yellowtail kingfish for the first fish of the day. Another nice kingie. Kingie caught on Scent Blazer trolling lure chain. Even the really small kingies couldn’t resist our Scent Blazer lures. Caught a couple of Dolphin Fish during our trolling session as well, only small but still fun to hook.
  6. 1st trolling session of 2014, Kingies, Dollies, Marlin Strike – Sydney Offshore Hey Raiders, Happy New Year. First game fishing session of 2014, 3-1-2014 and we're off to good start. Arrived at Sydney Heads around 3pm and as you might have guessed by now we don't get up early, we sleep in and fish the afternoons. Water was a little choppy and only a small swell. Nice blue water around 22 degrees was only about half a mile out, so we put our lures straight in. Our spread consisted of four 6 inch Scent Blazer Nano Lure chains and one larger 10 inch purple lure for a marlin or something that’s interested in a bigger lure. The lures chains have been working really well, they look like small bait fish schools and get the fish biting, so why change. We headed north east towards the Whale FAD, when we got there, there were 2 boats casting lures around it so we kept a wide berth and just kept trolling NE. About 30 minutes later about half a mile from Manly Hydraulics we hooked up on nice Kingie, which went around 15-18lb. Kept trolling around the area and kept picking up kingies, all different sizes, 6lb, 4lb, 2lb and one small Dolphin Fish as well. It went quiet for a little while before a sprinkler (Stripped Marlin) showed up behind of the one lure chains, we hooked up and it peeled about 200 metres of line off before settling down. Only 2 of us on-board so I left the rod in the holder and I cleared the gear to get ready to back down on it, by the time gear was cleared unfortunately it had thrown the hook, still its bloody exciting. Just a tip, even if you trying to target big fish I would always run a small lure somewhere in your spread. In the last few weeks every fish we kept had it's stomach full of pilchards and small slimey mackerel, I am guessing the Marlin would be feeding on those baits at times as well. Quite often Marlin will take the smallest lure in the spread. Think about it, if you are hungry you going eat a big meal if you are not you will have a snack. You don’t know what the fish out have been eating, they could be full or famished. We kept trolling a little while longer and started trolling back towards Sydney Heads, we got 2 small dolphin fish on the way back. One was hooked only about 1 mile from Sydney Heads. Have a successful 2014 of fishing and if you would like to try Scent Blazer Lures for yourself you can get a 5 lure rigged pack which is ideal for Dolphin Fish and Small Marlin for only $99.99. Happyhook ups for 2014 Raiders! Peter Scent Blazer Lures Leaving Sydney Harbour for a afternoon trolling session. Lures we used. We’ve been running Scent Blazer trolling lure chains with great success. They look like a small school of bait fish, the pelagic having been striking them like crazy. Put pilchards inside the stinger lure of the trolling lure chain to make the stinger the most appetising of the 3 lures in the chain. Nice Yellowtail kingfish for the first fish of the day. Another nice kingie. Kingie caught on Scent Blazer trolling lure chain. Even the really small kingies couldn’t resist our Scent Blazer lures. Caught a couple of Dolphin Fish during our trolling session as well, only small but they always fun to catch.
  7. Hi guys I've just recorded a few sessions of a NZ Fishing Show that is on daily at 5pm on Channel ONE ...... Big Angry Fish! Talk about an EXCELLENT fishing show - they tend to fish shallow areas, so even tho it is NZ - their methods would suit a lot of areas in Aussie ........ they get MEGA kingies & Snapper - all good fun!! I'll be in NZ again next May & hope to get back up to Auckland & into some snapper fishing (yak & boat) so hope to be able to glean some good tips!! If you haven't watched it & have a recorder ....... add it to your list!! It is a ripper show! Cheers Roberta
  8. Hi Guys, I am trying to organise a fishing charter for this Monday 15/04/2013. We will be going 6 to 12 nautical miles off Botany Bay chasing Big kings 8kg + Plus, using Livies. Its $1000 and the boat fits 6 people. All top quality bait and tackle is supplied. At the moment we have 2 people keen we need another 2 to 4 guys who are interested in going. If we have 4 people on board the cost will be $250 each If we get 6 People on board it will $170 each. Please sms or call me on 0410 111 244 if your interested. Cheers, John
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