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  1. Gday all. Was hoping to get some suggestions for a specialist rock hopper rod. Looking to add to my slowly growing collection of fishing gear (sshhh don't tell my Mrs). I'd be leaning more towards targeting larger drummer, blackfish and odd groper. I currently use an alvey 12ft luderick special rod (8-10wrap) and a gladiator 11ft luderick rod (8wrap) paired with an alvey sidecast for all my rock fishing (eggbeater when spinning lures). They're both serving me well, being long and whippy but a tough butt so it gives me some stopping power even with drummer and the odd small kingfish or salmon. I always break a sweat when I hook a larger fish as I feel even the alvey may break...had it for 6 years... Still going strong though. Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Thank you.
  2. G'day raiders, been out of action for a while so finally managed to hit the stones yesterday in a long time. Wanted some aussie salmon or bonnie action. Crack of dawn, low tide, some nice discoloured washy water about but not much happening on the surface with lures except I got to see some whales and dolphins which was a sight for sore eyes. So flicked over to a tiny ball sinker and 1/0 hook and the pigs were on fire. Averaging at 30cm they certainly gave my 14lb spin gear a real workout...think the drag may be busted on it now (yep...the ONE time I leave my alvey reel at home! ). Managed over 20 fish (no joke; lost count after a dozen) with 2 of those being the largest drummer I've ever seen (not landed as the line snapped trying to haul them up the ledge - they put the 30cm fish to shame) and got smoked by some even bigger unstoppable beasts that I suspect may have been a big blue. All fish were taken on cungie and the larger ones on small half crabs. Kept a couple small ones for a feed and released the rest. Apologies, no pics thanks to a giant crack in my phone screen now Also found out that life jackets are a must now along the northern beaches, so just a friendly reminder to fellow rock fishos...don't risk the $100 fine that comes along with being caught without one. Some good deals on Dinga and a shop at the moment if you need one. All in all, a great plan B day out and its definitely time to get out there and start chasing some drummer. It's great to see the drummer are around in numbers and quality. Tight lines all.
  3. Hi Raiders, I thought of asking which is your favorite rock fishing spot around Sydney and how often do you fish there ? please share Regards
  4. Hi guys, my recent trips to avoca rocks have been pretty successful but i would like to get into some drummer. I heard they like wash, cloud cover and they pull like freight trains. I think (more like hope) i have adequate gear for chasing them but im stuck on techniques, rigs and baits. Im not looking for any secret spot just a few pointers in the right direction. thanks guys
  5. After moving to the Sutherland shire I don't often get to fish my favourite spots where I used to live on the northern beaches, but I got a chance to fish on sunday morning. I rocked up(pun intended) to one of my favourite ledges at sunrise timed perfectly with a major solarlunar period and an approaching lowtide and started spinning. I started of with a big stick bait hoping to tempt an early morning king fish, after about half an hour I decided to switch to my lighter rod with a home made metal lure on it. 15 minutes later I hooked up but the 16 lb leader was definitely not enough as it snapped as soon as it touched the rocks. So I decided to go back to the larger rod but change the stickbait to a metal. It didn't take too long before I was on again and after a short but intense fight I had the fish almost at my feet, I was licking my lips thinking of all the sashimi I would be enjoying with my daughter, I waited for a wave and dragged the big bonnie (guess between 2-3 kgs) up on to the ledge, but as soon as I did the lure popped out of his mouth and he flipped back in to the water! Can't win them all I suppose, at least I got to have the fight and It has definitely reignited my passion for pelagics. has anyone else got on to the big bonnies lately?
  6. G'day raiders. New comer to the forums, long time fisherman. I've got a little dilemma I was hoping somebody may shed some light on. Just started getting back into some rock fishing of late and the last 3 trips nothing but rock blackfish. Don't get me wrong, these fellas are a fantastic fight and it's great to keep one or two for the plate. BUT...I set out to catch luderick and the 3 trips down to long reef (the eastern-most point)...nothing but drummer maddness. Initially started using cabbage weed (collected elsewhere of course as it's a no collection sanctuary) at all outings (a little finely torn weed as burley) and was getting slammed on my 8lb float set up time and time again. Upped the tackle to unweighted 15lb mono and kept the #6 hook...drummer...one after the other. Ended up swapping to bread as I gave up on the luderick. Had a ripper of a time though. Caught an average of 6 in an hour per outing, kept one for dinner the first outing (scales tipped at 1.4kg) and released the other pigs to fight another day. Was fishing the rising tide on the first trip and the falling for the other 2 trips. The last trip I moved to the lower lying ledges on the north side of long reef. Using my luderick set up...yup...more drummer (it's great to see they're up in numbers btw). Productivity was slightly better on the rising tide. Here's the question though...where on Earth did the ludrick go? Starting to wonder if I've lost my touch for the dark arts as I have no problem catching them around Manly. Have tried 2 types of weed and bread. Only drummer. Or perhaps even move to another location? Thing is I know that it's prime luderick territory. Perhaps I am just cursed and blessed at the same time. Hoping somebody can shed some light to the luderick. Thank you in advance.
  7. Hi Peeps! looking for a budd or few to tag along for LBG rock fishing just to make it a bit safer. Keen for dawn runs around the GC or more likely down south a bit. If anyone has any info on safe spots for solo fishing also appreciated. This summer ill be spinning seaway, currumbin, fingal, and Lennox among others. Does anyone know if all of Broken head is marine zone? Thanks Guys.
  8. Hi everyone Years ago I rock fished (among many other things) and never more than 1km from Maroubra Beach so checking surf conditions quickly was easy. Fast forward 20 years and western Sydney is a long way for a quick check of sea conditions. Can any of you recommend any live cams to monitor for current wave activity? Also, if there is/are app/s for swell forecasts etc. to ascertain whether it is worthwhile to head to the coast to rock fish? Thanks in advance for any tips....
  9. Big Swell this weekend,2-3 m Southerly, take care,be safe !
  10. I just managed to get home after a 12 hours rock fishing marathon. It was a fantastic day to see many mates in the dark lighting up the flight path and welcomed the underated Tailors and a school of yellow tails. I endeavor that this is not a rant at our new anglers who has taken their hobbies to some of the most deadly rock fishing spots on NSW Coast. I hope this message goes out to them and asking them to reconsider their safety and seek expert advice on how not to get hurt or even killed. I also hope to get our expert anglers to be patient with these gentlemen who are new to this sport and plea with you to give them your best available advice to guide them so that they may learn and change their attitudes to recreational fishing, looking after their safety and protect the Australian environment and the future of fishing. Today, I ventured to one of the most recognised rock fishing spot which had a posted big warning signs "4 deaths" ((with multiple languages attached) and the new compulsory "life jacket must be worn" as of 1st December 2016". The minute I hit the ledge, I greeted four adult males of Asian and four males of Sri Lankan appearance whom I have never seen before for the last 12 months. None of them was wearing any form of life jacket or fishing cleats. Some were wearing thongs like sandals. A few had alcoholic beers in their hands and sat comfortably on the rock behind where their mates was casting bait into the water. Their reels and rods were considered too short and the setup was not doable for rock fishing and plenty of snagging occurred on the bottom. These gentlemen did not understand when I tried to explained to them that they will be flogged, hurt and maimed by their mate's sinker and hooks. They just laughed it off and carried on. They were constantly reminded by two experienced Caucasian anglers to get off and not to sit behind where other anglers were casting lures. Again it was ineffective. I can foresee a serious punched up coming within minutes or a few broken rods and bottle or two. I did my best to explain to these gentlemen but neither they understand English nor I can speak any Mandarin or Cantonese. I explained to them not to sit with their back turning toward where the waves was coming as these waves could easily pushes them of them ledge. I showed them the importance of having and wearing a life jacket, fishing cleats and where to buy them. All I got was a returned smiles and a blunted facial (affect). Suddenly, there was three hooked up of reasonable sized (Bonitos and Tailor) landed by the two experienced Caucasian male and the spectators roared. Unexpectedly, I witnessed the crowd then rushed toward the slippery weeded ledges on their thongs with their hooks and sinkers flying and all I can said was "here we go again". There was no other hook ups for the afternoon and the Sri Lankan gentlemen picked up their gears and left but they conveniently left a few of their empty alcoholic bottles behind. Not to mention flying other items such as plastic bags, tangled mono lines and a puddle of human excrement faeces deposited on the rock walk way (which I personally don't know which gentlemen it belongs to). I have never seen such a rude and disrespected behaviour. I have only started fishing since January 2016 and thank you to this forum and many experts both on this forum and many others on the field for their guidance. Certainly, I have absorbed their kind advices to surpass many difficulties on the field and learned new skills to not only enjoyed recreational fishing but also to respect others around me and preserve / protect the environment so that the longevity of fishing is available to future generations. On my final important notes, I wished to refer back to my first paragraph and hope that the expert leaders and new anglers can network to share information and learn from one another. If anyone likes to post their personal opinion, I will be glad to take it on board to share and help the new anglers to get their "Learners" like I did. Wishing you all a happy new year and many hook ups to come. Tight lines.
  11. The NSW Government announced today plans to introduce legislation into parliament making Lifejackets mandatory in designated high risk locations. They intend to trial it for 12 months in the Randwick City government area from December 1 2016 with a moratorium on fines. The exact areas are yet to be declared but would likely include Maroubra, Malabar Headland, Little Bay and places like Julieannes, The Trap, Gutter, Jolongs, Cape Banks. Get your Lifejackets ready fellas! http://www.justice.nsw.gov.au/Pages/media-news/media-releases/2016/life-jackets-rock-fishers-randwick.aspx
  12. Afternoon fellas, I've been putting in the hours learning how to catch yakkas, tying up balloon rigs, buying a new rod and reel combo (9ft Penn Allegiance rod / 4500 spinfisher w/ 300m of 30lb braid) and scouting the rocks around the Gong. I have come to the conclusion that if I wish to do battle with a kingy off the stones before I go back home November 21st, it will probably happen either north in Coalcliff/Stanwell Park or south in Kiama at the blowhole. Basically, if anyone ever needs a mate to head out onto the rocks with or wants to prove their experience by putting my on a kingy, I would be very grateful. Any tips on what tides to fish off the rocks or decent locations for a landbased angler operating on a student budget would be hectic. Thanks, Mike
  13. Hi there, I am looking for a fishing partner, Someone I can learn from. I live in the Parramatta area. I usually fish around the Northern Beaches. I normally target king fish using live bait, lures and dead garfish with some success. I also target Drummer, Groper and Snapper. I have my own gear and my schedule is somewhat flexible. I like to fish in the early morning. I would like to learn some new tricks and share the little bit that I know. Tight lines, Mauricio
  14. Hey guys, So me and my mates been doing some research on places we could go rock fishing, and we've come across a few locations and is interested in trying out juliannes at little bay. I was wondering if any experienced rock hoppers would be kind enough to guide and help us out? I've read the post on the safety rock fishing initiative sub-forum and it seems like it could be a bit dangerous, so it'd be nice to tag along with an experienced angler. Thanks a lot! Kelvin
  15. I've started to get back into a bit of bottom bashing off the rocks but all my spinning reels now have braid. I have found mono better off the rocks in the past as it doesn't cut as easily on rocky bottoms. I will be targetting dirty fighters like big drummer and groper. Obviously the harder and thicker the line, the harder it will be to cut on jagged rocks, but I don't want to comprimise too much with casting ability. I would like to fill a Stradic 5000 with mono, I think 20lb would be good choice. I would like to know what brands people recommend. Cheers.
  16. Hi guys, Im a keen rock hopper, and am looking for some new spots to explore. Im chasing spots with acess to deep water, where ill have a chance at some decent pelagics. Im sydney based, and have fished Avoca, Mt Tomaree, Snapper point and Wybung Head. I like Tomeree, and have had sucess there, but its a mission (if youve fished there then you know what I mean!), I find Avoca over crowded with too little caught amoungst so many, and my car was broken into at Snapper Point (As i side note, dont fish there, aparrently theft is common). I know that at this time of year im really limited to salmon and tailor, and mabey the odd snapper, but in the warmer months, i'd look at chasing the kingies, as well as some small tuna (whether or not i get them to the rocks is another thing entirely!). So any platforms that could provide a chance to encounter anything like this would be awesome. If you know any spots like these, that would be around, or under, 3-4 hours travel, give them a shout. So any where between Port Stephens and Jervis bay. I dont know of much south of Sydney, but what about the northern beaches? And if you could, any further details like terain, near by facilities, swell limits and behavours, platform height (in regards to the high tide mark), even the small things like the availability of instaled PVC rod holders or any other information would be awesome as well! Or tales of sucess or near misses, and the techniques that saw it happen!!! Cheers guys