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  1. Went out Friday night in hope for salmon first cast out with a squid head under a float, was collecting yakka and had a look at my rod and watched it buckle over in the holder pulled a 46cm salmon out casted metals nothing wanted some the salmon still had live white bait in its mouth. after the sun set I threw a live yakka out and dropped something big inconsistent runs and big head shakes guessing a Jew or shark. Lost after 10min fight, threw another yakka out and 2min later hooked a nice pj quick photo and good release
  2. I read on another thread some are longing for the NT. Just letting you know it’s all good up here. 😎😂
  3. Hi all. Weekend holiday to Copacabana presented an opportunity among the rainy patches to fish the rising tide at sunset with my nephew Callum. Bit of history - he’s living in Sydney now, but grew up in the US, and on one visit to Oz I took him to a little jetty on Rottnest island WA. I caught a nice squid and a few herring, and he (at 3 years of age) caught a jumbo (for WA) flathead - 45cm or so. I was quickly cemented as the uncle of his fishing dreams. Fast forward a decade, and we’ve been a few times for donuts since they moved to Sydney. Today was dreary and wet, but t
  4. The recipe below will work with any firm white fleshed fish, but it’s spectacular with Salmon. So many people trash Australian Salmon, but it’s actually a fantastic, sustainable and very healthy table fish. I’ve had this recipe with rice or warm Turkish style flatbread to mop up the sauce. Great either way and a winner on a cold winter night. Ingredients 2 Filets of firm white fish Crushed tomatoes (or one can) 3 Tomato puree 2 small cans Garlic 8 cloves Coriander 1 bunch Green Bell pepper 2 Red Bell pepper 2 Spicy red Peppers
  5. Hey guys, heading down to manly and just asking about fishing spots around there? Do the rocks at manly cove produce good stuff.Squid? Flathead? Or is it worth flicking SP’s at the manly cove beach? Open to all info because I’m a bit new to this area. Ps , (I will have 2 outfits with me, a light Pelagic rod (8kg rod, 15lb braid 30lb leader and I will also have a lighter rod (2-4kg 8lb braid 12lb leader) I’m mainly looking for squid and flathead, but also wouldn’t mind having a crack at those kings or really anything that bites and fights 😀 Thanks Will
  6. Hi Raiders, I must apologise as I haven't been very active this year because of uni. I havent Been out fishing that often, but i went for a 2 hours with a mate after uni to wanda beach. Armed with some pillies and some gang hooks. Didnt take long to get a hook up and landed a small 42cm salmon. After about half an hour, I get another hook up but it was a ray. It wasnt The most successful trip but it was nice to get out for a fish as it had been a while since my last outing. I'll post a few reports of the last couple months even if its a bit delayed haha.
  7. Planned with a mate to go for an early morning snapper session. So after work, I packed my gear, and had a couple of hours of sleep before he picked my up at 4am. We launched from Parsley bay ramp at Brooklyn and we were ready to go by 5.30. Anchored at west reef with the first light after a 30 minutes bumpy ride. Started our burley trail and had some snapper snatchers sitting at the bottom as well as some floating bait and were ready for the bites. All what we managed to get was some wrasse and reef fish off the bottom and some livies on the sabiki, so we moved to try a different
  8. I went out yesterday morning with a friend of mine. We started by gathering some live bait from the bait station by Little Box Head, then came inside by Lobster Beach to drift. We had live baits and a cut bait out the back I was casting ahead of the drift with soft plastics. We were only on our second drift when my rod - which had a live slimy on it - folded over. I grabbed it and lifted the tip to set and I thought I was on. I started bringing it up and there was a lot of weight on it. I got it up to the surface and my mate got sight of it - a huge flattie. Then it opened its mouth and
  9. Would a rogue blue point 12ft 2 peice combo be good for beach fishing for species such as bream, flathead, shovelnoses, salmon, trevallies or even kingfish? cheers - pugz
  10. Last week I posted on the lack of large salmon schools. However they are around. Also some heavy Kings. On the weekend we got reefed with two big fish our guide estimated at over 1m. Just monstered the gear, unstoppable on 80lb line See attached shot from today at Darling Pt warf. Note not my fish! A good catch for the dedicated fisher this morning!
  11. Hey Guys!!! Last night l went out for a fish around the Neutral Bay Area, I grabbed a bunch of frozen Pillies & Prawns from the servo and made my way down. l was lucky enough to have @DerekD come down and show me a few good tricks, from squidling basics to just casting techniques... WOW he knows a lot!!! On arriving we setup and got into a bit of squidling after no success for the first 15-20mins we put that aside to get the other rods setup and put some bait out there, I simply cut the tails off the pillies put a decent hook through and loop it so it doesn't come off with only a
  12. Headed off to central coast the other day armed with some pillies and squid. Was fishing with a mate who had never been beach fishing, so the goal was for him to catch a fish. Conditions were forecasted to be pretty ideal for fishing. Headed to my usual beach, got there at 7pm. Managed to find a gutter. Rigged up and casted out. Conditions were not the best here with a lot of side current, making it impossible to hold the bait. After about 20 mins and we decided to move to a more sheltered beach about 15 mins away. Got there and conditions were alot better here. Casted out an
  13. As we had a weekend off AFL this weekend thought i would take the opportunity to get a quick fish in. Headed to Palm Beach with No3 son. No 2 who is my normal fishing buddy gave me the cold shoulder. Anyway the weather was great and as we caught a couple salmon and a couple dart on a dropping tide (to lazy to get up early enjoyed the sleep in). Caught most on glassies. Nothing wanted to touch the pillies. That's all for now. Great afternoon. Thanks Jake for some good father-son time. Cheers R&B
  14. 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!
  15. Hi Raiders, Went out for a fish a few days ago but didn't post a report straight away because I wanted to make a video as well. Fishing with my brother as per usual and we launched the boat at Tunks just before sunrise. Tried to get a few squid but no luck, but did manage to get a few yakka. Plan was to try and target some kings with the live bait. We went near north head and managed to hook up a bonito on one of the yakkas but spat the hook near the boat, apart from that not much else was happening. This was until we saw heaps of birds working a patch of fish about a cou
  16. What a frustrating game fishing can be at times. Right now there are hundreds and hundreds of salmon roaming our beaches, they're just barely feeding at all! At times they've been schooled up so thick that their backs are showing out of the water!! It's quite a sight, though frustrating to catch. I've tried almost everything, even dropping down to ultra light gear & 3" tiny plastics. I'm still getting one or two per session on a small metal slice along with some tailor, but those fish are never caught from the "main school" of fish running the beach. It's quite a sight to see a wave form w
  17. Just a short report from a couple of efforts this weekend. Beaches have been lovely, and lots of fish still about. Salmon up to 80cm - you certainly know when you hook a bigger model! Bream up to 40cm and a few tailor in the mix also. There are some really good schools of salmon visible from most beaches, my challenge has been getting a small enough lure to "match the hatch" whilst still maintaining casting distance required to hit them. I might experiment with a few techniques this week, I reckon 3" white plastic would be the right model to match the bait in the water. I know they'r
  18. I yakked out to North Head on Friday just gone Since I first heard about them last year, I've really wanted to see the salmon schools in action out there and, better still, to find out how practical it is to chase them from a kayak. It's a big stretch of water for a fat little fishing kayak and I know from stalking salmon schools in much more tranquil and confined places that, when they really want to move, there is no way I can keep up with them. Happily, I'm here to report it worked well enough. For the first forty minutes or so - I was there pre-dawn, ready to pounce - I d
  19. Some pictures of a wonderful trip with my brother up to the territory. I could write pages here, but I won't. Fishing in & around the Finniss River was spectacular, just great scenery/country to be amongst - so much wildlife and beauty in this country, we need to respect it. Caught some great barra which was our aim, along with some other species such as cod, trevally, catfish and mackerel. Despite what TV show may depict, the fish certainly did not just "jump into the boat" up there, we really had to work for our fish, landing probably an average of 4 barra per day. I mus
  20. Stopped off at Swansea on the way back from Newcastle for a quick fish on the wharf out front off the RSL....The guy at Tackle World Marks Point said that would be a decent spot and suggested mullet fillet for bait and he was spot on my mate got a decent Australian Salmon on light gear.
  21. G'day fishraiders, I'm hopefully heading down to Callala bay for a night or so in a few weeks and would like to hit a couple of spots for pelagics. If you have any suggestions feel free to PM me. I have a newly acquired 9ft shimano to try out sometime soon!
  22. My friend and I put my boat in yesterday afternoon for a session. Wind and swell stronger than we expected, got thrashed around a bit but still ok. Our target species was tailor. We managed one each early on but that was it. I caught a red and 2 salmon which my fried kept. I also caught 4 squid and my friend caught 1 which was the largest I've ever seen. Ive asked him to measure it I think the mantle would push 50cm!!! It was a horse. We do have a degree of healthy competitiveness and Im pleased to say for once I outfished him using some of my newer methods and techniques learnt fro
  23. Hi Raiders, put the boat in yesterday at pretty beach. Took my friend with me as a decky. it was a great session chucking lures. Conditions were ideal, calm waters and bait a plenty. We were really poling them for a while - a fish a cast. We also got 4 doubles (two fish on the one lure). Ended up almost double bag limit on the bonito and a few tailor and salmon thrown in for good measure.
  24. Hi This is my first post so go easy. I've been waiting to have something worthwhile to report. 3 mates and I headed out yesterday to target Kingies. It was awesome, no boats (the weather forecast wasn't promising) and bait fish everywhere. We caught some slimies at the artificial reef off South Head and then trolled a livey and a skirt around South Head. Had no luck at South Head so we headed across to North Head. Plenty of activity on the sounder and some bait fish in close .We kept losing the slimies so we switched to the skirt and hard body only. We had a pretty good time of it wi
  25. Hi Raiders, Finished work early and cashed in some hard earned marital currency to go fishing this afternoon. Arrived on scene an last hour of the run in tide. Good light and had the spot all to myself, gotta love winter! Had my trusty 12 foot rod and 5000 reel, 30lbs braid to 150cms 30lbs fluro. Then 3 way swivel to a star sinker and 1/0 suicide hook. Bait was ridiculously expensive servo pillies. For the first hour caught 8 just undersize squire. Didn't take photos, pretty keen to get them back in the water quickly and unharmed. Man those little fish pull hard! Just after tide change la
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