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  1. RedSeaFisho

    Chasing snapper

    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 spot however it wasn’t any better. After an hour or so, we decided to move closer to the headland in a try to find a calmer spot as our first 2 stops were uncomfortable in the small boat due to the 2m swell and the chop. We moved to another spot and anchored for 30 minutes with no signs for the reds. However, the bait rig was being smashed by big slimies and yellow tail so we stocked some livies enough for the morning and moved to our next spot. Losing hope on catching reds and having some live bait, we decided to troll for some time before anchoring at our last stop for the morning. Anchored again around Berrenjoey, in calmer water, and we had our bait in the water. Slow start with no bites until one of the floating pilchard rigs went off. A nice size salmon was our first keeper with more followers. We managed to net 5 more salmon before the school disappeared from the sounder. Landed and released a couple of undersize snapper and a couple of port Jackson sharks. Lost a couple salmon and a monster lizard at the side of the boat while grabbing the net. Then we called it a day and we were back to the ramp by 12.30pm. Although we had no luck with our target species and the weather was not ideal offshore, it was a good session overall that we enjoyed. At dinner time, I enjoyed a tasty fresh salmon along with some fresh shark steak that was caught on Friday’s night. Apologies for not including a lot of photos in my post and for my limited story telling skills. Tight lines all, Ahmed
  2. kiwicraig

    Nice day out with a mate

    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 was gone. It was not actually hooked - it had just been holding the bait. I brought in my now dead livie to re-rig, but told Jas to keep his livie down because that same fish might take it. And then it did. We were drifting towards the channel and a ferry was coming so I was a little concerned, but then in a stroke of luck the sea anchor caught the yellow 4 knot buoy and stopped us drifting into the channel. Jason brought the fish in and it was a cracker of a croc. We measured it at 80cm, snapped a quick photo and let the old girl go with big grins on our faces. We carried on like this for a while and had a few hits, but were struggling to connect. I decided to anchor up in front of Half Tide Rocks so I could make some coffees. I had a very frustrating stretch with 4 hits on my plastic in 5 casts without connecting. After each hit I would drop the tip, then give it a few jigs to try and draw a second strike, but it was not happening and every time when I wound in the plastic was pulled down the hook and needed to be straightened. It was going quiet and I had suggested we move up stream a bit a s the boat traffic in the channel was becoming a pain. We had pulled in the lines and I was about to go lift the anchor when I saw a huge bait ball on the sounder. I told Jason to drop a line down again an I put down the plastic for some @flatheadluke style vertical jigging. It was a good call Jas came up tight and it took off on a run. I said straight away - that's not a flattie. I was right. After a couple of runs and a few jumps we boated a nice salmon. It even came with someone elses hook and leader hanging out of its mouth. We removed both hooks, took a photo and let it go. After that we headed up past The Rip Bridge to one of my spots. We tried a drift and towards end of we were getting bites. The wind had come up quite a bit so I preposition and then anchored at the end of the drift. Jason pulled out a nice flattie and a lovely bream. I pulled out two lumps of weed, half a cockle shell and a pair of pliers. At this point I was feeling a bit crap if I am honest. Putting a mate onto fish is the next best thing to catching fish - but it is a distant second. I had even changed tactics as I could see bait was winning the day. And then I came good with a couple more position changes I brought in the next three fish - all good table size flatties - and a new personal best for starfish! LOL. We closed out the day with a drop over by the rip bridge but were just getting baited by little fish. We called it and headed back in. Took a while to get it but we did end up with a great feed. The three on the left were mine.
  3. pugzthugz

    Are rogue still good?

    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
  4. Northwood

    KIngscand Salmon in the harbour

    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!
  5. Fishing.Hooked

    Neutral Bay Action (LRG AUS Salmon)

    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 little nibble!! After 1 hour Derek noticed my large rod had some movement, I grabbed it and got anot even five seconds later BOOM WE WERE ON!!! The fish gave the line a great little screaming noise but after 15 mins we bought it in and @DerekD got the salmon in the net for me! YES FIRST EVER SALMON!! "Swallowed the how rig" After measuring it for a second time at home by laying it flat over the tape it broke the 60cm mark!!!!! Yes I couldn't wipe the smile of my face as you can see below. On the way out I noticed some bream and quickly dropped a line it and they had a look but just simply weren't taking the bait, the Mrs started to call the phone and yes that meant TIME TO GET MYSELF HOME All in all was a fantastic achievement and defiantly a PB for my land base fishing ***Big Thankyou to @DerekD For coming down and helping me through he evening*** Gear: 1.) (Running sinker method) Rod: Aerowave 9ft Carbon Reel: Shimano Baitrunner 6000D Line: 14lb 2.) (Running sinker method) Rod: Shimano Beastmaster Reel: Abu Garcia Line: 8lb 1.) Shakespeare Jungle Combo (From a shop) 2-4kg Setup (Used this for my Jigging) These where the conditions for last night fishing adventure Tide Time: 7pm Tide Hieght: 1.69m Weather: 16 Degrees 5-7pm / 13 Degrees 8-10pm Sunset: 5:11pm NEW P.B - 60CM AUSTRALIAN SALMON
  6. sam bros

    Central coast beach fishing

    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 and after 5 mins, hooked up but the fish spat the hooks. Rebaited and almost instantly hooked up, gave the rod to my mate to fight the fish. We were using relatively light line and after a 10 min battle we got it to on the beach. His first aussie salmon going 65cm Ended up landing a few more salmon and one tailor. Pillies barely got touched and most of the fish were caught on squid strips. Was going to throw out a slab bait for a jewie but I didnt bring my jewie gear with me. All the fish were released except for one salmon which was kept for a feed
  7. Rock&Beach

    Sydney Winter Sun

    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
  8. Vanders

    Central Coast Fishing

    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!
  9. 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 couple hundred metres away. We quickly motored over there and saw a huge football field sized school of salmon busting up all over the place. I always have a light rod with a small metal lure rigged up handy for times like this. Threw the 10g halco twisty out but was having no luck, the salmon just weren't interested at all. After a couple casts I changed the lure over to a very lightly weighted soft plastic in a sort of clear/greenish colour. We re positioned the boat so the wind was behind us, that way we could get the most distance on the cast. I casted it out and as soon as it hit the water it got smashed and I was onto a nice sized salmon. Now I'm using a very light outfit with only 6lb line and leader so I had to play it safe. The fish jumped several times and I was worried it was going to bust me off. But after a 15 minute fight, finally had it boat side and netted it. The salmon felt about 3kg and very healthy. We had a blast chasing the salmon around for the next hour and catching them on light tackle, their were a few frigate mackerel mixed in there as well. All the salmon were fat and looked very healthy. The swell and wind picked up by then and it became too uncomfortable so we went inside to try for some flathead. Tried a few spots for flathead using soft plastics but no luck. Ended up going to manly and having some food. All in all it was a wonderful day and really good to be out on the water. With uni break finishing, I don't know when ill be able to go for another fish. I've been meaning to put more effort into making videos but have struggled to find the time. So hopefully you guys enjoy this video. Cheers
  10. DaveTheBoy

    Newcastle beaches

    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 with hundreds of salmon looking at you! If anyone has any ideas let me know, in the mean time I'm just enjoying being out there!
  11. DaveTheBoy

    Newcastle Beach

    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're not to everyones liking, but treated right upon capture & prepared simply, I find them a very nice eating fish too. tight lines
  12. HenryR

    huffing and puffing ...

    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 did some excessive huffing and puffing, arms aching as I tried to sprint across hundreds of metres of empty water to gulls and froth. Too many times, I'd arrive at the edge of school, if I even got that close, and while I pulled my rod from the holder the fish would disappear or move off in another direction. I was in fact in the act of re-designating the day's target species - snipping off a lure and tying on a hook and sinker - when the salmon came to me. First cast for the day actually in to the heart of school resulted in an instant hook up. Nice. The schools got bigger and seemed to hang at the surface longer as the sky lightened. For a little while, I was able to hang in pretty much the same place and throw casts when the fish came near. I managed two fish in about an hour and a half, which is not many from thousands but, there were some long quiet spells and punting around in a kayak consumes a surprising amount of time. I picked up a few trevally in between the salmon. They took sps cast out and not retrieved - just drifted down. By 7:am the quiet spells became too long and I nicked of to try other things. Good fun for a few hours and it's an excellent change to be surrounded by way, way too many fish! Yay for weekdays off!!! 6:30am .. the rest of Sydney in the background, getting ready for work Possibly the 2 fish should have been three but, having raced from Old Mans Hat to here (the drop off where everyone camps out waiting for kings) I was so puffed (and perhaps overexcited?) that I managed to wrap the braid around a guide and snapped it first cast. I retied a leader in time and about three casts and no fish later did the same thing .. oh well, I would never have stopped to take the photo otherwise. one for dinner
  13. DaveTheBoy

    NT Trip - Finniss River

    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 must say whilst a very special fish to catch, the barra didn't give the sustained fight I had imagined. It was all blistering in the very beginning - but I felt once you turned their head & dealt with any jumping, you had the fish properly 'beaten'. From there it was more just a case of dealing with the weight of the fish & navigating around snags etc. Once I find out how to load video I will try to do so, we have some wonderful film capturing wildlife, scenery & fishing. Most fish were caught slowly trolling - and by far the most productive lures for us were Rapala Xrap and Classic Barra 97 in gold colour, we used them almost exclusively. In addition I think one of the biggest fish pictured was caught on a killalure barra bait, which somebody at the campsite had given to us as they were departing. I'm back in reality (Newcastle) now & will have some small windows of fishing time in the coming weeks. I am keen to get into the winter whiting & salmon that should be around - if anyone has the inside scoop please drop me a line!
  14. Daveo2160

    Swansea Wharf

    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.
  15. 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!
  16. flatheadluke

    Terrigal Saturday

    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 from trial and error and also from fishraider. The old guard have a lot of knowledge but I get a kick out of showing them a few new ideas that they later adopt (after telling you before they're stupid ). Here is a photo of my part of the haul, absent are my friends' two salmon, his big squid and a smaller squid. I wish I got a photo of the squid it looked like an alien invader!!
  17. flatheadluke

    Broken bay lure fishing

    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.
  18. 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 with a couple of double hook ups and we caught 7 salmon all up (not Kingies un fortunately). They were all in the 50-60 range so all went back in. Great day!! Couple of grinning mates below.
  19. flatheadluke

    Rocks Session

    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 landed a tailor Kept this guy for the freezer. Next up a just undersized trevally, returned. Then rounded out the session with a couple of salmon, returned. All in all good fun, thanks for reading. Cheers, Luke
  20. sam bros

    A Day of Many Firsts ...

    Hey fellow Raiders, With such great weather, we decided to go fishing a couple days ago off central coast. There is 2 parts to this report and it included a day of many firsts. We usually drift for flathead but decided we would do something different and troll around in our small boat to see if we could entice anything. Had 2 lines out, one with a halco twisty and the other a skirt, Within 30 secs of trolling we caught a mac tuna and then a bonito caught on the halco twisty and the skirt respectively. This was my first fish caught trolling. We then caught tailor and salmon, when ever we caught a salmon, several of his friends would follow him to the boat. We then threw out a plastic and bang we were on. All the salmon were in the 60-70cm range and VERY fat, they were feeding on schools of yakka. Then for a 10 min period a massive school of salmon were feeding on a school of yakka right underneath the boat. the yakka were literally jumping out of the water and into the boat to get away from the salmon. It was a very surreal experience. I'm not sure if this picture will do it justice. They were taking anything you put in front of them, I literally caught my first fish on a blade, my first fish on a floating minnow, my first fish on a deep diver, my first fish on a popper. All those lures you have in your tackle box and wonder if you'll ever use them were all catching fish. We kept one salmon and gave some to kayakers who were watching us catch the fish and they were really happy. After a BBQ and a break we headed off to the beach at sunset to have yet another crack (after many doughnuts) at some beach mulloway. It was a beautiful sunset and even more beautiful with a rod in the hand. We found a very jewie looking gutter and casted out. We caught a lot of bait sized tailor around the 35cm mark and I decided to fillet one to use as fresh jewie bait since the squid baits were getting demolished by pickers. The fillet went onto 2 snelled 7/0 gamakatsu circle hooks and just as the sun went down the rod buckles over and goes for a run. I set the hooks and bring the beast in. Called it for a jew and in the next wave came up a nice silver ghost. High fives all round , as we picked up a 93 cm slab of beach jewfish. (Another first for me) We also caught another one on a squid shortly after. The jews died down but the salmon kept going and we caught heaps of salmon. At one stage I caught 2 salmon on my paternoster rig which was another first for me. All in all it was an amazing day and an unforgettable fishing experience with many things being ticked off the bucketlist. The highlight of the day being the Jewfish which was my first legal Jewfish, a first off the beach and a great accomplishment. I think the jewie deserves a spot on the Catch of the month competition and will be submitting it in. Thanks for reading .
  21. So the misus recons I have been neglecting her of late.... And she may have a point as we have been having plenty of boys boat trips since I bought Baysic. Why don't we go for a nice picnic I say..... Let's take the boat have a little fish and beach it at towra point for lunch and a swim.... So off we go... Start out at the runway see some surface activity.... Which is gone by the time I tie a metal on.... We head off instead to the oil wharf try the east side for a bit with little success then realising the tide is running out we head to the west and Berley up with pilchard cubes.... We start to get a few small snapper then I hand her my new finese set up bushy legand sp rod with a small sinker and bait on it. She is sitting on the back of the boat when the rod goes off and she hooks up and lands her first decent fish a legal trevally, over the next few hours we get a fair bit of action landing 4 with her with the hat trick... Next up we beach the boat..... I leave two anchors out as its a run out tide still and enjoy a bit of beach and food.... Waiting for our crab trap to fill.... No luck today. We drift away from towra and I finally tie a soft plastic on my brand new rod flick it out and first cast I am on.... Can't believe it as I have only caught 1 fish on a plastic before.... It's another trav. We end up at the runway again and the sounder looks good but not much action ..... I have pretty much finished for the day but muster up the effort to flick out the sp this time with a diesel gulp paddle tail. A few casts later the rod goes off hard.... Surely not a king I think to my self.... Before we see the fish start to jump like a small Marlin..... A fight ensues with the fish alternating between sounding for the bottom and reaching for the sky.... We land it safely measure it up and it's a 60 plus cm Australian salmon my first and probably my largest fish..... What really tickled me was that I had kinda given up fishing and decided to push on for those last few casts and it was on plastics which I am really inexperienced in..... Good day out for sure took a while to take smile off my face
  22. Hey Raiders, First time report! My dad just got home from a long trip overseas and what better way to welcome him back than a nice flatty session on the hawkesbury. Plan was to head out from apple tree early, grab livies at west head, then fish around Lion Island. I finally got my green p plates so it was my first time towing the boat... wasn't easy, but we got there in the end. We were at West head around midday but after half an hours fishing, all we'd caught was mado and sweep in the dozens. We decided to head to lion island without em and just use plastics. As we got there, we couldnt see more than 1m down into the water due to the huge school of glassfish under the boat. Before we'd even rigged up, salmon started busting up like crazy, chucked out some Spanyid Raiders, and we were on. I pulled in a nice tailor and my dad a solid salmon. The next casts saw a similar result, as did all the casts for the next 2 hours. I have never caught so many fish in my life haha! I was having some mates over for a bbq next day so kept a few for the table, released countless more. By the time the bust up had quietened down, it was early afternoon so we called it a day. Overall, amazing days fishing, it was really good to spend time with my dad after he was away so long!
  23. Keofferam

    Sunday Salmon

    Went out sunday for a quick session between 10 and 12noon. Headed out to the heads- no bird activity in the harbor but around the corner and there was a beautiful sight. Birds and boiling water. We had one working a fly outfit and I had a small halco metal on a Fugi rod and 7kg mono.. Not long before I got a solid strike and then some aerials and a great fight. These guys fight like hell and on my mid range gear its just great fun. They disappeared before long and we had to get back but was a very fun session.
  24. Hi Raiders, During the week the boys kept bugging me as to where we should go for the weekend. Clearly, not working hard at work at all. Usually, we hit the hacking because of the pristine waters and calm waters as one of the boys has extremely short sea legs, if none at all :hug:It's okay Adrian, if your reading this. Hacking usually produces a good number of kingfish, bonitos & mackerel for us so we decided to hit the harbour for a change. Felt like a bread & butter session targeting bream, trevally & flathead. Launched at Gladesville ramp at 5:00 and motored out to Clifton anchoring just out of the casting range of the land based boys. Just as we got the berley going, an idiot in a tinny (I hope he reads this) comes motoring around inspecting the boats around and heads towards the wharf. He goes in close, cutting across where the land based people's floats are and next thing you hear is drag going off from the line getting caught on his boat somewhere. He then proceeds to anchor up about 10m in front of us and starts microjigging. Why you would go in to people's casting range catch their line and anchor right next to another boat when there's acres of space in the area is beyond me. Get a brain and please attach it permanently to your head. Anyways, got that out of the system. You guys must all have some sort of experience like this? Please do share Back to the report. We stuck around Clifton till around 8 with nothing much to show for it. The sounder was going crazy but crazy for undersized snapper, so we made the call to move to another spot a mate of mine fished at. Within a few minutes of anchoring and sending the berley down, the baitrunner 2500 started singing and I thought I was onto a rat king given the sustained run and thumping headshakes... Up came the biggest trevally of the year just shy of 60cm! That seemed to kick start the session with every bream & flathead being over legal size mixed in with a couple of undersized kingfish (which were released obviously). As we were starting to run out of the bait, Adrian hooked up to a couple of small bonito which turned into a bait "time extension". Picked up a good sized salmon and more bream after that. Called it at 11am left them biting. Such a good feeling when you catch what you've planned to do. Not sure where to go next week now haha
  25. 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