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  1. G'day raiders, As many of you are aware one of my favourite forms of fishing is chasing snapper on soft plastics. This type of fishing is a very active way to target a species and can be very rewarding. The beauty of this angling is obviously acquiring the target of snapper but with very little by-catch and of course the absence of bait and associated mess that comes with it. Whilst this art of angling has taken me many years to become consistent with catching the said species, hopefully I can explain enough to anyone that is interested getting started. Setup: Many people have d
  2. Sup boys I'm an experienced fisherman, hoping to catch a trip with others. I have my own gear and tackle and would be more than happy to be a deckie/assist others on the trip. Done most of my fishing in NZ, north island but I've moved here now hoping to continue what I enjoy doing. Happy to split costs. PM
  3. With work imposing forced leave, I took the opportunity to fish with the kayak gang during my holidays. I was supposed to meet the guys at the ramp by 6am but I had trouble sleeping the night before and woke up late 5:45am! With only 15mins to get ready I messaged the guys that I would be late and not to wait up for me. Made it to the ramp by 6:20 and they were still getting ready, phew. On the way to catch livies we sounded a school of bait in the middle of the channel, a quick drop and I hook just one sardine and the school quickly disappeared. The next few hours we spend ages tryi
  4. I might just have to buy a lottery ticket! All the planets must have aligned for me, there were no health issues at home and no dramas and I actually managed a fishing trip for the first time in many months... and to top it off, all went smoothly on the water and the boat and motor performed extremely well. 😂 Launched at Little Beach ramp with the wind blowing a tad more than I’d been expecting - makes for a battle launching solo. 🤔 I was out of the heads by 6am and stopped at Cabbage Tree Island to get livies. Filled the tank with slimies quite quickly then headed for Broughton Island. I
  5. Hi everyone! Can anyone please tell me how to remove and preserve the “head bone” or lump from a snapper? I tried cutting around it yesterday but after going to the hospital 2 weeks ago when I lost a fight with an avocado seed and a knife, I thought there had to be a better way! The head’s in a bag with salt in the bin at the moment. Thought it might make a nice record of my catch.
  6. G’day raiders, Where do I start???? Ok, so Monday. Woodsy and I were going to head out so I went and checked the weather. Conditions were forecast fishable but I looked at the ocean and it wasn’t right, so we canned it. Made plans to look at Friday! I had another mate and raider @tyrone07 keen as well. So we plan to get out today but Tyrone decides to bring up his boat with a mate and thought we could have a little Comp to keep us focused. The only problem is he only made it half way due to a collapsed wheel bearing! Poor bastard! 😫 Well that’s not stopping me and woodsy f
  7. G’day raiders, Just a quick report. Headed out today with @back cruncher and started early around 4am. A bit sketchy heading out in the pitch dark, with smoke filled sky but we took our time and filled up on slimies! Got up to the island and began our drift. Nothing really happening and many casts and I finally managed a pannie! Do a few more drifts for no result except those bloody mutton birds trying to pick up everything we cast. So we move on and finally find a patch of fish. I loaded up to a few nice ones and Mick made a rookie error and didn’t set the hook on his chance! Move
  8. G’day raiders, Just a quick report from up here! Thought we saw a window of opportunity to head out and chase a few reds. My mate never really cares about conditions and this trip was no exception! He put us on the spot and first cast I was on to an unstoppable. Good signs ahead. Next was his turn and he couldn’t stop his either! Managed a few different drifts and somehow dodged the impending storm! At least we can say that we landed a few and made it home safely! cheers scratchie!!!
  9. With a little break in the weather I scored an invite with Backcruncher and scratchie to tag along and chuck some lures around Port Stephens/ Broughton Island. From previous experiences we all knew it was going to be tough fishing with the full moon the previous evening. The first three drifts at a spot scratchie had scored fish on Friday with multiple lure changes drew a blank, couple of hits that did not feel like our target species. We moved to a spot where Mick had scored a nice red previously and we found a couple of very small rat kings but again no reds. We moved to a spot where I would
  10. After being boatless for a year, I finally got my act together and bought a Quintrex 560 spirit. After hearing and seeing reports of great snapper being caught just out of Bellambi a close friend who is a regular agreed to take me out and show me around. we got to bellambi ramp around 5:15am. There was some traffic , but everyone was on the same page with getting the boats in and before you knew it we were in and heading out. We headed straight out from the ramp until we got to a depth of around 40m. Using patanosta rigs and a big sinker, we cubed pilchard and sent them down. The
  11. Early start and up to Broughton this morning. Fished the southern side of the island with 7 inch plastics until 1pm. Swell was about 2m and water 19 degrees. I put in about a thousand casts and Rodney(the rod holder) got the only hookup on a snapper fish at about 11am on high tide. The fish went 59cm and was caught at The Boundary - thanks for the spot Scratchie!
  12. Hi all, first post and just thought I'd share my bonus evening with you all. It was the first clear evening after the storms and decided to try and break my recent drought of decent fish having only caught the odd flattie and squid when targeting them. I went to the Yarra Bay groyne out in front of the sailing club at about 4.30pm. It was the slack tide, and about to start coming in. There was barely a wave in sight - as flat as a millpond, which was a welcome sight after the recent crappy weather. Rigged up and had my first cast at about 4.45 just as the sun was setting behind the clouds
  13. 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
  14. G’day raiders, There seems to be a fair bit of interest in a Fishraider catch up in the majestic Port Stephens. So it’s got me thinking and I thought I’d put up this thread to see who’s keen. Winter would probably be the best time to visit, with less crowds, more accommodation available at a more reasonable rate. The snapper fishing should be in full swing with plenty of bay options too! I would be happy to share GPS marks, techniques and help with any info required, too anyone that attends. Haven’t considered a date yet as I’ll wait to see who’s interested.
  15. Heavy swell from the south means near impossible conditions for beach fishing, this is especially true for my usual fishing beach Wanda/Cronulla. Still itchy to get out, the only option for me is to try Maroubra which I have not fished for some time. Arrived at the beach about 6:00pm and managed to locate a small section of the beach looked fishable. The are some nibbles within 5 minutes of the first cast, which confirmed there are fish around. Within the next two hours, I landed 5 fish. Apart from the three in the photo, there was a largest banjo I have ever caught(would have
  16. Hi Guys, only recently joined and first time posting on this forum. Arrived to nelson bay around 11pm Saturday night, checked weather all seemed fine and hit the bed to be ready for a early morning. Woke up and headed to the petrol station then tackle world which was conveniently open at 6am for a bag of pillies, some spare hooks and sabiki jigs. We dropped off the boat at little beach boat ramp around 6:45am and heading to cabbage tree island for some live bait (slimy mackerel) which was pretty easy, we were pulling up 2 on average every drop. Headed over to the FAD which wasn't
  17. Been living in qld from Sydney for a year now and have been fishing and travelling across the South passage bar frequently. We are learning to fish it well and having regular results. There is so much variety here and the fishing isn't as pressured. From our last couple trips we have caught multiple snapper in 12 metres of water and while trolling home picked up a juicy yellowfin. Went fishing again Saturday and kept 12 mahi mahi and let several go all on live bait and soft plastics. They are great fun on light gear on a soft plastic. Hoping for my first Wahoo soon will keep you all post
  18. Last month visitwd Long Reef after a long break Perfect weather and a lazy start leaving Rushcutters at 7am First two hour very slow and then pickeduo a few large flathead and then finally a few snapoer This one really took off caught on light line, patternoster rig and a 1/0 circle hook with a pilchard tail . Didnt weigh it but terrific fish
  19. G’day raiders, After a few texts back and forth for a while with @quintrex52 (Jeremy) today was the day we finally got it together and managed to get out to Broughton Island. Left little beach at 5am and hit the sisters for the first spot. First drift a couple of touch’s but no solid hook ups, so I reset the drift and not long after I came up tight to nice 55cm snaps. After a little tuition for Jeremy he was in the swing of things but no takers. I was hoping I could get him onto something in the first area but it wasn’t to be! The lack of wind wasn’t helping our cause neither was t
  20. First up, this is my first fishing report so I'll see how I go. So I'm not too experienced at fishing, however, I've been reading up on everything about how to catch fish and today I feel like I finally did some stuff right. So me and a mate headed down to my local wharf armed with servo prawns and a dread of not catching fish ,I have caught fish before but before this never 2 in one session and it is rare that I large fish (I think this is because of a combination of bad bait, improper use of lures and poor reading of locations.). So we dropped our lines in and fished for almost half an hour
  21. Not as big as scratchies fish but close. Fished off moreton island yesterday with the wife and dog. Did a few drifts for a small pearlie. The wife started feeling crook so i manned all four rods on my own. I had 2 heavey paternoster rigs out, a floatline rig and a 2ounce jighead with a 7inch gulp in white on it. Was constantly feeding line out on floatline and plastic rig and while checking the bait on the paternoster rig my 7inch gulp gets smashed. My previous record for snapper was 60 so i knew this fish was a fair bit larger. I fought it on 30lb braid and 30lb leader for ar
  22. Hey guys I'm looking into getting a tinny for fishing and almost everything in this plan seems very possible except for one thing: storage. So, the kind of boat I'm looking into is a very small tinny or even a kitted out rowboat and the plan will be to have the boat moored somewhere and the turn up with an esky, rods and a small clip-on electric motor. The problem is I have got no Idea where to leave it and I don't exactly want to redecorate my backyard with a tinny or shell out heaps of money on some boat storage facility. Is there a free storage place somewhere? Can I just leave it tied up t
  23. Today on a charter just off of Wollongong I caught my first legal Snapper. I can't remember the exact measurement and now I've eaten it there is no chance of a remeasure. We were fishing in approximately 70m of water. I used a three hook rig, all 5/0 circles. Bait was half salted pilchards. Conditions were reasonable and we watched the rain glide past without being caught in it. A very enjoyable day to tick another species off the list. I also caught a 52cm Flathead and two 38cm Flathead
  24. Hey raiders sorry for the week late report been busy so you’ll get last weeks and this weeks report today! So was no plan to fish had I didn’t have my normal fishing buddies with me but the boys said they would be keen to go out so that was enough for me get to the boat ramp and the whole of jervis Bay was like a lake not a whisper of wind shoot over to couple of the yellow bouys(bait grounds) bait was everywhere but not taking anything then I saw about 30 quick silver flashes fly through it was school of bonito smashing them managed 2 yakkas between the wave , straight
  25. Long awaited day out this the old man, we started the day off at terrigal boat ramp water sitting at 23.4degrees. Hit the marker and picked up a tank of livies. Was using a chicken pellet/fish oil burley which made the task really quick. The plan was to hit the FAD but after seeing a tone of boats heading that way we decided to fish a closer reef. After steaming out we fished the top of the reef up current and sounded out where the bait was. Water was a little dirty, current was light and water 23.3 degrees. As soon as we got there a pesky seal started to terrorise us for the
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