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  1. Northwood

    Yuuge Snapper

    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
  2. Scratchie

    Port Stephens- raider meet

    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 the calm ocean and lack of current but we persisted. We moved areas and begin another drift. I scored a just legal and then another that both went back. Reset the drift a little wider, found some bait and boom........ Jeremy is onto a good fish, a few words of encouragement (and don’t touch that drag) and the reel was singing! After a good tussle we see some colour and into the net it goes! A good fish going 65cm. Hi 5’s all round and another added to the esky! Well done champ, you played it well. A pb at 65cm on soft plastics at your first attempt is an awesome effort! After that, conditions got calmer and the fishing quieter so after some whale demonstrations it was time to head home! Thanks for the day mate, it was nice to meet you and I’m glad you met your goal ✅ cheers scratchie!!!
  3. pugzthugz

    sydney

    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 without so much as a nibble. At this point things were looking down. It was now that my mate tried his luck with a few casts to pylons near the wharf and was getting some nibbles, I quickly sent a cast to where he was getting bites. On my second cast, I felt a nibble and quickly sent another cast out after failing to hook the fish. Once again I failed to hook the fish, I then tried to thing why I was hooking it and I decided it was because it was pulling the bait of the long shank hook rather than sucking it all in. This time I put only a little bit of bait on the very end. This worked and I was amazed to see a massive whiting on the end of my line. It measured in at 37cm. I continued fishing and caught 2 bream 1 snapper and another whiting, however, unfortunately, they were all very undersize apart from the whiting which was barely legal. Still, I was very happy with this session. Sorry if this report was too long. BTW I was using I think size 6 long shank hooks with a sinker running right down to the hook which had a little bit of prawn on the end. I use these small hooks because they can catch both whiting and small bream, however, I would love to start catching bigger bream so if this is the wrong set up or you have any advice please let me know.
  4. 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 around 10 min (felt like 2 hours) until it appeared from the depths. For the first time ever i actually loosened the drag as it got boatside and my wife came out from the cabin and netted it. Super stoked and was smiling from ear to ear. It went 5.5 kg. My photo is now on the wall at the grandview hotel.
  5. pugzthugz

    Tinny storage?

    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 to some tree on a little beach? Any advice would be much appreciated. BTW I live around lane cove/hunters hill/Gladesville
  6. FishermanSteve

    Wollongong Snapper

    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
  7. 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 back out for livies and within minutes one of the boys have a bonito in the boat decided it was a lost cause so headed straight over to king grounds as had frozen squid from last trip we were met with heaps of bait on the sounder so squid strips down and the first rod goes off my 4000 stradic with unstoppable force! The boys are in disbelief then my other mates rod goes off and he barely holds on as it starts running mind you he had never caught a fish in his life! 63cm king surfaces and he’s stocked! the look on his face when I tell him it has to go back was priceless .. 10 mins later smoked on the stradic again! Then mate catches his 2nd fish and a 43cm snapper comes up! 5 mins later he’s starting to get seasick and boom over the side he’s out within seconds haha me and my other mate keep fishing and manages a 75cm kingfish not one fish caught by me but personal best for both the boys Unfortunately have to come in some of the calmsest conditions I have ever fished due to sea sickness Cheers TdogZ tightlines!
  8. King chaser

    Bag of fish central coast

    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 next half hour! Burleyed up with the chicken pellet and fish oil mix and it paid off brought in the teraglin and snapper. Trags were smashing the yellowtail and snapper hitting half pillies. Ended up with 6 trag, 3 snapper, 3 travalley. Biggest trag 83cm, snapper 42cm Staying in close paid off, not sure how the fad went. Best part of the day was hanging out with the old man and putting a few in the boat!
  9. Hey raiders friday arvo -noticed on the drive down there was no wind and very little swell .so by 6pm we were at the boat ramp stocked with squid from the frezzer from the last trip boost over to the king grounds to find there was bait everywhere , squid strips down and the first rod goes off like a freight train! Expect to see a rat king but instead we are met with a 60cm snapper with much excitement I managed to snap my other light outfit by stepping on it, this was followed by 4 other snapper then back to the boat ramp by 7:30 very happy with a hour and half fish Saturday morning- Morning start as usual at the boat ramp at 6am chuck the boat in as I was parking up the car apparently the water all around the boat erupted with splashes, I arrive at the wharf then they pick me up drive about 10m from the boat ramp get the light outfit out with a soft plastic vibe within 5 mins we have 2 bonito on board, dads fish and barely sorted we head over to the bait grounds within 10 mins we had 20+ yakkas the proceed to head over to squid grounds within 30 mins we have 8 squid on board so within a hour we are heading to the kings stocked with fresh bait After a hour or so we found the kings are in quite close to the cliffs every drift we would hook up to some decent models and then boost away into deeper water only problem with this is that we knew the first 4-5 we hooked up to where the bigger kings that unfortunately we would loose the the local seal once he was full we started stocking the boat..in the 3 hours that followed we managed 4 just short of legal kings and 6 in the 70-80cm range keeping 4 and releasing the rest the boys very happy they smashed there pbs cheers Tdogz tight lines
  10. Late report, I've been busy cleaning n cooking fish and muddys? Went out Friday with my mate and his dad, only 2 squid early so we made a run nth of the hacking along the cliffs to be ready for HT, caught 15 plus kings with 4 being legal, bouncy as all hell but that's king fishing, fish of the day went to the old fella, 62cm snapper, made his day as he also managed to snap his sons rod whilst being snagged and high sticking? Successful and productive day for the 3 of us as we haven't been out this year . ? Since I had plenty of FRESH frames, which would be a sin to freeze, over Friday and sat night we got 7 crabs , released 2 big females and cooked up 5. To say we had a feast last night would be an understatement, but with kids running around, beers and watching the V8's, best Sunday arvo I've had in a while ?
  11. Camevans21

    Batemans Bay

    Hi guys, Going down to the bay tomorrow, staying at batemans Bay beach resort. We are taking our tiny out for a fish, pretty sure it’s 14ft. Was wondering what the fishing is like around the islands, snapper island etc. what fish are around there what areas are good for snapper where are some good locations to fish what gear to use. I have seen some similar posts already but they are quite older so just wanting some new info, any info providing would be great! Cheers
  12. FishermanSteve

    Snapper on SP's

    So after my long practice with soft plastics, I caught a cracking Flathead this week. My first SP catch. Today (Sunday) I took FisherladySteve to try it with some useful tips from myself. She turned out to be a natural. We fished Blackwattle Bay as its just outside our back door. After a few casts and moving to our second spot she caught her first fish on SP's, a snapper. She was totally made up and can't wait for another trip.
  13. Abs

    St. George’s Basin

    Hi all, I would appreciate if someone could give me tips on fishing the basin in a boat. I have had good success in the inlet up to the bar, but have always wanted to catch the big snapper I see others catch in the basin. thanks in advance
  14. FishermanSteve

    Fun Snapper

    Pier 2 was alive with snapper this morning albeit none of legal size but what great fun
  15. dan88j

    Red Tuesday

    Had an rdo from work today and was meant to help a mate out with his work, that got cancelled late last night so a quick weather check and a last minute call to fish south of Sydney today was made. We hit the water about 5.45, munched around for a good 45mins trying to find some new bait grounds etc so with no success we decided on a lure only Fishing day and off we went. Started to get near the spot we were aiming for and marked a heeeeeeap of bait on the sounder, so pulled the boat out of gear, I grabbed the bait jig and sent it down while my mate grabbed his Fishing jig, mistakenly. I got 3 slimies, and he goes off and nails a nice 52cm snapper. Perfect start to the day. Next drop another snapper, 48cm model. So naturally I grabbed my snapper gear and dropped down, hit the bottom and boom, rod buckles. I’m on, good fish. Pulling drag, running me around the boat. A 15 minute battle ensues, starting to see color the fish buries it’s head and heads back down just out of sight. Fiiiinally I got the beauty boatside, perfect net job by my mate and boated a fat 72cm knobby headed snapper. A new pb for me by 22cm. Not a bad effort for a Tuesday. Tight lines
  16. Jut0070

    Snapper Batemans Bay

    Hi guys,really keen to catch snapper at Batemans Bay,I have a 4.5 meter 40 hp tinny,just after some advice and some places to try in that size boat....thanks...
  17. flatheadluke

    Brisbane Waters Sat 26 August

    Put the tinny in east Gosford just before lunch. Would have liked to go earlier but my son has swimming lessons early sat morning. Headed over to paddy's channel near the racks. Tide was rising and some good current moving through. Slow moving with the electric in about 1 metre of water on the weedline I sighted some big bream darting about, they knew I was there despite my stealthiness. Pretty hard when the sun is overhead and water is shallow. I anchored up and pumped a burley trail. sent two floaters out, one a SP and one a bait. Got a few nibbles but no hook ups. I left my bream stick at home foolishly, I had 10lbs mono, maybe 6lbs could have yielded different results. I decided to head over to the rip bridge and try for Jew. I caught a squire (released) but other than that no luck. Last stop was Gosford rail bridge. Flicking softies around the pylons I managed a few just legal tailor. I live baited one for the elusive jew but still no luck (maybe if it was dark I might have gotten lucky). All fish released unharmed (mostly). Got back to the ramp late afternoon and called it a day. No feed for the family unfortunately but still had a great time by myself and got a chance to get some fuel through the outboard during winter. Next time I'll go at dawn and get the wife to take the boy to swimming lessons. I'll bring the bream stick too and get some of those weedless jig heads to troll for flatties. Thanks for reading. Luke
  18. recurve

    Bellambi

    Launched Wednesday at 5.30am and headed off to spot x. Was a very pleasant morning and was cold but not too cold. Things started very slow and I was worried. However as usually is the case things came in spits and starts. First up came the biggest Pike I have ever seen, and then in came a Barracuda....Ohhh Nooo!!! However after that I caught a 50cm Snapper and then one after the other they came on board. Largest was 58cm on 10lb gear. Screaming reels and racing hearts, great fun. In total we brought 9 snapper aboard. We have a rule that if it needs to be measured it goes back and none needed to be measured which was nice. Had a very pleasant session before work and was nice to only catch 11 fish of which 9 were snapper. I hear people are catching snapper in 30m of water at the moment, however we were in only 10m. So not sure where your best trying. I think success depends on your approach. A boat launched the same time as us and came back just after we did, they were fishing very close to us and got nothing so they claimed it was sh*t. They were packing pretty heavy gear. I think that if you go shallow you need to have really light gear and be able to present your baits or lures as naturally as possible, especially as the water is so clear at the moment. Shallow water and light gear does raise the risks of losing good fish but you would not be in with a chance if you didn't go light. If your fishing with broomsticks then I think your best going deeper or you will no doubt claim that the fishing is Sh*t and you would be wrong. It's just getting started. I'm going to have a go tomorrow as well and will be going shallow again but in a new spot. Will update if I land another good red.
  19. recurve

    Glorious Morning

    Went out fishing for Jews on Friday night from 5.30pm to 8pm. Home by 8.30 so was able to claim a day Snapper fishing for Saturday morning. Getting that leave pass was touch and go but I held fast and I got it issued. Without losing giving a compromise as a trade as well. Launched Bellambi around 6am and slowly headed off to one of the spot X's. Was actually really lumpy and we were being thrown around a fair bit. We were side on to the anchor as the wind and current were equally as strong. Sent the first plastic out and let it flutter in the current for about 5 min and then paid the consequences as was on the bottom.....wait, no its giving me line. Think I might have a Cuttlefish. Was a slow retrieve as fishing an 8 foot 2-4kg rod with 8lb braid but after a patient retrieve there was the Cuttlefish. Very happy about that!. Not a massive one but had to be 5kg. Then we had a big whale of a tail flap about 40m from the boat and another minute later there was a big booming splash 30m from the boat....oh shivers....can they see us? Was shallow, lots of chop and we had big whales sploshing about us, had thoughts of them hitting the anchor rope. I put Spotify on the stereo on and blasted some tunes (Sail, by Awolnation) so they knew we were there. Maybe I was paranoid. Anyway it worked as one of them came and surfaced right behind the boat very close to our lines. Raised his back and 'Sailed' off. Wow!! Maybe he liked the music, is a great song. Back to fishing. We caught a few Reds 2 were good sizes and one was ok. The biggest Sergeant Baker we have ever seen came on board as well as a tonne of Slimies and Barrcouta. Now here is the greatest moment of my fishing life thus far. I was looking up and over towards the shore and about 60m - 80m away I saw a clip from Shark Week. A huge Shark, easy over 3m easy maybe 4, I am not kidding or exaggerating!. This was a substantially Sized Shark.It was very dark on the top and very light like white on the bottom. It looked Black and White. It left the water entirely, went on it's side, I could see it's jaws open and it fell back to the sea with a mighty big splash. It would have cleared the water by 1.5m - 2m. It was exactly like the shark week footage with the Great Whites. I don't know what it was, but it looked just like the Great Whites on Shark Week breaching. My mate was adamant it would have been a big Mako. I don't know but it was one of those two species for sure. It was pretty well bang on where Shayleys is off Bellambi Reef. So I was completely buzzing out and would not shut up about it. That is hands down the most epic thing I have ever seen while on a boat. Whales saying hello and massive sharks jumping in front of me what could happen next. There are big Sharks off Bellambi Reef, I am an eye witness to it. Settled back into things and we were getting nailed by pickers. I gave the jig head a tug tug and BAM!!! Yupp I was on a red and it was a good one. I have not fished for Reds with such light gear before and it was all on. I was convinced I was going to lose it as the drag was way to tight and the reel I was using was a crapper so was very jerky. Some fiddling and i wound to far (Crappy Reel) and line was flying off so cranked it back, fumble fumble. Got it right and had an epic fight. In it came and attached is a photo of her all prepped. She went 61cm. Don't know the weight but very happy. The clock ticked 8.45 and I called it. Back home before 10am. Happy wife, happy life. Especially after a treat of session like that. 1x 61cm Snapper, 1 Whale, 1 Shark Jump and the biggest Sergeant Baker you have every seen. Oh and the best Snapper Bait you can get (Cuttlefish)
  20. Mojo4fishin

    Botany Bay in Winter

    Good day all, Firstly THANK YOU for taking the time to read this post. I'm new to fishing from a boat , and I normally fish inside botany bay, I was wondering what sort of fish is going to be around in the cooler months in the bay. am not asking for exact locations , but any information will help for a hook up. I would like to hook up a few snapper ( if possible) wether its catch n release ,or keepers it works for me , am not out to bag every fish I catch but to have a great time and get a small feed. Thanks in advance Mojo.
  21. 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!!
  22. flatheadluke

    Plan C

    Put the boat in late afternoon at Terrigal. Missed out on Saturday perfect conditions so had to settle for 25 knot WSW winds, rain and dirty water ???. My go to is lure fishing in close so I did lots of trolling runs, anchored up and threw lures and jigged. A quarter of a tank later I had two small Bonito. That would not feed a family of 4 so I decided to do something I don't normally do, fish into the night. I cut off the lures, dusted off the hook and sinker tackle box and rigged up a paternoster rig and a floater rig. I deployed my frozen burley logs and while the light faded threw lures from the front while the baits soaked. i didn't have to wait long. The bite came on and came on hot!! Every bloody yakka north of Sydney swarmed my baits. At one stage I thought they might all pick up the boat and tip it over. To add insult to injury a heap of frigate mackeral busted up around me but wouldn't take a lure, they were feeding on those small baits, 'eyes' I think they're called? Thankfully, the burley logs melted, the bait fish left and some bigger marks started to show on the sounder. The paternoster rig was pissing me off so I brought it in and switched to just the floater bait. Annoyingly, despite all the activity I couldn't tempt a fish. I tried different presentation methods, retrieves, hooks, strung up some live baits, even tried some scented lures. I couldn't turn a reel!! It was getting colder, windier, the sea was building and I was starting to tire, both physically and mentally. I was peeved that i used up one Bonito and now I had only one left, which would feed only half of one kid. Before throwing the towel in I stumbled across some old green glow sticks in the tackle box and thought I'd give this one final go. Not 5 seconds after the bait hits the water I'm hooked up to an ok size tailor. Brought him in quickly, ok maybe I can salvage a meal here after all. The next 60 minutes was a fish a caste, and it was a bit of everything, a real mixed bag. Tailor, flathead, snapper, squid, even a pike hit the bait. Very cool when you see you glow stick, then the fish hits and and starts swimming towards you!!! I decided to call it a night, I threw back close to a dozen undersized or undesirable fish and kept 4 fish and a squid for the table and two fish for the lemon gardeners (aka neighbours). i left the boat out overnight to clean in the morning, bloody hell it was a mess!!! Blood and guts from rear end to breakfast!!! Thanks for reading. Luke.
  23. recurve

    Rewarded for craziness

    When your the only boat at the ramp and the weather says a rain storm is coming you get the feeling your doing it wrong. So we waited to see if the rain would subside. It did, well enough for us to green light (Did not need much) We launched and the swell was way bigger than 1m on WillyWeather, was actually quite steep and rolling. Anchored up and got to work, whoa, we both felt sick straight up, only one way to cure that. Start fishing! First drop Snapper, not huge but worth keeping. Also hooked a small Kingfish and had a good fight. Then my mate get a massive run and after an epic fight involving anchor rope tangles up comes a 69cm snapper. Even had a huge hunk of weed wrapped around it. As he pulled it toward my net I could see it was only just hooked on a wee thread of sinew. I am a rockstar netsman so I nabbed it and there was tremendous yelling and yaa hooing. Weather started to turn in so not long after that we headed back in, only one other keeper so 3 in total for 1.5 hours of effort. Sometimes being the only one launching is genius. Yesterday it was. Looking forward to snapper season. Here we go!
  24. Dave_

    Stockton Breakwall

    G'day all, Long time no post for me. I went back to NSW a few weeks ago to visit family and of course I went for a fish at a couple of my old favourite spots. Picked up my old trolley and hit Stocko wall and it didn't disappoint. Got heaps of fish and a lot of weird stuff too. Jewie were on, seen 3 20+kg ones get landed right beside me and a lot of big bust offs. Yakkas and slimies were easy to get so fresh cut and whole live baits were the go. Got the Bream, Snapper and all the other rock fish on cut baits and the Jewie on a live crab, good fun on 6lb gear. Big gear and livies didn't get a hit. Almost every cast was a decent fish, not always easy to pull 'em out but heaps of fun. Note: The massive Bream wasn't caught on the wall, the Mrs caught it 2 days prior back home in QLD. It was released. Just thought I'd give you a look. Cheers
  25. markmako

    Snapper fishing in summer

    Hi guys, For all those who enjoy targeting snapper like myself, does anyone have as much luck on them in the summer as they do in the winter? It seems to me that that don't bite as hard in summer. I'm wondering if it's got anything to do with the fact that, generally speaking, summer brings a lot more baitfish to the water, so are they filling up on these baitfish? Does anyone have as much luck on them in summer as they do in winter? It would be interesting to hear everyone's experience. Thanks! markmako