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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. Seeing as it's nearest water to my place I've been exploring what I can catch out of Johnston's Creek lately and have found it extremely productive. First of all, to call it a creek is a slight overstatement. I'm sure it was at some point but it's a pretty standard canal/stormwater drain in reality. Don't get your hopes up about casting at snags like you're on a real river. There's no real structure apart from a couple of bridges and it only fills up to a decent level on a tide over 1.5m. Make no mistake though, the fish know there's food in there and they come up in big schools lookin
  3. I'd heard from a few people that if you fish the inner west storm water drains and canals during or after a big rain you could have some fun catching bream on plastics etc. Turns out they were dead right. Headed down to Johnstons Creek this arvo right in the middle of the heaviest rain we had today. Johnstons Creek is dry at low tide and barely has any water in it unless the tide is over 1.5-1.6m. Today though, the water was pumping out of the storm water drains into the canal and the bream were feeding where the storm water met the incoming tide. I'd had some success in the p
  4. Hi all! Decided to try my luck today at the mouth of Lake Illawarra, using my light shimano spin Rod combo, 2-4kg until I buy my proper saltwater gear. Had this rod since I was a young boy. Anyway it was a fine sunny day perfect temperature, with a bit of breeze as I was in the hunt for my first legal fish! i was there an hour before high tide at 10:00am, there was a few punters already there and then more came later on. The swell was far too strong pushing the line back to the banks. Being a inexperienced but knowledgeable fisho I packed up knowing it wasn't to be as d
  5. 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
  6. With the holidays just starting i thought i would have a quick session on the flats at woy woy for some flatties. The wind was blowing hard not to my favour but it was a nice day and a rising tide. Rigged up with a flash-j shad 3inch, with mullet procure scent, 1/12 jig head and 8lb leader. Waded across the flats until i got to the drop off, never tried here before but it looked very fishy. 2nd cast hooked up to something big that took some big runs but the hook pulled. A few cast later got a few hits on the drop, hook was set and felt straight away that it was a flattie with the familia
  7. Gday Raiders Got my PB Flathead in the Hawkesbury on kayak yesterday it went 75cm Caught on a Z man minnow 4 inch in pearl white. 1\4 Jighead and lots of procure scent. About an hour before low near a old mooring in parsley bay Got a few smaller ones and also a Bream on a grub I was using a 2000 reel 10lb braid and 6lb flurocarbon leader was pretty interesting trying to land it cheers
  8. Gday raiders Still a few flatties around the estuaries these two were caught drifting round moorings on 5 inch samaki bomb shads and 3/8 jig heads as it was deep water Fish were caught at about 40 mins after high The bigger one put up a decent struggle on the light gear They Also cooked up nicely Had scaled one before thinking of putting up a report Long time since last report sorry Cheers
  9. g'day all, I'm planning on going Dow to the St Georges besin for a weekend and was wondering what's lures should i use for the best outcome im targeting flathead, jew fish and bream.
  10. Good day fellow Raiders! It seemed to be the perfect day, I had the day off work, the girl had the day off work, the sun was shining and the boat was ready to go. We started our day at about 11am, launching off orange grove boat ramp and heading towards the rip bridge. We decided to anchor St Hubert's side of the bridge where the current was slow and the water was somewhat clear (for Brisbane waters anyway). After about an hour of flicking plastic and getting zilch we decided to continue to Paddy's channel. On the travel we found a nice sand bar just at the start of Paddy's and
  11. Been catching a few flathead in brisbane waters recently. Also been manging bream and whiting on Poppers amongst the flats. Sorry one of the photos is crap and the other 2 uploaded upside down.
  12. Hi there, new to the site. I used to do a lot of fishing we are about to do a loop of Australia. My wife and I each bought a Shakespeare wild series combo with a 3-5kg rating, putting 8kg fire line and a heavier leader. Was wondering if using 50-65 mm squidgys what weight and size hook should I look for? regards Duzzy
  13. Headed out today for a break from the studies, caught the run out tide around 4pm, and I won't lie I'm one happy amateur fisho. managed to land my first dusky flathead and to top it off my its my first fish caught of soft plastics. Sorry about the pictures only had a thong handy for relative size.
  14. Hey Raiders With Uni exams closing in, and all fishing prospects being out of the question. It was going to be a depressing couple of weeks. But my brother who is my fishing partner watched a dozen or so youtube videos on catching jews on soft pastics and while I was studying he made me ditch the books for a rod to see if we could try our luck on a jew in the cooks This was the first time actually using soft plastics properly (No bait was brought as to not be tempted to switch) so it was more of a learning session than catching. We were using squidgie wriggler and other squdgies on a 3/8
  15. So had an hour or so off today and decided to do a quick fishing session out on the Northern Rockwall extending from Endeavour Bridge into Botany Bay (Near the runway), high tide was about 1800, and I got there just about 1.5hr before it. A few anglers were out there although had no luck. I rigged up with S.P. (fire tiger minnow i think on 1/8 jighead) and casted out against the tide (and the 15kt of wind which picked up). Could barely hit more than 10m, else my S.P. flew back into my face. After about 20 or so minutes, I hit a good 45-46cm flatty, nice and fat. I decided to move about, and sa
  16. Hello Fellow Raiders, My friend and I are looking to do a solid day on SP's, only problem is, we have not had much experience on them, seldomly hooking one up for a shot in the dark when our baited rigs are not providing results. Our success rates extends to maybe a 15cm snapper or bream (if we're lucky). We plan on going out on either Monday (weather permitting) and/or Friday in this coming week and trying out a new rig using only SP's. We were just wondering if anybody know of any solid land-based spots in the Sydney area (we live near the Botany/Port Hacking Region but willing to do a smal
  17. Just curious - a bit of googling suggests that plastics and lures still work at night, and that even using darker or "non bright" colours work fairly well. The curiosity is if this is as effective as using baits at night, or do the problems of being unable to see the lure and line at night just make it too much of a hassle to use lures or soft plastics at night? Question is because I was considering heading out tonight but didn't want to spend the night feeding pickers with servo prawns (I only have a light rig at the moment). Last time I was out after dark I had a go with a SP but it was j
  18. Raiders, Just has a cracking 2 week holiday on the Central Coast with my family. Got out for a fish ocasionaly and just wanted to share some results with you. In summary the video includes snippets from 3 separate sessions and covers captures of Jewfish, Kingfish and Flathead. Hope you enjoy it. Cheers, Dean
  19. Finally a absoloute cracker day on Sunday, next to no wind, not much swell and the leader of the opposition giving me permission to spend a day on the water. Organised my crew who also got permission from their respective ministers. The weather forecast was getting better and better as the week progressed. So everything was pointing in the right direction. It all began on Saturday, fitted a new winch to the boat, played around with the live bait tank and mowed the lawns ( part of the conditons for going fishing from the boss). Spent the night rigging up my gear for the much anticipated fishin
  20. Hello Raiders, 2 weeks ago I returned from a trip to Kurnell and for the first time I used soft plastics. I didn't catch anything although my friend who was teaching me caught 3 flatties and he said it was a slow day. I was addicted. On the way back driving down Milperra Road I was rear ended by a P-plater who I suspect was on his mobile phone. Not only did he not have any insurance but it also snapped my beach rod. Not to worry. The car is currently at the smash repairs thank comprehensive insurance for that. Since this time I have been back to Kurnell to flick again with no luck. Georg
  21. First of all thanks to everyone in this community for giving me the SP bug and for all the "Just keep at it" encouragement! About a week ago I had the afternoon off so headed down to my local under the bridge on the Cooks river as it comes into the bay for another session practising my SP techniques / playing with lure model and size choices, my last report was of the same place where i landed a nice bream there hedging my bets with a bait rod as well, with the SP's just as an afterthought, however this trip I went out solely with SP's, keen to concentrate on improving even if it meant a dou
  22. Hi fellow Raiders, I'm going to be having a crack at the mighty Jewfish starting one evening this week using Soft Plastics. I just wanted to get some thoughts on my proposed set up. I picked up a secondhand X-Rap Rapala 7" 4-9kg rod fairly cheaply on the weekend. I was gonna chuck on a 3000 sized reel, loaded with 20lb braid, and use a 30lb Flouro leader. Does the braid and or leader sound right or a bit overkill? I was gonna tie a standard Albright knot to join the flouro leader to the braid, but read somewhere that instead of the pretty standard 7 winds, do 14. Is there any benef
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