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  1. TheCount

    Calamari in the cross-hairs

    Living on the Central Coast and working in Sydney means leaving early 5 days a week to miss the traffic. I'm thinking that I should not be so keen to get to the office but bring a rod and gear with me and check out some areas along the way. Work is at Rhodes, so trying anywhere close is not going to happen so I'm asking for ideas where I can have a go (land based) and I'd love to target squid. Thanks, and I look forward to writing a bit about the experience. TC.
  2. jnrfinatic

    Sydney kings going off

    Left the ramp at 5am for 1 mission and 1 mission only, successfully hook a kingi and get it in the boat for my cousins first king(and let him fight it). Grabbed some Pillies on the way to the ramp and as soon as we got there we headed to spot x and gathered some squid, one decent squid in that spot and off we were to another spot, got 6 squid out of that spot and 3 were humungous so we had enough baits for the day. Fished for more squid cause there was still 2hours till high tide and nothing. 2hours later headed to the kingi spot near north head and as soon as we got there every boat was hooked up, dropped a bait in 14.2m and BOOM the rod buckles like a freight train hit it and unfortunately lost that fish as my cousin wasn't that experienced with kings he didnt know they ran straight to the bottom and he got cut off. Next fish was a massive ray and maritime came near us and took a pic of us fighting the machine on the end of the rod and posted it on facebook, hook pulled and off it goes. Next bait was a hard fighting kingi and the rod almost slipped out of my cousins hand😄😄. Pulled it up and this was the result. 58cm was the length and released it. Next bait dropped and if we hooked up it was my brothers fight and we did, quickly tought him how to use and overhead reel and 2mins later we had a king in the boat. 57cm was length and released it. Next was my turn and always save the best for last and landed this 60cm rat. Fishing was quiet soon after and headed to one white drum in the harbour and bait was dangling from the boat and a king came topwater and we were on.. for 1 second. Kings were everywhere on the sounder and 1king soon after. Called it a day as we had no more bait and actually forgot about the pillies so we left and headed back to the ramp.
  3. Piss'n'Broke

    Jervis Bay

    Hi All. Heading to Jervis Bay with my brother for 10 days after Anzac Day. Was wondering if anyone has been getting a few kings "inside" the bay ie Point Perp, Middle Grounds, Longnose etc? Not after specific locations, just info if they are still around in numbers? As want to minimise the amount of gear we take down if they aren't really about. Also any squid about at the moment? Should we take down extra jigs due to jackets biting you off? Last year at the same time we lost 22 jigs in 7 days, was a expensive BUT rewarding trip. Any info would be greatly appreciate, not after specifics just a general heads up if anyone has any info. A HUGGGGEEE thanks in advance to anyone that could shed some light on the situation down their at the moment. Happy Easter! Dan
  4. BARNEYBROWNLOW

    JEWFISH!!!!!

    Hello, I just recently signed up to fishRaider due to my inability to catch Jewfish. I would love to know rigs and WHERE, Without giving me your secret spots. I live near manly in Sydney and have no clue where is best, i would prefer not to travel long distances and usually fish the Spit bridge, 40 baskets, little manly, north harbour reserve and clontarf. Anyone have any key locations and tips, thanks in advance
  5. Botany Bay Fishing

    Botany Bay mixed bag and lost the big one

    Hey everyone, managed to head out on thursday for a nice change being one of the only times going out during the week thats not in the holidays. Our plan was to target kingfish and hopefully bag a few keepers, so started out nice and early hitting squid an hour before dark at watts reefs, didnt catch any. We moved over to our usual spot at kurnell at first light and boated 4 live squid perfect for kingys. We decided to anchor at the drums with a strong burley trail to start catching some nice fish (which usually works well for us this time of year) after 30mins with no takers or even fish on the sounder we pulled anchor and re positioned still within the drums but closer to the channel stayed for another 30 and no takers. So we moved again, we decided to go to molineaux point being that there wouldnt be 20 boats to compete with. We lost two live squid to leather jackets before we changed tactics and actually started targetting the leathers managing to catch 7 with 3 over 30cm biggest going 37cm which were all turned into an amazing seafood risotto (highly highly recommend). With 2 live squid left we started fishing the top of the water column where 2 rat kings were landed one on live squid the other on a squid head. Then we hooked the big one on 50lb gear with drag near 70% spat the hooks after a 5 minute fight. To put that into perspective the two rat kings 62 and 64cm were caught with the same setup and drag setting and were boated within a minute or two. Then the storm picked up around 10:30ish so we headed for the boat ramp with a feed of leather jackets and a good days fish
  6. TangerinelandbasedmachinE

    PB Sydney harbor squid

  7. Tdogz

    Chrissy fishing week 2

    Hey raiders Week 2 so on the 3/1/19 we arrive back at Jervis Bay with a rumour or 2 that the water had heated up and kings were starting to show up after the 2nd group run out of fuel on the highway a 5am start turned into a 6:30am start , boat ramp packed we finally managed to get on water 10 yakkas in the boat in 5 mins he head to squid grounds and they were very picky took us 3 locations to land the 1st so we left him in the water to attract his mates 15 mins lates 6 of his friends in the tank we then head to straight to point to find no boats, hmm worrying, first 2 live squid go over and we start trolling within minutes sounder is lit up with massive bait schools and even bigger marks following it next thing we know Stella is screaming on high drag this is the 1m king , after about 8-10 minutes of fighting it seeing big colour in the water my knot pulls almost boat side goodbye pb king and my hopes and dreams with it haha regroup and we go agian mates rod screaming off it tits and reffed before we could even do anything , so after the next hour my mates rod got reefed 4 times and I managed to land a 76cm king on the Stella He regroups and lands a 74cm king without live bait left and conditions getting worse and worse we had to call it a day I promise the next 1m king will not be getting the same chance this one did wetherman no good us over so we didn’t manage to get back out there cheers tdogz tightlines
  8. Tdogz

    Chrissy fishing week 1

    Hey raiders Week 1 so on the 23/12/18 I headed down to Jervis Bay to chase some the start of the kings with a mate Arrived on the squid grounds and within 5 mins we had 3 squid they were bloody firing probably something to do with the overcast/raining conditions after the next hour we had 15 squid Our plan was to head to point perp but the swell was way to large to get there so we settled for middle gorunds were we managed 1 rat 59cm king before conditions worsened so we called it a day 24/12/18 loaded with Fresh squid he headed straight to point we trolled for 2-3 hours marking only bait , so we handed for middle grounds and continued trolling there Within 20 minutes my Stella was screeeeming, my instant thought was finally the 1m king I’ve been looking for but then it ran straight to the surface so that was out of the question , marlin maybe? So after about a 25minute fight we were met with a 2 meters hammerhead shark what a experience it was! Trolled again for another rat king in the low 60s Day went quiet after that so we headed in! 29/12/18 was camping with a group of mates all amutaur fishos so I thought I’d take em out to catch some squid all catching squid then I hook on to a monster , big big pluses after a very careful and slow fight I was met with a 39cm hood green eye boys were frothing and pb for myself! cheers tdogz tight lights
  9. Hey raiders Been awhile since my last post due to winter and nothing worth posting about So lately I’ve been setting out with trying the catch the first kingfish of the season (Always the hardest) So after roughly 2-3 trips returning with a donut, This weekend produced the goods ——Saturday—- So as normal day starts with catching some fresh live squid for bait and within about 1 hour off cronulla we had 10 lives ready to set out With the conditions over the weekend not ideal for offshore fishing we set out in the hacking Over that past couple of trips I’ve been marking them in Gymea Bay and lilli pilli but they were only taking the micro baits So set out in lilli pilli and after a troll of 30 of minutes I’m marking up a decent school holding the bottom then boom! Double hook up on the kings me and 1st mate both score our first kings of the season 1st 63cm 2nd 58cm , this continued for another 3 fish each all undersize till we called it a day —-Sunday— So on back on the water for the low tide change.. geared up with the leftover squid from the Saturday we had back over to lilli pilli and just happen to find a school of bait while setting up the rods , then a few moments later the sounder lit up with big marks So out when 2 squid.. within seconds 2nd mates rod bends and starts screaming after a good fight a 71cm king comes in the boat ( his first king of the season aswell) then it went all quite fished for a another 3 hours for nothing Kings are back baby get amongst it! Cheers tdogz Tight lines!
  10. Tdogz

    Hacking kings 25-11-18

    Hey raiders 6am start at Yowie Bay as most of my reports go straight off to catch some squid just off cronulla, boy we’re they fired up! Within a hour half we had 9 perfect live baits and 2 high 20s squid for dinner ready to go the swell still very big out the heads and south was not ideal , so we tryed along the moard boats along lilli pilli marking plentiful bait almost everywhere no marks though so we headed into Gymea for basically the same result after 2 hours of potting slowly around we had nothing then I noticed some birds hitting the surface plus a couple bust ups in the distance back over near lilli pilli.. when we arrive we were met with 3 other boats but no action soon the other boats disappeared so we decided to slow troll some lives around and my mate got a solid run then dropped still unsure weather it was tailor or kings we vernture back through for the Stella to start screaming (drag very loose) on the end my first legal king of the season! 66cm and fat! Caught 2 more rats then quite , so we headed home with sashimi & calamari in the esky Heard Botany Bay container wall was firing with kings over the weekend anyone confirm this? Cheers tdogz - tightlines
  11. 1 HARD YAKKA

    Howdy

    Hey guys just joined this forum. Just wanted to say hello and I’ll be looking forward to posting some reports I usually fish outside based in Sydney but also go upto Port Stephens a lot 😎
  12. Hi Guys, Just wanted to see if anyone can give me any ideas on how to clean my squid jigs, reason being is because they smell like crap from the EgiMax spray I use all the time. What is the best way to clean them as well as my tackle box and how often should I clean and service my reels? Thank You Zaki
  13. mrollo

    quick squid session

    Hi radiers, Went for a quick squid flick last Thursday night with a mate just to get out of the house for a bit. I was hoping to get a couple for bit when i go out on the kayak next time, but i wasn't expecting to get anything like i did. after about 15mins of flicking i thought i got a snag, but then it started running and kept running!! ended up getting this specimen, which measured 40cm hood and 95cm to the top of the candle. more than enough for a couple of S&P squid dinners, while still having enough for some bait. tight lines
  14. KingieRun

    Can’t find them

    Hey Guys, Over the last couple of weekends I’ve been heading early in the morning in Middle Harbour in hopes of some squid for bait, every trip has produced zilch. I’ve tried around the spit and around Quaker’s hat, consistently throwing at least 30 casts. Is anyone else having no luck in Middle Harbour or is it just me? Kind Regards, KR
  15. trigunner54

    Port Hacking

    After a long time absent from fishing with Uni and everything, a friend messages me Sunday night, "reckon you will be up by 4:30, Monday morning?, Gonna fish for some squid". Didn't even bother sleeping, was already was out till pretty late. We still ended up arriving at Wally's wharf by 6:30am (behind schedule). We first drifted around the seaweed patches near Jibbon beach and jeez, it was damn cold. Drifted 3 times before we headed off to another location with nothing in the bag. the water here, dropped of to about 7-9m of water and took 20seconds for the squid jig to sink (not sure if i was doing it right). On my third cast, after letting it sink for around 20seconds, the line quickly takes off followed by the nice sound of the reel's drag system. Squid came in after a steady fight and was netted, measured at around 27cm hood length (first large squid for me!). We drifted near the area a few more times and ended up catching some more with 3 around 25cm hoodlength and 2 at 20cm hoodlength. With some squid in the bag, and no more other catches after a while, we fished around moored boats with soft plastics. Lots of bites and small runs for me before the fish lets go of the lure, but friend did catch a few small snapper and a 28cm bream. there were also some large tyres in pretty shallow water on the sand flats with a few 40cm + blackfish around them which got spooked off as our boat approached closer. Called it a day shortly after. Was happy i finally caught some larger squid but definetly need to wear more clothing, could barely feel my fingers out in the water.
  16. Berleyguts

    Hmm... Dinner, or Bait?

    Took my boat to the local dealer yesterday for a routine service on my 60 ETEC. He rang yesterday to say it’s running well but needs a new solenoid, under warranty. Left it overnight as the part needed to be ordered. Well, it didn’t come in today, so I am boatless for a few days. I could have picked it up and used it on the weekend then take it back next week but I’ve lost my voice and am pretty crook with a cold, so I thought I’d rest up... but... I’m going stir crazy! I stopped in for a look at a breakwall near home this afternoon. Good to see the luderick are looking active. Then I spotted a few squid moving around. Headed home and grabbed a rod and some jigs. Got one nice fat one, then lost another and that was it. Also lost a decent bream on a Squidgie. It’s a good size but I’m torn. Do I cook it, or try and convert it into a snapper or a jewie?! ?
  17. Tdogz

    Jervis bay kings 4.2.18

    Hey raiders Started fishing on the Saturday morning at 6am within minutes have squid flying in the boat so looks like they have bounced back from all the holiday traffic had 9 within a hour and half Then decided to head over to chase some kings had a quick slow drift past but the swell and wind was to big so called it so headed back for more bait for Sunday 20 squid total on Saturday Sunday same start time geared up with the squid from Saturday thought I’d flicked a squid jig while mate parked the car scored 2 lives then headed straight out to point first two baits down and within minutes two massive hits nethier hooked up 8 rats followed that 2 at 64cm being the biggest all returned decidded to call it a day until we saw something huge chasing a flying fish then we saw the bill of a marlin or swordfish.. have never thrown out lure faster in my life trolled for 20 mins then actually called it a day cheers Tdogz tight lines
  18. rickmarlin62

    Squid again

    got bored last nite and went to the locsl jetty again stocking up on bait bit slow but ended up with a few
  19. Tdogz

    Jervis bay kings 3-2-18

    hey Raiders 8 weeks till I have to give up the house to start renting out so will only have about 4-5 trips left As usual me and 2 other mates on my boat but this time 2 other mates came down in there boat Launched at 6:30am told them to catch the squid and we would try catch yakka for the first time , found that most other boats would head straight west from Murray beach boat ramp to a bouy so did the same and bait was everywhere! Sorted! We had roughly 20 live yakkas in 10 mins so we boosted back over to meet the boys they had only caught 2 squid so we joined them and within 20 mins we had 12 in our boat and 6 in theres we then boost over to the king grounds we we meet 15 other boats but no markings what so over! Tryed everything soft plastics, jigs , live yakka , squid.. nothing this continued for about 2-3 hours then I decided to do a lap see if I can mark anything then BOOM! found the bait fount the kings then all hell broke loss everything getting smashed Ended up with 6 legal fish only taking home 2 between the 2 boats as that’s all we needed biggest going 78cm cheers Tdogz tight lines!
  20. Mdub10

    Spit Bridge Squid

    Hi Raiders, Long time browser, first time poster. Was hoping to get some advice on catching squid around Spit bridge. Are they around during the day or just around lights during the night? Is it best to drift through the boats until you find them on Mosman side or Clontarf side? Would appreciate any advice as i cant seem to find any but see reports of them being caught at "spit bridge" Cheers
  21. G'day fellow Raiders, long time reader first time poster (I hope i've posted in the right section, please correct me if I haven't) I've been down Avoca rocks recently (almost every day for 2 weeks) morning and night, spinning metals for Bonito, such as, Halco twisty (15 up to 55 Grams) and a few others which names escape me. I usually throw my bigger rod out with 1.7 metre trace with gang hooks and float with a salted pilchard and leave to sit while I spin off spinners ledge. I have had zero luck! I was lucky enough to bump into Ray R (Top Bloke!), to whom i've met a few times here and there and he was kind enough give me a few pointers although, still no luck. Does anyone have any pointers? Am I doing anything wrong? People seem to be landing Bonito left, right and centre around me, it seems I just don't have "the magic touch" Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Raiders, Itscaca.
  22. Miketheangler

    Sydney Harbor Kingfish

    Heading out on my kayak hopefully b4 the school holidays start, looking to target kingfish. Planning to have my kayak on the beach and ready around 4:45am while I'm on the wharf catching some lives. As for bait, will LIVE SQUID AND YAKKAS outfish CUBE PILLIES? I was looking into slowtrolling the baits around mooring edges and casting a few deeper into the moorings aswell, as for trace will the usual mulloway rig from the tackle shop work or will you need fluerocarbon? How will the sinker be placed or is there any sinker at all? I was going with this, 20lb braid to 30lb fluero double smelled setup with a small bean sinker sliding above the 2 hooks. ( sinkers would probably vary from a pea size sinker to a 2 ounce pebble)
  23. josh tusa

    Squid help

    hey, i was wanting to target squid for a feed/live bait and i was wondering the type of conditions or habitat they live in? (e.g Dropoffs, structure) and what lures // rigs are good to use, thanks any info helps.
  24. lachie1325

    Squid rods

    Hey guys, I was just wondering what rods everyone could recommend for squid underneath $150. Preferably around a 3-6kg weight rating and a cast weight of around 25g as it will be used for other species as well (but mostly squid). all recommendations appreciated.
  25. josh tusa

    Squid Fishing Caloundra?

    Hey, Is Squid fishing good in caloundra? ive got a tone of diawa jigs, are there any good spots or anyone know of any nice sandy weed beds? thanks