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  1. Hi all, Been fishing Chowder Point since my last post with mixed results. Last Sunday was the most interesting session as I had frozen cabbage to see how that would work having read about it on another post. On Thursday 27/8 headed up to northern beaches and collected some cabbage. went straight to Chowder Point for a couple of hours and landed 3 Lulerick see pic. That night I froze the rest of the cabbage carefully after removing the water with a spinner, On Saturday 28/8 went to the same spot with the frozen cabbage and landed only 1 Luderick for a 2 hour sess
  2. Been fishing hard these couple of months been trying to chase jewies but still no luck landbased. However few days ago did manage to hook up to what I believe was a big kingy I would say easy 80cm plus on my bg6500 . Was fighting for a good few 15 to 20 minutes, so close to landing but ended up cutting me off by the pylons. Did manage to catch a few other kingies though one 65 and one 74cm. Other night caught a few big breams one being 41cm my pb and 38cm tailor. Also caught random eel and blue swimmer by catch.
  3. With all my regular Eastern Beaches Rock fishing spots closed due to the crackdown on beach goers, I decided to socially isolate myself in a dinghy on Sydney Harbour on Sunday. I launched off one of the small harbour bays just before midday, as the last of a the tide was coming up. Drifted into about 6ft of water and started casting the Ecogear vibe over sand flats - BINGO! First two casts netted me two nice flathead. Figured I’d get a feed before chasing some bonito, but no more bites after that. Rowed a bit further out into the deeper water, about 15-20 meters and started dropping
  4. Hi All, I've learnt a lot from this forum over the years so thought I'd share a few tips on what's been working for me when targeting Sydney Harbour bream on topwater lures. It's an extremely addictive and accessible way to fish if you live in the city. Once you've cracked the code you'll be hesitant to throw much else for bream when targeting them with lures. Most of my experience is based on my local waterway which is Blackwattle Bay / Rozelle Bay. I also have no boat or kayak so fish exclusively from the shore. The same bream rules apply for where to find them - look for
  5. G day raiders. Been itching for a fish for a few weeks now and finally get a chance this coming Tuesday morning!! Anyone have any suggestions as to a target species? I keep going back n forth between bream, blackies and salmon. Not sure what species is biting best at the moment in the harbour as I've been out of action for a few weeks at the least. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.
  6. G'day Raiders. Now that the Luderick are in the spot light over the next few months we will see a tonne more reports and tips about these bronzed brawlers - probably some bigger biceps too from hauling these fellas in. However, a question that isn't ever really covered in fishing magazines and rarely on forums is targeting these beauties at night time. In the past, I have caught a couple of Luderick while fishing for bream at night over the flats up at The Entrance on live Nippers and prawn baits. From what I have read on a few past forums is that it is definitely not unheard of
  7. G'day Raiders. Crack of dawn i rocked up at Woolwich to strengthen my blackfishing some more - And oh boy were they hungry today. First cast in and the float shoots down. After a bit of a lengthy fight, a whopping 43cm lud. - my best yet...couldnt be happier. Two more followed after this. I was on a roll. Then something strange happened...my float stopped mid drift...4 or 5 seconds of just sitting motionless the float bolts down to the deep faster than a jet. Couldnt believe it. Stirked as usual but this where my heart really started to pound...whatever was on the end of the lin
  8. G'day all. Felt like i should share a report rather than always mooching information from here. Had the alarm set on Monday morning at 4am...woke up chirpy and ready for action by 3.45am. Zipped on over to brave the chilly ocean water to collect 3 types of weed: stringy, cabbage and ribbon weed from a low platform at Manly. Burleyed up and started fishing at Woolwich by 520am. Even though it was still relatively dark i had my first down within 10 seconds on the first drift on cabbage bait. After a bit of hit and miss with the striking i landed my first blackie of the day. Absolu
  9. G'day Raiders, I was hoping to get some tips towards my blackfish fishing. I've read tonnes of articles and forums, watched a stack of videos and I also manage a few luderick when I'm up at The Enterance and Long Reef (thanks again KB for your help). So today I fished at the south western end of the Spit (between the marina and the bridge) targetting blackies at both sides of the high tide. Unfortunately, the water was crystal clear and only managed a few downs (no hook ups-and that's after numerous bait depth adjustments, using cabbage and string weed AND trying different bait
  10. So we decided to go to the harbour yesterday as it has produced some solid Jews and kingies for us. Had the bait tank filled with yakkas from the usual spot in rosebay by 5am We had them down in the water at our jewfish spot which has produced 5 weeks in a row. Nothing... nothing at all. There were around 30 boats around wedding cake West but knowone at our spot. We accepted defeat at 10.30am and headed back in. The boat ramp was busy with boats who had accepted the same fate. I decided to be nosy and chat with the other guys retrieving to make myself feel better about the day by
  11. I took the opportunity to take a quick morning fish before work at a little bay near work. I got there at 6am and the tide was a perfect low to allow me to wade out to cast SPs to the drop off from the flats. First cast, and very first flick of the SP, and I got a good hit. Second cast, another solid hit. Good signs. A few casts later, I pulled in a legal flattie. Shortly after followed by another slightly bigger one. Plenty of smaller flatties followed after that. I was constantly moving around the bay but at one point it was pretty much a flattie every cast. I've fished this spot
  12. Hi Raiders, Just wondering if the old timers and the more recent think there are more or less fish in the harbour over the last 5 years.
  13. Hi Raiders, Started fishing from my own boat last June 2016, so fairly new boat is up for 200 hr service. Kicked off with a session with no no no, and got some great pointers on where to target certain fish and bait. Since then I have noticed the charter boats moving around the harbour as the seasons change. I was wondering if there is a fishing almanac that tells me where and when to target different fish species in sydney (I launch from roseville) in particular bait like squid or slimmys and where best to use that bait. And do you raiders think keeping a fishing diary is worth while. Cheers
  14. Hi Fellow Raiders This Season I have set myself the goal of catching some bigger kings in Sydney Harbour. I am wanting to get a few over the magical 1metre mark if possible and know that from all I have read - using live squid as the bait is key. I have caught stacks of rat kings with the occasional legal one being hooked. Biggest has been 74cm. So Friday I went out for my first real targeted trip in Sydney Harbour to try and catch some squid then see if I could hook a King. I know that the season is early but have heard reports that there are kings around. After 2 1/2 hours of squidding
  15. Hi Raiders, a couple of weeks ago, I dragged the tinny up from Canberra to revisit one of my old haunts, the Great Sydney Harbour, via Roseville Ramp.It was to be a family day with wife and two boys and everyone was pumped for a good day on the harbour. As Canberra is about a 2 hour trek to the coast, the boat had laid dormant for some time. So I had put on the trickle charger over night and thought she will be right. Got the boat into the water, but not off the trailer, and the engine wouldn't turnover. The battery was completely dead. Curses were uttered, kids began to mutiny. Eldest boy,
  16. Hi Fishraiders My neighbor found himself in trouble this morning when paddling his ski about 100m around Dobroyd point and was wiped out by a rogue wave around 8.30 that washed his ski about 40 m away and heading towards the rocks. He was still in the break zone and along way from anywhere that he could get safely to shore. Gavin would very much like to thank an unnamed fellow ski paddler that dragged him out of the break zone and managed to flag down two fisho's named Mike and MIke who helped him aboard their boat and gave him a lift to shore. ;Good on you guys for keeping an eye out and help
  17. gday raiders today i headed out on sydney harbour for a fish got to drummoyne at 9:00am and headed for sow and pigs reef i arrived and there were a few boats fishing there i ended up with about 20 trevally ranging from 27-35cm i kept a few for a feed then i decided to troll north head for a salmon with some new xraps i had one red head and one aussie special colour out not even a hit for about a half hour so i gave up and fished just off the quarntine head i got a lot of undersized pinkies and some 30cm trevally and then left i headed to my last spot just near H.M.A.S head i arrived a
  18. Took to the harbour early Friday morning. Got up a little later that intended so I headed straight for Clifton Gardens to get some yakkas for bait. There were plenty there although they were all a bit too big for my liking. I checked out wedding cakes with the sounder but there were no signs of the Kings I was looking for. I headed over to the sticks and there were a few fish on the sounder but nothing like a few weeks ago. Water temperature was close to 23 degrees. There was a breeze from the NE and it was about half way to the top of the tide. I have a Minn Kota
  19. Hi Fishraiders, I was wondering how the general Sydney fishing community felt about swimming in the harbour. I have been dioing it for 30 years or more ( mostly along the inner beaches on south head) but recently, I caught glimpse of a shark in the habour around sow and pigs reef and I am now getting a little paranoid. The statistic say that its very unlikely... more chance of dying in a car crash on the way to the harbour, not fatal attacks in 50 years... still... I am losing my confidence and I am beginning to hear the jaws music eveytime I take a dip! Many of you will have heard of the
  20. Hey guys! Going to Darling Point this Saturday night What do i need to know? I'm going with a mixed group. We've chosen Darling Point because some of them don't enjoy fishing so much, so we wanted something comfortable What's the most productive thing to do? I was planning on burleying up, trying to catch some yakkas, throwing a line out for Jews or anything else that bites. Whilst that's happening in the background, i'll be bottom bashing with possibly yabbies or squid on a 1m leader Any advice for the area? Any other suggestions?
  21. Went out in the boat on Sunday morning looking for Kings For various reasons, including birth of baby boy and a dislocated shoulder, this was only the second time I've been out this season. Got six or seven arrow squid in the tank by 7:30 and then went looking for Kings. Started with downrigging around the Spit. Spoke to some guys in yaks that had only caught a rat each so headed for the main harbour. Got a rat at the wedding cake under the noses of 3 other boats not turning a reel. Nothing at the other markers. Went to the carpark at Old Mans Hat and saw a client of charter boat bring a
  22. Long day on the harbour started at sunrise collecting yakkas from balmoral then to sow and pigs. No luck either side of the tide change except for one kingy smashing a livey which I dropped..... :-( . Explored middle harbour and north head. Back to sow & pigs for the following low tide. Scored the 63cm flatty on a soft plastic. Then back to the pylons near the island at rose bay. Landed the 75cm kingy half hour after low tide about 6pm. Made the whole day worth it! PS water police came for the standard safety gear check at mid morning at sow & pigs
  23. Well I made the long trip down from Bathurst in the early hours of the morning to arrive at Rose Bay at about 5am. So we set the boat up and met a fellow raider at the ramp and had a bit of a yarn before we launched. We headed over to Balmoral to try and get some live's without any luck. So we got ready to head out through the heads. The sun was starting to get ready to break and was looking like a great day for it. As we headed out through the heads, we dropped our spread and started to troll due East toward the sun hiding under the horizon. I was trying out my new scent blazer skirts. Th
  24. Fished the harbour land based at one of my regular spots east of the bridge. Not a ferry or plank of wood or jetty rat in sight too! (Its nice to find little spots that you're not always wondering if there's gonna be someone else fishing it already). A good high tide at dusk and had 2 week old vac frozen squid for bait. Interesting mixed bag and first flounder on squid. The whiting fought very well and measured 42cm. Both the whiting and flounder were caught on squid baited for jews (snelled rigs - size 5 octopus hooks). I was packing up and had a squid strip out under a float - hoping for
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