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  1. After having 4 different boats over the years with each heavier than the last i had to find a new way to single launch each of them when needed. With my first 2 tinnies i used to have a long piece of Telstra rope tied to the front and pushed it off the trailer and guided it with the rope to where it needed to be. It worked but wasn't perfect. Problem was carrying so much rope and if the wind was up or i couldn't get a spot next to the wharf. With my latest boat i devised a very simple way that most people could do to single launch. Simply i put a stainless steel Hose Clam around a U Bolt thats on the wench post. I then put a stainless steel Snap Hook through the Hose Clam. Lastly i used a Cambuckle Tie Down put it through the snap hook the over the bow, inside the rail. All i do to launch is have the cambuckle very tight, unwind the wench strap slowly until it tights the cambuckle which now holds the boat from moving back anymore, undo the safety chain then unclip the wench strap, i climb on the boat get the engine in position/ started then release the cambuckle and away i go. I use this on my 5M Trailcraft Plate boat, all weighing around 1 ton. It works every time perfectly. I had looked into the whats available to buy such as boat latch ect but just love how simple this is and it all cost less than $25 all from Bunnings. Please see photos below, if you have any questions please ask. I hope you find this helpful.
  2. Fisho708

    Pittwater Bay Fishing

    Taking my boat to the Pittwater bay area tomorrow, does anybody know what fish you can catch, how to, where to and any other useful information on the area?
  3. pugzthugz

    Fishing at Mosman beach

    Hey everyone, just recently me and a mate went fishing at a beach in Mosman, whilst we didn't catch many fish it was a great day. So we aren't very experienced at fishing from a beach of any manner, we have tried surf beaches before with no success, so you can see why the day before when we were planning this trip we were doubtful about how this expedition was going to unfold. We decided that if we were going to catch fish we must wake up early so as planned, the next day our alarm went off at 5 am. We tiredly gathered our stuff and made our way to the relatively calm beach. It was a horrible journey with 4 rod-holders and rods, backpacks, bait, footys, etc, however, when we eventually got there we were greeted by a nice fresh day and a sunrise that was - whilst slightly obscured by clouds - quite a spectacle. We quickly and eagerly unloaded, rigged, baited and our rods. We had one legitimate beach rod which we loaded up with a paternoster rig and 3 small 2-4kg estuary rods which we loaded with size 4/0 Mustad circle hooks and running sinkers. We were using servo pilchards which I whole-heartedly mistrust. The first half hour was very slow fishing full of what were either very small nibbles or the swell. Another fisherman set up a little way down the beach, he said that he'd caught a few shovel-nose sharks around about where we were. Just five minutes after talking with him my mate was onto a fish, not surprisingly it was a shovelnose, it had swallowed the hook so we cut the line before letting it go. Not long after - when the tide was approaching high - I saw my rod get pulled out of the rod holder and into the wash zone. I sprinted over and picked the rod up, full of adrenaline I rushed the fight causing the hook to pull. I was very disappointed. While I was rebaiting I looked around and saw my mate's rod being pulled down the beach. He ran over to it and similarly to me rushed the fight and dropped the fish. Before he could have time to rant about dropping the fish I saw my rod being pulled in. This time I took my time fighting the fish and safely landed it. It was a 39cm silver trevally, we had forgotten our phones so we couldn't get a photo. We let this fish go. Just after my mate missed a fish I saw my big rod being pulled into the water with amazing pace, I ran and picked it up. Whatever was on the end was fighting very hard. The drag was screaming. It ran straight for the rocks and after a stressful minute, I heard the dreaded twang of it busting me off on the rocks. We both missed another fish before the bite slowed down. We packed up and headed home feeling both content at our progress into the art of beach fishing and annoyed at passing up so many opportunities of fish. Any advice is much appreciated, we are learning. What fish do you reckon I had? I think it was a kingfish (they are common around this area). Is the bait ok? What is more important tide or time? What tide is best? Cheers - Pugz
  4. Hi everyone, Looking for a camping spot for the missus and I, late April. Keen to do some fishing, but will be shore based only. Thinking of trying a new area, anywhere from port stephens to forster, and really not sure whether to aim for beach, river or lake... as i said, i don't know the area very well, and according to Google maps the whole lot is tempting! Given the time of year is between traditional fishing 'seasons', are there any recommendations? Should i try for my first jewie on a beach? Drift bait for bream? Any blackfish spots alive this time of year? I'm open for ideas ??
  5. Fishing TT

    Any crabbing tips for a newbie?

    Hi fellow raiders Went to a shop the other day to buy 4 new crab traps to try out in Botany Bay. I've never caught a crab on a line or used a crab trap so I'm a complete newbie at this. Planning to take out 2 traps using old fish in an old onion bag as bait. (Only taking 2 as I've read people steal them if you don't keep an eye on them ) Would love to get some expert tips around best bait, best time to go crabbing and how long I should soak the trap! Any tips would be awesome! I know asking for location is a hard ask but if anyone can share a good place in Botany to try out the traps that would be awesome. PM me if you want to keep it quiet - i promise not to share. The only crabbing knowledge I have is from watching 'The deadliest catch' so i would think crabbing in Botany would be much easier! haha Thank you guys in advance!
  6. Walker568

    Fishing in Shellharbour

    I am starting to fish again around the Shellharbour region. I was wondering if anyone knew any good spots for larger fish and what sort of tackle I would need ( lures/bait ). I am willing to anywhere in the Shellharbour region. So if anyone has any ideas on where to go and what to bring that would be highly appreciated.
  7. Hi all, We are two very keen fisherman who have been trying for the past six months but believe it or not, all we caught in those 6 months was an undersized bream and a toadfish. We know we are doing something wrong but can't pinpoint it, as we have tried different places: Botany bay boat ramp, Beach next to the runway near the Sydney airport, Patonga and we even hired a tinny at the Cooks River and left without a nibble. We tried different bait: squid, prawn, glow worms, regular worms, live crab and soft plastics, and we don't even get a nibble most of the time. We also tried different hooks and sinkers. Are we just really unlucky or are we doing something wrong or going to the wrong places? If so does anyone have any tips on what to do to increase our chances or do have any better spots than the ones listed above around Sydney?
  8. Hi all, We are two very keen fisherman who have been trying for the past six months but believe it or not, all we caught in those 6 months was an undersized bream and a toadfish. We know we are doing something wrong but can't pinpoint it, as we have tried different places: Botany bay boat ramp, Beach next to the runway near the Sydney airport, Patonga and we even hired a tinny at the Cooks River and left without a nibble. We tried different bait: squid, prawn, glow worms, regular worms, live crab and soft plastics, and we don't even get a nibble most of the time. We also tried different hooks and sinkers. Are we just really unlucky or are we doing something wrong or going to the wrong places? If so does anyone have any tips on what to do to increase our chances or do have any better spots than the ones listed above around Sydney?
  9. Hey Raiders!!! Mate and I are planning to hire a tinnie from Como and looking at maybe boating down and around Woronora system and Georges. As I am normally a non-boater angler, I was hoping to reach some more secluded spots or boat-only access areas which hold a good day of fishing. Just wondering if anybody has had any experiences or know of any consistencies in these systems who would be willing to share/point me in the right direction, and any advice on what type of gear/bait I should use. Ill most likely be armed with 2 roads, Raider with 2500 sienna, and Shimano Sahara with a 3000 reel, both with under 10lb line. Happy Fishing ktan3235
  10. Samuelbrown85

    New to saltwater/ocean fishing

    Hi everyone, My name is Sam and i have no experience with saltwater/ocean fishing and looking to get into it! Most of the time i head out on Pittwater (Church Point) around the board moorings on my kayak and catch small snapper using pilchards or squid. but other then this, i have little to no luck catching anything substatial. I have a friend from work that has a tinny and we have been out from long reef a few times. He has a fish sounder with no gps. We find fish now and then. but actually catching them seems to be a problem. I have never caught a fish with a soft plastic yet, but everyone i speak to says they are the best thing to use. I understand that tidal conditions and the moon help with incressing chance of success What apps would you recommend for weather, tidal conditions, gps mapping etc Also any tips or tricks to better fisherman would be a great help. thanks everyone
  11. 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 small drive further out) which have solid hits with SP's specifically targeting bream and flatty's. Also since we are relatively amateur with SP's, does anybody have any tips on specific jigging techniques, rigs, or what sort of SP's to use for flatty's or breams given weather and lighting conditions etc. Any insight would be appreciated. Happy Fishing Raiders
  12. James Quillan

    Help with Pilchards

    Hey guys, a couple of days ago i went fishing and used frozen pilchards as my bait, and they went well for probably the first hour. After that hour they went really soft and i couldnt even really place them on the hook. I was wondering if anyone had any techniques for preserving the pilchards to keep them from softening up? Thanks, James Quillan
  13. James Quillan

    Narrabeen flathead fishing tips

    Hi guys, im 13 living on the Northern beaches of sydney, and i have been fishing Narrabeen lake since i was 3. I would love to develop my flathead fishing in the area so perhaps you could help me? i would love some pointers on some spots, best tides, lures etc., thanks for the help, James
  14. Gday raiders, First off, awesome site! It's provided a wealth of handy tips for a struggling aspiring angler like myself. I've been bitten by the fishing bug recently and have been keen to throw in a line the last few weekends. I had the idea of checking out the Hawkesbury River around the Brooklyn area as I used to go there semi regularly when I was a kid with great success (some 15 - 20 odd years ago). We used to hire a boat for half a day and always bring back a nice mixed haul of tailor, yellowtail, flatty and even a few hairtail just on handline. I was interested in trying out the old river again, but this time around I'm looking for a decent land based spot I can throw in a line early morning preferably for a relaxing 2 - 3 session. I tried under the bridge there near Kangaroo Point a couple weekends ago and found lots of snags, but brought in a decent legal bream and a slimy catfish looking eel. I was happy to get any action after not fishing for so long. I decided to have another crack last weekend with a mate, but try moving away from the bridge to see if I could find a less snaggy spot. No luck unfortunately, had one decent tug all morning with my mate having a similar experience. It was relaxing nonetheless. I've been reading about the trawling they still do there which has me worried. Even more worrying are some of the reports from this forum of the state of decline the river has been in over the years. Obviously the old river isn't what it once was, but I was still hoping it would still be a decent spot to hit up for a casual fish away from the city when the urge presented itself as I also enjoy the drive from Western Sydney where I am. I'm looking to catch any good eating fish (bream, flatty, etc). I've been using fresh and frozen Hawkesbury prawns as bait on a 3m rod. Was thinking of trying under the bridge again next time I get a chance, targeting the pylons as that's where I had luck a fortnight ago. So I guess I wanted to ask the guys that still fish or have fished these waters recently what I can expect there today? I am wasting my time here? Should I find a better spot to kill some time? I was also thinking of trying Wisemans if Mooney Mooney Bridge I think it's called has just had its day. If anyone else has any spot recommendations or tips for the area, It'd be much appreciated. Cheers, Loco
  15. redbaron

    Fishing Merimbula Estuary

    Spending a bit of time at Merimbula after Christmas. We have a small tinny. Would love some tips on bait gathering and good spots to fish. PM me if you want to keep it quite. Cheers.
  16. LearningFisher112

    [NSW] [Sydney] Rosebay & Watson Bay

    Planning to go to Rose Bay and possibly Watsons Bay for my first fishing trip. Anyone have any tips and tricks? Also I wanted to know if the fish is safe to eat in this area?
  17. LearningFisher112

    Help! Fishing tips!

    Hey everyone I just had my first fishing trip and I wanted to ask for some tips. When a fish nibbles your bite, you can feel it. When a fish eats your bite, you can feel it. When you think a fish has eaten your bite (and hook) what is the next steps? Give it a fast and hard pull and spin, or take it slow and gently? I had more success with the latter one but still unsure what works. The target was bream and whitings. Also what is the purpose of the front drag knob? and when should it be used and adjusted?
  18. ryan169

    Land based crabs

    Hey guys The other day I had some blue swimmer and it was lovely! Since then I have been obssessed with catching my own crabs. Only problem is I'm land based and dont know a whole heap about how to catch them. If you guys could give me some tips about locations, traps or bait it would much appreciated Thanks guys!