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  1. Went out with my mate John, fished out of my boat on Friday 30 April. Hawkesbury Park boat ramp at 8.00am and anchored close and south of Captain Cooks Bridge Botany Bay side Day before pumped about 50 nippers at at Sandringham. Tied was last two hours moving to high In the first half hour hooked 4 bream undersized... We only wanted to fish for a couple for hours so did not want to move ... burlyed up more and added a tin of oily sardines, a left over from one of my lunches days before I chucked in the freezer. Next hour I landed 2 bream largest 30cm and a trevally... my mate John landed a trevally about same size. See pics Right on high tied ... no more bites so packed up and went home Not many fish but enjoyed the morning out. BTW... The 2 trevally I made sashimi that night ,so fresh with soy and wasabi . My mum rarely eats sashimi.. but she said she knows its fresh Cheers Mr.T
  2. Tried to escape the wing hit the piers in Walsh bay with bread and pilchard caught a few decent trevally on Pilchard and bread, consistent burley and leaving the bail open drifting unweighted baits in the trail worked best a lot of takes from yakkas or smaller trevally I presume. Wind made it extremely hard but we still managed
  3. So I went for a quick flick this morning in the bay and caught a nice trevally. When I got it home I put it in the sink and noticed something in its mouth moving slowly. I pulled it out and saw another bigger one in its mouth. I googled it and found out they are a crustacean parasite that eat the fishes tongue, then continue to suck it's blood and it then replaces the fishes tongue. Ive never seen or heard of anything so disgusting, it's put me off eating the fish! Has anyone else came across them and nearly vomited? https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/phenomena/2013/02/28/tongue-eating-fish-parasites-never-cease-to-amaze/
  4. There are a few gutters at the northern end of Wanda beach that are good for fishing at low tide. The only thing is you need to arrive a bit late at somewhere after 10 am so that you won’t be harassed by the hundreds of dogs enjoying the free run. (Leash free time). This weekend, I made a mid day trip each on Saturday and Sunday. About 3 hours fishing each day finishing about 2pm, just before high tide. Generally fishing is good when water is low and gets slower when water is higher. All up for the two trips, I caught 5 good Flathead (ranging 40-50cm), 7 tailor, 1 bream of 32cm, 1 flounder of 38cm (could have been my PB), one Trevally, and one tarwhine just made into the legal size at 24cm. I was fishing with pilchard and again limiting to 10 pilchard each trip. I used a light action 12ft beach rod I bought last weekend. Yesterday I used a $25 reel spooled with 15 lb mono and refuced the line to 12lb today. The light line worked a lot better and it could be still a bit lighter. The goal was to catch bream. With one bream caught and complimented with a flounder, no complaints at all. Attached a photo of today’s catch. cheers Charles
  5. 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
  6. Would a rogue blue point 12ft 2 peice combo be good for beach fishing for species such as bream, flathead, shovelnoses, salmon, trevallies or even kingfish? cheers - pugz
  7. Howdy guys Hit the hacking with my brother and father yesterday to test our luck. Launched my tinny at yowie bay at about 5.30. Ramp was packed already so im guessing everyone wanted to get a good fish in before the wind picked up at 11ish as did we. First thing off to south west arm. Drifted from the ruins down the edge for abit. My brother and father are just bait fisherman so they just had a prawn and a pillie on a paternoster rig while i flicked plastics for nil. The pinky snapper were everywhere as usual but no legal fish couple at 27-28cm. At around 8 tryed the other side of SWA across from the ruins. My dad got a massive whitting that went 38cm and my brother one just legal. I had been flicking a mix of plastics all morning for nil. 😣 Knowing the the wind was close we headed back to around the mouth of yowie bay in about 13mt of water so we could head back in when it got nasty. Wanting to get a fish in the boat so i decided to throw my bait rig down with a pillie tail on it. No more than a min later i was on to a nice flatty 51cm and happy to have a fish in the boat πŸ‘ if the flatty were biting should go back to plastics i thought so i chucked on my go to plastic a 4" burkley nemesis on a 1/6 jig head. I cast at a near by moored boat and my sp hit the hull and went straight down, just what i wanted. I lift my rod for the first jig and bang i was on zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, at first i was thinking it was a solid flatty but it was fighting way to hard. After about a 5-10 min fight i got to see colour, just what i was hoping it was....... a kingy, my first on sp and he had some mate with him probly 3-4 😁 so i quickly netted measured 60cm so a few pics and back in the drink he went. Next cast same spot couple of jigs boom on again cheerin this one fights even harder than the king so im thinking a kingy but bit bigger for sure. After an awesome fight up comes a huge 53cm treavally 😲 never had i seen one so big. so excited high fives all around. Pic does this fish no justice! Kept at it for another half hour or so for nil, the wind picked up so we headed for home. Back at the boat ramp at 12ish. Good day had by all πŸ˜βœŒπŸ‘
  8. Hi guys, this is a two day report from the weekend. Part 1: Saturday Sydney Harbour - boat Great conditions forecasted though the morning wind at home suggested otherwise! Glad dad and i went out, as conditions became truer to forecast as the morning woke up. We worked the stretch between Grotto Point all the way to Cremorne Point - no bustups, a few sitting birds and a nice encounter of some big swirls - resulting in soft plastics missing their rear end and lots of frustration. Time to move on! Based on previous reports of Goat Island kingies, we headed towards the Harbour Bridge. What a sight when we arrived! Of course there was just under a hundred seagulls picking the remains of what was being torn up beneath the surface RIGHT under the Harbour Bridge. Moving past the bridge , towards Goat Island, we worked the area all for nought, fish getting busted all around us and not a bite on a full assortment of soft plastics, metals, hard bodied and even flies! Having given up hope in the increasingly hot weather, told dad to pack it up, who was working a 6" white slapstix off the bottom, when I heard the sound of reel screammmmmm! A few precarious moments later, dad boarded a fat 69cm kingie! What was a jovial moment quickly turned as a police boat told us off for being in a channel zone - a new lesson learned which i've taken onboard, though I wonder how many of the other 5-6 boats who were closeby and some UNDER the bridge took on the same lesson. Its been a while since the last king, am absolutely invigorated to chase them again! Gear used for the kingie: 6-8kg 7' Shimano sonic , sienna 4000, 20LB kastking mega8, 30lb leader, 5/8oz 3/0 jighead, 6" white slapstix. Part 2: Sunday Botany Bay - kayak Near perfect conditions in the early morning - ready to go with live nippers and two bream rods, was going out with whiting in mind, targetting 2-5m deep water, flats. Lots of tiny snapper later, wind starting to pickup, decided to work the launch area one last time - just off the beach, falling tide, along the dropoff ridge. Cast out and sat back - then reel starts peeling - a nice trevally. Cast out a few times, changed anchor positions (getting tough with winds increasing), nothing. Start reeling in one rod and hits a snag - the snag proceeds to shake and pull drag like no snag before! A few moments later, a fat 50cm flattie in the net! That's dinner! After that, the wind was really going - I think it was blowing against current which made the kayak turn one way, then another, then back again - no amount of adjusting the anchor trolley and rudder could stabilise the yak. Bring the lines in and pack it up! Oh man, I was not prepared - the same rod that picked up the nice flattie earlier had a real bad snag on it - then it absolutely screammmed! The third physical force on the kayak, after the wind and current, was whatever was on the end of the line! Now, I'm using 6lb braid, 8lb fluoro so of course I had take it easy but being anchored and with turbulent conditions, had to put as much drag as I could. Lots of spinning the rod around the yak like a lasoo and splashing - a 70-80cm flattie appeared! Warning: heartbreaking section coming now. I had netted the flattie, though only less than half its front fitted the net - its tail sticking out. Then it started to thrash. Slapping the net, slapping the yak ( I copped one as well) and SNAP! the leader broke and it fell into the water and got away! I'm sure everyone in a 500m radius, on land and on water, could hear my profanities. After that I rage quit and headed beached the yak to begin the packup and cleaning. With a few nippers left over, I fished the drop off, land based, landed a 35cm flattie first cast and not much else after - trying for a hail Mary to get that monster flattie but I'm sure it was playing it safe after almost being caught ! Gear used: Rod 1 - a cheap cheap 2-4kg 6'6 Okuma rod (caught all the fish though), 2000 kastking Sharky ii, 6lb kastking superpower braid and 8lb fluoro. Rod 2 - 2-4kg 7' Shimano catana, 1000 Sedona FD, 4lb gallant braid, 8lb fluoro leader. Rig used: running sinker rig, to a 1/0 circle hook. Overall a great weekend - fish caught, lessons learned, venting in nature and endless biat and yak cleaning. Can't wait to do it all again next weekend!
  9. Hi Guys, Recently new to Fish Raider but loving all the on hand information and help given by everyone! I recently decided to go for a evening fish where Balmoral Boat shed is, the wharf there has a lot of foot traffic but l just set up and had a small little section right at the top of the circular wharf there and ended up being a great little evening. I decided to set my rigs down near some boats and set up 2x Rods using lights Gear, I used pilchard on one rod and prawns on the other (6-10pm) HT of (1.62m) - 13 Degrees Surprising the pilchard was the one being smashed up by the fish and the prawns looked like it hadn't even had a nibble. I didn't use any burley I just smashed up some pillie and chucked it in the water as the night went on. I was lucky enough to catch the following. Flathead (34cm) Bream (27cm) Trevally (Small) "Didn't measure" I found it quit nice to fish from that location without having a large number of people crowding the area like Clifton gardens so to speak. Great if you have kids and want them to have a safe fishing adventure - I have attached a little map with parking location and where l fished from that evening. I hope you enjoyed my first report (Any tips on how to make the reports better please let me know) HAVE FUN AND AS ALWAYS GOOD LUCK CATCHING !! Regards, Micheal!
  10. Gday Raiders Starting a Thread about the Gold Coast Seaway as i fish it a lot recently for kingys and wonder if any other Raiders fish it? Anyone get jew on the Surface there before? Tracking Kingy's? Anyone target the massive Tuskfish i see along the rocks all the time? Should i be throwing sinkers at the boats that have no courtesy for shore fisherman? haha jokes yeah but comment with your catches and recommendations please! Any locals who havent yet check out what comes through there on youtube there is always vids going up
  11. How better to relax on a Sunday afternoon than a session with rod in hand. After meeting with Pompom we headed to Balmain wharf east. We set up with light gear and paternoster rigs. Squid as bait. No joy at Balmain apart from no jokes, a starfish each. It's becoming apperant to me that the harbour is over run with starfish. After a swift move to Blackwattle Bay, we cast out again with squid. First cast Pompom hooked in to a ripper. Out from the depths, or not so at low tide. Good old Trevally(silver) appeared. He got it to dry land and it measured up at 39cm. Nice work!! Later in the session came another Trevally, again on squid. The sun started setting so we packed up. Great fun!!
  12. Just wondering what light braided lines everyone uses for their estuary fishing. I've been looking for a while now at some light braided lines for my Daiwa legalis 2000 as the braid I have on there at the moment doesn't have the best castability on it and I'm looking for something get it spooled up with on less windy days. I will be keeping the current braid on it though In case it's very windy and I don't want to be getting wind knots
  13. Hi everyone, 1st time post here. I'm here to learn from others and hopefully become a better fisherman. Haven't fished much in the Shire, went down to Gymea bay baths on pontoon with my 2 teenagers at 5am yesterday, weather was great, warm, still, with a few sprinkles of rain. Was using prawn n chicken guts, got bites on the prawns, landed a few small bream, all undersized, so tossed them back. Bites had dried up by 9am, and my 2 teenagers, 14 and 18 who know how to catch fish on a video game but can't cast, tie a line or stand the smell of prawns n gut baked by the sun, got 'tired' from waking up at 4am, so went to the car for a nap. 'My daughter had thoughtfully made us some fried sausage sandwiches, so I took a quick break to munch on one. As the bites had dried up and always willing to try something different, I broke off a piece of the fried sausage stuck it on the line, cast out, and got some nibbles. Then my bait was smashed, rod bent, reeled it in and a nice 40+cm trevally landed ???. My kids came back from their nap n eyes bulged to see the trevally in the bucket...??. Well at least it got them out into the fresh air, away from internet and we all had some fun. So....when all else fails, try putting your lunch on the line...???
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    Hi Raiders, Finished work early and cashed in some hard earned marital currency to go fishing this afternoon. Arrived on scene an last hour of the run in tide. Good light and had the spot all to myself, gotta love winter! Had my trusty 12 foot rod and 5000 reel, 30lbs braid to 150cms 30lbs fluro. Then 3 way swivel to a star sinker and 1/0 suicide hook. Bait was ridiculously expensive servo pillies. For the first hour caught 8 just undersize squire. Didn't take photos, pretty keen to get them back in the water quickly and unharmed. Man those little fish pull hard! Just after tide change landed a tailor Kept this guy for the freezer. Next up a just undersized trevally, returned. Then rounded out the session with a couple of salmon, returned. All in all good fun, thanks for reading. Cheers, Luke
  15. So the misus recons I have been neglecting her of late.... And she may have a point as we have been having plenty of boys boat trips since I bought Baysic. Why don't we go for a nice picnic I say..... Let's take the boat have a little fish and beach it at towra point for lunch and a swim.... So off we go... Start out at the runway see some surface activity.... Which is gone by the time I tie a metal on.... We head off instead to the oil wharf try the east side for a bit with little success then realising the tide is running out we head to the west and Berley up with pilchard cubes.... We start to get a few small snapper then I hand her my new finese set up bushy legand sp rod with a small sinker and bait on it. She is sitting on the back of the boat when the rod goes off and she hooks up and lands her first decent fish a legal trevally, over the next few hours we get a fair bit of action landing 4 with her with the hat trick... Next up we beach the boat..... I leave two anchors out as its a run out tide still and enjoy a bit of beach and food.... Waiting for our crab trap to fill.... No luck today. We drift away from towra and I finally tie a soft plastic on my brand new rod flick it out and first cast I am on.... Can't believe it as I have only caught 1 fish on a plastic before.... It's another trav. We end up at the runway again and the sounder looks good but not much action ..... I have pretty much finished for the day but muster up the effort to flick out the sp this time with a diesel gulp paddle tail. A few casts later the rod goes off hard.... Surely not a king I think to my self.... Before we see the fish start to jump like a small Marlin..... A fight ensues with the fish alternating between sounding for the bottom and reaching for the sky.... We land it safely measure it up and it's a 60 plus cm Australian salmon my first and probably my largest fish..... What really tickled me was that I had kinda given up fishing and decided to push on for those last few casts and it was on plastics which I am really inexperienced in..... Good day out for sure took a while to take smile off my face
  16. G'day Raiders, Had a cracking morning out on the water at Botany last Saturday. We woke early and hit the ramp at foreshore drive just on first light... The plan scout out some surface action then try for squid at watts reef before hitting the west of the oil wharf.... And maybe hit up the drums... So we looked around the runway first cast of the bumper bar hit a tailor way too small... With my mate pulling in a juvenile tailor too we decided to head for watts. Disaster strikes and the outboard an old 79 70 Hp will only do 7 knots rather than the usual 28..we stop have a flick at one of the Nav markers and start her up again after a pump of the fuel bulb and crisis averted as the bow rises and usual service is resumed from the evinrude Parking a little runabout over the reef is easier said than done, and what ever I did seemed to take us away from the reef, spotted Scotty Lyons out there in his green boat and and all our manoeuvring seemed to be getting in his way and doing us no good so we ended up a little east of the oil wharf I burleyed up with Pilchard cubes and with 4 rods in the water between us things started to get exciting... We got hit up with some trevally landing 5 keepers between the two of us, then pulling in my bait I got hit like a freight train and spent the next 10 minutes wrestling with a fish before finally netting a bonito which is a first for me. Really lucky To net it as I had foul hooked it in the side.... Still a keeper and an excellent fight. We moved to the west of the oil wharf and anchored a lot closer to it than 100m right in line with 2 other boats... On seeing the road bend, I've gone to reel it in and had another ridiculous fight on my kingfish rod and reel, which seemed about to give out on me, it felt like ages until we saw colour and then realise it's a ray..... It certainly took some line off me had it up from 40 foot and back a couple,of times... It broke off at the last which saved us the effort of cutting the line.... But it was a beast for sure..... To top it all off next fish is a Pb Flattie 60 plus cm which was a good little battle to end the day So there you go raiders not a bad day out
  17. G'day everyone, Now that I've settled in after my recent move to QLD, I've started having a look at a few land based spots that I can try until I get a few things sorted with my boat. I must say that my fishing form has dropped of considerably since coming up here, hopefully that's just due to the fact that I'm still learning the area. Anyway, the Mrs and I gave the Gold Coast Seaway wall a go twice over the last week. Reports that the wall is incredibly hard to fish due to the fact that the rocks extend a long way out and strong tidal flow didn't deter me and were somewhat exaggerated. It's not that hard to fish, I didn't have one bust off due to snags. The first day was a little frustrating, a few undersized flatties between 36-39cm (40cm limit here) and a small flounder for me. My wife hooked up to a small Queenie on her second cast which done a few backflips and she done well to land it on the Bream gear. It was cool to see a new species for both of us. Not much else after that. Today was tough too. We got there at first light, about 2 hours before high tide. Perfect for surface feeding pelagics or so I thought. Spun metals for a couple of hours on the big gear for no result. No bust ups so I was only prospecting. I tried a few ganged pillies on the big gear and plastics on the small gear but only a small ray for me. My wife hooked a nice Silver Trevally which fought well and she got a nice Tarwhine not long after. Not much else after that. So all in all it was really good to get into it and cool to see a new species for us. I'll do better with more knowledge and time spent fishing the area. I've been doing my research and both this and the northern wall consistently produce cracker fish for those in the know. A true mixture of Northern and Southern species like Big Eye and Giant Trevally, Queenfish, Tarpon, Mangrove Jack, Estuary Cod, School and Spotty Mackerel and Cobia are around at certain times of the year along with species we're all more familiar with like Tailor, Salmon, Jew, Bream, Flathead and Kings. I plan to sort my boat out and get into some of these fish that I now have on my doorstep and post some better reports. For these who are unsure, this is a Lesser or Double Spotted Queenfish. Apparently there are quite a few of these around the area to 70cm Cheers
  18. G'day Raiders, With the day off work and a leave pass from the missus for the morning I got up at sparrows and headed for a fish. Off to tempe to fish the cooks. After baiting up the first rod and throwing it in, I'm in the middle of getting the other rod ready when tap, tap, tap. In comes the first flatty of the morning going 38cm. Shortly after, in comes another one at the same length. Things then went eerily quiet -no bites no anything. So i moved down the river a bit and after a few inquiries in comes flatty #3 at 33cm. Again things went quiet, so I decided to head back to my spot on the Georges at East Hills. It was relatively quiet there as well, however I did land a nice trevally around 33cm. As I don't eat fish (weird, I know) I offered it to some guys fishing nearby for their dinner. The most interesting part of the morning occurred just as I was packing up. Anyone who fishes around East Hills will attest to the usual jet ski riding riff-raff who regularly hoon up and down that stretch. Anyway, sure enough, here comes another one at light speed around the bend. Fortunately this time there is a cop on a jet ski (never seen them before/knew they had them) who comes out of nowhere and pulls the idiot over. A stern talking to (we could hear them quite clearly) and a fine later, they're off. Anyway, thanks for reading and tight lines! Cheers Hodgo
  19. Headed out this morning at 7 to fish the run out tide for some sashimi to cut up for dinner. Rugged up and arrived on location and began burleying up. Since the water is cooler and the fish are more timid, I just fished 4lb today to give me the best chance possible. The usual nuisance fish turned up stealing baits but managed to pick off 4 bream in quick time ranging between 25-29 which were all released as I was after sashimi. After ALOT of burl eying I finally started getting the distinctive Trev bites. A few baits later the line went tight and the drag was buzzing. Dodged around a couple of pylons and shortly after a nice Trev going 36 cm was in the esky. The next trevally got me by surprise, I was curbing up some baits when the drag screamed off and I turned to see my rod off the ground and balanced on the railing. Ran over and it was another Trev going 36cm as well. The Pickers were doing there thing and I was contemplating leaving when the line went tight again and another Trev came in going 34cm. With the sashimi in the bag I burleyed up a lot of pillys and left 2 more to finish the session. On the very last cube, I casted it out and it Began sinking slowly when the line started flying off the reel. Closed the bail and at first I thought it was just another Trev, but then it really took off and my mind shifted to either salmon or king. I went very lightly on it to put minimal pressure on the 4lb leader and was trying to guide the fish, 5 minutes in to the fight I was pretty sure I was onto a king as it didn't come up in the water column once and kept going on blistering runs down deep. I was following it all over the place trying to keep it away from structure but eventually the leader gave way somehow.....would have been nice to get a look but that's fishing. Left right after that with 3 nice trevs for some sashimi later tonight.
  20. G'day Raiders, This is a few trips in one as I've been too flat out to post so my apologies. Went to Stockton Breakwall a few times over the last few weeks, all nighter for Jew one night, chased pelagics one day and gave my gun winter Bream spot a run on Sunday. Frigates - There's still a lot of bait in the water but it's tiny. 3-5g metals will do the job but take a bunch. There are Macs and Watsons Leaping Bonnies mixed in and some are quite big (60+cm). They are still hanging around, mostly off the very end. Jew - No luck for me but everyone else seems to be getting them. I was catching bait when my livie got taken when my rod was in the holder. My young fella grabbed it and nearly went in (10-20kg Sensor Surf 13' and Saltist 6500h with a heavy drag hahaha) but another fisho grabbed him and by the time I got there I let him have a crack. About a 10 minute fight resulted in the 60lb leader being shredded. Shattered for the young fella, I held his shirt and another bloke kept weight on the rod butt when the fish ran, he had to have it under his arm because the Sensors have a long butt section and he couldn't reach the reel properly. Big Jew.... Bream - Same spot, same time each year. These are spawning fish so I released anything above 35cm. If you fish light (8lb and 8lb which is ultra light for a Breakwall) and you have fresh bait, it's a fish a cast but they're hard to land. Some are huge and they're super clean fish so we kept a few. Released dozens more. Biggest went 38cm but we've got them to 44cm at this particular spot. Fresh Yakka fillets done the job and are easy to catch on the left just before the end of the wall. I seen a 44cm Bream spit up half a whole Yakka once and that's why I use Yakka fillet here now haha. There were a lot of other bits and pieces too, Jackets, Tailor (not many), silver drummer (juvenile ones), a 42cm Trevally, sharks and eels etc I also attached some pics of my wild set-up for anyone interested. Cheers
  21. Hey Raiders, So after training my client today, I went out with a friend who was busting for a fish after his international marketing exam. I picked him up at about 2:30pm and head off to Wally's to have a flick. When we pulled up at Wally's the whole place was filled with trucks and boats working on a new pontoon/repairing the old one, i think? So the whole area was off limits. Thus we head off back up the hill and move on to lilli pilli. Upon arrival, we saw an old greek man pull up a few big black leatherjackets and trevally so we were keen to have a flick ourselves. I started by picking up about 10 or so undersize snapper (5-25cm) and then finally something hit, and it felt big. Started to pull a little drag and man it was fun on a 2-4kg rod, soon enough we saw something silver flash up on the surface and down went the net to scoop up the first trevally of the day! It went approximately 32cm, excuse my pics below, couldn't place the fish properly as it was super slimy. After few snapper later, my mate got snagged on someone elses lost line in the drink and as I went to help him my rod bent down hard and as I struck with one hand, someone fat was on again. Still helping my mate, I started reeling and at this stage we dropped the snagged rod and got the net, as we went down to scoop him, out came the hook and off swam the fish, it looked a good 35cm+. A few more casts in, I was hooked onto something subtle, almost didn't realise I had something on the end of the line and I pulled up a big fat yellowtail scad at 27cm, can someone confirm for me please? (It's the first time I've gotten one so I'm not sure haha). Also are they good for bait? And if so how do I prepare it? Live bait for big fish, or cut to pieces? As we broke off the snagged line, I kept casting and as I thought i landed the perfect cast right next to a boat, I felt a giant tug and the fight began. For a good 3-4 minutes I fought this sucker and I was so eager to get him out of the water as he looked quite huge. Luckily the net was super handy this time and we brought it up. Went a nice 38cm and it was quite fat too. Again sorry for the lopsided fish in the pic, couldn't straighten him as he kept flopping. Fished on for a few more little pickers and then the sun set so the bites left aswell. Took the fish home to a happy mum whose preparing a nice big chinese feast for Saturday! Saved her some money buying fish from the market. Happy fishing, Allen Happy me Fat yellowtail 1st Trev 2nd sloppy Trev
  22. Hi Raiders, During the week the boys kept bugging me as to where we should go for the weekend. Clearly, not working hard at work at all. Usually, we hit the hacking because of the pristine waters and calm waters as one of the boys has extremely short sea legs, if none at all :hug:It's okay Adrian, if your reading this. Hacking usually produces a good number of kingfish, bonitos & mackerel for us so we decided to hit the harbour for a change. Felt like a bread & butter session targeting bream, trevally & flathead. Launched at Gladesville ramp at 5:00 and motored out to Clifton anchoring just out of the casting range of the land based boys. Just as we got the berley going, an idiot in a tinny (I hope he reads this) comes motoring around inspecting the boats around and heads towards the wharf. He goes in close, cutting across where the land based people's floats are and next thing you hear is drag going off from the line getting caught on his boat somewhere. He then proceeds to anchor up about 10m in front of us and starts microjigging. Why you would go in to people's casting range catch their line and anchor right next to another boat when there's acres of space in the area is beyond me. Get a brain and please attach it permanently to your head. Anyways, got that out of the system. You guys must all have some sort of experience like this? Please do share Back to the report. We stuck around Clifton till around 8 with nothing much to show for it. The sounder was going crazy but crazy for undersized snapper, so we made the call to move to another spot a mate of mine fished at. Within a few minutes of anchoring and sending the berley down, the baitrunner 2500 started singing and I thought I was onto a rat king given the sustained run and thumping headshakes... Up came the biggest trevally of the year just shy of 60cm! That seemed to kick start the session with every bream & flathead being over legal size mixed in with a couple of undersized kingfish (which were released obviously). As we were starting to run out of the bait, Adrian hooked up to a couple of small bonito which turned into a bait "time extension". Picked up a good sized salmon and more bream after that. Called it at 11am left them biting. Such a good feeling when you catch what you've planned to do. Not sure where to go next week now haha
  23. hi, can someone please identify this fish. caught at the carpark(port stephens) while catching bait. thanks in advance.
  24. Hi Ladies and Gents, Thanks for the add by the admin team. I thought I would post up a report on my first boat outing in a while and contribute to the forum. I was lucky to get out for a fish with my brother in law on his boat on Saturday. The plan was to chase kings so after a late shift and 3 hours sleep, I met up the Dan at 4.15am. We stopped by for some fuel and a supply of bait in case liveys weren't co-operating. We managed to hit the water at around 5.30am and conditions were great with the bay glass like and a zephyr of wind blowing on our way to Dan's favoured squid ground. Hopefully we would bag some live squid though that proved unsuccessful so the decision was made to see what we could do with the squid we had purchased. We headed for open water and managed to boat a kingy with each of the squid we had rigged though rats were all they were attracting. I must say I enjoy the fight the kings put up even though we didn't manage to bring any home. With that a decision was made to try our luck back in the bay. We tried a couple of spots without much action before settling on a final spot before heading for the boat ramp. The wind had picked up a little so we anchored and decided to try for 30mins before heading from home. We managed to land a trevally each, a nice tailor and flatty for Dan and the best flatty I have ever laid eyes on, let alone caught. After getting him in the net and in the boat, we were high fiving when he jumped back into the water. Luckily I was still firmly holding the rod and Dan secured him in the net a second time. He went 800mm and weighed in at 3.5kgs. Thanks and look forward to a few more trips before life gets back in the way. Cheers and thanks for reading. Tight lines, JD
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