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  1. blindmullet

    Razor Fish Lake Mac

    Hi All, I watched a fishing show on tele on the weekend they were catching Whiting using Razor Fish as bait. I know there are Razor Fish in Lake Macquarie, i have been lucky enough not to find one the hard way yet ie stepping on them, so im wondering where i might find them? Cheers
  2. MrsHodgoes

    Stockton Beach

    Well after reading everyone's reports over the past few weeks, I'm finally adding my own (also first time posting!). Been over to Stockton Beach on occasion over the past couple of months (mainly in the late arvo till dark) with nothing to show for it other than some good snaps of the sunset. There always seemed to be too much swell and never seemed to get even a bite trying a number of different baits. Sunday 3rd March High tide (0722am) just seemed to line up perfectly with sunrise and I'd heard the whiting were starting to bite so I set the alarm early. I was at the baitshop at 6am for some live beach worms (I'll learn how to catch my own one day!) and after a little car trouble, made it beachside by 7am. We went on at the Anna Bay end and found a nice hole approx 3kms along. I baited the first rod for my husband (he doesn't go much for fishing bit he tries for my sake). It felt like mere seconds after casting the first line in that there was a fish on the end and a nice little bream was in the Esky. I hadn't even managed to change the hooks on my line to have a cast before the whiting started. They were biting pretty consistently until around 0930am. Threw back a few smaller ones and went home with 6, the biggest around 35cm. Wednesday 6th March I sent the hubby to work today and took my mum with me instead hoping to catch another feed of whiting. High tide was predicted at 0916am and we were on the beach around 0830am. Found a nice hole around the 2km point and fished for a couple of hours with not a single bite. We used beach worms and pipis and I even threw in some sp and lures. Moved up the beach a couple more clicks and still no luck. Packed it in around 1200. Saturday 9th March So I'm on night shift tonight but snuck in an early morning run to see if these whiting would bite again. Figured we got the bites early last time and maybe they weren't biting with the tide. By 0630am we were on the beach, hunted around for a few pipis and found a nice hole again around the 3km point. After an hour without a bite and a fair bit of weed around, we moved up a couple of clicks. Still nothing and it was getting around 1000am with high tide due at 1132am. My plan was to be home by midday and in bed for a nap before work so naturally the fish started biting. Definately not the sort of bites we were getting last weekend but still bagged 4 good size whiting and another bream before the wind picked up too much and we called it a day! In conclusion, I have decided that whiting just bite whenever they feel like it! The water out there is beautiful at the moment and so clear you can see the schools of fish at times. Also seen a huge pod of dolphins and a gorgeous sea eagle
  3. Just a short report on my quick session before work today. I've been itching to get out there, but quite honestly it is tough going among the holidaymakers (not a complaint - everyone should be encouraged to get amongst the outdoors!). It just means a little more walking to find a quiter spot. Anyhow - I had one worm that survived my home curing attempt and looked passable. I found a little corner spot at the (Nobby's) breakwall where I could cast to a patch of sand. A few 'silver biddies' (herring?) came on the bite right away. That was followed by a small whiting, then these two fish in two casts. I have never caught a morwong before - I thought I'd hooked a drummer as it certainly gave a good account of itself on the whiting rod! After landing these two, a crowd of fishing lines magically merged from further down the wall to be in very close proximity to me - so it was time to pack it up. Both fish measured 37cm caught on preserved worm, #4 long shank hook 8lb line with a very small (pea size) running sinker. In at 6am done by 7am. If anyone has some advice on how to best preserve beach worms I would be keen to learn more. This was my first time doing so (with methylated spirit in a jam jar) and I don't think it quite worked out - are they better to freeze in some newspaper? Or is there a knack to curing them?
  4. DaveTheBoy

    Newcastle - beach fishing

    Decided to brave the holiday crowds this morning as I had a later start at work. Headed over to Stockton to find the beach as heavily trafficked as I can remember seeing it - must have been a fisherman every 25m as far up the beach as I could see. In any case there were still fish to be found on the upcoming tide, I kept 5 whiting for the table, ranging between 35cm-40cm. Also caught a few chopper tailor, flathead & dart which were released. All fish were taken on pipi baits (which were just rolling up on the beach with the rising tide). Paternoster rig, 10lb trace to a #2 long shank hook. You don’t need to cast very far for the fish, just over the whitewash is plenty - I cast right on to the sandbars when the tide is up, the fish seem to like feeding there. Whilst there were heaps of people fishing, not many of them seemed to be catching anything - just folks out enjoying their holidays. I have found a good system of using the crowds to my advantage, I look for a small group fishing together using pilchards for bait. They are effectively just creating a steady burley trail as their baits break up, so follow the current down to the next sandbar from them & pick the fish up there! If you’re heading down to a beach, don’t be afraid to fill up your bucket with plastic/garbage on your walk home! We can all do our bit to help keep the beaches clean during these busy periods.
  5. Hi all, When I began fishing seriously I joined the Fishraider site and found the members very helpful with advice and tips. In the past couple of years I have been concentrating on targeting whiting from the beach. I’m by no means an expert (we are always learning!) but I thought some rookie fishers might find what I’ve learnt interesting – and hopefully useful. I spend most of my time fishing beaches between the NSW Central Coast and South Coast with 80 per cent of the time at Sydney beaches. Reels There have been some questions about the future of Alvey Reels, but they are my choice due to the simplicity of use and functionality. They are more expensive than spinning reels, but with a bit of care they will last forever. I use a size 600. If you prefer a spinning reel I would recommend a size 400. Rod With an Alvey you need a low-mount rod. If you’re a beginner I would recommend a 10.5 foot model with soft-tip. A rod this size is easier to control. I now use a 12 foot model, again with a soft tip – it enables me to cast further, keep the line above the waves and handle larger by-catch (Australian salmon, flathead) which you will get. For spinning outfits, again 10.5 and 12 feet in length are the way to go. Line For Alveys you must use monofilament line. Three kilogram breaking strain is enough to handle the whiting and I have landed a number of 65cm plus Aussie salmon and my PB flathead (97cm) on this weight line. I love Platypus Lo-stretch for its feel, however for a beginner I’d just go for a good quality monofilament as the Lo-stretch can be pretty unforgiving if you get it tangled. For spinning reels, if your reel is for all-rounder use then braid of similar breaking strain is probably best. If you are able to have a reel just for whiting, again I would recommend monofilament. Tackle Hooks. Size four long-shanks. The size means you won’t pick up under-size fish and they are also big enough to catch other species. Mustad saltwater baitholder (92647NP-BN model) is my choice. The baitholder style really helps keep soft baits on the hook. Leader A good quality 4.5kg (10lb) breaking strain fluorocarbon. Sinkers I never go bigger than size 2, and if conditions allow I will go down to size 1 – the lighter the better. Swivels Rolling swivels to suit line-breaking strength of 2-3kg. If you use an Alvey you MUST always use a swivel otherwise you’ll end up with a shocking twisted line which will end up in a bird-nest tangle. Rigs I use two rigs. The first is straightforward and I would recommend it to start with. I also go back to it if there is weed around as there are less parts than rig two. Rig 1 Gear: 35-40cm leader, two hooks, swivel, red or orange plastic tubing (you can get this at tackle or craft shops), size 2 ball or bean sinker Step 1. Tie a hook to the leader. Step 2 Slide a 4cm piece of plastic tubing onto the line and down to the hook. Step 3 Thread the second hook onto the leader so it sits on top of the tubing. This hook is not fixed; it can slide up and down the leader. Step 4 Tie the swivel on to the leader. Step 5 Thread the sinker on to the main line. Step 6 Tie the main line to the swivel. Rig 2 This is the rig that fishing guide Alex Bellissimo designed, so I can’t take credit for it. If my instructions are unclear you can find a video of him explaining it on YouTube. Gear: 160cm leader, two hooks, two swivels – one that has a snap attached, bomb style sinker size two. Step 1 Tie the swivel without the snap 40cm along the leader (this is the swivel you will attach to the main line). Step 2 Tie the swivel with the snap attached 40cm along the leader from the opposite end. Step 3 Tie first hook on one end of the line. Step 4 Tie second hook on the other end. Your rig from top to bottom should now have – hook, top swivel 40cm down the line, bottom swivel with snap 80cm further down line and then second hook. Attach the top swivel to main line and attach bomb sinker to the snap on the second swivel. Bait I’ve caught whiting on live pipis, nippers, bloodworms, but my favourite bait is live beach worms. If your beach has them (and you can catch them!) then that is way to go. Catching beach worms is another art and I’m sure there are some “How to” posts on the Fishraider forums. If you can’t get live worms then good quality frozen will work. If you can get some live worms and want to preserve them, the best way is to freeze them for an hour so they die humanely. Then put some metho into a plastic takeaway food container and add a few drops of red food colouring. Drop the worms in for 30-60 seconds. The metho toughens the worms and helps them stay on the hook and food colouring gives them a colour that attracts the whiting. They will keep in the freezer for six months in this condition. To use, thread the worm onto the hook headfirst and push around the bend of the hook and right up to the eye of the hook. Leave about 1cm of worm off the end of point, but ensure the point of the hook protrudes from the worm. Technique Learn how to read the beach – this is something that can only be done through experience. Find the gutters (deep water) and target them. A swell of one to three feet is the best conditions – I rarely fish when the surf is bigger than three feet. I like to fish on a rising tide early in the morning (if you’re keen an hour before sunrise is best time to start. It also makes practical sense fishing Sydney beaches, as they are less crowded at this time.) Cast your line into the water – try and time it so you are not casting into a breaking/broken waves. Give the reel a couple of quick turns so your line is tight (loose lines you won’t feel the bite). Slowly, slowly retrieve the line – you want the sinker on the sand, this is where the whiting feed. If there is a current washing the line along the beach, it’s best to try and ‘walk’ down the shore with it – you want the line to be as perpendicular to the shore as possible. When you feel a bite, don’t snatch the rod tip or start to reel in frantically. Slowly lift the rod tip, or slowly give the reel a couple of winds to set the hook. That’s all the pressure you need, a fast movement of either rod or reel will just pull the bait from the fish. Once the fish is on, again, don’t panic! Let the rod do the work, keep the line taught and smoothly reel the fish into the shore. I hope this helps some rookie fishers – a feed of whiting you have caught yourself is the best! Cheers
  6. tunanocrust

    Rod set up for whiting on poppers

    Hey guys, Long time lurker first time poster, I've been fishing out at the sand bar at grays point chasing whiting on poppers but 2 sessions down and still no bites, My current set up is a Shimano Raider Bream Spinning Rod 7ft 2in 1-4kg with 6 pound braid and a small 4cm storm gomoku popper. I've read online the ideal retrieve is fast and straight for whiting but I can't seem to get the straight part sorted out. The vibrations in tip of the rod seems to cause the popper to dart to one side on the retrieve. My old rod is another graphite rod with a 2-7kg rating would switching back to a less sensitive rod correct the issue? Cheers for the advice!
  7. pugzthugz

    whiting rigs?

    Hey guys, just wondering what rig/s I should use for whiting off the beach. I've just got some size 6 long shank hooks and I am using pipi's and sandworms as bait.
  8. pugzthugz

    sydney

    First up, this is my first fishing report so I'll see how I go. So I'm not too experienced at fishing, however, I've been reading up on everything about how to catch fish and today I feel like I finally did some stuff right. So me and a mate headed down to my local wharf armed with servo prawns and a dread of not catching fish ,I have caught fish before but before this never 2 in one session and it is rare that I large fish (I think this is because of a combination of bad bait, improper use of lures and poor reading of locations.). So we dropped our lines in and fished for almost half an hour without so much as a nibble. At this point things were looking down. It was now that my mate tried his luck with a few casts to pylons near the wharf and was getting some nibbles, I quickly sent a cast to where he was getting bites. On my second cast, I felt a nibble and quickly sent another cast out after failing to hook the fish. Once again I failed to hook the fish, I then tried to thing why I was hooking it and I decided it was because it was pulling the bait of the long shank hook rather than sucking it all in. This time I put only a little bit of bait on the very end. This worked and I was amazed to see a massive whiting on the end of my line. It measured in at 37cm. I continued fishing and caught 2 bream 1 snapper and another whiting, however, unfortunately, they were all very undersize apart from the whiting which was barely legal. Still, I was very happy with this session. Sorry if this report was too long. BTW I was using I think size 6 long shank hooks with a sinker running right down to the hook which had a little bit of prawn on the end. I use these small hooks because they can catch both whiting and small bream, however, I would love to start catching bigger bream so if this is the wrong set up or you have any advice please let me know.
  9. pugzthugz

    bream, bream, bream

    Hey everyone, I'm going to sunshine in Lake Macquarie. I was wondering if anybody knows some good spots for bream, flathead or whiting around there and how to fish them (I'm only going as a once of so I won't take your favourite spot ?). I was also wondering how you guys would go about fishing a jetty/ wharf for bream, I am pretty new to fishing, however, from what I've gathered a running sinker down to a size 1 octopus hook with a bit of servo prawn on it would do ok if not the same caliber as some live poddy mullet suspended under a float, etc. Please put any advice about bread and butter species in this chat and if you feel like it share your PB bream.
  10. pugzthugz

    beach fishing

    Hey guys, going to Narrabeen beach at around 12:00 in a few days. I haven't gone beach fishing before and quite obviously, I want to catch fish. I was just wondering how can maximise my chances of actually getting fish and perhaps scoring a feed.
  11. So decided to have a flick after a birthday dinner with mates. Picked up some nippers to see if the Luderick or Bream will bite under the Balmoral wharf. Was pretty busy when I got there and two mates where already having a fish waiting for their delivery of nippers. Apparently weed and bread dough wouldn't entice... Was a very slow night, we had some Koreans whom were fishing for yakkies, they pulled in about 20ish for the night. Wasn't anything exciting. Another fisho got busted off with something big, he went home with a few Trevs fishing under a float, dont know what bait though as he was to far from us... First cast i landed the massive whiting as you can see below, after that got some yanks but no proper bites. Mate pulled in another whiting as we started to wind things down. He took the nippers home and left me with a couple too play with. Last nipper I got a hit with another whiting but it dropped off as I was reeling it in. l
  12. Mike89

    Whiting - tips wanted!

    Hello raiders! I've been seeing some reports lately of some big juicy winter whiting being caught off the beaches and am determined to give it a red hot crack. Trouble is in my 3 years of fishing - from trevs to blackies to kings and jews - I have never had much luck or any kind of consistency with whiting. Any areas or general tips on targeting these guys? I'm not great with finding gutters but willing to put some time in. Also have a nice long noodley rod for the beach paired with an Alvey. Thanks in advance!
  13. JeffCarrera

    surf fishing in winter

    Hello raiders! so I've recently started surf fishing for whiting. My first couple of attempts was somewhat successful, as I managed to get on to some fish (mainly targeting whiting/bream). On both occasions the fish were biting but I had to cut both outings short as I was shivering in the cold being wet from the waist down. Even today while I was fishing from 10am-12nn I couldn't fish for much longer as being wet plus the cold wind made it unbearable (was just wearing short pants and shirt + windbreaker jacket for the top). What sort of clothing do you guys normally wear when surf fishing in winter to keep warm (I know it's not really winter yet, but I plan to fish the surf in winter too to avoid the crowd). Any thoughts/experiences on noeprene waders with gum boots or wetsuits? waders seem a bit bulky and wetsuits might be good but your feet will get wet too? thanks in advance for any input.
  14. DaveTheBoy

    Newcastle Beaches

    Hello raiders - a combined report from a few morning trips this week. Some big tides have washed a lot of weed & garbage up on to the beaches, but it hasn’t deterred the fish at all. The whiting have been the pick, most of them 40cm+ and not very fussy! Most beaches have have been producing, and tide seems to matter more than time of day. Fishing the upcoming tide seems to be producing the goods. Live/fresh bait is key, and contrary to most beach fishing - fish AWAY from the gutters! I’ve been having most success fishing right up on the sand bars, right where the waves are breaking. There’s some nice bream & dart in the mix, and also some stud flathead - although this time of year through March those are mostly really big jenny’s that we’d do well to release. Breaks my heart seeing some of those big flatties being kept, they are our breeding stock & there’s no shortage of “plate sized” fish to keep for a feed. Tight lines all, it’s a lovely time of year to be out fishing!
  15. Tayhalls

    How to catch worms

    Hey raiders just wondering on how to catch bloodworms or sandworms I’ve watched a few clips on YouTube but was wondering if anyone had a debrief on how to do it or had some tips for me on where to get started cheers
  16. MSB

    Elimbah Creek Fat Girl

    Recently caught at the mouth of Elimbah Creek off the bank using blood worm, full of roe so let her go to do her thing. MSB
  17. Hi Raiders It's been a while between posts however thought I'd share a great morning's fishing. Headed out about 7:30am armed with a dozen king worms, not knowing what to expect as the seas have been massive the past week. Plenty of action with almost a full bag of whiting between 29cm & 40cm by 9:30am decided to call it a day. They were biting on then the smallest piece of worm which is strange in my experience - must be hungry! Same old rig as always with a large ball sinker - 3ft trace down to a No.2 baitholder hook. Another point to mention, I've been buying the rather expensive vanish fluorocarbon 10lb leader. Today for the first time I tried the vanish fluorocarbon main-line as my leader with one rod and the usual on the other. Didn't seem to be any difference and it's roughly 4x cheaper by the metre. It was great with minimal knots and twists. I guess the leader line must be more abrasion resistant or something?? Anyway they're both 100% fluorocarbon and invisible under the water so I'm happy - just upped the strength to 12lb which should counter-act the loss in abrasion resistance hopefully. Cheers, James
  18. DaveTheBoy

    Newcastle Beaches

    Just a short report from a few sessions. Newcastle beaches holding good numbers of fish - and bigger numbers of fisherman! If you can find a little gutter away from the headlamps & noise - you’ll find enough dart, whiting, flatty and tailor to keep you on your toes. Whiting are hitting really nicely, averaging about 40cm. Interestingly - I’ve not caught a bream in weeks, though have seen a few reds landed at Redhead & Stocko - not sure if there’s any reason or just coincidence. Yabbies / pipi / beachworm the go, I’ve been fishing 5-7 am or pm.
  19. ARC H

    Jimmys Beach

    Went down port stephens for a change and got some nice whiting along with a flattie and bream. Using Nippers for bait. And 6lb flurocarbon leader
  20. SickWolf

    The entrance

    Heading to the entrance for the first time in a couple of days, and i was wondering if anyone could tell me where i could pump yabbies for bait and hopefully catch some bream or flathead. Thanks
  21. KingieRun

    Entrance Fishing Trip

    G'day Fishos, Tomorrow, i'll be heading up to the entrance for a few days with a couple of mates. I've heard many stories of great fish being caught there but i have never ventured out there myself, so tomorrow will be my first time. Looking at it on google earth, i'm assuming that worms or nippers would be the 'go' around there? Also, what type of species should be targeted and whereabouts are a few good areas to chuck a line in, Only if you don't mind disclosing that info. I'm thinking about going for jews off the beach but don't know whether i should use beach worms or some fresh squid. Any guidance will be greatly appreciated. Cheers, KR
  22. Kicked off the summer with a 4.5 hour session at Barrenioey armed with 150 yabbies and 3 mates, target species was the good old Whiting and flattys and we didn’t miss.......It was a surprisingly good session for the lack of tidal movement and zero wind we encountered between 6am and 10:30am. I usually fish the bay for the same species only because its closer but every now and then..... I really want to fish I head to Barrenjoey and it never disappoints.....
  23. Hi Raiders As usual had to take my 30min drive past at least 10 beaches to find decent worms. Finally got some beauties and headed for Blacksmiths Beach. Only had a couple of hours to fish just after low tide, I'd love to see what the after dark high would have brought! Ended up with a mixed bag, biggest bream going 43cm, threw half a dozen back to live another day A tip for this beach is as follows: - In calm conditions, cast baits towards the sand bar even when very shallow (less than 30cm). Your bait will spend a lot of time doing nothing in shallow water however the decent fish seem to chase the waves onto the bar seeing looking for food that's been stirred up. The biggest bream had a gut full of crushed pippis. Cheers, James.
  24. Hi Raiders It's been a long time between posts but I finally got out for 2 fishing sessions this week. Just thought I'd share the result as I know most of us are looking forward to the warmer months especially on the beaches. Headed out armed with a bag of pilchards and some frozen worms both times and was greeted by plenty of hungry bream! The action was a plenty from the first cast, the best results coming in the last hour of the run in tide then all went quiet. A couple of smallish whiting however the bream were all in between 28cm - 42cm. On the second trip I threw plenty under around 30cm back. Only kept the large amounts due to my friends and family asking constantly haha. Great fun though Cheers, James
  25. Fab1

    Windang

    Hit Windang early this morning armed with a variety of baits with the wife and son to be greeted by a glorious day out on the water.We tried fishing the channels along the islands to be plagued by massive schools of mullet everywhere and other than my son landing a small tailor around the mid 20,s not much else on the drift there. After a discussion earlier last night with another raider we decided to head upstream to the drop off to try drifting for flathead/whiting.Within minutes my son lands the first casualty,a flathead around 30cm or so on a whole prawn. From there on in it was hook up after hookup and quite frantic at times with 3 fish on at once in a small boat juggling rods,bait and tripping over each other that I was kept quite busy being the fish netter,bait passer etc. Overall we must have landed around 25 flathead,around 6-7 whiting and 2 good sized squid that had a appetite for prawn on a #1 hook. I tried to get a few snaps on my phone amongst all the fuss. We could not have asked for a better day both in the weather,the fishing and family time. We kept 2 legal Flatty and 4 whiting for dinner the rest went back to live another day. Plenty of other boats enjoying the weather also. Cheers.