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doc lures podcast Episode 451: NSW Mid-North Coast Trevally with David Irvine


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Well done Dave

David Irvine

NSW Mid North Coast Fishing Identity

David has fished the NSW North Coast for decades and has made something of a habit of targeting various trevally species in the estuaries using bream gear. He loves helping others to improve their fishing and is a moderator on the Fishraider forum, where he gets to contribute to a large and growing free fishing resource for anglers by anglers.

David's Tips For NSW Estuary Trevally

  • Most NSW Mid-North Coast estuaries hold plenty of trevally, but we’re focussing on the Nambucca, Macleay and Hastings systems in this episode. Trevs are usually a year-round prospect in these systems, but the summer months usually produce better quality fish
  • There are juvenile specimens multiple species on offer, including GT’s, bigeye trevally, silver trevally with the occasional brassy trevally and bluefin trevally thrown into the mix.
  • Look for deep, muddy banks with the darker green water, rather than sandy banks. Areas where decent currents strike banks that have a combination of rock and timber structure are the prime. Places where there is a drop off from 1m to 3-4m are often productive
  • At these sizes, trevally are schooling fish, so be prepared to cover plenty of ground until you find fish. Once found, you can stay on the spot and pull fish after fish. They usually don’t move around the system much and can be relocated on or near the same spot for several weeks in a row.
  • Any time of day is good and any tide will do as long as there’s water movement - bigger tides usually fish better for this reason and the periods leading up to the full moon are a good option.
  • It’s important to fish a light drag on these fish when using light tackle. Trying to muscle them will end in disaster, but going easy on them usually results in fish heading away from cover into clear water where they can be played to the boat.

David's Recommended Trevally Fishing Tackle

  • A 7’, 2-4kg rod with a 2500 size spin reel and 6lb braid and 8lb leader is sufficient for most of the trevally that will be encountered in these systems.

David's Top Trevally Fishing Lures

  • The 2.5” ZMan Slim Swimz rigged on a 1/16oz, size 2 jig head is a consistent trevally catcher. Get your boat drifting along a bank and cast at 45 degrees from the front of the boat, let the lure sink close to the bottom. Retrieve with 2-3 short taps of the rod followed by reeling down as the lure sinks back and repeating. Fish will usually hit the lure as it’s on the rise.
  • 5” ZMan Grubs also rigged on a 1/16oz, size 2 jig head is a great choice when the Slim Swimz are not getting any attention from the fish. This lure has a longer hang time and can be worked more slowly, plus it will give you the advantage of a potential bycatch of bream or other species. It can be worked back the same way as the Slim Swimz are worked.
  • A 1/8oz TT Switchblade is great for deeper water. Set the boat up to drift along a bank and make long casts ahead of the boat and let the lure sink close to the bottom before working it back to the boat with relatively gentle lifts and drops of the lure.
 

Dave's Fishing Resources

Fishraider is Australia's biggest and most respected fishing community and forum and is moderated by quality fishos like David. Get fishing advice and reports and keep your finger on the pulse!

Deckee is a free fishing and boating app that has all your navigation, weather and trip logging needs covered!

 

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Oh yeah! 💪💪💪💪 And the fishraider representation just keeps coming! Congrats Dave! 
 

BE PROUD OF OUR COMMUNITY RAIDERS. 

Austrailian Lure Fishing just doesn’t take any old fisho into their podcasts. The research and effort that goes into it is phenomenal. And the representing fisho must have spent many hours honing their craft. 
 

GO FISHRAIDER 🙌🙌🙌🙌

cheers scratchie!!! 
 

 

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On 11/24/2021 at 10:07 PM, Scratchie said:

Oh yeah! 💪💪💪💪 And the fishraider representation just keeps coming! Congrats Dave! 
 

BE PROUD OF OUR COMMUNITY RAIDERS. 

Austrailian Lure Fishing just doesn’t take any old fisho into their podcasts. The research and effort that goes into it is phenomenal. And the representing fisho must have spent many hours honing their craft. 
 

GO FISHRAIDER 🙌🙌🙌🙌

cheers scratchie!!! 
 

 

GO FISHRAIDER yessssssss

Very proud of you guys and happy that you represent us.

@dirvin21 fantastic explanation of what we are all about at fishraider (listen at 29.40 mins) and how great Deckee App is . Really appreciate it Dave. 

A big thanks to Greg "doc lures" Vinall of Australian Lure Fishing (ALF) for his fantastic collection of podcasts. We now have 3 raiders that have been interviewed. Thanks for allowing the mentions of fishraider and Deckee. 

https://doclures.com/about/ 

https://doclures.com/podcast/

 

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37 minutes ago, mrsswordfisherman said:

GO FISHRAIDER yessssssss

Very proud of you guys and happy that you represent us.

@dirvin21 fantastic explanation of what we are all about at fishraider (listen at 29.40 mins) and how great Deckee App is . Really appreciate it Dave. 

thanks for putting me forward Donna , was a great experience

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Well done Dave. An excellent personal milestone for you and Fishraider. 

I can speak (on a personal level) about your dedication, knowledge and willingness to help others with your expertise. having been the recipient of it. Thank you!

Fishraider is very fortunate to have you as part of the team of hard working members who go the extra mile for the benefit of the general members. Your desire to learn as much as you can about the waters which you fish, and the species which you target, is second to none and is a major contributor to your success.

Like most things in life, success isn't about luck...it's about passion, dedication, and the ability to "nut things out" when the going is tough. To persist with the challenge, through many hours of frustration. Fishing is definitely a great leveller Dave and you have what it takes.

Congratulations, bn

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