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      1. northern nsw Crabby And Quiet

        Well this is a bit of a brief followup to this report: Could not have been a more different trip. Not a single surface hit from anything. Was it the incoming tide? The rain last night? All I can say is different! At least there was a bit of action in the pots. 2 released 2 kept. Rebaited them so will try earlier tomorrow morning and see if that makes a difference. Anyone else fishing this weekend? 3m swell due to roll in this afternoon so will be giving the beach a miss. Angus
      2. Another fun and much better than expected session up a small Northern NSW creek today. The goal was actually some crabs. I am slowly tweaking the best way to paddle pots up skinny water. Some else had visited the spot before me this morning but as he was of the eucalypt eating variety I was not to phased. Although crabs were the goal of course a rod came. I had zero expectations as it was about 1pm in the afternoon and I am pretty committed to surface at the moment. So much literature suggests this is a terrible time to fish surface and it was bright and sunny to boot. Well my initial pessimism was wiped when on my 3rd cast, casting into some ripply flowing water caused by the outgoing bang, a nice chunky 32cm bream took my lure. This became the theme with each little eddy and rapid producing hits or a fish. It was a cracking session and easily my most productive from this creek despite the time. This makes me think ill work on tide logic for a while. As if the session was not good enough it was ended with a nice kicker. Casting a likely looking snag the water erupted after only 2 twitches. A drag screaming heart in mouth fight finally resulted in a solid 44cm nugget of a wild bass. Such awesome colours on this fish. Lure of the day was a berkley scum dog. Not an expensive lure at all but I have caught a lit of fish the last 2 weeks on this exact one. Other gear: Nordic stage areal sharpshooter Shimano stella 1000 6lb siglon braid and 6lb leader. Cheers for reading. Angus P.s. ill be heading back to check pots later and will report
      3. Great morning. Hit a Tweed coast tidal lake this morning hoping to get some whiting. Lots of yabby banks made things look promising but kicked off the morning with a green marlin... Hmm. Not to be put off kept going and managed a few mini bream. Finally on a nice sandy flat Joel pinned something better. After a good fight presto... Our target. Thay was about it for the morning. Slower than some but every dawn on the water is awesome. We got home to be regailed with how good the Whiting were in the surf. Tanya's dad had managed 6 in a quick pre breakfast session. Eating like kings this weekend. If only weekends were longer.
      4. Wicked dawn session today chasing bream and jacks on surface. Started scenic but slow with a half dozen little bream coming on board to say hi. Checked the pots soon after for one leg (luckily jennies are legal in NSW or it would have been a donut). After that a couple of legal bream. Man they fight dirty in this creek with snags and grass everywhere. Then it got interesting... Joel landed a cast right on a likely looking snag and CRACK CRACK two massive strikes with a solid jack getting out of the water. Sadly, but maybe lucky for Joel's 8lb leader and main line there was no hook up. Not 5 minutes later Joel dropped a donk of a bream as well. He was feeling a bit like things were not going to go his way when another cast at the same snag resulted in a big boof and hookup. A little fight later revealed Joel's first bass. To get your first bass on topwater and wild to boot... Happy. We paddled for a fair way after this with a few more little bream and suspected bass boof. On the way home I decided to have a cast at the bream bass snag and could not believe my luck when BOOF a big surface take and screaming drag. I was a bit worried as I was only running 6lb leader but after a hairy fight a smile lit my dial as this 44cm wild topwater bass was boated. After that things shut down with one more bream and a random crab that crawled into my pot despite having no bait. All in all an awesome morning and I am loving exploring this place. Angus
      5. Headed into the creek today to drop some crab pots in and rustle up some bream. Pots down and a few bream later it was time to head back... Back down the beach for one more dig at the Whiting for dinner (there are 9 people). Not a bad little crack and a good feast coming. Hopefully we can replicate tomorrow plus some crab Then little time with the boy before beer o'clock. 3 reports in one day... Not bad
      6. Well to see out the weekend we opted to try some brand new water once again. The creek had some potential with jelly prawns busting everywhere. Huge bit of excitement was had when a metery giant herring skimmed along the surface chasing said prawns. 2 free swimming muddies along the bottom ensures Ill head back here with pots as well. Anyway... the fishing... Lots of little bream caught but probably nothing that crossed the legal mark. Pictured is typical. Not many pictures sorry as it was so muggy my shirt was sweated right through and the phone was stowed in the hatch on mates kayak for most the trip. It was exciting enough though with hits being more common than not. Despite a lot of these failing to connect it is one of the best things about surface fishing in my opinion... the visuals that keep you focused and on game. At one point I had also cast towards a juicy looking snag when "boof"!!!! A large surface strike and drag peeling run and well... it was all over in seconds. I hate calling a fish I did not see but I strongly think it was a jack. My drag could barely be manually pulled off the spool and it was nothing like the bream. At the end of the day we will never know and if it was a bream it was a big one! AN ISSUE OF HOOK UPS Onto the next issue... Does anyone do anything to improve hook ups surface fishing? Finer gauge hooks? Better quality? Over the course of this weekend I feel the hit to hook up ratio has literally been 15:1 with a few dropped fish as well. This is using several lure types and brands so not to be blamed on dulled one off hooks. Or... is this the clumsiness of fish (particularly) bream on a surface strike and part of the game? (The whiting and suspected jack certainly did not miss). Cheers Angus
      7. Well what a fun session. Hit a new spot this morning with good results. Using exclusively topwater lures my mate Joel and I yakked the dawn chasing, well whatever would bite. It was a bit slow to start with a few pike coming over the side... Things were looking grim and took this snap so I could at least do a poor report. No long after the sun breached we came to a little drop off. The current was moving over the shallow weed beds and edying as it hit the deep water. This is were things improved. Every cast was a bream hit with over 20 landed in an hour. The most productive and entertaining session in ages. Stopped taking pictures as well, they all look the same after a while... As if I was not happy enough the last fish I hooked was my best for the day. After a solid no mucking around surface hit and a brilliant fight in less than 1m of water I caught site of a huge whiting. A measure confirmed what I had been hoping. A new PB at 43cm. A genuine elbow slapper Very happy with the session I was home to help with the kids by 8am. Great start to the day.
      8. northern nsw More Bay Reds

        Fished fri arvo at broughton island managed reds up to 78cm slept in boat couldnt find fish sat morning for two hrs an five spots current and wind opposite then got 3 more from 60 to 72cm then hit the kingie farms where there are hundreds of kings up to 75cm and as fat as pigs we got our ten then left after 45 mins there...rick
      9. northern nsw Casurina Report 2

        Another tricky day but some fun on plastics. Beach is stunning at the moment. But structureless. This makes finding fish hard and random. Found these two sitting in the shallowest of depressions ever I would hesitate to call a gutter. 2 casts 2 fish and then nothing. Plastic was a 2 inch z man slim swimz. Lots of little dart as well. Might try for a bass tomorrow. Angus
      10. northern nsw Nsw Road Trip For Xmas/NY

        Did a road trip to spend Xmas with my brother in Singleton (coal miner), stopping at a farmstay (sheep) at Deepwater (just north of Glenn Innes) on the way for a couple of nights (which was very cool - got to drive a tractor!). After Xmas we then spent 3 nights each at Shoal Bay (Port Stephens), Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour, and thoroughly enjoyed each of them. All of our accommodation except Coffs Harbour (because it was darned hard to get something we were happy with) was booked through Air BnB which I'd thoroughly recommend - so much better than staying in Motor Inns and a lot cheaper than booking at hotels, etc. With tight timeframes at each place and young kids to wear out (or is that the other way round ....?) I did what fishing I could (apart from with the kids, which was fun) early in the mornings. With no time (or energy in the middle of the day while they were asleep) to do recon missions, I resigned myself to the fact that I may not gain access to the spots I'd like to look of on Google Earth, and that at worst my fishing trips may end up just being bush walks/hikes with a fishing rod in my hand (and backpack on my back) ....... The morning after we arrived at Shoal Bay (which is beautiful - nice clear water and weed beds just off the shore that Liam and I took advantage of and snorkelled - well, sort of, we just had swimming goggles and no actual 'snorkel' - and checked out plenty of bream, large whiting (one of which was attacked by something else right in front of us a couple of times, still don't know what it was but a few minutes later we saw what must have been some sort of saltwater eel-tailed catfish so that may have been the culprit) I got up early and headed down to the beach and came up trumps with a 53cm flattie in amongst the weed (took a while to get into a rhythm and not get weed caught on my jighead EVERY single time!!) beds. I was using a 1/4oz 3/0 jighead with a 5 inch white/pearl Zman GrubZ. Happy with that, I decided the next morning it was time to turn my attention to rock fishing, which I have an affinity for. I was keen to explore Tomaree Headland and without a recon mission, couldn't decide whether to head clockwise around it from our unit, or go over to the surf beach and head anti-clockwise. I opted for the former, and sure enough reached a point where I couldn't/wouldn't get access to the water (I'm very cautious).
      11. im staying at tweed for the holidays and i was gonna try to get some fresh water yabbies for bait and eating, i have already pumped a few off pigery and caught 6 of the biggest whiting ive ever got. also hooked onto to a stingray and hooked a few flatties and bream
      12. Hi all, (long time lurker, first time poster) Am from down in Victoria and most of my fishing has been primarily saltwater out of a boat. I have since fallen in love with freshwater fishing and often spend a lot of time exploring the Otways near my home, and do a lot of time up the Ovens/Murray region chasing cod now. Last year i lucked upon a rental car relocation ($4 a day) and drove from the Goldy to Sydney, spending 3days around the Glenn Innes/Deepwater area of the New England region. Safe to say I fell in love with the place, and was quite successful on a lot of cod in the 40-60cm mark of morn and dusk, and have dreamt about coming back since. I found access to waterways pretty limited due to predominately private property flanking the major rivers, and most of the farmers less accommodating up this way. (other than 1 who made my trip by allowing me access to his small waterhole, after numerous no's.) Is it true the property line extends to the middle of the river bed in NSW? I have done extensive recon in the lead up to my Dec 4-8 solo trip, and have managed to get myself onto another property for this trip prior to my departure, although it has taken significant searching, emails and phone calls. I am not sure how i will go, but plan on putting in some big days and hope to reap the rewards (to share here of course). I am also planning on making a big walk through one of the few nature reserves which flanks the Severn, and replied to a post on this topic on this forum where someone else asked about it. Anyhow thought i would introduce myself, and of course I would welcome any advice, or by any small stretch of a chance, hook ups, up that way (discretion can be exercised). thought i would include a few pics from my last trip.
      13. Hey team a bit of a late report froma couple of weeks ago. Sorry been very busy and not on as much as usual but will pick up the game Anyway headed to northern nsw to chase some jacks with a mate Joel. Stayed at inlaws so a dawn was on the cards . Hit the water early and got straight into some little, but fun gts. Great fun on the areals and 1000 sized reels with gold drag peeling runs. 3 trevs in and lost a good jack. Watched it grab lure and run off only to have it, or so I assumed, spit the lure. It was 3 casts later I realized the back trebles were smooshed. Oh well Anyway in the arvo we headed down wirh some worms and plastics for a feed of whiting and 1 flathead. Good times. 1
      14. I took the kayak down over the border into NSW over the weekend to see if I could seek out some new wild Bass country. It was a successful trip, I landed 18 Bass, hooked up and lost another 5, and got a few hits and taps as well. Best fish were 42, 41, 40, 38cm. Average was about 35cm. Lures that I was using were soft plastic worm on a weighted worm hook, trolling a shallow chubby crank, surface popper, and a rubber bibless vibe. Hope you enjoy the video, it was a lot of work making it, but I'm getting better at editing... let me know if you have any tips on making it better. -Steve.
      15. I saw these little cuties in the Brunswick River last weekend. There were 3 of them chilling in about 1m of water only about 100m from the pub. They were only little but nice to see. It made me think that the Brunswick River must have a healthy Jack population. I also sat on a bank up the way and watched the tide come in... the only thing was that the water was dropping? I really checked that it was an incoming tide and we watched some rocks appear that were previously under water. Strange.
      16. northern nsw Tips For Rock Fishing Nsw

        Hi guys, im heading up to Bateau Bay soon for some rock fishing, any advice on what to go for and when would be greatly appreciated Cheers Jorden
      17. Hey guys, heading down to Coolangatta this weekend, just after any advice about the fishing in the are. Will only be fishing light with plastics, so any spots for flatties, bream, choppers? Is it worth targeting trevally toward the mouth this time of year? And I'm aware I'll need a license once I cross the border. Cheers
      18. Help Identifying A Fish

        Hi guys not sure if this is the right place to post, me and a mate went fishing on lake Macquarie today and caught ourselves one of these and was just wondering what kind of fish it was, it went hard as a rock when we got it out of the water
      19. Coffs To Sydney Area Looking To Fish

        Hey there , just throwing it out there as it never hurts to ask, but I'm a Canadian backpacker travelling from Coffs Harbour to Sydney over the next two weeks and if anyone was keen for a fish on the way , I've become pretty obsessed with fishing in Australia ! Living 1000 km inland back in Canada I've been trying to take advantage of the coast as much as possible, and I've been lucky enough to get a few chances out on the boat , and have Had some awesome land based sessions as well. Love fishing for anything and everything haha . Anyways figured I'd throw it out there ! cheers tyler 0406431436 currently in Coffs at the moment , thinking of heading to port Macquarie area Monday heres a few photos to share from last couple months of trip when we had some good success in Queensland ! the girlfriend still outfished me and got the big queenie ...thanks guys
      20. Cod Vs Snapper

        have a day off tmrw so had to flip a coin between snapper at broughton is or murray cod NE area..cod won so hopefully have a report tmrw nite...rick
      21. Breakfast Bream Kingscliff

        Headed out at dawn with father in law and mate Joel. The bait fishos were struggling and despite giving the chrome a good go still no luck on the tailor. Went back to old reliable little plastics hard up against the rocks. This resulted in 4 bream pretty quickly with full light slowing things down. Anyway home early for fish and avocado sandwiches for breakfast Angus
      22. Casurina Flathead

        Not ideal in the wind but still took the light stuff down to the main beach in hope of a few fish. Was rewarded with a nice flatty that hit really close in. Literally saw it rise up out of a small hole and hit my plastic. Might try again at dusk and then dawn.
      23. Fishing Lake Macquarie

        Hi this is my first post here. I live near lake Macquarie and am hoping there are some others here that can give me some pointers. I have been only able to get out at night of late after the kids are asleep and have been trying to catch squid to use as live bait for jew, flatties, snapper. Any tips or advice for catching these fish or bait would be great. Thanks
      24. Facebook the downfall of many Richard Craniums Taken from FW email newsletter 11 May 2017 NSW DPI Fisheries and Police Rural Crime Squad are investigating two men who call themselves the “Cod Squad” after they allegedly caught and killed an illegal haul of Murray cod in the Macquarie River near Dubbo. The illegal catch first came to light last week after Dubbo-based Matthew Hansen shared the "Cod Squad's" post on Facebook. The original post, which has now been deleted, showed the men proudly displaying the dead cod. Hansen said it has galvanised the community and obviously the community cares and they have spoken, and as a whole does not accept it. "Ten years ago out here that sort of thing was accepted. It shows there's been a massive cultural shift in this community." Mr Hansen said "Part of that has been because of events like the Lake Burrendong Classic and catch & release. It's really starting to look up in Central West NSW." The post sparked outrage in the fishing community and has now been shared over 332 times. The viral post also caught the attention of NSW DPI Fisheries and a local media organisation, Win News, who broadcast the story. The legal requirements for Murray cod in NSW are two fish per day and four in possession. The size limits are 55-75cms.
      25. Cod Country For Some.

        Finally got away with Luke to do some cod fishing.Stopped for a bite at a servo, bad mistake, ended up with food poisoning, arrived at camp grounds 10.30 pm, set up swags and off to bed. Managed 3 x 10 minute naps during the rest of the night, spent most of it on the toilet. Up in the morning for a cuppa and some french toast and off to the cod grounds. Fished for 5 hours for nothing, then back to camp, I had double vision on the way back, dont know if it was from the bad food or diabetes. After lunch took both vehicles with me with my yak and Luke with his canoe. I was about to pull Luke out of a bog when he said have a look ahead, 2 fisheries blokes heading towards us.The main bloke was amazed when I produced my gold card, he called the other bloke over and told him, if you see one of these they can fish anywhere. Finally got the yak and canoe in the water just as a storm was comming over, I got the double vision back again and said to Luke I cant even see where I am casting. As we agreed to pull the plug Luke hooked up to an over 65cm cod. This was to be the one and only.Later we found out why from one of the shop owners, they said that all the waters in the area had been flogged to bits over the last 2 long weekends,and the majority of fish caught were taken home to eat. Well thats the excuse this time.Second pic shows tractor washed up from previous floods. Dino