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      1. Hi, I fish for Redfin in a dirty slow moving river, am I better to use bright colours so the fish can see them or do I go natural ?
      2. Hi All, I'm looking to get out to Iluka mid March and hopefully for a few days in mid April. Just wondering if anyone has any advice for me for fishing around that time? What should I be targeting? How should I be fishing the rock wall? Last time I was there all I was catching were those small annoying eastern kelpfish. I would have thought there would be plenty of bream, or maybe it was just that day. I see a lot of articles online of people going for LBG, (macks, longtail tuna), but as always I'm sure it is a lot harder than they make it out to be. Any other place between Iluka and Brisbane is also an option if anyone has any other recommendations. Have a kayak and a range of gear so can target almost anything.
      3. went fishing this arvo first 10 minutes i got a small bream using bread as bait so i switched to a zmen slim swims 2.5 inch in opening night with a 1/8 jighead as a size 1 hook. First cast soon as the lure hit the water flathead busted me off . So I switched my leader from 4lb to 6lb a few cast later landed a small flathead basicly 5 metres away from the wharf i was fishing from and 40 minutes go past and I’ve landed plenty of flathead around the wharf all undersize but was a good session overall caught 1 bream and 4 flathead . Still learning how to fish with lures as I’ve only been fishing for a year now and I’ve just using bait for my first year of fishing . Good start with the lures btw the gear is suitable for lures I use light braid with fluorocarbon leader and a small 2000 daiwa reel with a full graphite 3-8lb rod . So i think im off to a good start. Any advice would be helpful . Btw the jigheads i was using were the tt lures headhunters . The fishing session was 50 minutes long
      4. Hi, I am relatively new in Sydney. Can someone recommend some good beaches to go for worming and what is the best time to go. Thanks
      5. Went through the Tweed river bar a couple of mornings ago and out to the Fad. 1st drift we had a double hook up and my friends 2 kids caught their 1st dolphin fish. Next drift was the same double hook up and dollies jumping around us. The new boats arriving drove fast straight up to the Fad and spooked the fish so it all went quiet. We decided to move back to the 9 mile reef where it was a lot calmer. 1st drift my friends son hooked up to a good snapper and after a dogged fight he reeled in his 1st snapper and a beauty at 66cm. The bottom went quiet so we trolled around the 9 mile reef for some pelagic hoping for a Spanish or marlin but it wasn't to be. We called it early and went back to the camp and filleted our catch. A big bbq fed plenty of family and friends at camp that night.
      6. Hi all, I've got some time off first week of November, I was wondering what would you recommend to fish for that time of year, I can do anything in along the norther half of NSW coast. Driving out of Brisbane, but I do not mind a nice road trip. Recently spent a week in Iluka which was quite nice. What are prevalent species to target at that time of year? Whiting I suppose? Regards,
      7. . Hello All. First post here. I specifically joined this forum for help with identifying a fish. I have looked everywhere (well maybe not, but it is starting to feel that way!) and suddenly thought a fishing forum would surely be able to help. For interest purposes, I am try to identify a fish that swam past me in January 2019. I was snorkelling at The Basin in Pittwater NSW (Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park) in about chest high water. The tide was flowing in, and it was around 2.30pm. A very large fish swam past me quite close. Many little fish were trailing it, and I am guessing the bigger fish was hosting them. I think it may have been a shark or ray (looked a little like a cross between the two). But am not sure, as really never seen such an fish before. It was so odd looking, it almost looked like a prehistoric beast! I am a little confused, as some features do not add up (to pictures I am looking at online) The colour was a mottled pattern. The nearest match I have found online was the colour and pattern of a Wobbegong (but it was a lot longer and thinner shaped than a Wobbegong - it was more shaped like an Angelshark or Shyshark) The oddest thing about it, was its tail actually looked like the front snout of a Largetooth Swordfish, because it was a long flat blade shape with spikes segregated and jutting out the whole length. So unless it was a Largetooth Swordfish swimming backwards (it wasn't) - I am having problems identifying it. I have been searching for nearly a year now, but not been able to identify it. Thank you for any suggestions
      8. I have some time off end of September and looking for a trip. I was wondering if you guys have any advice for Iluka around that time? Kind of in between seasons so not sure what one would target?
      9. Hey everyone, how good are pippis for bream and flaties? Never used them
      10. I was reading the dpi stuff about not being able to catch crabs around the south coast, I have never caught one anywhere as I’m new to it all , but I love eating them, is there a ban on them here if not can anyone give me pointers on getting a few? Tia
      11. I've tried all winter to catch my first Mulloway fishing every Wednesday night from from 8.30pm to 5am on the Tweed River in my Quinnie, with no luck what so ever, I've tried live mullet, live whiting, hard bodies and plastics, Every deep hole I could find, Even at the river mouth. I was told the start of September is getting a bit to late in the season for the Tweed so I give up until next year, I go down to the old Chinderah bridge with a bit of mullet fillet, no sinker, and I drop it down on a fast incoming tide, 2 min's later I was getting little soft bites I thought were bream and I give it a tug, My line takes off , A large bend in my rod and the real screams. my next thought was a stingray, 10 min's later it surfaces, To my surprise its a big Jewy, I was and still very happy with that catch, I had to walk it down to the rivers edge then run down to the water and drag it on to the sand, Yippee, I picked it up and the hooks fell out, Lucky night for me, Here is the photo. 100cm Jewy for my first ever, now I need a bigger esky.
      12. A great weekend trip with Terrigal Bluewater Fishing Charters, masters had good fun and a nice feed of various tasty fish!!! Rod: Alpha Tackle Deckstick Reel: Daiwa Tanacom Bull 500 Reel - Master RG: Daiwa Saltist Reel - Master J: Shimano Stella SW 8000 Reel - Master L: Shimano Biomaster 8000 Mainline: number 2 high quality braid Leader: 22 pound flurocarbon leader Jig: Shimano Bottom Ship Jig for Snapper
      13. I had a good feeling about this deepliner Japanese made 150g slow jig. My usual setup: Rod: evergreen slow jerker 6 Reel: Shimano Ocea Jigger 1500 overhead reel. Mainline: No. 2 mainline Leader: 22 pound fluro carbon leader. Jig: deepliner 150g slow jig, sardine colour.
      14. Very excited to catch this BEAUTIFUL Easter Blue Devil Fish on the jig, due to the changing conditions, tried a variety methods of fishing and got some good fish. Slow Jigging at 30m deep, bottom bashing at 40m deep, shallow surface fishing for Sweep and Trevally, bottom fishing for Gropers with cooked Prawns. Slow Pitch Jigging Setup Rod: Evergreen Slow Jerker Number 6 Reel: Shimano Ocea Jigger 1500 Mainline: slow jigging braid number 2 Leader: high quality flurocarbon 22 pound Jig: Deepliner slow jig 180g orange and blue Bottom Bashing Setup Rod: Alpha tackle made in Japan deckie rod for electric reel Reel: Daiwa Tanacom Bull 500 Mainline: Premium braid number 2 Leader: high quality flurocarbon 22 pound Hooks: 2 hooks Sinker: 6 oz Bait: small squid, freshly peeled banana prawns, cooked tiger prawns, freshly cut blue morwong fillet...
      15. A good before-dawn iso session! My tackle for the day ************************************************************* Rod: Shimano ISO Limited 1.2 Reel: Daiwa Tournament Hand Lever Brake Spin Reel 3000 DXG Float: Yamamoto hand made iso float 0.8 hand made in Japan Mainline: Chrisma floating iso fishing line number 3 Green Leader: Sunline flurocarbon number 2.5 Hook: Hiramitsu purple iso hook number 3 *************************************************************
      16. THE best tasting fish you can catch off Sydney - personal opinion - steamed with ginger and shallots to reserve its original flavor - flaky white flesh!!
      17. SLOW PITCH JIGGING MADNESS | BIG Pearlies DOUBLE HOOKUP!! - A Master Fishing - Sydney Pearl Perch!! My tackle for the day: ***************************************************************************** Rod: Deepline Logical 60 Number 8 slow jigging rod Reel: Shimano Ocea Jigger 1500 slow jigging reel Mainline: Number 1.5 high quality braid Sunline Leader: Flurocarbon 22 pound leader Sunline Jig: Deepliner 180 slow jig Hooks: Slow Blatt number 1 assist hooks x 4
      18. Considering trip to either Red Rock or Northaven with a couple of mates. Wondering if anyone has a site for pumping nippers at either place. Thanks fof any help.
      19. Heading to Warrabah NP next week to get away from it all. Taking the rods, Dan and his girl. Hoping to get onto a cod or yella. With so many people haunting my usual spots these days we've looked further afield. Hoping to find a quiet spot in the winter weather. They had snow at Guyra the other week, so here's hoping. Will have a report after we return. Hopefully a good one. Has anyone been there before ?
      20. I braved the cold for an all nightery chasing Mulloway with a mate "Allan" on the Tweed River, We launched 9pm at Dry Dock boat ramp and headed to the main river hitting a few 45ft to 50ft holes, the moon was bright and the river was calm, We only had dead baits from Mullet fillets, Salted Bonito, Prawns, Pilchards and Live Beach Worms, We drifted the holes for hours with little luck catching a few small Bream and even smaller Flatheads, We tried all our baits but no Jewies to be had. I even tried some large glow in the dark soft plastic's but nothing, We headed north to the river mouth and it was a bit dangerous with 2 or 3ft waves breaking, Not good in my 3.9 mt Quinnie, so we tried the Jack Evans boat harbour and still no good fish, I noticed some long marks on the fish finder and suddenly I was on, I thought "you beauty, about time" some nice strong head shakes, then nothing, it was gone. It was now 3.30am and cold, We drifted the same area again and the same thing, some long marks on the fish finder and then yahoo, I was on again, big head shakes then nothing, it to was gone, Not one to give up I tried again and again, then some long marks on the fish finder again and I was on, big head shakes and even tacking a little line, yep I got this one, I get it to the boat and low and behold, it was a big angry eel, Noooooo I cried, It was a Pike eel or also known as a Congo, So i'm told,. By this time it was 4.30am and cold so we headed home, back at the ramp at 5am. It was still a good night, Beats watching TV. Sorry its not a good photo.
      21. Stayed a week at Shaws Bay holiday park the weather was calm all week. I have never explored this coastal area what a beautiful part of the world. Went luderick fishing in my mates tinnie along a rock wall in the river. We caught 2 fish on cabbage nothing on weed all morning so gave up with it being quite. I fished the northern wall the next night but couldn't find any fish. Easy access to the wall from the park. Did a bit of sight seeing the next day along the coast up to Lenox heads. For starters this was my view from camp. This is flat rock between Ballina and Lenox Heads looks very fishy off the rocks was perfect weather to do some rock fishing as well The view from Lenox headland looking back south Fished the beach next to town just a short walk from the park where you can have the dogs offleash. Caught a few good whiting and bream with our dogs keen for each fish to come ashore. Fished the end of the breakwall again on the last night but could only manage a small black spot cod. It was a good week exploring and catching up with a mate I used to work with. The park is located next to the river and shaws bay OH did I mention it is next to the pub and fish and chip shop as well bonus.
      22. Going down to Ballina next month when it cools off to fish for blackish. I haven't targeted them for years but do remember it being quite addictive watching the float Bob underwater and hooking them. I am going for a week and should also get a few sessions in on the breakwall for tailor and jew. I should have a good report by the time I get back.
      23. Hi fishers, Can any one ID this fish for me please, Caught in the Tweed river Fingal wall over a very reef area, I'm thinking a Wrasse however I cant find it in my books. A strong fighter for a little fish. Thanks.
      24. Hi Guys, I'm thinking of going to Yamba/Iluka end of June for a few days for some proper fishing. I'll have a kayak with me. I've tried to read up online and it was a bit of an overload of info, so many articles. Just wondering if you could recommend anything? What are some spots to start off with? Are there any sand / mud flats to pump yabbies? Where is a good spot to get some livies? Do any of the bait shops there sell live yabbies? Regards,
      25. Being the season of fish ( on the table for many of us ). Thought would be fun for us to recall stories about the first fish we each caught and some childhood fishing memories - I'm sure we all have these.. My story . Way back in the early and mid 1960s people could hire motorized displacement boats on the Hunter River at Hexham. My first memory of a being taken fish was going so an afternoon's fishing with my dad and by BB in what was called a "put put" (this the sound the little (2 stroke ?) inboard motor on these timber displacement boats made as they cruised along about walking speed).I was handed a cork handline with a bit of peeled prawn on a hook and small ball sinker which my dad caste for me and then told me to sit quietly and hold the line between my two fingers and let him know if I felt anything - a tall order for little boy about 7 or 8 years old.Within a few minutes I told dad I had something pulling at the line and was told not to be so silly. But I insisted and dad checked telling me "it's just a snag" …. I didn't know what a snag was and insisted and proceeded to pull in the line and to my excitement discovered I had a big fish on the end of the (l was told it was a nice whiting) and was asked if I wanted to keep it or throw it back . Silly question. I insisted on keeping it and remember eating it and really enjoying it when mum battered it and fried it - much better than fishfingers (as a kid I thought they really were fishs' fingers and yep I though spaghetti in the can was worms in a can LOL).From that day on I was hooked and was soon going fishing down along the river bank at Hexham and on Ash Island , riding there with my mates on a pushbikes , and digging bloodworms and catching yabbies' and soldier crabs for bait and often catching garfish using tiny hooks baited with bits of wet bread, and using oyster bottles with doe in the end to catch poddy mullet (to sell live for pocket money). Lot of fish taken from the old Ash Is bridge - is still there and people still can be seen fishing from it occasionally , but it's been decades since I fished it myself , though I do still cross it to go and collect weed for luderick fishing from the "pond" . Plenty of fish taken on the opposite bank to the Sth Arm of the Hunter River to the Steelworks ( nice sandy banks there and places where there used to be mangroves (there's a coal loader there now). Mum and dad always knew I'd be gone on the pushbike about 4am every Saturday and Sunday , and most days during school holidays, .and I'd either be on Stockton BW ( I'd be waiting for the first vehicular ferry of the day to arrive and was always allowed to take my pushbike across for free - no Stockton Bridge then) , I used to fish The Wreck for tailor, bream, flathead, trevally and yellowtail , and being very a enterprising kid I'd keep some yellow tail alive to sell for 1 bob each to the jewie fishermen ( no such thing as battery powered live bait aerators in those days ) , who would use them to even catch jewfish during the day , and back then used either big alveys or Ajax centrepins and big Styrofoam floats. I learnt a lot by watching these jewfish specialists and was soon chasing jewfish too once I built my first Rangoon rod and after I was given my granddad's Surfmaster overhead reel (I still have this reel and still use it occasionally) , til then I was using a kiddie's baketite alvey til I upgraded to a Michelle 306 eggbeater (I still have and use it).. It was then that I saw the biggest jewfish I'll ever see landed off the end of Stockton Wall by a guy using an Ajax reel and Rangoon cane rod , over 6 ft long and tipped the scales at the fisherman's (trawler) wharf at 98 pounds and was taken during a fresh when the Hunter was in flood in daylight hours (and he had quite a crowd of people watching and created a huge sensation locally (writeups in paper etc)). I remember my granddads and dad telling me about jewfish up over 100 pound being taken in the 20s , 30s and 40s using setlines rigged up with cow bells to indicate something was hooked (usually a monster ray, or a huge eel , or a shark was what was caught this way) , the set lines were baited before dark and the swarms of Hexham Grey mozzies showed up, and they'd be checked if the bell was heard or next day. I think monster 90 pound or bigger jewfish are gone for good (at least here around Newcastle (Gosford to Taree) . Biggest I've seen since it were 73 pound (me on Nobbys) , 76 pound (me at Carrington Dykes) and one I took fishing from the Sharkhole (Nobbys) while fishing for snapper from the rocks during the day, a few in the same size bracket taken by fishing pals on Nobbys over the years , and by Joe and the other Stockton BW guys , and my biggest at 86 pound (me on Nobbys) and longer than me (that I landed fishing the Flatrock on Nobby's Wall). It took me over 20 yrs to crack it with a jewfish over 50 pounds with a jewfish weighing in at 73 pound that I had to land by myself at Flatrock in the wee small hours one night in 1990 ( I had to keep in the bathtub with 4 bags of ice til the next day before I cleaned and slabbed it up for freezing ) , my little boy woke up not long after I got home and came running into our bedroom in terror - he though a monster had come up the plug hole and was going to eat him ( memories like that are priceless). Or I'd be fishing somewhere near the Pilots Station (at the old timber tug wharves, or on the rocks at Horse Shoe Beach (back then the beach was maybe 100m South of where is now and it was deep water off the end of what was a small breakwall (and a great place to catch tailor and small jewfish), or along wharf road (was very close to the harbor shore there) , and I've be home after dark with a bag full of fish ( tailor, flathead, bream, soapys, trevally and garfish were usually in the bag and all taken on very simple cork handlines and plastic casting handspool , even coke bottles made it into my kit (the glass ones were perfect for hand lines), Thems were the days …