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      1. Caught this leatherjacket in Narrabeen Lagoon yesterday and was wondering what type it was ? Have caught chinaman leatherjackets and fan bellied leatherjackets before but this species is new to me. Quite happy as it is my 47th ozzie species now John http://
      2. We leave the UK 06 Feb for oz and will be staying there until 01 May. We will be staying at our daughters in Warriewood near Mona Vale. It will be our 7th ozzie trip since I took early retirement just over 10 Years ago. I love fishing in oz and have caught 46 species in my previous trips. Looking forward to adding to my species list but am finding it harder each trip. If anyone in the Warriewood area wants to take a wrinkley old pommie barsteward out fishing I would appreciate it. Cannot beat local knowledge. John
      3. Decided to have a few hours at Narrabeen Lagoon yesterday so bought some fresh squid at the local fishmongers and arrived there at about 10am. Started off on the northern bank and set up a simple running rig on 6lb mono. It was shallow close in so waded in and cast from about 10m out. Narrabeen Lagoon really is a stunning location to fish http:// I fished here for a while with only 2 small bream to show for my efforts. I simply shook these off at the waters edge Time for a move. I moved futher east along the shore heading towards "Pelican Bridge". This was my next fishing spot. http:// This spot was much deeper and I fancied my chances,a pal of mine had caught a couple of good flathead here a few days earlier. I gave it about an hour here,missing 2 decent bites. There were a couple of good fish at this spot jumping clear of the water - I think they were mullet. While wading at this spot I spooked a flathead in the shallows which was nearly 2 feet long !!!! Headed off the "Pelican Bridge" next and set up at the bottom of Woolies car park, http:// Here it was virtually a bite a cast but I could not hook up. I suspected they were small bream so dropped the hook size to try and confirm it. I did eventually hook up but got a flounder not a bream. Could you ozzie fishos confirm it is a flounder please ? I carefully unhooked it and back it went. http:// It had been arranged for grandsons Joshua and Theo to meet me here straight from school for a quick fishing session. I rigged up a second rod the same as the first for them. Just in time as ]the boys turned up seconds later. Check out 5 year old Theo,he looks well happy here. http:// 8 year old Joshua was well made up also http:// At this point Joshua hooked into a really good fish but after about a 2 minute tussle it bit him off. Think it must have been a flathead Double trouble http:// Just to prove I was there here is "grandad" giving Joshua a helping hand. I even deserted by beer to do it http:// Not a very productive day fishwise but most enjoyable. Looking forward to my next fishing session. John
      4. Hey All, I hope you are all well! I am new to this site and thought I would join some sort of forum to learn more about fishing etc. Recently I got my first boat and started doing some off-shore fishing in Hexham NSW. I've been catching about six stingrays a day when I go fishing, I don't know much about them so just been throwing them back. So I have a few questions: 1. What is the legal size and limit for Stingrays in NSW? I checked DPI but it didn't have them listed: 2. I know that the ray has four pads of meat (two top and two bottom), but there is a lot of waste... Do you have any recommendations on what to do with the rest of the ray? 3. Is ray a good bait for crabbing? If it is, would the scraps work (Bones, body and head)? 4. Since I have never caught one to keep before what methods do you recommend when it comes to killing? I was thinking: - Hook Ray - Net Ray - Use bolt cutters and cut the rays tail off (throw tail away) - Kill Ray (need to learn best method for this) Of course, if Ray isn't legal to keep I won't and it also seems worth keeping if its a big ray. I would rather not catch them if we have to waste the rest of the ray for the amount of meat. But since I go crabbing, if I can use the scraps for crabbing then I think that should be okay. Any tips, advise and the rest would be wonderful. Thanks, Mark.D
      5. Been years since I've posted on here! Heading to Yamba on Sunday for a week.....does anyone have any recommendations for fishing landbased? It's bream season so I'm sure there'll be plenty of those. I may or may not get out on the rockwall to throw lures or livies but I'm keen to chase some jewies or the like in the river at night. Happy to take any tips! Staying at the Big 4 Saltwater.
      6. Hi guys, I'm after a few beach fishing guides around the Byron Bay and Cabarita Beach areas. If anyone's interested can you contact us on Thanks Ange
      7. Getting away from the grind for a weekend down the Tweed at the inlaws. Was originally planning on hitting the creek again for bream and bass but I have heard of a few big tailor getting caight on points like cabarita, fingal and kingcliff (anyone got anymore news to clarify this)??? Anyway weather pending I think we will be sticking this out and try and micro jigging in the surf to see how we go. Weather looks annoyingly typical for weekend fishermen but hey... Some of the North facing headlands should offer protection.. We will always have the creeks as a fall back option... Angus
      8. Fished hard at the island yday srvo n this morn got 84cm red n 17kg longtail with mscktuna n small reds
      9. Hey everyone, We got back from our annual pilgrimage to the stunning waters at Wooli last week. Sorry that it has taken me a while to put up a report. There is lots going on in the Oyster Reef Project and Foot Project. Enough of that - on to the report Crabbing at Wooli - Easter Report 2018 Wooli is one of the quiet and remote coastal towns east from Grafton NSW and sits on the stunning Wooli Wooli river overlooking Yuraygir National Park. An absolute jewel of an area rich in wildlife and vegetation, very worth your while exploring. Check out this link to see walks and stay options. Each year we put in paintings for the Wooli Art Show at the pub. None of us are much good but it is fun and gives us a reason to pull out the paint with a deadline to finish stuff. All paintings go up for sale and all money made goes to the Protect Wooli cause. We have been lucky enough to see the dunes come back after many years of hard work planting and dune protection. Both my paintings sold! You may now refer to me as Drop Bear the professional artist haha This link shows you about the show if you ever want to enter. Wooli had received a LOT of rain in the weeks before we arrived. the run out tide was very dark tannin stained. The guy at the dive shop told me how many crabs had been caught recently and I was worried straight away. After heavy rain I find there is a nice window of good crabbing and after this they all climb back into the deep holes in the mangroves. But we were here and wanted to have a go anyhow. The kids had brought their keen crabbing friends along and we had 8 people that had 2 Crab Traps (NSW for Crab Pots) each. I'm glad to report that Quampie was a star. This was one of the things I bought her for. We had 9 people in her one day with no problem at all. The first day had 8 people 16 crab pots, a full tank of gas, all the extra life jackets and of course every one needed to bring their phone. Go the 5m tiller steer! So much room. The plan was to start closer to the mouth and hope that they had marched down from the traditional crabbing spots up stream from the caravan park. 8 of us got in the boat and set 2 pots each. Yes that is 16 pots. We had our work cut out for us I found it tricky to work out the actual rules for crabbing in NSW. Googling is very confusing as some older reports have it that you are only allowed to have 1 crab trap per person but the current rules are 2 crab traps and 3 dillies. We had no dillies. The first few days were over the Easter period. Despite checking the pots before dawn they had pretty much all been raided but many showed no sign of crabs touching the baits. We got 3 crabs in the first day 3 in the next 0 for the next 2 days then 1 large buck on the last day. We had 4 pots stolen... This buck was uge! He really wanted to eat me. I cant really blame him. I wanted to eat him. Seems fare. The crabs were mostly Jennies (remember we were in NSW - Don't hate me) and apart from the large one on the last day were mostly small to medium sizes with 2 just over legal size. These just legal ones are small crabs. NSW regulations state they must be over 8.5cm front to back. If we were going to boil the crabs I probably would not keep these small crabs and would have put the big green buck back as he would not be full. But we were planning Chili Crab so all legal crabs are good for the pot. To test how full a crab is simply squeese the shell near the back swim fin. If it is flexible it is probably not full. A good Rusty red colour on the under side of the crab pretty much means it is as full as an eski after a 1770 trip. Interestingly we pulled 8 legal Bream out of the pots as well as one very angry eel, one very large Ludric and a nice small Estuary Cod that we let go (could have kept but had enough fish). That was more fish than we caught angling for the entire trip! I am kicking myself that I didn't keep the eel for Shark baits now... Oh wait that means I can go fishing for eels soon! Winning. So a feast was planned. We fed 16 people chili mud crab!!!! It was a delicious meal and everyone agreed that the time and money spent on baits (about $100.00) was worth it. My daughter took the food photos and I had to screen shot them from her Instagram account. She is just setting up a food blog... yes we do need another food blogger... apparently... I don't mean that she is super good at all this stuff. If you do insta you could follow her if you like. The recipe for my chili crab is; Ingredients 8 crabs from Wooli - all sizes over legal 4 packets of rice noodles (you can use spaghetti or any noodle you like) Big knob of butter (how big is up to you but I use a lot) 6 large fresh tomatoes (tins work well too) 4 large red capsicum 2 large brown onions 2 bulbs of garlic (whole bulbs not cloves) (yes that is a lot of garlic so make sure your partner eats some too or they wont talk to you) A large stem of ginger 1 bottle of white wine, Pinot Gris is good if you are fussy but any white wine will do. Half a cup of Tomato Sauce Half a cup of Sweet chili sauce 2 large chilies. More or less depending on your taste About half a cup of brown sugar - Depends on how sweet you want it and how sweet the sweet chili sauce is. 2 table spoons of soy sauce Salt and pepper Flour for dusting 1 ltr hot frying oil (Rice bran or Peanut or what ever you like just not Olive oil etc.) 3 limes or lemons if you prefer Big sprig of coriander or parsley if you prefer. Method Noodle Bit Place rice noodles in a bowl and cover with cold water. Let sit for about an hour. Sauce bit Roughly chop tomatoes and capsicum into about $0.20c coin size chunks. Slice onion and chilies. Finley dice/grate/crush ginger and garlic. Put butter in a very large sauce pan on high heat. Add onion, tomato, ginger, capsicum and chopped chilies and fry until it gets soft and browns up a bit. Add white wine, tomato sauce, sweet chili sauce, garlic, soy, sugar, salt and pepper. Add all the bits out of the shell of the crab and all the crab juice. Reduce heat and slow simmer while you cook the crabs. Crab bit Place crabs in ice slurry until they no longer want to rip your face off. Remove back shell over a bowl to keep the liquid that comes out of them. Discard the gills but keep everything else including all the mustard. Jennies have a lot of fat and goodness in the main shell so scrape all of this out and put in the juice bowl. Take claws off and separate into 2 pieces. Crack these with the back of a knife. Keep all liquid that comes out. Split the body part in half then cut in half again so that each body part has 2 legs... (does that make sense?) You end up with 8 pieces per crab. 4 claw pieces and 4 body pieces. I discard the main body shell after taking out all the fat and good bits. Make sure you go through all this goopy stuff as there can be small bits of shell in the head and its best if you take this all out. You could keep the main shell and boil it for presentation if you like. Dust the pieces of crab in flour and fry in heaps of oil until most of the outside goes red and the flour gets a bit crispy then drain. This process is great as it lets the sauce coat the shell and is really yummy. The last bit Place the crab into the sauce and simmer for about 10 mins or until you think the crab is cooked. Add the noodles and stir through. You might need to add some water at this stage. The sauce needs to be thick but not gluggy. Make it so that it coats the crab but is not runny. We just put it all in a big bowl and let everyone fight over the biggest claws Grate the lime rind over the top then cut the limes in half and squeeze juice over or put to the side and let everyone do there own. Chuck the sprig of coriander on top. I suggest drinking a few bottles of cold climate riesling (Fave is Clare valley or Tamar valley) with this as they are high acid and it cuts nicely through the sweetness of the dish. For a free personal lesson for this recipe bring all ingredients to my house (including the wine) and we can cook together. Yay! Don't plan to drive home Thanks Dropped one Oh and dont forget to lick your fingers.
      10. Stunning morning on the Wooli Wooli river today. Flicked around the weed beds and oyster leases for an hour or 2. Bargain bin popper did the trick. I tried with the sugar pen but had no takers. Caught these little cuties and had swirls or bumps on most casts. Nothing to take home for breakfast but lots of fun. I will have another go tomorrow. Decky spot available
      11. Hey guys Im heading up to Bateau bay again in a week or two and i thought i might go for some bonito, mack tuna(that kind of stuff). Just wondering what lures/jigs people find good for those type of fish? Cheers Jorden
      12. Gday guys heading down to Kingscliff next week for a few days. Never been there, so after some info on where to fish, will be packing the light and heavy gear. The cudgen creek looks like an option with the light gear for some flatties and whiting. Any options for rock fishing around there? Cheers
      13. Hi all - have had my holidays squashed at work so me and the son will have to miss out on planned trip to do the 'Barra Trail'. So have ended up booking into a townhouse in Iluka for two weeks starting the Tuesday after the October 'Long Weekend' (NSW). From what I can find thru 'google' it seems there will be plenty of options available to chase a few fish - I'll be taking the 'good ship' Dilligaf , and the young bloke will also have the option of hitting the water on his 'yak. Just wondering if any members here might be able to pass on a bit of first hand knowledge as far as tips on what and where to go , what to avoid and the like. We'll also have 'She that must be obeyed' along with us so need to keep her occupied as well. Tight lines <')))>( Wombat3163
      14. Hey, just wondering what lures worked well for flathead around the Ballina area as iv'e only caught one flathead about 20cm while winding in a bit of mullet skin because the bream stripped the meat off it.
      15. 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
      16. 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
      17. 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.
      18. 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
      19. 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
      20. 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
      21. 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.
      22. 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
      23. 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
      24. 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).
      25. Hi guys,Just wondering if any that targets Kingfish can tell me the best time of year and places to target them please? I live in Port Stephens, and I know they are about but not sure of the best time of day to target them or where. I hear they catch them on the break wall at Nelsons Bay and other places from time to time but If I was to target one say outside where would be the sort area I'd find them? And also do they always stay deep or spend most of their time feeding on the surface/middle of the water?Thanks heaps guysGeoff