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      1. Video link - Sharing my latest fishing video. This one is completely insane and must watch viewing for local anglers. We launch from Altona boat ramp and immediately find ourselves within the biggest school of salmon that I have ever seen. Its complete chaos, a massive bust up with salmon surfacing everywhere. We’re catching big salmon nearly every cast. Its nonstop fishing action. We were just flicking soft plastics curl tail and minnow imitations on a 1/8 jog head, but I reckon the salmon would have taken anything. Enjoy the video it’s a ripper, and please subscribe to the channel.
      2. Hi everyone Video Link - https://youtu.be/IA43ko9I1u8 ( please sub if you enjoy the video ). Thought I'd share a fishing report from the weekend. We launched from St Helens boat ramp. For bait we were using pippis and small strips of squid. We found some shallow weedy areas. Berleyed up. We had 2 rods each. One a simple running sinker rig and the other a whiting flasher rig. Once again, we caught plenty of good size whiting, a heap of undersize pinkies and some flathead. A couple of weeks ago I posted a video catching plenty of whiting from around Corio Bay. Shortly after I received heaps of questions from followers, so I have put together a short video with some tips and to answer many of those questions whilst hitting the water and catching a few more. Best Regards Alan from FishingMad
      3. Thought I’d share my latest video a 20-minute special on how to CATCH, CLEAN & COOK squid. Video can be seen here - https://youtu.be/8vGvxUImbRw On the weekend we launched from Altona and headed to shallow water around 4m deep and drifted around. Using a range of different squid jigs. ( 2.5g black and 3 gram UV white ) we catch our bag limit of squid. At which time we capture this footage and share some tips on targeting squid. We then take the squid home and show you how to clean and cook. I made this video after receiving messages from followers asking for advice on this exact topic. This video highlights that even kids can catch squid and prepare a great meal. Enjoy the video, I hope these tips help you and remember to sub the channel.
      4. Thought I’d share my latest fishing video - https://youtu.be/Jh53YfaS9lw I team up with Rob Kriz from Robs fishing adventures and we have an amazing fishing session on Port Phillip bay around Black Rock. We launch from Altona in some choppy conditions and eventually anchor in Black Rock after coming across a nice school in the Simrad sounder. Thankfully the wind and swell calms down and the fishing action is frantic as we catch heaps of good size pinkies, snook, whiting, and then finally into a school of big salmon. There's no better way to break the new Savage Gear 1DFR rods. Gear used Savage Gear 1DFR 3-5k inshore rod, Stealth 2000, 9.3 Adrenaline braid, Fat Curl tail soft plastics in motor oil which was a deadly combination for the day. If you enjoy the video then please sub the channel. Regard Al - FishingMad
      5. Hi everyone, I was challenged to try and catch a fish out in the bay using only an inflatable pool tube instead of a high-end kayak. Video can be seen here I was equipped only with a 1-4 kilo 1DFR spin rod, a packet of pre-rigged Fathead curl tail soft plastics, a net, orr, life jacket and pliers. This challenge came from a follower who suggested that fisherman only catch fish because they have expensive kayaks or boats. I thought best to prove a point why not use a $30 pool tube from BCF out in Port Phillip bay. Thankfully I managed to land a few fish without drowning, being stung or eaten. Watch the video carefully at 3:05 you will see something large surface right next to the pool tube. Been some debate on whether this was a stingray, shark, seal or dolphin. Have a look and see what you think. This is a classic. It was very challenging to keep balance, navigate through some issues with broken line but with persistence, I landed 2 Snook, 4 Pinkies and 2 Flathead in just over an hours fishing. All in a bit of fun, please don’t try this on your own, we acknowledge that this is a little dangerous if not done in a controlled fashion. if you enjoy the video then please subscribe to the channel Website - www.fishingmad.com.au YouTube - www.youtube.com/c/fishingmad Facebook - www.facebook.com/fishingmad.com.au Instagram - www.instagram.com/fishingmad.com.au
      6. Just need help identifying a fish. Hard with no photo, didn’t have my phone on me but they had sharp teeth, very loose big scales, very bad smell. Silver and brown with a yellow tail and impressively large eye. Caught south east vic coast. Similar size to a large KGW, and very eager to smash the metals. Thanks if anyone can answer this!
      7. Hi Guys, Recently joined and thought I'd post up a fishing report from the other night. Fished off the rocks using a Shimano sephia squid jig and managed to get 8 squid. Used some as fresh bait out on a surf rod and managed a couple of small flathead and a port Jackson shark. The squid and flathead made a very nice feed last night. I recently bought from Godline braid off amazon due to its cheap price and good reviews, and fair to say, after my first use I am very impressed. Very good casting distance and strength, will be definitiely buying some more and spooling a few more reels up. Thats it from me for now. Happy Fishing
      8. m_p

        victoria Blairgowrie

        Heading down to Blairgowrie next week for a holiday, where are some good land based spots to find flathead or whiting as well as what piers are best for squid. Thanks
      9. Hey guys I want to start doing some landbased squid fishing in frankston area, if you know of any spots that produce please let us know cheers
      10. Hey guys Im heading down to Inverloch soon for a fish, i have been there multiple times with no real luck. Im thinking of going to the entrance of Andersons Inlet for Gummy at night or Mulloway. Any tips? Cheers Jorden
      11. Hey. Dropbear sister caught this today.... Stunning looking fish. This is the only photo I have... Whiting??? Caught near Vic NSW border. Fish was released... sadface it looks yummy haha
      12. Just returned from my holiday down south and I have to report that I have found fishermans paradise at Malacoota Inlet just below the NSW dorder into Victoria. We spent 3 days there and could of spent 3 weeks as the fishing was plentiful. Arrived late in the afternoon on the first day and managed 5 legal flatty and one small chopper tailor. Next AM I could not get past the chopper tailor. They alienated about 20 of my SP's. I called into a tackle shop and the chap told me to go up the inlet further to get away from the chopper tailor. I took his advice and landed in paradise. I was averaging a dozen good size flathead every 2 hour session. Most of them were caught on avocado coloured squidgee fish. If I could achieve this from the bank just imagine what it would be like in a boat. The inlet consists of an entrance from the sea followed by a large lake then you move into what they call the narrows (where I caught most of my fish) then it opens out into what they call top lake. At the top of this lake is the start of 2 rivers where they tell me estuary perch abound. Some of you may have noticed Malacoota on Starlo and Bushies DVD but if you ever get the opportunity it really is paradise and worth the trip. I am including some photos that just dont do it justice. Fish while you Can Dinodadog [img size=448]http://www.australianfishing.com.au/media/kunena/attachments/legacy/images/Mallacoota.jpg
      13. Hey Lads My mate and i are going to french island for a weekend to do some gummy shark fishing, ive heard its pretty good there. Any tips or locations to catch them would be greatly appreciated
      14. A-Rod

        Greenpatch

        Hi guys, im heading to green patch at jervis bay for the next few days. I unfortunately don't have a boat other than a canoe. I have rigs set up for all different bread and butter species, but I would love to get onto something decent. It's my first trip with my gf and her parents are expecting some fillets brought back. Any knowledge would be fantastic.
      15. A mate of mine who has moved to Melbs is crook so I went down to see him last weekend. I clearly had to make the most of the crazy, start to school holidays, air fairs and took a rod and some free diving gear with me. My Brother and Sister both live in Melbs now. Brother Yuri is a wine maker and was able to wrestle the Sat night and Sunday off from vintage to come and have a flick and a flop. Saturday night we went to the river just near the West Gate Bridge on Bay Trail Way under the power lines where he said he had seen some XXL snapper caught. There is supposed to be hot water pumped out there from a power station that attracts the Snaps as the water starts to get cold. We flicked soft plastics for about an hour with not a touch. Tried 4inch up to 6inch mostly paddle tails but they were just not interested or simply not there. There seems to be a lot of fishing pressure at this spot as the grubs had left a stack of rubbish including a pile of butts behind so we cleaned up the worst of it and went home fishless. The next morning we headed to Williamstown in search of some Abalone and perhaps some Sea Urchin with Yuri and my Sister Sonya. I had purchased my fishing licence online the night before (they both have year ones) and checked the laws. There is a bag limit of 5 black lip Abalone per person and the black lips need to be at least 10cm in Port Philip Bay (its different all over the place including open seasons and size variations so please check local laws) and not from the inter tidal zone (must be more than 2m deep). Port Philip Bay is a no take zone for Green Lip Abalone but you can take up to 2 in other parts of Victoria (again please check local laws). I have never caught or eaten Abalone before. I have scrounged up a few Paua when Mrs Dropbear and I were in NZ a few years ago and they were great on the chew so was reallllly keen to get amongst it in Australia. Yuri had the drum on where to go. It is a pretty big place and I won't disclose his secret spot but he reckons anyone with a bit of experience snorkeling can find a spot if they put in a little bit of time and effort. We got there about 8am to find a solid 10-15 knot southerly punching us in the face. None of us had wet suits... There was a coffee shop down the road that sold great breakfasts so we went there instead... no we didn't. The air temp was about 11oC or so... There was a fire going back at my Sisters house so we went there instead... no we didn't... Melbourne markets sell delicious pastries and German sausages and we would be able to buy Abalone there so we went there instead... no we didn't... Those things are made for softer folk than us brave souls... (Mrs Dropbear wants me to replace brave with stupid...) With the wind spitting the frigid waters in our faces we stripped down to board shorts and sun shirts, donned the snorkeling gear and the borrowed Abalone knives. There is a small set of stairs where we went in (some hint of location here) and we pushed into the frigid Port Philip Bay water with no thought for our own comfort... That last part about the thought of our own comfort may or may not be true... The clarity wasn't too bad considering the chop. We swam out until it was about 3m deep. I could just make out the bottom in the haze but could see weather or not it was rocky or sandy. Yuri told me the trick was to look for good vertical rock faces and cracks, they would be hiding in there. There were sea urchins everywhere and we all got a few spines in our fingers. It was a surprisingly short amount of time before I found my fist Ab. A quick measure showed it was undersized so I left it on the rock but it was great to see we were in the right spot. After a few duck dives I saw a beauty in a deep crevice. It was guarded by a few Urchins. I did a quick measure and it was well and truly legal so whisked it off the rock. The trick is to be quick. Get under and flick and they come off quickly with no real fuss but If you touch them or muck around and then try to remove them you will have a tough time at it. Because it was quite choppy and I had already spent a bit of time mucking around with the Urchins, holding on to the rocks in the surge and measuring it I didn't have time to pick it up. It had fallen between 2 large rocks. I took a breath and went back down but it was way too far in to reach. Sad face emoticon. It would be a much more pleasurable experience had I remembered gloves and had a wet suit. But with a wet suit you need a weight belt and my bag was already heavy so boardie clad and gloveless I carried on. Yuri had one in the bag already. A beauty. I had to catch up now! I was spending too much time exploring under rocks and in the surge this was hard. I got pushed onto rocks (and urchins!) a few times. This made it hard to get much bottom time as I was worried about hanging on to the rocks too much. Yuri Lent me one of his gloves. I soon saw an easy one to grab. It was on the side of a long crack quite exposed. It measured about 11cm and came off easily. I had my first. It was pretty easy after that. I spent less time poking into holes and more time swimming along the rocks close to the bottom and got my bag limit. Yuri was cold, he isn't as... well insulated as I am... and had to swim in. His blue quivering lips and chattering teeth showed he wasn't being a sissy... It was cold. Sonya was safe and warm back on dry land. I grabbed 6 Sea Urchins on the way back in. There is a bag and possession limit of 20 and they cant be taken in the intertidal zone in Port Philip Bay, but 6 would be enough for us to make sushi and a sauce to have with the Abalone. The place is riddled with them and they are so easy to grab. I would be keen to go there just for the Sea Urchins. So lunch was sorted. We cooked them 3 different ways. Sorry I didn't take any pics of the finished product. Yuri did them in butter garlic onion and kaffier lime leaves and also in a thai green curry with black fungus. I cooked them more of a french way; Slice abs thinly. Yuri hit them once with a meat mallet but other people tenderize them differently. This worked. Saute garlic and spring onions in butter till soft Add abalone and fry hot for about 1 - 2 mins. Remove Abs and add a good amount of white wine and reduce until not much left. I added juice from 2 limes at this stage which was nice but you can skip this if you like. Then add a small bottle of cream and reduce again. When about half of the cream is reduced I added the roe from about half of the Urchins. The roe sort of breaks up and as you reduce it more, it becomes part of the sauce. It has such a fantastic flavor and add great richness to the sauce. Then when the sauce is quite thick chuck the abs back in and flick through sauce and serve on some rice and have a glass of Yarra Valley Riesling... if you haven't already . Man this was good. I will be back. I would love it if we got abalone in Brisvegus but its nice to have a place that you know you can get them on a trip. I will have to satisfy my selfish shellfish hungers with Quampies Cockles and Pippies. Thanks Robbie
      16. Hey all. Managed to get out again today https://youtu.be/aWSKAJqiDd4. All land based on soft plastics. Cracker of a day for the weather! Follow the link to the video .... is there a way to embed on here? So then it can be viewed straight from here? Hope everyone caught some today.
      17. Hey guys, Found another fishing forum, sweeet! I have been fishing down in ST KILDA area on the multiple peirs over the last few days and picked up flathead and pinkies on the soft plastic lures. Saturday and Sunday were good with flathead smashing left right and centre and yesterday managed a few pinkies. Anyways I thought everyone would like to see some fishing action from melbourne, Here are the links to the footage: (I am no pro at editing and its all done on my phone, but interesting anyway) Hope you enjoy guys,
      18. I am currently undergoing the research project in SA on gummy sharks and it would be appreciated if you could help by filling in one of my surveys. survey draft.docx
      19. hello everyone!Just want to know how the fishing is going over at St leonards, Victoria ?! Im probably going to head up there to visit and might go for a fish too. what size hook do u usually catch whiting and flat head on? I'm probably going to go off the pier over there. hope everyone is having a good holiday. hope to hear a reply soon thankyou
      20. So i have been fishing for awhile now, but it is only recently that my father has bought a boat. I would like to go for the big reds with him but i do not want to always spend money on bulks of bait. I have heard that yellowtail scad are great bait and that they are in PPB, can anyone tell me if they are in the frankston area? And if anyone has any tips for catching the big reds in PPB please let me know! Cheers
      21. Well my brother has pulled another massive SBT from local Victorian waters. Last year he tried out from the entrance of Westernport bay see link. http://www.australianfishing.com.au/forum/topic/46086-120kg-southern-blue-fin-tuna/ He thought he would try the same thing this year and was rewarded again with a 127kg SBT! caught in a 12" Pakula Lumo sprocket. It took one hour and 40 minutes to land on 24kg stand up tackle. A monumental effort possibly opening up a new serious fishery for Melbourne anglers without having to travel the Portland the home of big tuna.
      22. Taken from ABC http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-13/murray-darling-carp-plague-release-fish-virus-farmers-scientists/7084586 By environment reporter Sara Phillips PHOTO: In some areas, European carp have become so dominant, they now make up 90 per cent of all fish in the river.(Supplied: Marc Ainsworth) An unlikely coalition of farmers, environmentalists, scientists and fishers has called for the Government to do more to protect Australia's largest river system from a plague of introduced fish. European carp have infested the waters of the Murray-Darling Basin in their millions. They churn up mud, making the water uninhabitable for native fish, insects and birds. In some areas they have become so dominant, they now make up 90 per cent of all fish in the river. For the past seven years, CSIRO scientists have been investigating the potential efficacy of an Indonesian strain of carp herpes as a way to control the fish. The virus could kill carp only, leaving other fish and animals unscathed. "We're getting toward the end of the scientific end of the work," lead researcher Ken McColl said. "The main thrust of our work at CSIRO has been to look for any untoward effects of this virus on other species. "We don't want the virus to affect anything other than carp. "Over quite a number of years we've looked at about 13 species of native fish ... and we've not been able to find any evidence of disease or virus multiplication in any of those species. "So we don't believe it does anything in any other species." Dr McColl said the scientists have also investigated the affect of the virus on yabbies, mice and chickens and have also researched cases where humans have come into contact with the disease. "We're fairly confident that it's not going to cause problems elsewhere," Dr McColl said. Farmers, environmentalists back release of carp virus Usually at opposite ends of Murray-Darling issues, the Australian Conservation Foundation and the National Irrigators Council have joined calls from the National Farmers Federation, the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation, the Invasive Species Council and the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre for the virus to be approved for release. "People often focus on the difference in opinions between environmentalists and farmers, but we actually have a lot in common and healthy rivers is absolutely one of those matters," said Jonathan La Nauze, acting campaigns director for the Australian Conservation Foundation. "Getting on top of carp is essential if we want healthy rivers and that's why farmers, fishermen and environmentalists are all standing united behind this proposal. "It really would complement the work of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, the hard work that we've been going through in restoring environmental flows. "It's time our Government stepped up to the plate and funded this terrific work in releasing a biological control into the Murray-Darling Basin." Matthew Barwick from the NSW Department of Primary Industries has added his voice to the chorus. He said the approvals would take "a couple of years" to process, with hurdles in four separate pieces of Commonwealth legislation. "It would be one of the largest control initiatives in Australia," Mr Barwick said. Australia has a history of using viruses to control introduced animals. The myxoma and calici viruses were effective in knocking down rabbit numbers. And a feline parvovirus was used effectively to control feral cats on Marion Island.
      23. This has to make you wonder />http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=zzYWBR8wwB8 Iwas told by the same ppl who posted this vid that cichlids could not survive in Vic waters :woohoo: seen to be doing ok in that gippsland waterway :evil: Gaz tried to shed some light on noxious fish and got a very negative response :pinch:
      24. gday all well the bream have awoken in east Gippsland after the rain got these this arvo in a quick 45 min session , i think i will be on the river at lunch time instead of 16:30 like today . cheers D
      25. Gad

        Gone Fishing Day

        Taken from FW email newsletter 24 May 2016 VICTORIAN recreational anglers are being encouraged to wet a line with family and friends on Sunday 16 October, which is national Gone Fishing Day. Senior Project Officer with Fisheries Victoria, Alyce Parker, said escaping day to day tasks, getting in touch with nature and spending time with the people that matter were all reasons to get outdoors and enjoy a day's fishing. “Australia’s first Gone Fishing Day complements the State Government’s Target One Million plan for recreational fishing, which aims to get more people fishing, more often and increase participation to one million anglers by 2020,” Parker said. “To support fishing events on Gone Fishing Day, we encourage angling clubs and community organisations to apply for funding of up to $5,000 from the recreational fishing Small Grants program, which re-invests revenue from the sale of fishing licences into worthwhile projects. Alternatively, angling clubs can apply for funding support through Target One Million’s Stronger Angling Clubs grants program for amounts up to $2,000,” she said. Both funding streams are online at www.vic.gov.au/fisheries Ms Parker said many of Victoria’s 838,000 recreational anglers would celebrate Gone Fishing Day out and about including fishing in wilderness estuaries in the far east for bream and flathead, lowland rivers for iconic Murray cod and peaceful trout streams in the High Country. “Our beautiful Port Phillip Bay will also attract thousands of anglers for snapper, King George whiting, calamari and flathead, all of which are delicious and all of which are now more available to recreational anglers following the removal of 33 (of 43) commercial netting licences in April. “Removing commercial net fishing from the bay altogether by 2020 is the plan and will leave more fish for recreational fishing families, whether they be beginners or experts. “Fisheries Victoria is encouraging new and existing anglers to grab the whole family, along with friends, and wet a line in a lake, river, estuary or bay on Sunday 16 October.”