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  1. Still fish for them at times, but my rock hopping days are long over due to a chronic leg condition. Fished the Dover Heights area for about 22years, much of the time catching Luderick. There are some good posts and articles on the site in regards to Luderick and plenty of folk here to answer any questions you might have on the subject
  2. In most areas there's little need to cast very far as the float carries the bait naturally via the wash and tide dependant, the fish will be wherever the food is at roughly the above mentioned depth. Towards the highest stages of the tide- particularly on reasonably calm days- the fish often move in quite close to access growth themselves. Provided there is some wash for 'cover', it isn't unusual to have them feeding almost on the edges at full tide, but as this is also the domain of other species like Drummer, Cale's, Sweep, Surgeons etc, fishing for them a little further out often sees primarily Luderick and fewer of the 'unwanted' fish. Wherever you fish, maintain a careful watch on where you think your burley is going and try to imagine how far out it would get before it's sunk down to the 9-12ft range, this is where you want your bait. Once you're in that sort of depth range, from the ocean rocks, the fish won't mind a couple of feet of difference in depth, so there really isn't much need to change depth too often. It's all about a naturally presented bait floating amongst other baits (your burley) Luderick eat plenty of cabbage in a feeding session. Any other questions you have, feel free to ask- there's almost always great advice on the forum from someone with experience.
  3. Hi mate, the swivel above is purely for line twist- no other reason. If you need to cast any distance with it then maybe a running float will assist, however, as most deeper water locations throughout the eastern suburbs don't really require distance casts as the fish are in greatest numbers (usually) towards the back of the wash. Reason being it's where naturally broken off cabbage has sunk down to the 9-12ft depths where the fish seem 'happiest'. This of course is also both location and sea condition dependant, but generally speaking, wherever the green growth has naturally sunk around that depth, the fish will be in bigger numbers and feeding. Although the Steelite's are a great old reel and function as required, they are more difficult to cast because they're heavier spooled. There are plenty of cheap alloy 'pins' available these days, that are miles easier to cast. One thing you could do with the Steelite is wipe all the grease of the spindle and replace it with thinner oil like sewing machine or gun oil, which will get it turning more freely, aiding in easier casting.
  4. Hi Birdy yes- if you're after Luderick and the water is deep, they are usually found about 9-12ft under the surface. If fishing shallower locations obviously less. Fixed float is usually a better option when fishing the ocean as you have direct contact. Reason I asked was more about repeated casting with the sidecast reel- if you're fishing a depth that's less than the length of your rod it pays to have a swivel above the float where possible. Liken it to pulling the garden hose off from the side of it's retainer- it twists, same for your line. So when fishing shallower than a rod length you can use the swivel above
  5. Nice species to christen the new outfit on Birdy! Like XD351 says the spool is too heavy for centrepin style casting. How long is your rod, how deep do you normally fish and is the float fixed or running?
  6. Black Drummer but the official name is Rock Blackfish. Harder to land than Kingfish in my opinion.
  7. Hi Pete firstly let me apologise for lack of communication over the last few months- much going on at present. The first rope climb at the Mattens (shown at 3.31 in the movie) only needed 1 rope (we had to climb it without a rope 3 times after the rope was stolen on each occasion) as there are wide chiselled foot-holes that were 3-4 inches deep, which were in two 'lines' directly under each other. As you know, 90% of climbing is done with your legs rather than arms, however on the big climb -the next stage (shown between 4.30 and 8 minutes), there were several spots where you needed to turn at 90' to the wall and use protrusions that were only about 1-2 inches wide. If you tried only using one rope at these spots, it's likely you would become 'unbalanced' or in fact (as happened to a few including me) spin outwards rather than inwards. Having two ropes as a steadier is similar to how you climb a ladder and also having two ropes in each hand a good safety measure. Weight-shift also aided both descent and leg-pushes on the way back up, again facilitated by the steadier of a rope (or two) in each hand. I know the guys in the movie fished the spot at times and were experienced at climbing the cliff, however, there's no way that most of us would approach climbing in the manner shown. Adding to this, probably 75% of the time we were climbing down while it was pitch dark- between midnight and about 4am. Their safety harness was a wise investment
  8. Hi Mike if you want to see what sort of stuff we got up to, have a look in 'Waza's Yarns' at Surviving- then scroll down after the post and Jamo Damo has put the Mattens movie on there. Although we did things differently to the guys in the movie, the climb, cave and quite a few of the spots fished are where we fished about 50% of the time down there. We were just about finishing up fishing down there when they were making the movie
  9. Great compilation BBB- Mattens was 'home turf' for us
  10. G'day mate nice Salmon- I reckon they fight as hard as anything. One tip for you and I mean this in the nicest possible way- DON'T wear long pants when you go rock fishing! Any water coming over your ledge can 'grab' them and aid in knocking you over. If for some reason you end up in the water (and I genuinely hope you never do!) they are really hard to swim in also. Would like to hear you out catching more Salmon and other lure grabbing species for years to come. Stay safe and happy fishing
  11. Hi Fried Rice- We first did the cliffs when we were about 15 or 16yrs old and used safety gear the first 3 times down. The 4th time down without safety rope attached it WAS really nerve racking, however, by about the 6th or 7th trip we were doing it in the dark. The places your feet go never change (bar erosion) and I can close my eyes now- near 48yrs later- and still 'see' every step of the big climb and remember the nervous anticipation that came about 10 seconds before taking hold of the ropes
  12. Hi Mike great post! Making your own lures is both fun and satisfying, making them out of cheap or recyclable stuff even more so. Love the 'internal balance system' (very clever!) and ripple-effect texture too!
  13. Great post BBB! We knew the Mattings as the 'Mattens' and I fished there for 22yrs- probably the best rock fishing location you would ever find. Regards Waza
  14. Awesome fish, great story, unreal photo's- fantastic effort Chris!
  15. The better spots along there are on the extreme right hand side of your picture, the locations in your circled area aren't as productive as the ledges back towards Reef Beach. Access is easiest the first few times by walking around from Reef Beach along the rocks. You need safety gear- like rock plates, lifejacket etc as it's just like open water rock fishing. Completely exposed to any swell from the south. Fishes best for all species from last half of the in tide until half out- too shallow after that. Great area for Luderick, Drummer, Bream and throwing speed lures for pelagic's early morning
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