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  1. Finally got my first legal kingy on Sunday ....two actually, one 66cm and one 65cm. 66 was on squid and the 65 on a livey. Lots of rats caught and returned. Lost another nice one when he took about 30 metres of line off my reel and broke the leader on the reef bottom. It was a decent sort of swell out there on Sunday but again the boat handled it quite easily. Lots of time wasted getting blown around, by the time I land the fish and unhook it, Im 300 metres away from where I hooked it. Then I have to start the motor and go back to the waypoint. Im getting a big Minn Kota fitted this week so I can anchor over the school which will be a game changer. Cant wait to use it.
  2. Thats a great idea. I was fishing in the Breckenridge channel and there was a bloke with 2 kids fishing near me. He saw a crab pot buoy, motored over to it and pulled it up. Nothing in it luckily but these morons seem to think stealing is okay. And showing his kids that he is a thief. Incredible.
  3. I was on the Wallis Lake every day over Christmas. Caught quite a lot of flathead and also 3 good sized flounder. Nice work with the crabbing! The talk at the time was about people's crab pots disappearing every night. Apparently the Pros pots were always untouched but everyone elses got stolen. Infer from that what you will. I didnt fish real hard either. I docked my boat every morning at the Waterline Boathouse cafe and wine bar and just watched the world go by.
  4. Cheers Noel that is very helpful Thank you
  5. Thank you Noel Im looking in to having a big auto deploy minn kota fitted which will help enormously. Yes im drifting but really need to anchor. I will try what you have suggested.
  6. I need some advice from the experienced guys here. Every time I go outside I hope and pray for a snapper but have never caught one. I try to fish reef areas using single and double paternoster rigs with fresh caught squid baits. Number 6 sinker. Nothing. What am I doing wrong?
  7. Mate and I landed another 6 kingfish on Thursday... largest was 63cm so getting closer. Snagged my single loop paternoster rig on the reef and tried everything to bust it ... after 15 minutes of fighting it I had to cut the braid. Lost about 50 metres. 80lb braid and 120 leader. I've got good confidence it can handle any size fish.
  8. Woke up at 4am and Willy Weather said Jervis Bay was calm so I launched at Wooloomai and headed out. It's a long way out to the heads from there but being solo, that ramp is easy to launch from. Murrays looks quicker but it's a 2 person job. The swell and wind started coming up but I decided to have another crack at these kingfish. Took a while to find my GPS mark, dropped a squid bait down and got hit by a big kingy straight away. Felt huge. He was ripping line off the reel so I had to tighten the drag a bit before he cut me off on the reef. Then the hook ripped through the line at the dropper loop and he got away. Possibly a legal size one I reckon. Suddenly the wind dropped and it was calm out there. Amazing. After that it was rats. I landed 6 in total including 2 at the same time on different rods which was interesting. All returned safely. All roughly 58cm. Apart from an Australian salmon, that was all I caught. Other people around me seemed to getting a mixture of fish , I just got kings. Single paternoster rig with squid. Not sure why. Anyway, again a learning experience.. 50lb is not enough ... slightly bigger seas than I've previously been in but no issues ... need to think about how to target snapper and other species better. Was able to stay out till 1pm and run full bore home the conditions were that good. Fisheries inspectors were out but didn't check me. Nothing to see lol. Great day out.
  9. Woke up at 4am and Willy Weather said Jervis Bay was calm so I launched at Wooloomai and headed out. It's a long way out to the heads from there but being solo, that ramp is easy to launch from. Murrays looks quicker but it's a 2 person job. The swell and wind started coming up but I decided to have another crack at these kingfish. Took a while to find my GPS mark, dropped a squid bait down and got hit by a big kingy straight away. Felt huge. He was ripping line off the reel so I had to tighten the drag a bit before he cut me off on the reef. Then the hook ripped through the line at the dropper loop and he got away. Possibly a legal size one I reckon. Suddenly the wind dropped and it was calm out there. Amazing. After that it was rats. I landed 6 in total including 2 at the same time on different rods which was interesting. All returned safely. All roughly 58cm. Apart from an Australian salmon, that was all I caught. Other people around me seemed to getting a mixture of fish , I just got kings. Single paternoster rig with squid. Not sure why. Anyway, again a learning experience.. 50lb is not enough ... slightly bigger seas than I've previously been in but no issues ... need to think about how to target snapper and other species better. Was able to stay out till 1pm and run full bore home the conditions were that good. Fisheries inspectors were out but didn't check me. Nothing to see lol. Great day out.
  10. Went out Jervis Bay Friday in the Twinfisher with a mate ... tried middle ground, point perpendicular, long nose point, tried everything but it was very quiet. Lots of boats out and no one was getting anything that we could see. Most headed in early. We persevered and I picked up a nice bream and a leatherjacket, my mate got some wrasse which were released. Around midday we were drifting at middle ground and I hooked a kingfish which put up a hell of a fight, get him almost up and he dived back to the bottom several times. I was so excited to land it ... a 58cm "rat" which I released. Soon after I caught another 56cm rat and my mate got a 58cm one also. All released of course and the circle hooks worked a treat. As well as the fun with the kingys, I think I have finally hit upon a great single hook paternoster rig. I used a 60lb leader with a 20lb break off sinker line attached. Both times the kingys managed to somehow break the 20lb part which was easily replaced. As well as that I got snagged at Longnose and I tried for 10 minutes to snap the line but couldn't. I was pulling the boat towards the snag as hard as I could but nothing would give. I was reaching for a knife when it gave way. The knots I used were brilliant. So that was a highlight, discovering a solid rig which I caught all those fish on, without any tangles or issues. Here is my rat ...
  11. Thank you mate I will try that. I just forgot to set the drag at all until I got that fish. I'll never make that mistake again. Went out Jervis Bay Friday and made sure my drags were nice and light. Got two kingies 58cm and they took some big dives and line off the reel. I was running 80 lb but didn't want to risk it. Landed and released them both safely.
  12. Shoalhaven river still like chocolate milk .. I went out Thursday and had to go right down to the entrance to find some clear water on the run in tide. No bites up around comerong Island but I managed a flatty and a bream ... got snapped off by a monster flathead which I brought up too fast. Caught a glimpse of her as she dived and snapped my line ( I had the drag set too tight). Cried myself to sleep that night. Also caught a nice big shovelnose which I released. They are so beautiful I just can't bring myself to keep them. Anyway, the water quality is still very poor even though we haven't had much rain apart from the odd storm. Cheers
  13. One of the footy players will probably snap your place up mate, there's already 2 in your street. Prime location .... and a smart move I reckon. No brainer. Sound like the new one backs on to Little Lake? You're still in a fantastic spot, just without the view. Good luck with it all.
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