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  1. Very odd! I was up the Grose this week... no trout there. I thought the water was way too warm. Something like 20 or 22 degrees. Did you happen to measure the temp at yarramundi?
  2. @zmk1962 - your report (and that whole post) made for good reading. @bessell1955 - I was tingling all day, but came good over night. @yowie - the yabby pump incident must have been a classic.
  3. The tailor will be just coming into the estuaries - the numbers and size will increase as the spring arrives. If you want to target them - cast out a 10g to 20g silver metal lure with a treble on the back... reel-in with a steady, medium-fast pace. Just keep the fingers away from those teeth. There are often estuary squid (arrow squid) in schools just at the drop-offs of the sand flats, so it's worth having a flick from the sand flat into the deeper water. Estuary squid will hand out over sand as well as weed and you can often see them if the water's clear.
  4. Got out on Sunday, flicking a fly around Palm Beach inside, wading at low tide all the way up to the headland at the north end. No fish caught, and just one (nice) flatty seen bolting out of the only cove I didn't put a cast into before I waded in there...damn. As I turned to return southwards, in about 2 feet of water, I felt something brush my leg. "oh, probably a piece of kelp" I thought. But about a minute later, I felt another brush and then got a massive electric jolt. I hopped out of the water quick smart, whooping and hollering, the whole right side of my body still tingling. It's the second time I've had a zap up there - but this was much more severe than the first - I think this time it was a direct-contact by a numb-ray - I don't know of anything else that could deliver a jolt like that. Thoughts?
  5. rlac, You've done well to get two fish at this time of year. The fishing warms up as summer approaches. Enjoy the fishing journey, and send in a few updates with your next catches.
  6. Just a quick reminder, please be careful to collect any lost hooks/line. Today, a water dragon had a lucky rescue. I'm not sure how he got there, but the poor guy was dangling from a branch over a creek leading into the top of manly dam... held there with a weighted-hook/soft-plastic and about 80cm of mono that was caught up in the branch. He looked like he'd been dangling there for a bit - he was all skinny and bony. I did manage to get him off without too much damage (the hook pinned him through top jaw), and he thankfully scooted off as soon as he was free. It was a pretty jarring photo - not for sharing, even here. Please be careful with your tackle, who know who might be taking pictures of it later!
  7. A couple years back I saw a blacktip shark (not to be confused with blacktip reef shark) at the outlet of coal and candle creek -33.61121569930875, 151.21367583384003. It popped up in the midst of a school of tailor busting up on the surface. I was targeting the tailor on a fly rod, so I was close. The shark came up and did a long, slow pass at the surface, but then disappeared. The black was very clearly visible on its dorsal fin - from the tip and down the trailing edge. Apparently blacktip sharks are, like bull sharks, happy to hang out in brackish water (although it is actually pretty salty in that system). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blacktip_shark I've also seen a right whale pop up at Warratah Bay - close enough to smell its breath (not at all pleasant!). Got a video of that one. The big one_WBay.mp4
  8. 800 gallons* an hour? Thats 3000 litres per hour. Almost 17 milk jugs a minute. How fast are you bait shitting themselves? Maybe buying a pump fitted to the task would be best here. For years ive used a 2x d-cell aerator ($12) that keeps a dozen yakkas alive in a bucket for hours. *(Gallons? 1974 was almost 50 years ago. Holy crap!)
  9. If you already use Google Calendars to run your schedule, create a fishin calendar and log yer trips there Have them repeat annually. Most interesting fish move around depending on season... so annual calendar is great. Lets you add in memory-triggering details like "Gavin caught eel." Attach your tracking maps, photos, tide tables as you wish... just in case you forget the trip when Gavin caught the sliming and biting eel. Simple, free, effective, records donuts and reminds you to get out fishing. Outlasts apps. And probably you too.
  10. Pickles - 5 weight would have done - but I only have an 8 for the salt, so that's what they were caught on. A good feature of the 8 weight is that it turns over a pretty well-weighted fly. Given the rain, I'm wondering how the flats are fishing now. Papasmurf - an ongoing project/an agonising project is to learn to cast wrong-handed. Not that I'm that great on the proper hand... Wrong handed is weirdly hard to learn given that the motion is so basic. Esp in tight country next to streams, there are many times I wish I could cast well upstream from the right bank.
  11. Went to walk down to a old spot this morning- but trail was closed. Change of plans, and hit a set of small Pittwater headlands, wading small beaches on high tide then a big sand flat on the start of the run out. Nothing at all at high tide, but promising shows of bait (pilchards?) over the sand flat. Picked up two flatties (larger one shown ~43cm) on the fly. First fish hit from the classic location: over a rock ledge that cut across the tidal flow coming off sand flat, right in close (about 2m from shore), in about 50cm of water. Initially, I had a good hit but missed a hook-up - so cast again a few times and picked it up again on a really slow retrieve. Second flattie picked up in the middle of the sand flat - I was actually just casting to keep the line out of my way as I approached a nice-looking drop-off. There was no structure there at all - just plain sand, and fly was hardly moving when the fish struck. At the dropoff, casts over the deeper water brought in masses of baitfish following along with the fly, but no bigger models chasing. Fly about 7cm long - an pretty slow sinking . It was same size as the bait, but much darker in the water - the bait was a very light blue/silver colour. #1 mustad tarpon hook. Mix of blue, brown, gold fibres, with deer hair head and dumb-bell weight/eyes. I think the deer hair really slows the sink rate and pushes alot of water on the retrieve. Line was south pacific clear fly line - I think the clear line helped avoid spooking fish on the flats.
  12. I had to check this again - in fact I think the same fish (Antennarius striatus ) is listed as striated anglerfish and striated frogfish. It certainly had little "arms" and almost legs on its body. http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/3832
  13. I found this little fellow in middle harbour - dead and floating over a sand flat. I think it is a striated frogfish. Those guys are pretty fluffy underwater. It was hard to see any fluffiness on this guy - he appeared to be smooth-skinned. Very blue eye! The pics were taken on the blade of a paddle- so fish is maybe 10-15cm?
  14. According to a renowned sashimi guru (Michelin starred), apparently 3 days is prime for [KINGFISH] sashimi but if and only if the fish is iced as soon as it's caught. It takes that long for the flesh to overcome the rigor mortis and become soft again. Not cutting/gutting but getting on ice immediately is apparently important for reducing the spread and growth of bacteria into the flesh you're going to eat. Also, a quick capture and iki jime is recommended to dispatch without stressing the fish - which leads me to think a long fight (which killed the fish) may not lead to great sashimi. Kingfish are not listed as being a susceptible species for scombroid - but still - I think the view that cold giving a longer shelf life than 2 days is valid. Anyway - that is a great capture anywhere, and especially so off a breakwall. Super skilled!
  15. ginko

    Jewie bite

    Wow, seems I am indeed not alone in the dead fish bite club. Hopefully I won't get ticket for the the dead snake bite club. 61Crusher -How long did you sting for? I was once nipped by a live cuttlefish on the thumb - it went numb (like really numb) for about 3 hours, only coming good just as I was about to head off to the hospital with what I thought would be a really lame "a cuttlefish bit me" story. I still don't get near cuttlefish. Toilor 3,000,000, I did Ike Jimi the fish (and then bled it) . It still got me. Interestingly, I also caught a few tailor on the same trip. I noticed that the next day, that the tailor I'd ike jimi'ed were quite floppy, but the one that I'd only bled-out was stiff as a board with rigour mortis. Apparently sushi chefs insist on only iki jimi, then directly on ice, and then only serve the fish on the third day. Do you find a difference in the tenderness of the fish that are iki jimied?
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