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Braved The Rain For A Couple Of Huge Bust Offs


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Hi Raiders,

I fished near Thames Street Wharf this arvo, braving the rain. I arrived to see a lone tailor leaping out of the water - must have been chased by something but couldn't see what it was?!

Rigged up three rods - one with prawn, one other mullet piece and I used the other for casting lures. I was sure the overcast weather would mean the fish would be active.

So my two baited rods were cast out, and while I was winding in my lure, something massive hit my lightest gear, and to top it off, I had to finish winding in my lure so it didn't sink and snag on the bottom..... if you could have seen the tortured expression on my face!

Anyway, I get to the other rod, and feel some really big shakes and then all of a sudden NOTHING. But the line was still tight, I start winding in and I can feel something very very heavy on the end. Turned out the fish I had been fighting had tangled the line around a half a bloody sunken tree! I managed to get the half-tree to the surface and could see a flash of silver - something big - trying to get away but failing. About two seconds later and PING, snap goes the line - and the half a tree sinks back down, with whatever decent fish I 'caught' still attached to it.

Had another bust off shortly after, then after the adrenalin wore off, I realised I was soaked and freezing cold, so I headed home empty handed. :05:

Great fun though!

James.

:1fishing1:

P.S. If the weather isn't too bad tomorrow, I'll head out again to the same spot. However, if anyone would like a buddy for the day landbased (or boat-based :) ) send me a PM.

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Hi Raiders,

I fished near Thames Street Wharf this arvo, braving the rain. I arrived to see a lone tailor leaping out of the water - must have been chased by something but couldn't see what it was?!

Rigged up three rods - one with prawn, one other mullet piece and I used the other for casting lures. I was sure the overcast weather would mean the fish would be active.

So my two baited rods were cast out, and while I was winding in my lure, something massive hit my lightest gear, and to top it off, I had to finish winding in my lure so it didn't sink and snag on the bottom..... if you could have seen the tortured expression on my face!

Anyway, I get to the other rod, and feel some really big shakes and then all of a sudden NOTHING. But the line was still tight, I start winding in and I can feel something very very heavy on the end. Turned out the fish I had been fighting had tangled the line around a half a bloody sunken tree! I managed to get the half-tree to the surface and could see a flash of silver - something big - trying to get away but failing. About two seconds later and PING, snap goes the line - and the half a tree sinks back down, with whatever decent fish I 'caught' still attached to it.

Had another bust off shortly after, then after the adrenalin wore off, I realised I was soaked and freezing cold, so I headed home empty handed. :05:

Great fun though!

James.

:1fishing1:

P.S. If the weather isn't too bad tomorrow, I'll head out again to the same spot. However, if anyone would like a buddy for the day landbased (or boat-based :) ) send me a PM.

really?! thames street wharf? i couldnt get a single bite there last time i went. i couldnt lose a single bait for like 4 hours!

how heavy was the line were you got busted off on?

maybe i should head back :D

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I find your report very interesting James.

I grew up fishing around that area of the harbour.

The one thing that I can tell you & I have told other Raiders is that this is the time of year that Jew school up around Balmain, Balls & Blues point & the channels around Cockatoo Island.

They'll be in this general area until mid December before moving up into main Harbour.

No doubt you found the right conditions for some nice Jew to feed in.

Better luck next time mate!

Cheers,

Grant.

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James,

Good to see you've managed to get out there. Every long weknd brings rain - well atleast it feels that way!

I was at the pier at the end of Louisa Road today pm. Also had a big run, pulled hook. Also got quite cold so left for the day.

Definitely agree the jewies are on the cards in the area. Good kingies around balmain at the moment so i've heard... some guys gettin into them the last few weeks.

Looks as though the rain has set in for tonight at least. But if tomorrow is ok, i'll pop down and say hi.

Cheers

Dom :1fishing1:

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Bad luck James. :thumbdown:

I have heard of a few Jew captures along Parra and Lane Cove Rivers very recently.

Hopefully my time will be Monday to get some nice fish.

Good on ya for braving the rain, has the Thames street wharf got cover?

UIsually I fish around Cabarita in the rain, there is usually heaps of choppers and yakkas around the wharves.

Better luck for tomorrow (hope the rain hold out for you), advice through is to maybe fish a bit heavier on the leader cause Jewies dont care much and use live bait if you can.

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I was fishing at the yellow circle, and alternated between casting across to the structure to the north, and dropping the line at my feet. When the summer comes it's a pretty good place to be. There's a small wharf across the water to the east, and fishing off there an hour both sides of the high can be great. I've seen kings caught at locations around Mort Bay, and I've seen large jewfish at night, just shine a torch in the water and walk around the edge - never managed to catch one though.

Today though, there was pretty much nothing except for a two big hits and the odd picker. I was berleying heavily, and that usually raises something.

I got busted off on 6lb braid. I'm pretty impressed that I managed to raise so much wood from the water on line that light.

really?! thames street wharf? i couldnt get a single bite there last time i went. i couldnt lose a single bait for like 4 hours!

how heavy was the line were you got busted off on?

maybe i should head back :D

Hi Grant,

I've never caught a jew - tried a few times and gone home empty handed each time. But know they hand around the area - I have seen them plainly, and there's some lonesome stonkers too.

Today I fantasized that I was busted off my a jew, but I without getting a good look I couldn't be sure :)

Thanks for the info, it might be time to seriously try again!

James

I find your report very interesting James.

I grew up fishing around that area of the harbour.

The one thing that I can tell you & I have told other Raiders is that this is the time of year that Jew school up around Balmain, Balls & Blues point & the channels around Cockatoo Island.

They'll be in this general area until mid December before moving up into main Harbour.

No doubt you found the right conditions for some nice Jew to feed in.

Better luck next time mate!

Cheers,

Grant.

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Hi jewiehaven,

There's no cover. I was being a bit stupid really - I was soaked through!

If you're going to be fishing at Cabarita on Monday and want to buddy up, PM me :)

(I wasn't actually targeting jewies today, otherwise I would have gone all-out and moved up to 50lb leader with a livie!).

Bad luck James. :thumbdown:

I have heard of a few Jew captures along Parra and Lane Cove Rivers very recently.

Hopefully my time will be Monday to get some nice fish.

Good on ya for braving the rain, has the Thames street wharf got cover?

UIsually I fish around Cabarita in the rain, there is usually heaps of choppers and yakkas around the wharves.

Better luck for tomorrow (hope the rain hold out for you), advice through is to maybe fish a bit heavier on the leader cause Jewies dont care much and use live bait if you can.

Hi SnapR,

I was thinking of going to the end of Louisa Road today actually - but I didn't want to walk that far in the rain. I've never fished there but when I'm oggling Google Maps for my next likely fishing spot, it's always looked interesting!

James,

Good to see you've managed to get out there. Every long weknd brings rain - well atleast it feels that way!

I was at the pier at the end of Louisa Road today pm. Also had a big run, pulled hook. Also got quite cold so left for the day.

Definitely agree the jewies are on the cards in the area. Good kingies around balmain at the moment so i've heard... some guys gettin into them the last few weeks.

Looks as though the rain has set in for tonight at least. But if tomorrow is ok, i'll pop down and say hi.

Cheers

Dom :1fishing1:

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Hi Nathan,

There's not much light where I was, but nearer the wharf there is. You could always bring a head torch though. Where I was stood is quite high up - you're a few meters off the water so may not be the best place for squidding. But if you keep walking around Mort Bay in a clockwise direction from where I was there's a rock wall and you can get right down to the water. There's plenty of kelp around, so I reckon it could be a cracking squidding spot.

I wish this rain would bugger off - I'm pretty ,much ready to head out for a fish right now..

James.

Hi James,

Thats a nice looking spot!!

Is there a decent amount of light there at night as it looks like a good place to get squid.

might have to give it a go once the rain leave us alone...

Regards,

Nathan

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Hi Nathan,

There's not much light where I was, but nearer the wharf there is. You could always bring a head torch though. Where I was stood is quite high up - you're a few meters off the water so may not be the best place for squidding. But if you keep walking around Mort Bay in a clockwise direction from where I was there's a rock wall and you can get right down to the water. There's plenty of kelp around, so I reckon it could be a cracking squidding spot.

I wish this rain would bugger off - I'm pretty ,much ready to head out for a fish right now..

James.

Thanks James,

If tomorrow looks good i might head up that way very keen to get to a beach but not the right weather plus if it rains you cant pack up quickly!!!!

Regards,

Nathan

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Off the beach sux if it starts puring, it take SOOOOO long to pack up...

thank god for buckets with lid though :)

Beginner I love beach fishing so maybe we should hook up and try a few spots on Nthn Beaches, not too far cause I live in Lane Cove.

PM me if you are interested as I have plans for fishing tomorrow just not sure if will out in my mates boat or if I will be LB.

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I'm heading out to Louisa Road, Birchgrove. The rain seems to have eased up and I fancy my chances of getting a jew on the run-in. :1prop: Heh. I'll be there in about 45 minutes if anyone would like to join me.

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