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This is the haul from the morning fishing in Vanuatu . The big yellowfin

were slow but the skip jack and rainbow runners were constant . We used

micro jigs , PE 2-4 rods and 6000 reels . Great fun .

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Big yellowfin Vanuatu .

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Today we were after big yellowfin . The wind was howling and the sea at the fad bigger than yesterday . So we started to troll with big 12″ poppers and a 7 ” soft plastic . The first  one was 15 kg then in came the big one at 25 kgs . Two more were caught ,12 kg and 10 kg . A great haul for the morning .

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Barramundi fisihing in Thailand .95 cm 11 kg.

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This huge 95 cm Barra weighing 11 kg was the biggest of all the fish we caught that day just outside of Bangkok . Total fish for the day between the two of us was 41 . Most of them were around 6.5 kg , some 5 kg some 8 to 9 kg . All on light gear , 2500 reel and 30 lb leader . We used only hard body lures , shallow running and the slower you worked the lure the more vicious the bite . All were released as the hooks had the barbs off . What a beauty . More info on the Thailand fishing soon .

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A big catch in Pittwater (Video)

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Going out st 5.45 to catch the tide and get some live squid , you never know what you will run into or catch . Six young fells out for some fun in a boat . I am not sure how it floats with 6 in it but they were happy for me to see them . Problem ? Run out of fuel so back to the public wharf .

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Pittwater fishing last weekend

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Fish are biting everywhere in Pittwater so I was told . I set out to find kingies . It took me an hour and a half to get 3 live squid so I thought 3 king fish here . Well for the next two hours I tried various spots . Do you think s kingie came near these tasty squid . Nothing! Even the soft plastics didn’t work on them . In the meantime I did catch that big hairtail on the soft plastic , plus a small snapper and a flathead and a small 50 cm Jewie . All on the soft plastics . It was a 7″ Berkley jerk shad in pearl White on a 5/0 hook and 1/2 oz jig head . Even the Jewie didn’t want the squid . On the way back home I stopped on some flats on Sunday . It was a run up tide so the fish should be there . Wind and overcast perfect . I dropped down to light bream gear with 2.5″ prawn on # 2 hook and 1/16 oz jig head . I only stopped for 15 minutes and managed a nice small bream . Goes to show that you have to be flexible and be aware of the tides . If you are you will always catch fish .
There is plenty of fish about and it is great out there . Give it a go and catch a feed . A nice video of one of the flathead caught . See how clear the water is in Pittwater .

 

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Small jewfish hook up (Video)

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Here is a nice video of the small 50 cm jewfish I caught in Pittwater last week . On a 5″ soft plastic , jerk shad pearl white , on 3/0 hook and 1/4 oz jig head . It was in 11 metres water where there was some structure . Look how clear the water is . Not a bad by catch when you are going for flathead .

 

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First days fishing Lake Macquarie

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Day one of holidays . Time for some flathead for the fridge for dinner with the first day is always a scouting trip to find out where they are .
6 am start , beautiful weather so we headed for the channel where it was running in up to high . The water was racing so out came 1/4 oz jig head and 5″ soft plastics . Always fish with the current when it is running as the flathead will be facing the current and you bring the plastic down to the fish right in front of its eyes . It wasn’t too long and we had one in the boat . Then another , and another . We finished about 9.30 am to go in for a feed . We had 6 flathead to clean plus 3 smaller ones we let go . Not a bad morning . My feelings are that under 40 cm they go back and over 58 cm they go back . These are either too small or the breeders . See the video of the cleaning table .
The technique I have described many times in the blog but it is simple . Find a channel where the water is running , drift with the current . Cast up stream so the lure comes with the current . I know this sounds wrong but it is right and the lure sinks to the bottom quickly coming with the tide . Your skill is to work the lure so it bounces along the bottom up and down. The fish will hit it . That’s why they are in the current !
Try it and you will catch them . Enjoy the video . Tomorrow we will try new places and tricks . Stay tuned.

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Next day fishing Lake Macquarie

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Second day fishing we went to try new spots . So over to the other side of the lake to coal point and drift the reef bed towards Toronto .
After two long drifts we had nothing so we went over to green point . It was a rising tide now so we drifted along the bank and we were casting towards the rising shore . Finally one fish in the boat and then another strike with a big flathead that took the drag on a long run . She somehow got off .
Late afternoon we went out again and now it was a falling tide . The three of us bagged 8 flathead and one big 40 cm bream . The gear we used was 2500 reel , 8 lb braid and 10 lb leader . A 3/0 hook with 5″ soft plastic , 1/4 oz jig head . One used a 2/0 hook with 1/4 oz jig head and 3 ” clear jerk shad . The other colours were pearl white and pink . One of the flathead was a big girl at 64 cm so a nice photo and back she went .
Like anywhere you have to find spots according to the tide . Rising tide hit the flats or the drop offs near the flats . Falling tide hit the drop offs or deeper water near drop offs . This is where they will be .
If you are fishing Flats then hit them on the last of the run up and first of the run out . Other times mostly a waste of time.

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Lake Macquarie fishing the flats

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Wind has been howling at 37 kms so the skill is to find the fish where the wind is protected . So the only way was the fish the FLATS.
Here we could get out of the wind and drift st a normal pace . So the tide was running up to high , an hour to go so we knew this is prime time . We scaled down our gear to bream gear as it was only 1.5 – 3 ft deep . The gear was 4 lb braid ,6 lb leader , #2 hook and 1/16 th oz jig head .. we used the 2.5″ shrimp soft plastic as the prawns are running .
So over the hour and half we caught 4 nice flathead , all between 46 cm -51 cm . Perfect for the table .
THE TRICKS – if y it want to fish the flats and there is a lot of weed and sand patches , go down to light gear . You still get weed caught but not as much and when you get a strike you have a lot of fun getting the fish in .
The tide is best at an hour before the high to an hour after the high . If you are still catching fish then stay but it will decrease . I don’t think it is worth while fishing the lower tides on the flats as the fish reposition themselves on the run out in the drop offs . You may catch a fish or two but the prime time is as above . As the tide goes out reposition yourself to cast into the drop offs . Remember it is always better to cast up stream if there is a current as the fish face the current . See the good video in the flats .

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Great Flathead Haul at Lake Macquarie

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The wind was howling again and in the morning we only got 1 flathead . This was fishing the drop off from the flats as the tide was running out . Same rig , just cast over the flats and bring the soft plastic down along the drop off until you get it to the boat . Keep it hitting the bottom and you should get some fish .

  1. Later at lunch time the tide was coming in and so we headed for the flats in a protected bay . As it was only 1.5 -3 ft deep we went down to bream gear again. 6 lb leader , #2 hook on 1/16 th jig head . 1000 reel . Drift with the wind and cast with the wind to ge tsome distance . You pick up a lot of weed on your hook but that is part of the system of fishing the flats with weed and sand patches . If you work the lure slowly it sits a while on the bottom and the flathead grab it . I use a 2.5″ soft plastic shrimp .
  2. we ended up in an hour catching 4 nice flathead the biggest 48 cm and the others around 45 cm . These came in for the table for dinner . When you are fishing the flats it is easy for the flathead to break the water and bust you off . How to avoid this is to keep your rod tip down near the water and guide the flathead into the net . Don’t be in a hurry , the fight is the best part and they do fight especially on the light gear . If you have your drag set lightly you won’t lose the fish as long as it s head stays below the water .
  3. This is fun fishing .

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