Bait school hit by GT’s
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This video shows you a big bait school and what happens to their formation when a school of GT’s swim through . This water looks shallow but it is so clear in Vanuatu that it only looks that way . These GT’s were pretty big but not hungry . The water was at least 15 m deep .
Catching Kingfish at Pittwater
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Perfect morning , run out tide from high,swell low and light wind . Went out chasing kingies at the valiant wreck . No one there early . Plenty of live bait today so used live yakkas . Total count was 12 landed and 4 bust offs . Only two kept that were legal . A great day . Gear we used was ,one rod PE 1.5 -4, 80 lb leader, 6/0 hook and a treble stinger hook . Reel is Shimano 8000 with 50 lb braid . The leader was connected to the braid with a swivel and had a running sinker above the swivel . The hook rig you can buy at the tackle shop but they are easy to tie yourself , so in a future blog I will do a video to show you .
The other rod wa ss light one with a Stella 4000 reel , 30 lb braid , 40 lb leader , same hook rig as above , and a 4-8 kg rod . Today it didn’t matter what the leader was , they were hitting any yakka that was put down . The thing to take note is the high tide was 6 am and we started fishing at 7.30 till 11.30 .A perfect run out and moving tide for them .More tomorrow .
How to rig a live squid
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Best way to rig a live squid is with two hooks . The one furthest up the line goes into the tip of the squid’s body . The second hook goes just lightly into the skin of the squid near the head . Both hooks must be exposed so they catch the fish easily . See the photos below . If you troll , don’t go any faster than 2 knots , otherwise the squid will die . If you drift , use the lightest lead you need to just get the squid down to the depth you want to fish . Usually two thirds of the way to the bottom is a good plan . You can leave the bottom hook free to drift with the tide if you like , but I don’t as many times the head is hit and the top is not so the bottom hook is the handy one . You can put the hook through the other , that is through the skin and out , but make sure it is exposed . This way is quick and simple and gets the squid into the water quickly . Good luck and hang on ! . Stay tuned and get fishing !
Fishing the Hawkesbury River
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Went out with Ron Osman from Hawkesbury fishing charters with 3 friends . Boy , you learn more in 6 hours with Ron than you do on your own in a year . Pick up at 6 am , the wind was 30 – 35 knots , but this didn’t stop us . First , catch some love yakkas and live squid .Down with the berley and the yakkas come but won’t bite . We caught 6 or 7 and then went after squid . Look for the weed and close to the jetties and wharves . Ron’s tricks for live bait is to have someone on the sabiki jigs and someone on a hand line with one hook and some bait on it . No weight on the hand line . For the squid he says no bigger squid jig than 1.8g or 2 g as the water is not that deep . If you go to the deep put a sinker on, either running , or a paternoster rig . No kingies today but plenty of tailor and quite big ones . One flathead as a by catch . For the tailor Ron uses a small silver spinner that looks like the white bait they are feeding on . Nearly every cast a tailor was hooked . Just cast it out and reel it back fast .
For the kingies Ron uses 65 lb braid and 80 lb leader as most of the kingies get caught amongst the boats and you need to tame them .
If you want to learn quickly where and how to fish go out with Ron , you won’t regret it ! And don’t forget to keep reading my blog !.
Catching Black Marlin Port Stephens
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Tim Angus fished port Stephens last weekend ,catching black Marlin. He used live baits on the insure reefs . Check out the photo how close to the shore they were. Nice to see the shot of him letting it swim away .News is that there are plenty of Marlin out wide from Barrenjoey , about 2 kilometres off shore , in 30 fathoms . Live baiting and trolling garfish , and light tackle . We need to get out there. Anyone had any luck ?
Kayak fishing Pittwater (Bream)
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Richard went kayak fishing in Pittwater last week . His catch is below .He used s shimano raider 2-4 kg fines rod , Sedona 1500 reel , and live yabbies pumped at low tide on the sand in refuge cove .his rig was a small running sinker to a Fluoro bead above the bream hook . The biggest bream was 36 cm . Not bad for a bait Fisherman! At least it was live bait .He fished amongst the moored boats .
If in doubt where to fish go in amongst the moored boats . There are always fish there . If you don’t want to drift then , grab a n unoccupied mooring and tie up to it . If nothing after 15 minutes move to the next unoccupied mooring and so on till you find them. Moorings provide a lot of home protection for the fish and plenty of growth to eat .
Awesome Mahi Mahi at the Fads (Sydney)
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Mahi Mahi are biting at the fads off the Sydney coast .All biting on live bait and using light tackle . I am sure they would also grab the 5″ soft plastics if thrown at them .Have a look at how big they are .
Fishing at long reef – Kingfish and Jewfish
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Gun fisherman Tim Angus fished at long reef wide last week . The results – 7 kingies all around the metre mark and two jewfish , one 70 cm ,and one 85 cm . He fished in 130 ft water . Kingies caught on Stella 20,000 reel, medium heavy jigging rod PE 6, 80 lb braid , 100 lb Fluoro leader . Live squid for bait . You have to heavy up for these big fellas otherwise they will win .
Jewfish were caught on stella 6000 reel, 40 lb braid , 50 lb leader, bait was butterflied yakkas and squid . See the photos .
7 Flathead haul in Lake Macquarie
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went out at 7 am to chase flathead . Run out tide for two hours to low and then short time for the run up . Two of us and we caught 7 nice flathead . See the photo below . They were kept in my live bait tank so we could photograph them and then 5 let go , toe for dinner .we used 5″ Berkley gulp jerk shads , one in pearl white and one in pilchard colour . 3/0 hook on 3/8 oz jig head , 10 lb leader , Shimano Stella 2500 reel and ci4 2500 reel . My rod I used was a daiwa 2-4 kg slightly stiffer .we fished the running water channels , two different ones as both were slow at first . See yesterday’s for the photo.
At high tide around 1 pm I went out to the flats for an hour . Only 2′-3′ deep . I used my bream gear , 1000 reel , 6 lb leader , 1/12 jig head on # 2 hook . I used the Berkley gulp crabby in camo colour . Result , one nice flathead around 44 cm and one bust off .
Fish light on the flats , it is much more successful .
The afternoon we went back to the channels to fish a run out tide from the top of the tide ,to see the difference . We bagged and released another 4 flathead in 2 hours fishing . Same gear as above . Not a bad day, 12 flathead , 2 kept and the rest released .
The technique works , get out and give it a try . It works wherever there is current and in rivers and estuaries . Winter is coming and so is the cold water , the flathead will move and the big ones probably will be sitting in the deep .