Fishing tips

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thermalben started the topic in Monday, 2 Apr 2012 at 9:32am

OK, so I want to try my hand at fishing. I have a couple of rods and reels, and an assortment of stuff in a shiny tackle box (Chrissy present from a few years back). I've got salt water and fresh water options close at hand (Narrabeen). But, I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing.

Can anyone offer me some pointers? I'd really like to impress the missus.

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Pops Friday, 10 Sep 2021 at 9:13am

That tempura looks epic Andrew!

Craving fresh fish now...

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freeride76 Sunday, 12 Sep 2021 at 10:40am

Northerly blew hard all night here so there was no rush to get up early.

Mid morning there was a massive bait ball pushed in tight against the rocks getting hammered by terns, gannets, dolphins, and fish.

I chased it quickly and learnt a lesson the hard way: don;'t throw expensive Japanese stickbaits on light gear into feeding frenzies.
Got completely dusted up.

I thought by a GT.

Switched to heavier gear and figured out what was hitting the bait.

Big, greenback tailor. 3-5kg fish.

I don't target those big tailor, it's hard to release them after battling them on the rocks and they aren't as good eating as smaller fish.
There were no small fish, they were all studs.

Anyhow, brought two home.

Not bad for a mid morning sesh with a howling nor-easter.

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seaslug Sunday, 12 Sep 2021 at 10:44am

Good one FR76, must have been great fun

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freeride76 Sunday, 12 Sep 2021 at 10:54am

yeah, they fight hard those big greenbacks.
like a kingy, so dogged, except for big, gill rattling jumps.

No one around except a few dogwalkers.

range rover and a Porsche in the carpark.

the bait balls have been insane in the last month.

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goofyfoot Sunday, 12 Sep 2021 at 11:43am

What’s the mrs think about you putting the tailor in the Porsche fr?

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velocityjohnno Sunday, 12 Sep 2021 at 1:12pm

Gets them to the freezer faster, and flatter around the corners.

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tubeshooter Sunday, 12 Sep 2021 at 8:43pm

Porsche . When the tide waits for no man.

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Andrew P Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021 at 9:38am

Kinda related to the Porsche thread but kinda not...love rocking up to the boat ramp in my mrs 15 year old corolla backing my 13ft tinny with 97 yammy 2 stroke and heading offshore. trolling around amongst the 7m plate and 24ft cats and catching the same fish that they do. except i'm doing it for $10 in fuel. given that this is fishing tips, FR and Blowin would agree you dont need a big boat (or a boat at all) to catch big fish safely.

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freeride76 Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021 at 9:39am

true.
I would not be taking on Ballina bar in a tinny very many days in a year though.

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udo Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021 at 9:49am
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freeride76 Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021 at 10:03am

ouch.

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Blowin Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021 at 3:00pm

Live baiting for pointers?

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thermalben Sunday, 19 Sep 2021 at 8:19pm

Picked up nice 40cm flattie this evening, first time on a lure (thanks for the tips in this thread!). Looking forward to dinner tomorrow night.

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tubeshooter Sunday, 19 Sep 2021 at 8:48pm

Come on Ben , who really caught it. ? Did you finally show the young fella up .?

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Andrew P Monday, 20 Sep 2021 at 8:40am
thermalben wrote:

Picked up nice 40cm flattie this evening, first time on a lure (thanks for the tips in this thread!). Looking forward to dinner tomorrow night.

Ben - try Zen's tempura recipe (above) for the flathead! i can thoroughly recommend. had a 50cm+ flatty and purple tusky cut up into bite sized pieces in tempura for dinner last night - fed 4/5 of us (one of the kids politely declined)

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goofyfoot Monday, 20 Sep 2021 at 11:24am

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Nothing too exciting, but managed to get a few whiting in the bay last week, and yes they are legal size !

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udo Monday, 20 Sep 2021 at 5:02pm
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tubeshooter Wednesday, 22 Sep 2021 at 5:14pm

Youtube seems to have some pretty hard to follow rules .They have no problem with countless videos of people eating seafood while it's still alive and plenty of vids of animals being dispatched for food. I'm as confused as he is.

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indo-dreaming Wednesday, 22 Sep 2021 at 6:50pm

Youtubes a joke so inconsistent in their rules and policing of rules and like he said they dont even tell you where you break the rule so can avoid it , Twitter is even worse.

He probably got targeted by some animal rights group that did a mass reporting of a video or videos.

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goofyfoot Saturday, 2 Oct 2021 at 6:20pm

Fish tacos with fresh whiting caught this morning and the special secret ingredient

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yankton humane society

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Blowin Saturday, 2 Oct 2021 at 6:23pm

Epic

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zenagain Saturday, 2 Oct 2021 at 6:42pm

I second that epic!

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goofyfoot Saturday, 2 Oct 2021 at 6:57pm

Washed down with a cold beer can’t beat it

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indo-dreaming Saturday, 2 Oct 2021 at 7:07pm

Never mind the food, looks like a nice recycled timber table there.

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troppo dichotomy Saturday, 2 Oct 2021 at 7:13pm

Never mind the food?i was frothing on fish with the Poppy Smack Siam chilli sambal with lemon grass and kaffir lime leaf!

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tubeshooter Saturday, 2 Oct 2021 at 7:23pm

thirded... the secret ingredient looks like something that would suit my palate too. I might order a jar or two.
But it's the mention of lime that gets me today .I've got a really good number of finger limes coming on this season and I really , really can't wait to smash em with a bit of seafood. Last year they flowered but bugger all fruited. And there all mine I tells ya , all mine ..

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goofyfoot Saturday, 2 Oct 2021 at 7:37pm
indo-dreaming wrote:

Never mind the food, looks like a nice recycled timber table there.

Father in law made it for us for a house warming present Indo, it’s a ripper