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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Supafreak Saturday, 30 Dec 2023 at 10:41am
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Far out supa that sounds nuts. That would be fucking scary!!
Sounds like a crazy area for diving/fishing.
You getting many waves over there?

Got here on the 11th December and had uncrowded 2-4 ft for first 5 days then it’s been 1-3 ft lately and xmas crowds arrived a few days ago . It’s a gutless swell at the moment but I hadn’t surfed since last time here in July so I’m just trying to get the body back into condition . I was a total kook first 3 waves but been doing some yoga and stretching and the old body is starting to respond well. Doing a few missions later this year so I need to be ready. At my age if I don’t keep on top of things it’s so easy to lose strength , flexibility and balance.

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udo Saturday, 30 Dec 2023 at 10:42am

Vertical Tides
Lombok Strait / Sill

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tubeshooter Monday, 1 Jan 2024 at 8:28pm

I hope the DPI take this muppet to court.
RIP Gus the Groper

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saltman Wednesday, 3 Jan 2024 at 11:41am

The tailor are loving the swell and possibly the overcast weather last few days. Some hectic bite sessions on the lead up to high tides Lost a few big ones throwing lures as they jumped and my last bibbed hardbody lure to beast
Back to poppers and metals for a few days

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freeride76 Wednesday, 3 Jan 2024 at 2:31pm

Good to hear, been too much swell to access the rocks around here- water has warmed right up though.

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etarip Tuesday, 16 Jan 2024 at 10:15am

Quick question for the fishos from a fishing kook:

Anyone got a recommendation for a basic, affordable reel for surf fishing? Got a bit more time on my hands and figured I’d give it a shot. Been getting a few on worms in the close in gutters at my local with light gear and 6-7’ rods, but would like to start getting a few longer casts in and potentially throwing some lures. There’s a couple of rock platforms at the north and south ends of the beach but I’m not planning on hitting them yet.

The array of reels and gear is frankly bewildering. Don’t want to spend heaps of cash, don’t need to go cheapo entry level, but want something reliable and proven.

Any ideas on a basic starter for gear to step it up appreciated. Lures / sinkers / line etc. got a bit of stuff, but it’s all light gear.

Cheers.

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freeride76 Tuesday, 16 Jan 2024 at 10:17am

I'd go a Penn.

Pretty rock solid and reliable if not as fancy as Shimano or Daiwa.

They tend to come very well greased which leads to long life in surf environments.

I've had a couple of these and they are still going strong.

https://www.motackle.com.au/species/tailor/penn-fierce-iv-spin-reel.html

Drag is good and you can handle anything you can hook on one.

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etarip Tuesday, 16 Jan 2024 at 10:22am
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I'd go a Penn.

Pretty rock solid and reliable if not as fancy as Shimano or Daiwa.

They tend to come very well greased which leads to long life in surf environments.

I've had a couple of these and they are still going strong.

https://www.motackle.com.au/species/tailor/penn-fierce-iv-spin-reel.html

Drag is good and you can handle anything you can hook on one.

Thanks FR - that’s awesome. What size should I be going for?

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freeride76 Tuesday, 16 Jan 2024 at 10:34am

4000 or 5000 would do the job.

I always go a little bigger in case I hook a tuna off the rocks but 4000 would do the job for 99% of applications with 20 or 30 pound braid.

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tiger Tuesday, 16 Jan 2024 at 10:36am

Yeah if your going to go for something in the $100-$200 range there is good bang for your buck in Penn and Shimano range. Penn will probably cope better with the surf fishing environment. But they need to be looked after, especially if properly dunked. Alvey the only option if you're not into reel maintenance in that environment.

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freeride76 Tuesday, 16 Jan 2024 at 10:44am

Yeah. Alveys are indestructible if you want that.

Bit harder to lure fish with but not impossible.

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etarip Tuesday, 16 Jan 2024 at 11:16am

Thanks and thanks FR and tiger - I always rinse my gear off in fresh water and dry it out properly when I’m done. Habits learned from previous life experience. Anything else I should be doing?

“gear before beer”

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freeride76 Tuesday, 16 Jan 2024 at 11:26am

Give it a spray with INOX or something like it every month.

It's easy to pull apart a Penn and regrease it once a season.

But to be honest, if all you do is give it a rinse you'll get at least 5 years out of one those Penns- they are pretty indestructible.

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Jelly Flater Tuesday, 16 Jan 2024 at 11:38am

Yep, they’re like russians ;);)
- spinfishers are the goods ;)

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etarip Tuesday, 16 Jan 2024 at 1:15pm

OK, got it done. Upsold a little to the Penn Battle because the Fierce wasn’t in stock, but happy to support the local store and it wasn’t that much more. Braid loaded, got some recommendations on lures and a couple of bait rigs.

Thanks for the advice.

Looking forward to hitting the beaches. But off to see the Cosmic Psychos and the Externals tonight.

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freeride76 Tuesday, 16 Jan 2024 at 1:28pm

Battles work fine.

Caught 30kg long tail Tuna on 'em.

Just make sure you loosen the drag knob after every session- otherwise the drag gets very sticky.

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etarip Tuesday, 16 Jan 2024 at 1:35pm

Thanks FR.

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saltman Thursday, 18 Jan 2024 at 8:35am

Davos fishing online often has specials on Penn reels and rods

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etarip Wednesday, 7 Feb 2024 at 10:47pm

FR, saltman, tiger.
Thanks for the tips on getting a setup.

Got two chunky Australian salmon tonight, just before dusk. Both 65cm and fat. 450m from my front door.

Recommended Penn setup worked a treat.

Still have no idea what I’m doing but things are starting to come together I suppose.

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freeride76 Thursday, 8 Feb 2024 at 5:11am

Sounds like you have figured something out Etarip.
If you can catch a fish, you're onto it.

On lures?
Did you eat the salmon- how's your fish processing skills?

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etarip Thursday, 8 Feb 2024 at 6:15am

Knowing where the gutters and rips are probably helps. Went for a body bash yesterday morning before work and noticed how deep the gutter right out the front is.

Caught them on whole frozen pilchards on gang hooks. Threw it about 25-30m into the deep gutter behind the shorebreak.

Processing skills aren’t great. Filleted them both, decent size steaks but I probably left a lot on the fish. Not pretty. Cleaned up the fillets to just the lighter meat and had two medium plastic takeaway boxes full. Not efficient or quick tho.

Baked a few chunks in foil with garlic chili onion coriander and lime juice. Air fryer with some home cut chips. Decent feed.

Think I’ll turn the rest into Thai fish cakes. Unless anyone has better recommendations?

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freeride76 Thursday, 8 Feb 2024 at 6:20am

This guy has some good filleting videos.

https://www.filletfish.com.au/info/filleting-styles

A good fillet knife is a wonderful investment if you are regularly doing it.

I like a thin, flexy 7 inch blade.

I have a 9 inch blade for jewfish.

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goofyfoot Thursday, 8 Feb 2024 at 7:12pm

Fresh gummy coconut curry from last night. 8/10

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GuySmiley Thursday, 8 Feb 2024 at 7:20pm

Bloody hell that looks so good GF

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freeride76 Friday, 9 Feb 2024 at 8:11am

x2.

Never caught a gummy, but heard they are good chewing.

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goofyfoot Friday, 9 Feb 2024 at 8:24am

Yeah they’re nice. Not super fishy flavour

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Andrew P Friday, 9 Feb 2024 at 10:05am

for filleting and knife tips follow keefish on Instagram this guy is amazing https://www.instagram.com/keefish_/reel/CyFvctyve3u/

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garyg1412 Friday, 9 Feb 2024 at 11:55am
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Yeah they’re nice. Not super fishy flavour

Just don't forget your prep work otherwise you get a super ammonia flavour!!!

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goofyfoot Friday, 9 Feb 2024 at 12:22pm
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goofyfoot wrote:

Yeah they’re nice. Not super fishy flavour

Just don't forget your prep work otherwise you get a super ammonia flavour!!!

Yeah head straight off

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tubeshooter Monday, 12 Feb 2024 at 8:01pm

Lucky fella. Lucky boat.

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seaslug Monday, 12 Feb 2024 at 8:07pm

Geez so lucky he didn't get sliced and diced, no lanyard kill switch

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Roystein Monday, 12 Feb 2024 at 9:27pm

Holy fuck that is one scary situation, I hope he is way less, not more brazen as a result.

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Roystein Monday, 12 Feb 2024 at 9:27pm

Holy fuck that is one scary situation, I hope he is way less, not more brazen as a result.

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udo Wednesday, 14 Feb 2024 at 11:38am

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