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51 minutes ago, Kelvin said:

Small yabbies work well for bream and Snapper also love prawns. I would have thought they would work well for snapper and potentially hold on the hook a bit better than pilchard.

Did you try whole yabbies or just the tails?

Any bigger snapper?

Nah we found a few schools but they were all tiny pinkies - So I I just ripped the tails off and used those with the shells still on - they might have been a bit big for the little pinkies to swallow.

But they werent getting anywhere near the amount of bights as the pilchard cubes. I gave them about an hour to prove themselves as my mates were pulling in little pinks consistently on the pilly cubes.

I had cut up redfin cubes the same size as the pillies, out on another rod and they were basically getting ignored aswell.

Withing seconds of my first pilly cube hitting the bottom I was on after not catching a fish in the first hour.

So on bigger fish, the results may be different  - but the fact that little ravenous pinkies all but ignored them werent the results I was after -

Salted carp, on the other hand, can usually hold its own against pilly cubes- those were the sort of results I was after

 

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2 hours ago, Kelvin said:

Interesting. Must be the smell and oil content

Today is burley making day for me. I'm about to a heap of redfin scraps and small redfin into burley blocks

Yeah something was off. I expected much more interest on the yabbies. Other guys have had success on them - I just couldnt make them work

Even the salting process didn’t spice up the reddy chunks enough to make them tasty
 

I’ve just got back from scoping a mullet spot. Plenty there but I didn’t have my gear

just salted up a batch of chicken to try to secure a few for snapper baits. The local creek is still too mozzy infested to consider going for carp. Even during the day

 

So the mullet will have to suffer😉

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4 hours ago, yellow door 1 said:

 

 

So the mullet will have to suffer😉

Not as many suffered as I’d hoped but it was a bit of fun working them out. Ended up covering about a km and polaroiding new schools when the bight slowed
 

I could only pull 2 or 3 from a school before they shut down.  And they didn’t respond to burley for long before leaving. Even mullet can be tricky when they want to be😳

 

but hopefully the snapper recognise these and know what to do with them😉

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34 minutes ago, yellow door 1 said:

after mucking around with those slimey mullet the other night - the time has come for a dedicated fishing rag with caribeena

I do a similar thing. When my partner deems the bath towels are too old/worn and need replacing, I take them and cut them into 3-4 hand towel sizes, overlock the edges to stop them fraying and sew on a small loop to attach a carabiner. A couple of bath towels makes 6-8 fishing towels. I've got a box full of fishing towels, and take one for handling fish and another for wiping my hands. I give them soak in napisan/sodium percarbonate when I get home as they get pretty stinky and my partner doesn't appreciate me chucking them into the laundry basket.IMG_20221128_165429_1.jpg.df3775dfe5fbf9e925442e3c3360951b.jpg

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3 hours ago, MAH said:

I do a similar thing. When my partner deems the bath towels are too old/worn and need replacing, I take them and cut them into 3-4 hand towel sizes, overlock the edges to stop them fraying and sew on a small loop to attach a carabiner. A couple of bath towels makes 6-8 fishing towels. I've got a box full of fishing towels, and take one for handling fish and another for wiping my hands. I give them soak in napisan/sodium percarbonate when I get home as they get pretty stinky and my partner doesn't appreciate me chucking them into the laundry basket.

 

 

Very Nice - Yeah I think I'll add a loop- I was just going to chuck the whole thing in the washing machine but the carbeena might hook on to something in there and wreak havoc.

Worked out really well tonight - didnt have to touch a mullet - no more stinky hands on the steering wheel. And no more slime wiped on my clothes

Ended up just rinsing it under the tap and I'll give it a sniff test to morrow to see what extra needs to be done -

Thanks for the tips on cleaning and separate towels for different jobs - makes alot of sense

 

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Bit of a learning curve on the new mullet trap-

only thing that likes these traps more than mullet is seagulls -  if you walk more than 10ms away - the seagulls swarm them and stick their heads in for the bread.

Even had a few terns grabbing the mullet before they could get in.

But the fact that 2 found their way past the flock of birds guarding the entrance, was very encouraging - . Had to leave early as a gale was steaming in -but now that I know I have to shoe the birds away - it could be a goer

 

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Just an update - more for myself than anything 

-  I scattered tuna oil soaked, mushed up chook pellets around the trap - just a couple of teaspoons - (I didnt want tuna oil in my traps because they would stink out the car) - I figured the oil slick would help the mullet find it, as it was too windy for me to wade around and spot them. 

I think this really hurt my chances - the oil slick made the traps very visible from the air - both seagulls and terns have evolved over thousands of years to look for slicks - and I reckon that helped them find the traps much quicker than they would have.

Might be ok in still conditions where the slick wouldnt be so visible - but in the wind, it was very obvious.

A youtube guy mentioned if birds are a problem, you can draw them away by feeding them bread on the beach after you have set your traps.

But Im going to have to get sneaky to make these traps perform - unfortunately alot of my mullet spots close to home, have very poor land based access to the water - steep walls and knee deep sludge - and these traps need to be retrieved by hand. So its not going to be quite as easy as it looks on all the videos where the seagulls are all super well behaved.

Might have to add a few extra KMs to my trips to find suitable waters

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