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  1. Territory Lad

    Westlakes Bream

    On a family walk around Westlakes today and came across the below. Majority of the school was 30 and above, with a few genuine brutes that too the eye were mid 40s!! They were just milling about, with no obvious reason for them to be there. I sat and just watched them for about 15 minutes, completely mesmerised. For those that target Bream often, is this a normal occurrence?
    9 points
  2. daninozz

    Port Vincent Surf Fishing

    Hi all, So just got back from the holiday manged two salmon one 38cm and the other 40cm off the rocks and a small fiddler ray probably round 60cm I caught three small flatty's and some kgw whiting mostly bloody trumpeters but I managed a couple of salmon trout and a mullet off the shore. I also managed my first flatty on a small savage gear pencil lure which was exciting as this was the first time I had used the lure so I didnt really know if I was using it correctly, all I did was rod tip down and slow wind then bam little flatty jumped on. Still beats adelaide fishing jus
    9 points
  3. I always use fresh tenderized squid with a little bit of pilchard on my baits, the frozen squid doesnt work as well as fresh... My theory is the pilchard brings them to the bait, the squid hooks them as it stays on the hook better.. If they are fussy and I have a KGW/trevally. Then I use a little bit of that instead.. I dont boat fish.. Only off the land which is a bit harder to get KGW.. Its been hard this year due to the crowds everywhere... Hoping/wishing next summer is better.. crowd wise... Last few trips I havnt really fished as much due to the crowds... We went to Gleesons
    8 points
  4. Softy

    Cockle alternatives for KGs

    I'm in Richmond and just got home from work.. if you want to come grab them this arvo send me a pm a I'll give you my address. Been sitting in my freezer since last year just haven't used them and taking up space. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
    7 points
  5. Veggie scraps aren’t cutting it - so its time for worm chow it’s only been 3 days but I swear they are getting bigger already
    6 points
  6. Wert

    Ban Whiting @ Easter

    Bloody things are everywhere, undersized whiting are probably the most common fish I catch. Agree with David that once you suss out where they hang out getting a feed isn't too hard, you can even choose between lots of smaller ones you need to get the measure out for, or fewer but much larger models you only need the camera for. Just this Saturday (glorious day) drifting around in about 3m off Port Gawler my Dad managed a 35cm model, among other stuff, on an SP, If that is a thing that can happen so close to Adelaide then they must be doing OK.
    5 points
  7. SurfcaztR

    Fishing Montauk

    Some good fishing stories in this film
    5 points
  8. Wert

    squid tentacle cleaning?

    I had to work this out because my fiance likes eating my bait for some reason, best way i found was putting the clusters in iced FRESH water for 15 minutes first then just using the doobie method above rub as much of the gross bits off you can, rubbing with paper towel also helps. Dry off well. Should be clean as, hot oil will sort the rest out.
    4 points
  9. I've found its more of an issue with the 2 long feeding tentacles. Couple of rinses in water gets rid of most of the hard bits and a good fry till crunchy sorts out the rest.
    4 points
  10. Don't forget you an also catch kg's on soft plastics. have caught them on bloodworm wrigglers before but a worm or nipper plastic should work too. recently saw this vid by Luben Pfiefer catching kgs on ned rigs, looks fun
    4 points
  11. Years ago when I lived in the Port area & fished for KGW's I used to collect cockles from the sand flats opposite the old Outer Harbour boat ramp on low tide, I gather that area is probably changed now with the extension of the outer breakwater. Razor fish was also a great bait to use on the whiting as well, they used to be plentiful on the other side of the breakwater as well, I used to have a raze fish grapple in my boat to collect them. They were reachable on low tide too.. why don't you spend a day at Goolwa collecting them, always a good day spent on the beach. As yellow door stated,
    4 points
  12. Thanks Doobie. Yeah I did a bit of a deep dive on weird worm catching methods. there was a product recall in the USA after 30 deaths. People were dying for worms by plugging these device directly into mains power a car battery sounds like a much saner option https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/1993/electric-worm-getter-worm-probe-recalled-by-six-retailers-electrocution-hazard-cited
    3 points
  13. Soobz

    Soobz Ludicrous Lures

    Mass production! A school of pished pillies Why so many? Well I am marketing them as a fashion accessory, catches fishies and the ladies! I think I've found a clear coat I like but it takes a week to set so it's yet to be proven but it's way better than the other epoxy I tried. Marine varnish was a complete failure for durability, hook rash was terrible.
    3 points
  14. David_C

    Ban Whiting @ Easter

    That is why they closed it before but decided that whiting are in great numbers. Our catch rates agree with this - but most people complain they can't find them but many don't put in the time to understand where they are and why - and then understand the pattern. We haven't been out from the last public holiday but are heading out tomorrow. I'm hoping the whiting haven't moved in that time but will find out. Ideally, getting out every 2 to 3 weeks is best, as they do move as the seasons do David
    3 points
  15. A Greek guy I used to work with years ago used nail clippers to remove them. Both for whiting baits and cooking. He reckoned whiting wouldn't touch tentacle baits with suction cups on them.
    3 points
  16. Hey all, I'm a student and have been able to put fishing into a assignment by convincing my teacher to let me build a fishing rod, unfortunately a requirement in this task is to interview someone about the processes and things involved. was wondering if any one here makes fishing rods or could guide me to somewhere in Adelaide where I could ask someone a few questions about it all as an interview with a "pro" is a required part of the assignment, cheers
    3 points
  17. Hey guys thanks for all the responses will probably go for a drive this weekend around to go talk to people and might try post photos of the rod when I start making it
    3 points
  18. South Oz rods would probably be your best bet.
    3 points
  19. I would suggest South Oz rods. Local here in SA. Alternatively if distance isn't an issue, Ian Miller of Miller Rods makes a living of building high end rods.
    3 points
  20. The thing with veggie scraps is the decomposition creates heat which the worms hate and until it's decomposed they can't eat it as they feed off the bacteria. The exception is bananas and some other fruits which break down extremely fast. I feed mine compost that is mostly done but still moist.
    3 points
  21. You can always try small pilchard pieces, prawn pieces or whiting snatchers. Blood worms & tubeworms (salted) can also work really well. I have used small pieces of trumpeter flesh (skinned) which has also worked. Mashed up/soft squid pieces are really good generally. The other thing I also do is put cockle flesh in a jar with salt & leave in the shed fridge. They last forever, become really smelly & stay on the hook really well. Half a cockle is usually enough as the flesh becomes really firm. Just stock up on cockles as you can afford them & eventually you will have a h
    3 points
  22. Just be mindful - I think there is a ban on collecting mud cockles around the port area. Sportsfishing scene are around $14 a kilo but if you can get your own, will save a fortune. I think I have about 5 kilos left in the freezer but will do a couple of trips down to goolwa after the april school holidays, when there is less people collecting them (the water gets pretty cold). In saying the above, most of the whiting I've been catching have been on fresh squid - wouldn't touch the frozen stuff
    3 points
  23. A lot of KGW , I have caught over Moonta way , have had prawns in there guts , I always see what is inside a fishes belly , to help give you an idea of there eating habits , some days Pilchard will send them off as well . I found that a finely cut up pilchard will keep the school around . The last hot bite we had , all big fish , had pilchard in there guts , and biggest 50cm , my PB
    3 points
  24. KGW like KGW flesh.... Ive had great success with trevally meat as well... and theres lots of pipies exposed on the sand flats at the moment... They are just sitting on top.. Thousands where I was yesterday. Might be worth a trip for you to gather some.. My old man used to gather them, open and lightly salt them, then freeze... He always did well with the KGW..
    3 points
  25. doobie

    What type of fish?

    Not sure - probably, but doesn't seem worth it. I would have thrown it back anyway.
    2 points
  26. Yeah that would be one tool where it’s really worth reading the instructions from my brief reading, people carrying them around while plugged in and walking around the prongs while live, weren’t the best ideas
    2 points
  27. FYI for those that use the Sullies boat ramp - immediate effect (18.3.2021) Boat ramp launch permit Important changes at O’Sullivan Beach Boat Ramp The City of Onkaparinga has temporarily taken responsibility for operating the O’Sullivan Beach boat ramp. This is because council has identified concerns about the current operator’s compliance with conditions of the operating agreement. The council has invited the operators to respond to these concerns. Once the response has been received, council will review it and make a final decision. Council
    2 points
  28. Don't worry mate your not the only one to struggle when it comes to fishing for bream especially in West Lakes. I have been using plastics and bait for bream, this biggest issue with fishing in West Lakes the residents over feed the bream, they grow up with being fed pretty much every day. I am yet to hook a bream in west lakes on a plastic as I refuse to use weightless jig heads. I got told that if you use bread roll it up into a ball put it on your hook, dunk the bread in the water so you get some weight on the hook, then you can cast out alot further bream would love that. Th
    2 points
  29. FECB

    Westlakes Bream

    As a local WL resident I would guess that these bream have a well-trained human who provides them with a regular feed. Close to my home there are three generations of one family that have been feeding the bream at 4.00 pm each day for most of the 40 years I've lived by the lake. The fish slowly sidle up to this house frontage, starting from about 2.30 pm each day, and after they've been fed they quickly disperse. They also seem to adjust to changing time zones as daylight saving switches On and Off. Woe betide any innocent fisherperson who walks along the path having a flick: the reside
    2 points
  30. Softy

    Westlakes Bream

    Let me know exotically where they where so i can go study them further and i'll see if i come up with an answer :D :lol: Not sure when spawning season starts but that might be part of it?
    2 points
  31. These ones are the best KG bait!!
    2 points
  32. 2 points
  33. bratko

    Egi rod as light surf?

    Howdy...got a DAIWA EMERALDAS 8ft3 SUPERVOLUME FIBRE blank with AGS guides for sale...brand new never used..not a mark or scratch on her...direct message me if interested...cheers
    2 points
  34. I've only watched a bit but I'm loving it so far - Love the history and larger than life characters - its a refreshing change from flyfishing style interviews where they get all pretentious and philosophical. In this one, a guy jams a hook through the skin on his hand and says its the pain that makes fish go cross eyed when you hook em Loving it.
    2 points
  35. rob boy

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    I Marinised this FORD XFlow engine 250 cast iron head etc, Then designed this 316 Stainless steel sea water cooling system that my Nephew Gary Welded together for me, Thanks Gary, I added a 1 to 1 Borg Warner Velvet Drive assembly, Marinised the Carby, and put it all together into my Dealtry 5.5M half cabin boat, that was made by The respected Dealtry Family in South Australia.This project is finally nearing Completion.
    2 points
  36. Yep. I've used a Samaki Egi Inked 8'6 rod for the last 5 yrs. Really light weight and casts a mile. Best all round rod I've ever used. I've caught squid, tommy's, YFW, gar, mullet, salmon up to 5kg, KGW, bream, drummer + more. The salmon took a while but the rod handled it. I've used it off the beach, rocks, wading and boat fishing comfortably. Great rod in my opinion. Will definitely get another one when this one dies. Hope this helps. Tight lines.
    2 points
  37. Thanks for the tip My worm farm has a feeding tray up top where I load the veg and I let it rot up there. The worms come up through the holes to munch on it when it’s ready
    2 points
  38. Just found my old squid tenderiser from when I used to be a guru just a tip - if you do use one - never tenderise squid on top of a school. Get it done earlier or anyone anchored on the same school, will want to lynch you for scaring all the whiting away
    2 points
  39. Yeah maybe real men who dont wear heated vests just don’t notice them
    2 points
  40. Yeah I just give a light dusting with flour so it doesn’t soak up as much as bread crumbs just a thin layer of oil in the fry pan for me one other tip is to be careful not to break rib bones while cleaning gut cavity when you are cleaning a heap there can be a tendency to get a bit rough when gutting. Each bone you snap off the backbone while gutting becomes one you pick out of your mouth while eating.
    2 points
  41. ....Also with easy cooking, head & gut, then use a rolling pin to flatten, belly side down, a bit of salt & pepper, fry in frypan with a little oil & done. Peel back the backbone & eat. There will be a few pin bones but have bread handy as this helps if bones are hanging around in mouth/throat. Otherwise fillet or butterfly if you dont want any bones (like my kids).
    2 points
  42. Artificial maggots/gents work. I think Berkley was the brand I used. Basically plastic look alike gents. Either rub them with a pilchard or when you catch the first one, rub in their green poop or even dip into tuna oil or just use as they are. If no live gents onboard, then just as easy to use small slivers of cockle, pilchard, soften squid, fish flesh, worm etc. The key I find is to start with no float or weight & play with the rig until it works on the day with only a small amount of berley. Often the larger ones are further back. Also, when there are plenty of gar about, there is
    2 points
  43. My grandfather used to roll a beer bottle over them (belly down once they were guttet, then nip each side of the tail turn the fish over and pull it towards the head, That removed the back bone and the rib cage all in in one.. I tried it a few times couldn't get the hang of hot..
    2 points
  44. Soobz

    squid tentacle cleaning?

    Hmm, tried that with no real result. I'll send ya some hard bits to see cos I gave up and froze em for bait
    1 point
  45. rob boy

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    1 point
  46. Back in the day - all the whiting guru's used to carry metal meat tenderisers to bash the squid before using it for bait Collecting and cleaning fresh mussel is quite labour intensive - even if you are good at it - yanking on their beards and shucking them takes a while. Back when I used to fish for whiting, the pippies were real cheap aswell - Unfortunately you will hear alot of anecdotal evidence that pippies remain a stand out bait - Stuff like - "they werent touching squid or bass yabbies, all they wanted was the pippie" Maybe marinating chicken flesh in cockle juice over ni
    1 point
  47. I crumb mine in panko crumbs and shallow fry, but some good alternatives here that I'll give a go. As for bones, I find most gar bones tend to cook out anyway. In fact, I can't recall ever getting a bone in gar.
    1 point
  48. Soobz

    Soobz Ludicrous Lures

    Spent the weekend at Edithburgh. Apparently the plastered pilchard (pseudo bent minnow) works ludicrously well: Yep even a squid took the lure. Total for the was 10 snook, best 56cm, 10 salmon best 40cm, and 1 squid (more on the trad lures). Taking orders lol!
    1 point
  49. Trouta

    Squidding at marino????

    Boys n girlsGonna have a few hours of fun today and try squidding at marino. Never done it before, not even really sure where to go or what rig to use?? from the rocks/shore do u use floats with the squid jag?? or normal cast and retrieve motion?? Presuming whereever your supposed to go its gonna be a rocky bottom??? I dont no man
    1 point
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