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  1. On the subject of the pro fisherman they pay big money for the right to do it it’s their livelihood.We all sit down to a feed of local prawns and crayfish for our Christmas dinner.They don’t just fall out of the sky and I believe all south Australians have the right to enjoy our natural resources not just the fortunate with boats .If not for the pro fisher how does that happen do we all buy boats ?? .YEh I don’t think that’s going to work
  2. All good points and no I’m not offended in any way but don’t compare me to that wanker in the USA .My concern is with the decrease in natural predators namely the great white what’s to say in the next 20 years that population doesn’t get out of control.I remember a time when carp weren’t a problem in the Murray river but with the demise of a natural predator with the Murray cod being fished out the rest is history.Although I’m a fisherman my passion is not fish I just love catching them to eat my passion is birds.How long before the fairy penguins are extinct here in SA and the devastation they are causing to the bird life in the coorong we need some sort of balance.We let hunters shoot our national animal the beautiful kangaroo for food and to control their numbers and I think it’s just a matter of time before there is a need to do the same with seals , not in my life time because I’m an old bugger but time will tell.
  3. Just more food for the hungry new zealand fur seal.On kangaroo island alone there is estimated 100,000 of them and studies have shown that they can consume around 500 ton per day of fish stocks,not to mention the penguin and pelican population that have been decimated by these cute little cuddly creatures.On a recent trip to Vincent we counted 11 of them on the breakwater and after talking to the local pro squid fishers they have put a huge dent in the local stocks.As their numbers continue to grow and a government that does not have the balls to take on the greenies we can expect to see less and less fish stocks in both of our Gulfs.And as usual the rec fisherman will be blamed.
  4. I have owned a Curado 200G7 for many years now. On a trip over to Edithburgh a few years back I lost it over board about halfway between Tapleys shoal and Troubridge island.As we were cruising at night and rods and reels are known to sink to the bottom we continued on and I was resided in the fact that I will never see it again.The next day some 20 hours later we were trolling for snook around marion reef just off of Troubridge island when I noticed something in the water.We turned around for a look only to be blown away to see my Curado and cork handled rod bopping away on the surface.I know this is not going to help you with your question about lure sizes and what not,but the fact that I took it home washed it and put it back together and have never had a problem with it since should convince anyone to buy a shimano, and a cork handled rod ,the bloody things float.
  5. I have been catching some impressive gummies around Edithburgh.Try the rips around Saltana Point around dusk.Use squid heads on a running rig.I know its not against the law to catch and keep females but after gutting a good size female a few years ago and finding over 30 pups happily swimming around inside her,i have made it my rule not to keep females.The one I am holding here is a male.
  6. I have fished in South Australia for 44 years from beach jetty and the last 30 years from boat only.Here lies the problem,in that time I have been approached twice by fishing inspectors.....
  7. jackmac

    tuna oil

    I have never used tuna oil or any other oil for that matter,half a block of pillies in a burley bag will produce enough natural oil for a whole days fishing.
  8. There is a fish called Black snapper it looks more like a large bream,they are usually caught in the Pacific and Indian oceans.Every now and then strange things do show up in our gulf such as elephant shark at Price and on one occasion a massive sun fish crusing the shallows of the upper reaches of the spencer gulf.
  9. When fishing from a boat or wharf I use a running rig,and simply drop it down to the bottom and lift it up a meter.This encourages the bait to keep swimming trying to find cover.Surf fishing is different, I will use large slab baits of salmon or whole squid.I like to hook my livies just in front of the dorsal fin just piercing the skin.when fishing river systems I would use a large foam float, I have seen this work well around west lakes and creek mouths around the port.
  10. One rule I learnt many years ago when fishing for mullies if they are there and hungry they will bite if they they are not there,no matter what moon you will go home empty handed.I have fished the west coast on different tides,moons and times of day and been successful.Salt creek is the same. My biggest mullies(30-40 kilo)have all come from outer harbour end of the port in the last hour of the outgoing tides on live baits(mullet and salmon trout being the best) in the middle of the night.I have kept a diary since the early 80s and I can say looking back the best time of year has been August and the moon phase has played little part.A tip for anyone fishing live baits ,keep them off the bottom,about a meter is fine.Any live bait casted out with a hook shoved in it is going to hide and only become crab bait.Here is a cryptic clue to the best mulloway spot in Adelaide,the deep side of 34...….im to old to sit there on cold nights so I don't mind giving up my fav mullie hole...good luck to anyone giving it a try,remember august is the best time but they do show up all through the winter months.
  11. When fishing the port the moon didn't make much difference.Most of my mulloway were caught on the low tide around midnight with the bigger ones coming in the last month of winter and heaps of schoolies in the later part of summer.
  12. Jump in the car and drive north to a little town called Price,it is SA,s best kept secret for small boats as it can be fished in all weather conditions.There is a channel just out from the mouth of the creek that has exposed sand bars on either side when the tide is at its lowest that's where you fish.About midway through the runout tide is the time to fish.Over the years I have spent there using half pillies on ganged 2/os I have landed a multitude of spieces,including salmon trout(not small ones either) in their masses,snook,huge mullet,big yellow fin,monster flatties,eagle ray,elephant shark,mulloway, all on the run out tide.On the in coming tide I move to the end of the channel where it meets the ocean,this is where the KGs hang out in the shallow murky water, I use cockles there.Then I move in closer around the the 2 marker poles on the sand flats where I finish the day off with a feed of yellowfin and bream on worms.I haven't fished there for a few years after losing my fishing buddy and good mate to a sudden heart attack aged 40.Give it a crack life is too short not to.
  13. I landed some thumping big slimmies on a recent trip around the west coast of KI and I have to agree DMCK I kept a couple for crab bait and cold smoked a couple of the smaller ones along with some trevally and a kilo plus whiting.The macks were very good,i would give the trevers about 4 out of 10 and the whiting 3/10.
  14. I have not tried smoking shark although I have been smoked by a few.I would put gummy shark into the same category as large mulloway as far as taste and texture goes and yes I have tried smoking them but found them to be dry.What I did find though is hot smoking without brine,just to add a smokey flavour worked beautifully.I like to stick to the oily fish when it comes to smoking (hot or cold) my favourite in order of preference would have to be snook,tommies,snapper wings,kingfish wings and salmon trout.The brine I like to use is to 2 litres of water add 400gm salt 250 gm brown sugar and brine for at least 4 hours or over night is fine.Wash them well and dry on paper towels in front of a fan.The drying process is important...If I was to try gummy shark I would first try the flaps or wings as they are sometimes called,have a crack and let us know how it went.