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    snafu reacted to Meppstas in Stone fly bug spinner & Mersey wild trout...   
    This was from a few weeks ago, tough spin session in the Mersey River with the trout surface feeding..
    cheers
    Adrian
     
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    snafu got a reaction from jackmac in Freezing Crab   
    Mal, I met a bloke years ago who cooked them, shelled them, packed the meat in meal sized containers and then froze them. I had always practiced catch 'em, cook 'em & eat 'em and after he gave me a box of frozen crab meat to try, I still believe in catch 'em, cook 'em & eat 'em - you just can't beat fresh blue swimmers.
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    snafu reacted to Meppstas in Trout fall to the White Miller..   
    Had a reasonably good spin session just over a week ago chasing trout in the tannin stream again.. One of my better spin session for quite some time..
    Wild windy weather has kept me home of late... hopefully I'll be back in a river in a day or so..
    cheers
    Adrian
     
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    snafu reacted to doobie in First attempt at homemade cork floats.   
    As some might know, I had a fishing float made up of some dowel with a foam indicator as my main float rig.  It did it's job very well although sometimes a tangle would occur which was always easy to undo.  However, after re-spooling my reel with lighter mono, I kept getting more and more tangles - some to the point of cutting the line and re-rigging.
    I decided to try something else and didn't really want to buy the stand shop float.  So a bit of look around on Google I saw a guy make some cork floats that looked quite good.   Problem was I didn't have any wine corks except 'champagne' corks courtesy of the missus.
    Being the cheap skate person I am lol, I FB'd my neighborhood for some and received a few - and free  
    Problem was that the rest of the materials for the way I wanted to make the floats was a bit expensive   But if I want to make more then the cheaper each one will become, plus the satisfaction of making my own.
    Here's what I did ....
    First - drilled holes through the cork and with some wood glue put a 6mm piece of dowel through it and let dry overnight.

     
    Second - put a couple bits of wood together with a hole to place the dowel to keep in place whilst sanding.
    I used 60 grit at first and down to 120 grit to get a smooth finish.  This one is a champagne cork.

     
    A few different shapes and was also careful on a few not take away the wine 'emblem' on the cork so to give a bit of a different look.

     
    Then I cut some safety pins keeping the end ring part that will help attach a bit of weight for buoyancy and leader.   I originally used some standard sewing cotton (black) but felt it may not hold overtime, so used some braid on the rest.   Put some wood glue over it all to strengthen and let dry overnight.

     
    The fifth step was to give some primer to the ends ready for some enamel paint.  I used Gesso craft priming paint and let that dry for 3 hours.

    Then the other end and again let dry for 3 hours.

     
    Then some black gloss enamel paint on the bottom of the float.  Two coats given and will give a little extra to the braid/ring.

     
    The eighth step was giving two coating with a vibrant yellow enamel.

     
    Not too bad bad so far and could left without further painting, but decided to add a little decoration before giving three coats of Spar Marine vanish, by dipping the floats straight into the tin.  Let them dry well and light sand before next coating.  Pat the bottom tips to soak up the excess drips.

     
    Turned out reasonably ok for my first effort although a little 'rough around the edges' lol
    Took a bit of time and few dollars but 🤷‍♂️

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    snafu got a reaction from southie THE BANGA in What Soft Plastics/ Hardbody lures do you use/purchase?   
    The pick of the soft plastics for me are Charlie Brewer Sliders followed by Squidgies. I seem to have more success with them for most species that I target in fresh & salt.
    Hard bodies are a bit more varied depending on what I'm chasing, but I chuck more top water lures than divers with Bassday Sugapen and Lucky Craft Sammys being my top picks. They both work well fishing the flats down south for whiting & flatties and they are unbeatable up here in the north on jungle perch & sooty grunter. You don't always find good all rounders with lures, but these two are close to it.
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    snafu got a reaction from southie THE BANGA in What fishing gear do you purchase?   
    Being a Queenslander, I was weened on Alvey gear and used nothing but Alvey until I made the monumental jump to a Shimano Bantam baitcaster sometime in the late 80's and it was a game changer for me. I've still got that reel somewhere. Since then, I've used mainly Shimano and Penn with the occasional ABU, but after having some crappy Daiwa reels, I've steered well clear of them.
    With rods I stick with Shimano for most of my light gear and for the heavier stuff I'm a full blown barking mad Ugly Stik supporter - they take the hard knocks of bouncing around in the back of the ute better than most.
    I rarely look for specials with gear, once I've researched what I want and where to get it, then I'm on a mission to own it.
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    snafu reacted to peatop in Best Moons/Tides for Mulloway Fishing   
    Some very interesting information, I've only ever caught 2 mulloway, landed one, i recently tried locally but had no luck, it seems the methods, everyone has said seem to be the same everywhere but the times of year differ, in W.A (where i caught mine) it was late spring through summer, here in vic it april through winter, the one common sign is slack water.
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    snafu reacted to Softy in Best Moons/Tides for Mulloway Fishing   
    I'll have to remember that spot if i ever venture there again.
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    snafu got a reaction from Softy in Best Moons/Tides for Mulloway Fishing   
    Hi Knackers, Bellamore is not far west of Ceduna. Take the Denial Bay road and continue on towards Nadia Landing - this will take you through to Davenport Creek, but before you get there, a track off to the right will take you over the sandhills to Bellamore. Getting in is not the easiest, but getting out can be very tricky with a very steep climb over the sandhill. 
     

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    snafu got a reaction from Knackers in Best Moons/Tides for Mulloway Fishing   
    Hi Knackers, Bellamore is not far west of Ceduna. Take the Denial Bay road and continue on towards Nadia Landing - this will take you through to Davenport Creek, but before you get there, a track off to the right will take you over the sandhills to Bellamore. Getting in is not the easiest, but getting out can be very tricky with a very steep climb over the sandhill. 
     

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    snafu reacted to Knackers in Best Moons/Tides for Mulloway Fishing   
    Where is Bellamore? Know Tuckamore Beach well.
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    snafu reacted to Knackers in Best Moons/Tides for Mulloway Fishing   
    I have always been told new moon leading up to full moon, or more specifically three days leading up to full moon. Also mostly fish west/far west coast.
    Seeing as I just fish when I have the time, but would like to target better in the future, what is the consensus? I know they go nuts when the barometer drops quickly.
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    snafu reacted to Softy in Best Moons/Tides for Mulloway Fishing   
    I've heard around the new moon... Yet to catch one so can't really comment.  
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    snafu reacted to yellow door 1 in Best Moons/Tides for Mulloway Fishing   
    I've got a mate who sets an alarm on his phone and watches the water to make sure its gone slack - then he casts - he likes the the exact second the incoming tide starts. He doesnt want to put lures infront of fish that arent ready to feed yet

    I'm a bit more relaxed - I'll take any stage of incoming tide.  But I prefer it to happen around dusk.

    With lures - I usually put 12 casts in to a spot before moving on to the next.

    But with livies - I'll sit it out and a 3- 4 hour session is long enough to let me know if they were going to hit or not.

    I really start to focus on the rod tips once darkness begins to fall - thats mainly because I've caught all my livies and I've got nothing better to do - but change of light and the hour or 2 after, are when I do my most intense staring at tips.

    I do like weak incoming tides in the most of the spots I fish. Theres always exceptions where the complete opposite is true - like a bottleneck where bait is forced out on an out going tide. But as a general rule - incoming tide at dusk is what I go for
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    snafu reacted to jackmac in Best Moons/Tides for Mulloway Fishing   
    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.
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    snafu reacted to jackmac in Best Moons/Tides for Mulloway Fishing   
    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.
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    snafu reacted to yellow door 1 in Best Moons/Tides for Mulloway Fishing   
    Ahh I see - I was on the wrong track imagining you were casting out into the middle of a river.

    Yeah when I fish wharfs for them - first I do recon to find a spot where the biggest schools of bait hang out at night - then I burley all session and set one livie at 1.5m down and the other at 3m.

    I like to Burley half a teaspoon at a time, every 5 mins over the session, Helps to build the bait school bigger/ keeps it flashing and darting around / keeps scent in the water and gives me something to do while waiting for a hit.

    I even used to experiment with splashing 10 litre buckets of water over a wide area to simulate surface activity. Cant say for sure whether this helped - but on some nights it definitely didnt hurt. Especially when the little pack hunting Jewies were charging through the surface bait schools
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    snafu reacted to yellow door 1 in Best Moons/Tides for Mulloway Fishing   
    Yeah the only attention I pay to moons is how they effect the timing of the tides😉 I'll fish any night as long as the tides are right

     
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    snafu got a reaction from yellow door 1 in Best Moons/Tides for Mulloway Fishing   
    Back when I lived in Ceduna, a mate and myself targeted the mullies at Bellamore Beach and always on the last couple of hours of a run in tide that would peak just after sunset. Bellamore has huge sandhills where we would park the Hilux on top of the highest one and scan the gutters using binoculars to spot which ones had the fish. We didn't bother with the moon phases and neither did the fish. Bait of choice was whole squid and tommies.
    Some evenings were better than others, but never once did we leave the beach without scoring a few fish, not as big as those we caught at the Dog Fence or another secret location that will not be named, but generally they were up around the 15 to 20 kgs. 
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    snafu got a reaction from Squid Inc. in Freezing Crab   
    Mal, I met a bloke years ago who cooked them, shelled them, packed the meat in meal sized containers and then froze them. I had always practiced catch 'em, cook 'em & eat 'em and after he gave me a box of frozen crab meat to try, I still believe in catch 'em, cook 'em & eat 'em - you just can't beat fresh blue swimmers.
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    snafu reacted to malb in Freezing Crab   
    Yeah, I know, but nobody home to eat them at the moment.  Well, except me, so maybe I'll just have to step up!
    Cheers.
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    snafu got a reaction from doobie in Freezing Crab   
    Mal, I met a bloke years ago who cooked them, shelled them, packed the meat in meal sized containers and then froze them. I had always practiced catch 'em, cook 'em & eat 'em and after he gave me a box of frozen crab meat to try, I still believe in catch 'em, cook 'em & eat 'em - you just can't beat fresh blue swimmers.
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