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  1. Lofty

    Why don't I catch fish?

    I used to fish Semaphore all the time when I was a kid and caught heaps of Gar from that Jetty. Maybe try fishing the Jetty on the rising tide at night. My best sessions were mostly after midnight to first light on a rising tide. I found during the day was hard to get a good feed. The added bonus was that there was always less people to compete with!
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    Who's been catching salmon this season?

    @AquaticResearch1 I was getting them up to a kilo but they are getting them up to 5+ kilo. Plenty there and if you get the right day you’ll end up with a few. Plenty of trout in these waters too.
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    Who's been catching salmon this season?

    I went over to lake Bullen Merri and caught some Chinook Salmon...does this count? they were very nice in the smoker!
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    What are your spring/summertime target species?

    Yabbies.. I got a hunger for some yabbies! anyone tell me when they should start crawling in the river?
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    Land based- Braid vs Monofilament

    Braid all the way. I spend a huge amount of time fishing the surf beaches around salt creek every year targeting mullies. There is no way I would be using mono. As long as you use good graphnel sinkers to keep your line straight in the water then you should not be getting any tangles and besides as soon as your line slackens you should be checking it anyway. For me braid increases hook ups and gives you those extra few meters casting. When it's windy you can still keep your line straight, unlike mono which will have a big bend in the line and then cause the sinker to pull. Just make sure you use the right braid, i use 50lb berkley power pro and it is fantastic in the surf. cheers
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    Dodge tide land based fishing

    Morgan enough with your 87lber why dont you just marry that fish I like to pat her good night every time i go to bed!! Any more than that and i think my wife will start to worry
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    Dodge tide land based fishing

    The 87lb'er in my avatar was caught on a dodge tide!! Not the best time to fish but you can still be successfull.
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    Mulloway on tommy ruff ??

    Not a great bait in my opinion, although I have caught a couple of fish on them I find I'm far more successfull on other baits. They always seem to attract the wrong fish and in my case it's usually stingrays. I might add I'm beach fishing in the south east it could be different in other locations.
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    Good quality Mully bait

    Don't use that bought squid from bait shops, always catch your own as it will work better. If you can't get it yourself then buy it from a fish shop like the fish factory. Mullet fillets work well and the Salt creek servo usually sell them, other wise try and catch a few legal size salmon/mullet out of the surf and use them for bait. Don't rely on catching fish for bait down there always make sure your well stocked before hand.Fresh trevally fillets are also dynamite on gummies if you can get onto a few of these. there are bucket loads of gummies being caught from about 30-60k's north of the TTC at the moment, well worth the drive if you don't mind the travel! Remember two per person per day. cheerscheers
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    Crayfish tips or even spots???

    Just a little info from the PIRSA website in that last post. You may find that people may be reluctant to give out spot's for the Fleurieu and yorke peninsular as they don't have the quantity of cray around these areas, but if you look hard enough i'm sure you will find them, I'm not familiar with these areas so can't help you. You'll more than likley need a good sized boat to access these areas and a quality sounder will assist in finding reef.
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    Crayfish tips or even spots???

    Catch Limits and Legal LengthsMinimum legal length: Southern zone (from longitude 139o0’4.80” east to the Victorian border): 9.85 cm Northern zone (from longitude 139o0’4.80” west to the West Australian border, including Kangaroo Island): 10.5 cm (Information about how to measure rock lobsters) Personal daily bag limit: A maximum of 4 rock lobster per person per day, regardless of how they are legally taken Daily boat limit: If taken by only one person (whether by diving, drop or hoop net, or registered rock lobster pot) a maximum of 4 rock lobster per day.If taken by more than one person, a maximum of 8 rock lobster perday. Closed seasons: Southern zone (from longitude 139o0’4.80” east to the Victorian border): The taking of lobsters from the southern zone is prohibited between 6.00 pm 31 May and 6.00 pm 1 November every year. Northern zone (from longitude 139o0’4.80” west to the West Australian border, including Kangaroo Island): The taking of lobsters from the northern zone is prohibited between 6.00 pm 31 May and 12 noon 1 November every year. Closed areas: Rock lobsters are totally protected and cannot be taken at any time from the following areas:■Cape Jaffa■Margaret Brock Reed (within .55 n miles of the light)■Rivoli Bay including Penguin Is. (from Glen Point to Cape Martin)■Gleeson Landing■All aquatic reserves Permitted devices: There are certain restrictions on gear and requirements that need to be met when fishing for rock lobsters. Rock lobster pots must be registered. Handling your catch: All rock lobster taken by recreational fishers must have the middle tail fan clipped in half to a recognisable straight line before landing. Restrictions: Female rock lobsters carrying eggs are totally protected and must be returned to the water immediately. There is no limit to the number of times pots, drop nets or hoop nets can be checked from the one boat in any one day, provided the owner of the devices, or in the case of rock lobster pots the registered owner, is on board the vessel. But daily bag and boat limits still apply.How to measure rock lobstersRock lobster must be measured:■along the middle and on the top of the carapace (the main body shell)■from the front edge of the groove between the antennae (frontal tubercule) to the rear edge of the carapace (but not including any hairs attached to the carapace)The measuring device used must be able to fit firmly into the groove between the antennae.If you apply to register a rock lobster pot you will be sent a measuring device along with your registration.Closed seasonsSouthern zone: The taking of lobsters from the southern zone is prohibited between 6.00 pm 30 April and 6.00 pm 1 November every year. Northern zone: The taking of lobsters from the northern zone is prohibited between 6.00 pm 31 May and 12 noon 1 November every year. In addition, female lobsters carrying eggs are totally protected and must be returned to the water immediately. Closed areasRock lobsters are totally protected and cannot be taken at any time from the following areas:■Cape Jaffa■Margaret Brock Reed (within .55 n miles of the light)■Rivoli Bay including Penguin Island (from Glen Point to Cape Martin)■Gleeson Landing■All aquatic reservesThe above areas are rock lobster sanctuaries. You can also contact your local Fisheries office and ask for a copy of these maps.Restricted areaFishers are not permitted to use drop nets, crab nets, hoop nets or rock lobster pots from the Port MacDonnell breakwater, or from anywhere within the restricted area.Handling your catch All rock lobster taken by recreational fishers must have the middle tail fan clipped in half to a recognisable straight line before landing. This should be done by using a pair of scissors.In the past, concerns have been raised about the impact of tail fan clipping on the lobster. A report on The examination of the welfare implications of the management procedure of tail fan clipping concluded that there was insufficient evidence to warrant an abandonment of this procedure, and that there is a benefit to the lobster population as a whole from marking of recreational catches.Failure to clip the middle tail fan may result in prosecution with a maximum penalty of $2000.
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    Crayfish tips or even spots???

    Cray will generally feed on anything you throw at them, but fresh bait is best in my opinion, i tend to use salmon mostly as it is readily available most times. Any fish will do though. You still haven't given an area you want to fish?? but any where in the south east, KI, bottom of yorkes, bottom of eyre peninsular right up to the WA border holds cray. You'll need to narrow it down a little if you want some one to help you out on a spot. Down here in the South east any bit of reefs holds cray, there's no secret spots cause there's plenty of cray! In other areas of the state the cray are a little more sparse so require more searching to find them but any good reef bottom should hold cray. If using pots they need to be registered and this will set you back about $174 for two pots. Check PIRSA's website for a registration form and any regulations. Also I would get familiar on how to measure a cray as they are measured differently to anything else and again the PIRSA website will show you.If your in the south east and you want to dive all you have to do is jump in the water next to a reef and you will find them, there's no secret just look!! limestone ledges and holes/cracks will all hold cray.cheers
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    Crayfish tips or even spots???

    Your being a bit to vauge in what you want, give us a little bit more info such as which part of the state you want to target? how ??? eg pot's, hoop nets, scuba etc. You can only fish for them between 1st october until 31st may, so you have a couple of months to wait yet.cheers
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    St Kilda drain!!

    The drain comes from the Bolivar sewage treatment plant and ends up entering the sea at chapman creek i beleive. The water in it is treated sewage.At times good sized bream can be caught and i've seen people get there bag from there. At other times i've seen plenty of carp caught from it. other times a mixture! Highly reccomend not eating anything from it though.
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