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  1. I do a bit of float fishing with a stick float trotting a single maggot on a size 14 fine wire hook and a English style float rod in the Onka. Longer is better for trotting out in the current, 12ft to 14ft rods are not too long and they only weigh a few ounces. These rods are not easy to find tho' a certain Tackle Dealer down at Victor Harbor was brought up fishing with them in his Homeland. and would be sure to help out? Float rods are very forgiving with their "through actions" and given time, you will be able to land some very heavy fish with a correct drag setting and some patience. A flurocarbon leader as light as one kilo makes this a most enjoyable way to spend time at the water side and look out if a hefty bream or soapy takes a shine to your gent. A handful of shop bought fine breadcrumbs with a trickle of gents as ground bait will have the fish feeding well within minutes of setting up. Mullet, bream, Mullys, Silver whiting, Yellowfin whiting, KG Whiting, flathead, salmon trout, tommies and Gar are all suckers for this outfit and I'll try and find a few piccies to post to back up what I've just written?
  2. Any pics? we LUUURRRRV pics
  3. Nearly there, boat gets its arse wet tomozza up at Tauwitcherie
  4. Tagged SA king recaptured at Coffs 17 Nov 2014 THE recent recapture of a tagged kingfish has amazed members of the fishing club that originally recorded the capture over a year ago. According to a post on the Adelaide Gamefishing Club facebook page, the club received a call from NSW DPI with information about a kingfish tagged at Port Augusta on October 21 last year by club weight recorder Paul Williams. At the time the king was estimated to weight 14kg and measured 114cm in length. Over 370 days later, Gerard Billing recaptured the fish at South Solitary Island, off Coffs Harbour in northern NSW - around 1450 nautical miles from its original catch & release location! It was reported that the fish was feeding in with a school of around seven other kings up to 25kg when it took a liking to Gerard's stick bait. He re-released the fish after a quick photo, estimating its length at around 125cm. Yet another example of the valuable fish migration data that can result from tagging programs.
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    Hi Des, I'm a bit out of my comfort zone as a dyed in the wool freshie fisho but I was pointed in your direction (the YFW whisperer) by more than one angler as I've taken a fancy to catch YFW along the metro coast this season. I have caught YFW on poppers but only as by catch when bait fishing for other surf fish. I was fascinated to read how you changed your rig to a two hook set-up which is identical to that advocated by Andre Georgescu in his Australian Bream Fishing video series to catch his bream. (the videos' if you haven't come across them are all shot locally in the Pat and the Onka among other places) I have used Andre's rig to catch bream with bait (I use white bait, froggies or blue bait) but the lure of luring has taken me away from bait fishing as much as I used to. Cheers, tonyb
  6. South Road Bridge upstream is "bandit country" after October the first
  7. Wow! technological advances bring some good ideas to improve casting and here's the evidence. My pride and joy was and still is, my good old ABU 9000C with it's lifetime Guarantee still valid 50 years down the track I believe. First thing I did was to remove the levelwind and also all 4 of the centrifugal brake blocks. Regular lubing with the finest machine oil I could find was a given for this classic reel. I remember when they were first introduced to the Brit fishing scene they were installed with a plastic spool. We Geordies soon had them rethinking the design as the big cod we used to haul up which kicked the lower of the two reel ratios in, was enough to snap the spools in two pieces on the spindles!! Aluminium spools are standard now with these reels. It is a great shame that the Swedish craftsmanship of ABU Svangsta is now farmed out to mass producing nations with the advantage of lower costs but not as good build quality? Cheers, tonyb.
  8. Awesome session boys and awesome to see the youngsters out there and doing it instead of vegging out in front of the electronics Got as good as a stick of dynamite with those ZMans fellas Great pics as well and I dare bet there's not too many peeps viewing this that have seen one of those "jumpers" out of the water Let's know what it tasted like mate?
  9. Had a giggle about your mention of practice casting in open paddocks as this was exactly what I was doing one day (while living in the UK) when a couple of cheeky young kids came by and watched me for a while then one of them asked what I was fishing for as the grasshoppers don't grow very big in this particular field? Tis a bugga casting in soft ground as you sometimes found you had to walk near 200 yards each time to dig your 4oz to 6oz aerodyne sinker out of the ground!!
  10. Yes Indeed SB, and the first thing we'd do would be too take off the level winds from our Abu Overheads (we call them "Multipliers" in the UK) and get the "educated thumb" too such refinement that night or day rain or shine it would be second nature and bird's nests became a very rare occurrence. I had a mate who did a bit of tournament work who used to cast out and actually back off the spindle end thumbscrews as the cast was going out and all without thumbing the reel at all. Not for the faint hearted nor the inexperienced! I have my first ABU 9000C reel still and can punch 170 yards out all day long with just a bare bones rig ie no bait. I brought a 14 ft "Leslie Moncrieff" rod over to Aussie which is also around 50 years old now but my son eyeballed it gathering dust in the shed and it's now his pride and joy. Happy days, tho' the need for these fast tapered, aircraft grade aluminium butts and graphite tips are not an option for Aussie fishing, neither is the need to be able to cast a minimum 100 yards with bait which was a norm in the UK. http://lesliemoncrieff.wordpress.com/
  11. Makes me giggle when I think about my mates in the UK who fish 90lb braid off the beaches and if they get any wind knots or tangles they just wrap one end of the line around the boot and the other end around the arm and rip the knots straight out! (better if the line is wet ) We used 4 oz to 6 oz sinkers with 60lb mono shock leaders for "Pendulum" casting, normally with 15 to 20lb main line. Fairly easy to get extreme distances even with large baits with this method PS Pendulum casting was rightly banned on competition days off the beaches for obvious reasons PPS Check out where the cameraman is standing in this video!!!!
  12. Just really sad that this bad behavior can be seen right through this bream closed season with PIRSA not having the resources to police it and people who care about the Fishery not game enough to take on some of these belligerents who think that Fishery rules don't apply to them
  13. http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/2484
  14. Always has it been so mate A small percentage stuffs it up every time Unfortunately bad news always travels better than good news and the Management of the fisheries have to address these concerns Good to see that we more concerned anglers are having a go to try and keep the playing field level
  15. Hi All, I had a very interesting conversation this afternoon with an avid angler who lived 5 minutes from the Lake for nearly 12 years and has fished it a lot. He moved to the southern suburbs recently. He tells me that the places where he used to see one or two anglers are now at saturation point with dozens fishing. Furthermore, he told me that there has been/is a massive influx of soapy mullys and this is the prime reason for lots of anglers day and night using this facility. Moreover he tells me that expiation notices of $160 were common and these have now doubled to $360 (PLEASE don't quote me on these figures?)! I was surprised that you can be fined for fishing here but he says it is so. He tells me that the Bridge area which is the most productive (structure equals fish) now sports a "No Fishing" notice and also a number of yellow lines recently sprouted up along the Lake edge with the same message painted along them. I was genuinely surprised to learn that the Dept. of Transport Manages West Lakes and also Police it and issue expiations and also photograph car number plates and catch repeat offenders this way! It does seem to be the classic case of too much of a good thing to me as a person who only fished it once at a SAFWAA event. Incidentally, SAFWAA has lost some of its most popular dams due to this very reason? No smoke without fire and I'd hazard a guess that the NIMBY residents have had enough and their complaints are having to be listened to by their Council? Worryingly, from reading Mully's comments, they seem to be using bully boy tactics which have no legal basis and I'd like to see the Lake Management (whoever they are) adopt a correct format for engaging so called Law breakers by having a polite approach and by having their ID documents and a copy of the relevant bye-law to show that indeed the law is being broken? The other thing is, for heavens sake guys and you know who you are, how hard is it to be tidy after a trip out fishing and don't be shy to pick up others rubbish as it will be repaid in the long run to retain this awesome and popular fishery. Cheers, tonyb.
  16. From the SAFWAA Forum it appears the closure is about the fishos who use the place at night
  17. Anyone game to ring Dani for clarification? 'Twould be devastating for our recreational fishing community if yet another freedom of access was removed at a Councillor's pen stroke
  18. tonyb

    Redfin Fly's

    I once hit a shoal of smallish redfin about 6" long and caught three triple hook-ups one after the other on a team of three size 12 gold bead headed pheasant tailed nymphs, whoo hoo, never repeated that again but that fly is a firm favourite tho' as said the smaller redfin have a strong diet of aquatic larvae in the early stages of their growth and will tackle most anything I have seen some corker redfin landed on 4" or 5" fluro orange marabou streamer flies fished in tandem which shows that redfin are not fussy critturs at all
  19. Caught a very lucky yabby that was still alive and kicking in a big redfin.Why was it lucky? It was a very hot day so I gutted the reddy, which is not my normal practice and the yabby won its freedom
  20. I can't agree with you this time Cal, for far too long we have taken this crap, time to stand up for our rights although it is a painfully long and drawn out process. As said, we do have Tea Tree Gully Council's agreement even tho' you are technically only supposed to fish here with a Council permit (see the link I posted on this page)And TB, unfortunately, because we have traditionally fished here for many years does not in any way make it legal mate? Public Liability are two of the worst words in any recreational activity nowadays and don't the Lawyers luv it?
  21. http://www.strikehook.com/forum/98-recfish-sa-formerly-sarfac/256533-tea-tree-gully-council-considers-proposal-from-recfish-sa-education-comps-at-wynn-vale-dam