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  1. That is fascinating!!

    When I go for YFW, I use a paternoster rig, with the soft plastic as the weight (not just a sinker). I get a few flathead this was but it's more of slowly moving the bait (which YFW love), rather than a jerky motion - but have never had the same results are you get.

    Definitely will give it a whirl!


  2. 9 hours ago, Elecmuso said:

    Well I'm headed there today. Looks like a dodge so don't know how that will affect things?

    Any tips on tide time or location?

    Everyone does it differently.

    I prefer to go in a dropping tide near low tide but some people dig for them high on the beach. Depends on how deep the cockles are this season :)

  3. 7 hours ago, TENNANT said:

    I was thinking of soaking them in some tuna oil as well. They have fresh mussels for $9 a kg grown in Port Lincoln.  If whiting are eating chicken pellets that people are using for burley, I think it's got to be worth a try, if they don't want them on the hook, they can go in the burley bucket.

    Not sure you can use them. I used to buy mussels from SFS and ray and annes - all which came from port lincoln - but PIRSA decided that they were too much of a risk in our waters and have banned the sale and use of them!!

    I still have about 4.5 kilos in the freezer, which I'm using sparingly but will likely try harvesting them in the port when I run out - as they are gun whiting bait.

    Razorfish are also very, very good but harder to come across in metro adelaide (although there are some pockets if you know where to look).


  4. 12 minutes ago, doobie said:

    Enjoy your break David and all the best with your new partner.

    I'm looking forward to doing a lot more fishing and having my shed back!

    Can't believe how big the business got - it was just getting too hard to manage while working full time. Actually used 7 tons of lead last year - crazy!!

  5. Hi all
    Just letting you know that 23 Aug to 18 Sept, Savage Tackle will be closing for a well deserved break :)
    When we open back up, you'll notice some minor changes. Simon Green, also from Northern Districts SportFishing Club, is our new business partner and will be the face of the company moving forward. The business will undergo a transition process over the coming months and I will be providing Simon with support to ensure the high standards and timeliness of deliveries continue to be a trademark of the company.
    In the interim, I am still taking orders - and doing some great deals for the next couple of weeks:) 
    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me on 0412022838.
    Kind regards
  6. Yes, I've got a couple. I mainly use the Mick's Jiggers, which are from a local guy who gets them through Rui). The pink, yellow and KGW ones are amazing. I still have a couple of yellow yamashita's but have moved away from the more expensive yozuri's - which I used to use exclusively.

    Rui is a great guy and stands by his products. They do work and they last as well :)


  7. On 3/4/2021 at 8:15 PM, Territory Lad said:

    Well if it is their spawing period then that makes sense.


    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 :)


  8. They had a ban on fishing for whiting on the bottom of yorkes - can't remember if it was for the month of April or May. BUT this was lifted.

    Can't see it going back, especially when they opened it due to such large amounts of whiting available.


  9. 6 hours ago, Meppstas said:

    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, Squid mashed with a hammer was always a good bait on the whiting.. All of my whiting fishing was done on the other side of the revetment wall in the white patches among the weed beads.. Then again I'd say that area isn't what it once was either..




    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

  10. One great caravan parks that we are staying in Feb is corny point caravan park. 

    Has great facilities and lots of land based options everywhere! You can do beach, rock, surf or jetty fishing all within easy reach. And the best thing is that as it's hard to launch there, it doesn't seem to be as busy as other places on yorkes. The caravan park owner does launch/retrieve via tractor :)


  11. As they were doing the press release and mentioned the lockdown, I quickly ducked to aldi to top up, as we couldn't do our normal shop on the weekend. By the time I hit the checkouts, they have them all opened and had queue's out the door!! Even where I park, which is miles away from the shops was full and people waiting for my park. Absolutely crazy!!

  12. I remember using some about 20 years ago on a trip to venus bay. Lost trevally after trevally, so threw it out and went back to my maxima line. No lost fish after that (same 6 pound line class).

    Not sure if I had to use different knots or not but since that experience, haven't gone back. Fish with a lot of people who use all different lines, including fluro but my catch rates are compatible.  I also change over my line annually :) Except braid - had that for 5 years and it's still going strong!

  13. Some of the fishing clubs are landbsed and would be a great resource. Our club (NDSFC) is more boat based - we do  the occasional land based event but find it is normally poorly attended. Although in saying that, we are going to try a coorong trip. Will be boat based but will be camping in the dunes :)

  14. 2 hours ago, Plectropomus said:

    Bill Sawynok from InfoFish sent me this extract from their 2018-19 Annual Report. He is going to analyse the snapper tagging data and send some plots too. Thorough gentleman!


    West Australian Dhufish

    For the last 10 years from 2009-2010 to 2018-19 there were 708 West Australian Dhufish tagged. Figure 54 shows the numbers tagged each year, average length and the size range of fish tagged over the past 10 years. The largest Dhufish tagged was a fish of 1,260mm in 2002/03.

    Figure 54: West Australian Dhufish tagged, average length and size range (bars)


    Depth of capture was recorded for 2,301 Dhufish and Figure 55 shows the recapture rate for fish tagged at different depths. The recapture rate for fish tagged in over 100m depth needs to be treated with caution due to the low number (14) of fish tagged. The highest recapture rate was for fish caught from 0-19m at 12.5% and from 20-49m at 12.0%. There appear to be little difference in the recapture rate for fish tagged in depths up to 50m.


    Release method was recorded for 1,142 Dhufish and Figure 56 shows the recapture rate for fish released using different release methods. The highest recapture rate of 12.1% was for fish released using shotline (release weight used to return fish to the bottom) while venting has the lowest recapture rate of 7.4%.




    Figure 55: West Australian Dhufish tagged at different depths and recapture rates




    Figure 56: West Australian Dhufish tagged and recapture rate from different release methods


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    It's definitely interesting but these are only based on recapture rates - so the survival rates may be higher. We just don't know.

    For me, the way the fish is released makes all the difference. Unfortunately there are some fishoes who don't give a damn and sadly, many of these fish are unlikely to survive. How the fish is netted, how it is held, how long it's out of the water - makes a significant difference. I've seen some people gaff fish they are going to release - what the heck!

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