Mixed bag (07-Mar-2011)
I took a Monday off for time in lieu and went early morning with dad. The weather was beautiful albeit quite windy. There was a bit of splashing about to suggest a few fish were about. We fish for a few hours without much luck, until we hit the familiar dead weight of a crab. It turned out to be quite a big dinner sized crab! After that, we were on again, with the usual bumps on a snapper or bream.
Squid and Crab (28-Feb-2011)
Beautiful weather for fishing, the water was clear, and not much wind about. The baitfish were surprisingly easy to catch, suggesting that there probably weren’t many big fish about. Our thoughts were proven correct judging by the number of crabs that were hitting our baits, but none were hooking up. Eventually after a few hours, we were able to bring up a crab after it got itself tangled in our line.
Mixed bag (21-Nov-10)
The weather was warming up to true summer conditions at around 26 degrees. It was windy but still fishable. We managed quite a few yellowtail and squid in quick succession. The squid were a bit all over the place, having to cast far and wide to get them. We decided to try our luck with some yellowtail fillets and squid strips. One of the rods went off in short bursts, followed by a dead weight when winding it up, the same idiosyncrasies usually shown by flathead or sting rays.
Crab feast (18-Nov-10)
Perfect day for fishing and was also matched by the abundance of bait fish, primarily yellowtail. Put a few fillets out there to try our luck. We were indeed lucky to hook up two by-catch large blue swimmers! Both had become entangled with the trace around the hind legs. A more proper way to catch them would be to throw out what we would call a “bird’s nest” or just some tangled monofilament line and toss that out with some bait in the middle.
Big blue swimmer (26-09-10)
I headed to down to Port Hacking just before brekky yesterday, there was a touch of a breeze but overall it was an ideal day for fishing. The action was mysteriously slow for what would be considered perfect conditions. I used half of the squid that we caught on our previous trip as bait by lunch in hope for something significant. The squid attracted a horde of juvenile snapper, but nothing to write home about!
Down to the Hacking for an early session. Conditions were perfect, sun had just risen and not a drop of wind. Used a few baitfish that dad had caught yesterday and put cubes out. Within 5 minutes the reel goes off! With a dead weight and a run every now and then, I called it as either a flathead or a sting ray. After a 5 minute fight, we pull up this nice flatty at 70cm: