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#1 Jazman

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 05:16 PM

Hi all :)

I thought I'd post these photos of some squid my girlfriend and I have caught from our kayaks over the past few months. All were caught at various spots along the eastern side of Port Philip Bay.

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 05:17 PM

A few more

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 07:46 PM

well done jazman! i noticed in one of the pictures there is quite a few boats in the background.

were you very far from land? :)

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Posted 24 October 2006 - 08:42 AM

Hi Glen,
Less than 500m offshore, the reason there are so many boats is that the location was Black Rock on a Saturday morning :) Busier than Burke St most weekends :) It's a shame the fishing is so good there! :)
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Posted 24 October 2006 - 10:56 AM

Are ye tryin' to make a man jealous Jazman?

I miss feelin' the tug o' a squid on me line.

Some o' those were crackers! Be there any like that Altona way now?

Here be a fine question:

I want to introduce me lass to fishin' but her father's too afraid to let her on the boat with me. So what do you suggest to get her interested?
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Posted 24 October 2006 - 11:36 AM

maybe she can take up rowing and you can do the trolling? :-) i know rowing is popular with some of the ladies. then you will save fuel too! LOL :)
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Posted 24 October 2006 - 12:16 PM

Mike, you need to take her father out fishing first, just you and him. Show him what a safe and competent captain you are (so no running aground, and don't order him round and make him swab the decks :) ). It will be even better if you can put him onto some fish. Then he shouldn't have any worries about you taking his daughters out for a day on the bay B)

As for the squid around Altona - all my squid in the past month or so have been 'bycatch' from just having a jig in the water while targetting flathead or pinkies. I've been getting a couple every trip. So I reckon you should just get out there and drift over your favorite flathead spot, throw that brown hayabusa jig out and keep half an eye on it :) Another thing, word on the street is that the gars are starting to fire up, and that they are the best bait for bigger snapper at the moment :)
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Posted 24 October 2006 - 01:24 PM

Argh, as always, yer wisdom helps me out o' a sticky place, Jazman.

Me Brother got his boating licence last week an' is keen to captain me boat after he finishes his exams.

So a float fer the gars, a jig for the squid, a flattie soft plastic and a snapper rod. Hmmmm...I don't know if I can fit Mary on the boat......Haharrgh.
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Posted 24 October 2006 - 02:00 PM

Sounds like a plan mate. I bought a bulk load of silverfish at the market to use as garfish bait, I bagged them up in small bags, let me know if you're coming past work one night and I'll bring some in for you. ;)

Actually, maybe I should give you the lot - I've had some news about work recently that I'm both excited and sorrowful about - I might be moving to Canberra for work in the next month or so :) :cry:
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Posted 24 October 2006 - 04:13 PM

don't worry jaz. plenty of fish in canberra to be caught. lake burely griffin has lots of redfin that will love your soft plastics! :cry: how long you (possibly) going for?
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Posted 24 October 2006 - 04:18 PM

Initially for a few weeks, but it could possibly be a permanent appointment :cry:

Edited by Jazman, 24 October 2006 - 04:19 PM.

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Posted 24 October 2006 - 04:24 PM

i worked in canberra for a few months. i went fishing after work quite often in the lake i mentioned. i caught some very large carp on fly. millions of small redfins....also i got one yellowbellly on a celta bladed lure.

the trout fishing around there is also ok though you need to drive a bit further out of town. lake jindabyne is a couple of hours drive i think.

IF canberra was near the sea it would be primo.
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Posted 24 October 2006 - 05:28 PM

Thanks for that info Glen :) I have been chatting to some Canberra-based guys on a kayak-fishing website, they fish Burley Griffin a fair bit for redfin using lures and soft plastics. I'm not too sure about eating fish from there though ;)

I've been reading about Jindabyne and Eucumbene - I reckon trolling from the kayak or bait fishing for trout at night would be really fun. There is also a place called Durras (spelling?) which is apparently 2-3 hours drive away, on the coast, which has good fishing. I'll be sure to keep you updated on fishing in Canberra, I'll sure miss the floundering though! :cry:
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Posted 24 October 2006 - 05:55 PM

yeah i would not eat any of the fish out of burley griffen. apparently it is badly polluted. though it doesn't look that bad to me.

maybe you could even take the kayaks down some rivers? not sure if they are designed for that or not. though you will need someone to drive the car to the exit point so you will need at least 2 people. i think its about 2 hours drive to the coast from canberra. i imagine they have a couple of flounder there! :cry:

in any case, you will have to come back to melbourne before the elephant fish season! how could you miss that! ;)

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Posted 31 October 2006 - 03:35 PM

We did catch 1 squid from our kayaks on the weekend, but it was the SALMON which got us more excited. Here are a couple of pics (taken by fellow kayak fishing enthusiast Rod) of me and my girlfriend hooked up on salmon at the same time, and the fish after we netted them. Great fun! :cry: :) The biggest salmon was 56cm, quite a handful on light gear ;)

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Posted 31 October 2006 - 04:24 PM

that is absolutely awesome!!!! well done jazman. was the school of salmon easy to find? were you trawling or lure casting?
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 11:15 AM

Thanks Glen, the school was not really that easy to find, they were 'busting up' for very short periods (like 5 seconds) then heading down deep. The sounder came in very handy. Most fish were hooked near the bottom in 4-6 metres of water. I caught the 56cm fish trolling a 3.5m diving minnow in 5m of water, my girlfriend caught hers working a 3" soft plastic minnow down deep. I reckon it was the best fight I've had in the kayak so far, sizzling runs and 3 big jumps :cry: ;)
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