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    Was wondering if anyone on here in Sydney does fishing as a hobby?
    Where they go in sydney or can they recommend a few good places to go to?
    Im not talking about game fishing or outside fishing.
    Other questions i have are where is it possible to go freshwater fishing near Sydney?
    Where do people normally buy gear and tackle that wont break the bank?
    Thought id add an unrelated pic of the new Airlounge below too....

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    There's a specialist shop in Drummoyne... prices arent too bad for rods & specialist tackle etc...
    All general stuff (line, tackle etc) is best to be purchased from KMart! cheapest place & its the same brands etc!

    As for locations, i spent about 6 months going around the harbour & got no decent spots at all... went up to the Hawksburry & can be OK sometimes but no real reliable spots...

    I think its a case of being fished out... but you mite wanna try hiring a boat on the Hawksburry & going for a lil put & adventure

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielsydney
    Was wondering if anyone on here in Sydney does fishing as a hobby?
    Where they go in sydney or can they recommend a few good places to go to?
    Im not talking about game fishing or outside fishing.
    Other questions i have are where is it possible to go freshwater fishing near Sydney?
    Where do people normally buy gear and tackle that wont break the bank?
    Thought id add an unrelated pic of the new Airlounge below too....
    just as well you added that pic Daniel, otherwise this would belong in the Toad Pond

    BTW, any news on that Virage handbook you were gonna send me? If you can't do it, don't worry

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    i find the fishmarket is always good

    BTW i'll rest head on that airlounge anytime
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    Daniel,
    I lived in Sydney for 4 months in 1987, and visited regularly till about 1992. I lived in Paddington , and used to stay in and around Waverly alot. A couple of my friends that came down from western NSW used to do a bit of fishing from the rocks around Bronte, Tammaramma and Cooggee beaches. I never got a chanceto go with them, but they got the odd drummer and a few blackfish. It was a while back but you never know.
    Also on the tackle, I used to get the Harbord Fishing catalogue sent every year, don't know where they went astray, but I haven't had one in awhile. The range was incredible and not dear either.
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    Its looks as tho it was a little cold on the day of the photo shoot.

    Better freshwater fishing can be found to the South of Sydney.
    The Southern Highlands around Mittagong or out Taralga way.
    Salt water---between Stanwell tops and Throull, off the rocks.

    The harbour is a waste of time, Botany Bay is a possibility if you have a boat and know the swamps on the Southern side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamma
    Its looks as tho it was a little cold on the day of the photo shoot.

    Actually, I don't think it was an ad for the airdream as much as for the company that supplied the air-conditioning.....kinda "Look at this; 5 minutes out of the car and she's stll shivering"


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    If anyone is interested in one of the best fishing spots in Sydney, PM me. I have gone there a few times and its known for big fish like Kingfish and Jewfish. My mate caught an 80cm Jewfish last weekend there, but he's a pro and i'm not . I guess that it won't make much of difference not posting the location on here, the place gets packed like crazy every weekend at night...I have seen like 100 people there once!

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    yeah i'm interested to know some good places to do some land based fishing...i know there are some quality fish to be caught in sydney but i find that most of those locations require you to be in a boat...coming originally from brissy and taking for granted the abundant land based fishing locations available not even mentioning the gold coast or sunshine coast, i've been disappointed with the availability of the land based fishing here in sydney...

    just to make you sydney folks jealous like how i was...here is a pic of what my brother caught on the gold coast last week

    the other pic is what a fishing friend of mine (you could nearly classify him as a pro) got in 1 night caught a couple of weeks ago
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    yeah coming down from Ballina i find the fishing in Syd is next to hopeless...

    Fished out me thinks... specially in rivers (if they arent septic tanks already)

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    Dung beetles live in cow s**t I wonder if there is a dung fish?? would thrive off Bondi
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    Quote Originally Posted by HONG KONG PUGGY
    Dung beetles live in cow s**t I wonder if there is a dung fish?? would thrive off Bondi
    Bondi discharges 130ML a day of primary treated sewage, but the outfall is 2.2km long and 63m deep under water. Unless you're on a boat you have buckleys chance of catching dung fish...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HONG KONG PUGGY
    Dung beetles live in cow s**t I wonder if there is a dung fish?? would thrive off Bondi


    try the georges river

    it's that thick with crap you could nearly walk across it

    have to be a tough fish to live in there
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    Quote Originally Posted by pugrambo
    try the georges river

    it's that thick with crap you could nearly walk across it

    have to be a tough fish to live in there
    if anyone is interested in some fresh water fishing you can always try fishing the parramatta river...i've seen some really big carp lurking in there while crossing the bridge walking to the station...have seen some people fish there before as well and keeping these noxious fish...who knows what for

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    At what part of the parramatta river is freshwater? Isnt it all saltwater?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielsydney
    At what part of the parramatta river is freshwater? Isnt it all saltwater?

    it's fresh water at least at Parramatta or is (insert word here for not fresh but not salt water)

    we used to catch electric eels at parramatta park as kids
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvoGSR
    Bondi discharges 130ML a day of primary treated sewage, but the outfall is 2.2km long and 63m deep under water. Unless you're on a boat you have buckleys chance of catching dung fish...
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    Quote Originally Posted by berzerker
    if anyone is interested in some fresh water fishing you can always try fishing the parramatta river...i've seen some really big carp lurking in there while crossing the bridge walking to the station...have seen some people fish there before as well and keeping these noxious fish...who knows what for
    Berzerker,
    There is a fishing competition up here in Qld, at Beaudesert, about 90 minutes from Brisbane called Carp Busters. All carp caught are kept, and used to make 'Charlie Carp' fertiliser. The competition has been going and growing for the last 10 or so years. Carp are fun and easy to catch. Bad eating though, too many bones. Are there many impoundments(dams) near Sydney? These are always good for fishing, and with the low rainfall, must be a better bet at the moment, less water between the fish At least in theory anyhow.
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    There's actually some great fishing in Sydney but you have to work for it. I'm not familiar with boat, but know my way around land-based areas around the Sth coast. If you're willing to walk the 5kms in, Marley beach (and little Marley beach) and adjoining rocks has some awesome fishing, and it's a beautiful walk but you'll work a bit of a sweat carrying drinking water on the way in and fish on the way out.

    We usually camp out at little Marley for 3 to 4 nights, taking in about 6 litres of water, more if the weather is hot, and one can of baked beans definitely motivation to wake up early and fish the dawn session for breakfast! Fish we've regularly caught from there are big bream, drummer, groper, tailor (autumn), salmon (spring/summer), trevally (winter) and sometimes schools of 5-10kg kingies move in and bust you off! Apparently big marley beach is a great spot for jewfish but we've never caught one from there yet.

    That's just one spot and there are heaps of spots around the northern and southern beaches if you are willing to join the clubs and speak to the old timers.

    But yeah I agree, qld is awesome fishing. Still remember my first trip to a place called 1770..this place seemed untouched and in that one day we caught everything from mangrove jacks, threadfin salmon to massive mud crabs. Only thing we didn't catch was barramundi, but who cares!

    Adelaide on the other hand, though boat based fishing is quite good, land-based fishing is pretty ordinary. In terms of variety anyway. Salmon and black bream is the only thing I've managed to catch, and salmon is crap eating. If anyone can show me otherwise I'd be very grateful!
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    Originally posted by danielsydney
    At what part of the parramatta river is freshwater? Isnt it all saltwater?
    Without straining the brain too hard, I think it would be hard for salt water to slip up beyond the weir at Marsden Street in Parramatta...

    The eels know how to get up there, though... they head up into Lake Parramatta, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pugrambo
    it's fresh water at least at Parramatta or is Brackish,
    we used to catch electric eels at parramatta park as kids
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    Quote Originally Posted by HONG KONG PUGGY
    Dung beetles live in cow s**t I wonder if there is a dung fish?? would thrive off Bondi
    Going back a few years now (about 4), Bondi was the ONLY beach to be below "safe" bacteria levels 100% of the year!
    I think it was taken from RealSurf.com.au, after they changed the poo pipes, its quite a good beach!

    & dont forget 1/2 (or maybe its 40%) the worlds oxygen comes from algae! so next time you're at the beach pee in the water

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    @ Nate and peeing in the water. Remind me to get that dye that goes purple for my pool b4 I invite you for a BBQ.

    1770 is a top spot, never fished it but one of my brother-in-laws parents owned the main servo there for a few years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HONG KONG PUGGY
    Berzerker,
    There is a fishing competition up here in Qld, at Beaudesert, about 90 minutes from Brisbane called Carp Busters. All carp caught are kept, and used to make 'Charlie Carp' fertiliser. The competition has been going and growing for the last 10 or so years. Carp are fun and easy to catch. Bad eating though, too many bones. Are there many impoundments(dams) near Sydney? These are always good for fishing, and with the low rainfall, must be a better bet at the moment, less water between the fish At least in theory anyhow.
    yeah i've had friends participate in that event and they say it's pretty good fun on light gear...and it's for a good cause too.

    i dunno about the impoundments in sydney cause i've only been here for 3 years. but dunno why you would want to eat a fish that eats crap for a living. i've seen them sell carp in asian fish markets...shocked me the first time i saw it cause coming from qld it's illegal to sell them...

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    Carp are edible, I was once told, if you keep them alive in fresh running water with no food for three days...

    There are very different rules in NSW to Qld regarding fishing in dams.

    If it even hints at being a drinking water dam in the MWS&DB area, also in the Hunter, then you're not allowed to go anywhere near the water for any purpose!

    I was amazed to see the water skiing, fishing and boating that goes on in the Brisbane water supply dams.

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