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  1. #46

    Re: leatherjackets 2011

    Boat Hog,

    Many thanks for enquiring about the Royal Red Prawns for me. Mutton bird Island, hmmmm, at least my working memory is still good, must be a good 30 years since I've been down there. Might see you in Ballina on the next leather run.

    Sleepygreg,

    Just goes to show there are a lot of things that goes on behind closed doors to the general public.

    Cheers, Bondy

  2. #47

    Re: leatherjackets 2011

    Interesting idea about the "leather jacket", although I'm not sure how prestigious the title would be....
    How would this be decided?
    Who could catch their 20 the fastest, (easy, just use a 20 hook trace & get them all in 1 drop)?
    Possibly for the biggest, or the biggest total weight for 20?

    I imagine that once the weather cheers up the water will be thick with them,

    so anyone interested in being involved in a M&G to get a box full should watch this thread for more details as they are decided.

    Bondy & Murf, will be PMing you shortly.

    Muzz

  3. #48

    Re: leatherjackets 2011

    I am thinking of coming up for a look around in the morning of the day before the jacket slaughter with old mate Les (he is always keen as for a fish), will come and say gday and work out some details etc.

    I Can't see a close by cheap (read free camp) so will probably put boat in the drink and sleep on her.

    Will then come home on the afternoon after the catch/clean

    so Muzz do you burley these fish up to the boat?

    there will be one spot left in the boat if needed Muzz

    cheers Murf

  4. #49

    Re: leatherjackets 2011

    haha I just got PM from you Muzz sweet

    cheers Murf

  5. #50

    Re: leatherjackets 2011

    The best line for jackets down that way is anywhere between 58 and 72 fathom.
    The 60 fathom reef runs along the entire Eastern Seaboard so its not hard to find and you wont need any marks to start finding Jackets out there.
    We used to trap up to 800kg a of tails a day and most of these fish were bought and shipped overseas for processing and imported back by the container load as boxed fillets.
    It was by far a lot cheaper than processing them here.

  6. #51

    Re: leatherjackets 2011

    The best line for jackets down that way is anywhere between 58 and 72 fathom.

    Ahhhhh.....dont think I want to wind them that far when we can get plenty in 60 mtrs,
    in fact the 32 fathom mark usually seems to have more big ones, 1.5 kg +

    haha I just got PM from you Muzz

    Cool.....chat soon, I think best in the next 2-3 weeks, depending on weather

    Muzz

  7. #52

    Re: leatherjackets 2011

    No problemo,

    Hope the weather will be good for a change as well as good bar conditions

  8. #53

  9. #54

    Re: leatherjackets 2011

    haha go Bondy 285lb how do you get it through the hook?

    Muzz try and miss Sunday 7th of August, its fishing comp day but if it is then I will still come up

    cheers Murf

  10. #55

    Re: leatherjackets 2011

    Murf, Good point you raised.

    I have not checked to see if the wire will go through the eye of the hook I will be using as yet.

    I was contemplating of placing a crimp above and below the hook so the hook stays in position on the wire with another 2 hooks about a foot below. all up dropwire / leader is about 4 foot, Snap on swivel up top and large sinker below.

    Bondy

  11. #56

    Re: leatherjackets 2011

    maybe just bend the wire into a hook! it will be thick enough for any self respecting Leather Jacket to chew on.

  12. #57

    Re: leatherjackets 2011

    Muzz

    hooks?

    you said once before 1/0 big gun, they have a big gape for a leather jacket's mouth although I have caught them on 7/0 octopus hooks before, are the Big Guns the hook?

    is the 1/0 Hoodlum Live Bait hook the go?

    cheers Murf

  13. #58

    Re: leatherjackets 2011

    I was contemplating of placing a crimp above and below the hook so the hook stays in position on the wire with another 2 hooks about a foot below

    Is a lot of stuffing around if you get your line bitten,
    but I doubt that the 285lb will go through the hook eye when doubled,
    is the main reason I only use 160-180.

    Murf, make sure you have a supply of Big Gun 1/0,
    they are the only hooks that I have found that they dont bite in half.
    Im sure we can avoid that date, they will be here for a while.

    Will be going for a look this w'end, just to see how thick they are.

    Muzz

  14. #59

    Re: leatherjackets 2011

    What day are you going on the w.e muzz?

  15. #60

    Re: leatherjackets 2011

    Any plans set in stone yet guys? Any seats on boats?

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