BAIT – 4-LOBSTER POTS

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This picture may enlarge if you click on it - it all depends.....  Illustrates all th

This picture may enlarge if you click on it – it all depends….. Illustrates part of the work involved with salting and sun-drying luderick (blackfish) for the next season of lobster fishing.  Luderick are a good table fish – price (value) plummets when big catches are made.

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Pictures from a secret bush hide-out for sun drying bait.  Years ago it was dried at boat beach - the smell must have upset someone.

Pictures from a secret bush hide-out for sun drying bait. Years ago it was dried at Boat Beach – the smell must have upset someone, perhaps a local politician?

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FISHERMEN LOCALS and VISITORS

September 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

Live hermit crabs inhabit the sea shells brought up in fish traps at Seal Rocks offshore.

Live hermit crabs inhabit the sea shells brought up in fish traps at Seal Rocks offshore.

Netted off the main beach
Netted off the main beach

An old photo
An old photo

Easy way to get your boat out of the water.

Easy way to get your boat out of the water.

Holiday girl

Holiday girl

Visiting fisherman with the locally-based fishing club caught this snapper offshore.

Visiting fisherman with the locally-based fishing club caught this snapper offshore.

 

Caught under the lighthouse - by night.  Whole Luderick for bait?

Caught under the lighthouse – by night. Whole Luderick for bait?

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CATCHING BEACH WORMS

December 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Tosh (Bill) was a professional worm catcher. Worms make excellent bait for beach fishing.

‘Tosh’ (Bill) was a professional worm catcher. Worms make excellent bait for beach fishing.

The method: drag a rotten rabbit (in a bag) in the shallows when a wave recedes. The worm then sticks it's head out of the sand for a look for the smelly food.  A sharp eye and a quick hand is required to catch the worm before is vanishes again under the wet sand as the next wave arrives.
The method: drag a rotten rabbit (in a bag) in the shallows when a wave recedes. The worm then sticks it’s head out of the sand for a look for the smelly food. A sharp eye and a quick hand is required to catch the worm before is vanishes again under the wet sand as the next wave arrives. Easy for the experts.bill Toshcrabs

 

OLD SEAL ROCKS 1960s

December 23, 2012 § 3 Comments

Tough conditions for swimming around the rocks looking for fish.

Tough conditions for swimming around the rocks looking for fish.

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The was an old guy living in that tiny hut for a few years after 1964.

The was an old guy living in that tiny hut for a few years after 1964.

 

Kay Milburn a friend of Ron and Valerie Taylor

Kay Milburn a friend of Ron and Valerie Taylor

Boarfish are not so common anymore.Boarfish are not so common anymore. Wally Gibbins was a pioneer spear fisherman and early visitor to Seal Rocks - he led the way.  This is the first trophy for a speared fish. 1951.Wally Gibbins was a pioneer spear fisherman and early visitor to Seal Rocks – he led the way. This is the first trophy for a speared fish. 1951.

Part of the 1960s sea lion colony at Big Seal Rock.

Part of the 1960s sea lion colony at Big Seal Rock.

Big Seal Rock picture with a Rolleiflex.  75mm lens.Sea lion or fur seal picture made with a Rolleiflex. 75mm lens. These former hotel exterior advertising art forms are modern treasures for collectors. Photographed in 1968.These former hotel exterior advertising art forms are modern treasures for collectors. Photographed in 1968. outdoorcooks.jpg

Our first view after leaving the bush and coming down a steep hill into the village.

Our first view after leaving the bush and coming down a steep hill into the village.

Van Laman became Ben Cropp's first of three wives. Van Laman became Ben Cropp’s first of three wives.  This story from December 1963. Grey nurse shark jaws, possibly from Montague Island, off Narooma and identical with local sharks.Grey nurse shark jaws, possibly from Montague Island, off Narooma and identical with local sharks. Netting mullet off the beach 1970Netting mullet off the beach DeHavilland Tempest aluminium boat with 40 horsepower Evinrude was not a bad outfit in 1965DeHavilland Tempest aluminium boat with 40 horsepower Evinrude was not a bad outfit in 1965 In the 1960s people were dying after eating toads in error.In the 1960s people were dying after eating toads in error. Fathom magazine story , Mr George Davies (veteran spear fishing authority), shark hunting eraFathom magazine ‘Big Game Spearfishing’ story photographed at Seal Rocks            FATHOM MAGAZINE Issue 4  <Click to view Pictured:  Mr George Davies (veteran spear fishing authority), shark hunting era with Ben Cropp, Keith Greyson, Van Laman, Bill Arrowsmith. Fathom cover is Bruce Farley with kingfish at Sugarloaf Point. Kingfish inside pages picture is Bob Grounds at Sugarloaf Point. Grey Nurse shark jaws are needle-shaped – designed for holding fish. Vic Ley and Arthur Taylor November 1963 at Seal Rocks when they first located a large nest of huge lobsters - many with eggs.Vic Ley and Arthur Taylor November 1963 at Seal Rocks when they first located a large nest of huge lobsters – many with eggs.

Vic Ley and Arthur Taylor found the nest of large lobsters at Seal Rocks.

Vic Ley and Arthur Taylor found the nest of large lobsters at Seal Rocks.

Grey nurse have twin dorsal fins which helps make them easy to ID from bull, tiger and great whites which all have a single large dorsal fin.Grey nurse have twin dorsal fins which helps make them easy to ID from bull, tiger and great whites which all have a single large dorsal fin. Trolling for bonito at Big Seal. (Fishermen were not friendly to us, a boat of four fee diving fish hunters)!Trolling for bonito at Big Seal. (Fishermen were not friendly to us, a boat of four fee diving fish hunters)!

28 Grey nurse sharks at Big Seal Rocks was a stunning sight. Above and swimming into a strong current swam a school of eight large Hammerheads and five whaler sharks.

28 Grey nurse sharks at Big Seal Rocks was a stunning sight. Above and swimming into the strong current a school of eight large Hammerheads and five whaler sharks together. The school suddenly broke up when they saw a lone free diver.

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Georgie Gee and friends netting mullet 1969

Georgie Gee and friends netting mullet 1969

Mullet netting First Beach 1969, cameraman with 16mm underwater housing gets a few shots in the shallows.

Mullet netting First Beach 1969, cameraman with 16mm underwater housing gets a few shots in the shallows.

PILOT WHALE RESCUE

December 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Big day at Seal Rocks when a dozen false killer (pilot whales) became disoriented.

Big day at Seal Rocks when a dozen false killer (pilot whales) became disoriented.

 

A trailer arrived with dozens of wet suits for volunteers to wear.  There must be an organization for whale strandings?

A trailer arrived with dozens of wet suits for volunteers to wear. There must be an organization for whale strandings?

Boat Beach

Boat Beach

A truck arrived with racks of wet suits for volunteers. A fast food company dinated a van load of hamburgers, someone placed a bucket near the shop for coin  'donations'. (The bucket disappeared when half full).  Local radio broadcasts brought crowds of new curious visitors. It was a Friday night which helped boost numbers.A truck arrived with racks of wet suits for volunteers. A fast food company dinated a van load of hamburgers, someone placed a bucket near the shop for coin ‘donations’. (The bucket disappeared when half full). Local radio broadcasts brought crowds of new curious visitors. It was a Friday night which helped boost numbers.

Faces reveal emotions. The pilot whales remained calm as volunteers kept them upright.  Most were saved.

Faces reveal emotions. The pilot whales remained calm as volunteers kept them upright. Most were saved.

‘BOAT BEACH’ LOCAL FISHERMEN

December 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Brian Davies visits nearest club - Pacific Palms Recreation Club

Brian Davies visits nearest club – Pacific Palms Recreation Club

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Garfish netted - about 1990

Garfish netted – about 1990

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Garfish catch

Garfish catch

View underwater

View underwater

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How much will the village change in another 25 years?

How much will the village change in another 25 years?

Bream

Bream

Brian Davies - a medium-sized Jewfish (or Mulloway)

Brian Davies – a medium-sized Jewfish (or Mulloway)

On the beach at low tide  is the remains of a steamship called 'Rainbow'.

On the beach at low tide is the remains of a steamship called ‘Rainbow’.

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Tarwhine - and bream in the same net - off the beach.

Tarwhine – and bream in the same net – off the beach.

Brad (RIP)

Brad and with Brian in the background (both RIP)

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About 1995

About 1995, three picture of this fabulous view.

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Waiting for shool fish to arrive can involve a lot of patience.  Brian Davies (left) would go surfing when the waves were suitable.  Brian said the school fish usually arrived 2-3 days after the first 'cold snap' weather warning.

Waiting for school fish to arrive can involve a lot of patience. Brian Davies (left) would go surfing when the waves were suitable. Brian said that school fish (mullet especially) usually arrived 2-3 days after the first ‘cold snap’ weather warning.

 

The late Brian Davies was a very good surfer and fisherman.  A couple of working holidays in Japan (hazardous chemicals on synthetic tennis courts) would not have done him much good, health wise.  He thought Japan was fabulous.

The late Brian Davies was a very good surfer and fisherman. A couple of working holidays in Japan (hazardous chemicals on synthetic tennis courts) would not have done him much good, health wise. He thought Japan was fabulous.

FISH and SURF

December 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

John Barlow (with kingfish)  JM Harding with camera.

John Barlow (with kingfish) JM Harding with camera.

 

 

tugowar Jocelyn Edwards, diving model was a speargun advertiser for Sea Hornet. 1970s

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An old mattress and a stack of longboards. The vehicle would be full of dust from the unsealed road into Seal Rocks village.

An old mattress and a stack of longboards. The vehicle would be full of dust from the unsealed road into Seal Rocks village.

 

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A rough road into Seal Rocks from the highway gave Forster mechanics plenty of work.

A rough road into Seal Rocks from the highway gave Forster mechanics plenty of work.

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Family fishing in  front of camping ground area.

It is still possible to catch fish off this beach – at certain times of the year.

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