what to fish for at busselton jetty?

hi guys,

off to busso this weekend, and have never really fished the jetty before.

what should i target and how far out should i be looking for success? 

have the small rods as well as my 12 footer, should i use something like a boat rod down there? 


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I know there is 2 nice blue

Wed, 2008-02-27 11:43

I know there is 2 nice blue groper at the end but they could get shot this weekend

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what size rod should i use

Wed, 2008-02-27 11:48

what size rod should i use if im going to get something to chuck back in as a live bait?

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try going for squid

Wed, 2008-02-27 13:31

try going for squid

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Big bonito out there

Wed, 2008-02-27 15:55

Take some 2m driving lures And go to the end and work your way back And travel light

Get there well befor first light  And take a cliff gaff

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Bonito and tailor at sun up

Wed, 2008-02-27 16:06

Bonito and tailor at sun up and sundown. Some salmon are starting to turn up. There is two resident small blue groper that swim around the observatory. They have been there for almost 2 years and there is no speardiving allowed off the jetty.
Take the boat rod and chuck a live herring or squid under a balloon. Good chance of a sambo. The yellow tail king's might rock up too. Lots of smaller fish too. like Herring, Skippy and yellowtail scad. As sherbert said take a diving lure. Alos take some soft plastic's ranging in size from 2inch for herring to 5 inch for anything bigger that turns up.
You will always catch squid there so take a jig or 3. Pink or orange work pretty consistently.

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Yep they have nice large

Wed, 2008-02-27 18:14

Yep they have nice large squid down that way certainly beat the tiny ones in Perth

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long burley trail of smashed

Wed, 2008-02-27 20:26

long burley trail of smashed crabs from the jetty out and lay in stelth in the seagrass with my good mate rob allen

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ive never been squid jigging

Thu, 2008-02-28 07:09

ive never been squid jigging before, might stick to what i know.

 

tailor sounds alright, but dont have a cliff gaff for the big fish. 

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Try the squid jigging

Thu, 2008-02-28 07:14

It is fairly easy and a lot of fun. Just buy a Yo Zuri squid jig. Tie it onto the end of your line, cast it into the shadows, preferably where there is some weed on the bottom. Let it sink and then bring it back slowly. When you feel some weight and some pulsing tugs, you have a squid. Just watch out when you bring them in. They will squirt ink all over you if you are not careful.
Give it a go.

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awesome. have to give it a

Thu, 2008-02-28 09:57

awesome.

have to give it a go, hopefully some about.

whats a good size (minimum legal size?) and the best way to cook them?

 

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Not sure of the sizes

Thu, 2008-02-28 10:08

Don't know if there is one.
The best way to cook them, I find, is to clean out the tube, rub off the outer skin, cut the tube into thin strips and cook them quickly in garlic butter in a fry pan.

Don't forget, they make fantastic bait, especially when fresh.

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do you have to kill them

Thu, 2008-02-28 10:15

do you have to kill them straight away if you are keeping them?

im heading down there for salmon but i think the jetty will suit my other half more.

yum bbq squid rings.

ill have to check out steves book when i get home, i think there is a section in there on squid.

i might have to try some soft plastics or similar before i get some herring to cook or bait. 

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Put them in a bucket

Thu, 2008-02-28 11:24

With water to keep them from drying out and going rubbery.
Soft plastics would always be worth a try from the end of the jetty.

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im heading there on sunday

Thu, 2008-02-28 11:58

im heading there on sunday for a fish. 

i have a telescopic 4m gaff, will it reach the water ?  never fished there before,...

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i just went to the big

Thu, 2008-02-28 12:17

i just went to the big crappy fishing shop behind work, did not stock the Yo Zuri. Will check Got'ya after work. Otherwise what is some other good jigs for squid.

 

On the boat rod comment, i dont have one, nor do i have a boat. I was thinking about picking up a cheap medium action (5-8kg) line, 6'6 jarvis 2 piece boat rod from BCF (only about $40). would i just be throwing away my money? ill mate it up with my surf reel.

 

finally, live baiting? What size hook should i be using and where do i hook 'em so they can still look "live." 

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The more experienced guys on this site

Thu, 2008-02-28 12:23

can answer the live baiting question better than me, but I have found that for fishing of a place like a jety, putting a hook up through the fishes lips works okay.

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if not through the lip

Thu, 2008-02-28 12:28

if not through the lip .whack it through the top of the back .just make sure the hook is above the latteral line on the fish as they will stay alive longer .hook size??? big bait big hook BIG fish YEEEEAAAAAHHHHH
always in it just the depth that varies

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Seems like a couple of us

Thu, 2008-02-28 13:12

Seems like a couple of us will be down at Busso for the weekend.
Squid Jigs to look at are Yo-Zuri, yamashita, Deep, Daiwa MD emraldas. depends on how much you wanna pay i mean razorbacks work too:)
From what i've been taught when live baiting is 2/0 or 3/0 hook around top part of the section before the tail comes along and 4/0 or 5/0 hook at the top of the back of the fish.
Taught by dogsoldier so i don't claim the fame when you hook a big one:) guess it also depends on the size of your bait?

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yeah BenY, dogsoldier said

Thu, 2008-02-28 13:35

yeah BenY, dogsoldier said you were both going down there. ill be with my missus, so i have to make it easy and as comfortable as possible for her.

have to go look at a few jogs after work today. whats the damage for them normally, i did see dogsoldier have 20 or so for $100, but i dont think its worth it for me for something that will be a bit of a one off.

what do you guys think about the boat rod i suggested? yes i know its cheap, but i suppose its better than the lighter rods i have and i can chuck my big pfleuger on it.

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If you want a standard rod i

Thu, 2008-02-28 14:08

If you want a standard rod i got a 8' jetty penn ultimate.
Not using it anymore you can have it for 20 bucks still in pretty good knick and got it from kmart for $69.95 oct last year. If you wanna spend more money you can have a look at the starlo stix. they got some nice ones. 6'6 is ok i guess but i'd get something longer 7' maybe? The rods i'll be using are all 7' above when we go down. Don't see many people using 12' rods there on the jetty but if you wanna use it go ahead as long as it catches you fish!

Oh the jigs that Dogsoldier is selling are jigging jigs for sambo and such. you want squid jigs. they look like prawns with all these little sharp hooks at one end. you would be looking at 20-30 bucks for some of the expensive ones and cheapies for $3. if you got the money then might as well get a nice to too be happy with:) pink and orange seem to work at busso. then you can get one or two cheapies as a back-up

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haha no id rather use a

Thu, 2008-02-28 14:22

haha no id rather use a shorter rod.. 12 foot off the jetty is slightly ridiculious.

might have to grab the penn rod off you if i dont buy anything this afternoon.

will have a good look at the squid jigs today.

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Have a look in BigW and Kmart Wicksey

Thu, 2008-02-28 14:26

BigW had some squid jig packs which didn't look too bad. Kmart sometimes have specials on Ugly Sticks at a reasonable price. Fishing off the jetty I would use something about 7 foot with a lot of strength in the butt end. Make sure you have a decent strength leader if you are trying to catch a bigger fish and make it reasonably long so that you can pull up a decent fish if you haven't got a gaff.

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Don't spend $20 on a squid

Thu, 2008-02-28 14:40

Don't spend $20 on a squid jig. Buy a couple of squid spikes for $3 and a couple pink or orange razorback's for $3 also. They will work fine.
Buy the rod if you think you will use it. Pointless buying something you will only use once.

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i think my reel is running

Thu, 2008-02-28 14:43

i think my reel is running about 20lb pretest, ill put a decent size leader on that too, 30-40lb?

will try and geet something 7-8 foot, ugly stick would be pretty good value for money i think.

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If you hook a sambo you will

Thu, 2008-02-28 14:47

If you hook a sambo you will need 50lb at least. They make straight for the jetty and try to snap you off.

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If you can bring a bigger

Thu, 2008-02-28 14:48

If you can bring a bigger stick like the 7' or 8' for live bait or big bait. Then get yourself a flick stick for herring and yellowtail, and of course squiddies!!!!!!!

Good idea is to bring hand lines and use them fro squidding. get a glitterfloat and a bait squid jig prong. Catch a herring and show the squid prong in it, you will defs come home with squid then. if you're not sure ask one of the store peopl they should know. Its like a long stick with the squid hooks at the end, and you skewer the little fishie you catch and throw that out.

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ive got my little daiwa

Thu, 2008-02-28 15:01

ive got my little daiwa heartland, very light action so ill bring that for the small stuff no probs. im guessing i can run squig jigs on that too. (ps. yellowtail?)

 

its the bigger rod id love to have a crack at. off to the shops in a tick to have a look about.  prob end up with an ugly stick or similar.

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i picked up a shimano sonic

Thu, 2008-02-28 17:58

i picked up a shimano sonic 6'6'with a line weight of 6-10kg for $50.

the guy that recommended it living in busso and said it would match well to my pfleguer medallist 6080. 

any idea what these rods are like and whether it will be strong enough?

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squid

Thu, 2008-02-28 19:08

No size limit for squid, just a personal bag limit of 15 per person and 30 per boat.  Just clean all the gunk out of the insides, take the skin off, slice into thin pieces and fry in hot oiled pan after seasoning with salt and pepper..... mmmmm.

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They look alright

Fri, 2008-02-29 06:29

I grabbed one of those too recently. Haven't tried it out yet though.

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because im not a boat fisher

Fri, 2008-02-29 06:50

because im not a boat fisher im not sure what would work well for both jetty fishing and the chance i may get out and do some boat fishing one day.

id imagine tailor will be fine on it, not too sure about a sambo on one but.

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It should be okay

Fri, 2008-02-29 08:15

May be a little short and heavy actioned for casting, but as you are fishing off a jetty that shouldn't be too much of an issue. As for Sambbos, it will depend on the size of the Sambo. You would have reasonable strength in the butt area to stop a smaller one, but if a big one decided to take you around the pilons, there is not too much that will stop it.
As it normally works, the Sambo will probably grab your light gear.
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haha its all in good fun,

Fri, 2008-02-29 08:18

haha its all in good fun, havent fished for big stuff before apart from tailor up north.

if i do hook anything decent itll be a shock to the system! cant wait to get out of this bloody office at 4.

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can anyone recommend a good

Fri, 2008-02-29 10:42

can anyone recommend a good diving lure?

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well went to busso, fished

Tue, 2008-03-04 10:42

well went to busso, fished the saturday night and sunday night on the jetty.

 

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

 

managed to snap my daiwa on sunday arvo so i wasnt very happy.

 

anyone else have any luck. 

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take a short walk along a long jetty!

Thu, 2008-03-06 17:41

Everyone goes down to the end , but halfway along by the gazebo there are KG whiting near the weed, but you'll need light whippy gear. Coral prawns are good, but dont get carried away with the berley or you`ll do what I did & attract the big black
"table cloths" that frighten everything off!

I`d rather be fishin`!!!