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  3. peatop

    Tannin water wild brown trout..

    I used to love the camping trips to the vic mountain streams, the tranquility was something, i wasn't much of a fisherman back then although we often caught a feed, it's certainly something i would totally enjoy doing these days but I'm not sure im capable of doing, although im heading that way as soon as i can arrange it so i will give it my best shot, i do get a lot of enjoyment from watching and reading of others posting their trips, it also help with motivation
  4. SurfcaztR

    VAN STAAL 275 TAKES A DRINK!

    The VS has been great at Waits and boat flicking lures (Coorong),quite a versatile reel and yes spent lots of time at Goolwa and the mouth in my younger days and in the dark waist deep.
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  6. AquaticResearch1

    VAN STAAL 275 TAKES A DRINK!

    Are you wading the sandbar at the mouth to be needing such reels? Can't think of many other applications that require reels like this.
  7. Meppstas

    Tannin water wild brown trout..

    Hey Lofty I reckon you'd enjoy a stint in one of these small tannin streams to, wait until you see my next fishing adventure to a small tannin stream., from a couple of days ago before the weather turned crappy. cheers Adrian
  8. plankton

    VAN STAAL 275 TAKES A DRINK!

    Yeah they brought them back after years of complaints from a bunch old guys with the "everything older is better" mindset. They're also still fishing with (heavily modified) Penn Squidders and cried foul when production moved to China. Some people just fear change.
  9. SurfcaztR

    VAN STAAL 275 TAKES A DRINK!

    Penn Z is being made again,this one is my 704 and this is why they drill them out.
  10. lofty64

    Tannin water wild brown trout..

    STICK THE SWIMMING ….lol , rather a warm bath lol TOOOOOOOOOO COLD , but would love to fish the waters there ….looks amazing ……..great country scenes , and flowing water , pristine ...in my mind , and FISH , LOVE IT …….nature at its best ………
  11. Meppstas

    Tannin water wild brown trout..

    Thanks guys, I really do love fishing the smaller streams than the large rivers mainly because they're more scenic & very peaceful areas... Plus they're not fished as much as the large rivers & I'm lucky enough to have several land owners that have given me the okay to fish them.. The trout may be smaller than the trout in the bigger rivers but they're still a challenge to catch as they spook much easier that trout in the large rivers due to them being small & less water in them.. peatop as for swimming, don't worry I've taken a few dives in my days of trout fishing rivers & streams.. also drowned a few cameras too. cheers Adrian
  12. plankton

    VAN STAAL 275 TAKES A DRINK!

    Those Penn Z reels were a poor design externally though. The cup that surround the spool would get all clogged up with sand and salt. The Van Staal style vents are a bit of an improvement by allowing things to drain a bit. There's a reason they were discontinued and replaced by the Slammer reels, which IMO are the best surf spinners ever produced by Penn, all the best features of the earlier reels and none of the drawbacks. I pack mine with boat trailer wheel bearing grease. The Van Staals were definitely a response to people needing a more reliable reel that could be submerged regularly without constant maintenance. If you need that sort of reel and can afford one then there's nothing better out there. But there's still no reason they couldn't come from the factory with greased carbon fiber drag washers.
  13. peatop

    Tannin water wild brown trout..

    X2, i wish i could do this type of fishing, but think i would spend more time swimming than fishing lol
  14. lofty64

    Tannin water wild brown trout..

    Great stuff Adrian , such beautiful water ways , unreal and fish to catch ……..love your work , and your videos are fantastic ,...…..love it cheers
  15. peatop

    VAN STAAL 275 TAKES A DRINK!

    Plankton, is it a case of which came first? The chicken or the egg? These reels were designed for the such a purpose, i assume these fishermen were using other brands and complaining/asking maybe is there a reel out there that will put up with it and last longer. I agree that the drag could be better investigated, but im of the impression that it could be a trade off for being waterproof, similar to the tightness of the wind, the price of the reals is very high, some of the reason for this is they are not mass produced, they are handmade and you are also paying for something that no one else produces. If your after a water resistant reel there are many brands but you will pay a high price (not as high as the van staal) these reels will have a nice smooth wind and drag, athough mass produced they come with sealed bearings, and gaskets in the joins, however these will not last as long and need wasing every trip and serviced at least every year if not sooner. I can't afford high end reels so i service mine regularly wash every trip and replace as soon as they become un serviceable (only replaced my starter reels so far) again im a kayak fisherman and my reel get wet almost every outing, another thing to consider about water resistance, the harder it is for the salt water to get in, the harder it is to get out, so if you wish to keep that reel in top order you should service it on a very regular basis and definitely not leave it sit for long after a dunking. A good way to get advice on which reels are suitable to your application is ask someone who fishes your style, but remember everyone has a different opinion and usually somewhat biased so the more people you talk too reduces that list, but you have to ask them "why? What makes this reel the better choice" and other questions, the Internet is not a good place to get an informative opinion nor are manufacturers or retailers, again they are biased, don't forget to ask the most important questing "what dont you like about them" this is often forgotten but could be the one deciding factor for not choosing this reel. I know very little about fishing and gear, the changes in the 20 years away from it have been like starting from scratch however i do have 50 years experience in how to find and choose the right gear for the job, it has been said, that you dont need to buy a good outfit to catch the fish of a lifetime, but if you want that outfit to last, you get what you pay for Oops sorry for another long rant im blaming the meds lol
  16. Here's a short video from a trip a few days ago to a small tannin stream on private property close to home.. It wasn't a long spin session, one that lasted just on an hour.. Still had a good time in the small stream catching a few wild browns.. cheers Adrian
  17. SurfcaztR

    VAN STAAL 275 TAKES A DRINK!

    The only other reel at a lower price would be the "Penn Z",they pack them full of grease and they end up with a water tight reel.Some modify them to look like a Van Staal,both these reels have only a few moving parts.Very simple basic reels.
  18. plankton

    VAN STAAL 275 TAKES A DRINK!

    You'd think for the price they ask for those reels they would have decent drag washers in them already. They were popular with guys in the Northeast of the US where I'm from originally. A lot of times in order to get to where the fish are you need to be in the water a bit. Being waist deep also helps on those rocky shores when trying to land a fish, you don't have to drag it up on the rocks and many practice catch and release anyway. Some guys took this a step further and rather than waders started wearing wetsuits. They will often swim out and stand on rocks further out, so their reels need to be able to survive complete dunkings. The guy who started Van Staal left and now sells reels under the Zeebaas name. Unless you need to submerge your reel regularly, IMO there's better options.
  19. SurfcaztR

    VAN STAAL 275 TAKES A DRINK!

    Most users now fit carbontex drag washers $20 incl del.The stiffness of the reel is due to the water tightness but being used in the sun warmed up they free up a bit more.
  20. peatop

    Removal of boat ramp & parking fees...

    Rybak i hear what your saying, and sadly it has been said often about the SA state government, we in vic had the same issues but someone made the first move in the right direction at some point, im hoping that the current proposal whatever they choose is not smoke and mirrors, i hope they use the time as they say and invest an investigate how to better manage our fisheries, in their proposal they said they would investigate the success other states and NZ are having, but this also is upto us the fishers, recreational, commercial and charter to maintain a sustainable fishery, i include myself as we/our as fish know no borders and to quote the SA report a lot of the SA snapper actually come from port phillip bay, i somewhat hope this to be true as this will help in the replenishment of the SA stocks. I was talking to Minni earlier this year and he was telling me about a GWS that was a local to the area he fished and somewhat friendly (if you can call a GWS friendly ) anyway he said he and a couple of guys were out fishing one day and this friendly GWS attacked one of the kayaks, Minni went on to tell me that this shark had been getting progressively aggressive, could this be because of the lack of available food? Who knows! But if the snapper disappear what other species will follow? And so on. Basically it's up to all of us to offer support to our fishery, catch and release, should every fishing vessel carry release weights, should we release all fish over a certain size species dependant, the maximum sized snapper i keep is 50cm but my target is 30 - 40 as over that they are not that good eating imo. I know how you feel with a government that you are loosing confidence in, but isn't it upto us to tell them we are not happy about this mismanagement? I know it's hard to get deaf ears to listen but we need to shout louder keep your chin up as it's inevitable that they will get it right, we just hope it's sooner than later
  21. peatop

    VAN STAAL 275 TAKES A DRINK!

    I watched the video, then googled reviews, watched a number of review videos, they are certainly built with a purpose in mind and definitely suit that purpose there were mixed reviews on the follow-up service of the company but no complaints about warranty, the 2 main issues that were most agreed apon was the stiffness of the wind and poor drag performance (inadequate adjustment and smoothness). They were designed with the serious surf fisher in mind (video) however most reviewers i watched seemed to suggest that for general use (peir/boat) you would be better off spending your money on one of the other well known brands, personally i like the reel being a kayak fisherman however the drag issue tends to turn me off for obvious reasons, if they were to invest in making the drag smoother then they would be a lifelong investment This of course is just my own personal opinion, and would encourage others to put there opinions forward
  22. SurfcaztR

    VAN STAAL 275 TAKES A DRINK!

    Yep,i really like these reels and came across this vid showing they can be submersed without fear
  23. Softy

    VAN STAAL 275 TAKES A DRINK!

    I'm guessing the point of that video is those reels are waterproof?
  24. Rybak

    Removal of boat ramp & parking fees...

    Interesting comments peatop. The problem in SA is that the tossers that run the fisheries here just do not listen to anyone. They have all these public consultations etc etc which mean absolutely nothing & all a waste of time whilst in the meantime the fish keep getting rapped. They cannot put together a sensible plan together at all. Its all just smoke & mirrors whilst they bumble around BS ideas. Unfortunately they have no idea in SA as is evident from the nightmare they are in now. Its just so frustrating that it is not funny anymore. There is just no confidence here at all in anything they propose.
  25. peatop

    New Shimano Spheros SW Spinning Reel coming

    $119 usd so about $250 - $300 here lol, because im buying all new gear I've started with a full range of ugly stiks and buying mediocre reals like fin nor lethal 2500 for my 1 - 3 kg, fin nor Lethal Lever Drag LTL 20 for my trolling rod, and penn slammers for all others, i always buy my fishing gear when on a good special. The idea of using bushes rather than bearings sounds good as long as they are decent, I've been using my reels for 2 years now and they have all taken a swim but for the overhead reels, they do get washed after every trip and serviced every winter, my gear really gets a hammering being a kayak fisherman but so far it's only the cheap started reels (kmart) that have failed.
  26. peatop

    First trout of the 2019/20 season..

    Good on you Adrian, i think it's well said that the trip is not in the destination, it's how you get there a lot of fishermen fish for that big one, myself included but to fish skinny water like that is more about the adventure not the size of the fish, keep it up i do envy you lol
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