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🎣🎈🎈 Strike & Hook End of Year Catch Up 🎈🎈🎣

Where: West Beach, gathering point to be confirmed at a later date.
When: Sunday 25th of November

Rock up during the day for a fish, you can catch up with other Strike & Hook fishos, take the boat out at the nearby ramp, grab a SH decky if you need one, fish off the beach. Congregate for a BBQ in the early evening for a feed, beverage and chin wag to top off the day.

Let us know if you can attend so we can gauge numbers. If you have any other comments, ideas, suggestions etc please feel free to post in the --> Strike & Hook End of Year Catch Up topic!

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Over the last 12-18 months I've got right into my wading and thought I'd have a crack at making my own tub. After a bit of looking around at other set ups, I figured it was best to just dive in and see what happened. 

The basic idea was I wanted to be able to carry more than one rod, be mobile amd be organised. After a trip to the hardware store and the local boating store, I had all the parts I needed. Within an afternoon it was done! 

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Generic UV stablised create, electrical conduit for axels, marker bouys / poly floats for wheels and all secured with S/Steel bolts, washers and nylocks. 

Below is a selection of on the job photos.

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Overall it works really well. The rod holders allow me to carry multiple rods all rigged differently. This does two things, (1) when I get a season ending wind knot, I just bench the rod and grab another. No lost time not fishing! (2) It speeds up my apprenticeship as I can run multiple options simultaneously and figure out what works in different scenarios.

Only issue I have found is having the reels face inwards takes up a fair amount of room inside the tub and ironically, the reels get wetter inside the tub than outside. This is because when I land a fish, drops of water fall off the net which I dump in the tub during hook removal etc. I tried facing them "backwards" and outside the tub, seems to solve the problem.

1st planned upgrade is a small esky, big enough to fit a YFW in the 30-35cm range!!

TL

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I cant claim the idea as my own - after seeing Undy's I got thinking and it festered until I did something about it.

Seems to handle the chop well, as in doesnt tip or anything. But trying to rest on it / use it as a work station during chop is challenging. Essentially your standing still and your height wont change, but the tub rises and falls with the chop. 

RE: the guld worm, I had the same idea but thought to use a cranka crab instead. Still on my list of things to do but im sure it has merit.

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Very Nice TL! Does look a little familiar 🤔. I like the triple rod holder to manage  2 rods and keep that landing net handy and tub free. Might have to borrow that idea!

You'll be able to take a slightly heavier outfit to tackle one of those flats bronzies soon :laugh:

One thing ive noticed: After a season or 2, the conduit wears down from sand ingress and needs to be replacing. 

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@Underpants familiar? What ever do you mean? Hahaha its essentially a direct replica of yours mate. I saw yours in action and was very impressed.

RE: sand ingress, Ive read your comments on that before and considered goining with aluminum tubing - but cost and the reflective properties put me off. Figured I would see how long version 1 lasts and upgrade as I learn more.

RE: Rod holders, they work great! Not just for the extra rods, but storage of said rod when removing hooks / re-rigging. Net works well in the holder as well, however I managed to get lures tangled in it a few times. I have also thought of using 1 rod holder to hold a stake-out pole. So I could anchor the tub to a specif point, then roam un-restricted. Sooooooo many options to pimp out a tub!

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Nice wading tub TL, very neat looking job.

You've inspired me to have a go at making one.  Am just wondering if any water seeps in through the bolt holes at the bottom and sides? Did you put in some silicone or some kind of water proofing around the bolt/nut? Or are the tightened bolts water proof enough?

Cheers,

Aff

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@bjorn2fish definately makes things easier. Dont get me wrong there are some small inconveniences at times with the tub - in comparison to just wading, rod in hand, bag on you back. However the benefits far outway the cons!

An updated version 2 of the tub came to life last weekend!

After a bit of research I found the a pretty suitable esky. A 20L IceKool esky. It was small enough to fit in the tub, but big enough to fot a 35+ model YFW. Worst case scenario if the reality was not quite as I had envisaged, I had a good BBQ beer esky 🍻

The esky didnt fit exactly as I imagined, especially with the rod holders on the inside, but it was workable. It also took up more room than I anticipated, odd given I knew the measurements before I made the purchase. 

I used some lengths of hardwood dowel to strengthen up the axels so they would cope with the extra weight of an esky with ice, drinks and hopefully a few fish!

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Then it was time to hit the water to test it out!

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Overall it worked really well and I was very happy with it.

Next upgrade will be some additional flotation - possibly by adding a 3rd axel - as whilst an esky with ice and a few drinks is fine - I soon found out, the weight of any fish in the esky quickly adds up!!

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