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  1. 5 points
    Even if only 10% survive (which would be a poor strike rate) thats still 30K more snapper across the two gulfs. If even 10% if those that survived the 1st year or two then reach breeding age, thats 3K additional that can help re-populate stocks. Regardless of how you cut it, that surely is a positive move in a sector which historically has not seen much love. Imagine if they make this an annual program over the next 10 years.
  2. 5 points
    Soobz

    Rod tip repair

    Some idiot broke the tip of my Savage Black rod. I've repaired it, so I thought I'd document it. Damage was right at the very tip I wanted to reuse the tip if I could, so I had to strip back the epoxy and remove the old rod graphite, a simple scrape with stanley knife exposed the wrap I unwound that and measured the old tip thickness No wonder it broke, so bloody thin Removing the old rod section I was now not worried about damaging it so I used a hot air gun which would damage the resin of the graphite but hopefully not the eyelet but would melt any glue. Easy peasy. I put a 1.4mm drill down it to clean out the gunk but was obvious the sleeve was 1.5mm to allow for glue space so I also put a 1.5mm down it Forgot to take a photo, but the break was pretty clean and the break end on the remainder of the rod was 1.45mm so I decided to glue the tip straight on. I used superglue aka cyanoacrylate which apparently is commonly used. To align it I used a bamboo skewer through 3 eyes with tape around it to match each eye diameter, a blurry photo but I think you get the idea I then bound (wrapped) the eye end to the rod with 80lb braid and used a bit of superglue to hold that in place. I'm probably going to epoxy it as well. I could have used thinner braid but this stuff I use for assist hooks and I liked the idea of a bright orange tip The 6'10 rod is more like 6'9 now , but at least it's not a bin job!
  3. 4 points
    Rybak

    Snapper to be released into the gulfs

    Well at least they are doing something albeit a drip in the ocean. Its all about perception but in the long run, longlining needs to be banned to stop the rape & pillage - simple as that. This is not restocking IMO. No where near enough being released if this is what they think will help!!. This should have started when the ban came in & many, many, many more thousands. We will see what happens. Is this just a once off or an ongoing project? Who will monitor this....etc. etc. I have been sounding several pro grounds as I pass them in GSV since the ban & have generally seen plenty of fish schooled up so from my observations, the numbers seem to be good on most grounds.
  4. 4 points
    It’s a good start but I wonder how many will survive? They are only 6cm at release also until the government completely ban long lining it will not matter how many fingerlings they release because as soon as the ban lifts in 2023 the pros will just go back to their old ways and smash the snapper again
  5. 4 points
    Soobz

    Shrimp from straw

    This is fascinating.
  6. 4 points
    Des

    Light reels

    Zodias is a good rod. Just better options for YFW. Take it out if Bream and Flathead are in a spot. Yes it was pulling hooks. I have moved to 7" 6" ultra light rods for YFW. Longer casts and most importantly more shock absorption when those big ones run hard in close. Rarely pull a hook now. The 2 standard rods in my wading tub at present are: Samaki Zing Xtreme SZX-762SFR-SPIN 7'6" 2pce Line 2-6lb Lure 1-7 gms Abu Garcia Eradicator Real Finesse ERFS-76LT-TZ 7' 6" 2pce Line 0.6-3lb Lure 0.1gm-12gm (66gms) Cheers Des
  7. 3 points
    Wert

    Snapper to be released into the gulfs

    Wait on, back up a sec, you do realise the seals, despite the common name, are a native species which was nearly hunted to extinction in the early 1800s and has still not recovered to the previous population level? My understanding (reconfirmed by mr google) is that their diet is primarily mass schooling fish and squid species found off the continental shelf like arrow squid, slimies and tunas, probably because they are more plentiful and easier prey than more dispersed shallower water species. Put simply the seals are not the problem and my money would be on the primary cause for inshore fish mollusc and crustacean depletion being primarily due to overfishing and habitat destruction which are both to a large extent caused by pro fishermen. As it happens science would tend to agree with me. I really don't see why pro fishing of all types, but particularly the more destructive practices like netting and long lining are allowed to continue given how effective and successful aquaculture is these days, certainly at the very least it needs to be a much more effectively policed and regulated industry. Over the years I've personally witnessed pro fishermen rape and pillage breeding congregations of fish, flooding the market and causing the price of fish to bottom right out, their solution? Catch more fish! Yet when the fishing gets tough they never for a second consider, at least out loud, that they might be part of the problem. There is no way I'm taking the word of pros about anything related to fish stocks. Net boats regularly haul seagrass beds along our gulf shallows decimating stocks, destroying habitat and helping to clog the place up with rafts of seagrass. I watched in early November last year as 3 boats were running back and forth between Pt Wakefield and just north of Ardrossan all day, god knows how many tons of YFW, mullet and tommies they smashed, not to mention all the bycatch, mainly juveniles of various species, chucked back dead they were responsible for on that day alone and I'm pretty sure I can tell you what caused the enormous blanket of weed that pushed up the gulf with the tide..... not seals. I'm sorry if this offends in anyway, that is truly not my intention, but to blame depleted fish stocks on a still recovering population of seals which nearly went extint due to "pro" sealers is at best misinformed and ludicrous, at worst it is downright dangerous. We only need to look to the USA to see where misinformation being treated as fact can lead, certainly not better fish stocks that's for sure. Finally please note I am certainly not one of these aforementioned greenies, I do reckon seals are kind of cool but I do not disagree with taking sensible population regulation measures if scientifically supported, trust in science and observation, not anecdotal opinions from people with a vested interest.
  8. 3 points
    Just more food for the hungry new zealand fur seal.On kangaroo island alone there is estimated 100,000 of them and studies have shown that they can consume around 500 ton per day of fish stocks,not to mention the penguin and pelican population that have been decimated by these cute little cuddly creatures.On a recent trip to Vincent we counted 11 of them on the breakwater and after talking to the local pro squid fishers they have put a huge dent in the local stocks.As their numbers continue to grow and a government that does not have the balls to take on the greenies we can expect to see less and less fish stocks in both of our Gulfs.And as usual the rec fisherman will be blamed.
  9. 3 points
    Agree with Savage IF Yes @Jimmy. IF it goes well but you mention the kingfish, these fingerlings will be enjoyed by the kingfish i hope nobody took my comment that I’m against it, just need to look at the overall picture of not just snapper stocks but all species and the way everything has been managed is far far from ideal, also not much point in any restocking if the long liners are given full access again after the ban, it is why we now have a ban
  10. 3 points
    Softy

    Snapper to be released into the gulfs

    I'd actually like to see them do it with flathead like they do in the eastern states. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  11. 3 points
    Soobz

    Rod tip repair

    Thought I better stick in a final shot. Epoxy on. Think I will leave it unpainted.
  12. 3 points
    Des

    Light reels

    I have been using this for the last 12 months. No more R.S.I from lure casting for 8 hours !!! ABU GARCIA MGX Revo 2 MGXtreme 20 Reel REVO2MGXTRSP20. A 2000 size reel only 159 gms. https://abugarcia-fishing.com.au/product/revo-mgxtreme/ I have it balanced with an Abu Garcia Eradicator Real Finesse ERFS-76LT-TZ 7' 6" 2pce Line 0.6-3lb Lure 0.1gm-12gm ... only 66 gms https://abugarcia-fishing.com.au/product/real-finesse/ It does stretch the budget a little. Cheers, Des
  13. 2 points
    Chimay

    Beach worms on Eyre Peninsula

    That looks like Almonta/Gunyah. Magic unless you're bogged on it!
  14. 2 points
    snafu

    Beach worms on Eyre Peninsula

    I was in Coffin Bay a few days ago and spoke to a bloke who had caught some decent YFW with cockles off the beach at Encounter Bay. No weed on the beach that I could see, but it looked like a magic spot.
  15. 2 points
    jackmac

    Snapper to be released into the gulfs

    All good points and no I’m not offended in any way but don’t compare me to that wanker in the USA .My concern is with the decrease in natural predators namely the great white what’s to say in the next 20 years that population doesn’t get out of control.I remember a time when carp weren’t a problem in the Murray river but with the demise of a natural predator with the Murray cod being fished out the rest is history.Although I’m a fisherman my passion is not fish I just love catching them to eat my passion is birds.How long before the fairy penguins are extinct here in SA and the devastation they are causing to the bird life in the coorong we need some sort of balance.We let hunters shoot our national animal the beautiful kangaroo for food and to control their numbers and I think it’s just a matter of time before there is a need to do the same with seals , not in my life time because I’m an old bugger but time will tell.
  16. 2 points
    Ezyrig running on main line, rolling swivel with or without clip pending your preference. 1 foot approx sinker dropper a bit lighter than your main line (sacraficial), 3 foot approx trace with a 4/0 circle or 2 snooded on 40-60lb fluro, maybe a glowbead if your into that (I love em, pretty). For the lure trace of about a metre of 20-40lb fluro attached however you like should do the job. Good luck.
  17. 2 points
    Meppstas

    Google Earth

    If you want to fish at Cape Jervis, Waitpinga or Myponga Beach etc just type the name in & hit search, you can then zoom in, move it around with your mouse,, You can find roads and tracks that will get you into a lot of places.. cheers Adrian.. Myponga Beach areas I used to fish.. Waitpinga..
  18. 2 points
    now, if the 500k worth of fingerlings, becomes 1.5 million in return once they grow and overall biomass increases then doesnt everyone win? its like the kingfish pens on a larger scale but boosting a fish stock which would be that abundant if not fished for commercially.
  19. 2 points
    Savage

    Snapper to be released into the gulfs

    It's nice to hear we've acted swiftly to get the first step sorted with the fingerlings (just over 12 months) . expected this to be released just as the ban finished Hopefully our government can take a leaf out of the Vic book (in banning all commercial net fishing of Port Phillip Bay) and do something similar here in our gulfs and passages. Perhaps going one step further and ban long lining in these zones also. I don't have an issue with charters with in these zones, but maybe put a stricter limit especially to the larger snapper above 80cm. Maybe 2 fish max per boat above 80cm as well as a minimum 25% cut to their limits. Your paying to go on a charter for the experience as well as catching some fish to take home for a feed (not a month worth of food so to speak). That's my 2 cents.
  20. 2 points
    keenfisho

    Shrimp from straw

    Saw this a few years ago and at the time thought they would be amazing on bream and yfw, I’ve never got off my arse and tried it though
  21. 2 points
    Des

    Light reels

    I have them both No extra bits & spares with the MGX. But very little diff in their performance. Touch of weight you possibly wont feel. Keep an eye out for a Sydney retailer on ebay who has them on special often. Reliable supplier as well. Cheers, Des
  22. 2 points
    hi guys, my friend Frank Miller (designer of the Trustwell anchor) is actually not dead and buried, as some people believe and as mentioned on this page!- but is in fact, alive and well and living in Adelaide South Australia. Yes, he is an elderly man but still produces small steel gadgets out of his modest workshop at the back of his flat. He sold the Trustwell patent many years ago (sometime in the 1980's when he was running a different manufacturing business called Colonial Lace, on Brighton Road Somerton Park) and I think he regrets it! anyway, anyone out there who wants another Trustwell could get in touch with Frank through me if you like. It might be a good project for him to get it up and running again... (my email is available on request - write to 17/88 Harding Street Somerton Park Adelaide, 5044 South Australia.)
  23. 2 points
    MickSA

    Desanding goolwa cockles for cooking

    We got our bag limit last monday. We ate about 4 kilos of them on thursday. All we do is put what we want to eat into one of them large white buckets with fresh saltwater. The day after we caught them we went down to port noarlunga jetty and filled about 3 white buckets. Each day we change the water. On the day of cook up we tip them into the sink and give them a real good rinse in freshwater. When it comes to cooking we just fry up some garlic, shallots and ginger add the cockles followed by 1/2 a cheap $4.00 bottle of clean skin dry white wine. Put the lid on the wok or the frypan like we used and let them steam for about 5 minutes, this should just about get any traces of sand left in the cockles out. We also cooked up some fettucine and then added a jar of leggos alfredo and about 300ml of cream. To that we add the cockles bring it back to the boil and then serve. Bloody delicious mate and i don't reckon i tasted one grain of sand.
  24. 1 point
    Chimay

    Beach worms on Eyre Peninsula

    Hi all, Heading over to Coffin bay in March and wondering if anyone has any tips on places to find beach worms in the area? Cheers Trevor
  25. 1 point
    Chimay

    Beach worms on Eyre Peninsula

    No worries! Thanks for your efforts doobie. Guess it'll have to be "suck and see". Also might have a look for some mud cockles over there. Cheers
  26. 1 point
    Chimay

    Beach worms on Eyre Peninsula

    Thanks for that. As a backup I'm guessing there must be seaweed worms on quite a few beaches over that way.
  27. 1 point
    mrfish

    Simple rig for Coorong Mulloway in boat

    They should do the trick Good luck
  28. 1 point
    Mr Fish Don't have as much as I thought. But if they are OK I'll use them. The jig heads are 1/8 ounce.
  29. 1 point
    Thanks but I'm having a hard time picturing that! I've never used ezyrigs either. Is this close to what you are saying which I found here: http://wp.fishingmonthly.com.au/2019/12/06/mulloway-we-will-fight-them-on-the-beaches/
  30. 1 point
    Softy

    Jetty fire

    Sounds like the locals won't need any proof.
  31. 1 point
    snafu

    Jetty fire

    Got up early this morning to try for a squid or two off the Smoky Bay jetty only to find that it was burning. Ratbags playing with fireworks last night must have started the fire and it had been smouldering for hours. I rang 000 and the local CFA unit responded very fast, but the damage meant that burnt planks had to be removed making the jetty a safety hazard. Who knows when it will be repaired.
  32. 1 point
    Softy

    Jetty fire

    Idiots. Dare say if they are locals they will be copping it from all angles from the people in the town.
  33. 1 point
    Soobz

    Jetty fire

    I've heard of morons actually having fires for warmth on jetties. This is really sad but lucky you were there to limit damage.
  34. 1 point
    doobie

    Jetty fire

    Geez there are so many idiots around. Good on you snafu for your quick action Do you know if the jetty is fully closed or just up to the missing planks?
  35. 1 point
    Savage

    Snapper to be released into the gulfs

    Keyword there IF... These fingerlings will not reach sexual maturity for another 3-4 years. That's 3-4 years of avoiding predators, nets etc. So you're still relying on the 'original' stocks by the time the ban is lifted again.
  36. 1 point
  37. 1 point
    Elecmuso

    Goolwa cockles

    Yep that's all we found. I wanted to take the car on the sand and go a few kms toward the mouth but many were getting bogged. Ours is an Outback so not a proper 4wd hence we bailed. I'd be keen to know if there were decent sized ones to be had that we missed out on.
  38. 1 point
    I forgot to say, he was amused to hear that he was ''dead and gone a long time ago'' when he rang Glasscraft Marine to ask about the anchor a few years ago... Frank didn't want to scare the guy, so he didn't reveal who was actually on the other end of the phone line!
  39. 1 point
    Territory Lad

    Light reels

    Couldn't agree more with this. The Samaki - is it the V1 (cork butt) or V2 (skeleton reel seat)? V1 is a belter of a rod!!
  40. 1 point
    keenfisho

    Light reels

    I have just had my first issue with one of my small 1000 stradic ci4+ the rotor has become wobbly once I had a chance to look at it I found there is a nut that had come loose, tightened it up and she is as good as new
  41. 1 point
    SurfcaztR

    Light reels

    So much for a family orientated forum
  42. 1 point
    Wert

    Light reels

    Oh, I had 2 words for it too: 'Butt plug'
  43. 1 point
    Not a stone lover but I do love a quality knife, being able to fillet hundreds of fish before having to sharpen your knife is brilliant. Those sharpeners are great for cheaper softer steel knives, I have one for my bait knives, but they will take chunks out of properly hardened blade and ruin it, I found this out the hard way so thought I'd chuck a warning out there.
  44. 1 point
    great idea BS designed and built by you?AFF its pretty simple the prongs are held in the fastening position by the 4mm pin easily seen in the second pic. Look closely at where the right angled prongs enter the flat plate section of the anchor......can u see the gaps?If the anchor snags, it just takes a bit of force presumably, to break the pin allowing the right angle prongs to turn unhindred allowing the whole lot to be pulled free.Simple really!
  45. 1 point
    Moggy23 wrote: Too hard :S :S :S :S :S
  46. 1 point
    Humf wrote: Still dont really get it, but Im sure if I saw it in the flesh it would make sense
  47. 1 point
    afishyfish wrote: Hi AFF, I guess that's what you get from a Silicone Surface Enhancement Technical Service operator.(That's a mouthful and a half!!) :woohoo: :woohoo: (shit stirring)The shaft will swivel 360 degrees if the sheer pin was not there. Pull on the anchor rope and it will put pressure on this sheer pin, once it breaks, the cross beam will swivel in any direction, releasing it from any snapper drop.
  48. 1 point
    That's a top idea mate. But the stainless bolt/sheer pin looks about 10mm. It would take a bit of breaking I reckon.Still like the design though.
  49. 1 point
    I think any form of trip anchor has to be a wise move.I use a Trustwell, but unfortunately, since the death of the designer back in the mid 80's, these are no longer produced.There IS one sitting at the bottom of the Port River though, for anyone interested to have a dig around!
  50. 1 point
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