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  1. 15 points
    So as some of you know I worked at Fishing Wholesalers for the last 2 and a bit years. However my last day was on Saturday. I know there are alot of members on here that i have put onto this site that i wasn't able to let know of my resignation as it happened so quick. So i thank you for being great customers to me. I am no longer in the fishing industry anymore. I might return to it in a few years time if things go right However you will now find me in the electrical industry as a storeman in town. Now to enjoy fishing like i use to without the pressures of the industry Expect more reports me in the near future! The bug is back!
  2. 13 points
    Meppstas

    Tiger snake & a threesome..

    Got a bit of a surprise this morning while crawling through some bush to reach the river.. As I came out of the bush at the rivers edge (still on hands & knees)I came across a Tiger Snake sunning it's self. I think it got the biggest shock as it darted straight into the river and headed for the opposite river bank. Halfway across it turned around and headed back to where I was now standing in shallow water. I just stood still and watched it swim past me before it was back in shallow water next the river bank. I reckon the reason it turned around was because the water temperature was so low it new it was in trouble. Once at the river bank it just laid in the shallows with it's head out of the water while I took a couple of photos before I moved off and started fishing.. Then some three hours later when I was back at the car I came across a threesome in the grass.... cheers Adrian The snake back in the shallows.. The threesome...
  3. 12 points
    snapperhead

    Big Angry Fush Skutes

    Hi I have always been an avid watcher of Big Angry Fish I really like the show, it has given a few ideas which I intend to try this year and see if the same techniques they use will work here in SA. I have taken the first step in one of those ideas and now have in my possession my versions of Nathan's famous skutes. I did not tie them but I have been bitten by the bug and already have some ideas on my own versions for different species and going to teach myself how to tie them it cant be that hard . I was fortunate to ask someone I have known for a while and here are what I picked up today Ive got to say that I am really happy with what he produced I am now dying to get out try........if this #@%^ing wind ever stops long enough to allow me to go where I want to go. I will be making a sacrifice tomorrow on the sabbath to the weather gods Here's the 10 I got today
  4. 11 points
    Meppstas

    Photos of my photo book No.10..

    Well i made another photo book up a few weeks ago while I was on Snapfish, I quite often go on the site and make a book or a calendar then save it it for a later date when they have a 60% off sale or as this one when they had 50% off & free delivery.. here's a few pic's of my latest book No. 10.. cheers Adrian Front cover.. The last page in the book...
  5. 11 points
    Meppstas

    New fishing camera test..

    Have just received my new camera for my fishing trips, I have upgraded from the Canon SX150IS camera which was still a great camera, I upgraded to a Canon SX620HS which is much smaller but has a bit more in reserve,, 20.2 megapixels & 25 times optical zoom and a host of different settings which I'm yet to tr, at the moment I'm using Auto mode. Just took a few in the river yesterday and a few at sunrise , bumble bee on Banksia flower and sunset tonight. cheers Adrian Misty start to the spin session with a couple of friends from a Victorian Fishing site.. Have a member from this site heading down this way in April too.. Tim & Jo on their first trip to Tassie.. Both had an enjoyable day in a river.. One of the browns I caught & released.. 6:57 am this morning.. Common bee & bumble bee on the Banksia.. Bumble bee on a Banksia in the backyard.. Tonights unset at Sheffield.. cheers Adrian
  6. 10 points
    Kuerschie

    Bushy's night

    It was all about catching sand whiting on surface lures and how his experiences could translate to our yellowfin whiting. Starting from the beginning was gear talk; graphite rods, 1000-2500 sized reels with 6lb braid and 8-15lb leader depending on bycatch (flathead, tailor, salmon, trevally etc). Next the lures and the main three that Bushy rated highly were the Bassday Sugapen, Atomic K9 Bulldog and Zerek Trail Weaver in lures that are transparent. Instead of the trebles Bushy definitively recommended using assist hooks, home made or bought in the size 8-10 size. If making your own then have the two hook trailers staggered in length and there's no need for the middle treble so get rid of it. Also when connecting your lures to your leader, never use a loop knot or clip, always tie it directly. Where you tie it to the tow point was also a factor in your lure's action in the water and to check where it is tied after each fish so the lure maintains the best action over your fishing session. The one key thing Bushy did mention that a lot of people don't do is to have a diamond stone hook sharpener when you're fishing and after every fish you hook, sharpen your lure's hooks. He attaches his to his fishing vest and after each hookup he sharpens the assist hooks and he believes it makes a huge difference in landing a couple or a bag out. He explained that the inside of a yellowfin's mouth is very rough and blunts hooks quickly. Little one percenters like this make a big difference. Always throwing in a joke here or there, the night wrapped up around 9pm after a load of general questions from those present on the night. Very informative and a lot of lure sales probably occurred this week along with orders for assist hooks etc.
  7. 10 points
    Booma

    Photo Theft

    Just a heads up guys. Came across an instagram account tonight masqurading as a young lady who fishes adelaide hills creeks and streams for trout. None of her photos are Legit, and a reverse image search revealed at least one of the photos she is claiming as her own is actually one of Meppsta's (I presume) The account is https://www.instagram.com/ruzzomelissa/ if anyone wants to check it out for any of there own pictures. Meppstas stolen photo is from this article https://www.tasfish.com/135-rivers/mersey-river/2454-good-spin-session-in-tannin-waters-22-9-2017 If you aren't fussed, thats cool, but this sort of thing really grinds my gears
  8. 10 points
    Meppstas

    Large 6" Praying Mantis..

    Came across this six inch Praying Mantis while dead heading the standard roses yesterday, came across three of them during the morning.. Good to see them too as they help clean up the aphids.. cheers Adrian
  9. 9 points
    A lot of fog around the state this morning, it looked pretty speccy in Myponga reservoir, so had to stop for a pic. So many great views but only had time for a quick stop Cheers Rod
  10. 9 points
    Underpants

    Who's fishing over Easter?

    A dozen or so STs came to play, with a bit of size starting to show, up to ~40cm.
  11. 9 points
    piratepom

    Who's fishing over Easter?

    Trying to get out locally as much as possible over the 4 days. This morning I was flicking plastics in the shallows. Tough in the wind, but heaps of fish about. Still finding these guys just not the size I'd like. Best Bream of the morning. Quick pose before release. Happy Easter Hookers... Lines tight.
  12. 9 points
    southie THE BANGA

    The Best Squid Jig?

    Right so here goes. This is my personal opinion. Everyone has there own theories or the must have colour..... However what works for me are 3 main factors. Number 1: Colour choice. It is not so much the colour that I am looking into. I am looking at how much UV properties a certain jig has. Squid are supposedly colour blind so they don't see colours however they see shapes and patterns from shadows and contrasting colours. When any light form hits a UV jag it creates a shadow/pattern that the squid can see easily. Uv Jags work well at night and on bright days..... On overcast cloudy days a dark more neutral colours creates contrast and that is what the squid see. Number 2: Jag Size. I am landbased and alot of my waters i fish are shallower grounds. I believe Jag size is of massive importance. Imagine using an 3.5 jag in shallow waters. It means that it sinks quicker and gets down to the bottom quicker which means that you have to work the jag back faster. On average a 3.0 size jag will have a sink rate of 3 seconds per metre. I use nothing bigger than a 2.5 size jag and go as low as a 1.6 jag in real shallow waters. A 2.5 jag has a sink rate of approx 6 seconds per metre so theoretically the light the jag the longer sink rate time, the more time it is in the water so you can cover alot more water for alot longer. So use a jag thats going to work in the waters you are fishing.... if you are out deep obviously you wouldn't use an 2.0 jag as the current and the deeper water wont get down to the bottom.... Number 3: Make sure you get the jag as close to the bottom as possible without getting snagged. I see it on so many occasions. People have jags under a float and you can see the jig under the water. Or even when working it back. Squid wont come up high to eat food in the water column. They know they are getting preyed and hunted on so they hide amongst the weed and cover of semi shelter. So they are the main areas i concentrate on when squidding. Also consider getting getting a better quality squid jag as they not only work differently, but also swim/drop more naturally and the components are generally better. Yo Zuri, Daiwa, and yamashitas are my go to jags with The Yo zuri HS being my go to colour. Next time you are in the shop run a uv torch over a Yo zuri HS jag and you'll understand why it is probably the most popular jag aswell as the Red white head Yo zuri. Hope this helps
  13. 8 points
    Kuerschie

    2018 Fishing goals

    With this year nearly halfway through, I thought it be time to revisit some fishing goals I had set for this year. I was wondering if any other S&H members had any fishing goals for this year they’ve ticked off or aim to in the next 6-7 months? Personally I’ve had a good year so far with a lot of new PBs and new species ticked off including first SBTs and samsonfish, PB snapper, kingfish, flathead, callop and cod etc. For the rest of the year I have a couple more goals to tick off. Mainly a salmon over 4kg, new PB kingfish (>5kg), new PB bream (>42.5cm) and hopefully come summertime I can get into some yellowfin whiting on poppers. Anyone else have a couple of fish to tick off this year?
  14. 8 points
    Meppstas

    Bird, Bumble Bee & Bug..

    While fishing the upper Mersey River yesterday I came across a Grey Goshawk (endangered species here in Tassie), a Bumble Bee on a flowering plant & this morning a green bug (Grass hopper).. the three "B's" The Goshawk was some 60 feet away from where I was standing in the river.. even though it's white it's called Grey.. cheers Adrian The endangered Grey Goshawk.. Bumble Bee.. The green bug.. ( a Grass hopper of some sort)
  15. 8 points
    Poppa Snake

    Some days it pays to go to work

    With the new laws in place for PFD's I had a browse through the suppliers "rewards" and found this. Cost me $0.00, no need for govt. voucher exchange and didn't leave the office. 3 clicks on the mouse and 2 days later delivered to my desk. Would have used as the Squid Queens birthday present but she works in the same building
  16. 7 points
    dmck asked me the other day if my photos on my last article were straight of the camera and those ones were.. So I thought I would show what can be done with photos that are taken on a camera that has a low picture quality as was my first digital camera that I purchased not long after digital cameras were released in Australia.. Mine was a very cheap little one as that was what I could afford at the time as they were just so expensive just like digital TV's were when they were first released here.. Here's a couple of photos to show what can be done with a little work on them with my Windows photo gallery editor.. I can crop them, sharpen the image, increase or decrease the contrast, two photos were taken back in 2014 and were both taken on a reasonably good Canon Compact Camera but a cheaper one.. The sunrise at Little Musselroe Bay was taken at 4:30 am on my very first digital camera & I have no idea what brand it was, it was very small & cheap but it was handy & what I could afford at the time in 2006 (I think it was) Since then the digital compact cameras have come a long way with much higher megapixels, better lenses, higher opitical zoom ranges and even much easier to use as well. Any way here what can be done to give low quality photos a lift.. Even with my new small Canon compact camera after taking a photo on Auto & if I don't feel the photo looks okay I will edit it.. Manually taken photos I don't have a problem with at all.. cheers Adrian Before with the cheap digital camera... 4:40 am Sunrise at Little Musselroe Bay, East Coast, Tasmania.. And the same photo after editing. Early model A580 Canon Photo Cropped, contrast don and colour adjusted.. Before photo.. After photo..
  17. 7 points
    Meppstas

    Autumn Sunsets, Sheffield,,

    Another top Autumn sunset here again tonight at Sheffield.. cheers Adrian The top three are from tonight.. And these were back on the 6th April..
  18. 6 points
    learninglures

    Replacing Double Clutch trebles

    Hey Guys, After landing a few mulloway, flathead and small salmon on my double clutches it has become clear that as deadly sharp that these hooks are. They bend and snap after a few good fish. I currently own 8 double clutches and need to replace hooks on 6 of these. Have heard the owners in the same size are a much stronger hook but are heavier. I am sure many of you have had to replace these hooks so what has been your go to?
  19. 6 points
    Rod

    Sea Fog in the Passage

    I took this pic in feb this year. The Backstairs Passage showing one of her moods, some pretty thick sea fog can roll in quite fast, we are just skirting this lot. Cheers Rod
  20. 6 points
    Meppstas

    This little photo book's off to France..

    I just made up a 7"x 5" gloss photo book that will be heading off the France in a week or so when I receive it.. Snapfish had 50% of including extra pages so I though I'd make one up for a good friend in France who has helped me out for many years with plenty of quality spinners.. here's a few photos sorry about the quality as I took them of my computer screen but it will give you some idea of it.. I'm sure he'll like it.. & yes he knows I use hard body lures too.. In all there 60 pages in the book and it cost me $25-62 (including the postage) to Tassie.. will cost me around $12-$15 to post it to France.. cheers Adrian
  21. 6 points
    southie THE BANGA

    Who's fishing over Easter?

    From reports from the customers at work over the last two days yorkes will be exceeding there quota of people on the peninsula Easily 80% said they were off to Yorkes for the long weekend. Feel sorry for @Yorky and the team at compleat angler over the easter weekend. Have experienced it myself first hand and it is nuts!
  22. 6 points
    Territory Lad

    Who's fishing over Easter?

    Got a leave pass for a full day on the water over the long weekend, so im going to meet up with a mate over on Yorkes and wade some flats! Flatties and YFW are on the agenda. Fingers crossed!
  23. 6 points
    snapperhead

    Big Angry Fush Skutes

    heres a squid pattern the snapper will love these
  24. 6 points
    Here's a photo of a 1.6 kg KGW caught here in Tassie last week, with a legal size of 35 cms and a bag limit of 5 fish per person now in place here a few around that size would be plenty any way.. There's also a limit of only 10 KGW allowed per household as well.. With more KGW being caught down here they Fisheries thought it wise to bring in these regulations because there weren't any on them before. KGW are becoming a common catch across the North & the East Coast of Tassie in the St Helens area and fish in the 50 cm - 60 cm range are quite common. cheers Adrian
  25. 5 points
    Meppstas

    Walleye in France & Spain..

    **Not sure if this was the right place for this short article.. ** No I'm not over there as much as I would love to be.. My good friend in France (Mepps) sent me a couple of photos of some Walleye that he caught when he managed to get away from his job.. He rarely finds the time to get out and wet a line so it was good to see he finally found some time last weekend.. Walleye are found in lakes and rivers across Europe, these are a couple of little ones so he says.. cheers Adrian This one was taken in France.. And this little fella was caught in a lake in Spain..
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