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Everything posted by Aff

  1. Wouldn't take SkyNews reports as gospel Mike they play loose with the the facts and plenty of dogwhistle political messages in their reporting. Just my opinion. Hope everyone is coping ok in these trying times and staying healthy. At least at the moment we can still go out for a fish. Cheers all
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    I watched the episode of Big Angry Fish when Nathan, one of the shows presenters, introduced his scoots. Apart from the the fun of making his own lure he said he made the scoots because he was fed up with the Leather Jackets destroying his soft plastics. I've never used them so can't attest to their effectiveness but I can see that they would probably hold up better to a mauling by a Leathery.
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    Reel Servicing

    Going by those prices I'm thinking its more economical to buy mid priced quality reels, work them hard, but with care. Obviously avoid water and sand intrusion. Wash them down etc. after use and replace them with new ones when they no longer perform to acceptable levels. Seems wasteful though....such a throw away society we live in now days. I guess the cost is wrapped in the service person's pay. The value of those reels listed above would however justify their servicing costs.
  4. Not real keen on the concept of a fishing license. I can see the merits in them but I don't want to be taxed for something that I'm doing for fun, whether I'm catching fish or getting donuts, it just doesn't feel right.
  5. Did that just burst outa someone's guts as in the Alien movie?
  6. I feel your pain....stores in this town often don't stock what we want. No wonder online shopping is taking over.
  7. Could be a reverse thread Micky. I'd check with a reputable tackle store someone should know, if not contact Daiwa Australia for advice.
  8. @Hunter69, he's on the money regarding fish cooking weights.
  9. Hi all, I was watching a new fishing show on the TV on Sunday, I think it was called 'Fish of the Day', and the host was saying that in NZ recreational fishing connected to snapper species provides around $88/kg (of the fish) to the country's economy. This would take in tourism connected with fishing, charters,tackle/bait sold etc. I'm assuming. Compared to $9/kg of snapper that the commercial catch contributes to the NZ local economy. Of which 70% is estimated to be shipped off overseas. I know stats can be presented in ways to support a particular position, but those two numbers really jump right out at you. I wonder if there are similarities in Australia's fisheries? If there is, you've really got ask if we're getting the most out of our fish stocks given the current priorities and approaches to fish management? I found this information interesting anyway thought I'd pass it on. Aff
  10. 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
  11. Cue the voice over for the first photo......"Space...the final frontier...." Wicked photo DethCal
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    Single Hooks

    Cheers Plankton, Are those circle hooks designed for lures or do you use regular circle hooks that would be used bait fishing? Would like to give that a try sometime in the future too.
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    Single Hooks

    Thanks for the replies. What you've both said makes a lot of sense. I want to look after the fish if I decide to return them plus also not put a treble in my hand (fishing Karma ), actually only had that happen so far with small hard body lure trebles....Ouch! I'm making use of the shitty windy weather to do all the tackle and gear prep that I've put off for a while now. Tight lines!
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    Single Hooks

    Hi all, I'm in the process of changing my treble hooks on my salmon metal lures over to single inline hooks. Is it best to face the gape of the hook outwards/up, or facing back towards the lure (shape of a J )? I've seen both hook placements in fishing mags so both options must catch fish but which way do you think is better? Keeping in mind I'm only talking about metal type salmon lures. Cheers
  15. Strange how the LIBLABS (Tweedledumb & Tweedledumber) both stayed quiet on this issue during the election campaign given it had been mooted some time ago. No thorough environmental impact study has been carried out just rubber stamped by the EPA, what's "reasonable" mean anyway?.......I think it's "reasonable" to assume they're gunna fnck up the local marine environment.
  16. Congratulations on the new job Southie. I recognised you in the store from your online S&H avatar and the times I've been in store and were served by you,you were always patient, helpful and informative with my multitude of questions. I'm sure you'll be sorely missed by the store and customers. Thanks mate and good luck for your future work endeavours. Look forward to those reports.
  17. My understanding in regards to the merits of fluorocarbon leader is that it is as close as any form of line or leader can get to the refractive index of water, thus making it virtually invisible, but not completely. Maybe the budding physicists among us can substantiate or debunk this claim. I imagine the only thing completely invisible in water is,...well...um water.
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    Goolwa Cockles

    New Years day was even worse UP for 4X4s and people in general, had to look both ways before venturing towards the water. Unfortunately the cockles in areas that are more easily accessed by foot are under more pressure and are thinning a bit. Good you managed some and had some fun with the family.
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    Thanks for the replies fellas. Seems there is a lot to consider when you start paying a bit more for your kit while still trying to get value for money. The point you make Southie about the spare spool interchangeability is an important consideration. Also seems the trend in reel technology nowadays is for smaller, much lighter gear that is still powerful. The new TD SOLs fit that mold for sure. A 2500 would be a nice addition to my reel collection, 10kg of drag while weighing 180 grams, cast it all day with ease.
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    Hi All, As the title suggests, just wondering if any of the tackle junkies out in Strike & Hook Land know much about the knew SOLs, the specs look pretty good throughout the range, anyone have an opinion or have purchased one yet? A bit out of my price range but am curious of your thoughts. Cheers
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    Goolwa Cockles

    You're welcome guys. @Doodlebug73 I don't have a 4x4 so have to leg it , but good news is they were pretty much right in front of the entrance to the beach from the kiosk. We went a bit to the right away from people swimming, surfing etc, found a bit of our own space and did the pippi shuffle. I think the further you go from the masses the more chance of finding them easier because people are generally a bit lazy walking further & so they're less are likely to have been taken further away. But you don't need to go far to find good ones at the moment.
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    Goolwa Cockles

    Hi all, Went down to Goolwa on Sunday to collect some cockles for bait now that the season has reopened. The hot weather and light winds made it a perfect day for frolicking among the crashing waves. What was surprising was the average size of the cockles we were gathering, being well over 3.5 cm across (legal minimum size). Got enough to last a little while but well under our quota. Didn't take long because finding legal ones was so easy which hasn't been the case over the last few years. They're now packed and stored in the freezer ready for summer sessions. Thought I'd do it early in the season before PIRSA shuts it down yet again. We don't eat them anyway & I don't think fish are to worried so I don't see why bait collecting is stopped even if there is microbe contamination detected. Let's face you can get seriously ill from not cooking your food properly & bureaucrats don't monitor the contents of our fridge, anyway that's another story now we're all living in this post common sense world, nanny state, economic dictatorship! So those of you who like foraging for your own bait Goolwa beach seems to be providing good cockles this year. Bear in mind please just take what you think you're going to realistically use so there's plenty for all and plenty left over for nature to replenish itself. Cheers