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  1. Where is it all going ? All I ever see in local SA fish markets is one or 2 big Snapper, if they are being decimated in larger than sustainable numbers, not only are they getting raped but sold elsewhere.
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    Storm gomoku

    Cheers guys, yes I am after a surf rod,lightness and guts , Storm have bought out gomoku range in surf rods and they are well priced around the 150 to 160 mark ,and judging by the comments hereabouts the build quality and strength sound the goods. The 10 to 15 kilo 13 footer is the one Im looking at .
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    Storm gomoku

    Gday guys , does anyone own, owned or used one of these rods.Any answer good bad or indifferent would be great.Cheers
  4. Hi yellow door, there are 2 different types of beams some lighs are throwers and some are flooders.What you want is a thrower , it is the way the reflector is designed, a thrower has a deep recessed cone that is designed to punch a high intensity pinpoint beam a long way, with an intense hot spot.Whereas a flooder has a shallow cone that floods a wider area brightly but not as far and direct.Many manufactures give you an option in what sort of light you are after, anything over 5000k is whitish blue or cool white as its known,whereas2700 3000k is your :warm: colour , a more yellowish natural light. judging by what you are saying ideal for you would be a 2700 to 3000 k thrower or adjustable beam.
  5. I actually got into the whole flashlight thing , with the new batteries and led technology. Trust me there is no way that thing has 8000 lumens, The lights with that sort of output only do it for short periods of time on turbo mode because they get too hot and have an automatic shutdown .They step down to a lower brightness.As far as I know there is no headtorch with this out put.Hand held yes.I have one handheld that has a beam range of 1 km and it is only the same size of a coke can If shone in someones face on stobe mode it can cause temporary blindness, they are used for self defence.. Some of the best headlamps these days are very compact and lightweight, A brilliant brand is Nitecore for headlamps,lightweight reasonably cheap and very good quality. There are even websites dedicated to the whole flashlight thing,pretty geeky I know but collecting them can get addictive. Here is a brief clip of a nitecore TM06S handheld, just one of the many brilliant lights available.
  6. Also looking at the pic the line lay is far from perfect,a little thing that bothers me with mid range shimanos compared to daiwa ,where even their mid range seem no different to their high end stuff.Shimanos whilst being fine reels and I own a few, are a bit hit and miss when it comes to this . Only talking braid here and i am fussy and like it even, if it tapers a bit to the front thats not bad but that shallow dip in the middle like the line lay in the pic not keen at all.
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    GLISS fishing line

    Pretty much in a nutshell, but most braids will damage and fray if used around structure making checking the last couple of metres a regular thing, this should be done anyway as a matter of course ,only difference is beacause they are multi strand they still hold some integrity even if some of the outer fibres shred.Gliss seems to pinch and form a weakspot that can snap a bit easier. Its not all bad though, casts well and pretty good for general fishing.
  8. Anything goes I guess,I smoked a crab once and it was quite surprising .Just threw the whole thing in and the meat was moist with a nice smokey flavour, better than fish I thought.
  9. I have done lots of wading over the years and wherever possible I use my home made tub these days.In it I can carry everything and have mounted a pvc pipe to store a spare rod,or landing net or crab rake.I will use a bag on a beach, but the main reason I dont wading anymore is once out Thompsons beach years ago had a big lit up bronzy that wanted what fish where in the bag, not good when the thing is attatched to your waist. This thing was fast and determined and circled ,rushed at me and my mate numerous times .We were using our rod butts to fend it off.Scared me that bad ,yeah kinda puts one off the idea..
  10. I remember them, here is a clip on you tube of a guy using one to catch a huge mully,I would love to get my hands on one of those fluro ones.
  11. Interesting question....,why dont I catch fish? I am partly blaming the internet for this dilemma,nowadays info is hand fed.Back in the day it was fishing reports in the paper, after that it was up to the individual to actually go out ,see what other experienced anglers were doing right,taking in the info,spending time on the water,working out tides,feeding habits, gathering or buying fresh bait,experementing with different rigs...basically doing the hard yards. You can only be hand fed so much, time on the water= experience ,actually working things out yourself plus seeing from others is the key.Plus one thing my Dad always taught me is fish for what is there.No point fishing for salmon trout when everyone around you is catching say yellowin whiting for example. Cheers and all the best.
  12. The FG knot maybe the best, but in normal fishing situations ,after snags ect what you find is regardless of knot if one of the proven ones tied well ,the leader snaps off near the lure, on the leader and not the braid and continually gets shortened.Reason for this is braid is stronger per diameter, example a 4 lb braid tied to a 6lb fluro leader,the leader will snap every time .If the fluro snaps close to the knot its a retie job which sucks, doesnt matter whether you have an fg knot or whatever, its the LEADER and not the braid that snaps 90 % plus. Best advice IMO is to tie an extra long leader, that even after snapping a few times keeps a reasonable length and saves having to tie the joining knot whilst out on the water,which is nothing but a pain in the dark,in the wind, wading, off the rocks ect ect.
  13. I had a live fibre explode on me one day,and when I say explode it literally did,my mate heard it and yelled out WTF was that, sounded like a firecracker going off,almost like it was under some kind of huge stress and it shatterd.
  14. I guess on a featurless bottom anything that sticks out will be an attractant.Hopefully not too much taxpayers money went in to building these things, a one off day out with a barge and a heap of old concrete blocks or bricks from a building site would of been a permanent , cheaper solution. Not having a go and appreciate the effort, and time spent, but yeah those plastic whatever they ares don"t look overly flash.