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Everything posted by AquaticResearch1

  1. I'm working the public holiday, but I'm going to head up the river and give it a crack in the kayak. Fingers crossed.
  2. The recent Spinfisher VI gets good reviews from those that use it in very punishing conditions. Well sealed; but that's not really an issue if you aren't getting it wet. I think they might have a bait runner feature available, would need to double check.
  3. If you managed to get onto any bent minnow blanks, Southie, I'd be very interested. Anywhere from 70mm to 180mm I'd have a use for them.
  4. Absolutely love that one, a bit of the SX40 colour 'carmen red' on the gill plate would absolutely set that off imo. Absolute ripper of a colour. Would be a demon on rainbow trout
  5. Good to see you got onto a few, pm sent.
  6. I've had a bit of trouble with these bending out of shape and needing to be re-adjusted with pliers. Have you had similar? Maybe I'm just being a bit ham-fisted with them but it's a recurring theme at this point.
  7. FG knot initially, revert to an improved Albright if conditions don't allow re-tieing a good, reliable FG. Honestly the only time I'll find out that my Albright isn't as good as an FG, is when I hook a snag and end up having to lock up. Even massive rays and things, I've tied an Albright and they've held without issue. FG just casts better and is a better connection for when you've got to really lean into something.
  8. If anything, sink the lure on a semi slack line rather than an overly slack line. It sounds like they are using the excess slack to choke the lure. It can be somewhat unavoidable at times, if you're chasing the trouties, maybe it is worth changing to a shorter jig head or wider gape hook also. If it really bothers you, maybe just fish tighter to the rocks. It's tricky and can be hard to get around at times, but if it seems to be an unusual trend, the above may make a difference.
  9. No worries mate, just make sure there's plenty of spit on the knot and you make it bite down hard. Normally I'll get any random that happens to be near me to grab the rod, lock up the drag and point the rod at me, while I pull as hard as possible to tighten whatever knot off. Haven't had a uni or FG come undone in anything less than 150lb this way. I've used black magic supple and Jinkai.
  10. Mike, I tend to tie everything from 150 down. Just keep the knots simple, uni knots to rings and swivels, maybe a Snell to a top hook in a two hook right with a uni fixing the bottom one on. Flourocarbon is a fair bit more stiff than mono, so it makes it harder to tie knots in the heavy stuff imo.
  11. Great write up mate, top read. I've always been keen to chase sooties, this just fuels the fire.
  12. To be honest Des, you make a very handy point. Oil isn't soluble in water, and fish smell what is in the water by passing water through their Nair's (nasal holes). So really, while we all pump out tuna oil enriched Burley, it's likely that unless fish happen to swim directly into the feed, they will only very faintly or not smell it at all. I do believe it works when soaked into other Burley stuffs, but really, tuna oil may just be one of the more overutilisef things in fishing imo. Better off using bloods and such, hence why "bloody" fish like Aus salmon seem to be such a productive bait.
  13. I'd be happy to help, I'm always around them and chase them a bit further west than most. I'm in Adelaide until the 23rd and will come back again at Christmas, so if you're that way inclined, let me know and I'll sort something out. Happy to help.
  14. Top stuff Adrian, brilliant fishing and enviable determination in tallying every fish; I know I wouldn't have had the patience! Hopefully there's still plenty of trout seasons left in you yet.
  15. Personally, if it has a split ring, I don't bother tying a loop and instead use a uni knot. I find the split ring gives the lure enough freedom of movement that an extra loop of mono doesn't make a massive difference. However, if the ring is cruddy, I'll ditch it. Keeping in mind that with small lures, it may seriously effect the weighting and not let them dive as steep, as early, or to their full potential depth. Horses for courses though, if you want or require that extra freedom for a certain style of fishing, by all means ditch the ring and tie a loop knot right to the tow point.
  16. Made the freshwater equivalent on smaller jigheads for redfin; they killed it, but being redfin that isn't exactly a massive achievement
  17. Yeah I've definitely had that happen Micky, particularly with the smaller Daiwa lures. Mainly happens with either repeated jaring hits or suspected mulloway strikes on the stock terminals. Tend to upgrade any lure over 60mm for where I fish now to avoid losing good fish.
  18. Reels I tend to stick with Daiwa/Shimano/Penn/Finnor. I do have the odd no name reel for thrashing about but wouldn't buy them personally. Rods I'll have a play with in store, check out the components etc and if it feels like good value I'll take it.
  19. If it's cheap and looks genuinely good then I'll have a look; but I normally stick to what works. If I'm buying hardbodies with any forethought, I'm trying to look at the action on YouTube etc and get reviews or discussions if at all possible. Soft plastics I'm far more open minded with, again if the profile is nice and I can somewhat visualise the action, I'll have a shot with any plastic brand.
  20. Found a photo of the big girl. She may have seen even better days previously, judging by the size of her head, but what a beast it was.
  21. Only way I've enjoyed crab that hasn't been fresh is when it's pickled, personally. Even then it's on cheese and toast or something and taking away from what could have been; but at least it preserves it somewhat.
  22. Biggest I've weighed was 2.1kg and a touch over 50cm, but that wasnt caught on rod and line. Have seen a mate land a very healthy 49cm fish and have caught some mid to high 40's fish myself but no others have cracked that 2kg mark yet. All have been throughout the hills
  23. Are you wading the sandbar at the mouth to be needing such reels? Can't think of many other applications that require reels like this.
  24. Is there any way you know of to do it without a pressure cooker?
  25. How's the Fuego holding up after another 6 months? Had a play with one today and they are very light for a given size. Would mean I'm able to get away with a 2500 deep spool on a rod I'd previously have to fish are far smaller reel. Has me tempted for sure.