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Territory Lad

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  1. Territory Lad

    Buying live worms?

    Mic drop....................
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    YFW fillets

    Odd question, but any reason a YFW fillet (scaled, skin on) would warp/curl up when being cooked? Last few batches I have done, some of the larger fillets have curled up and the flesh tends to be chewier. Only seems to happen with the models to go above mid 30s. The smallers models come up beautiful, everytime. Im assuming it is something I am doing wrong, possibly during the filleting process? I know with squid and whole fish, you can score/cut the flesh to prevent / reduce curling, but I've never seen this with straight fish fillets. Any advice / ideas would be greatly appreciated. Cheers TL
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    YFW fillets

    @doobie hahaha that was my exact thought too! @Hunter69 aggree with cooking majority skin side down, for the same reasons you have mentioned. I assume a smaller saucepan/fry pan would achieve the same result? Ill definately try it on the next batch!
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    YFW fillets

    Thanks guys - appreciate the responses. I figures it was either user error (my filleting process) or the size/age of the fish leading to a chewier/tougher flesh, which in turn curled. Glad to know others have the same experience. RE: hot pan, maybe, but in the same pan at the same time are smaller fillets that dont curl. I had this same thought originally though so reduced the temperature and got the same result (curling) just without the crispy skin. RE: weights / press with a spatula. I might give this a go and see how it fairs. I may also try just skinning the larger models and see if that helps. I do like the crispy skin though..... maybe just fry that off on the side! Worst case scenario I may just release the bigger models and only keep the ~30cm models. Thanks guys. TL
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    little jack sayoris-z 99

    You could always ask your local store to order it in. If they have the larger model one would assume they have an account with the distributor. They should be able to get the smaller version in for you if it is still stocked / distributed.
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    STOLEN KAYAK & TRAILER!!!

    You mate have any luck getting his yak back yet?
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    STOLEN KAYAK & TRAILER!!!

    I assume thats a sleeping cabin ontop of the trailer? A) awesome idea, but more importantly B) surely significantly more identifiable for those looking. Hope your mate gets is rig back in one piece.
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    Decoy Dancing Jacks - assist hooks

    Anyone have experience with them? Good, bad or indifferent? I picked up a set when I couldnt get my normal Atomics and have had mixed results. Pros: super sharp and great hook up rate Cons: the snell came undone on one set on the 1st session, not even 6 YFW down. I also lost a fish to a snapped hook on another set. Im realistic about it, this may simply have been a dud batch - tackle store and everything I have seen / read seems to support this, but wanted to check if anyone else here had experiences of their own. TL
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    Decoy Dancing Jacks - assist hooks

    @Yorky thats good to know. Hopefully Ill see an improvement by doing the same.
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    Decoy Dancing Jacks - assist hooks

    This is getting a touch frustrating. Had another session on the flats last week and had two more failures. One snapped clean in half again and the other bent completely out of shape. The one that bent out of shape was new on the day and by the 2nd fish was a wreck. You can see in the pic below its been opened and is all twisted out of shape. The whiting that did the above were both mid 30s, so good size but not absolute brutes. A mate of mine had a few spare from the next size up (S) so I have placed a set of these on a few of my surface lures to see if the larger guage helps. Time will tell.
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    Nice weather !

    Got out for a short flats session, was pretty blowy and choppy where I was - not at all what old mate WillyWeather suggested. Still a good session though with a handful of YFW on ice and about to be filleted
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    Upgrading hooks and rings

    @AquaticResearch1 heavier middle trebel isnt the worst idea. Ive seen Jack fisherman do this and works seems to work fine. Not sure what lure your using or fish your targeting, but it might be worth a shot.
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    Wading Tub

    Over the last 12-18 months I've got right into my wading and thought I'd have a crack at making my own tub. After a bit of looking around at other set ups, I figured it was best to just dive in and see what happened. The basic idea was I wanted to be able to carry more than one rod, be mobile amd be organised. After a trip to the hardware store and the local boating store, I had all the parts I needed. Within an afternoon it was done! Generic UV stablised create, electrical conduit for axels, marker bouys / poly floats for wheels and all secured with S/Steel bolts, washers and nylocks. Below is a selection of on the job photos. Overall it works really well. The rod holders allow me to carry multiple rods all rigged differently. This does two things, (1) when I get a season ending wind knot, I just bench the rod and grab another. No lost time not fishing! (2) It speeds up my apprenticeship as I can run multiple options simultaneously and figure out what works in different scenarios. Only issue I have found is having the reels face inwards takes up a fair amount of room inside the tub and ironically, the reels get wetter inside the tub than outside. This is because when I land a fish, drops of water fall off the net which I dump in the tub during hook removal etc. I tried facing them "backwards" and outside the tub, seems to solve the problem. 1st planned upgrade is a small esky, big enough to fit a YFW in the 30-35cm range!! TL
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    Wading Tub

    @bjorn2fish definately makes things easier. Dont get me wrong there are some small inconveniences at times with the tub - in comparison to just wading, rod in hand, bag on you back. However the benefits far outway the cons! An updated version 2 of the tub came to life last weekend! After a bit of research I found the a pretty suitable esky. A 20L IceKool esky. It was small enough to fit in the tub, but big enough to fot a 35+ model YFW. Worst case scenario if the reality was not quite as I had envisaged, I had a good BBQ beer esky The esky didnt fit exactly as I imagined, especially with the rod holders on the inside, but it was workable. It also took up more room than I anticipated, odd given I knew the measurements before I made the purchase. I used some lengths of hardwood dowel to strengthen up the axels so they would cope with the extra weight of an esky with ice, drinks and hopefully a few fish! Then it was time to hit the water to test it out! Overall it worked really well and I was very happy with it. Next upgrade will be some additional flotation - possibly by adding a 3rd axel - as whilst an esky with ice and a few drinks is fine - I soon found out, the weight of any fish in the esky quickly adds up!!
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    Upgrading hooks and rings

    ^^^ this was my 2nd thought. My 1st was $HITBALLS! Those terminals copped a hiding!!
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    Wading Tub

    @Aff no silicone, just bolt, washer and nylock. So far so good! Only water I have found in the tub was related to spillage from the net/fish during landing and un-hooking.
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    Decoy Dancing Jacks - assist hooks

    @HB tragic Not 100% sure mate. They dont use the standard 10, 8, 6, 1/0 etc sizing. The ones I got were SS. From memory they come is 5 or so sizes/categories.
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    Wading Tub

    @Underpants familiar? What ever do you mean? Hahaha its essentially a direct replica of yours mate. I saw yours in action and was very impressed. RE: sand ingress, Ive read your comments on that before and considered goining with aluminum tubing - but cost and the reflective properties put me off. Figured I would see how long version 1 lasts and upgrade as I learn more. RE: Rod holders, they work great! Not just for the extra rods, but storage of said rod when removing hooks / re-rigging. Net works well in the holder as well, however I managed to get lures tangled in it a few times. I have also thought of using 1 rod holder to hold a stake-out pole. So I could anchor the tub to a specif point, then roam un-restricted. Sooooooo many options to pimp out a tub!
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    Wading Tub

    Funny man Doobie hahaha
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    Decoy Dancing Jacks - assist hooks

    @Yorky good to know. Hopefully I just had a dud batch. Thanks mate
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    Wading Tub

    I cant claim the idea as my own - after seeing Undy's I got thinking and it festered until I did something about it. Seems to handle the chop well, as in doesnt tip or anything. But trying to rest on it / use it as a work station during chop is challenging. Essentially your standing still and your height wont change, but the tub rises and falls with the chop. RE: the guld worm, I had the same idea but thought to use a cranka crab instead. Still on my list of things to do but im sure it has merit.
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    The Pat

    Interesting AR. Whilst my fishing is landbased, I dont really ever have to lift a fish. I'm either beaching the fish on a flat or netting them. Maybe I have also just been lucky. I do have a few larger HBs rigged with Owner singles and whilst their profile lets them sit better (at least visually) I am yet to jag a fish on one so I cant compare them as yet from a performance aspect.
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    The Pat

    As promised Mickey - handful if different lures with varying singles sizes and set ups (including DCs). Regarding T/world and their advice. Singles work for me and what I do/want, but they aren't for everyone. Experiment and find what works for you. Brabless trebles are a great option TL
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    The Pat

    Both Tackleworld and Ray and Annes sell them - as do online stores. I would suggest start by changing over one or two lures to see if you like them before going all in. Not everyone is a fan of singles.
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    The Pat

    ^^^ This. I can vouch for this method and the Decoy Plugging Singles - I use them on all my HBs (with exception to my YFW surface lures and a small handful of Jackal Chubbies) and am very happy. stronger - haven't had a single hook break / failure yet. Where as various other trebles have broken / bent out of shape. stay sharper for longer, yet to have to replace one better on the fish for C&R purposes safer for me as less points to get caught on when the fish is flapping about everywhere better catch rate on hooked fish Hook up rate is lower, but I put that down to tentative / inquisitive strikes (more so with Bream), where as if the fish wants it they will smash it (generally the case with Flathead / Salmon and YFW in my experience) and then its on like donkey kong! Ill put some pics up when Im home Micky, but basically: 75mm DCs (as I know you use these) - belly and tail #6 50-60mm minnow / shad style HBs - belly and tail #8 30-40mm minnow / cranks - no belly, tail only #8 90mm and above - depends on the target fish - anything from #4 - #2/0 If I was specifically chasing Salmon, I would only use a single tail hook, not second belly hook. So much easier to handle the fish once you have landed it and lets face it, Salmon aren't tentative, they want it, they smash it. Cheers TL
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