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    Softy reacted to yellow door 1 in Innovative Ideas Man   
    This should shave a few seconds off the braid reversing processūüėČ
     
     



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    Softy reacted to Soobz in Your favourite whiting rod   
    Tackleworld Adelaide have another 20% off atm, obviously to match SFS. I'd happily buy from SFS but *every* rod I was interested in was out of stock even before the sale.
    Anyway, enough head scratching, time to buy, and the winner was;
    21 TIERRA 702LXS Light 2-10g 7'0"/213cm 1.5-3kg 2 section ,Extra Fast taper, ~90g
    Wasn't actually on my list, but the same grip as the Infeet won me over everything else I handled. I also liked the extra fast taper, more backbone than the Infeet but pretty much the same tip from the last 2 guides. Somehow 20% off $179 came to $119, could not say no.
    BTW, had another look at the Crucis Tempest VXS (not solid tip), and I was very tempted.
    Heaps of great light action rods these days, damned hard to choose even when price is not an important consideration. What I have come to be more aware of is grip shape means a hell of a lot to how much I enjoy a rod. It's the difference between feeling like you're holding the rod vs. it being an extension of your hand/arm.
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    Softy got a reaction from Soobz in Your favourite whiting rod   
    I used to use a Gomuku Red with a 2500 on it as a snapper rod to chase snapper on plastics. But with a quick rig change it turned into a awesome whiting rod. Well until it went for a swim at Marino.
    Planning to get another before snapper season opens again to use on the kayak.
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    Softy reacted to yellow door 1 in Innovative Ideas Man   
    like a new born giraffes legsūüėČ

    I did want some thing sturdier but I had to be able to push them into dirt by hand - so I had to keep them spindly. The only sturdier steel i had would need a hammer and that would send shock waves through the shallow little pond I made them for.

    I stuffed up some strikes and missed some fish last week due to my unco rod removal from the low to the ground holder - the raised holders were a reaction to that.

    I used them today and the extra height is great - unfortunately only one eel showed up to annoy me - the lake was teeming with decent reds last week before the rain

     
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    Softy got a reaction from doobie in WINTER GARFISH   
    Bait fishing is Booooooooring too! 
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    Softy got a reaction from Des in WINTER GARFISH   
    Bait fishing is Booooooooring too! 
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    Softy reacted to Meppstas in The rewards of small stream fishing.   
    Just as the title reads, this is a video I put together on the rewards one can get from fishing small streams and it doesn't have to be in Tasmania either. 
    As most of you know it was in South Australia where I first started out chasing trout in small streams back in the late 60's. I hope you enjoy the video..ūüĎć
    cheers
    Adrian
     
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    Softy reacted to yellow door 1 in Innovative Ideas Man   
    Plastic drinking straw Hot glue end caps with a swivel shoved in Red heat shrink indicator
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    Softy reacted to yellow door 1 in WINTER GARFISH   
    Heres some footage of gars gnawing on weed - I wonder if they are stripping it for little bugs and snails etc or whether they just like salad.

    That pointy beak and up turned mouth suggests they do a fair bit of hunting aswell. Lots of guys swear by lures to catch them but I have found it no where near as effective as bait and burley. (I did give up pretty quick on the lures though)
     
     

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    Softy reacted to yellow door 1 in WINTER GARFISH   
    I like a burley float with a short dropper to keep them around the hook
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    Softy reacted to HB tragic in Winter bream   
    Afraid not. Ben from BK Custom Tackle in Tasmania. He does a great job as these are other colours that were overpainted rather than  clean blanks. Regards, HBt.
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    Softy reacted to Rybak in How are the SA snapper going?   
    They will still make & will make shit loads of money. Most if not all exported to Sydney markets & or overseas for maximum profit. Unless longlining is stopped along with trawling, netting etc including the crab baron, then recs in SA will just get shafted. 
    Recs produce Billions of dollars in revenue as compared to Pros who only make a small contribution but with maximum devastation by raping & pillaging SA waters. PIRSA here are just pathetic to say the least & thats being polite. Politicians appointed here to manage fisheries have absolutely no idea about what is happening & what has happened for decades. They are brainwashed by PIRSA & go along with the flow. No one is prepared to rock the boat.    
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    Softy reacted to HB tragic in Winter bream   
    Thought I could start the ball rolling for this section by showing my latest lure aquisition to entice the local bream population. Enjoy. regards, HBt.

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    Softy reacted to Rybak in How are the SA snapper going?   
    Catching plenty legal ones as a bycatch when chasing whiting. All have to be put back. Snapper starts early next year but probably with a severe rec limit. Almost not worth while chasing at all - while the Pros quota increases. Bloody idiots here in SA.
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    Softy reacted to yellow door 1 in How are the SA snapper going?   
    Apart from Rex Hunt getting rid of the scallop cage dredgers way back in the day - here some updates on what the Vic authorities are doing for Port Phillip

     
    Removing nets from Port Phillip Bay
    In 2014, the Victorian Government announced a commitment to grow recreational fishing in Victoria through a number of measures, including the phasing-out of all commercial netting in Port Phillip Bay by 2022. The Government is on track to deliver on this important commitment.
    What's new?
    Consultation has concluded on the final management arranagements to end netting in Port Phillip Bay, and the establishment of a limited hook and line snapper fishery in the bay.
    After 1 April 2022, 35 of the original 43 net fishers will have exited the bay, leaving 8 commercial operators supplying fresh snapper to consumers. These fishers will no longer use nets. The gear will be limited and catch will be carefully managed.
    The key characteristics of the commercial fishery post 1 April 2022 are largely set out in the fisheries legislation and include:
    Nets will no longer be authorised in Western Port or Port Phillip Bay. A snapper quota fishery will be established in Western Port/Port Phillip Bay. Regulations to prohibit nets will come into effect. The final Western Port/Port Phillip Bay net licence will be cancelled, and compensation paid. The Minister will allocate quota units to each of the remaining 8 eligible holders of a Western Port/Port Phillip Bay Fishery Access Licence equivalent to 11 tonnes of snapper. The adjustment package of $205,000 will be paid to those eligible licence holders who have not yet received their compensation. Quota will be able to be traded and leased between licence holders. Quota will be set at 88 tonnes and will not exceed this amount, recognising the recreational significance of the species in the Bay. Licences will remain transferable and may be sold. Recent finalisation of a Fisheries Notice has specified catch limits for other species.  These include annual limits of up to 1 tonne of shark per licence and up to 2 tonne of other species, excluding King George whiting, calamari, King fish and mulloway. The final notices, including the Initial Quota order, the Further Quota Order to allocate snapper quota, and the Fisheries Notice to set catch limits, may be viewed here.
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    Softy reacted to yellow door 1 in Innovative Ideas Man   
    Yeah we drove over a school of monster gars with whiting underneath, 30m from the ramp. I was heavily hinting that I though we should drop anchor and burley.

    But it wasnt my boat and they were heading out to a mark they had done well on.

    After 3 drops of the anchor, following local internet guru tips and only wrasse to show for it - I was bighting my tongue. But then the locals kicked it old school and went searching for prominent weed beds with long patches of sand leading up to them.

    With a fair bit of polaroiding - a couple of half hearted - "Should we drop here's" they finally found a weed edge neither of them could argue about. And then it was on - good timesūüėČ
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    Softy got a reaction from yellow door 1 in Innovative Ideas Man   
    Nice haul! 
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    Softy got a reaction from Meppstas in South Aust river heights.   
    Never seen that page before but thanks it could come in handy!

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    Softy reacted to Meppstas in South Aust river heights.   
    I don't know if those of you who fish the smaller rivers etc have this site set on your computer, I thought it may be of some use to those who fish the freshwater rivers/streams.
    It will give you the rivers heights that may be helpful, it's the same one I use for the rivers here in Tasmania.. Take note height etc of the day you fish one of these rivers, it will come
    in handy to know when the level is most suited for fishing  and may save a long drive after a heavy dose of rain, or even better a worthy drive if the water level is at the ideal height for fishing.
    cheers
    Adrian..
    http://www.bom.gov.au/sa/flood/rain_river.shtml
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    Softy reacted to yellow door 1 in Innovative Ideas Man   
    Nah -no good -  the double loop didn’t do much
     
    got to 5.2 kg or around 11.5lb, before cutting the 30lb mono. 
     
    The wire is too thin even when you double it

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    Softy reacted to yellow door 1 in Innovative Ideas Man   
    80lb brown stainless makes a more subdued package and should hold on the bigger hook

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    Softy reacted to yellow door 1 in Innovative Ideas Man   
    ok so thats the last batch for the foreseeable future - just some big boys with swivels - 18.1 g is as big as they got


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    Softy got a reaction from yellow door 1 in Innovative Ideas Man   
    Looks like you have had a busy day! Could be onto something with that speed clam idea....
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    Softy reacted to yellow door 1 in Innovative Ideas Man   
    and the way I usually tie them gives a more laid back presentation  - good for long distance casting or shallow presentations

    Here they are side by side



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    Softy reacted to yellow door 1 in Innovative Ideas Man   
    Sacrificial 4lb leaders so I don’t lose the whole rig if they get snagged

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