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yellow door 1

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  1. Sinker stores neatly in the eye of the noodle
  2. Yeah when it comes to trying to making money from a device - it needs to have the cheapest components possible, while still offering 100% effectiveness and strength in a saltwater environment. Plastic and lead are the answer - but asking the right questions is the key to getting it right
  3. *read this - it will make sense in the end The best thing that ever happened to me in my fishing career, was when my boat broke and the repair took 5 weeks longer than expected. Up until then I was a 100% bait fisherman - I used to refer to myself as a "whiting specialist" - but that just meant, I targeted whiting more than anything else There was nothing particularly special about my results But with every phone call to the boat shop, to see when the repairs would be done - I got excuses and - "call us in a week" That happened more times than a patient man would consider fair. So I started chasing bream land based ................ If you are sending, unweighted live crabs down a pylon - that's one of the fastest learning curves in the business within 2 weeks, you're already an expert and all you have to do is work out what lb leader is required to stop bust offs. So then I tried to make things harder, by chasing them on lures.......... that definitely met the requirement of making an easy task, difficult. Where I fish - if a live crab is ignored - its coz there arent any bream on that pylon But when you put a lure down on a pylon, that you know has heaps of bream on it - and none of them take it - then the game gets interesting again. I spent 100's of hours trying to work those buggers out on lures - and just when I thought I had the game sussed - it would change - and more subtle techniques than I can muster were required. So heres where it all ties back to the snapper ban When I was a pippie/cockle drowner - that was my world - I used to get annoyed by "Fad Fisherman" who threw lures, for this and that, and tried to make themselves sound better than every one else. So I didnt want to try lures - because the most vocal group amoungst the people who used them, seemed to think they were better than other people. And that annoyed me enough, to not join their ranks. Same with music - I didnt even listen to "Metallica" for the first 35 years of my life because the knobs I met, seemed to be taking it way too seriously - as it turns out - Metallica crank out some great tunes, you dont have to be a weigh-anchor to enjoy. And I'm kicking myself for letting these knob ends, deprive me of tunes, I would eventually come to like for different reasons. So long story short - when one door closes - 100's can open - since my boat broke 20's ago - my fishing has changed drastically - while I still remember stalking a King George Whiting school, down a sand bar and re-anchoring 30m down stream, every 20 mins as the flat got flooded - My piscatorial world got 100 times bigger, when my boat broke and access to whiting was denied. When one door shuts - 100's can open
  4. Actually - what I saw probably was just a variation on what the English refer to as a "bait dropper" I just misinterpreted why the guy was yanking on the rope - it was actually so the steel rod would bounce on the bottom and trip the mechanism
  5. Then you've got the Chum King and the Secret Weapon
  6. This isnt the one I remember but its a variation on the theme
  7. Yeah I've seen a metal pot with a hinged bottom activated by a vertical steel rod - the rope you lower the pot with is attached to that verticle steel rod - you lower the hole thing gently - then give a sharp tug - the raising of rod, trips a latch that releases the hinged bottom. Ill try to find the vid - I think it was an English shark fisherman who used it - it looked pretty ancient
  8. I've added a lid after concerns were raised
  9. Yeah Unfortunately I'm a few years too late and a poor second cousin to the real deal. Fast forward to 2:15 for the "Secret weapon"
  10. Looking good Floatman - thanks for sharing
  11. oops - heres the vid (I've also cable tied the steel bar to the side so it tips better
  12. And heres the sinkers https://youtu.be/JT8jgYIrfGE
  13. I can only imagine the heart break of the time invested - the stench endured - only to turn them into icypoles no fish wants to eat But if I take a second to think about it - are frozen maggots an option as a bait I know I wouldn't piss on a frozen mullet - if a live one was on offer I wouldnt piss on a freshly caught and filleted mullet, if a live one was on offer coz I tentatively believe Mullet are a shit dead bait and the only thing they have going for them is their ability to wriggle for hours on a live bait hook. (but thats based on insufficient science, contradictory results and insufficient data) But Maybe baits can be frozen and still maintain appeal - Pilchards, pippies and squid can all survive the freezing process - admittedly they are quite pungent when they thaw - but who's to say a maggot doesnt stink in a proprotionate manner as he heats up under water. WHile I'll be the first to admitt I havent heard alot about fresh water frozen baits (apart from bait fish) - It seems to be fairly common and effective for salt water species
  14. Haha - Yeah I didnt throw anything but lures for 10 straight years - but a switch has flicked and now I'm stuck obsessing over baits, Imagine giving the same level of thought, you have poured into lures, into your bait presentations - then going back and thinking about all the times you could have cleaned up, if you had known what you were doing as a baito. I cringe at some of the opportunities I pissed away as a Young fella - alot of them dont even exist to a lure fisherman anymore But a crafty lad with a punnet full of maggots - he might be able to rewind the clock 30 years - those big old bruisers are still there - but they are way too smart for a lure
  15. Yeah I sometimes question my sanity, with the lengths I will go to to work something trivial out - especially when its already been worked out before - by 100's of other people - and its not even that important in the first place But I'd be lying if I said I had not lost sleep wondering how to breed maggots better under the parameters I have set
  16. Yeah I've bought maggots before but now I've started on this journey - I'm going to see it through till I perfect the art. I caught my first decent bream on maggots in a spot where they were supposed to be hard to catch. I had tried with other baits and they were very hard to catch - but once the maggots got involved, they turned me into a bream catching machine - this started and evolution in my fishing which led to spending millions on lures and catching bugger all compared to my early catches on maggots. So my obsession with these creepy units runs deeper than I am probably aware of - the fact, that I kept a recent batch and didnt use a single one for bait, should let you know my obsession with maggots isnt entirely healthy
  17. Here's the last footage I got before harvest - at this stage there might have been a slight chance to separate them from the paper - but by the next day - it had turned to sludge
  18. Thanks for the tip Lofty - I like the way you think I think I'll move away from anything a maggot can grip onto for my next batch - that means skinned carp fillet. What I noticed with using a can of cat food was - separating the maggots was a piece of piss - as you start adding heads and frames - it gives the maggots something to hang onto - this means you will be tempted to shake them out and splatter your legs with some of the foulest smelling bits known to man. It also adds time to the part of the process you definitely dont want to add time to Theres alot to be said for the scientific approach if you are trying to achieve the ultimate results - I've tried 2 different approaches, and from those, I have a much clearer picture of how it should be done - a little from column A and a little from column B, should make future batches much easier. But you are probably right about the calipers - I may have taken thing 11.28mm too far
  19. Yeah before the sorting process I was congratulating my self on how well prepared I was I had my rubber gloves on - I'd already dug a 2ft pit for the scraps - I had the hose ready to rinse the maggots in a sieve - I had the bran all ready in there storage container My plans of a smooth operation flew out the window when the stench set it - from then on it was a mixture of panic and rash decisions Trying to pry open the head, to get all the maggots out, unleashed a smell worse than Satan's bung hole and thats when I started to panic - after that I was cutting my losses and trying to get the stench underground - collecting the maggots became a secondary concern
  20. Yeah I got a bit frustrated towards the end of the sorting process and was just chucking out as much maggots as mushy paper. I recon without the paper it would have been a much easier task I found the paper really handy when I used cat food - its was so simple to sort those ones - but the carp and newspaper was a different kettle of fish
  21. Well that was a freaken night mare Here's some stuff I learnt about using carp for maggots There is a heap of moisture in a carp as it breaks down - so you would either need a bucket with a drain to let it out - or about 10 times the newspaper I used If you dont use enough newspaper it will break down and turn into a sludge - a maggot infused sludge that is very difficult to pick maggots out of. Also dont use the head - they just burrow in and hang on when you are trying to shake them out End result was a hell of alot of mucking around and I lost 2/3rds of the maggots in the sorting process. The ones I salvaged are in a sea of newspaper, guts and scales - its almost enough to dampen a mans enthusiasm for breeding his own At least I'll know what to do next time
  22. Yeah I recently re-read this thread and all the advice you gave was spot on - I've put Newspaper under and on top since that photo was taken. The flies were straight onto the fish just like you said they would be - no more canned cat food for my maggots