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  1. storm boy

    Do leave a swivel on your line between sessions?

    I must say, when fishing with the kids, I use the double granny a lot. Far better than the single granny and almost as quick to tie. I actually tried triples at one stage but there is almost no difference between doubles and triples, so double it is :-) Regards, SB
  2. storm boy

    Do leave a swivel on your line between sessions?

    The best loop I can recommend is a Bimini Twist, probably the strongest one around. Once learned, it is actually pretty fast to tie too, short Biminis take around a minute to do, with a little practice. Cheers! SB
  3. storm boy

    Do leave a swivel on your line between sessions?

    Reverse the swivel. Tie a loop in the main line and then tie the swivels to your rigs. The swivel stays on the rig and clips onto the loop in the main line. Regards, SB
  4. storm boy

    Hooks so similar, yet worlds apart

    The Owners pictured below are my all time favourite for general bait work - salmon and LB snapper. The tried and true Gamakatsu Octopus is also a favourite. Regards, SB
  5. storm boy

    Sensor Surf reel seat problems

    Cal has the right idea, another option is to place a little heatshrink on the reel foot ends. Cheers! SB
  6. storm boy

    Land based snapper reel suggestions

    The old overhead reels still seem to work OK
  7. storm boy

    Land based snapper reel suggestions

    Pretty much all the LB snapper I've caught have been solid hookups. I do prefer overheads but have the drag set reasonably firmly. I've not seen the need to let the fish run (a la baitrunner), but other people's opinions may vary. Just for reference, my favourite terminal setup is 3 closely snelled 3/0 Gamakatsus or Owner cutting points with small individual baits. Again opinions will vary :-) Cheers! SB
  8. storm boy

    suitable braid for overhead reel lure flicking

    Fuji BNHGs maybe? :-)
  9. storm boy

    suitable braid for overhead reel lure flicking

    Nice setup. Would be good to use on decent West Coast fish :-) Cheers! SB
  10. storm boy

    suitable braid for overhead reel lure flicking

    Found this one too, where I'd measured a cast over grass. It was several years ago. Haven't measured a cast for a while now, can cast far enough for most surf fishing.
  11. storm boy

    suitable braid for overhead reel lure flicking

    Just been digging through old pics, here's one that shows the inside of the left plate. You can see the magnet, as well as where the levelwind cog wheel has been removed, and where a brass "bullet" spacer has replaced the original clicker cog/gear.
  12. storm boy

    suitable braid for overhead reel lure flicking

    Hi Newtontoney, I'd use both of the top two for salmon, the 5000 size. I occasionally mix and match parts from different 5000s so they can change over time LOL! Regards, SB
  13. storm boy

    suitable braid for overhead reel lure flicking

    Here are some reel pics: the top one is a modified reel, with the levelwind removed, a stainless steel bar installed in it's place, and an adjustable magnet installed in the sideplate. The second one has had the levelwind removed, bar installed, and a commercially available sideplate with magnetic cast control installed. The third pic is a UK made reel, (Abu 6500 style) with all the mods as standard. The last pic is of a Penn Squall 12 with 30lb braid. The Penn is a very tough reel with magnetic cast control, and casts extremely well, while having a much heavier duty gearing and drag system than the Abus. The Squall 12 is between the size of an Abu 5000 and 6000 and suits the 30lb braid well (back on topic ) Regards, SB
  14. storm boy

    suitable braid for overhead reel lure flicking

    Here's a pic of some practice casting weights. The lead weighted/plastic ones work well but have a tendency to shatter when they hit concrete paths etc. The aluminium one was turned up recently by one of the guys at work, I haven't had a chance to use it yet. The size/ shape means that they approximate a lead with a small clipped down bait but they do not "plug" when they hit the grass.
  15. storm boy

    suitable braid for overhead reel lure flicking

    Hi Tony, You are absolutely correct. This sort of casting is quite rare in Australia. There is a small group in Adelaide who practice casting over grass in order to refine technique. It may seem strange to some but it is the best way to learn as casting performance can be measured/quantified. I'll put up a link to a useful site, I hope the Mods allow it as there is a wealth of information there and I do not believe believe the site has any conflicting interests with this one: http://www.australiansurfcastingfederation.org/ There are a number of people in general who think that distance casting is unnecessary, and that the fish are usually at your feet. In the main they are correct, but when the situation does arise when you need to get out to that salmon school that is 120 metres out, or get past the sand bar or surf break, then the ability to do it is there. I should also clarify that my mention of a 30lb leader in an earlier post was intended for casting lures around the 2-3oz mark. When casting any more than that, the 60lb full length leader that you mentioned is defintely required for practical and safety reasons. Cheers! SB
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