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  1. Rod

    Breeding maggots without meat

    You should let your neighbours know you are going to fix the big problem, lack of flies I used to breed my own once a year, back when interest rates were in the high teens and we did one ljetty based expedition to take the kids fishing in the christmas holidays. I used whiting frames and a efficient setup and it produced big fat tasty gents that far outperform shop bought relatives. Neighbours not too close and did it in a garden shed. But definitely smelly and not highly recommended Cheers Rod
  2. I used to tension like you but have done a reel or 2 with the spooler tension thingy and it worked well Cheers Rod
  3. My counter appears to be the same. Cheap but adequate for my use Your spooling device looks functional and durable This is the one I bought, the wing bolts had crap metal and stripped, the female thread good though so replaced bolts and clamp it in a vice rather than using the suction cup. Great tension control with the springs each side Cheers Rod
  4. G'day Yeah use one of the cheapy version line counter, works well. Also bought holder for the spools, had issues with that but fixable Cheers Rod
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    An arvo in the Swamp

    Entertaining video. I also like that you are a right hander and know how to use your rod and reel Justin Johnson on the shovel guitar is a nice choice of sound track That guy can play anything with strings Cheers Rod
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    Why don't I catch fish?

    Once you get over the current disappointment, re phrase the question from a negative to a positive. ie what do I need to do to catch fish? Any endeavour that requires some skill, research, practice, dedication and a heap of failures will, in the end be more rewarding and character building once the success comes. Cheers Rod
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    Northbank 750HT Info

    The ultimate under 3.5t trailerable offshore boat (IMO)
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    Northbank 750HT Info

    G'day Yeah over width and over 3.5t would be a pain, great buys in that sector for those that can make it work. Interstate buying can be good, done that twice and worked out well. Extra costs but more selection and usually better prices. Just a thought. All good fun though, research research, looking looking Cheers Rod
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    Northbank 750HT Info

    Oh well, onward and upward I like to keep an eye out on whats for sale, just an interest no plans to change myself. Yeah 3.8 tonne is pushing it with a regular 4wd, the big landcruisers would be ok if you have one, they can be upgrade around 4 and with a tare weight around 2.7t would be good. A 4wd truck I've heard is another option. 2000 hours I don't think is much for a diesel, but may trigger some major service I guess. Pretty easy to clock up the hours when you have a truly offshore capable boat. Marco builds a very good boat I believe (and found out where their limit is ) Guessing but I reckon that boat would have been pushing $250K new. Limited market in that size, but as you say though, great for the cape. The hunt continues, good luck Cheers Rod
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    Northbank 750HT Info

    Wow this is a great buy if you can stand the noise of ali boats and have a tow vehicle suitable. https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/andrews-farm/motorboats-powerboats/7-7m-nautic-star-aluminium-custom-boat/1175719868 Cheers Rod
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    Northbank 750HT Info

    Wow, how annoying. Have been in a similar situation and things panned out favourably for us, hopefully for you to Cheers Rod
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    Northbank 750HT Info

    Another option I guess if your still looking is a Carribean 2300, classic performer that comes in at a reasonable price. Cheers Rod https://www.boatsonline.com.au/boats-for-sale/new/power-boats/caribbean-2300-base-boat-and-trailer-with-250hp-suzuki-4-stroke/190041
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    Northbank 750HT Info

    G'day Christien Just had a look at the witch craft, I've seen one of those recently and thought it was a gallant but different hard top layout to those I've seen. Now I know better. The Northbank seems a better buy and appropriately priced imo. I understand why your dad fell in love with the 600c, nice chunky boat with low centre of gravity, not like the 80's boats with the low transom etc. As advertised they are hard turning, you can pretty much go full throttle and full lock, first time I went in one the owner did this, I actually felt the g forces, much harder than I would ever turn but impressive. We were doing some filming. Not possible in our cat though, but we can go a lot faster and much more comfortable in a straight line Good luck Cheers Rod
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    Northbank 750HT Info

    G'day Christien We had a Northbank 600C for a couple of years. My impressions were good, well built, good layout, the finish perhaps not as schmick as some but good. Like other BMT packages the trailer capacity is pushing reality, though ours had a 3 tonne trailer rather than the usual 2t. I think the 600C is similar to other popular boats in the 6m range like the seafarer victory, very similar specs including weight. You'll notice some of the cheaper glass boats get the price down with less weight, but the Northbanks seem to be in a good slot in that regard. I liked the high sides, the 750 has very high sides at over a metre from memory. Some stand up game fishers don't like that much. One 750ht that sold went interstate and a couple of years later came back on the market and they had put a raised floor in the back, horrible, but demonstrates the point. A self draining deck would be a great standard for the 750. The only thing I didn't like was the floor, fixed carpet in the middle and slippery gelcoat either side, arggghh. Particularly tuna fishing, a nightmare. I fixed the slip hazard with heronaire tube matting, but that wasn't great either. when I cleaned the boat with a pressure washer the matting would re direct the blood and guts sideways in to the side pockets. Other manufacturers can make a non slip long lasting fibreglass finish (at least one anyway) that is easy to clean so I don't understand why Northbank continue down the same old path. If I had my time again I would rip out the carpet and get the whole floor refinished with a non slip additive (microbeads or something) or maybe seadeck or similar. I hate carpet in boats, though I understand why ali boat owners go that way to reduce heat and glare, but when I've had it in previous boats at least it was removable. I've never been in a 750ht except while its still on a trailer, but did consider buying one, in the end there wasn't a secondhand one available. The 750 came out after Clayton Marine closed down and I figured they saw a gap in the market where the Gallant 7.4 had been. The huge unclutered fishing area is enough to give any fisherman's or fisherwomens heart a flutter With a stern drive diesel economy would be great, but servicing can be tedious so they tell me. Overall, great local brand with the 750HT a worthy flagship. All in my opinion Cheers Rod