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  1. Is this a live bait tank or what

    I have seen underfloor live bait tanks similar to this in large American boats, however as there is no way to circulate water I think more likely a kill tank or fish storage. Ron
  2. Different type of Hooks

    I fish for jewies a lot and wouldn't use anything but the Gamakatsu Octopus Hook in size 6/0 to 10/0 depending on size of bait. These can be Uni knotted on end of line but I always use double sliding hook rigs for jew so I can adjust to size of bait.. Hooks with a kirb or twist have a slightly better hook-up rate than straight hooks however can cause line twist in strong currents. Straight unkirbed hooks are used in strong currents and also when trolling baits or swimming livies and squid such as when downrigging or bridling baits. My preferred hook when drifting livies for flathead is the Kale or widemouth hooks which aren't kerbed. Ron
  3. Ripper day

    I t you were right the first time calling them for Watsons LB.
  4. Boat identification

    I bought the last Lazeabout built by Quintrex in 1982 when the original true Quintrex ceased production and they had been flaring bows for many many years at that time. The more recent change change was in 2001 when the flare (millenium hull then blade) was added to bottom so both bow and bottom are stretch formed. I now have 2001 5.6 Quinnie Classic with Millenium hull and it makes a huge differenceto the ride.
  5. Boat identification

    Looks to me that the bow may be flared through the rego number and forward. If so its a quinny as to my best knowledge only Quintrex could stretch mould a flared bow in aluminium. Ron
  6. Bought a boat

    Looks good, much better than my 1st 2 boats. Don't want to be a knocker, but I would invest in a couple of decent PFDs (life jackets). Those old block ones meet legal needs and are ok as bumpers or seat cushions, but I wouldn't trust them to keep me afloat if I got into trouble.
  7. VHF Radio issue

    Hi. You said new boat, is the radio also new ? If new contact GME as it would have a warranty. Ron
  8. I have posted this elsewhere in a feed but thought it more appropriate here. I used to camp on a river with big tide variances which meant I had to anchor overnight with boat way off the bank or wake to possibly have it high and dry. Also good for anchoring off beach while onshore. I have seen photos of boats anchored in tropical lagoons using the same method. Bit hard to explain what I did but here goes. Get a large stainless ring about 2 or 3inch diameter at least and attach this to end of anchor chain on large anchor. Run end of LONG rope through ring and attach end to front bollard. Drive boat a fair bit wider than you want boat to sit. Feed out rope and lower anchor to bottom and slowly back up to beach feeding anchor line out as you go. You will have doubled rope out front and can feel it feeding through the ring as you go. Go a short way, pull on both doubled ropes to ensure chain straight and anchor is set in bottom. When you get out on beach you have 2 options. If rope is long enough pull it all out of boat and attach end to rear bollard, or alternatively you can attach another rope to bollard. You now have 2 ropes on beach. Now pull boat out with 1st rope that is running through ring feeding out rope from rear bollard rope as you pull other rope in. Boat moves out to where you want it. Make sure you don't go too far as anchor may lift if your too far on top of anchor. Now tie off both ropes on shore to tree, another anchor, post etc. To get boat back to shore you pull in rear rope letting bow rope feed out. The 1st rope can also run from stern if you want boat pointed the other way but unless you have a strong offshore wind you mostly want bow pointed out from land. Hope this helps. Ron
  9. Broughton Island 9/3/18

    Hi all especially TK01. I was surprised to hear you anchor off shore and swim out to boat in the dark, this seams a bit dodgy given it's prime noah time. I have my trailer set up so I don't even get my feet wet. I used to camp on a river with big tide variances which meant I had to anchor overnight with boat way off the bank or wake to possibly have it high and dry. I have seen photos of boats anchored in tropical lagoons using the same method. Bit hard to explain what I did but here goes. Get a large stainless ring about 2 or 3inch diameter at least and attach this to end of anchor chain on large anchor. Run end of LONG rope through ring and attach end to front bollard. Drive boat a fair bit wider than you want boat to sit. Feed out rope and lower anchor to bottom and slowly back up to beach feeding anchor line out as you go. You will have doubled rope out front and can feel it feeding through the ring as you go. Go a short way, pull on both doubled ropes to ensure chain straight and anchor is set in bottom. When you get out on beach you have 2 options. If rope is long enough pull it all out of boat and attach end to rear bollard, or alternatively you can attach another rope to bollard. You now have 2 ropes on beach. Now pull boat out with 1st rope that is running through ring feeding out rope from rear bollard rope as you pull other rope in. Boat moves out to where you want it. Make sure you don't go too far as anchor may lift if your too far on top of anchor. Now tie off both ropes on shore to tree, another anchor, post etc. To get boat back to shore you pull in rear rope letting bow rope feed out. The 1st rope can also run from stern if you want boat pointed the other way but unless you have a strong offshore wind you mostly want bow pointed out to sea. Hope this helps. Ron
  10. Wading shoes

    Crocs are OK but I find they get sand in them which can chafe. I prefer dive booties that come just above the ankles with decent sole to keep sand out and protect ankles. Ron
  11. Narra lake poddy

    I specialise in catching big flathead and use a kale or big-mouth hook size 1, 1/0 or 2/0 depending on size of bait. these hooks usually pull back out like a circle giving a lip hook-up which makes releasing the big ones easier. I put hook into mouth and out through top of head in front of eyes. There is a roundish bump in front of eyes, you go through middle of this. I would use the lighter rod as I use 2-4kg rods and only 1kg pretest line and have managed 2 flathead over 5.5kg and both 97cm. Ron
  12. Confused about which boat to buy

    If I were you and still undecided even on glass V alloy I would try to get a ride on as many boats as I can to make a better decision. Go to a busy boat ramp like Botany on a fine weekend arvo have a chat to owners of boats you fancy and get their feedback. Decide on make/model that suits you and be prepared to travel to find one. I was after a 5.6m Quinny Classic with Millenium hull and travelled from Sydney to Surfers to get one at a good price and it suits all my needs well. Best advice I can give if going 2nd hand is look during winter as competition is down as well as prices and Dealers are also more desperate to sell if buying new. The boat show also usually has better than normal package deals. Ron
  13. braid(again)

    We are getting a bit off topic now talking about sacrificial ends for when you get snagged, but here is my idea. If using sinker on bottom of rig such as a pasternoster rig and your sinker is getting snagged all the time use the most misunderstood rig of all time the drop-shot rig. You leave the tag end for the sinker as is with no knot. You then slide on a ball sinker of required size and the hold in place with a tightly clamped split shot. If sinker snags you apply a steady pull and split shot will slide off end and drop your sinker. your rig remains intact and you just put on another sinker. Ron
  14. braid(again)

    Hi Baz. I have tied a double when using light braid like 2-4lb but usually just tie single braid with double uni to doubled breakaway. I don't use a double in leader and have never tried to tie an FG with doubled braid. Hope to see you soon Ron
  15. St George’s Basin

    Hi Bruce. I fished the Basin 2 weekends ago for 2 1/2 days while fishing the ANSA Nowra Convention and between 2 boats we caught 2 bream, 2 just legal snapper and 2 small flathead. Despite recent reports that it was fishing well I have never seen the Basin so dead. I don't consider myself a mug as I have won the estuary section of this comp 7 times with flathead between 3 and 5.64kg all on 1kg pretest line so I think it's not fishing to its usual standard. Flaties usually congregate more in one area down there but I couldn't find them even with advice from locals. On the 2nd day I did get 1 good run from a big one which dropped the bait and also hooked a good one that pulled the hook after a 20 metre run. Sorry I couldn't help. Good luck. Ron