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  1. Bloody Media And Boffins.

    I posted in @Smasher’s post a little while ago - could this have been the one he let getaway earlier in the week !! Cheers Z
  2. Big shark Botany Bay

    Hmmmm.... Big shark hooked in Botany Bay earlier in the week and then today we have a suspected great white attack 20m from shore Botany Bay (La Perouse).... perhaps you should have landed the bugger Smasher (in the words of Jaws - get a bigger boat!)..... Cheers Zoran
  3. Big shark Botany Bay

    NICE !.... bet the heart was racing when that shot out of the briny !!! He he he. Thats what fisho's live for. Cheers Zoran PS - Top first post congrats....!
  4. Another day in Paradise...

    Love the report ! .... and congrats on the catch. I rarely (never) fish fresh - just not set up for it - but seeing this makes me want to have a go! ... BTW, perhaps you should name that yabbie "Arnie" for pulling out the cod and staying whole ! Cheers Zoran
  5. First Keeper Red

    Great report @antonywardle! You'll have to teach me the snapper spots mate - I have been struggling with that species. The final feed looks delish! Regarding you lucked out... not sure how that happens in one trip - must be a manufacturing problem for sure! Warranty??? BTW, I have used Silstar crystal tips (like ugly sticks) and Penn crystal tip rods... some I have owned since 1990's and they are still going strong... the hypalon rubber grips are starting to harden but the rods and guides solid as.... may not be the fanciest rods around but they get the job done day in day out. Cheers Zoran
  6. Swordies bag out on crabs

    Awesome !! there anything you guys can't catch??? You certainly put the effort in....all the best... Cheers Zoran
  7. Hey Raiders, I've been busy the last two weeks, but late Friday afternoon the Mrs and I decided on the spur of the moment to go out early Saturday morning in search of some flatties. I'd been monitoring BOM and Seabreeze and the outlook was for 27C, with Southerly winds that were forecast to die down by mid morning and then swing to a gentle Easterly ... all on a 0.8m swell ... so a cool(er) option to sitting at home in the heat and humidity! Checked the freezer only 2x200gm squid packs for bait left over from god knows when - but combined with some plastics should be ok for a quick bottom bash sesh, finished hooking up the trailer hitch and packing the gear in the boat just before the Friday afternoon thunderstorm - gods were smiling ! ... so all looked good for the trip. 3.30am departure from home, quick stop to top up boat fuel at Thornleigh, 5am three boats already at Parsley bay ramp infront of us all launched with minimum fuss - experience helps... and 5:30am we're off motoring out in the dark....heading out a few km East of Barrenjoey. Tried a few spots, 30m, 40m ... water was a bit sloppy, it was humid and hazy. Mrs was having second thoughts about "agreeing" to come out ---"hey I thought it was a mutual decision!" -- apparently not. Breakfast on the boat with the sunrise was just awesome ... (I had to get the rod in the view - thanks for the new reel DINGA!)....still no fish in the esky! But by 10am... the Mrs has had enough of the sloppy water bumping the boat around and reeling in juvenile flatties from 40m (we must have released about 100 by then), I suggested we try 50m but she wanted to head back ... we compromised and headed to the 20-27m ground around Trawleys. Well here things were quiet. Nothing. Not even juvenile flatties. NOTHING. So Mrs got bored and decided to hit the bunk and have sleep. A few minutes later, I upped anchor and moved us back out 50m grounds. Dropped a line over the side - to an immediate double hook up of two 30cm flatties -- released those but they were bigger and my spirits lifted. It was now 11.30am. Mrs woke up and decided to join me - no comment about the location or where we were. Then in the next 30min she pulls in 4 flatties: 60cm, 62cm, 50cm, 55cm...and ofcourse the oddball fish of the day - a spotted whiting. I only manage 2 keepers for the whole day - 2 flatties at 40cm. Hmmmm.....REALLY !!!!!!! Cheers Zoran
  8. Broken Bay - spur of the moment

    Hi Saltrix.... nah... they were all blue spot .... kindy and juveniles....all misbehaving smashing baits far too big for them and being a general nuisance. We got a few spikeys few trips back but none on this trip. Cheers Z
  9. Broken Bay - spur of the moment

    HA HA..... yes, she can give me a lesson in baiting and winding in fish.... And perhaps I might offer her a lesson, in: 1. planning an offshore trip based on weather etc 2. packing the boat and gear 3. choosing the fishing spot 4. preparing the rod, lines and rigs etc. Or perhaps I just stay quiet and enjoy what I have !!! Seriously we get along really well but waste no opportunities to stir a little. But have you ever wondered two fishos - identically rigged rods, with identical line, bait, sinker and set up ... fishing in 50m of water 2m apart ... how does one catch fish and the other doesn't ? What is it? Cheers Zoran
  10. Flathead outside and Harbour Kings

    Awesome... nothing like changing it up if it ain't producing...and Saturday was sloppy ! Cheers Zoran
  11. 80cm 5KG Kingfish - Botany Bay, Sydney

    Nice one guys!.... love the plan and the video. I wish I could convert each squid to a king ! Cheers Zoran
  12. Second Battery Suggestions needed

    As I understand it.... "In line" means that battery1 -ve is connected to battery2 -ve... and battery1 +ve is connected to battery2 +ve..... so both batteries are in-line with their polarity...delivering a 12V system but with the combined AMP rating of the two batteries (if they are both switched on at the same time) to the electrical system. This is as opposed to "in-series" which means that battery1 -ve ( becomes the ground), battery1 +ve is connected to battery2 -ve, and battery2 +ve (is the live).... this delivers 12V+12V=24V system (infact it acts as one big 12plate 24V battery). Most recreational boats, starter motors, accessories etc are 12V so we don't typically have to worry about delivering 24V on our recreational craft. Regarding Hybrid batteries. ... they are constructed to be able to consistently service a hi current draw load (eg outboard motor start) and then also service the slow drain load that you get by running lights etc all night. They are more expensive than say just "Start" batteries. Personally, I have never bothered having anything on board but start batteries....I have found that as long as you keep them charged, or charge them ASAP...then they will last a long time (10yrs in my case). Consistently draining a start battery to dead flat will reduce its life span significantly... so weigh that against your type of fishing (will you be draining a battery flat consistently) against the cost extra cost of a hybrid battery. Cheers Zoran
  13. Light install for deck

    I was referring to isolating the positive supply to the LED driver/remote receiver without having to disconnect the battery. If something goes wrong with the LED driver/remote receiver, you'd want to be able to switch it out of the circuit (switch +ve off) and still be able to run your other lights, motor etc. Whether you do that at a switch panel, or with an inline switch that runs just the LED driver/remote receiver is a matter of wiring convenience. There should also always be a fuse or breaker in the circuit to handle overload/short circuit scenarios. Cheers Z
  14. Light install for deck

    Hi Omally... I would still recommend installing an isolator switch so that all power to the LED driver/remote receiver can be switched off. Cheers Z
  15. Light install for deck

    Hi Sam... many cabin/deck lights come with their own integrated switch and just have a twin wire tail (+ve and -ve) for connection . ... you could certainly hook something like that to your at rest light circuit (the deck lights do not draw much current and the at rest circuit fuse/breaker should be able to carry the extra load). My deck light is an Red-White LED model and the switch has 3 settings, Red/off/White. The red light gives you plenty to see by but preserves night vision. The white can be quite blinding on the water. You have a choice of where to attach into the existing circuit... i) run a twin cable to the existing circuit fuse/breaker or the existing switch (doing this lets you run the deck light independent of the at rest light - I do that often packing my boat etc) ii) splice into the wiring somewhere near the existing at rest light or solder to the light's terminal connections. (Ideally somewhere you can effectively solder and waterproof the joints). Cheers Zoran I have something like this installed: This is the light it throws:
  16. Alvey 650BE1 “Rockhopper” Sytem diagram?

    Yep. The pdf says BE but it’s underthe BE1 description and website link Suggest you contact Alvey to find nd out what is the difference. Best of luck Mate. I have 2 Alveys in my arsenal and they are rock solid. Cheers Zoran
  17. Alvey 650BE1 “Rockhopper” Sytem diagram?

    Mate its on their website.... Look down the page and you will see this... select spare parts... there is a PDF to download with the exploded parts list. Here's the link to directly get it.... ......partial screen shot below... Cheers Zoran
  18. Hawkesbury help! - Brooklyn

    Hi Gigs, I'll have a go at giving you some answers and perhaps some of the more local anglers can chip in. Your post reminds me of my very first trips to the Hawkesbury as a 9yo with my dad hiring single cylinder diesel driven wooden "put put" boats from Brooklyn. Since you're only planning to fish the 4hrs between 8-Noon... realistically you have missed the typical dawn fishing peak and now your biggest obstacle will be distance and the speed of "skinny" to try and find some viable spots. I suggest the that you study some maps - even google maps to get a sense of the general layout of the river near your boat pickup, and the distances of surrounding structures and features from the H/Afloat pickup. Perhaps also call H/Afloat and ask them about "skinny's" realistic cruising speed so that you get a sense of how long it will take to get to one of those features and hence how much time you have to allow for travel there and back. They will be familiar with the river landmarks and be able to tell you how long it would take skinny to get there. Here is a quick google maps view of where H/Afloat is located. To get into the river, you have to get around the top of Long Island and head toward the road bridge. You can see from my snap above that its about 1km to the road bridge ( and at least another 0.5km to the northern pylons which have a hole and hold good fish - but in my experience this is a night spot - I have not heard of good catches during the day). ...and if fishing here you should be anchored so the tide will carry your baits towards the bridge. Generally I wouldn't recommend you try and fish around what looks like a little island under the letters "EY" of Mooney ... this area is a very shallow mud flat - but it really depends on what the tides are doing, what the lighting is like and what your level of experience is with throwing softplastics around mudflats for flathead. Also you don't want to run "skinny" aground. Turning left under the road bridge and heading further up river another 2-3km across from Milsons island there is an area called the "Vines" - this is a known spot for bream / flathead etc. Its sheltered in a Northerly wind and can be pleasant. Turning right, away from the road bridge, you start to head down stream and 2-3km down you will see another bridge and set of pylons - this is the rail bridge. Again there are holes on both sides of the northern pylons. Another 2km and you will be around Dangar Island - the locals have reported good fishing along the channel that runs between Dangar and the SE headland ("Wobbly") where there are 16m deep holes - I am not sure how they fish late morning though as boat traffic will be high(er)! If you keep going another 4km down stream you get to Juno Pt or across from it Gunyah Pt and these spots are also known good fishing spots especially on a run out tides. Now you are 9-10km away from your launch point, and if skinny can cruise at 10km/h its going to take you 1hr to get here, at least 1hr to get back (depending on wind and tides) so that leaves you a 2hr fishing window. My second suggestions is that you study the tide charts for the day you plan to fish to help you decide if you will fish the upper or lower stretches.... given the 4hr window you have, the ideal would be that you are fishing both ends of a tide changeover, and that you are travelling with the tide on the way to the spot and on the way back. Perhaps book your trip based on the day the tides work in your favour in that 8-12 period. Best of Luck! Cheers Zoran PS - in the old days, the folks hiring boats were prepared to get one ready for 6am pickup if asked.... I think your fishing prospects would be a lot better if you were fishing the 6-10am period.
  19. Outboard Motor - 40HP Mercury Lightning XR

    Oh... if its a rebranded 40HP electric start Tohatsu ... then I can vouch for that machinery .... had one from 1989-1996 ... faultless gutsy performer. Navy blue leg and silver cowl ... easy to maintain and always delivered. Cheers Zoran
  20. Solar Pool Heater

    Well done @antonywardle !! Brilliant. It’s got me thinking. Cheers Zoran
  21. PB Dolly

    Great fish and great report. Congrats.
  22. Broken bay wide

    Great Fish mate ... well done !! Enjoy the BBQ ! Cheers Zoran
  23. Black plastic block

    Nice job 👍! cheers Z
  24. Trolling lures

    Nice Report, nice King’s and very nice Rig 👍!! Congrats. Cheers Zoran
  25. Only in America

    Sorry mate.... can't open link.... says I'm a troglodyte and I need to sign in to FB .... Cheers Z