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  1. Also lighter line means less diameter and it will be better for distance casting which is often important in the surf depending on where the gutters are. In my view heavier diameter nylon line does have advantages in the surf as it is is less likely to tangle with your sinker in the wash than braid for example but as long as you keep some tension on the line this is generally not an issue. Cheers Jim
  2. I am in favour of the Saragossa too. There is a lot of common technology taken from the Stella range but without the cost. Cheers Jim
  3. 25 percent is way too high a rate to charge a wet cell lead acid battery. You can achieve higher with other lead acid batteries such as gel batteries. As far as I am aware ( I worked with Excide Batteries when I was in the Materials Handling Industry) there is no real impact on battery life from using very low charge current. You are correct that it is very difficult to find information regarding charging a battery too slowly and that's probably because it not really a problem and people don't write articles about things that are not a problem. If you want to charge a battery you should have a quality charger. Poor quality chargers or chargers not designed for lead acid batteries are a greater danger because they may not regulate correctly through the 3 stages of battery charging. So, if you accept that you should be using a decent battery charger then they are almost certainly going to be at least a 3 Amp capacity and therefor the whole issue about whether the charge current is potentially too low is gone. BTW. Let me know if you need a battery charger as I may have a spare one hanging around. Cheers Jim
  4. Lots of good comments here and I agree with many of them. Having fished JB regularly many years ago would tend to agree with Squidmarks about leader and line rating but also to some degree with JonD in that it can be tough hanging onto a long rod with a loaded drag and an angry Kingy on the end of your line. I believe many of the old LBG spots in JB such as The Tubes are now off limits but in the past this was a top location for Kings, amongst other species. Off the rocks you simply had to go heavy as possible and really put some hurt on big fish. Wedge yourself in the rock, get someone to hang on to you but unless the kings runs straight out to sea ( which they rarely do) then you will get busted off in seconds. We are talking 15Kg plus fish on a regular basis. As the best example I can think of check out the guys on Big Angry Fish for their approach to Big Kings off the rocks.Check our their web site and see how different the approach is to harbour kings on the flats. It certainly is different to Kings on the flats where they do let the Kings run a little and are easier on the drag. The same thing applies to boats of course when you can have a little water depth to work with. As a matter of interest the approach at The Tubes to Yellow Fin in particular was very different - these fish can strip off 500meters or more of line off in a single run without an issue and with that amount of line out the actual applied drag on the fish is impacted by the resistance of the line in the water and the mechanical advantage the fish has as the reel's spool becomes more empty. Getting reefed is less of problem than simple getting busted off because you didn't back of the drag as the fish took more line. Having said all that I do understand JohnD's experience as I think Kings tend to pull harder if you pull harder so with light line and less drag you may get them up higher in the water column early where the structure is less of an issue. Cheers Jim
  5. Hi, The 10% rule for wet lead acid batteries is all about making sure that the battery is not damaged through excessive heat which causes plate warping, electrolyte degradation or plate material loss. It certainly is not ideal to charge a battery too slowly as depending on where it is in the charge cycle it responds best to different charge rates and in the perfect world having a quality smart charger capable of a charge rate at least 10% of the Ampere Hour rating of the battery is ideal. Remembering that this will be a smart charger which will ensure constant current/constant voltage at the appropriate stage of the charging process. So.. if you had a 130 Amp Battery then a 13 Amp Charger is ideal but that is not to say that a 10 or 5 Amp Charger will do the job perfectly well but just in a shorter time. BTW, a 20 Amp Lead Acid Battery Charger wold also be fine as the charger will not the use the full 20 amps but simply regulate to the correct charging current for any sized battery ( assuming a average to good quality charger.) Lead acid batteries are quite a science so its no wonder that the whole subject is a little mysterious.... I think its more mysterious and complex than fishing! Cheers Jim
  6. LOL! I think that is worth a post topic of its own - Unusual Things I Keep in The Boat! Cheers Jim
  7. silver drummer

    I only used bread... although I did cast a few SP's around the place. To be honest I didn't spend a lot of time fishing on that side of the Island. We got into some Kings on poppers and stick baits on the headlands either side of Ned's Beach. I think we only landed one after being smoked time after time near the edge of the rocks. I was a little under-gunned for that outing. At the time the two youngest kids were 5 and 8 so I didn't really get much of a chance to fish. Cheers Jim
  8. They are pretty much all over the reef ... they will respond to pretty much anything at that size. They took the micro jigs on the day but they would have responded to pillies or strips of squid, whole cooked prawns are effective and of course live squid, yakkas or slimeys. Cheers Jim
  9. So...if I make a trip up the top end I might have to get a few Bird Lures! In a Ganet or Tern pattern perhaps!
  10. Check our the GT's catching birds
  11. silver drummer

    I have made a few trips to Lord Howe and found that the fishing off the wharf can be a little tricky. I am not sure about this but I do wonder if when fishing off the wharf the elevated position and clear water make you very visible to the fish and makes them spooked. My best success has been in the very low light periods at dawn and dusk using bread both as burley and bait. I wouldn't even cast a bait out until I saw them amongst the burley. Its a great place to fish and wonderful surroundings - I've got Lord Howe envy! Cheers and good luck. Jim
  12. Thanks! Well... that's a bit difficult as the wall is not a specific spot but a long drop off that runs approximately parallel to the shore line. I don't actually have the GPS coordinates anyway as I know approximately where it is by sight and when I am close I use the Navionics app to position the boat either for a drift along the wall or to anchor up just on the edge. All the locations I talk about in my posts are easy to find just by a Google search. Yes, the worms sure make a mess. The flesh was generally very pale too even away from the worm activity. Pretty creepy really... makes me think twice about eating raw fish. Cheers Jim
  13. Hi Raiders, Haven't been out for while (work commitments) so I gave myself the day off and headed out to Long Reef. It was a late night decision and I didn't have any bait so I decided so I decided to try a few SP's and micro-jigs. The swell was only 1.1 meters and there was bugger all wind so it was a quick trip to the reef. I stayed there for about 3 hours all up. The place was loaded with Trevally and Samson Fish (which were not overly large). I kept a few for the table... I prefer them both deep fried in a thin batter and cooked for just a few minutes... I think the Samson Fish is the better of the two done this way. The Trevally were all around the 40cm mark with one every so often well over 50 cm so that was a lot of fun. The kings were around too but the were all just shy of 65cm. The kings are fun at this size but they can run amok and tangle your other lines so after half a dozen or so I had enough of them unless they could send a few bigger models my way! (which they didn't). All the fish caught at Longy were on the same small 20 gram micro jig. I was fishing along the deeper side of The Wall and I could see schools on my sounder between 8 and 12 meters so I just let the jig go down to about 15 meters and tried a few retrieve methods . What worked best was a slow jig through the school and then a free-spool back through the school and repeat - most times they picked it up on the drop. There were a few barely legal Snapper around and lots of salmon schools feeding on small stuff... I hooked a few but as often happens they don't take the lure well when they are feeding on larvae so I lost the three I hooked up... they were perhaps 2KG of more. There were more schools of salmon around North Head and salmon and tailor in the harbour between Clifton Gardens and Cremorne Point. When I got home I filleted the big Trevally first but it was damaged by worms (see below) so it ended up in the burley bag in the freezer. All in all it was a very enjoyable day with plenty of action... Cheers Jim
  14. Great advice there Captain Spanner. The dollies will respond to pilchard cubes in the trail and pretty soon you will know what class of fish you are dealing with in and around the FADs. The Sydney Harbour fad can be a little tricky to fish sometimes as the currents pick up. I think the Botany FAD is a better bet at these times. Cheers and get out there early at the change of tide if possible perhaps when the water temp gets up a little too if you want to improve your chances. Jim
  15. Good job... nice looking bit of water too. I seem to remember Scratchie has a few tips in this area. Cheers Jim