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  1. I wouldn't be buying any squid to use as bait that has come into contact with freshwater, including the ice slurry you are talking about as it is extremely unlikely the slurry is made from saltwater. I would suggest finding a good bait shop that sells frozen hawkesbury prawns by in the 1kg bags or bigger. Keep in mind alot of the "fresh" prawns and bait at the bait shop and fish shop is often "already thawed" bait and has been frozen. Drop the frozen 1kg bag on the bench or floor to loosen them up and take out what you want on the day and seal it back up. You may want to keep them in an airtight container as prawns often spike holes in their bag. You can do similar with IQF pilchards. Salted pilchards also keep happily in the fridge, but do smell if not packed carefully. So keep them in the vegetable crisper so as not to contaminate the real food in the fridge.
  2. It is highly likely that your drag will have a clicker in it permanently unless it has broken. It will be click no matter how tight or loose the drag is. The clicker will most likely be a tiny metal flap on a spring on the underside of the spool, there is a spiky cog on the base of the spool shaft that the little metal flap will click over and make a "ting, ting, ting" noise. The volume will depend on the reel. I would strongly suggest that you are watching your rod to see if the tip bounces indicating bites. Unless you have something else you need to be doing you are better off holding the rod. If you are trying to fish the method of light drag for the fish to swallow the bait then the idea is minimal resistance on the bait. If you are leaving you rod unattended in the holder you should definitely have the drag backed down so you don't lose your rod (unless you have a serious rod holder). You should still watch your rod because if you get a bite and don't see it you might be waiting for nothing with no bait. Do not strike just because you have had or are getting a bite. Often with livies and big baits the fish grab the bait, swim a little bit and re-grip or turn it around to swallow it. So i would wait until the fish has steady momentum or is accelerating before attempting to set the hook. You can carefully pick the rod up and point the tip at the fish to minimise resistance. When you decide to set the hook i would not strike back aggressively, i would have the rod lowered and either quickly do the drag up the 2.5 turns or grab the spool. Either of these tricks will cause the rod to load up with pressure as the belly is pulled out of the line. As the rod loads up, smoothly raise the rod to increase the pressure on the fish and the hooks should find their way into something solid. If you are on the beach you can walk backwards instead of having to wind. Then you can adjust the drag quickly, remembering that if you let go of the spool it may start spinning quickly and release pressure (bad). One bonus of this method is you are less likely to rip the bait out of the fishes mouth and spook it or rip the bait off the hooks if you don't hook up. Fishing for jewies these days i use a skinny squid strip and two octopus circle hooks with plenty of hook point exposure. I have the drag set to fighting even if it is in the holder (on the beach this is a picket driven in with a mallet). Small livies same deal. Big livies i would hold the rod and have a baitrunner reel or would have the drag in fighting tension and the bail arm open and hold the line lightly with my finger, to let it go when he grabs it. Then flip the bail arm shut to strike. For kingies i would have one livebait hook through the nose of the livie and use the free spool method or a squid strip with the drag in fighting mode. Most importantly, be prepared for many many trips without a decent bite, let alone catching a fish. We don't get a decent bite or fish on a lot more trips than we do. I had about 20 trips to wanda beach before my first jewie down there and almost another 30 before the second fish. I probably had almost 150 hours fishing specifically for jewfish out of the boat before i caught my first one and that fish was because someone came out on my boat and taught me how to. Even fishing for bream and flathead most people do not catch keepers all the time.
  3. The reels Blaxland is talking about here are a specific type of reel. Not all spinning reels have this feature and it is unlikely that your reel is a baitrunner style. The little switch you are talking about on the back is for the anti-reverse and not fit for the purposes of using like a baitrunner. I really only use it when servicing/lubricating reels. If you want to fish that style of having a light drag with the rod in the holder you are best just to set the drag light and then grab the spool to set the hook and then tighten the drag to fight the fish. The best way to do this is to set the drag to how you want it to fighting tension and count the number of turns (eg 2.5) you changed it down to the light setting. That way when you hook the fish you know you just have to turn the dial 2.5 turns and you are at the setting you want. It is difficult to reset it by feel when there is a fish helping you pull line off and you are trying to wind.
  4. I have never done it off the rocks down there but i would imagine off the rocks down there livebaiting for big kings that guys would be using double or triple that leader weight.
  5. Not all lures like to run at the same speed. Depending on your deep divers they may not handle the speed of the other lures and skip out. This can cause a massive tangle having a deep diver with two trebles dancing around amongst the braid of other lines. Rapala CDs and Xraps can often handle. As Rick says, always stagger the distance from the boat back to the lure so they dont tangle when you turn the boat. I would probably just pick one deep diver to run and the squid skirt. The boat speed will have to be dictated by the speed the deep diver is happiest going. Then check that it is fast enough for the squid skirt to swim properly. If the deep diver keeps skipping out and you don't think it is because you are going too fast try putting that rod on the other side of the boat. My favourite bonito deep diver has to be on a particular side of the boat or it cuts across through the prop wash and flips out. I could bend the tow point on it to "tune"it to run straighter but i haven't because i like it pulling away from the boat into the clean water and it works well at it's preferred speed.
  6. That's great news. I have one of those rods, they look pretty too. It has been out for one trip throwing poppers in the wash for kings but no fish yet. Shimano are normally pretty good at helping out like that wherever possible. That is why most of my gear is shimano.
  7. I haven't used it or even know if it is open but there is a boat ramp at the end of Hollywood Drive in Lansvale, It should be protected from wind and not have tidal flow/current issues. I also has a beach next to the ramp to walk/pull the tinny up onto. It is in Lake Chipping Norton so should be calm and have bream and flathead, possibly still EPs. If not there is Davy Robinson ramp near Flower Power off Newbridge Road, Moorebank. Once again i haven't used this one either but imagine it would be more subject to wind and tidal flow. It also has a smaller beach. If you want to drive further i can tell you that Oatley Boat ramp is pretty user friendly. All of these boat ramps will be slippery, especially at Low Tide when all of the slimy bit is exposed. The three most important things to remember when launching boats are the BUNGS IN, the HANDBRAKE ON when you get out of the car on the ramp and NO KIDS IN THE CAR ON THE RAMP EVER. List: 1.At Home - I put the bung in at home, you can practice start the motor at home if you are worried about it and you are about to drive an hour to the ramp. Dont forget the keys and or killswitch for the motor and the winch handle. Also if you are driving an hour from home you probably want a spare tire for the trailer and an appropriate jack and wheel brace. Go through your safety checklist for required gear for the boat. Don't be afraid to do things like stick Post It notes saying "Handbrake" on your rear view mirror in your car for the first few times, or have a tag on your boat keys that says "Bung". 2.In the ramp carpark - undo tie down straps and remove motor brace or block or whatever, make sure the motor is tilted up. Do not undo the safety chain or winch cable clip yet. Tie a rope to the front bollard of the boat for handling it once you push it off the trailer, if it is a bit longer (over 10m) it gives you more time and control in some situations but can be more awkward to handle. Make sure everything is in the boat that you need. But no people in the boat if its only a little tinny. If you have removable tail lights and number plate etc. for the trailer it can come off now. Just be aware i have heard stories that if you have a the number plate for the trailer on a board with your tail lights and you leave it in your car while you are out fishing then you can be booked for an unregistered trailer as it technically doesn't have a number plate on. 3. On the ramp- I always have my car window down and seat belt off when on the ramp in case the unthinkable happens. I dunk my trailer wheels right in and just make sure i wash everything when i get home but some guys keep the hubs dry, it depends on the person and the boat. I would back down far enough so the back of the boat is touching the water. If you like you can tie a big loop in the loose end of the rope to hang it over the winch post so you don't have to hold it while you push the boat off the trailer. Now you can walk your boat to the beach or jetty and tie it up, drag it up the beach, put the anchor in the sand while you park the car. I would start the motor before you set off from the beach so you do not drift away if it has trouble starting. 4. Retrieving the boat - do everything in reverse order, don't forget to put the ratchet on and safety chain from the winch post to the boat before driving away from the water.
  8. If you liked your Terez you could get another one, or a new black one or look at something like the Ocea offshores. I think you were either unlucky, or like you say it may have been bumped and had bruising somewhere causing a weak point and then possibly high sticked it a little bit more than it could handle in its condition. If you are predominantly bait fishing (Live or Dead) with it and want to back off on the budget you could track down a Silstar Crystal Blue. I fish a 701 6-10kg as a jewie rod and it is great for purpose. I fish up to 50lb braid through it on occassion but 30lb braid would be its limit. I also have the 3-5kg 8 footer i fish with 10lb. I haven't fished the extra heavy 7'6" 12-20kg model but if it is anything like the rest of the range it is good value for money. Just make sure you are happy with how your chosen reel engages with the reel seat I think they are discontinued but if you call around you might find one at a good price. There is a shop on Taren Point Road that has one advertised for $179.
  9. It appears there are 14'6" 10-15kg rods in stock at Auburn, Bankstown, Blacktown and Castle Hill for $200. I would call the store before driving anywhere
  10. I don't own one but have used them. They are very nice and i have been tempted to buy one for ages. I have a shimano aerowave graphite and an old model composite and can vouch for both of them also. I would definitely consider a prevail in pretty much any of the sizes. Alot of places stock them if you phone around you should find one.
  11. I have done this too. If you go to a shop that sells fly fishing stuff you can get smaller hooks. I have size 16 and size 20 on 2lb fluro leader. i use a large foam float stopper as a float, it is a bit smaller than a pea. You can use those clear plastic water filled bubble floats if you need casting distance.
  12. There are street lights around but not specific lights over the boardwalk. You will need to take torches for tying hooks etc. Unless it is windy there will highly likely be mosquitoes so take your favourite spray.
  13. That's the go. Maybe 5/0 and 7/0 or 6/0 and 8/0 for the livebait hooks. 6/0s can sometimes be a little small for good hook exposure on days where you can only catch massive live baits.
  14. If you are going to drive that far just go for it. Have a quick look for live baits on the way there but at least take one or two blocks of pilchards with you. I would drive straight there and troll home if you want, but i would still focus trolling time on likely areas. If the water looks good out there i would do a few hot laps of the FAD area and look for current lines on the way home. Depending on how calm it is it might take you 2 to 3 times as long to troll home as it took you to race there. If you just want to catch a fish trolling i would focus your trolling time in the general area within a mile or two of the FAD focussing on current lines (smooth and rough patches of water and changes in colour are the easiest way to identify them. They often look like a slick). If there are no fish there i would pull the lures in and race back to another FAD, fish trap or to the heads and troll for bonito. As you approach the FAD you will often see small dollies free jumping if they are there. You should also try to see them in the water as you drift past it. They will probably be an electric blue colour in the water.
  15. Gamakatsu Octopus Circles are pretty much all i use for jewies when fishing with squid (strips, heads or whole). They work especially well in the situation you are talking about with an unattended line and a drag set with some pressure so the jewie hooks himself before you even get to the rod when you see the bite. I have them rigged on a two hook fixed snell. Hook size between 6/0 and 8/0 depending on bait size. Generally 6/0 on the top and 7/0 on the bottom for strips. They would also be ok land based for kings if you are not fishing stupidly heavy line. I still haven't broken one yet, they are surprisingly strong. I still prefer the gamma live bait hooks for kings regardless. Match the size of the hook to the size of the bait (not the size of the fish you hope to catch) Where the gamakatsu octopus cirlces are not ideal of kings is slow trolling or super fast current as they are offset so they can make the bait spin, especially a squid strip of small livie. This is bad bait presentation, twists line and kills baits. In these situations you would use your gamma live bait hooks. I tend to use gamma livebait hooks for kings regardless. You could use an owner inline circle in any situation that you use an octopus circle or a livebait hook but i would use the others in the scenarios described. The offset eye on the Octopus circle lends itself to snelling. I even snell the bottom hook on too so the shank of the hook is parallel with the direction that the line pulls it. You could put an inline circle tied straight on as the bottom hook if you wanted