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  1. thank you all. I see now there is a post commemorating jewgaffer, a true loss to the community.
  2. Hi guys, I'm looking at a second hand boat (Quintrex 450 estuary angler) and it comes with a 60hp bigfoot. This is the first time I've come across this variant and from my research it seems to be a design made for pontoon boats / house boats. I can see some forum members have this engine on their boats (jewgaffer, maybe you can weigh in here), however on other forums there are furious debates over poor performance when putting this engine on a conventional boat rather than a pontoon or heavily encumbered boat. Given the hull type, would you expect issues with planing, handling and speed? (Ive read top end speed is lower compared to an equivalent HP 4 stroke without bigfoot). Should I stay away and look for something else? Also, I had a peak at the engine and saw some salt buildup or is this corrosion? What part is this and should I be worried? Intended use would be for fishing, of course, two people seated at the front of the boat when moving and upto 5 people for bringing friends and family along (with less gear in that case). Forward controls if that helps with describing weight distribution of the people. Thank you all!
  3. just some quick googling - i can see that there is an option available and instock. If you were to google, with the speech marks: "SILSTAR CRYSTAL BLUE POWER TIP 7'6 SW EXTRA HEAVY 12-20KG 2PCE ROD" and from that same site, you can see there are two other "crystal blue power tip" models. the site im referring to sounds like "fair-go" ;-)
  4. hi all, i like to think of myself as bit of a kastking "konnoisseur" (spelling intentional). i've purchased and used kastking's: - "superpower" braid - 4x weave braid from 4lb through to 50lb - "max8" braid - 8x weave from 10lb through to 80lb - sharky II reel - 1500 size through to 3000 - kodiak reel - 5000 size only - blackhawk telescsopic rod (8 ft) - havent really put this through its paces my general experience has been positive amongst the sea of cheap cheap low quality chinese gear. Quality control is the biggest issue, so its just a matter of what has a higher chance (from reading reviews) of failing and avoiding that. for example: Braid: - the superpower braid is fairly average, largish diameter, about as strong as its rated strength. an OK product. - ..VS the max8 braid, handles very nicely, little bit (~5%) stronger than its rated strength, an acceptable product for everyday use. Reel: - sharky II - pretty robust reels, though susceptible to quality issues (i have 4, 2x have minor problems). - ...VS the kodiak reel - very well built, super strong, finish is excellent, smooth as silk - though double the price of the sharky (at the time). it would seem the "premium" products are where its at. often there will be sales on aliexpress where you can pickup some good deals (along with a further % discount via using cashrewards). happy to answer any queries people may have of the products. also - to respond to the Mela reel comment; reading the reviews of the reel on Aliexpress and a shop, its pretty clear that its a crap product, if i was to ever buy a reel from kastking again, it would be the kodiak (on special). the stealth (baitcaster) gets some good reviews, but i dont use BCs so i cant comment beyond what user feedback is available on the internet.
  5. hello all - thanks for the replies and suggestions. im weary of fibreglass - i keep reading about rot and soft spots and the weight! my car supposedly has 1400kg braked tow capacity (i assume means a trailer that has its own brakes...) I'm keen to go with an aluminum hull for weight and durability reasons. Have decided to forgo the cuddy cabin in favour of an open design, centre or side console. in my searches, i can see options in the 4.1-4.5m range - is this length asking for trouble?
  6. Thanks for that. Is 4.6m the minimum length I should consider? How about something like this: looks like it has some spray protection (foldable), but maybe too small (length and engine)... Also, is this a good price: Lastly, how do polycrafts stack up?
  7. Thank you all! Budget is max 14k, though I originally wanted to cap at 10k. I checked out the stacer and outlaw and I think a cuddy cabin design seems like the better option for cover (looks like a very comfortable drive as well being enclosed!) - how is the fishing affected though? Seems doable if just two people are fishing at the same time... Do they make aluminium CCs? Also, I drive a subarau xv, so I'm hoping that's enough for towing a boat up to 5m...
  8. Hi all, Like many others, I'm now considering a boat to take my fishing to the next level. I have an idea of what I'd like to do with my fishing but am not sure of what that translates into in order for a safe and comfortable experience. What I'd like to do is: * number of people: maximum of 4 people total, though 95% of the time will just be two people, so safety is the main priority here to support 4 (as opposed to having 4 ppl be able to fish comfortably). * waters: mainly sydney harbour. not sure about going past the heads, if i do will only be on good weather days (though having a boat that could handle a turn in the weather would be nice). * fishing style: lures mainly so lots of flicking, trolling and jigging - if that makes a difference. Would also like to have room for a live well for the occasional bait session. * weather protection: id like to be able to be shielded from high winds, ocean spray and of course have sun cover (bimini?). If faced with a decision, id pick safety over comfort. So what specifications (material, length, hull, engine, brand, expected price 2nd hand/new, other features) would you knowledgeable people recommend? I'm slightly fearful from all the horror stories and multiple boat purchases to get to the right one... thank you all in advance!
  9. Hi all, Looking to find some success using poppers! Is there anyone out there in the northern beaches or sans souci area (i know, north AND south) that could show me how to find fish with these? I'm still looking to build my collection so thoughts and suggestions would be appreciated. From what I gather, I plan to buy a variety of poppers that are: * 10cm to 18cm in length * 15g to 58g in weight * small cup face (stickbait-ish) and large cup face * colour not really that important, but will be leaning towards blue/black, silver/blue, silver/black/spots and green/yellow/white combinations Target fish would be any of the pelagics. My preference is to fish safe locations - i.e. dont want to risking life and limb on a rock face with pounding waves! Also - I'm not sure if this is the right time of year, maybe the summer... thanking in advance!
  10. Pink nippers, which you can pump from there area, would be great aswell. Tonnes of whiting and flathead around...
  11. Hey mate, in addition to the advice above, to help make things easier, up to you, i would buy the following (which i got for a friend recently) from an online store called dinga (they have pretty good pricing AND free shipping for members, so you need to created an account with them and log in to get the free shipping). Note: depending on the rod and reel you already have, you may be able to just strip the existing line off and put on some braid and it will make a world a difference - ideal beginner is the basic bream rod combo - 6'6 to 7' rod in the 2-4 KG weight rating and a 1000 to 2500 size reel. Graphite for the rod is nice, but fibreglass is still usable. If you have this setup already, then just get the braid and the leader. Assuming you are buying from scratch, i would buy: * Sienna 2500 reel - ~$53 (can be found as low as $45 elsewhere, before shipping) * Shimano Catana 2pc 7' 2-4KG graphite rod - ~$60 * rovex 250m of 10LB braid - ~$19 (not the best braid, but cheap and usable) * FC ROCK 100m of 10LB fluorocarbon leader - ~$19 (a good all-rounder weight rating) - Total = $151. PM me for the links. This will give you a nice light and responsive rod, dependable and smooth reel (dont drop it in the water though!), thin (ie casts far) main line braid and a strong, abrasion resistant, well-known leader. Its a lot of fun watching videos on how to spool a reel, do so before spooling yours. also some knots to learn: * Uni-knot and double-unit knot - used for tieing line to terminal points (uni knot) and joining main line (braid) to leader (double uni knot). * FG knot - for when you are using lures, this allows you to join the main line (braid) to leader material (fluorocarbon) with a knot that is tiny and can pass through the rod eyelets easily. Its a difficult knot though, so maybe reserve that for learning on a rainy day. In terms of actually fishing, my advice is: * go fish at jetties - easy to get to, usually other fishermen there so you can kindly ask for guidance on how to set things up, what fish they normally get there, what the best technique would be to use for the local waters etc... * for bait, youtube the "running sinker" rig or setup - this is a common setup that useful for bream, whiting and even flathead. you might even catch the odd trevally! * depending on your access to "flats" - you may be able to pump yabbies/nippers/pink nippers - these are an EXCELLENT live or dead bait to use that catches pretty much everything - some great videos on youtube showing how and the types of environments that are "flats". You would need to know a place though and also buy a yabbie pump (~$60) and also some accessories to make life easier (sieve, float and bait bucket - all totaling around ~$25), all up $85 - but quickly pays itself off. You need to be able bodied aswell! * for lures, soft plastics are a great place to start - though the rate of bites is far less than using bait but from my experience, you catch much bigger fish. bait will catch all fish, lures will catch big fish. just my opinion.
  12. I fished with three yakkas last night at the beach. Two without a sinker and one with a half Oz ball running sinker to a swivel. Double Snell hooks on each rig (one pinned top front of the dorsal and one pinned top behind of the dorsal). Two yakkas without sinkers still alive. One with sinker got its head bitten off. 1) what do you reckon it was that bit it's head off? (See pic) 2) should I have gone with a sinker on the other two rigs? what is the optimal rig for beach jewfish? (Line, leader, swivels, sinkers and weight) Thank you all in advance!
  13. You might be referring to my post (if not, you should read it!). What I've learned is: 1. Target flathead as a starting species. 2. Target drop off points and channels, likely to hold flathead. 3. need to cover a large area - I.e. be methodical with the casting arc (10 o'clock, 12 o'clock and 2 o'clock) before moving 10metres or so along the edge and repeating it. 4. Go with friends, together you cover a lot of area quicker - sharing the experience of the catch is great and boosts confidence. 5. Use 1/8oz size 1 or 1/0 jigheads for most applications. Berkeley power minnow 3" (colours; watermelon, pearl blue, pumpkinseed). Fairly light line (6-10lb braid, 8-12lb FC leader). Light rod where you can feel when the jig head has hit the bottom. Important to cover lots of range , use a heavier jigheads (such as. 1/6oz or 1/4oz) if it helps. 6. Standard cast, let it drop with a loosely tight line (so that you know when it hits the bottom), hard flick up once it hits the bottom, slowly reel line in sync with the speed of the drop so that you can maintain a loose tightness in the line without affecting the drop - again so that you can feel when it hits the bottom or gets hit. keep repeating till you retrieve all the way. As you can probably tell, keeping constant connection and feel with the jig head is important (but without impacting the way the jig head drops). This is a fairly reliable method - other variables may be to use two flicks instead of one. Hope that helps mate, I'm still yet to catch bream on sps, but can reliably catch flatties now.
  14. Hello all - thank you everyone who contributed to my other post about getting into soft plastics, it was an informative, fun and another to put some $$ into >< To mix things up, I've decided to explore the world of using a popular live bait - yellowtails / yakkas! I've worked out how to reliably catch yellowtail (burley mix + size 12 hook + tiny bait + handline). My objective is: to use yakkas landbased, in a safe location (i.e. no rocks with waves crashing on them), within Sydney (northern beaches, lower north shore, sydney south/Sans Souci). Targetting any thing that eats yakkas - just like with my SP learning experience, would appreciate any advice on where i should begin. My questions are: 1. What is good starting rod/reel/line/leader/rig to fish with yakkas? I have access to: - Rod: (1) 12ft graphite surf rod (40-100g lure weight), (2) 12ft surf rod (very very heavy fibreglass, can probably cast something huge), (3) 10ft light graphite rod (10-50g lure weight) and (4) 7ft 3-6kg rod (10-30g lure weight~). Also have standard light outfits (1-3kg, 2-4kg etc...) - Reel: various sizes - 1000, 2500, 3000, 4000, 5000, 7000 and 950(0) - Line: Braid - upto 30lb, Mono - upto 40lb - Leader: upto 40lb FC - Terminal tackle: have various "live bait" hooks - 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0 and 6/0, various weight sinkers and swivels etc... 2. Where is a good, safe location to fish from? preference is for proximity to the northern beaches, lower north shore and sydney south. Are most beaches are standard place to fish yakkas from? 3. What rig is ideal for (1) Salmon, (2) Kingfish and (3) Mulloway? Which fish is easiest to target this time of year/location per Q2. 4. What technique should i use with the rigs above? e.g. cast far and and let it sit, use a float/balloon etc.... 5. Any other advice? things i should know? How many yakkas do you go through, how to keep them alive (i have a bucket and battery-powered aerator) Thank you all in advance, as per my other post, ill update this opening post with the answers/responses received.
  15. Some catches from the weekend!