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  1. When ive seen large amounts of jellies in our lake it's been after the lake has been cut off from the ocean for a while and they seem to have a population explosion. This explosion has been in the cooler months when the fishing has been quiet so I can't say I've seen any difference in catch. When we do night dive surveys in Narooma river we often come across plaques of jimbles ( a close relative to the box jelly) these live on the bottom through the day so unless you dive in deep sections of river in daylight I doubt anyone would know if they were around or not. I haven't noticed any change in catch while outside fishing, in fact our snapper fishing turned on as the pink jellies turned up in numbers a few weeks back. Offshore I've come across extremely dense highways of bluebottles ( which we've also dived among). These big thick patches of bluebottles have all kinds of small fish among them as well as bigger predators such as striped tuna, so I'm far from put off by finding bluebottles. Yesteday I fished hard with some very skilled anglers onboard ( sponsored tournament anglers) .We fished Montague with just about every plastic, micro jig and bait you could wish for, there were no singns of any jellies and almost no fish. After around 6 hrs we gave up and headed for home, halfway back I spotted a brydes whale in 30m of water so headed over for a look. When I got to the area I had seen the whale there was a highway of bluebottles and the sounder lit up from the bottom to just under the surface. My first thought was leather jackets and keep the lines out but the sponsored guys onboard soon had plastics down among them only to have small gentle pulls I still believed to be jackets. These guys certainly new their stuff and claimed it was squid, where soon enough they were poling squid after squid into the boat ( something I've never seen in such numbers in my life ). There were also slimey mackerel taking the squid jigs and even good numbers of kings that simply wouldn't show any interest in anything we offered them ( think they were to full). Drifting off the patch was no problem as we simply kept heading back to the bluebottles, it turned a disappointing day into one of the most fun ones ever ( partly trying to avoid the ink wars).
  2. A simple Uni knot is one of the easiest and best knots to do, it's also ok for joining two different lines together. As for strengths and line diameters ( even knot strengths ) have a look here
  3. My daughter photographed a turtle eating bluebottles at Montague island a couple of hours ago, they are pretty important to turtles!!
  4. My local store stopped selling them due to the failure rate, you weren't alone.
  5. I fished with them for years from the shore in the UK, spin reels were rarely used back then ( talking 47years ago). Yes they certainly do take some getting used to, even more so than baitcasters due to the excessive forces you use in long distance casting. Just learning a pendulum action takes some getting used, then there's the tuning of the reel. As soon as you put your tuned reel on a different rod you may be finding the reel needs to be re- tuned. I could belt a bait quite a distance more using a multi but when trying to do distance casts in the dark with changing wind conditions things can very quickly go pear shaped ( unlike lobbing a bait with a spin outfit). Braking to stop overuns can be done by using special little plastic bushes that fit on pins inside the reel, also magnets and special oils like rocket fuel used in the bearings etc there's also the spool tension screw which is a basic break. Of course theres your thumb too which can easely suffer burns when doing big casts. I used to always take two outfits at night because sooner or later one will end in an all mighty mess which is multiplied when using braid. Ive knocked over jews to 24kg, landed sharks to big to weigh ( released from the shore) and even pulled rays about 2m wide onto the sand using spin gear on short powerful light rods and spin reels. Reels that have failed in breakages from the shore for me have been. daiwa slosh 20 daiwa slosh 30 penn 525 mag abu 7500 abu 5000
  6. I just checked and I've still got an old 13ft 4-8oz penn inxs that I used to use with multi's for sharks and jews. I've been trying to remember what I was going to do with it ( think I had a plan of turning it into a GoPro pole!!!) I used it with an Abu 7500.
  7. Agree with the above about not ruling out a 4.5, intact a little 3.85 quintrex explorer I used to own got towed all over Aus and was used in rivers to 6-7km offshore. Also those tiller boats leave a huge amount of free space especialy in those trophy style boats bellow 4m. If you move over to fibreglass hulls then a 4.5m can become an awsome little weapon even further offshore. Another boat I used to own ( one of my favorates ) was a formula 15, based on the 4.45 Haines hull. Those boats were and still are regularly out along the shelf chassing marlin. For me the sheer versatility of those little boats meant I could always get out for a fish somewhere, rivers and dams if the weathers bad and outside when it's ok. The running costs are simply so little once set up you never have to worry about filling up the tank etc. Having a boat you can fit through the garage roller doors is also a huge bonus, being able to leave all your gear inside the boat in the safety of your home means you are ready for a quick getaway if you decide to head out. The original boat mentioned would be awsome for the likes of the Hawkesbury etc, where you can shelter in the bays or slip out the front if the family felt game. The more hours you spend out there the more fun you should have and experiance you will gain.
  8. The Stradic 5000 fk is a good little reel for land based too if you want to keep the weight down, I've had one since they first came out which has been fantastic ( if only the kids would let me use it occasionally).
  9. Just to add, if you are using a 14-16 ft long distance casting rod I very much doubt you would be able to cast a whole mullet or tailor out as bait to those big beasties you mention. The longer the rod the harder it is to put pressure on big fish, simply try dead lifting a 3lt litre filled drink bottle using any rod over 12ft ( that equates to roughly just 6lb of drag pressure). I used to chase sharks and Jews using the long distance gear I brought out here from the UK, now I use 9-10ft rods simply because I can put more pressure through these and less strain on my back. I also don't see the point of using heavy line, that was an expensive lesson I learnt when using 50lb braids. The reason being the thicker line didn't allow as much on the spool, then once half or more of that was cast out I didn't have so much left on the reel to get big fish under control. The 50lb didn't let me put any more pressure than using 20 or even 15lb braid but by using lighter line It did allow me to hold more than double the amount which gave me far more time to apply side pressure to big fish by moving along the beach.
  10. This is my daughter using her one on bluefin.
  11. It depends on what sized sinkers you plan on using and how hard you cast them. 12 lb is actually quite strong enough to most most fish including jews, you just need a good smooth drag setting of around 4-5lb. I use 15lb as my heaviest from the shore but I do up the leader line when targeting bigger fish. Everyone will have their own proffered strengths, that's just what works for me ( by the way I use either 10 or 15lb braid).
  12. I bought a 4500 and 6000 saltiest and very quickly sold them on. I've owned a 8000 10000 and 25000 gosa which I've been very happy with. Personally I would get the 8000 gosa.
  13. I've also been filling 3lt bottles with saltwater for years, I also carry a couple with fresh water just in case ( having to carry 2lt per person can be a pain if I have 7 or so onboard). If im chassing jumbo sized kings and plan to keep one I line the big cooler bag with bottles but also need two bags of ice to go with it. The frozen bottles help keep the bags of ice frozen so I can simply pop them back in the freezer if I don't catch anything big.
  14. Always good to see a happy boater, nice cruise figures at 3500-4500 rpm.