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  1. Fish ID. [ Crimson Banded Wrasse and Blackspot Goatfish]

    Top one is definitely a crimson banded wrasse, not sure about the other 2. Middle one is some sort of goatfish, but I don't know exactly which one.
  2. plenty of fish, not much size

    Very true. I caught my first and only hartail in the middle of summer in the middle of the day in a spot known for kingfish not hairtails. A year earlier we went on a week long trip to catch hairtail, and ended up with a kingfish by-catch in the middle of the night in the middle of winter, in a spot known for hairtail.
  3. Warranty n Reel Care

    For number 2, acetone is a good way to get rid of old grease, because it is very strong and doesn't leave a residue. Keep in mind it is a pretty dangerous chemical, wear gloves and avoid breathing in the fumes. It will also destroy anything painted surface or plastic, so only use it to clean purely metal parts. If you have one, an ultrasonic cleaner is a great way to clean bearings and parts very easily and quickly. Fill a little glass jar with the acetone and put it in the cleaner, but don't put the acetone straight in because it will destroy the plastic. If you don't have one I would recommend buying a cheap one off ebay for 10 bucks or so, because without one it is really hard to get all the grease out of bearings, and it takes ages.
  4. Bearings replacement for Stradic 1000FJ

    Funnily enough the line roller is the only bearing on the reel that is working properly. I'll just order one of each of the bearings, and leave the current line roller bearing as a spare. What do you mean by a spool bushing? I know what a bushing is, but I'm not sure which exact part I'd replace
  5. plenty of fish, not much size

    It's funny, this time of year you tend to catch bigger fish, but lethargic fighters and less of them. You were catching heaps of small good fighters, the exact opposite of what you'd expect. Guess that's fishing
  6. Bearings replacement for Stradic 1000FJ

    I'm going to order a set of new bearings from that certain P ebay seller. Seems like their products are pretty good quality. I've also seen some people talking about replacing the nylon worm gear bushing with bearings. Has anyone tried doing that, is it worth it?
  7. ID Fish. (Weedfish and Eastern Kelpfish)

    Bottom one is 100% an eastern kelpfish. Not sure about the top one
  8. Sydney Kings

    Love the colours on that fish, really nice looking king. Great catch
  9. Sorry for making heaps of new threads recently, but I've just had some trouble servicing my reel for the first time. Despite having gained a decent grasp on what I'm doing from extensive research, it still hasn't gone right. After hours of cleaning, servicing, oiling, greasing and trying to decipher reel schematics I had my stradic back together, before realising that it was even worse than when I started with. At first I was really confused why, but I've figured out that it's the bearings at fault. I didn't think they were too much of an issue because they felt smooth enough when spinning them with my finger. But then I realised that most good bearings can spin for about 10-20 seconds at least when spun on a pencil, and the longest any of my 4 internal bearings would spin by itself was 0.2 seconds, with the others not being able to continue spinning once I had stopped spinning them manually. I was thinking that if I'm going to replace them why not upgrade them. I was looking at Boca Bearings, but gee are they expensive. I bought the reel for 60 bucks used, so it seems a bit counterintuitive to me to spend double what I payed for on upgrading the reel. I'm also itching to get my reel back in commission and don't want to wait ages for shipping from America, so it would be nice to find an Australian seller. Can anyone recommend a good place to get some new bearings, and is it worth shelling out extra for ceramic bearings?
  10. Disposing of acetone

    I use grease on my larger reel bearings, but like you I prefer oil on the smaller ones. And this is a stradic 1000 spooled with 2lb fireline, so it doesn't get much lighter than that.
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  12. Disposing of acetone

    I was using pure acetone form bunnings, so it wouldn't be that. I took off the seals of my bearings, but they had metal seals anyway. I was doing it to wash out the old grease in my bearings so I could replace it with oil.
  13. Disposing of acetone

    Thanks for the suggestions. I took the evaporating approach, and left it in a shallow glass dish overnight, it's all gone now. One thing which I can't really explain is that after a 12 hour sit in the acetone everything has a thin white gunky film over it, have no idea where it came from. Any ideas what that could be? Other than that it cleaned everything well
  14. new rod?

    For bream I would say 1-3kg or even 1-2kg. Go as light as humanly possible, not only is it way more fun, but you get better sensitivity and it is more comfortable and easy to throw all day. I have a 0.5-2kg bream rod, and have even caught big trevally and 80cm+ flathead on it with no problems whatsoever.
  15. Disposing of acetone

    I have just cleaned my bearings using acetone for the first time, and am amazed how much crud came of them in a very short amount of time. However, my issue now is that I have no idea what to do with it. I have about 150mL of acetone in a glass jar, how do I get rid of it?