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  1. The PR knot tool or bobbin is a tool used to help tie the PR knot, and keeps the wraps of braid tight around your leader. It is easy to use and ties excellent knots, reportedly maintaining 95 - 97% knot strength. I saw some guide's in N.Z. who chase XOS size kingies, using them a few years ago. They swear by them so I bought one and have found it brilliant. Google the PR knot tool there is plenty of info out there. Cheers.......... Dave
  2. Hi Zoran, I have owned a 150 Merc 4s for three years now and I am very happy with it. I have had 400 odd hours of trouble free ownership. It's on a 560C bar crusher and has more than enough power for what I need. A mate also has the same motor on a similar model Haines to yours. He has about 600 hours on it and is very happy with it's performance and economy. I'm not sure what prop he's running but it pushes his Haines along without an issue. Cheers.......... Dave
  3. I've just come back from a charter off Exmouth W.A. to the Montebello Islands. We caught a few fish that size, colour and style. The crew referred to them as Estuary Cod, with anything over a meter having to be released. I caught one which would have gone 50kg easy. I did have some great photo's which would have helped with the I.D. but my phone got damaged on the last day. Google the w.a. fishing rules for estuary cod, which may help you out. Cheers............ Dave
  4. Hi Jeff, Once you are happy with the position of your transducer and achieved the best readings possible I'd mark the location. Between the stainless steel transducer bracket and aluminium hull fitting, I use a cut out of a polyethlene cutting board to separate the two metals. If using 316 stainless bolts use polyethlene washers, nylon nuts and tef gel. Or go with the large aluminium rivets with aluminium mandrels. Also remember to re-paint all screw holes before fixing. Hope I'm not telling you how to suck eggs. Cheers.. Dave
  5. Thanks Fab certainly something to keep in mind. I had been told this but now I know why. Never too old to learn, cheers...... Dave
  6. Can't help with any first hand information, but you might try the Braidwood Fishing Club who are on facebook or meet at the Servicemens Club in Braidwood. Hope this helps. Cheers......... Dave
  7. Looks like it's had a recent refurb, but well looked after. I've been in similar and as they are light feel a bit like a bobby cork but certainly capable and easy to maintain. But I think the Carribean in your other post would be a better sea boat. Cheers...... Dave
  8. Hi Mate, Before you go changing props it may be worth checking that the outboard is set up correctly. What are the problems you have now? Is it at the right height? What is your maximum rev range at the moment? Are you achieving the manufacturers recommended rev range at wide open throttle (WOT) for that model outboard? As for a spare prop, it's great to have but probably not essential. Hope this helps........... Dave
  9. I've been looking at a Aussie site called Fish Ranger, which has been pretty good.
  10. Have a look at grays online there is an ex fisheries tinnie, with a 25 yamaha 4 stroke going for half that price. It closes in a few hours............
  11. Is it possible to fit a decent combo sounder/gps in the area occupied by the old sounder and the charging port to the left? Or possibly put a blank plate in to cover the navman hole and then mount a new sounder on the dash to the left of your gauges? Cheers...... Dave
  12. Hi Rah, Kegging is the only way to go I reckon. Hell of a lot less stuffing around and generally full proof...... How are you sealing the wert while it's fermenting? Is it possible something got into it during the process? Possibly got a bad can of Cerveza?? I'd just chalk ti up to bad luck and brew another.......... Good luck with it. Dave
  13. The makos would have been there eating something. It can frustrating but fun. Sounds like your sounder is set up pretty well as it is. Good luck I'm sure we'll see that trophy photo soon. Cheers Dave
  14. Hi Brett, Yeah it's been pretty good down here lately. The coast out the front of Batemans Bay is pretty featureless, unlike Browns etc. We've picked our spots by having a look at decent navionics maps, looking for tight contour lines where you'd expect to see steep drop offs etc. Places directly east of a decent river system are also worth looking at as the mountain ranges, valley's, water courses will generally continue well out to see and over the shelf. Worth having a look at your maps around Wollongong and then just go prospecting. We've found some productive new ground this way. A decent sounder helps a lot too. Good luck with it and hope you get it wired. Cheers........ Dave
  15. Top fish is a Blue Eye Trevalla, middle is a pink ling and the bottom is a collection of ocean perch. Cheers........ Dave