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  2. Berleyguts

    Max reel drag for 2-4kg graphite rod

    Generally, 1/3 the breaking strain for strike drag. You can tweak it up a little during the fight, if necessary but sometimes it’s safer to just apply extra pressure with a thumb (overhead) or finger (threadline). Not wise to deadlift if you can help it. Use a net, or hold the rod horizontal so you can move the butt back beside your body then grab the leader and trace the fish. Back off the drag a little when you get the fish close. Sounds like you high sticked it. I’ve done that twice on graphite or composite rods and learnt the hard way. Glass is more forgiving.
  3. savit

    Max reel drag for 2-4kg graphite rod

    Thanks for the thoughts guys. As suggested - finally today I measured the drag I usually use, and the one that was likely used when I snapped the rod. No 2lt milk bottles at home, so I just used various combinations of 1.5l water bottles and sugar packs in a woolies bag - as a weight. So it is appeared that I usually use aprx 1 1/2 kg drag on a 2-4 kg graphite rod, while rod tip snapped below 2 1/2 kg drag during the mentioned session. The angle (when setting the hook) might went beyond 90 degrees due to elevation and the bite relatively close to the shore. The drag was high as the reel was used on heavier rod on a previous session and drag was not checked again on a current(lighter) rod. I usually pay a lot of attention to all that stuff during night fishing, however sometimes the half of brain already sleeps while the other half still wants to fish. I thought the rule of the thumb was max drag at 1/3 of breaking strain of the line, or that was later - when graphite rods were invented ? 😁.
  4. AP3

    New steering cable and helm stiff?!

    Thanks for the replies guys, and your excellent drawing Zoran! Looking at the exploded diagram for this motor though, it does look like it's supposed to be mounted the way it is: https://www.brownspoint.com/store/pc/BP_AP_AssemblyDetail.asp?ID=6394 I could try the other threaded hole, but from what I've been able to figure out, I think that one's for linking up another motor. Cheers, Andy
  5. dirvin21

    Safty and First aid kits on boats

    sure it's not 2 to 30? I work in a hospital and have not long done a mandatory reaccreditation in advanced life support which teaches 2 to 30 more importantly it's about quality chest compressions at a rate of approximately 100/minute it's becoming well accepted that chest compressions are all that is necessary outside the hospital setting I certainly wouldn't do mouth to mouth (in hospital setting we have ventilation equipment)
  6. BuckWild

    Alternative to the FG knot for light rigs?

    I invested in a Knot Assist 2.0 so use the FG for everything. For the lighter lines I use 30 turns
  7. kingie chaser

    Outside Port Hacking

    Could have been a story for Hamish & Andy's true stories 🤣
  8. Berleyguts

    Alvey 500c5 and 12ft Ugly Stick

    I don’t think you need to fish heavier then 6kg from the beach, unless you are specifically targeting mulloway. You can still manage a jew on 6 if you take your time. If you think about it, apart from jew and sharks, what are you likely to catch from the beach that weighs more than 4kg? From breakwalls and the rocks, I can see the need for 6, 8 or 10kg line class but a lot of fun can be had on 4! I’d suggest taking your reel into a quality tackle store and try it on different rods to see how it feels for balance etc. I’ve had a few smalll boats - my current boat is a 4.49m Stacer Outlaw side console, which seems to serve me well for fishing solo or 2 up.
  9. Lawrrrence

    Alvey 500c5 and 12ft Ugly Stick

    Berley, that sounds a hell lot of fun chasing them on the beach on 4kg. Savit, if you find a 500c5 and a 8"6 rod comfortable I'm 99%! sure I will find it just as suitable and comfortable as you say. I'm gathering a 500c5 should really be put on a shorter rod (8-9ft) while the 12ft Ugly Stick should be fitted with a 650 reel. In saying that though in reference to Berleys set ups, The Ugly Stick (UGS- SP1202ma) does feel quite heavy and the tip is extremely whippy ? And soft ... so it would probably be better suited to the heavier 650 reel for balance and the beach for casts that need to go over the wash when using pilchards and soft baits, ...Since I will mainly be going to breakwalls and won't be needing to cast far I guess, I read all the fish are closer to the rocks than you think. So I think I will buy a 3-5kg line rating 8-9"ft rod and spool it with 800m of 5kg line on the 500c5 reel, And save the 8kg for a 650. If Savit is catching legal kings and almost everything else on his 500 and Berley is having fun with 4kg I think I should be more than happy with 5kg and it should land me most of what I want. I've never been beach fishing before but now I have a rod and some knowledge to set it up properly for when the time comes to give it a crack. Berley I want a boat lol!! Tell us what you got !
  10. frankS

    New steering cable and helm stiff?!

    Yes this is what I was trying to explain in my earlier comments , only thing that I could think of that would be the problem. Frank
  11. zmk1962

    New steering cable and helm stiff?!

    Hi Andy, It seems to me that the tiller bracket is mounted toward the motor and that would significantly reduce the leverage you have on the motor. It seems the angles would also be inclined to lock up. If you flipped that toward the bow and attached your drag link to the forward hole it would give you max leverage (and hence require least force on the Telefex). I think Frank implied something like this in an earlier post. See if this picture makes sense: Cheers Zoran
  12. Berleyguts

    Alvey 500c5 and 12ft Ugly Stick

    I think it also comes down to the weight and stiffness of the blank. I use my 5 inch Alvey on a 4 wrap blank - 10 ft (MT4120). I use my 6 1/2 inch Alvey on an 8 wrap blank - 12ft (nearly 13ft with the sand spike), a MT8144. I rarely use this these days as I find it pretty heavy. I also have a MT8120 (10ft), which I used with a threadline amd caught a lot of fish with it. However, I stripped it down and extended the butt so I could rebuild it for an overhead for high speed spinning off the rocks. It’s still stripped down - I never got right into the LBG - I finally bought a boat!
  13. AP3

    New steering cable and helm stiff?!

    Hi Frank, I went out and took a bunch of photos, hopefully this link will work: https://imgur.com/a/06JfzDC There is a second hole in the mount on the outboard that takes the drag link, slightly further away. You think this might be the problem? I've tried loosening the nylocs on both ends of the drag link, and it didn't help. I'm in the southeast of the UK, near Marlow, Bucks. Home to huge river boats, expensive marinas, and even more expensive marine mechanics! Boats are seen as a bit of a luxury here. 😕 Cheers, Andy
  14. savit

    Alvey 500c5 and 12ft Ugly Stick

    I love my 500C5. It catches everything from whiting to legal kings. Probably best $25 ever spent on reels. I find 5" reel size comfortable for up to 8.6 foot rods - I used 8.6"/500C5 a lot for light night rock/beach fishing for bream and drummers when fish comes really close and no far casting required. For 10 foot rod I would use 6" reel . I used 10.6 foot with 5" reel several times on rocks and found it a bit annoying to wind it back. For 12+foot rods - 6.5" reel - it is heavy even with plastic backplate however retrieves faster. As you can see others may have different opinions. Alvey recomends 2-3m rod for 500C5 reel. https://alvey.com.au/products/500c/ I would suggest you to observe a bit what rod lengths people are using and how far they cast in your local fishing spots before up/downsizing reel or rod.
  15. DaveBM

    Outside Port Hacking

    It shocks me to hear you've learned something about fishing your area that you didn't already know Yowie. Reminds me of when some fish farms were starting up around Fremantle and I started landing bream and herring where once they were killed and iced there'd suddenly be a bunch of white prawny-looking things in the bucket. Those frickin' sea-lice can go eat a bag of things that are printable on this site. Straight through my fingertips as soon as I picked one up for a closer look. Properly razor-sharp.
  16. noelm

    Another sounder inquirery

    I agree with the speed more or less matching the chart speed, it seems to kind of make sense, there is one spot I have dived on and know exactly what it looks like, but, depending on how I run over it, the bottom "peak" varies considerably.
  17. Mmg

    Another sounder inquirery

    So what would it really be a peak or long flat hill? haha
  18. GoingFishing

    Bottom Bouncing Strategies

    For me in my boat if the breeze is over 5 knots the sea anchor is a must.....anything less than 5 knots and my drift speed is ok. Trial how your sea anchor effects your drift as every boat is different
  19. zmk1962

    Bottom Bouncing Strategy inspired Jig

    Hahaha yup ... I was initially going to do something like that, but thought I'd keep it simple and flexible - snaps allow that. Lets see if it works first - but then, I've never had issues with snaps. Maybe I've just been lucky ! Cheers Z
  20. Hateanchors

    Another sounder inquirery

    This is a good question. Just to clear things up, there is ping speed and chart speed. 2 separate things. Ping speed should always be set as fast as possible. That way you get the most detail. It’s more or less an estimate (for me) to match the boat speed to the chart speed. When I want to get a good picture of things I travel at a slow walking pace and set the chart speed to “look” like a waking pace along the bottom. A too fast chart speed will “stretch” the picture and a too slow chart speed will make things look narrower than they really are. Without getting technical, just remember that your chart speed has to be moving along across the screen. It’s no good if it’s moving really slow or not at all, and this is what happens when a sounder does not have enough power. At anchor it’s ok to have the chart speed slow.
  21. Berleyguts

    Port Stephens- Cracking Day Out

    Thanks Jeff. I won’t try Mrs Murphy’s then.
  22. Woodsy1

    Port Stephens- Cracking Day Out

    Thanks Baz
  23. Scratchie

    Port Stephens- Cracking Day Out

    Cabbage tree! They were there just but very tentitive!
  24. noelm

    Another sounder inquirery

    The signal is pretty fast, boat speed won't "outrun" the echo, boat speed does however distort bottom features, you go fast, it might show a peak, go slow and it's a long flat hill.
  25. Berleyguts

    Alvey 500c5 and 12ft Ugly Stick

    I fish the beach for whiting, bream, tailor and salmon and I also use it off the rocks for bream, tailor and salmon as well as pigs (rock blackfish/black drummer), although the latter can be a challenge on 4kg!
  26. Mmg

    Another sounder inquirery

    So 4 to 8 knots might give realtime? id think?
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