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  2. Welster

    Bow rider pros,cons.

    I have the bow cover but only use it for road trips going away. I have used it once on the water and didn’t like it. I did make a new piece for the casting platform floor, I hated how Stacer’s version left a big gap and the cold air rushes through the cockpit underway. Even in the warmer months the kids often sit between the driver and observer against the door wrapped in a towel to warm up. its very rare we put the casting section floor down or remove it.
  3. Amatteroflight

    Piggin

    That is a fantastic catch! Congratulations!
  4. Today
  5. jeffb5.8

    Bow rider pros,cons.

    Same reasons as above I have the Stacer 539. (5.4m) and it’s a great all round boat, I’m not a hardcore fisherman and spend most of my time exploring and chasing Doulphins. it has high side so I can go outside, that same as any centre / side console. The front is great for lazy days watching the kids swim and my wife likes it for reading when anchored. if you get a bow cover it makes them even more user friendly as my mate has one and it’s great at deflecting waves when he is out wide and creates a weather barrier when he sleeps on it in The Hawkesbury. i like the bow rider
  6. Welster

    Bow rider pros,cons.

    I had the quintrex millennial hull 5.3 bowrider and and now have the Stacer 5.7 bowride. Of the two I much prefer the Stacer hull. Over about 5m they are both around 2.4 m wide so with a single garage door it could be a bit tight. They are a great all rounder type boat but a bit of a compromise for anyone activity. The are good for a third or forth person to fish out of the front or just laze around. I mostly only fish with two in the boat and thats where I put the esky. Good for anchoring access. I generally have the Bimini on but they are much better with none as it tends to cut the boat into two parts. Fishing with two people the front doesn’t get used much unless casting lures or plastics, or it suits the way the boat is sitting. Great style of boat on a nice day with the family as nobody ever wanted to sit in the half cabin style boats we had when I was young making it really hard to balance the boat underway with a few on board. As the helm position is further aft there is less room in the back then a similar sized runabout so I would always get a bit bigger boat to compensate. Another thing that’s handy is solo launching or even just beaching the boat as it’s so easy to walk through to the front or climb in the front and get to the back.
  7. Mr Squidy

    NEW MULLOWAY BAG LIMIT

    End of the day the survival rate for the by-catch mulloway that do get released having been netted is so low that its a pretty meaningless change in terms of its affect. Rich
  8. raging

    Bow rider pros,cons.

    I have one. In hindsight/if I wasn’t too lazy, I’d sell it for more of a fishing boat. I tend to take it out more for fishing than anything. when the family comes out, the front does get used though, but only some of the time. Most of the time - they end up in the back out of the wind etc. Looking at what you want to use it for - bow rider is a good choice.
  9. Mr Squidy

    Piggin

    That's a nugget of a fish. good stuff.
  10. they go good for up to 400 but was after something for larger leader..Cheers anyway
  11. Fab1

    Bow rider pros,cons.

    Hi guys, I'm thinking of selling my tinny in the future as per previous post.I've since found myself looking at all the different boats both in ally and glass on several sights with the choice for something used in the 20k or so range overwhelming. I'm finding i keep reverting back to looking at bowriders more than any other type of boat as i would like the extra space/storage they seam to provide whilst still maintaining that runabout configuration. As you guys know im not a die hard fisherman and just enjoy being out with the family for a fish,relaxing and exploring our waterways. I wouod perhaps like to take my nieces and nephews out on a biscuit on occasions and try my hand at plastics fishing like most you guys seam to do. My only requirment i must have is it fits in a standard garage. Looking fwd to hearing peoples thoughts for my requirements as i know a few of you own them. Cheers.
  12. Blackfish

    Piggin

    That’s a great effort on Blackfish gear. Excellent.
  13. Yesterday
  14. connico

    Fish smoker - what to buy?

    Whats your budget? Do you prefer something and electric one which he can turn on and load the chips in? Or do would you prefer a solution that uses a fire chamber? Do you want the unit to second as a BBQ?
  15. masterfisho7

    Piggin

    Some fine fish well done
  16. PaddyT

    Piggin

    Thats an excellent pig for blackfishing gear-well done. They are an absolute bugger of a thing when they take over a wash and you only have the blackfish gear with you! The float "explodes" downwards rather than nicely disappears and zing , snap no more terminal tackle.
  17. PaddyT

    Outsie fishing

    Good one-enjoy! Keep asking questions and you should get a lot of help here
  18. kingie chaser

    Fish smoker - what to buy?

    A lot of the newer USA made/style BBQ's have the side smoking box & if I had the room for one its what I would get as it is multi functional. OP, what is 'a bit of money'?? can you give us a rough budget please. Also are you looking at pure wood burner or electric or propane assisted? How much space do you have for where its going, balcony or home/yard? Lots of makes & models around but you have to ask yourself these questions first imo before you can even get into the choices. Its the usual as we live on the outskirts of the world but a lot of the best stuff comes out of the USA & O/S its unfortunate that we find them hard to get here. Although the Bradleys have a good name Im not a fan of having to buy their own pellets as you are locked into having to use their product, I would rather just buy & soak whatever woodchip I decide to use. I also like a smoker that can be used either hot OR cold, as sometimes I like to make my own smoked ocean trout or salmon. Master built & Smoke hallow pro are also good brands, just trying to find them here is a major pain at times!
  19. GoingFishing

    Piggin

    56cm is a respectable size.....how does it stack up against the records?
  20. Ive always used jinkai there are heaps of other brsnds with cutters on the sides just check that the jaws line up properly otherwise u get ugly misshaped crimps
  21. rickmarlin62

    Piggin

    Nice one its good to win a battle with one of them every now n then..rick
  22. big Neil

    Piggin

    Top catch on Blackfish gear, well done KB. bn
  23. Koalaboi

    Piggin

    With Tuggerah Lakes pretty quite I decided to team up with a mate and hit the rocks. Been a long while since I had a serious fish of the stones and it took a while to get into the swing of things. Managed a nice blackfish at 39 cm then hooked into what felt immediately like a decent pig. Thinking that I'd be very unlikely to land it on blackfish gear, I held on hoping for the best. Managed to keep it out of the kelp and caves, finally washing it up onto the rocks. At 56 cm it was one of the biggest pigs I've caught. A great day with beautiful weather and good company. KB
  24. wazatherfisherman

    Bream Rods with small butts

    Same as me Paddy, I think many guys are worried about cutting the rod, as you say hacksaw (or a dremel) 24hr Araldite and new rod bits- you can even "bling" if you want to with winding checks, aluminium covers and ornate butt caps/butts. They even sell butt pieces that you can add counterweights etc to if you want to. Whole re-modelling take 15 mins and save $$. Good rod builders generally use as you say 24hr Araldite or similar, which can be heated to remove/move metal parts like tips. I just moved a badly aligned gimbal on a game rod for my neighbour, who found the rod in the throwouts for the last street clean-up- $350-400 rod thrown out because both gimbal and AFTCO uni-butt ferrule badly aligned. 2 local tackle shops told him would need a complete rebuild-big $- took 20 mins at home and cost free.
  25. would anyone have a suggestion on a good set of (non Bench) crimping pliers for heavy leader400-600pd mono & 1000pd wire. Was looking at the large Centro's until I saw they were the same as a $39re-labeled brand in the states.Cheers.
  26. connico

    Starting the Boat Journey

    You didn't find the 385 a tad small? I had a look at the size at the international boat show and it found it a little small for three adults casting? Was looking at a 420 or possibility a 460.. Regards
  27. connico

    Bream Rods with small butts

    I had one till someone made me an offer I couldn't refuse lol..... I have a nitro Powerbream finesse right now. Its my third favourite rod in the collection :P. Its the go to for bream though!
  28. Berleyguts

    Browns Rock report - with a word of warning.

    Fair enough. When I did my new for old exchange at the local ramp in December, I asked the Maritime guys about the self-testing, showed them my records and was told that what I was doing was fine. The guys I’ve met from Maritime have always been cool with me! A couple of times in the Bay they’ve motored over to check me out, then seen that I was wearing my inflateable, waved, then moved onto the next boat. Never had a problem. The section on self-servicing in the link you provided is self-explanatory and if you maintain your records as stated and follow the self-service inspection checklist to the letter (not just ticking and flicking), you really can’t go wrong. I have stickers on my boat, where I mark the due service or replacement date for all my safety equipment (PFDs, flares, EPIRB). These are also on the wall of the garage so I notice them when I walk past. When the PFD check date falls due, it’s a simple matter to take the PFDs off their hooks in the garage and conduct the checks, e.g. check cylinder and weigh, test firing mechanism, inflate jacket and leave overnight to ensure it doesn’t go down etc. I find it a really simple process.
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