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  2. PaddyT

    The hunt for a beakie continues

    Read the tutorials on the wedpage- but go fishing- caught fish when conditions are meant to be crap and missed out when its meant to be great
  3. smc2010

    Most stress free company to do boat licence

    Thank you mrsswordfisherman
  4. fragmeister

    Braid - What are your strategies for spooling your reels?

    I like the idea of the drink bottle and drill
  5. fragmeister

    Braid - What are your strategies for spooling your reels?

    Oh yes! I have to put my hand up for that one!
  6. fragmeister

    Bottom Bouncing Strategies

    Hi Raiders, Last Friday I used a few different bottom bouncing strategies and tried to monitor the results. I know that there a few Raiders out there who have a lot of success with this style of fishing so I was interested in their comments and suggestions. I was mainly targeting flathead off Rosa Gully on South Head. I use a pretty standard two hook paternoster rig so I guess the variables are. Distance from sinker to the first hook - Mine is about 600 mm Distance to the second hook - Mine is about 450 mm Size of the snapper lead - Varies on the current/ drift Distance behind the boat - obviously you want to be on the bottom but you can be a long way back if you choose. Bait used - I like tough baits like quid strips or some tough fish strips. Here are some observations... I noticed that when the baits were on the bottom but in close it was always the bottom bait that was taken while the top bait was virtually untouched. Does this mean that the top baits (about 1 meter from the bottom ) were out of range of the fish and went unnoticed? I noticed that if I had a lot more line out then bites were more detectable and both baits were taken - This appears to mean that with the line out further the angle was shallower and put the top bait closer to the bottom. I had two lines out and certainly, nearly all the larger specimens were caught on the rig with the heaviest sinker. So.. what do you bottom bouncing experts make of that and do you have any comments, tips or suggestions. Cheers Jim
  7. kingfishbig

    Braid - What are your strategies for spooling your reels?

    On some reels I have braid as backing and a mono top shot of about 100m. This way I can boost line capacity/ use a smaller reel. When I have braid at the business end I usually buy a 100 - 150m spool and use mono backing of sufficient length to fill the reel. It's too expensive buying 300m or more when most of it won't see the light of day. I am not worried about introducing extra knots as the line is only as strong as the weakest point and there will be a knot at the terminal end. Also if you double the braid with a bimini twist (at least 40 turns) then use your joining knot to mono then the knot will be close to 100% strength.
  8. fish2relax

    The hunt for a beakie continues

    keep your head up. I did 150 hours over Christmas and about 120 hours this year for 2 rat dollies. I have hooked a few fish but nothing has stuck. Still better than sitting in front of this computer all day..
  9. Arent we all guilty of this in one way or another?
  10. mrsswordfisherman

    Braid - What are your strategies for spooling your reels?

    $200 is crazy but I bet some will pay it. Sometimes you see a person who has the absolute best and most expensive equipment for their sport or passion but do not have a clue how to use it. One thing I have learned from swordie and my FR peeps is that fishing is a complex and multifaceted thing. Preparation and attention to knots etc before a trip seems to be an absolute necessity if you want results. Just because you are told a "secret spot" you are not assured of a fish if you do not have all the other knowledge. This is what we specialise in here on FR. Members are very happy to help others to get this knowledge and enjoy the fishing experience. Sorry @fragmeister Jim to go a bit. Keep up the good work all and interested in the strategies being posted so far.
  11. frankS

    Port hacking

    Well done old mate, Me like others have said I think the Whiting would have come home with me, your choice and I commend you for your decision. But geeze it would be hard!!. Frank
  12. mrsswordfisherman

    Anyone done a "lap" - who has a caravan?

    Hmmmm I might have Depends on a few things Yowie but would love to see more of Australia
  13. fragmeister

    Braid - What are your strategies for spooling your reels?

    Yes, that is expensive PE10 Saltiga line - rated at 100lbs Diawa have some excellent lines like the J braid series that are 1/3 of that price. Is it worth paying $200 plus for top of the line braid? I seriously doubt it. Like most anglers, when I lose a quality fish it will almost certainly be because of poor attention to knots, poor decisions in playing the fish (like being too heavy on the drag and pulling a hook not heavy enough and getting reefed) or just plain bad luck. The very slight advantage which the Saltiga line could possibly provide, IMO would not enter into the equation.
  14. mrsswordfisherman

    Most stress free company to do boat licence

    @smc2010 https://www.marinerescuensw.com.au/boating-education/boat-a-pwc-licences Try Marine Rescue - here is info and list of dates http://marinerescuensw.com.au/component/content?id=79/ get your Marine Rescue app for your phone too
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  16. frankS

    Fluoro straight through - Bream

    Sorry but I can't see why you would want to do this ?. Why not just use a good quality Mono ?. " In my opinion " All this talk on Fluro is just a lot of hype to get money for the manufacturers. I done a fracture test on fluro verses good mono by weighting down each with the same amount of weight then straddled the line over a round tube with fine sandpaper glued to it, set both in motion with electric motor so that the lines would rub backwards and forwards over the sand paper. Guess what the Mono lasted longer than the fluro 10 out of 10 tests, so no one can convince me that fluro is more chafe resistant than a good quality Mono, When the manufacturers do a similar test they probably use inferior mono that would break without any chafing let alone rubbed up against a rock or similar. Fluro may well be harder for a fish to see, this I can not test as I don't have fish eyes and don't know how they see things, so I won't dispute that claim. Frank
  17. flatheadluke

    Fluoro straight through - Bream

    I like braid as the lower diameter casts better and creates less drag in current. Important for how I fish for bream but mono is fine for bait
  18. frankS

    Most stress free company to do boat licence

    Back in the day when I got my licence there was no water test, Think for memory I got mine at a fishing/camping show in Penrith, just filled in the questionnaire and licence issued on the spot. A few years later a mate had to go into town and sit a test with a board with waterways images and he had to navigate a toy boat around the coarse as well as answer all the questions, think then you could get 3 wrong, which makes me think that IF you get 3 wrong you don't really know what you are doing ?. Anyhow this doesn't help you decide which way to go at this present time and I'm afraid I can't help you in that way. How's the new boat, send some photos via email. Frank
  19. Centrepin

    Hawkesbury River Blackfish

    I will send you a PM.
  20. seasponge

    Hawkesbury River Blackfish

    Great catch. Sounds like a fantastic couple of days. I've never targeted black fish in the Hawkesbury but would love to give it a crack. Roughly which part of the Hawkesbury were you fishing in?
  21. masterfisho7

    Most stress free company to do boat licence

    Download the boatingquiz is a top idea you will know what is going on to do the test
  22. noelm

    Most stress free company to do boat licence

    It's probably a good idea to do the questions now and then, remember a piece of paper (license) does not mean you know what you are doing in a boat, so take care out there, and no piece of electronic gadgetry can replace a good set of eyes and a thinking brain!
  23. smc2010

    Most stress free company to do boat licence

    Cheers kingie chaser
  24. GoingFishing

    Most stress free company to do boat licence

    Hey Sean You will find most of the private operators to be the same...one day course which goes for circa 6 hours and 2 hrs of that are on the water. I did mine at a place in the sutherland shire. Cant remember its name but they were very good. As a side note....if your new to boating it is important that you learn the rules and general boating safety from these courses. Could save your life. Theyre not a waste of time and exist for a reason.
  25. kingie chaser

    Most stress free company to do boat licence

    Didn't do mine through any company, for memory I had to fill in a log & get it signed off so a mate helped me there with the practical on his tinny. As to the knowledge test well I read the book once then did this quiz over & over & over till I got 100% a few times in a row. http://www.boatingquiz.com.au/index.php/general-boating-knowledge-quiz/ I actually still do the quiz every now & then as a refresher!
  26. noelm

    Most stress free company to do boat licence

    I guess in a kind of way, the RMS makes sure you know the rules, because that's what you're tested on, and some hours in a mates boat, as the practical component.
  27. smc2010

    Most stress free company to do boat licence

    Thank you Noel I just wanted to know which company is best with least amount of bells and whistles so I can get it done and out of the way, so you recommend rms? Il go to there website do and book it
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