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  2. 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.
  3. would anyone have a suggestion on a good set of (non Bench) crimping pliers for heavy leader400+mono & 1000pd wire. Was looking at Centro's until I saw they were the same as a $39re-labeled brand in the states.Cheers.
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. JonD

    Starting the Boat Journey

    I had 3.85 quintrex explorer fully fitted out with cast decks, these are rock solid light weight fishing weapons. That's 3.85m of beamy usable deck space where almost everything we didn't need fitted into hatches under the casting deck. I used the boat regularly offshore around Montague island with three adults and 6 dive tanks and gear as well as family fishing trips. Towing to Darwin was simply so easy you would forget it was behind. Camping close to croc rivers a medium sized dome tent fitted perfectly inside on the casting deck, keeping my three kids up away from croc danger. I would happily own another as it was such a good all round little boat but if I wanted to spoil myself I would up to a slightly bigger quintrex trophy but still try to keep it under the 750kg to avoid breaks and trailer rego.
  8. BuckWild

    Bream Rods with small butts

    Yeah I've seen the Howler's on the WFF youtube vids. They definitely look the goods. They're on my list if I go the custom route
  9. JonD

    Browns Rock report - with a word of warning.

    I ran this by our local maritime officer today who still stands by only self serving for the first year ( with some manufacturers) the second has to be done by the manufacturer. I've owned Burke, marlin, hutchwilco, axis and nautilus. The hutchwilco is the only one that has the 5 year stamp boxes inside but even that according to maritime doesn't mean I can fill all those five services myself, just the first year as it doesn't state I can do them all myself. Truthfully I find maritime to be full of their own self importance and way to eager to give warnings or write out fines. All of my inflatable jackets are now out of date according to maritime. I find I have enough to think about before any trip offshore making sure the kids have sunblock, buffs, lfejackets, water, fishing gear cameras battery's etc etc, so just buy the foamies these days. Literally everything gets checked from the lanyard on the bucket to the battery's in the waterproof torch on a regular basis by maritime, it can be a real pain when they park their boat blocking one side of the boat ramp then check every boat using the other side. I questioned why they check our epirbs at the ramp, we don't need them unless we are 2nm offshore, reply was " Sir you have it on your boat it needs to be indate " There's been times when the sumertime daily checks push me to almost giving up boating.http://maritimemanagement.transport.nsw.gov.au/lifejackets/lifejacket-servicing-and-maintenance/index.html By the way I own a full floatation suit which meets international safety standards for world yacht racing, according to maritime because it doesn't have an Australian standards mark it's not acceptable to be used in place of a pfd1, even though the floatation and thermal value greatly accedes a self inflating pfd. I went through many calls to maritime and Aus standards trying to rectify this but eventually gave up, try finding what a Aus standard is and who actually tests them.
  10. DerekD

    Bream Rods with small butts

    I have the same problem with the butt hitting my forearm. I won't say anything about the fat gut but I could be in total denial. Looking at a photo today of me with a king while wearing a T-shirt that is a touch too short I realised the white belly was not a good look.
  11. BuckWild

    Bream Rods with small butts

    That is exactly how I hold my rods I grew accustomed to the short butts as that's what I started on when I first got into lure fishing. Although I can fish with the longer butts, it's just not as "comfortable" if you know what I mean? With my Daiwa Gen Black, when I'm working the lures, the butt sometimes either hits my forearm or my fat gut 😂😂 I don't have this problem with the Raiders, but as I said the rod feels heavy and unbalanced, and can get a bit tiring casting over a 4 hr session Getting my tax return soon, the longer this thread continues the more I'm convincing myself to spend it all on a Bream Buster and an Exist/Stella 😍😂😍😂
  12. Welster

    Starting the Boat Journey

    Bow rider is a good option for an all rounder in my opinion. One fish from the front and two from the back. We had a 5.3 freedom sport, I don’t know how heavy but I’m pretty confident the Subaru will tow it. I use to tow it with my 2.4l hiace van no problem. My current boat is a 5.7m stacer bowrider with 150hp. If I bought another boat I’d go bigger again.
  13. DerekD

    Bream Rods with small butts

    "Why?" you ask.... See if the following theory makes sense. It comes down to mathematics - or more accurately solid mechanics. Over the years we have seen improvements in rods from cane, to fibreglass to graphite. They have gotten more responsive and lighter. People want the next evolution. One obvious and marketable option is to make the rod even lighter. How do we do this? There are limitations to how light you can go with the current materials. Go too thin on the blank walls and you lose strength. The guides and fittings won't get too much lighter and still be cost effective. The rod still needs to be balanced but maybe we can play around with the centre of mass. Specifically, play around with the geometry of the counter weight (read butt) of the rod. By putting the counter-weight further away from the reel seat it means we can use a smaller and more accurately a lighter counter-weight. We have just shaved a few more grams off the overall weight of the rod. Have you noticed how traditional butts were solid but now they have a little shaft and then a bigger knob at the end? That is probably why the butts have gotten longer. I've always found the Bream Finesse to be pretty balanced. With the 1500 Symetre reel on mine the centre of mass is just a little up from the end of the wind in ferrule which locks the reel into place. In the car on the way home I was wondering if your issue relates to how you hold the rod. You are aware of rod balance so you really don't sound like a novice. I like a grip which keeps two fingers below the reel foot and two fingers and thumb above. This puts my hand a lot closer to the centre of mass. What grip do you use? Have you considered one of the rods where the line runs up the inside of the blank? Regards, Derek PS - in addition to the weight saving it could also be that the marketing team wanted a "go faster and sexier" and thus marketable look. They are probably are less worried about the fact that people like you and me (an engineer) are more concerned about useable function than marketing. I owned a Daiwa Spellbinder which was damaged by a friend. It was ergonomic and had a short butt so I wasn't happy but he was too good a fishing mate to replace. I then picked up a Daiwa Wicked Weasel and while I loved the blank I didn't like the longer butt design so I relegated it to kayak duties where the butt was not a hindrance. I did write to Daiwa asking if they could use the same blank (2-6kg) in a short butt design. They never got back to me.
  14. rickmarlin62

    Fish smoker - what to buy?

    look up Bradley smokers
  15. Hateanchors

    New Boat

    Here we go again hahaha. Congrats on the new rig Rebel. Nice boat.
  16. BuckWild

    Bream Rods with small butts

    Looks like I'm being nudged towards the custom route. Never quite understood why the butts have progressively gotten longer over the years. FFS they're only bream! My first rods were a Strudwick Sic Stic Pro and a Squidgy Spin. Both had short butts. If you have a look at the Millerod Bream Busters, even they still have short butts, so don't understand the trend with long butts.
  17. Trimmy

    Starting the Boat Journey

    I've got a 2017 Outback towing a 5.3m Quintrex on braked trailer. Tows very well, although the recommended max tow speed is 80km Previously had a 4.75m Quintrex on an unbraked trailer. Feels safer towing the bigger boat with braked trailer.
  18. David and Karen

    Outsie fishing

    Thanks again for your wisdom. The wife and I are going to stick with the 481 fishabout. We came to the conclusion that we are buying it for ourselves first I supose then the rest of the family. I will now endeavour to relearn the regs and get some assistance from experienced friends and help the wife get her license as the boat is for both of us to enjoy the rest of our lives. David
  19. kingfishbig

    New Boat

    Well why would it need servicing before 300 hrs? Long life spark plugs, no belts to adjust or sump oil to change etc. Especially when there is nothing stopping you doing minor servicing and inspections such as removing the prop and regreasing/ checking for fishing line.
  20. GoingFishing

    New Boat

    Out of curiousity...the 300 hr no service offer by evinrude is what pushed you towards another outboard brand?
  21. Rebel

    New Boat

    Hi All, I just want to add, Paddy T nailed it when he said I am not going to sea with a motor ( etec ) that was serviced 299 hours ago. I know what you are going to say, I can get it serviced earlier, but the gurus say 300 hours. Great Forum & Great People. Cheers.
  22. GoingFishing

    Starting the Boat Journey

    I think Formosa have a fully plate option in "offshore" series which is pretty good value for money. To help you get a gauge on sizes I have a 6.2m Yellowfin and the total weight on a breaked trailer is approx 1630kg Hull 990kg Motor + steering 230kg Trailer 160kg Fuel 100kg Gear say 150kg If your budget permits and subject to your confirmed towing capacity you may be able to get a boat in the 5m range if that suits you. The extra space will be useful especially if you want to fish headlands/coast with 3 ppl onboard.
  23. connico

    Bream Rods with small butts

    Nitro Powerbream Finesse has a tiny butt... Otherwise get one custom made. Howler Custom rods used to make rods for We flick fishing that were excellent... had tiny butts that you enabled you to customise the weights of the butts so you can match it with a specific reel...
  24. connico

    Starting the Boat Journey

    I do prefer second hand boats as there are so many boats out there that need a home. In addition there is so much wastage right now that adding a new boat just doesn't seem right.
  25. DerekD

    Bream Rods with small butts

    Hi again BuckWild. Might be an interesting challenge for you. For my style of SP fishing, like you, I prefer the shorter butt but unfortunately you have reached a point of compromise. To achieve the balance you are talking about either: additional weight is required in a short butt which will result in an overall weight increase the butt will have to be extended and a lighter weight used on the end reducing overall rod weight but resulting in the big butt issue. Sounds like you will have to look at an ultrlight rod. Daiwa did a rod called the Spellbinder which had a short butt and was light but they have been discontinued. Good luck and I'd be really interested to hear if you find what you are after. Regards, Derek
  26. Berleyguts

    3rd place snapper

    By 0.5cm... well done! I just realised, I could have been in 4th place with my 77cm model from WA!
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