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  2. I too love Alvey reels and also have a few of them (which I might add will outlast any other reel and probably outlast the owner...they are virtually indestructable). I generally use mine off the beach and also often with a Snyder Glass rod. As others have said, definitely not for braid use and also they do take a little time and practice to master, but once you do you will love it.
  3. Croydon

    Feedback on boats

    I owned a Seafarer Viva for a few years. It was a very safe, well mannered boat with a good riding hull, across the chop/swell or in a following sea. I was happy to take it to the shelf on good days and never felt unsafe. If you find a good one you will enjoy it. Good luck with the search. Cheers Dave
  4. I have used carp as bait for snapper/flatties etc some years ago with success. I wouldn't say that it was the best bait I have ever used, but certainly caught its share of fish. I used to freeze it in fillets as I had to travel 2 hours to the coast. As you would no doubt know, it is a very boney fish, but stayed on the hook reasonably well. Never used it as burley, but wouldn't see why it wouldn't be ok mashed up in the burley bucket/pot. I have no reason to think that you couldn't legally use it as bait for salt water, but will stand corrected! Never did it, but maybe soaking in tuna oil or the like maybe be worth trying too.
  5. In SA, Carp are regularly used as crab bait. I 'intend' to fish for then to use as snapper burley... but they will be lubricated with tuna oil. Havent heard of them being used as fish bait though. As for redfin... good eating if from clean water.
  6. So i just got an Epirb for my boat ( GME MT600G ) and it is a manually operated one. while driving home i was thinking maybe i should have gotten the water activated one instead. For example i was thinking if it is in its mounting bracket on the boat and for some reason the boat flips upside down cause of a freak wave how would one actually reach the EPRIB to activate it, thus rendering a manual version useless. If i had a water activated one i assume if it goes underwater it gets activated (is my logic correct). What is best to get..... is it better with a manual one in a safety grab bag within reach with all the other flares/v sheets etc good enough, or better to have a mounted one that is Manual/water activated ? Also i got the manual one cause i was actually going to get a PLB and attach it to my life vest as an added piece of insurance. even though i dont go out very far yet i was thinking what happens if i get knocked out of the boat an cannot get back to my boat... at least i have the PLB on me and can activate that
  7. Do fish like carp and Redfin (noxious pests) work as burley in saltwater or even as salted baits? Are you allowed to kill them and use as bait in saltwater? These species are plentiful and It would be good to have an alternate purpose as a burley or bait than can be easily acquired. Does anyone have any experience in doing this previously with any positive or negative results.
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  9. Always family first! πŸ‘ I love taking the kids with me at every opportunity when conditions present themselves! Their smile is enough reward for me! Cheers BN
  10. Aah well done Scratchie. Great fun teaching somebody something that you're good at and seeing them succeed. Congratulations on becoming Grandparents. Another generation to teach as time presents. Thanks for the report. bn
  11. Jeff, congrats to you & the missus on becoming a grandparents, Im sure like the rest of the family the new little one will be a chip off the old block because the apple didn't fall to far from the tree there The family that plays together stays together πŸ™‚
  12. Some of these prices for bait are just getting out of hand imo! Baits is as expensive as the human consumption product!! For the price of the bait it would be just as cheap to go to the fish markets & buy some fish! Of course that's not much fun but when you add up everything up, cost of boat, rego, insurance etc you need to catch a lot of fish
  13. the footage for Maroubra Beach looks like South Side of Little Bay Beach behind old Prince Henry Hospital
  14. Yes it is! Great little rods to throw sps for flatties etc and double up as a bait rod!
  15. there is a big fishing store in Mona Vale.... got a 15kg Box of IQF pillies for 100 bucks. they also do 20kg boxes of block pillies i need to get myself a small freezer for the garage and store at my parents place. my fridge smells like one large pilchard with 15kg down the bottom freezer @Gengar.... i sent you a PM with details
  16. Blade

    Feedback on boats

    So in your opinion the Bluefin is good to fish the Jibbon bommie?
  17. JonD

    Feedback on boats

    Each boat has its pro's and cons. The bluefin will be easily towed and hopefully not need a breaked trailer, which saves a heap in rego inspections and break maintenance. The old two stroke engines were mostly pretty easy and cheap to maintain, so saving again there and a 40hp should belt that boat along with more than enough power. Heading out the front of the Hawkesbury would be no issue on good days but don't forget Sydney harbour can be busy and often sloppy from bigger boat traffic ( all within the capabilities of that boat though in my opinion after gaining experience). Some of the best fish I've caught have been from a little quitrex 3.85 explorer which I used as far as Montague island and many trips chassing snapper just a few km offshore. This boat was so easy to hitch up and tow around that I found myself using almost daily. We towed it to the NT where I used it on most of the river systems as well as inshore reefs, we even used it for towing toys and scuba diving from.
  18. usually a few days ahead, then I check again daily up and on the day
  19. Great report! Is that a D16 vapor rod I see there? I recently picked up a couple during the sales, not bad rods!
  20. hey raiders, I've found a boat I am interested in buying in Melb, problem is, I live in Sydney. does anyone know of or have and recommendations of a pre purchase inspector down that way? I don't wanna make the 10 hour drive to find out its nothing like its pics and needs a heap of work to it. thanks in advanced.
  21. Burley I usually make my own, either pilchards mashed up and mixed with old bread, or prawn heads and shells from a dinner, or sometimes fish guts, usually free from fish shop, works well. like most fish, different burley can get different results, depending on the day and what fish you are after. even chicken feed pellets from pet shop can work as well
  22. Blade

    Feedback on boats

    The other boat I am looking at is a 4.3m Bluefin Discovery with a 40hp 2 stroke. Seems like a neat boat but I am worried it is not big enough to handle anything but the best conditions. Any feedback on this size and spec boat
  23. I'm a big fan of Alvey reels, I have a stack of them in different sizes, nothing beats them for surf fishing and they're also great when fishing live yakkas under floats off the rocks. I have a single Alvey rod - a blackfish special - and I can vouch for that as well. I tend to chase all other fish with Snyder Glas rods when using Alveys though, they're pretty hard to beat when you're after an old-school 12ft fibreglass rod IMHO.
  24. JonD

    Feedback on boats

    Just checked and those magazines ( books ) are available, just google search them. The good thing about those magazines is there are reviews on older boats before the Internet took full stage.
  25. JonD

    Feedback on boats

    It's not so much the boat but more to do with the skippers knoledge and experiences of seamanship. Personaly I like fibreglass boats as they often have deeper v hulls, which ride choppy conditions better. Deep v hulls will ride softer but can be a little tender at rest ( not always though ) Deep v hulls will generally need more horsepower and use more fuel. In saying the above, I regularly took my quintrex 4.75 out to the shelf on good days from Sydney. I also regularly took a Haines 3.85 sea wasp to the shelf from down here in Narooma. The 4.5 centre console formula after the sea wasp was used on trips as far as the sea mounts 50k offshore. In the price range you mention you could find both good and bad in a boat, so be careful in your search. I'm not sure if the book "secondhand boat secrets" is still around but there was one for glass and one for aluminium boats, both of which I leant put and never got back!!!
  26. Everyday from several different sources.
  27. Depends on where your going fishing i guess, flick N fish at thorneigh sells bait but havent been there in years so couldn't tell ya.
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