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  2. Green Hornet

    New User - Hobie question

    Hi Derek I fish a very clean waterway in my outback and liberally apply Lanox into all nooks and crannies after every trip. I never had to, but did disassemble my drive last winter and the Lanox had penetrated into everything and there was absolutely no wear on any moving parts. It also runs smooth and as free as the day it was new. Though I have no record, there's no way I've done the km's you have. Where I fish there's stacks of access points, so I tend to pick a spot and hang in the vicinity. PS: I'm also a fan of Inox MX6 and use it in all my reels.
  3. DerekD

    New User - Hobie question

    Hi Green Hornet, Depending on the km I suggest you do as the grease leaches and or dries out. Over the years I found it harder going and I assumed it was because I was the heaviest in our kayak crew until I used a mates one. Difference was huge. A Youtube search, some waterproof grease and a bit of time and it made a huge difference. Another mate (older) in the group was looking at giving it up as it was getting harder and harder to get along. I asked if he had serviced it - light bulb moment and yes that was the problem. According to my GPS (till I lost the data) I'd had over 800km on the Hobie and the GPS wasn't always with me. I'm sure I am well over 1,000km on it as I have had it since late 2010. Regards, Derek
  4. DerekD

    New User - Hobie question

    As @Green Hornet said it is pretty easy. The grease in the bushes (V2) or roller bearings (V3) dries out over time. I do a lot of km on mine so I now (once per year) strip mine, clean out the old grease and scotch brite the shafts and put it back together. Takes me about 45 minutes. I use Inox MX6 grease as it is waterproof. There are some good videos out there. Do not over tension the 3 cables otherwise it gets difficult to operate. My local Hobie dealer does it for about $50 but as it takes 45 minutes each way to drive there and a few days later 45 minutes each way to collect I usually do it myself. The V3 is only a little more difficult as you need a 9mm dowel and 12mm dowel (bunnings) to make installing the plastic roller bearings a little easier. From past experience I keep a couple of small lock nuts (lost one once), some spare cables, some spare rudder pins (there is a slot for keeping these inside the hatches) and a small spanner (I think 11mm or the imperial equivalent) in my kayak bag. A quick wash in the shower at the end of the day and once every few trips a spray with Inox
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  6. Neil P

    Hawkesbury River Blackfish

    Hmmm nice catch. Just joined fishraider and recently went out twice for the first time for blackfish in the Hawlesbury. First outing 4 nice size and second 3 nice blackfish. Curious, your post says you went in February. Are the blackfish there in summer? I thought only winter. Don't want to invade your privacy but as a newcomer any vague location suggestions would be appreciated as at the moment I have only the one spot. Kindest regards. Neil
  7. Rah

    Port Stephens- Magic Day

    What a day fellas!! Well done on the PB for Jnr.
  8. Scratchie

    Broughton

    Well done Rob! That’s a nice healthy fat fish there! Good to see one of my spots produce! Haha 😂 cheers scratchie!!!
  9. Scratchie

    Port Stephens- Magic Day

    Thanks for all the positive comments raiders! The fish were caught on a mixture of sps and slimies heads and fillets. Also bonito fillets. We were using the same technique for bait as sps with big long casts and allow to waft. The spango took a bonito fillet! What took the livies was the big snapper you see there! And we dropped (me) another two biguns! Many different sps were used but I think the pilchard came up trumps! Cheers scratchie!!!
  10. Berleyguts

    Sol Lunar tables

    I had a Casio Fishing watch. Loved it. I think I still have it but the outer casing broke off, so I don’t wear it any more. I haven’t been able to find another one the same. I can find digital watches but this was both analogue and digital, which I prefer. It was easy enough to program if you follow the instructions. I lost the manual but downloaded another one online. It was interesting to note that my best sessions tended to correspond pretty closely to the prime fishing times shown on the watch. Weather conditions and other factors still come into play, of course. What was annoying about it was that I’d be at work and I’d check the time and the watch would be flashing at me...”FISH! FISH! FISH!”. Bloody frustrating knowing it was prime fishing time and I was stuck at work. Have a look at the Fishing Pro app. It works on the position of the sun and moon relevant to your location and you can plan well ahead. You can also record your catches with photos and the circumstances relating to the capture including weather, lure, bait used etc. I should use it more often as it would be good to go back over the history.
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  12. Green Hornet

    Jervis bay winter drought

    If you're going to chuck lures down the beach you don't need a big rod. Ideally something around 9 or 10 foot but I often fish a 7 footer when its pretty calm. As long as it will cast 30 or 40 gram lures, that will get you started. Always handy to have a couple of weed flies in the tackle box. If necessary you can fish them off a spin rod with just a light split shot about 300mm above the fly.
  13. frankS

    Sol Lunar tables

    I have a fish watch but have not got a clue how to set it so it sits on a shelf gathering dust. I have had several young people try to set it for me but they all give up and hand the watch back to me. I used to keep records of my trips for years and when I got a computer made a program ( before windows ) that allowed me to use it. Then some time in the 80's I bought this which does the job , tells you exactly what you need to know and it really works. Haven't used it now for years buy every now and then I put a battery in it and have a play with it. Magic tool. Frank
  14. ParaPaul

    Jervis bay winter drought

    Toilor3000, Nice catch mate. Was it on chicken gut or supermarket chook? I was land based and only tried my usual haunts but trying to avoid the wind direction changes.
  15. Green Hornet

    New User - Hobie question

    Piece of cake mate. Just a squirt of innox or lannox after every trip and occasionally the chains may need retensioning. If you need to pull it apart for a major service there's plenty of u-tube vids. I haven't had to pull mine apart yet and I've had my hobie for 6 years.
  16. ParaPaul

    Jervis bay winter drought

    Big Neil, Yeah it's certainly usually a fisherman's paradise. This time around I didn't see anywhere near the amount of fish milling around like I usually do.
  17. ParaPaul

    Jervis bay winter drought

    Thanks Green Hornet. Yeah I have made the trek to Steamers and Caves a couple of times before and done alright on pillies and spinners. I'm dirty on myself for not bringing my surf outfit down this time. Maybe i can convince the minister of finance and war that it's a necessity to have a second surf rod kept down there.... I have seen the weed flies online but never used them, they sound like an economical and time saving solution to finding and storing weed.
  18. lastworm

    New User - Hobie question

    Thanks for the responses guys, seriously considering purchasing one (second hand). Will be going for one of the smaller models though, as I'll be loading/unloading from roof racks on my own, and like to travel as light as possible. I've got a month or so to make my decision anyway, with open season just around the corner Whats the upkeep/maintenance like on the mirage drives?
  19. Ah Me Ting

    Sol Lunar tables

    Don't need a watch or printed almanac, everything is on the interwebs these days: https://tides4fishing.com/
  20. Welster

    Port Stephens- Magic Day

    Does it get any better than that? Very hard to beat a day like that.
  21. Green Hornet

    Jervis bay winter drought

    I agree with Toilor3000. When the water is ultra clear you need to start thinking of outside the bay. The local surf beaches have been fishing well after the big swell a few weeks back. Big salmon and tailor at the moment. In retrospect to that, there has been some really good blackfish in the two creeks. I've been getting amongst them not 50 metres from where you took that photo. Good weed is scarce but the weed flies are doing the job.
  22. Far Canary

    Port Stephens- Magic Day

    That's insane, also keen to know what took the livies and which plastics did the most damage?
  23. tobycb

    Port Stephens- Magic Day

    What a day! well done gents! What water temp you got up there now @Scratchie ?
  24. rickmarlin62

    Port Stephens- Magic Day

    What ate the livies jeff
  25. quintrex52

    Port Stephens- Magic Day

    A dream sesh indeed, some quality and quantity can't ask for more than that Congrats lil Jeff on a pb, nice spangley Jeff and on ya Woodsy
  26. big Neil

    Jervis bay winter drought

    G'day Para Paul. What a great place to have a holiday home. I've taken my tinnie down there a few times and fished the creek. Absolutely great place for flatties...casting ahead of the drifting boat with soft plastics and trolling lures on the return to the top of the drift, both bringing results each time. No doubt casting lures around the moored boats would produce bream too. Half ur luck. Cheers, bn
  27. big Neil

    Port Stephens- Magic Day

    Spewing! Had a mate ring me to see if there was any chance of launching over my way (he's from Griffith). Before I could reply he said, "I'll be there in 45 minutes". Luck had it that there was enough water to put his boat in and we spent 4 hrs throwing all sorts of deep diving lures, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and surface lures into the highly exposed snags. We knew there would be fish there, but not a single touch from thousands of casts. Meanwhile, you're having an absolute cracker of a day on the water. Good onya all ...great haul and a very memorable day with success all round. As you said, "BEATS WORKING!" Cheers, bn The 'Bidgee about 1.5mtrs lower than usual...
  28. wazatherfisherman

    Sol Lunar tables

    Hi kingie chaser By all means get an almanac, but even better is keeping your own logbook, which is "location-specific" for where you go. Doesn't need to be too complex, just basic info like tides, moon, weather, gear, bait/lures etc, and of course results and a couple of lines to what you think happened and why. A "picture/pattern" develops over time and is your own personal reference book. 15 or so minutes to fill in a pre set-up logbook gives you your own almanac and something you can use for reference in years to come. Mrs Swordie suggested also that many folk use Fishraider in the same way Regards Waza
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