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  1. Great photos Jon, although the first one made me feel sick just looking. Do you do any post-processing or is that straight out of the camera? actually, I haven’t kept up. What camera is it?
  2. So here is a quick explanation and photo of the drop camera rig I use. Here is the rig. Components from left to right are: A handcaster with 50mtrs of 100 lb mono. There is a bolt and wingnut fitted under which I can quickly pinch off the line. I can clip on a float when needed. A sled made of reo mesh. Its just one piece of reo mesh cut and bent. A very cheap GoPro clone. A 2kg diving weight (probably overkill). An onion bag, which I fill up with bait. Its all held together with cable ties. All up it cost about $60 including camera and housing and took about 40 mins to make. There is a fair bit of trial and error that went into this design however so its probably worth copying. I can drop this at any angle and it lands upright, can be dragged without overturning and retrieves with minimal resistence. The camera is from KMart and cost $39 including fittings and housing. Its rated to 30 metres and I've had it at a measured 27 meters with no leaks. Its 1080, 30fps, 450mah battery, 2inch LCD - pretty ordinary specs but its all the same in my local murky estuary water. I have two and they have both performed faultlessly although you know KMart and their no-hassles refund policy. I prefer a low cost camera because I leave it unattended and know that sooner or later I wont get it back. However if you wanted better vision there are two upgarde levels. For about $120 you can get similar camera but in 4K and wifi. The next step is GoPro or Osmo at around $500. This one is probably worth looking at if you are satisfied with 30 metres depth: https://www.kogan.com/au/buy/kogan-4k-action-camera-bndl-sd-card/ Housings. These cameras usually come with a housing rated at 30metres. Look a bit harder and some clones have housings rated at 40, 45 and 60 metres. Most of the basic GoPro housings are rated at 60metres. With a 45 metre depth housing you have everything in Brisbane Water, Hawkesbury and Botany Bay covered, although I understand that you guys who fish out wide wont find that much use. Batteries. A 450mah battery gives you about 50mins recording, which fills a 16gb card. The batteries are generic so you can upgrade to 900 or 1050mah and a 32gb card. Lights. LED technology has made underwater lighting very inexpensive. I have a $20 one on order. cheers
  3. For real time viewing, you would need a GoPro or a clone with wifi, and a phone with app to view it on. wifi doesn’t work underwater - or rather it only carries for a few inches, so you have to use a cable. There are commercial heavy duties ones available, cheaper commercial ones for recreational use, or you can DIY a solution. Plenty of people are doing it with just $20 worth of cable, and nothing else - like in this video I think the main limitation would be depth - on which I can’t comment, although plenty of people report 20 metres. I haven’t tried this because I’m not really interested in live viewing as I mostly drop the camera somewhere, then come back to it 40 minutes later. as there seems to be some interest, I’ll do a post tomorrow showing how the camera rig is made.
  4. Whenever I go fishing I'm plagued by questions about the environment underneath - like what type of bottom is it, what fish are down there, what food sources are available, why am I loosing baits but catching no fish, are there even any fish there at all - all those sort of things. Recently I built a drop camera to answer these questions. Its just a simple construction of mesh-reo with a 2kg weight, a float, two el cheapo Gopro clones, and an onion bag with some bait in it. I set this in all the places I fish and each drop gives me about 40mins of video. The knowledge these videos reveal is amazing. The videos are huge files so after watching on the pc I have just deleted most of them, but lately I've been posting a few snippets on Youtube. This is an example You can go to my channel for a few more. Just search for thebackwardpointinggodwit - my username. Please be aware its not my attention to offer videos that are aesthetic or interesting - the purpose is to map the underwater world where I fish. If that place has no fish - then so be it. And its not my intention to become a public Youtube channel - its just a resource for me. In fact, I think the most important videos are the ones which show 40mins of absolutely nothing (because they tell me where not to waste my time fishing). Because I don't have a boat I've mainly been limited to public jetties. Lately I've been borrowing a canoe and this gives me a bit more reach but I'm still limited to shallow areas - the ergonomics of using a drop camera from a sit-on-top make it difficult to work deep water. Things underwater are slowing down now for winter, but I will be targeting the Rip Bridge area, Putty Beach, Patonga and Pearl Beach in the next few weeks. I will put up snippets although they will mainly show the bottom and environment as fish are becoming scarce in shallow. FYI; I keep a records of fish species seen - so far up to 60 species in Brisbane Water. cheers
  5. Apologies if this has already been covered, or is well known, but are you aware that back in the 70s there was a ‘mini speed boat’ racing class. The only requirements were 9ft maximum length, and either 25hp outfit or maximum 500cc inboard. The boats were invariably made in lightweight style from plywood with minimal timber frames. The pilot was in a kneeling position when underway - a requirement so as to be able to throw their weight around for counterbalance, which was necessary as these things were screamers. I never had a ride in one but it was described to me as being like going 100mph on a pair of rollerskates - due to the fact that the high stance of the pilot combined with the short length of the boat means you couldn’t actually see any part of the boat you were in when underway, unless you made a deliberate effort to look downwards which would not have been easy on the tight courses used. we lived near the water in Auckland and after they raced in our bay a few times we were hooked so my older brother and father started making one. Unfortunately when we started all the best boats were tunnel hulls, but the class rapidly evolved into single hulls and then hydroplanes, so by the time we finished the tunnel hull it was well out of date, so we never purchased a motor (though that may have been an insurmountable hurdle anyway) and hence never even got it wet. my cousin, a marine mechanic, also became hooked but he set his sights on the world mini speedboat speed record. He built a hydroplane style mini out of packing case plywood (it didn’t need to be durable) and a hotted up 500cc engine out of a retired Norton Dominator racebike. I don’t know how he fared as we lost contact but I do know that in his early runs the boat had a compulsion to steer itself into the mangroves at high speed. Interest in the class fizzled very rapidly and completely a few years later. Then a few years after that the first jet skis appeared and no-one looked back. how your boat fits in with this I don’t know - in terms of whether it was intended for racing in the class, was marketed to people attracted by the class racing boats but not committed to the hassles of competition, or was completely unrelated. good luck with it anyway - it will be a lot of fun and I’m glad someone is keeping an otherwise neglected boat type alive.
  6. If you want to know more about it look up Enteromorpha intestinalis. I think it’s now actually reclassified as Ulva intestinalis. sorry I can’t give you a common name - there are so many and I don’t know which names are used locally. it can grow like fine hair or be flattened - depends on growing conditions such as salinity but all are the same species.
  7. Trolling sinker https://budgetmarine.com/catalog/fishing/terminal-tackle-hooks/floats-sinkers/lead-cigar-trolling-sinker-w-swivel-4oz/
  8. You could use a trolling sinker. I have a couple and they are pretty easy to use and no great water resistance. I don’t feel they are any worse then a down rigger in the limited circumstances I use them - which is not particularly deep - I think it’s 8 metres. the ones I have are 4 and 8 ounce and are like a very thin barrel with wire loops at either end. I think they are 100mm long or thereabouts. Not perfect but a good Compromise for those without downriggers. not too sure how they would go at 25 metres though. I have used the 4 ounce one which gives a nice slow troll at 10 metres.
  9. putty beach at sunup is worth the effort. That Bouddi NP area is something special. I like Tallow Beach too. James, dart are very common on Putty and nearby beaches, in fact probably the most numerous fish. Summer and autumn. Luke, Actually it may not be your ability to read the beach which is lacking - Putty Beach has almost no structure. Killcare Beach (the other end of the same beach) has a bit more structure but not a lot. If you can find a channel that’s 300mm deep then that’s a big one.
  10. Be a bit cautious here. If you are fishing in Thomson’s Creek Dam then only one rod is allowed, and only lure or fly - no bait is allowed.
  11. By double uni I assume you mean a ‘double loop uni’, as used for tying a line to a fitting (eg swivel), not a double uni as used for tying two lines together. If you want to keep on using the swivel between braid and leader then the FG knot is irrelevant. The FG knot is for a braid to mono connection. To run the sinker above the swivel then try one of these https://www.ebay.com.au/i/254138269790?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=705-139619-5960-0&mkcid=2&itemid=254138269790&targetid=1087152002312&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=1000594&poi=&campaignid=9767734220&mkgroupid=99377634146&rlsatarget=aud-786643580326:pla-1087152002312&abcId=1145981&merchantid=7364522&gclid=CjwKCAjw5Ij2BRBdEiwA0Frc9fVuscOPT1q1sE48MxWU79MW3i0zY-rCjFCuAZ9jQXd06UjyAK3EgRoCi_kQAvD_BwE . Don’t be fooled by their simplicity they work amazingly well at stopping a running sinker from tangling - I would never fish a running sinker without one. There is nothing wrong with using a light leader on heavier braid. Most of our local fish are leader-shy, so the lighter you go the more fish you will catch. This is especially true if land-based - not so relevant if you have a boat. For beach fishing I use 25lb braid and 10lb leader. The braid is heavier then I need but it gives me peace of mind to be over gunned on the braid. The rig you describe (called a ‘fishfinder’, among other names) I use when the surf is small but it tangles badly when the surf gets up. When the surf is larger I switch to a paternoster - wherein if you can anchor the swivel and keep the line tight against it then a tangle is unlikely. Inherently, you will catch less fish with the paternoster in areas with high fishing pressure because of the unnatural presentation, but at least you won’t be spending your time sorting out tangles. cheers
  12. Great work on the longtail. Are there any inside the harbour ? cheers
  13. I don’t think there’s any fun or any advantage in fishing the rip bridge where the tide runs hard. Fish off to one side - the current drops away if you shift a few metres to right or left. All I’ve ever caught in the deep stuff when the current is running hard is octopus - very big red ones. Best results have been off to the side alongside the marina or Mosquito Bay. And yep, going light means better results on the Central Coast - our fish are nervous.
  14. Nice story for the morning. Around here all the crows are wary, never seen one come close. Crows’ beaks have evolved for stabbing and manipulating objects. There is little power in the neck muscles and the beaks are not designed for ripping flesh. Thus it is difficult for them to rip into a fish, the skin and scales are too tough. The eyes however are soft and easily removed. Eyes are not very nutritious, but little effort is required to remove them. Compare this to a raptor like a hawk or eagle. Their beaks and neck muscles are very powerful. Their beaks have a sharp hook on the end for penetrating flesh, and the sharp edges of the beak are very efficient shearing surfaces. Thus they can easily open up a carcass. Usually, a crow will wait for another animal such as a hawk to open a carcass, then it can feed on the muscle and viscera.
  15. Yes, he’s somewhere in the Albany area judging by dialogue between himself and some commenters.