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  1. Nice. A tip in case you don’t know. It’s a lithograph so keep it in a shady spot - not on a bright wall because the UV light will make the vintage paper go blue.
  2. Agree with the others - crabs are a likely culprit. Sand/paddle crabs and blue swimmers. if you get the situation where there is something on your line, you start winding but after about six turns it falls off then that is most likely crabs. They aren’t real smart so it takes them a couple of meters of being dragged through the water to figure out that something is not right and let go of the bait. I have a video here showing crabs feeding on bait underwater. It’s worth watching to see how crabs behave with baits - and especially how strong and aggressive they can be and how quickly
  3. Don’t knock it, that’s a first class piece of gyotaku (fish impression). You will see a lot of really good gyotaku on the web but most start out no better then that - and then the artist does a lot of touching up with a paintbrush.
  4. Agreed with the hornet. adding: generally, you should set the drag before you go fishing and then not touch it. Set it to factory specs using a spring balance. Generally it will be 25 or 30 percent of line breaking strain (depending on line type) which should cover loading, shock loading plus and a bit for tolerance. Don’t touch the drag when you are on the water - lots of good fish are lost that way - in fact I’d maybe say most good fish are lost that way. People set the drag right, then a big fish grabs and runs, and the line is screaming out like the angler has never seen before a
  5. There is some misinformation here so let’s clear it up. It is not against the law for a vendor to refuse return of the goods in this case. under Aus consumer law you only have the statutory right to a refund if the goods are faulty or unfit for purpose. however in the case of goods ‘unfit for purpose’ then you only have a statutory right to refund/repair if you relied on the salesperson’s judgement or representations when selecting the purchase. For example if you said ‘I need a rod for estuary bream’ and the salesperson said ‘this is the rod you need, it is ideal for bream’.
  6. A beach with virtually no underwater structure and little wave action to turn the sand over wouldn’t be my first choice of beach to fish from.
  7. Q1 - most waterways have closed seasons. You need to check the regulations on fisheries website. Q2 - for waterways with closed seasons the best time is usually the first couple and last couple of weeks of the open season. For lakes open year round, usually avoid the hot months as trout will be lethargic. Generally early spring and autumn give best catches, but there are exceptions to this rule for which you need local knowledge. For most trout fishermen, being on the water on opening weekend is a must - in fact some years opening weekend and the next couple of weeks are the only ti
  8. Hi Saladboi. Getting back to your original question about best way to fish that region. i fished the area for about 20 years until recent droughts . My best trips were done by taking 2 cars, parking one somewhere on the Coxs and driving the other one further upstream and then walking and fishing between. You get access to the inaccessible. For one walk we parked the car at Lake Lyell right up the arm where the Coxs enters, and the other one at Lake Wallace, where the Coxs goes under the Great Western Highway. The lower car had to be taken in the night before and left there else it wo
  9. And not transiting through a hotspot, like Sydney Airport.
  10. 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?
  11. 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 a
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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 o
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