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Everything posted by campr

  1. Drift anchors are only affetive against wind drift. I have a 5.6m Quintrex and use one of those bags they use to crane sand etc that are about a cubic metre in size. Ron
  2. Could be many things, but my guess for the heck of it would be power pack? Once was going along flat out when motor just stopped instantly. The crank shaft had snapped and mechanic couldn't believe it didn't go through the side of the block. Ron
  3. About the only thing thats good about getting old is that in retirement you don't have to fish on weekends. I only fish weekdays where possible but will have a go at night on weekends for jewies after the mob have gone home. Only exception is when fishing comps as unfortunately they are always on weekends. Only way to beat the ramp issues is to launch early as most yobbos don't seem to want to get out of bed too early. Hang in there and don't let them spoil your fun. Ron
  4. Most high end reels especially the bigger ones with more powerful drags do not have an anti reverse, as it's just one more thing to fail. As already suggested, I would set it forward and leave it as it is rarely used. If your realy determined to fix, attach a photo of broken part, as your more likely to get suggestions on a fix. Ron
  5. Under paint bubbling is caused by electrolysis. I was told by a member of my fishing club who is a retired metalurgist that the heat caused by grinding, cutting and drilling aluminium is enough to change the composition of the metal so you can create a dissimilar metal enough to cause electrlysis. Interesting but nothing you can do about it other than go slowly when using power tools to reduce heat buildup and reduce problem. I would also be wary of using rubber gaskets. Plenty of people do but keep an eye on them if you do. The original Quintrex boats were a subsiduary of Alcoa Al
  6. Well done. If I lived there I would have a hole in the fence and build a little fishing platform out over the water. Ron
  7. I and my back agree with above. Unless your very short, the long pump is the way to go. Ron
  8. When I went in to Doc, he said he recognised my name and thought it may be me. He is a member of Wollongong ANSA and knew me as I have regularly won ANSA comps in Sydney and Nowra. After a little fishing related chat he numbed the area with 4 shots of local anesthetic and then inserted a thick strong needle next to the hook above the barb. He then used the needle to pull the flesh away from the hook so it disengaged the barb. He then was able to slide the hook out. He then spent some time squirting what I think may have been saline into the puncture wound to thoroughly wash it out to mini
  9. Due to various reasons I hadn't had my boat out for months. With Good Friday looming and no fish in the freezer I decided to duck out to Bate Bay and try to catch a feed of blue spots even though it's my least favorite way of fishing. I started in close in 17 metres as a mate had been bagging out with decent flatties there before the rain, but could only catch little spikies. I gradually worked my way out deeper and didn't have much luck until I was in 40 metres. A lot of just legals at 33cm and the odd one at 40cm. As I was desperate to give the fam a feed, I set my minimum at 36cm and t
  10. Stainless hooks may not be as sharp as chem hooks but I keep 2 small handlines with different sized split shot and stainless hooks on them in my boat permanently. They are always ready to go for catching bait and I have had the current hooks on for nearly 2 years without probs. Through the years I have had the odd one bitten off by tailor but it is so rare that I don't think its a concern. Ron
  11. If desperate I'd fish the deaper holes on the run in, as fresh water flows on the top with the saltier stuff down on the bottom. Ron
  12. Thanks Fishmore. Ron
  13. I imagine that ph will be a wright off for a week or so after the rain stops. I'm busting to get out in Bate bay to get the fam a feed of flatties even though I don't prefer that kind of fishing but I haven't been out for ages and getting a bit desperate. Before the rain there were plenty of flatties out there though you had to throw a lot of little ones back, as well as there being a few dollies on the fads. Hell, I would even be happy stocking up on slimies for jew bait if they are still out there. Unfortunately I think it will take a long time for the sqid to make a comeback. Good l
  14. Hi fish_more. Whar weather app is that please?
  15. They gotta eat too regardless of the conditions. Ron
  16. Yes, some bakers will still sell their left over loaves cheaply. I used to get it from Bakers Delight but they now have a blanket ban on giving away left over bread and it is now all binned except for some locations with appoved organisations. I only use while bread to preserve by drying out. Ron
  17. I'd definitely go with the FG knot. Much smoother through your rod runners. Ron
  18. Bread is great for burley either by itself or with additives like minced fish or tuna oil but sometimes you haven't got any or enough. I often have seen writers in fishing mags say freeze leftovers and I think these guys must live alone as I'm flat out finding room in our freezer for my bait stocks let alone half a dozen loaves of bread. The solution is easy. Just dry your leftover bread completely so it goes rock hard and it will be usable for years as burley. I just spread slices out on a cement path in the sun and turn over when one side is dried out. Lately I have used the kids
  19. Most modern bindings dont need to be filled. Check label on binding and look for non fill? As stated above, modern 2 part finishes are the way to go but need to be turned frequently by hand for at least two hours. I bought a cheep battery opperated bbq rotisserie motor which works really well. Ron
  20. Some like to let them run. I have drag set tò hook them if they run with bait but if they are biting timidly I feed them some slack to eat the bait. I like to strike strongly if they are moving off with the bait. They don't have hands, so if they are moving off with the bait it's in their mouth. Ron
  21. I've been using and loving high speed metals for over 50 years. Great fun on small tunas, salmon etc. Twisties probably my favourite small slice but caught countless kings and the odd logtail spinning from the stones with the old seascape reels and WK arrows. Another great thing about them is their easy and fun to make yourself. Cut hex rod, bars of different shapes, handles cut from knives and spoons painted lead slugs etc nearly anything long and thin comes alive when cranked fast enough. Good luck. Ron
  22. Immersion of a car over the dashboard in salt water creates an automatic statuary wright-off. If insured full payout and vehicle cannot ever be re-registered. Ron
  23. I use that same set up to catch poddies. Rod cost about $5 onfleabay. I use home made Styrofoam float about 1 cm round with 2 size 12 square green blackfish hooks up short near float and tiny split shot. With bread burley fish are attracted to white float. Just too much fun. Ron
  24. Hi Fishkent. Love fishing ph for big flathead and jew by boat but it can be a tough area. The striped fish your catching are trumpeter and are one of my fave livies for big flathead in the port. Ph has blessed me with 5 flatties over 80cm with the biggest being 97cm all caught on 1kg pretest line. My favorite area is from the dropoff from the balast heap upstream to sw arm which would require you to cross the channel from fishermans bay. I prefer bottom half of tide but when fishing comps you don't have much choice. Nippers are a great universal bait. Use lightest possible sinker a
  25. I assume you have dual batteries and means to switch between them? I often fish nights for jewies and switch to auxiliary battery to run lights and pumps etc leaving main battery for starting. With all lights including deck flood light being leds the auxiliary will still start motor but best to be prepared. Ron
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