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  1. Here is my 420 when I'm fishing solo which is about 90% of the time - I take the 2nd seat out to make extra room and its easy to move between the front and rear casting decks. Its also easier to net fish while standing on the floor so frees up space for that.
  2. ... and if there are no tailor around, throwing plastics on light gear can be productive off the beach, just gets expensive when there are choppers intent on removing plastic tails.
  3. No worries, good luck with the birth of your first, just PM when you're ready and we'll work something out. I bought my 420 2nd hand and it came with a braked trailer with a walkway, makes it a lot easier to retrieve the boat being able to walk down the trailer. You'd have to weigh up the extra cost of rerating and more $$ for the motor against the benefit - in good conditions in estuaries, mine is fairly happy at 20 knots and if I'm in a hurry, can get a bit more if I want to push it harder. I run a 4 blade prop as well so have lost a bit of top end speed but it gets out of the hole easier and onto the plane.
  4. I have a 420 side console with Mercury 50hp and MotorGuide - I only fish lures and mostly fish solo at least twice a week in Tuggerah lakes, Lake Macquarie or estuaries up the mid north coast. I do occasionally launch at Patonga and fish Pittwater, Broken Bay as well as Glenbawn. I don't fish offshore but the boat has comfortably handled some shocking conditions on large waterways. It also has a quite a shallow draught for the hull type and I can put it onto to some shallow water when fishing flats. If I was purchasing another boat, I'd probably go tiller steer just because it provides more usable space compared to the side console. Its by no means a perfect boat but must be pretty good when my biggest gripe is that I wish it didn't have an anchor well so the front casting deck was bigger. I doubt if there would be a noticeable difference when launching/retrieving a 420 or a 440 so its more about the size you need - if you fish mostly solo, the 420 is fine. Lure fishing with 2 works well but the few times I've been out with 3 in the boat, available space isn't great. Looks like you're on the coast, PM me if you'd like to chat more or if you'd like to go for a run in it, I'm sure we could work out a time for a quick fish.
  5. Great story - I reckon we all have them, I call them my Mr Bean moments.
  6. If I had my time over, I would buy a lighter action rod as it would have worked better for the 60 gram chromies so I reckon the 10ft heavy action would be a good rod for what you are looking for.
  7. I don't think it would have any issues, it handles 60 grams comfortably.
  8. Good rod, nice action in the blank and they're made with reasonable quality fittings for the price. I've got a 10 ft, heavy action, 10-15kg, 30 - 130gm lure weight. I usually tie on 60 gram chromies when I use it, its great for casting them. Probably better suited to spinning off the rocks, for the beach I mostly use smaller chromies and a lighter rod.
  9. Finally got round to taking a photos of my Alvey's. First up, a couple of new reels - they'd be around 20 years old, a 650BC and a 600BC Next, a 650 C5 and 651 C5 - great reels but but very heavy after a long session on the beach Next, 2 timber reels that belonged to my dad, a 650 A3 and 600 C3 My favourite, a rosewood stain 650 A3 which nowadays I use the most out of the reels, perfect for the beach and nice balance mounted on a MT5144 rod with 10lb line 5" Club Trophy Special - this one is definitely in the retired category, I've got great memories using it as a kid on Fraser Island circa 1970 on a cane rod with the reel held on by hose clamps. cheers steve
  10. Great article Niall, you inspired me to tie on a Sugapen this morning and I picked up a couple of nice bream on the surface out of the snags in my local river.
  11. Here's one I caught while spinning for spinning for tailor and salmon with a 10g chromie on Nth Entrance Beach.
  12. Nice find. Hayden's were a sports store in Merrylands that built rods - they were there when I was a kid through the '60s and 70's. I have a spin rod that my dad had built for me when I was about 12 or 13 so 1970 or thereabouts in the garage - it has the red and white Fuji runners on it that were popular around that time. Its unbranded so I don't remember if it came from Haydens or the other rod builder further down Merrylands Rd that was called Deveson's.
  13. I don't use the record/replay on my MotorGuide but my favourite trick which I use almost every time I fish to is hit the Anchor at the start of a drift, then turn off the Propellor - this allows you to drift and when you want to return to the start of your drift, just turn the Propellor back on and it takes you back to the Anchor position.
  14. A couple of other land-based spots if you make the trip down to North Haven. From the map, on the right hand side where it says Gogley's Lagoon, fish from the sandbar into the channels, you can also pump yabbies on the flats there. There is a gap in the breakwall, I'll spin or flick lures back into the river on a dropping tide when the lagoon is draining out. You get to it by driving through Laurieton and Dunbogan. Also, the channel on the map under the Dunbogan Caravan Park writing can be a good spot for flatties - I think its usually best from the bank on either side of low tide but I have also caught fishing floating down there in my boat on the top of the tide.
  15. Was the 40cm tailor in the Lake - I wondered what would happen when the choppers that were in plague proportions late last year didn't leave the Lake I've ben bitten off 3 times by decent fish in the past week - at first on 6lb leader but then again on 10lb leader. I've been getting some decent sized flatties so wondered if it was one of them or perhap a big LongTom but now I'm thinking might have been tailor.