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  1. zmk1962

    Hairtail season in Cowan creek

    You smashed us Myung. Congratulations on a great effort and result! We fished Smiths Ck and only managed one squid. The wind was crazy. Cheers Zoran
  2. zmk1962

    Kayak Hairtail fishing Saturday 11th Cowan creek

    Sent you a PM with contact details. Stay safe Myung. Cheers Z
  3. zmk1962

    Kayak Hairtail fishing Saturday 11th Cowan creek

    hi @podtrailler... I'll be out in Cowan as well - planning to stay overnight ... Launch 3-4pm Parsley Bay. Not in a Yak tho ..... Look for a red and white 6.3m Haines hardtop named BARRYCUDA. (VHF call sign BARRYCUDA). If you get cold, pull up and have a hot cuppa with us. Cheers Zoran
  4. zmk1962 the top or the bottom
  5. zmk1962 the top or the bottom

    Hmmmm.... pretty sure it couldn't be yours mate... it thought I saw an eTec on the back ..... 😂 😂 Sorry couldn't resist guys !! Awesome topic though.... I have been trying for a bump head red off Sydney for years... this topic may just help ! Sam, @rickmarlin62 had a great post a while back on his techniques for big reds... in there he mentions the 12-20m reefs and unweighted bigger baits - half mackerel heads as top big red baits... That may help with the pickers and leather jackets. Cheers Zoran
  6. zmk1962

    flushing your Outboard and what Revs?

    200hp 2stroke - flush for a few minutes after thermostats open up - ie few min aftertemp gauge reaches normal op temperature. (Start 🍺 when telltale fires...) 15hp 4stroke - same re thermostat/temperature. Then I disconnect fuel and let it run until the carby bowl is dry. (Finish 🍺.....) Most of the flush for both motors is at idle but I do give it a squirt to take revs up around 2000rpm - guess it’s just piece of mind to hear the pickup is smooth rather then anything to do with flushing. Cheers Zoran
  7. zmk1962

    What size boat fits

    A lot of space is lost to the trailer draw bar. You may consider a foldable design and get back 1+m in length. There are DIY kits out there eg Cheers Zoran
  8. zmk1962

    Campbelltown to Artarmon

    I'm at Castle Hill ... very close by. Will PM you my details.. Cheers Z
  9. zmk1962

    Campbelltown to Artarmon

    Download WAZE on your smartphone ... its an excellent navigation tool. Free download, uses a teeny bit of your data plan ... but all WAZE users are constantly updating their journey, so WAZE knows about problems, slow downs etc and can automatically re-route you. Has other nice features, but free download, give it a go.... Cheers Zoran PS - forgot to say, if you end up driving M7 and up Pennant Hills Rd (ie Cumberland Hwy), your about 5min from my house.... drop in for a coffee/beer.
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    Campbelltown to Artarmon

    Here you go mate.... From the RMS site .... Cheers Zoran
  11. zmk1962

    How much anchor rope

    Nothing wrong with being 56 I'm another product of 1962... I still consider myself a young fella, just that now I am young with experience .... Its all about staying active whatever the age. eg I first had a go at alpine skiing at 42, got hooked and earlier this year clocked top speed at 74km/h (up from 67km/h previous year). Just keep giving it a go I say.... you're a long time dead. But this topic seems to have digressed way past anchor rope length hahaha !.
  12. zmk1962

    How much anchor rope

    @blaxland when you say "I see lots of spots are deep" what depth are you considering fishing in? As others have said, to hold your position, you need 3-4 times depth in good weather, and more in bad weather. Its all to do with the angle of pull on the anchor. The shallower the angle the more the anchor bites in, the steeper the angle the more you are lifting the anchor out of the sea bed. Add on to that the effect of wave chop jerking on the anchor and you can see how having more rope out tends to act as a buffer. You can have a steeper angle (less rope) if you have more chain, a lighter boat, calmer weather or if you do not want to hold position and are prepared to drift a little. Here's some of my experiences re anchoring fishing up to 60m. Up until 2017 I did exactly as @rickmarlin62 posted. Carried 148m anchor rode. 8m chain followed by 140m of 12mm silver rope (12mm is easier on fingers than a thinner rope) and used the buoy method (see attached picture). My rope was made up of two lengths spliced together so that the join fed easily through the bow roller. I fished up to 30-40m depth relatively comfortably, but even though the buoy helped lift the anchor, I still found it a chore to bring in 80-90m of wet rope and chain (especially in cold weather and with getting a touch of arthritis). Also, I carry two sea drougues (sea anchors) and found that even with two out they really did not slow me down that much. My boat is a deep V with high sides and canopy, so it catches the wind like a sail, and the deep V eventually turns us to run with the wind (path of least resistance in the water). In the end, I installed an anchor winch with 138m of anchor rode. 8m chain, 130m rope. I comfortably fish up to 60m depths and have actually modified how I fish for species like flathead .... you can see my report in this post - I call it the "drift and drop" .... Note: because I am really only trying to slow my drift, I find that even 80m of rode with a danforth anchor does the job in 50-60m of water to do this . If I wanted to hold, I'd really need to let out all of the rode or move into shallower water. Cheers Zoran
  13. zmk1962

    Dual outboard flusher

    @JonD thats strange, I have used the same double earmuffs for at least 10yrs... no issues. Maybe where you buy them has a bad batch, but as @Fab1 says a garden hose y-splitter should fix that problem permanently. I always felt that if hose water pressure is affecting the power of the tell tale then your water pump is starting to fail. The hose pressure should not be forcing water past the water pump impellers. Out on the water, your motor leg is submerged and its totally relying on the water pump to push the water up the leg (there is no hose pressure to help it). So when flushing if the hose pressure is pushing up past the water pump that indicates to me that the impeller blades have worn out, or are getting soft and about to fail. The purpose of the earmuffs and hose are just to provide sufficient water immersion for the water pump impeller to do its job. Lots of people prefer to flush using a bucket/barrel which submerges the lower leg to help that water pump immersion . I took a variation of this idea, and made a muffler/silencer flusher gizmo out of pvc pipe that also fed a water column to the prop exhaust. This coupled with the double earmuffs simulated the leg being immersed in water and also provided back pressure to the exhaust for a smoother quieter idle. I posted on this several years ago in this fishraider post. Cheers Zoran
  14. zmk1962

    Broughton reds not

    Well at least you got a feed and went out - I’ve been too busy with work - stuck ashore for months now !! Reckon if you catch an 8kg model on next trip your average will hold. Best of luck! Zoran
  15. zmk1962

    Nulon marine 2 stroke

    I think I posted previously, I found Penrite very smokey on start... I use Mercury Quicksilver Premium 2-Str (pricer) but much better... a shop stocks it. Cheers Zoran