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  1. Hi everyone, I'm after a fish smoker for a present for my dad. Don't mind spending a bit of money on something good. Any advice? Also wouldn't mind knowing what wood chips etc I should be buying? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  2. I think most decent rollers are braid friendly now. Used to have some rollered rods but even after taking care of them some rollers seized up (may have just been bad rollers). Never have to worry with good fuji guides. Just one less thing to worry about. Never had an issue with line joins getting caught either.
  3. Ive been using 30 sized overheads tyrnos mostly packed with braid and a mono topshot. You can fit close to 800m of 80lb on a tyrnos 30. I then attach 50m of 80lb momoi with an fg. Outfits have caught tuna to 70kg and marlin to 150kg no problem. Outfits also double as beast kingfish livebaiting gear Using 24kg game rods with all runners. No rollers
  4. nice work!! I was a bit north of longy and found a patch of about 2000 birds. Slow trolled some live slimies around but no fish. Didnt mark too much bait around either. Should have gone south! Tried Sydney north fad as well but nothing but tiny dollies. Next time! What leader were you running? I heard people were going as low as 80lb to get a bite. Cheers
  5. Thanks for the reply rick! I also messaged trapman bermagui and be said they get them sometimes way offshore off the south coast. Very interesting
  6. I was just looking at the NSWGFA records and i noticed this entry. I'm guessing this was a pacific bluefin? Were pacific bluefin a common catch in those years? Also do longliners ever pick them up off australian waters?? I also noticed it was caught in november, which I thought would be out of season for any bluefin... so many questions.. Anyone got any answers? Cheers
  7. Couldnt read the article either but I'm also a little concerned about our kingfish population. However, I think maybe we now have a resident population in the Sydney area, hence why the same fish might be caught multiple times. This may be the result of banning commercial fishing in sydney harbour, giving the fish a stable food source (also tagging has become more popular, so we might be noticing these catches more). I do believe we need to restrict ourselves to keeping fish under 1m. I read a scientific paper that stated that larger fish produced substantially more eggs than smaller ones
  8. looks like the cool water is being pushed way back down south. No chances of a bluefin sydney way but maybe still a yellowfin. Has anyone heard anything?
  9. Lately I've been thinking about trying for a swordfish off sydney. However all the bent butt rods they seem to be using are atleast $750. I've been looking at the shimano status PE 5-8 as a budget alternative, but it says it is designed for deep dropping with electric reels. Is there something about the design of these rods that make them unsuitable for swordfishing? There is also a tiagra bent butt at around $350 with runner guides and a roller tip that looks like the next cheapest option. Has anyone used these rods before or know of another cheap equivalent? At the moment my plan is to
  10. anyone thinking of heading out this weekend? flying up to sydney friday night to fish saturday and sunday for toona! On a side not.. Whats everyone using for their water temp? ripcharts of fishtrack? been using fishtrack for a while but it doesnt seem as good as ripcharts when I used it a few years ago. Is it worth getting the premium subscription or just the standard?
  11. years ago when I used to fish long reef in a yak with my dad, fresh squid drifted around on jigheads always seemed to work pretty well. Especially on snapper but also kingfish at times. Fish for squid the night before in the harbour, then use it at dawn at long reef. If you get a big calamari put one big tentacle on a 3/8 ounce jig head. Almost always produced a nice fish. And just use the navionics map to find the reef. Theres usually atleast 10 other boats out there so shouldnt be too hard to find goodluck!
  12. Anyone heard any news of tuna off sydney yet? Looks like some good water south east of botany bay but quite a far way offshore. Heard from some facebook pages that longliners have been getting some good fin around the 2000fathom line near Bermi. I'm down in Melbourne for the next few months so want to be sure before flying up to go for a fish. Cheers
  13. Had a few big calamari harass my live baits at Lion island on sunday so that might also be an option. You can also catch yakkas at Juno point if you burley up, but west head is definitely the better spot as Scratchie said
  14. Avet do left handed jigging reels. Check out bustedfishing.com Look at the 5 SXJ. Should be around $330 Edit: The 5 SXJ might be a little low drag wise for you so the raptor editions might be better. Look at the Avet 5 SXJ 6/4 raptor Or avet mxj 6/4 raptor. The narrow models would be more suited for jigging
  15. Thanks Jon, I think I'll be going for the 50/200 transducer and the LSS2-HD. Thanks for all your help! Now I've just got to ask some stabicraft owners about using a transom or through hull
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