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    Bellambi Boat Ramp Hazard

    Hey all Bellambi launchers. When launching at Bellambi be aware of the sand build up against jetty. Unless it it high tide and on the 3/4 high you should be launching from the far sides. Too many people getting in a lot of expensive bother by not realising that the sand is almost as high as the water line. Many get told by locals and onlookers and don't listen so thought a picture might make it easier to understand why. Few weeks ago a guy backed his trailer down, tried to put his boat on but couldn't work out why it was all going wrong. I saw his trailer tyres were sunk in the sand. I told him he would need to take boat off and retrieve on other side. He waved me off and backed down further!! He then had his trailer tyres and car tyres embedded in the sand. Told him again but I got waved off. Then another Charlie offered to help pull him out. So Charlie number 2 reversed his truck with the boat still attached. Tied the front of the car to the rear bar of the boat trailer. This time the guy next to me told them this was going to end in failure. This time the wife of Charlie number 2 waved us off and said hubby new what he was doing. Uhh huh??? Ok so we just shut our mouths and looked on. So trailer tyres are in embedded in the sand, car tyres are embedded in the sand. There are now two trucks and two boats all joined together. Charlie 2 revvs up and begins the tow. The sound of welds snapping was instantaneous. Wife starts screaming and eventually he stopped. Rear bar of trailer is now only just hanging on. Now they listen. Dissembled the boat and truck centipede and removed the boat from the trailer and went to far side. Not sure where our money towards ramp maintenance goes but this sand has been there a while and claimed many. Anyway, stay expense free and stay away from the sand. I have seen 4 fails in the past 3 months with cars or boats stuck in the sand. I'm not even down there that much so must be effecting a lot of people. Zoom in on this photo and you can see how this is literally a trap at low or mid tide. Don't be the next one!!
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    Bellambi Boat Ramp Hazard

    Feel free to use those images.
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    Bellambi Boat Ramp Hazard

    That would be great Oz98. Look forward to seeing your work.
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    Bellambi Boat Ramp Hazard

    Caught a live example! This guys boat was light, he pulled out but gave him a lot of resistance. Bigger boat or smaller car would have to start all over again. They also beat their boat up against the jetty and struggled to winch onto trailer as back of trailer was high.
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    Bellambi Boat Ramp Hazard

    Have also seen bows get caught under the jetty. It is a %%%%% of a ramp for sure. I have a drive on boat which is the bext type of boat for this ramp. It's struggle street there most weekend especially if the surge is up. The sand is a bigger problem with surge as well as it instantly sinks you into the sand.
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    Bellambi Boat Ramp Hazard

    Agree, I have a 5.5m boat and always launch on the 2 far side ramps. High tide or low tide
  7. Alloy gets a patina when it's raw. Same as a cast iron pan. Stops it from corroding. Biggest problem with aluminium is electrolysis. So always turn your battery off when not using the boat. If it looks bad up close give it a going with a wire brush or water blaster and see what's under. Looks like the boat has not gotten wash downs much. Or cleaned. I have a raw alloy boat and I take everything out and water blast it 2 - 3 times a year. Does wonders.
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    Buying a boat etiquette

    You'd better crazy not too. Too many things you can't tell from a visual. Even better, get some one who has had a boat for years to come out with you. Seemingly small issues can cause big drama And be expensive to fix.
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    A Strange Day Out at Bellambi

    Bellambi ramp starts at 4.15am. At this time it is all locals getting in before the chaos from Sydney arrives. It's a pretty smooth affair normally, even on dead low. A lot of locals won't fish the weekend due to all the drama and queues. Around 5.45am the first of the Sydney crowd turns up and there are always novices and bellambi newbies amoung them. This is when the hold ups, balls ups and lack of etiquette happens. There are plenty of good snapper grounds around Wollongong. You don't need to go all the way to the humps to get snapper. I've always found the humps really hit and miss so don't bother anymore. Some of the best snapper fishing is only 4k - 5k from the ramp.
  10. Went for Reds and ended up catching three Bonnies. Sent two back as not sure how to cook them. Kept one as decided maybe they could be good as Kokoda. Kokoda is fish cubes partially cooked in lemon juice mixed with raw veges and coconut cream. It's amazing. Cut fish into cubes 1-1.5cm. Salt and cover in fresh lemon juice. Leave for two hours. Take 3 tomatoes and remove the seeds and liquid. Do the same to a cucumber or two as well as a capiscum. Cut up super small and put aside. Chop half the red onion up super small as well. Season well. I rinse the lemon juice off the fish and Pat dry. Put in a bowl and add all the chopped up bits. Then add over half a tin of coconut cream. Season to taste. If kids are not involved then red chillies also go well. This is devine and to my delight, works well with Bonito. Kingfish is best but Bonito was very good. Crusty bread and Kokoda, BAM!!
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    Bonito Kokoda (Coconut Raw Fish)

    Awesome so glad someone tried it. Yours looks very good too. Coriander is a master stroke.
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    Launch retrieve in the dark

    Your boat ramp is not lit? Also get an internal marine red light installed in your cabin. You can see everything but does not effect your night vision.
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    Anchoring at long reef - advice please!

    Another trick is to tie the sea anchor to the side of the boat. If you have a hard top it can position you so your casting with no obstruction of the hard top and it makes it easier if there are two of you as you can alternate. While one is retrieving the other casts. Sometimes it seems to slow you down even more as well. All depends on wind and current. Don't think the sea anchor always has to go off the back. Off the side when the wind and current is right is good for bottom bashing as well as your chute is behind you and you have no issues with the line touching the drogue rope.
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    How do I catch snapper off the rocks?

    Burley, un weighted baits and life jackets. Same method as a boat.
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    Battery help

    Sounds like poor connections. Maybe you need to replace all the hardware. Or you may have a cable that is damaged but inside the coating. Lee
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    Port Stephens reds.

    Good report guys. What a great session.
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    Anchoring at long reef - advice please!

    Buy gloves and get the Decky to do the anchor. 8ml if retrieving by hand sounds as small as I would want to go.
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    Anchoring at long reef - advice please!

    You'll need at least 100m of line to anchor at this depth properly and with comfort to you physically and comfort knowing your going to hold. You could go less and add more chain but more line is better.
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    Slow jigging reel?

    Your right, it's a 5000 I have. Has the big knob. Good reel
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    Slow jigging reel?

    FJ 4000 Stradic. Is a good reel for slow pitch jigging. Has a good retrieve and a big handle. Also good a good all round reel. I have this paired with a Gomoku Blue. Very happy with the set up. Use it to jig for Kings with very good success.
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    Kingfish Bait

    In NZ it's widely known that piper or Gar fish are the best baits for Kings. You can rig them up like a livie and pop them. Never done it but seem it on TV a few times.
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    Boat capacity rules in nsw

    Depends if the cert from Stabi is an international cert recognised in AU, if it is then you should be fine with 5. My understanding is it is either x people or x KG. But you would need to confirm. My Surtees is has an international cert and is recognised here
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    frozen burley logs

    Angler power in Sylvania or Liesure Coast Bait and Tackle in Corrimal Rothery Road.
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    Shark Encounters?

    I fish the Illawarra and have often seen Whalers Basking in the summer. We have caught a number of Makos as by catch, all under 1.5m. We have had a White Shark come to the back of the boat middle of winter at Bellambi Reef when we had a tuna blood burley running. Two years later in middle of Winter I saw a White launch out of the water like shark week at Bellambi Reef. I new it was a White as was massive and had a black top half and white underside Seem to be plenty of sharks around.
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    Gomoku rods

    I used a Stradic FK 5000 or Ci4 4000 on mine. Seems to work well. I mainly use the blue model.