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  1. If course you were laughing with me not at me I was up at up at about 5.30 Not need to write scripts, just need a transcript of my life, for example how I accidentally gave my 11 year old daughter alcohol the other day. If you want a sugapen get it from Dinga, great price, service and free delivery
  2. Following Niall's topwater write up, I purchased a Sugapen from Dinga and it arrived on Friday. Early Saturday morning went down to Blackwater Bay. It was quite windy, but this didn't matter in the slightest has a promptly back cast into a tree. With all the jiggling to free the lure and 6lb trace, the line proceeded to break leaving my lure, a fish virgin, in the tree. I repeatedly tried to knock the lure out of the tree with my rod, getting nowhere I was beginning to despair and not think it could not get any worse, but proving myself completely wrong my two piece rod showed why it's called a two piece rod with the top half of the rod also getting stuck in the tree, no longer attached to the bottom half. It was stuck fast and I didn't want to risk damaging it by just pulling. So I proceeded to start jumping and wacking the tree. If I jumped I could just hit the offending branch with the only part of my gear I had left, the bottom half of my rod (I coulda sworn I could hear the Benny Hill theme playing in the back ground). Eventually the part of the branch with my lure and half my rod broke off and fell to the ground. Because I had back cast into the tree, my bail arm was opening and I hadn't closed it, so with all the jumping a wacking the line was slowly playing out into the tree. I had a bird nest in the tree worthy of a bait caster. I retreated to lick my wounds. This afternoon I did topwater fishing take 2 at my local, Tarban creek, there's no trees there you can back cast into. It began quite promisingly with a few follows, but I've read with whiting you continue to work the lure and with bream you pause, question is if you don't know what's following, what do you do? Eventually I felt a bit of weight on the line and pulled in a small whiting. My first topwater fish, my lure was no longer a virgin!! Began casting again when I had a take that began to take line, felt like a monster!! After I bit of a strange fight I pulled in a foul hooked bream, my target species!! Had a few more casts, pulled in two tailor (on different casts), one of them bearly bigger than the lure itself. All this was inspired by Niall's original post. All I can say is mate, if I hadn't already had them, I might've named one of my kids after you. Hope you enjoyed reading, cheers tight lines all Richard
  3. I wouldn’t worry about the photo. I reckon it’s too small to see any expression on her face. Of all creatures I would’ve figured the ones in the water would be safe from fire, guess I was wrong.
  4. Thanks heaps Niall for the post. You are a deadset legend!
  5. What an excellent first post. Congratulations on the croc. Keep these great reports going!! cheers Richard
  6. I think the leader is a bit thicker and more abrasion resistant
  7. Being a cheapskate, I use fluro line for my leader instead of fluro leader, so much cheaper.
  8. Got a chance for a fish on Thursday and this morning. On thursday i started in the canal bordering Barnwell Park golf course. When i fish a canal I have begun casting the lure and then walking 10-20m the other way with my reel in free spool, effectively lengthening the cast. Was getting many small taps on my SP but no hook ups. Eventually hooked 24cm bream which gave a good account of itself. Next I hooked up to a tree branch. I've worked out if it's low enough winding in the line till your lure is on the point of the rod make it a lot easier to get your lure back. Tree was released safely. Then pulled out a tiny bream about double the size of the lure, greedy bugger. Fished the bay next and eventually a 48cm flattie that had inhaled the jighead so deep I couldn't even see it. Lucky I had my net cause my 6lb leader was pretty frayed and there was no way I was going to be able to lift that fish. So i clipped the line and started a post about gut hooked fish. This morning started at Putney park, a found the left hand side much more productive a pinky and a couple of small flatties. Next hit another nearby bay. Hooked a small flatty i didn't bother measuring. A few more casts and hooked what felt to be something massive, turns out to be a foul hooked bream Walked around to the otherside of the bay hooked a tiny hand sized flathead. Then I fished a mangrove edge a got snagged, so walked right around to the other side of the bay in free spool, luck I got unsnagged. There's a drain outlet and I thought being an out going tide there might be some fish at the entrance. So I cast about 1m back from the drain so as not to spook any fish that might be there. Next thing my lure gets hit with a freight train, definitely not a bream. i walked to the edge and theres a nice big flathead hooked. As i'm still getting used to using 6lb leader, I'm pretty nervous as I can't see if it is hooked in the jaw or if the lure been swallowed. After a few minutes playing it very gently I landed it again with my trusty net a 60cm model. Thanks for reading Richard
  9. Thanks for that BN. The reason I imagined hooks would be hard to pass is because of the barb. It's probably safe to assume the act of reeling in a gut hooked fish is going to set the barb into the stomach of the fish. Now I've never actually set a barb into my own flesh but have caught clothes, tackle bags and car seats, and once that barb's in it can be pretty hard to dislodge. I find it had to imagine that a fish stomach could dislodge itself, but your Murray cod with the butt hook would suggest otherwise. cheers Richard They way i read it is 14 out of the 200 fish caught shed the hooks and since about 70 fish survived, this equates to 20% of surviving fish shedding their hooks. This is 20% more than I would have expected. Incredible how a fish can get a barb out of it's stomach. I always wondered what's the mortality of fish that are send back into the deep with release weights. That would be a hard study to do
  10. As per the title. So when a fish swallows a hook we’re advised to cut the line and leave it there rather than trying to remove it and doing more damage that makes sense. But then what happens to the hook? I’ve heard some people say that they pass through the fish others say they rust out. I find hard to believe anything except they just sit there and don’t do a lot of good to the fish Thoughts?