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  1. The combo with 4-8kg rod seems to be made for that specific orange chain store (to avoid competition/price matching etc). Just call the local store and ask someone to check what is written on the rod otherwise call AU ABU office. The ABU pro max combo with similar 4-8kg rod rating however abit longer rod suggests 1/4-5/8 oz weight lures on ABU website.
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    Baitcaster rods are regularly heavily discounted as are less popular - you can get the rod with original price $100 for $25-50 on sale with some research. Yes, you will have to buy a separate reel - you can not change the handle side, and I have never seen left hand wind baitcast combos on sale in Australia. Unlike large or small Brick and Mortars - some online Australian retailers do stock left hand wind baitcasters - it is easy to check online once you collect some model suggestions .
  3. Alvey reel on Ugly rod on a kayak. I just leave it in the back vertical rodholder and then paddle or drift until the fish alarm loudly wakes up warning that the fish is on the line and waiting , 1:1 winching power, any-time drag adjustment and zero worries abour water damage to reel or the rod angle, just a fun of fighting the fish.
  4. I totally agree with Big Neil. It is either - invest your own time into tackle research to get the extra value for the money, or pay extra for the "insurance"of quality and spend the saved time on the water. My most used (a few times per week) lure setup was $20 2-4kg Kmart graphite rod, $12 (halfprice sale) JW 2500 size Kmart reel and $7 Kmart braid and $2 Ebay blades. Caught hundreds of tasty flatheads on it plus various bycatch. The $12 reel (5 ball bearings) still quite ok after 8 years with irregular servicing, 2 "swims" and bycatch up to 4 feet sharks and rays.
  5. Rod length. Think where you are going to target redfins. If it is open spaces e.g lake - then extra rod length will give you extra casting distance if required. Keep in mind that cheaper longer rods (even graphite) are heavier and are less fun with light small lures. If you are going to target redfin near structure, casting under/near hanging trees where there is not much space and cast precision is important e.g river banks , submerged trees - the shorter rod (sub 7") will give more benefits / control over cast, and even cheaper shorter rod will not be felt heavy. Rod type and brand. Shimano does not supply light spin freshwater rods to Australia ( same as most other large fishing tackle brands). I guess it is partly because local freshwater tackle market is small , and partly because it will cannibalise $300+ light premium rods sales. So, common advice on light gear (no matter whether you targeting freshwater trout or saltwater kings !) on the forums/FB groups is "bream gear" . I would suggest to check first the non mainstream brands and models in the local tackle shops as they might give you more fun with smaller species like redfins due to lighter rod weight, better sensitivity and better price than common and well-promoted brands/models. Reel. Probably Shimano as they get less service complaints than Daiwa. Cheap Sienna will do the job, however Stradics are more popular.
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    Thank you Waza

    Thank you Waza.
  7. I use mentioned 6.6' 4-8kg Ugly Stik on a kayak (2nd rod is also Ugly Stik) - for bait and heavier lures casting. They are obviously not finesse, however will handle a lot of abuse. 2 piece is very practical both for storing the rod in the car and reaching the rod tip (if line wrapped or lure hooked the tip) on a kayak. However for landbased fishing I always prefer lighter (weight, not rating) and longer rods - for easier casts and better sensitivity. If you decide to get Ugly Stik - I suggest to take the kayak rod holder (or at least measure its diameter) with you to the shop and check, as some Ugly Stik butts are too big to fit.
  8. Rod at Woolies? Which section?
  9. Thanks kingie chaser. Did I miss any announcement on the forum re Dinga status? @mrsswordfisherman , do you mind to confirm the above?
  10. I would be looking for graphite or light composite 2 or 3 piece rod 12 feet, and reel size to match. FX 4000 would be too small for 12'rod and would not last long due to low-cost internals. I would take the rod back to the shop and then wait until real Xmas sales start - if on budget. If in hurry - call Dinga (Fishraider sponsor), explain them what you want and most likely they will find good value for money combo for you that will fit your budget. Most of active members of the forum probably spent more than $110 for surf rod and reel, so I would not expect many suggestions.
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    Walker Wobbler

    Just some info re JW Wobblers weights etc before it goes...: Jarvis Walker Wobbler made in 2 sizes 7g and 28g , 2 in a pack Tsunami Wobbler (distributed by Jarwis Walker) comes in 2 sizes 7g and 28g however several colors All/Most available through Fishraider sponsor Dinga website from $3 to $5 (cheaper than Kmart's $5.50) + usual free delivery and 5% Fishraider discount on top of that. I would love to see Waza Wobblers though suspect that probably they will be suitable only for direct wind Alveys on f/glass rod 😃 and yes DIY is fun!
  12. Hi @DerekD. Glad it worked. The result looks very nice. Thanks for the photo. In regards to sharp points - I would melt/soft them and then press them down ( probably with a flat head screwdriver heated over a gas stove) - instead of filing. And probably would also quickly 'check' the ends of a shock cord with a lighter.
  13. If you are interested in a light/finesse freshwater fishing then try to first check freshwater rods from your local retailers. Their equivalent (weight/rating/action) in a common estuary finesse range will cost $100-200 more. My (US model though) Elite Ugly Stik looks and feels more like Pflueger Trion i.e. totally different from 'traditional' Ugly 'noodles' due to higher content of graphite in the composite blank. Recently I noticed Elite combos in local Aldi and did not like the rod at all.
  14. Caught it a few months ago in Mosman area as well. Thought kinda weird wrasse before throwing it back.