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  1. Nor worries @kingie chaser- I am sure you are a very experienced chef but I guess it all boils down ( or is that fries down!) to individual preference. If someone gave me the best thick, soft chips in the world I probably wouldn't like them! There are so many ways to make chips and my method only works for people who want a no fuss thin and crunchy chip that stays crunchy for a long time. Happy for you to make me some chips one day and put them to the test! Cheers Jim
  2. Tried all that @kingie chaser but it is still hit or miss in my experience. I think the secret is the fozen chips. It stops the inside overcooking so you can get enough crisp of the outside of the chip. Give it a try ... its a 6 - 8 minute job straight out of the deep freezer and its as good a result ( and more consistent) as I have ever got using a blancing/double fry method. Cheers Jim
  3. Hi Raiders, It has been so long since I posted, so long since I have been fishing. The whole COVID thing has meant that I have to be more involved in my business at a time when I was hoping to retire. Ah well. $H1t Happens! What I wanted to share with you may well not be any big secret, but it sure is news to this little black duck! It's not a monumental discovery... but it matters to me and I suspect for many of you, it does too. So here it is... I have struggled with getting a good chip for many years. I've tried all the techniques... Super fresh potat
  4. 8 Days! thast pretty quick Frank! Looking forward to some interesting projects. Cheers Jim
  5. Thanks for the post Wazza, Brings back memories from my land based days in Coal & Candle Creek- certainly not as challenging as your experience... The car was close by for shelter from the rain and you could watch your glow sticks from the relative comfort of the front seat with the heater on! They are a great fish and reading your account just makes me keen to go out and catch one again. Cheers Jim
  6. Good response. If you are mainly talking about deeper water.... If you picture a running sinker rig on the way straight down to the bottom in say 30 meters or more of water, the sinker will be leading the show and the baits will be swirling around fouling up the whole rig. Your running sinker wont be a running sinker any more. Running sinkers are best for static baits where the fish can take some line out through the sinker to give them time to swallow the bait. This is not to say that some don't fish quite successfully using running sinkers but I suspect they cast back a l
  7. Hi Raiders, My wife's original qualification was a microbiologist. Most biologists , for those who are unaware, process endless amounts of urine, blood and faeces samples looking for signs of things that shouldn't be there. Some of this is under a microscope and others using some medium or other indicator. This earlier part of her life taught her some things about personal hygiene that have stuck with her all her life with the effect that she virtually never gets sick in spite of many occasions where our entire family had a cold or flu or what ever. Her time in the lab taught he
  8. This is my favourite catch mainly because it involved a few challenges. It was caught while slow trolling a live yakka at 12 mile reef. My 5.8 meter Quintrex is only really suitable for going outside on good days so to get out there is a rare enough event anyway. This fish was quite a challenge and of course you are never sure who well they are hooked so I played the fish for perhaps 15 minutes as it stayed down deep. When it came to the surface it made a few jumps and lit up iridescent blue with its fins raised... very spectacular and the fish in the photo doesn't do it justic
  9. My Dad taught me to fish when I was very about 5. I recall pulling a chair on to the verandah on Saturdays when he worked up until lunch so I could see when he got home because that meant we would be off to Gunnamatta Bay wharf for a fish into the early evening. I think I sat there for hours impatiently waiting and the excitement never wore off. He had a German mate who paid me a penny for the yakkas or slimies I caught at the wharf. Get paid to catch fish.. bargain! I remember him catching jewies from that wharf that were longer than me at the time! I remember being bitterly disap
  10. That's a nice touch Jeff. You set a great example. Cheers Jim
  11. I have a few including a cedar spool job but here is the latest Christmas present... ... I ordered this when I though Alvey were going under but now it seems the rush of orders and a little restructuring has revived them indefinitely. Cheers Jim
  12. I bit late since you are probably already well into the trip but drifting in 30 - 40 meters of water off Rose Bay will almost always get you a feed of Bluespots as my son can testify to.
  13. Thanks Scratchie. I don’t know how I survived this last 6 months without the stress relief! my wife reckons I have been easy to get on with though (not!) Cheers Jim
  14. Thanks all. It was great to be back on the water but I am certainly out of condition for a 3 am start after 3 hours sleep! The drift was north to south Blaxland. Correct Yowie, they were red spots. The foot was a little tender - all that lateral movement I guess, keeping balance in the swell. I settled down last night for a feed of deep-fried flathead and double cooked chips... bloody beautiful! Oh, and a few quiet ales. Funny thing, I didn't seem to feel any pain after that! BTW, I didn't mention earlier that I have changed my flathead bottom bouncing strategy a
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