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  1. On a spin reel, if its windy, the wind pulls out extra line after the lure/bait hits the water. Just need to close your bail quick enough and then wind some line back, I like to hold the line up a little to add a little tension. I am unsure what other way there is for 40m line coming out of a 30m cast on a spin reel. Over spooled wont throw out extra line.
  2. Doesnt sound like youre doing something wrong, but in locations inland a bit, you could try without a sinker. Doesnt sound like you need to cast far anyways. Without the sinker allows your baited hook to appear more natural with the flow and when fish takes the bait.
  3. Honestly, I would just bring my squid gear only in that situation. Very limited time to fish, cant be sure if I could fish. Squid gear takes little space, light weight and easy to lug around, so you can be a lot more mobile in an unknown environment. The squid down there is a lot more fun and have a far high probability of finding, especially that you mention you're chance is in the evening. Also looking at google maps in satellite view, the weed patches are easy to find. Too many advantages, only thing I would say, is that, not everyone is into squiding so I am not sure if its your thing.
  4. Rob81

    I'd please

    Could be some kind of goby.
  5. If its for your own personal records, then this is you're own definition of "Landed" (which may vary depending on circumstance eg. kayak vs beach). If you cheat, the only person you are cheating is yourself. For me, there is no sense of accomplishment if I do that to myself. On top of that, I like to take measurements of my achievements. I cannot do that unless it is landed. I can only speculate a length and/or weight, which means I will never know if I have broken any previous records or set any new records for the species.
  6. For more current model reels, carbon washers are only for heavy duty reels and felt for light reels. Light reels arent designed to take on jobs of heavy duty reels, even though they might be able to, it is not its intended purpose. Carbon drags will increase the drag pressure on smaller reels, so where the drag might normally fail or not handle fish using felt drags, something else would fail in its place. I personally rather replace felt washers over gears or clutch assembly in the reel. I would only suggest if you do have a more recent reel, that did come with felt and you wanted to replace it with carbon, to not full lock up drag whilst fighting fish, if you want to extend the life of your reel. I cant say too much about much older reels, as back then, I never really opened up a reel to see what was inside.
  7. Yeah I find the line is the worst thing on those combos. Usually comes with mono, and has way too much memory on it, so you spend half your time fixing birdnest and its not worth the headache. Basically any line you buy after, would be better. Mono is fairly cheap, so you can get some decent ones at low cost, braid has a large variety but you're ok with low-mid end ranges to use with it. Just be sure to pack it on tight. Personally I use braid more, but if you bought a big spool setup and don't want to spend too much on braid, you could get a 150m spool braid (jbraid or something) and then put some cheap mono underneath it.
  8. My only recommendation, is if you buy a Big W or K-mart special combo and it comes with line, change the line. Rest of the gear should handle what you want, is just the line is usually really crap. You can stick on half decent mono or get low-mid end braid (like j-braid), and it'll make all the difference.
  9. Run longer leader if you want to run braid. It really depends on location tbh, as some rock ledges there is no, or not much structure out there to worry about. Regarding safety, I always say, shoes are the most important. Must be able to grip as much as possible and comfortable. Remember, your feet is doing the main job of preventing you from going in to the water. Cleats, you can get slip on cleats, if you want something cheap, you can look on online markets stores, look up "fishing cleats" or "snow cleats" (something most people probably don't think to look into), but both have similar purposes. However, I've been using a set from a brand called Eisen, I am only on my second pair but my first pair had lasted a fair while. Just remember to wash them if you're walking in the salt water on the ledges. For PFD, there's plenty out there, but all depends on your budget. I went a little extreme as I rockfish as often as I can and I was looking for something very comfortable to maneuver and cast, but also safe at the same time. So I went with a brand called Crewsaver, paid a little more for the model I have, but since I've had it, I will say I do not regret my spend. IMO, I'd rather spend a little more on my safety gear than I would on my fishing gear. And as above with washing cleats, maintenance of all of your safety gear is just as important as your fishing gear... Unless its just my OCD kicking forcing me to do these things
  10. Rob81

    Multi Tool ??

    There are heaps of options of weird, tacky but sometimes useful tool for ISO fishermen. Just because they are tools marketed to that type of fishing, doesn't mean you couldn't use it for others. But I've not found a 1 tool to rule them all type of thing. Its usually a couple of few different tools and try to keep this on the minimum as I don't want a tackle bag looking more like a tool box than a tackle bag.
  11. Cheap option is treble covers and a hairclip. (My house is full of girls so plenty of clips). Use hairclip to hold lure onto rod. I think I consider is cheap cause there's plenty of hairclips lying around my house, unsure as to the price of a hairclip if I were to go out and buy one.
  12. Tether your setup to the rails for added security.
  13. Yes, this is the exact issue I have with my dataset. But over time, it'll all make sense and worth it.
  14. Yeah understood. Will be interesting to see what it all looks like in a couple years time to see any form of trends. My data I believe still needs a couple more years to get anything greatly useful out of it (as I tend to fish in various places). But I am in no rush to fill it in, but I do like to go back here and there to see what I do have written down.
  15. Also, 50 trips isnt much info, unless you are fishing the one location that entire time.
  16. Like you, I've done the same, google documents. I spent a fair bit of time prior to creating my own form/data to test a few apps but at the end, I couldn't find exactly what I wanted. I started off with basic info, but more than what you had above, but over time the amount of data grew. I log all session, including session where I did not catch anything, and the reasoning for this, was primarily cause I do a lot of landbased fishing off rocks. This info helps a lot as I log details of the behavior of the water/wind in different conditions for the exact location. Things I log: The usual forecast info (tide, height of tide, wind, moon, start/end) What the water is actually doing at the location, eg how strong current, amount of wash, comfort levels, clarity What the wind is actually doing, was this workable or how annoying it was (as sometimes you can hide from high winds in some locations), which way was it physically blowing at location Species caught (size/weight) and time From the above information, I create custom data points/graphs, that then shows me roughly what time of year, for what area do I manage to do ok for what species. Also I add in anomalies in within seasons as notes, harder to use in graphs, but something you can read over the years. The above, combined with my own custom google map for marks/location, so I know exactly where was what caught and conditions. Also, with this, you can add further location based info/notes, such as rock type, comfortability, height of ledge. (This would be for places newly explored or location you hardly go to) I am at the stage where I am not sure, if I enjoy gathering the data or actually fishing. But it does make it a little more interesting. As for photo of species caught, that is captured by the phone automatically anyways and so you can run your photo apps search function for that. Nothing wrong with many apps, but I just found I wanted a little bit of this and that for too many apps and this allows me to narrow down what I use and customisation.
  17. Rob81

    Kabura jigs

    Seen them used in WA pages as well. For Demerals off a boat. Tried a similar one many years back, think it was called a rock hopper, but snagged it landbased fishing before I got a chance to give it a proper opinion.
  18. I guess for holding the net, you could buy straps, such as these: The other option, would be a rod holder, that go onto a belt (ideally for short length handle nets): Rod holder would only be, if the diameter of the handle would fit in those. And then there's this item, its more for the autoking squid gaff but looks like you can repurpose it for similar use:
  19. You can probably look into telescopic type landing nets. You wouldn't use it in the traditional way of metal handle nets, you need to lift the fish vertically (or there is a chance you will snap the handle). With telescopic nets, you can have a longer handle, and is typically light compared to fixed length nets. There are ISO fishing type nets, but can be pricey and most of them are really long, but I have seen a few shorter ones around I was considering for the same reason. Also, those type of nets, a lot of them fold in (like example image), so during travel or non-use, it is more mobile. Again, these can be pricey and its not for everyone.
  20. I had to explain the same a number of years back as well. To them a rod and reel is just a rod and reel. I explained different combinations for different species in different environments (not really one size fits all type of thing). I no longer have backups to lend people like I used too, so that reduced it a little.
  21. Thats a girdled parma. They dont grow to big. I've seen them here and there, mainly by fishermen chasing drummer or luderick.
  22. Vanford should be considered an upgrade from your Stradic Ci4+. Its smoother and lighter and has a little more protection against water than the Stradic Ci4+. Its kind of an inbetween reel of the stradic Ci4+ and a Vanquish (reel not released by Shimano AU).
  23. Used to do that way back. I find sometimes if you get a bit of salt water in the box without realising, it'll rust easily, and that just spreads onto the hooks and so forth. Now I just use a type of fly fishing box, where the hooks just fit the compartments and don't move out of its position. Also less chances of hooking myself
  24. Reel sounds a little light. I think 6k gosa you'd run PE3. Ideally you the PE scales gives you an idea of what you can match with. So a PE4, you'd most likely run an 8k gosa to go with a PE4 rod.
  25. FYI: There's 2 at Eastwood, however one of them also have one at Croydon. If that's close to yourself.
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