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  1. I remember a recipe for rock cockies a while back, not sure if it was posted here or in another forum. It goes something like this: 1. Sauté 1 chopped onion, 2 cloves of garlic and a small piece of ginger in some clarified butter. 2. Add to 500ml fish stock and 1 can of coconut cream and bring to the boil. 3. Gut, scale and cut the rock cockies into large chunks (think curry pieces) 4. Add the rock cockies as well as an old piece of leather to the now fragrant broth (important that the leather is added!). 5. Boil for 45mins (or until the leather begins to feel tender). 6. Add 1 stalk of lemongrass, 1 tsp tumeric and 1tsp of chilli flakes to the broth to finish the curry. 7. Meanwhile, steam 1 cup of jasmine rice 8. Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove the rock cocky pieces from the pot (it is important that no pieces of rock cocky are left behind in the curry or it will ruin the dish), set these aside. 9. Serve the now tender leather curry over the steamed jasmine rice, you can try feed the rock cocky to the cat but its best thrown away. VOILA!!!
  2. Hi everyone, Im tyring to offload some old reels for my FIL, and i know some people here are interested in old centrepin reels so i thought i may try and sell to a fishraider who will put them to use again before it goes on Facebook. CONDITION: The reels need work and are not showpieces but i can see them still catching fish. The Silverstream is seized (does not turn) and the Golburn is a bit clunky, the others turn freely. COST: Not too sure what we have so just make an offer on the lot if you are interested (he knows he wont be a millionaire post sale, he is realistic and is just looking to offload so that they continue to be used). The back of the reels say: "The universal Goulburn reel" -"Made by HRBain Melb" "SPALDING SILVERSTREAM" - "Standard" "S & A" - "Steelite" - "REG NO 1869" - "29.4.31" "Alvey" - "MOD 35/9" - "PAT APP" - "No 36173" "AVON" - "Royal" - "3"? (i think it looks like a 3 stamped but not sure) CONTACT: Via PM PICKUP: Chipping Norton (or can post, the cost will be whatever aus post says, i wont charge for handling/packing etc).
  3. I always use fingers (i started off with pliers but i felt like i was doing damage to the worm populations as i kept snapping heads). With fingers, you either have them or you dont (and after a while it actually became much easier with the fingers as i can dig in deep in the sand with fingers, with pliers it all needs to happen above the sand). I tried keeping them alive in seawater but they always wriggle around and break themselves up. I find that moist sand works the best,(not dry and not compact wet, you want the kind that's good for making sand castles). I dont bury them in sand in the bucket, just add enough to cover after each worm after i catch him and put him in the bucket, think of like sprinkling enough sand to stop em wriggling. they get spread out in a shopping g or laundry basket covered with a wet towel (to keep up humidity) and go in the bathroom/laundry where its cold in summer. They can last like this at least a day or two (i have had them for 3 days sometimes, making sure the towel is very wet but not dripping) and the worms will still be kicking when its time to fish.
  4. Thanks for all the info guys, at least i can point them in the right direction now.
  5. Y9ou initially also asked if the motor is sitting too low (and should you raise it up a hole or two). Looking at your photos i definitely think its sitting too low (your cavitation plate is in line with the bottom of the hull, that should be kissing the water at full throttle and correctly trimmed out while your on the plane. Some purists would have the cavitation plate out of the water at full throttle, that works for lakes and rivers where there's no swell, not so much for seas where swell/chop which will cause the prop to come out of the water when set too high (In My Opinion/Experience anyway)
  6. I was thrown a question by the generation z's (is that what they are called now?) about how would yo go about becoming starting a career working on a commercial fishing boat as a deckhand (eventually i guess to become a fisherman) and i realised that i wouldnt have the slightest clue (bar hanging around the trawlers and asking for work). The question really threw me off so i got to looking and i found a bit of information and maybe a qualification or two which may help such as this Cert I in Maritime operations https://www.seaschool.com.au/commercial-certificate-courses/gph-deckhand (though i believe this has more to do with working on ferries etc). I know this site has a lot of knowledgeable people and at least a couple who at one point or another worked as commercial fishermen/deckhands and i guess im just curious as to what do i say to the younger generations when they ask me that question?
  7. Calla Bay wharf definitely has them (including pike too). Go to the end of the warf, left or right side does not matter. Early morning or late afternoon with a high tide is best. Small, size 12/10 hook straight to 6lb mono with tiny bits of pillies/ prawns works with a bit of mashed up pillies or prawn shells and heads sprinkled in as burley. If there a bit of wind, tie a swivel about 30cm from the hook to act as a tiny splitshot (or use a splitshot doh!) Otherwise the wind acting on the line will stop your bait from sinking. Go about an hr before dusk and you should get at least a dozen.
  8. 100% agree that fresh is best, the reason i freeze slimies (and started the original post in search of best preservation) is because i fish two different spots about 300km apart. Spot A (Jervis Bay) has an abundance of slimies that i can get my hands on whenever (and i use fresh fillets or even live bait for kingies and snapper), spot B (Beaches along the Central Coast)are a bit spares when it comes to fresh bait(unless i catch a legal tailor and that does the trick). Sometimes though when fishing the beach, when there a few fishermen with pillies as bait in the water, my slimy fillet seems to do all the catching, hence im trying to find effective ways of preserving slimies as bait. I will try a wet brine and a shorter salt period as a trial, but bar that, it may just be back to mushy fresh frozen slimies (as they seem to work!)
  9. Hi everyone, Just looking for some various methods people employ to salt slimies, pilies or any bait really. I have salted pillies and slimy fillets in the past but the fish just dont touch the bait (nowhere near as good as fresh). I usually pack the fillets/pillies in layers between coarse rock salt and leave them for a day to draw out the moisture, i then put them in the freezer until they need to be used. The slimy fillets loose most of their colour and go white/grey/yellow and leathery and the pillies shrivel up and go leathery. Am i doing it wrong? If i dont salt the slimies they end up turning to mush when i freeze them but the fish still like em that way and i get a fair few bits but the mushyness means that a lot of the time i am rebaiting........ A recipe would be great!
  10. Its this Latin chick called La Niña that's been doing the rain dance..... she comes and goes every 4 years or so... https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-29/bom-declares-la-nina-wet-conditions-likely-for-eastern-australia/12617528
  11. I always call these the "Chuck up shark" as they tend to dry reech (and sometimes vomit up the bait) when you pull em in. They are massive bait thieves when fishing for jew off the beach next to reef!
  12. I have 2 x fin nor letal 100's... my god they are though (and heavy!, but hey, they sit in the rod holders waiting for the bite). Spooled with 80 lb braid, they bring up lesser kings (90cm) fairly easily, still waiting for the big one to come along and test these reels out..
  13. holey monkey! $20 for a 2kg block?! Hunt around, you should definitely be able to find a 2kg block of pillies for around $13-14. A good place to get IQF pillies in bulk is your local fishmonger at around $6-8/kg. Ask them to sell you a 15kg box still frozen from the back when you see that they have the pilchards on ice in a size you like, and of course, ask for a discount as you are buying the whole 15kgs at once. (This is a bit seasonal and you do need to check sizes as sometimes the pillies are huuuge). (dont buy the ones sitting on ice, they are the IQF's that have been defrosted).
  14. 100% Agree with dmck, I am a huge alvey fan but i am also the first to admit that they do have their limitations. For certain purposes (like surf/rock fishing) you will be very hard pressed to find reels that will outlast alveys in their price range (or even double their price rage!). Many people have alveys which are still catching fish decades after they have been acquired (my first alvey was bought new in 1998 and is still my primary reel when surf fishing, functions as well as they day i bought it with minimal maintenance. I have bought older used reels which are just as capable). Having said that, they do take a little while to get used to (but its like learning to ride a bike, it all becomes second nature very quickly). They are also comparatively heavy when measured against other reel options. I personally would not use alveys off of a boat or when spinning/casting lures, you are just giving yourself more work here, compared to, say a spin reel.(but i know people who do).
  15. No familiar with Yamaha carbies, but in my experience, when engines with carbies need choke to run it usually means a lean mix (too much air/too little fuel). I would say that the jets have not been cleaned properly, but i wouldn't also dismiss a possible air leak from a damaged gasket as the carby was being reinstalled... Give that carby a proper clean and go from there.
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