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  1. Wow, they have gone up in price. Looks like there is now a 485 model which is the price i paid. I got mine from a dealer at Burleigh Heads as it was $5000 cheaper than buying it locally. Flew to brisbane for a day to go to the boat show than took a day and a half to drive up to collect it a few weeks later. I didn't get the bimmini, as i didn't like the dealer supplied option. I got the transom door, plumbed live bait tank and sounder upgrade. After using the boat i decided against a bimmini as i like the extra space. On hot summers days when the family is out i go with the very low tech option of using a beach umbrella in one of the rod holders for shade. I don't know if there is an actually 1/2 cab cuddy cab definition. For me a 1/2 cabin has a full size 1.8m bunk taking up more deck space and a cuddy has a shorter bunk (1.4m in the Horizon) leaving more deck space.
  2. I have had the boat for nearly 3 years and it has 170hrs on it. I needed to upgrade as the family got bigger and found the second hand boats were too expensive for their age/hours and started looking at new. I wanted the cabin for a bit of protection in the ocean and to give the kids some shelter. The Horizon is a cuddy cab not a half cab so more fishing room and with a Yamaha 70hp 4 stroke was low 30's when i got it (and as far as my budget would stretch). I fish mainly out of Port Hacking, off the national park, 12mile, peak and out to the FADS/shelf. I been very comfortable with the boats ability in the ocean, it is a pressed ally hull and you have to drive to the conditions but have always felt safe. I also fish and boat in the Port Hacking with the family a bit and the boat does this well. The lighter hull won't ride in the ocean as well as a plate or glass boat but has advantages of a smaller engine using less fuel, easy to handle single handed at the ramp, good for going into the shallows and pulling up on a beach and can be towed by a smaller vehicle. For the money i am happy with my purchase and would recommend it.
  3. I have a Horizon 525 Scorpion, which is similar to what you are looking at and might be an option to consider.
  4. Hi It was nice to meet you the other day, sorry I couldn't get you a fish but you at least got see how addictive watching the float was and a few half downs kept you interested. You can use any rod, but you will find the longer rod helps with setting the hook and keeping the fish out of structure during the fight. The rod you were using the other day is my extra rod that i have for my kids (the 35ish cm fish in the keeper bag had been caught by my 8 year old daughter) and non fishy friends to use and why i let a stranger have a go for 20mins. It's a Jarvis Walker Aurora 8'6" Jimmy Crane Light Fishing Rod, cheap, nasty, tough, suitable for estuary Blackfishing and will get you started. A small threadline reel 1000-2500 size loaded with 3kg mono and 6lb fluro trace matches the rod. A store with big W in it's name has them on special for $23 at the moment. If you decide you like Blackfishing you will upgrade it and at that price it's no loss if you don't keep blackfishing. For your line, trace, floats, split shots, hooks and float stoppers go to a smaller tackle store to buy it and get them to help with the set up. Pleased you listened to my best piece of advice, which was to get on Fishraider. Unfortunately with 4 young kids my fishing trips are sporadic and normally spontaneous meaning i can't really organize to meet up for a fish. Good luck with the quest and any questions ask away. Ash
  5. I drove a couple for work 10 years or so ago. Definitely more a cruising boat, fun to drive, handle well, gets up and goes however the bow is very low and would be susceptible to waves over the nose at low speed in chop, would be ok in the ocean on good days. Would not have the ocean ability of a similar size fishing boat. The interior is very comfortable but not designed for fishing and i think the blood and guts of fishing would be very hard to clean. Hope this helps Ash
  6. Some good fish to start your trip. Did you take weed up or get it there? Much maintenance or painting getting done on the house?
  7. The weather is starting to cool down, so it's time to start chasing estuary blackfish. Some nice fish there. I fished georges this morning from 630 till 800 for a similar result. Not many downs but most downs resulted in a solid fish, kept 5 fish low to mid 30's. Also managed a Flounder on weed which is a first for me.
  8. This is what i was using. I don't particularly use this brand, it is probably just what was in the tackle store when i decided i needed bait jigs. Hope it helps. Ash
  9. Happy Hookers Was started by Tony Filmer 40+ years ago. Had 30-40 members at it's biggest, now it just exists for the extended Robinson family so we can fish ANSA tournaments and records. Just a family club but we came a distant 3rd at the Sydney comp and are current champs for the Nowra comp. We fish Burrinjuck comp most years as well.
  10. Some good fish caught. Even if me and baxter out fished you on the Friday night. Hi Houdini, I'm an uncle and son of these people. Not sure why Dad hasn't responded yet. The sydney sportsfishing tournament is an ANSA run event. Not sure what you know of ANSA but the line class is used in determining a point score for each fish. The boys would of been using shimano sienna 1000 loaded with Platypus pre-test line. The other reels would be shimano in the low to mid price range (Sedona to Stradic). Spider hitch for a double, locked blood knot to a swivel and same again for the trace and hook. With the drag at about 1/3 breaking strain. A bit of finger pressure on the spool at times as needed but the boys are not doing this yet. Like me as a child and my kids now, the boys have fished light line almost from the start. It is a great way to learn, as once you have a good technique and know the limits of each breaking strain you are set for whatever jumps on your line. Hope this helps Ash
  11. I hear of the odd one being caught but have only seen one get caught in the Hacking and that was 25+ years ago. My dad, brother and me were fishing in the shallows off Mainbar, when we saw a large stingray cruising past. Dad actually made the comment "you know up in the tropics they cast at the rays to fish for cobia" with that he flicked his nipper in front of the ray and hooked up as it swam over. We laughed at him assuming he had hooked the ray on 1kg line and was in heaps of trouble. But after a few seconds the ray and fish changed directions, and he landed a small 1.2kg Cobia. Still one of the most arsy captures i have seen.
  12. Fished in the Port Hacking on Friday with my dad in my boat. Plan was to chase surface fish early, pump some nippers, fish the shallows than head back to the ramp at 1030 and swap dad for my wife and 2 boys, aged 3 & 5. Launched from Grays Point at 600 and headed to lilli pilli. Just on sun rise the whole area was alive with Pilchard schools every direct had fish rippling on the surface and the sounder regularly blackout with the schools. I started casting a sluggo, which had worked on previous trips and dad fished live bait. After 15 minutes off no hits i swapped to my live bait rod, shimano baitrunner 6-8kg rod 15lb braid 30lb fluro trace, and hooked up almost straight away, with a good first run before hanging around down deep taking short runs everytime i gained some line. In the clear water you could see the fish very early in the fight, a kingfish (maybe legal) Out in the open water i was no chance off being reefed so could enjoy the fight, until he tried to use the only bit of structure around, our boat, 1/2 dozen times with the fish only a couple of metre out he darted under the boat and motor causing me to dunk the rod into the water to keep the line clear, great fun. After a few more minutes he was netted and in the boat, 68cm, and straight into the esky. In the last 3 similar trips the boat had caught 20+ kingfish but this was the first legal. We continued to fish and released another 4 undersize kings, the bites were very spread out. I think the problem was too much baitfish in the water meant the predators were not finding our baits. With a couple of wake board boats starting up we decided to move on. We kept a block or so worth of fresh caught pilchards and headed off to pump nippers while the tide was low and then had a look at the ocean, short sharp nasty old wind chop made the ocean messy. We had a look around the bombie, but nothing was happening so headed back into the shelter of the river. Came across some surface fish near mainbar and managed a Frigate Mackerel before they disappeared. Back to lilli pilli we fished the shallows, we caught a couple of low 40's Flathead, a 28cm bream, 1 male blue swimmer, 1 female blue swimmer (released), a flounder (released) and a few undersize fish before in was time to head back to the ramp and swap over. Picked up my wife and boys and headed back out. Coming past one of the bays near the church camps i noticed a few seagulls sitting on the surface so went to investigate, sounder lit up with bait fish, so dropped over the bait jig, caught some, hook through the nose and cast out and almost straight away hooked up. Let my 6 months pregnant wife have the rod, after a short tussle she had a rat king released. Cast out the next bait for the same result. Noticed my 3yr olds rod, (cheapest shimano reel, cheap Rogue blue rod, 3kg platypus pretest) had the perfect hook and thought, whats the worst that can happen. Hook up the next live bait and cast out. Once again it's taken almost straight away, after the initial run i give both boys a turn on the rod but both give it back after a minute or so, kingfish are too tough for them. I take back over and land the fish, 5 cm or so undersize, the boys are excited with what they caught and they call it "our" fish as we all helped. A quick photo and then happily released. We continued doing this for a while, jigging baitfish, cast out, instant hook up with a couple more caught, a couple of bust offs and a few missed bites. And then i hear the dreaded words "I'm bored" and thats it we move on leaving behind a hot bite of great hard fighting fish. It seems a constant bite of big fish and bait jigging is not enough to keep two little boys content. We move over to the shallows and anchor up where the boys have a blast trying to catch tiny trumpeter on a handline. The older boy manages a legal bream and then we head off for a swim at mainbar before heading home. A quick side note on just how spoilt we fisherman are. We went to Westfield on the Saturday and looked in the fish shop. Whole Kingfish $21.99 kg giving my 2.55kg fish a value of $56.07. The flathead i gave to my dad as they had dinner guests over, the guest loved it and they commented that they pay up to $54 a kg for flathead tails from the shop. On the Sunday we had a 3rd birthday party for our boy and served some of the kingfish as small bite size boneless crumbed pieces, it was meant for the kids but it was the adults who happily ate the plate of fish, all saying how nice it was. We really are lucky. Thanks for reading. Ash
  13. Hi Neil That carp is what you are looking for to sight cast. He is actively feeding along the edge. Cast your fly or small unweighted soft plastic well past him and retrieve it to within 1/2 metre of his face, pause and twitch. If he wants it you will know, repeating the cast a few times can entice a strike if he ignores your lure. A visual hook up in shallow water followed by his first run on light line ( I use 2kg pre-test mono, 6lb fluro trace for this) is about as much fun as you can have fishing for carp. Hope this helps Good luck with the Cod Ash
  14. Hi, I was out on Friday morning chasing Kings in Port Hacking. Caught a dozen fish, 50-60cm, saw but did not hook bigger fish, no bust offs. Rod that caught most of the fish was a 3-5kg 7 ft rod, 2500 stradic, 8lb braid and 30lb trace casting a white 6inch stickbait soft plastic. Letting it sink to the bottom then a fast straight retrieve worked best. Up your trace to 20-30lb fluro and stay away from the moorings and you should be fine on your tackle. Enjoy the fight, rat kings are great fun on lighter line. Ash
  15. Had Monday off work to watch my middle childs preschool xmas concert. Plan was we would followed up the concert with a fishing trip. Baxter wanted his preschool friend to come along so i msged his dad last week with the offer to take them out in the boat, he initially said no he had to go back to work after the concert. A couple of days later he msg back saying he changed his mind, work can wait for another day and they would love to come fishing. Lanched about midday from Grays Point and started of pumping nippers, which is always a popular activity. First cast Baxters rod folded over in the rod holder and screamed out line, he pounced on it before I could offer it to his friend. A good 5min fight later he had it at the boat and in the net. A new PB whiting for Baxter and at 44cm it may beat his fathers too and pretty good for a 4 year old on 2kg line. This followed with a few throwback bream and whiting which we shared between the boys. Time for a swim after that in the shallows at lilli pilli, there were heaps of whiting cruising the shallows but with the sun high overhead and clear water they were very wary. One more stop before home resulted in a legal bream for each boy and a few more throwbacks, a female blue swimmer (released) to the friend and a visit from a big stingray. Time to head home after that with both boys having a turn driving the boat in the slow zone. A beautiful afternoon on the hacking and a much better way to spend our day than going back to work. PS. My wife took the fish in to preschool today for the boys to do a combined show and tell.