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  1. Captain Spanner

    Birthday boy

    I'm sure you've heard more tips than anyone with your experience in the boating world but i"ll throw in my two cents. I've always been prone to getting sea sick but rarely actually get sick these days unless it is pretty rough and or we get a catergory 5 tangle in the wash zone and i have to sort it out. I have it at least 45 minutes before ill be in the rough water (i'm fine in the river and bay and in mild conditions inshore). Other tips are eat a normal breaky (dry eg toast with honey or similar) is better if you need everything going for you) but I still drink coffee) and try to go to the toilet before you get on the boat, it puts your guts in much better standing for the day. Keep snacking on salty stuff, drink ginger beer etc, do not look down if possible, always look out at the horizon, put your phone in the glove box and let someone else read the sounder and do untangling jobs. If you are woozy drifting or anchor, go for a little drive, let the sick person drive if capable.
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    What fish is this? (Banded Rockcod/ Bar Cod)

    I think so too. They also call them Bar Cod. Often targeted in 150-200m depth on the mid north coast but get much bigger.
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    Recommendations for new rod/reel? (7ft 2pc, 4-8kg)

    I would not have two spools 4lb apart for the same reel in this case. It's just circumstance that i have two outfits close together. I use the outfit for snapper fishing mainly, often in 60m of water over gravel. So i went down a bit in line just to if it would help sink rate of plastics etc. plus i don't really need 20lb of stopping power in that situation. I would run 20lb braid and 10lb or 12lb braid if i had two spools for the one reel for your application. I do have a second spool for that reel now, i just haven't put line on it yet. It obviously depends what braid you are talking about too. I use Sunline Momentum 4X4 pretty much from 10-20lb on these reels (2500-4000) (It's not as buoyant as other braids, better for plastics and squidding). It's out of production now and i' m converting to J-Braid 8-strand.
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    Recommendations for new rod/reel? (7ft 2pc, 4-8kg)

    I have a combo that is a 4000 stradic CI4 on a Crucis Travel Rod 7'11" four piece. 4-7kg that could do everything that you have said and fit the budget including line. If you go towards the higher end of your budget you could get a second spool off shimano and put a different braid, or half braid/half mono or mono straight through. Then you could run a 10 lb braid spool (longer casting distance with lighter weights) and 20lb braid spool off the same outfit. This essentially gives you two outfits for the space of one when travelling. It should come with it's own rod bag and tube but you can make them easy out of PVC or just use the bag. Mine fits diagonally in my big suitcase (just) I used to run 20lb braid and now run 16lb I have another 20lb outfit on a heavier rod. I fish it as a snapper rod or light rod for kings. It will easily cast a range of weights and has balls to fight fish, easy bottom bash (bait) 4oz leads if you need to. Like all rods that are slightly cheaper, just make sure you wash the guides properly so prevent corrosion. I think there are two models of these rods around that have different guides so make sure you get the ones you want.
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    10ft vs 12ft Casting Distance Question.

    As mentioned above, you do not want a timber spike/butt if you don't need it and are always holding the rod, also if you are bait fishing off the beach then 12' will keep the line out of the shorebreak better than 10'. You could look at a few things to solve your issues. The Prevails are a well built rod and nice to use but can get heavy to hold. The Shimano Aerowave Graphite in heavy (13' three piece, marked at 8-15kg) should do most things the 12' 12-20kg Prevail does but may feel lighter in the hand and is slightly cheaper. It casts those weights easily and also handles a big load well. Regardless of the rod you choose you might want to look at some type of belt to rest the rod butt in both waiting for a bite and fighting fish. I have a 40mm PVC pressure cap (two holes drilled in the rim) tied with VB cord to a webbed belt (plastic clip buckle from bunnings). The VB cord ties onto one hip, goes through the drilled hole on each side of the rim of the PVC pressure cap and then up to the other hip. The length of your rod butt and how your reel is seated will determine how far you have the cap hang down but mine is about between my knees. You would need a 50mm PVC pressure cap for a Prevail because the rubber butt cap is too big for a 40mm cap. You can fight fish with the rod in it too. If you load the rod in the right way you can sort of "sit" you weight on the butt of the rod to exert pressure against the fish. I always use this belt and have made some for my mates, they really do take alot of weight off your arms waiting for bites.
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    Favourite lure for Kings?

    If the question is which lures give you the best chance of catching a kingfish in the hacking for your 7 Y/O daughter in your tinny I would say have three rods rigged. Rod number one. A 6" sluggo (probably white or similar) rigged on an offset worm hook like they are designed for. Probably run a small cone sinker right down on the hook or no sinker at all. Rod number two. A deep diver in the 8-15cm size range that dives a couple of metres and can have a good action fast or slow. Rod three. A chrome lure like a Raider or Sniper in the 10-40 gram range depending on the size of any visible bait that is around. If you cant see any bait start with a 10 or 15 gram. If you can handle trolling three then that is great. Otherwise just troll two. Have the sluggo right out the back and have the diver closest to the boat. You would have the chromie somewhere in between if you have three. Make sure you have a swivel on or above the chromie. A speed of 3-4 knots should see these guys generally get along depending on the diver. If you get a strike leave the sluggo out to sink down but itself, another fish will often grab it. Troll around the points, drop offs and moored boats in the bays. The drop and moorings around Lilli Pill baths would be a reasonable place to start. The moorings around Yowie Bay also will have fish from time to time. I think generally the kings do hot laps of these places looking for baitfish and squid and if you cross their path with the right size lure then you're in with a shot. An alternative method would be slow trolling a livie on one rod and a fresh or live squid or fresh squid strip on the other rod. Squid with sinker 1.5-2m above the bait, and livie unweighted. Try this around the same locations as mentioned above. These methods should put you in with a shot at bycatch of tailor, salmon, frigates and in season also bonito and mac tuna. If you troll the chromies on spin reels with mono be prepared for twisted line and tangles.
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    Calamari in the cross-hairs

    I guess it depends how much time you have available to stray from your path to work. I dont fish the harbour/parra river much at all but i would imagine Rhodes is a bit far up for squid. Maybe bream, Flathead, Jewies? I would imagine you wouldn't want to fish around Brooklyn and then try to drive to work in traffic, that would negate leaving early.
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    Winter Wetsuit

    Check your PMs
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    Easy reel annual servicing

    Over the years i have had a number of reels go to shimano for warranty things and have sent many reels to them for service/repair. I have never had anything but great experiences with their service and customer service and it is extremely unlikely i will buy any other brand reel again (except Alvey but that's not the same). I have always been honest with them and never been refused warranty or even questioned over anything. I have TLDs and little aerocasts and that are 25 years old and stradics that are 15 years old that are still great. Sometimes i send them in for a service and sometimes i look up the schematic, write down the part numbers and then ring them up and they post them out, they often put them in the mail that afternoon. The last time i got reel serviced there (March) i dropped them in at about lunchtime and they rang me at 11am the next day and told me they were ready for pickup.
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    Why do American fisher-people strike so hard?

    I think this (line stretch) is also part of it. I think when we all use to fish mono right through, a big part of the big strike to set the hook is to max out the stretch in the line as quickly as possible to apply the pressure to drive the hook in. This is not as necessary with braid as the distance the line stretches before it hits the limit and tranfers to the hook is signigicanlty less as you only have about 2-4m of flurocarbon stretching and not 15m to possibly 100m of line (beach and boat fishing).
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    Why do American fisher-people strike so hard?

    The bream guys might use light lines in many situations, but they still go as hard and fast as they can on the fish. The original post and comparison was always about their technique, never about their line. You would have seen the old guys surf blackfish across the surface over the years, they just have a long rod and hold the fishes head above the water so it can't dive and swim. usually on light line too, you've probably done it yourself. Similar situation for squid if you can get them up on the top so they can't get a grip. I agree most of the motivation for the US Bass guys carry on in their videos is theatre but it is not the only reason for their technique. They often need heavy lines to cope with the pressure from the weed and also abrasion on the timber.
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    Why do American fisher-people strike so hard?

    I've heard that they have very hard mouths so that's why they fish with fast stiff rods, to set the hook. I would imagine that fishing in lakes with that much weed and timber you would need to have the thing come in a straight line to the boat as fast as possible because any sideways swimming will instantly collect heaps of weed on the line and find timber. I think the American fashion of Bigger, Faster, Better is also be involved in the equation and makes it exciting. Our bream tournament guys go pretty hard and fast to keep the fish's head pointing towards the boat from the hookset too. This would not be a coincidence seeing the fashion in the bream tournament scene is mostly derived from the US Bass scene. If the aim is to get the fish in the boat and not have fun taking your time and playing it then i think their method is the most efficient for it's purpose. We do a similar thing downrigging for kings in shallow water with gnarly structure. Heavy braid, heavy drag and drive the boat as fast as you can towards safe water. We don't strike but, we just wind the handle with the rod held at 45degrees to set the hook if required.
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    Alvey Repairs

    If you put some photos up here there are probably a few guys that can help. Alveys don't have many parts to them and are pretty simple in concept.. If that fails there is a pretty keen Alvey Facebook page. I'm pretty sure you can still get spare parts mailed to you from Alvey if any bits need replacing.
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    Reel/Rod Reviews

    What rods and reels are you thinking about? Chances are that someone on here has owned or used them.
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    Lowrance and Navionics Card

    I don't know anything about your model but do you have to turn on Fish 'n Chip to get the high res contours? I sometimes have to with my HDS 5 gen 1 and my mate has to with his Simrad NSS12 evo2.