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  1. Sounds like you've done some homework and have already narrowed down your choice. A lightish 9'6" rod is ideal for long sessions of throwing lures from the beach but may get interesting on a jetty if there's other people nearby. Look for a rod that handles your intended lure weights and around 4-6 or 6-8kg and you should be on the money. I do a lot of lure casting from the beach and my favourite rod is a Daiwa Bluebacker 99 (discontinued) which is super light in the hand, 9'9" long and well suited to a 40g metal, which to me is the ideal weight to throw. Being a sea bass rod it is a slightly softer in taper than most rods available in Australia, which I find helps keep the hooks in place when a salmon jumps. Another tip is if you're spooling with braid, don't go too light. I find a quality line around PE 1.2 - 1.5 ideal. Because these rods throw a lure so fast, if you go any lighter in line you'll find it choking on your stripper guide, causing huge tangles, snapped leader knots and lost lures.
  2. Hi Slurm Personally I have a preference for Alvey A series, non drag reels just for the simplicity and fun factor, but the 60GVCR looks like a sweet little unit. As for a rod, I'd reckon something closer to the 12' mark would be better suited for what you're looking to do. Just to provide you with a few options, have a look at Gary Howard rods too. He has a great range of Alvey suitable rods and one that comes to mind is the "Dart", 11'4" and 3-5kg. In saying that Alvey rods are very popular as well. I'll PM you a few extra details.
  3. A paternoster. I slide the ring of a swivel onto the main line so its free sliding then tie another swivel to the end of the main line. On the sliding swivel goes a short trace and sinker. Off the tied swivel goes about 60cm of 15kg to my bait. That way my bait is very free sliding if I feel I need to give the fish a bit of line before striking. Small baits I strike pretty much straight away and larger baits I give the fish a couple of metres first.
  4. I'm using a 13'6" Gary Howard surf classic along with an Alvey 650A5 and 20lb Suffix low stretch mono. I used to use an old Butterworth 8-144. It was good but heavy to hold and almost double the weight of the surf classic, which means a lot to me as I don't like the rod in a holder when fishing for jew. Love the control of a direct wind Alvey plus the fun factor of palming the spool when a fish takes a run and really liking the suffix as a sensitive mono.
  5. At the other end of the spectrum, I caught this zebra fish (top) while chasing blackfish from the rocks around Jervis Bay. Generally a fish from cooler, Victorian and Tasmanian waters.
  6. Blades seem to always find the little ones looking for a playmate.
  7. I remember reading only a few years back, someone caught a sailfish on a lure from the "Tubes" at the entrance to Jervis Bay. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to link it, but if you google Jervis Bay sailfish it comes up.
  8. I use braid on the beach when throwing lures, which is what I do most of the time. On the rare occasions I soak a bait, its time to dust off the alveys loaded with low stretch mono. Like Rick, I've caught my share of decent jew and big bronzies from the beach on 20lb mono and never felt undergunned.
  9. I know little about long cast spin reels but might I ask what you're fishing for from a beach that requires 40lb braid? If you're looking to get more distance from your casts, the first thing I'd be doing is dropping my braid back to 20 or even 15lb. Its also a mighty tough job fishing 40lb line to its limit off a beach rod. This may not be the answer you're looking for but I'm just putting it out there that perhaps a good quality, 8 strand braid braid in a lighter weight would be a better investment than a new reel.
  10. Assuming its a trap for poddy mullet, the best thing to put in there is plain old white bread. Use the search function to find the best places to set your trap. If there's not a lot of current around, it helps the throw a few small chunks of bread around the outside of the trap to berley them into the area. Some guys slosh a bit of water around inside the trap before setting to break some of the bread up a little allowing the current washes it out, leading fish to bigger chunks still in the the trap. Be sure to add a stone or heavy sinker to your trap to stop it being swept away and I'm pretty sure you need to mark it with a float including your personal details these days if left unattended. You can find this on the fisheries website.
  11. Back when I used to spin from the rocks we'd catch a bonito, mac tuna or a couple of frigates, put a couple of knife cuts in their sides, tie a rope to their tail and hang them over the edge of the ledge at water level. The action of the waves grates them over the rocks providing a nice burley trail. Don't forget to try an unweighted pilly or cube in close under the burley. I caught plenty of good snapper doing that.
  12. You could get 50 different answers on which rod with which reel and none of them would be wrong. There's just so much to choose from out there. IMO what to look for is a 6-8kg rod around 9 or 10 foot long that suits lures 30 - 60g, a reel similar in size to a shimano 4000 or 5000 and some quality PE 1.5 or 2.0, 8 strand braid. A 4000 reel and PE 1.5 braid is ample for salmon, tailor and probably any jew you're going to encounter on the beach. If you're going to fish for jew in reefy areas around the ends of beaches you may need to step things up a bit to cope with the environment.
  13. What frankS said and best to locate your electric motor battery somewhere up the front close to the motor. I don't understand electrics too well, but believe if your cables are too long you need to beef them up. I'm sure someone with a better understanding will chime in in this regard.
  14. Awesome fun, isn't it. Sometimes their aerial attacks scare the crap out of you and being low to the water in a kayak just emphasises the experience. I caught onto it when flatties kept hammering my bream and whiting surface lures on the St Georges Basin flats. I Haven't tried Crossfire lures yet but have caught plenty on smaller OSP bent minnows.