JonD

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  1. JonD

    Photography Course

    Ive been in different meerkat enclosures a few times, one always get as high a lookout spot as it can. One session was with a bride and groom where we sprinkled mealy worms in the brides hair to get the meerkats where we wanted them. Camera techniques are only a small part, its knowing the target species which is the key. Just like fishing, theres a time to feed, hide and mate. Interacting with the wildlife so they except you and carry on their natural behaviour is something I look for in wildlife images.
  2. My advice would be stay away from braid until you've landed a few kings and mastered some good knots (fg and pr for joining braid to mono). Also mono is far more forgiving due to the stretch it has, this puts less pressure on the rod when you have a king or lively dolphin fish close to the boat. Braid is great when you need to feel the slightest of bites, this is something less important on the species you mention. Due to the stretch in mono it can be far easier to keep pressure on things like dolphin fish that can often flick a lure if they get slack line when they swim at you jumping and shaking. Braid is extremely dangerouse if you try to grab it with any kind of weight on the end, the extremely thin diameters will slice into skin and cut through anchor lines and other fishing lines. By the way braid is fantastic. As mentioned above line class is extremely subjective but in my opinion most people fish way heavier than they need to. It used to be the recognised thing to fish drag settings 1/3rd the breaking strain of the line (I fish drag settings around half the breaking strain or more). With this in mind using the old method of 1/3rd you should safely be able to use 7lb drag on 20lb line, this sounds light but have a try lifting 7lb and you will soon see where I'm coming from. 30lb line will allow you to fish 10lb drag safely with good knots on the terminal tackle (hooks swivels etc). 10 lb drag is quite a large amount of drag when you are standing in a small rocking boat trying to control a fish. Kingfish are ultimate scrappers even at 60cm they fight unbelievably tough but here's the funny thing, my daughter has landed more big kings than I have by quite a margin. I've fished much heavier trying to bully big kings which has resulted in snapped 10/0 hooks, pulled apart split rings, 80lb leaders snapped as well as 65lb braid main line. I got smashed five times in a row and gave up while my daughter landed every fish she hooked from the same session. She was using a light spin outfit 30lb braid and 30lb leaders and drag settings well bellow half of what I was pushing. When dolphin fish get up over 12-15kg they become very stubborn tough fish also and not something you can simply drag to the boat.
  3. Getting the kids hooked into coming out with you and not getting bored can often be just a simple case of burlying up a few pilchards and tossing them over the side every few mins to draw a few small fish in. This is best done at anchor, My advice would be get close to the river bank then move out to where the bank seems to level out and often at the edge of the ribbon weed. Once the small fish turn up in the burley often something bigger moves in too. Small hooks and just enough weight to reach bottom, sometimes no weight at all will do.
  4. JonD

    Photography Course

    How about posting a few of your shots.
  5. JonD

    Navigation lights

    My lights are mounted on a pole on my console, not in my vision at all.
  6. JonD

    Navigation lights

    Owning a pretty basic rib I simply use these ( totally legal ) https://www.railblaza.com/products/illuminate-ips-portable-bi-colour-navigation-light/
  7. JonD

    Boat Fuel Discussion - What Do You Use and Why?

    I read somewhere that the bigger 250 Suzuki's need 98 yet talking and viewing a good friends new ( secondhand) dive boat with twin Suzuki 300's he's been told 91 by the mechanics and previous owner.
  8. JonD

    My Camera

    Dont get me wrong, the slr gear is great. I had people telling me how GoPro images were no good as photos, yet I was selling frames from GoPro video to national press that were printing up fine for newspapers ( better online ). When I was using slr gear I obsessed in getting the best lenses possible but soon found the paying customer cares little about if the image was taken through $$ glass or $$$$$ glass. As mentioned both my girls use 7d mk1 bodies, one uses the 100-400mk2 and the other uses the nano 70-300, a big variation just in these lower cost lenses. Compare with the 400 2.8 I owned and I have to say My daughter with the cheapest 70-300 gets the best results consistently ( untill I got the Sony). This to me has much to do with usability, even the 100-400 is a heavy lump to be using in kayaks and boats as you are bouncing around.
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    Another fishless day

    Even though I can't seem to change the gallery name now which doesn't really matter I'm also not able to upload any images. A warning that my file size is 74,456kb pops up but my files were reduced in photoshop to around 200kb just like they are in any of my fishing reports. Tec ain't my thing😖
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    Another fishless day

    Thanks for that, gave it a couple of try's without luck but then realised it must be because others have used the same tittle. After making an obscure random word all worked. Only now I can't seem to get rid of the silly named gallery. Cheers😀
  11. JonD

    My Camera

    In this first video this is the kind of gear I used to use compared with the little Sony I now use. Just my tripod and wimberly head as shown in this video cost more than the Sony camera. When I used to do images of eagles in nests getting two camera bodies and big lenses high into tree tops was a killer, one lens alone weighed around 7 kg. The sheer weight of my old gear also meant trying to hand hold it was very tiring, not just in tree tops but out in the yak too. In my opinion the Sony with 315 Focus points and 24 frames per second completely out does the expensive gear I owned. The fact my kit was so heavy meant it was only ever used a short distance from the car, also having the right lens on for the subject at the time compared to a camera that has a lens permanently that covers it all means missing very few shots. A huge pain for me especially with canon slr cameras even new out of the box was dust attracted to the sensor. Simply point the lens to a clear blue section of sky and shoot at f22 then zoom in around the image to see all the dust stuck on the sensor. When it came to selling images, the buyer never asked what camera was used, for them it's about the image. Getting that right image because you have a camera with you which is quick and easy to use in all situations means getting far more images for me.
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    Boat Fuel Discussion - What Do You Use and Why?

    What the manufacture recommends in my Yam f70 unleaded 91, this is what every outboard mechanic I've spoken with recommend.
  13. JonD

    Another fishless day

    Where do I head to find my gallery ?
  14. JonD

    My Camera

    What are you shooting professionaly ? I used to use d series body's but can do everything I used to do with $80,000 worth of gear on one compact now.
  15. JonD

    Another fishless day

    Funny you mention scent, as an old pilchard ended up in the anchor well which squashed into the rope, after around 20mins the jackets had almost gone right through 10mm rope. We only pulled the anchor because we were loosing gear to jackets, if we had been down on scuba we would of most likely returned to the surface after 45 mins to find the boat gone.