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  1. My take on it. I drive boats often all day in and out of gear with divers on hooka collecting urchin or abalone (or should I say I have done in the past, not so much since covid). The cost of Ellectric and battery's is simply out of the question for me. The cost of running an engine at around 500rpm all day is maybe 3-4litres of fuel but for me I seldom fish this way all day. Yes my services come around more often but I have a good mobile mechanic that rarely hits me for more than $200. The fact that an engine running all day compared to a cold engine run short high rpm distances an
  2. I fish this area on the south coast mostly in the 40-80m, even though I have a sea anchor I never bother with it. I mostly fish soft plastics and jigs between 20g and 60g. I slightly trim my outboard up and nudge in and out of gear to slow my drift reversing against the drift direction, this is what we also do when we target broadbill with baits 600m + deep (unweighted).
  3. Im planning to move up there in the next couple of years. Its great for fishing the reefs but these are a fair run out, hence why I take my boat when I head up there. Im not sure whether you can fish in the marina but last time I was there we saw plenty of fish cruising around the shallows, including some good sized cobia. The entrance to the river where people tend to gather on sunset had big trevaly and queenfish smashing small bait fish late in the day. Between Port Douglas and the Daintree ferry is a boat ramp to open ocean where Ive launched before. This ramp has a man made out
  4. Ive used Cal's grease for years on my reels, I also replace the drag washers with carbontex drag washers. You can buy the washers either ready made or buy sheets of carbontex and cut your own. These are normally a big improvement over standard washers.
  5. I use the app from the Narooma area, I allow them to track my phone which is good if like me you move to many locations during a day. Im also with marine rescue who prefer you logging on with the app for that reason. Its easy enough to do a radio check if you feel the need. If there's a problem with the network when you log on the app lets you know it failed (only happened once). Using the app you have to first set it up with all your personal details and contact details (family etc). You also include any additional safety gear when setting up your profile on the app, this also helps wit
  6. When I first started doing deep dropping 30k offshore in my little 15ft formula I decided to get myself a floatation suit from the UK. These have a layer of insulation and waterproofing that even helps keep you warm in the water. Easy to slip a plb in a pocket for peace of mind etc. Mine is now around 12 years old and still remains the warmest most waterproof outfit Ive owned. The zips are oversized plastic ones with plenty of flaps and velcro (no corroded jambed zippers). The pricing was pretty good as we don't pay the vat tax, meaning they are cheaper than advertised. Pretty certai
  7. Eldest daughter is out somewhere remote hunting and the middle daughter just crossed into SA with her little Jimny on a big road trip so don't do much at all with them now.
  8. With all the wind and rain no better place to be than listening to my youngest at the local!!!! Apologies for the muted sound from recording with my phone in its case!!!
  9. Ive gone back to longer rods for the reason mentioned above (line gets pushed around in the surf to much and also picks up more weed on shorter rods). When I say Ive gone back to longer rods, I mean its what I lend to people silly enough to want to play with sharks from the shore, my back doesn't like doing that anymore. The rod doesn't have to be anything overly great as long as the reel seat can handle the drag the reel you are using is capable of. The reel you mention should be fine for most sharks unless you hook into a 3m+ bronzy you can't turn. I find the penn battle 3 6000 has been
  10. Ive got a friend selling a secondhand 225 which is the same as the 250-300 but with a different computer (can be replaced I believe).https://www.facebook.com/commerce/listing/139638551398339/?ref=share_attachment
  11. Ive been in these a fair amount, like you say weight on the transoms is an issue, as is the additional fuel tanks down that end. The one I used had a Yamaha 115 and constantly had a wave come over the stern if you slowed down to quickly, even had water come over the back if two adults fished from the stern in a flowing sea. My neighbour had a bigger fuel tank made that fitted up under the front but this also came with a heap of issues, such as the fumes coming up from under the front and worse handling. Ive seem one of these fitted with an F70 (like what Ive just pm'd you about). Yamaha
  12. Im a pom and never been bothered about boat names, simply go off the rego numbers with marine rescue. I use the marine rescue app to log on and allow them to track my vessel vis my phone. If you do feel you need to name the boat be sure you pick something you can be happy with for a while.
  13. Im further south of JB (Narooma area). Most rock platforms don't fish like they once did, even using our boat to cover bigger areas in a day we don't see a huge amount like you will of read about in the magazines. This is something you will quite easily see from spearfish comps along the the coast, very few large quality fish like snapper and kings unless you head north. I've dived from Mallacoota to Ulladulla and while we see a few good fish, nothing seems consistent. As for places like the tubes at JB, yes it fishes well at times but you will often be shoulder to shoulder with many angl
  14. JonD

    Narooma reef

    I have sent you a PM, unfortunately twice!!!!!
  15. JonD

    Narooma reef

    Yes that's getting on a bit, is it plotter sonar or just sonar ? I believe some of the sonars were greyscale (black and white). If its colour and set so it picks up bottom well you should be able to pick the difference between reef and sand. Newer units have several different colour options from the sonar menu, some really help in telling reef better than others. By any chance were you in a white boat, three onboard all with shirts off last week ? Reason I asked was a boat came and fished close to us that seemed to be looking for spots. Are you planning on fishing the are a lot in the fut
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