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  1. Had a thought bubble in the back of my head that said (and i think it came from an ancient conversation that i had with an ETEC owner)that ETECS should be fully spun out at about 5500 - found this link which confirms my thought bubble-so im guessing you are underpropped, BUT on the side-36 knots in that sized aluminium boat is plenty fast enough- you may well end up compromising your ability to "hold"" on the plane in normal sea conditions-both uphill and downhill- i would rather loose top end than have my hull become over sensitive to throttle when im out at sea.
  2. I havent fished LH myself but a good mate gave me a rundown , big issue over there is beating the sharks and the other big issue is taking luggage - so jigs end up being a bit of an issue-you cant take enough to beat the shark numbers because of weight issues on the flight. I do know someone else who was a fanatical jigger who preshipped a whole bunch using seafreight to get round this. Apparently the majority fish are not in the NZ or Norfolk class so im sure your gear will be OK , good luck , especially with beating the greycoats
  3. watch Jaws-it will give you the right answer-"we need a bigger boat" ! split windscreen sounds like a reasonable compromise for what you need-look im a center console kind of guy and hate windscreens/cuddys etc etc on anything smaller than about 7M so take my advice with a pinch of salt. I will point out that once your better half is busy with bub that will end her trips out with you but wait 4 or so years and youve got a first mate ready to go.
  4. Luke raises some excellent points here, those Brooker hulls are 3mm bottoms and 2mm sides from memory- adding a whole lump of weight up front could be actually pretty dangerous- honestly be very careful with adding a hardtop or cuddy. HArdtops-even center console t tops need a lot of very careful thought put into bracing /placement before you can be sure you arent going to damage the hull down the track- mate looked at the cost of custom hardtop for his 20 ft Trophy last year and it went north of 10K very quickly.
  5. Nice size blackie, it does happen on occasion ive caught a couple on blades and one a few years back on a metal slice spinning for frigates at the Haven at Terrigal-in the mouth -go figure.
  6. caught them at Empire Bay as a teenager- but mainly rockfished after that- Jacksons at Avoca and the Skillion were my two best spots up that way.
  7. Lake Lyell was packed with campers on Sunday when i drove past it
  8. Sorry got mixed up earlier-reset to the WGS84, and go into your settings and reset time. Electronics are great but only if you use them correctly-marks are as follows 33°50.797' S (Latitude), 151°17.988'E (Longitude) (WGS84 datum)
  9. Question-how much more will the family really come out? And is it worth losing fishing space for an extra trip or two a year. By the time you whack a cabin on a 5m boat youve made it harder and more expensive to tow, slower and less fuel efficient on the water and a complete pain to fish from. If your primary use is fishing you will regret anything that takes away deck space
  10. And it didnt have 10 other boats on it?- Jon is right you need to reset your GPS to the 66 format for most data in Australia, only problem with US bought GPS is that it might be geolocked-which means that you need to find your own marks or do the conversion. The arti stands out like the proverbial on a sounder.
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    Bimini Twist

    i did and he didnt answer my questions on the details of the failure he experiences. Agree braid needs leader but the double is important .
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    Bimini Twist

    ive got to disagree with you here- Rod Harrison the fishing writer wrote a series of articles back in the 90's when braid use became more widespread and the massive advantage that a bimini gave in a braid/mono leader was that the bimini provided a shock absorber to the whole system, he regarded it as being essential and the article was backed up with data from a series of tensile tests. The best kingie fisho i know (who also happens to be a well known Sydney guide) uses bimini/improved albright both charters and his own fishing , fast to tie and they dont fail.
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    Bimini Twist

    So what got cut? leader or main line? Braid doesnt like abrasion much, flouro is probably better than mono for abrasion but doestnt withstand shock as much as mono and becomes brittle with use-IMHO its a waste of money, first kety of reducing tackle loss around the rocks is good line control.
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    Bimini Twist

    used to spin with a short double to the lure a lot - assume you are using mono as your main line?
  15. yep or Thompsons Creek or Walarawang for trout
  16. going to say it again-its closed season, and there aint no bass west of the great divide!
  17. umm-its closed season for trout in rivers- and there aint no bass west of the great dividing range.
  18. its a good place to catch bait, but it gets hammered- ive pulled kings off it but in general hanging with the crowd for the odd rat king isnt something i do. Its pretty tide dependent for kings and personally i think its in a terrible location-it gets heaps of slop bouncing off the cliffs- must be in some kind of ""resonance"" zone as its always rougher at the arti than right next to the cliffs or a km or so wider. Essentially for me its a bait ground.
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    Weather conditions

    First things first-take your boat out on a bit of flat water- run it slow, then faster, then flat out- play with the trim as you speed up/slow down, turn at various speeds and trim combinations, run it into the wind, run it down wind, get a feel for it in a small swell- especially ""downhill"", a poorly trimmed vessel can easily broach if driven without care when running down sea. Walk before you run.
  20. Prefer the action of a floater but in conditions where there is a bit of chop etc the sinker will be a bit easier to keep on track, I used to do well of the rocks with Richter stickbaits - they cast very well, were cheap and the retrieve was basically stick the rod tip in the air and wind at a steady pace. Floaters i use in the boat with a "walk the dog"" and they can be deadly on all sorts of pelagics- they also dont need ""height"" to get the best out of them .
  21. Damn hard to beat imho , skinned kingfish fillets cut into chunks about 5-7 cm long, SEASON the fish (not the flour, makes a huge difference i reckon), dust in flour , coat in egg wash, cover in panko, re cover in eggwash and then panko again. This double coat makes the fish very moist (especially considering its kingfish) and very hard to stuff up the frying. I had some saved duck fat last night for the frying and its very good for frying fish.
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    VHF and 27mhz radios

    yep plenty of blind spots in radio coverage but MR still monitor 27 ""unofficially "" . But first trip out get a radio check with both .
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    Weather conditions

    Sorry ignore above just got you mixed up with another topic that was on the boil a couple of weeks ago-have a read of this it willhelp you
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    Weather conditions

    Do you have a bar to cross?