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  1. Aardvarking

    New rod & reel combo for an amateur!

    My expertise is more around lightweight spin combos and the like, think I misunderstood what he was looking for a bit 😂
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    New rod & reel combo for an amateur!

    Yeah, I guess that's a good point. I've just had success using that combo in that application
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    New rod & reel combo for an amateur!

    I'd spend a tad more and see it you can get a Shimano Catana and Sienna combo. Will be a lot better imo, and Shimano customer service is outstanding.
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    How safe is it to burley off a main beach ?

    I'd suggest that if a swimmer has an encounter with a shark they might not be too happy with the guy on the beach throwing chum at them
  5. Yep, this is exactly what I did. Good to know that it's definitely what caused it, because at least now I know for next time.
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    Blue ring

    I was once doing some wade fishing in Lake Illawarra and felt something brush up against my leg. I thought it was just some seaweed and didn't think much of it, until I felt it moving a bit. I looked down and saw a blue ringed octopus climbing up my leg. I absolutely panicked, yanked it off my leg and threw it as far as my scrawny little arms could throw. It was probably the most scared I've ever been. It was actually the second time I've seen one in the wild. The first we saw one that had built itself a cave out of little rocks and pebbles in a rock pool. Me and my brother founds some crabs and fed it to the octopus, was very cool to see how it ate them. Coolest thing was that when he wasn't hungry anymore and got sick of us he got a rock and used it as a door to seal his cave.
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    Tailor migration

    I would say that winter is the best time to catch tailor in the estuaries. In fact, I caught my first tailor over 40cm as a bream by-catch a couple weeks ago at Blackwattle bay. Usually I only get choppers there, but in winter I catch some bigger ones too. I'm not sure exactly why that is, but it's just my experience of it
  8. Well, I called Shimano and asked about the parts, it's gonna cost me just short of 100 bucks to fix both reels. Thing is, I bought them both used for 160 dollars total, meaning it doesn't make sense to spend so much on a repair. I decided to get some super fine grit sandpaper and lightly sand down any especially bad dings, and it seemed to actually help quite a bit. The reels are still a bit grindy, but are actually pretty useable, so I reckon I might leave them as is and save up for a new reel and relegate my Stradics to squid or bait duty. Also might try using some nail polish to even out any dings I can find when I get the time, which will be an interesting experiment.
  9. Well I figured out what happened and boy do I feel like an idiot. The first time I opened up the reel I took off the anti-reverse before taking off the handle. I thought if I just held the pinion in place while twisting the handle it would act like the anti reverse so I didn't have to screw all the anti-reverse screws back in place. What it actually was grind the drive gear teeth against the pinion gear, slightly denting both. The reason I didn't realise this is because the dents are so tiny I could barely see them, but were enough to completely ruin both the pinion gear and drive gear. What I'm really kicking myself about is I did exactly the same thing when opening the 2500, not realising that was the cause of the problem to begin with. So now I have ruined both of my reels, 2 weeks before a week long fishing trip. And to top it all off I bought a brand new set of bearings which are now useless. Do'h!
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    Back up bait

    I reckon salted pilchards can last a last time in the freezer, I would say they are the longest lasting in my experience. If you freeze them in a block, leave them in an insulated bag and take them out one at a time they can last a fishing session and then be tossed back in the freezer. Prawns can last a little while, but as soon as you freeze them they loose a bit of their effectiveness, so I wouldn't recommend them. My uncle swears by the 10kg block he has of Tweed bait "fisho", which is they word for chicken gut for some reason, which he has kept in the freezer for about 2 years steadily chipping away at it. I'm not as convinced as he is, but he seems to like it. I guess you would take the same approach as the pilchards by freezing them, and then not letting them thaw completely.
  11. I've just had another good look, and finally realised what has gone wrong. For god knows what reason the drive gear has rubbed up against the drive shaft, which has stripped tiny pieces of paint of a few of the teeth. I did some extensive testing, and that seems to be what is causing the problem. What I am super mad about is that the 2500fj was working great before I pulled it apart, and now I've broken it too along with my 1000, so now both my reels are out of commission. I'm assuming there's no fixing it, but is it possible to repair the teeth? The damage is extremely minor, seems to be limited to a touch of paint coming off 2 or 3 teeth.
  12. I have already made a thread or two about my Stradic 1000fj which I gave a service before discovering it felt worse afterwards, but after putting in new bearings they haven't helped at all. I am still getting the grindy feeling I was getting before, and it hasn't gotten any better. I have figured out it appears to be rubbing up on the section of the drive shaft which connects it to the worm shaft, but it only does that sometimes and when it doesn't it still grinds. Where it gets weird is that I decided to pull apart my Stradic 2500fj to compare insides and see if I was doing something wrong. Turns out I wasn't so I put it back together and suddenly the 2500fj was grinding too. I have no idea what would have caused that, considering I opened it up without touching or moving anything, then closed it again. Does anyone know what could be causing this?
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    middle harbour

    I'm not too sure about that one. I've been catching some big tailor in blackwattle bay over the last couple of wet rainy days, and we all know it's not the cleanest waterway in Australia. From what I've seen the water has been pretty filthy in Sydney Harbour, not sure about middle harbour but it's certainly not a good sign.
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    Interesting debate on life jacket laws

    If I want to fish without a life jacket and risk my own life then why shouldn't I be allowed to? I feel perfectly comfortable kayaking around Sydney estuaries without a life jacket and am confident in my abilities to swim to shore if I was ever capsized, yet I am legally obligated to wear one. When I'm rock fishing it really depends on the circumstances of whether I would put on a life jacket or not. Obviously if I'm standing on a precarious rock with wind blowing and waves crashing around me of course I would wear one, but I wouldn't fish in those conditions anyway. Most of the time I'm rock fishing I feel 100% safe that I won't be swept in, and even if I am I am confident I can make my way back to shore. It just ruins the experience, especially on a hot day, and even makes me feel less stable.
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    Pittwater stingray - OUCH

    Geez, now I feel bad for complaining about a hook through the finger and flathead spines to the hand! I have always been pretty nonchalant with stingrays, but maybe I should be more careful...