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  1. Thanks everyone - i will definitely report back when I have made the decision. I wont be rushing in so that will take some time. My visit to the Merc dealer was good - he reckoned 115hp Pro XS is the go. He was worried 90hp would leave the boat underpowered.
  2. Thanks for this link - that was a really great read.
  3. Thanks gents. We’ve got a merc dealer locally, prob others too. I like the idea of quiet idling for trout trolling
  4. Thanks Noel. I am happy with the 90hp two stroke on the back, but am leaning towards 115 in a four. There doesn't seem to be much weight penalty in the 115s compared to the 90s, but I have noticed they jump a lot when you go up to the 130 bracket. My boat is rated for up to 140 hp apparently.... however in 1989 a 140hp two stroke only weighed about 160 kilos.
  5. Hi All, I have an 1989 Haines Hunter V16R with a 1990 90hp mercury two stroke on the back. The motor goes hard when its warm, but is a pain when its cold (very stally). I dont mind it so much when im driving but it makes it hard for my partner to drive at the boat ramp when we are launching. In addition, the kids hate the gentle aroma of billowing two stroke smoke whilst we are out and about so I have decided to repower. I am looking at 90hp or 115hp motors I think. Any more than that will be a weight concern with my low (20inch) transom. Firstly, I am reluctant (but not 100% opposed) to buying brand new as the cost of new outboards is frankly alarming. Do they ever go on sale? I have only looked at online list pricing - is there any wriggle room in this? I just balk at having to pay the same price as a brand new small car for just an engine. Secondly, if I go the second hand route - what is considered low, medium and high hours for an outboard? I have seen some for sale with 300 hours, and others for sale with 2000 hours on them. How long will one get out of an outboard? Lastly, why does everyone have such strong views on brand A vs brand B? I have done a bit of reading and find such polarising views on virtually every brand that it makes it hard to determine if there is any truth in it or not. Thanks in advance, i am new to this game so grateful for any help. If its of assistance my boat is used in equal measures in the snowy lakes, local lakes (canberra) and south coast estuaries. Another key reason for upgrading is to have more confidence in the motor when heading offshore (havent done that yet). Brendan
  6. Hi Bluefin, I chose this one after scouting around for a while and after coming off a Lowrance Hook2 7X. The 7X returned great images but it was a but clunky to navigate at sea, especially entering and naming waypoints. My sealegs can be average at times, and farting around with my head buried in the sounder is a sure fire way to make myself crook. So I chose this one because of its touch screen abilities, and they are sensational. Its very easy to use. My brother in law helped me install it - we put it essentially where the old sounder on my boat was and as mentioned it will hold bottom at speed which is great. Im keen to get out into some deeper water to see what the sounder can do there.
  7. Thanks Pickles, I haven't had them as sushi yet - i cooked this in a yellow curry. I will definitely give it a try though! I have seen vids of people getting into the GTs...it looks like a lot of fun and is definitely on the bucket list.
  8. After a busy festive season with far too little fishing I was itching to get out on the water for a go, and in particular to test out my new sounder. It’s a Garmin Echomap 95SV that I recently installed on a new to me Haines Hunter V16R. I am still setting up the boat and learning its capabilities so this trip was as much about that as it was about fishing. When a last minute opportunity came up to hit Wagonga on Australia day I leapt at the opportunity. I started by dropping into Tuross on the way down there. This was on the 25th and it was blowing a gale. Coila was an absolute write off – with cresting white caps and not a boat in sight. Tuross however was sheltered from the brutal nor-easter and had plenty of boats out so I put in for a couple of hours in the late arvo. It was fairly quiet and my baits weren’t getting much interest in the chosen spot near the boat ramp so I decided to pull in and move elsewhere. As I retrieved the second bait I noticed two HUGE whiting following it in, which got the heart racing. I downsized a rig and sent it back out and put a sugapen on my casting rod. I persisted for a while with the sugapen but the wind was too strong to use it effectively so I gave up. I eventually caught a small bream on the baits which I released and then carried on to Narooma. The 26th was much better – overcast and not a breath of wind. I started fishing Wagonga inlet around mid-morning which was high tide. My partner was with me and she really wanted to get in the water so we motored out to a sand bar and anchored up. We used some berley to coax the fish in and this worked very quickly. Soon my partner was onto the bream and she landed four or five mostly small fish, including one keeper. I was tossing lures looking for flathead but didn’t get a touch. Eventually some rain came in which sent all the boats around us scurrying for the ramps but I wanted to fish on so we weighed anchor and moved over to a bank to keep looking for the flatties. I started fishing the new spot with a smaller 3 inch paddle tail that I had been using on the sandbar, but I wasn’t getting anywhere. So I switched to a reconstituted 7 inch jerk shad in nuclear chicken (refer my other post in the general chat forum). Before long it got belted by something on the drop. I am only new to fishing soft plastics but had read many times that the bites often come on the drop, and this was exactly what happened here. I had retrieved about half a cast when something grabbed the lure and had a good go at it. I pulled in a now 3 or 4 inch jerk shad which I replaced with a freshy, but couldn’t get any further bites. We moved on to some oyster leases and my partner was immediately onto the bream again. She got heaps, essentially getting either a bite or a fish a cast, including a better one that was slightly under 30cms. I was persisting with lures – this time using a Vibe to try and catch the bream that were obviously around. Finally – breakthrough. I felt the hit and cried out with joy, however the cries turned to dismay when I pulled the fish up and realised it was the world’s smallest snapper! It was past lunch now and the tide was rushing out. We decided to hit up one more spot before making the trek home and pushed up the estuary a bit. We had this arm all to ourselves but it was a bit quiet. The baits (servo prawns) weren’t really going off so I pushed on with the vibe. Eventually, my persistence was rewarded and I hooked up virtually immediately on a full cast. The fish hit the lure as I was winding over the bail arm and it put up a hell of a fight. I had no idea what it was, but my partner could tell it was a better fish as my rod was doubled over and the fish was peeling off line. I nearly lost it twice at the boat when it bolted for cover until finally I got it up – it was a silver trevally of 38cms and it went into the Esky for dinner. I thought it would be bigger to be honest – I can’t believe how hard that fish went. In any case it was absolutely delicious in a yellow curry I made the following night. Overall it was a bloody good day on the water. The sounder is amazing – and was holding bottom at 30 knots. I was getting good returns, including some enormous bait balls which were following in my Double Clutch in Tuross. We are learning more about the boat and what modifications/additions we need to do to it which will happen over the coming months. I cant wait to get out there again!
  9. About 4 months ago I went fishing in Sussex inlet and was using a Berkley Gulp 7 inch shad in nuclear chicken colour. I wasn't having much luck with it so I swapped it out for something else and promptly forgot about it. Fast forward four months and I am getting ready for a trip to Narooma when I found this shrivelled, dry lump in tacklebox. It was the shad and it was as hard as iron and a very dark brown colour. I was going to bin it but it had a brand new TT jig head in it that I wanted to retrieve. The problem was the thing was too dry and shrivelled to get it out. So I decided to soak it in water to loosen it up. Over the course of the next three days I witnessed a transformation of biblical proportions. The lure was reborn, like a phoenix rising from the ashes. It slowly and consistently grew in size, became supple and incredibly it took on all its glorious nuclear colours again. I compared it to a brand new lure from the packet and you could not tell the difference - they were identical in all aspects. I decided to roadtest the reborn lure in the backwaters of Wagonga where it elicited a massive hit from something (presumably a flatty) and was bitten clean in half. I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't experience this whole thing first hand. Ill definitely employ the same technique next time I dry out a gulp! YZ
  10. Whats everyones 2021 fishing ambition?? Mine is to get the skills and confidence up to use my new (to me) boat for bottom bashing sessions precisely like the one you described here! Ive spent many years honing my trout fishing game but I really want to put some effort into the salt in 2021.
  11. Gday Pickles, I only have first hand experience fishing in the Clyde Estuary, mainly upstream of the bridge. Its a pretty good fishery, but it can be difficult at times. Its the closest point for the capital trailer boat flotilla so it gets a lot of traffic. I had my best ever whiting on surface lures session in there, which was cut short when I got buzzed by something big and grey which ended with me halfway up a mangrove tree and on the phone to my mates to be picked up. I have also caught flathead and pinky snapper in there without too much trouble. My brother in law very recently got a nice flatty on soft plastic too..so its worth a look. I havent been outside as I havent owned a boat big enough to do so until recently. I have been researching a lot though and I have heard the flathead grounds are in 45m of water and stretch south for quite a way. You shouldnt have trouble finding them. I have no idea where to find kingies near the bay - but hopefully someone else will chime in with some clues. If you are visitor its worth noting that Batemans bay is festooned with marine park closures, including all of the tollgates. So you need your maps and you need to be careful or you'll get pinged for sure.
  12. " My favourite is deep fried Redfin." Redfin is nothing short of outstanding. I would rate it 5 out of 5 for taste. Sweet, white and delicious. The only problem can be getting through the hordes of 15-20cm fish to find some bigger ones that are worth filleting. I am super interested in the mackerel recipes...I know the English rave about them. Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall has some recipe ideas too.
  13. "That's the thing about Jindy, its not great weather for very long so you have to make do & work out where to get out of the wind." Great Report Dave. I was on Jindy in early October, a week after bobbing around in JB during some decent swells. I was fine for hours in JB - but the wind and chop of Jindabyne had my whole boatload of passengers (including me) green to the gills in 1 hour flat! It wasn't even that windy...ive been up there in much worse (but not on the water).
  14. They sure did keep it quiet Mullatt. I was chuffed to notice that last time I was out on Lake Gin there was two other guys in Petrol motored boats too, so the word must be getting out. When I spoke to the Gov they said that the intention is to make LBG the same, but its managed by Commonwealth and subject to different and slower regulation change. I really hope that does happen as it would be great to be able to explore that with Petrol. PS my original post was actually a reply to a question about boating in Canberra in a VERY old thread that I made accidentally. The mods kindly separated it out - so if reads a bit odd then that is why!
  15. Hi all, I’m a local and fish the lakes reasonably often. You can boat on all of them and perhaps unsurprisingly given the amount of politicians we have here they are all subject to different rules, regulations and permits. In summary: googong is electric only and needs its own permit, getting one is a very simple process and it’s issued immediately over email. Googong is a very difficult fishery - with the exception of Redfin. lake burley griffin requires its own permit, and is also electric only for the main basin (the molongo river is subject to general ACT boating rules as per below). Getting a permit requires a visit to the AFP water police station for a boat inspection and of course there’s a bunch of forms involved. Once you get a permit (they are annual) they will issue you a new one each year automatically, with rego stickers that must be on your boat. LBG is a good fishery and an excellent place to explore by boat. The other main lakes (Gininderra, Yerrabi, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong) are permit and registration free as of 2018. And you can use petrol motors on these lakes so long as you don’t go faster than 10 knots. Not many people know this, the change was quietly ushered in. It still seems too good to be true to many locals. I emailed the relevant minister (mick gentleman) to confirm in writing before I first started heading out with my petrol motor. These smaller lakes are all different - yerrabi was dynamite for cod 5 or 6 years ago but it has slowed now. The people who figure these lakes out do very well. I can only catch Redfin and the odd yellow belly tho! https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/4755/~/boating-on-canberras-lakes#!tabs-2
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