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  1. Croydon

    Frank's Boat Catch

    Send FrankS a message, I'm sure he would help you out. Cheers............. Dave
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    Batemans Bay/Sth Durras GPS marks

    Hi Shakey, The V sea is a very nice boat and will get you plenty of places. The ramp at South Durras (SD) can be a bit tricky with a lot of sand covering the ramp and wind and wave action making things hard to get back on the trailer. I think you may struggle there with a 5m glass boat, but if conditions are kind you should be OK. Otherwise you may have to head into town and use the Hanging Rock facility which is good in all weather. Try trolling around Wasp Island out the front of SD, and the nearby headlands always a chance of salmon, bonito, kings, tailor etc. Often some good squid around the Island as well. Beagle Bay is full of small flathead, but you can sort through them to get a feed. Try the marks out a bit further and you should do OK. There is plenty of good ground off North Durras in 40 to 70m, just sound around and you will find them. Great area for snapper on plastics if your into that. Send me a post when you are down, I fish up that way most of the time, so we may be able to meet up on the water. Hope you have a great holiday. Cheers.............. Dave
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    Batemans Bay/Sth Durras GPS marks

    Some marks for those fishing the South Durras area. Wave Buoy - 35 42 174 150 20 414 FAD - 35 50 000 150 22 630 Kingfish off Richmond Beach: - 35 42 073 150 19 404 a bit hit and miss not been firing the last year or two Flathead: - 35 57 452 150 22 224 off Pebbly Beach - 35 39 080 150 21 071 off Beagle Bay Durras Snapper, mowie , mixed reef species: - 35 40 679 150 21 505 - 35 37 013 150 21 825 off Point Upright - 35 37 427 15021 825 off Point Upright - 35 40 123 150 21 145 off Wasp Island All the marks are general areas, sound around until you find some fish. Hope these help anyone travelling to the area. Cheers............... Dave
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    Batemans Bay/Sth Durras GPS marks

    Hi Donna, There isn't too many for the batemans bay area, I can add a few if you'd like to include them in the gps section. Cheers Dave
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    Batemans Bay/Sth Durras GPS marks

    Hi Shakey, I will get some today for you. What type of fishing are you looking to do, where launching from, how big is your boat etc? Cheers.............. Dave
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    Frank's Boat Catch

    Thanks Frank, heading out in the morning so will give it a test run. Thanks again, I really appreciate you taking the time to make the catch and then provide the follow up advice. Hope the fishing gods are kind to you and make sure you look us up on your next trip to Bermi, it would be great to meet in person. Cheers............. Dave
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    Frank's Boat Catch

    Recently I saw a post regarding a boat catch system made by a member; FrankS. Afterwards I got in touch with Frank and asked if he'd be interested in making one for my Bar Crusher. To my delight Frank was more than happy to make one up for me and even offered to travel to Batemans Bay to fit it for me! I sent Frank some measurements and a rough drawing and within a couple of days it was made. Frank was'nt able to come down so he sent it in the mail with a full set of instructions. The boat catch was made of heavy duty stainless steel and very easy to fit. It is a very high quality product in deed. Frank only charged a very modest fee for his work and i was extremely happy with the outcome. Thanks a heap for your help Frank, you're a real gentleman. Cheers Dave
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    No school prawns for sale in the fish shops

    Hi Yowie, The pro fishermen I know on the south coast have also had a poor season and school prawns have been in short supply due to a lack of rain earlier in the year. I went out to North Durras a couple of nights ago for a scoop and picked up 15 prawns in 3 hours. It was a tasty but very modest lunch the next day!! Dave
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    Navigation Lights Failed - What To Check?

    Hi Baz, At least you had a go. The 'bus bar' is a terminal block where your earth (negative) wire from the battery terminates at the helm. The negative side of all your switches are then connected at the bus bar. It is just a common earth for all your wiring such as lights, bilge pump etc. You cant test the nav light switch by swaping the wires to a switch that you know works. If the nav lights come on then it's the old switch which can be easily replaced. As for the helm seat try some inox/lanox. Cheers............. Dave
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    Navigation Lights Failed - What To Check?

    Hi Baz, The boats 12v wiring system is fairly simple and with a bit of patience and a couple of ales most problems can be tracked down. Are your nav lights LED or do they have globes? If globes, the contacts can get a bit of corrosion on them, give them a light rub with some fine sandpaper. Did you loose both side lights and the anchor light? Most times the side lights and anchor light are on separate circuits/switches. If on separate circuits/switches and both are out, then most likely the switches are OK but may be worth checking. Check the earth on your bus bar make sure it's clean and tight. As for waterproofing I've been using a spray used by Boeing on their aircraft. It's called Boeshield t9 and you can get it online. It works great. Hope the above helps. Cheers........ Dave
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    Garmin vs Lowrance vs Raymarine vs Furuno etc

    For years I've been running a Furuno FCV585 and Furuno combo GPS which has served me well. Recently a pin had corroded off the rear of the 585 so had to take it to a marine electronics technician for repair. As they are getting to the end of their life span I asked the technician what he would replace the current electronics with. This guy sells, installs and repairs all brands of marine electronics to the weekend warrior as well as the local commercial fishing fleet and has a good reputation. Bearing in mind I fish for jewfish/flathead/bream in the river to marlin/blue eye cod offshore and everything in between this was his advice. The technology changes every few months as does his advice. He would currently go with a Raymarine MFD and TM275C-LHW 1kw transom mount transducer which has a constant 25deg wide beam. He was a fan of the Simrad units but has seen about 20% of them coming back for repair. His advice was specific for my fishing needs so may not be relevant to all. Hope the info helps. Cheers Dave
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    Rewiring - post up your wiring

    I recently did a rewire on my barcrusher. During the research I found some great how to info on a site called New Wire Marine. Its a US site but informative and easy to follow. Worth a look. Cheers Dave
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    Fish spotting with a drone

    Some great shots there, I've often thought about it for spotting schools of travelling/feeding bluefin on the surface but don't know enough about it. A very interesting idea though. Cheers............ Dave
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    Blue Fin South Coast

    Got a couple of Albacore 40k's east of the toll gates yesterday. A few good bluefin were also caught another 15k's north east of us, so they are certainly on their way north. Cheers.......... Dave
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    Back to the battery

    Hi Jon, I've had the bar crusher for 12 years now. Had Century marine batteries in it when I bought the boat, about two years ago, I upsized with the same brand and still going strong. Never had to charge the first lot as the boat was being used one or twice a week. Hope I get the same run from these one's. Cheers............ Dave