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    Any Tuna Offshore ATM?

    A few reports of 50-60kg yellowfin caught north east of Batemans Bay yesterday, 800 to 1300 fathoms. Good luck to those chasing them, always stuck working when the bite is on................. Cheers Dave
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    Furuno sounder reading

    Hi mate. What model Furuno are you using? When you say you 'can't mark fish' what do you mean? Do you get any readings at all? It's not unusual for fish not to show up as the classic arch and there are many reasons for this, Do you have any photos of the soundings you are getting? I've been using a Furuno FCV585 and TM260 transom mount transducer for years. I rarely if ever get fish arches but it marks fish/bottom at 25knts and down to 550m (at a very slow pace). Don't be too hung up on the whole 'arch' thing. When I'm catching kings they come up as solid red marks and or elongated red lines depending on how they travel through the transducer cone. Hope this helps. Dave
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    No electrics with engine running

    I'm no expert but when I rewired my boat recently I took a different path to your diagram. I have a 2014 merc 150hp 4 stroke for reference. The pos & neg wires from the motor run directly to the pos & neg terminals of my battery. From there the pos goes to a 1, 2, both main battery disconnect switch. From the switch the pos goes through a circuit breaker or fuse big enough to carry the loads of all the accessories you will be installing. Also making sure the pos wire is big enough to carry the loads. The pos wire goes from the switch to the pos break out terminal at the helm. The neg wire goes from the motor, through the battery to the neg bus bar at the helm. Each individual load ie. radio, sounder etc is fused depending on the size of the load, and wired to the pos break out terminal via a switch and neg goes to the bus bar. Hope all that makes sense! I found a U.S. site called new wire marine, they have some very easy to follow tutorials and diagrams which I found very useful. Good luck and hope you work it out. Cheers............. Dave
  4. Have a look at an Australian company called Wolf Eyes. Top quality products for a reasonable price. They have a rechargeable headlamp, with flood or spot light for around $140. I've been using them for years and love them. Worth a look. Cheers.......... Dave
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    Batemans Bay/Sth Durras GPS marks

    Cheers mate, sad to hear you missed out. I've been working a few bottombash charters the last couple of weeks and the fishing has been very hit and miss. Currents all over the place with toad fish starting to move in and take over from the leather jackets! Better luck next time mate. Cheers........... Dave
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    Average days fishing!

    Looks good. How does it perform offshore, marlin fishing etc? Tried any deep dropping 400-500m or so? Cheers..... Dave
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    Average days fishing!

    Nice video guys. What electronics package are you running? Cheers............... Dave
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    Hard to see in the photo but perhaps a bracket for the motor?? Dave
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    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