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  1. Hi all - I'm planning to screw a Santmarine storage bin (one of those the long, white plastic ones) into the inner hull of my new 4.5 Drifter Frontrunner along the side of the boat, and am wondering about the correct length of stainless steel self-tapper screws to use, as well as the thickness (gauge). My understanding is that both the inner and outer hulls of a Polycraft are around 10mm each in thickness, with varying amounts of space between inner and outer hulls depending on where on the boat it is. So I want the screws to bite nicely into the full width of the inner hull but not extend too much into the space between, and not at all into the outer hull. I imagine in places like the flat ledge just behind the windscreen (on a Frontrunner), where you'd drill straight down into plenty of space to install a fishfinder or compass, length of screw isn't as much of an issue. But I suspect there's much less leeway along the side bulkheads. I'll be using washers and a dab of Sikaflex on each screw hole, and drilling a pilot hole first. I welcome advice on screw lengths and thickness. What screw lengths do the rest of you normally use around different parts of the boat, especially along the inner sides?
  2. Caught my first ever barramundi (in the Kimberley) on a handline. It actually followed the lure all the way to the bank, then grabbed it when it was a few centimetres out of the water, sitting in the mud. Jumped up, twisted its body and dragged it back into the water. Beautiful to see....
  3. According to recent wild rumours, I may finally be getting my 4.5-metre Polycraft Drifter (Frontrunner) in about three weeks. It comes with a basic lightweight Danforth, but I'll probably want a second anchor, plus possibly a reef anchor (we have a few inshore reefs up here in the Bundaberg region). I've had a look at the Sarcas (expensive) and the Coopers 3.5 kg aluminium anchor (which has had some decent reviews), and just wondered what my fellow Fishraiders use (and are happy with) for their own smallish fishing boats. Up my way, it's mostly mud and sand, with occasional rubble areas / harder bottoms. Plough anchors seem to be a good all-rounder, but any suggestions are most welcome for this anchor-buying rookie....
  4. Just wondered what most of you use as the default for your measurements (and why), like on your fish sounders when you're measuring depth, speed, distance travelled, etc. I spent the first half of my life in Yankeeland and the second half here in Oz, so I'm equally okay with depth in feet or metres, although I'll admit I probably find feet easier to 'visualise' for depth (I'm often mentally converting metres into feet anyway...). Of course paper charts here are in metres, while many electronics let you choose your preference. And while I realise knots are somewhat the default standard for both distance and speed at sea, I imagine many of us still tend to think in terms of kilometres travelled and kms per hour rather than knots. I guess it all comes down to what you're used to and most comfortable with, but I just wondered what Fishraiders on here mostly use for their measurement defaults, and their reasons for doing so, if anyone would care to share.
  5. Good question (for which there seems to be no logical answer), but ours isn't the only 'Spanish mackerel' in the world that has little or nothing to do with Spain, strangely. Bottom line: a lot of fish names just make no sense at all... Why is the King Brown snake called a King Brown, when it's actually a member of the black snake family? There's even a frog in the Caribean called a 'mountain chicken', too. Common names are a slippery slope of silliness for many creatures.
  6. As a trivia geek, I've always wondered why Spanish mackerel are called that - what exactly is "Spanish" about them? Not all that much, apparently. Although several different mackerel species around the world are referred to as 'Spanish mackerel', including the smaller Atlantic chub mackerel (common in the Mediterranean) as well as other types in Japan, China, the Caribbean and other places, these are totally different species to what we know in Australia as Spanish mackerel - the narrow-barred Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus commerson). This critter has quite a wide distribution from Southeast Asia right across the Indian Ocean to East Africa, also down both coasts of Australia as far south as Perth and Sydney, and east across to parts of the Southwest Pacific, including Fiji. What's interesting is that 'our' Spanish mackerel never used to be in Spain at all (and certainly didn't originate there). You might find the odd one cruising around the Spanish coastline these days - but that's only because it colonised that part of the world when it migrated in from the Red Sea via the Suez canal back in the 1930s. It's now reasonably common in eastern parts of the Mediterranean, but presumably a bit less so in Spain, further west. So, there ya go... the not-so-Spanish mackerel. They're big, great fighters, perpetually hungry, tasty, very easy to spot on a sounder and rather partial to trolled Halco metal flashas. So, what to do with them after you catch them? Here are some useful ideas:
  7. Grilled octopus is quite a staple all over the Mediterranean - I've had it in Portugal, Sardinia, Croatia and Crete, and it was awesome each time. When it's prepared right, it's a beautiful dish, too often ignored by Aussies. Thanks for the recipe, KC. I discovered that Woolies-bought Tuscan seasoning goes extremely well on octopus, too... and just about any fish dish, for that matter. I prefer Moroccan seasoning on grilled Spanish mackerel, though.
  8. If you ever happen to find yourself as far north as the Bundaberg area, the Burnett Heads boat ramp is by far the best up here - 4 lanes, handy pontoon to tie up to on the left-hand side, super calm in virtually all conditions, minimal current, toilets across the road, plenty of parking, no coastal bar to cross, and not too busy if you aim for weekdays rather than weekends. Further upstream in the freshwater, the Sandy Hook boat ramps are also excellent. On the other side of the coin, there are a few muddy, slippery, high-tide-only ramps around the place, or ramps where you're fighting the surf or strong cross-currents. A lot of the creeks/rivers up here have shallow, constantly shifting mouths as well, where local knowledge comes into play: the Elliot, the Baffle, the Kolan and Theodolite Creek at Woodgate, to name a few.
  9. You'd just about need a chain saw to fillet that one...
  10. Hi Cooper - I do a fair bit of kayaking fishing up here in the Bundaberg region- I've got a standard shop-bought Dragon kayak and a Crusader Fisherman kayak made by Koastal kayaks up this way (skinnier and slightly less stable than the Dragon but much faster, and therefore easier to troll from). I troll 4-inch metal slugs in deeper water for mackerel and tuna, and in the calmer mangrove creeks I mostly use soft plastics (Gulp worms for whiting, Z-man grubs for flathead, bream and grunter, hard-bodies for mangrove jack and change it up occasionally with some pilchard, mullet strips or squid bait fishing. One thing I learned the hard way about kayak fishing is that your spinning reels cop a lot more salt spray (and if you're clumsy like me, even the occasional full salty dunking), which means they'll get corroded quicker than on a bigger boat, no matter how fastidiously you look after them. If you can afford more water resistant reels (I like the Penn Slammer 3s, 3500 and 6500 size), get them - you'll thank me later. Many of the serious Barrier Reef charter captains up this way use these (or other sealed reel brands) when they're cruising remote reefs for long stretches and need to rely on bulletproof reels. The other thing to remember is that you're closer to sun reflection from the water around your kayak, so invest in some lower-face sun protection and a good hat with a chin strap. Kayak fishing rocks, and it's a bit easier to quietly sneak up on unsuspecting fish when you're not churning a loud outboard through the neighbourhood. Mind you, that hasn't stopped me from ordering a 4.5 Polycraft boat to use over this summer - it's quite hard work paddling through the swell out to those reefs that are 3-4 kms offshore :). Good luck, stay safe and have fun. Here's the very first fish I caught from my new kayak, in the Coonar River south of Elliot Heads - a hard-fighting mangrove jack just over the legal limit. Hit the lure 2 seconds after it bounced in the water. Tasted great, too...
  11. The Northern Territory (and WA's Kimberley) are superb fishing areas. I've always wanted to get out to Cape Don on the Coburg Peninsula in NT, as well as the Mount Booradaile Safari Camp in Arnhem Land. I've had the good fortune of visiting remote parts of the Kimberley over the years, where catching big barra, threadfin and queenfish on a handline is no problem at all. Can't beat the rugged north!
  12. Great report, loaded with information - awesome. How do you usually cook up your trevally?
  13. Just wondered if anyone here has used these, and if so, how did they work for you, to flush out your outboard? https://www.roadtechmarine.com.au/outboard-flush-bag-large/p/MGA454?pos=1&queryId=9451f6e113b3dcfc488f457215fbe611
  14. If you are interesting in catching barramundi in the freshwater, you might look at Lake Monduran in Queensland (northwest of Bundaberg), where you can stay in a cabin, hire a boat and fish the most promising parts of the lake. The barra aren't always easy to catch, but there are some big ones hiding in there, and they'll be quite active in February (often the warmest month in our summer). Or, if you'd like to have a go at fishing for Spanish mackerel and assorted reef species (coral trout, red empror, hussar, etc., Truansea Charters out of Burnett Heads (just east of Bundaberg) do full-day trips that are good fun - it all depends on having calm weather, of course, which is never guaranteed.
  15. Just wondered what other Fishraiders use to cover up their protruding lures/hooks to avoid snagging the car upholstery, or their own limbs when storing rods on their boat. I've seen some clear plastic, velcro-fastened rectangular lure covers that are about 8 inches long on eBay, and some Youtube videos that recommend just whacking a short piece of flexible pipe insulation tube around them, slit along one side (slit pool noodles are a bit bulky). I'm sure there are some ridiculously expensive options out there, but I'm looking for a cheap, fairly simple solution if one exists. Punctured knee caps (or higher) are no fun, I'd guess. Any photos of your go-to lure covers most welcome...
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