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  1. I always use those wide gape hooks on my paternoster rigs when drifting for flathead offshore. Usually get a nice clean hookup in the lip or corner of the mouth. Fish them like a circle. They are a lighter hook, though ... I have had a couple rushed by snapper.
  2. A tough decision but, I think, the right one. I note that Council’s “local residents only” sign is still up at Little Beach ramp anyway! 🤷‍♂️ So many variables at the moment. Mandatory masks for staff at my work started yesterday (Monday) and probably 80% of customers who enter the store have been wearing them. Before, people were far too complacent. Let’s hope we all remain vigilant without being paranoid. Stay safe, everyone.
  3. I might be a sick b...tard because I like to freak out the looky-loo tourists taking photos of the pelicans by throwing frames in their direction. 😂 I’ve had the odd fish taken by a pelican. It doesn’t really concern me but I’ve learnt to guard my catch better.
  4. How long does the battery last on a handheld? I leave my radio on all the time from when I leave the ramp until I return to the ramp. That way, I can hear alerts, weather reports, calls for help from nearby boats that I may be able to assist etc., plus chatter that might lead to fish. Can a handheld last that long?
  5. Only $50 or so more than a handheld, depending on the model. Plus antenna and installation, of course. Money well spent, in my opinion. Port Stephens FAD is about 12nm out - I want the power of a fixed unit. If the boat’s sinking, I want the EPIRB activated by then!
  6. The best I have found are goggles and a pair of Speedos. But only for very prized lures. In gin clear water. In summer. 😂
  7. I saw a nice 26 (I think) footer for sale at Soldiers Point marina today. Outboard - Yamaha maybe (it was covered). Think it had $70k on it. I saw a lot of nice boats at that marina... the wife said, “Don’t even think about it” 😂
  8. Now I don’t feel so bad I didn’t get out and stayed home in bed! 😂
  9. Berleyguts

    Laundry reno

    Looks the goods, Noel! Well done! Did you use Gyprock plasterboard/drywall or villa board for wet areas?
  10. Thanks Donna. Yes, I figured out how to customise and scroll ahead but see how you can only see 5 hours at a time? On my phone, I can only see 4. It’s all good! 😎
  11. Thanks Donna. I’ll check it more regularly and compare with Willy Weather and Fish Ranger, which I usually use. What I’d like to see with Deckee Weather is the ability to see a 5 day forecast for wind, swell and tides at a glance (like WW) and the ability to save locations as favourites. Currently, it seems it only suggests locations around my immediate location. I can type in Broughton Island but I have to do this each time... I can’t save it as a regular option. Maybe I’m doing it wrong. And, while I can scroll ahead on each option (wind, swell, tide etc.), I can only see 4 hours at a time, when I really want to see 5 days at a glance, then drill down for a more detailed view as required. If these “tweaks” could be added, I’m sure I’d use it more. 😎
  12. Thanks Donna. Guess where I was on 15 July... Yes. Salamander Bay Shopping Centre! 🥺 So annoyed! I was tested the week before due to a bit of a cough... 2nd time, both times negative. I still get the odd cough, so I have to go and get tested again as I was in that shopping centre on that day. 😡 I just get a slight cough from the cold air, when talking a lot at work, or by reaction to all the disinfectant and sanitiser. I’ve been wearing a mask at work as a precaution but more to keep customers away from me! 😂 I’m now on holidays and was planning on fishing Broughton tomorrow but now I’ve got to arrange another test, then isolate until my results are back, so I guess I’m not fishing again tomorrow, dammit! That’ll be the 3rd trip I’ve had to cancel because I was awaiting results of a COVID test! 😢 Everyone would be OK if they just stayed home when sick, maintained a minimum 1.5m distance, wear a mask when they can’t, cough/sneeze into their elbow, don’t lick their fingers when handling cash (I see it all the time) etc. and wash their damn hands frequently! Stay safe, Raiders!
  13. The first rod I ever built was on a Butterworth FMT72L. I built it when I was a teenager so it is now well over 40 years old. I have refurbished it twice in that time, with new guides and bindings. Before I put the new guides on, I masked up the grips and reel seat and sprayed the blank with a rattle can. The finish is OK. No bubbles. It gets some scratches from leaning it against things but otherwise it’s held up pretty good. I’d have no hesitation in spraying it again when the time comes for another rebuild. 😉
  14. Amazing effort! You certainly put in the miles! Well done! I think I’m getting too old for that kind of fishing... I’d need to fit in a “nanna nap”/poppy flop” there somehow! 😂
  15. Maybe Scratchie could do a live Zoom session at Broughton Island and we could watch him in action! 😂