Berleyguts

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  1. Berleyguts

    Min kota

    Like I said, I’m no DIY guy but I guess if there’s a short, the fuse blows. Then you have to change the fuse. If I relate that back to a house electricity meter box... in the old days if you blew a fuse, you’d have to go and put new fuse wire in it. These days, you just flick the circuit breaker switch. As the only thing I run off the front battery is the Minn Kota, I can’t see how I can overload it and blow a fuse? One thing I can recommend is to spend the money and buy a good quality Century marine battery from a decent auto electrician or Battery World, where they have a higher turnover and better backup support.
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    Min kota

    Mine’s in a forward compartment. Got it all done as a package when I bought the boat. I’ve thought about a 2nd deep cycle battery for the sounder and GPS to save the main battery just for starting. However, I haven’t had any problems yet and both batteries are 4 years old. Don’t know about a circuit breaker... mine has an in-line fuse. I’m not much of a DIY guy - the dealer did it all. Good luck!
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    Port Stephens- Mixed bag

    BTW Jeff... how long did the run to Seal Rocks take?
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    Min kota

    I use a CTek charger. I hook it up when I get home and it stays on trickle. My sounder runs off the starter battery but you could run it off the same battery as the Minn Kota but battery run time will be impacted.
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    Port Stephens- Mixed bag

    Good stuff, Jeff! That water looks nice! I’m still waiting to shake this virus. Maybe another week or two. 😷
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    Bellambi Reds

    Great effort, especially the first time in an area! Well done!
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    Min kota

    It should be fine, depending on how you use it. I have a 55lb thrust Minn Kota on my 4.49m side console. Sometimes I wish I had more thrust. It can struggle to hold position on spot lock in very strong currents or strong winds but if you work within the restrictions it should be fine.
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    New boat

    Interesting. I bought my ETEC with the boat new in Jan 2014 from a Stacer dealer in western Sydney. It’s first service (3 years) was done in Jan 2017 here in Port Stephens at a local Savage dealer (still Telwater) and Evinrude service agent. My next service was done last month (a little overdue but that’s when I could fit it in). Everything was running fine although the computer detected reports of a water intake intermittent fault. This was repaired under warranty. In reality, it doesn’t miss a beat and I am extremely happy with it.
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    Blackfish Weed & Cabbage Weed

    If you think about it, if you head down to just about any luderick spot, you’ll find anglers lined up, all berleying. One more person fishing amongst them, without berley, is hardly going to make a difference. I took a walk along the Nelson Bay breakwall this morning. There was a lot of luderick anglers there. Some were using berley, some weren’t. All seemed to be getting luderick. The ones that weren’t were fishing for bream and getting them, good ones at that and one bloke got a decent snapper that gave him a run for his money on his light bream gear! It took him into the rocks a couple of times but he gave it some slack and it swam free but not after he had to walk about 30 feet along the wall. I helped him out by passing his net to him. Nice fishing along the breakwall today!
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    John Dory Fishing

    I just reckon chasing JD near Mrs Murphy’s/Tomaree might be a good option when the westerlies are howling. I could get in there out of the wind. Might be worth a go when options are limited.
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    John Dory Fishing

    I’ve had a live bait out under a balloon at Mrs Murphy’s. I might pop one down deep next time and see how I go. I’m certain there’s more than just bait there. You watch... I probably won’t be able to catch a Mado now!
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    New boat

    My ETEC 60 is so much quieter than the old Yamaha 25 2 stroke I had. Fuel economy is good. I was swayed to the ETECs by Huey, a former long-time sponsor of Fishraider, based on his experiences with service and reliability. A lot of people swear by 4 strokes but the ETECs have a strong following also. I put less than 50 hours on mine in the first 3 years living in Sydney but I moved to Port Stephens just over a year ago and put another 100 on it. Starts first time every time and runs like a dream - I love it! However, I’d like to fish in a similar boat with a 4 stroke and compare notes!
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    New boat

    Have you considered a clean 2 stroke? I love my Evinrude ETEC 60 on my 449 Outlaw. They’re lighter than 4 strokes, should be cheaper too and you’d probably be able to put a 40 or 50 on that boat. What is the maximum recommended HP? Edit: I just read the specs for that hull and the max HP is 40.
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    John Dory Fishing

    I dug out this post because I was sitting at home watching “Git Your Fush On” (Kiwi show - Get Your Fish On) on my day off and I’m still too sick to do much other than to sit down and read & watch TV. The girls were fishing against the guys but were losing because they were catching snapper and snapper were a negative score. Go figure, eh, Scratchie?! Anyway, they got back on the board with a John Dory. The rig they used was a paternoster variation with a decent sized sinker on the bottom and a sliding dropper. The hook and trace was tied to a swivel which slid up and down on the line between the sinker and another swivel about a metre above it. This allowed the yakka to move around but not too much for the slow swimming JD. It worked well. I’ve never fished for or caught John Dory and was wondering if they can be caught outside on live bait grounds like at Mrs Murphy’s at Port Stephens, not just in estuaries. Any thoughts?
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    Night Time Luderick and Surgeons

    Yeah, just find the weed amongst the mud and move your feet up and down in the same spot, forming a puddle. They’ll swim to the top to try and get out of the muddy water.
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    Night Time Luderick and Surgeons

    Re green nippers: I seem to recall collecting them as a young fella by “muddling” for them amongst weed beds with my feet.
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    Night Time Luderick and Surgeons

    My son took my wife fishing last winter at about 4am from a nearby rock wall. My son had been catching plenty of leatherjackets on small pieces of cooked prawn and wanted to try earlier in the morning around the tide change. They got a couple of jackets but my wife caught an estimated 50cm luderick on a piece of cooked prawn, size 10 long shank hook and a split shot. Of course, she wouldn’t touch it and it flipped back off the rocks into the water before my son could grab it. I’ve thought of targeting them in the dark - for the bigger fellas.
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    Back up bait

    “Stored in newspaper in a backpack under my bed”!!! I used to clean fish in the kitchen sink and my Mum would always be finding scales in strange places but she would have freaked at bait kept under the bed! But then, she could have probably rested assured that I’d have no girls in the bed!!! 😂😂😂 Ah, the old 6-to-1 Seascape... does anyone still have one? And do they still use it? 🤔
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    Who will ship to U.S. - Daiwa Demon Blood 17 962MH

    Hi David, I’ve sent you a PM with a link to an Australian website that says they have them in stock and can ship internationally and to ask for a quote. My experience when I worked in mail operations management with Australia Post was that items over 105cm won’t fit in the “air cans” used to carry freight on commercial airliners. However, each country has their own weight and dimensions limit based on how freight is carried to that country. Companies like DHL have their own dedicated freight planes, so they may be able to accommodate you(?). Another option may be arranging freight from your end and having it picked up from the seller here. Also, consider sea freight which may have less restrictions on size. However, if another ship drops a heap of containers off the coast of Port Stephens and a Daiwa Demon Blood 962MH rod happens to float by my boat or wash up on a beach near me, it may just find a spot in the rack on my garage wall! 😂 😜 Good luck in your search! Baz
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    Who will ship to U.S. - Daiwa Demon Blood 17 962MH

    Is the blank available in the States, or another blank with similar properties? Maybe you could just build a rod to suit your needs.
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    Who will ship to U.S. - Daiwa Demon Blood 17 962MH

    Have you tried contacting Daiwa USA direct? Surely, they could help! Failing that, I’m sure I could deliver one for the cost of a return business class flight from Sydney, with a stopover in Hawaii! 😂
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    Blackfish Weed & Cabbage Weed

    Just throw some sand in. You’ll be surprised! Also, I admit if there’s other fishos there, I’ll try and fish downstream of them and use their berley! 😂
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    Squid Avoca 15/06

    Great stuff and a great photo!
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    Blackfish Weed & Cabbage Weed

    And there’s the added advantage of no need to keep rebaiting so you have a bait (artificial) in the water for more time.
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    Blackfish Weed & Cabbage Weed

    You can always try weed flies. I got a couple on them in one session last year and reports from my local tackle store recently said that guys have been catching their bag limit on them. I picked up a few more flies today. I’ve used them under a float on my traditional blackfish rod but I might try them on the fly rod this season, if conditions are right.