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  1. DerekD

    Camera orPhone

    Yes but the devil is in the detail. On that particular day did you decide to go with: The suicide, Circle, Octopus - circle, Long shank Pan fish Mutu J-hook, Etc. These details are important to the rest of us in deciding which hook isn't working in a particular location.
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    Alternative to the FG knot for light rigs?

    Hi Berrero, One of the first joiner knots I learned was the double uni or uni to uni knot (8 turns braid 4 or 5 turns mono) as it was recommended on the packet of berkley braid I bought. I've been using it for over a decade and can tie it quickly but sometimes as I was testing the knot it would break. I think the braid would sometimes slip under the mono knot and then bite in. The knots that passed the load test were surprisingly strong. Over the last year I have been hearing about the double-double uni in which you double the braid over before tying it the same way but in this case you can drop the braid turns to say 6 turns. A mate uses the slim beauty and I decided to test my knot against his using the same leader and mono and head to head load. The double uni lost to the slim beauty. The slim beauty then lost to the double-double uni knot. I was happy as I didn't have to learn a new knot. For people that struggle with a joiner knot I teach them the 4 turn surgeons joiner knot as it is really easy to tie but I generally don't like the amount of line wastage it entails. Regards, Derek
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    A Question on the 'Squid Strike'

    Hi SSiB, Believe we were discussing a squidding session one day. Offer is still open. Most of my squid fishing is done with braid on a 2-4kg rod so if I strike the shock is taken up by the rod tip. As one or two people have mentioned above when the squid grabs the jig because they don't really have any hard body parts you generally won't feel the strike. My usual retrieval technique is short sharp flicks to get their attention followed by a pause to allow them to grab it the next set of flicks will hook them up. If they are really skittish then for anything less than a short sharp jab they can let go before you hook up. The time between the flicks is dictated by the area I am fishing (snags) and the sink rate of the jig I am using. Within reason the longer you can leave it the better chance you have of getting them. Just remember to watch behind the jig as it comes in close to see if they are hesitent but still following and interested. You have to then use small movements to keep them interested and time your flick when they have grabbed the jig. Once in a while I notice the line straightening as the squid moves off with the jig and then the short sharp jab sets the jig. Currently with the exception of a few tubs of ice cream my freezer is packed with bags of squid from multiple sessions so to date it has worked for me. If you think you have been getting touches then check the tines for a very small ball of white from the cephlapod. Note that in some areas it may actually be cuttlefish grabbing the jig but with their smaller tentacles they are a little harder to hook up. Regards, Derek
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    New king stick

    I ended up getting a similar rod from the Saltist hyper range (72MH 60-120g 7'2" 2pc PE 3-5 Spin) and mounted a Daiwa BG5000 on it (which you should find for $200). On that I put 300m (plus backing) of YKG 50lb jigging braid (RRP about $100) and the 10m colour changes with 5m white marker made it helpful for when we went offshore jigging in 140m deep water (biggest king went 81cm). Been really happy with the balance and weight of the outfit. I was also happy with the suppleness of the line when working large sluggo type lures and hard bodies.
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    New Soft Plastic Setup

    You want it set up so that the braid finishes a little below (say 1mm to 2mm) the angular lip of the spool. Any fuller than that you will often get birds nests till you lose enough line to stop the problem. Some of the people in the tackle shops are really good at judging it. In my case I put the braid on first and then the mono to check the height and then end for end it. A bit of a painful process but once the backing is right then next time you have to top up you just rip the braid off and buy a spool of the same braid and it is then easy to top it up. If you end up getting the two spools as per my suggestion above then it is easy to end for end it by running it on to the second spool. Actual line diameters compared to the line length figures on the spools are a little bit rubbery so hard to trust them.
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    New Soft Plastic Setup

    Hi Tim, Very nice combo. Just check that the rod is the one rated for 3-12gm lure weights (which the 762 model should be). I have had a series one of these for over a decade and it gets fished weekly or more. I have a series 2 (Mexican fire) of the same which I use when teaching people how to use soft plastics and in the 2-4kg weight class it is the rod I suggest as a benchmark before you buy a rod. There are lighter rods out there but I find they often have a longer butt which impacts on my forearm when fishing my usual rod tip down style. Just watch you don't split the cork of the reel seat by overtightening when attaching a reel. The Nasci is a really nice reel too. If you can, get a second spool which you can then use for a different line class. In my case I bought 3 Symetres 2500 years ago which gave me some extra spools. The 2 spare bodies sat in the cupboard till I retired the first Symetre and that way I could switch spools easily. I've just bought three 2500 Sedonas so I could have spools with 4lb braid, 8lb braid and 6lb mono (for blackfish). The line is a little trickier. Most braids overtest and some substantially so. I've used PowerPro in the 4lb in white for years. I recently picked up some Berkley X5 in white and have been pretty impressed so far and have found on the box that while it is stated to be 4lb it has been tested to breaking at about 11lb. Look at diameter - while setting up a friend's outfit we picked up some green Shimano Kairiki which felt impressively thin so in that case we went to 6lb rather than my default 4lb. Try breaking some of these lines in your hands and you will find you cut yourself before the line breaks. Main line to leader knot will have an effect on the breaking strength. Increases in line class and probably diameter will have an impact on casting distance so go as light as you feel comfortable. You should also increase hook up rate. In my opinion people make a mistake in that they go heavier than they need because of "what if" concerns - e.g. if I hook a king while chasing bream or a shark chasing flathead. Sooner or later it may happen but if you know your gear you have a reasonable chance of landing that king, even on the 4lb lines. My best was a 70cm king and I had 6lb leader on the bream gear at the time. It took time but I was grinning the whole way. Think about the line colour. I started off with white/crystal in the light line classes as it is easy for me to watch when doing small twitches and subtle fishing. Other people like yellows or greens but I find them hard to watch at times depending on the ambient light. Regards, Derek
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    Need some help. Sick of catching small fish

    Hi MMM, On one hand I get your frustration but on the other hand if you are only 22 you have a lifetime of fishing ahead of you and have gear available to you that wasn't really around when many of us started. First thing is get a mentor or preferably more than one. Don't take everything they say as set in stone but look at the logic behind what they show you and see if the why makes sense. You will have a bit of work (play) ahead of you to kick it up to the next level. I am working with a few people at the moment and when I take someone on it is usually a 6 to 8 hour session to start with to teach soft plastic basics on light gear (7 foot graphite rod 2500 reel and 4lb or really fine 6lb braid). We then branch out into slices, blades, squid jigs, spinners, retrieval techniques, fighting techniques, locations, etc. Once they have the hang of that then a lot of what we work through scales up (graphite snapper rod, 4000 reel and 15lb braid). One of the guys I worked with (and still fish with) since mid last year smugly sent me a text today to tell me he is on his 20th king for 2019. None legal but he his having fun and catching an increasing amount of species. The best part he and his mate (who I have also been working with) have been doing it on bream gear which is a real buzz. I was introduced to soft plastics over a decade ago and it opened up my fishing world again. I had what I would now consider the wrong gear and an extremely basic introduction to them but was stoked to hook and land a silver trevally on a white 2" grub. Since then I have put a lot of thought into what works and why and teaching others has helped refine what I do further. As a starting point do you have a suitable light graphite rod (2-4kg) and braid outfit? Do you know how to catch squid? In your case start concentrating on flathead. Plenty of Youtube clips out there. I am not into ultra-light jigheads when chasing flathead. I won't use anything less than 1/8oz and will go up to 1/4oz or even 9gm as it allows me to cover distance. I'm a big fan of the Berkley minnows as it is a similar profile to many baitfish out there. On a side note spend some time learning to catch squid. I put these out on a twin hook rig on 20lb gear to chase jewfish. I strip them and send them unweighted through the water column from various ferry wharves when chasing kings. There are some really good pinned articles on catching squid and look through my past posts for the advice I have given on squidding. I have also done a write up for a Michael on catching kings in the moorings. Read that if you can find it. If you are still having problems then I can probably work with you once my current pupils get along a bit further. Regards, Derek PS. What @anthman said is another good approach to improving your catch rate.
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    Boat ramp

    A mate left his plastic boat on the water for a bit longer than usual and it ended up being encrusted. I think the problem is that the surface of the plastic is porous to a degree which gives the barnacles or similar purchase. While it may not rot I'd suggest you design the system so the rails can be slipped and locked into place when required. Look for FRP (fibre reinforced plastic) rails. I used to deal with a company called Treadwell and I believe they do a number of profiles. Some of the anti-slip grating they make gets used for commercial wharves. Still needs water blasting but looks good.
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    BBay with Big neil

    Hi @big Neil I really enjoyed your company and the enthusiasm which you put into chasing the kings and I am looking forward to another fish with you the next time you get back up to Sydney. Be nice to get you a keeper next time. I was really glad that you got the king and Anthony not being able to carry out his threat to have to swim home if we didn't catch any. The half day time frame put a bit more pressure on. Of course the one Anthony dropped would have been legal - can I help it if he can't follow through on his part. Regards, Derek
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    BBay with Big neil

    Was going out with Neil on the Saturday and the Sunday and then received a text from him in the wee hours about a health scare with the Missus. We cancelled the Saturday but then as she was feeling better we pushed through with the Sunday plans. I was fortunate in that a mate with a boat was keen to head out on Sunday morning and Neil was able to come out with us. On the downside the kings were not playing at my usual spots but Neil picked up an Aussie Salmon on the baitcaster. Had plenty of squid and some livies and with a long running swell we made the decision to head out to long reef. Took about 30 minutes to get there and there were only a few other boats out there. Neil hooked up on a fish which put a lovely bend in the rod. Damn I was happy to see the flash of silver and a yellow tail when it came up out of the depths. A rat king but still a king. We picked up a few other species and it was beautiful out there. Next goal is to see him on a legal king.
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    Anyone still breathing?

    It has only been sporadic. @HenryR's shoulder was still giving him trouble and now that he has been preparing for a new course heavy in mathematics he has had to get out for a study break here and there.
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    Plastic lesson and PB Flathead

    That may be the case but I have had a few comments about the glitter scales of the Berkley plastics left on my fingers (and face when I rub an itch). At times I look like I have been sprinkled with fairy dust.
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    Anyone still breathing?

    Hi Krause, Been a while mate. I'm still getting out on the kayak in the main harbour about once per week and went out on Middle Harbour with HenryR a few weeks back which he enjoyed. Hope to head out with you one of these years. Regards, Derek
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    DIY breaking strain tester

    Hi Volitan, To what strength are you thinking of testing? You said you wanted a simple but repeatable means of testing them. Are you talking joiner knot or terminal knot. Are you talking gradual load or impact load. Can you get your hands on some say 40 or 50mm dowel and fix it in the air somewhere? First issue is that the terminal knot at the non-testing end should not be a failure point. By tying off the non testing end of the line and wrapping it over the dowel a minimum of 4 times (3.5 times according to one of professor Julius Sumner Miller's books) the friction lock on the dowel and lack of knot there ensures it should give you 100% line strength. The 40 or 50mm diameter of the dowel avoids a point load. Bunnings sells some pine dowel but you would probably need to sand it smooth. On the other end of the line get a bucket with sufficient capacity to test the line - say 30 litres. 1 litre is 1kg so you can measure in say 1 to 2kg at a time depending on the container(s) you use. Bunnings has for less than $15 All Set storage buckets going to up to 85 (or 65 or 38) litres complete with rope handles. At the bucket end you will need some more dowel which you need to connect to the bucket with some heavier cord. Add an eye of some sorts to this dowel which will simulate the eye of hook for terminal testing. If doing joiner knot testing pass the line through the eye and then wrap it the minimum 4 times around the dowel before tying off to ensure the terminal knot isn't the likely failure point. The other variation is to have a loop point in the cord tied to the bucket and put your choice of hook through this loop. This would test your terminal knot genuinely to the hook. I'd rather knot (pun intended) sketch it out but hopefully this gets you in a workable direction. It should be a pretty cheap and repeatable system. Regards, Derek PS. Make an allowance for weight of bucket and dowel at terminal end. Don't forget the soft landing for when the line breaks and you will probably want a second container to recycle the water in to. The system can be scaled up or down just by varying the materials of construction. When you do it the first time you can carefully mark the levels in the bucket in say 5 litre increments at 3 equally spaced points (120°) around the circumference to verify it is repeatable and thus shortcut the filling process.
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    molineux point landbased?

    Drove past there this week and there is a no fishing sign on the gates into the area. Also the rocks when we see them up close from the boat look a little dangerous to fish comfortably. Just pick one of the Sydney harbour wharves. Plenty of rats around. I'm up to 11 so far in 2019, all shore based and a few of them have been on the bream gear with soft plastics for the fun of it.