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  1. DerekD

    Gulps V Z man, mixing scents??

    When teaching people soft plastics and Berkley Gulp comes up in the discussions I will usually tell people that I think the concept is genius. You have an edible lure which is biodegradable. I also then point out that I would probably never buy them again though. They dry out unless kept in the liquid and if the liquid leaks out in your tackle bags you will end up rather unhappy. Berkley power minnows and power grubs I am happy to continue using as I have found them to be effective and I can leave them in my bag knowing they will be ready to go for my next fishing trip.
  2. Clever idea Waza. I'll have to try that. Thanks for sharing.
  3. I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss this rod. It isn't what you had in mind and it almost certainly won't be where you end up but if you want to get out there this rod with the rig I explained earlier should allow you to do so very quickly. A whole weekend of fishing is coming up. The mono will probably come off the reel in loops but you can straighten these by running it through your fingers for the heat of friction to take out the curls.
  4. Hi JD, Unless you have money to burn I'll suggest another approach to the blackfish to start with. Do you already have a spinning rod with 4 to 8lb line and preferably monofilament? I like chasing the blackfish when the pelagics are not around in numbers. Rather than buy gear that I won't be using all year round I use my 2-4kg bream rod. I'm nowhere as good as the people that focus exclusively on luderick but I do get my fair share if they are around. Go out an look for something called a floatstop. It is a rubber bead which transfers on to the line. This video shows what they look like and how it is done They come in different sizes but buy the smallest ones that you can which will (A) pass through the guides of the rod and (B) is still large enough not to pass through the guides of the float. The float stop should be a snug fit on the line because it acts as a friction lock. Thread this on to your mono and run it up the line about 1m. Then thread your float on. Then your sinker and then tie off to a (very) small swivel (needs to be larger than the hole through the sinker or put a small bead above the swivel). In my case I've spend some time finding a float and sinker combination which works perfectly. I bought every one of those floats I could find and a few bags of the sinkers. My floats end up being only slightly positively buoyant. The float stop can be moved up and down the line to set the depth in the water and it will cast quite well. From the swivel downwards use 30 to 40cm of 0.2mm line as recommended by @wazatherfisherman down to a gamakatsu panfish hook in size 6 (you can go up or down depending on the size of fish in the area but #6 is a nice go to). In my case I've often skipped the swivel and run the line three times through sinker for a friction lock and then the 30-40cm to the hook. The advantage of using the swivel arrangement is that you can use really fine line to give yourself the best chance of hooking the fish but if you get busted off you get the rest of your gear back. At times the line will whip around the float but all you do is wind it back up and re-cast. If you use a pendulum cast it is easier to manage the line. You want to set the height of the floatstop so that when the bait has settled in to its resting place it forces the fish to come slightly up into the water column, take the hook with weed and then turn back down, dragging the float with it. Floatstops $3, Float $6-8, Sinkers $3, Swivels $3, Hooks $6. Line you should already have. Under $25 and you could be chasing blackfish. If you find you are hooked (pun intended) then you have had time to save more money and you'll have worked out what you want by then. You can keep using the float and hooks. Regards, Derek
  5. DerekD

    boat license

    Hi Plethora, Thanks for that. As per the information you provided - on page 7 it says that "Anyone who is operating a power vessel on NSW water at 10 knots or more must have a must have a boat driving licence". My interpretation of that sentence is that need a licence if you a DRIVING a vessel at 10 knots or more. To take that further the reverse of that statement is that if DRIVING a boat UNDER 10 knots you do not need a licence. This is what @JonD and a few others were stating. The statement talks about operating speed at the time and not the speed the vessel is capable of. When I did my boat licence decades ago the advice was that for a lot of boats the speed at which it starts to plane on the water is about 8 knots. So in general if you are not planing you will not need a licence to operate that vessel. Regards, Derek
  6. Hi JamoDamo, Firstly, welcome to Fishraider. Are you based anywhere near the ocean or river systems in Sydney? I use the cabbage weed but I get it from the ocean rocks at the intertidal zone. I look for places where the weed will get flushed frequently with water but will not be continuously under water. Now if you can get down to your local FLOATING ferry wharf that waterline sometimes holds the same weed as it frequently gets hit with waves from boats going by. Quantities won't be great but you should find some. I haven't found a good source for the stringy weed which is the other go to for luderick/blackfish but I understand that water outlets with a good source of nutrients are worth looking at. Good luck, Derek
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    boat license

    Hi Plethora, Firstly, I'm curious where you got your information from as I'm with @JonD on this one. That is in NSW if you are driving a boat under 10 knots you do not need a licence. Specifically "To drive a powered vessel for recreational purposes on NSW waterways at a speed of 10 knots (18.5 km/h) or more, you need a general boat driving licence. You need a personal watercraft (PWC) driving licence to drive a PWC at any speed". See: In Queensland as I found out from one of my QLD co-workers needing a licence depends on motor power. Specifically "You must have a marine licence to operate a boat that has an engine power greater than 4.5kW". See Regards, Derek
  8. DerekD

    Central coast kingfish

    You are right, I had a ball. Great company and fun experiences. We were a bit lucky with the swell so we were able to keep the boat speed between 18 and 20 knots for most of the trip. I had a high speed trolling skirt out at times and was impressed at the speeds it could troll at. I don't eat fish so I don't worry about cooking it. I've done the hard work and I figure whoever I pass the fish on to can do the fun stuff like cooking. Seriously impressed if you can get the boat in with so little space to spare. Bluefin and Kingfish - sure your house isn't Michelin star rated. I'd like one day to catch some squid, then a king and a tuna. Would make an awesome meal combination for whoever I passed it on to.
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    Amazing underwater photos

    Keep persisting JonD - they are almost as nice as the ones you have been kind enough to share that your kids have taken. :-) Actually I was expecting to see your family in the photo credits.
  10. DerekD

    Amazing underwater photos

    Hi All, Came across a photo competition for Scuba divers. The prize winning and runner up photos are spectacular. In particular I like that they give the background behind the photos. Enjoy. Derek
  11. DerekD

    Atmospheric pressure

    One of the other theoretical points I didn't raise at the time relates to the Galileo thermometer - A Galileo thermometer (or Galilean thermometer) is a thermometer made of a sealed glass cylinder containing a clear liquid and several glass vessels of varying density. The individual floats rise or fall in proportion to their respective density and the density of the surrounding liquid as the temperature changes. Now how that relates to fish is that they could be treated like the individual floats in the thermometer. They have a swim bladder and density. As pressure decreases or increases they should natural float up or down to the point of neutral buoyancy. Unless they are specifically trying to hold position they shouldn't notice fluctuations as they would be compensating for pressure changes automatically.
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    Atmospheric pressure

    Hi Chris, I bought this up last year because thinking about it as a mental exercise it doesn't make a lot of sense. My full reasoning can be found at: Work out the maximum and minimum pressures on this planet (in my explanation) and then convert to mm water column. Daily the tides fluctuate greater than that amount. Lets throw in some waves or big swell of several metres and allow for the fact fish move up and down frequently in the water column. One of the arguments for the theory was that someone pointed out that a southerly/northerly/whatever moved in and they had one of the best sessions. Pressure change might be a trigger but I get the feeling that the light change with the clouds moving in or the ripples and waves forming on the water are more likely to be the trigger. Regards, Derek
  13. Nice report and some lovely photos. Thanks for sharing.
  14. DerekD

    Central coast kingfish

    Thanks Donna, I seem to recall you getting amongst the kings this year. They are addictive aren't they. Regards, Derek
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    Central coast kingfish

    Hi Neil, even though it is a long drive from the MIA to Sydney I hope you pencil in some time to come up to Sydney this summer when the schools move in. I really want to see you on a few more kings and hoping for some legal ones this time. When the rivers normalise I'm also keen to take you up on your offer to chase the mighty and iconic Murray cod one day. Regards, Derek