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  1. On my last tacklebox cleanup, I swear I threw out more hooks than I've ever lost. Since then I've been trying to eliminate the amount of moisture that gets into my tackle trays and boxes. We get heaps of these in packaging at work, of which we generally just throw them out. I know these come with new shoes, and other dry packaged goods. So I've started keeping them and putting a couple in each of my trays. Only time will tell to see if they work. Just a tip I thought I'd share.
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  3. Bcf currently have a sale on and I picked up a kato predator spin combo for $59 the 2500 is a great value little creek rod on par with the sienna spec wise. Also in a 4500 size. See a lot of people asking about a good rod to start and I think this one is. Just thought I would throw this up for anyone in the market
  4. Have recently been cleaning up all my gear and assessing what needs doing. Several of my light end reels were in desperate need of a service, and the drag washers were like tissue paper. Previously on my high end reels, I've let the shop do the servicing and always upgraded to carbontek washers, however decided on these few reels to do it myself. Trying to find reel specific washers online was like a mine field, and weren't cheap. So I found a store that sold carbontek sheets and you cut them yourself. Seemed easy enough, so gave it a crack. $21 for a sheet and was posted in a couple of days. Small sheet, I wasn't confident in doing a neat job with scissors, so luckily I have access to a CNC machine. Measure the old washers, did up a digital file and cut them out. Perfect. Greased them and did the easy install. The drag feels smooth and responsive, can't notice any negative difference. I'm stoked! And now I still about 80% of the sheet left to do any of my other reels. I was going through the testimonials on the site, and think I'm not the only member who has had a crack at them. Wouldn't you agree @Do$tylz?
  5. Bloke from out west arrived in Townsville on the train, it was 1am, he was hungry, thirstry and bone tired. He saw a pub called the " George and the Dragon " and knocked loudly on the door. A woman stuck her head out of the upstairs window and shouted " wadd'ya want"? "I'd like a room if it's not too much trouble, madam" he said. No., she shouted. "Could I have a beer, then?. "No. Scram," she shouted. "Could you at least let me sleep in the shed out the back?" "No. Clear out or I"ll call the coppers". she shouted again. The bloke from out west said,"What about if I ...? "What now ?. the woman shouted, not allowing him to finish. "What about if I had a word to George?. Just a LAUGH..... Gary.
  6. Hey guys, I haven't been fishing in quite a while and have now been trying to clean up my fishing gear and organising it in a logical and tidy manner. Most of it is easy: lures in tackle trays (great except for oversized lures) and soft plastics in plastic boxes to group them. What I am struggling to organise are the little odds and ends like split rings, solid rings, trebles, in-line singles, trailer hooks etc. Now some of these 'odds and ends' are on vastly different ends of the spectrum. Some are bass/bream size, whilst others are tuna and after I get a new boat, I'll be looking at getting into the big GTs. I'd love to see what others do for tackle storage in general, but more so the little odds and ends?
  7. I bought a Pflueger Patriarch size 30 spinning reel, online, it arrived today. I didn't realise until I unwrapped it, but it doesn't have an anti-reverse lever?! (the little switch to allow the reel/handle to spin backwards) I've never seen this on any other spinning reel - I thought they all had one? Even all the cheap and nasty reels I've seen have an anti-reverse lever. Has anyone else used a reel like this without one? If so, how do you find it? Is it better or worse? Should I try to swap it? I do use it quite often on my other reels - e.g. to manage the line if I get a snag, to lower the lure to get weed off or clip it to the guide/hook, to let out more line once I've landing a fish etc... Thanks, - Steve.
  8. Hey guys and gals, I have a spooling issue with my new Quantum Smoke 30 that I just bought. I recently spool it up with 15lb braid and it's bulking up in the middle of the spool leaving little divots at the top and bottom of the spool. I have seen this before but normally only at the top or bottom of a spool, which is easily fixed with adding or removing a spool shim. I'm just not 100% sure on how to fix the issue I have with it at the top and the bottom. My first thought was to adjust the shims to see if tending it towards the top or bottom would corrected it at all. I need to see if it came with any spool shims, I can't remember. My second thought was to strip all the line off and spool it back on like a spooling machine would do it. That way I can lay it nice and evenly and see if that cuts down the effects. I am a little worried that I won't be able to fix it as in my mind the oscillation stroke is too short for the spool, which can't be changed.
  9. First I wanna just say merry Christmas and a happy new year to everyone. I hope you get to have a flick over the Christmas holidays. The real part of my question is, has anyone used reel oil and how did you find it? Did it improve the reel durability?
  10. Haha thanks again for the gift team. Alastair loves it
  11. Well it is that time of year were we often have a bit of shameless boasting for the benefit of reflection and vicarious enjoyment. This has been, to be honest, one of the best years yet. To state the obvious, birth of my son was a huge highlight and I will happily add him to the "best catch" category as cheesy as it may be. Furthermore with the push of several dedicated and proactive members I have seen the site, AFO, itself take on a really positive new life. This has thoroughly reinvigorated my interest and motivation to keep building on what we have here. I would implore every member who reads this both active and inactive to take a page from this as (without sounding like a broken record) interest and activity begets interest and activity. If you want a site where there is ample new content each and every time you log on it starts with you! I look forward to socials and more activity in the new year starting with the Blakesley's trip which is already shaping up to be a good one. Now on to the fish! First of all the obvious PNG trip which was great. No PB's caught for me in regards to size, but this still stood out as my best trip simply for numbers, and that all black bass I caught were on surface. A couple of my better ones. Hectic YFT sessions on the way to the rivers also made this trip a stand out. I am not heading back next year as I am looking forward to a solid year of family excursions (that will still include fishing) but I am already looking forward to the 2018 adventure! On the domestic front as well fishing was good from the day I opened my 2016 account in the Noosa Everglades. This was the first time I have fished this properly and look forward to heading back! Lots and lots of normal average stuff locally such as epic tailor, bream and squire sessions in the river mouth... Green Island was also great for squid early in the season. And my first legal jew off the rocks at Straddy. Not a monster but got to start somewhere! Another huge pleasure has been seeing my dad going from mostly hooked on fishing to completely. I have probably fished with my dad more this year than i have since I was a kid (maybe more) and now he is the one planning ideas and talking about new tackle. It is awesome This a couple of shots from when we headed to Hervey Bay and got stuck into spotties and mack tuna. There was also the crazy adventure to Jenny Lind creek were we flew in. Lots of queenies, cod, trevs, whiting, flatties and one jack completed the fishing front and the crabbing was insane with over 30 bucks caught. And speaking of 1770! My fish of the year was on our overnight offshore mission to the GBR off 1770. This was pretty special as we had never done it and were going off the advice of some very helpful AFO members. We exceeded our expectations bringing in a variety of reefies and some stand out red emps. Hardest fighting fish I caught this year. All in all, for a year that included working full time, studying, running a business and having a baby... I do not think I could have asked for much more Happy holidays everyone and Iook forward to reading some other peoples "year that was" posts Cheers. Angus
  12. I am looking at getting a new rod/combo and I love my baitcaster combo ( abu garcia black max). I am thinking of getting another baitcaster combo for when i go freshwater fishing. My question is can I do that or would it be easier to get a spinning combo for saltwater.
  13. Hi all, We are very appreciative of your patience as Australian Fishing Online was moved to a new platform. This has been a long process but a very worthwhile one to provide a better user experience for all members and guests. The site now benefits from cloud hosting with super fast performance and features a new user interface that is easy to use and looks great. The new platform provides many more features and options than the last site and so in the coming weeks and months we will be looking at incorporating or highlighting some of these. Also, there are few background items still underway and these should complete in the next day. So if you see a post with some images missing these should be there soon. You should be able to login and use the site as you always have without any issues. If you have any problems please feel free to post them in the Website Problems category
  14. Some website improvements have recently been done on AFO. This update contains lots of bug fixes, dozens of improvements, as well as a handful of new features. In this post, I want to cover some improvements that have made to two key areas: activity streams and search. Mentions Most of you are aware of the 'mentions' features, eg @AFO Admin, now there is the ability to ignore notifications triggered by particular members. The Ignore Users functionality has been enhanced to also allow you to block mention notifications. They will still be able to mention you in posts, but you will no longer be notified about it. Activity Streams The first improvement made is to change how the expanded/condensed toggles are displayed to improve their clarity. Many people did not realize the view could be changed. To improve this, the toggles now explicitly say 'Condensed' and 'Expanded', making it much clearer how the view can be toggled to your own preference. More clearly marked expand and condense options for Activity Streams Next, a common point of feedback about Activity Streams is that clicking a result and then hitting the Back button in the browser means you are put back at the first batch of results, losing your place in the stream. It has now been improved so that clicking Back will load the last batch of results you were viewing, enabling you to continue browsing from whence you left off. Finally, in the Content Types menu an Apply button has been added. This makes it easier for everyone to know how to save the selection of content types they had made (which automatically happened when that menu was closed). To alleviate this, the new Apply button will save the selection and close the menu, updating the stream results in real-time as expected. You can still simply click out of the menu to apply changes as well. The new Apply button in the Content Types menu Search While overall improvements to search (specifically the algorithms to match and return the results) are a matter of ongoing research and refinement which we will improved going forward, the latest update sees one small improvement to the options available to users. While you have always been able to search within a particular forum, category etc. while browsing that area, you were not able to retroactively filter into particular areas after performing a more general search. The update adds this ability to the interface, allowing you to get more specific results from a particular area of the community.
  15. Hi All, Apologies for today's outage. There was an issue with a payment transaction which has now been resolved. Again, sorry for the inconvenience with the downtime! Regards AFO
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  17. Apologies AFO users, the site recently had an issue with the database which needed to be repaired and always the case that it happened when we weren't able to immediately repair it. Site is back up and running and we will investigate further to try and stop from happening again. AFO
  18. For all those that have ordered AFO stickers these are now in stock and will be shipped asap and so will be arriving in your letterbox in the next day or two :woohoo: We are progressing on the tournament shirts and hope to have these ready soon as well. stay tuned
  19. Hi all. There's a new AFO comp starting in the next day or so. I have organised it with Angus and it'll be up on here very soon. You can enter from anywhere in the world and you won't even need to leave the comfort of your chair to enter and win. Come to think of it, you don't even have to catch a fish! Watch this space.......
  20. After a long absence, the AFO shop is now back up and running. After lots of requests we are selling vinyl cut and printed stickers as well as new AFO tournament shirts. As we have placed the order, you can preorder/buy now with delivery in several weeks. There is a coupon and sale valid until this Sunday to take advantage of these offers. To celebrate the re-opening of the AFO shop and the end of Winter, we are offering a coupon ENDWINTER to save 15% off all products. Be sure to get in before it expires on Sunday night. Save 10% when you buy 2 tournament shirts. Buy 2 or more tournament shirts to save 10%. Hurry as this deal only last until Sunday 22/09/13 Free shipping when you spend over $200 dollars in the AFO Shop. Visit the shop now We have a dedicated person now handling all shop orders. So we will soon have in place all queries regarding actual products answered by this person. However, if you experience any issues with using the shop or making a purchase please post in this forum category or email admin@australianfishing.com.au
  21. The Australian Fishing community has been enjoying a steady growth in members and traffic over the last year and to keep up with this we will be moving to a new server more tailored to intensive applications with guaranteed performance levels. We hope to make this transition as smooth as possible. We are sorry if there is any interruptions to the site during the course of this major move.
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  23. The Admin team at AFO would just like to welcome and thank some new additions to the Moderator team. This is a pretty much thankless job often earning flack for just doing ones job so we really appreciate the enthusiasm and willingness by these gents. Each new mod has been chosen (and thankfully they accepted) as we feel they fit the following the credentials... * Active participating members of the community. * Do not get involved in petty disagreements and child like behaviour. * Interact between groups within the site on a friendly manner and can remain unbiased * Are known and respected by the admins and much of the community. In short all the admin, me included feel these new mods will be able to execute their role (which to be honest usually consists of boring mundane stuff like moving threads to appropriate sections, inserting pictures etc), without any bias when children get bored. So without further ado... Our new Mods!! Damien (Damien2Rad) Ted (Crazywalrus) Jeremy (sehrguht) Cheers guys and look forward to catching up. Angus
  24. Not wanting to spoil any surprises, but is there going to be an 'official announcement' about new moderators for the site?