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  1. John

    John Devitt Threadline Lubrication

    thanks for the research. good to know
  2. John

    Best Nbn Service Provider In Sa

    I'm no expert but this is my take: Speaking to a contact of mine in NBN this week, NBN actually changed the way they package their product to retail service providers (RSPs) a little while ago and so it has effectively sorted out the cvc issue where RSPs where not buying enough and it meant users got lousy internet and blamed NBN when it wasn't the NBN but actually the RSPs being too cheap and not buying enough off NBN and then overselling it to too many customers. Basically they were not buying enough amount of connectivity virtual circuit (CVC) so that it over-allocated per NBN point of interconnect (PoI). So in summary they all should be pretty good now. I believe iinet is promoting it has been voted the best NBN provider based on surveys
  3. John

    victoria Whiting Fishing Report With Video

    great vid! nice work in the choppy weather
  4. A surfer looking to catch some waves was delighted when he got the catch of the day instead. Nicholas Smith was around 70m from shore during his morning surf at Duranbah, in Tweed Heads, NSW, when around ten dolphins surrounded him. The dolphins were hunting a school of mackerel tuna and Mr Smith was able to pluck one right out of the water. 'I reached into the water and grabbed a tuna by its tail with my bare hands, it must've weighed about eight kilos,' Mr Smith said in the Gold Coast Bulletin. 'The dolphins tried to get the fish off me, making the other surfers think it was a shark attack.' Smith managed to keep hold of the tuna and after fending off the dolphins and he caught a wave back to shore. 'Everyone on the beach found what I did incredibly amazing,' Smith said. The tree lopper then grabbed a photo of his tuna, put it in the back of his ute and took it home where he at it as sashimi with chilli and olive oil. It is not the first time Smith has caught a fish without a rod and he considers 'hand fishing' his special talent. He also takes part in drone fishing, with a video he uploaded of him and his nephew catching a 24kg tuna getting four million views.
  5. John

    First Boat Purchase...confused

    what sort of fishing do you mainly do?
  6. John

    Re-naming A Boat

    There are so many cool things out there on the net on how to rename your boat. A fairly standard one is here: or here: But I like the ridiculousness (and serious) of the one I found below: Required Items Lots of liquid spirits for the guests – soft drinks, beer, wine, rum and other liquor Lots and lots of food available for all to eat A silver dollar – the older the better Bottles of champagne for christening Red wine for blessing Ship’s Bell for ringing Planning the Ceremony / Summary You must plan to put on a great show. Show your boat that money is no object, and that you will do anything for it. Show the vessel that your checkbook is wide open. In fact, you want to make this boat really believe that you, as the newly adopted owners, will make life really terrific! Pour a round of drinks for everyone who comes by. Ring the bell to call the ceremony to order. Ring it again to make sure that they heard it. Ask your guests to give verbal comments about how nice your hospitality is. You might think this is really weird, but the boat needs to hear others rave about your generosity. Please Note: In the interests of brevity, we have eliminated some of the more obscure but conceivably important requirements which might have involved activities such as dancing about the boat with a chicken on your head, possibly naked and perhaps in violation of numerous laws, morals and regulations. Tradition and History Want to change the name of your boat? Heard about the bad luck in renaming a boat? It’s a big decision, but if done properly with due reverence there is no reason to hesitate. Some say that when a boat is named it has been enlivened, and from that time on the vessel must be treated with the same respect that we would have for a person. Renaming a boat is not something to be done lightly. Since the beginning of time, sailors have sworn that there are unlucky ships and the unluckiest ships are those who have defied the nautical Gods and changed their names improperly. Thankfully there is a way to change a boat's name without upsetting the various deities of the sea and air. According to tradition and legend, each and every vessel is recorded by specific name in the Ledger of the Deep and is known personally to Poseidon, or Neptune, the God of the sea. Thus if we wish to change the name of our boat, the first logical thing that must be done is to purge its former name from the Ledger of the Deep and from Poseidon’s memory. There are five necessary elements in this important ceremony: invocation expression of gratitude supplication re-dedication libation. The ceremony should be read with flair on the foredeck before a gathering of distinguished guests. In summary: ( details later ) First: You must de-name the vessel. Bless the former name and allow that name to go to the everlasting sea. A simple thanks for it's former service, a good-bye to the original name and a blessing for it's past service. Be sure to remove all traces of the original name. Second: You must establish the new name Ceremony is required. This is the fun part !! Here are three possible ways to Rename a boat if the vessel has no name (new or un-named ). One or more of these methods work just as well. There are other methods, but these seem to be the most commonly used. 1st method You must pour very good red wine (or champagne) on the bow and offer some to the God Poseidon (Neptune). Pouring wine into the waters of the Home Port, then saying out loud the new name, asking Poseidon to bless the boat and all who ride within. If it is a sailboat, don't forget Aeolus, the God of winds. Both gods’ blessings required. Also, the Captain (owner), crew and guests should sip the wine as well (spill and intake quantity are not limited! The gods like generosity!) 2nd method After de-naming: Scuttle the boat out of sight of land for cleansing, then re-float and rename. However, not many of us can do that one! (at least not on purpose) 3rd method Have a Virgin urinate on the bow while renaming the boat and asking Poseidon's blessing. The major problem is ........well, you can work on that one. Tradition Red wine is the wine to spill as it symbolizes the blood of a virgin (which used to be sacrificed ). In some cultures leather was used to cover boats and urine helped tan the leather. Urine was also used to "wash" away old things and to clean wounds. Since boats were thought to have souls, when captured, the soul needed to have the old wounds washed away and re named to reflect the new owners culture. The libation part must be carried out at the bow, as was the original naming ceremony. You are advised to use nothing but the finest red wine (or champagne) and to pour it all on the boat. One thing the Gods of the sea despise most is meanness; so don't try to do this part on the cheap. You should have a "de-naming" ceremony. The purpose of this is to prevent her from becoming confused about what her name really is. First, in purging your boat, you must expunge and remove all physical traces of the boat’s old name before the ceremony. This is an involved process beginning with the removal or obliteration of every trace of the boat’s current identity. This is essential and must be done thoroughly. It is easiest to simply remove the offending document from the boat and start afresh. Take all papers that bear the name ashore, including logbooks, engine and maintenance records as well as any charts with the name inscribed. Be ruthless. Remove the old name from the lifebuoys, transom, dinghy, and oars. Don’t forget the life rings and especially the transom and forward name boards. Sand away, as painting over is not good enough. You are dealing with the Gods here, not mere mortals and they will catch any error. If the old name is carved or etched, try to remove it, or at least fill it with putty and paint over it. Do not under any circumstances place the new name anywhere on the boat or carry aboard any item bearing your boat’s new name until the purging and renaming ceremonies have been completed, as this would be tempting fate! Once you are certain every reference to her old name has been removed from her, all that is left to do is to prepare a metal tag with the old name written on it in water-soluble ink. You will also need a bottle of reasonably good Champagne. Plain old sparkling wine won’t cut it. The last part of the ceremony, the libation, must be performed at the bow, just as in a naming ceremony. Two things to watch out for here: don't use cheap-cheap champagne, and don't try to keep any back for yourself. Buy a second bottle if you want some. Use a reasonably expensive brew, based on your ability to pay, and pour the lot on the boat. One of the things the gods of the sea despise most is meanness; so don't try to do this bit on the cheap. Since this is an auspicious occasion, it is a good time to invite your friends to witness and turn the ceremony into a party. You can read the ceremony with flair in front of a gathering of distinguished guests Order of Events Opening Invocation Blessing Expression of Gratitude Supplication & De-naming Rededication & Renaming Libation & Ceremonial Rituals Honoring Gods of the Winds and the Seas Christening Party Ceremony Details Opening Invocation & Blessing: Ring the ship’s bell and call the ceremony to order. “In the name of all who have sailed aboard this vessel in the past and in the name of all who may sail aboard her in the future.” “We invoke the ancient Gods of wind, Aeolus, and the sea, Neptune, also hailed as Poseidon, to favor us with their blessing today.” Expression of Gratitude: “Mighty Neptune, King of all that moves in or on the waves, and mighty Aeolus, guardian of the winds and all that blows before them! We offer thanks for the protection you have afforded this vessel in the past. We voice our gratitude that she has always found shelter from tempest and storm and enjoyed safe passage to port.” Supplication & De-Naming: Invoke the name of the ruler of the deep as follows: “Oh mighty and great ruler of the seas and oceans, to whom all ships and we who venture upon your vast domain are required to pay homage, implore you in your graciousness to expunge for all time from your records and recollection the name (here insert the old name of your vessel) which has ceased to be an entity in your kingdom. As proof thereof, we submit this ingot bearing her name to be corrupted through your powers and forever be purged from the sea” (At this point, the prepared metal tag is dropped from the bow of the boat into the sea.) “Now therefore, we submit this supplication, that the name of this vessel has hitherto been know as (old name), be struck and removed from your records and archives.” “Further, we ask that when she is again presented for blessing with her new name, she shall be recognized and shall be accorded once again the self-same privileges she previously enjoyed.” “In grateful acknowledgment of your munificence and dispensation, we offer these libations to your majesty and your court.” (Pour at least half of the bottle of Red Wine or Champagne into the sea from East to West. The remainder may be passed among your guests.) Rededication & Re-Naming: Again call on Poseidon as follows: "In return for this, we rededicate this vessel to thy domain in full knowledge that she shall be subject as always to the immutable laws of the Gods of wind and sea.” “Oh mighty and great ruler of the seas and oceans, to whom all ships and we who venture upon your vast domain are required to pay homage, implore you in your graciousness to take unto your records and recollection this worthy vessel hereafter and for all time known as ( new name ), guarding her with your mighty arm and trident and ensuring her of safe and rapid passage throughout her journeys within your realm”. Libation and Ceremonial Rituals: “In consequence whereof, and in good faith, we seal this pact with a libation offered according to the hallowed ritual of the sea.” “In appreciation of your munificence, dispensation and in honor of your greatness, we offer these libations to your majesty and your court.” Honoring Gods of the Wind and Sea (in Australia we'll need to switch around the wind gods). see the link above to The next step in the renaming ceremony is to appease the gods of the winds. This will assure you of fair winds and smooth seas. Because the four winds are brothers, it is permissible to invoke them all at the same time, however, during the ceremony; you must address each by name. Pour very good red wine on the bow and offer some to the God Neptune, pouring the wine into the waters of the Hailing Port, then use the following words to say the new name out loud and request the blessing of Neptune and Aeolus. Captain, crew, and guests should sip the wine as well. ( At this point, one bottle of red wind then one bottle of Champagne, less one glass for the master and one glass for the first mate are poured into the sea from West to East or sprayed over the bow.) “Oh mighty rulers of the winds, through whose power our frail vessels traverse the wild and faceless deep, we implore you to grant this worthy vessel (Insert your boat’s new name) the benefits and pleasures of your bounty, ensuring us of your gentle ministration according to our needs.” (Facing north, pour a generous libation of Champagne into a Champagne flute and fling to the North) “Great Boreas, exalted ruler of the North Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our lawful endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your frigid breath.” (Facing west, pour the same amount of Champagne and fling to the West while intoning:) “Great Zephyrus, exalted ruler of the West Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our lawful endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your wild breath.” (Facing east, repeat and fling to the East.) “Great Eurus, exalted ruler of the East Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our lawful endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your mighty breath.” (Facing south, repeat, flinging to the South.) “Great Notus, exalted ruler of the South Wind, grant us permission to use your mighty powers in the pursuit of our lawful endeavors, ever sparing us the overwhelming scourge of your scalding breath.” “Hail! Aeolus and Neptune!! We seek your benevolence upon this vessel, now to be knownas“ (new name)“ ”Aeolus, whose mighty hand doth charge the wind, to this vessel gentle zephyrs send, and we who sail within will bend our heads in awe and tribute, without end”. “With breath from high that maketh heaven’s breeze, to cause we sailors joy, or fear, upon the seas. We call upon you Aeolus, please – grant this ship and all its mortals, ease.” “To Aeolus!” ( Everyone drink a toast to Aeolus, pour wine into the air, ring the bell ) “O! Neptune, you spirit God of waters great and small, on this vessel, by your grace, allow these sons and daughters all, to pass from port of hailing to their port of call, and on these sailing subjects make your gentle blessings fall.” “You who cause the seas to rage or lie in sweet repose, please list’ to we mariners here, your servants of the flows. This ship, the captain, crew and all of those who love the wind and seas – will follow where thee goes.” “To Neptune!” (Everyone drink a toast to Neptune, pour wine into the water, ring the bell) Christening After a boat is de-named, you simply rename her using the traditional christening ceremony, preferably with royalty (or a pretty lady or handsome man) breaking the bottle of champagne on the bow and incanting the sacred words. The word "christening" should be a consideration when renaming. You really are not christening a new boat when renaming. It would not be appropriate to say " I Christen thee" if you are renaming. A simple "I name thee" will do. “We will now perform the Christening Reverend Jimmy ( or other name ) will provide a serenade during this part of the ceremony.” Play pre-selected song(s) from Jimmy Buffet or some other favorite, nautical selection. “Let it be recorded, that on this day this fine vessel is named“ “I name (or christen) this ship“ May god bless her and all who sail in her." Take a bottle of champagne and crack it on the hull.
  7. From the courier mail: The best times and spots to catch fish in southeast Queensland this weekend High water temperature in the shallows is forcing most fish, including flathead and whiting, into deeper water. Here’s the inside word on what time to fish and where. WEATHER We have a great forecast for the weekend with light north easterly winds predicted offshore. If you’re heading out fishing make sure you take a raincoat, we could see quite a few showers throughout southeast Queensland. Current off Point Lookout has been from the south at over three knots at times through the week, which has made fishing the deeper reefs very difficult. Water temperature offshore peaked at a little over 26 degrees through the week which has fired up a run of pelagic species in shallow and marlin on the wider grounds. TIDES This weekend falls a few days after the new moon, as a result we will have medium tidal flow, between 40-50 per cent of the year’s biggest, and tides will reduce in size over the next week. With the lack of any other major influence this weekend, solunar peaks should be well worth fishing. On Saturday we have a 75 per cent peak at 2.50am and 3.00pm and on Sunday it drop to 50 per cent and falls at 3.30am and 3.45pm. Anglers getting an early start will have the run in tide from early morning till lunchtime, the tide will run out all afternoon with low tide around sunset. WHAT’S BITING Water temperature in the shallows has been very high forcing most fish, including flathead and whiting, into deeper water during the middle of the day. The better catches have been early morning before the sun gets too high in the sky and late afternoon. It’s been a similar story with mud crabs. There’s been plenty caught but the majority have come from deeper holes, especially at night. There are a lot of anglers chasing prawns, unfortunately with very little result. Top spots this week include the Pine River and deeper holes in the Logan River. There’s been very few reports from the Nudgee grounds in the bay or around the southern Bay islands. Whiting continue to be the main catch in estuary waters, top spots include the Nerang River, Coomera River and Broadwater. There’s also been a few around Ageston Sand in the Logan River. Flathead are another species worth targeting, top spots include deeper holes around the entrance to small creeks and drains and the edges of main channels on the bottom of the tide. They will also be on the bottom anywhere there are prawns as well. There were a few better quality snapper caught in the Bay this week, the best catches have been early morning by those throwing unweighted baits into the shallows around Mud and Peel islands. Offshore there’s been plenty of pan size snapper and tuskfish on the bottom when the current backs off, especially on the deeper reefs including Square Patch and Deep Tempest. It’s the time of year for pelagic activity and there’s been a few wahoo, mackerel and tuna caught by anglers trolling the Sevens and The Group area. There’s also been small marlin caught, the majority out on the 100m line or current and temperature lines. Spotty mackerel season is in full swing with good catches on the Gold Coast shallow reefs and on the coffee rock grounds on the eastern side of Moreton Island just north of South Passage. On the freshwater scene Wivenhoe Dam continues to be a hot spot for bass with some of the best numbers and quality seen for a long time. There’s also been good numbers in Lake Samsonvale, especially for those anglers using live shrimp. Redclaw have been scarce in all impoundment with the exception of Lake Samsonvale which is producing a feed for those putting in the effort. NEWS Barramundi are back on the menu. After a three month closed season anglers can now target barramundi in natural rivers and creeks in Queensland. The closed season protects barramundi stocks during this vulnerable time in their life cycle, allowing them to spawn and replenish to ensure healthy fish stocks for current and future generations of Queenslanders. Anglers are reminded to check the size and possession limits that apply, the minimum size limit for barramundi on the east coast and Gulf of Carpentaria is 58cm, the maximum size limit is 120cm and the possession limit is five fish per person. For those fishing in some of Queensland’s stocked freshwaters, one barramundi may be taken if it is greater than 120cm. LOCATIONS Sleepy little fishing villages are one of Australia’s greatest attractions and Hastings Point, less than 30 minutes south of the Qld border, is one of those towns where there’s not much going on, but there’s plenty to do. The sheltered estuary waters of Cudgen Creek are a great place to cool off on a hot day and offer good flathead and whiting fishing in the summer months. The beaches produce tailor and mulloway, especially of an evening, and for those that like to rock hop, either exploring the marine life or fishing the headland, the rocks off Hastings Point have a lot to offer. A sleepy little village only a short drive from the glitz and glamour of the Gold Coast, Hastings Point is a great place to visit.
  8. John

    Posts Gone To Quick

    Great topic guys. The other thing is, we can't control how active the site is and how many posts are being posted. We love it when people get involved and we love it when there is lots of people posting. More content for everyone to read and more knowledge being shared! If a fishing report or a favourite topic is getting lost, feel free to jump in and make a comment to keep the topic active. I also personally like when old posts are 'rediscovered' as there is so much information on AFO and it someones take a reply from someone to bring it back to people's attention. Each to their own though
  9. John

    Enclosed Waters Boating Guidelines

    keen to see some photos, would love to explore that part of the world.
  10. lots of boats out there I like how you end the video.... oh I'm on zeeeeeeee
  11. John


    welcome to AFO Kev!
  12. John

    south queensland Stick To The Bay Or Try Cape Moreton

    What did you end up doing? Any luck
  13. John

    south queensland First Time Shark Fishing!

    that's awesome rob