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      1. Thinking about getting a big Quantum Cabo 120 spinning reel, don't really need it but as X'Mas is coming up fast I thought I wouldn't mind having a big spinning reel, and my darling wife is going to get me one for X'Mas but she doesn't know it yet! Does anyone here have one or used one, and what were your thoughts regarding it? They seem to have enough grunt and reasonably built, I can't justify getting one of the big brand reels at 2 to 4 times the price of these, seeing as it will only ever be used in a blue moon! Thoughts anyone....Good, bad or indifferent? Cheers Ed.
      2. @Old Scaley sent me a link the other day about spotted mackerel. The season is almost upon us. I also followed a link to an article on schoolies. Trolling was the main thrust of the articles. I realised I needed a new rod for trolling to pair with my Penn Fathom 25 2 speed reel, so hit up the tackle shop yesterday and selected a locally made Live Fibre 8-15 kilo rod as well as some trolling accessories. Now we just need to get some decent weather to get out there and test it all.
      3. I'm looking at getting a rod to put yabbies on to catch Whiting, and also use perhaps as a topwater lure rod, mainly for the flats. The brand I like offers two I like one is 2-6kilo 6"6 long the other is 1-5kg 7 foot long, I would use 4-6 kilo line, I'm leaning to the 2-6 one as a good all rounder, does it really matter that much the extra length, I'm intrigued, cheers for any help guys.
      4. I fish with lures, so use braid. I want to set aside a rod with lite gear for my ten yr old, and was going to just run lite fluro 4lb,and put yabbies on for him, also I could use it to try topwater,, say put some mono leader on. Is fluro OK ran right through, or should I use mono, cheers guys
      5. Today I was having look to see if I could spot some bargains I found this website named Team I was looking around the prices seemed normal I spotted some reels on discount first a daiwa BG for $110 and 2 Stradic Ci4+FB reels for $150 at first I fought they might be having this discount because their now older generation reels and a lot of the other reels were around normal price but I was little unsure now because they were quite cheap .I searched the website to see if I could purchase something through pay pal anyway on the way there I seen a daiwa exist 5000 for $500 AU that was when my common sense kicked in I was 99 percent sure it was a scammers site after that I then done some research took me less then 5 seconds to find out For sure it was a scammers site I’m a little disappointed cause sometimes Rarely though deals like this happen the best/cheapest tackle store I’ve found that’s %100 legit is hot tackle A quick reminder to be careful when buying rods and reels or anything expensive on shady online tackle shops
      6. Just went out and bought a 300m spool of 10lb braid thinking it's only a low profile baitcaster 300m should be plenty. I was wrong I think it needs at least 100 - 150 meters more to fill the spool.
      7. I'm wanting to find the name for a 3 piece Jarvis Walker rod circa 1975 ish, It is solid black fibreglass rod and came in 3 sections. Once piece was a reversible handle with cork grips. The idea was the shortest glass section connected in one end to form a very short boat rod or the two glass pieces connected together and connected into the other end of the handle assembly. It needed the reversible handle to do this as it needed two different sizes for the glass pieces depending on how it was used. I don't have the rod with me right now but I think it was about 7-8ft in length maximum. Anyone know the model name of this rod? I've looked around but can't see it on the Internet anywhere. Is there a Jarvis Walker online fishing rod museum anywhere?
      8. If anyone’s looking for a decent lure/general purpose graphite rod combo around $100 that’s actually decent and not a plastic reel with 2 bearings and a sloppy thick slow action graphite rod then check out the Shimano viper XFG rod with the the Shimano sienna FG went into BCF today picked up some more jig heads and plastics as I’ve got birthday gift card and I have some saved money from earlier in the year so I can afford my jig heads leaders plastics ETC anyway I’m pretty keen to get a graphite rod around 3-6kg I had look around and what suited my budget Of around $100 picked up the sonic pro rod wasn’t really a fan wasn’t to bad but their is better for the price had a look at a few other rods until I found the shimano viper XFG rods for the first time in my life I had found a rod that was good as a Aird X or something around that price range that came with a decent reel to . So sometime soon I will buying the 3-6kg model it’s something over 7 foot a 2 piece rod with a nice action that comes with a decent reel all for $110 only $10-20 more then a aird x rod and cheaper then buying a sonic pro and a sienna separately what more could you ask for .if anyone is looking for a general purpose rod with a decent reel that you can use soft plastics and bait for while on a budget check out the shimano Viper XFG combo or even if you just need a spare rod I don’t think you can beat it for the price all you need is a bcf club card and make sure it’s on sale price usually is. not atm but usually is .
      9. I’ve recently got a job at maccas starting work there in a matter of weeks just done the interview yesterday and got the news through emails today that I got the job . I’m keen to get a bigger reel for jewfish snapper Tuna and sharks I have a 6-9kg rod I tested on decent sized sharks up at the Whitsundays and it done the job I was using that with a cheap reel with cheap line and it was always the reel that would give or line/terminal end And sometimes I got spooled because I had only had like 100m of 20lb mono and 30m of 50lb mono on top I was wondering if a 5000 size Stradic would match up with a 6-9kg daiwa RZ the Stradic would be spooled with 300m of braid or Gliss around 30-40lb I’ve found out what match’s well for me with light setups 1000-2000 size reels for 1-4kg rods and 2500 size reels for 2-5kg but not so much for heavier setups so what do you think will it match well? and any other advice I would appreciate
      10. Is this a good brand and price? Cheers Katrina
      11. Was cruising around a tackle shop this morning and spotted an alvey baitcaster so I ask the owner to hand it over . Felt like a great little reel 8 bearings, 8kg drag , 7:1 gear ratio, reasonable line capacity and cheap to buy $269. I'm thinking I should go buy it and grab a new live fibre blade and tails to sit it on. It will be the first all Australian combo i've ever owned. Has anyone in here bought 1 and tried it out ? If so , are they a ballsey reel ?
      12. Looking to install some railblaza attachments and accessories in the boat. If anyone has installed them. How have you found them?
      13. I know this might sound like a little bit of a silly question but I have a shimano stradic FL 1000 that’s been through quite a lot past this 6 months but has held up excellent it’s smooth as the day I bought it and feels and looks the same I just need to put some oil in the bail arm to keep it functioning well I was wondering if daiwa reel oil is safe to use on the Stradic I know some reels don’t go well with certain oils
      14. On the last stop On my trip at Coffs Harbour I visited mo tackle and spent a hour looking at as much as I could and noticed the Symetre reels with a rod but they were green and slightly different but very similar I assumed mo tackle were the only ones that stocked these as the black Symetre were discontinued I’ve heard these reels were super good before they got discontinued I heard a few of them had manufacture issues and I think that’s why they got discontinued. Anyway today I went into my local bcf and seen this same combo with the green Symetre reel soon as I got home I looked up the Symetre combo and their $200 everywhere and their pretty new the reel features 3+1 bearings like the Sedona and has line propulsion management and G free body I tried looking everywhere for more info on this reel . But basically I’m pretty sure it’s a cross between the Sedona and sienna it’s basically the same as the old Symetre but it’s now green with a different drag knob and has a handle similar to the sienna FG with a Eva/rubber handle and XT7 body but unfortunately no hagane gear .so in essence Im pretty sure it’s a sedona FI and sienna FG hybrid it’s better then the sienna FG but not as good as the Sedona but pretty similar note you can only buy the combo not the reel which is weird . So yeah to All those people who really loved the Symetre is back just in a different colour and the rod isn’t to bad either but for $200 I would’t recommend it for $200 I would get a sedona FI even though I’m pretty sure there gonna bring out a new one in 2021 and a daiwa aird x 20 rod . They upgraded the aird x rod’s their not that much different to the older model. I’m glad their making decent gear more affordable now the gear available now is a lot better then a year or 2 ago
      15. Hi All Thought I would set up this topic so I can ask all my Newbie questions about tackle here. You guys are like my encyclopaedia of fishing. First questions are: 1. Is it stupid to put a lighter trace on a heavier line and leader? 2. I use the albright to tie my braid to my fluro leader. Is this still okay to tie mono line to fluro. 3. I understand Braid is considered better than mono (I tend to agree) - but under what circumstances is mono better than braid (if any)? 4. I use a clinch knot for all my other terminal tackle (3 and 1/2 turns). It has been strong and very rarely failed as far as I can tell. My braid has snapped more than my knot failing. Given that should I be using a different knot?
      16. Haven't been fishing for a while but deciding to get a new setup, just wondering if I am on the right track. Just fishing saltwater lake shore/jetty and looking at mainly bream but also keen on flathead, been playing around and quite like soft plastics Zman Grubz etc. Looking at going lighter this time as that seems better suited for Bream on plastics? Something like the Shimano Catana 7" Xtra Light 1-3kg rod and Shimano Sienna 1000 reel combo, will this be ok with heavier flathead also? The next jump is the Shimano Catana 2-4kg rod and Sienna 2500 reel combo Also looking at around 4lb braid and have some 6lbs fluorocarbon leader already (shoulder leader be heavier or lighter?) Is this light enough for bream but can handle flathead also on soft plastics?
      17. Today I was at a shopping centre/mall and found a small sports shop with a bit of everything from cricket to footie and skateboard gear I found a fishing section and spotted Some Gliss in 4kg and 6kg and a few other heavier Kg ratings I seen the price $12 for 150m and it also had a little sample piece I felt it and it felt very similar to X8 braids I’ve have heard of Gliss before and I remembered it having very mixed opinions anyway I bought because it was cheap and super thin and also because it was different/unique type of line i bought the 6kg/13lb line I will spool it on a Shimano sienna 2500FG when I buy a viper combo I have to wait for the combo to go on club price at bcf before I buy it though . Has anyone had any experience with this line? Also sorry for always posting stuff in the tackle section of the forum lmao I need to take a break from the that side of the forum for a bit to let other people post stuff more often lmao
      18. I pulled the old diawa out wondering if I should take it to someone to have it repaired or just throw it at the next jet ski that comes to close. It's caught some great fish . But it only lasted 2 years the spool goes up and down but the bail doesn't spin is this fixable or should I just bin it ? Was thinking it could be a good spare reel if the Stradic turns out to be a dudd. 20201017_064303.mp4
      19. I’ve noticed after using reels for awhile anywhere from 3/4 months they get geary . I haven’t had this issue in my Stradic and my legalis lt Nero . My theory is that the main gear pinon gear and oscillation gear get worn out to the point where they start to making that horrible geary feel . Note the reels still spin the same but the actual feel of the reel is different . All reels that have done this I’ll list below shimano cazna 2500 FA .Note this reel has been out for like 10 years now and is outdated. today for the same price you can get a sienna FG. I still use this reel but not often . Also the drag is kind of broken On this reel so yeah that’s annoying I only used it like 6 times and then one day I went to use it and the drag was worst then those $5 kids rod reel combos . I didn’t even abuse my drag I didn’t catch a single fish on that reel that went for massive runs Abu Garcia black max 2500 . Note not my reel but one of my friends reel he had for like 2 months and it feels pretty geary we swapped combos one time fishing for like 10 minutes and the reel felt horrible .the reel feels silky smooth brand new Jarvis walker Kmart plastic reels no surprise here Daiwa aird lt 2000 amazingly smooth for like 3 months then goes down hill after that applying grease helps it . But does not fix it still feels geary although I still use this reel fairly often shimano FX 1000 the white one not the new black and gold one. This reel was the first reel I used when I actually learnt how to fish after ditching my Kmart gear which caused me 2 years of wasted fishing time. %95 of time I didn’t catch anything using the Kmart gear and if I did it was undersized .anyway the shimano fx felt amazing compared to my Jarvis walker gear and I loved it and actually started catching fish with it after 3 months the bail arm broke but still worked it just wasn’t snappy anymore and after 9 months it was pretty geary and then that’s when I got the aird lt and cazna . I still keep the little silver spool for sentimental purposes . The reason I threw it out was because I tried to fix the gearyness and the bail arm with some tools and some cheap non reel grease and I couldn’t pull it apart and the parts I did pull apart I couldn’t get back together. This was before I knew anything about spinning reels . Pulled this Apart after I bought the aird so I think it’s mainly cheaper reels but I was wondering what everyone else thinks . And what experience other people have with geary reels
      20. I have a 2500 shallow spool Nero legalis with 150 yards of 8lb braid spooled on it I was thinking Of matching this with my aird x 2-4kg rod and using it to target big flathead around that 80cm + range I would be using a FG knot to connect the 8lb braid to a 14lb FC leader . I caught a legal sized jack near Structure on the same outfit just with a different reel . 2000 aird lt with 100m of 10lb braid with a FG to 20lb FC and it handled it fine only 2lbs heavier .the jack picture below . So yeah what does everyone think about this setup will it be enough
      21. Today I went to some Sunday markets because my parents wanted to go . Anyway I managed to find a market stall with some fishing gear there . There were some cheap junky rod’s leaned against a table and next to that table was a box of fishing reels all the reels in there were cheap abu Garcia Jarvis walker okuma etc Reels I spotted a shimano 2500 reel and quickly picked it up and gave it a spin and it felt fine it was a shimano alivio 2500FB which is like if a shimano cazna and a hyperloop had a baby I seen the price tag $15 . And it was the best value reel in the box it just needed a bit of a clean out . Anyway I bought it and the person selling it .gave it to me for $14 anyway not long after that I found a much bigger market stall full of fishing gear there was heaps of gear there rods reels lures hooks etc I seen heaps of people walking around with rods at that market because the guy there had a rod rack full of rod’s but they were just fibreglass baitfishing rods not thin graphite or anything like that . There wasn’t any reels that looked good either there was a few lures that were good prices though .i found a small packet of some old school squidgie lures in silver fox but there wasn’t any price tag I asked the person who owned the stall how much they were he picked them up looked at them and just gave em to me for free. I was pretty happy and thanked him very much lmao . Anyway when we got back I cleaned the drag stack and spool as it was full of dirt and sand after that I cleaned the handle that also was full of dirt and sand . I then opened the reel and sprayed the gearbox with RP7 spray to wash the old grease out after I got all the old grease out I dryed all the gears and added some grease and put it back together and it was good . But i decided to give it a bit of a twist . I managed to fix my cazna drag the other night it wasn’t perfect but it was now ok I swapped spools and now the alivio spool is on my cazna I also swapped handles the alivio handle is on my cazna both reels felt instantly a little better . I reopened the cazna one last time to try and fix the gearyness or atleast help it as it would be too geary to use for fishing anyway. I found out why it was so geary somehow there was some liquid mixed with grease probably oil or something I sprayed the cazna gearbox with RP7 and greased it just like the alivio and put it back together and is so much better now infact it isn’t really that geary anymore just vibrates a little bit and is now smooth . shimano alivio $14 reel I bought from the market Shimano cazna after fixing the gearyness and adding some parts from the alivio that I like
      22. Read about this project in the Bush and Beach magazine. Recycling bottle tops into crab pot floats, crowd funding campaign to make the moulds.
      23. So today after avoiding learning the FG knot for a year or 2 I decided to learn it and fished with It .used my rod and some pliers to keep the braid tight so I have 2 free hands to weave the braid without putting it in my mouth FYI the braid I use has a toxic coating so best not to do that but I’m not sure how toxic it is It’s j braid x8 . Anyway each knot has taken me about 4-6 minutes to tie but as I get better at it . I’m sure it will be a lot quicker . note this is my first impression of the fg knot I’ve only used it today pros . It’s strong when tied probably caught a bunch of saltwater catfish today and they put a lot of pressure on line doing big runs. It’s thin like super thin casting is a breeze even with 12-20lb leader it flies straight through the guides on small 2-4kg rods just fine . With knots like the GT knot or double uni this would be very problematic and you would normal get wind knots even with my triple finish Alberto you would still run the possibility of wind knots with heavy leader and light braid . cons can be tricky to learn depending on the method you chose theirs multiple ways to tie the FG . FG knot can be only be used with leaders as strong or stronger then the braid.ex 6lb braid nothing under 6lb leader. not sure if this is %100 legit for all braids but I’ve heard someone say it overall this knot is strong thin and simple to tie . In terms of strength and thinness it’s close to the triple finish Alberto but not as thin when you start going with braid over 10lb . I a tied Fg knot with 6lb and it was slighter thinner then the triple finish Alberto . I also tied a fg with 10lb braid and 20lb leader this was where a FG knot I think is best used if I were to use a triple finish Alberto with 20lb leader and 10lb mainline it would be strong but it wouldn’t be no where near as thin . I will probably be using this knot along with my triple finish Alberto depending on the fishing I’m doing but I highly recommend learning it because of how thin it is and how simple it is to tie it can take awhile to tie but it’s a very simple strong knot
      24. Was sitting at home bored so I thought I'd buy my Mrs a decent combo cause the pink okuma combo she has is crap. I have pulled up on good spots dozens of times and watched her get smoked because she was under gunned . For a couple of years now I've been trying to talk her into upgrading but because she thinks it looks nice she wouldn't have a bar of it. Looked around down my local tackle shop and ended up digging out a nice live fibre , then Pete (the owner of my local ) starts handing different reels over the counter so we tried them all on the rod and I settled for a Penn spinfisher . Turns out she likes it better than the okuma . Didn't break the bank got change out of $400 and she got a tough little combo. And at the end of the day I got that crappy okuma off my live fibre stand.
      25. Ok by now you guys are probably sick of me always posting tackle related threads . But I’m interested if anyone knows of any decent cheap 4000-6000 reels under $50 will probably get $30 pryml shadow reel from bcf if I don’t find anything . Usually I would get a sienna 4000 but it’s a bit extra