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  1. Well, I've been looking at carp in a new light since there is an overwhelming love of them in different countries. I'm wondering just how much of the animosity to carp in Australia is misplaced. Some of the naturalist fishermen that I respect, I'm now asking their opinions about it all and it is proving educational. There are a few fishermen in the Department of Forestry and Fisheries that I'm talking to that don't share the standard Australian opinions and there are some environmental conservation companies that my ex girlfriend used to work for that have done some surveys in this sort of
  2. Being not quite the full moon, but close enough to it, my standard carping companion and I hit the lake today to see what having something like a plan would do for our success rates. Upon arrival we spooled up the feature finding rod with some yellow braid and then spent some time trying to figure out why the lake appeared significantly shallower than I knew it to be. Other than the realisation that it was the wrong fifty percent of the chances of rigging a float and sinker correctly, we then had to try and overcome the tendency of the jury rigged sinker of twisting the braid. Once that w
  3. I really like the first one. What camera and lens?
  4. There are a few places around the lake that look alright with the right light. I can't be bothered taking my proper camera on fishing trips, so the little Kodak Zi8, which is as cheap as dirt and can record 10 hours of HD video with a 32 gig card, gets used to see what can be achieved as a still camera. I never expected it to be anything special as a stills camera but I think that Kodak have done an outstanding job for 170 dollars. It's not my Nikon D200 with 80-200 f2.8, but it's considerably easier to put in my pocket. And with a quick solder job and a 4 dollar cigarette lighter US
  5. Thanks. I did consider one of these but Gardner make a sausage rolling table that partners their boilie roller perfectly. I was considering which one would be easier to clean, but when I saw it in action.. http://www.gardnertackle.co.uk/catalog/product_info.php/pName/rolling-table/cName/bait-making-tables the decision was made for me..
  6. In the initial time period of discovering boilies and researching their recipes, I have seen an awful lot of variation. It appears that in between the 50/50 mix of 8oz soya flour and 8oz semolina with four eggs and the other end of the spectrum with soya flour, semolina, scopex, truffles, fairyfloss and razorwire smeared with peanut butter and napalm, almost anything seems to be palatable to our finny little fishy friend. So it may be reasonable to suspect that far from being mindless picky beings, that they have some range of personal preference. So I elected to start with the b
  7. Nails, the SPOMB people reckon that they've never sold a spomb directly from their website to Australia. There is one that they gave to a friend in Adelaide and yours is via ebay, so you possibly have one of only two in Oz. (Depending if anyone else got one from their many outlets of course) The ability to dump almost any consistancy at range really appeals to me as I was keen to distribute some small particulate in the water so as to put the suggestion of food out there, without giving anything substantial to eat. It's also not going to require so much of a fast crank back either.
  8. That's the problem with so many options on what to put in bait. The list of additives and flavours is huge, so it's hard to know if you should expect almost anything to work to a certain degree, or if you could test one particular additive above all others. I sat there looking at the spices and herbs in Woolworths not four days ago wondering the exact same thing. There are so many additives that don't seem to get any press. Why can't we just attach a laminated menu and wax pencil to a sinker and take orders? In the end I just made curry boilies with aniseed and vanilla. And
  9. Aha, well you've failed to mask out all the water! So we know for a fact that it was near some! I've got the drop, chaps. Don't bother looking for Ben's secret spot anywhere where there isn't water. That will narrow it down somewhat..
  10. Yes. I caught a small 4 pounder in Lake B-G about two months ago, much to the amazement of a guy from QLD who'd happened to be camped right next to our spot. None of us had ever seen one in the flesh before and I couldn't remember what they were called. So it was a good night all round..
  11. And some people know Jack and find others intimidating, but I do actually know Karl. And we don't always agree either. That spomb looks rather interesting. I've been entertaining the thoughts of those Pelagic reels, but I bought a little Melaluka to see what they're like and so now am looking at the SW70B. http://cgi.ebay.com.au/New-Melaluka-SW70-9BB-Deluxe-Xtra-Lrg-Bait-Feeder-Reel_W0QQitemZ400136174550QQcategoryZ36164QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp4340.m263QQ_trkparmsZalgo%3DDLSL%252BPSSI%252BSI%26its%3DI%26itu%3DUCI%252BUA%252BUCK%26otn%3D10%26pmod%3D120595395540%252B120595395540%26po%3D
  12. No. I don't say so. Every single object that adopts a stable position in flight without augmented stability has these characteristics. A sinker on the back of a spod trailing a massive drag inducing fishing line won't do anything because it's pretty hard to induce a bending moment with a flexible piece of string. Next time you use a knitted wrecking bar to pry a nail out, you be sure to let me know. If a kayak were a cost effective method of distance fishing that I wanted to indulge in, I'd not be asking about long rods and play with spodding, would I? What's the cost of a kayak
  13. Since we don't have boilies just yet, (Although the ingredients and other bits and pieces are being assembled today) my fishing buddy and I have been using a modified hair rig. Any old hook on the bottom of about 15mm long. Bait it up with whatever and then putting the second hook on the line with the knotless rig. What is important is that the hook have an inwards turned eye. (Towards the point.) I've settled on a Mustad viking or 540 hook in size 10. Available from BCF in Tuggers or Fyshwick. Once you've tied your bottom hook (where a boilie would normally be threaded and stop
  14. Well, there you go. Applying oceanic thermocline issues to lakes is a mistake. It would be interesting to see if we have enough water mass and temperature differential here to get those effects. All the info is about much deeper lakes. Plus we don't get iced up which creates a thermal barrier to a certain extent. Which is good. Ice fishing kinda sucks as an idea.
  15. Interestingly enough, after reading Jerome Moisand's articles where he has been videoing carp and watching them for much longer than his videos, he reports that their "being scared away" return times are much shorter than you'd expect. Even returning within a minute if they've been feeding. Apparently they remember where the pickings are good http://carpiopedia.pbworks.com/ He's coming to Australia shortly on holiday. He said that he's visiting Brisbane and Sydney. Someone should drop him an email and take him out for a fish while he's here. Oh. tapping the spool puts the momen
  16. Nothing that can be considered power stations near water outlets in the ACT. There was an article in the paper within the last few weeks about anglers targeting small bream that were schooling in the warm outlets of power stations in NSW. The fisheries inspectors were waiting for them..
  17. Nope. It would almost be impossible to get a spod to fly incorrectly with the trailing line providing a huge stability margin. While the CG stays forward of the aerodynamic center, the difference will be insignificant. (My background is aerodynamics, amongst many other things. ) You'd take a kayak out with you, but don't want to lug an extra rod....
  18. Cold water sitting on top of warm water is a physical impossibility as long as there is gravity. You'll never find warmer water sinking. You'll find changes in water layers due to their proximity to energy sources causing the layers to mix and reorganise, but you won't find wamer as you go down. You'll find non linear changes in temperature with depth and variations, but not negative ones unless you find a thermal plume. And that's an energy source. Outlets from power stations can be interesting places to fish. And illegal in some areas of NSW lately too...
  19. HEY! Keep that quiet. I'm trying to convince English carp anglers that drop bears are a myth. You'd be amazed what you can find in perfect condition out in the scrub under suitable trees. Lots of camping gear, bicycles etc. I'm hoping for some carping equipment.....
  20. Lake Tuggeranong isn't that deep for the main part. Around Tuggeranong, a convenient way to gauge depth is with how much of the shopping trolley you can see exposed.... Thermoclines confuse sonar as well, which is handy if you're in a sub trying to stay away from the men flying around with expanding bait. I was thinking of what would happen to the storm water coming into the inlets as it would be of a different temperature to the standing water. I don't know if it would be warmer or colder at this time of the year though. Still, I expect that the carp would act like trout do. Sit in
  21. Wow. 140m... We've been discussing making a bait boat, but if I'm going to do it, I want to do it properly with redundant systems as I'm going to have a fair investment in one and we're not taking a recovery boat with us. One provision if I ever make one will be a 12 volt car windscreen washer motor so that I can piddle a ten foot stream onto on the dragon boaters that get too close. I've had 300 metres of 100lb braid turn up. I think it's a big much for fishing use but there's 200m of 30lb and 500 of 40lb stuff turning up shortly, so there will be something to suit the bill. I've j
  22. Damn. I had the point marked with google maps but obviously didn't insert it. But terminology should give it away really. One end would be the Inlet, the other would be the outlet.... I've also caught carp on fly steve. But with bead head Tom Jones. I've got bread flies but have never used them. If I bait with real corn, it's really crossing the line.
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