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Had a family picnic at Bamoral beach and it was a great opportunity to try my freshly install Scotty downrigger :D :D



The day looked good early on. We got there around 7.30 to find plenty of parking, no wind and not a cloud in the sky. Sea looked flat and I was eager to get out there and give my downrigger a dip. :eek:



Early on, there were more kayakers on the water than stink boats :shock:
Saw 7 or 8 yak fishos trolling and bait fishing.
Trolled some deeper diving lures (7cm) in pilchard and gold colours...
Quickly got the hang of my downrigger and noticed the bomb I had bought was way to big
:? :roll:
I weighed it when I got home and was a whopping 1850 grams !!! :shock:
Need about 750 grams only I reckon.
I also fiddled with the release clip, trying different sensitivities and was surprised how easily the line came free with the smallest fish.

here is a pic of the Scotty downrigger (mini Lake troll model)



Anyway, caught 3 tailors between 40 and 45 cm before I had the chance to reach some deeper waters with my new toy.
I saw a couple of yakkers trolling at high speeds and picking up a couple of of beauties..
As I was there to try my toy and not to chase tailors.. :lol: I headed for
10 mts + waters.
Caught about 5 pinkies only just making the 20cm mark. Release clip worked a treat.!
Dropped the bomb to 15 mts and had and immediate strike ! :D



:x not what I was after but these buggers can pull some line when they get their heads down. Caught 5 in a row all the same size about 45cm.
Noticed they had mangled all my trebles on both lures and decided to turn
around.



Crossing some shallower waters, without downrigging, I managed to land
3 decent flatties. The biggest went 56cm and put up a good fight.
Took a few snaps and released unharmed.



As the day progressed they stinkboats and sailboats came out !
There must have been a regatta or something with hundreds of them on
the water.



It was a good day in all, learnt how to downrigg and also that I need a smaller bomb.
Here is a map of how and where the fish were caught.



:D :D :D

cheers

Steve
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Great stuff Steve , love the downrigger. Been thinking about doing that for a fresh water comp i have in november.
 

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Way to go Steve, looks like you had a better day of it over there than we had outside. The downrigger looks the business, be good to have a try slow trolling a bridled livey. I've fished a fair bit from the land around where you caught the pinkies, and I've always been surprised at what you can pull out from there. I'm keen to have a go in the yak now.
 

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Congrats on a top report Steve and a successful one at that. Love the look of your new toy, am in the market for one myself. Rude to ask what it set you back??? Steve.
 

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thanx mate

checked around and found $229 retail
$199 best price over the phone...

went online to check US prices
$89 US :shock:
anyway got it where I got my fishfinder
$100 US shipped in 9 days :D
 

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Killer report Steve and what a great selection of fish you caught. All the Blue Fish point fish must have headed around the corner to Balmoral. Well done on a nice result!

Forgive my ignorance but what is the theory behind the downrigger? What does it do and how? Isn't it just like a rod and reel or does it perform some other function in a different way? It is obviously designed to catch fish right?

It also appears as if it sits behind you. Is it awkward to use back there?

I would appreciate your thoughts.

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sure thing Red..
not to sure myself how to do that so I'll leave it to you..

Occy:
the pics are hosted on imageshack.us, and you just copy and paste the link
they give you onto your post. Its real easy, even I can do it 8)
I prefer the look of these types of post (like Holy Mackeral's reports) rather
than the normal forum setup... where you have to click on the image to see it
bigger...
I know it makes it a bit slower, but everyone's got broadband these days, right :?:
I'm keen to get back there myself mate, you can catch all sorts there..
would be good to catch up with you again....
need to revenge our Longreef disaster...

actually I caught this strange thing.. :shock: what the !!

what on earth is this ????

JT:


Basically it puts the lure or livie down where the fish are....when trolling
you attach your line to the weight with a release clip
and drop your weight down to the depth you need
when the fish strikes, your line is released and its ON!!
It actually sits just behind the rod holder and is quite easy to reach
(easier than things in my crate)

hope this helps

cheers

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:p Hey Steve

Xlnt report mate wat a top day and as Occy said graeat photo's. I dont know what that ugly fish is but I caught one in the Bay last year on the old mans stink boat and they are :twisted: looking little buggers.

:D fishing Russ
 

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I know it makes it a bit slower, but everyone's got broadband these days, right :?:
That would be funny if it wasn't so frustratingly wrong. I live less than 8km from the CBD of a major regional centre & right next to a major industrial area and cannot get broadband. My only chance of getting Telstra to pay attention to my requests for broadband would be to switch my internet service over to BogPond, still wouldn't guarantee I'd be able to get it.

I still keep putting in the requests though...
 

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A great haul and mixed bag Steve, top points! Love the downrigger set up :wink: :D
 

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I don't read the posts of a few members because they constantly post many photos in this way! I wonder if I am alone.
 

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Thanks for that Red.

Only thing I'd add to your guidelines is to keep externally linked photos to 800x600 pixels.
 

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Great report Steve!!! Love the downrigger. I'm getting one. Now.

The back up you provide Red is truly awesome. What the hell do you do all day to earn a crust coz your boss must be oblivious to your real occupation?

Cheers

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