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A big hello to all i have been browsing this forum for quiete some time now and gained lots of useful info and thought it was about time to join up. i pedal around in a hobie outback and mainly fish the hawkesbury and colo rivers for bass and estuary perch.
 

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Welcome gaza79 to AKFF. A most helpful and friendly forum. Love your choice of kayak! I bet it handles those huge river estuarys just fine. Always keen to see pics if you get the chance to post some. Steve.
 

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hi Steve i just love my outback but as you probally know you spend half your fishing time explaining to people what it is and how it works. at the moment my outback is pretty standard in the set up department as i use the humminbird smartcast as my sounder which is surprisingly a lot better than expectedand saves the set up time that would be required with a conventional sounder. i can also use it land based which is a real bonus. will try and post some pics of my outback soon.
 

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hi Peril i have done a few trips of late at north richmond. the water temp is down to 12 degrees and as you would know most of the bass a lot further down stream for spawning so the fishing has been pretty slow but there is still some bigger fish around if you put in the effort. i have been using jackall chubby shallow runners in shrimp pattern with success when almost all others have been unable to tempt the winter bass.
 

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gaza, there`s nothing wrong with the basic outback setup thats for sure. I`ve been looking at buying a ff myself for my outback. Leaning towards the Navman4430 fish. A real basic entry level 4 grey scales ff. Got a geal good reputation for being simple to operate and near bombproof. Just what I need! Good to hear your opinion about the smartcast, I`ve been wondering how they perform. Do you just tie your transducer off to the side of the outback?? How detailed is the screen? Steve.
 

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gaza welcome mate, good to have you with us.

Had my first peddle of the Outback owned by Jake last weekend and they are certainly an incredible concept.

Very interested in following your bass exploits [and tips] so keep us posted
 

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hi dodge ill do my best with the bass fishing tips but im gathering that you being in the sunshine state you mainly fish impoundments which is a bit more complicated process than rivers especially in winter when the bass are holding deep where quality sounding equipment is a must to find thermoclines and where bass are holding. not like the rivers where persistant shoreline casting into snags nearly always pays off.
 

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Steve i just tie the transducer off to the side about level with the rudder.I dont know if you are familiar with the pirahna series from humminbird but i had a max 15 in my boat which is the middle of the range and similar to the eagle cudas and i would say that the smartcast was comparable in detail to those units. The only negative with the smartcast would be that the depth and temp are only in feet and farenheit which is a bit of a pain for me.
 

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Welcome Gaza. I was out at Richmond two weeks ago for a friend’s birthday. I haven’t been there in years. It's still a great place. Love the pubs.
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome guys. Rawprawn did you get a chance to wet a line while you were here?
 

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No but I have a mate who lives in Windsor and has a property at the Upper Colo with it's own lagoon. The lagoon supposedly holds some good bass.

I fished it once from a canoe without success. But that was partly due to the number of beers we had had during the day and the amount of noise we where making :roll: 8)
 

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Hey Gaza, I must have missed this posting earlier, welcome to the fold mate.
Cheers,
Jake
 

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Unfortunately, due to the change in ownership of this web site and the lack of response by the owners to my requests to remove my email address from all administrative-level notifications and functionality, I have decided to remove my posts on AKFF. Thank you for the great times, the fantastic learning experiences and the many many fish. If you are desperate for the old content of this particular post, it is available below base64 encoded and bzip2 compressed.

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Thanks guys. Jay what area do you mainly fish in your yak we will have to catch up for a fish one day.
 

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i hav fished the grose river before. yeh we will hav 2 catch up when the weather warms up.
 
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