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by John Softly
Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:39 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: Beach Break
Replies: 2
Views: 1924

Re: Beach Break

Jeremy, Nice one. There seems to be as many rays down there as there are shovelnose up here. Brighton/Unitech/easy cast Trying out rods with the Unitech cast and had a surprise with an old glass Davenport and Fordham Farstrike which I brought out from the UK in '73. I have been usung a TT Sport for ...
by John Softly
Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:24 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: Monopod Rod Rests
Replies: 0
Views: 1281

Monopod Rod Rests

I thought that this one would be worth a revisit. We have been using them for the past five years and have found them to be far superior to those constructed of poly pipe. (a) They hold firmly in the sand and can be forced in fine sand by foot pressure on the lower attachment - never had one fall ov...
by John Softly
Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:03 am
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: Shock Leader
Replies: 2
Views: 1570

Re: Shock Leader

Somewhat late on this one but it's the main line (.35mm) to leader (.70mm) connection I have been using for the past 10 years and it has never failed me once. There have been occasions where I have had to break out and the main line snaps just above the knot but it has never given way in normal surf...
by John Softly
Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:08 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: Where to find Sand grabbers
Replies: 3
Views: 1323

Re: Where to find Sand grabbers

Sand grabbers or Breakaway Sinkers (after the firn which originally invented them) are available from Breakaway and Gemini - both UK companies and postage is prohibative. I have seen 2 and 3 ounce anchor sinkers in Brisbane tackle shops which were marked Surecatch and would have been wholesaled by W...
by John Softly
Fri May 08, 2009 9:52 am
Forum: Tinkering Board
Topic: Cannon release mechanism
Replies: 3
Views: 667

Re: Cannon release mechanism

The Beakaway Cannon is, as you say, a device for long distance casting which takes the pressure off the index finger and allows much more power to be put into a cast. It hadn't been out for very long before someone realised that if the leader was wrapped around the capstan three times instead of jus...
by John Softly
Thu Aug 07, 2008 12:11 pm
Forum: Tinkering Board
Topic: Reel bearings - where to buy
Replies: 4
Views: 1269

Mick,
I use www.minibearings.com.au and have found them very helpful. Situated in Mansfield - you will need to know the bearing size or take one along for comparison.
Cheers
John
by John Softly
Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:57 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: braid
Replies: 18
Views: 8753

Crafty Carp, I use the same method on small reels where I need increased capacity. On an Abu 5500 I use 150 metres of .28 mono and about 600 metres of 6 kg b/s braid. On larger reels I still use 150 metres of mono but also use a fluro mono the same diameter as the main line as a backing. Purely an e...
by John Softly
Sun Jan 20, 2008 1:46 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: braid
Replies: 18
Views: 8753

Guy's, As far as I'm concerned my post of March 2007 still holds true. Stick to mono when power casting - the sensivity and thin diameter of braid is more than offset by it's negative characteristics - low abrasion resistance and bird nesting not to mention the high cost. There are many branches of ...
by John Softly
Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:53 am
Forum: Tinkering Board
Topic: overhead reels
Replies: 5
Views: 2451

Hi Ken, The main advantage of CT reels or reels with the level wind removed is not the fact that the level wind traveller cuts distance (estimated at 5 metres on a 200 metre cast) it's the issue of thumb grip on the spool when casting. With the top bar in place there is not enough space for the thum...
by John Softly
Mon Mar 26, 2007 9:27 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: braid
Replies: 18
Views: 8753

On an overhead - forget it. I use 150 metres of mono (half a 300 m spool for economy reasons) and braid as a backing. Braid is much more managable on threadlines. As far as I'm concerned the detrimental low abrasion properties of braid far out weighs it's percieved sensitivity properties - We are ta...
by John Softly
Sat Aug 05, 2006 4:23 pm
Forum: Tournament Casting Forum
Topic: kilwell pendulum 1
Replies: 7
Views: 2817

I believe that the Pendulum 1 was originally named just 'Pendulum' and has been around, in one guise or another, for a long time. I am led to believe that it was originally based on a Zzippy NG3 but which was owned by Tim Allard. It has more poke than the 222 and will power cast 6 ounces whereas the...
by John Softly
Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:13 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: rod biulding eqiupment
Replies: 7
Views: 4709

Glen, There are (or were) stand alone rollers on a stand and a rotisserie which were all the same height . I purchased three sets of rollers and the rotisserie about 25 years ago and they have helped build about 50 rods. The rollers are big (about 50mm) and had a base which could be clammped to a ta...
by John Softly
Wed Jun 28, 2006 8:49 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: Melting nylon line.
Replies: 6
Views: 4184

Fishcaster, Found this snippet in a old QFM file - written when Low Riders first came on the scene. I did buy a set of LR's but didn't wrap a lower size than a #12. The stripping guide is a #20. Many casters, especially those who grass cast, have been critical about using mono with LR's but I have e...
by John Softly
Wed Jun 28, 2006 8:37 am
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: Melting nylon line.
Replies: 6
Views: 4184

The pic is of one of the guides in question supplied by Fishcaster. I would certainly replace the guides or standardise on a line which leaves no residue. I wouldn't expect too much from a mono which cost $5 for a 1/4 pound spool. On re-reading the thread I see that there are 6 guides (originally 7)...
by John Softly
Sun May 28, 2006 1:43 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: Breakout/wire grip sinkers - tangles?
Replies: 4
Views: 3491

Hodad,
Try using a swivel trapped between two beads for your paternoster snoods. The snood line can then twist on two planes without tangling.

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Cheers
John
by John Softly
Fri Apr 14, 2006 8:13 am
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: Penn 535GS: Can it be bought in Australia?
Replies: 8
Views: 5946

Emaze, Things have gone quiet here abouts. May liven up once the tailor start to run! Whilst I still have many of the reels I used in the 60's and 70's they rarely get used these days mainly because of their slow gear ratio. All of my modern reels have ratios between 5 and 6 :1 and although they lac...
by John Softly
Thu Apr 06, 2006 9:15 pm
Forum: Tinkering Board
Topic: bridal rig help
Replies: 2
Views: 1777

Use an elastic band rather than cord or string.
Top Catch used to do very good bait needles where the 'lacky band could be placed in the open eye and the eye closed with a lever like arrangement. A bait can be out of the live bait tank, rigged and in the water within 10 seconds.
Cheers
John
by John Softly
Fri Feb 10, 2006 8:30 am
Forum: Tournament Casting Forum
Topic: 1974 pendulum
Replies: 10
Views: 4730

Peter, Thank you. Your concept of casting history is only surpassed by your ability to cast record distances. Documentation is so important. If it weren't for Harland Major would we know about the exploits of Primo Levenais? The little snipets such as the information about Peter Bagnalls Spanish cas...
by John Softly
Fri Feb 10, 2006 7:29 am
Forum: Tournament Casting Forum
Topic: 1974 pendulum
Replies: 10
Views: 4730

G'day Peter, Thanks for your input on this one - I know that you have an interest in the history of the sport. I can see by the sequence photo's in Harland Major's book that the OTG cast was pretty well advanced by the late 30's - and there is no doubt that Primo Levenais was the best ever. My copy ...
by John Softly
Wed Feb 08, 2006 8:55 pm
Forum: Tournament Casting Forum
Topic: 1974 pendulum
Replies: 10
Views: 4730

Peter Bagnall was the English guy who was responsible for the Abu Atlantic 484 and what, in 1969, was called the 'Zoom' cast. The 484 was sent to Peter as a prototype salmon rod and was based on an American, party boat, Conolon blank. It had a duralumin butt, a metal ferule, hard chrome rings and th...
by John Softly
Tue Feb 07, 2006 8:55 am
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: fishing line
Replies: 4
Views: 3657

Personally I do not use braid and - Yes - it does have pro's and con's when using it in the surf. It's two advantages are thin diameter to tensile strength and it's low stretch properties. The disadvantages are it's thin diameter when using it on overheads - requiring larger brake blocks, a heavier ...
by John Softly
Tue Jan 24, 2006 2:53 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: Penn 535GS: Can it be bought in Australia?
Replies: 8
Views: 5946

Magging old reels (long)

Bob, I have a Speedmaster II and a Penn Jigmaster which I modified to magnetic control and the modification worked well enough. I did an article on the subject - way back - and you will have to make do with a cut and paste witout the pix. "Over the years there have been overhead reels who’s only dra...
by John Softly
Tue Jan 24, 2006 10:58 am
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: Penn 535GS: Can it be bought in Australia?
Replies: 8
Views: 5946

Bob I have seen a couple of 525 Mags in retail stores in Brissy but never a 535GS. If you have to go the UK route you would probably be better to get a 535 Mag rather than a straight GS. I have 3 x 525 Mags - one slidey and 2 knobbies and they are great reels. The only criticism I have is that they ...
by John Softly
Thu Jan 19, 2006 8:30 am
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: how to post photos
Replies: 4
Views: 3076

Ken,
Youy also have to reduce the size of your image. Your pic in the rod rest thread is 167kb where it should be between 50 and 60.
Cheers
John
by John Softly
Wed Jan 18, 2006 1:20 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: Rod Rests
Replies: 16
Views: 10396

Guys I think the point is being missed here. The primary reason for the Paul Kerry style rest is that it's main function is to hold the rod all the time not as a temporary holder when baiting up etc. The Zippies, Century and Conoflex rods are too heavy to be held for any length of time and when anch...