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by John Softly
Mon Oct 31, 2005 2:26 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: castin'
Replies: 14
Views: 7062

Ken, The inverting method is the correct one which works OK if you have a stack of magnets. Never assume that the factory got it right placing the poles in the correct sequence; invariably Penn 525 slideys will have the poles all over the place. Here's what I have always done. Get a piece of polysty...
by John Softly
Thu Oct 27, 2005 7:30 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: castin'
Replies: 14
Views: 7062

Ken, NSNS or SNSN in a row of small magnets as in the Mag Elte or the 525 slidey. Knobby reels and conversions usually use one big magnet. The Americans have tried the aluminium stuck to the side of the spool but with little success. This was done on Newell reels. Your experience of the over run occ...
by John Softly
Thu Oct 27, 2005 4:10 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: castin'
Replies: 14
Views: 7062

Ken, Perhaps I didn't make myself clear - you can only do a magnetic conversion on reels with aluminium spools. Here is an extract from an article I did for Saltwater Sport Fishing on the subject:- "The introduction of neodymium rare earth magnets have opened up new horizons in the area of overhead ...
by John Softly
Wed Oct 26, 2005 4:03 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: castin'
Replies: 14
Views: 7062

emaze, I grew up with Penn Surfmasters and Beachmasters and Mitchell 602A's - all good reels in their time but they have their limitations. They didn't have aluminuim spools(you can't mag them), any braking system and, by todays standards, they are painfully slow. Even the ABU 6000c is still a servi...
by John Softly
Wed Oct 26, 2005 2:02 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: castin'
Replies: 14
Views: 7062

Ken, You do not have to compromise distance when surfcasting with an overhead. Your reel must be tuned and made to suit your casting style by either or all of the following methods:- the correct viscosity oil in the bearings, the correct brake blocks fitted, the correct diameter line for the size of...
by John Softly
Mon Oct 24, 2005 1:43 pm
Forum: Tinkering Board
Topic: Daiwa drag washers
Replies: 3
Views: 1841

Try Jack Erskine in Cairns - he has the smoooothies for just about every reel. If he hasn't got your particular model he will require ID and OD of the washers and AFAIK he doesn't have replacement metal washers for brands other than Abu and Penn.
Cheers
John
by John Softly
Thu Oct 20, 2005 12:45 am
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: Commercial clip downs
Replies: 8
Views: 6378

Now for some rocket science! Clips such as these are minefields for rig makers. http://img464.imageshack.us/img464/4558/stationaryclips017lt.jpg One assumes that a normal one hook paternoster is constructed, the baited hook placed in the clip and ‘She’ll be right’. She won’t be right because there w...
by John Softly
Wed Oct 19, 2005 6:45 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: Site for clipdown rig ideas
Replies: 2
Views: 2326

Whilst there are some excellent rigs on the Dutch site many are too involved to be practical and there are some which IMHO won’t work. As stated in a post on another thread – a clip down rig must eject the baited hook 100% of the time. Fish won’t take a bait which is clipped to the rig body! Either ...
by John Softly
Sat Oct 15, 2005 2:47 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: Commercial clip downs
Replies: 8
Views: 6378

Commercial clip downs

Apart from the Breakaway Impact sinkers there are two major gizmo's on the market for clipping down baits for distance casting. The first, and original, clip down is the Breakaway Impact Shield. This ingenius little device works 100% of the time and it is the product that the whole Breakaway company...
by John Softly
Sat Oct 15, 2005 1:56 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: Clipdown rigs on the cheap
Replies: 5
Views: 5061

The new forum has gone straight to the sharp end of surfcasting and to someone who casts a ball sinker on an Alvey it may all seem like rocket science. The initial threads on the board are to do with distance in the surf and to get distance the baited hook has to be clipped down so that it flies out...
by John Softly
Wed Oct 12, 2005 11:26 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: Sinker moulds
Replies: 3
Views: 4550

Thanks for that Rod. Gemini standard sinkers are available in Australia, or were, and AFAIK they still are. The cones, tails and wires are imported and the lead is poured out here. A guy in Gosford makes them in sizes 3, 4 and 5 ounce but they retail somewhere in the region of 4 to 5 dollars. Very r...
by John Softly
Wed Oct 12, 2005 8:49 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: breaking the ice
Replies: 11
Views: 4528

Roy,
DCA of Cardiff went out of business but there is a mould source in the UK for breakout sinkers. Rod Bolton will no doubt give a detailed reply on where to get them when he reads your reply - he has the up to date UK magazines. You could try Veals or Mainwarings.
Cheers
John
by John Softly
Wed Oct 12, 2005 7:09 pm
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: Rigs/tips for casting yakka’s …
Replies: 7
Views: 4672

Welcome Mothy, My experience with rock fishing is pretty limited but I did do some serious land based game back in the late 70's. This was off Kirra rock when there was very deep water on the north side. Kingies were the target, live yakkas and butter bream the bait. Fairly light floats with the yak...
by John Softly
Wed Oct 12, 2005 6:00 pm
Forum: Tournament Casting Forum
Topic: Changes to QFM Forums
Replies: 26
Views: 11815

Last Post (long)

This is my last post on the subject and should anyone wish to continue flaming on the Surfcasting board be advised that posts will be deleted and the poster ultimately banned. I am still at a loss why the initial argument started. I did post that I thought that promoting level line casting on a fish...
by John Softly
Wed Oct 12, 2005 9:31 am
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: breaking the ice
Replies: 11
Views: 4528

Hi Guys, The link from the main sinker to the plastic sinker needs to be flexible so that the lighter sinker breaks out first. Here are a some breakout sinkers from my tackle box. Breakaway, Gemini and home made. http://members.ozemail.com.au/~softly/sinkers.jpg I have no trouble in breaking out und...
by John Softly
Wed Oct 12, 2005 8:27 am
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: WELCOME
Replies: 3
Views: 2826

WELCOME

This forum has been created for discussion of all things relating to fishing from the shore. As moderator I will endeavour to answer questions (if I have any idea of the answer) and, I hope, as time goes by there will be other contributors to the board with greater knowledge than I who will share th...
by John Softly
Wed Oct 12, 2005 7:38 am
Forum: Surfcasting
Topic: Board Rules
Replies: 0
Views: 2333

Board Rules

Please read below: BOARD RULES: 1 ) Have Fun. 2 ) This is a Gentlemans / Ladies board. Behave in such a manner. 3 ) No flaming / trolling (badmouthing / trying to pick an argument)....Strictly Enforced ! 4 ) Keep it fishing/technique/equipment related. 5 ) If you must post a message which is not fis...
by John Softly
Thu Oct 06, 2005 7:02 pm
Forum: Tournament Casting Forum
Topic: Changes to QFM Forums
Replies: 26
Views: 11815

Leigh, I am not saying that you didn't do the hard yards - what I am saying is that without the initial controversy between Scott and myself you would still be casting level line. You would have probably eventually fell into the fact that leader/pendulum casting is world practice but it's my conside...
by John Softly
Thu Oct 06, 2005 12:21 pm
Forum: Tournament Casting Forum
Topic: Changes to QFM Forums
Replies: 26
Views: 11815

Thanks for the kind words Andy. I will keep an eye on the Tournament board and post if I have anything significant to say. I have very fond memories of my day at Huntingdon and although I didn't cast all the UKSF members were very open and friendly. My lengthy conversation with Terry Carroll was par...
by John Softly
Wed Oct 05, 2005 7:50 pm
Forum: Tournament Casting Forum
Topic: Changes to QFM Forums
Replies: 26
Views: 11815

Thanks Jeremy - if memory serves me correctly you were one of the original posters enquiring about Kiwi blanks and Breakaway gear. You guys have now got to find a venue equal to Davidstowe - well above sea level, where the wind blows a steady 30 knots on a calm day and with no geographical structure...
by John Softly
Wed Oct 05, 2005 11:06 am
Forum: Tournament Casting Forum
Topic: Changes to QFM Forums
Replies: 26
Views: 11815

Changes to QFM Forums

This board, at present, is called a 'Distance' board and as such tournament casting is only a part of distance casting. Originally there were posts on technique, rigs, rods and reels, tripods and holders, in fact the whole spectrum of surfcasting. Unfortunately things have changed and the board now ...
by John Softly
Wed Aug 31, 2005 8:33 am
Forum: Tournament Casting Forum
Topic: Welsh IMEX Casting Comp
Replies: 1
Views: 707

Welsh IMEX Casting Comp

Results and pix of the IMEX International casting comp held in Wales 28 and 29th Aug

http://www.nickaway.com//welsh083005.htm


Cheers
John
by John Softly
Fri Jun 03, 2005 8:06 pm
Forum: Tinkering Board
Topic: SLOSH HELP
Replies: 6
Views: 2142

Roger,
Be careful with the anti reverse dog. No grease or oil on this as it is inclined to stick.
I have schematics but no scanner - next time I take Ebay pix (I'm selling a lot of superflous reels) I'll try and remember to photograph the SLOSH schematic for you.
Cheers
John
by John Softly
Fri Jun 03, 2005 6:32 pm
Forum: Tournament Casting Forum
Topic: TG Rocket Fuel & Quantam Hot Sauce
Replies: 5
Views: 2442

Rolandrolo, Here's another perspective! Whilst the advice given by Andy and Scott is stirling from a tournament aspect there is still a lot to be said for Rocket Fuel for the ordinary surf caster who is casting 100 to 120 metres into the surf - with clipped down baits. The following is from an aticl...
by John Softly
Tue May 03, 2005 9:05 am
Forum: Tinkering Board
Topic: Tinkering with Millioniare
Replies: 12
Views: 3656

For cleaning and tuning see
http://www.fishingmonthly.com.au/softly/index.html
Cheers
John