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grant ashwell
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Sailing

#1 Post by grant ashwell » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:04 pm

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I joined the Vic Yak crew today on their annual pilgrimage to SWR. Bait was scarce and decent fish even more so. I got one surface strike on a small yakka. Looking up, my line was in one direction and a madly jumping Sail 180deg away in the other. They move very quickly and I had to wind the spinner like mad to catch up. There were lots of jumps before a prolonged time where the fish used the current to sit 20m out and below the current.
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Re: Sailing

#2 Post by Ads22 » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:31 pm

So cool to see Grant! I bet they all wish it was their line, but would have been special to see you display your skills!
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Re: Sailing

#3 Post by arpie » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:33 pm

Wooohoo!! Well done, Grant - that is awesome - one of the most difficult fish to hook in the ocean!

Awesome fish - great pics! The Vic Crew have something to try & emulate! :wink:

Congrats mate

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Re: Sailing

#4 Post by rocketV » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:58 pm

:cool: just too cool :cool:
Fresh is best, but I don't mind some salt every now and then!


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Re: Sailing

#5 Post by bop34 » Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:32 pm

Grant,
thank you for showing us what SWR can produce, the fishing has been extremely hard but that has certainly made the trip. Also to be able to fish beside you and pinch your livies was nothing short of incredible.

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Re: Sailing

#6 Post by bop34 » Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:33 pm

Ads22 wrote:So cool to see Grant! I bet they all wish it was their line, but would have been special to see you display your skills!

Yep

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Re: Sailing

#7 Post by StevenM » Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:13 pm

Fantastic Grant

New Revo looks cool on the blue

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Re: Sailing

#8 Post by Paulioq » Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:53 am

great work always enjoy seeing your posts. great down rigger set up is that an alvey upside down?

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Re: Sailing

#9 Post by rocky » Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:25 am

Your a legend Grant well done, I bet all the bill fish are nervous every time you are on the water :)

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Re: Sailing

#10 Post by grant ashwell » Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:59 am

Yes Paul. Its mounted on a Scotty plate that is on a fabricated alloy plate screwed to the yak and I attached a piece of cutting board to the Alvey so that it slides in and out like the Scotty did. I find it much better as the winding plane suits me, the clutch is better and it retrieves more line per turn of the handle.

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Re: Sailing

#11 Post by Paulioq » Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:24 pm

hmm interesting I have a scotty kayak down rigger and find its use limited because it can only have a 3pound weight and the winding angle is awfull as you know. I got an old 650b alvey I might repurpose one weekend. how heavy a weight do you use. no sail fish or marlin around here but I like to down rig big dead baits at the port of Brisbane.

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Re: Sailing

#12 Post by grant ashwell » Sun Mar 18, 2018 2:15 pm

I use a 32oz snapper sinker that I modify. This works fine to 40m, the deepest I have used it. I use 50lb braid. I down rig livies for snapper and cobia too. Got a snapper yesterday that took a wired bait. Yes, the winding is so much easier on the vertical plane and can do the rigger and a reel at the same time. If you need any pictures let me know.

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Re: Sailing

#13 Post by Paulioq » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:56 pm

as soon as you said you used a scotty base plate to mount it I could see how you done it. mine has a metal body to swivel for casting so I can undo the bolt take of the real adaptor and bolt the reel bracket upside down to the base plate with some sort of plate to protrude out from between the two with a fairlead. I use 80lb braid just what I have lying around but with current in the port and see weed building up on the down rigger line it gets a woe full angle on it. always scared of loosing a clip and weight on a snag as well with braid but those snapper leads sound good also a lot cheaper then a bomb weight for a down rigger. probably not issues in open water for you. cheers for the info

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Re: Sailing

#14 Post by Freewily » Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:45 am

Nice. Very nice. :lek:
Love the sea conditions & pics.
Great to see. :grin:
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Re: Sailing

#15 Post by Paulb » Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:16 pm

Well done Grant - another trophy fish ! SWR continues to roll out surprise fish and surprisingly nice conditions.

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