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by TwoSpoons
Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Level 3 Fishing or not.
Replies: 20
Views: 1223

Re: Level 3 Fishing or not.

I wonder what the definition of "keep close to the shoreline" is. 2km?
by TwoSpoons
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Whitebait
Replies: 4
Views: 1120

Re: Whitebait

Thanks for posting the link. I wouldn't have known about this petition otherwise.
As with all our fisheries, its clear they have to be managed properly or we risk losing them altogether.
by TwoSpoons
Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Interesting first trip - surf plus newbie
Replies: 9
Views: 1494

Re: Interesting first trip - surf plus newbie

Funny, I've been sideways to a 1m+ wave and stayed up, but been flipped by a 30cm swell that surfed me when I wasn't ready for it. Thigh straps can make a huge difference to control in the surf - I had them off when I got flipped.
by TwoSpoons
Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: FF battery always flat?
Replies: 12
Views: 2623

Re: FF battery always flat?

Yep, never let an SLA go under 11V. They will permanently lose capacity after that. Lithiums are the same but worse - which is why they have built in protection to prevent over-discharge. You can keep an SLA on trickle charge (13.8V) more or less indefinitely, so its always ready to go, and in top s...
by TwoSpoons
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Newbie - auckland - what helped when starting out?
Replies: 23
Views: 3485

Re: Newbie - auckland - what helped when starting out?

  • Knowing where to go.
  • Realising that you actually need very little gear, so just taking the essentials and ensuring they are easily accessible while fishing.
by TwoSpoons
Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: Li-ion batteries and electronics question.
Replies: 24
Views: 4568

Re: Li-ion batteries and electronics question.

Most likely you have a bad cell(s), and the pack can't supply the instantaneous current needed to drive the transducer. With sounders there is likely a large difference between the peak power draw and the average power draw. When the transducer is pinged the power needed could easily be several hund...
by TwoSpoons
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: Li-ion batteries and electronics question.
Replies: 24
Views: 4568

Re: Li-ion batteries and electronics question.

Your battery pack is a fire hazard. You have no protection circuitry, no cell balancing, mixed cells of unknown capacity ( being used ), you have the pack wired wrong and you tried to used a lead-acid charger. :clap: Protection / balancing : requires a device called a BMS (Battery Management System)...
by TwoSpoons
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Weather limits
Replies: 7
Views: 2017

Re: Weather limits

As a point of reference, i will fish in 2' chop and 20kt wind. Though I'd prefer that wind to be onshore at that level, so the ride home is easier when your're tired. 10-15kt offshore generally makes for a nice day out - smooth water, not hard to paddle against. Don't underestimate cold or wind chil...
by TwoSpoons
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fish by tides of by light, what’s your opinion
Replies: 8
Views: 1843

Re: Fish by tides of by light, what’s your opinion

I've always found the best time is when the tide starts running. My PB snapper (10lb) was caught at about 11am. But thats at Orere. NN may be different.
by TwoSpoons
Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone tried these batteries/power packs?
Replies: 9
Views: 2133

Re: Anyone tried these batteries/power packs?

Based on the stated weight, typical Li-ion energy density (190Whr/kg), and allowing for 100g of it to be plastic case and electronics, I reckon the 15Ahr is from the 5V, and is probably optimistic. Bank on the 12V being closer to 6Ahr.
by TwoSpoons
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Reviews
Topic: VHF radio - reviews wanted please
Replies: 4
Views: 2279

Re: VHF radio - reviews wanted please

Waterproof is not an option - its mandatory! Look for a JIS-8 rating.
5W is also mandatory.
Floating is not really necessary, as you should have your radio tied to your PFD.

I've had a Lowrance LHR20 for about 8 years - still going strong.
by TwoSpoons
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: CCTV or hidden camera enquires
Replies: 10
Views: 2285

Re: CCTV or hidden camera enquires

Most cheap CCTV cameras fall down with the quality of the lens. Theres little point in a 10MP camera if the lens is fuzzy, distorted or low contrast.
by TwoSpoons
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: That sinking feeling ...
Replies: 4
Views: 1342

That sinking feeling ...

Beautiful day at Orere. Got there 7:30, because I just can't do pre-dawn any more. During setup I find my battery connector is corroded into uselessness. Well, its has been a year since I've been out. Guess I'm fishing blind then. No worries, I know roughly where the fish are at Orere. A slow mornin...
by TwoSpoons
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: For Sale or Wanted
Topic: Non return scupper plugs
Replies: 6
Views: 2133

Re: Non return scupper plugs

I put a non-return valve in my scupper, but it rapidly starts leaking as bits of sand or seaweed get in it, and stop the valve flap from sealing.
by TwoSpoons
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Roof Rack Set up advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1833

Re: Roof Rack Set up advice

I have Prorack wispbars, which I installed myself no problem. Drilling the rivet holes in the car roof was a little nerve wracking though. Seem to handle the load without issues. I also have a bow rope permanently attached to my kayak - for use as a front tie during transport, and as a tow rope shou...
by TwoSpoons
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Bloody sore bum
Replies: 7
Views: 1968

Re: Bloody sore bum

I had a similar issue, so I made personalised seat. Worked a treat.
http://www.kayakfishingnz.com/forum/vie ... 12&t=2015
by TwoSpoons
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: Biodegradable balloons
Replies: 4
Views: 1189

Re: Biodegradable balloons

Make a float from untreated wood?
by TwoSpoons
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Is 7'9'' too long jak fishing?
Replies: 8
Views: 2730

Re: Is 7'9'' too long jak fishing?

I just dont get the 8ft rods at all :^) Agree. Largely they are canal rods, will throw a light jig head (think 1/8 oz or less) a long way, but there's hell to pay in a kayak for that length. Its just the mathematics of them, they are gutless in the hook set and generally are a laggy rod. Someone in...
by TwoSpoons
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: Cable and Clam Glands
Replies: 16
Views: 4532

Re: Cable and Clam Glands

I'd be a little concerned about seal failure around that connector. The gaps between the washers mean there is no pressure on the gasket at that point, a potential leak point. You'd do better to replace the washer with a single piece of hard plastic or plywood to mount on the inside of the bag. Four...
by TwoSpoons
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hang kayak with pulley
Replies: 7
Views: 1903

Re: Hang kayak with pulley

I did something similar, but the spreader bars are linked and the kayak sits on rope slings hanging from the spreaders. I use a single steel cable with a cheap boat winch to lift everything.