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Went out for a fairly quiet flats session. Quiet for what normally we have been getting into. Only one 'big' fish landed between the three of us where I eventually managed to hook into one near the end of the session.

Plenty of smaller Salmon Trout around and other life. Borrowed my Dad's GoPro and put it to use taking some nice underwater work. Need to pay more attention to making sure all drops are off the lens before using again above water as there were some nice shots spoiled by water on the lens.

Grabbed some nice screenshots from the footage taken so far but I'm currently without a laptop powerful enough to do some editing and fixing up what I've done to make a video. Stuck on a old XP machine for now while waiting on getting a new laptop.
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Video of the Tuna I hooked into when helping my dad sail back from Port Pirie.

I'd estimate about 10-15kg Southern Bluefin Tuna I hooked on 20lb spin gear trolling a Strike Pro Bara Deep in red head design at about 5-6 knots.

Unfortunately there was nothing on board suitable for trying to get it up onto the deck! My dad's boat is a sailing catamaran and the deck is a couple meters off the water with no way down to the water line. He pulled out a comically small net for the size of the fish and even that only reached the water passed under the railing lying flat on the deck.

I was happy enough getting the fish up the the boat and getting a leader touch. Hooks pulled while he was trying to get part of the fish in the net and it swam away happy enough.
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Was absolutely perfect conditions to go wade fishing on the flats today and tomorrow and since tomorrow a family outing is planned I managed to escape down today for a morning fish.

With the weather cooling down it was about time for the Australian Salmon to start showing up and today they did so!

Got to the flats at high tide about 7am in the morning and fished through to the 11:30am low. For most of the run out it was hard to find the channels since I'm not completely familiar with the area but luckily the salmon had showed up and gave their position away busting on the surface!

Was fishing a cheap popper with my light Okuma Travel force rod, Shimano Exage 1000RC, 3lb braid line and 6lb fluoro leader.

The larger salmon went quite hard on the gear I was using, managed to chase the school of big ones down a few times over the flats for some drag screaming action. As the flats started to finish draining I found the main outlet channel and fished it where large schools of the smaller salmon trout were stacked up. Took a few for the table and let many more go.

Finished up on low tide and cleaned my catch for the day before driving home for lunch.
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+Cludoews Beatnsyphas I've got expensive breathable waders from the fly fishing I was going in Europe. Depending on what I layer under them I can be comfortable in anything from +30C down to -15C no probs. Wore them while fly fishing the Baltic Sea with -7C air temps. Looking forward to doing some winter wading as there are certainly less crowds and competition!
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Mystery Corn.

Have we ever planted corn - No.
Have we ever grown corn before - No.
Has corn showed up anywhere in the garden for the previous years we have lived here - No.

So where did these spring from? Only thing I can think of is maybe un-popped popcorn kernel's that got spilled and blown there.
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Demo video showing my method of tying FG knot and finishing with a variation based on the Australian Braid or Plait double instead of the more normal half-hitches.
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I'm still very slack with posting updates for things. But here's a post about my most recent fishing trip where I managed to go fly fishing at Pilot 111 fishing ponds in Bangkok.

My work had me over there for 2 weeks and having a weekend mostly free in the city I wanted to do some fishing, having stuck my 8-weight fly rod and selection of tackle into my luggage.

I was planning on doing a self guided trip after doing some research to one of the commercial fishing ponds with Pilot 111 at the top of the list due to the range of species, ease of fly casting and English speaking operators.

However some experiences with the local taxi and hire car companies made me question that logic, so I called up Tap of BKK Fishing (http://www.bkkfishingguide.com/) who organized a short notice a day out at a very affordable rate, and meant I had a reliable English speaking transport and guide taking care of me for the day.

Leaving the hotel at 6am we had a easy 45 minute drive out to the Pilot 111 fishing ponds, luckily with the early start and long weekend we didn't hit any of the infamous Bangkok traffic that can turn a 45 minute drive in hours.

Getting to the ponds it was a very clear setup with plenty of casting space. There were already a number of people fishing and a few other fly fishers around the place.

I started out trying to catch one of the key species I was targeting, the Giant Snakehead. Fishing for these was interesting as sight casting is a major factor, this is because snakehead actually need to breath from the surface. The key was waiting for one to surface and trying to land a large streamer fly on its nose to provoke a reaction bite. Being a toothy fish a knot-able wire leader was a must and I had some from when I was fishing Pike in Europe. The morning started off slow but by the time feeding time came around where live tilapia are added to the ponds the bite was on. 

Landed a small giant snakehead and that was the class of fish I was in for for the day. No trophy snakehead for me but still good quality fish and fun on the fly rod.

After managing to get a snakehead moved on to the other species, the ponds stock in addition to snakehead Barramundi, Chaopraya Catfish, Asian Red-tail Catfish, Giant Mekong Catfish, Pacu and Tilapia which were lucky enough not to get eaten and live long enough to grow to fat to eat.

Moved on to fish the Barra ponds with a small pink thing variant fly that a friend at my local freshwater fishing club gave me for the trip. Managed to hook into a barra that gave one of the biggest fights of the day even if it wasn't the biggest fish. Managed to strip me down to the backing for the first time on my fly outfit before I got it back under control and brought it in.

Kept fishing the fly and within a couple casts after - snip - a snakehead took it off as we had switched to heavy mono leader. Being air breathers which can wiggle over wet land like eels there is no real way to keep the snakehead out of any of the other ponds so they can be encountered in all the ponds.

Moved back to the mixed ponds to try for some of the catfish using nymph fishing techniques, floating a pellet style fly under a indicator. Eventually managed to get a bite and hooked into one of the Chaopraya Catfish which put up a huge fight. There would have to be one of my favorite fish to hook into for the day for the quality of the fight they provided, and can grow to considerable size.

Then back to fishing for Barra landing an impressive fish on streamer before things quietened down again. Had some lunch before moving down the ponds to try for Pacu. These were fished with a large nymph under a popper as an indicator. Having the popper pop the surface makes the fish think something has fallen into the water and grab anything floating in case its edible. In the wild Amazon where they are from they hang out under nut trees and chomp down on any that fall in the water.

Hooked into one that gave a very strong pull away but after a short fight the line went slack, the fish had bit through the very heavy mono leader I had on. They have very human like teeth that they use for biting through things like Brazil nuts so its not a big surprise. Switched to wire and eventually hooked into another for a short time before it bent the hook and got off. That was the last we fished for them, if I go again I'll need stronger hooks and nymphs for sure to tackle these brutes!

Was talking about the Giant Mekong Catfish. Wasn't going to try for those with a 8-weight! Tap had hooked one before on a bread fly and heavier weight rod after a lot of chumming and still took hours to land. I would want at least a 11 or 12 weight with a game reel to tackle those monsters.

Had a tasty lunch in the onsite restaurant, some of the best food I had since getting to Thailand, mostly because my work colleagues kept dragging me out to western-style places. If we caught a smaller barra earlier in the day we could have had it taken straight to the kitchen and turned into lunch but the morning fishing was wrong species or too large for lunch.

Then tried for the Asian Red-Tailed Catfish. These I had seen feeding along the margins. Managed a small barra but still no luck with the catfish.

The snakehead were going off so moved over to those and caught a couple of nice fish on a large bendback streamer.

Then got a hot last-minute tip from one of the other anglers there for the catfish, the CAPS Super Minnow fished on a intermediate or sinking line. So I slapped a intermediate line on my outfit and fished it along the banks. Unfortunately no Red-Tailed Catfish wanted to come out and play. Instead I was straight into fun sized Barra and some large Chaopraya Catfish which really came on the bite with the setting sun!

Unfortunately with the fish on the best bite of the day the dying light and growing hordes of mosquitoes put an end to my days fishing. The air-conditioned ride back to the hotel was a relief after a long, hot days fishing. And my muscles reminded me the next day about spending a whole day non-stop fly casting.

Was a nice days out fishing and I can strongly recommend the services of Tap from BKK Fishing and given the potential difficulties you might encounter in Thailand without being able to speak Thai or having a translator taking a guide is really the best choice, even when you might prefer to guide yourself. I may be heading back in future, in which case a reservoir fishing trip with Tap will be on the cards.
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A successful but bit annoying days fishing today.

Was going to a spot which produced well last year about this time for a late afternoon to evening fish and almost straight away started producing again. Caught a couple of small snook quite quickly and I was planning on having some fun catching snook on metal lures while waiting for the sun to set a little more before switching over to squid jags to see if I couldn't catch a few for dinner.

Was planning on catch and release for all the snook. While fishing I found and cleaned up some floating tackle that someone had lost. A full length of line out to a float with a squid spike, but for some reason they had put a weight on the spike! With how shallow and rocky the area is they were guaranteed to lose the rig leaving a huge mess behind.

Took a while to clean that rubbish up (and score myself a new float and squid spike) and then went out and got back into the fish. Another small one came in and then hooked into something that felt a little like another small one fighting, but also seemed to have some weight to it. Got it in and it surfaced and it was really decent size snook which then did something I've never had a snook do - it death rolled onto the line winding it right up over its body to the tip and then tried to roll the tip round it - SNAP.

So that was the end of my fishing since I was fishing light with just the one rod. Didn't even got to fishing for the squid and since the snook was so tangled in my line I ended up taking it home even though there is still plenty in the freezer.

Now to try and get my rod repaired, otherwise I'll be on the hunt for a new one. 
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Collection of photos that were taken on a sailing trip I took last week.

My dad had got his boat stuck up at Port Pirie for a while so I took a couple weeks off work, one to help him sail it back and the other to make the wife happier about me disappearing for a week!

Not really good 'sailing' weather and we had to motor pretty much every day to get back but had one really good sailing day taking us right round the foot and up to Port Vincent averaging around 8 knots.

Did some fishing on the run catching lots of snook on the troll pretty much everywhere, even places you normally don't expect them such as on top of 30m of water on salmon and tuna lures!

Did a little fishing in the evening when we anchored up but not much happening in the evenings except for the last 2, first when I managed to finally burly up a massive school of bait sized tommies which is good to restock the bait freezer and second at Port Vincent where the squid showed up with half a dozen boated before calling it a night.

Managed to hit some busting tuna just near Corny Point hooking into my first bluefin on my 20lb rod trolling a Strike Pro Barra Deep in red head design. Put up a hell of a fight on the 20lb gear and its was getting me worried it was going to spool me! Eventually got it up to the boat but there was only one net on board and it was comically small for trying to get the tuna in! I was happy enough to get it up for a leader touch and while trying to get at least part of it into the net to haul it up the hooks pulled for a nice release. I'd estimate around 10-15kg.

Sailing back came across part of a flock of galah's that had been blown out to sea. They were pretty tired, almost falling into the sea. Took roost on the boat including my trolling rod for a while to get their energy back before making another try back to land.
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Went fishing at a place called Thompson's Beach on the weekend with a friend, part of a system that is collectively known as the 'Northern Flats'. A very popular place for 'crab raking' as it's known where people wade out on the flats with metal rakes, raking up the sand till they disturb a crab hidden in it to catch.

We went out there to fish however. Not a place or style of fishing I've done before. Which was an issue as we turned up at the wrong time of the tide to fish and didn't know where any of the good spots are. We were going to target yellowfin whiting which on the beaches are best targeted on the rising tide however on the flats it appears to be a different story as for most of the time we were there it was too shallow to fish and it looks like the outgoing tide is best to target them as they school up to leave.

But we persisted anyway and although there were no yellowfin whiting to be found there were puffers in abundance. Puffers are real nuisance species - ugly, small, weak, poisonous and with a sharp beak well suited to biting through lines and chewing chunks out of soft plastics.

We were fishing poppers on the surface and in the absence of any desirable fish the puffers were for me at least a welcome diversion from endless casting for nothing, particularly watching them pop up from nowhere to smash the popper on the surface. Gives me a bit more confidence using poppers and that technique in the future.

Caught about a dozen or so puffers in all and covered a good few kilometres of ground before calling it quits since we needed to head home for family commitments. And as luck would have it on the way back the tide had just started reaching the right sort of height for the desirable species to start turning up and got to see some nice specimens swimming around near out legs with no time to try and catch any!

Another time, its only 40 minute drive from my house so next time I'll check the tides and fish the run out along the channels we scouted this trip.
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My new trekking pack.

I was using a Berkley soft carry bag which just has a shoulder strap but that was awkward climbing over rocks as it would swing about putting me off balance and getting in the way. Was best for walking along banks, jetties, shorelines and such. Also only had room for my tackle so lunch and drinks had to be organized separately.

So I used some money my parents gave me for Christmas that I was going to spend on a new fishing outfit to pick up this bag that was on special instead.

It can separate into a backpack and carry bag, has 4 large trays for all my lures/tackle and a front pouch with a mini tray, rod holder on the side that takes the 2 lure rods I use most so I can go hands free. I've attached my collapsible net to the side with a magnet connection and a safety strap so its easily at hand and I won't lose it if it falls off.

Top section had a lot of room for extra gear and lunch, there is a pouch at the back for a hydration pack which I might have to look at getting and sunglasses case that unfortunately does not fit the rather large sunglasses I have since the ones I use are designed to slot over the top of my regular glasses comfortably.

Bottom section has all my tackle plus a molded EVA base that should be a good bait locker with some extra insulation and leak protection.

Tested it out on a trip down to Marino rocks throwing lures and squid jags. Quiet day for fishing, only thing I landed was one large squid, although I did get busted off by a stingray I hooked on the bottom, got my drag screaming for a little bit before wrapping me around a rock and busting me off.

The pack held up well. Only identified one major issue and that is the rod holder is on the wrong side for me. I cast with my left hand and retrieve with my right so with the rods on the left hand side behind me they can get in the way of my casting and the reel handle swings round and can dig in my back or bump my arm. Something I can work around and I couldn't find any similar bags that had the rod holder on the other side.

Going to try and do a few more rock scrambling trips soon doing some more light metal jigging so we will see how robust it will be. Certainly will make my rock jumping safer since I will be more balanced.
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Few first for the new year.

First time actually clambering over the rocks to the end of the Outer Harbor breakwater.

First snapper, got 2 of them the same size while doing some light metal jigging. Only babies but its a start.

First octopus, hit the metal just as it landed on the bottom. Bit of an oddball catch for metal jigging.

Not much else showed for the day. Saw some other people catching the odd squid and some nice schools of fish swimming up and down the breakwater but they didn't seem interested in feeding.
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After a long, long wait I got a new 8-weight fly rod from Orvis from when I broke my last one, and since they no longer make or stock that model they sent me a new Orvis Encounter to replace it.

So I took it down to Marino Rocks since I had a great session there last time. It was a little quieter but still got a few bites from snook, landing 1 of the 4 I hooked into. Need to be a lot more positive with my hook sets. Great to finally get a salt-water fish on fly though! Took a chartreuse and white clouser. 

Got to see lots of small fish while wading and many schools of puffers. But the best part was when my fly was just dangling in the top of the water as I was walking along and squid came up and had a go at it, right next to my leg. Dangled it there for a bit till it tried to eat and managed to hook it, but it got itself off pretty quickly. Might need to tie up some squid jag flies for next time...
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Nice..... Chartreuse and white clousers. The most popular here off the coast of Florida as well.
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