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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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Been looking at buying a fishing kayak as I would prefer something that I can easily take out by myself anywhere and doesn't cost a fortune in fuel.

My daughter is agrees with this idea, was almost impossible to get her out of them. Still haven't finalized what I would be getting but with budget constraints looking at something entry level to learn in but still capable of taking a little way offshore in the gulf to the seagrass beds and inshore reefs. Would like to get something before my long-delayed holidays come up.
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My last set of pictures from Finland. Was there for my last trip with the end of the project in April-May and managed to go out a couple of times.

When I arrived in the country again I wanted to go out the first weekend I could to go fishing, naturally, but all my gear was stored in the project managers apartment and he was still out of the country! I only had a small selection of lures that I had not seen in Finland and wanted to give a go, a selection of Shimano Waxwings and Blade lures.

Ended up going to one of the local stores I frequented (Wirginia Oy) and filling a hole in my collection picking up an Okuman Travel Force ultra light spinning rod (3-16g casting weight) and matching it to a Shimano Exage 1000RC spinning reel with quick adjustable fighting drag.

Took it down the river and within 5 minutes, bam, was onto a feisty sea trout taking the small waxwing in trout color I was throwing.

Went down the bottom of the rapids and started throwing the blades around and was getting good hits. Only thing that stayed on though was a tree branch full of lost lures I nicknamed lurefish. Ended up taking more lures home than I started with, just needed to replace all the rusty hooks.

Unfortunately straight after that I started having the line snap the minute any tension was put on it! After checking I found one of the ceramic guides on the new rod had failed with the ceramic sheering off half of the ring leaving a sharp edge. Unfortunately the store where I got it from had just closed, and being Finland almost nothing opens on the Sunday. Which means I didn't get to fish for most of the weekend in the end anyway.

Did a couple of other outings, one walking all the way along the north side of Lauttasaari island covering about 15km of water throwing lures for pike, sea trout or zander but without even a single hit for my efforts.

A little more successful was a trip out to a lake that was recommended to me. I wanted to try and bait fish for Tench, having never caught one and the lake being a good location to fish for them, but ended up catching nothing except some small perch on worms when I tried them. Threw some lures around there as well and found a location I could reach by wading along the reed line where I got some very nice hits from pike, managing to land only a small one however on a spoon.

And finally the weekend before I had to leave for the final time I headed out with Mikko who I did my previous pike fishing courses with and we headed out for a bit of float tube fishing for Pike scouting out a new location he was considering taking the course out to when he was running it next.

Was a great day out float fishing, and hooked a pike very early on the fly. Spat the fly unfortunately and that was about my luck for the day. Mikko kept on hooking nice pike and the area was full of action with some great spectator action of seeing pike leaping clear out of the water as they ambushed bait from below and lots of splashing along the reed edges where it looks like some were still spawning.

Was also throwing large soft plastic swim baits around and getting some good hits on them but no hook ups for me. Mikko landed a few nice pike on them. Then one of my flippers became dislodged and barely staying on to my foot so I decided to break for lunch and land the float tube pronto before I lost it completely.

And with my run of bad luck as the boat was landing in a hurry, SNAP. The tip of my fly rod had caught the ground and bent in a way it wasn't supposed to  and snapped right off. That was the end of fly fishing for me so I spent the rest of the day unsuccessfully chucking lures.

The scenery and wild life was fantastic though and was a great day out fishing regardless. Got to see a wild moose on the way back standing by the road as well, a change from the kangaroos I see back home.

That was the end of all my fishing in Finland. Was a bit sad leaving the country for the possibly last time I would be there. Hope to return again one day, if not for work definitely for a holiday. Would love to take a camper-van and go for a road trip up into the countryside proper through up into Lapland, across into Norway for some of the fantastic trout fishing I've head can be found there, utterly neglected due to most the anglers going there to chase salmon.
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Down the snowy road... what was that light in the distance?

Had this green/blue beam shooting into the sky every night from somewhere.
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It's an art installation first shown in 2012.

http://www.hel.fi/hki/kulke/en/news/blue+line+glows+above+union+axis
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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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Have done a little fishing lately, trolled up some small salmon trout in the Port River around Garden Island and dropped some baits for more salmon trout and puffers.

Went sailing across the gulf with my Dad for a trip, but only things biting were small tommies and a couple Pt Jackson sharks which are nuisance fish since they don't fight and are not worth eating. Great weather for sailing though and got to see lots of dolphins escorting us both ways.

Had a great afternoon down Marino Rocks though. Took my waders letting me get out past the inshore rocks that would have snagged my up otherwise and chucked a metal slug about getting 4 very nice 50-60+cm snook in half an hour before I decided to switch over to squid jigs and got myself a few squid to go with them. Have to go back again sometime and see if I can do as well again.
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Since I've been back in Australia I had an old voucher for a fishing store to use up.

Bought myself a Baitrunner reel to chase some of the larger fish in the area such a snapper and mullaway but is also not overkill for chasing the larger bream. And a selection of saltwater flies since I don't have any materials to tie the myself at the moment. Hopefully will get a change to go out and use them, been kept busy with house, garden and family. Plus absolutely terrible weather with thunderstorms rolling through kicking up huge winds.

Also sent my rod off to Orvis for a replacement since they no longer make/stock the streamline2 series that I bought. Not under warranty unfortunately but they are still replacing it with one from their encounter series cheaply for me. Need to wait up to 6 weeks for it to get back to me though.
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Having such a technologically focused culture that has developed in Finland I shouldn't have been surprised to see Bitcoin vending machines in Helsinki's central railway station.
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With all the fishing that I get up to, when I was passing through Singapore airport I decided to let them get their own revenge.

Had a 30 minute 'fish spa' with them nibbling my feet and a 10 minute neck massage as part of a package. Was very ticklish and my feet were covered in red dots from their chewing.

Was a nice way to relax between the 12 hour flight and the 7 hour one though.
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