Schrader

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  • About Me:
    Married with 3 grown children - mad fisherman & distance casting fanatic.
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    Shore based fishing, Spinning and Hunting
  • What I do for a living:
    Manager Purchasing & planning - Motor vehicle manufacturing company
  1. Well , finally got out for another cast on the field with the new rod though I did take it out for a fish on Thursday evening. Whilst I didn't get any fish I was very happy with the way was performing sending the 150 gram pulley rig out with ease. The were a few small bites and I was very happy to see these reiister on such a powerfull rod. Getting back to the field casting I was happy to get out again and this time round took a wider grip with the rod and this helped me get it more under control , though I feel I still need to change things around a little more to get her to sing , the distances were very pleasing and consistent but next week will be were the distances will be formally registered during out comp next Sunday. Here is the video footage, comments , suggestions or questions all happily welcomed. cant wait for next week :D
  2. With the prospect of the weather holding off a little and the desire to use the reel for fishing I decided to head down to Mornington pier for a shot at picking up a pinkie snapper or anything in general though with the barometer well down and not looking like improving in the short term I wasn't overly confident. I decided to match the reel up to my 12' Century Tip Tornado Low Diameter Super match as well as taking down my HPR Super match which I would mated up with my Penn Torque 100. Conditions were not the best regarding the wind direction with a West North Westerly pushing into the wall; this dictated that I needed to be casting the 150 gram leads with the pulley rigs and small Pilchard bait that I was using. [img= I was very pleased with the way the reel performed from a casting perspective and with the standard bearings and oils and with only the break blocks removed, I had no problem at all casting into the headwind. The shorter LDSM match the reel very well and I was very pleased with the overall balance of the combination. I did find that the small handle and drag knob made it a bit difficult getting the rigs up and started and will therefore be fitting the large sports handle and star drag to the reel. http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/3471/p1020034j.jpg] ( The two set ups in my tripod ) It was a quite session and other than a bit of amusement with some Yak fishermen having a bit of drama with one of there crew flipping his over and it looked like he lost a fair bit of his gear, hopefully that wasn't the case but from where I was it looked like his rod and other bits had gone to the bottom. [img= ( One of the Yak fishermen who had the misfortune of flipping ) The fishing was slow for just about everyone and other than a few undersized pinkies and Calamari that were taken by a few of the anglers nothing else was registered whilst I was about. The weather was kind however and other than a few very brief light drizzles the rained did not eventuate. http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/8349/p1020035p.jpg] ( The pier wasn't crowded thanks to the threat of rain & strong winds ) Getting back to the reel, I found it to be very good and was very pleased with the way it sat on the rod though I was using a sliding reel seat made up with a Fuji Deluxe pipe winch which I have modified to be adjustable. I am a little nervous about using metal coasters on the reel as I don't want to mark the excellent finish on the reel foot. Still I will be using the reels with coasters as that is what I have on all my field rods. Well it will have to wait till next week to get into a few fish - Hopefully :roll:
  3. Despite the lousy weather we are having over here with the rain and variable winds, I couldn't help myself and decided to set the other 555 up as a field reel. Initial set up isn't anything major just a simple removal of the ratchet cog from the left hand side of the spool and cleaning the bearing and then placing a small drop of tournament oil on them. The reel like the fishing one also had the break block but these too were remove. As I wanted the reel for the lighter weights , i.e. 50 to 125 gram I had loaded it with 0.28mm Ultima Distance and then set it up with a 0.70mm shock leader , though once I got to the field and put it on the rod I realised that it was a tad short for full blooded casting. The rod I matched it too was my Zziplex ZTi as this is relatively slower loading action to my usual Centuries, the reason I decided on this was that I have to slow myself down allowing the ZZippy to bend up as it does this a lot more than my E1000 or TTR and with the rain I wanted to avoid the risk of line slip. I was only casting with the 125 gram weight and had the reel set on full mags initially, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised at the way the outfit went out and was then hoping that the rain would stop at least for a short time so that I could hit it a bit harder. With the standard mags and the reel set at max there were no problems with the reel, therefore I started backing the mags of till it started to get hairy when the setting was around 5. It was at this stage that I found that the fine 0.28mm line can just get caught between the spool and frame though it was easy to get out and be back into the casting. Distances weren't anything to right home about but as I mentioned at the beginning of the report that was due to the shorter than desired leader and the inclement weather. It was good working with the reel and once again its smooth gear mesh was appreciated. Best distance for the session would have been around 210 meters and I am really looking forward to getting some better weather where I will then match the reel up to my Century E1000 or HPR TTR. For tomorrow I have planned to head out for a fish in the morning and hopefully the weather gods are a bit kinder and I can get some video footage as well as some still but this time I will be running the fishing set up matched to one of my Century Super match rods. More updates to come :mrgreen:
  4. Well I must say that there is a big smile on my face thanks to a very good friend who though I needed a few more toys to add to the collection. To that end I just received not one but two Akios 555 SCM reels. [img= I first considered getting one of these after seeing the various articles and videos that have been coming in from overseas and was pleasantly surprised when first Chas got one and then a few of the South Australian contingent. My luck was even better when Don visited from Hawaii and brought his along for the Australian Championships. It was here that I got to see the reels first hand and have a play with tem and must say was very impressed with the feel and quality finish that was displayed. As you can see in the photo's the reels come standard with mag adjustment , smaller star drag for casting and a very comfortable double paddle handle. Also included with the reels is a larger sports handle as well as a larger star drag for those preferring the more traditional style. http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/6351/p1020033k.jpg] ( Here is the larger sports handle and star de=rag as well as the other bits that come with the reel ) [img= As I intend on matching at least one of these reels to my Century TTLDSM rods either with the 12 or 13 footer depending on whether I am bait fishing or spinning and wont be loading it with line heaver than 0.31mm ( 15 pound) and most likely only 0.25 or 0.28 mm ( 8 to 10 pound ) I wont be fitting the larger handle in the short term . If I use a faster shaped lure when a bit more cranking speed is require I may then change this train of though. As you can see I have already loaded the reels with line ( Ultima Distance ) which is what as I use for both my field work as well as for a lot of my beach fishing but unlike a lot of people I have made no attempt at changing anything on the reels other than to balance up the spool tension so that it has only a small amount of play. Other than that both reels are as they come from the box. It was pleasing to see the tight tolerance between the spool and the frame of the reel as you can see a little bit clearer in the below photo as I have had trouble with a few reels were the finer lines get caught between the spool and the frame. Hopefully the field and beach sessions that I am planning with these will show that this isn't a problem http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/9552/p1020024j.jpg] I have taken the reel down to my local oval this evening and tried one of them (aka the one with the shock leader on it ) and was very surprised at the level of control that these reels have though I feel that they are a bit over braked for my liking but 100% safe for a fishing reel straight from the box. The casting weight of choice on this occasion was the standard blob floats that I get Via Chas that weight in at around 60 grams which make for a good approximation of the size of lure that will be mainly used by me when using these reels ( targeting Salmon ) down here in Victoria. Also from a safety factor I know that they max out at around the 150 meter mark due to there shape. I did a number of cast slowly starting with the mags on full and progressively winding them off, well all I can say is that at no time did the reels even look like playing up and I feel that this is due to the simple fact that they also run with the centrifugal break blocks fitted from the factory. I will most likely take them out and rely solely on the mag setup as I do with all my other reels fitted with them. The fit and feel of the reel was very good and the meshing of the gears was smooth as silk which I appreciate a lot in quality products. However time will tell if this remains the case after a good stint out on the field and on the beach. The retrieve speed was good even with the small handles and I feel make it very sweet to use with the spoon type lures that I hope to be flinging around on the beach. Well that’s about it as an initial trial as I was itching to get out and try them out though work prevented me from getting down to the beach , that as well as the weather which as left a lot to be desired with down here in Vic. I will be doing a more stringent test with the reels having one for the beach and I will retune the other for field work and see what distances that I can get from her. Though based on the feedback from the UK casters the distance will be right up there ( A per Jaylee's current form ). So first impressions are :D Regards
  5. well I finally got the video finished from the Australian Championships. Hope you enjoy it. Regards
  6. Was it cold outside where you were fishing , in the clip it sounds like you have a jacket on. If it was cold the grease and oil will thicjen as the temrature drops thereby slowing the reel down. Once you were inside for a while the warmer temp in the house could have thinned them back to a better level. Regards:D
  7. The fishing in various states is good but if you are wanting quality then don't target Victoria - yes we do have some good fish but there is a lot of water between them:(
  8. Here is a clip of the 6`10 that we had a play with down under. Currently it is being trialled by a mate for Sharks with a Daiwa Saltist 50 strapped to it. Hopefully I can get some video footage of it in action again in the near future. Regards:D
  9. Hot, hard but loads of fun is the way I would describe this years championship event . Once again thanks to the generosity of the farm owner we had use of the filed that has seen some excellent casting in past years of this event, and this year proved again that we have a great buch of people that make up the club form all around Australia. Before I progess with the details of the event I would like to thank all those interstate members who travelled long distances to be at the event with special mention to Chas who once again made the trip from Western Australia , driving over with a stop over in South Australia where he met up with Eddie and Mike . Also it was great to see both of the Selby's make it down and give everyone a great display of casting from both Scott and the old master Ces, Ces is a inspiration to me with his dedication and capability to send the leads out a long way. We also had a special guest from overseas with Don Becker who runs Makoi tackle and casts in the USA events spening time down under. [img= ( Special Guest Don ) Day one of the evnt saw hot difficult conditions with a variable north easterly wind which had the habit of going across court or swirling and coming head on righ though the day , temprature were up as is usual at this time of the year with a peak of around 36C though it felt hotter at time when the wind would simply die off. The field was also a bit of a obstacle with the ground being cut up from the cattle that had made it there home during the winter months , though they had kep the grass down a bit . The thistles though were another thing and it was always interesting when we had to wind up to the leads before the measures. Thoughout the event the members once again showed there true colours helping with setting up the court and the various other activities of measuring and helping anyone with questions on casting techniques and equipment issues. It is because of this mateship that I enjoy being part of the club and why organising the event is so satisfy for me. As per previous years the event was split into two rounds with day one seeing us casting the 100 and 125 gram and the second throwing the 150 and 175 gram leads. It should be noted though that members can opt to cast nay weight they can but need to follow the format if they want to be in a run for the aggregate trophy . Due to the very tough conditions and the fact that some members couldn't attend both days we had a numner of people op[ting to cast there favourite lead throughout the event. http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/5641/dsc0651u.jpg] ( Don Sending a lead down field ) Casting honours were take out by Scott Selby who using his Century E1000 sent out some outstanding casts with the 125 and 150 gram leads. The winning cast on Day 1 of 248 meters was a brilliant cast . It wasn't easy for Scott as he arrived in the afternoon after a long drive down with Ces and he had to get stuck straigh into it in the hot windy conditions. [img= ( Eddie belting one out in the hot conditions ) http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/3314/dsc0644j.jpg] ( Murray showing his style OTG ) It was also pleasing to see a few new faces with Phil making the effort to come down with Nick and see what the casting was all about. Phil was using his threadline outfit match to a Daiwa Hearland rod and did well with it . The reel was loaded with braid which is his prefered fishing set up . After a while he did try one of my Century TTLDSM's to see how the rods handled the leads better. Another top performer at the event was young Sarah Cracknell who came down with he dad nick and showed her style with a very good cast of 40+ meters with the threadline. We look forward to seeing more of the kids attending this and other events as they are the future of the sport. [img= ( Young Sarah & Dad Nick at the award timing ) Day two of the event was to my mind the hardest of the championships with the temprature even hotter and drier with wind really playing havoc with everyones casts . We did have plenty of cold drinks to keep us all hydrated but it still sapped the stamina out of a lot of us. It may be a consideration for the future to have this event pushed out to March or even April to allow people to enjoy a less stressfull day. The day saw all casters trying their best to get the leads to fly and I was impressed with the distances given the conditions . http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/916/dsc0640h.jpg] Here are the results from the two days for people to see the fine efforts of everyone there. [img= Final presentations were as usual a pleasure to me with not only trophies for the top place getters and the open raffle prizes for everyone who competed but also when Eddie presented the 200+ meter certificates to memebers who had achieved that milestone in there individual casting development. http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/7959/dsc0681i.jpg] ( Raffle prize winner - Tony with his Century 10'6" Spin Blank ) [img= ( New Australian Champion Scott Selby with Dad Ces and his Prize of a Century CCCLD ) http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/4563/dsc0671v.jpg] ( Third Place winner MIck Smajkic - brilliant 227 Meters in tough conditions ) I would also like to thank both Century and Ultima who are sponsors for the club . The prizes and use of the lines and shock leaders made this once again a top event for all present. Looking forward to seeing even more people at the next event and hope that 2012 is a great one for PB's both on the field and on the water. Thanks to everyone who made this event a great success. I will post up video footage as well as links to more photos as soon as possible. Regards
  10. With the return to work limiting my free time and with the pending Australian Championships I decided that I needed to get out and do some full blooded casts with the heavier leads. I.e 175 gram. Initially I ws a little stiff as I had done atraing session down at the gym the day before and the muscles were a bit tight , still I had to get my wait right and slow my turn down to allow the lead to arch better and I seem to be winning that struggle - maybe I should always cast after a heavy traing session :roll: Well here is the video footage of the casts after I had warmed up and I am reasonably happy with the results, just need to hit it a bit harder right at the end As usual I would still like any feedback or comments
  11. Well with the crazy weather we have had over the Christmas break and me being tied up with the family its been a bit difficult to get out for a serious hit out with the leads. Today was a short session down at one of the local parks throwing the ball. I am still trying to get the timing right both on the backswing and turn to have the ball tracking on the widest ark , the footage shows the flight quite well especially on the higer resolution settings. I am looking forward to doing more in the coming weeks and am feeling good in lead up to the comps in Jan. Comments and feedback welcome as always and i will see if I can get things even better for 2012. Loving the new camera and the new software but I still have a hell of a lot to learn with it. Hope this helps people see what goes on with the casts better, I will be trying a few other things that hopefully will be even more interesting :mrgreen: Regards
  12. the LDX and the Century TTLDSM are poles apart in there respective design. the LDSM was designed with two critical factors in mind , one being that it had to have a light feel to the rod and be able to cover a broad range of weights for bot bait and lure fishing applications . Down here in Australia I use the rods with metal jigs from 50 gram up to 100 gram for spinning from the beach and with the tip it loads easy and sends them out with ease. The tip provides plenty of feedback and maintains a crispness that keeps you in contact with the lure throughout the retrieve . At this time the biggest fish has only been our Australian Salmon up to about 4 pound and whilst small in comparison to the fish that you boys rtake from the beach still has plenty of power to handle them when and if I get onto some in the future. When it come to bait fishing I use the rod with weights up to 150 gram and reasonable sized baits and it launches these with ease , It takes the bigger fish with ease and whilst not my target fish of Snapper , Mulloway and Gummy Sharks I have landed plenty of big skate on them. Our snapper season has kicked of and hopefully i will be able to post up some video and images for you to see what the rod can do. Here is an older video that I did that shows the rod on the beach in leass than ideal conditions. As you can see the shorter model is also very capable , I was casting 150 gram leads with a clip down rig, baited 3/0 circle hooks with a cocktail bait of Pilchard and chicken fillet held together with bait elastic. I have just taken delivery of a new HD sony video camera and will see if I can post up some clearer footage in the near future for you to see the rods better. Hope this helps a little in understanding the rods.
  13. the LDX and the Century TTLDSM are poles apart in there respective design. the LDSM was designed with two critical factors in mind , one being that it had to have a light feel to the rod and be able to cover a broad range of weights for bot bait and lure fishing applications . Down here in Australia I use the rods with metal jigs from 50 gram up to 100 gram for spinning from the beach and with the tip it loads easy and sends them out with ease. The tip provides plenty of feedback and maintains a crispness that keeps you in contact with the lure throughout the retrieve . At this time the biggest fish has only been our Australian Salmon up to about 4 pound and whilst small in comparison to the fish that you boys rtake from the beach still has plenty of power to handle them when and if I get onto some in the future. When it come to bait fishing I use the rod with weights up to 150 gram and reasonable sized baits and it launches these with ease , It takes the bigger fish with ease and whilst not my target fish of Snapper , Mulloway and Gummy Sharks I have landed plenty of big skate on them. Our snapper season has kicked of and hopefully i will be able to post up some video and images for you to see what the rod can do. Here is an older video that I did that shows the rod on the beach in leass than ideal conditions. As you can see the shorter model is also very capable , I was casting 150 gram leads with a clip down rig, baited 3/0 circle hooks with a cocktail bait of Pilchard and chicken fillet held together with bait elastic. I have just taken delivery of a new HD sony video camera and will see if I can post up some clearer footage in the near future for you to see the rods better. Hope this helps a little in understanding the rods.
  14. the LDX and the Century TTLDSM are poles apart in there respective design. the LDSM was designed with two critical factors in mind , one being that it had to have a light feel to the rod and be able to cover a broad range of weights for bot bait and lure fishing applications . Down here in Australia I use the rods with metal jigs from 50 gram up to 100 gram for spinning from the beach and with the tip it loads easy and sends them out with ease. The tip provides plenty of feedback and maintains a crispness that keeps you in contact with the lure throughout the retrieve . At this time the biggest fish has only been our Australian Salmon up to about 4 pound and whilst small in comparison to the fish that you boys rtake from the beach still has plenty of power to handle them when and if I get onto some in the future. When it come to bait fishing I use the rod with weights up to 150 gram and reasonable sized baits and it launches these with ease , It takes the bigger fish with ease and whilst not my target fish of Snapper , Mulloway and Gummy Sharks I have landed plenty of big skate on them. Our snapper season has kicked of and hopefully i will be able to post up some video and images for you to see what the rod can do. Here is an older video that I did that shows the rod on the beach in leass than ideal conditions. As you can see the shorter model is also very capable , I was casting 150 gram leads with a clip down rig, baited 3/0 circle hooks with a cocktail bait of Pilchard and chicken fillet held together with bait elastic. I have just taken delivery of a new HD sony video camera and will see if I can post up some clearer footage in the near future for you to see the rods better. Hope this helps a little in understanding the rods.
  15. the LDX and the Century TTLDSM are poles apart in there respective design. the LDSM was designed with two critical factors in mind , one being that it had to have a light feel to the rod and be able to cover a broad range of weights for bot bait and lure fishing applications . Down here in Australia I use the rods with metal jigs from 50 gram up to 100 gram for spinning from the beach and with the tip it loads easy and sends them out with ease. The tip provides plenty of feedback and maintains a crispness that keeps you in contact with the lure throughout the retrieve . At this time the biggest fish has only been our Australian Salmon up to about 4 pound and whilst small in comparison to the fish that you boys rtake from the beach still has plenty of power to handle them when and if I get onto some in the future. When it come to bait fishing I use the rod with weights up to 150 gram and reasonable sized baits and it launches these with ease , It takes the bigger fish with ease and whilst not my target fish of Snapper , Mulloway and Gummy Sharks I have landed plenty of big skate on them. Our snapper season has kicked of and hopefully i will be able to post up some video and images for you to see what the rod can do. Here is an older video that I did that shows the rod on the beach in leass than ideal conditions. As you can see the shorter model is also very capable , I was casting 150 gram leads with a clip down rig, baited 3/0 circle hooks with a cocktail bait of Pilchard and chicken fillet held together with bait elastic. I have just taken delivery of a new HD sony video camera and will see if I can post up some clearer footage in the near future for you to see the rods better. Hope this helps a little in understanding the rods.