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  1. The time has come for me to sell my two VS150 Gold reels.

    These reels although about 10 years old are in great condition.

    They are only used once a year when I travel 600 miles north to fish at Steep Point, here in Western Australia.

    They are both loaded with 30lb(I think) Whiplash line (that's correct), the spare spool I am not sure about.

    Both have the VS bag. The pictures don't do them justice.

    Both have been serviced twice by the Van Staal authorised service centre here in Australia.

    $700 each. I will pay the insured and registered post.

    The spare spool will be included if you buy both, otherwise $100 extra with either reel.

    Let me know if you want more pictures, or if you have any special requests.





  2. It's probably easier just to follow the link than make me type.


    (*added text from 9 news website)



    An experienced recreational scuba diver was doing what he loved when he was killed by a white shark off Western Australia's southern coast.

    Gary Johnson had just suited up and entered the water when he was attacked about 1pm on Sunday near Cull Island, close to West Beach in Esperance.

    His partner Karen Milligan put out the mayday alert to local boaties and was taken to Esperance Hospital to be treated for shock.

    "I raced out and we found a couple of flippers and a sleeve in the water, basically that was about it," Glenn Quinlivan told reporters.

    Gary Johnson had only just jumped in the water when he was savaged by a great white shark.

    Gary Johnson was attacked by a shark in WA while his partner Karen Milligan watched in horror. 

    Esperance Shire president Ian Mickel told AAP Mr Johnson was well liked in the community, particularly among divers.

    "It's sad to lose a person, whether they are a local or a visiting person," he said on Monday.

    "It's a real shock to know a person as experienced as Gary has lost his life while he was doing what he loved."

    Gary Johnson was an experienced diver. 


    Wife of WA shark victim Gary Johnson thanks teams searching for her husband

    Long-time friend Jaimen Hudson told AAP he was heartbroken for Mr Johnson's family.

    "Gary would always ask me about my family and I would do the same. He was just a genuinely really great guy," Mr Hudson said. 

    "I couldn't believe it when I found out. It's a terrible tragedy.

    "He dived every good weather day when he wasn't working."

    It is understood Mr Johnson was a member of the Esperance Dive Club and worked for a local farming machinery retailer.

    The search for his body resumed on Monday morning with specialist divers from the Water Police scouring the area again.

    They are being supported by Marine Rescue WA volunteers and a Fisheries patrol vessel crew.

    Water users are being urged to tale extra caution and report any shark sightings.

    The Shire of Esperance has installed shark warning signs from West Beach to Twilight Beach.

    WA has now had 16 fatal shark attacks since 2000.


  3. 6 hours ago, blastwater said:

    Aussies are wankers. 

    A good joke, followed by a stupid wisecrack, written by a septic tank.

    That should start something....


  4. Quote...."Ok, nobody had their guns taken, they were just forced to surrender them or go to jail."


    Also not true. You could surrender your guns via the "amnesty" that followed the Port Arthur massacre, or if it was legally held with a valid license then you could keep it. Simple plain easy to understand fact.

    There are still a few of these no longer legal assault rifles and handguns in the general public, however the number "before" the amnesty was already very low and most, about 80% of those were handed in and bought from the owners at a very fair buyback price, and in a lot of cases they got more for their guns than they paid for them.

    It is now illegal to import or buy from any source an assault (semi auto, or fully auto) rifle or handgun, and to further this it is now also illegal to use these at any Gun range. (Forces, Security and Police exempt) So if you own one and are not in the armed forces or police force, you "legally" can't use it at all. 

    So, still to this day, nobody has had their guns "taken" from them.


    PS, not everything in Australia is trying to kill you. (now I am talking animals)




  5. Deb

    This is Derf's hat that you presented to me on our last trip to NJ, now being used by my granddaughter, Kiritiana.

    I am sure that Tim, John and Carole will also recognise it.

    We were due to return this year, however my family from the UK is coming to us so we will be looking now at next year.

    Carol, Tim, I hope the house is now done and finished, but knowing Tim as the perfectionist he is, I am sure it is still on-going.

    Deb, please let me know how things are going, I would love to hear from you.

    John, just keep up the good work and look after your new "better half"


    Love from Christine and Stax, thinking of you often.


  6. Summer months see the most Pelagic fish in the area, including all manner of Travelly, but be warned it is very hot during the summer months with expected temps to be in the 50C mark. Rmember there is little or no shade so you are in the direct sun all the time and it can be sapping.

    This place fishes well all year round, and I have fished there during every calendar month. It still get hot even in the "depths" of winter. Still gets well into the high 30-40C mark.

    And is that a Bonefish in your hands? Caught right there in that area. See attachment.



  7. Sorry for the delay

    Co-ordinates are as follows

    For fishing 25-46'48.64S 112-58'12.03E

    Beach 25-52'14.03S 113-06'46.23E

    Dirk Hartog is a 10-12 hour drive from my place in Perth. Then a $600 barge ride (per car) to take you to the island

    The island is about 70 miles long 15-20 miles wide with a population of 20.

    There is a homestead (ranch) ( fancy and great place.

    Camping is basically free.

    If you come I will take you.

    And yes the fishing is as good as it gets.

    Look up my post from 14 years ago...