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Rigging A Weighted Ballyhoo

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are thinking of hiring fishing charters and heading off for a day’s deep sea fishing with a group of friends, you’ll want to know how to catch the eye of a nippy marlin while you’re trolling offshore.  A sure way to do this is by using a weighted ballyhoo bait fish.  Here’s how to rig one. What you’ll need ballyhoo bait fish 2oz egg sinker waxed rigging floss circle hook How to do it Start off by breaking the bait fish’s back, snapping off the beak and removing the eyes.  This leaves the bait prepped for rigging and also means that it will ‘swim’ more naturally when you’re trolling.  This is very important when you’re looking out for marlin, as they prefer a realistic looking lure.   Now take an egg sinker weight and loop a 10cm piece of waxed rigging floss through the the hole in it.   Next, take the loop that you’ve made and slide it behind the bait’s gill plates, snugging the sinker right into the cavity below the bait’s mouth, under its gills.   Create an overhand knot in the rigging braid a couple of centimetres from the bait’s beak.  Now make a double overhand knot by wrapping the tag end through the original knot twice.   Pull down both ends of the line until it sits snug on the top of the bait fish’s upper jaw.   Now bring down the rest of the rigging line either side of the weight.  Keep the line towards the rear of the weight.   Make another overhand knot in the rigging line.  Take two wraps in this knot.   Now pull on both ends of your rigging line simultaneously and snug the knot, keeping the wraps down on the weight.   Pull either end of the line in through the bait fish’s eye sockets.   Next, tie down the line on top of the ballyhoo’s head, above the eye sockets.  Trim off the excess rigging line.   If you now look at the first overhand knot you made, you’ll see that it forms an ‘X’.  Slide your circle hook through the ‘X’ and your weighted ballyhoo is rigged and ready to go! If you’re heading off for a day’s sport fishing for marlin, try rigging a weighted ballyhoo.  This rig works really well at attracting the big ones so you might want to keep the technique to yourself if you want to impress your...

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Inspections to Carry Out On Used Caravans

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Buying a caravan is a significant investment. That is why some people would rather opt for used caravans as they tend to be cheaper than having to buy a brand new one. Nevertheless, it can be quite catastrophic opting for a second-hand caravan only to find that it is completely worse for wear and would require extensive repairs to restore it. To prevent this, it would be in your best interests to familiarise yourself on the things to look out for when considering used caravans. The following are some of the inspections that you should carry out when thinking of purchasing a used caravan. General inspections of the exterior The first place to start with your inspections would be the exterior. Some potential buyers make the mistake of simply giving the exterior a once over, yet they do not have trained eye to spot any areas of concern that may not be glaring. You have to get down and dirty to ensure that you are looking at the caravan at every possible angle. Some of the things to look out for when carrying out a thorough exterior inspection include: Check for signs of any rust or corrosion on the body as well as beneath the caravan. This also means checking the chassis for any undue cracks and the wiring and the piping beneath the caravan for any damage. Along with this, look for any indentations or scratches on the body and roof of the caravan. Check for signs of a new paint job that could be camouflage underlying damage. Check the condition of the caravan tyres, though these are more easily replaced than most things, so don’t put all your stock in the tyres. Also check the condition of the axles. Take the caravan for a test drive to check the effectiveness and mobility of the handbrake as well as to see how the tyres actually function. Try out the windows and doors. Is there any jamming or resistance? Do the same checks for the awning to make sure it opens and closes with ease. Finally, check if the tow hitch can be moved freely as well as if the jockey wheel can easily be winded both up and down. Don’t forget to look into the condition of both the gas and electrical components of the caravan. General inspections of the interior Once you are done with the exterior, it is prudent to also carry out thorough examinations of the interior. Some of the things to look out for include: Check for any telltale signs of dampness and subsequently mould in the caravan walls, upholstery, ceiling and flooring Check for safety fittings such as smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and more, as well as that they are working Check the working condition of appliances within the caravan such as the stovetop, fridge and more Check whether the water sources are in good working condition; these will include the shower, sinks, toilet and...

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Three Construction Material Options for a Home Tennis Court

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are a passionate athlete and love tennis, you should consider building a private court within your residential property. This will improve your convenience, and you will have an interesting site to entertain guests during casual get-togethers. If you decide to take up the project, there are numerous factors that you must evaluate. The most critical element is the material that will be used to build the tennis court surface. Your choice will determine the cumulative cost of the project, the long-term maintenance demands and even your comfort when playing. Here is a short description of the primary materials that are perfect for a home tennis court. Asphalt and Concrete Courts  Tennis courts can be built using asphalt or concrete as the base materials. These types of features are known as hard courts, and they are favourable because the cured base will be resilient. This is an ideal choice for your home tennis court if you want a durable surface that can withstand constant usage. In addition, hard courts require minimal maintenance, so you will not need to invest time or money for long-term operation. The asphalt base is often covered with an acrylic surfacing system, so you can choose your preferred colour. This layer is also easier to mark and will not require frequent retouching. Unfortunately, the hard surface can stress the body and the concrete will reflect heat, causing discomfort. Grass Courts Grass courts are suitable for residential usage because they almost always complement the landscape. Moreover, they are soft and easy on the body, so small children, the elderly and inexperienced athletes can play more comfortably without the risk of injury.  If you decide to install this type of surface, you will have to choose between natural and synthetic turf. Natural grass in more visually appealing and provides a gentle playing experience. However, maintenance of the grass is extensive since you will need to water, mow and fertilise the ground. The synthetic turf alternative has lower maintenance requirements, and you can choose your ideal product from an assortment of textures and colours. Acrylic Courts Acrylic courts are designed to eliminate the detriments of hard courts. Basically, this type of surface is built with a concrete or asphalt sub-base which acts as the foundation for the court. The structure is then overlaid with some layers of heavy-grade and fine-grade rubber granules. This section provides the cushioning that hard courts lack, so it is gentler on the body. Rolled cushioned mats can also be used to enhance...

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Australia’s Best Fishing Hotspots

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Did you know that Australia has more than 4,000 fish species? From eastern freshwater cod to eel-tailed catfish, Aussie rivers, lakes, lagoons and coastal waters have an abundance of aquatic wildlife waiting to be discovered. Here are just some of the best fishing spots in Australia.  Gippsland, Victoria Located on Victoria’s southern coast, Gippsland’s waters are best explored by fishing boat. Take to the water and look out for species like flathead, Luderick and Trevally before returning to the coast for a bite to eat in a local cafe—many of which are popular with local anglers. Lakes Entrance is one of the best fishing hangouts in Victoria, a huge fishing port surrounded by lakes, mountains and beautiful beaches.  Shark Bay, Western Australia Situated 820 km north of Perth, Shark Bay is isolated and captivating. A World Heritage Site, Shark Bay spans more than 2 million hectares and is home to some of the oldest living fossils in the world. The area has more than 320 species of fish, including mackerel, kingfish, mullet, damselfish and snapper. Fishing boat hire will get you closer to the action, providing you with breathtaking panoramic views of the rocky coastline.  Cairns, Queensland Hire a fishing boat from Cairns and discover the Great Barrier Reef—one of the world’s most famous natural wonders. Known for its many fishing spots, Cairns is a coastal city with plenty to do after a long day at sea, including top-class hotels, restaurants, and, of course, tackle shops. Here you’ll find a plethora of tarpon with their glistening fins. These fish can grow up to eight pounds in the waters of Northern Queensland, much larger than elsewhere.   South West Rocks, New South Wales South West Rocks is a small village that packs an almighty punch if you’re looking for a remote spot to fish peach pearls, snappers, tuna, and cod. The area is a must-see for anyone who has a passion for wildlife. Grey Nurse sharks swim through Fish Rock Cave, a popular marine hotspot for tourists and locals alike.  Exmouth, Western Australia Located on the North West Cape in Western Australia, Exmouth is a fisherman’s paradise, boasting species like the saltwater fly. Here, the crystalline waters and sandy, white beaches are like the pages of a travel brochure, and there’s plenty to see, do and explore in the quaint town. Learn more about your options by contacting local fishing boat hire...

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Advice on keeping your caravan trailer well maintained

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Whether you have a top of the range motorhome or a basic caravan trailer, it is important that you treat it with care in order to prolong its life length. By conducting regular maintenance, you will help prevent any potential problems such as breaking down or not starting. This is the last thing you want to happen when you are on holidays with friends or family. Regular maintenance will also keep your caravan trailer looking well and running with greater fuel efficiency. Here is some advice on how to keep your caravan trailer well maintained. Remove any unnecessary excess weight Many people over estimate their requirements when it comes to supplies and equipment when they are going on a trip in their caravan trailer. Think long and hard about whether you will actually need all of the equipment you are planning on bringing. Ask yourself what is the worse that will happen if you don’t have a specific piece of equipment with you. Often you will find that in actuality, you won’t use much of the equipment you have brought. Unless you are going out to the desert or the outback there is no need to have a tank that is completely full with water. If you are going to be regularly stopping at trailer parks, there will be ample opportunities to refill the tank. All of this excess weight increases the fuel costs as well as placing a greater load on all the various trailer components, increasing their rate of wear and tear. Don’t have your awning in a perfectly level state It is very easy to cause damage to your trailer if the awning is kept level. When there is rainfall, the water will pool and cause the various metal supports to cave in and may also rip some of the exterior skin of the caravan trailer. Therefore, you should adjust the awning so that one side is a bit lower than the opposite side. This will allow all of the excess water to easily and quickly drain off the awning, keeping it intact. If you are going to a particularly windy area or you are going on a long trip, it is a good idea to retract some of the awning and secure it so the strong wind does not catch it and cause problems. Replacing the awning on your caravan trailer is often an expensive process so you should do your upmost to preserve it and keep it in good...

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Getting to the Root of the Problem: Tips for Dealing with Tree Roots and Sports Surfaces

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Unfortunately, tree roots can disrupt sports surfaces in a myriad of ways, but luckily, there are a range of ways to address the issues. Here is a look at some common tree root issues faced by owners of sport surfaces and a few tips on addressing them: 1. Roots where you plan to place your sports surface If there are roots where you plan to place your sports surface, you have a few different options. Have an arborist look at your tree. In many cases, you can easily cut the offending roots without damaging the tree. If that is possible, have the roots cut. Then, dig trenches around the area where you plan to lay your sports surface, and place root barriers vertically into those trenches. They will prevent the roots from growing back into the area beneath your sports surface. Alternatively, you may have the sports surface installer simply build a frame and install the surface above the ground. That can help you avoid the roots, especially if trimming them threatens the life of your tree. 2. Roots are growing into your sports surface If roots are growing under your sports surface, they can push upward, cracking or damaging it. To deal with that issue, you can remove the sport surface and start over using one of the techniques outlined above. Alternatively, you may opt to just move your sports surface to another location. 3. Roots from neighbour’s trees are causing damage In some cases, you may have issues with your sports surface due to a neighbour’s tree roots. In most cases, the common law right of abatement means that you can legally cut branches or roots that are infringing on your land. However, before doing so, you may want to talk with your neighbour to keep matters amicable. Additionally, you should check tree protection orders to ensure you aren’t cutting the roots of a protected tree. 4. Dying roots causing sinkholes In other cases, roots may be holding up some of your existing sports surface, and if those roots die, it can cause the land to sink and your sports surface to develop dips or holes. Those depressions become even more susceptible to damage because they are likely to harbour puddles of water which can wear down the surface material. If you have these holes, you can pay a sports surface repair company like Premier Sports & Leisure to fix them for you. In most cases, they create a patching mixture of acrylic resin, cement and sand. Then, they pour that into the holes and smooth it out so that the patch matches the rest of the surface....

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Diving Safety

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Diving is quickly becoming more than just something that you do during your exotic getaway. There are many people that consider diving to be a sport and a fun pastime. No matter how serious you might be about diving, it is important that safety is always the priority. If you are just planning on diving once or if you want to become an experienced diver, there are aspects of safety that you need to be aware of. Diving is a favourite sport, but it is also dangerous. In addition to taking diving courses, you can lessen the dangers that you face during a dive can by adhering to these basic safety instructions. Self-Reliant When you dive, no matter how many others may be with you, it is important that you approach this activity and sport as independent; you need to rely on yourself to make sure that your dive goes as planned. Although it is always recommend that you dive with others for increased safety, your safety is up to you and you alone when you are diving. This means that you need to be responsible for checking your own equipment and take breaks as often as you need them. Fitness and Health It is common for diving to not be viewed as a very exertive sport, but the opposite is true. You need to be in great shape and superior health when you begin diving. It is common for tides and current shifts to take place quickly in the water, which means that you need the ability and energy to move fast. If you are not strong enough of a swimmer, you can be ripped with the current. It is also important that you are not only fit, but also healthy. For example, if your sinuses are plugged, you should not be diving. Ear barotrauma is the most common injury that divers experience; it is normally something that occurs to people who choose to dive when they are dealing with congestion. Experience Level It is always important that experience level is considered when dive distances are created. This means that you need to gradually extend your distance and only go to depths that you are comfortable with. If you have never tried a dive to eighty feet, it would be a good idea to be fully comfortable with dives of sixty feet before you try a dive that is of a greater...

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Boat Types for Beginners

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When you don’t have a licence and are new to boating, a boat for hire can be ideal. This allows you to experience the water and fish freely. However, boat safety is the main issue for beginners without much boating experience. If you want to ensure safety and have the least amount of problems while boating, you need to choose a boat that is designed for someone of your boating skill level and no licence boat hire can allow you those options. There are several boats that are easy for beginners to manoeuvre. All Purpose All purpose fishing boats are one of the most popular types of boats and are specifically designed to be flexible. This type of boat has the ability to attach a trailer and can also be put in both fresh or saltwater. There are few seats available on this type of boat, so it is only ideal for two or three boating passengers at once. If you are going to be cast fishing, an all purpose boat for hire is the best selection. Aluminium Fishing Boat This type of boat is also often referred to as a Jon Boat. It is unique from other types due to the lightweight design. An aluminium fishing boat is very easy for beginners to learn how to steer. Since it is so lightweight, manoeuvring does not require advanced skills. Unlike an all purpose bat, a Jon Boat is used mainly in fresh water only. It is possible to be used in saltwater, but this is not ideal. It is possible to easily manoeuvre an aluminium boat through shallow waters. This makes fishing so much simpler and allows you to navigate through coves and inlets. This type of boat has an engine that sits outside and remote steering is a unique boat feature. Bowrider This type of boat is known for sporting, but it can still be used by beginners without much experience. If water sports are what you have in mind, a Bowrider is the favourite option for water skiing and inner tubing. There is a tow eye that is situated at the stern of the boat, which can be used for the water sport of your choice. Since these boats are larger, exiting and entering is more difficult, but a ladder is attached to make it easier. Pontoon A pontoon is fitted with a very large motor or dual motor. This type of boat fits more people and can still be used to pull something that is attached. It is a boat that can be used for fishing, but the large size and loud motor can make it more troublesome for...

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Plan an Airsoft Combat Battle for You and Your Friends in 4 Easy Steps

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Just as you can plan paintball competitions, you can also plan combat battles with air rifles. Used for target practice and play, these air powered guns shoot small pellets. Like paintball guns, these pellets can also cause small wounds without being lethal. In order to plan a fun airgun event, here are four steps to consider. 1. Find an area and review local regulations In order to engage in airsoft combat, you first need a battlefield. Before you designate your yard as this area, check the regulations in your area. In most urban areas, you cannot discharge any projectiles including airsoft guns. Once you find an area that allows you to shoot these guns, make sure you also check age restrictions so you know if kids and teens can be involved in your battle or not. 2. Create a field combat zone Once you find your plot of land, you need to create a combat zone. Areas with lots of trees to climb into or hide behind as well as areas with multiple levels of elevation provide you with a great natural playing area. Whether you have those elements in place or not, you should also consider digging trenches to hide in, building high decks or look-out towers for snipers or stacking oil drums for hiding behind. Ideally, you want a combat zone that creates lots of opportunities for hiding, ambushing, sniping and other fun attacks. 3. Invest in body armor and eye protection The type of protection you need depends on the pressure of your air guns. If you have airsoft guns powered by cylinders of carbon dioxide gas, these guns tend to release their pellets quickly, and your players may want to wear body armor for protection, similar to the type worn during paintball matches. However, if you only have airsoft guns powered by small springs, you may not need armor. In many cases, you can actually hold some of these guns right to the palm of your hand and shoot them into your hand without even breaking the skin. Regardless of how much power your guns have and what you decide to do about body armor and padding, always invest in eye protection and require every player to wear it, whether or not they wear glasses. 4. Write a few rules Requiring eye protection should be your first rule, but you may want to make additional rules as well. For example, instead of allowing close range shooting, consider a “bang” rule. Under this rule, if you sneak right up behind someone and are ready to execute them, you don’t actually shoot them in the back of the head, you just say “bang”. However, if you were shooting that person from a distance, you would actually shoot an airsoft pellet at...

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How To Avoid The Gutter In Ten Pin Bowling

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ten pin bowling is a very popular pastime for people, and it is played in many countries around the world. One of its appeals is the fact that it can be enjoyed by people of all ages. When learning to play the game, the single most important factor is keeping the bowling ball on the lane and avoiding the gutter at the edges. From here, it is possible to build up other aspects of the game, such as stance and approach. This article looks at some ways to keep the ball on the lane when you throw the ball. Power The most common mistake people make that results in their bowling bowl hitting the gutter is the power applied. People who try to hurt the pins inevitably end up bowling the ball with too much power. This can cause the ball to veer off into either gutter. Try to get into the habit of allowing the ball to flow out of your swing, without applying extra power. You will quickly find that using less power to release the ball will result in the ball staying out of the gutter for longer. Practice until you can avoid the gutters altogether on a consistent basis. Focus Another crucial mistake people make when bowling is focusing on the pins at the end of the lane. Although they may be the easiest thing to see and aim for, doing this is a mistake that usually results in your ball hitting the gutter before it reaches the pins. Look down the full length of the lane, and note the dots and small arrows placed there. These are your real targets and should be used as a guide to the pins. Focus on the guides instead of the pins, and you will be able to aim the ball much better than if you were to focus on the pins as a target. Position It can be tempting to emulate what you see others doing, and take a couple of steps up to the line before releasing the ball. This should only be done when you are more experienced, as it  can easily cause the ball to end up off position and in the gutter. Get your position consistently right by starting on the line, in the center, and bowling without stepping forward. Once you have the position correct and can regularly bowl the ball down the whole lane, you can start to develop an action that incorporates more power, while still maintaining your accuracy. As with most things, more time and effort put into practicing these techniques means you will see the improvements sooner rather than later. For more information, contact a business such as Manhattan...

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3 Important Features Of Pre-Purchase Boat Inspections

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You might be very excited about making a boat purchase. However, this excitement should never push you into disregarding the importance of having the boat inspected first. The following points explain the benefits that you stand to gain when you do a pre-purchase boat inspection. You Get Reliable Technical Assistance Modern marine vessels are designed using high-tech integrated systems including waste management, air conditioning, electrical, steering, and propulsion systems that only professionals can inspect properly. Irrespective of whether you’re buying a flashy new boat or used one, your watchful eye might fail to catch some existing faults; at least until it’s already quite late. Once you’ve completed making the purchase, the seller won’t care about these faults, and you’ll feel duped and disappointed. To avoid such regrets, you need to carry out a thorough boat inspection before you can commit yourself to purchase it. You Obtain Documented Proof With a highly competent team of technicians and mechanical engineers, the boat that you intend to purchase will be inspected thoroughly, and you’ll also get a comprehensive written report submitted to you. Included in the report will be full details of the boat, including its mechanical condition, which gives you helpful information to use prior to making any purchase. With a pre-purchase boat inspection report, you can ensure that any boat you acquire is functioning properly and worthy of every coin that you pay for it. Because of that, you can enjoy a peaceful state-of-the-mind knowing that you have a highly skilled team of boat inspection experts to help you take on critical purchase decisions. This service is ideal for anyone who is new to boating and is unsure of marine mechanics. You Guarantee Safety Of Boat Rides Unlike driving your car along the highway, taking a boat ride in a local river, lake or reservoir can present additional risks to your safety particularly since getting emergency aid or service is more difficult on water than on the road. Due to this, the boat that you want to purchase should be fully checked for safety so that the threat of injury or loss of life is decreased. For instance, using high-level technologies such as digital cameras, the internal parts of the boat’s fuel and water tanks can be checked for leakages. This will ensure that you mitigate the risk of boat malfunction, and, thus, reduce the risk of exposing people on board to danger. For more information, contact a company such as Midcoast Marine & Rescue...

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