USEFUL HACKS / TRICKS THREAD

I'm not sure if there is a useful hack / trick thread and may not even be popular but I thought this may be a good thread to post where you have done something boating/fishing/camping/car/caravan what ever that you believe to be useful or useful to others.

So here's mine,  6 months ago I needed new strip lighting to be installed in my 4.3 tinny, so I bought a 15mtr strip light off ebay, it's the one with a remote, changes colours all that new stuff. I was concerned about how I would mount the strip light and how long they would last due to corrosion and getting knocked around so I went into the shed and found 20mtrs of 16mm clear vinyl tubing I had lieing around, the same type of tubing you use for live bait pumps into a bucket / aquariums etc but not as big a diameter. Ran string down the tube and connected to the strip light and pulled through, soldered up all the connections, sikaflexed the ends up and all sealed with the wires coming out one end and hooked up to the electrics. I also used the sikaflex to mount the clear tube to the underside of the gunnels so they are out of vision with just a small dab of sikaflex every couple of hundred millimetre, the sikaflex will pretty much bond to anything so it was up and out of the way and bingo it's been bloody awesome.

I left the lights on blue as I like it for night fishing and doesn't really seem to bother me too much when moving the boat around if I want to change spots. You may say that most strip lights are waterproof but for my tinny I tend to tuck a few things away and didn't want to hit the strip lights so this is where the idea came for the clear tube, I did look into the waterproof hard aluminium strip lights that are about 500mm long and they looked pretty good as well for mounting under the gunnels. Cheers and post away if you think you have an idea that may help others  One persons great hack may not be to another but I reckon there would be some fairly smart guys on here.


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Good idea on such a thread

Thu, 2021-05-27 19:48

 Here are a few I know of and use 

 

1. electrical tape around rod butt to prevent rash from the rocket launcher rod holders

2. cut an old sock down or use elastic bands for "spool bands"

3. Shower caps over reels whilst in the rocket launchers to prevent salt water saturation on rough days 

4. pvc rod tubes but with smaller diameter internal pvc eg, 4x25mm pvc tubes inside a 100mm rod tube, to seperate each of the rods amd protect them individually. 

5. snap seal bags to keep your phone and wallet dry at sea

6. Electric drill with bolt securing line spool to strip old line off

7. pvc rod holders in a square formation to put rods in for wash down when away on a remote trip after a days fishing 

8. slow cooker with dinner on before heading out for a full days fishing! Saves time and effort when you get back after a long day!

9. Small sticker label on inside of reel spool to remember line strength, date of adding to the reel

10. boat service wise, write the engine hours and date on oil filter change (permanent marker)

11. Where ever you keep all your reels (especially the expensive stuff) keep a small "log book" of last time you serviced them or any major parts changes 

12. when changing trailer wheel bearings, write the bearing numbers on the draw bar of your trailer in permanent marker so that you don't have to pull the hubs to remember what type of bearings are installed 

 

 

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 I have a cut a set of glove

Thu, 2021-05-27 19:57

 I have a cut a set of glove clips in half and crimper it with a bit of mono to one of the hardtop supports. Always have a set of gloves right where you need them. 

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 Old Bucket seat head rest

Thu, 2021-05-27 20:42

 Old Bucket seat head rest seat cover over my transducer whenever heading north. Velcros just nicely over to stop any possible stone chips. 

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Water filled party balloons

Thu, 2021-05-27 20:49

Water filled party balloons are great for making spherical, long lasting ice.

A hose set to a flat spray is a great way to scale whiting if you forget to use the scaling bag.

Discarded pizza boxes are an inexpensive source of cheese.

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Thu, 2021-05-27 21:21

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Bloody hell, there are some

Thu, 2021-05-27 22:17

Bloody hell, there are some absolute rippers above.

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a couple

Fri, 2021-05-28 05:29
  • The only time you have too much fuel on a boat is when its on fire
  • If you outboard impellor shits itself out on the water duct tape your muffs in place and connect your deck wash to it, drive home.
  • If your hydraulic steering springs a leak, you can pretty much put anything in it to get you home including water
  • write your phone number in texta on trailer winch handle for the inevitable time you lose it at the ramp.

I have 3 winch handles now and I don't even have a friggin trailer as mine were returned, but I couldnt return the ones Ive found

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Separate esky for drinks n food

Fri, 2021-05-28 06:40

Nothing worse than a drink that's covered in coagulated fish blood. Another good one is a small squirty bottle in the drinks esky to give your face a quick mist with icy cold water on hot days. Don't carry unnecessary stuff in your boat too.....

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Shackles

Fri, 2021-05-28 12:09

 Put a key ring on your trailer shackles to make them easy to undo on cold winter mornings (or if they're a bit rusty and need changing)...

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Shackles and other rust susceptibles

Fri, 2021-05-28 13:29

Boeshield T-9 or bike chain wax lubricant is a very handy rust preventative and dry lube. Excellent for shackles and other bits that suffer from surface rust. Doesn't leave a smelly greasy coat like CRC etc.. 

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great tips

Fri, 2021-05-28 16:10

Some amazing tips here !!!

Maybe we could throw in an "Emission Logo Print" hoody and a couple stickers for the best tip/s posted by a member ?

are you guys keen ?

Theres some prety good ones here, Its going to make it tough to decide though!

 

Our tip is if youre going away on a fishing trip with the boys or any trip....pre cook your dinners put them into serves of one or two in a clipseal bag  then freeze them.

take them out in the morning/mid-morning to defrost and when you come back just heat it up in a frying pan.

A quick and easy way to have dinners also youre not bringing perishables with you that can get damaged or go off during the trip. 

 

Have a good weekend guys

 

 

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 Invest in a travel buddy.

Fri, 2021-05-28 18:27

 Invest in a travel buddy. Full days out on the water are much better with beef and gravy rolls and hot wing dings. 

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Love this, hot pies etc

Sat, 2021-05-29 07:33

was only talking about a 12 volt microwave yesterday 

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I went out yesterday and

Mon, 2021-05-31 13:30

I went out yesterday and bought a 12v heater and have already vac packed sliced roast beef and gravy

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Here’s another couple

Fri, 2021-05-28 18:36

 Vac seal some emergency tools amd leave them on the boat. Eg screwdriver, pliers, fuses etc. 

also, buy a spare set of bearings when doing a long trip, (or even a whole hub) pre pack all the bearings with grease etc. then vac seal the greased bearings. Or even vac seal the whole pre greased hub and some spare grease. If you have a problem at the roadside, cut the seal open on the pre greased hub or bearing set and install. Far easier than trying to grease bearings at the roadside. 
 

 

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And another

Fri, 2021-05-28 18:44

 When you buy new shoes or products of that nature, you get those little moisture absorption packs (the little balls inside them). Instead of throwing those in the bin, put them in with your favourite lire boxes to reduce hooks and swivels rusting. 

one I learnt on a marlin charter, after sharpening a hook, use permanent marker on the area you have just sharpened, it prevents rust. 

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Scano you're

Fri, 2021-05-28 18:58

the all round MacGyver hey!!!

Keep em coming !! 

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 1. Catch fish   

Fri, 2021-05-28 19:51

 1. Catch fish

 

 

 

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ICE

Sun, 2021-05-30 11:54

Take 4or5 2ltr empty milk containers out when you go fishing next time and fill with saltwater to freeze for the next trip.
You can bash them with a gympie hammer when frozen then cut open, makes perfect salt ice.

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Plastic strip

Sat, 2021-05-29 10:06

 i have screwed a bit of plastic flat bar strip around the outside edges of my rear bait board, screwed it in loose so now I can hang my pliers / iki-Jime screwdriver , lip grips , put a knife on either side for myself and fishing buddy, I also clip on each side glove clips with hand cleaning rag so your not always asking were the rags are. 

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Always have a decky...

Sat, 2021-05-29 13:22

 

that cannot swim,

 

Then if your bilge pump fails you will have a dedicated, fast bailer.......

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Sat, 2021-05-29 19:52

Dishwasher cutlery holders are suited to hold jigs and sinkers. 

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 $20 Hortex insecticide

Sat, 2021-05-29 20:32

 $20 Hortex insecticide sprayer to spray saltaway or similar onto boat

 https://www.bunnings.com.au/hortex-450ml-fertiliser-and-insecticide-sprayer_p3368178 

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Said to me

Sun, 2021-05-30 11:58

They dont supply anymore.Not in stock.

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 Noticed that after posting.

Sun, 2021-05-30 13:47

 Noticed that after posting. Found this similar one through google.

 https://www.hoselink.com.au/products/fertiliser-spray-mixer 

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dont need a garden hose...

Sun, 2021-05-30 16:24

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 Nice

Sun, 2021-05-30 19:52

 Nice

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  Always have a "Back-up"

Sun, 2021-05-30 07:49

  Always have a "Back-Up" Plan.     Mine:  Know where the nearest and best Fish and Chip Shop is when all else fails!  LoL

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Fish and chip shop

Sun, 2021-05-30 12:39

 If you have a bad day fishing at Augusta, DO NOT park your car in the 2 bays right in front of the Colour Patch fish and chip shop

 

Reason being that if anyone sits at the tables on the verandah to eat their feed and throws one chip out attracting hundreds of seagulls who will shit, sorry sit on the cars parked there resulting in a huge clean up for the owners

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Freezer bags

Sun, 2021-05-30 12:47

 Found that freezer bags are better than clip lock bags at keeping your phone and valuables dry when boating, always keep a few  on board.

Same goes for the big green rubbish bin bags, cut arm and head holes out and voila, instant raincoat for when you are caught in a shower miles away from your vehicle when beach fishing.

 

When chasing black bream always look for overhanging peppermint trees, give them a big shake and there is your burley, ants love peppermint trees and bream love floating ants

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 Another to that john, find

Mon, 2021-05-31 11:40

 Another to that john, find road kill hang from tree visit a cpl days later. Bream like maggots as well. I won the molloy bream comp years ago doing it this way lol.

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This is soo good, I never

Mon, 2021-05-31 08:23

This is soo good, I never would have given a thought to permanent marker on hooks. Vaccum sealing a set of bearings is very practical, I have a set in a plastic bag all greased up but vac pak is way better.

Keep your fish frames for growing herbs, I used a couple of dhuie frames in a sanstone pot, added frames and then growing medium and the dhuie frame pots are totally out growing the other standard pots.

When keeping wings on snapper and dhuie's I fillet the belly as well, the texture of the belly meat is so different to that of the flesh on the frame, they are beautiful with moroccan spices.

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 Vac pack deep drop rigs too 

Mon, 2021-05-31 15:35

 Vac pack deep drop rigs too, keep this thread going gents. Some beauties 

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Don’t worry about

Mon, 2021-05-31 15:43

What others do , do what you think works . Confidence out ways everything.

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 I use pool noodles and

Mon, 2021-05-31 16:10

 I use pool noodles and galvanized clouts (nails) to store pre made rigs and hooks . I cut them to about 30 cm to fit in my tackle box which doubles as a foot rest while driving the tub

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I cut them to 3cm (length)

Mon, 2021-05-31 18:34

 .. with a knife slit at 12 & 6 oclock to wind my rigs on,  No nails...

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Hoody

Mon, 2021-05-31 17:22

Keep thread going 

 

But we will have to call the winner for the Hoody as we will have plenty more competions coming up !!

 

We choose Scano as he put in alot of detail and definetly is the mordern day MacGyver!!

will pm you  for size and addy Scano   

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What..? there was a prize...?

Mon, 2021-05-31 18:39

 If I'd known I'd have told you the really good stuff... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Congrats  Scano,  we all put SO MUCH in to fishing and the best outcomes come from sharing knowledge and experience.  You didnt WIN this... you EARNED it!

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Pm replied to

Mon, 2021-05-31 17:57

 Thanks very much for the prize. I'm pumped. I'll also put the thinking cap back on about other useful hacks I do fishing related and post

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Beach fishing

Mon, 2021-05-31 18:12

Cut the neck off a party balloon and put it on your casting finger. Prevents braid cuts like a beauty. 

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Haha, well done Scano, you

Tue, 2021-06-01 07:07

Haha, well done Scano, you actually did have a ton of idea's and well done to emission apparel for jumping on the thread.

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Me

Tue, 2021-06-01 07:50

Run a grinder through the edge of an old wheel bearing race. It makes a perfect punch to hammer in the new races into the hub.

a pool noodle sliced laterally/lengthways half way through, it slips neatly over the rim of a 20L bucket, and makes a mint boat toilet.

A cheap shoe holder from eBay (one that is supposed to hang on the back of your door) makes a shit  hot camp organiser for condiments, utensils, etc. 
 

 

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Tue, 2021-06-01 08:33

 Further to this, when removing the old outer race, a bead of weld around the inside face will shrink it to remove easily.

Also then useful for tapping the old ones back in as you mentioned

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I have just use a cone

Tue, 2021-06-01 11:01

I have just use a cone knocker, be careful to hit it straight and seems to do the trick. Good for removing old and inserting new.

 

Mine is similar to this..

https://trailerspareparts.net.au/product/coneknocker-60mm-round-purperse-hub-bearing-cone-knocker/

 

 

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 State wide bearings sell a

Tue, 2021-06-01 11:09

 State wide bearings sell a similar product. I had a machinist make me one up for each side.

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I bought a kit of aluminium

Tue, 2021-06-01 11:35

I bought a kit of aluminium fittings of various sizes that comes in a case. Money well spent

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this is not so much a hack

Thu, 2021-06-03 08:49

this is not so much a hack but evidence of my widespread laziness :-)
i have a cordless drill with a modified a hole saw bit (section cut out of each side) inside some rubber glued to prevent reel damage and it then fits on the handle of penn senator and inter's. I did it originally when we used to do a lot of trolling to bring the remaining lines after a hookup but now use for fishing in the 80-100's :-)

not my idea - i saw it on a video of a marlin comp in Mexico years ago

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 If you're free dive

Sat, 2021-06-05 16:32

 If you're free dive spearfishing off shore at anchor have a look at the prop if it's spinning get one person to check it before you all roll over the side. 

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Wire leader

Sun, 2021-06-06 04:30

Don't ask me why. After yesterday's efforts with the pelagics up here I'm switching to wire leader...... Time to go watch some Haymaker twist clips on YouTube.

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 Just use some decent crimps

Sun, 2021-06-06 08:53

 Just use some decent crimps mate.

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