Jurien Bay FADs: now with results.

Jurien Bay FADs: now with results.

The one on the right went 9kg on the lie detector and came with a free yozuri minnow ;)

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 Score on the free lure!

Mon, 2013-02-04 20:33

 Score on the free lure! Haha. Decant size there!

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Nice

Mon, 2013-02-04 20:37

Nice work Jamie. Conditions look pretty harsh too :)

Are the FAD's holding position OK?

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 Ha ha that's mint Jamie.

Mon, 2013-02-04 20:44

 Ha ha that's mint Jamie. Good conditions out there too.

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They seem to be pretty much

Mon, 2013-02-04 20:49

They seem to be pretty much where we launched them.

The southernmost one is missing the radar reflector, it was hit by a ship and the pole is now bent too. Both these parts are field-replaceable with a few $$$ and might keep them running a bit longer.

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 Let me know if you need

Mon, 2013-02-04 20:51

 Let me know if you need anything fab'd up.

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Maybe with a smokie in the

Mon, 2013-02-04 20:54

Maybe with a smokie in the head to deal with the ships?

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radar reflector

Tue, 2013-02-05 09:27

 and a ship still hit it?

Something wrong right there.

Glad it wasnt me sitting out there in my boat drifting arround

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Well done mate

Tue, 2013-02-05 09:31

Whats that orange float in the background??

I agree, how can a ship hit them, maybe a non radar equiped pleasure craft at night.

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Noha/crasny1: you guys are

Tue, 2013-02-05 16:15

Noha/crasny1: you guys are kidding me, right?

The PGFC FADs are regularly slammed by ships, and in some cases, the radar reflectors survive the encounter, but in many cases, nothing does.

You can tell a pleasurecraft hasn't hit them because no one sunk their boat out there and the pole is 2.5m long, but only shows impact damage on the top, nowhere along the length.

There are absolutely no shortage of skippers that get out of the heads at Freo then turn on the AP till they get to the Abrolhos Islands.

The float in the BG is a spear float, so that people know roughly where we are in the water.

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Could just be mother nature

Tue, 2013-02-05 21:35

During a big storm and strong current the radar reflector would be getting pretty close to horizontal and getting flogged around a bit. If the reflector is moving fast one way and a bit of water is moving fast in the opposite direction, you'd be amazed by the amount of force it would generate, especially on the end of such a long pole.

Nice fish. Glad to hear they haven't shifted!

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Interesting idea, but I still

Wed, 2013-02-06 06:39

Interesting idea, but I still think it was a ship. After all, the PGFC ones have been on charts for the last 15yrs and ships still hit them.

The current is the strongest at WAUC North, and that one seems fine.

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