Logical option for anyone wanting portable seating

Camp chairs have been extremely popular in Australia for a number of years now.

Able to be instantly folded down when not in use for easy transportation and storage, they are the logical seating option for anyone wanting portable seating.

Whether you are a grey nomad, a camper or a beach fisherman, or maybe you just host the family Christmas lunch each year, the chances are you own a durable camp chair or four for your adventures.

Oztrail have now taken that idea of a compact folding chair to the next level with their ultra-light Compaclite series, which can be packed down to an incredibly small size to make these chairs even more user friendly and extremely portable.

Boat ramps can be extremely slippery

Anyone who has spent any time launching boats knows how potentially dangerous it can be.

Boat ramps can be extremely slippery and many an unsuspecting skipper or crew member has gone belly up when their feet have suddenly gone out from under them.

This can lead to some painful injuries and I have a nasty memory of losing my footing at Woodman Point unexpectedly one afternoon.

My feet went from under me without warning as I walked down the ramp.

I landed heavily on my side and although I soldiered on for a few hours out on the water, eventually had to come back in as the pain became severe due to badly bruised ribs which laid me up for a few days.

The business end of the Anchormax

If you love a feed of fresh crayfish, but don’t like doing the hard work pulling the pot up then the Maxwell Anchormax might be the perfect solution without breaking the bank.

The Anchormax is a versatile vertical capstan which doubles as a one-way general purpose winch, popular with boaters as it is small but powerful, and doesn’t draw excessive power.

For WA boaters it can be used to pull pots or as a davit winch, and can even be used on a tinnie to retrieve an anchor.

Easy to install, the Anchormax has an extremely high power to weight ratio.

It has a maximum pull rating of 330kg and a speed of 32 metres per minute and these qualities have made it one of Australasia’s most popular capstans.

In particular, it shapes as an ideal option for anyone looking to make life easier for the next cray season, especially those getting on in years or with a bad back, or who can’t find a regular deckie to assist.

The 2017-18 recreational cray season opens in October in the bottom half of the State.

Hooks you can trust

What's the lowest common denominator that all of us line fishers share in doing what we love? What is the one piece of kit we all have in the arsenal?

Somewhere in the shed or in the rod rack, we’ve probably all got a carbon fibre rod, but it is also likely that there’s a fibreglass rod somewhere. Maybe we all have a threadline reel, but then we might also have an overhead. We might have some wire trace, or swivels, sinkers and lures. However, none of those would be 100 per cent guaranteed to be in the kit of every single fisho in the WAngler readership.

Fin-Nor reputation no waffle

WHO can remember the Polly Waffle (an extinct chocolate bar if you have to ask), or the proper series of Combat, in black and white?

I can't be the only one, surely?

If you're reading this and silently recalling things of the past you might also recall what was, back in our day, a range of top-of-the-line fishing reels that most of us could only ever dream of being able to own – the mighty Fin-Nor range.

In its day, Fin-Nor was a marque of sheer engineering magnificence, the reputation of the brand for performance, cutting edge design and build quality was truly well earned. Fin-Nor was one of those standout USA-built quality products which we could really only dream about being able to afford, or rather, being able to justify the asking price.

The good, the bad and the faulty

I just want to put it out in the open that all the products, opinions, judgements or whatever that you’ll read hereabouts in any of my columns are from the heart.

I am not ‘fed’ any column material by any person or by any corporate body. I am not sponsored – almost all the reels, rods, whatever that are featured are bought, although sometimes I hunt out the tackle trade and seek permission to play with and take some pics of certain gear.

I don’t work in fishing tackle retail or wholesale so I have no vested interest in any product being better received by the buying public or not. Nor will I lose any sleep over any product that doesn’t find favour in the marketplace; if it’s not up to scratch or isn’t good value for money that’s not the fault of customers.

Brilliant barotrauma beaters

What is the aim of going fishing, why do we really go? Is it to kill a fish or to catch a fish?

That question 40 years ago would without a doubt have had a very different answer than today for many. I know because I was doing this fishing thing more than 40 years ago, just as strongly, maybe moreso, than I am today.

And back then it was more about eating a fish than catching it. Today, it’s increasingly about catching that same fish rather than just killing it. Today the future for the fish we catch is much brighter than it was back then. And that’s a very good thing.

Overheads are star performers

Sometimes I hate change, but usually I unashamedly love it. I really love change when it means fishing-related stuff is made better.

And when that change means that my much-loved star drag overhead reels are back with a vengeance as a fishing tool then I am delighted. That it is happening is in no small part due to new drag technology and clever engineering, and it’s the all-important drag technology which is at the heart of my reborn love affair.