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Old 23-01-2016, 06:15 AM
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2.5 @ 900 lumens, which would throw a 150m beam. 190 hours is @ 18 lumens, which is more than adequate for around the house. Bare in mind, it's the size of a large permanent marker. Take a look at their RS18 rechargeable, 1457 hours at 1 lumen.
Yeah my light choices, up until this point, have all been about maximum out put. (while still maintaning my "tight-arse" status - there are also other requirements that need to be met)

When I bought the 230 lumens head torch, I thought - you beauty this is the Ducks nuts - my dolphin torch is a piece of sh1t.

I find alot of my hotspots by "spot lighting" river systems at night - every bait fish in a river comes to the surface at night, so a spot light is the best weapon to see what just under neath them.

On a clear night - 230 lumens is all you need - but if its rained or the wind has stirred up the banks - you wont see much.

So I searched for a brighter head lamp - the "coast" was the editors choice in a 20 head lamp revue. (all the big names and monster lumen count headlamps included)

Its design is a little agricultural - (it weighs about as much as a steel plough ) - but its a rugged little bugger that out performs some of the more reputable brands on the criteria that are important to me. ie maintains peak performance for a few hours on one set of rechargeable batteries - and is about 1/10th of the cost of the "1 million lumen" head torch that last for 30 mins, that "Ben Stiller" would wear hiking

The "5000 lumen" hand held torch would be a serious weapon if it had a beam you could focus. But its not built for my purposes. I need a beam you can focus, so I can immediately work out if that submerged plastic bag, 40 ft from the bank, is a Jewie or not and its weight is an issue aswell.

I made a millimetre perfect, rope lanyard, so I could ride my bike and still have 2 working arms at the end of spot lighting session.

The thing weighs 340 grams with out four 18650's inside it

I also innovated up a mount from a hammer drill to alleviate wrist strain (The white tape is so its easy to find in the dark)
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Old 23-01-2016, 06:27 AM
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But we wouldn't have headed back for this fella if I hadnt spotlighted the area the night before

P.s. I would not have seen him with a weaker light - so lumen count can be everything - even if it means sore wrists - burnt calves - and chapped ears from a head torch built like a plough
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Old 23-01-2016, 12:48 PM
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I've gone out - made an absolute fool of myself for hours in a row - and guess what happened when I got home.(Footage taken earlier but the embarrassment stays the same)

Thats right - the pump keeps pumping

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Old 23-01-2016, 06:11 PM
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I've gone out - made an absolute fool of myself for hours in a row - and guess what happened when I got home.(Footage taken earlier but the embarrassment stays the same)

Thats right - the pump keeps pumping
Loose unit!!!
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Old 23-01-2016, 08:06 PM
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Loose unit!!!
Thats some footage I prepared earlier but I can guarantee last night was worse And just like my brain cells - the pump is now dead.
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Old 23-01-2016, 09:20 PM
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Thats some footage I prepared earlier but I can guarantee last night was worse And just like my brain cells - the pump is now dead.
how many hours?
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Old 23-01-2016, 09:33 PM
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how many hours?
It was still running at 4am - so thats 55 and half at least - the batteries died some time between 4am and 11am
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Old 25-01-2016, 05:32 AM
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Found em Nicko - Reece plumbing/irrigation in Richmond - 15mm - (to cut down on weight). Saved myself a fiver

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Old 26-01-2016, 03:07 AM
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Ran in to a couple of flounder the other night - and although it was fun kicking them into the net - I figured I could make it easier on myself
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Old 26-01-2016, 03:09 AM
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I already had a pranger head with a bent spike - so I just pulled it out with the vice grips and stuck it to the shaft of an old mop - (I thought of just attaching it to the handle of my net but something stopped me)

It doesnt need to last forever - just long enough to see if its useful- I can already see issues with the length of the spear head. The flattie I saw the other night might have been too thick for the barb - but it should be fine for flounder
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Old 26-01-2016, 03:12 AM
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the end cap was made from inspiration and dreams - then stuffed with foam - also tied a Venetian cord loop to the butt so I can attach it to my float and drag it around when I dont need it.
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Old 28-01-2016, 04:17 PM
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Turns out the flounder spear is a piece of junk - what I thought was an extendable handle wasnt - and it is way too light weight to be of any use. And I recently found out the barb on the prong makes it illegal in Victoria - glad I didnt use it
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Old 28-01-2016, 04:23 PM
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I got chatting with a flounder guru the other day and he set me straight.

It turns out, you've got to go heavy and have really long prongs, with out barbs, like an Aboriginal spear. The barbs just slow you down and if you use a shoveling technique to bring the fish up off the bottom they wont get off the long prongs.

Its got to be long enough to use 2 handed but short enough to put the palm of your hand on the end, while thrusting into a fish

Just so happens I had some really heavy curtain rods in the garage - so after a couple of squirts with a 6mm drill bit - I'm on my way. Just wanted to see if it was doable first. Turns out its very doable.
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Old 28-01-2016, 04:26 PM
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Just have to pick up some supplies from bunnings - give the wood a bit of heat treatment to harden the wood near the pointy end - sharpen the tips - lash them on - and no flounder or flatty will be safe.


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Old 28-01-2016, 04:51 PM
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and if I run into any bears out there - my spear should handle them

(Caution - swearing - dont watch unless you like swearing)


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