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About Waz-in-Oz

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  • Birthday 01/26/1966


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    2005 Redfisher 16, 150 E-Tec, Minn Kota 55lb Terranova, Aqua jet wash down, Lowrance Gen 2 HDS-12 Touch (dash) & (front) with Structure Scan & Sonic Hub Stereo, XL 8ft Power Pole, Stealth pump & remotes.
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  1. Waz-in-Oz

    Re-power my 2006 Redfisher 16 ( with pics now)

    Mates over here recently repowered there 16 Bonefisher with a 115Pro XS and it is so quiet, fast through all the ranges and light. I was looking to put one on my 2005 Redfisher 16 to replace my E-Tec 150 HO but now a 150 pro XS is coming to Australia mid year I will wait for it as it will suit me better.
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    Weipa Trip

    Myself and a fellow RF18 owner named Ramcon took a trip to Weipa where we were treated to some special fishing over four days in a variety of locations around Weipa. we fished the leads (Pylons) of the shipping channel for a variety of species (12 in one morning)and then proceeded to the creeks for a hot session of 60 Barra's all in one day. I got to catch a few firsts with a Black Jew of 95 cms and a Juvenile Queensland Groper which had beautiful colours and both fight incredibly hard. We averaged over 60 barra's a day to a maximum of 95 cm with countless other species in 35 degree heat and pre-wet season stormy conditions out of Ben's 6 meter custom aluminium boat. Weipa is about 1400 kilometres from Townsville and a lot of dirt road which can destroy trailers just looking at them and a Saltwater croc population with lots bigger then mine and Ronnie's 18RF so we flew into Cairns and then grabbed a later flight to Weipa which is a Bauxite Mining Town up in the top end of Queensland. Here is just some of the country we fished and a few species that we caught and released on the trip. On my return I had to replace two bait caster drags and a few bearings from smoked drags but the fun of seeing new relatively unexplored territory compared to our coastal region was a trip of a lifetime and we have plans for another trip this year. Cheers Waz [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1423572623-Weipa_22.jpg[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1423572666-Weipa_39.jpg[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1423572325-Weipa_5.jpg[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1423572566-Weipa_17.jpg[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1423572592-Weipa_18.jpg[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1423572354-Weipa_16.jpg[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1423572639-Weipa_33.jpg[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1423572339-Weipa_8.jpg[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1423572607-Weipa_19.jpg[/image]
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    A Reef Trip

    Way to Go John, The weather has been ordinary now for a while. Missed you at the tournament this year and then heard a Sea foam green 18 Redfisher was for sale in Cairns but the guys got it wrong and it is the one at Hervey Bay. Glad to see you are still out catching a few when you can. Cheers Waz
  4. We had 56 boats this year and got half way down the channel and copped a m***ive fog bank which pulled the boats up to a safe speed quickly. Managed a 10th place in the teams this year and won a Champion Angler Individual Angler for a sub species which was good. Tough fishing due to a limited wet season but always good fun. Didn't fish out of my rig this year and fished out of my mates 18 foot new Sterling with a 150 hp Yammy four stroke for sponsorship reasons but was a good platform to fish from in the good conditions. Cheers Waz [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1401377971-Shotgun_Start_-_Helicopter_Photo_1.jpg [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1401377991-Shotgun_Start_-_Helicopter_Photo_2.jpg [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1401378011-Shotgun_Start_-_Helicopter_Photo_3.jpg [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1401378032-Shotgun_Start_-_Helicopter_Photo_4.jpg [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1401378051-Shotgun_Start_-_Helicopter_Photo_5.jpg [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1401378073-Shotgun_Start_-_Helicopter_Photo_6.jpg
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    RF16 LED Install

    The Boat shop B & M Outboards did a great job on the Stereo system and I also asked the guys to add some LED lights to under my gunnels and Luke also put one in my front hatch for when chasing lures or pre-rigging gear. Came out awesome, just like the stereo set up (Thanks Luke) and there is three switches in under the shelf in the console and if you turn them on individually you have a choice of three colours - Red / Blue or Green. Turn two or three switches on together and you get colours like purple or orange just like mixing paint. My favourite is the Blue - we don't too much night fishing but the lights are great for when we are at Tournaments or weekends away and we gather around the boat having a beer as the light is not too intense but does light up enough so you can see clearly. Always hard to show in a picture unless you are a guru in taking pictures which I am not but this should give you a idea. Cheers [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1400382726-DSCN0733.JPG[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1400382756-DSCN0745.JPG[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1400382778-DSCN0746.JPG[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1400382808-DSCN0747.JPG[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1400382838-DSCN0748.JPG[/image]
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    Lowrance Sonic Hub Install - RF16

    Just got my boat back and very happy with the outcome. I had a Lowrance Sonic Hub with a Uni Dock fitted with 4 x 200 watt speakers (2 on side console and 2 in the front casting deck support facing back). I also had a Fusion 8 inch sub woofer and amplifier (Lowrance recommended) to feel the beat and clarify up the tunes. It is connected to both my Gen 2 Lowrance HDS 12 on the dash and the HDS 10 up front next to the electric motor. The mates came over yesterday and we tested in the shed and all were very impressed and it had some serious sound but not distorted when you pumped up the volume. The Uni dock on the dash will take a wide variety of I-Pods, I-Phones, USB sticks etc and I tried it with a old original I-pod as I haven't transferred my songs over to the new I-Pod Touch or 5 s I-Phone as yet. It has a Bluetooth set up and is waterproof when the cradle is pushed in and the lid closed up. Here is some pictures of what it looks like. [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1400382085-DSCN0737.JPG[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1400382116-DSCN0738.JPG[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1400382144-DSCN0735.JPG[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1400382170-DSCN0734.JPG[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1400382331-DSCN0749.JPG[/image]
  7. Waz-in-Oz

    Still Kicking over in Australia

    Hi All, Getting it done slowly - been working away flying in and out which has slowed my progress and in between trying to get a bit of pre-tournament fishing in. Here is where I am at: HDS 12 Gen 2 installed on Dash HDS 10 Gen 2 installed next to I-Pilot. Keel Protector installed. Old Polling Platform installed with new teak side steps and drink holders up top. New Crank and Electric batteries installed. New Dual Axle Multi Roller Trailer with Boat Catch. Still to go (next Monday). Lowrance Sonic Hub / 4 x Lowrance speakers / Fusion 8 Inch Sub-woofer/Amplifier / Uni Dock to be installed all linked to HDS 12 and HDS 10. LED under Gunnel lighting. Cheers and here is some pics. [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1399646552-DSCN0655__Medium_.JPG[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1399646588-DSCN0713.JPG[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1399646622-DSCN0714.JPG[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1399646667-DSCN0716.JPG[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1399646696-DSCN0725.JPG[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1399646726-DSCN0727.JPG[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1399646751-DSCN0728.JPG[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1399646771-DSCN0729.JPG[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1399646800-DSCN0730.JPG[/image] Cheers
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    Still Kicking over in Australia

    Been a long while since I have posted and have only had a bit of time to quickly scroll through what's happening on the Forum but thought I would drop a quick hello to all. As I speak the Redfisher 16 is getting a small makeover with the following items: 1. New Aluminium multi roller trailer - Since the Aussie dollar has gone way down to the 90 cents and to import a American one is way to expensive as you pay for area you may as well bring it over with a boat on it I decided to get one built. Aluminium I-Beam, powder coated, Alloy mag dual wheels + spare mounted, multi rollers (our ramps aren't quite steep enough for bunks sometimes), waterproof LEDs, Boat Catch retrieve and launch system. 2. As I post - A New 12 inch Gen 2 Touch HDS Lowrance on the Dash to replace the existing 2 x 10 inch models. 3. Also Moving one of the 10 Inch Gen 2 HDS Combos to the bow next to the I-Pilot Min Kota through Ether Net Cabling to read what the dash is saying if up the front by myself. 4. New E-Tec motor monitoring system through the 12 Inch screen via ether cabling from the motor. 5. The old custom made Tower I got built years ago but was removed and sold has been re-bought, extended to fit the 150 HO E-Tec and has had side steps with teak added to both sides (easy to get up there now). 6. Had a few scratches and dings fibre gl***ed out from the hull from rafting up and added a bow protection strip for pulling up at beaches or boat ramps. Looking forward to the completion of the upgrade -and have been giving it a run in between dropping off to people to do the work. Have a few big trips coming up soon so will post some pictures when finished. Barra's are still biting in between some big windy sections. Just a sweetener on my mates boat (not a Hewes) but hey I christened it with the first Barra so that had to hurt. Cheers [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1378728961-IMG-20130628-00023.jpg[/image]
  9. Waz-in-Oz

    2013 refit

    Nice Dave. After three years it still looks like new and the new deck colour is a great match to your hull. Cheers
  10. Waz-in-Oz

    I'll Take This to Go...

    Loving the detail that shows the scale sitting by itself on the claw - Makes you wonder how sharp them claws are to penertrate through the middle of a scale. Hook manufactures can only dream. Awesome shots. Cheers Waz
  11. Waz-in-Oz

    New Aussie RF18 Owner

    We'll they just keep coming - Another mate has pulled the trigger on a pre-loved Hewes Redfisher 18 from the USA and he just happens to be based in our town of Townsville in North Queensland. After coming for runs in mine and Ramcon's rigs he started looking and came across an awesome rig. [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1359459404-Stavs_18RF__a_.JPG[/image] I just so happened to be at Bohle Cold Rooms inspecting a new purchase when a transport truck pulls up at the big Marine Shop across the road and here I am stunned to see Stav's 18 RF up on top. I give him a quick call as I see the guys unloading and he shoots over to see his new baby just as it gets lowered to the ground safe and sound after a m***ive journey. After a clean up, some sorting out I got a call to come for a run and I can tell you I was excited as this is the newer model which I was dying to see the differences, how it rides and how it fishes. I love this model with the split seats, new console and it appears more beefed up then my 2005 model. Can I tell you there is nothing like a new owners smile when they drive these rigs (see bottom photo). We caught a few fish had a ball for the morning and on the way home we pulled into Parkesy's place (bonefisher 16) to wash her down and have a cold one and show off the great rig to him. Just for the record Stav got 45 knots out of her down the creek on a long stretch we had to ourselves which was just awesome and I couldn't believe the way this 18 pulled the water back with the trim tabs to get quickly to minimum amount of hull in the water with a sweet note coming from the F150 - it is set up beautifully. Here it is after a quick tub at Parkesy's place and it looks nothing short of awesome and Stav has had it out on multiple times in the last couple of weeks and is super impressed and loves it already. I won't get into any of the details and goodies on her but just wanted to welcome him on-board to the Hewes Family Club Down Under and I am sure he will be adding stories from her for all of you to read in the near future. [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1359460645-New_Aussie_RF_18_008.jpg[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1359460669-New_Aussie_RF_18_009.jpg[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1359460690-New_Aussie_RF_18_010.jpg[/image] Look out for this one on the water guys. Cheers
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    Ramcon RF18 Upgrade

    A couple of stories ago I wrote a few words on my best mates 2nd hand imported RF18 and its first trip up Hinchinbrook. Here is a picture of the RF18 as it came over with a couple of upgrades added being the I-pilot and big Hummingbird Sounder on the dash. [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1359123314-Ramcon_RF18_Before_Shot.jpg[/image] Well he doesn't do things in a little way and he is a fanatical Rabbito's fan (South Sydney rugby leauge club)so decided a upgrade to the rig he imported over to Australia. First you need to support your clubs colours and add the clubs logo. [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1359123540-DSCN0029__Medium_.JPG[/image] Yes we do give him some stick about the Rabbits but teams are thick as blood round here. Then you got to match the new tow rig to your team colours to set it off and his new Ford Ranger is a treat and a awesome colour matching tow rig. [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1359123728-DSCN0030__Medium_.JPG[/image] As you can see he added some bits to the trailer to protect the new paint work and the complete rig looks awesome and turns heads where ever he goes. Ramcon had the two small front hatches re-fibregl***ed into eskys due to the heat over here (gotta keep the beers cold), and she is now a full on Australian Fishing Weapon. Me n the boys call it "Run Rabbit Run" after his team to lay some trash talk on him but Team Rabbit is an impressive rig that you certainly don't miss when it is running the Hinchinbrook channel and local creeks. Cheers
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    Nice trip Snelly, There is another 18 RF on its way from the States to Townsville, I believe it is a black colour with a 150 Yammy to one of my mates - pictures in weeks to come once on the water. Ramcons, 18 Redfisher has had a nice revamp with a with a full colour change to Hewes Cherry Red to match his favourite NRL Team (Rabbits) and also had some of the compartments relined to our australian esky grade to withstand the heat which works great. He also added some stone deflectors to the trailer to prevent stone damage from the roads and the whole rig looks like brand new. Had a trip the other day to the cape in it and smacked some nice barras, took the camera but forgot to take the card out of the computer (beginers mistake) so didn't get a shot of what looks like a new boat at the ramp to show everyone and some pictures of nice fish. Hard to get a perspective on the difference between my 16 and his 18 besides size and so far the ride was a touch better coming back with following sea with the extra length in the swells in our bay but up in amongst the mangroves and shallow bay the draft of the 16 is a bit better. Love the extra two front boxes though and wish I had them on the 16RF as you can load the boat different with weight - everything is a compromise. Catch you at the Barra Bash in a few weeks. Waz
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    New HewesOwner in Australia

    Hey Grubby, Yes when it first arrived I thought Ramcon would have trouble with the hitch and cables which I thought were not legal in Queensland. But he had to put it over the pits and they p***ed it and just registered it straight up. His was under the 2.5 meter wide as requested but I have heard of some being delivered and being over even after they knew the Australia Rules. I have an Australia trailer and have always wished for an american one specific to my boat but wonder if it is worth the trouble importing. Like you say when the scalies are on the pad at Rollinstone it will be interesting. Ronnie towed my boat up to Nuggets shop to get the sounder on and they were there and went over it with tape measures etc. The full inspection and couldn't get me for anything wrong so was happy with that. Parkesy has the same hitch and hooks on the Bonefisher same as Ramcon on his trailer and never been pinched and he has been towing it all around the north for 15 years. They are getting more fierce and have stepped up the revenue raising so they are on the pads more and more - I am happy to know mine is 100 % right like yours. DId you see the new law that you must have a fluro flag on your prop if it sticks out more than 1.5 meters from the end of your trailer - (a lot are like this when you put the motor up in travel mode - worth a messure) and the other is no loose items in the boat (esky's, knifes or rods in a holder etc) that don't have a tie down that meets 20 kilos of "upward pressure" not downward like most people think. They are making it tougher to go fishing just to get to the water but the Hewes has everything in compartments so is good just don't leave your pliers or knives in the console rod holders when you get back to the ramp. For anyone overseas reading this and think our laws are tough - I attended a truck accident the other day that closed the highway for 6 hours when a after market bait board came out of the back of the holders it was in and the truck had it fly into the widscreen where he rolled the truck and spread 42 tonnes of materials over the highway. He wasn't injured just rattled and the boat just drove off into the distance unaware. This is why they are now enforcing boat covers - any loose items not tied down equals $150 on the spot fine and they are catching plenty. Cheers
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