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  • Blog Post: Displaying DSC information with a Standard Horizon Chartplotter

    As I indicated in an earlier post my goal is to display DCS information on my CP170 chartplotter . Well I got it working this weekend and since I couldn’t find much information about this on the web thought I would post what it looks like and how does it work.   Have a friend or back up radio send ...
  • Blog Post: How to wire your DSC VHF to a NMEA 0183 Chartplotter so you can remove them

    All the Chartplotters I have seen have water tight disconnects making them very easily removed – like my Simrad NX40(See picture) BUT all the NMEA 0183 DSC VHF radios I have seen have these same connections hardwired…. So if you wire your VHF to your Chartplotter through the dashboard or binnacle your...
  • Blog Post: ICOM 302 does not send out properly formatted DSC VHF messages

    I have not given up on displaying DSC information from my Matrix 2150– despite the fact my Simrad NX40 does not support DSC .   My contingency plan is to use my Standard Horizon CP170 chartplotter to display this information.  I figured since CP170 does supports DSC and is all Standard...
  • Blog Post: Displaying AIS data on a Simrad NX40 using a Standard Horizon Matrix 2150

    Working in the computer industry I realize integrating components from disparate vendors can be one of the hardest tasks you can do. In this case I started with  the seemingly simple task of displaying DSC and AIS data from one the Standard Horizon Matrix AIS receiver to my NX40 Simrad chartplotter...
  • Blog Post: Longfin Tuna fishing Washington

    This summer i decided my mission in life would be to become proficient at fishing for Longfin Tuna. While the weather gods have not been exactly kind I have had a couple of successful trips and have caught a bunch of fish. So what did a learn? 1. Cedar plugs are (not) the "Bomb"? 2. Size matters...
  • Blog Post: Opening day of Halibut at Westport in the new boat

    I must admit i have been pretty jazzed about the May 1st Halibut opener in Westport for a quite a while…New rod holders, rewired the electronics, new lures, checking the weather every 4 hours etc etc So how did it go?  I think the pictures speak for themselves! Hang on something is wrong here…Those...
  • Blog Post: Pursuit 2350 Walk Around (Fishing)

    They say the two happiest moments in a man’s life are: When he gets a new boat When he gets rid of his old money pit boat If that is indeed the case then this has been a stand out month for me!  When i moved back to the US i did a lot of thinking about what type of boat i could get that would serve...
  • Blog Post: Catching Halibut off of Westport

    After code camp Portland last weekend (awesome event btw) i went to Westport with long time diving buddy Jesper to learn how to catch a couple of barn doors (any halibut over 50lbs is referred to as a barn door).  After waking up at 3:30am and spending $235 what did we learn? We still don’t know...
  • Blog Post: Back from vacation -so how was the fishing in Florida?

    Back from vacation from Florida– and have been asked numerous times: “How was the fishing?” In a word: Amazing I only went out two days and both days were some of the best fishing I have ever had…. Both days I went fishing I used a private charter (meaning I was the only person on the boat other than...
  • Blog Post: Flu brings good luck? (fishing)

    One of my most frequently asked questions last couple of days while at TechEd last week was "Chuck have you given up fishing? -I haven't seen you do a fishing post in a while". The answer is " Definitely Not! ". With TechEd this week and being in the USA the two weeks before, it has been hard to get...
  • Blog Post: Offshore tackle review: Braided Line

    As indicated an earlier post braided fishing line is really only the way to go and having fished a couple brands like Berkeley Fireline, Powerpro , tuff line, bionic, spiderwire the types really are very different! Such as Fireline and Spiderwire aren't even braided, they are lots of parallel strands...
  • Blog Post: SL12S Big Game Hook Review (Offshore Fishing)

    I realize i have not been doing much fishing blogging lately for which i apologize! But i do have a very good excuse, all my free time has been spent actually fishing! Since December i have been going out every day possible and one day in early December had 7 hits from Marlin! - one little guy hit my...
  • Blog Post: The Marlin are here -and so are the storms! (Offshore Fishing)

    In the last three days over 80 marlin have been caught with one boat hooking 30 in a day! These aren't huge fish, going from 20-50KG but still beats the heck out of working -which is exactly what i have been doing the last three days -sigh. So what am i doing on a Sunday morning typing up blogs posts...
  • Blog Post: I meet fishing legend Peter Pakula

    Last night at the local fishermans get together one of the greatest Australian icons in game fishing, Peter Pakula gets up and does a presentation on the proposed closures of Moreton bay (which extends well into the Gold Coasts Broad Water ). After the presentation I "had" to introduce myself and...
  • Blog Post: DIY Marlin teasers (Offshore Fishing)

    While tournament fishing in Sydney we always ran two sets of teasers on either side of the boat. Teasers are like very large lures run without hooks used to attract fish. Since moving to Gold Coast I have not been running teasers due to the cost but after watching a lure spread behind another boat...
  • Blog Post: Gold Coast Fishing report (From hot to cold)

    The Last two weeks have gone from feast to famine as the larger pelagics are just starting to move in to the area. Last week we caught a nice Wahoo, a huge snapper, a giant Barred cod (20KG) and lots and lots of Taylor with two of the boats near by getting strikes from little black Marlin on the 40...
  • Blog Post: Fishing Pictures (Offshore Fishing)

    I just realized i had over 100 comments on my blog that i needed to approve/read. -oops sorry about that! In either case many of them were for me to post some of my fishing pictures.... Fair warning many of these photos are pretty big! Baramundi from lake Awoonga Cobia...
  • Blog Post: Pelagics not quite here yet- but fishing is picking up (offshore fishing)

    Before heading down to Melbourne for the Ready Summit I managed to sneak out for quick trip Sunday. Rumor had it there were a couple of little black Marlin on the 50 meter line and Wahoo in close so Glen and myself put out some 18knot lures and started trolling out about 6:00am. Unfortunately we went...
  • Blog Post: Even the luckiest gets skunked once in a while(Offshore Fishing)

    Yesterday (October 5th) i decided to head out to a set of reefs called the 24's (they are in 24 fathoms of water) and fish a big ball of bait that is "Always" there. Since they are "always" i didn't even bother brining any bait with me. The run out was a dream, not a wave around and i was able to jet...
  • Blog Post: Lake Monduran Fishing Report Nov 24

    On my Capricorn Coast Trip i stopped at several great fishing spots and thought it might be helpful to jot down what went well –and what didn’t. The first stop was lake Monduran the furthest south lake stocked with Barramundi in Queensland for two days of fishing. The first day I followed my normal...
  • Blog Post: Gold Coast Fishing Report Oct 21st yes the Cobia are still here! (OffShore Fishing)

    Well I finally got to go fishing after getting back from my Capricorn Coast Trip and man is nice to be back! Knowing exactly where to get bait, knowing exactly where to go felt like putting on a favorite pair slippers! We started out really early (5:00am) with the plan to troll live mackerel around...
  • Blog Post: Review Fish Eagle 240 Fish Finder (Offshore Fishing)

    The first two items i bought arriving on the Gold Coast was a 5 meter boat i bought for $5000 and a $99 fish finder. 3 months after getting the boat i find out the motor needed major servicing, the radio dies and the seats start following apart....Which begs the old adage "You get what you pay for...
  • Blog Post: Finishing my Gamefish Bingo Card (offshore fishing)

    I have not made it any secret but this is my first post that I am sadly/reluctantly planning on going back to Redmond/Seattle in Feb 2008 (my wife’s idea not mine) With my remaining 18months I need to finish my “Gamefish Bingo” card. If I have forgotten any of Australia’s premier gamefish please drop...
  • Blog Post: Spoiled on the gold coast –feeding dolphins(offshore fishing)

    Sunday morning while dropping me off Iain (my fishing buddy) commented on what an “awful” day fishing it had been. I must admit compared to our average trips it wasn’t a huge day out as we only had one nice Yellow Tail Kingfish in the ice chest….Not really thinking much more about it I proceeded to work...
  • Blog Post: Offshore Fishing on the Gold Coast with a downrigger

    I went out today with one of my regular fishing buddies Iain Burnell to try out my new toy a Cannon Unitroll downrigger . We started out day fishing with our tried and true method of drifting livebait, squid and pilchards down a burley trail and were rewarded with several tiny snapper and bunch of...
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