Hi all - I just joined this awesome site today.
I fish landbased around the northern coastline of New Zealand, predominately targeting Southern Yellowtail Kingfish. I am a family man these days so aim more for quality trips (3-5 days in the most remote pieces of coast we can find about Northland) rather than quantity. I can usually get away on these trips every 6 weeks or so but will occassionally resort to getting out on a boat for a few hours just to get a fix!! But landbased is where my passion lies.
LBG for me is the whole experience...
For me it's about completely immersing yourself in the wild. The rugged remote terrain and exposure to the elements makes up a big part of the experience.
Nothing compares to standing on a hard rock ledge with swell crashing and swirling around below your feet, current and surge pulling the weed and kelp back and forth. The sound of the water sucking in and out of crevices and blow holes mixed with the wind whipping up a bit of chop and the spray in your face. Massive cliffs towering behind you and miles of uninhabited swell-bashed coastline to the left and right of you, nothing but the big blue out in front of you. Not another human in sight, no boats on the horizon... just you, your mates, the fish in the burley and the powerhouse connected to the other end of the rod you are leaning back into.
That's where it's at.
I fish almost exclusively with overhead reels (TLD's and Diawa SL series) as livebaiting and strayling are the go to methods for the species I target (although I am now playing around a little bit with poppers and stickbaits).
I know that these reels are suppossed to be relatively easy to work on but I have never had the time nor (more secretely) the confidence to attempt servicing them myself. However I have just come out of some major surgery and am starring at a 6-8 week lay-off from work. I have therefore taken it upon myself to get this monkey off my back and finally learn to service my own reels (the OH's at least!)
This site looks awesome Alan and your tutorials are incredible. I feel supremely more confident now attempting my servicing. Please be wary, however, of a bombardment of questions and parts enquiries!!!
Anyway, I hope this dribble about myself wasn't too long winded... just thought I'd give you an introduction and prep you for the inevitable onslaught of posts