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Hooky last won the day on October 5

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About Hooky

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    Fishing Guru !
  • Birthday 02/25/1965

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    The lounge
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    Repairing old crap from eBay and annoying the wife when it lays in the garden leaking shit for months on end
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  1. Hooky

    A few days spare

    All places filled .weather looks superb ! cross fingers for Doombar behaving herself
  2. Hooky

    A few days spare

    Looking at a few days holiday! 30TH / 1ST/ 2ND/ 3RD , weather depending from Christchurch harbour, general fishing ( mainly Plaice drifting ) Nothing serious / first come etc// club members only @Gummage @Darvster @Mike Hall
  3. Hooky

    Ray Competition

    Sunday ! ok I know it was not a official Ray or competition day as the winds were forecast as force 4+ ! NASTY/ NASTY , so back to the mooring and drank some coffee etc for 6 hours , a rather relaxing day 😇
  4. Hooky

    Ray Comp Weather Watch

    Only day off for months was this Sunday , 😫 keeping my hopes up for my first comp this year ?? @Mike Hall
  5. Hooky


    Oh Yeah AND YET ANOTHER Wilson 20ft jobby will be coming to play ( far better condition than mine 🤢)
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    And a HUGE thanks for getting my old engine into a perfect runner 🤣
  7. Hooky


    Give me a ring Mike , I have one to borrow (its all fine) you will need a plate board
  8. Hooky

    Happy Birthday Lofty

    Appy Birfday , Innit Bro
  9. Hooky

    A new project named Blah ( could get messy)

    My front window was a big one, it now has a polycarbonate (5mm) bonded and bolted to the outside reveal, no chance of that ever happening again . Decided against acrylic, it can still crack etc . I think that's it now , everything seems spot on as It needs to be , the other few bits that need doing are just bling , I always wanted to be safe, it's always be the first priority . Of course the weather is looking crap for this weekend, I'm all ready to go out and get a couple of Bream for the BBQ but I'm a very happy chappie knowing the hard work will have been worth the wait My next post WILL be a catch report with loads of nice piccies. Thanks again to you lot for all the encouragement & support
  10. Hooky

    A new project named Blah ( could get messy)

    Not it sure Rob , I've been out on a few bigger boats ( Marlin / Fisheagle) and have certainly seen big waves pitch over the bow and hit the windscreen ?? Have I got this bit right ??? ( yes I was heading into a rather lumpy confused swell)
  11. Hooky

    A new project named Blah ( could get messy)

    http://www.displaysuk.co.uk/ @Gummage Going down tommorow: Things could have been FAR worse, that's what sea trials are about. I have found out I'm not the only one to have this happen , that big window will fail if a reasonable force is applied . They have agreed to do a special quickly job . Also going to fit another bilge pump , it's going to be chucking it down this weekend ! Oh yeah, the weird intermittent engine problem , it's definitely coils or cdi , it can run under power for a hour or 15 minutes (???) it will just go lumpy sometimes. Switch back on and it's all fine again OR lumpy , all I know is that it always starts on the first turn of the key.
  12. Hooky

    A new project named Blah ( could get messy)

    UPDATE !!!! Im going to put this bit in this thread with a huge CAUTION ! Sea trail (day 2 ) could have seen me in BIG trouble. Heading over the ledge in fairly lumpy conditions the whole front window got forced in by a big wave . In 2 seconds the boat was in a very bad situation. I stayed very calm , headed in on main engine , yes i had my hand held VHF ready , clipped to my life jacket, this could at least been a Pan Pan . I managed to get all the way back up into the harbour before the bilge pump also died ( bits of plastic crap) stopped it dead. Main engine still plodding on, got back to her mooring (phew) My opinion is this way of fitting a big main front window (on a rubber seal) is a DANGER , I have never even considered this on this type of craft. Im going down to fit a new screen , ( 1 inch over size fitted over foam tape and finished wit bolts and lock nuts ). Your thoughts on this issue please
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    A new project named Blah ( could get messy)

    It happened, Doombar has her first fish ! FIrst drop using small Sabikis, three bass, all retuned, the mackeral were thicker than soup ! Big bait down produced a nice Gurnard followed by a nice little spotty . Time was limited as I'm not confident in the engine yet ( still goes lumpy when pushed then drops onto two cylinders, could only be a coil ) Anchored up opposite the old coast guard hut , it was very snotty and bumpy out for the whole day. One slight disappointment, the old Shetland was far better getting over the ledge , I will get used to the slamming in time or it could be I haven't got my sea legs adjusted. This weekend looks pretty good so far , only saw one other boat out today, ( charter) but not going to push my luck to push a little further out until some confidence returns.
  14. Hooky

    A new project named Blah ( could get messy)

    Launched !! After a few issues with the cable adjustment ( would not select forward on gearbox) I managed to go up and down the river a few times, tide up to a mooring buoy and set up the carbs, not easy but all now seems perfect ,. The auxiliary engine also needed a bit of fettling , at least I know that works should it be needed. Will I get my first fish today from my new boat ?? . Many things learned about old outboards ; they may run in a tank or on muffs but that means nothing, put them under load , it's the only way. There is a point when a old outboard is scrap, set yourself a budget and stick to it . Old two strokes are increasing in value ( !!!!!!!!!) compression test first , if that's not perfect walk away . Make sure it will select gears, check for spark. As a rule of thumb if you buy a old outboard for £1000 expect to spend that amount again to get it perfect. Old outboards take far longer to service , every nut or bolt could be seized , many professional mechanics won't work on old engines, a full days labour (£45.00 per hour plus parts ) seems the norm. So would I do it again ? simple answer NO , I simply don't have the time or energy . I only bought this boat as the hull is brilliant, one day she will have a nice new ( ish ) engine . See you all soon
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    A new project named Blah ( could get messy)

    The ups and downs of life (sigh) looked like this boat would have to be sold , endless hours wasted, it has been a bad year I had lost it , fishing was of little meaning or interest , despite loads of support from my friends ( you know who you are chaps ) . The weather has been brilliant these last weeks, one thing that kept me (slightly ) sane was sitting down by baiter park and watching others having fun. At last I could book a few days off work , just maybe one last go to see if I could get the carburettors on, get the battery charged and then if it didn't work at least I tried my best. New oil in tank , fresh fuel and she started first time , didn't know wether to or .. After making the huge decision to also fit new bearings to the trailer, sorting out all those loads of little jobs that needed doing she's sat ready to go for a maiden launch in the next few days. I had to let my Christchurch mooring go , so once again a huge thanks to Darvester as he is not using his for the rest of the season, if all goes well on her first run out she will now have a temporary home . Even if I get a run up the river ( yes the auxiliary runs ok) IT will be a positive outcome. COme on weather. , let the winds drop , who knows I might even get out to catch my first fish of the season !!!