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WHAT'S YOUR BEST HOBBY?

Discussion in 'Chewing the fat' started by Old fisho, Mar 6, 2018.

  1. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    So we fish. We all have that in common. But most have or have had, other interests that we can share, apart from families and homes? A long time ago we became interested in birds; an interest that has lasted throughout our lives. At its peak we had numerous aviaries holding close to five hundred birds. As time passed, like with many things and other people, our interests became more fine tuned as we develop in what ever it is that we do. Eventually we specialised in Australians parrots, of which there are many, and breeding pure strains of predominantly Lady Amherst and Golden pheasants. We still had the usual finches, quail etc. as well. Over years, endeavouring to produce different colour variants, people crossed amhersts and goldens to a point where pure colours were almost impossible to find. What they almost did was destroy the originals of these magnificent birds. After buying multitudinous pairs, finding incorrect feather colours, and rejecting them as crossbreeds; we finally created pairs that threw to perfect original breed colours. These became well known in the avicultural world, were in great demand, and people travelled long distances to buy settings of eggs. We never sold eggs, but would hatch and rear the chicks for sale. That itself was a challenge. It was a most wonderful hobby; (but like many others, don't expect to make much money from it). We gave up our birds when we moved to eastern Victoria. That's an extremely brief and minute resume'. What have you done or still do as a hobby?
     
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  2. kev209

    kev209 Well-Known Member

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    I love my fishing, but am restricted in where I can go.
    I am also very interested in old Trucks. My son and I went to a lot of truck shows together. I have a few hundred photos of trucks on disc and in albums. I must get a few photos of the road trains running on the Western Hwy near home. Again I am restricted how far I can walk.
    Then there was my little mate, I spent quite a bit of time with him, but he has gone to Doggy Heaven.
    My health issues really p##s me off. We got some great news this morning Lyn and I can get another [little mate] Dog.
    This will be the best medication ever I'm thinking.
     
  3. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    What's the secret trick Kev? I wanted another little dog but got a cold shoulder instead (again).
    Then when in Alice you must visit---I think it's called the Transport Museum or similar. Every age and make of truck imaginable is on display. Most are restored too. We're not into trucks, but somehow still spent three hours there. We found some that were once owned by guys we knew. Even some new Kenworths are there. A huge place.
     
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    kev209 Well-Known Member

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    The Road Transport Hall of Fame is definitely on the to see list. There is talk of it shifting from Alice to Broken Hill. But I can't see that ever happening. I think it is something to do with vandalism.
     
  5. Tackleberry

    Tackleberry Well-Known Member

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    the thing I am best at is looooong range shooting think rabbit size target at over 1000 yards
     
  6. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    We assume that is a rabbit size target, not a target that looks rabbit sized over 1000
    WOW!!!!! What sort of machine do you use. My shot guns wouldn't even carry that far.
     
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    Tackleberry Well-Known Member

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    these there is $20 000 in these 3 to replace today ... 7mm rem mag and a semi custom 206R and a 223R



    and this my .22 cost around $2100 as it sits and it get used on rabbits out to 200 yards
     

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    Tackleberry Well-Known Member

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    sorry I cant get the image's to go where they need to be any questions just ask


    cheers TAC
     
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    Tackleberry Well-Known Member

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    kev209 Well-Known Member

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    Luv the wood
     
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  11. Tackleberry

    Tackleberry Well-Known Member

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    yeah I'm strictly a ally bedding block synthetic stock kind of bloke but for short range stuff like the 22 I like the laminated stocks as well . 1st one is my sons 223 roo rifle in laminated left hand thumb hole IMG_0154 (Medium).JPG

    and the same on my 7mm mag light weight and a heavy barrel 243W
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    same 7mm leaning on a fellow deer rub

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  12. kev209

    kev209 Well-Known Member

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    It's pretty hard to adopt a dog these days. But it's great to see the pet adoption services etc. doing checks on those applying to adopt pets.
     
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    Tackleberry Well-Known Member

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    3 months ago I adopted a 6yo staffy I cant believe I went 18 months without a dog she loves my tinny and my chair haha enjoy your new mutt kev I am

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  14. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    That's a pretty impressive arsenal. While I never had a great interest in rifle shooting, preferring the high speed shooting of the trap and skeet world, I still see beauty in the lines of most guns. But I detest the people eating machines so readily available is the states. There is nothing sporting about trying to shoot something with 50-100 rounds a minute pouring out the barrel. They are meant to kill people; nothing else. I too would love to have another dog, but it would most likely be another white maltese. (and they are not as commonly called, maltese terriers. There is no terrier blood in them). Having had labs, golden retrievers, and curly retrievers, the malties have proven to be the smartest dogs I've known.
     
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    Great rifles Tackleberry! Have you ever used night vision scopes? I intend on getting my gun license over the next year and have seen some good videos on youtube of hunters shooting foxes at night with some form of night vision scopes. Looks rather good and would suit me to just sit out in the dark and whistle them up and them shoot them.
    cheers
    Team Bender
    Doesn't like expending too much energy!
     
  16. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Another subject, but nowhere to put it. Some time ago, the 'create new post' clicker thingo disappeared from this PC. Asking the Hon Kev, he told me where to find it, I did, when it reappeared later in the day. It has disappeared again and I've been through the site so many times since yesterday arvo I've almost worn out the keyboard. It's not there, and I've used it often enough to know where to go.

    I wanted to ask about this hypothetical.
    I've fished here for years now, developed ten fish as a daily benchmark (min), and have pretty much maintained that. Had a couple of pearler days on the lake pre Christmas, but have only been out twice since. The first trip I got one small fish; equal to probably the worst day ever here. Yesterday that was repeated during the most perfect of conditions, and
    I ask why?
    The tide had well and truly covered the flats, and I often fish the drop-offs from the flats. It was a pleasure to be out there. Well, mostly.
    The pressure on the lake is enormous at this time of year. Since the first week of November we've had fishing clubs arriving virtually every weekend. Next weekend is the big annual local flathead and bream competition, which will
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    put over 100 boats on the water. It's a long weekend in the home of the pollies up on the hill, and again the following weekend, so they will continue to be here in numbers. That's all fact; this is the hypothetical bit, and would like some opinions.
    Yesterday I dropped five fish. The first was around 70cm and I saw it 3/4 of a metre down beside the boat. Two unseen were probably not much, if any, over 40cm judging by feel, and the last, also unseen, was a big fish that ran 10m of line out a couple of times. But they all