Category Archives: gadgets

Portable fishfinder update

I went on a bit of a mission over the weekend to make this portable fishfinder suction mount with a GPS on the side. I first modified my fishingski hatch to open forwards. It used to open on the side. I then also covered the  lid with black perspex ( Or some sort of signage plastic, they joys of working at rent a store you find some interesting things in the waste skip). A while ago I added a suction mount to my fishfinder. I made a suction mount for the gps but thought that is a waste. Lets just make one suction mount. So this was the final product below in the video.

Portable fishfinder Suction mount with a GPS on the side.

In this link is still my mount for the transducer and battery. I am thinking about getting a smaller battery so will change the battery box to make portable fishfinder more portable.

Ostrap competition time

I have been given a Ostrap that I would like to give you!

So how does this work?
1.On the right of the site, subscribe to blog via email. Do that. This will give you an entry into the draw. One of my kids will pull your name out of a hat on the 31st of October 2014. If you already have subscribed well you are in the draw.

2. Due to the fact that the post office is having a strike we need to be creative in how I am going to get this Ostrap Paracord bracelet to you. So for now my thinking is that we will need to ask our mates on facebook, email or whatsapp if they are going to your part of the world from the JHB area. I will then make a plan to get the strap to them and they can make a plan to get it to you.
3. So after the draw I will contact you and we can find out where you are and then make the next part of the plan from there.

This is my Ostrap review

I have not worn things on my wrists for many years. If I need the time I check my phone or look at the computer. Ross got hold of me and suggested I review his para cord straps. Who does not like some goodies to test. My first challenge was getting the stuff in the post. The post office was having a strike, they could still be having one. The next challenge is using the ostrap for something. I can think of a few applications but I have not been hunting and fishing for a long time. I did think I could use it on my fishingski. Well the fishingski currently been fixed and I have not caught any big fish in a long time that I would need to tie down on my deck.

So I have a test that I am going to do when the weather warms up and the fish start biting, I will share it on my blog so sign up if you don’t want to miss out. I have given my word and I am excited to give it the Bear Grills treatment in the future.

I am very impressed with the workmanship of the ostrap and I do like the manly look it gives me. I have no doubt that I will find a moment when I need some extra para cord to do some task and I look forward to using it.

Fish Length to Weight Calc

Don’t have a scale and just hooked into the big one? no worries, Fish Length To Weight Calc allows you to calculate the weight of a fish by simply entering it’s length! Over 270 Saltwater species from predominantly around South Africa as well as a range of species that roam our oceans such as Barracuda, Sharks, Marlin, and many others.
This App encourages you to safely measure the length of a Fish, and thereby avoiding any injury or harm to the fish. This applies especially to ‘Catch and Release’ to preserve the health of our fish stocks.

You can also share the details of your catch with your friends and fellow anglers on many of the popular social media platforms such as Facebook, BBM, Whatsapp, Twitter and any other Social network of choice!

Fish Length To Weight is one of the most accurate calculators currently available.

Ball Joint

I decided to make a ball joint. I needed a way to attach my gadgets to the suction mount. I managed to buy the suction mount from http://www.crocsgripsuctioncups.co.za/ I must say I am super impressed with them and they are a lot cheaper than other suction mounts and I can attach whatever I want to them if I make the correct fitting.

So the first video is showing you my uses for the ball joint

The second video explains the process of making the ball joint. I have shared this on the Sealine Forum and got some great suggestions on a correct drill to use to do the counter sink.