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D-Flector Stone Gaurds

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I think that stone guards are a must for any boat owner, no more so than a boat owner here in the harsh Top End.

I’ve been the owner of a number of styles of stone guards over the time.  These have all been measured and welded to suit my boat.  All these guards were fantastic, however over time the welds in the guards started to weaken and crack.  My guards became a risk to my boat and vehicle rather than a safety measure.

I wanted to find something that could protect my boat and withstand the harsh outback roads of the Top End.

When I noticed my last set of stone guards starting to crack, I jumped on the web and started searching for something more suitable to my needs. A mate of mine suggested looking into D-Flector Stone guards.

I started doing some research on D-Flector online and I noticed the D450 guards.  They looked like they would protect the boat from pretty much everything and weren’t going to cost a kidney.  Best of all they looked extremely easy to install.

I had a chat with Scott at D-Flector and he was excited to tell me that they had a new product on the market, the D500.  From what I had seen on the internet I was excited to see how they could improve on the D450.  They had though and the D500, the Rolls Royce of the boat stone guards, were available for purchase.  Made out of heavy duty, high resistance materials, the D500 can withstand pretty much everything you throw at it.  For a boat owner who is constantly driving 100’s of kilometres to get to my fishing destination, this was a product that got me interested.

These stone guards are built to last. D-Flector stone guards have been manufactured with heavy duty “rip stop” mesh which helps not only absorb the energy of the stones/debris it also, as the name entails, deflects them away from your pride and joy.  The frames are also manufactured without any welds, which eliminates my previous issue of cracked guards.

I’m a big fan of supporting Australian business and D-Flector are not only Australian owed but all of the guards are manufactured right here in Oz!  D-Flector also back all of their products with  3 year warranty.

I am proud to be the dealer for D-Flector in the Top End, providing both sales and installations of the D500’s.  If you would like further information on the D500 or to request a quote please contact me by email at aaron@teamjoker.com.au or private message me on Facebook @fishing_teamjoker.  For dealers outside of the Top End jump on the website https://d-flector.com.au/ to find your closest dealer.

Railblaza

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The Railblaza line of products has improved the way I fish, whether I’m trolling out wide for Tuna or Macks to snag bashing the timbers when I’m up the creeks chasing Barra.

 

Railblaza has helped me set up my boat without spending a massive amount of money. Their products are innovative and simple to install.

 

The iPad mount is one of these products.  The iPad mount has allowed me to connect my iPad pro as a second screen anywhere on my boat. Using the Wi-Fi from my sounder I am now able to flick/troll and still be able to watch for any fish activity under the boat or off to the sides. I now no longer need to spend my entire fishing trip going back to my sounder at the back of my boat to check activity.

The iPad mount is so easy to install due to the many types of star ports Railblaza have to offer.  From

the basic star port, to the rail mount (different sizes available), side mount or even now quick port, I can move my iPad mount or other products like the rod holder II and cup holders anywhere on my boat.  To me this was a game changer as I no longer had to fix mount anything permanently on my boat, I could now move it around my boat to suit the type of fishing I wanted to achieve.

 

The iPad mount is just one of the many products Railblaza have to offer.  You can also take your fishing to the next level with mounts for your GoPro or even day camera gear – you’ll never miss that

great moment again! Railblaza have products to suit almost every need on a boat.  I have had a lot of anglers jump on my boat, from novice to advance.  These fishos are so impressed with the Railblaza products that they have gone out and purchased gear for their own boats.

 

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The Railblaza products are in a league of their own.  Every angler sets up their boat or kayak differently, Railblaza have created a simple but effective product to suit everyone’s style. See the catalogue at https://www.railblaza.com/products/

 

 

 

Top End Regional Finance

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Joker and TERF

Top End Regional Finance as you know isn’t a fishing brand nor is it a boat or tackle dealer. On the other hand the crew at TERF do make wishlists, dreams and pride and joys come to life. The brand is as it states a local company based in the Top End for everyone. Haydon and his family are locals and has been up here for many years and understands the top end way of life. He looks after locals with good rates and will go the extra mile to make you feel comfortable.  I know how daunting it is finding loans with big organisations as when I was buying my boat 2 years ago, wasn’t looking good for me as my wife new what she wanted and wouldn’t settle for anything less. I approached Haydon and his team and must admit that the only reason i have my boat today is because of this legend. 2 years on and his business has slowly expanded and offers a lot more to people.

 

So if you are looking for a competitive rate for Car, Boat or what ever you want talk this local lad. He will look after you even if your interstate. He’s ready to tackle what Australia has to offer if you need to finance it. He offers a great range of products to finance some outdoor fun. Enjoy a bit of skiing or fishing? For some of fishos this is called boating due to lack of fish. Need that quad, buggy or that caravan for your trip around Australia? We are here to help you achieve that dream.

Garmin Panoptix

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Garmin Panoptix

I have recently installed an Garmin Panoptix PS30 transducer to my 550 Formosa. Panoptix is what Garmin call this awesome technology advancement, you can actually see fish and bait swimming around under your boat — in real time even while stationary. You get 3 remarkable views: LiveVü Down, RealVü 3-D Down and RealVü 3-D Historical.  I went to a local Billabong to test out this transducer, I didnt end up with any good screen shots of the 3D down or historical but in the videos below i got some great footage of bait fish chasing my 20g 95mm Mad Keen vibe.

 

Now for any one not up in the loop with LiveVü settings I can explain a little more. This function provides real-time moving sonar images. You can see fish swimming under the boat. You can see small baitfish and large target fish swimming around, even your lure. Proven in the videos below. Very easy technology to use and in the coming weeks I hope to get out more on the blue water and use the RealVü 3-D Down and RealVü 3-D Historical and post some videos like the ones I have collected for LiveVü.

A quick explanation on the videos below. You will see the my lure drop down on the left hand side of the screen to the bottom. I jig it up and let it drop to the bottom again. You will see it attracts fish to the general area. You will see a pink stream after the fish that dart off quickly that have disrupted the water around them. Red dots moving around the screen also being fish (mullet, tarpon or sooty grunter). Unfortunately its was tested in shallow water and didn’t get to see any bigger fish in the time we were testing.

Mad Keen Products

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What Mad Keen is about

I have been working along side Mad Keen for almost a year. Living in the top end I need quality fishing attire that will last the harsh conditions. A local Australian company have products that are extremely advanced in technology for the price. Not only be able to stand up to the fish slimed punishment but also be easy to wear. Over the years I have found my self wearing a lot of fishing sublimates from various brands, and can tell you there is no brand that can cater for the wide range of fishos that Australia has. Mad Keen offers apparel for the weekend fisho, the comp fisho, the mud crabber and the fisho who just wants to have a beer and soak a bait.

The point is, that not all anglers want the same thing from their fishing experience… Mad Keen has you covered no matter what your preference and for all occasions. The team is so diverse its not only made up of comp fisherman but also the bloody good weekend fisho who wants clothing that repels blood, sweat…and beers

Mad Keen are not just cloths and hats, there a company that deals in all sorts of goodies. For instant MK Quivers (vibe lure) are a new edition to the family. Mug guards and Polarised  eyewear are also another great initiative. All products are good quality and comfortable and look the part on the water.

What Mad Keen Stands for

At the end of the day, we are all good mates sharing our passion. We love and obsession for all things fishing. If you love a good laugh and spinning a good yarn about ‘the one that got away’ around the campfire whilst looking bonzer in your quality fishing gear, then you’ll fit right in with the Mad Keen Australia. No matter who you are, or what level of enthusiasm you have for your fishing – from the beer stained lads “Livin It” up out at the reef, to the serious tournament winning seasoned pro – there’s a Mad Keen niche for you.

 

Twin River Lures

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Fishing gear and accessories move forward with technology, products, newer materials become more popular and more efficient and gadgets get more expensive. Fishing lures are in my opinion one area in which the pattern is just not true.

 

With newer plastic models being mass produced and often made with cheap materials, wooden lures on the other hand are made individually and very hard to find 2 lures the same. Its a long delicate process to make and finish wooden lures, involving many steps and ensuring all lures have the care taken to manufacture each item. This also ensures each lure to be unique and reinforced time and time again.

That’s exactly what you get when you purchase a Twin River Lure form your local tackle shop, a hand crafted lure made by a fisherman for fisherman. Nick Stock and his family create all types of lures for all types of fishing. Check him out on Facebook and say G’day from me.

 

 

 

 

Line Cutterz Ring

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So I have teamed up with Line Cutterz to try and spread the word about this awesome product. Its simple and easy to use as well as being able to cut up to 100 lbs braid or monofilament line.

The best part about the the ring is you don’t actually have to wear it on your finger. Many others put them on there rods, boat rails, kayaks and there still thinking up ways on where to mount them.

They are very durable and constructed well using exceptional products and parts from abs plastic to the stainless steel blades.