Waz-in-Oz Posted July 3, 2012 Report Share Posted July 3, 2012 Well it didn't arrive in time for the Hinchinbrook Tournament unfornately but my best mate Ramcon finally had his Hewes 18 Redfisher arrive in Brisbane where he picked it up and towed it home to Townsville. Eager for a test run, he picked up Brett (Bulldog) and myself after a few mods for a session on Saturday up the Channel and a quick troll session on Sunday morning out at the jetty as the weather dropped off. We weren't really worried about fish but getting used to the boat and I was super keen to ride in a 18 RF having now had my 16RF for 7 years. Photo 1 & 2 - I am sure some of you guys know this rig from its original owner and home. Ramcon added a Min Kota Auto Pilot and a 10.4 inch Hummingbird with side and down imaging to the existing Lowrance which runs the trancuder through the hull. He upgraded the battery charging system to conect to our power and had a new dual axle Amertarail trailer built to Australia's strict trailer rules which insist on it being under 2.5 meters wide. [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1341316902-DSCN0406__Medium_.JPG[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1341316930-DSCN0407__Medium_.JPG[/image] Photo 3 - Now Ramcon being a South Sydney Rabbitos fan (rare up this way) for Rugby League saw me and Bulldog talk about a special suprise for him on the boats first venture out. At the ramp we both changed into his arch enemy rugby league team the Bulldogs (Canterbury Bankstown)football gernsy's which when he returned from the shop after getting a bag of ice he saw these two guys with the mighty blue and white - we'll the skipper put on a performance and we thought we were going to be land bound but he needed us to help push the boat off the trailer as it had been on there solid for about 8 weeks over thousands of miles travel. Of course we made him take a picture of us two Bulldogs supporters next to his new boat just to rub it in a bit more. [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1341317474-DSCN0408__Medium_.JPG[/image] Photo 4 - Now the pressure is on when you have a new boat to catch the first Barra - Guess what it was Bulldog in that gernsy to catch the first fish in Australia in that Rabbit Boat which will now live in history and be bought up at every tournament, BBQ, mates get together, over every couple of beers at the local pub and heck when ever me and Bulldog get a chance to rub it in. It cuts deep believe me. [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1341317708-DSCN0411__Medium_.JPG[/image] Photo 5 - The new Skippers first Barra after heaps of encouragement from us two about being a big fat zero for the day came as a relief about 3.00 pm on day 1 - after myself and Bulldog had landed a heap more - It was a long day and payback for all them days that Bulldog and I are usually skipper for him, electric motor controler, guide, beer hander outta, fish unhooker etc. Payback is great. [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1341317837-DSCN0412__Medium_.JPG[/image] Phot 6 & 7 - Day 2 trolling along the jetty saw a couple of hook ups which led to the new skipper losing the fish - why because he did and we had to blame someone. Nice day and a few mackeral were around - ther was still work being done on the jetty to fix it up after last years cyclone but we were there just to have a look and for Ramcon to get used to the boat. [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1341318019-DSCN0414__Medium_.JPG[/image] [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1341318042-DSCN0415__Medium_.JPG[/image] Photo 8 - Well this is just to embarras him some more until he posts some real pictures in the future. The new skipper put us on the fish after losing some big running depth divers and we fianlly boated one which ended up being a Grinner. [image]http://www.mbcforum.com/fbbuploads/1341318137-DSCN0416__Medium_.JPG[/image] Nothing to brag about on this trip but hey with Mates like us you have to man up and cop it until you can produce better. Welcome to Team Hewes Ramcon you are going to love it like I have for years after being introduced to the best boat in the world by another best mate who owns a Bonefisher. Late News: - Rumour has it the boat is at the Fibregl***ers getting a esky fibregl***ed into one of the hatches (for our hot weather over here) and is getting a new paint job and gel coat - It will be Hewes "Rabbitho" Red when it comes back at the end of this week. Looking forward to posting some new photos of its transition from Ice Blue to Rabbitho Red - will look sweet. Cheers Waz Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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