Darwin’s Premier Fly Fishing Club organising outings, competitions and other events for fly fishing enthusiasts throughout the Top End with the aim to promote, foster and encourage the sport of Fly fishing, Fly
tying and Fly casting within the Northern Territory Community
TIP NUMBER ONE.
If you have Anderson Plugs on your Minn Kota or other systems on your boat and they are more than a few years old, check they are not cracked. It would appear that the heat in the Top End might make them a bit brittle and they can just fall apart. So carry a spare or two.
TIP NUMBER TWO.
Have you checked your safety flares recently? If not perhaps take a few minutes to check that they are not out of date. Also on the 16th June 2014 AURORA Red Handflares have been recalled due to inconsistent results and are often fund in kits. Visit www.recalls.gov.au for more information.
Additional tip whilst you are at it take the time to check that all your safety gear is in good condition and you have all of it.
TIP NUMBER THREE.
ACCC reminds consumers to check their GME Accusat EPIRBs
In December 2013 Standard Communications Pty Ltd (GME) initiated a recall for the GME Accusat EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), a radio beacon that when activated sends a radio signal via satellite or homing frequency to notify of a distress situation.
The recall was prompted by a microprocessor malfunction which can cause the EPIRB to fail the self test procedure. If the defect occurs, the EPIRB may not operate in an emergency situation.
The ACCC is concerned that affected units may still be in use. Consumers are reminded to perform a test of the unit as indicated on the unit itself (or in the instructions below) in an open area. If the unit does not perform the test function, consumers should contact GME on 02 8867 6000 or at at email@example.com. The batteries in the affected beacons are due to expire by December 2014, and will cease functioning at this time.
It is recommended that all distress beacons are tested monthly to ensure operation in an emergency situation.
For additional information on distress beacons please see http://beacons.amsa.gov.au/.
For information about the recall please see: https://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1054163.
Date Published: 25th June 2014