General Fishing tips


calamari
May 14, 2016

Our Calamari Tool

When we started saltwater fishing again, one of our trips had to be to catch a whole lot of squid in Port Phillip Bay. But when it came time to clean them, because it has been a few years, it took me a while to work out what I was doing. When I had worked it out, it was still ultra fiddly. Luckily, when was went to the 4×4 Fishing and Boating expo in Melbourne last year, we came across the SquidEzy. It’s fantastic for getting your calamari clean. Our set is......

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Gear for Your Boat: Live Bait Tanks and Cutting Boards

Good gear can help you catch fish. Dead bait often doesn’t cut it. Using live bait, whether it is worms or yabbies, or slimy mackerel, will usually be a more reliable bait. So we need to keep our live bait alive! Worms will usually last in their tub for a weekend, so long as they don’t dry out. Live prawns or yabbies will often last in a bucket – sometimes a portable aerator will help them last longer. But for larger bait fish, nothing beats a live bait holding tank built into......

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Patience
December 28, 2015

Patience

Supposin’ fish don’t bite at first, What are you goin’ to do? Throw down your pole, chuck out your bait, An’ say your fishin’s through? You bet you ain’t; you’re goin’ to fish, An’ fish, an’ fish, an’ wait Until you’ve ketched a basketful Or used up all your bait.   Suppose success don’t come at first, What are you goin’ to do? Throw up the sponge and kick yourself? An’ growl, an’ fret, an’ stew? You bet you ain’t; you’re goin’ to fish, An’ bait, an’ bait agin, Until success will......

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Product Review: Abu Garcia Veritas Rod and Stradic Ci4 Reel

I have an Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0 rod. It is a distinctive white colour, which is very lightweight and sensitive. It is very comfortable to use, with padded grips. It’s another graphite rod which helps keep strength when it’s so light. It was also a great price for the quality. Paired with this rod is a Shimano Stradic Ci4 spinning reel. It’s ultra lightweight and really smooth. This reel was designed with a waterproof drag, and there’s a wide range of drag settings. I have it set up as a left-hand reel,......

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Boats for fishing
September 05, 2015

Boats for fishing

A boat does not make a successful fisherman. A successful fisherman can fish from anywhere. But the success of a fisherman can always be optimised with the tools he or she uses, and this includes the type and layout of boat. Runabout This is one of the most popular style boats in the world, because of its versatility. It has a forward windscreen, a great deal of deck space, and various layouts for seating. Given the large rear cockpit, runabouts are suitable for any kind of fishing which centres around the stern......

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Cod v Mulloway
July 12, 2015

Cod v Mulloway

The Australian Murray Cod and the Mulloway have very different environments, but as apex predators, they also have a lot of similarities. These similarities can be utilised when targeting these species, so fishing for cod and mulloway can be approached similarly. Both species are large bodied, so any form of water movement will require energy and effort to simply maintain their position. Big fish do not get big by continually burning large amounts of their body’s protein stores, so any features or structure in the water that will deflect or redirect the......

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Top 7 Fish Fetishes
May 24, 2015

Top 7 Fish Fetishes

Knowing some basic rules about fish behaviour, and what fish love, will help you to put your bait in the right place in the bay or estuary. 1. Fish face upstream or into the tidal flow in order to breathe more easily. This position also allows them to see their prey as they await the flow of food towards them. 2. Fish save energy by lurking just off the main current flow. Here they can hold position and grab food as it swirls past. They may also find shelter behind a rock......

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Trout fishing - catching them on lures and bait

If you read my previous post, you will know where to find them, and you’ll also know that trout are aggressive, opportunistic hunters. But they are smart! Fly fishing is a method that has been developed primarily for trout, but has now extended to other species. Also fly fishing is not the only way to catch a trout. Since I’m not fond of fly fishing, I focus on casting and trolling lures, and bait fishing. As well as being smart, trout are also moody, so you should try multiple tactics – different......

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Trout Fishing - When and Where To Find Them

Trout are an oily fish, and are closely related to salmon. Whilst most trout will live out their lives in freshwater lakes and rivers, some trout will travel out to sea for a couple of years and then return to freshwater to spawn, much like salmon. Trout are aggressive, opportunistic hunters. But they are smart! Where Trout tend to favour cooler temperatures, so do really well in mountain lakes and clear highland streams. The ideal temperatures range from 50-60 F or 10-16 C. They are native to North America, Europe and northern......

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Using Berley Offshore
May 17, 2015

Using Berley Offshore

While you cannot change the water temperature or the weather, much less control the moon, you can time your trips to take advantage of them. Similarly, even though seasonal movements of bait and injections of storm-washed foods are beyond your organisational ability, you can fake such events by the use of berley. Berley is used in all forms of offshore fishing including game and sports fishing as well as fishing over a reef for bottom dwellers. Sending down a cloud of easily gathered food among a bunch of sleepy fish can change......

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