Please select your home edition
Edition
Auckland On Water Boat Show

Try thinking out of the square to turn your fishing around

by Gary Brown on 8 Apr 2013
Don't forget to spice up those squid jigs with a bit of scent Gary Brown
As a kid I didn’t read much, except for anything to do with fishing. It didn’t matter whether it was a book, magazine, the latest fishing article, just as long it was to do with fishing. One technique that I picked up while reading an article by Mark Frendin was how to use a plastic practice golf ball as a casting weight. The idea is to use a paternoster rig and attach the practice golf ball to the bottom loop where you would normally tie on a sinker. Before you cast you would fill the golf ball with moist sand. This sand would give you the casting weight that you would need to get it out the required distance the weight of the sand would make it sink for a while, that is until the sand has leached out. The golf ball would then act a float.

Have you ever thought of using a metal lure as a sinker weight? If I am fishing off a beach for flathead, bream or whiting and I know that there is a very good chance of a salmon or tailor being about, I will substitute a heavy metal lure for the sinker. If you miss the bite and you know you may have lost your bait you can start a medium fast retrieve off the bottom and start spinning with the lure. If you link about it, what are you going to get snagged on? You also have a chance of catching a flathead or a mulloway.

I was reading an article by Shane Murton and he was explaining how he uses a balloon to get a bait out the required distance when chasing sharks. The next time you want to suspend a bait try blowing up a party balloon (not to big) and letting the tide of wind do the rest. Now if I am fishing off the beach or rocks and there is a gutter or deep hole that is too far out of my casting reach and the conditions are very calm and there is an offshore breeze I will tie on a balloon and send out a live bait to whatever may be cruising along that gutter or hole.

Pink nippers are a great bait and if you are constantly getting what you think are bites and you are missing the fish and you only coming back with the tail. You will need to change the length of your hook so that the bend of the hook now comes out of the head of the yabby. Also don’t forget to put a half hitch around the tail of the yabby with your line.

When I have targeted snapper, mulloway and tuna over deep offshore reefs I have always put a lumo bead straight above the hook. It wasn’t until about six to seven years ago that I started to experiment with them while fishing off the beach or rocks, especially when there was a lot of phosphorescence in the water. When fishing off the beach or rocks at night I will always have a torch with me to help me see what I am doing. Try shinning your torch onto the lumo bead for about 30 to 50 seconds before you cast it out. The bead will glow in the dark or dirty water. It is just the same when you put a small piece of pink or red tubing on top of your tube, beach or blood worms when chasing whiting.

When targeting bream and drummer off the rocks I will use a variety of baits. One of the techniques that I use is to thread a half a piece of cunje onto the hook and push it up the line. Then I will cut a crab in half and thread the hook through the body and out through one of the leg sockets. This combination of using two baits is deadly. As the smaller fish will pick at the cunje, creating a bit of berley and commotion. This in turn will attract the attention of a bigger fish. The crab leg will also help hold the cunje onto the hook.

When fishing I like to keep as mobile as I can and to do this I need to have only enough tackle for the fishing session. To help me do this I collect as many clear film containers as I can from one of my local photo shops. I then label them as to what I have put into them and the store them in a tackle tray. Before and after each time I use the hooks I will spray a couple of shots of Inox into the film container where the hooks and swivels are kept. This will stop them from rusting and it will not put the fish off from biting.



Have you ever been chasing squid with a squid jig and they just keep letting go of it. Try putting a fish attractant like the spray on Gulp liquid or Squidgy S factor on the jig. I have found that the squid take a second go at the jig.

Have you ever found that when you use a set of ganged hooks you will tend to get a lot of line twist? To help minimize this line twist try rigging your sets of ganged hooks with either a swivel at the top or don’t use a hook with a turned down eye. Use hooks with a straight eye for the top one.

Barz Optics - Melanin LensesKiwi Yachting - Lewmar 660 - 1Guy Nowell - Red 660

Related Articles

A slithery ocean mystery
One sentence in a New York Times article caught Larry Pratt’s eye and set the scientific investigation in motion. One sentence in a New York Times article caught Larry Pratt’s eye and set the scientific investigation in motion. The story was about fishermen harvesting juvenile eels in coastal waters of the Gulf of Maine and selling them for more than $2,500 a pound, mostly for unagi in Asian fish markets.
Posted today at 12:13 am
New fishing season is a mere 30 days away
Time to start visualising the zing of a reel and bend of a rod, as the little hints of spring and summer start appearing Reports from around the regions (we would say this, of course) hint at some great fishing to be had, as the days lengthen and temperatures slowly rise!
Posted on 29 Aug
More net free fishing at Gippsland River Mouths
Migratory fish in Gippsland Lakes will have more protection at river mouths when exclusion areas for commercial netting Migratory fish in the Gippsland Lakes will have more protection at river mouths when exclusion areas for commercial netting are expanded by 50 per cent under new arrangements to be introduced next year by the Andrews Labor Government.
Posted on 26 Aug
Stacer’s Ocean Rangers are now tougher than ever
The new 589 Ocean Ranger now features more freeboard at 730mm, bringing the model in line with the rest of the range. Due to customer demand Stacer has released two new models in their plate range to now include the 589 and 619 Ocean Ranger Hard Tops offering a more budget friendly option that is still packed with power and strength.
Posted on 17 Aug
Shark 'trophy' hunters land in hot water
Two young men who removed the jaws of a dead Great White Shark have found themselves in trouble with the law. Two young men who removed the jaws of a dead Great White Shark have found themselves in trouble with the law.
Posted on 16 Aug
Port Phillip Bay Fishers gather to celebrate Bay fishing
Jaala Pulford welcomed key fishing industry representatives and recreational anglers to Port Phillip Bay Conference Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford today welcomed key fishing industry representatives and recreational anglers to the first Port Phillip Bay Conference in Altona.
Posted on 13 Aug
Trout opening festival expands to include Ballarat
To welcome opening of trout fishing season Goulburn Fishing Festival will be joined by a similar event at Ballarat To welcome the opening of the 2016 trout fishing season in rivers the popular Goulburn Fishing Festival will be joined by a similar family-friendly event at Ballarat this year on Saturday 3 September.
Posted on 12 Aug
Mansfield trout conference a must for anglers
Recreational anglers can learn about Victoria’s wild trout fisheries at a free one day conference on Saturday 5 November Recreational anglers can learn more about Victoria’s wild trout fisheries at a free one day conference on Saturday 5 November at Mansfield.
Posted on 10 Aug
Angler exceeds calamari catch limit at Portarlington
A 69-year old man from Portarlington will be summons to appear in the Geelong Magistrates Court A 69-year old man from Portarlington will be summons to appear in the Geelong Magistrates Court later this year for allegedly exceeding the daily catch limit of calamari.
Posted on 9 Aug
Brook trout to be stocked in Victoria
Brook trout are being released into Lake Purrumbete near Camperdown, the first official release of the fish in Victoria. Brook trout are being released into Lake Purrumbete near Camperdown this week, the first official release of the fish in Victoria.
Posted on 8 Aug