Unpopular lures

I was wandering my local tackle store recently, it happens to be the largest in the state and with over a million lures there it can be mind boggling. In the darker recesses I spotted an unusual creation that looked like it was being ignored by patrons. It’s called a Pull-70F, not a real catchy…

Generic lures, do they work?

These days lures can cost big bucks! A name brand can set you back nearly $40, that can add up on a fishing trip. People often assume it will catch them fish…that’s not entirely the case. Recently I bought a tackle box I liked the design of and it had a box of tackle inside…

Shallow water marauders

Fast predators love hunting in shallow water, I mean very shallow! From 40cm to a metre deep. When a fish is hunting in shallow water it’s there for one reason, they are generally switched on for food and the action can be fast and furious. In my area GTs will hang in the deeper sections…

Tax time

Sharks are a common and unwelcome occurance when fishing, this summer we’ve been losing more fish than usual in the river systems. I’m pretty sure they have learnt to follow boats and canoes waiting for an easy feed. It seems the same sharks have been shadowing drifting canoes and grabbing hapless fighting fish. It’s a…

Bass and Frogs

Many Bass fisherman have a default to cicada lures during summer, they definately work especially if cicadas are swarming and it is windy. Ive been using frog SPs the last few seasons and find they are even more effective. They are rigged weedless so can be cast in areas where there is lots of debris…

Lures for Snapper

Snapper ‘season’ is recognised as being Winter through to Spring on the north coat of NSW. However they are around all year in reality. Lures are a good way to catch them but not the most effective. The fish are generally bigger on lures, but is that what is best for eating and conservation of…

Thank Cod!

I have a soft spot for cod, I don’t keep any as they are a bit like feisty puppy dogs. They don’t go fast but have low end strength, like an old 4wd. They take poppers, plastics, divers and bait without hesitation and their marking are very impressive. Most are protected in my area at…

Lure Colours

This is a touchy topic for some anglers, individuals can get attached to one or two colours when it comes to lures. My favourite colour combination is orange and black, there aren’t many lures that are that colour… This combination needs to be done subtly, the main colour needs to be black, I’ve no idea…

When rivers turn to mud

Fishing has been terrible lately and it’s because of all the rain. It’s pushing sediment and flotsam downriver in huge amounts. It’s the worst midriver to the entrance. The first fish that seem to come back are the bream, lure fishing for them isn’t very effective, they are more scavenging and not actively hunting. It’s…

Lots of rain equals Mangrove Jacks

If it’s not fire it’s rain! The north coast has been battered by rain this year and the rivers have turned to mud. Upriver the only fish that hang around seems to be the Bass, they are being caught near structure right down to the main highway bridges. The fresh water seems to push the…

The lucky ones

It’s a very dangerous place in the fishy world, ending up as a meal for other hungry critters is usually the way it happens. I doubt many die of old age, once a fish is wounded or getting old they are lucky to live long. Yesterday I caught some nice whiting on poppers and as…