Monday, November 12, 2012

snag bashing day 2

On the second day we met up at the car park and walked to the first spot, where the water was still up high. Determined to get a fish, I walked as deep as I could and cast my pink A.T. worm into the snags, within a few twitches a mighty pikey bream was taken then tagged for a healthy release.
My mate quickly started his fish account with a healthy barra that was released, after tagging a fair few fish we moved on, the next hole had some fish hitting the lures but not completely taking them, this is when the McArthy 3 inch finesse minnow soft plastic was used weedless rigged and pumped out several fish including bream and cod.
 Another cod was then taken on the weedless rigged A.T. worm. All up these worms were smashing the fish.  The day ended well for tagging and catching with barra, bream, cod, flatties and rays all hooked and landed.

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Fish light get the bite,


Snag bashing day 1

On day one after picking up my mate we headed on up to the fishing spot, after a long walk through the mangroves we emerged in a little creek, making our way along sand flat to the main creek. We made our way out on the flowing channel, staying on the sandbar and avoiding the rays shooting off in front of us. After a few casts into the snags a trevally was pulled out and taken to the bank for a quick photo before release, although not a second after spearing it back into the channel a big white sea eagle swooped down and took this catch, having to hold it in both claws. The best few cast produced some nice hits but after a perfectly placed cast between two fallen trees a Barra was enticed onto the hook after two quick flicks and a pause of the weedless Rigged A.T. worm.
The screams from the reel was amazing as the Barra peeled line off bolting for the snags, leaping in the air and holding itself in the current, this fight was second to none.  Another two barra followed for that day long with cod. It was found putting these plastics under the overhanging sticks and deep into the mangroves well and truly in the shade is when the fish struck, which came as no surprise considering it was mid-day. The Sebile A.T worm was clearly a cut above the rest.

Fish light, get the bite,


prepping for the end of school session

After a long Wednesday afternoon It was time to prep the gear for a trip to my favourite fishing spot in the Yeppoon area, and my spot x from that location. Connecting the fluorocarbon leader to the braid was made easy using an Albright knot. After that the leader and braid was run through the guides and connected to the weedless rigged A.T. worms. 
 For ease of access my braid scissors, multi tool and waterproof camera was clipped to the strap of my back pack where they can be placed in the mesh pocket. The front pocket held my go pro camera, multiple leader sizes and a few sebiles in their box. The main zip was where a tackle box of sebiles, tackle box of jig heads, water bottle, tagging gear and soft plastics in their packets was stashed.  All in all this kit was perfect for the estuary action I was about to experience, the anticipation was killer.

Fish light, get the bite,


Monday, October 22, 2012

The first few cast on this fine afternoon didn’t a single bite, casting into rocks, into the open, into the water flow, it was all useless. The plastic should have worked; it looked exactly like a herring everyone netted in the run throughs, a staple diet of these fish. I noticed some commotion in the water, fish taking baitfish close up to the rocks, not herring but little mullet, tiny mullet around 2inches long. These mullet were a shin brown in colour with a dull white belly, perfect, my new plastics from McArthy should do the trick, namely the 3inch finesse minnow in gold fish colour. The fact that these fish are around the rocks moved me to make up some weedless rigs for the plastics, now perfectly rigged I was throwing the plastic up into the water flow with a slow gentle retrieve full of little flicks.
The first fish was not a big fish, even for this small gear but no matter, it let me know my mind track was right and the colour, size and rig of the plastic is working. The next fish climbed on to the lure, perfectly hooking it in the side of the jaw, as it swam, I saw the silver flash, that’s when the heart got thumping, finally my target species, a bream.
Match the hatch, in this case the Gold fish colour by McArthy
 After a quick pic this fish was let go to live another day. After that commotion I really didn’t care what I caught, I was just ecstatic in the limited time I had I was able to land my target species, a few cod climbed on to the lures after that, some big, some small but one again a hooked nicely in the jaw, these weedless rigs a perfect for fishing heavy structure.
The Mcarthy finesse minnow pefectly pinned him in the jaw
 On first thought, in a tiny session to land that many fish in this extremely overfished area, these plastics truly must have matched the hatch for this day.

‘Fish light get the bite!’


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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Surface lures in the fresh

Well guys I have put together a quick video on the splasher 52 on the freshwater, there is a lot of weeed which made it rather difficult to video. hope you enjoy, cheers
Stay Tuned,

Monday, September 3, 2012

Testing the yamaga blanks Ripple Fisher Blue Current 74

The Blue Current 74 prved to be a very strong light gear rod, able to stretch to its max and handle any fish thrown at it if fished right. the solid tip allowed small lures to be cast a mile, and surface lures worked extremely well. The rest of the rod loaded up parabolicly creating a clean bend thoughout the entire blank as if th 2 peice joint doesnt even exist. the 74 Blue current itself is 99 percent carbon making it a crisp graphite rod. The small split grip ultra hard EVA handles let any bite, hit, take or tapping on peices of structer can be fealt through the entire rod. Fishing with the rod is not only pleasurable but practcle for all day fishing. the 99 percent carbon blank, limitted split grip sectioning and small real seat make the rod very light, the EVA grip marks for a comfortable area to hold onto with the same sensativiy as cork without the wear and tare on your hands. perfectly matched with the light stradic ci4, 6 pound sunlight super PE nd fished with the sebile mini series lures this combo is a fish hunting machine.

The 74 picking up one of many tarpon in the few hour session

the blue current capturing yet anther flathead

perfectly camo'd up againt the mangroves this flatty was still
pulled out from the smooth and reiable power in the rod

tarpon slamming the perfectly worked plastics

stoked on the effort from this flathead daarting from snag
to snag then into the fast current.

72 stick shadd and 35 crankster

 A barra taken on a light outfit stick baiting over a shallow
mudflat, taken on a 2500 reel and rod to suit the fish swam
very well. The sebile stick shadd 72 performed very well taking
this winter barra while it sunned itself on the flat.

The pattern on the lure matches the colourations of a freshwater perch in plentiful proportions coming from the fresh water
because of recent rain.

This bream climbed onto the craw perch coloured lure
worked well in the wash of a flowing out esturine system.
The water colour was like strong tea so the vibrant red
attracted the preditor to munch on the trebles. flouro carbon
leader is a good idea fishing around rocks because
 of its abrasian resistance.

The small grunter put up a nice fight darting between rocks and pulling
drag from the little 1000 stradic ci4. no matter what the weather,
colour of the water, or any other condition, the sebile crankster 35 with
its perfect colour options are great esturine lures.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Just a few pics from recent sessions

kayak on the racks ready to go

flatty on the brag mat, 60cm, 4Lb, sebile crankster 35

bit of gear

another flathead, crakster again

another on the crankster

flatty off the kayak, went 43

cod and crankster

cod and crankster
the cabinet of madness

barra on splasher 72

another on the 72

yet another flathead

the 60cm caught on the crankster 35

Monday, May 7, 2012

Barra baits in all forms

A lot of people fish for Barra and there are many ways for this to be done. There really are no incorrect ways however there are many productive methods. These methods range from bait to soft plastic and hard body lures. Keep in mind though that when fishing for these popular and almost cultural sports fish, bigger isn’t always better.

The first thing you will need to know is the basics of this fish: where they live and how they behave. These fish grow up to 1.8 metres but are more commonly found between 60-70cm, which is still quite a large fish. Barra can most likely be found hiding and waiting for prey in structures such as trees, rocky outcrops, mangroves, drop offs and even manmade structures such as bridge pylons. Barra will engulf the lures/bait by inhaling vast quantities of water into their bucket mouth; as soon as they are hooked you can expect a big fight of aerobatic jumps or deep runs or a mixture of anything in between.
Bait: barramundi are not fussy when it comes to bait but as the rule stands, ‘fresh is best’. This can be in the forms of fish like perch or poddy mullet; both are top barra baits. If you are not able to access fresh bait, all good tackle stores will have frozen poddy mullet or even mullet strips. For best results, the live baits are better off hooked through the shoulders or tail with a 3/0 to 6/0 circle hook connected to 20Ib or higher mono leader. The frozen poddy mullet or mullet strips can be hooked using a 3/0 suicide out of the side and a half hitch around the tail, this method is extremely effective for lobbing into timber or a snaggy region.
The gear of choice for bait would be a sturdy rod, capable of casting baits and bringing home the big ones; usually a 3-6kg 6 foot rod will be ample. Reels can be whatever suits your style of fishing, bait runners on with their secondary drag engaged are great for fishing with bait yet bait casters with a loud ratchet in free spool do the same job. Your normal spin reel with a loose drag can also be just as effective: when the fish takes the line using this method, open the bail arm, tighten the drag, close the bail and watch the rod load up.
Soft Plastics: Soft plastic lures have been the most common and widely used lures in this modern era of fishing, whether it’s the price, the extremely customisable actions or the vast variety of styles and colours, all fisherman these days have a few trusty plastics in their tackle box. Plastics often range from shrimp imitations, gar copies, mullet, curl tail grubs, baitfish, and a variety of bugs, worms, and shapes you cannot match to any living creature; basically anything you can make a mould for.
Barra will take what looks like their main food source. If there is a river teaming with mullet use a mullet style plastic such as Gulp Pogy, Sebile Stickshad hollow and the well-known squidgy slick rig.  When estuaries are chockers with prawns it would be a good time to throw out prawn profile lures such as Gulp 3” Shrimp, Eco gear bream prawn and D.O.A shrimp, keep in mind in the estuaries most Barra are not normally over 60cm but any Barra will engulf these shrimp look-a-likes.
 If there is a spot where the Barra will hit anything, a lure with a hot swimming action will surely help turn on the bite just that bit more, lures like the Atomic Guzzler and Sebile Magic swimmer hollow will work well.  Fishing in dams and waterholes around timber, weed beds or lily pads, lures like Squidgys’ Pro slick rig and pro boof frog work great, Z Mans’ pop frog also account for large numbers of fish, each of these lures are rigged weedless.
All soft plastic lures require different movements to suit the actual plastic, even a different weighted jig head can make the action different, lift and drop, slow roll and twitching are a good basis. Once your fishing, look at how the lure moves best, customise the retrieval to suit the day, lure and outfit.
The outfits many people use for soft plastics on Barra are a 7ft 2-5kg spin rod and a 2000 size spin reel; this is good for the majority of Barra. Areas with larger fish such as Lake Awoonga would need a 7ft 4-7kg spin rod and a 3000-4000 size reel. For the mainline, braid from 6-20Ib will suit, catering for the area your fishing and the size of fish you are catching. The leader is generally the same as the main and up to twice as heavy.
Hardbody: hard body lure come in a range of shapes and sizes from poppers and stick baits to deep divers. The typical idea is to throw out lures in ‘the rave’ such as gold bombers but do not get me wrong they are great lures. This idea is okay if the lure matches your area, deep divers suit well in a river or lake trolling for Barra, shallow divers casting at snags and surface lures for fishing the top. But that’s not it, not only do hard bodies have bib sizes or no bib at all they can come in all different styles from floating and suspending to sinking and fast sinking.
If you are casting at snags along riverbeds or estuarine inlets, a shallow diver 60-100mm long and floating will do the job almost every time. A few twitches to get the lure down and letting it rise back to the top will entice even the fussiest of Barra. Lures like Bombers, Barra classics, Koolie minnows, X-raps, A-cast minnows and river rats would be some go-to lures for this application.
Rubble patches and deep pockets in rivers or trolling in rivers and lakes would require you to find the depth: if the lure is just touching the bottom and kicking up a little dirt it’s going to get munched on by a Barra for sure. Always try to estimate how deep the water is and look on the box of the lure to see how deep it dives. Classic Barra come in sizes like 3ft, 10ft, 15ft, 30ft, whereas lures like a Sebile Koolie minnow bib size is marked SL (small lip) all the way through to LL(large lip) and BRL (big round lip). With this being said, the Sebiles will have the actual diving depth for that lure printed on the box. For trolling and casting into deep pockets and rubble patches lures used for casting at snags would be fine, just in their deeper diving forms.
Barra on the surface is one of the most amazing spectacles, whether the lure you use imitates bugs, prawns or fish swimming along the surface if a Barra hits it and clears the water you are in for a real treat. Slow retrieve with heaps of splashing to imitate insects, large pops then a long pause to entice the Barra out of the Lilly pads and the constant pop on a medium retrieve to cover the vast distances of water are effective retrieves. A little walk the dog retrieve in an opening of water in a weed bed gets them all the time too. Lures that will do this and more are R2S bubble pops, Rapala skitter pops, Sebile splashers, and 3B pop dogs.
The outfits many people use for hard bodies on Barra are a 6-7ft 2-5kg spin/bait cast rod and a 2000 size spin reel or low profile bait caster, this is good for the majority of Barra. Areas with larger fish such as Lake Awoonga would need a 7ft 4-7kg spin/bait cast rod and a 3000-4000 size reel or heavy low profile bait caster. For the mainline, braid from 10-30Ib will suit, catering for the area you are fishing and the size of fish you are catching. The leader is generally the same as the main and up to twice as heavy.
This article is purely a guide, your Barra experience will be up to you personally, match the area, do not use too heavy gear, but if you are not confident with light gear do not go too light. See what other people in that area use and even try it out. Grab some gear, get in and give It a fair crack, I may even see you out there.
Fish light and get the bite.
Clayton Nicholls