There is little doubt that improvements in fish finders has moved in leaps and bounds in recent years. Enhancements in side imaging, down imaging and traditional sonar, has provided offshore anglers with an underwater view like none before across all types of fishing applications.
With all the different sounders and advanced technology available these days, it can be pretty confusing. Firstly, when deciding on which brand of sounder to purchase, it helps to consider what type of fishing you are most likely to do and research what each brand provides.
Whilst catch and release sports fishing brings plenty of excitement, taking home a feed of fish from the ocean or creek is something we are all entitled to. I’m sure you will agree that sitting down to a feed of fish and chips is pretty satisfying, especially when you have caught it yourself out of your own boat.
You may recall, that in the March 2019 edition of Fish and Boat Magazine. I was lucky enough to review a 4.5m Tri Hull Whaler built by Sandy Straits Marine in my hometown of Hervey Bay in Queensland.
Last week we discussed transducer placement and the ability to read at speed while fishing your favourite creeks to unlock hidden treasures. What about if you don’t have that luxury or what about if you can only view detail on your sounder whilst idling along?
Do you follow a particular angler on social media that continues to raise the bar? It could be a single person or maybe a group that seems to be always posting trophy fish on Facey or Insta. Do these guys an gals just seem to fluke these memorable captures time and time again? Of course not. There’s a full list of fundamentals that gets these fish on the deck.
Summer time coinciding with the Christmas holidays usually spells marlin in my world. The sunshine coast is usually hit by an influx of juvenile black marlin which has me racking up plenty of engine hours. Weather plays a huge part in any trip offshore and with the forecast looking dodgy it wasn’t looking good. It was looking like my two weeks off work was going to be spent in the rivers around Caloundra, Maroochydore and Noosa chasing mangrove jacks.
For many of us, fishing is more than just a past time, it’s a way of life. Although when the fishing gets tough and the fish stop appearing, you start trying new things until you overcomplicate the instinct that led you to finding fish.
For close to 20 years, I've had the pleasure of water testing, and fishing in a number of boats, and they all have their 'good' and 'bad'. As they say, "every boat is a compromise", but, to this day, I've been hard pressed to find anything that fits my criteria of performance, safety, efficiency, fishability, and price, apart from my current boat - a 5.2 centre console branded under the Southern Star name.
Whether you know a lot about reels or nothing at all, this is a good refresher about reel care and servicing. It’s also a bit of ‘food for thought’ when purchasing your future reel/s.
In the world of hi tech fishing, it’s hard for the layman to cut through the jargon sometimes and find out actually how effective some products are, well I can tell you as an old school bait fisherman I never really thought your GPS and Sonar would play such a big part in your successes until we fitted the new Lowrance HDS Live 12 unit to the Fish and Boat Magazine Project Boat.