Encountering a species that you have not come across before whilst exploring new ground can create a well of emotions. Excitement at the shiny new thing, a sense of wonderment and a large dosing of curiosity (Shhhhhh, it didn’t kill the cat like you have been told). What is it? Is it safe to eat? Was it a fluke catch or can we replicate it? How do we identify it successfully?
Until recently, I had never(in my 25 odd years of fishing) fully enjoyed a fishing trip that I donuted, while being out-fished and out-classed by my fishing partner. This was until late December whenI accompanied the jack legend himself, John Costello,witnessing my first 50cm Gold Coast mangrove jack. I might even say that this particular trip would be in my top ten fishing trips.
Fishing is a funny past time when you break it down to its barest elements. Some blokes like to think its not madness and take themselves very seriously at times but the truth is we just want something to pull some drag in the end. I’m sure we all have more rods and reels and lures than we really need. But I can tell you categorically the next tackle store I go into I will come out of with more goodies.
What a start to the New Year! In my local area mega rainfall totals were received and things transformed virtually overnight from drought-like to deluge. In the space of just three days we had close to 700mm of rainfall! It has been the rain many have wished to receive in previous years, but importantly this time it has arrived when it matters- at the height of summer.
October through to December can prove to be a frustrating time for anglers in Hervey Bay, due to persistent northerly winds. The natural protection usually offered by the world heritage listed Fraser Island, to almost yearlong south easterly winds is mostly lost as hot and humid air is pushed into the bay from the tropics to our north.
One of the best attributes of soft plastic lures is the diversity they offer the angler in terms action, attraction and presentation. The quality of a soft plastic can often be determined by the amount of diversity it offers and the latest offering by ZMan the Turbo CrawZ is one plastic that has diversity in spades.
When you first see this plastic it isn’t hard to recognise its potential as a sub- surface sand species slayer as its crayfish/ prawn like pattern and oversized claws really appeal to the likes of flathead. However on closer inspection this plastic has a lot more to offer than just ‘another’ flathead soft plastic.
I can honestly say it was the quickest hook-up I’ve ever had while jigging. I didn’t even manage to get the reel into free-spool! This was mostly because the free-spool lever didn’t seem to be engaging, but also because the fish happily rose 15 metres to take the offered plastic. I’d literally arrived at the mark, threaded the big prawn plastic onto the 2 ounce jighead and lifted it over the side.
Another year has flown by and disappeared like a doomed baitfish in a bubble trail. With 2016 behind us there really is no better time to analyse or at least consider what the New Year will produce. It’s worthwhile to look back at how that year long timeframe helped improve our ability on the water. What lessons were learnt?
What are you laughing at? Yes, I know it’s purple. Yes, I know it’s plastic. Yes, I know it’s full of nearly enough women to form a netball team. That’s the whole reason I have a purple plastic boat. Fellow fishermen and so called mates, can be so cruel.