Archive for July, 2011

Thursday, forecast for the weekend, not good. So, what to do? In a vague search for inspiration I decide to sort through some of the old tackle we fisherfolk invariably keep stashed about the house.

It was during this seemingly futile search, as is often the case, I stumbled upon a plastic and cardboard Time Machine. Three and a half inches of the past.
My Grandfather passed several years ago now, he’d live a full life, a grazier, a bushman, a sailor and an angler. Proud and aloof, a patriarchal figure for a growing boy and a young man to look up to.

Finnish Minnow

Even in my earliest angling memories, he is there, obscure, half recalled but there. Now in a bag of old tackle, at the back of the wardrobe I find some of his gear my mother had saved for me. At the time it was too much, and I’d put it aside for a later date. I guess, eventually, I forgot all about it. Until now…

An Original Rapala Wobbler, The “Original Finnish Minnow”

Minnows Unboxed

Now I’m not sure how old this is, in fact it’s probably not anything special. But it’s wood and ‘individually tested’. I’ve not seen anything like it.

My Grandfather’s Rapala still in the cardboard box. Made in Finland, with the instruction sheet and all. So many images of the old guy flash through my mind as I look at this thing.

Should I keep it, as a memento, a reminder of the man who never got use it? Or do I take it out and bag some fish as a tribute? I’m not sure what I’d even target with it.

Grandfather's Rapala


metal lureTrolling ~ Not Just For The Interwebs.
Back on the 6th July I posted about Trolling Techniques for Spanish Mackerel and linked to an in-depth(pun intended) guide on the Fishing Townsville site. Now I’m happy to announce the second part. These pearls of piscatorial wisdom cover issues from:

Macks don’t have eyelids so they generally go deep during the brightest times of the day


…steer clear of straight mono, heat-bonded wire and multi-strand wire, I exclusively use single strand copper coloured wire. Mono works very well but you will lose lures/baits. I feel sorry for any Mack that has to swim with a lure sticking from its gob…

Spanish Mackerel
To tips on wire tying, trolling speed for lures and baits and even the best time of day. To a rank amateur like myself these are the little things that make the difference between getting fish and going home with wet pants and an empty cooler.

Also this valuable insight:

One word of caution, never use bright swivels or anything silver on your terminal tackle, always use black swivels or your lure/bait loss will be much higher. The flash of swivels definitely attracts macks and often Macks are found in numbers, competing for food…and your bright flashy swivel. Check your lure/bait after every hit, obviously you’ll require a new bait each time but you may require new wire. If in doubt, change it.

Trolling for Spanish Mackerel Part 2 Check it out, you know you want to.

Oh, and you HAVE to see this CRAZY Kiwi jump out of a HELICOPTER!!

Well, this week I’ve only had time for a quick jaunt down to the Rosslyn Bay Marina at Yeppoon for a few throws around the moorings. Again no fish, this is a disturbing trend and I don’t like it, perhaps the fish are camera shy. I heard an unconfirmed rumour that the pro’s are putting nets right across the mouth of the Narrows and wiping out all the blue salmon coming through the entire system. They wonder why people sneak down there are cut their nets…. duh.

On a brighter note I’ve made some good progress on the AnglerGang website, Monstar visual design wp experiment and polished  writers community site.

Anyway here are the best of the pictures taken on this latest outing.

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Often find myself thinking how pretty the rivers and streams I see on fishing shows and documentaries look. Indeed I regularly make disparaging remarks about our local river in relation to the sheer spectacle of all these pristine waterways. The ‘poor’ old Fitzroy River, we drive our cars across his bridges daily, traverse his muddy banks endlessly, all without giving him a second thought. Dismissed as ugly and inconsequential, he meanders on around us.

Until, on a fishing trip with C. K., I decided to take a closer look, from another angle so to speak. ‘Poor’ old Fitzroy, you sly dog…

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Just found this most educational series of posts over on Fishing Townsville.

As Spaniards are one of the top target species on our list, I’ll be keeping a very close eye on this thread. We may even stumble across that purest of fishing treasure ~ accurate useful information. What’s more Townsville is only 8 hours up the road so it’s practically the same bunch of fish ~ or should I say ‘school’ yes school is what fish come in and where we learn stuff ~ the same School of Fish(ing)/Thought.

There is a lot of debate about techniques on trolling for Macks; understandably this can be confusing for people new to trolling for this prime sportfish. Should you troll dead baits or lures? What speeds? How many baits/lures? Where should you start trolling? Should you use wire or mono? What type of wire? What length of wire? What rigs? What colour lures? What depths should you troll? The aim of this article is to demystify trolling techniques and explain techniques that work.

Firstly, each person you ask about trolling for Macks will give you their preferred technique, usually this is the first technique that yielded results for them, and they’ve stuck with it since. Some people seem to shroud their Macks techniques in mystery making it appear to be much more difficult than it actually is. ~ Nicko

Hit the link, it is well worth a read if you are into your Trolling for Spanish Mackerel(Part 1 of 4) even half as much as I am.