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Aussie Salmon On Soft Plastics.

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fishing' started by rodreellurefish, Mar 24, 2018.

  1. rodreellurefish

    rodreellurefish Member

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    Managed to get out for another fish during the week. Found a school of salmon held up in a deep channel. Thanks for watching everyone.
     
  2. diesel

    diesel Well-Known Member

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    Another good video, Clinton. Have you tried using poppers and other topwater lures on salmon? A favourite of mine is the 70 mm Bassday Sugarpen, great lure to use on the flats for salmon and whiting.

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  3. rodreellurefish

    rodreellurefish Member

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    No, I have not. But I would love to chase them with topwater. Would be awesome to see. Might to invest in a couple of Bassdays. Any particular colour you recommend?
     
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  4. diesel

    diesel Well-Known Member

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    The two colours I use are C137 & HA91, both work well on whiting in the shallows and will attract a hit from a salmon if you work it at a fast retrieve.

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    Jeff
     
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  5. rodreellurefish

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    Thanks for that. Will check them out.
     
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  6. diesel

    diesel Well-Known Member

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    When I lived and fished in South Oz, I thought I knew all there was to be known about catching tommy ruff and small salmon on light gear. On one of my trips back to Smoky Bay, I watched a bloke using a rig that was absolutely deadly on tommies and salmon and it was such a simple setup.

    It consisted of a hard plastic float known as a berley blob (pic below) with about a one metre leader, a long shank whiting hook and a 25 mm piece of plastic drinking straw that slipped down the leader and over the shank of the hook. The idea was to cast out and retrieve the rig at a fast speed to create a bit of turbulence on the surface with the float and the tommies and salmon would go for the trailing hook with plastic straw. I will try and find one of the rigs in amongst my gear and post a pic.

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    berley blob

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  7. diesel

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    Had a scratch around in the shed, but couldn't find one of my tommy/salmon rigs, found an image on Google though from a website. Apparently they are a popular rig in WA and it seems that a green straw or tubing is the 'go to' colour over there. I found that the white plastic straws from those popper drinks worked well and can be found just about anywhere laying on the ground. The straw/tubing doesn't need to be as long as that shown in the pic, in fact, I found that a shorter piece around 25 mm worked well as it created a bubble trail when retrieved and the fish went nuts over it. Not uncommon to have 3 or 4 fish at a time trying to hit it and when a bigger salmon gets in on the act and comes up from deeper water, it is a very spectacular surface strike.

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  8. rodreellurefish

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    Thanks for sharing that. Some of the guys here use a clear bit of tube with a treble at the bottom. Apparently, the salmon love it. Will have to try it out sometime.
     
  9. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    On a larger scale; we used to often throw the plastic handle from a plastic bucket, threaded onto the line, with just a treble hanging out the back. Caught all sorts on them over years.
     

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