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Lure fishing,What it means to Me.

Discussion in 'Chewing the fat' started by Bluefin, Mar 24, 2019.

  1. Bluefin

    Bluefin Well-Known Member

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    I started using Rebell Crawdad lures that looked like a pink nipper 40 odd years ago. On the sand / mud flats Up river from Berowra. Casting with a small Shimano Bantum 100. Then slowly retrieving. Bream were the target, But flathead were common. We used the deep divers so they kicked up the sand as they bounced along the bottom. It took me a long time to use soft plastics. Probably around 2000. 19 years ago! I loved the little creature type lures. 1" burkley Nymphs. I thought I needed small SP's for Bream. They have small mouths !! Never caught much. Started using 3" power Haugs for flathead, which worked well, But I started catching Bream more often. Move on to today, not much has changed, I still love my critters. The power Haug is still in use, Zman I like. Cructeaz ,Turbocraw. I still fish the flats a lot. But have learnt to fish the deep water as well. I have moved on to much larger lures, 2" is my smallest up to 4". Grubs and Paddle tail have been added also. Like the look of the Zman Swim Slims. I still slow roll my HB's bouncing the Bottom. My SP's are 90% slow lift, drop and pause. Sax Scent is the greatest change. Crab is my go to. I use a lot of it too !! Makes a huge difference. Adds taste and smell to the lure. They hold on longer giving you a longer window to strike. Sounders with side and down scan are almost cheating in deep water !! Love It ! I have now added soft and Metal Vibes to my arsenal. 70 m/m samaki vibelicious in white bait! Once again lift and drop. Deep water , find the bait!! Along the shoreline, Hunt your fish, Where are they likely to be. Under what circumstances have I found them before? Where are they likely to hide to ambush their prey?
    Hunting is my favourite form of of fishing. Howard.
     
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  2. diesel

    diesel Well-Known Member

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    Although I have been known to perch myself on the end of a jetty (pier to you Mexicans) whilst flicking out a squid jig or waiting for crabs to enter the net, I am also a hunter when it comes to fishing. I'm nearly always on the move, never stay in the one place for too long whether it be land based or on the water. Even when I am stationary, I cover a lot of water with my lure casting until I get the strike that I was hoping for and it rarely fails.

    I do change my fishing style quite often in a single session until I find the one that is going to work best for the water I am fishing on any given day and that applies to both salt and fresh water. If I am fishing the flats for whiting, I usually start off with topwater hb's and if after 10 or a dozen casts I don't get a strike, I'll change to slow rolling a soft plastic and if that fails, I move on to another spot and start again. Always hunting and failure to find what I am looking for is not an option.

    The same goes for chasing yellowbelly, be prepared to change your style if you're not getting strikes. I start with lipless cranks, if no strike I switch to a spinnerbait and if that fails I get in close to a snag and bob a soft plastic. If the fish are there, one of those 3 methods always lands me a fish and I guess in saying that, the question is how to know if the fish are there. Exactly what Howard said, where are they likely to be and under what circumstances have I found them before. Pick the right time of day when fish are actively feeding and sit back and study the water before casting your lure.

    Jeff
     
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  3. blair

    blair Well-Known Member

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    First fish I caught on a sp, a red mister twister, was a good sized queenfish up at cape York it had already flicked the lure out of the water whith its tail or side about 3 times out onto the sand beside me in the deep corner of an estuary (pennyfarther lagoon) I wondered what was going on it was coming up at high speed and belting it then I hooked it right in the middle of its adipose fin and it ripped off heaps of line went around the corner and I was holding my rod up to keep line above sandflat as it tore towards entrance, best fish of the trip. I had not caught any fish before or since on those lures.
     
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  4. Tackleberry

    Tackleberry Well-Known Member

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    Always been jetty if long or a warf if wider than long here in Vic I always thought pier was a yank thing .......
     
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  5. diesel

    diesel Well-Known Member

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    Maybe it's only the Melbournians who call them a pier, Tac. I have heard the term used a few times by different people and I thought it must be widely used in Vic.

    Jeff
     
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  6. blair

    blair Well-Known Member

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    All I know about them is that they are good to fish off.
     
  7. Tackleberry

    Tackleberry Well-Known Member

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    Yes things are changing ....... I don't see this as the country I was born in anymore the AUSSIE way of life is no longer allowed......
     
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  8. blair

    blair Well-Known Member

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    yeah I know mate , I am not even allowed to drink beer while operating a crane on a construction siteo_O
     
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  9. kev209

    kev209 Well-Known Member

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    You will have to get the Union on to that
     
  10. blair

    blair Well-Known Member

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    Good idea Kev, will request it be written into next EBA "crane operaters entitled to a minimum of 6 stress relieving high alcohol beers per shift, more in hot wheather as required" , whish I was working on an EBA site under an EBA
     
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