Desperate for weed (20-Oct-12)

Seaweed that is.. So after daylight savings comes around, we like to head down to the closest river after work before sunset to try for some blackfish. The hard part is trying to find seaweed for bait. We searched around some drains and it looks like the local council may have treated the areas to get rid of the weed. We saw some weed hanging off a branch near a drain but was fenced off and out of reach. My brother had this crazy idea of using a squid jig to pull it up. After a few goes, bingo! Enough to last us the next few trips.

Some new fishing gear (2-Nov-12)

My brother returned from his trip to Japan with quite a lot of fishing goodies. Squid jigs of all sizes, a couple of packs of soft plastics and a whole bunch of bait fish hooks. These hooks are pretty automatic catching baitfish. They are basically hooks that are tied on to a very light trace that you can just tie straight on to your swivel.

Here’s a close up of the larger squid jigs:

They look like a prawn with the hooks on the head side. After my honeymoon in Hong Kong, I realised how new these were when I was told they were a new product over there, pretty much about 6 months after my brother brought back this batch.

Tying line on to a spool

I have had a few questions in the past about how to put your line on to a spool (the part of the reel that holds the line). So here we go:

  1. You only need the bottom half of your rod. Put your reel on and thread your line through the first hoop.
  2. If you choose to use braid, fill about half the reel with mono. Pull the bail arm back and wind a few loops on the line and put the line through the loops and tighten the line to form a noose. Slide the knot down to the spool.
  3. Hold the line against the rod about the 15 cm above with your left hand to give some tension to the line while you wind it on. If you are winding on mono, make sure the plastic holder of line is label-up so that you do not get curls in your line.
  4. If you are winding on braid, join the two lines with a double uni knot or improved albright knot.
  5. Do not fill up the spool with too much line as it may cause bird’s nests on casts, but too little line may make it hard to cast.

Here’s a quick video I have put together. I will add some annotations to it when I get some time.

And here is how the final product should look like:

Bait and Tackle Stores

With an abundance of chain stores joining the bait and tackle market, namely BCF, Anaconda, Amazon Outdoors and Ray’s Outdoors, there are plenty of bargains to be had. I would recommend joining the free members clubs so that you are informed of their latest specials throughout the year. Just as a brief run down of all the stores, BCF and Amazon seem to specialise more in the fishing side of things and have most of the top brands. The other two do not have as large a variety but have some good bargains for the cheaper brands. Also don’t forget about BigW and KMart , both of which have a small but sufficient variety to get you started. I find BigW to be slightly cheaper on most things and a good place to get cheap Berkley soft plastics. Although, don’t always overlook your local bait and tackle store for some more specialised brands and gear. I get most of my rods and reels from bait and tackle stores and also the higher quality tackle such as the Japanese squid jigs and fishing line. I have created a bait and tackle locator to help you find the stores in your area. Most of these I have searched manually, so please let me know if there are any incorrect or new listings.