The mulloway will always hold pride of place in the minds of southern fishers. The art of catching them has come a long way in the last few years – or at least more people are spilling their secrets. Once the realm of nocturnal bait fishers; mulloway madness has crept into the broader fishing psyche and more and more anglers are pinning them during the day, on lures. Soft plastics are leading the coastal assault. Continue reading Luring Mulloway on the Beach
A while ago I wrote some words on fishing lures, mentioning general ideas around experimenting with different types versus really getting to grips with a smaller selection (read it here). To far too simply sum it up I added that finding active fish is the biggest factor in increasing hook-ups. I stand by that.
But what’s going on with active fish? Even active fish (smashing up bait in front of you) can be virtually un-hookable. What happens when you come across inactive fish? How do you con one into chewing your lure – and chewing it long enough for you to get a hook in its mouth? That’s got a lot to do with the predatory response. Continue reading Evoking the Predatory Response
A few mornings ago I made the pre-daylight trip up the valley, travel mug in my lap. I didn’t have the canoe with me but that wasn’t going to cramp my style. The good thing about bass is that you can get to them on foot if you feel like it. The other day reminded me why bank bashing for Aussie bass is a good approach. Continue reading Bank Bashing for Bass
Well, we’re back for 2016! So let’s get straight into it.
There was a bit of river that had come to my attention. I’d seen it while flying out west when I arrived in Australia at the beginning of the year, and decided to explore it at the first opportunity I had. Fairly rugged and inaccessible country is a nice change for Central Western NSW and the river that snaked its way through looked fishy enough for me. With a new addition to the canoe fleet to properly christen, I packed the gear and made preparations for a six day journey. This would cover about 65 k’s from a drop off in the hills to a pickup on the edge of the plains where the river dumped out. Continue reading A Cod Country Experience
It’s easy to think that you have to travel great distances and forge paths into the middle of nowhere to find the wild. A lot of my efforts take me to those sorts of places and I find experiences that will last a lifetime; but you don’t always have to go to the ends of the earth. Sometimes wild places are hidden right under our noses, and the search for them is always rewarding. Continue reading An Unseasonably Warm November
Tucked away on Lac La Croix, Ontario; Zup’s Fishing Resort and Canoe Outfitters sits on the doorstep of Quetico Provincial Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Returning for my second year gave me another chance to experience what this place has to offer.
It’s hard to summarise an entire season in a few photos so I hope to do it justice. Amazing fishing, amazing people, amazing place!
Ultimately, the fish is the most deciding factor in any encounter. The fish doesn’t care how flash your reel is, or whether you have a Portuguese cork grip on a custom built rod. All the fish cares about is getting that weird but amazingly strong little creature out of its mouth. With all the stresses created while the fish is doing this, weak points are put to the test. Knots make or break the day. Continue reading Knotting is Safe