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  1. Great post. After reading this I need to get myself sorted for some flathead fishing on the flats. What conditions are you looking for? Is it like YFW with the tides, aiming for when they are concentrated at the bottom of the tide? What surface conditions are you looking for? I'm off to Tackle World on Thursday night to fit out my lures with new assist hooks and then hit the flats. Cheers Mark
  2. What size assist hooks and singles are you using? Cheers Mark
  3. Have a look on Aliexpress for one sold by PLUSINNO Fishing. There are plenty of others but this one looks OK.
  4. You can buy gadgets like this from Aliexpress for under $50. Fill reel/spool with braid, then add required backing line to get perfect depth of line on your reel Reverse the process winding the line back onto the plastic spool (the backing line will be on the bottom) Use a second plastic spool to wind the line onto (the backing line will now be on top) Place this second spool onto the gadegt Wind onto the reel/spool Worth it when you have multiple reels.
  5. What Wert said. It's not hard and is a useful skill. After a couple of seasons, you can reverse the line again to so you get "new" braid on your reel. If you have a few reels (I currently have 6) it's worth learning. There are loads of videos showing ways to make it an easy process.
  6. Cheers. I'll give the Shimano Bio Tough Grub a try, the bloody bait colour looks good.
  7. I can't find a retailer for the Samaki Boom Bits Curlicious 2.5". It's my favourite grub style soft plastic particularly in the ghost bait colour. Grub style lures are prone to having the tail nipped off, but my experience is the Samaki Boom Bait outlasts both Zman and Baitjunkie. Anyone know a supplier? Hope they haven't gone out of production.
  8. MAH

    Best 3 Jigs

    If you are an Amazon Prime member with free international delivery you can find the Duel jigs. They come from Japan, will take a couple of weeks and cost around $25 each.
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    Best 3 Jigs

    Duel Not the easiest to find. Sportfishing Scene at Cavan have the best local stock. Looks like they have the top green jig in stock but a 3.5 only (nothing wrong with this size jig, it sinks very slightly faster). Their online store says they have one left in stock for $24.99. https://sportfishingscene.com.au/collections/lures/products/duel-ez-q-cast-plus?variant=43779590586610
  10. MAH

    Best 3 Jigs

    Des, you could go with the advice from Wert and Kelvin, but maybe grab a green jig in a prawn pattern?
  11. MAH

    Best 3 Jigs

    Hi Des I think this was the post I've changed a couple of things. I now use an Atomic Arrowz squid rod. It has a much shorter butt than most squid rods and I like how it feels in my hand for casting. I've also dropped down in diameter for my braid, so the line has less drag. I still think for a land based fisho lures are one of the least important parts. Being able to cast a good distance to weedy beds has been more important for me. When in my Yak, I use a really cheap 6 foot rod and an old Shimano Sienna reel, as there is no need to cast far, so jigs move up in terms of imp
  12. MAH

    Best 3 Jigs

    Simplest approach would be to grab 3 red-heads, any brand, in size 3.0, as they just catch lots of squid. But if you want to try a few others, here are my recommendations. Size I find 3.0 size jigs the most versatile. They have enough weight to cast well and have a good sink rate for most conditions. If the current is really ripping and you need a heavier jig, you can add a small 2gm sinker, either one specifically made to attach to squid jigs or just a ball sinker to the line. If you find yourself in a shallow area and keep getting snagged, you can put the jig under a float. Y
  13. I'm a big fan of Daiwa Bait Junkie soft plastics and prefer them to Zman. They are very soft and flexible which seems to give them a great action in the water. I recently bought some Daiwa Bait Junkie Risky Critters for when the weather and water warms up. I'm going to give them a try on whatever is swimming around the flats, keen to see if YFW will hit them. Only problem with these soft plastics is the price at $11.95 for a pack of 6. Not a huge cost, but I did stumble across a similar styled creature bait on Aliexpress, pack of 8 for $6.23. They are made from the super stretch material and c
  14. I was at the Adelaide Central Market on Saturday. I always look at the fish prices. It makes my mind spin at the prices for fish e.g. filleted Coorong Mullet for $50kg. Who can afford to eat our local fish? Certainly not someone on average wages, particularly when you compare it to alternative protein like a free range for $6.50kg. But what really caught my eye were local YFW, really nice big plump YFW. They were being sold for $18kg whole! If comparing to the filleted Coorong Mullet at $50kg, you are assuming a yield of 36%, i.e. you are only recovering 360gms of fillets for every 1kg of
  15. The weather has been poor so I haven't been fishing much. So what do you do when you're not fishing? Make stuff for fishing! I've been making some small assist hooks to replace the back trebles on lures. I bought some silicone lure skirts of Aliexpress to use for a bit of flash. The cord is cheap 30lb braid. There is no need to use such strong braid, you could use a lot lighter. But I decided to use this braid, because the diameter is easier to handle and tie knots. I measure out 25cms which gives me long enough tag ends to easily tie each hook with a 5 turn s
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