*read this - it will make sense in the end
The best thing that ever happened to me in my fishing career, was when my boat broke and the repair took 5 weeks longer than expected.
Up until then I was a 100% bait fisherman - I used to refer to myself as a "whiting specialist" - but that just meant, I targeted whiting more than anything else
There was nothing particularly special about my results
But with every phone call to the boat shop, to see when the repairs would be done - I got excuses and - "call us in a week"
That happened more times than a patient man would consider fair.
So I started chasing bream land based ................
If you are sending, unweighted live crabs down a pylon - that's one of the fastest learning curves in the business
within 2 weeks, you're already an expert and all you have to do is work out what lb leader is required to stop bust offs.
So then I tried to make things harder, by chasing them on lures.......... that definitely met the requirement of making an easy task, difficult.
Where I fish - if a live crab is ignored - its coz there arent any bream on that pylon
But when you put a lure down on a pylon, that you know has heaps of bream on it - and none of them take it - then the game gets interesting again.
I spent 100's of hours trying to work those buggers out on lures - and just when I thought I had the game sussed - it would change - and more subtle techniques than I can muster were required.
So heres where it all ties back to the snapper ban
When I was a pippie/cockle drowner - that was my world - I used to get annoyed by "Fad Fisherman" who threw lures, for this and that, and tried to make themselves sound better than every one else.
So I didnt want to try lures - because the most vocal group amoungst the people who used them, seemed to think they were better than other people.
And that annoyed me enough, to not join their ranks.
Same with music - I didnt even listen to "Metallica" for the first 35 years of my life because the knobs I met, seemed to be taking it way too seriously - as it turns out - Metallica crank out some great tunes, you dont have to be a weigh-anchor to enjoy. And I'm kicking myself for letting these knob ends, deprive me of tunes, I would eventually come to like for different reasons.
So long story short - when one door closes - 100's can open -
since my boat broke 20's ago - my fishing has changed drastically -
while I still remember stalking a King George Whiting school, down a sand bar and re-anchoring 30m down stream, every 20 mins as the flat got flooded - My piscatorial world got 100 times bigger, when my boat broke and access to whiting was denied.
When one door shuts - 100's can open