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  1. Des

    Is glue necessary on Zman Grubs

    Don't use any Decoy Snaps any more. I have lost some trophy fish with these snaps opening up ... whatever the reason. I now only use snaps that ... DON'T OPEN UP. Mustad "Fastach" Or "Norman Clips" Daiwa also offer a "non clip" Clip I think called super 8. I have not yet tried them. You DON'T need to trust a "clip". There are better options available. Cheers, Des
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    Advice - Shimano TK3G series of rods

    I am sure you won't be disappointed for the job. if I bump into you again. You are welcome to have a flick of the 3 I have Cheers, Des
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    Advice - Shimano TK3G series of rods

    I am not sure what exactly you are looking for T L However, these 3 rods are what I take out on a session. They are ALL PFLUEGERS !!! An Exceptional rod for YFW and available at a ridiculous price of $79.00 for a rod with such quality materials and components. $79.00. Review the details on the website below. https://www.motackle.com.au/pflueger-trion-rod-clearance.html Now they are all a bit different. 701UL 7ft 1-3Kg - Standard no modifications. That I use for the lightest of lures. 701L 7ft 2-4Kg - Butt extended by 9" to improve casting for Medium lures. 701L 7ft 2-4Kg - Butt extended by 9" ... & ... the tip shortened (broken) to the second guide for heavier lures. So I play around with 3 different options on any given day depending on the conditions and lures I want to use. Cheers, Des PS. I also have Samaki C12 Gen2 7ft 3-8Lb, Shimano Raider 721 7ft 1-4Kg, Shimano Bushy Lure Long cast 792SP 1-4Kg ... all also very good. Plus Samaki and Daiwa travel rods in 2-4Kg that work perfectly well at home. Yet ... I alaways take out the Pfluegers fo YFW
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    YFW fillets

    Bigger ones always do. Just happened to me tonight. Bigger fish always have a different texture to their flesh. I stopped keeping flathead over 65cm for this reason. I too would love to know a solution. Never thought of scoring the fish. But will give it a try. Cheers, Des
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    Rod builders

  6. Noting a few recent posts enquiring after Yellow Fin Whiting, I thought I would put up some general info regarding a species I have obsessed over for a while, along with a part log for this winter so far.Yellow Fin Whiting are available all year round.There are independent resident populations in the St Vincent Gulf, Spencer Gulf and in WA from Albany through to Shark Bay.The is no migration between populations.Yellow Fin Whiting follow the COLD WATER. At various times of the year you will find them in the part of the gulf that have their natural habitat, but were the water is COLDEST. So I track them all year round, up and down the gulf following the water temperature.By the start of April they would have disappeared from the Adelaide beaches and moved north. This catch was at the end of April in a "middle" part of the gulf. Flathead are a nice by catch, but disappear along with the baitfish when the water gets too cold. However Yellow Fin whiting are still found in the cool water shallows. I manage regular catches through May and June. But it is the Bloodworm runs that really concentrate their numbers into the shallows. And it is then that the better size fish are more abundant. This catch was in the middle of the July bloodworm run.Another bag at the end of JulyThis bag in the middle of the August Bloodworm runAnd I recently managed to find a day with light winds! Which resulted in this bag.Now it is not just us recreational fishers that get stuck into the Yellow Fin Whiting in winter. The graph below from a study in 2000 shows the large majority of the professional catch taken in winter months.Cheers Des
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    2016 Ci4 +

    I have used stradic and rarenium Ci4 & Ci4+ for close to 10 years. And they are always getting abused and immersed as a wading fisherman. Never had a problem. Occasionally get them serviced every 3 years or so. Otherwise a quick spray over them before fishing is all they have needed. Highly recommend them. Cheers, Des
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    Some of the joys of going fishing
  9. Q: How much does it cost to start fishing? A: Not much. .... But it will cost you a lot to stay fishing Cheers, Des
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    Tides - no wonder we get confused.

    BOM is the bomb! The "meteye" section is brilliant, for detailed long range forecasting. http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/ Zoom into the map for your area. Click on your spot and look at the 3 hourly detailed forecast for the next 7 days . Nobody beats that. Nobody beats their accuracy as they own the weather stations. They have first use of the freshest data. I use Seabreeze for a graphical overview. But if you are serious, then tunnel into the detail on BOM. Your life might depend on it one day! Cheers, Des
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    First time flats fishing

    Welcome to the aquatic wonderland of the Northern Sandflats. A good wind ripple produces better results ... Too rough and too stirred up is not good. Don't be afraid to fish very shallow water for YFW. Especially at the bottom of the tide and you can see nipper and cockle beds. Good luck Cheers, Des
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    Bream rod recommendation 1-3kg

    At BCF Great wading/ Bream Rod. A quality graphite rod with all fuji hardware Brilliant price @ $89 I have 2 of them !!!! Both 7 ft, 2 pce. A 1-3Kg & a 2-4Kg http://www.bcf.com.au/catalogue/out-now.aspx?utm_source=edm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MF_BCF_2016_WK15_SN_SC#view=catalogue2&saleId=10230&page=7 Cheers, Des
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    Catching a bag or 2 … or 6! of Yellow Fin Whiting has not been a problem recently. There are always plenty around in the right places.However I have struggled to land many of the better size fish. I have had my share of bites, even plenty hook ups, although I was not happy with the hook up rate. And lastly and most frustratingly staying hooked up. I have had some big blistering runs, from big bruising YFW on light tackle in the shallows. Only to find my hooks pulled. Yes they are definitely YFW and not Flathead. You can tell by the distinct differences in their head shakes. The Flathead thrash and swing their heads from side to side whereas YFW tug their heads downwards trying to get back down to the sand. And on occasions I have seen their tell tale silver flash. They are nearly always hooked on the longest cast when you do not get much of a chance to see colour. I have never landed the best of the Yellow Fin Whiting that I have hooked.Well I can find them. I can get them to bite, although with a poor hook up rate and when hooked up my hooks would pull once we were into a fight. I had to have a rethink about what I was doing. I paid a visit to a congenial veteran of the tackle industry, Trevor Rea at Gotcha Tackle on Magill Rd Stepney. Trevor has extensive experience as a land based fisho with many an unbelievable tale. There has been plenty of tales of monster size YFW, but Trevor is the only person I know that can look me in the eye and tell me he has caught a 55cm YFW. Albeit a while back. And a mate of his has had 60+ cm fish, whilst fishing along side him. When he digs up photos, which I am urging him to do I will scan & post them up. Well you cant buy that experience and it soon became apparent. Trevor listened intently to my problem, then quietly walked down along a display shelf, returning with a packet in hand saying “This is what you need. Give up the long shank hooks” In his hand was a packet of Gamakatsu #4 octopus hooks. He looked at me and said “stop thinking Yellow Fin Whiting and start thinking Bream” Big Yellow Fin Whiting behave more like Bream than whiting. The penny dropped. I have always inspected the stomach contents of the fish I catch. I find the bigger YFW always have, apart from worms, crabs, nippers, prawns, whitebait, and even a baby octopus. Below a pic of stomach contents from a previous catch. Exactly the type of food you expect a Bream to eat. So they could be expected to attack your bait in a similar manner to bream. I once had a huge YFW attack and hang onto for a while a whole pilchard on 3/0 hooks intended for Flathead. I described my current trusted and very reliable rig (below) to Trevor. He said “you are assuming it attacks the worm from the bottom” Well yes! He was challenging my hard and fast assumptions. Great! I was getting a fresh look at what I was doing. This is the rig he suggested and assured me from his own experience, of changing his own technique, that my hook up rate would double. This is his suggested rig; I have tried this rig out in my last 2 sessions. On the first session it was very windy and the big YFW that normally hang around the shallow nipper beds are not around in these conditions. I did finish with a bag of YF between 30-34cm It was interesting to note all the bigger YF took the top hook and I doubled my hook up rate. It was only small YF and Puffers that took the bottom hook. Yesterday the weather was looking good and I headed out with great anticipation. It was on the first 2 casts that I found a couple of 31cm YF. From then on I tried to avoid them. There was an easy bag of fish for the taking, in the 29-33cm range but my focus were the bigger specimens. So I focussed on areas that hold less but larger fish. The rig works well! I did not lose a single good fish today and probably only missed one great bite. I kept 15 fish 31-40cm. The best sizes were; 2 @40cm, 2@38cm and 2@36cm Taking up the whole shelf of the fridge while chilling down before filleting. I thought I was doing pretty well, but there is always room for improvement. Listen, review and have a rethink. Well it is satisfying to have changed my rigs with great results.Now a 50+ cm Yellow Fin Whiting can realistically go onto my bucket list! Cheers, Des
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    What's everyone catching at the moment?

    Conditions were quite different to Saturday. However water temps are holding and the fish are around. Caught my bag today. Size a bit smaller than Saturday. I kept fish 30-37cm . Released plenty under 30cm. Plenty of Trouties around as well. You can still catch plenty on the dodge tides. Find the spots that they will hold on in a dodge. Cheers, Des
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    What's everyone catching at the moment?

    YFW on the Northern Sandflats. Caught this bag on Saturday Good sizes too. Upto 40cm Cheers, Des
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    Spooling My Reel

    740 metres
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    Barkers Inlet

    Hey we have all been "Bjorn again"
  18. Give Rob Wilson from South Oz Rods a call on 8261 5455Very knowledgable and very helpful chap.
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    South OZ Rods

    I endorse all the above comments.I have had rods repaired, but not built, by Rob.He has always done all my reel services.Quick service, Incredibly cheap, Good bloke full of info.Cheers, Des
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    New Bream Rod?

    @ ale; "Still getting the little bronzies whilst wading the flats Des?!" They are around most days.Dangling a keeper bag full of fish brings them in.Bleed some ST in a keeper bag and they are a certainty. Fun on light gear. Just need to have some ganged hooks on wire trace ready to use when they show.Cast out & draw it past their nose! All very entertaining on light YFW gear.Cheers, Des
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    New Bream Rod?

    Got this for Christmas;Samaki C-12 Gen2. 7ft, 1pc 3-8lb (1.5 -4kg)Have not fished with any other of my 9 light rods yet! ... since ChristmasSo far: YFW 41cm, Bream 38cm, Flathead 62cm, Bronzie 3-4ft. Was fantastic with allCheers, Des
  22. Des

    Salmon School

    Enter Shark! And see how quickly they get bunched up.It sure looks like a nice, relaxed, leisurely day for the salmon. An infrequent situation as the Predators are ever present. :ohmy: Cheers, Des
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    YFW - they REALLY DO like lures!

    NONE!Just don't spook them. And simply follow them. They mainly move in the direction of the water flow. Sometimes they back track from where they came.Berley only brings their competitors in that will strip your bait before the YFW!!! Cheers, Des
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    New? bom feature.

    Yup,I love "MetEye" Cheers, Des