Catching snapper on plastics

Theres plenty of good snapper being caught at the moment and all good sizes ranging between3 to 5 kg! The best bait is fresh squid so its a good idea to start early and try and catch some fresh squid using a squid jig. They are also keen on the plastics at the moment which is always fun. I’ve added a video of a recent trip where i caught 3 good snapper on my first three cast using some...

How to catch tailor using lures

The trick is to try and match the lure to the size of the bait thats in the water. With plenty of Tailor still around I thought I’d post another “how to catch” YouTube clip. I’ve been catching a lot in close to the rocks where the wash comes out and also along the back of the beach breakers. Your catch won’t be limited to tailor fishing this way and you’ll catch any fish that feeds on small bait fish. Hope you enjoy the...

How to catch salmon

With the water starting to cool slightly, it’s time to start targeting those fun little Australian Salmon. These fish swim in large schools and can be found in close to short around bombies and right up close along the rock platforms and along the beaches. They readily take small chrome slug lures, squidgies, bibbed lures and heaps of different baits like: worms, pilchards, squid just to name a few. You need to try and match what they’re most likely to be feeding on. i.e. if your fishing from the beach you can catch them on bait like worms small bait fish like pilchards etc. When I’m fishing from my kayak I like to use small chrome slugs like the spanyid range. If you see small white bait jumping out of the water try and use a lure that is the same size as the fish you see in the area as chances are they’ll be feeding on that sized fish. I’ve added a short video to show how easy it is to catch them from your kayak using lures. It can be a real spectacle watching several salmon chasing your lure right up to your kayak. These little speedsters can put on a great performance to jumping out several times as they try to shake the lure out. Try and keep the pressure on as they jump as this is when they often get...
Converting my Prowler hatch for live bait tank

Converting my Prowler hatch for live bait tank

I’m going to show some pictures of my Prowler 4.3’s live bait tank which I’ve made. It works very well and keeps fish alive for many hours. You do get some water overflowing at times but hey it is a water sport. I find its position is great as you can easily access the fish and keep a eye on them to see how they are doing. All parts are available from the BLA site www.bla.com.au PLEASE NOTE: If you don’t install this property you may get water going into the hull of your kayak causing you some safety concerns. I haven’ had a drop go into my hull and I made sure I used plenty of fix seal MSP clear which is a strong adhesive sealant around my holes.   Here’s what you need: 2 x white through hull skin fittings 310ml Aquaseal Marine Sealant – mSEAL 595 clear (BLA sku: 264156) 1 x Whale High Flow Submersible Pump (BLA sku: 133104) Irrigation fittings 1 x rubber boot switch 1 x strap Here’s how I did it: Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Finished You need two of these through hull skin fittings. Then drill two holes so the thread just fits snug through the hole. I placed my kayak in the water and filled the tank up with water to see where to position height of the holes. Make sure you put plenty of fix seal between the fitting and your kayak to ensure you don’t get any water leaks into your kayak! You need a Whale pump next which simply fits into the scupper hole. I...

Simple installation of Pacific action sail to your kayak

After receiving may emails from people wanting to know the easiest way to mount a pacific action sail, I’ve finally uploaded a new clip  showing you the simplest way to install a pacific action sail to a Prowler 4.3 ocean kayak. It can be mounted this way to other kayaks as well if you have the fixings otherwise you can install the fixings which come with the sail. Apart from a few small changes I’ve made this clip shows the way my sail is mounted. I’ve also received plenty of emails about how i installed my live bait tank. I will complete a video on this in coming weeks as well so stay posted. Happy...
How to fit a transducer & a sounder to a kayak

How to fit a transducer & a sounder to a kayak

We had made quite a few casts along the bank with minimal results. I had noticed on my Humminbird sounder that the odd fish was marking up on the bottom as I made my way down the bank. I started to wonder whether the warmer water had maybe pushed the fish away from the bank and they had moved in search of the cooler water that the deeper sections of the river provided. I paddled out a bit further from the bank and focused my attention on my sounder. The water depth slowly dropped a few feet and fish started to mark up. I made a quick lure change opting for a lipless vibration lure. I position the boat in the main river and made my first speculative cast down the middle. I hopped the vibe and then let it fall back to the bottom. It never made it there. The line flicked and the rod immediately folded over. The fish surged away pulling drag as it went. I managed to keep it away from the numerous snags that dotted the bank and shortly after lifted a great looking river bass into my kayak. From then on the snags on the bank were forgotten and instead we targeted the fish holding down the middle of the river. The sounder had definitely been the key to unlocking the pattern for the day. A sounder is an integral part of most boats. If you fish out of a boat, you generally have one. Sounders give you an insight into the bottom you are fishing over, the temperature of the water and...