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Fishing on the Wild Side

Fishing on the Wild Side

Mike Fry doesn’t only live on the Wild Side of Tasmania, but also goes fishing in probably the wildest boat ever to troll for trout—certainly in Tasmania. 
When your mate says ‘What are you doing tomorrow, want to come up the Gordon for the night?’ it would be pretty hard to say anything else except “you bet” and start checking out your tackle box and packing your overnight bag. But if your mate was Troy Grining and he wanted to give his new 52ft, high speed cruiser a run across Macquarie Harbour, test the new onboard dory with a chance of landing a nice Gordon River Brown you would have to feel privileged. I didn’t say anything about getting on my hands and knees and kissing his feet…just having a lend of ya’ but I did feel very appreciative.

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Hart's Hints - Improving your catch rate

by Andrew Hart

How often do we go fishing and catch nothing? I think that the answer may be too often for some of us.

Listed below are a few techniques and innovations that can improve your catch rate.

 

Berley

Berleying is an essential in almost all fishing situations and its use is quite easy, but if you use your head a little then it provides amazing results. Whether the target is mullet or Mako sharks, the principle remains the same. Your berley can contain almost anything fishy. Cat food, old fish frames and guts, tuna oil, bread pieces of bait provide a great all round berley. Try and keep your berley attractive for the species you are targeting. For example, fish flesh would not attract a weed eating Luderick.

When placing the Berley into the water think about where you are throwing it. If it is a strong current, and you simply throw it out in front of you; you may wonder why your mate next to you is having all the success. If fishing in deep water for species that are caught on the bottom then there is a way of getting your berley to the fish.

Berley dispensers

A berley dispenser full of your berley, can be lowered to a desired depth. It is attached to a rope or cord, then when you want it to empty its contents, all that is needed is a sharp yank or two on the rope. The device itself can be simple as a brown paper bag with a rock inside to make it sink, to the new invention called The Secret Weapon.

The Secret Weapon is a reusable berley dispenser that is easily lowered to the bottom, and just as simply retrieved. The Secret Weapon retails from most tackle stores for around $30.It makes life a lot easier.

Keeping your bait alive

In Tasmania live baiting is a technique that is not all that commonly used, and this is sad as it can produce some fish of a lifetime. Once going to the trouble of catching a enough live bait for the day, it is very annoying when after an hour or so of swimming around in a bucket they drop dead.

The solution is to firstly change the water every hour or so, or buy an aerator.

An aerator is a battery run device that puts oxygen into the water while cooling it. They are guaranteed to keep bait alive longer. Aerators retail from $30 through to $70, and should be available from most tackle stores. When buying one, however, make sure it is water proof.

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