What are sinkers and what do they do?
When I first started fishing and received nothing but a small amount of pocket money each week, I used to scrounge through Dad's shed and grab any large nuts he had and use these as sinkers. Old spark plugs were also good sinkers.
Perhaps the question most commonly asked by anglers is, "What lure should I use?" Fortunately there is some logic involved here and, with time, choosing a lure becomes less of a riddle. You learn that a diver is totally impractical in a shallow stream. On the other hand, you accept that wobblers only function when used at a speed which keeps them close to the surface - of little use when you are targeting fish down deep.
Michael Bok looks at hooks
Hooks are one of the most important items in your fishing tackle box. These are the items that actually catch your fish. Fish hooks have been around for 20,000 years, the first ones being made from wood or bone and many were not even hooks at all.
You've don't it! You've landed what you were after and a good size fish it is too! Finally, you can take home something for the table. You can't wait to show off your catch and then enjoy a tasty and nutritious meal. You've done the hard work! Or have you?
Michael Bok tells where, how and why.
At times gathering bait is almost as much fun as fishing itself and the rewards from catching better fish on fresh caught bait are great. A bait pump is a great help if you fish out coastal or estuary environments. What is a bait pump?
Trout guide, Peter Hayes explains some of the techniques he uses that will help improve your catch rate.
As I stand at the door of my Great Lake shack the eleventh day of February is just four hours old. The morning is black and remarkably quiet. Around me the trees seem hypnotised by the stillness in the air. This is a rare and beautiful moment in the highlands of Tasmania and you need to rise early to witness it.
Hey kids do you want to try out fishing? You don't need a rod or reel because we'll build a handline and then have a go off the nearest jetty, pier or out of a boat.
You will need the following items:
At this time of year, most budding trout anglers are right back into the swing of things. That is not only the freshwater anglers but also the saltwater enthusiasts. That is why this issue I have decided to discuss pretty fish, pretty fish being a commonly and very effectively used bait catching a variety of species from sea-run trout to salmon, bream and flathead.
Versatility is an attribute not often found in singular lures available to the Australian angler. Sure, there are some that swim fast and slow, with ease. Some have adjustable bibs that allow them to dive deep or shallow as required.
Michael Bok is always looking at "new ways to skin a cat'.
Trolling lures for squid is a technique that Michael has spent quite a lot of time trying. Contrary to what most people think you can catch squid by trolling a lure, rather than just jigging for them. It requires a little bit of homework and research to produce results, but it is worth the effort.
Rodney Woodward explains the easy way to get started on the fishing journey.
With the weather on the improve, and school holidays on us, many people decide to take up the sport of fishing. Retirees, children or friends are all opportune targets for you to hook on this wonderful sport. Getting started is tough though, with a huge number of choices to make before you start actually fishing. Just choosing a rod and reel is difficult.
For many years soft, plastic lures have been available to the fishing public. These lures have never had any real variety or shape and the only fish they have had any success on in Tasmania is the ubiquitous Flathead.
Lifejackets, flares, radios; fairly common equipment on board your modern and not so modern fishing craft. All very worthy and necessary safety equipment to assist in emergency situations. What about the humble first aid kit? Too often forgotten or at best, sadly neglected.
People are not getting the most out of their fishing, because the rods that they are using are too old and lacking the technology that can be had in today's rods.
With the trout season over, most anglers pack their gear up, leave it in the corner and look forward to the next season - in august. It is during this time (now) that it is essential to check your gear.
Getting started with Andrew Hart
When my Natural Science teacher asked me for six sizable fish for an upcoming lesson, I replied very confidently, "No worries!" Thinking that this would be an easy task, I headed down to the Tamar to my favourite Mullet spot, where previously I'd had plenty of success.
For almost thirty years, one of the most successful lures to ever grace the tackle boxes of Tasmanian trout fishers has been the Tasmanian Devil. First envisaged and manufactured by Wigstons of New Norfolk, this lure, which started from humble beginnings, has now spread its fame to overseas countries such as the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.
Line is normally treated with contempt when it tangles breaks or fails, the fine is often blamed. Here are a few tips to improve your "˜luck'.
An age old problem with flathead has been, when the small fish intercept the bait before their larger relatives have a chance to get to it
Michael Bok explains how lures catch the big ones
Nick Haralambakis, manufacturer of Magnum Down riggers explains how a down rigger can vastly improve your catch rate as well as your fishing enjoyment.
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