Over Head Fishing Reel Maintenance

Introduction
Correctly maintaining your overhead fishing reel and performing the appropriate servicing procedures is of prime importance to all anglers regardless of the overhead reel's application. A well maintained overhead reel performs at its optimum level, increases casting distance, lowers the minimum cast weight and assists the angler by operating without a fault whilst fishing, having a smooth drag with a light initial let off to respond to a sudden run from a hooked fish.

The Burley Factor

Cast your mind back to the last time you were wandering down the street and this wonderful aroma caught your attention as you passed the local bakery. Your mouth starts to water and you are tempted to go straight in there and buy some of that delicious freshly baked bread - you have in fact just been burleyed!

Spoon-fed.

Splash disguised by a small cascade and landing just upstream of a deeper hole overhung by blackberries, this was a rare perfect cast. As the lure wobbled its way through the shadows a bow wave tracking to intercept indicated interest. A brief pause at the shadow's edge resulted in a solid tug on the line and with a swirling splash, I was on. After a couple of jumps and short runs, a pretty little brown trout was quickly slid up on the wet grass for a quick measure, photo, de-hook and release. At 43.5cm fork length and over a pound and a half in weight, this was a large fish for such small water with the deeply hooked jaw of a mature male trout. This brought my total for the day (about an hours fishing just 20min from home) to three landed and with several others missed or dropped, was a fitting end for a quick post work fish. As with all previous fish, that day along with many from previous and subsequent trips the successful lure was a simple small metal spoon one of the most underrated lures in our hi-tech modern fishing society.

Drogues Slow down and catch more fish.

History
When I first started guiding 13 seasons ago our business was entirely lake based. The highland lakes of Tasmania are well know for windy personas. The wiser,more experienced local anglers all used drogues to slow their boats so I purchased the biggest drogue I could find. It was the conventional windsock type of design and was a flouro yellow colour.

Soft Plastics, Getting Started Towards Success (Part 1)
Introduction

Soft plastic fishing lures what are they?...What are the benefits of using them?... What setup do I need to fish them?...How do I rig and retrieve them?...What lure or technique should I use on this species or that species?...etc etc.
Well these are just some of the many questions anglers regularly ask in relation to the use of soft plastic fishing lures.  This article is the first in a series of articles that are intended to take you through the step by step process of becoming a successful soft plastics angler.

The Joys of Boating

The following story is true. Phil from Blessington has given permission to use this story - of several parts, as long as his true name is not revealed. It has previously appeared in the journal of the Victorian Fly Fishers Association.

Mega Multi Tool Review

Back in the old days everybody's Grandpa had a favourite pocketknife. Times change however and the pocketknife has been replaced by the multi-tool, a hybrid of the Swiss Army knife and the humble plier! Here is the latest and greatest in multi-tools for those thinking of a Christmas present, or just another toy.

Unlocking the secrets of soft plastics

Part 2: Tips and Hints

Last issue, Steve Starling reveled some of the secrets of success when using the newest generation of soft plastic or rubber lures that are taking the country by storm. This time, Steve presents some very useful tips on selecting and using these deadly lures in our local waters.

Unlocking the secrets of soft plastics

Part 1: The Basics
Soft plastic of rubber lures are taking the country by storm, but many anglers are still not getting the best from these lures. In this ground-breaking of how-to feature, soft plastics" whiz, Steve Starling, reveals the secrets of success, with a special emphasis on Victorian waters.

Southern Bluefin Lures

As many of Tasmania's saltwater game anglers await the annual southern bluefin tuna "run', lure choice is  usually the prime topic for discussion. With the past two years being particularly good, anglers are waiting in anticipation for the next few weeks  - will Tasmania be blessed with a "hat trick" of productive tuna seasons?

Propellors getting it right

Propellors can make the difference a great boat with a good performance and economy and a dog of a boat. Rick Huckstepp explains how you can get the best from your boat.
The "in" word in the new boat sales industry has for the past five years, been, "packages'.
A package allows one to walk into a showroom or yard and purchase a complete unit, hitch it onto the vehicle and go fishing. Sounds easy, doesn't it?

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