See the video below . When you are casting light braid you can get a nasty knot around the top of your reel . This is because the braid sometimes rests on the top of the reel when you close the bail arm .To prevent it , you do this neat trick . After casting , close the bail arm over and then give the braid a tug till you pull the drag . Any loose braid will be pulled firm onto the reel . Share with your friends.
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Best way to rig a live squid is with two hooks . The one furthest up the line goes into the tip of the squid’s body . The second hook goes just lightly into the skin of the squid near the head . Both hooks must be exposed so they catch the fish easily . See the photos below . If you troll , don’t go any faster than 2 knots , otherwise the squid will die . If you drift , use the lightest lead you need to just get the squid down to the depth you want to fish . Usually two thirds of the way to the bottom is a good plan . You can leave the bottom hook free to drift with the tide if you like , but I don’t as many times the head is hit and the top is not so the bottom hook is the handy one . You can put the hook through the other , that is through the skin and out , but make sure it is exposed . This way is quick and simple and gets the squid into the water quickly . Good luck and hang on ! . Stay tuned and get fishing !
This knot is the best knot to tie hooks and swivels on to your main line and leader . It tightens the more the fish pull on the line , so it won’t be the knot that lets you down . This knot is important as it is the basis for the knot that joins your main line (braid) to your leader . This video on the knot will come in future blogs.
If you ar fishing for flathead in shallow water , on the flats , or in depths no more than 10-15 ft ( 3 -6 ) metres , then put w red plastic bead on your leader line just above the jig head . It seems to attract the flathead . Whether it looks like an eye of the soft plastic bleeding , I don’t know , but you will catch more flathead . If you want to make the soft plastic look like it has eyes then put two red beads on . You do a loop knot ( see previous blogs on how to tie it ) . First you do the half hitch on the leader leaving the circle in the line , put the first bead on now , then put the leader through the jig head and then put on the second red bead , now tie the loop knot . You will t the soft plastic looks like it had two red eyes . Now try it on the fishing , if there is a flathead around you will get hit by it .
see photo below .
another tip tomorrow .
Rigging wit he two hook rig is pretty easy if you know how . See the photos below . The top hook goes in first on the back of the fish . Be careful to just put the hook through the fish just under the backbone . The closer you get to the top of the back bone the better as more of the hook juts out .i like it in the back as I feel the fish vibrates more in the water and attracts the kingie or jewie . In the nose , they swim more freely . The second hook can either stay free or just get pinned at the bottom of the fish near the tail . Either is ok . If you are using a stinger hook ie treble , then let it roam free on yakkas but pin it on w live squid . The squid is for another blog .
if you want to troll a live yakkas or any live fish you need to pin the top hook in the nose of the fish . Not the mouth as they can drown . In the nose they are free to swim with the speed of the boat and live a lot longer . Then I put the stinger hook into the bottom near the tail , just in case .See photo .
Although you don’t need two hooks for kingfish , everyone uses two . It is either two hooks the same size or one hook and a treble hook they refer to as a stinger hook . Personally I don’t like the treble as it can damage the fish in the fight if it hooks into its side whilst it is fighting you . The second hook does not tend to do this as much and is much less damaging . The second reason is safety as the kingfish on the deck jumps around a lot and this stinger hook goes everywhere if it is not connected to the fish , and for sure it will get connected to your leg .
So watch the video and practice . It will save you a lot of money as the rigs in the stores are expensive and often you need to cut the line as the hooks won’t come out of the fish without damaging the fishes mouth . Once you have tied a few , you will see they are fast and easy to do . I always keep some rigged up on leaders so all you have to do is tie it onto the swivel . Two minutes and you are back fishing and not $5 poorer . The next blog will show you how to rig the yakkas two different ways.
The best knot for a jig head is the loop knot . This allows the soft plastic lure to have more movement and it can dart from side to side better , which mimics a wounded bait fish more accurately . When you put them in the water you can see how real they are and why they fool the fish .Have a study and master this easy knot . You will use it a lot !.There is a photo of the jig below and you can see the loop knot.
S perfect morning to go out . High tide at 11.30 so we are fishing the run up tide . Great for bream , flathead , trevally , salmon flounder etc . We decided to chase flathead first as the first of the run up they will be on the move . We hit the drop offs and cast up on the shallow part and dragged the soft plastic back down the drop off . We wer in 7 metres of water dropping to 13 metres as. We think the flathead are in the deep being lazy . First hit was a trevally . Next hit was a nice 50 cm flathead . Then one lost . It went quiet as the tide got higher so we decided to change and use our bream gear for a nice winter bream . For the rest of the fishing not one bite from a bream, not even the babies . Another trevally and a small flounder finished off the morning .