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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There are a few ways to fillet a flathead but I like an easy way as the fish is flat and sits flat on the table . First you cut the head off after you have scaled and gutted the fish . Now watch the video , it shows you how easy it is.
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.
When you are not going to eat your flathead or any fish that night or the next night, you need to prepare it and get it in the freezer quickly . If you do this,when you defrost it , it will be as fresh as the day you caught it . Simply take it out of the freezer 4 or 5 hours before you want to fillet and debone it . Once it is defrosted it is easy to fillet and debone .
So the steps are – bleed it and crack its neck , scale it , gut it , cut its head off in a particular spot , then into a glad freezer bag or wrap it in glad wrap tightly . Watch the video , it’s easy . You will be surprised at how fresh the flathead is when defrosted . Just wash it and then fillet and debone .Cook,eat and enjoy . See the videos on beer batter and cooking beer battered flathead on the blog.
Here is a set of 3 videos on cooking the flathead with the best beer batter . Look at them in order . I simply get the flathead fillet you have seen me debone in a previous video , and cut it at the ” V ” into 3 smaller fillets . Perfect for beer batter .
The first video shows how to test the heat of the oil , the second and third on cooking it . Once it is golden brown take it out , it is ready. Sometimes it takes only a minute or so . Do not leave it too long .
See the video below .it is the best light beer batter you can make and it is easy. The secret is self raising flour ,not normal flour , then add beer . That’s it ..And keep it really cold. Put in the fridge for at least 20 minutes or put some ice in it if you don’t have time.
The next video will show you how to cook with it and the result.
See the video below . What a great fish to catch and to watch swin about . Nothing better . It was caught amongst the moored boats , in 6-7 metres of water using bream gear . See my previous blogs for all the gear info . This one grabbed a Berkley gulp 2″ shrimp in new penny colour . The jig head was a ttlure and 1/16 th oz , number #2 hook . Light leader only 6 lb . Let is sink slowly and it hit on the drop 3/4 of the way down . Try it , great fun on light gear.
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.
Went out this morning at 7 am to try for bream before the wind increased . This was already 2 hours after the low tide so it was an experiment . I decided to fish amongst the moored boats as they should be sheltering and hunting . Not a bream bite to be seen !
But first cast hit by a small trevally , and on bream gear it was a terrific fight . A great start . Next cast as I was working the lure back to the boat it got hit by an Australian salmon . What a fight . See the 2 videos below and the photo. These salmon fight like crazy and on bream gear they are the best fun . Fourth cast another salmon hit the lure as it was being worked back up to the boat . Both these salmon were 59 cm and fit so it took a few minutes to get them into the net , a quick photo and release . After that everything went quiet and the wind picked up to 20 knots . So three fish in the boat in the first 30 minutes and then nothing for the next 2 hours . Moving spots and different gear did not work today.
I have mentioned this in my pro tips , but you should always work the lure up the water column when it is near the boat as salmon , trevally , and King fish all hit the lure when it is worked properly up the water column to the boat . If I had not done this I would not have caught the two salmon!
The gear I used today was 1-3 kg rod , 1000 Stella reel , 4 lb braid , 6 lb leader . # 2 hook on a 1/12 jig head . The soft plastic was a new penny coloured Berkley gulp 2″ shrimp.
The salmon and trevally are here so get out there and have a fish for them . You will have a lot of fun.
Let me set the scene for this video . We were out at one of the fads and the small yellowfin and skipjack were busting up on the surface everywhere . Lots of white water . They were obviously being chased by bigger fish . The boat motored up to these schools and two guys at a time threw 12″ poppers into the middle of them . Plenty of hook ups and misses and lost fish but also plenty of yellowfin in the boat . All of them around 25 kg – 30 kg . But the fun was watching them hit the popper and smash it . Then the long fight as they never give up . See for yourself on the video below.