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.
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.
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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.
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.
A perfect day , no breeze , water flat as a pancake ! We went out to the outer reef number 3 . Everything looked good . One small coral trout came in on a soft plastic . Then nothing . Poppers , jigging and soft plastic jigging couldn’t get a bite . Plenty of bait fish around but no interest . We went to the next reef , same result . We went to the next reef , same result . The weather was too perfect maybe . We hit a fourth reef and started trolling with the big lures . Finally they started biting . I think it was the change of tide . So we ended up with two mackerel , one coral trout , and one big barracuda . So 5 fish for the locals dinner . We fished from 6.30 am till 11.30 am so in summary it was slow , saved by the last hour . See photos and video of the barracuda .see how angry the coral trout is below. Nice shot of the mackerel with the lure under the water .
Sorry I haven’t been blogging for over a week . I have had no internet connection fishing remote Fiji . Plenty of videos ans plenty of photos to come each night this week . Here’s a selection .the photo of the barracuda shows the smallest fish of the trip and are eaten by the locals . They say they are tasty . The sunset is from the resort we stayed at to fish . Much more to come stay tuned .