TUNE UP TACKLE IN WET WEATHER
With the wild weather we've experienced so far this month, now is the optimum time to update your tackle situation and give your tackle box a good once over with hot soapy! Take advantage of the rain and spend a day in your garage giving everything inside the tackle box a clean, cull the old rusted tackle and get organised for when the weather comes good again.
Hot soapy water will remove all the salt crystals which coat everything in and outside of the box, give it a few hours to dry off to make sure all little cracks and crevices are dry before putting back your tackle. It's worth giving all the contents a good wipe down if you can as the salt will also corrode and wear away the chemically sharpened coating on hooks and swivels, plus your knife will become very obviously rusty if left unclean.
Using sharp hooks for fishing is probably one of the most important keys to catching fish. Using sharp hooks, non rusty hooks or chemically sharpened hooks is very important. This time of year it's worth sharpening your old hooks or buy good sharp new hooks. Fish within your budget and buy the best hooks you can afford. Rust will prevent a hook up by not allowing the hooks to slide through the mouth of the fish. A blunt hook tip will also minimise the chance of hook ups. If you get snagged check how sharp your tip is and run a sharpening stone over it if needed. It's well worthwhile investing in a small hook sharpening stone and keep it in your tackle box. Remember lure trebles are also important to maintain and keep sharp.
The latch on the tackle box may need a spray from a lubricant or anti-corrosive product such as Inox or WD40. This will lengthen the life of your tackle box and save you from an expensive purchase in the near future. While you have the lubricant out, touch up your reel gears and yabbie pump as both will get more use in the coming months.
Pliers are a great tackle box accompaniment for removing the hook without touching the fish. Pointy nose pliers are particularly good for hooks that have been swallowed down the fish's throat. If your pliers are stiff though - this is a great time to clean them up and lubricate with some WD40.
A well organised angler should have plenty of longshank, baitholder and pre rigged gang hooks on hand over Summer and through to Winter. Now is a good time to cull any bent, rusty or dull hooks - revamp them with a good sharpening or get some new ones! Flathead and whiting are best targeted with a long shank hook due to the shape of their mouths. Bream need baitholders as they are the kings of deception and trickery. The barbs along the shaft of the hook will hold on your prawn, squid or flesh bait well. Purchase gangs in groups of three or more to save money or at least get a box of Mustad 4200D or 4202D saltwater series hooks to make up your own gangs. Tru Turn hooks in style 711, are also very useful when rigged with black crane swivels rigged in between each hook. The swivels allow the hooks to twist and set in the fish's mouth, avoid destroying the pilchards flesh when inserting the gang hooks and help to minimise line twist.
A variety of different sinkers to allow for varying currents and waves heights as well as a couple of different strengths in monofilament and wire leader material are needed for adapting to changing fishing conditions. For those who wish to fish at night it would pay to have spare batteries for your head lamps or torch and some clip on glow in the light for your rod tips so that you can see the bites and what you're doing. Be prepared for changing fishing conditions and the worst case scenario that you losing hooks to big tailor and you should be rewarded with good fish.
So rather than getting upset with the weather - make the most of your time and before you know it, the sun will be back out and you can put your lovely clean, sharp tackle to good use snagging a serious fish! Next week we will have a look at maintaining your rod and reel over the wet period.
LOCAL FISHING REPORT
Noosa: Spanish mackerel from jew shoal and Sunshine Reef. Whiting at the mouth. Mangrove jack, tailor and trevally on poppers around Woods Bay. A few jacks around the rock wall at the mouth and between the lakes. Mud crabs between the lakes. Flathead and trevally around the entrance of Weyba Creek.
Maroochy: The odd Spotty mackerel and a few spanish mackerel just east of Old Woman Island. Dart in the gutters between Marcoola and Yaroomba. Trevally, cod and jacks int he cod hole. Whiting and grunter at Bli Bli. Sand crabs in the channel between Chambers Island and the cod hole. Mud crabs up the creeks and along the wetland stretch.
Kawana: Black marlin, dolphin fish and wahoo at the 50 meter mark out off Coolum. Spotty mackerel are feeding on the dirty water line out from Point Cartwright. Dart, bream and whiting along Kawana Beach. Golden trevally along La Balsa wall. Bream from the mooring and rock walls. Whiting from the spit. Mud crabs up Mountain Creek and in the upper Mooloolah.
Caloundra: Bream, grass sweetlip and flathead during the day, with queenfish and trevally on live bait at dawn along the boardwalk stretch. A few jacks in Bells Creek. Mud crabs from Coochin Creek south.
Ed Sweres boated these two mangrove jacks while working the trevally boils with a surface popper in the Woods Bays (supplied by www.fishingnoosa.com.au)
This is gonna take some time: a messy tackle box could cost you a fish!
Mitch Bow was flicking soft plastics around the rubble patches around Pin Cushion for a couple of yellowfin bream.
Conditions will be perfect todayand over the weekend to head offshore chasing mackerel, Andy Gunn trolled large slimy mackerel NE of Old Women Island for two spaniards up to 8kg.
Jason Armstrong was drifting with pilchards on gang with a short wire trace around Old Women Island for this 3.8kg spotty mackerel.