I am sure that there are plenty of keen anglers out there that are trying their hand at soft plastic fishing, but are struggling to hook any decent fish or those anglers that would like to fine tune their soft plastic skills. If the answers yes, then maybe it's time you invest in some help from a person who know fishing best: Brian from Angler's Advantage Charters. He has over 3 decades of angling experience across 4 continents! Brian Readman is your man - he has targeted everything from big game like marlin and sailfish to the likes of barra and bream. Brian's specialty is soft plastics, and his passion is sharing his skills and teaching others. If you have ever wanted to master the art of fishing with soft lures, then you need to take the opportunity to learn from one of the best in the business.
Brian started the business Angler's Advantage to let him spend time doing the thing he loves most and to be able to bring pleasure to others while fishing on our beautiful local rivers. His custom built Polycraft 4.8m Brumby which is excellent for reaching a number of local hotspots during a trip. Brian has a Navman colour depth sounder to locate contours and bottom structure where the fish love to congregate, electric bow mounted motor to allow the boats to stay on top of the good fishing grounds and a quiet yet powerful 80hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard to get you from the boat ramp to the fishing grounds quickly without spooking the fish. The Polycraft is ideal for Brain's line of work because it is a heavy boat that provides a smooth ride for his clients, the poly hull is very quiet and isn't prone to a noisy slap like that that an alloy hull makes when wash hits the side of the hull. The 4.8m Brumby is a good all-rounder as its small enough for poking around in the creeks, yet in close in offshore waters its solid hulls handling the swell and chop fairly well, keeping the boat still enough to battle it out with a few stray tuna on light gear.
If you haven't got the latest and greatest tackle, you need not worry as Brian has a variety of top quality combos on board all ideally suited to the artistic finesse of lure fishing. But bring your own combo along if you wish.Coupling Brian's experience with a keen angler's eagerness should be a recipe for success in targeting flathead, trevally, mangrove jack, estuary cod and even jew in the rivers. Brian always starts a trip by looking at the features needed in a rod and reel suitable for river use, then goes through the skills required for each species targeted plus how to best use soft plastics and hard bodied lures in the hunt.
Depending on where and how the fish are biting Brian will direct you to the Pumicestone Passage, Noosa, Mooloolah or Maroochy River. Brain also does fresh water trips to Lake McDonald chasing bass and yellowbelly on request.
Brian has compiled an extensive document called "Top 7 Soft Plastic strategies" which is a great starting point for those interesting in getting into the sport. The following is a brief outline of those soft plastic strategies:
1. Get the right gear for softplastics - this includes picking the best rod/reel combo with a light, whippy feel but superior in sensitivity, matching specific line to species targeted and choosing the correct jigheads.
2. Proper lure selection is essential to your success out on the water. What works one day might not get any results the next. The key is to not fall into the trap of having a ‘favourite lure'. The golden rule is to give your chosen lure 10 minutes of solid fishing time. If after 10 minutes it's not getting hit, change lures. You might like to try a different style of lure, but most likely will only need to change colours.
3. Make your lure work and come back towards yourself in a twitchy or alternating action. Don't just wind it in! A key rule with Soft Plastics is that you can never retrieve it too slowly. If you think you are going too slow but are still not getting hits, you are probably not going slowly enough.
4. Use fluorocarbon leader and learn your knots. Fluorocarbon has the same light refractive index as water so it makes it practically invisible under the water. The lighter the leader the more chances you have of hooking up but too light and the greater the risk of bust off! The key is to start off as light as you think you can go, and then switch to slightly heavier leader if you find that you're consistently getting busted off.
5. Reading the water or knowing where to look for the fish. Fish love structure or somewhere they can lie and wait to ambush their prey. Mud flats are fantastic spots for species like flathead and bream. The outgoing tide flows along the sides of the mud flats, washing the smaller bait fish, and other inhabitants like yabbies and crabs into the deeper channels.
6. Time of day and the state of tide are important. Remember the age old adage the early bird catches the worm. Fish will fire sometimes of day better than others. Early morning, just on dawn or as the sun is dropping in the sky is probably the best time of day for increasing your chances of a hot spell.
7. Be quiet. Nothing spooks fish more than noise, particularly in shallow water. Approach likely spots as quietly as possible, the use of an electric motor is highly recommended for your final approach and hang off as far as is possible. Don't bang stuff around the floor and keep your conversation as quiet as possible.
If you want more info on the type of service Brian has to offer, give him a call on 0424 788 379 or you can check out his website: www.anglersadvantage.com.au