Once upon a time you could anchor your boat, throw in a line and be assured of a catch. As many fisherman know, these days are quite different; fish have become smarter, very timid and harder to find. The only way to keep ahead of the game is to take advantage of today’s improved technology and tackle, and to polish up on your techniques!
Have a Fishing Game Plan
Set out a game plan for your fishing trip. You will need to check the tides and weather. The tides play a big part in the movement of fish. The change of tide (first of the run in and first of the run out tide) is generally always a good time to fish, so time your fishing trip to catch these times and tides. If that means an early start, it will be well worth it when you bring home the fish! We believe very early morning is always the best time to catch fish. Weather is important too and with increased accuracy in forecasting, the angler has got better chances of choosing the right day to go fishing. As everyone who owns a boat knows, it is so relaxing and stress free to sit in a boat on the water with fishing line in hand, watching the world go by.
Don’t Be Afraid to Move your Boat Around
Moving your boat from place to place, will help you find the fish. If you aren’t having any joy in one spot, pull anchor and move along. The more ground you cover, the more chance you have of finding the fish. This is where your GPS/ Sounder will pay off. Your sounder will help you find the areas, likely to attract fish. Reefs, bommies and drop-offs are excellent spots for a large selection of reef fish. Mangrove Jack, a wonderful eating fish, love logs and banks – this is where the side imaging transducer sounders shine. When fishing the dams try travelling up where the old trees & logs are; those fresh water fish like Bass, Yellow Belly and if you are lucky maybe a Barra may be lurking. Your GPS/Plotter can save those spots for next time you go fishing too, also retaining lots of good information that can help you with your next game plan.
There is nothing better than a Minkota electric engine mounted on the rear or front of your vessel to move you quietly around the edge of mangroves for those large Whiting, good size Bream, not to forget those great tasting Flathead and of course, Mangrove Jack. The Minkota is very beneficial when fishing the dams as well. They are becoming very popular with fisherman fishing off shore, using the Minkota to keep them in the right spot and prevent them from drifting too far off the bommie where the fish are congregating. With the more up to date electronic equipment, fishing has become more of a science than good luck. Your depth sounder can help identify where the fish are, so you can make sure your line is long enough and weighted well enough to reach the right depths especially when you are chasing those Spanish Mackerel or Tuna.This is where the Cannon Downrigger comes into play, nothing is left to chance.
Watch for the Signs
Keep your eyes wide open. Occasionally you will spot a school of fish on the surface. Always be prepared and have your line ready, you need to be able to throw in your line immediately. It is always best to have several lines rigged to target the different areas and fish you may come across. Opportunities don’t knock every day. Watch for seabirds feeding too. Observing the behaviour of sea birds can identify where the fish are running. Watch for the movement of water as well, for this is where the bait fish are feeding.
Remember, practice makes perfect. Go fishing in the water as often as you can. Don’t be left on the bank this season. Come in and spend $20.00 and go into the draw to win a Boat, Motor, Trailer and Fishing & Crabbing Gear from Watsons Marine Gympie & Fishermans Warehouse. We’d love to hear some of your fishing tips and stories. Stay tuned for more tips from us next time.