May 012016
minkota electric engine

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.

Apr 252016
fishing & boating tips

The team at Watson’s Marine has one thing in common: we love boating and love to fish. Over the years we’ve picked up a few helpful fishing tips that we’d like to pass on to our readers.

Fishing & Boating Tip 1 – Be Prepared

The old adage, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure, is also true for fisherman. Before you head out in the fishing boat make sure you have attended to regular boat & trailer maintenance. Give your engine a run and go over the battery and electronics to make sure they are working well. Check your trailer, bearings, rollers etc. If in doubt, give the crew at Watson’s a call, and we will get your boat & trailer in tip top running condition. You don’t want to be one of those fishermen who get to the boat ramp only to discover you have engine trouble.

Make sure your rods and reels are working well, they too need to be maintained. Tony from Fisherman’s Warehouse is the man for the job. Regularly check fishing lines, swivels and hooks, replace where necessary. Run your finger over your lines to check for damage, check your knots by giving them a good yank, best to change your hooks each time you go fishing, not worth losing a big fish over.

Don’t waste your valuable fishing time on fix-ups. Check your gear before you hit the water. By being prepared you will ensure a hassle-free relaxing & enjoyable fishing trip.

Fishing & Boating Tip 2 – Name Your Target

It’s a good idea to think about what type of fish you are after. That way you can get organized to catch your target species. Your choice will, of course, be based on the time of year. If you are not sure what’s about in your area, have a chat to some local anglers. Having fishing friends is the best way to find out where the fish are biting too. Other good sources of information is Tony at Fisherman’s Warehouse, Gympie’s best bait shop, boat charter places and internet forums.

Technology also helps take the guess work out of your fishing trip. Sea surface temperature charts can be downloaded from the internet and can help you find fish-holding temperature breaks. These are created using real time satellite images. Long range weather forecasts are also available to help you plan the ideal time for your fishing trip. There are many great weather Apps to download on your phone these days.

So get your gear prepared, find out where the fish are, and have a great fishing trip.

We’d love to hear your favorite fishing tips or fishing news. More tips next time.