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    Canoe/kayaking, wading, lure casting, lightweight camping...
  • Occupation
    Ex Army, ex Cop, now livestock transport home business and Army Reserve.


  • Fishing Types
    Freshwater and Impoundment Fishing
    Estuary and Coastal Fishing
  • Fish You Target
    Mangrove Jack
  • Lure Types Used
    Hardbody Lures
    Softplastic Lures
    Other Lures
  • Favourite Lure
    It changes way too often!
  • Favourite Bait
    If I have to - freshwater shrimp
  • Best Catch
    85cm Mary River Cod, 92cm Murray Cod, 68cm Saratoga

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  • Tailor
  • Bass
    50cm river, 51.5cm impoundment
  • Bream
  • Yellowbelly
    57cm river, 52cm impoundment
  • Cod
    85cm river (Mary Cod), 92cm river (Murray Cod)
  • Flathead
  • Saratoga
  • Mangrove Jack
  • Snapper
  • Barramundi
    45cm river
  • Trevally
  • Whiting


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  1. fenelious


  2. Oh nice work! The fish will behave a little differently when they're packed into a small dam, so maybe that's why the hardbody was effective. Or perhaps it was immitating a food source. Yeah soft plastics are very effective on just about any species, and that one you describe sounds on the money. Spinnerbaits are very good for any native freshwater top predator... not ideal for Silver Perch.
  3. Wow, I didn't know that. The ones I've seen and caught in creeks way up North were all quite small. Not that I've had a great deal of experience fishing for them. Cheers Dino.
  4. Hey Ben, Firstly don't bother targeting Silver Perch on lures. They will take the occasional lure, yes, but it will be an unusual occurence, unless they're really hungry. Target them with live baits such as worms etc. You might have success using natural scented soft plastics, but I'm only guessing there... Just use bait if you really want to catch them. Sooty Grunters are fantastic for targeting with lures! They're aggressive and will hit all sorts of stuff. The lure you use will be more dependant on the type of water you're fishing than anything - based on depth, current flow, clarity, vegetation and 'cast-ability', and the naturally available food... Use any Bream type lure because Sootys don't have a large mouth like Bass, Barra or Cod. I've had good success using little bibbed hard bodies such as 'Atomic Hardz Crank 38 Deep', 'Daiwa Double Clutch (both 60s and 75s, not so little!)', and 'Ecogear CK40, and CX35+40'. Jungle Perch are also awesome aggressive lure takers. Use the same lures as you would for Sootys, again dependant on your water type/location. JPs have a large mouth like a Bass, but they don't grow as big as Sootys or Bass. Again use those lure types designed and marketed as 'Bream lures'. I have a reasonably extensive collection of lures that I've bought mainly for Bass, Trout, Bream and Flathead. Most of them are interchangeable amongst those different species, and the great thing is I don't need to buy any extra or different lures if I want to target Sootys or JP, but I'd stick to the smaller end of the size scale for Sootys and JP. Having said that, Barramundi often exist where you find Sootys, so you might want to hedge your bets and use a larger lure that'll catch both, because Sootys will take bigger lures too. Re setups... sorry for sounding like a broken record, but your standard Bream/Bass spinning rig will be best. i.e. 1-3kg to 2-5kg spin rod with any reel from 1000 to 2500 size. Me, I don't have 10 different rod and reel combos for every litte application, some folks do. I basically have two spinning rigs in this size/weight range - a short rod and a long rod. If you want one rig to target Sootys and JP, then I'd get a 2-4kg, light tip, shortish length, fast action rod, with a fastish speed ratio 2500 reel (for quick retrieves in fast flowing water). You'd preferrably want a couple of different spools with a lighter line and a heavier line, but you could get away with having say 6-8lb braid, and changing between 6lb to 12lb leader, depending on the water/fish. And the great thing with this rig here is that you could use it for Bass, Bream, Trout, and Flathead etc. as well! -Steve.
  5. I couldn't agree more with Kendaric. I was about to post my own (much less detailed and informed rant) suggesting that I personally don't see the great advantage in long rods. Yes longer rods give you a better casting distance - but only if providing that the lure weight matches the power/action of that rod. If you have a super long but light weight 'floppy' rod and you try to chuck big heavy lures with it, it won't cast as far as a short rod that's well matched to the lure weight. And as Kendaric said, even when the rod is well matched to the lure/weight, the extra distance you get with a 7' to 8' vs a 5' to 6' isn't that hugely significant in my experience, unless you're using big beach rods. I usually look for shorter (5' to 6') rods, (in BC and in spinners), because I find them to be more accurate for pinpoint casting, closer control of the hooked fish, and because they're just easier to manage when walking through the bush/along creeks or in a kayak/canoe. There's absolutely no point in having a long rod when fishing from a kayak/canoe (or probably boat as well), because the yak/boat gives you all the manouverability and changes of angle that you need, and for that reason also super long casts are rarely required. All you need is a rod that's long enough to manouvre around the front tip of your kayak. I do like a 6'6'' or a 7' rod when fishing on foot from open banks like dams or big wide rivers. Also when walking, when vegetation or steep banks prevent easy access to get your rod near the water then a long rod gives you the extra reach to get around that bush, branch or rock etc... But then on the flip side that long rod is harder to cast when there's vegetation/branches above or around you getting stuck on your rod tip. Also you'll want a two-piece so you can carry it easier through the bush when you're walking along. For all these reasons I've never understood why it's so hard to find shorter rods, why most seem to be at least 6'6''+. Kendaric's post seems to explain this. -Steve.
  6. Is that King Parrot Creek in Vistoria? I don't know the area, but I've been getting a few Trout near Canberra and the Barrington Tops. What technique/lures were you using? -Steve.
  7. I took the kayak down over the border into NSW over the weekend to see if I could seek out some new wild Bass country. It was a successful trip, I landed 18 Bass, hooked up and lost another 5, and got a few hits and taps as well. Best fish were 42, 41, 40, 38cm. Average was about 35cm. Lures that I was using were soft plastic worm on a weighted worm hook, trolling a shallow chubby crank, surface popper, and a rubber bibless vibe. Hope you enjoy the video, it was a lot of work making it, but I'm getting better at editing... let me know if you have any tips on making it better. -Steve.
  8. Hey guys, I'm chasing about 2 or 3 Tandans to put in my small dam at home. I went for a look around my local creeks but the water levels are very low and there didn't seem to be any around. Does anyone have any advice on a reliable location on the North side of Brissy River where I might be able to catch a couple? I thought of going to Nth Pine Dam but am a bit hesitant about the possibility of floating around dangling a worm for hours without knowing where to go... Maybe someone knows a hotspot for them on NPD? And what baits do they like the best? I've caught them on all sorts of different stuff, but don't really know what is ideal. -Steve.
  9. Very nice video Brandon. Was this just in the last week or two? -Steve.
  10. I lost my Stradic Ci4 2500F, and I have 2 spare spools for it, so am now selling them. They're in excellent condition, no scratches or damage. Cost me $60 each, selling for $30 each.