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  1. I am Josh from Better Tackle.  

    I run a small little hobby business focusing on exactly what the name implies.

     

    I started this after an accident left me unable to go out fishing as much as I used to and I wanted to still be part of the lifestyle, sport and hobby that I love.

    Everything I write, make and do around Better Tackle is a reflection of that love.

     

    Tight lines

    1. This article can be also found on my website here if you would like to help and support my little proud Aussie hobby business https://bettertackle.com/blogs/fishing-tips-and-info/what-colours-do-fish-see What colours do fish see? November 11, 2019 Do you know what colours fish see when you want to increase your hookups? Are you getting the most out of your fishing rigs? This is one of the questions and discussions that come up very often when choosing your colour variants for flasher material and lures. When you look at the multitude of information around sometimes this can seem contradictory and confusing. Some of it is because of bro-science (or wives tales) and some of it is because fish at times can be very fickle. This video below shows different colours with longer and shorter light waves and how they change in the water the deeper you dive. from Kendall Robergs channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2O-1u_SliVgt7gagnspG8A Lighter colors lose their visibility first and then darker colours including ultra violet colours like fluorescents slowly lose their vibrancy while shorter spectrum colours like blue, black and purple becoming the most distinguishable the deeper you go. This is caused by the scatter effect meaning that water absorbing the light effect the sharpness of colours and dulls them so they can no longer be seen or distinguished from other colours or the become less vibrant the deeper they go. As seen in this diagram below light penetration between coastal waters and open ocean can also have an effect on the colour spectrum. NOAA Deep Light diagram Do fish see like we do? If you take into account that the human eye and fish eyes are similar but also very unlike on how we see colours and shapes in our natural environments. It is realized by many, what we see and what they see is different. Colours will lose their intensity and become invisible to the naked human eye the deeper they go, fish, on the other hand, have an added evolutionary advantage in deeper waters than we humans do. Eyeshine or scoptic vision gives fish and other predatory species of animals a distinct advantage over their prey in low light conditions. The reflector that is just behind their retinas, reflect visible light and increases the brightness of what they can see in low light conditions. This though effects their perception of objects and makes them blurry. Photo courtesy of Dave Condon Fishing Scientific research proves that fish do not see colours the way we do and that different species perceive different colours or are repelled or attracted to different spectrums. Many species of fish are Trichromats means they can see in all three primary colours but this only accounts for half of the fish species. Predators, on the other hand, are colour blind and have a keener sense of distance then than other non-predatory species. Then there are deep-sea fish and blind cave-dwelling fish but in general, the species we are targeting can see a hell of a lot better in low light conditions then we can. Fsh can see better in these environments then us humans can, we still have to be aware of the depth we are targeting for the species we are hunting. It is not just enough to have a singular colour for your flasher. Even though some species of fish can still see these light colours in deeper depths than us fishos we still want to maximize our efficiency in luring them to our bait and onto our boat as much as possible. This is why when you are making your own flasher hooks or lures or buying them you will want to pick colours and two tones contrasting colouring that will give you an added edge over their evolution. By using this very advantage fish have in seeing better than we can in low light environments that also blurs their vision, you can see why flasher rigs like our flasher hooks, that use distinct contrasting colours as well as beads that mimic eyeshine work so well in increasing your hookups. (Colorblind comparison to show the importance of two-tone coloring) Everyone is familiar of how well pink lures and flashers work well on many species. Even at depths that we humans would never be able to distinguish. Some fishos claim that lighter colours attract just as well in the deep, suggesting that is the flasher itself that increases the hookups or the contrasting colours used. This is why paired colours are so important when selecting your flasher hooks that you buy or make yourself. Your flasher hooks and lures will not be as effective or enticing to the target species you are angling for without paired colours. Then what colour should you choose when you are out fishing? Well, there are a few variances you have to consider: How deep is the structure you are targeting? How sunny is the day? How far are you to coastal waters? Water turbidity (how cloudy or hazy the water is) Some colour basics when choosing your flasher or lure. Sunny days- Colours like bronze or gold or metallic colours like chrome work best on sunny days. Close to the surface- Reds and pinks work best on shallow reefs Dark Background- Hyper colours like Chartreuse and white. Depth- Black, Blue, and Dark green work well and are very vibrant in deeper water. Rough Days- on rough and choppy days’ lighter coloring are not going to be as effective so select darker colors on rough days as this will increase the effectiveness of your flasher hooks. Matching the hatch a term that is thrown around a lot and that is because it is a tried and true effective approach to selecting your flasher hooks and lures. So in answer to the question what colors do fish see? Well, for fish that are not color blind, all of them including UV colouring that we cannot even see ourselves. What humans think is black or too dark to see in the darker depths of the ocean becomes more metallic and vibrant the lower they drop. These darker colours attract your target species just as well as the lighter, shinier colours as they are distinguishable when other spectrum variants have already lost their pigment. We have all caught fish at night so we know that there is enough light from the moon and stars for fish that are in shallower and murkier waters to find their prey. Vibrations, smell and shape having a large part to do with this as well as lumo beads. So do not be scared to mix it up with the colour chart that is written above. What works for you, in all honesty, is what works for you. This is probably because of where you are used to fishing you can rely on experience and first-hand knowledge. But do not be afraid to follow this guide as you will be pleasantly surprised with the results. Having a range of different colour flashers or lures is always your best option when heading out fishing. If your tried and tested coloring is not working mix it up. With Better Tackles Rapid Release Rigs this process will take you less than 2 minutes. We don’t just help increase your hookups but also give you a better experience each and every time when you are out on the water pursuing your next PB. CHECK OUT OUR ENTIRE SELECTION TODAY Wishing you all tight lines and thanks for visiting us. The Better Tackle Team I had promised this article awhile ago but have been a bit flat chat with the business lately. I hope this helps everyone out in selecting colors for their lures or flashers in the future
    2. Yeah mate. That was the first time he had used our gear. What a bloody awesome fish to show of the gear right? Ha my heart was pounding watching his uncut version. He worked that red beautifully
    3. This monster land based snapper was picked up but the Victorian Fisheries Authority. Promoting what can be caught land based in Victoria this snapper season. The video was from Fishing Frenzy and you can check him out by follow the link on his name that will take you to his you tube channel. I have been a bit busy the last few months with new gear and trying to keep up with orders on our existing stock so I apologize for not keeping up to date here. Here is the edited version of Fishing Frenzy's catch with out the show and tell of our rigs and the bit of language of the 6 minute fight. It is well worth checking out his full vid which is in this link here Below is the edited one from VFA. You can check out my hand made gear that this was caught with on my site https://bettertackle.com. Will be also posting a article later this week I have been working on which is jam packed with some good info for all us fisho's. Enjoy fisho's and tight lines
    4. All good mate and coincidentally since I last wrote this they just bought a bit of my gear to sell in store. This had nothing to do with my suggesting to see the team at Secret Spot, this only happened yesterday. Yeah mate, used to 4wd around a lot when I was younger and had a lot more time on my hands. these days the boat gets me access to a lot of places that I could not even get to via 4wd. Tight lines mate and throw us all some pics when you get back from your adventure
    5. mate head over to secret spot bait and tackle and speak to Chappy. It has been awhile for me since I have been up to 5 rocks but as for lures I am a bait fisho and way out of my depth with them though I do use poppers. Might be time for me to buy another truck and head up there. Now as for fishing from the rocks I always suggest a paternoster about a 5/0 rig with a flasher and bait it up with squid or whatever you have available. Seriously though pop into that tackle store and speak to chappy. Josh. Better Tackle
    6. Ever wondered what exactly is a flasher rig or snapper rig? Are they just for snapper? Are they like a lure? Do you need bait with them? The most accurate way to describe a flasher rig is, simply, it is the best of both worlds of lure and bait fishing. Lures work by utilizing color, shape and movement that attracts fish to bite them. Bait, on the other hand, attract fish by smell and enticing them to their favorite snack. The same happens with flasher hooks. They move with the current to mimic bait fish and the color spectrum. Better Tackles flasher rigs are designed to mimic the hatch coloring your target species is currently feeding on. But unlike a lure, adding bait throws in a whole new level of sensory overload to your fishing. On top of color, movement, and shape, the smell of bait attracts fish to your rig swallowing your hook and fighting into your waiting net for your next PB. Originally designed for reef fishing, flasher rigs are not a new concept. Around 50 years ago, some experienced fisho’s used to make a similar style of hooks called wog heads or wogs (it was a different time, before political correctness) and were used to target reef fish and mackerel. These days we know that they work in almost all saltwater conditions and not just for snapper or reef fish. While you can catch pelagic fish like tuna and mackerel on them, we also have other styles of fishing rigs to target these species. We have personally tested flasher rigs from the beach, the rocks, jetties, estuaries and reefs and we guarantee these rigs will increase your hook-ups compared to just bait alone. Use them just like you would a normal bait rig. You can use these flasher rigs for any style of fishing you would normally use for bait. Just like lure fishing, matching the hatch your target species currently feeds on is important. Through testing, we found that two contrasting colors work best but keep in mind how deep and dirty the water you are fishing in as many colors will fade the deeper you drop. Most flasher rigs are found in paternoster or dropper rigs but we have found they work just as well on most fishing rig set-ups and will be bringing out more ranges to reflect this. We were originally going to call ourselves Lazy Man Lures before deciding on Better Tackle as we specialize in pre-made flasher rigs. We also branched out into other specialties of fishing rigs and gear. We are the original Rapid Release Rig winding board innovators that many competitors now use to wind on their rigs. Fathers day is coming up and to thank you for all the support here is 20% off. https://bettertackle.com/discount/FathersDay until monday the 26th as it takes about 5 days to get gear to you via mail and we want this in your hands by Fathers day. Tight lines guys and a huge shout out to Australian fishing admins and members. You all ready know what a great community this is so keep up the awesome job. This article can also be found at https://bettertackle.com/blogs/faq/what-are-flasher-rigs
    7. Good stuff. They are definitely on the chew up my way too
    8. I randomly chose a Rig out of my stock to test how strong of knots we do and how durable our hooks are. I test 1 rig every 10 I do and average between 74lb and 76lb before breaking strain. I use Berkeley big game IGFA leader which is designed to break just before 80lb for tournaments so anything about 90% breaking strain is pretty good. I figure I can show the fish people catch on my rigs. Show the reviews from people that use them. But in my opinion showing exactly how good my rigs are under stress is the best way to show what I do. I like to know what I am fishing with and what I can get out of rigs when I am fishing and I figure so do most other fishos. If you like what you see please comment below. You can find my gear here https://bettertackle.com/ . I am slowly adding to the site with info on fishing, tips and just being open and honest about what I do and how I do it. Being a small little operation and an innovator the bigger guys tend to slowly adopt what I am doing. Bad for me but good for the industry I guess. Thanks guys and sorry for the long time no post. Been very busy with work and life. added a bit of fish porn from customer that sent in recent catches Flasher Rigs 80lb.mp4
    9. All good mate. We are a bit low on stocks at the moment as last week we had a cracker of a week with lads telling their mates about our gear. I had to take a Job in Asia a few months ago to help with bills while we slowly organically got more known outside of Central Queensland but if things keep going like they are I can concentrate fully on the rig making. So far the response and feedback has been amazing which is great as I really do make quality gear but the secret is to keep it up so that people get what they expect each and every time. Ha Mrs Better Tackle was having a few words to me this week about our house looking like a tackle store as I have been working my butt off all week making new rigs to restock.
    10. Mate later on this year we are thinking of heading to either Fiji or maybe Thailand if funds do not go our way for a charter and holiday to shoot some vids for our gear. I have heard the Fiji charters are amazing. The flashers work just as well as the plastics IMO and I am a lazy fisherman that so they suit me better hahaha. Would you recommend the fiji trip and do you have any recommendations?
    11. Bang on that is exactly what they are https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:ef85bb75-f6be-428e-89cd-6a62b00f91a6
    12. wish I could tell you what type he is but well done it is a beautiful specimen for this species and top eating. I would like to know what this exact species is myself thought it was a black reef but there is no yellow around its eye. Though Chinaman leather jackets have the same coloring with the yellow fins and do run to a light brown Ill leave it up to the experts but its a beauty in coloring
    13. Caught up with a mate of mine while I was overseas and he asked if the rigs I make would work off-shore in Florida. Since we are only a small hobby business and are not an actual online tackle store and a manufacturing business we did not really have much funds for advertising as Better Tackle is a labor of love not profit. ( Our whole business model is to make better rigs then you can make yourself or get from the big name companies that sell similar pre-made rigs). So I sent him home with a few of our rigs and mentioned that the Cherry bomb and the Irish Eyes as well as the Blue Sunrise are my personal favs for reef fishing. He sent me back this picture of the biggest trigger fish he has ever caught in 40 years fishing and was super impressed. Which I was shocked how impressed he was as he knows me and knows that if I make something or put my name to it ifs bloody good but I am also aware there is a lot of similar poorly made stuff out there so many people are standoffish with our gear. ( which is fair enough but sigh, does make things hard when you are trying to promote yourself.) What he was most impressed about was he just rolled the rig back onto our unique rapid release winding boards for the next trip. But check out this trigger fish. Its a bloody beauty. Tight lines guys Josh from Better Tackle oh and coincidentally the 20% discount I have done up for members here is still available . The code is Aussiefishing, Just add that at check out as I like to give back to a community I enjoy being part of. Hope you are all wetting a line this weekend or wetting your thirst or both, as I am want to do myself.
    14. what a weird looking beauty of a fish. Seem to be a few washing up dead on the beaches lately.