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      1. 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
      2. Hi AFO gang, Been a little quiet on the posting front for the last month or so. Have been doing some fishing here and there with a couple of great trips with @Luvit and @Luke Landrunner off Mooloolaba a while back. That was a pretty awesome day although bloody hell the weather turned shite really quick on the way back but the Grady White kept us safe! Thanks again @Luvit In between have been doing some basic whiting fishing north of Scarbs / Newport and the Cockle Banks with some pretty good success mixed in with some crabs. But I have some more time this weekend and with the weather looking the way it is I might take the Scout past the northern artificial / coffee rocks and try my hand at some reef bashing from Flinders up to Hutchies and around. Anybody been out there recently or heading out on Saturday? All the reports are showing fish fish fish and I'd love to get into some decent reef fish for a change. Cheers
      3. I’m just sharing a step by step instructional video I created on the basics of bream fishing. I think many will find this helpful. In this instance, we are using live scrub worms to catch bream. We guide you through tackle and gear selection, rig setup, bait presentation then me and my kids catch a few bream on the Maribyrnong river. It’s a great video for beginners, or those looking for a few tips or those looking to take their kids fishing, especially during the school holidays. This same guide can be used for all different types of fish species such as trout, redfin, carp, bream, mullet, bass, perch, whiting and much more. It’s very simple and very effective all you need is a rod, reel, line, ball sinker, swivel, and hook and your all set. Make sure you sub the channel if you enjoy the video
      4. Hi, Hope a few forum members are taking advantage of the weather this weekend. Put the boat in yesterday arvo till after dark, fished around Redcliffe/ Scarborough in the hope of getting a few tailor. Caught some legal bream and plenty of undersized fish. At least this kept the young bloke entertained Anyone has any luck catching tailor yet around northern Moreton Bay?
      5. Hey, I am looking for GPS marks for fishing spots in Moreton bay. I used to live here when I was younger but moved to Sydney for work for 17 years. I have know moved back but can’t find any fish here anymore. I am looking for marks ( you could PM me) from About Victoria Point to Green island maybe a bit further north. If someone could respond that would be fantastic.
      6. Video link - https://youtu.be/Lt5yVedNR8Y Sharing my latest fishing report/video. This one is a hilarious episode. A few of us headed up towards Campbells cove on the runabout boat targeting squid. What starts of as some light hearted humour turns into a funny sledging competition to see who can catch the most squid. We have all been there before one person is catching everything whilst the others are getting doughnuts. Thankfully on this occasion it was my turn to catch a few and as a good mate, I went out of my way to turn the sledging up to high. It’s a great video, lots of squid being caught and lots of laughs between good mates. And yes only 14 squid kept between 3 people on board which is well within legal catch limits, with plenty of squid returned to the water.
      7. This weekend is the OzFish Unlimited Wynnum Fishing Classic. With light winds and sunny skies the weather is looking MINT! Early Bird tickets sales finish soon. Save money and get your tickets today. Here is the link. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-ozfish-unlimited-wynnum-fishing-classic-tickets-57486583920?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text Click on the green button. Don't forget that it is running in conjunction with the Wynnum Manly Seafood Festival YUM.
      8. Video link - Sharing my latest fishing video. This one is completely insane and must watch viewing for local anglers. We launch from Altona boat ramp and immediately find ourselves within the biggest school of salmon that I have ever seen. Its complete chaos, a massive bust up with salmon surfacing everywhere. We’re catching big salmon nearly every cast. Its nonstop fishing action. We were just flicking soft plastics curl tail and minnow imitations on a 1/8 jog head, but I reckon the salmon would have taken anything. Enjoy the video it’s a ripper, and please subscribe to the channel.
      9. Hey, Just wondering if there is any land based spots around the western suburbs area that are any good and what species are usually caught and best bait or lures to use Thanks
      10. 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.
      11. What a cracking day yesterday on the bay! Planned to use the light southerly winds and long period swell to hit the coffee rocks again with my 2 boys, but as I was going to be out all day decided to drop the youngest from the roster as he packs it in after a couple of hours. So hit Scarbs just before 7 (wasn't too bad at the ramp considering) and then headed north east. Was scratching my head as the wind was up a bit more than forecast creating a less than desirable ride. Did a quick check of the M4 but there was no bait so kept on moving as I had plenty of frozen yakka from the last trip. Freeman passage was breaking on either side but got through without too much trouble but always pay to hang off and check when you are in the middle of the tide change around there. Got to a couple of marks from before and dropped the motor guide. Plenty of fish on the sounder. Fished for a couple of hours moving around to not much luck. One small parrot was landed but the rest was whiptails and rubbish. Had a couple of good hits but nothing would stick. Decided this time round to not use the paternoster and go ball sinker to hook. Reckon I should have changed and maybe my luck would have improved. Son had a ball as he caught the parrot fish and also an occy that casually bit a hole in the bottom of the net and slinked away on the bottom of the boat! Wind had dropped off and was torn between going to the artificial but son was starting to feel a bit green so headed back via the M4 again to replenish the bait stocks. Coming back was awesome and really did match the forecast with it almost glass like. After 2 trips to the coffee rocks I am thinking I might spend a bit more time focusing on closer to home. I know I can hit the cockle banks and get a fee of whiting with a high chance of probability. Scarb / North Reef is really hard due to the boat traffic and small fishing window of early morning / early evening. Beacon bashing is almost over...and kind of get a bit bored sitting around a beacon with plenty of over boats. So what to do ... guess I should start using the Scout's pro's and focus on the southern bay islands and also The Pine. Even though I had a great day on the bay ... definitely feel a bit deflated with not a lot of fish for the efforts.
      12. Hi everyone Thought I’d share a interesting video from the weekend - https://youtu.be/weOq3gV7INc I assisted hosting a event/get together for local Seadoo jet ski owners, which included a fishing competition with prizes. Myself and a mate fished from a Seadoo 155 Fish Pro Jet Ski. A really cool watercraft, makes me think twice about owning a boat. Despite the 40k winds we still had an enjoyable morning with a great bunch of locals, whilst catching a few fish including several flathead, snook, pinkies and squid. All fish were caught using my 1-4k rod and soft plastics including fathead curl tail and pro grub on 1/18 ounce jig head If you enjoy the video then please subscribe to the channel Best regards Alan Bonnici www.fishingmad.com.au
      13. Hi all, I am just asking for your opinions on which brands on braid and leader line to use. I am using 8-15 pound line. Also the best brands for cheap as-well. Thanks,
      14. Video report link - https://youtu.be/rtzVPnZU-jM Thought I’d share a Port Phillip Bay video fishing report. We launched from Altona, the weather was perfect, and the fishing was great. We headed to shallow squid grounds towards point cook fishing depths between 3-6 meters deep. We almost bagged out on squid. Red and pink squid jigs the standout, worked slowly. We then moved on drifting and caught some really good size flathead, using squid tentacles as bait on paternoster rigs. Biggest flattie was in the mid 60’s. We also caught whiting, pinkies and a gummy shark. Despite having a banana emergency onboard, the day turned out great.
      15. Have heard some crazy reports that the prawns are back on and thick as s#$t! Thinking of hitting the Pine tomorrow or the weekend.
      16. Hey guys, Please bear with me because this might be a long post. Essentially, I’ve been going fishing for bream about 8 weeks in a row at the hawkesbury river. On the boat, my old man will fish with a hand-reel (Cheap one you can buy from the local store), some cheap line and will still catch some very good, legal sized bream. Meanwhile, me and my brother have spent about $280 on a new rod and reel and much more if you include the braid and such…Yet we can’t catch anything unless we use a hand reel as well. I don’t get it. Clearly, we’re doing something very wrong. Below I’ll outline the things I use and how I go about it. Just a few things, I mainly use the rod with bait fishing. I only recently started using soft plastics and I realize the reason I probably don’t catch on soft plastics is because I haven’t really mastered the learning curve yet and that it will take a while, nonetheless I will also tell you my soft plastic hookup. Rod – Shimano Raider Bream, 7ft2 Reel – Diawa BG 2500 Line – J-Braid grand 6lb Leader – We use about 40cm of Sunline FC Rock (4lb) Needles – Mustad Big Red Suicide Hook 2/0 Sinker – Just a small running sinker (You can recommend a Size, I’m not too sure about our one), think it’s size 1 Bait – I stick to mainly chicken breast but have used prawns. Essentially we do the braid, put a running sinker, swivel and then 40cm of leader then the needle. When we do soft plastics, we tie the leader straight onto the braid using an alberto knot and use Soft plastics – Zman GrubZ at 2.5” (Recommended all over the internet for bream so we got these). The boat is generally anchored close to the shore and we try to cast closer to the rocks however we’ve tried casting just about everywhere, we rarely get any bites. Regardless, I highly doubt it’s positioning as the old man doesn’t seem to have a problem and just laughs at us and tells us to change to a hand-reel.
      17. I read an article on uv light some time back and according to some marine biologists, most species of fish do have excellent uv vision. In other words, they see part of the light spectrum that we don't. Human light receptors are quite rudimentary compared to some other critters, we don't have good night vision like cats for instance and we are definitely primitive compared to fish. So, are we unknowingly scaring the bejeebers out of some fish by using line that actually fluoresces? Yes we are, especially those species that are easily spooked. We don't know if our leaders actually fluoresce because we cannot see that wave length of light without using something to detect it. I bought myself a small uv torch to check my lines and also soft plastics. Some of the mono lit up like a neon sign and likewise with some sp's. Just a bit of food for thought fellow fishos - if your catch rate is down after spooling with a new line or leader, think uv light as maybe the problem. Jeff
      18. Hey, Can anyone let me know any good spots around the Sanctuary cove area? And can someone let me know if you are allowed to fish at the little lake at Jenny Park Place at the entrance of Sanctuary cove, I've seen some good sized jacks and mullet in there, but I don't know if you're allowed to fish there. Thanks
      19. ellicat

        fishing Sail Fish

        Thought I'd share this pic I discovered of a monster.
      20. Hi Everyone Going to Stradbroke for a week in April with my wife to celebrate 45 years married, we both like a fish , however we have never done any beach fishing before and wondered if anybody on the site could let me know some relevant information on the place, we will be based at Point Lookout, would also like to know if I can pump yabbies anywhere or a place to buy good bait or should I take bait with me, not after anyones fishing spots just some general info. Thanks in advance MSB
      21. Merry Xmas fellow AFO’s, Weather has settled down finally and looks good for the lead up to New Year Slightly embarrassed to report I’ve swapped boats ... gone for something a little smaller and centr console. I’ve loved the Lewis but it was just too big on my own and I’ve always wanted an open boat. Luckily the guys at Brisbane Yamaha scratched my itch and I’m now a proud owner of a Scout 175 sport fisher. Took it out on Friday and it’s exactly what I wanted! Handles the chop well, dry as a Nun’s..., and goes like a rocket with the older Merc 90 2 litre 4 stroke. Only had 60 hours on it...frugal as as well. Caught a school Mack so the boat has been bloodied but can’t wait to get it out tomorrow and the rest of the week. Going to do some beacon bashing and potentially bottom bash beteeen Moreton and Bribie conditions permitting ... need to get a radio installed ... Just happy the weather has settled a bit wind wise
      22. Hi everyone im wanting to book a holiday house for Easter next year for 4 adults and 3 older kids plus 2 small dogs. We love fishing for things like flathead, bream, whiting etc and I was wondering if anyone had any good suggestions for places to try or if you’ve stayed in great accommodation yourself and can recommend it. I’m just outside of Brisbane so anywhere up to 4 or 5 hours north or south of Brissy would be fine. We have stayed at Evans Head before and loved it but they are pretty booked out already. Thanks guys.
      23. Hey Everyone, I recently purchased a Shimano Saragosa 10000SW. I was wondering if I could fit it to my Diawa Monster Mesh 832XX. The rod is rated to PE 8 (80lbs). However, I only want to spool the reel with 50lbs power pro braid. Is the rod too heavy for the reel and line I wish to use, or should this work? Also, it says on the rod that it's casting weight is 200 grams. I was wondering if I could successfully throw 75-150 gram lures on this rod? * Please help, as I have already purchased the rod and will have to return it if you recommend otherwise. Thanks.
      24. Been a while since my last post...flat out with the rush to Xmas. Weather has been a bit ordinary as well especially this weekend! Anyways went out on my uncles brand spanking new Reflex Chianti 585 on Saturday. He asked me to drive it off the trailer...first time the boats been in the water!!!. Lot to be said for trust there but the new 130 yammy was a dream and the new trailer was a breeze it just slipped off. We did some wearing in of the motor before heading to the mile. Not much happening at all so then stopped in a Tangalooma before heading back to Scarbs. Great boat for the price with plenty for the fitout. Handle the chop pretty well but definitely trim sensitive for glass boat could be because it’s lighter than most at its size being a PUFF boat. Definitely worth taking a look if you are in the market. now what to do this weekend
      25. Hi Everyone, i am new here, just moved to Brisbane few months ago from Vic, I haven't been fishing for over a year. most of my time fishing in Vic. I wonder what should i be targeting for ? jewfish? bream? what bait should i use? (I wonder where can i catch mullet with bread n small hooks for livies ?) anyone can give some suggestions on this? Thank you in advance cheers