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      1. Saw this video of spot tail bass in PNG - don't appear to be huge but plenty of them, and interestingly one fish had a black rear section, with a caption pondering if it was a hybrid spot tail/black bass. Also, a familiar face appears at the 1min 15sec mark. - 26 Mar 2020&utm_content=Newsletter - 26 Mar 2020+CID_480495531a652d4616eee3450f8293d2&utm_source=Email marketing software&utm_term=Read more
      2. My friends at Trout Unlimited’s Madison-Gallatin chapter (MGTU) have asked me to share an important message with you. I am proud to be a partner with MGTU doing the hard work required to conserve, protect and restore the coldwater fisheries and watersheds we all love in Southwest Montana. And, as a fellow angler and someone who shares your passion for wild trout and the fragile places where they thrive, I’m encouraging you to join us in supporting MGTU’s TroutFest 2020 and its online silent auction–MGTU Banquet Online It is the one and only time they ask for help throughout the year. Thank You and Tight Lines!
      3. Hi I am new here but not to fishin. Anyone used starbrite descale flush? Had 200 2stroke yammy 30 hp overheat issues. Outboard mechanic and myself have cleaned all water jacket galleries etc, new gaskets, new pump housing, new impellor. It seems to only overheat when at idle after good run. not a hell of a lot of water thru telltale but still steady flow. It has already cost me 750$. Now the mechanic is inclined to lift the whole powerhead of to look at a few lower galleries.. i can only assume another 500$ plus Has anyone used one of these descalers, I always flush motor but then it sits there 6 weeks plus while at work
      4. 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.
      5. What a trip! Not exactly the one I wanted but there are stories none the less. To explain briefly without going into to much personal detail 1.5 days into the triup and my dad got extrmely sick forcing me to leave and take him back to Kimbe for care. Gutted. I was happy to write it off as I have enjoyed the experience before. I was devastated for him as he was having such a good time. He managed one small black bass for his efforts. Thus I am left with not a lot to report except images. I am sure @John would be happy to fill in many details. Points of interest were the bass were challenging to target due to an early arrival of white bait but some creative use of soft plastics enticed many to bite. As far as hard bodies go trends moved back to my first trip experience with FCL Labo lures killing. I do not have heaps of time to write paragraphs so will add some pictures now and more text later or reply to questions as they come. Visit to the village: Black Bass (Have so many more but how many can you see?): Other Lutjanus species for the trip: Trevally: Questions? I have so many more pictures of bass, cod, randoms, jacks... just trying to choose highlights.
      6. On the 25th March Stu and myself are heading back to West Papua chasing the elusive Black Bass. This will be our 2nd trip into the jungles of West Papua but this trip is going to be very different to our first one. This is an exploratory trip, a journey into the unknown taking us into some of the remotest parts of WP which will see us venturing over 50km upstream and very deep into the jungle in some of the wildest and remote countyside that West Papua has to offer. We are taking in some basic camping gear and we will be setting up a campsite somewhere around the middle section of the river so we can fish both upstream into the fresh and downstream to the river mouth during our week in there. Our river of choice is so remote that there is no villages along the river banks so hopefully we will not run into any issues with any local villagers. Being so remote and hopefully un fished, we are hoping to see plenty of big fish if the water conditions are right and if the fish are willing to play the game while we are there. Our journey begins with 2 days of flights to reach our mates place on the island of Biak where we will stay the night and meet his family and friends over dinner. We may even get a few hours spare in the afternoon to chase some large Spot Tail Bass that haunt a small river system about an hours drive away from his home. If we run out of time, we have planned a couple of days spare for R&R at the end of our Bass fishing back on Biak so we will have a crack at them then. The third day we will board another plane and fly across to another remote island where we will meet our boatman and the son of the chief from the village that we have borrowed the long boats from. The chiefs son is keen to come and fish with us for the week so they have kindly offered us the use of their 2 long boats. After a quick trip to collect some fresh supplies along with a load of drinking water we will load the gear onto the 2 long boats and head off on a 150km trip across the ocean to our river and find somewhere to set up our base camp. This is going to be a trip of a life time and hopefully one that could possibly open up an entire new Black Bass fishery in one of the remotest areas that you could ever dream of going to. Logistically it has been quite hard to organize but now with securing 2 long boats at 6m and 14m in length to drag all the gear along as well as the 1200 liters of fuel and oil has made things a lot easier. Both Stu and myself have upgraded all of our rods and reels for this trip as we do not want to go in under gunned and end up regretting taking in our old Black Bass gear from the last trip. Rods, reels and our lures have been upgraded, terminal tackle has been upgraded along with heavier braid lines and leaders. It's going to be a cracker of a trip and the next 4 weeks is going to take forever to pass. Some of the new arsenal. Bone Combat Beast XXH rod with a Shimano Tranx 300 Bone Combat Beast XXXH rod with an Abu Revo Toro Beast reel.
      7. It's been a long time since I did not post a report/ad here, so I'll take advantage of the fact that last group left me some great pictures to post the report form their week of fishing in Panama with Panafishing Adventures. There are huge amounts of roosterfish around this year, and this since January when the lodge record fell, with a boat getting 51 in a day. As always in this season, numbers are high, average size is small. By the end of day one, everyone in the group had had a rooster, and each boat has followers everyday, not necessarily getting them though as these criters can be finicky as *@#$... Jacks are around in industrial quantities, one boat got over a 100 during the day before the arms said stop. There are many football yellowfin tunas in the inshore spots, which we hope is a sign of a good and early yellowfin season to come. These are almost as fun as the roosters and it's not too hard to bring 15 or more to the boat in a couple of hours. As always, incredible variety and most big cuberas are winning their fight - 4 on 5 last week, but the one that was boated was a proper pig. Remarkable absence of mullet snappers, and there are also virtually no silk snapper and big amberjack around, which is strange as March is usually LOADED with those nice reds and bruisers. As always ALL fish caught caught on artificials: stickbait, poppers and jigs. Previous reports can all be seen here: [url=][/url] [url=][/url] [url=][/url] [url=][/url] [url=][/url] [url=][/url]
      8. Hello one and all I have been very busy both on the water and off over the last few months and haven't had time to post. With all the rain we have had in SEQ it has been challenging to say the least to find quality fish in the estuaries so I said "bugger it" and got on a plane to Salt Lake City, Utah. Jokes, I had to go for work but I did find time for a fish. I lived in Salt Lake City for a time back in 2010/11. In that time I got to make some great mates with a common love of fishing. One of those is Pete. Pete is an outdoors legend. A crack shot with a rifle and bow as well as a very VERY good fisherman. He said he would try and get me onto a trophy trout from a lake up in the Uintas. These are a part of the Rocky Mountains and is nestled in amongst some of the most stunning scenery on the planet. The lake itself sits at 6,042ft above sea level. Anyway, we headed up on Friday arvo, downed a few sherbets, hit the hay and got up at sparrows on Saturday morning. The temp was right on 0 friggin degrees when we launched and Pete opened up the throttle on his competition ready bass boat. We topped 62mph on the way to our first spot. Watery eyes and runny noses were the order of the day when the first lines hit the water. We flicked a couple of jerk baits about on a steep drop off and it wasn’t long until we both put some rainbow trout in the keeper bag. Then we headed into the deeper water looking for the biggun. We were jigging 5 and 7 inch white tube jigs tipped with thin slivers of minnow fillet. We were fishing between 65 and 115 feet of 2 degree C water. Pete got a hook up on a good fish about 4 hours in but he struck too hard and popped his leader knot. I asked him what he uses for a leader to braid knot, he said double uni. I tried to convert him to the FG, we’ll see. Seven grueling hours later we were getting tired. Conditions were beautiful but we just didn’t get a touch other than Pete’s bust off. We were a bit despondent and we agreed that this last cast was it for a while and we would go chase some rainbow trout. The tactic we were using was dropping a tube jigs straight down to the bottom. 15lb braid with 15lb leader onto a 3/4oz jighead. We would get it on the bottom, pop it a few times then wind up about ten foot to see if you could get a strike. Well in a fairy-tale ending I landed the freshwater fish of my dreams on the last cast after an epic 10 minute battle on this relatively light gear. A trophy trout!!! Pete had said that many come to this spot and return empty handed but I bagged one first time out and I’m not sure who was happier him or me. You can’t see the big belly on this fish as I was cradling her as she was full of roe. Pete pegged her at 20lbs. A quick pic and back she went back into get bigger and fatter. We spent the rest of the day chasing rainbow and brown trout. We ended up taking a nice feed home. Pete will take the rainbow trout home and smoke it for me to bring home. We headed back to our cabin and had a few more Makers Marks, some prawns and talked **** for a while. Full of piss and bad manners we decided we would head out again for a couple of hours the next day. Sunday morning, up at 5am, coffee, Tim tams and away we went. It wasn’t as cold as the morning before (about 4 degrees C) but there was a strong southerly blowing at about 20-25 knots. We didn’t pick up a lake trout but on the way back to the ramp Pete stopped in at a little sheltered cove that had a little gravel spit sticking out. We tied on some small 3 inch green tube jigs on 6lb line and 1/8th oz jig heads. “Throw it up in the shallows and pop them back” says Pete. I swear, every cast if not second we smacked trout who were up spawning. We landed fish after fish. Anyway, we were keeping the better trounced and Pete says. Let’s get a couple more to get our bag and head in as he landed one more. He walked up to the front of the boat, bumped into the front pedestal seat, tried to catch his balance and..... yep.... over he went into 2 degrees C water with full waders, jacket, jumper, jeans, balaclava, fur lined boots, gloves ....the whole shebang. A got up to the front as quick as I could. He was sinking but stuck his rod up, I grabbed the end of it, pulled him to the boat and dragged him around the back of the boat to the little ladder he had for easy access into the boat.... except he’d bloody tied it up and with both of us having frozen fingers we couldn’t undo the rope. I ended up dragging his soggy arse into the boat and he just laid there for a bit composing himself while I pulled my gloves off and stuck my frozen hands under my armpits as they were so cold it felt like both hands had been slammed in a car door. So Pete gets to his feet, strips off and picks up his bloody rod. I say, “so we are heading home to get you warm yeah”? And he says “ yeah after I get our bag of trout” and continues to throw lures and land fish for the next 30 mins. Sure enough we bag out on good trout and head to the ramp. An awesome weekend and I’ll doubt I’ll ever forget it. Here’s some pics
      9. jon

        sailfish adventure

        This report is a little late but better late than never aye. About three months ago I went on a trip to Singapore/Malaysia, chasing sailfish in the Rompin region. The fishing leg of it was 5days four of which were to be full days fishing. But due to someone having a little bit too much of a good time I only made it to Malaysia to fish for three days. Once I finally was able to cross the Malay border it was only about a three to four hour trip to the seaside village of Rompin. Now for the fishing. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think the the fishing would be this insane. It literally was something I never thought I’d experience, just the sheer quantities of sailfish was amazing. Double and triple hookups were not uncommon and neither were free jumping sails that you could almost reach out and touch. I won’t babble on too much more but let the pictures do the talking.
      10. Anyone fished Rompin and if so can you recommend a skipper/ boat etc
      11. Wow, that is cold! Sharks are washing up on a beach in Massachusetts frozen completely solid amid a record-breaking cold snap in the United States. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said it had found three dead thresher sharks stranded on the shore of the Cape Cod Bay in Brewster, south of Boston, in the last three days. The first two were "likely stranded due to cold shock" it said. The third was frozen solid.
      12. odysseus

        Fish Fever

        Hi All! As a musician and fishing addict, I thought I'd write and record a song to reflect this passion. It's on the following link: I had to work quite hard to get some scraps of footage as the fishing hasn't been too good lately... Hope you enjoy!
      13. Had a couple of hours to spare this morning, so Ferg and I hit NPD, first time I have been out there on the water since christmas I think. Leastwise there were trees growing out of my shrimp pot floats! (Still had lots of shrimp in them though!) Anyway water was way down, the boat ramp now being a causeway, and the fishing was tough, managed one bass trolling, then picked up a forkie when in desperation we went looking for Tillapia in the shallow water. Further down the huge tree stump is finally out of the water, must of been a magnificent tree in its day, be close to 2 metres across I reckon. Ended up flaked out in the air con after lunch, was buggered. Not the best time of the year to be out in the sun!
      14. Hey team, Well we are back and what a bloody great trip. This is the 3rd time I have been and was a highlight. In some ways things were quieter with some of the rivers being muddy due to heavy rains but in other ways it was better with this forcing us off old routines and finding new grounds. In fact while checking last years pictures I realised that although the Spot Tail bass count was down directly due to the Pandi River being high and brown, the tally of Black Bass was up as we were forced to fish other rivers like the Sai. The trip started well as the crew met at the air port. It is always fun meeting the whole crew for the first time as this sort of trip almost ensures you have a fun, intrepid and keen crew that will get on. 8:00am beers at the air port is always fun as well. I am going to mostly let pictures do the talking but please feel free to ask any questions. We arrived at Baia after a day and a half of travel to see the ever dominating volcano... The first day were cracking with Ian @fergie taking 9 spots on the first day alone (including a nice 25lber) and my mate Robbie @Drop Bear getting on the board with his first spot and black ever. It was a tough first day for me but good things come to those that wait. The next I headed out with @Tybo's dad Darcy and had a cracking little session picking up 5 blacks and him 1. A few bycatch as well we dubbed River Chicken. Over the first couple of days a few of the other boats did well also with some really quality blacks landed, 99% on surface. I know the mainland has plenty of options to troll up bigger fish... But I honestly do not think you can beat the surface boof of topwater blackbass. As always bass were the target but plenty of bycatch kept us more than entertained in between hits. With a whole lot of dirty water coming through sporadically we also did our fair share of bluewater with some decent result. Most of us did not have the gear for this... Not technically anyway but we made do with us bass gear with surprising results. This is something I would gear up for and try and a lot harder with in the future with awesome rare species like Maori Perch and High Fin Trout being some of the fish not readily available in Australia to target. PS Sam's yellowfin was a 30kg fish. Awesome on GT gear with only 5 meters of drag taken hahaha. Crazy tug of war battle. What a crew and what a trip. Cannot wait to get back in there 2018!!!
      15. It was one of those perfect days where the sun was shining, the surf was gentle (for the west coast) and the fish were biting....
      16. this proper cubera was caught on speed jig last week, at the Panafishing lodge
      17. This video of squid feeding taken this morning on Martha's Vineyard, Ma. in the US.
      18. Never heard of this back when it happened in 2013, but far out was this guy lucky....
      19. Hi guys, thought some of you might be interested in these photos, Bonefish are amazing one of the fastest strongest fish i have ever seen for their size. These were caught on small crabs during a recent holiday, best fish 76cm and around 8 lb, caught on 8 lb braid and 12lb leader. cheers wayne
      20. Angus

        Png 2017: Eoi's

        Hey everyone. Just throwing it out there... 2016 dates for png filled fast so we have already lined some 2017 dates up. These will be in early June. If you want to join a great crew and chase the below 3 iconic lutjanid species among many others PM me. 3 seats already locked in so 3 or 6 more spots available.
      21. 3rd group of the season were 3 French that fished with us for 4 days and, besides the usual reliable action on jack crevale and big eye jacks, sierras, small tunas and snappers, very few outstanding fish were caught: one nice rooster and 3 good bluefin trevally were pretty much the only standout fish they caught. Then, things got a lot better, with lots of action and variety for the 4th group of the season led by dedicated roosterfish anglers Tommy and Jorgen. This is the 7th trip at the Panafishing lodge for those guys, and as you can see, rooster fish has gotten under their skins ! A lot of roosterfish were released, way too many to post all pictures here. Some really big fish were lost. I trust this report is a good illustration of the variety we get on the Tuna Coast of Panama, where 10-12 species a day is not only feasible but quite standard. As always, all fish were caught on artificials and 95% of them released. All our reports can be found on our website. We post a report for every group that visit us, so anyone can see what happens here on good and not so good weeks.
      22. Thought you guys would like to see some different species, so here is the report from the last group that visited us. All fish caught on popper or jigs ! After an amazing first week at the Panafishing lodge, things started slowly for the second group: very few fish and no big ones for the first 2 days. The action got much better towards the end, and although the numbers were not impressive, the big ones were definitly out there ! The first boat was not the most lucky one. 3 big cuberas and one big rooster were lost and could have make a huge difference, but the lack of experience and some broken popper played against them. A big amberjack was caught on popper but the rod broke in the first seconds of the fight, due to a "cubera drag". The fish was boated nevertheless but it's a shame for the nice fight it could have been. Some good fish were taken despite all the bad luck, including 2 nice roosters for Andreas: Good amberjack on topwater: On the second boat, Arnold got 2 trophy roosters and a nice cubera: The 3rd boat fished the best. Starting with Eddy with a trophy cubera and a big rooster: Fishermanb of the week was Petter, with 2 trophy cubera and a trophy rooster: cubera 1: cubera 2: cubera 3: and a beautiful rooster:
      23. Angus

        PNG Trip 2015

        Well I am back and may edit this post as there is SO much to cover... The trip was amazing and so much more than I hoped it would be. Baia is simply phenomenal offering so many river and bluewater opportunities. The lodge itself was top notch and the fishing was out of this world. Way more surface action than the last trip as well which is always a highlight. Sef, Henry and myself headed to the furthermost river for our first days foray to cast up some blacks... The blacks were there in good numbers and so were a lot of quality jacks... On the way to the Torio there were also some good bluewater captures including mahi mahi and yellow fin... The next day we hit the Pandi which turned out to be a river we frequented. This river is ALL about the surface with log jams and lay downs everywhere making throwing diving lures tough. Although there were plenty of blacks at the mouth, this river was home to tonnes of monster spot tails as well... After spot tail mania we had a fairly so so day in the Langa Langa river. Awesome hits but conversions to big bass were a little slow. In saying that we did have some fun out the front among some birds hooking into countless trevs, queenies and mack tuna. So for our last day we decided to once again concentrate on the Pandi River. More spot tails abounded but you have seen enough of those, I will out up however Henry's beast and the biggest for the trip. If things were recorded this could easily be a world record as Henry caught in on a 8/14lb Nordic Stage Cheater with a 2500 sized reel and 16lb braid. Just unheard of over there. The guide said not only was it one of the lightest rods he had ever had in the boat... It was the largest spot tail bass he had ever seen. It measured in at 36.5lb (not a guess actually weighed). After the trip had officially ended Henry and I were lucky enough to stay on for two more nights as guests of Riccard the owner of Baia. We headed up into the headwaters of the Kulu river on the first day and caught a collection of JP's and Spot Tails on bream sized gear (actually our new prototype Nordic Stage Loki rods). This was heaps of fun and ended in a blow up mattress ride back down the river selectively ignoring the warming signs... Our last day was spent bluewater and snorkeling. Some good trevs and doggies were hooked with smaller ones coming in. I was grossly under gunned for doggies but it was fun to give it a crack! Snorkeling was just world class. And that was that! Back to the real world! After a few early inquiries it looks like I will be doing this again in 2016 so feel free to contact me if you are keen to get on board. Cheers. Angus