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  1. Hi All I'm Katrina and haven't fished since I was about 20 back in NZ - 20 something years ago. Back then it was fishing with the boys and all I learned was one knot and how to cast. I loved it so much I decided it was time to take it seriously and learn the sport. I purchased my gear last week and have been obsessed ever since. I have been watching YouTube clips and reading fishing knot books. There is so much to know. I am hoping other members may be able to share knowledge, tips and maybe even offer to buddy up for a trip or two occasionally. I would especially like tips on snags (how to avoid them), cleaning gear, and threading bait. I am land based around the GC but also have family on an Island in Moreton Bay with a boat so intend on exploring the fishing there too. I caught a Bream on my second trip (1st fish caught in Aussie)! Also scaled, gutted and filleted it myself (also a first)! Would love to hear from anyone with good land based spots for beginners? Cheers Kat
  2. 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-is-the-best-colour-for-flasher-rigs 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
  3. I have been trying to fish near Karana Downs, Moggill and Indooroopilly but all that's been biting have been catfish. These are fun to catch in the beginning but are pretty annoying now. I am just looking for some tips on what baits/lures to use or the fish in these areas as well as any good spots if anyone can help. Cheers.
  4. Hey guys so I did my first ever quick tip section for my youtube channel. As I get time between work and the store Ill slowly add more very quick and simple tips that some of us already know and others might not. Hope you enjoy it is is a whole 25 secs long and straight to the point which i plan to make all my vids. Tight lines guys ( i edited it as I realized I could just put the vid here instead of linking it) Thanks for watching and I hope you like it. Please give me any feedback as I want to make these are informative as possible without droning on.
  5. Gday guys heading down to Coolangatta in a couple of weeks and will be trying my luck off the rocks at the mouth of the tweed. Haven’t fished it before and would like some info on what to fish. Will be using plastics and surface lures and poppers cheers
  6. Hey guys Im heading down to Inverloch soon for a fish, i have been there multiple times with no real luck. Im thinking of going to the entrance of Andersons Inlet for Gummy at night or Mulloway. Any tips? Cheers Jorden