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FISHING REPORT: LIghten the load forWhiting 05/09/2009

LIGHTEN THE LOAD FOR WHITING

Last week we looked into the upcoming summer sand whiting season and the best baits for targeting these fish.  Sand whiting move into our water ways between early September and late April and provide anglers with the sport of fast fighting on light tackle.  Schools of whiting can be found foraging on the sand and mud banks throughout the river. The minimum size is 23 cm but any angler worth his salt would consider keeping larger fish as the bigger they are the better taste.  These summer fish are probably the best quality eating fish in the river, with delectable sweet fillets.

Where to fish:

Noosa: The Frying Pan, Weyba Creek to Lake Weyba and in and around the entrances to Lake Cooroibah.

Maroochy: The Bli Bli Islands, between Bli Bli bridge and the bottom end of the channel markers, the mouths of Petrie and Eudlo Creeks, along the sand banks between Chambers Island and Channel Island, Black banks and off the bank at Cotton Tree.

Mooloolah: The sand basin between the Kawana rock wall and La Balsa Park, throughout Mountain Creek and along the shallow sand banks above McKenzie’s Bridge.

Caloundra: The shallow banks opposite Golden Beach, at the mouth of Bells Creek and along the banks opposite the mouth of Coochin Creek.

In the past two weeks reports have come in from local tackle stores that the Pumicestone Passage has been producing excellent catches of elbow slapper whiting on the banks between Golden beach and Coochin Creek. The yabby banks upstream of McKenzie’s Bridge have come alive in the past three weeks with quality whiting. The Maroochy River has been the last system on the coast to take off with average catches until the full moon past, following this, several quality fish have been weighed in up to the 500gram mark.

Tackle to use:

Look at investing in a longer fibre glass rod between 7 - 9 feet in length with a light whippy tip.  This is ideal for loading up nicely when the fish takes the bait. The angler should only have to lift slowly to ensure a solid hook up and retrieve the fish. When whiting are biting finicky, a sensitive tip is essential. You may only see the tip quivering slightly when the fish start to swallow the bait, so always keep a close eye on your tip for movement. We recommend the Australian built Heritage rods by Wilson’s as a quality sensitive rod ideal for estuary whiting fishing.

Reels for whiting don’t need to be high in gear ratio or ball bearings, in fact any small Alvey or thread-line style reel will suffice, as you also don’t particularly need a fancy drag washer material to catch whiting. The advantage of Alvey reels is that you can back wind the spool or slowly forward wind the line, while keeping your finger on the line to feel any movement and adjust the reel accordingly as the fish plays with the bait to increase your hook up rate. A 500 sized Alvey is perfect for whiting fishing.

With line, go as light as possible so that you can feel every little movement on the end of your line. Thin lines or fluorocarbon line help as the fish are less likely to see them in the water. Don’t ever use braided line when bait fishing for whiting as this counteracts the long whippy rod and will make you pull the hook straight out of the fish’s mouth. We generally use between 4 and 8lb line, the thinner the better.

Use the smallest swivels possible, sized 6-2 red long shank or Mustad 4200D hooks and vary your sinker size between size 00 - 4 depending on the strength of the current.  Rig it with a running sinker rig and have at least 30cm of leader.

Using popper lures to target summer and golden lined whiting is the latest craze to sweep the east coast of Australia’s recreational fishing scene.  At this time of the year it’s not uncommon to see small prawns skipping across the surface as they are being chased by fish so it is no wonder 90% of poppers getting the best results are prawn-like and coloured. When small prawns are moving in or out of the river on the tide and work their way over the shallows whiting will ambush them on or below the surface much like a GT would ambush a herring. This is when very small poppers come into their own. Anglers flick the poppers over the shallow sand banks at the right stage of the flood or making tide so that you have at least 30-40cm of water and bloop away. Flick the popper over the bank, retrieve very slowly with the occasional bloop and if the whiting are hungry they should be all over it like a rash. Try varying your retrieval speed between a fast and slow until you find what the whiting like. It is best to target whiting on days when light wind blowing over banks and there is full sun light rather than over cast conditions.

 

LOCAL FISHING REPORT

 

 

Noosa: A few tailor on the southern side of Double Island Point and a few dart, whiting, tarwhine and bream about 27 km north of the third cutting at Teewah earlier in the week.  Flathead throughout the lower reaches and trevally early morning on small poppers and fly in Woods Bay.    Also some good whiting on the banks between the Frying Pan and Noosaville.

Maroochy: Chopper tailor, dart and flathead from Yaroomba to the North Shore.  Golden trevally and flathead on soft plastics in South Channel and along the Black Banks. A few whiting on the making tide on the mud flats at the mouth of Eudlo Creek and flathead, grunter bream, estuary cod and bream on top of the tide in the Cod Hole.

Kawana:  Tailor and spotty mackerel offshore from Alexandra Headland and Point Cartwright.  Bream, whiting and flathead along the beaches.  Bream, trevally and a few grunter in the canal system and mud crabs in the Mooloolah River.

Caloundra:  Grassy sweetlip and small snapper near Bray Rock. Mackerel off the rocks at Moffat Beach. Good whiting out from Golden Beach and the mouth of Bells Creek and a few queenfish and trevally in Pelican Waters Canals.

 

 

 

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George Tilgals targets whiting and also dart along the Maroochy North Shore using live worms and pippies which he digs himself!

 

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Gary Gardiner hit the beach at Teewah for several tailor, the best one tipped the scales at 4kg!

FISHING REPORT: Welcome Whiting 05/09/2009

WELCOME THE WHITING

By now we should have put our beanies, woolly jumpers and assorted collection of winter species lures and rigs back into storage and dust off the wide brimmed hat, pick up a packet of live bloodworms, gear up the light weight rod and check out the summer range of plastics, poppers and minnows for the whiting.  If not, a damn good excuse is necessary.

 

Now that Spring is officially here we can get used to the longer days, bigger tides and warmer temperatures (though Wednesday’s cold start threw us!).  Plus schools of big summer whiting are definitely on the comeback. Sillago ciliat:summer or sand whiting are one of the bread and butter species in South East Queensland waters.   Sand whiting is one of the largest Australian whiting species, growing up to 50cm or 1.25kg in the record books. The legal minimum size for sand whiting is 23cm and there is a bag limit of 30 fish in one session.  They generally live for around 4 years and spawn after 1 year or around 21cm in length. So anyone who keeps an undersized whiting is infact robbing the rivers of future whiting and stopping the cycle of life.

 

Whiting are easily identifiable with their whole body being silver (which looks white) and a brassy yellow underside. They also often have rows of small dark dots by their dorsal fins, and a dark blotch is located at the base of the pectoral fin.

 

These schooling fish begin to feed throughout the coast’s rivers during September and the bigger adult summer whiting living in the upper reaches of the rivers or coming to feed from the surf gutters will be found foraging throughout the middle to lower reaches of the river. Whiting forage on yabbies, worms, small soldier crabs and small shellfish in the sandy banks as they move throughout the river. The dry conditions we’ve had this winter has kept most of the rivers in SE Qld pretty clear and clean, and the Maroochy River is not the exception.  While the water remains so clear, anglers are trying harder to outwit the whiting by utilising red beads and plastic, red chemically sharpened hooks and blood worm coloured Gulp soft plastics. To catch good numbers of these great fish we need to replicate what the whiting are feeding on and present the bait in such a way that it looks natural.

 

Blood worms can be purchased at your local bait and tackle store and are the best bait for whiting due to the bleeding which attracts whiting from far and wide.  Yabbies can be pumped from the flats on low tide, so as anglers we have top quality bait at our finger tips. Blood worms should be rigged on the hook so that they lay flat in the mud with a small section of the worm hanging off the end of the hook.

 

Pumping live yabbies is still very productive and cost effective for most anglers. The only problem with yabbies is that when sitting on the bottom stationary, the big whiting can literally suck them clean off the hook. The best way to combat this is to lash the very end tail section of the yabby onto your hook using elasticized multi strand bait cotton called ‘bait cocoon’. There are no knots required, just wrap the cotton around the tail several time tightly and this means the whiting have to work a lot harder to get it off the hook and hopefully it will get hooked up I the process. At $3 a spool bait cocoon is a cheap way to increase your catch rate. The other way to ensure a better hook up rate using yabbies is to drift fish with them. Summer whiting are more like to swallow the yabby whole on the drift, where as they will pick at it when stationary.

 

Whiting can be found in a very wide range of places from calm areas where the water eddies to the more open tidal banks where the water flows quite fast.  Whether the water flows slow or fast, the key is to keeping your bait moving constantly in order to lure or attract their attention.  When fishing a shallow, relatively still bay the key is to cast well away from the boat and allow the bait to settle. If no bites are forthcoming slowly wind in a few metres and stop again to give the whiting a chance to consider your bait is a moving worm or prawn. Repeat the process until the bait is almost back to the boat or shore and then cast out in a similar space but keep the retrieve motion similar.

 

In more tidal areas in a boat, the better technique is usually to drift. Drifting keeps the bait moving and gives good area coverage with your baits.  When drifting, always note where the fish are caught as the school may be feeding within a limited range and the drift can be shortened to concentrate on the most productive location.  Drifting is also handy for probing large areas if the anglers are new to a particular place and drifting always yields a few bream or flathead as a bonus.

 

Next week we shall take a closer look at best tackle options to target whiting this Spring and Summer.  For now start assessing your local area for possible whiting feeding grounds to prepare for the hunt!

 

LOCAL FISHING REPORT

 

Noosa: Good whiting just north of Teewah before the wind picked up, bream and chopper tailor also off the National Park rocks.  Flathead scattered throughout the lower reaches whiting and a few bream in the Frying Pan, trevally between Woods Bay and Weyba Creek.  Bass to 1.2kg have been caught near Wappa Falls and Borumba Dam yesterday.

Maroochy: Tailor at night just south of Yaroomba Beach and also along Mudjimba and Marcoola beaches.  Bream and dart near Pincushion Island during the day.  Good flathead taking pumpkin seed and nuclear chicken coloured soft plastics along the Black Bank, in the Northern Channel between Goat Island and Godfreys Road and in the mouth of Petrie Creek.  Sand whiting throughout the lower reaches and a few trevally at the Cod Hole on high tide.

Kawana: Dart, bream and flathead along the beaches during the day, with tailor at night toward Point Cartwright.  Plenty of bream in the deeper channels and around the moorings.  Flathead and whiting upstream from McKenzies Bridge and mud crabs in the creeks.

Caloundra: Tailor on the Happy Valley side of the Bar and along the NE tip of Bribie.  Flathead and whiting around the sand banks inside the Bar and in the mouth of Bells Creek.  A few luderick along Bulcock Beach and bream in the Blue Hole.

 


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Captain Joe spent a well deserved break at the Maroochy River mouth using fresh mullet fillet to lure this catch of bream.

 

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Conner Batey fished with his Dad on the weekend along the sand bank at Cotton Tree when these 400g whiting snapped up his bloodworms.

 

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Natasha fished with Brian from Angler’s Advantage upstream from Bli Bli bridge to target flathead on soft plastics.

FISHING REPORT: Be Safe On The Water 29/08/2009

BE PREPARED ON THE WATER

Witnessing an ever increasing number of visitors to our beautiful waterways with boats, jetskis, kayaks and of course on foot – it has also become evident that some people are not fully prepared for the conditions the Sunshine Coast dishes up on the weather platter each weekend!  In any one day we can be served an early morning snack of mild wind, little swell and a gorgeous sunrise with not a cloud in the ski....then in less than a few hours we can get a main course of lunchtime gale force southerlies and swell that surfers can gorge themselves on.  Afternoon tea could be a freak thunderstorm topped with lashings of hale and supper will likely be a beautiful sunset, rainbow and light sea-breeze making a mockery of your stories of killer wind from earlier in the day.  Yes – are you prepared for Queensland’s Spring/Summer weather?

To better prepare for the upcoming summer weather conditions, I have made a list of things I do to maximise safety when boating and fishing, which in turn gives me greater piece of mind so I may enjoy the experience more!

1. BE WEATHER-WISE

Most importantly - check local weather conditions for boating safety the day before and on the morning or afternoon you head out.  Poor weather can ruin a beach, river or reef trip, so it is often better to reschedule than push on and brave it.  Keep in mind that wind can also change at an instant so keep an awareness of strength and direction when out also.  A sudden drop in temperature and darkening sky is a telltale sign that a storm is on the way.

2. FOLLOW A PRE-DEPARTURE CHECKLIST

Be prepared for any possibility on the water such as freak storm, running out of fuel, collision or even getting lost!  I ask myself the following questions prior to departure:

  • Have I checked the weather?
  • Checked the boat/jetski is in full working condition.
  • Do I have enough fuel for the round trip, plus some up my sleeve in case?
  • Do I have sufficient water and food for the return trip?
  • Is all the appropriate safety equipment onboard and in working order (oars, rope, radio, epirb, fire extinguisher, lifejackets etc)?
  • Have I instructed my passengers on my safety equipment?
  • Have I advised a reliable person of my boating plan?  Include where you are going and when you plan to be back as well as the number of passengers on board (in case of emergency).

Some of the following safety equipment is required by law - you should check the laws with your local

3. DESIGNATE A BACKUP DRIVER

Make sure more than one person on board is familiar with all aspects of your boat’s handling and safe operation. If the primary driver is injured or incapacitated in any way, it’s important to make sure someone else can follow the proper boating safety rules to get everyone else back to shore.

4. USE OF LIFEJACKETS APPROPRIATELY

The number of boaties and jet skiers who get booked each holiday season for having lifejackets onboard but forget to actually wear them is pretty high.  Make sure you have a lifejacket to suit the type of water you are boating on.  You need a PFD type 1.  The flotation collar is bigger on this jacket and keeps the head above water. This is for use in smooth, partially smooth and open waters. Suitable for offshore boating. PFD type 2 keeps you afloat but does not have a collar to keep the head above water making it only suitable in rivers and dams - smooth and partially smooth waters. It is compulsory to wear a life jacket in Queensland when crossing a coastal bar in an open boat that is less than 4.8 m in length and if you are under the age of 12 in an open boat, while it is under way.

5. SOBER BOATING

According to the Maritime Safety, one third of all boating fatalities involve alcohol.  The blood alcohol limit on the water is the same as on the roads, meaning the driver must have a blood alcohol limit of less than 0.05, the same rules as on the road. The effects of alcohol are enhanced while on the water due to the sun, wind, waves and constant motion. Reflexes and response times to emergencies are slowed and swimming ability deteriorates considerably.  Keep in mind if you are anchored or moored and aboard the craft consuming alcohol, the blood alcohol limit applies.

6. CHILDREN'S SAFETY

Children are not aware of rules, regulations and commonsense while on the water.  So it is up to their parents and guardians to have an awareness of where they are and what they are doing while on the bank, in the boat or if swimming in the water surrounding the boat.  All children under 12 years must wear a lifejacket if travelling in an open boat, so hire or buy a good Lifejacket or life vest with a collar that turns a child face up in the water. It must have strong waist and crotch straps, a handle on the collar, and preferably be a bright yellow or orange colour for good visibility.

Attach a plastic safety whistle to the Lifejacket and teach the child how to use the whistle - and practice using it.  Additionally, ensure that children thoroughly understand safety procedures and can respond appropriately in an emergency.   Practice safety drills and situation role-plays so that emergency procedures become second nature to you and your children.

Children must also be kept within the bounds of the vessel and should never sit with their legs or arms dangling over the sides of a boat that is underway. People have allowed children to hand off the side of their boat, ride on a donut or inflatable ring behind the boat or hang off the transom while in slow forwards motion.  Children can be very unpredictable and this does not change simply if you have instructed them to stay away from the propeller.  So be very conscious of children near the propeller not only for the deadly chances of getting run over but also as they can be exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning via exhaust fumes.

 

LOCAL FISHING REPORT

 

 

Noosa: Snapper, parrot and trag jew on Chardons  and pearl perch, maori cod, hussar and moses perch on Sunshine Reef. Tailor in the deep gutters in front of Teewah, whiting and dart north of Teewah during the day. In the river, flathead throughout the lower reaches, whiting and bream between the river mouth and Munna Point.

Maroochy: Snapper, pearlies and moses perch at Barwon Banks, Coolum Reef and around Mudjimba Island. Dart, whiting and tarwhine to 1.2kg along the North Shore and Marcoola Beach.  Bream to 900g in the South Channel and Cod Hole.  Good whiting on live worms and popper lures on the northern side of Chambers Island and along the Black Banks.  Flathead on soft plastics between in teh middle and upper reaches.

Kawana: Snapper and sweetlip on Caloundra 5 Mile, Murphys and Currimundi Reefs.   Bream, tarwhine and chopper tailor along the beaches.  Bream and trevally in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River.  A few mangrove jack, trevally and bream in the Kawana Canals.

Caloundra: Tailor on the Bulcock Beach side of the Bar, bream in the middle reaches of Pumicestone Passage.  Flathead in the channels leading to the Bar. A few good whiting opposite the Power Boat Club.

 

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David Jurgs from Toowoomba was thrilled with this 5kg jew caught at North Reef while on Noosa Blue Water Charters. (ww.fishingnoosa.com.au)


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Scott took to the water aboard Charter boat Trekka to bring home this Maori Cod at North Reef.

 

 

Terry Gavin fished the Maroochy North Shore for and was rewarded with this 73terrygavin73cmflatheadnorthshorecm flathead.

 

FISHING REPORT: Spring Clean your Tackle Box 21/08/2009

SPRING CLEAN FOR SPRING FISH

While things are on the quiet side in the lead up to the Spring school holidays (which are less than a month away I might add!), it's the optimum time to update your tackle situation and give your tackle box an early Spring clean. Especially since Spring seems to have arrived early this year! Anglers on the Sunshine Coast have welcomed the lovely warm weather and what better way to sanitise the ol' tackle box then to get it out into the sun for a day?

 

Once your tackle box has had a good wash with hot soapy water to remove all the salt crystals which would coat everything in and outside of the box, give it a few hours in the sun and make sure all little cracks and crevices are dry before putting back all your tackle. It's worth giving all the contents a wipe down if you can as the salt will also corrode and wear away the chemically sharpened coating on hooks and swivels, plus your knife will become very obviously rusty if left unclean.

 

Using sharp hooks for fishing is probably one of the most important keys to catching fish. Using sharp hooks, non rusty hooks or chemically sharpened hooks is very important. This time of year it's worth sharpening your old hooks or buy good sharp new hooks. Fish within your budget and buy the best hooks you can afford. Rust will prevent a hook up by not allowing the hooks to slide through the mouth of the fish. A blunt hook tip will also minimise the chance of hook ups. If you get snagged check how sharp your tip is and run a sharpening stone over it if needed. It's well worthwhile investing in a small hook sharpening stone and keep it in your tackle box. Remember lure trebles are also important to maintain and keep sharp.

 

The latch on the tackle box may need a spray from a lubricant or anti-corrosive product such as Inox or WD40. This will lengthen the life of your tackle box and save you from an expensive purchase in the near future. While you have the lubricant out, touch up your reel gears and yabbie pump as both will get more use in the coming months.

 

Cuts, spikes, stings and other injuries occur on daily basis while fishing. These are generally caused by poor handling of fish. Consider investing in a new set of gloves for the upcoming summer fishing season. Gloves are very useful when handling fish with hazardous structures like spines, spikes and razor sharp gill cover as they form a protective layer between your hands and the fish.

 

Pliers can then be used to remove the hook without touching the fish. Pointy nose pliers are particularly good for removing hooks that have been swallowed down the fish's throat. If the fish is of legal size shake it off the hook and into a bucket full of water. Boga grips are also a great idea for handling fish with minimal harm to you and the fish. Boga grips clamp on the fishes mouth and allow you to handle the head area, which generally has obstacles like teeth, spines and sharp gill covers. To release the fish just unclamp the grips.

 

A well organised angler should have plenty of longshank, baitholder and pre rigged gang hooks on hand over Spring and Summer. Flathead and whiting are best targeted with a long shank hook due to the shape of their mouths. Bream need baitholders as they are the kings of deception and trickery. The barbs along the shaft of the hook will hold on your prawn, squid or flesh bait well. Purchase gangs in groups of three or more to save money or at least get a box of Mustad 4200D or 4202D saltwater series hooks to make up your own gangs. Tru Turn hooks in style 711, are also very useful when rigged with black crane swivels rigged in between each hook. The swivels allow the hooks to twist and set in the fish's mouth, avoid destroying the pilchards flesh when inserting the gang hooks and help to minimise line twist.

 

A variety of different sinkers to allow for varying currents and waves heights as well as a couple of different strengths in monofilament and wire leader material are needed for adapting to changing fishing conditions. For those who wish to fish at night it would pay to have spare batteries for your head lamps or torch and some clip on glow in the light for your rod tips so that you can see the bites and what you're doing. Be prepared for changing fishing conditions and the worst case scenario that you loosing hooks to big tailor and you should be rewarded with good fish.

 

I always feel better after a good spring cleaning session, when tackle is concerned of course! Luckily there is a month ahead to think of creative excuses for avoiding the house spring cleaning so I can go fishing instead!

 

LOCAL FISHING REPORT

Noosa: Reports of good whiting during the day and bream, tailor and tarwhine at night along Marcus, Sunshine and the North Shore beaches. Tailor and luderick inside the river mouth. Bream are widespread in the lower reaches of the river - best at night in Tewantin.  Whiting and flathead in Weyba Creek and on lures through the ski run.

 

Maroochy: Tailor and bream at night mainly on lures and fresh mullet between the river mouth and at the Cod Hole.  Good size whiting in the northern channel.  Golden trevally round Godfreys. Flathead and whiting from the Bli Bli flats.

 

Kawana: Tailor off the rocks at Point Cartwright. Bream, tarwhine and tailor along the surf beaches.  Bream and garfish in the lower reaches. Trevally and bream on surface lures in Kawana Waters.

 

Caloundra: Bream over night in the deeper holes and off the Military Jetty.  Tailor in the bar and in the main channel towards the creek entrances.  Whiting are starting to show up along the Golden Beach stretch. Flathead throughout the passage.

 

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Jason fished the middle reaches of the Maroochy River on the evening full tide for this school jew.

 

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Darrin's bait of choice was bloodworm used on a super sharp size 4 longshank hook at the Black Banks for these whiting.

 

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Daniel prefers to target chopper tailor with pink RMG Scorpion lures at the Cod Hole.

 

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82 year old Peter Seaburne put in a stellar effort aboard Charterboat Trekka to land this 7kg cobia at Chardons.


 

FISHING REPORT: Knots, knots, knots! 14/08/2009

WHAT’S NOT TO KNOW ABOUT KNOTS

A common problem experienced by every angler at least once in their lifetime is the angst and annoyance of bringing a fish in so close to the shore/boat’s edge, only to see it flick it’s body in such a way that your well-tied knot loosens and unties the second before you can grab the landing net.

This problem was brought to my attention yet again on the EKKA people’s day holiday this week when a number of budding young anglers presented me with heartbroken faces after their knots did not hold.   So this week we’ll look at one of the basic yet extremely essential elements of fishing – knot tying. There are a vast number of knots available to be learnt by recreational anglers with varying degrees of difficulty. The average angler needs perhaps no more than three or four basic knots, but these knots relate directly to the style of fishing and what is expected to be caught.

Keep in mind, however Johnny who only fishes Barwon Banks won’t be interested in the knots Billy uses when Fly Fishing at Lake Cootharaba and the same goes for Terry who only uses his knots for bream at the Cod Hole.  One thing reigns true, though, each knot when properly tied, can be the difference between boating a big fish, or losing it.

I suggest that you learn and use only those knots that are of the greatest use to you, and practise, practise, practise!  The best knots are those which become second nature to you and can be tied under great stress – like when the tailor are running hot and your fingers are numb from the cold but if you don’t get another gang on, they’ll be gone quicker than you can say “frost-bite”!

A handy hint is to also say the steps out aloud when just learning a knot, coming up with ways to remember each component and you’ll remember much easier.  Don’t rely on a knot book for reference as you will come to depend on this and when it comes to crunch time the book won’t always be available.   The most commonly used know used by anglers would be the Clinch Knot, sometimes known as the “Angler’s Noose”.  Kids around the world are taught this simple yet effective knot when they first start fishing.  But the Clinch can uncoil if something big enough is on the other end.

Two knots that won’t uncoil and can be used by any angler for everyday use are the Double Uni knot and the Locked Half Blood knot.

Double Uni Knot:

This is in my opinion the most universal knot for joining two lines together with both mono and braided lines. Lines of different thickness can be joined together, two mono lines, two braided or most commonly braid to mono lines. Most anglers that have a spinning reel or bait caster that is used for lure fishing will back the spools with mono line, use the double uni knot to join it to the top shot braided line. A length of abrasion resistant fluorocarbon leader material would then be joined using the double uni knot again to the braided line. It is easy to use this knot with many different line sizes and types; it is really strong and can be tied in less than 1 minute.

Locked Half Blood Knot:

This is definitely the most widely used fishing knot for tying terminal tackle on. This is one you can tie it in less than 30 second and it has approx knot strength of 90%.  This knot is really only any good for mono lines as braids will often slip free under pressure. It is good for tying mono up to about 80lb, which will cover most anglers’ needs. To tie it start by feeding the line through the eye of the tackle, twist the line around the main line about 6 times, feed it back through the hole formed by the first twist, now feed the line back through the open loop that has formed, apply saliva to the knot and pull it tight.

I am sure that if you don’t already use these knots when fishing, they will come in handy sometime in the near future. They are simple, strong and fairly quick to tie.

 

LOCAL FISHING REPORT

Noosa: Tailor, bream and the odd tarwhine between the first cutting and Teewah Village.  Dart and whiting along Sunshine Beach.  Tailor, trevally and flathead on lures inside the river mouth.  Bream and still a few luderick along the rock walls at the river mouth.  Whiting in the lower reaches, best along the Tewantin stretch.

Maroochy: Tailor along the beaches and off the coffee rock at Pincushion – best at night. Bream in the mouth of the river on the full tide and as the sun rises.  Several quality flathead have been caught on soft plastics and fresh prawn in the shallow channels between Twin Waters and Cotton Tree, also at  Picnic Point and Bli Bli.  Bigger whiting are getting caught during the day around Goat and Channel Islands.  Mud crabs along the Bli Bli reach.

Kawana: Tailor off the rocks at Point Cartwright and along the La Balsa Park stretch. Bream, tarwhine and tailor along Kawana Beach also a few decent bream at Currimundi.  Bream and garfish between La Balsa Park Boat Ramp and the Kawana Waters Canals. Sand whiting in the Mooloolah river reach.

Caloundra: Tailor at Kings Beach, off the rocks at Moffatt Heads and inside the Bar. Bream and flathead around the mouth of Bells Creek and also on the making tide at the Skids.  Whiting along the sand banks on the NW side of Bribie.

 

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Sharky and Kids Caleb, Corey and Sienna fished the Cod Hole on the pupil free day instead of going to the EKKA.

 

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Isabella and her Dad Craig Freier targeted flathead and landed these pan-size fish at Bli Bli.


 

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