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Neil
SportsFish


Australia
3823 Posts

Member No: #1

Posted - 09 Jan 2005 :  11:23:27 PM  Show Profile  Visit Neil's Homepage Send Neil a Private Message
Sportsfish is looking for those special fishing/boating tips we all have for the new site.

Our feedback from visitors is that all the ‘backyard’ or improvised hints and tips are fantastic and it would be great if they were all in one spot.

We would like our members to post their tips here for inclusion into the database, ready for the new section. Of course your member name will appear under each tip submitted .

We don’t mind what the tip is as long as it is broadly fishing/boating related .

Three members who provide the best tips, to be judged by Darren Reid, will win a copy of the new Rex Hunt’s Fishing Australia book which was recently launched.

Rex Hunt's Fishing Australia is a 324-page coffee table style hard covered book filled with a mass of information on Rex's favourite fishing destinations.

Click on the link above to find out more about the book.

The more tips the better! Post them here in this thread.

Look forward to some interesting tips

Cheers

Neil.

P.S. Don’t put in one liners.. Be as comprehensive as you like. We will edit them later if required.


Bashir
Hoodlum Hunter



Australia
3731 Posts

Member No: #1038

Posted - 09 Jan 2005 :  11:59:07 PM  Show Profile Send Bashir a Private Message
For a cheap set of rod/reel safety lanyards for your game reels, head to your local reject shop / go-lo etc... and purchase a few dog leashes for around $2 each. They are very strong and do the job as good as anything you will find in a tackle shop for $20 each. If you want to get a bit more quality out of them, you can remove the metal clips on them and replace them with some stainless clips and they will still work out much cheaper. However I have found, giving the clips a spray with silicon spray/inox/wd40 after each trip keeps them corrosion free anyway.

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punkin
Yakka


Australia
8582 Posts

Member No: #1109

Posted - 10 Jan 2005 :  05:05:20 AM  Show Profile Send punkin a Private Message
Do as much as you can to prepare your boat for launching before you leave home to go to the ramp. The launch ramp is not the place to be putting bait in eskys, eskys in boats, looking in the boot of the car for your spare jacket or getting your fishing gear together etc. All this should be packed in the boat already.
When you get to the ramp either join the queue and start undoing straps, disconnecting lights, rechecking bungs ect, or if it's a quiet ramp pull up out of the way of others launching to do it (even if you are first in the queue, there's still likely to be someone get there ready to launch).
Have a system! One lap around the boat should see you doing all the things from loosening the safety chain to unstrapping, lights, check bungs (again), undo tilt lock, pump fuel etc.
Take your turn in the queue, if others are waiting to launch/retrieve, have some patience. If they are having trouble or holding you up, ask if they would like a hand
Back the boat down and launch with someone either in the boat or the bloke pushing off getting in the boat, to start it and back away from the ramp allowing the next boat in. If you are by yourself make sure there's somewhere away from the ramp to tie your boat up while you park the car.

When retrieving, wait your place in the queue again.
Pull the winch rope out before you get in the car, let your mate who's holding the boat or reversing the car know what you expect before you drop him off. Winch up or drive on, hook up the safety chain and bugger off.
The place to do all the stuff like put straps on, undo bungs, unpack rods etc is away from the ramp and not blocking acess to it. Follow your prelaunch system in reverse, that way nothing gets forgotten.

If you have a cartopper, you don't need a launch ramp! Keep away from it and leave it to those who do.

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Punkin







Note of use for the interview and the verification of the abeyances and other fixings.
(Contained in instructions on $2 water pistol)

Edited by - punkin on 10 Jan 2005 05:13:33 AM
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Pencil
Yellowfin



Australia
181 Posts

Member No: #333

Posted - 10 Jan 2005 :  08:08:36 AM  Show Profile  Visit Pencil's Homepage Send Pencil a Private Message
Hi,
If your rod doesn't have a hook keeper you can improvise with a uv resistant cable tie and stainless split ring/brass ring. Thread ring on cable tie, attach in front of foregrip on rod, fix with a drop of superglue, trim cable tie.

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Elvis
Sailfish



Australia
274 Posts

Member No: #707

Posted - 10 Jan 2005 :  09:57:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit Elvis's Homepage Send Elvis a Private Message
After a saltwater fish, make sure you wash your rods/reels down to greatly prolong their life, much to my wifes displeasure, I find leaning them in the corner of the shower works brilliantly.



When going on a fishing trip, you will never use all the gear you take. Leave some at home and you can take more beer.


Most fishmongers will carry a decent selection of bait, fresh is much better than frozen.


Chicken pellets (for berle y)can be bought from wholesale probuce shops (or farm supply stores) for about 1/50th of the price from pet store or tackle shops.

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fatman
Marlin



Australia
805 Posts

Member No: #1071

Posted - 10 Jan 2005 :  10:15:33 AM  Show Profile Send fatman a Private Message
When fishing for Luderick,
To stop the 'belly' in the line between the rod and the float spooking the fish, coat it with some vaseline or silicon grease so it will float.

Add a drop of Aniseed essence to weed baits for an attractant.

When fishing rocky bottom areas that consume terminal tackle, use old spark plugs for sinkers on a Patanosta type rig.

A piece of PVC tube with 2 end caps is a good way of storing floats so they don't get broken.

FATMAN

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Ozy
Marlin


Australia
1081 Posts

Member No: #550

Posted - 10 Jan 2005 :  11:00:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit Ozy's Homepage  Send Ozy a Yahoo! Message Send Ozy a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Neil:

Our feedback from visitors is that all the ‘backyard’ or improvised hints and tips are fantastic and it would be great if they were all in one spot.




What about bringing the archive search back as well.
Some of us could also use it to find our own previous hints/tips to revamp and post here .

Ozy



Edited by - Ozy on 10 Jan 2005 11:08:33 AM
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Gruntaaa
Salmon


Australia
45 Posts

Member No: #7385

Posted - 10 Jan 2005 :  11:11:49 AM  Show Profile  Visit Gruntaaa's Homepage Send Gruntaaa a Private Message
When throwing lures in tree infested waters. Every now and then your cast ends up over the branch of a tree ...
First tip is DON"T PANIC , as usually this will result in your lure wrapping itself around the branch, and sticking it's hooks in deep. Take up the slack line to the lure and slowly more the lure to about a 30cm below branch, then with a slow firm movement lift your rod tip and flick your lure off over the branch. Takes some practise but in the end it will save you a lot of time.

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Elvis
Sailfish



Australia
274 Posts

Member No: #707

Posted - 10 Jan 2005 :  12:27:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit Elvis's Homepage Send Elvis a Private Message
A stocking, a rubber band and some old fishing line makes a simple berley bomb, it also works well from the bank.

PVC pipe from a hardware store is just as effective a beach rod holder as the ones you get from a tackle shop.

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colin449
Yellowfin



Australia
154 Posts

Member No: #6446

Posted - 12 Jan 2005 :  02:44:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit colin449's Homepage Send colin449 a Private Message
I make up rigs leaders etc befooore I goes fishing and store them individually in small zip-lock bags (Glad etc).

Alternatively use plastic bank bags.

Allso the bits and pieces we buy at tacklle shops come in little bags suitablle for rig storage.

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pukunui
Marlin


Australia
1113 Posts

Member No: #7138

Posted - 13 Jan 2005 :  1:52:44 PM  Show Profile Send pukunui a Private Message
When fishing a sand/mud flat with nippers pumped at the same place try to pump the nippers in the general area you will be casting to as bream and whiting seem to like the stirred up sand and any pieces of yabbies you chucked away or missed will be great burley
This is not always possible if casting to deeper water but for casting into shallows it can help improve you catch

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colin449
Yellowfin



Australia
154 Posts

Member No: #6446

Posted - 13 Jan 2005 :  4:29:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit colin449's Homepage Send colin449 a Private Message
If you get a lot of problems with pickers or crabs on your mulie use a cork to lift your gang off the bottom.

I normally use a short section of plastic coated wire to clip tailor gangs on anyway, so I have one made up with a cork.

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punkin
Yakka


Australia
8582 Posts

Member No: #1109

Posted - 14 Jan 2005 :  05:25:37 AM  Show Profile Send punkin a Private Message
Small handfulls of dirt is the best berley out, when bait fishing around trees for natives.

Try large surface lures of an evening when fishing for Murray Cod. (release em when it works!)

The edges of reefs fish better for demersal species like snapper than the reef itself.

Try double tied in your mainline with a bimini twist when boat fishing coastal waters. A quality, black ballbearing snap swivel on the double, and have different rigs made up in bags or wrapped around a flat piece of cardboard. You can change from a lure trolling or casting rig, to a paternoster rig, a floater rig, shark rig or a livey rig in a second when opportunities present themselves.

Buy the best quality tackle you can afford, the pleasure you get from using it will repay. Expensive doesn't always mean best, but it's a pretty good guide.

Most trailer boats will only fish two people comfortably, three uncomfortably, and four next to frustration....no matter how many places there are to sit or what the compliance plate says.

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Punkin







Note of use for the interview and the verification of the abeyances and other fixings.
(Contained in instructions on $2 water pistol)
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colin449
Yellowfin



Australia
154 Posts

Member No: #6446

Posted - 14 Jan 2005 :  10:30:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit colin449's Homepage Send colin449 a Private Message
Use olive oil on hooks etc to stop rusting. Does the job without spooking the fish.

Put shiny brass swivels and rings in vinegar overnight to get rid of the shine which spooks some fish and can cause fish like Taylor to snap at them.

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cabsav
Marlin


Australia
622 Posts

Member No: #7081

Posted - 14 Jan 2005 :  2:02:24 PM  Show Profile Send cabsav a Private Message
Like Colin said above, but the aerosol spray type you get for cooking (those who don't go in supermarket, get your wives to get it). Easy to on spray trebles, bait and filleting knives and other stuff what rusts.

"..shoulda been here yesteday mate!"
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colin449
Yellowfin



Australia
154 Posts

Member No: #6446

Posted - 14 Jan 2005 :  2:18:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit colin449's Homepage Send colin449 a Private Message
USEFUL STUFF TO STEAL FROM YOUR WIFE

Nail clippers - cutting mono
Nail polish - Painting lures etc
Q tips/cdotton buds - cleaning in small spaces
Vaseline - Grease - Does not break down in salt water I am told
Elastic thread - baitmate - great for holding bait on
KItchen towels - Wrapping reels, wiping hands etc
Hair rollers - use a piece instead of cork - can also be used to make popper flies
Her money - you need every penny you can lay your hands on for tackle

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