Monday, 16 September 2013

Using Spinning Tackle

Tips for using Spinning Tackle

There are some anglers who use spinning tackle exclusively when they fish, and others who shy away from it completely.

If your one of the latter anglers, here are a few tips that might make trying spinning a better experience.

Fishing Line
A good rule of thumb for using spinning tackle is to use 10-pound line or less, if using straight fluorocarbon line, 6 to 8 pound is generally enough and that helps alleviate the problems of loops and knots.

Braided Line
One product that has help improve spin fishing in recent years is braided line.
You can now use 20 pound line and still only have the same diameter of line on your spool due to its thinner diameter.

This allows you to have heavier line that casts further by just attaching whatever size leader, like 8 pound fluorocarbon with the correct knot, and your good to go.

The trick to spinning is to whip cast it more than long wide casts that you would due using a bait-cast reel where the lure is pulling the line off the reel as opposed to flicking off in coils from a spinning reel.

As you cast, feather the last of the line out over your finger to slow it down and to take any of the loops left out of the line, before flicking over the bail arm and beginning to retrieve.

Use The Rod

Using the tip of the spinning rod and the action when retrieving your lure takes a little practice, but when you get it right you have a better chance of firing up the fish and encouraging them to strike.

The trick when fishing with lures and soft plastics, is to get them to move through the water like an injured bait fish or a panicked insect or creature, that has fallen in the water and is frantically attempting to get to safety.

By using the rod tip and movement of the rod and winding at different speeds, is how to get your lure to perform, while looking as natural as possible to the fish.

Try several different retrieval methods (e.g. Slow/fast) to see if one works better for you on the day.

Don’t Give Up
Using spinning tackle is not for everybody but it is a great way to fish when you get the hang of it.

Watch how other anglers are using their gear, and take note of what types of lures and the sizes that seem to work.

Spinning can be a lot of fun, and if you persist you never know what you might catch.

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Saturday, 9 June 2012

Using Daiwa Rods To Catch Big Fish

There is nothing as good as heading out to sea on a crystal clear morning just as the sun starts to peak over the horizon.

The boat seems to glide over a silky smooth surface of the water, just as the red glow of the sun begins to light up the sky.

Our weapons of choice today are Daiwa Rods, and we are heading to a couple of my favorite fishing marks, at a depth of about 70 meters or so, chasing the big fish.

On our way to our destination we cross a number of other small reefs along the way so I decide to troll a couple of Rapala X-rap Magnum fishing lures out the back in the hope of picking up a Mackerel or even a yellow fin tuna.

My favorite one of these lures is the silver body with the red head, this lure has done me proud quite frequently and there are a few teeth marks in the paint work down the side of the body from a few near misses as well

The rods I have on board for trolling on today's little venture, are both Daiwa rods, the Saltiga G Boat series, the quality components gives greater strength, lifting power and control over even the most powerful fish. They are a great combination, Daiwa Rods and big fish!

It's time to get the gear sorted for when we hit our mark, so I'm ready to drop the bottom bashing gear as soon as we drift on to the fish.

The deck hand calls out to the skipper that were on, and he slows the boat top allow us to start winding in the catch, it feels fairly small and there is no definite head shakes, like you get from a good sized Mackerel or Wahoo, as I wind to the leader I catch a flash of silvery blue which is a sure sign it's only a Mac Tuna from a small school we probably drove past as they fed on the smaller bait fish on the surface.

Not particularly very good eating fish, but as fresh bait for a larger Kingfish or snapper, it's well worth keeping on ice and cutting some strips off afterwards

Skipper sets us back on the right course and we let our lures out the back for another try for some better eating fish this time.

You can start to see a light ruffle on the surface of the ocean now as a light south easterly wind picks up, the forecast is pretty good for the rest of the week, so I'm sure a little bit of breeze on no more than a meter of swell is going to bother us too much today.

We are nearly on our marks now so we wind in the trolling gear as the skipper starts to have a look around on the sounder for a decent patch of fish, he is pretty sure he has a spot so we get organized for our first drop.

I’m pairing another Daiwa Saltiga rod with one of Daiwa’s Saltiga lever drag 2 speed fishing reels .
These reels handle both mono and serious strength braid for when you are chasing big fish like we are today.

Were begin to drift over our mark, as skipper puts us in position, and we drop our lines for our first attempt to catch something big, from the school of fish we noticed on the sounder earlier.

 I mostly use Daiwa gear these days because I know I can rely on it if I get hooked up on a good sized fish, and it won't fail me.

You want to have the confidence and power from your gear if you find a good school of kingfish and you need the capacity to haul it up fast to avoid it dragging your line into the reef and cutting you off. I don’t like taking those sort of risks with just any fishing gear.

I’ll fill you in on what happens in the next post but for now if you want more information on the Salt water fishing gear click the link

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Looking after your salt water fishing tackle

There is nothing worse than finally getting to head out onto the water and finding your priced reel is seized up or the line guides on your rod have corroded away to nothing.

Looking after your salt water fishing tackle in particular, although not a huge job is extremely important if you want your gear to last and perform, time after time, trouble free.

Salt water in particular is highly corrosive and where there is salt water there is usually sand, and both these elements are enemy number one to the fine workings of just about all fishing reel types.

Taking the time to properly clean your salt water fishing gear can save you a whole lot of heart ache, and money.

How to Properly clean your fishing rods and reels

To get the most from your fishing reels and rods, you need to properly clean and maintain them after every use.

If your like me, at the end of a fishing trip the last thing you feel like doing is spending time cleaning your fishing gear.

For the small amount of time it takes it really will make a difference to the longevity and quality of your rods and reels.

When fishing in fresh water it is not such a big deal and a general rub down with a soft cloth or sponge using soapy water, then drying with a clean towel is usually enough.

I will usually clean my rods and reels the same way no matter whether I have been in fresh or salt water to ensure it is always clean and ready to go the next time I go fishing.

Salt Water Is Enemy Number One of Fishing Rods and Reels

Salt water is such a corrosive substance and if left uncleaned can very quickly do damage to your expensive fishing gear.

I follow the same pattern each time I clean to make sure I don't miss any parts of the rod or reel.

READ COMPLETE ARTICLE How to Properly clean your fishing rods and reels

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Reliable Fishing Gear

As a commercial fisherman there is one thing that is extremely important to me, and that is having reliable gear.

When I head off with the boys for a bit of recreation time as an amateur fisherman, I expect the same from the fishing reels and rods that I use in these conditions as well.

One Brand of rod that I continue to use for their strength and reliability are Daiwa Rods

There is a Daiwa Rod for every type of fishing situation, and all of them constructed with the best materials available.

Below is part of an article I recently wrote on Daiwa fishing rods

Daiwa Rods built to last

Daiwa uses several different technologies and quality parts to make sure their rods last.
One of the Technologies they use to construct a large amount of their rods is Glatech.

Glatech sandwiches unidirectional fiberglass between 90º inner and outer layers of graphite. The result, an incredibly resilient blank with the backbone and lifting power to control and move strong fish. It also resists twisting for less stress, greater strength and hook-setting power.

These strong yet sensitive blanks combined with powerlift grips, which are triangular in shape rather than your standard circular grip. Triangular shape means a surer grip with less wobble when you're cranking hard. All this put together and you have one hell of a powerful tool.

Daiwa rods, strong yet sensitive
In all types of fishing you need a rod that will handle the type of fish you are targeting as well as giving you the sensitivity necessary to feel what is going on at the other end of the line.

If you target fish that nibble at the bait or draw it into their mouths rather than striking straight up, then you need to be able to feel this so you can pick the right moment to strike.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE Daiwa Rods are Built for Any Situation

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Daiwa Rods as my weapon of choice

I have been using Daiwa Rods for some years and have a different rod for each fishing situation.

One reason for this is that catching different species of fish requires the ability to be able to firstly, cast whatever fishing tackle I need for the type of fish I am targeting into the right area.

Secondly have the sensitivity to feel what is going on at the other end of the line, and thirdly have the strength and backbone to deal with whatever size or aggressiveness of the fish I catch.

I have started to write about a few of the experiences I have had using Daiwa Rods, and the first part is entitled Daiwa Rods and Big Fish

Daiwa Rods and Big Fish
There is nothing better than heading out to sea on a crystal clear morning just as the sun starts to peak over the horizon.

You get that red glow above as the sun starts to light up the sky, below as the ocean becomes more visible it is like the boat is gliding through a pool of silky smooth oil.

We are heading out to our favourite couple of marks about 6 mile out to sea at a depth of around 36 fathoms, our weapons of choice for today are Daiwa rods, and big fish is what we are hoping to find.

On our way to our destination we cross several other small reefs along the way so I decide to troll a couple of Rapala X-rap Magnum fishing lures out the back in the hope of picking up a Mackerel or even a yellow fin tuna.

My favourite one of these lures is the silver body with the red head, this lure has done me proud many times and there are a few teeth marks in the paint work down the side of the body from a few near misses as well

The Daiwa rods I have on board for trolling are the Saltiga G Boat rods, the matchup of quality components on these rods gives them greater strength and lifting power to be able to control powerful fish. They are a great combination, Daiwa Rods and big fish!

Read Full article Here

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