Reidy's Jigs and Tuna

14 Feb, 2013

We were on our back from the Vernons, east of Lee Point when we spotted a couple free jumping Fish, upon moving closer there were birds working so we investigated and found a few small pods of tuna feeding. Unsure of the species we moved in for the kill with spin rods and metal slices at the ready. We were certain that the tuna were long tails, but they were slightly so stealth was required and a change of tactics. In the end I changed to a 20gr Reidy's Jig, Red head/chrome body, matched to one of my new Light Spin rods recently built for flicking soft plastics on the flats. and waited for the fish to come to us. It did not take long a small pod erupted behind the boat and I was in a position were I could cast and landed the lure in the hole made by the fish. As the lure hit the water, I just had time to flick the bail arm over the little 2500 spin reel screamed in protest and the tuna hit the after burners. As I only had a small amount of line we chased the fish as the spool emptied.


After approx 25 mins the tuna started to show signed of slowing and my main concern was the gear holding out that little bit longer. The little spin rod buckled as another lunge came and then another, but eventually we gained line back and could see the lure just hanging on, pinned in the corner of the jaw. Two more passes around the boat and I managed to turn the tuna into the net, where an almighty battle cry filled the sea air. The tuna was estimated at 7kg plus.

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Flathead - Why Not Troll? By Peter Jung

22 Nov, 2012

Flathead are a very popular target species for recreational anglers and many people would have caught one during their fishing exploits. Seasoned anglers become very single minded from mid September through to December on the East coast of Australia, when the fish come into the estuary systems in large numbers to do their thing. The use of live and dead baits to target them is very popular and soft plastics account for more than their fair share of fish; however trolling is proving over and over again to be highly productive method to catch a feed of flathead. I recently enjoyed the company of some good mates and fished the 2012 Flathead Classic held on the Gold Coast. The one thing you realise very quickly when targeting one species for two and a half days is that you need to be open minded about how, when and where you may catch fish. In many cases it is a matter of adapting and learning from what you did or should have done as you go along. As a team we improved each day and personally I managed to land more fish each day as well, so I was very happy with my first Flathead Classic. The main point I wanted to pass on from my experience is that you need to ask yourself this question; WHY NOT TROLL?

In a previous contribution to this website I went through what I believe are the basic fundamentals of what you need in a trolling lure for flathead and why the Reidy's Little Lucifer is a highly effective option for doing this. This time I would like to take you through a few thoughts and insights from the Flathead Classic and hopefully address why you should give trolling for flathead a try. For many, trolling is a prospecting method to find active fish and prior to the Classic I would suggest that was my primary thought. However after a better than average start on the first morning, we struggled to get a bite let alone catch fish and finished the day frustrated fishermen. The change to our strategy for the second day was to troll over the same area we had just successfully casted to and it paid dividends. Another productive morning had us well ahead of our day 1 numbers and feeling positive today would be our day. Although we did manage a few more fish, we had not completely learned from our mistakes. We did not troll again that day and again struggled to catch the fish we should have. Day 3 began as day 2 had with some nice point scoring fish coming on the cast and several more on the troll. We then moved onto our next spot, again managing a few fish on the cast; however the decision was then made to give this area a troll. Needless to say a number of undersize fish came to the boat as well as the fish of the day, which I caught on a Little Lucifer colour #035. At 73cm it was a solid point scoring fishing and we had learnt our lesson. A much happier team went to the presentations that day because we had asked ourselves the question of WHY NOT TROLL?

Two very happy team mates after the 73cm hit the net on the last day.
WHY NOT TROLL? The author with his biggest flathead for the tournament, very glad we asked the question.
In conclusion, trolling should be and will be part of my flathead fishing going forward. Why not give it a try?

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Vernons Jew on lures

21 Nov, 2012

On 23 October I launched at Leaders Creek to fish the Gunn Point channel in 35 to 55 metres of water. The tide was still too strong to anchor so I drifted with a 30lb over-head outfit rigged with a pair of 6/0 hooks snooded ~1metre above a snapper lead and the other a 30lb spin outfit. I usually fish alone and so dropped the bait rig to the bottom and let it bump along on full strike drag and worked the Sea bug by holding the spin rod. The strip bait was attacked by small fish several times with no hook up. After rebaiting the overhead rig finally hooked a small Saddle-tail snapper which was winched...

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Fishing for Barramundi in the Gulf of Carpenteria

17 Oct, 2012

Day 6 15/06/12


The fishing had been fairly ordinary with not a lot of echoes on the sounder the day before. The water had cleared up considerably from the muddy murky colour and the tides were generally outgoing in the mornings usually allowing a session of trolling in 3-5 meters. The wind dropped during the day which made the daytime temperature of approx 26-30 degrees hot but comfortable with adequate protective clothing. The temperature was neither too hot nor requiring of excessive protective clothing; mostly shorts, shirt and a hat (or a cap for the captain). The...

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