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From the Fishers Mouth
« on: January 18, 2011, 12:25:00 AM »
From the Fishers Mouth
16th January 2011

The use of electronic gadgetry in fishing continues to grow at an amazing rate with instruments such as depth sounders delivering images of the bottom structure in such clear detail that it is not far short of a TV picture.

Historically depth sounders looked directly under the boat using a narrow beam which returned images that a savvy user could interpret as fish, logs, weeds or whatever else happened to be underneath the boat; however there was a still a fair amount of guesswork involved as to what some of the images on screen actually were.

Accurate interpretation of sounder images could almost be considered an art form, but the advent of side and down imaging scanners from Humminbird & other companies have made recognition of what lurks underneath relatively simple.

Along with the improvements to sounding technology, electric trolling motors which take pride of place on the bow of most fishing boats, allow silent and precise placement of your craft which gives the fisherman more opportunity to present a lure of bait to the fish.

Needless to say that you are at a disadvantage should your boat not be equipped with a sounder and an electric motor. But like anything, you need to know how to use the equipment in order to make the most of the gadgets and ultimately catch more fish.

Wagga Marine is assisting in this regard by inviting Tim ‘The Bream’ Morgan to present an evening on the correct use of depth sounders. Tim is a consistent high achiever in the ABT (Australian Bream Tournament) having won several stages. Tim also competes in and has won other national fishing tournaments.

Aside from his fishing credentials, Tim is State Manager for Humminbird and Minn Kota and has a wealth of knowledge on the new side imaging sounders & chart plotters, and will be able to show how the products work, and how they can improve your fishing and boating.

Tim’s presentation is being held at the Wagga Boat Club starting at 7.00pm on Thursday the 3rd of February. Cost is $10.00 per head with all monies donated to Narrandera Fisheries for additional restocking of the Murrumbidgee River.

Bookings are available from Wagga Marine 110 Hammond Ave or 02 6921 2646. Numbers are limited so secure your seat to enjoy Tim’s knowledge and expertise and also the chance to win a Humminbird sounder as a lucky door prize.



Picture: Dean Edge and Dave Carter enjoy a bass caught from a school of fish identified on the fish finder



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Re: From the Fishers Mouth - 16 January 2011
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2011, 02:33:03 PM »
Hi Jamin,
This is one of the main benefits of being in a fishing club. The bloke in the background is pretty worked up, was he showing how big the one that got away was, or is he always like that.
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Re: From the Fishers Mouth - 16 January 2011
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2011, 02:26:11 PM »
Gday Jamin,

Jim Harmon sent me a copy of Cod, Cod, Cod.
Nice book, mate. Easy to read and revealing pics.
You can be proud of the effort.
I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone with greenfish on their minds -
and any true Australian with an appreciation of living national treasures.
(thanks for the acknowledgement)

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Re: From the Fishers Mouth - 16 January 2011
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2011, 07:49:54 PM »
Side Imaging- amazing tools. I've had my eyes glued to one for the last ten days in the sea. The transducer isn't mounted in an ideal location( teething problems), but OMG, the world it depicts is a spin out. I even found an old wreck that I never knew existed (when only using conventional sounders in the same area.) In ten days, my world has turned around a bit.


That cod book,where can I buy one?

......and the bloke in that photo- awesome- that's the part of fishing that needs highlighting- the fun.
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Re: From the Fishers Mouth
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2011, 08:17:21 PM »
From the Fishers Mouth

Fishing can be a pastime, a hobby, a passion, a profession or for those who just don’t get it – one of the more boring conversations they will have to endure in life. Fishermen become deeply entrenched in pursuit of their quarry investing time, money and intellect to trick an instinctive creature into eating a hook laced offering.

As fishermen evolve we hunger for knowledge and engage others in conversation in the hope that a secret technique, lure, location, or snippet of information may pass, effectively increasing the chances of hooking a fish when next you venture out on the water.

This game of knowledge never ends and as any fishing widow will attest, the conversation when any two fisherman are near will always swing toward fish and fishing.

For those poor unfortunates who are yet to enjoy what fishing has to offer, there are options available when you may be cornered between fishermen at a BBQ or other social gathering.

The most effective way to remove yourself from a group of fisherman is to back away quietly, making no sudden movements. Fisherman will notice that you have gone, but in the heat of conversation are unlikely to pursue.

A second method of killing an intense fishing talk session is to invite the wives, or significant others, of those involved in the conversation to join the circle. Most wives are able to quell a fishermen’s group session with a single death stare, with the effect amplified by inviting more wives to the group.

If the above techniques do not work, you have no option but to engage the fishermen in conversation. If this situation occurs, there are again, a couple of simple rules you will need to follow.

The number one rule when talking to fisherman is to make sure that you know the difference between fish that live in fresh and salt water. If you don’t know, the best question to ask is “what fish do you catch around here.” The answer could go on for several hours requiring no input from you – mission accomplished.

Secondly, do not ask about tackle (rods and reels) unless you want to be inundated with specifications of the latest piece of equipment that your opponent has purchased.

You will not require much input into the conversation as fisherman enjoy imparting their wisdom on others. Just remember that when you have had enough to back away quietly or bring a wife to quell the onslaught.



Picture: Spinnerbaits are ideal for catching cod in the river as Rhys Creed demonstrates

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Re: From the Fishers Mouth
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2011, 04:43:36 PM »
Lovely sentiments Jamin, speaking as one who has both been on the end of the "Death Stare" and who has sought to enlighten those not so blessed with the desire to angle, your words are close to being the opening text of a fisherman's Bible. I find that when ever the avangelists knock on my door and I regale them with talk of fishing they seem to think however that they are in the presense of some sort of heretic.
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Re: From the Fishers Mouth
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2011, 12:39:58 AM »
From the Fishers Mouth
7th February 2011

To get the most out of fishing, there is an unlimited amount of knowledge to try and place in to practice when out on the water. Every magazine, TV show or DVD has a fishing boffin peddling the latest and greatest tackle and ideas. Some new products and techniques are worth the effort to purchase and /or learn, but in my experience there is a lot that is designed to catch fishermen, not fish.

New fishermen are bombarded with information and it can be overwhelming for dad and the kids to work out what they need to catch a fish or two on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

The most important thing is to keep it simple. Buy a packet of pea sized sinkers, a packet of small hooks (#1 to 1/0) and dig a few worms out of the garden. Thread a sinker on the line, tie on a hook using a blood knot, add a bunch of worms, cast it into the water and wait for a bite. When a fish bites, allow the line to go slack and wait until the fish swims away (the line will pull tight), before lifting the rod sharply to set the hook. If your timing is correct, you will be fighting a fish.

This technique is what I believe fishermen should master before moving on to more technical styles of fishing. You will learn where to place your bait to attract bites, how each fish bites, and also gain a sense of timing for when the fish has eaten the bait and is on the end of your line ready to be hooked.

All these skills are able to be transferred to any style of fishing whether live baiting for marlin or casting lures for Murray cod, you still need to be able to know how to present the lure or bait and identify when the fish has eaten the lure/bait so that you can strike to set the hook in the fish’s jaw.

Carp are the perfect fish to teach people the art of fishing. They are reasonably plentiful, respond well to baits with a strong bite, and they fight strongly when hooked. In addition, carp have a soft mouth, so that if too much pressure is applied, the hook will tear out. This teaches about the need for correct drag settings on the reel (like the clutch in a car) so that you don’t get broken off.

If you are new to fishing, or just enjoy catching any sort of fish, go carp fishing.



Picture - "Learning how to fight a hooked fish is essential to improving your fishing"

 

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