Be care­ful to make the right choice when buy­ing tackle

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times Sport - Jim Ki­tis

THE amount of tackle that is avail­able nowa­days com­pared to 20 years ago is as­tound­ing.

Aus­tralians do not see ev­ery prod­uct that is avail­able on the mar­ket as most tackle re­tail­ers fo­cus on the big four mar­kets of Amer­ica, Canada, Asia and Europe.

This was proven to me years ago when a Shi­mano rep brought in the Ja­panese cat­a­logue for Shi­mano which was 4cm thick and in Ja­panese.

The amount of prod­ucts in there was as­ton­ish­ing and he told me that we re­ceive less than 20 per cent of what’s in there due to our lower pop­u­la­tion and dis­pos­able in­come, there­fore we weren’t as big a mar­ket as other parts of the world.

The best ad­vice I can give is to stick to a bud­get and what you can af­ford.

Don’t get wrapped up in the hype that sur­rounds fish­ing tackle as com­pa­nies would love you to buy ev­ery new se­ries of prod­ucts they bring out.

Let’s start off with war­ranties: al­ways buy prod­ucts backed by war­ranties.

Un­con­di­tional life­time war­ranties can be a trap as a third to half of the cost of the prod­uct is an al­lowance for break­ages.

The ba­sics or ethos of fish­ing re­volves around the fol­low­ing:

Your fish­ing rod is a lever that is an ex­ten­sion of your arm and al­lows you to cast to your fish and then pro­vide the re­sis­tance needed to land fish.

Your reel stores line, re­trieves line and pro­vides a re­sis­tance in the form of drag to tire fish out.

Your line is what joins you to your fish and hooks at­tached to your line at­tach you to the fish.

What tackle you buy to do this with is purely per­sonal pref­er­ence. Let’s start with fish­ing rods. If you’re a rough and tum­ble type then I would ad­vise buy­ing rods made with a graphite in­ter­nal core with fi­bre­glass wraps around it.

This is how Ugly Stiks are made and all rod man­u­fac­tur­ers have copied this tech­nol­ogy. If you like ul­tra light, re­spon­sive tackle then graphite is the way to go.

This ap­plies to beach fish­ing as the Aus­tralian Sny­der Glas rods are one of the most pop­u­lar rods in Aus­tralia.

They are made by wrap­ping fi­bre­glass sheets around a man­drill and can take quite a lot of pun­ish­ment.

This tech­nol­ogy has been copied so you have a big­ger range than ever and can han­dle any beach or rock fish­ing sit­u­a­tion.

Reels have gone to another level in both tech­nol­ogy and price.

I don’t own an ex­pen­sive fish­ing reel as I feel you would have to sell a kid­ney to be able to af­ford one.

Don’t get wrapped up in ball bear­ings and gear ra­tios.

There are lots of reels from the 70s and 80s that are still go­ing strong and don’t have ball bear­ings in them.

Four ball bear­ings are more than enough, one in­side the ro­tor head on a spin­ning reel, one in the line roller and one ei­ther side of the han­dle are more than enough to keep you fish­ing for years.

You see so much ad­ver­tis­ing about high speed gear ra­tios, this is only part of the equa­tion with line retrieval as spool size is just as im­por­tant.

Hooks are cost­ing us more and ev­ery­one bangs on about chem­i­cally sharp­ened hooks.

They are pricey for what they do but serve a pur­pose.

An­glers that troll for their fish don’t use them as even­tu­ally they go blunt.

This was proven to me by a game fish­er­man at Rot­tnest as af­ter a few hours of trolling, the chem­i­cally sharp­ened hooks weren’t as sharp as ones out of the packet.

Un­til next week please stay safe while fish­ing as the win­ter weather makes it tougher to get to spots.

Our weekly win­ner is Paul Har­fouche, he is a mem­ber of an ex­clu­sive club known as the One Me­tre Barra club in fish­ing cir­cles.

The en­try re­quire­ment is simple: catch a one me­tre bar­ra­mundi, take a photo, ver­ify its size and you’re in.

This was caught at the mouth of the Mary River on a lure and he can brag about it to his grand­chil­dren or any­one else for that mat­ter.

Paul Har­fouche, of Man­jimup, with the 101cm bar­ra­mundi he caught at the mouth of Mary River dur­ing a trip to the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

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