Be careful to make the right choice when buying tackle
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.