Look after your rod, says Paul
LAUCHIE O’Hanlon of Nautical Marine Sales favours the inshore reefs – Mowbray, Yule Pt, off Newell Beach, Wonga Beach — this weekend. You need to go early, before the wind comes up. There’s been quite a few fish on these reefs lately, says Lauchie, incuding coral trout, while spearfishermen have been busy with crayfish and schools of tuna. PAUL Herron is one of the biggest and most skilled fishing rod makers in the Far North.
He operates out of a custom built shed in his backyard that is filled to the brim with the tools and equipment needed to craft a perfect fishing rod.
Paul’s been in the business for over 15 years, so it’s safe to say that when it comes to all things fishing he is an expert.
He has a few words of advice for anglers. “Stand the rod in the shower and wash all the salt off,” said Paul. “If you get the salt off they don’t suffer.
“The idea of cleaning them is if you don’t clean the grips and you’ve been handling bait it stays on the grips and the cockroaches find it. And you’ll find all these little holes in your grips, so keeping them clean is quite important.”
Another mistake that rod owners make is to throw one out after a ring or two falls off.
Paul said he’s got a few smart customers who have wised onto this practice and started to take advantage of it.
“I’ve got an old fella who comes around once every six months or so, he’ll show up with five broken rods that he’s found at the dump that he’ll just leave with me,” said Paul.
“I get around to them eventually and put a guide on here or there for him and he’ll show up and give me a scratchie. I’m happy to help but someone’s thrown that away and for $2 I’ve fixed it – that’s just silly.
“If you’re living in the area just come to my door and I’ll fix you up.”
Rod maker Paul Herron