Look af­ter your rod, says Paul

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Madi­son Wil­liams

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

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