Always up for some competition
LOOKING for an effective way to catch that pesky barramundi or fingermark? Look no further than the Berkley Gulp 7” Jerk Shad. This soft plastic lure, when jigged, proves effective with almost any fish that swims past. It’s irresistible. It can be rigged with a standard jig head or weedless and it’s scented to attract a fish, just like using bait. These jerk shads are flexible in that they can work the entire water column and is an advantage over hard bodied lures. I do a lot of fishing competitions back home in Germany and my sponsor is the biggest fishing tackle company in Germany.
We use a pole, which is a carbon rod up to 16 metres long, but there’s no reel on it.
We use a lot of ground bait and do feeder fishing, so you have a smooth hook and go fishing for bream and carp. It’s just lakes and rivers. You go fishing for five hours in a competition and at the end you weigh all of your catch. The winner is the most weight of fish.
It’s not just like sitting and having a beer and catching a fish.
Four or five guys in Germany are professionals and this is a big sport in Europe.
I’ve been doing it for two years. My grandfather was very good at this and he taught me a lot. After a while you learn a lot, you meet better people than you and keep learning and getting better.
You never learn enough about fishing, not even if you’re 60 years, there’s always more. Knowledge makes the champions.
In a competition only about 20 per cent is luck, which is mainly what spot you are given to fish from. You don’t want a spot in the middle of the line up. You have numbers from 1 to 50, so number 25 is not the best thing.
The best fish I have caught here was a shovelnose ray at Palm Cove.