Customer Travis came by the store in preparation for a trip to Darwin in search of a barra or two. Travis was searching for a multi-piece spin rod to take in suitcase form up and use casting lures for barramundi in the rivers and also for some light harbour and beach fishing. Travis ended up using the rod the entirety or the trip and it proved ideal for slinging lures about for all manner of fish. Among the fish caught were barra, threadfin salmon and blue salmon.


Some of the threadfin salmon were around a metre long and were happy to eat hard bodies and soft vibes. The 'guns n roses' colour was a stand out hardbody colour along the creek edges for barra and blue salmon, while smaller soft vibes were deadly on the threadfin in the deeper gutters and holes. These same soft vibes are also very effective on fish like black jewfish and muloway and snapper around Melbourne.


Up along the mid-northern NSW coast customer Terry has been landing some big hairtail. Terry has been fishing offshore and landing these chromed and fanged fish on bait and lure. Pilchards fished on ganged hook rigs have been the standout, but flutter style jigs have also accounted for hookups - but work out more costly when the hairtail's razor sharp fangs touch the line above. 

 


Customer Hendrik is away holidaying with family along the mid northern NSW coastline between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour, near South West Rocks. Hendrik has been doing some fishing both in the estuary and lower section of the Macleay river and also offshore using his Hobie kayak, and he has been catching lots of varieties of fish. Hendrik enjoys his lure fishing and in the river he has been catching good size dusky flathead and sand whiting using Zman and Bungee Bait grubs in the bloodworm colour. Around the river mouth and offshore he has been catching plenty of school mulloway, snapper and kingfish.


The most successful lure for the larger fish has been the 'Smash Squid' in UV lumo colour. In Hendrik's words they are 'lollies' to the fish. Hendrik has found a 1/8oz worm or weedless hook setup has been the most productive when cast around structure or cruising fish. 

 

If Melbourne winter's don't quite do it for you in terms of both weather and fishing, the Northern coastline of NSW is where you should escape to this time of the year. The section of coastline from Coffs Harbour right up to Tweed Heads has some brilliant fishing to be had in the estuaries and rivers, as well as along the beaches and offshore too. The best part about this section the coast is that you can quite easily catch both Northern and Southern species of fish at the same time!

Staff member Chris is spending some time just south of Ballina in a town called Yamba where he's wasted no time in getting out offshore to try and track a few fish down. 

Just earlier in the week he fished with a couple of mates out wide in 75m of water around a sunken wreck to target snapper, mulloway and cobia. Using freshly caught mullet Chris and his mates got onto a good patch of school mulloway to 6kg and snapper to 3kg. Shimano Lucanus jigs hovering above the bottom accounted for a few nice fish as well, especially when spiced up with a bit of scent or a strip of bait.

Over in another boat Peter, one of Chris' other mates nailed a nice cobia using a live yakka. The yakka went out and lasted no more than 3 minutes until it got smashed!