The big question this month has been ‘are the jewfish still on the bite?’ They most certainly have been for those fishos using the right tackle.
The next question I’m usually asked is, ‘What is a Rev Head jig head?’
The Rev Head jig is made by Tackle Tactics (TT) and is the most important part of the equation when targeting local jewfish. This month I have a photo of one so it will be easy to recognise these heads when tackle shopping next.
These Rev Head jigs out perform a standard jig head by at least 10 to 1 when fishing for local jewfish. Why do they work so well and how do you use them?
These heads work because of the constant vibrating noise that the blade is making under the water, allowing the fish to locate the lure wherever it is in the hole you are fishing.
The Rev Head also gives off flashes of light from the blade as it works from side to side. With the vibrating noise and the flash the Rev Head has a big advantage over a standard jig and is a necessity when fishing the deep holes for jewfish.
The best way to work these lures is with a slow lift and drop or a slow, rolling retrieve. I prefer to use a slow lift and drop as I work the lure down a drop-off into a deep hole.
This is another area where the Rev Head shines over standard jigs. As it works from side to side, the blade slows down the descent rate of the lure, allowing you to use a heavier jig yet still maintain a slow descent rate, or a lighter jig and keep it in the strike zone for a really long time.
This ability to keep the lure in the face of the jewfish is the real secret because most jewies are lazy but simply can’t resist an easy meal.
Over the past few months I have been experimenting with all types of different lures and have found that every soft plastic lure I used worked when matched with a Rev Head. Rattling bibless minnows also worked really well but those without rattles did not have a good bite rate. Anyone wishing to dress up their lures can rig them on a Jig Spin, which has been the one piece of tackle that has turned a bad day good more than once for me.
Big bream are starting to school upstream of Maclean and as far as Grafton. This is the best time of year to fish up-river as these big bream feed up before they start spawning. The bite is quite aggressive at this time of year and most lures and baits will work. The hot spots are the shallow reefs and weed beds. The lower reaches are also starting to fish well but the size of the bream is mainly small.
Whiting Beach, Yamba breakwall and over the weed beds around Hickey Island have been holding good-sized sea gar with the peak bite time on the rising tide. There are big schools of gar on the northern side of the Iluka breakwall which can be caught when the wind is blowing from the south. The smaller river gar are in good numbers over the weed beds around Collis Wall and Freeburn Island.
Fishos chasing longtail tuna and mackerel off the breakwalls and headlands are in luck with the start of a good feeding frenzy this month. The current hot spots have been the Iluka Breakwall for longtail tuna and Woody Head for those mackerel. Live sea gar and slimy mackerel have been the best baits.
This month is traditionally the best time to fish the Iluka breakwall for mackerel over 20kg. With large schools of baitfish along the wall at the moment, it is shaping up to be a good season.
This month I have had a lot of emails about the lure scent I have been developing over the past two years. I am happy to say that it should be available in most tackle shops by the middle of April. I have three flavours coming out with a few more that I am finishing the research on now. Next month I will explain about when and how to use it. Keep those email questions coming.Reads: 2176