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Fooling bigger fish
  |  First Published: September 2014



The weather has been a lot fairer of late. The run of mulloway on the walls and headlands is still continuing but the quantity of large fish has been dropping a bit. Still, there are a few bigger fish around and they’re still liking the large locally-made hardbody lures from Get Bent Lures and Croaker Lures.

Just like last month, the best way to get connected to one of these lure-crunching mulloway is to slow roll your offering through the washes of the headlands. The insides of the walls are also good spots to try.

Despite the weather being a bit more mild this month, it hasn’t hurt the tailor and there are still plenty  of them around of the headlands and beaches. Most of the fish caught lately have been averaging around the 1-2kg mark. There’s plenty of bait around so hopefully the tailor will stick around as well.

On the bream front the same tactics as suggested last month should still be doing a bit of damage around the lower walls of a night. Gut baits like chook and mullet gut are working the best. It can also be productive fishing these same areas with your favourite bream lures (I like using blades and soft plastics) worked deep along the walls and deep reefs in the river at this time of year.

There are still plenty of good sized table quality squire around to be had. The pick of the baits is still little bottle squid, but having a variety of bait on hand is always handy. If you are out trying to rustle up a feed of these tasty fish on bait, berleying can most definitely improve your success. However, as talked about last month you have to be very careful there is a very fine line between not enough and too much. You want to use your berley to get them interested not to feed them.

When fishing the shallows at this time of year my favourite method is to use a lightly weighted bait drifted down a berley trail from the back of the boat. But if you are after a trophy-sized knobby, early starts are key. When I say ‘early starts’, I mean getting to your favourite marks in the dark, setting up your berley trail and fishing into the light using bigger baits.

As well as using bigger baits you would do well to upsize everything else like hook size, main line and leader. Losing a big fish can haunt your dreams for many a night after!

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