Thursday, September 30, 2010
2Dans Fishing – Radio Program 8 – Sunday 26th September 2010
On The Fishing Line - Matthew Hayden Australian and world renowned cricketing legend talks about why he loves fishing and recalls his early memories of days on the water.
Dan Trotter recently had the fantastic opportunity to catch up with Matty, keep listening to our weekly radio show broadcasting at 5am Sunday mornings Australia wide on one of the stations listed below for more interview segments from Matthew Hayden and loads of fishy info and fun.
Local Works Network - covering regional and metro Australia
Coffs Harbour - 2CS-FM
Port MacQuarie - 2MC-FM
Wagga Wagga - 2WG-FM
Central Coast - 2GO-FM
Albury - The River-FM
Townsville - 4TO-FM
Cairns - SEA-FM
Gladstone - SEA-FM
Mackay - SEA-FM
Fraser Coast - MIX-FM
Sunshine Coast - MIX-FM
Darling Downs - 4GR-AM
Gold Coast - GOLD-FM
Mt. Gambier 5SE-AM
Hobart - HEART-FM
Albany - 6VA-AM
Kalgoorlie - 6KG-AM
Merridin - 6MD-AM
Narrogin - 6NA-AM
Bridgetown - 6BY-AM
Busselton - 6CI-AM
Style Guide - Top three bait fishing rigs for fishing in Saltwater.
When you start out fishing the choice of what rig to use can prove to be incredibly confusing, when in actual fact three main rigs will enable you to catch the majority of fish you are likely to encounter.
Firstly lets take a quick look at the two most popular knots to tie terminal tackle to your mainline.
The Uni Knot
The Locked Half Blood knot
The running sinker to hook rig
The running sinker to hook rig is essentially just that a rig where the sinker is threaded onto the mainline and allowed to run all the way up to the knot attaching the line to the hook.
Uses: This rig is perhaps one of the most useful of all rigs, the key to it's success is using the lightest weight sinker possible, so that the sinker can slide up the line away from the hook when a fish picks up the bait. Use just enough sinker weight to assist with the cast or to get the bait to slowly sink through the water column, do not use a sinker that will see you bait plummet through the depths or become anchored to the seafloor.
This rig is great in estuaries as well as in depths over 100 metres offshore. Known colloquially by some anglers as the floater rig, when fished at anchor in conjunction with a steady berley trail this rig allows the angler to fish the bait all the way through the water column and will successfully help you catch many species including snapper, yellowtail kingfish, yellowfin tuna, bream, silver trevally and many other popular table fish.
The Paternoster Rig
The Paternoster Rig is a amongst the most popular of all rigs simply be cause it is effective on a range of species in a huge array of locations and water depths. This rig used in almost every saltwater location in the world, whether you are fishing from the shore or from a boat this rig can be used to great affect on hundreds of species. When fished from the shore it allows the angler to cast the rig away from the shore and once settled on the bottom keeps the hooks free of rocks and weeds, when fished from a boat on the drift it allows the angler to keep the rig and baits near the seafloor and in the 'bite zone'. It is also often fished from a boat at anchor where the boat is positioned directly above the holding fish, the rig is then lowered to the depth the fish are feeding at, it can be modified to only 1 hook and fished with livebaits for many predatory species. Again use as little eight as required to get the bait into the bite zone.
Uses: The Paternoster Rig is a favourite amongst Australian anglers of all skill levels it can be used off the beaches for whiting and bream, off the rocks for snapper, jewfish and other demersal species, on the drift anglers will catch morwong, snapper, flathead, yellowtail kingfish, John Dory and a plethora of other bottom dwelling reef species.
The running sinker to swivel rig
The running sinker to swivel rig is a simple adaptation of the running sinker to hook rig. Basically the sinker is threaded onto the main-line and then the mainline is tied to the swivel, from this a length of trace line (30-200cm's) is tied and the hook tied off of the end of the trace. The main purpose for using a trace is to present the bait with more finesse where fish are flighty or timid, having a trace also allows you to fish a heavier or more abrasive line than the main line and can prevent bust offs from reefs or bite off's from toothy targets. It is also a great rig to use when fishing live baits as it allows the bait to keep swimming unimpeded by the sinker and can be lowered to the correct depth in the water column. Not here that if you are using this rig for livebaiting large baits offshore you will need to lower the bait slowly to avoid the the trace wrapping itself around the mainline, keeping this in mind many anglers opt to using a Paternoster Rig when dropping live baits in water depths over 30metres. If you are planning to cast this rig off the beach, rocks or estuary shoreline you will need to keep the trace relatively short say 30-40cm's in length to enable a distance cast.
Uses: Great for drifting for flathead in estuary situations, or casting from wharves beaches or ocean rocks where the seafloor is not covered by rocks and weeds where the rig can be snagged. Can be effectively used to catch flathead, yellowtail kingfish, jewfish, bream, silver trevally, sharks, whiting, tailor, Australian salmon etc etc etc.
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