RIG FOR FLOAT LINING
Choosing the right size bait to not only suit your Gang hook rig but also the fish you are targeting. We take a look at a range of WA Pilchard sizes and how to rig a pilchard for float lining.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SIZED BAIT TO SUIT YOUR HOOKS
Here’s a handy Tweed Bait tip for you from Season 3 Episode 19 – Make sure you choose the right sized bait to suit the hook you’re using. You don’t want to have too much bait around the barb, just enough to expose the pointy tip which will help penetrate straight into the fish’s mouth.
HOW TO BAIT UP A BEACH WORM FOR MULLOWAY
Fishing for Mulloway off the beach is a lot of fun and there is a technique to it. These fish love to lie in the beach gutters at night during various stages of the tide, they lay on their side emitting a smell that attracts beach worms out of the sand, it’s then when they swing around and eat them. Baiting up a Tweed Bait Beach Worm on a large single hook, threading it up over the eye and onto the trace or just bunching it onto the hook is a sure way to get that bite of a lifetime. Mulloway caught off the beach often weigh around 8 to 15kilograms. However don’t be surprised if a larger 20kg plus specimen takes to you for walk up the beach.
HOW TO BAIT UP A BAIT JIG WITH PRAWNS
Catching your own live bait on a bait jig is fun but there are times when the fish just wont bite. So try enhancing your hooks with a small piece of peeled prawn. The smell will help turn the fish on making live baiting for yakkas, slimey mackerel, mullet and other desirables a breeze.
HOW TO BAIT UP A FILLET OF WA PILLIE ON A GANGED HOOK
WA Pilchards are one of the most widely used baits around the country so breaking them down into other uses are ideal such as a half WA Pillie or a fillet of WA Pillie. The fillet of WA Pillie can be used on either a single or ganged hook. The ganged rig hooks through the fillet 2 or 3 times, therefore not only making it harder to bite off but also giving you a better chance of hooking up the fish. Catches include Squire, Tailor, Bream, Flathead, School jew, Salmon and even Tuna.
HOW TO BAIT UP BLUE BAIT USING A SINGLE HOOK
The little brother to the WA pilchard, this bait is dynamite on a large selection of fish from the river, to the beaches, headlands and offshore. Being salted, they are a tough bait staying on the hook for longer but still having that pungent small that attracts the bites. Bream, Flathead, Tailor, Mackerel, Jewfish, Salmon, Snapper, Squire, Kingfish, Trag jew, Squid, Tuna and even Mahi Mahi will climb over each other to engulf this bait.
HOW TO BAIT UP CHICKEN GUT
Like mullet gut, chicken gut or foul gut is a smelly as it sounds making it lethal on a variety of estuary species. When the water is dirty mainly after a flood or, on the run out tide, fish utilise their smell over sight and this is where this bait comes into play. The fish will literally smell it out and be attracted to your baited hook. Fish catches include a variety of Bream and Flathead and even school Jewfish, three fish that love feeding along the dirty water current lines.
BAITING UP MULLET FILLET FOR DEEP WATER
There’s nothing worse than dropping your rig down a few hundred meters or more and missing the bite. But, with a stronger flesh bait such as a piece of mullet fillet attached to your hook, you’ll be able to keep the rig down there much longer. This will give your awaited catch comfortable time to chomp away in turn, giving you more time to hook him. With plenty of natural fish oil leaking out of the skin and flesh, this bait is ideal for those after deep-water fish such as Blue Eye Trevalla, Bar Cod, Trumpeter, Gemfish and Bass Groper. Let’s check out how to bait up a mullet fillet for a deep water drop.
BAITING UP A HALF A WA PILCHARD WITH A SMALL HOOK
The humble ol’ pilchard can be used in a variety if ways. Whole, filleted or halved. The half pillie using a single smaller gauged hook allows you to catch those medium sized estuary fish with ease. Bream, Flathead, Mangrove Jacks and a variety of perches will seek out this self burling bait and it is best used when the water clarity starts to diminish on the ebb tide. Check out how best to hook up a half a WA pillie with a small hook.
BAITING UP A WHITE PILCHARD ON A GANGED HOOK
These baits are a fishes dream, plenty of flavour and quite easy to hook up. Catches include Flathead through to Bream, a variety of Mackerel, chopper Tailor, Salmon and even Squid just to name a few. Check out how to bait up a white pilchard for your next fishing adventure.