Category Archives: Fishing gear and tackle

Easy hook removal using bent nose pliers

Easy hook removal

It can be difficult removing fish hooks from fish. A handy tool I never go fishing without is a set of bent nose pliers. It makes removing fish hooks really easy. They are brilliant for removing fish hooks out of fish. Especially in throat hooked fish when the fish hooks are deeply embedded. I find…

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Binding weave for custom fishing rod

Custom Fishing Rods

Having a custom fishing rod built can be a wonderful indulgence and may not be as expensive as you may think. A major advantage is that you can have the rod built to suit YOU and your style of fishing. Not only can a custom fishing rod accommodate a specific purpose, they can also be…

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Big Black jewfish on kids baitcaster outfit

Big black jew on kids rod and reel combo

Check out this gorgeous Black Jew Fish we landed using a kids rod and reel combo.   And while you don’t necessarily need top of the range gear to catch good fish (these kids rod and reel combo’s retail for under a hundred bucks), it does help if you add a little skill to the…

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How to avoid baitcaster birds nests

Baitcaster Birds Nest Tips

Avoid the dreaded back lash and lost fishing time untangling a mind boggling mass of braid with our simple baitcaster birds nest tips for beginners. We cover how to set your cast control and spool adjustment to get that perfect amount of tension, plus using your thumb as a brake and learning to cast overhead…

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Setting your drag correctly using scales results in more fish caught and in the boat

Set your drag correctly and catch bigger fish

One of the biggest differences between anglers that consistently catch big fish and anglers that don’t is preparation, preparation, preparation. Setting your drag correctly is often overlooked, yet it is one of the primary reasons people lose big fish. A good rule of thumb is to set your drag at under one third the breaking…

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Catching reef fish using Fin_Nor Lethal off Queensland coast

Fin-Nor Lethal Reel Review

Guest writer Nick Philippa shares his thoughts on the Fin-Nor Lethal 100 fishing reel. Every now and then fishing tackle is released and it far exceeds my expectations. I follow reel reviewer Alan Hawk religiously (www.alanhawk.com), so when he rated the Fin Nor Lethal 100 as the best budget offshore fishing reel he’d reviewed I…

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fishing for fingermark using as bait caster

Baitcaster or spinning reel for lure casting

The choice of fishing reels these days can be overwhelming, and I am often asked which style of reel I prefer for lure casting; bait caster or spinning reel? In my charters, I am often faced with a situation where some of my clients are not accomplished anglers, yet the most effective technique for the…

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How to prevent line twist when using a spinning reel

Spinning Reel Basics

Spinning reels are a great way to catch fish, however they do twist up your line if used incorrectly. And while most people assume they know what they’re doing… I see A LOT of people on my charters, inadvertently spinning up the line when using a spinning reel, to fight and catch big fish. Big…

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Garmin VIRB XE action camera

Garmin VIRB action camera

Nowadays phones aren’t just phones and with the introduction of the new Garmin VIRB XE, it seems action cameras are no longer just action cameras. As most of you may know, I swear by Garmin electronics and have a boat full of all their goodies. And as I film a lot of fishing action on…

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Spooling a fishing reel with braided line

How to spool a fishing reel with braid and monofilament line

In this post I demonstrate how to spool a fishing reel using braided line with a monofilament backing. The advent of braided line has been a boon for many fishing applications, however using braid can make spooling your fishing reel an expensive proposition. The easiest way round it is to use a monofilament backing on…

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