For any of the group anglers successfully targeting these fish, there’s a mutual understanding of just how EPIC these highly under-rated species are. How it remains the group with the smallest member base beggar’s belief. I often wonder that if people knew just how hard they fight and how great they are on the plate, everyone would be jumping on board.
I myself was fortunate enough to tangle with some absolute beasts on a recent trip to Rockhampton, stretching the measuring tape well over the 140cm mark! To be able to drive from Brisbane without having fished that particular area of the system before, knowing EXACTLY where I need to be and when before I even launch the boat, is a testament to the information contained within the course.
I absolutely love targeting this species on a regular basis and the fishery in Brisbane is equally outstanding in comparison to the net free zone in Rockhampton, with captures of 140cm+ fish not uncommon if you know where to fish.
One of the members making the most headway in recent times would be Seth Wright. Seth had sought advice earlier in the year to try and hone some of his techniques and Ryan was on hand to impart his expert advice. Within a short few months, Seth found himself engaged in an epic session of over 10 fish using a range of techniques taught within the course. Again, among the broader fishing community, everyone would be led to believe that these fish can only be taken using live baits or soft vibes, but Seth had another trick up his sleeve!
Seth shares his technique within the private study group. Ryan had such an enjoyable time chasing these fish in Rockhampton himself and has decided to take a massive $200 off the entry into the course in the upcoming sale! These fish can be successfully targeted from as far south as the Logan and Brisbane rivers in Qld, all the way through the Northern Territory, across to Western Australia and really are one of the ultimate inshore sportfish.
Seth Wright – Thready Tactician
While no one could argue that Ryan remains the top of the tree when having a solution to targeting these fish through winter (and every fish for that matter), course students are hot on the trail towards making these fish a viable all-year-round prospect. This time of year, we traditionally see the Threadfin exhibit varying habits as their metabolism slows with the dropping water temperatures. For course students, it merely presents another challenge to target them outside of their main spawning periods and aggregations.
Finding the fish regularly and having a solution for when the bite slows is the challenge and Jamie Ahmat in particular is gaining ground towards making them a yearly prospect. His patience, perseverance and understanding of the course content continue to grow and there’s no doubt that Jamie will see plenty more of these fish over the side of the boat in the coming months.
The little brother to Barra Basics also had its first webinar last month. Plenty of students showed up in the live chat with Ryan to have their questions, ideas and thoughts answered personally by Ryan himself. To have that quality one on one interaction with the boss is a great way for students to clarify their thoughts and set them on their way to a better understanding, an opportunity that only members of the courses are fortunate enough to receive.
JAMIE AHMET’S SON WITH A NICE SIZE THREADY