Tag Archives: fishing reel tips

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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Gear used to tackle big barramundi

Rigs and tackle for catching barramundi

One of the most common questions I get asked is; “What are the best rigs and tackle for catching barramundi in Northern Australia?” So I thought I’d make a quick video at our local BCF store to demonstrate not only the rigs and tackle for catching barramundi, but all sorts of tropical speedsters up here…

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Wind on leader using bimini twist and albright fishing kno

Wind on leader system

A wind on leader system is simply a way of joining leader to your main line, without having a swivel jam in your rod tip. This can be particularly useful if you want to use a longer leader – which will reduce line breakage around snags as the leader is a far more durable and…

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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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Ryan Moody catches 2000 barra over one metre

2000th metre plus barramundi

We finally did it! After months of sitting on 1999 and catching a score of 90-99 cm fish, Ryan finally caught his 2000th metre plus barramundi after a 30 year career in fishing charters. Even more exciting, we made the nightly news AND got a write up in the paper. To celebrate we made a…

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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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