More fishing advice

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 00:30
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Seeing the help on fishing I thought I might jump in and ask the fishos a little advice too =)

Travelling up the Western coast stopping Geraldton, Denham, Carnarvon (blowholes), Exmouth and Onslow at the Ashburton River.

I have a little 6 foot river rod and reel nothing flash but will take it with me to do a little fishing. I'd also like to get a second rod to suit this fishing trip. I don't have a boat so it will be beach fishing I suppose - no idea really of where to go as this is the first trip up and will be content to toss a line in where I can find some water.

What would suit a second rod (I am on a fairly tight budget) and I need to get tackle as I can't find any. And what am I fishing for anyhow!

Someone mentioned to me Onslow was good for crabbing and this sounds good at Ashburton River but I would have to get a crab net I suppose and I might be too chicken to despatch any crabs caught. How do you do it?

Any help would be appreciated =) =) =) Only one more week until holdays!
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Reply By: Member - Peter (York) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 01:33

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 01:33
Hi if you hope to get some beach fishing in I would recommend a 10-12 foot rod You can get some good rod reel combos at K Mart (Rex Hunt stuff) you will see on the rod and packet if it is suited to Beach fishing , heading up that way I would recommend 20lb line K Mart also sells Daiwa line this is a good line for price , also get a couple of metal slice lures ( silver for clear water and day fishing ,gold for dirty water and low light) these are cheap compaired to hard body lures which will cost $25 up inthe larger sizes I also carry a couple of soft plastic lures by a company called STORM , they make some larger sizes suitable for casting a fair distance ,lures as mentioned are better for travelling as no bait stinking up the fridge and food , a handfull of swivels # 6-9 size this will stop lures twisting the line Black rather than gold if you can get them. The best book I can recommend is Fishing the wild west from newsagents this will tell you what to fish for in what location and best rigs for each fish .Hope this all helps99 GU Patrol 4.2 TD
Peter York 4x4
Whiskey 4501
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Follow Up By: silvia - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 10:39

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 10:39
Thankyou Peter that is a great help =) Looks like Kmart is in for a visit from me!
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Reply By: flappan - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 09:17

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 09:17
Whilst I'm not a big fan of how commercialised these blokes have become , I agree that you could do worse then buy either a Rex Hunt Combo, or a Steve Starling Combo Rod & Reel.

Both are Shimano rigs. Pretty reasonably priced for pretty good gear.

10-12 Ft should see you thru.
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Follow Up By: silvia - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 10:40

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 10:40
Thanks for that much appreciated =)
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Reply By: Member - jtb - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 10:32

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 10:32
hi ; good luck silvia my best tip is to keep your bait in the water cheersrather be fishing
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Follow Up By: silvia - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 10:42

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 10:42
Or get the other half to keep the bait in the water while I sit back and relax *s*
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Reply By: Member - Willie Sydney - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 11:04

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 11:04
Silvia ,
Try to get a light beach rod . It will be less tiring for you and you will catch more fish . Maybe you should be looking at 15lb line - you are not after monsters and this will catch you a lot more of the smaller "eating" fish I gather you are after .
You will find it pretty horrible trying to fish with a big heavy 12 foot beach rod .
Willie .Wishun I was fishun
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Reply By: Bros - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 12:26

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 12:26
The following three ways are for dispatching crabs prior to cooking.
1. (For the sadist) Just chuck them in the boiling water alive. (Probably chuck all apendages, digits whatever, but you are going to dismember eventually anyway).
2. (For the semi sadist) Insert a long bladed knife, screwdriver etc from underneath the crustacean at the top of the V under the flap. Push through until contacting the front of the shell between the eyes and twist sharply to either right or left.
3. (For the humanitarian) Place the unfortunate, prospective meal in a deep freeze while your water boils. This will be just like an aneasthetic, and if left for a half hour or so will feel no pain.

Place crab in boiling water for 20-30 minutes, ensuring water returns to boil after insertion.
Then there is the other way which entails removing the carapace before cooking and disposing of the unwanted insides. This method may be too much for you if, as you say that, you are a chicken.

Cheers, Bros.
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Reply By: Member - Peter (York) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 14:00

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 14:00
You can make a beach spike ( rod holder ) from a short length of pvc water pipe just cut on end an angle ,stick it in the sand and stick the rod in the other end this will save your arms and free up your hands to hold a cold one just a little tip99 GU Patrol 4.2 TD
Peter York 4x4
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Reply By: Sandie - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 18:52

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 18:52

For SURF beach fishing, a 12 foot rod is the only way to go with 10kg (max) line for the bigger fish. Get em at Kmart or Big W.
The line is important. Get the slimmest line you can with low to zero stretch. About 0.42mm for 10kg is good. This will ensure a catch of the smaller fish too.

For your 6 foot rod it should have 4kg line or less. I use 4kg line and have caught 6-8kg kingfish.
I also use my 6 foot rod at the beach for whiting and have caught nice big ones. Yummy!

RE: Crabs. Kill em the way you want but the freezer is the best!!

Good luck fishin!!

OH: Make sure as soon as you get an edible fish you kill and bleed it immediately and put it on ice or in the fridge. If you don't the stressed fish releases an enzyme that makes the flesh taste a bit yukky.
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Reply By: -OzyGuy- - Thursday, Mar 04, 2004 at 15:35

Thursday, Mar 04, 2004 at 15:35
is a big variety of fish up here, better to get local advice when you get here as to where to go.
A beach rod is good for very early morning and also late nite's for Taylor and Herring however two totally different bait's and hook set up's required as the Taylor generally use a trebble hook setup with live bait and the Herring a small hook with maggots as the bait of choice.

re: the crabs hard to get in volume up north at the moment, plenty down at Mandura and Dunsborough, when you cook them have the water BOILING profusely and remove the crabs when they have turned RED. Times will varey according to the water temperature, so put in just a few at a time and keep the water boiling.
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