Enjoying the blog, very informative. What are your thoughts on using the fluoro leader for bream? Does the size matter?;) If using for hard bodys would the fluorocarbon leader size be a phactor or it doesn’t matter if it’s 4lbs or 8 lbs?
Any particular knots to use when attaching the leader to braid?
Interested on your opinion.
Thanks for the feedback, Alex. Definitely use a mono leader (nylon or fluorocarbon) if using braid main line for bream. And yes, despite some folks arguing to the contrary, you will almost always get more bites on a lighter leader! In the end it must always be a trade-off between hooking them and landing them. I hate dropping below 6 pound but will do so if necessary. On those occasions I’ll often fish 2 to 4 pound fluorocarbon straight through (spool up or top-shot the reel with it). I usually use a double uni knot for connecting light leaders to fine braid… 10 turns or wraps on the braid side, 6 to 8 on the mono side. Hope this helps.
Hi Steve how it going?
still catching a lot of fish?
do u got 2 keep some of the fish you catch and eat them/ And how do u like 2 cook them
Yes, Robert, I eat lots of fish! Usually like to keep it pretty simple: fillet, skin, de-bone and dust pieces in flour before shallow rying in a bit of good oil like grapeseed or rice bran oil. Sometimes do curries and stuff, too.
I have some pics of an old rod and reel I bought at a garage sale. It is very unique as the bail rotates around the spool and it has a single arm for bail. would you have a contact email so I can send you some pics and maybe you could have an idea of who it is made by as I cannot find any markings on either rod or reel…any help would be great
Keep up the great work mate absolutely love your website just one suggestion though and maybe we can have a place where we can post some pics.
Sounds interesting, Ian. Might be an old Ambidex or something. Feel free to post a pic on my page on Facebook. Just search for StarloFishing.
Hi Steve, learnt lots at your talk at the Darwin Boat and Outdoor Show. Thanks for generous sharing of knowledge.
No worries, Narelle! Great to meet you.
Hey Starlo, i am doing a biography on you and i have a few questions for you. Things like where were you born, Some of your fondest memories fishing and why you love fishing so much? If you dont want to share this information over a public discusiion, send us an email and i will get back to you.
My apologies, Callum… I only just spotted this reply! I’ve emailed you…
Just finished watching your DVD on soft plastics. Not sure if this a stupid question but do soft plastics work at night? Obviously the DVD was shot in daylight because you wouldn’t see much in the dark.
My 6 yo grandaughter likes fishing but we haven’t caught a lot yet, it also seems strange that there isn’t a DVD aimed at teaching kids how to fish. I can see it now, Uncle Starlo’s Fishing for Kids DVD.
G’day Peter. Yes, softies DEFINITELY work at night! Give them a go. Fish ’em slow and use plenty of added scent like S-Factor. Dark colours tend to be best, too.
I hear what you’re saying about the kids’ instyructional. We have some neat ideas in the pipeline, but they’re still a way off… Hopefully get there before your grand daughter finishes high school! ;)
Hi Steve….Talking about monster tiger fish…….Have you heard about Caborra Bassa…..It is the best kept secret fishing spot on the Zambezi river not only for the ferocious tiger but for Vungu.Chessa…and monster bream…….Better still check out the web site Moringa Bay lodge for an excellent local knowledge……and quality hospitality unequalled on Caborra Bassa.
Will check it out. Thanks Phillip!
Hi Starlo, how do we get you posting on our website – http://www.drowningworms.com? It’s a new site that’s aimed at fishing professionals around the world who want to spread the word to a bigger, international audience. We’re internet marketing people, so we’ll be working behind the scenes to get any articles you write in front of as many people as possible. Let us know if you’d be interested – no pressure to write once you’re signed up.
Best wishes and tight lines!
Sounds good! I’ll check it out.
Been folowing your articles for a few years, and have to say “Thanks for all the great information and articles you have written, and the practicle information you have parted with over those years” (Particularly on the the mighty “Jew”, In my earlier days getting info about Jew was like pulling teeth from a rabbid dog intent on haveing a peice of you).
I am trying to track down a series of magazines that you were involved with a called “Fishing Australia” a series that was built into a great teaching encylopedia of fishing. I have 2 boys that are at the age where they want to learn more, and thought giving each of them something like this would help them with fishing and reading (Rather than playing those damned iPods, Wii, PS2’s etc)
Hi Brett – Sorry for the slow reply, but I only just found your comment! Sadly, Fishing Australia has been out of print for many years, although sets sometimes come up at garage sales and the like. Might be worth searching for it on-line, too? Good luck!
Cheers & Tight Lines,
Hi Steve Hope your well. As a young man growing up in Sydney back in the 80s the boys would get together after work planning the next trip weather it would be a trip down to the five island of Kiama to do pig fishing, or a trip down to Narooma or Bermagui and fish 12 mile reef or Montague Is , it would always start with the likes of Going for Gold or the Lord Howe island when you fished Elizebeth Reef and DVD”s would be playing in the back ground I could not tell you the amount of times we had watched them over the years, watching youself and the likes of Ron Calcutt what a pioneer of fishing who is dearly missed, Wayne Hanstead, Joe Gospel, Rod Harrison, what great fisherman, and memories they brought back when even today at 52 I still will watch them. So simply I just want to say Thank you for the Memories and what you have done for the Fishing in Australia Cheers
Thank you SO much for your lovely comments and feedback, Scott – it means the world to me!
,hi Steve going to Darwin in October 2014 wondered what lb spots are. The best for light spin and soft /hard lures cbd area mostly th
Thanks for a great year
Hey Toni. There are a few good spots in the metro area. The rocks around East Point are good at times, mostly on a rising to high tide (over 6 metres). Nightcliff Jetty can produce a few good fish (again, you need high water) and the various wharves and jetties fish okay at times, too. If you’re interested in chasing barra land-based, you really need to check out Hiro Nakamura’s blog: http://secretbarramundi.blogspot.com.au/
Not sure if this is the best place to ask this but, is it possible to puchase your TV series “Hooked On Adventure”? If so how do I go about getting a copy?
Was a bloody great series, a credit to ya!!!
Hi Shane. The plan was always to bring it out on DVD, but I’m not sure it ever actually happened! I’ll try to find out for you…
I bought the series on VHS years ago…I’ve been waiting for it to come out on DVD!!…just simply an awesome series. Please let me know if and when it becomes available.
I’d love “Go Fish Australia” to come out on DVD too….Anyone remember that series from the 80’s? Narrated by the late John Meillon…and featuring a young Starlo! I’ve got that series on old VHS tapes as well, recorded off TV.
By the way, have you ever done much fishing in the Torres Straits? …Thursday Island etc?…Just wondered because that’s where my mum’s family is from. Just got back from TI a few weeks ago. Insane wild hardcore fishing!
Love your work Starlo. Forever a fan, regards, Doug
Thanks Doug. I’m still trying to find out if Hooked On Adventure is available on DVD, but it doesn’t look like it. :( Yes, Ive fished Torres Strait a bit. Used to visit Seisia on the tip of Cape York every year and although we mostly fished the western side of the Cape, we did get out into the Strait a bit. Some great fishing when the sou’ east tradewinds give you a break!
I live in Wollongong and trying to master hard and soft plastics in the lake with the young bloke. I don’t mind trial and error but would be a lot quicker if there was a local guide who I could get so wisp off (for a fee of course). Given your local knowledge, is they anyone you’d recommend (assuming I couldn’t ‘lure’ you of course:)
Sorry … That should read, “get some tips off”.
Got it! :)
G’day Jim – Going out with a good guide will definitely teach you heaps! I’m not aware of any fishing guides currently operating on Lake Illawarra, but if you’re willing to drive south a little, Greg Reid of Bay & Basin Sportfishing http://www.bayandbasinsportsfishing.com.au/ is excellent! Further south again, my mate Stuie Hindson of Aussie Fish Estuary Adventures http://www.ausfishing.com.au/ is also fantastic. He mostly operates between the Clyde River at Batemans Bay and Mallacoota Inlet in Victoria. Either guy will help you enormously!
Can you help what type of jig head is designed to be used with the Boof Frogs and what is the split underneath for?
Hi Hugh – Most anglers rig their Boof Frogs on wide gape worm hooks rather than jig heads. The split underneath helps with hook placement. If you go to the Squidgy Soft Plastics page on Facebook and look in the albums, you’ll find photos of how to rig them.
Many thanks happy fishing
have u fish papuan spot tail bass?
Hi Teddy. I’ve fished for Papuan black bass, but not for spot tails and I’ve never caught either! Would love to…
It’s just after cyclone ITA and Cardwell has received over 300mm of rain.
I’ve booked accomidation next Monday one week after this downpour I love fishing soft plastics and was wondering if you had any tips fishing dirty water?
Sorry Dunk, I only just found your comment! My bad. Hope you caught some. But to answer your question, I’ll often switch to brighter colours and slower presentations in dirty water.
Hey starlo, do you prefer black or yellowfin bream as a sport fish, and brown or rainbow trout?
I love ’em all, Tim! As a rule though, I tend to find that yellowfin bream and rainbow trout tend to go a tad harder for the same weights than brown trout or black bream, but there are exceptions! Would you agree?
I certainly agree about the rainbows, but I think yellowfin in open water and blacks in structure.
I’m a huge fan of the #2 sized squidgy fish paticurly the rainbow trout color. I am finding most stockists don’t carry them and the rainbow trout color is hard to come by. I have got into soft plastics in a big way and reckon that size and colour is dynamite. Are you guys able to have any influence on getting more of these available.
You’re right, Chris! We have a sales conference coming up this week, so I’ll definitely raise it!
My name is Joe (co-founder of the Open Hearth Hotel Amateur Fishing Club 1983).
A fellow angler has mentioned ‘some’ facts about Land Based Game Fishing and he/we would like to learn more about certain points. To start, here are some words and phrases mentioned during conversations : Jervis Bay LBGF(? history-circa 1975+), Rod Harrison, Steve Starling, John Prosser, also any information about “Policansky” reels and especially something called, either by brand or nickname, a “MEGACRANKER”. I realise these subjects can be broad and long, however, we are casting some “bait” to learn whatever we can and maybe get more deeper/refined after our first correspondence. Thank You for taking some time to read and consider our request. Joe, Magz, OHHAFC members.
Well, that’s a big spread of subjects, Joe! Land based game fishing (LBG) at Jervis Bay has been happening since at least the late 1960s. From memory the first authenticated marlin taken from the rocks was landed at the Outer Tubes in about 1969, but plenty of tuna and other goodies were being caught well before that. Prior to live baiting becoming the main method for targeting really big fish, most people spun with metal lures and Seasacape 621 reels. Big names in the early days included Paul Kidd and his mate Lynn Donohue, Tom Nairne, Jack Erskine and the like. Also locals such as Doug Shanks, Gary McLennan, etc. I began LBG fishing around Jervis Bay in 1974 and did it intensively until 1979. I was lucky enough to land a small black marlin (51 pounds) from the Tubes in January, 1979, and a few middling yellowfin and northern bluefin (longtail) tuna, as well as losing two very large yellowfin, but I certainly wouldn’t rate myself as a significant player on the LBG scene, as there were many who were much, much better at it than me. Yes, lever-drag South African-made Policansky reels were fairly popular with some anglers. They came in 2/0 and 4/0 sizes and were primarily used for live baiting. They weren’t a bad reel, but not as robust as a Penn International or Everol… but they were more affordable! Not sure about the “Megacranker”, but it could have been the after-market, bolt-on gearbox that some anglers attached to Penn Jigmasters (I think) to boost their gear ratio to about 9:! for spinning. Anyway, I’d welcome others’ input into this fascinating piece of history!
Tanx for your response,
We are now interested in a group/team/bunch of mates that were known by the title “High Speed Spinmen”, apparantly around the same times/places you mentioned. The Facts about Policansky reels are similar to what we have now but any more information would be nice. And YES any more facts about the megacranker/bolt-on gearbox would be great to learn. Thanks again for your input.
No worries, Joe. I believe “High Speed Spinmen” was a generic name applied to this style of angler at the end of the 60s and into the early 70s. Ron Calcutt and Ossie Emery made a great film doco about the style of fishing at the time and that may well have been its title. From memory it featured Erskine, Nairne, Ron Calcutt and maybe Kidd and Donohue, mostly spinning from Big Beecroft (Jervis Bay) for bonito, mack tuna and the like. Some wonderful footage! See if you can track it down…
I just did a bit of searching via Google and that doco was called “High Speed Spinning Southern Style” and apparently the only two prints of it in existence have both been lost or destroyed, which is very sad.
Tanx again Steve, your information is valuable. The topics are out there and any readers that can expand the information are welcome. Can we go further with our discussions via e-mail?. The Open Hearth Hotel Amateur Fishing Club members have many discussions (I have to filter through them!).
hi starlo, like what you do. i go to glenlyon dam a fair bit, love the place.going on the 15th for a few days. some good cod have been caught in the last couple of weeks. the cold starting to stir them up. have you ever been or fished there?……mick
G’day Mick – No,I Ive never had the good fortune to fish Glenlyon, but it’s certainly on my list! Good luck with your next trip.
Hi Steve, what a great site! I have watched your Squidgy soft plastic videos and have (like a lot of anglers) boxes full of various colours and sizes. From memory the ‘Sky is the limit’ might have shown some deep water snappering, but I want to ask about your set up and suggested style of lure fishing in Moreton Bay for Snapper in winter time. Depth ranges from 2m to 20m. I look for fish on the sounder near artificial reef balls and drop offs etc and on rock bottoms. I have caught some squire but never decent snapper with plastics. I know they love them! If you can give any tips on leader and main line poundage, lure types, presentation and techniques I would be grateful. Cheers Andrew
Hi Andrew – Thanks for your great feedback! For that style of snappering on plastics I’d kick off with 20 pound braid and 20 pound leaders of nylon of fluorocarbon. A 4000 size spin reel is good on a suitable 2 – 2.2m rod. Go fairly long with your leaders – at least two rod lengths. If you’re close to gnarly structure, bump the leader up to 30 pound.
In shallower water, use the lightest jig heads you can get by with: 4 to 7 gram (1/8 to 1/4 ounce). You’ll need to go heavier in deeper water or current, but even in 20 m, 14 grams (half an ounce) should do the job.
Use longer profile plastics like the Squidgies Flick Baits and Whip Baits in natural colours like Pilly or White Lightning and expect a lot of your hits to come “on the drop”, as the lure sinks.
Good luck and let us know how you go!
Hi Steve, I heard your interview on ABC radio about your trip to Sumba, could you please let me know we’re you stayed while on your trip.
Hi Mark. We stayed at Nihiwatu Resort, which was exceptional and had excellent boats and a great fishing set up. Google it and have a look.
Hi Steve, Chris Collard here at Overland Journal Magazine in the U.S. I’m giving a presentation to the Outdoor Writers Association (predominatly hunting and fishing) on international media outlets. Matt Raudonikis at 4×4 Australia mag suggested you might be able to advise me of a couple of AU fishing mags that cover international material. I can be contacted at: email@example.com and will appreciate any suggestions you can provide. Lastly, the Zambezi trip sounds awesome. I rafted it a few years ago during a two-month trek through Southern Africa; spectacular. Cheers, Chris
Hi Chris – Really sorry for the slow reply but I only just found your message! It’s probably too late to be of much help now? Anyway, most Aussie fishing mags don’t run much overseas content. The exceptions would be Bluewater and Fishing Wild. Hope this helps.
Luv the site. I’m a holiday fisherman, doing most of my fishing in the East Gippsland lakes & rivers. I’m just about to purchase myself one of your rods, Starlo Classix 2-4kg with a Sedona reel. My question is…. , is this rod suitable for bait fishing?? as I do all my fishing with bait. I read that this rod is more of a lure & soft plastics rod. What is the major difference?
Do u recommend I go for something different of stick with this outfit????
Thanks in advance. Regards Bobby.
Hi Bobby. Sorry for the slow reply but I’m on the road. That rod is equally good with bait or lures. I think you’ll like it.
Just spent 4 awesome days in Hervey Bay. My wife just caught her first two fish. Was wondering g if you could help me identify them. I apologise as I ‘ve got no pics. She caught I call a estuary cod of some sort. It was only and 15 -20 cm long and was pure brown in colour. A second fish of about the same size. It had a white belly, a lightish blue/grey upper body with a blue and yellow stripe running the length of its body. Can you Help me? Also myself caught what I originally thought was a Moses perch but it had a coloured stripe the length of its body. I also read your article in FM Qld recently about the “KISS” principle of fishing and gee it worked in a quick fire session. Been following your articles religiously and look forward to your comment and future articles. Cheers
Anthony – Ooooh. That’s tricky one with no photos! Sorry mate! See if you can get a snap next time. And thanks for the kind words!
A sad note to let you know that my uncle, Vic McCristal passed away in Cardwell today.
Your acknowledgment of his work is greatly appreciated by his family.
Thanks Gavin. It was very, very sad about Vic. He had a huge influence on my life, as he did on so many others. We won’t forget him.
g’day Starlo i’m just wondering if you’ve got any tips for me on catching and keeping live squid as bait for kingies on the nsw south coast
Hey Mick – Not a lot mate, as I don’t do a heck of a lot of it. Maybe someone else can help? Any advice for Mick?
G’day starlo just read your mulloway articles,you just put into words what has taken me years to work out well done! Recently I’ve been getting right into throwing hardbodies off the breakwall is there any advice you can give? I’m just slow rolling and have got a few fish but was wondering if anyone twitchy retrieve would be bette? Any advice would be appreciated thanks
Thanks for the positive feedback, Denis! Sounds like you’re doing okay on the hard bodies. Slow rolling seems to be the best bet, but an occasional pause or even the odd “rip” can’t hurt! Experiment and mix it up… And let us know how you go!
G’day Steve. Just a quick one for Mick Kelly catching squid is an art worth learning and quite addictive not to mention tasty (southern nsw around kelp rocks etc.. Expense jigs work great but cheap ones work better as you’ll be prepared to work them where there needed to work.) to keep them alive use a trolling bucket they will keep all day (only at max speed of 6knots) and if using a downrigger circle hooks and loaded rod!
Thanks for the great advice, Dunk!
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