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What is the aim of going fishing, why do we really go? Is it to kill a fish or to catch a fish?

That question 40 years ago would without a doubt have had a very different answer than today for many. I know because I was doing this fishing thing more than 40 years ago, just as strongly, maybe moreso, than I am today.

And back then it was more about eating a fish than catching it. Today, it’s increasingly about catching that same fish rather than just killing it. Today the future for the fish we catch is much brighter than it was back then. And that’s a very good thing.

Overheads are star performers

Sometimes I hate change, but usually I unashamedly love it. I really love change when it means fishing-related stuff is made better.

And when that change means that my much-loved star drag overhead reels are back with a vengeance as a fishing tool then I am delighted. That it is happening is in no small part due to new drag technology and clever engineering, and it’s the all-important drag technology which is at the heart of my reborn love affair.

Making Spanish tango

If most of us have good healthy fish stocks around our home patch why is it that we spend so much time and money planning fishing trips to somewhere else? Well, for me, other than simply visiting somewhere different, my trips away allow me to spice it up on a few fronts.

The magic of good leaders

Take a moment to think about what makes up any of your fishing outfits – there is usually a rod, reel, mainline and a leader (in these days of braided lines). You might also have a sinker or float and a swivel or clip. There will be a hook (be it attached to a lure or not), add in a few knots, and that’s all there is to it.

Any system is only as strong as the weakest link, the part which is more prone to failure and maybe more susceptible to wear. Think about that complete fishing outfit, aside from knots, which are the biggest variable. What other part of the system stands out as being likely to be at most risk?

Working hard or hardly working

Popular opinion seems to be that fishing is a lazy, gentle pastime that’s more about enjoying some quiet time than exerting any real effort. The notion of fishing being a sport doesn’t really seem to sit well. If you’re not working hard then it’s not a sport is how it seems to be viewed.

Hot on the heels of my last column I went out and did some tackle testing to see just how hard we might actually be working in this lazy pastime, this sport of fishing. Fellow fishos, I can report we are officially being active when we are out there and doing it!

Quality on tight budget

I HAVE developed some new fishing tackle needs of late. You see, we’re taking tentative steps into the realm of the caravanning fisho – we’ve bought this flash little van and I need to set us up with some ‘travelling tackle’.

So far I’ve been grabbing bits of the current gear and setting it up for land-based sessions each time we head off, usually just for weekends but sometimes for a week or so. That annoys me, having to split gear out from the ‘herd’ each time we head off and then put it back afterwards. I needed (wanted?) gear that would be dedicated travelling tackle which if needed could be pulled into other service, not the other way around.

Bang for the bucks

Up until now my WAngler life has been a pretty comfy affair – put together a J’Angler every other month, tap away at a separate piece every so often, all pretty stress free. But when I was asked to take on Tackle and Tactics, I was like a mutton bird in a berley trail – my mind was going in 10 different directions at once. I didn’t know where to start, what could I add that might even almost be up to par?

Marlin on the flats

I love my marlin fishing, always have, and over the years I have experienced some amazing encounters with billfish of all shapes and sizes. However the one thing that has rung true is that all these encounters have occurred offshore in deep water, be it off Exmouth or on the east coast. My recent expedition to Fraser Island in southern Queensland opened the door on a unique fishery which I never thought existed.