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Fishing Basics

  1. How to cast a baitcast reel [Video]

    Fishing World's Patrick Brennan gives a practical demonstration on casting with a baitcast reel. Proudly presented by Quantum.
  2. How to spool line onto a baitcast reel [Video]

    Fishing World's editor Jim Harnwell presents another in a new series of practical informative videos - how to spool up a baitcast reel. Proudly presented by Rovex.
  3. How to - Use a cast net [Video]

    Practical demonstration of using a cast net to catch prawns and bait. Note: using a cast net isn't legal in all Australian states so check local regulations.
  4. How to: Use crab pots [Video]

    This Fishing World video demonstrates how to bait up and effectively use crab pots to catch yourself a tasty feed.
  5. How to Service a Reel using Quantum Hot Sauce [Video]

    Fishing World writer Sami Omari gives the lowdown on performing a DIY reel service using Quantums's Hot Sauce lube.
  6. How to Series 1 - Basic reel maintenance [Video]

    Fishing World's Patrick Brennan demonstrates how to perform some basic reel maintenance. Proudly presented by Jarvis Walker.
  7. How To - Smoke Your Fish [Video]

    If you haven't tried smoking your own fish this DIY video shows you how to go about it.
  8. Stalemate: when a fish has you between a rock and hard place [Article]

    So you hooked a big fish and it dashed into a rocky crevice, through a twist of timber or around a thicket of lily pads. You’re locked in a stalemate, with your line taut to the bottom. Angler instinct—or desperation—reassures you it’s a fish. “It swam under a rock. I can get it out.”
  9. How to catch a fish – by Steve Cooper [Article]

    There are many different forms of fishing techniques but regardless of whether you fish in saltwater or in fresh, the basic principal of catching a fish on a rod and reel is the same. Put out bait with a hook in it and then, when the fish bites, set the hook. What could be easier?
  10. General Tips - Top times for freshwater fishing [Tip]

    Tide times should dictate when you fish saltwater locations, but what about when you’re fishing a non-tidal freshwater system? How do you know when fish are actively feeding?
  11. General Tips - The moon and fishing [Tip]

    Theories abound about the moon’s affect on fish and many anglers acknowledge it does influence their catch. So which moon phase is better for fishing?
  12. General Tips - The best rod angles [Tip]

    A lot of work goes into tempting a fish to bite your bait or lure and it's heartbreaking if they get away. Sharp hooks, good knots and well-maintained equipment help avoid catastrophes. Good rod technique also prevents fish loss.
  13. Terrestrial fish foods [Tip]

    Successful imitation of a fish's natural food source is the start of good fishing. It is easy enough to identify a food source by observing which small fish and invertebrates are in the areas you fish, but if you're only looking for what lives in the water you could be missing valuable clues.
  14. General Tips – Targeting schooling fish  [Tip]

    Fish that school are easier to catch than loners. The more fish there are, the more competition there is for food. Anglers can use this competitive behaviour to their advantage by triggering schools to feed aggressively, making them more prone to striking lures.
  15. How to care for your catch so it tastes great [Tip]

    Catching some fish can amount to a huge effort so it's important to make the most of the rewards. If you plan on keeping your catch, there a few things you can do to ensure the passage from the ocean to the table is not detrimental to the taste of your catch.
  16. Fishing with the tides [Tip]

    A common reason for a modest catch is that novice anglers fish when it's convenient for them rather than when it's convenient for fish. Hard core anglers, however, owe their success to a 'whatever's necessary' mentality to be fishing when the bite is hot—whether that be during gentleman's hours or at 2am on a bitter winter's morning. Their estimations of these peak feeding times are dictated by the tide.
  17. Fishing weed beds [Tip]

    Catching fish is relatively easy when compared with the more difficult task of finding feeding fish. In estuaries, weed beds are a good place to start looking because they provide shelter for baitfish and small crustaceans, and good ambush points for predatory species. They can be fished with a range of lures, baits and fly, so there is opportunity for everyone.
  18. Fishing smarter [Tip]

    You will always catch more fish with a specific target species in mind when preparing your tackle. A general one-size-fits-all approach can work, but most fish respond with more enthusiasm towards specific baits, lures and rigs.
  19. Finding productive fishing spots [Tip]

    Finding productive fishing spots can be difficult. Remote, untouched waterways are a better bet than metropolitan drains but such areas are rarely convenient, so start exploring the closer options.
  20. Finding hot spots in cities [Tip]

    The side effects of cities—manmade lakes, rock walls, breakwaters, marinas, piers and jetties—provide welcome food and shelter for fish. Any tidal areas with such structures are worth exploring with a rod and a box of lures. And you can further increase your chances of a good fish if you choose your spots wisely.
  21. Finding fish [Tip]

    Catching fish is easy compared to the task of finding feeding fish, but if you can master the latter and use appropriate tackle and techniques, you'll never go fishless again.
  22. Finding fish by watching birds [Tip]

    Various Australian bird species live on a water-borne menu, from inland creeks out to the continental shelf. These waterbirds are baitfish signposts and good indicators of where you might find feeding predatory fish species.
  23. Choosing a beach to fish [Tip]

    Choosing the best beach to fish can be difficult because they can all look too similar to know which one is more likely to produce a feed of fish. A popular screening process involves starting at the bottom of the food chain.
  24. General Tips - Best time of day to fish [Tip]

    A tide chart should be the first thing you organise for any fishing trip, because if you're not fishing at the right time, no matter how effective the rest of your methods are, you're limiting your chances. Charts are freely available at tackle stores and on the internet.
  25. Fishing Norfolk Island [Article]

    Norfolk Islanders, descendants of the Bounty Mutineers, were transplanted from Pitcairn Island to Norfolk Island in 1856 when they wrote to Queen Vic asking for a bigger island to avoid killing each other all over again—John Adams being the only remaining mutineer after violent squabbles over women (how I met my wife).
  26. Braid line – Summary of advantages [Tip]

    Braided lines have changed the way we fish. They offer superior strength-to-diameter ratios to monofilament lines and the near-zero stretch properties offer anglers unmatched sensitivity. The thin diameters facilitate more line on reel spools and less drag through the air and water, all of which are great advantages.
  27. Berley – A fish attractant [Tip]

    ‘Berley’ is a mix of fish food items dispersed into the water to attract fish to the area you’re fishing—and keeping them there. It’s as useful for kids fishing jetties as it is for experienced gamefishers chasing big tuna off the continental shelf.
  28. Bananaphobia: Legend of the Mariner’s Curse [Article]

    The legend of the Banana Curse has plagued fisherman and mariners for centuries. For those yet to hear this superstitious sea lore, bananas on boats are believed to cause bad luck.