Stuff we've learnt, Think like a fish- fishing techniques

Niko Tinbergen, supernormal stimuli and what we can learn as fishermen…

During the 1950s the dutch biologist Niko Tindbergen came up with the idea of supernormal stimuli. What his work showed was that male sticklebacks would preferentially attack a redder wooden stickleback model over real fish. That herring gull chicks would preferentially beg to a redder, more cartoon like beak over a realistic representation. That male butterflies would preferentially mate with…

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Media

Graham (and Lee) join the paper

Flick and Fly journal is proud to announce that Graz has gotten himself a gig with the Canberra times (syndicated in the Narooma news and Rob Paxevanos’ blog) writing the Canberra region fishing reports. We are also proud to announce that Lee has gotten himself the gig as the bench writer for the column, filling in for Graz and Anthony…

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Estuary, Kayak

Big fish in skinny water – NSW south coast fishing report

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Estuary, Stuff we've learnt, Think like a fish- fishing techniques

Fishing estuaries more effectively: lighten up

Part 1: tides Part 2: structure When fishing an estuary what would you think about 6lb leader? Light? Heavy? All rounder? Well, obviously it depends on what you are fishing for. For average flathead its probably a pretty good choice. Flatheads abrasive little teeth can go through lighter leaders pretty quickly. If you are chasing bigger models you may even…

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Estuary, Stuff we've learnt, Think like a fish- fishing techniques

Fishing estuaries more effectively: structure

Part one of our estuary series, which focusses on tides is here. Rubble flats, weedbeds, sandflats, reef, bommies, dropoffs, pylons and other artificial structures, mored boats, ledges, edges, rockwalls, undercut banks and snags. All estuary structures that will hold and attract fish. As we covered in the last post that touched on tides and tidal movement, water movement will have…

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Fishing stories

Boat Reveiw – Schmetterling

Our boat is called Schmetterling, that’s German for ‘Butterfly’. She sneaks around the Katherine River putting her passengers onto oversized Catties regularly. Call them Powertails, Silver Cobbler, whatever, these powerful fish inhale deep divers and hit like a log with a tail. Schmetterling knows where to find them and how to avoid Barra. The tinny was a present for my partner, Lena. I found…

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Estuary, Stuff we've learnt, Think like a fish- fishing techniques

Fishing estuaries more effectively: tides

The principle is simple and the same around the globe. On beaches, rivers, estuaries and oceans. Find the bait/food and you will find the fish. In all those environments, structure plays and important role in helping you the angler achieve that. Be it a pinnacle that catches the current and concentrates baitfish, a rock bar, a snag that provides cover…

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