The recent ABT Hawkesbury BREAM Qualifier has given me a new perspective on the question Josh posed many, many moons ago. At the time, he was questioning the legitimacy of the “Run and Gun” technique for fishing.
I for one have always been a pretty staunch advocate of the technique. Being that I like the idea of targeting fish that are actively feeding, I often find myself in that mindset where I’ll happily adopt a “power fishing” technique, and cover water quickly until those aggressive fish are located. The “Spots on spots” technique I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, certainly falls into this mindset of running and gunning, and there’s no dispute that it’s successful.
When I crank the boats, I generally do so from the stern of the moored boat. The perfect cast for me will see the crank bait clip the mooring line, keel and rudder of the boat on the retrieve.
To achieve this, I tune my lures, and I have one rod rigged with a lure tuned right and another rigged to swim left. When my cast has the lure in the zone, and in the event that I don’t get a bite, I don’t even bother having a second cast, instead moving to the next boat. This allows me to cover a lot of water and boats quickly.
I like to target bays that have smaller numbers of moored boats, and particularly like loan boats or small groups of boats that are adjacent to the entrance of a bay, or even better, loan boats on points in the current.
I’ll “run and gun” between bays and points keying in on the boats that hold prime position.
Unfortunately, at the Hawkesbury this year I encountered some motor issues during the pre-fish, that ultimately left me without the big motor for the event, and meant I could only idle and use my electric motor.
This resulted in my fishing arena being greatly reduced to the area from the start at Bayview to Scotland Island and back. This event saw me fish this area far more thoroughly than I ordinarily would.
Starting in a small bay directly opposite the start line, I had a fish in the boat both mornings before the last boat had even passed me. I fished every boat in every bay thoroughly, and when the bite was slow, and I was waiting for the tide, I would pepper the mooring blocks with a blade to target those less active fish that were sulking deeper.
It took me 5 hours the first day and the full 7 hours on the second day to fill my limit, but ultimately I would grind it out and achieve my goal of a full limit both days.
Even better, I used about $20 worth of fuel for the weekend, and, clearly proving that you don’t have to travel far to catch good fish, on a tournament day or when social fishing, I pulled a 38cm fish directly opposite the start.