They are back, and in reasonable numbers and size. Fishing the last couple of weeks on Sydney Harbour has seen us start to catch some good bream again on the boats.
So here are 5 tips to consider when crankbaiting the boats
1. Fluoro carbon line: 3 pound line is what I use, but I’ve also started running 4 pound on some of my reels and haven’t noticed a major difference except for the extra line strength. Why fluoro? Firstly it’s less visible when you are running your lure along the length of the structure you’re fishing. It’s got minimal memory and it doesn’t float, which helps get your lure to running depth more quickly. Finally, it stretches, and that helps to prevent pulling hooks when you are fighting a fish.
2. Regular action rod: the rod does all the work when fighting a fish. The soft regular action helps to cushion surges when fighting the fish.
3. Tune your lure: bending the tow point right or left will make the lure swim right or left respectively. Why is this important? It helps keep the lure in the strike zone for longer, which is where the fish are.
4. Upgrade your trebles: I upgrade the rear treble to size 12 Gamakatsu TWG trebles. In my opinion, the fine gauge and wide gape help improve hookup rates. I check the trebles regularly after hooking fish or getting the lure snagged fish and change them if they are not super sharp.
5. Impact is the key: The key to fishing a crankbait is impact. Impact with the structure, is key. The perfect cast will see your lure clip the mooring line, keel and rudder on the retrieve and this acts as a trigger for the fish. If the lure hit all of these things and didn’t entice a bite, chances are the fish aren’t there.