Flexibility key to success

G’day fishos. I’ve just got back from a great trip to Narooma last week.

The weather wasn’t as kind as it could have been, with a couple of wet days and a couple of really windy ones.

But we persevered and ended up with a good feed of flatties, quite a few flounder and a great day on the bass at Brogo Dam.

The flatties and flounder were caught anywhere from Narooma to Wopengo, just south of Bermagui. But the bulk of the fish came out of Wallaga Lake, just north of Bermi and Corunna and south on Narooma.

Flicking soft plastics around did the job with the Lunker City and Z Man brands best.

It’s amazing how we think we are getting pretty good at fishing a particular area in a particular way and can get a bit cocky about it.

Only to get our bums kicked the next time we go back.

We thought we had a couple of spots pretty well wired – Wallaga in particular – and were full of confidence. But we found the fish weren’t co-operating.

This meant changing our way of thinking a little and fishing areas we would normally give a wide berth, which ended up paying off.

I suppose it’s the same everywhere. You’ve got to keep an open mind and be willing to try a couple of different things if you’re going to be a successful fisho, particularly when conditions aren’t what you’re used to.

Don’t forget the 2017 Cudgewa Classic is firing up next weekend. Registration forms can be downloaded from www.cudgewafnc.com.au. The competition starts at 6pm on Friday, February 24 and finishes 3pm on Sunday, February 26. Should be a terrific weekend.

You’ve got to keep an open mind and be willing to try a couple of different things if you’re going to be a successful fisho, particularly when conditions aren’t what you’re used to.

Russell Mason

At a Glance

Dartmouth – is going OK, but has been a bit tougher in the past week or so.

Downrigging and similar are still the norm, but numbers are down a bit from what I’ve heard.

Streams – are pretty good to great, depending on which one you hit and who you talk to.

Bait fishos seem to be the most consistent fish catchers at the minute.

Hoppers and crickets are the prime tucker, with worms coming in third.

If you’re going to flick a lure about, the Rapala Vibrax is up there with the best spinners. Reason being they have more weight than a lot of other spinners, and they have been designed to restrict line twist as well.

They have a belly section that spins and is designed to turn in the opposite direction to the blade, to negate line twist. As well as adding some great casting weight, it virtually eliminates that irritating line twist most spinners produce.

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