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Soft-baits come in a myriad of shapes and sizes to suit all sorts of situations and purposes. In previous issues, Mark Kitteridge has discussed the advantages associated with curly-tail and jerk-type soft-baits; this month he moves on to paddle-tail soft-baits and why they are so effective at ‘pushing the right buttons’ of big, bad predators...
Many anglers will have opened their container of soft-baits to discover the contents have, over time, turned themselves into a gluggy, oozing mess or that the tails have become permanently bent.
Chasing workups can often be an incredibly exciting and rewarding way to catch fish at this time of year. But, like many styles of fishing, it can also sometimes be an expensive and frustrating way to fish. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to maximise your precious time out there while chasing those gannets around.
Moving past hull type, there are a range of topside configurations that may be considered. Hard tops (open-back or enclosed), cuddy cabins, centre consoles, centre cabins, side consoles and dories (open boats) are some of them. The choice is usually governed by the size of the boat and its intended use.
Anchoring is an important aspect of fishing and boating in general. Good ground tackle is also important safety equipment. For example, if you are being blown down onto a rocky coast with your engine out of commission, you really want your anchor to hold!
It is a standing joke that sometimes ‘Roddy’ (the rod holder) is the best fisherman on the boat, as rods left unattended in rod holders sometimes catch the most fish. They are certainly important fishing accessories, particularly when correctly positioned and aligned.