Balloon fishing setup

Hey gents,

Planning a trip to the mid west and want to do some balloon fishing.

I have a couple heavy spin reels with 50lb and 65lb line, but they "only" have 250-300m on them.
Also rod setup is the penn powercrank 10-15kg. Which admittedly handles much more weight than this.

 

But my concern is if the line length is enough?

How far do you let you balloon out? Rod and rel setup?

Any general advice welcomed.

 

Thanks!!

 

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Steep Point Days

Thu, 2024-03-21 09:44

 When I have fished Steep Point, most people were using overheads with 7-800m of line. I had a basic Shakespere overhead with around 800m of 30lb mono on it wheras a mate was using his deep spool Alvey which from memory held close to 1000m of 30lb mono. The Alvey was on a 13foot beach rod and I had the unfortunate pleasure of winding in a couple a hundred meters on this outfit all for a N/W blowie. The 13 foot rod and 1:1 Alvey made it hard work. I preferred an overhead and a shortish overhead rod to match. 

How far you let your line out would be limited by how much line you have and where you want your bait to be. Its been a long time but i recon we had our lines out at Steep Point around 150-200m, maybe further. Just need enough line capacity if you hook a decent fish - would be crap to get spooled by a decent fish if you did not have enough line capacity. 

Bloody great way to fish though. Another tip - A small piece of ribbon/wrag etc tied to the line just after the rod tip. If you are not close to rod, easy to look for the ribbon and if its not there, most likey have a fish on and taking line. Makes it easy to sit 50m away in comfort having a beveridge or two whilst still monitoring your rod.

 

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Steep Point Days

Thu, 2024-03-21 09:45

 When I have fished Steep Point, most people were using overheads with 7-800m of line. I had a basic Shakespere overhead with around 800m of 30lb mono on it wheras a mate was using his deep spool Alvey which from memory held close to 1000m of 30lb mono. The Alvey was on a 13foot beach rod and I had the unfortunate pleasure of winding in a couple a hundred meters on this outfit all for a N/W blowie. The 13 foot rod and 1:1 Alvey made it hard work. I preferred an overhead and a shortish overhead rod to match. 

How far you let your line out would be limited by how much line you have and where you want your bait to be. Its been a long time but i recon we had our lines out at Steep Point around 150-200m, maybe further. Just need enough line capacity if you hook a decent fish - would be crap to get spooled by a decent fish if you did not have enough line capacity. 

Bloody great way to fish though. Another tip - A small piece of ribbon/wrag etc tied to the line just after the rod tip. If you are not close to rod, easy to look for the ribbon and if its not there, most likey have a fish on and taking line. Makes it easy to sit 50m away in comfort having a beveridge or two whilst still monitoring your rod.

 

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 All great info!

Thu, 2024-03-21 13:00

 All great info!

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Hi mate i thought i heard a while back that balloon fishing is

Thu, 2024-03-21 12:35

 now not permitted due to lost balloons polluting environmment, danger to other marine life atc. I may be wrong (i hope so anyway) just check on that though before you go. cheers dave

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Woodsy nailed it with the gear

Thu, 2024-03-21 12:53

 I use overhead / LBG rod around 11ft with around 600m line on it , other mate uses Alvey / 12ft rod with prob same amount of line.

You will be aiming to get out to where fish jumping / birds are hitting bait schools , if you hook up out there on a mack or shark , it may take you for a run and will get spooled with the spin reel line capacity. 

Havent heard anything ballooning being banned .  Wouldnt be suprised ........

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 Thanks mate, and mono or

Thu, 2024-03-21 13:00

 Thanks mate, and mono or braid?

Starting to think about wind knots if I use braid...

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I use mono

Fri, 2024-03-22 08:48

50lb . 

Carnarvonite's idea is brilliant , will use that tip ! 

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Basic set up

Thu, 2024-03-21 15:51

 

I have a pretty basic set up of a Shimano TLD on a 10ft rod which worked ok the one time i used it. From memory I only had 500m of braid, but could have been more? Was fishing Quobba so possibly not sending the ballon as far as at steep point?  

Good fun watching a spaniard hit a bouncing bait 1m out of the water.  

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Launching trick

Thu, 2024-03-21 18:52

 If you are launching off a beach or shallow reef get some lifesaver or peppermint lollies with a hole through the cenre and a couple of lackey bands to hold your bait close up to the balloons. Use the lackeys one either side of the lolly , one to the baited hooks and the other to the balloons with the lolly in the middle. It should take a couple of minutes for the lolly to dissolve and let the bait and balloon trace separate and hopefully enough time to be clear of the breakers and into clear water