metro beach fishing.

where are all the fish? I took a day off yesterday and tried a few spots, went to port beach, leighton beach and grant st. I didn't even get a bight and I had a lot of berley out for a couple of hours in each spot. and fished a couple of nice gutters, also its amazing how many people walk there dogs all day on a Monday. so after a solid 8 hours fishing my bucket was still empty. so I spent the rest of the arvo practicing my pendulum casting. I still haven't got it perfected yet but i'm getting around 150m now with my Snyder glas and a penn 850. anyone catching anything from the beach?

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 I've done the same before

Tue, 2013-08-20 20:30

 I've done the same before having spent all day at the beach not getting bites. At least it's relaxing and less expensive than therapy! Though I ended up going for a swim!

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it was a nice day and just

Tue, 2013-08-20 20:51

it was a nice day and just happy not to be at work.

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Looks like a nice gutter

Wed, 2013-08-21 00:28

Looks like a nice gutter running out to see in the last pic.

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I havnt caught anything from

Wed, 2013-08-21 07:12

I havnt caught anything from the beach in ages. Fish have hit a duck bru. stupid things

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 very true .... hey crezz

Wed, 2013-08-21 07:19

 very true .... hey crezz what do u mean by pendulum cast?

 

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Metro beach fishing has been

Wed, 2013-08-21 07:34

Metro beach fishing has been up the creek all year. A few people have had some decent catches but overall there have been nowhere near as many good reports as there was last year.

Pegs the pendulum cast is where you swing the bait back & forth like a pendulum & use that motion to load the rod up more when you make the actual cast. Similar to what I do when casting lures at tailor but with a more circular motion. Google it & check out some articles & vids if you want to give it a go. I should really learn to do it with the big gear but have never really given it a serious go.

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make sure you use a solid

Wed, 2013-08-21 08:37

make sure you use a solid mono wind on leader so you dont bust off all the time. eg i was using 60lb leader with a 4oz sinker and still snaping the leader sometimes.

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 Jeez it must give some solid

Wed, 2013-08-21 14:30

 Jeez it must give some solid power casting like that

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 just make sure you got a bit

Wed, 2013-08-21 16:26

 just make sure you got a bit of room to practise cause it could go anywear when you start you'll have a chance at hittin rotto with the 8120 pegs

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 Yea I been looking on

Wed, 2013-08-21 17:29

 Yea I been looking on YouTube, seems its more effective with an overhead as he seems to get the real whip going, can't hurt to try tho! 

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All I've caught in the last

Wed, 2013-08-21 16:40

All I've caught in the last couple of months is one fat lousy Port jackson shark. Mind you I haven't gotten out much recently and given it a solid run. Two weeks off from next week so i can make up for it.

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Good Work on the pendulum

Wed, 2013-08-21 20:35

Good Work on the pendulum casting Crezz thats a good distance. I used to use the method many years ago back in Blighty but then you are launching a couple of 10g baits and 180g of lead on a paternoster its a whole lot easier to handle. When you have a fairly significant bait and lead, things can get a lot more interesting - I find its best using a breakaway lead or some wire to make sure both bait and lead are one.

SP - you are right in that the pendulum cast was developed for overheads, but can be done with spin. It might be worth trying the reel in the low position if your rod allows high and low/varying position. THis way you can maintain better control of the rod without the reel acting as a counterweight mid way through the butt.

The link below, whilst lengthy (and starts off very dry - apologies in advance!) if you stick with it has some good tips for distance casting with more traditional spin reel seating positions - sometimes referred to as 'pier casts' due to the lack space available for pendulum swinging on piers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JqbTjHPJ18

Anyway Crezz, try the metro beaches a bit further north, Tailor have been consistent (on bait at least) between Brighton Road and Trigg. Plenty of gutters, though they have always been moving over the last few weeks due to the swells, but Ive picked fish up on every occasion Ive tried. I will say - its a full moon though and I never seem to catch on a big moon, so tend to avoid the full and a couple of days either side. WIll be heading out Friday and probably a trip further up north on Sunday, will let you know how it goes.

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cheers greyheads1

Wed, 2013-08-21 21:38

I have only been doing the pendulum cast with lead only. if im casting a bait I use the breakaway IMP clip that attaches to the sinker for a good smooth cast. I got them from Oceanside if any one wants some. I have seen on youtube a vid where a bloke is comparing a long cast spinning reel with an overhead for long casting or pendulum casting and he gets more distance with the spinning outfit. some blokes claim they can cast 500ft. that's crazy! with a bit more practice and a larger lead I recon I can achieve 200m. no bait though.

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if you can cast that mate,

Thu, 2013-08-22 12:12

if you can cast that mate, awesome just clip on a slide bait, and you'll have a great chance at a nice big LB capture...

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well there ya go..

Thu, 2013-08-22 10:05

been fishing for years and never come across 'pendulum' casting.. after watching the link posted above ill be giving it a good look in.. thanks for the read fellas!

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Guys thanks for the tip- this

Thu, 2013-08-22 12:35

Guys thanks for the tip- this casting technique is new to me too.  Here are some slow motion examples http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcNTHNbmO6Y  I reckon I'll be trying this one out!

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CF made a good point

Thu, 2013-08-22 17:17

CF made a good point regarding using the technique for launching metals - a great way to practice, the motion is a lot more controlled with shorter rod lengths and as Callum mentioned definitiely make sure you have the space available. it is worth noting that the rod design has a large influence on the facilitation of the preloading and compression.

Check out the 'Easy Cast' style by John Holden thats a good example of loading a rod from a static bait position.

Anyway, apologies Crezz, didnt mean to deviate from the original post - no fish on the southern NOR beaches!

I see from the surf life saving website and twitter feed there has been a tagged GW patrolling the beaches from Cott upwards over the last day or so - if you give it another go I wouldnt recommend swimming any baits out for the next day or two!

The other spot worth a look if you can be bothered with the walk is Swanbourne drain, usually ok to find tailor or herring there - I think from recollection there is a little reef or some structure at ~ 70 m or so which used to work for me when down there?!...but havent been in a while.

 

 

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cheers guys, I hope you can

Thu, 2013-08-22 17:46

cheers guys, I hope you can all master the pendulum cast. believe me its a lot harder than it looks on youtube. if you check out some of the bloopers you will see a lot of broken rods.

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 Is be more worried of a

Fri, 2013-08-23 18:48

 Is be more worried of a sinker to the back of head

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