Salmon 2014

 Hi Guys

Heading to Hamelin Bay this easter, any reports on the Salmon? Has anyone caught any, or anyone know the progress of the salmon? Thanks 

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todays paper said a massive

Fri, 2014-03-07 14:14

todays paper said a massive school at the salmon holes in Albany. Havent heard of any further up the coast than that though!

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Early days

Fri, 2014-03-07 15:24

 It's still way early to be talking salmon in the capes. I would think with Easter being a bit late this year it should be a good time to get into some fish. Let's hope it's a good season and we all get our salmon fix for the year.

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Same

Fri, 2014-03-07 18:22

as the last 3-4yrs. Water temp way too high for Salmon to begin their migration. Hell they're even getting Mackies out from Gracetown.

Be lucky if we get a 2 week run along the Capes like last season.

Pretty over it personally and will be joining the keen down Albany after easter.

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 went to hamilan today for a

Fri, 2014-03-07 19:49

 went to hamilan today for a look beachbis wide very soft and know gutters or decent holes no sign off salmon there at all a local said he will be there last two weeks of april first to weeks of may he guarantees salmon will be there then hahaha

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 There will definately be

Fri, 2014-03-07 20:06

 There will definately be salmon from Anzac day onwards. This is our normal time we start fishing around the capes.

The lazy people only want the huge schools but in my opinion you can only wind in one salmon at a time.

Every year there are plenty of salmon if you can be bothered looking for them.

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 At hamelin bay you will be

Fri, 2014-03-07 20:22

 At hamelin bay you will be sharing every school with heaps of fisho's. Alot of them newbies. It get's a bit too much after a while. Find the purple patches elsewhere I reckon.

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cheynes

Fri, 2014-03-07 20:34

Was down at Cheynes on the long weekend and didn't see any caught... was pretty quiet with only herring around... waiting waiting waiting.. here fishy fishy!

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Happy to admit

Tue, 2014-03-11 14:54

I was wrong with my prediction.

Just got into a 1-2tonne school at a Capes beach this morning after work.

Pulled half a doz out of it with one being of exceptional size (8kg+)

Stoked!

 

 

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Yep

Tue, 2014-03-11 15:32

A few dzn have been caught in the past couple of days , livies generally working better than Lures , both sides of the Cape. 8kg is a good fish Matt, gotta be happy with that one!

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 Like flies in Albany ATM,

Tue, 2014-03-11 15:45

 Like flies in Albany ATM, bloody things are everywhere you look now. Eating all out shark baits and live herring for sambos. Got onto a heap yesterday Arvo with the mrs along with a heap of other people. Watched a few hundred landed in a few hours with the most being caught on lures over bait.

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for those heading to Albany

Tue, 2014-03-11 16:03

for those heading to Albany over Easter do you think they will be too late if they are already there?

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was down at malimup beach Near Windy harbour

Tue, 2014-03-11 17:16

just before the long weekend no huge schools but plenty of fish were caught seen schools of fifty or so fish along the rocks and smaller schools of 10 to 15 in the gutters along the beach!

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And....

Sun, 2014-03-16 16:22

more again today, woohooo!

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 West coast Matt?Might head

Sun, 2014-03-16 19:24

 West coast Matt?

Might head down early tomorrow morning.

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Yep,

Sun, 2014-03-16 19:32

keep moving till you find em. Took us 4 stops today but when we found em all hell broke loose!

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 Thanks mate, going to hit

Sun, 2014-03-16 19:41

 Thanks mate, going to hit Inji early and head south from there

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salmon hole

Mon, 2014-03-17 07:39

 i was at salmon hole on saturday and sunday 

big school there we got 10 of them.

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LOL

Mon, 2014-03-17 09:38

glad I didn't have to drive that far

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I got two

Wed, 2014-03-19 07:40

 I got two in front of dusborough on the sand flats with a live yellowtail and  a little walk the the dog ( thought I was gonna loose my $20 lure). 

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Cheynes

Wed, 2014-03-19 18:13

 I got back from Cheynes beach yesterday, we got into them, good size ones. Heaps of fun on light gear. Not heaps of schools there yet but the pros netted a 10t school on the first day I was there. It's a bit Sad tho when the family's try to catch them and not getting to catch one all day, then to watch the pros net a school out of casting range.

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 Pros netted 2 good schools

Wed, 2014-03-19 19:29

 Pros netted 2 good schools that I know of in Denmark today both around the 8tonne mark

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 Had a school to ourselves at

Fri, 2014-03-21 20:51

 Had a school to ourselves at Hamelin bay Thursday all day, everytime they moved out of cast range, the dolphins would herd them back for us, biggest went 7 1/2kg , couple bronzies following them also, 

cast around 15 types of lures at them from SPs, metals , poppers and assorted minnows, only lure that would work was the smiling jack, even rapala wouldn't get a hit,

had a blast. 

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Your advise

Mon, 2014-03-24 11:19

 Hi Super Peg

I am going to Hamelin Bay this weekend, I dont have a 4x4 wheel, where would you recommended for a good spot for fishing. 

 

Ideally i would like to drive the beach and search for them, but I dont have that luxury of a 4x4.

 

Thanks. 

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 Not many access options

Mon, 2014-03-24 12:43

 Not many access options without a 4b Eric. Hamelin Bay Road is the only place your getting into without a 4b. Park up, start walking & look for the schools. 

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Holes

Mon, 2014-03-24 15:05

OK thank you,

What about salmon holes, is there any from hameilin bay to augusta, or north of Hamelin Bay, I could drive to? which would be ideal to fish for those without 4wd. 

I really want to catch my 1st Australian Salmon. It pains me not having a 4wd 

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 Still plenty of places to

Mon, 2014-03-24 18:58

 Still plenty of places to try with a 2wd.....

Injidup for a starters - you can get right on to the point with a 4wd but 2wd will take you down the main track near to the end of the peninsula - if i can walk it with a 9ft board and bare feet you should be able to manage it with a rukka and rod.

Bunker bay - Rocky point or the west end, nice walk along the sand and good for salmon, sharks and bread and butter stuff.

Hamelin as mentioned can be walked from the Southern end and in that area is Cosy Corner as well.

Im probably heading down this weekend in the 4wd and towing the Mrs. With the swell looking decidely average I will be hitting up some schools hopefully. Drop me a PM if you want to catch up or you need a ride.

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 Pm sent,

Wed, 2014-03-26 18:00

 Pm sent,

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 The good ol smilin jack,

Fri, 2014-03-21 21:08

 The good ol smilin jack, always out fishes lures twice its price when it comes to salmon.

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 +1, great salmon and tailor

Fri, 2014-03-21 21:12

 +1, great salmon and tailor lure! doesn't hurt as much when they're taken by the fish gods either! 

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 The hardware seems to hold

Fri, 2014-03-21 21:28

 The hardware seems to hold up as well, it's just the paint on them that doesn't last but IMO the more battle scars the better mr jack performs,

lost three Thursday! I'm all cleaned out so I'll need to hit a tackle store and restock for next weekend, 

 

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 The hardware seems to hold

Fri, 2014-03-21 21:28

 The hardware seems to hold up as well, it's just the paint on them that doesn't last but IMO the more battle scars the better mr jack performs,

lost three Thursday! I'm all cleaned out so I'll need to hit a tackle store and restock for next weekend, 

 

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They're

Sat, 2014-03-22 13:54

 Out in force along southern capes beaches.

Just enjoyed a crazy session this morning with 3 of us landing over 20 fish each!!!

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Damn, Ive gotta get down for

Sat, 2014-03-22 14:23

Damn, Ive gotta get down for a few sessions!!

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 Heaps have come around the

Sat, 2014-03-22 16:27

 Heaps have come around the corner as well.

 

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Good to hear

Sat, 2014-03-22 18:05

keeps fishos off the west coast

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West cape

Sat, 2014-03-22 19:54

 Hooked up to 18 today and landed 12. Was very slow going all day with the school pretty much shut down all arvo but a green zipbaits minnow Did the damage with 16 hookups.. Had to change hooks as they were Cactus and one split ring destroyed. Divers were the lure of choice for the day

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 sounds like a good day

Sat, 2014-03-22 22:02

 sounds like a good day nick.well done

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just clearing something up,

Sun, 2014-03-23 13:25

just clearing something up, when you say southern capes, you mean Albany to west howe roughly right? any fish north of Augusta yet?

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Sorry cobber

Sun, 2014-03-23 13:35

 By Capes beaches I mean Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste.

So by Southern I mean South of Margs.

Salmon have hit our coast in force this weekend with fish all the way up to Dunsborough.

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been swimming every day in

Sun, 2014-03-23 13:34

been swimming every day in Mandurah for the past week, I could be wrong but water temp feels like its on its way down, here hoping the salmon reach metro! I cant venture far from home with a mrs about to drop out a baby! All these people catching them, but wheres all the pics?

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To answer your question

Sun, 2014-03-23 13:36

 All over Facebook, lol.

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Facebook is awesome.

Sun, 2014-03-23 14:12

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 Dont really take many salmon

Sun, 2014-03-23 14:00

 Dont really take many salmon pics, normally unhook them throw it back and cast at the school again.

Love catching salmon but not really a fish I take many photos of.

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Malimup

Tue, 2014-03-25 08:58

 

 

Was fishing down at Malimupon Sunday from the rocks. Was a cracking day. Water was crystal clear.

Got to watch the schools of salmon head towards us and start flicking lures at them. They seemed to be really fussy. 

I caught one on a Smiling Jack and 2 more were caught on Halco Twisties. LOADS of herring around. I chucked one on as a live bait and landed it right in front of a school and they all swam past with no interest. Same with the sharks floating around. Weren't interested at all in our baits.

Great day fishing and a nice feed of salmon. Smoking some up for lunch today :)

 

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 Ive never fished for salmon.

Tue, 2014-03-25 09:11

 Ive never fished for salmon. How close to the metro area do the schools of fish get? Do I have to drive south to have a go at them? Thanks.

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Any reports of Salmon around

Tue, 2014-03-25 16:33

Any reports of Salmon around Dunsborough yet or is it a still a bit early? Heading down in a few weeks

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Yep

Tue, 2014-03-25 18:40

 Reports everywhere

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Cheynes

Tue, 2014-03-25 18:09

Will be staying at cheynes over the weekend, hopefully grab a few.

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 I drove down from Perth for

Tue, 2014-03-25 19:34

 I drove down from Perth for the day and hit up Bunkers Bay - fished it solid from 8am-1pm for not a single fish or sighting of a school.  Spent a couple of hours at first at Rocky Point then worked the entire bay.  Just a case of bad luck I guess as I know others have already caught fish there.

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Sounds like it's on.

Tue, 2014-03-25 19:58

 Here we go this weekend

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 Do the smiling jacks work

Tue, 2014-03-25 22:37

 Do the smiling jacks work off a beach?

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 As mentioned the plugs and

Wed, 2014-03-26 09:04

 As mentioned the plugs and metals will cast further but I've used the jack off the beach plenty of times with results, if cast hard it tends to torpedo through the air and can result in a fair distance,

can only give it a crack, 

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They do...

Wed, 2014-03-26 03:11

...but usually salmon fishing from surf beaches requires long casts and these lures don't cast as well as metals/plugs/poppers. They are very effective lures, it's just a matter of putting them in front of the fish.

 

The sheltered, rocky headlands, like those found between Dunsborough and Cape Nat, are good places to use lures that don't cast particularly well 'coz the fish come right in...

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looking at heading to albany

Wed, 2014-03-26 08:52

looking at heading to albany this weekend, if i fish the salmon holes would i be in with a good chance of catching one? or are they further along up the coast?

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 Wouldn't go that far for

Wed, 2014-03-26 09:02

 Wouldn't go that far for salmon, not when you can get them so much closer, they will be there but unless Albany is calling you for other reasons, IDE hit capes

 

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 Only heading to Albany as

Wed, 2014-03-26 09:09

 Only heading to Albany as thought that was where they were all congregrated at.

Might be a stupid question, but where bouts are the capes? Are they there in the plenty?

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Capes

Wed, 2014-03-26 12:03

When someone refers to the "capes" its between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Lleuwin

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If you go to Albany you're

Wed, 2014-03-26 09:14

If you go to Albany you're just about guaranteed fish. I'll be down there next weekend weather permitting

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 Yeah that's why was thinking

Wed, 2014-03-26 09:24

 Yeah that's why was thinking of Albany as I've heard you basically are garunteed a catch.

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you hitting Cheynes again

Wed, 2014-03-26 11:15

you hitting Cheynes again Beau or Albany next weekend, ill be down Cheynes next weekend

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Not sure yet mate. Will you

Wed, 2014-03-26 11:47

Not sure yet mate. Will you be in the Triton again?

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probably not will most likely

Wed, 2014-03-26 15:28

probably not will most likely be in a white triton the same or a champagne coloured Magna haha

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The holes

Wed, 2014-03-26 09:43

Gaurenteed a few fish from the holes.

 

will be down there friday morning and then off to cheynes for the weekend. hope cheynes is firing!

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 any reports from dunsborough

Wed, 2014-03-26 17:29

 any reports from dunsborough to hamelin bay?

 

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Heard there were a few good

Thu, 2014-03-27 20:49

Heard there were a few good schools around Dunsborough yesterday. Mate of mine got into a few

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 Theres plenty of better

Fri, 2014-03-28 00:01

 

Theres plenty of better spots than the salmon holes too get a salmon. I live down here and never fish it i guess just cos every man and his dog 

go there. Been plenty around though :)

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cheynes

Sun, 2014-03-30 19:17

 anyone know if theyre still around cheynes? heading down that way on the 10th 

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dead

Sun, 2014-03-30 19:27

got back today sheldoncy

had luck at cable beach off the rocks...fair few came through - little schools though.

cheynes was completely dead for us, couple herring off the rocks when spinning for bonito...smashing our 40gm twisties haha.

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Spent friday n saturday at

Mon, 2014-03-31 07:49

Spent friday n saturday at cheynes, got none landbased but got into them on the ski bit further offshore though.

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 More fish for me today

Mon, 2014-03-31 16:33

 More fish for me today closer to Dunsborough.

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Same

Mon, 2014-03-31 16:37

 West coast, school of around 2t.

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 Jon and Todd had the day off

Mon, 2014-03-31 20:12

 Jon and Todd had the day off and shot down to Dunsborough for a quick daytrip. After locating a big school in Bunkers they had a few hours of hectic fishing, catching so many on stickbaits they lost count!   Bring it on!!!

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 That last pic's a pearler.

Tue, 2014-04-08 19:52

 That last pic's a pearler. Love the ink too 

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 Great looking fish guys. not

Mon, 2014-03-31 22:05

 Great looking fish guys. not much better than on the surface :)

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its a strange time we are in

Tue, 2014-04-01 06:34

its a strange time we are in rite now. people catching salmon in duno and busso while yesterday I saw a pic on facebook of a bloke with a Spanish mac he caught off the busso jetty on sunday. I hope the salmon reach metro, its been 5 years since they were last here...

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 Good signs in dunno, heading

Tue, 2014-04-01 08:01

 Good signs in dunno, heading down around there this weekend for a day trip. Looking forward to throwing some metals and lures, missed out last year so pretty keen to get amongst them.

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Just a note to those of you

Tue, 2014-04-01 11:06

Just a note to those of you heading down to throw around stickbaits - we found the standard trebles and split rings on even the expensive Japanese brands were sub-standard with the trebles getting pretzled/snapping hook points and split rings getting opened.  We personally use the Decoy Jigging Singles in 3/0s and 4/0s and Decoy Split Rings - 100% reliable, fantastic hook up rate and makes it easy to release the fish with minimal damage.

 

 

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 Do you think this is a wrong

Wed, 2014-04-02 05:51

 Do you think this is a wrong drag setting? I have caught hundreds of salmon and never once had a hook snap or split ring open.

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 Cheers for the info mate,

Tue, 2014-04-01 17:35

 Cheers for the info mate, any luck anywhere else or just bunkers?

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 We only tried Bunkers as

Tue, 2014-04-01 19:22

 We only tried Bunkers as that's where the school was moving up and down the beach between 50-150m offshore - after 3 hours or so they eventually disappeared around Rocky Point heading toward Meelup hugging the shore.

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conflict

Wed, 2014-04-02 12:20

Bit of conflict between boats and shore based today....

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Choc - we were using a mix of

Wed, 2014-04-02 13:57

Choc - we were using a mix of Stella 3000 and 6000's and in our opinion were not over cranking the drag (and yes we've both caught a lot of Salmon in the past :).  Once we switched over to some quality hardware we had no more issues.

Habanero - we were lucky that the few boaties that were out the day we were there used some common sense and didn't cause any conflict.  Though looking at how close they were to eachother I wouldn't be surprised if there were a few multiple rod tangles :D

Andrew from the store is heading down tomorrow and Friday so we'll keep you up date with the fishing!

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 looks like they are

Thu, 2014-04-03 20:12

 looks like they are everywhere

 

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 Thanks for the updates with

Wed, 2014-04-02 19:36

 Thanks for the updates with fishing down there boys, I'm heading down sunday. Looking forward to it, maybe rig up heavy in case I in counter a 19 ft cuddy cabin.

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 Sorry to be a sceptic, but

Wed, 2014-04-02 20:04

 Sorry to be a sceptic, but it always seems to be 'tackle shop boys' promoting higher class gear.

I caught another six salmon today on Smilin Jacks with crushed barbs with the front treble removed. No dramas.

These lures are $12 dont see the point in spending much more when these lures do the trick.

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Yep

Wed, 2014-04-02 20:17

caught over a doz today on $6 Raiders and $10 Richter plugs.

Must admit the hooks are shit on Smiling Jacks though, not that I use them much.

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 Yeah Matt got a few myself

Wed, 2014-04-02 20:20

 Yeah Matt got a few myself on the plugs, Awesome lure when you need a bit of distance.

 

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http://youtu.be/Ziheu3AT5mg

Wed, 2014-04-02 20:42

http://youtu.be/Ziheu3AT5mg thats some of the action last week at albany

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Is there much difference in

Wed, 2014-04-02 21:08

Is there much difference in technique in getting them with plugs to metals ? Only ever used mulies or metals down south, any feedback would be great. Might have to stop past the tackle shop and grab a couple of plugs if they are the go.

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Don't forget the waxwings, 3

Wed, 2014-04-02 23:49

Don't forget the waxwings, 3 out of 4 hook-ups we had on sunday were with the waxwing, cast a mile and the twin hooks work a treat.

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