Wagoe Newbie

Heading up to Wagoe in a few weeks, and hoping to get any advice for a first timer like me.

Any advice is appreciated, particularly minimum gear requirements.

I have 10 & 12 ft surf rods but may like to try ballooning......what would be minimum requirements as far as Rod, Reel, line etc etc for ballooning.

 

Thanks

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Emric1


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It’s good to have at least

Sun, 2011-06-05 22:55

It’s good to have at least 300m of line. Let the balloon out about 200m, so you have enough line for fight. If you can fit 500m on your reel, that’s even better.

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be prepared to lose a lot of

Mon, 2011-06-06 08:01

be prepared to lose a lot of gear if you are targeting bottom fish, especially if there is a bit of swell. if you get the easterlies for ballooning take helium, makes a world of difference. and reef boots are a big help.

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Mon, 2011-06-06 09:48

Fish the sandy areas between the breaks in the reef. you can only fish 2 rods most of the time as the gaps are quite small but if the fish are on you will only need to use 1 rod. We have most of our luck just before dark and through the night if the tides are good and swell is down below 2mtrs.

As lurcha said if you fish the reefs expect high gear losses and frustration especially when you can see the fish patrolling the bottom when the swell is down.

There are heaps of good spots up there, just ask ted or jenny where the fish are geting caught. They are extremely helpful.

Cheers

Mitta79

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If your staying

Mon, 2011-06-06 10:03

At the farm stay, HE will help you with spots to fish. And weather reports

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Cheers to all for your

Mon, 2011-06-06 17:31

Cheers to all for your comments.......will take all on board.

With regards to ballooning......what would be the minimum line capacity required? I am new to this and don't necessarily want to invest too many $$ on my first

trip there.

Can i get away without overhead reel and game rod?

Appreciate your comments.

 

Thanks

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I'm a regular to wagoe so if

Mon, 2011-06-06 17:53

I'm a regular to wagoe so if you need info dont hesitate to pm me...

do a search on the site as theres a heap of posts from previous outings also.

You can get away with small overhead rods when the swells down but id take a larger rod in the 10 to 12ft range to save the hassle, just makes landing the fish a whole heap easier.

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Mon, 2011-06-06 20:20

I'd take up at least one 14-15ft rod.  If the swell is up or you just need to get that rig up and over the edge of the reef then these are priceless.  Take a heap of whiting/herring for set baits and good mulies.  Last time i went up there it was totally shut down.  Got one mulla for a weeks fishing, could not catch a tailor even.  Funnily enough send out a fresh/live sandie and you would hook up.  Take some squid for pinks as well.  If you are chasing a 15fter pm me, i have one i no longer use. Lots of lead and hooks, and keep a bait in the water at all times.

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Thanks for the comments, so

Mon, 2011-06-06 22:18

Thanks for the comments,

so you reckon i need the overhead? Gee... was hoping not to have to invest in one for this short trip!!!!!????

Can i get away with Egg beater for ballooning ? or am i wasting my time?

 

Thanks for the offer Poida.......at this stage I think that the surf gear is well catered for amongst our small group.

Will pm you if things change.

Cheers

 

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I was there over easter and

Tue, 2011-06-07 08:53

I was there over easter and we found the macks were in close enough to balloon out with an eggbeater. Not a good idea to spool it with braid tho.

The reefs were shut down for us also not much life on them either this time round...

The best bait we found above the rest was fresh mullet.

Best advice is to find where the fish are from the reef. Dont persist in the same spot every day.

Good luck

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Thanks for the info.Looks

Wed, 2011-06-08 10:11

Thanks for the info.

Looks like i will need to do more research on my options for ballooning with an

eggbeater/surf rod combo.

 

Cheers

 

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