Red-hot new technique for South Coast fishers

Blackfish fight hard, taste great, are prolific, live in stunning and user-friendly sheltered estuary systems, but they’re hard to catch in numbers.So, there is cause for excitement when someone figures out an easy and fun new way to catch them.During the warmer months of the year, I spend the majority of my time on the water chasing bream, whiting and flathead on top-water and shallow hard-body lures.During the cooler months my time is spent chasing snapper and salmon, but every now and then I feel like a change and target something different.Around this time every year, I have great success targeting luderick on lures, using either deep-diving hard-bodies, or metal blades, the latter being the more successful of the two in most South Coast estuaries.On recent trips to Tuross Lake, the Moruya River and the Clyde River the results have continued to impress with good numbers of fish.The first few luderick I caught on blades were by-catches while fishing for bream at St Georges Basin, and after catching quite a few over several different trips it got me thinking why these fish couldn’t become a specific target.And after a lot of trial and error, a few changes in the technique and fishing ideal locations I soon figured out that regular catches are possible.Luderick are usually found in schools so, when you hook one, more often than not there will be plenty more willing to take a lure, and it makes for an awesome day on the water when they are on the bite.They are up there with the best of fighters when it comes to light line sport fishing and are regarded by many as a sensational table fish.Most of the luderick I hook are towards the mouth of the systems, usually in crystal-clear water where the small size and stealth of a kayak is needed to sneak up behind them.Critical in the whole process is my Hobie’s mirage drive, which allows me to hold position facing upstream in the current with my hands free to concentrate on the fishing.I look for water between two and three metres deep, with patches of weed or reef, or a thick weed bed along the edges dropping into deeper water – these areas almost always have luderick hanging around them, which make them an ideal place to start.It is a fairly simple technique – I fish the smallest blades I can in the conditions and if it’s a very strong current, then the bigger and heavier blades are required but always try to keep the lure as small as possible.Cast the lure directly upcurrent as far as possible and once the lure hits bottom all that is required is a slow lift-and-drop technique, bringing the lure back with the current.Nine times out of 10, theluderick hits the lure as it’s being lifted off the bottom.If the hooks fail to connect, a luderick will usually come back for a second go after repeating the process.Among many other species, bream, trevally and flathead are a likely by-catch using these techniques and even though the blades are small, they catch their fair share of big fish as well.Fishing the blades very slowly is vital, and adding a bit of scent to the lure helps to create interest as well.I always fish natural colours when using blades for luderick – browns and olive greens have by far been the most successful and, when possible, those colours in a matte finish have been mypreference.Luderick have a small mouth so, as a result, they are only lightly hooked, which can mean the risk of losing a fish or two is fairly likely but fishing a slightly lighter drag than usual will help prevent pulling the hooks from the fish’s mouth during the fight.Luderick are not a common target for anglers using lures but consistent numbers are easily achievable once the technique and location is right and they can provide hours of fun once it all starts working.See you on the waterCraig Coughlanwww.tournamentfishingaustralia南京夜网This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Tough is the new skinny for these Tough Mudders

It’s marketed as “probably the toughest event on the planet”.So for the average person, the Tough Mudder event doesn’t sound too enticing.Try telling that to Rosie McClelland, Kimberli Eke, Louisa Bonner and Melisa Clarke, who are among several Eurobodalla athletes in training to take on the Tough Mudder course in Sydney later this year.Tough Mudder is a “hardcore” 20-kilometre military-style course, which was designed “by British Special Forces to test your all-round strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie”.McClelland, who is team captain of Tough is the New Skinny, said the idea of the event being so team-orientated was what drew her to the event.“(I signed up) for a personal challenge, but also because it’s a team event,” she said.“I’ve always been involved in team sports and you can’t complete the course without your buddies, so we all do the course together and help each other through the obstacles.“You just don’t leave anyone behind.”McClelland and her teammates are already heavily involved in cross-fit and she said that has helped a great deal with their preparations so far.“It’s a lot of circuit training, trying to mimic the obstacles,” she said.“Quite a few of us are into cross-fit, which is good preparation.”But there is one aspect of the Tough Mudder course that the women will struggle to train for.Competitors are zapped with 10,000 volts of electricity throughout the event to test every aspect of their physical and mental toughness.But make no mistake, one thing that can’t be questioned about these women is their toughness and they’re very proud of that fact.And that’s where their team name, Tough is the New Skinny, came from.“We strongly believe that girls should be strong and healthy, as opposed to just skinny,” Bonner said.Tough Mudder events are staged all over the world and the one in Sydney, to be held on September 22, will also act as a fundraiser for Legacy – an organisation that supports the families of fallen service men and women.“We would encourage people to go to the Tough Mudder website and follow the links to the Legacy page because it is a very worthy cause,” McClelland said.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Eurobodalla netballers ready for state age

Eurobodalla netballers (back, from left) Josie Lyttle, Emily Kinnane, Tegan Mars, Grace Reisima, Jasmine Fuller, Finley Eiffert, Hayley Johnstone, Savarna Adair, Tess Rowley, Melissa Kobold, Kate Blackmore, Samantha Brown, Daisy Ware, Rhiannon Bruce, Lesley Kobold, (middle) Samantha Ind, Emma Bennett, Kateia Barenaba, Aisha Smith, Letitia Miller, Jessica Leth, Hayley Anderson, (front) EThe Eurobodalla Netball Association will field teams in all four age groups at the State Age Championships, which start tomorrow and finish on Monday.Teams were finalised after last year’s grand final day and most of the players started training in February before the carnival season got underway in March.The 12 years team, coached by Therese Aston, has so far enjoyed its first year in representative netball and has produced some good results at recent carnivals.An ENA spokeswoman said the players were looking forward to their first state age competition.Donna Clarke, coach of the 13 years, said she was happy with the results the team has achieved this season.The team has finished in the top three in its four carnivals so far and hit form at the right time finishing first at the most recent tournament in Campbelltown.The 14 years team is coached by Liz Bruce, who said she can’t wait for this weekend’s action, which will take place in Newcastle.The new players in the team have reportedly settled in well and all girls are looking forward to the “challenge” that is state age.Karen Johnstone, ENA president and coach of the 15 years team, said she is feeling confident ahead of the trip to Newcastle.“The 15s have worked hard this year and have had some very pleasing results, so they are looking forward to a successful state age campaign,” she said.“ENA and the netball community wish the teams a successful and enjoyable state age.”The state age championship is one of Netball NSW’s marquee events and will feature over 3600 participants in 305 teams from 86 associations.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Close call for Black Caviar

It was such a pity that the gloss and hype of Black Caviar’s historic win at Royal Ascot on Saturday night was almost lost by the torrents of abuse directed at Luke Nolen post-race for his near brain-snap when sitting up in the saddle just before the line.It was such a relief for everyone when her number went into the frame as the winner, the most relieved of course being Nolen, who was ready to be drawn and quartered on the spot had she not got over the line in front.I’m sure that most readers of this column would read Dean Benson’s Back Chat column every Wednesday, and I could not have found better words to describe the aftermath, nor could I have agreed more with his sentiments expressed in Wednesday’s piece regarding the race.Let’s just all dwell on her win and nothing else, because that is all that matters.The highlight of the week’s racing was, of course the meeting at Moruya Jockey Club on Tuesday, where patrons were treated to highly competitive and exciting racing.Almost every one of the seven races had a full field and although it may not have gone exactly to plan for our home track runners, there were many great performances from them, as well as from the visitors.The Moruya track was in fantastic shape for the occasion, much to the credit of dedicated ground staff and it was good to hear the compliments flow from jockeys and trainers alike about the wonderful surface.Jeff Penza, the highly respected hoop, stated that “it’s definitely one of the best tracks I’ve been on for a long time” when interviewed by John Scorse.It looked like it was going to be a day dominated by local runners after Luke Pepper’s Zuccherina won the opening two-year-old Maiden race, with Jeff Penza in the saddle, by a very close margin over Lynda Bundy’s Moorings Siren. That was a very nice Moruya quinella, both being at almost double-figure odds.Lynda’s Gloves Off finished a close fourth in the following Maiden sprint with Joe Azzopardi aboard, the first three placings filled by visitors.Jay Ford rode Robert Price’s Four Star General to victory in the following Maiden (1425m) event, with Roly Saxton aboard the runner-up Le Cheval for Canberra trainer Norm Gardner. The eye-catcher in that race from a Moruya perspective was Mike Getty’s Rushtorio, who’s knocking on the door to break Maiden status.Jeff Penza made it a double when scoring in very quick time on Mick Miladnovic’s promising Banya Luka Babe in the Class 3 (920m) scamper, with Chicka Pearson’s Stake Knife flying home late in pursuit for second, just missing by a neck on the line.That was definitely his best run this campaign and I’ll be keen to follow his next assignment.Laurie Brown’s Blown Assets also ran strongly for third, well ahead of the rest of the runners.Roly Saxton rode Chris Strickland’s Looksgoodinblack for a half-length victory in the Class 2 (1300m) race before we were treated to the most exciting finish of the day, in the final event, a Benchmark 55 (1425m) event.Rachael Backhouse’s The Devil’s Mark led by about a three-lengthmargin for most of the race but, heartbreakingly, was run down in theshadows of the post and relegated to a head/short head/long neck fourth in a four-way photo finish.It was Robert Price from Nowra whose Jubilee got the chocolates by a head over Benny Lynen’s grand campaigner Gelderbelle, with Luke Pepper’s Seanessy third, a long neck ahead of The Devil’s Mark.Congratulations to Moruya Jockey Club’s committee for another sensational day’s racing on our home track.It was also a tough day at Canberra last Friday where our six runners didn’t run in the placings, despite good performances.Chris Hensler’s Blow Up The Pokies is our only runner at Goulburn today (race three) and Greg Backhouse has Grager, second up from a spell, nominated for the Benchmark 64 sprint at Kembla Grange tomorrow – check your guides for acceptances.Until next week, good luck and good punting.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.