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Old 30-05-2018, 10:52 PM
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Whats your go to Pinky outfit

If you get chance - would you mind giving us a run down on the outfit you use for chasing pinkies - rod, reel, line, leader, jigheads and lures.

I mainly use

2-4kg rod
2000 reel
10lb braid
8lb- 10lb leader
2/0 1/8th jigheads
and curl tails, paddle tails and Shrimp soft plastics in 2 -3 inch
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Old 31-05-2018, 01:02 AM
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We use a slightly heaver outfit for small reds here. Reason being that although most reds are 1-3kg the odd 7 or 8kg model appears and naturally always ends up on the pinky outfit rather than a specific larger Snapper outfit (Murphy's law always rules supreme here).
Our Pinky outfit would be 6kg rod
20LB braid
20LB fluro leader
1/4-1/2 oz jig heads
and we prefer jerk baits in the 6" range.
Although this is overkill for most it gives you a fighting chance (just) on an 8kg model in shallow water which simply go ballistic.
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Old 31-05-2018, 01:57 AM
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I have three I run on the yak.
1-3kg 2000 6lb and 6lb leader
2-4kg 2500 pe 0.6 tasline and 10lb leader
3-5kg 2500 pe 0.6 tasline and 12 or 16lb leader
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Old 31-05-2018, 04:23 AM
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I have three I run on the yak.
1-3kg 2000 6lb and 6lb leader
2-4kg 2500 pe 0.6 tasline and 10lb leader
3-5kg 2500 pe 0.6 tasline and 12 or 16lb leader
Yeah I've heard good things and bad things about Tas-line (mainly good)- I'm not trying to poop on Paulus - but when he tried to tie an FG he found it weaker than other knots - that made me question all his methods -

I personally test all my gear with digi scales now - so I have my own personal rating system- I test it dry fresh out of the box - then again a few months after soaking in the toxic sludge we fish

One thing I've noticed is soaking line in Nong/Yarra juice does not increase its breaking strain

I tend to go lighter when I'm on a floating vessel with a landing net aswell - I save the 6lb leaders for 7m of water 500m off shore over mud bottom
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Yeah I've heard good things and bad things about Tas-line (mainly good)- I'm not trying to poop on Paulus - but when he tried to tie an FG he found it weaker than other knots - that made me question all his methods -

I personally test all my gear with digi scales now - so I have my own personal rating system- I test it dry fresh out of the box - then again a few months after soaking in the toxic sludge we fish

One thing I've noticed is soaking line in Nong/Yarra juice does not increase its breaking strain

I tend to go lighter when I'm on a floating vessel with a landing net aswell - I save the 6lb leaders for 7m of water 500m off shore over mud bottom
The light rod is usually saved for similar circumstances but I brought it out for a bit of fun recently and it's a touch addictive. Got them to 50cm on it and despite some hairy moments have landed all hooked so far (although there's been a fair bit of spool palming)
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Old 31-05-2018, 05:35 AM
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The light rod is usually saved for similar circumstances but I brought it out for a bit of fun recently and it's a touch addictive. Got them to 50cm on it and despite some hairy moments have landed all hooked so far (although there's been a fair bit of spool palming)
Yeah fishing on lures is a very weird set of equations - I bumped into an old salt a couple of months back - he was using 100lb black braid with 100lb flouro leader -

I said - Ive run livies 4m apart on on 40 lb leader and 20lb leader - and while the 20lb got hit 10 times the 40lb remained untouched.

He said - the fish I'm Targeting dont care about your leader......

I dont know whether I agree with him but I understand the impulse to use heavier leaders
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Old 31-05-2018, 04:07 AM
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We use a slightly heaver outfit for small reds here. Reason being that although most reds are 1-3kg the odd 7 or 8kg model appears and naturally always ends up on the pinky outfit rather than a specific larger Snapper outfit (Murphy's law always rules supreme here).
Our Pinky outfit would be 6kg rod
20LB braid
20LB fluro leader
1/4-1/2 oz jig heads
and we prefer jerk baits in the 6" range.
Although this is overkill for most it gives you a fighting chance (just) on an 8kg model in shallow water which simply go ballistic.
Yeah all my current day lure tackle choices stem back to one sunny day on a coral reef off Heyman Island 20 year ago.

Me and a mate had waded out through 200m of stone-fish infested coral reef to get to a drop off.

My mate was used to 20lb mono, 6500 shimano bait runners while surf casting for heavy slugs for salmon.

So when I lent him one of my 3-6kg, 7ft graphite outfits with 14lb leaders - he was in heaven.

He got smoked by a Trevally and I apologized for providing him with an undergunned out fit (these out fits comfortably landed nearly everything I hooked the day before)

But his reply surprised me - "This is the most fun I've ever had casting lures" - (he landed heaps of other stuff that day)

When questioned, he said that casting lures on fibre glass surf rods for Salmon isnt fun - its hard work interspersed with more hard work, on a fish you plan to release anyway.

But these light graphite sticks meant fatigue was a thing of the past and he could just enjoy wading and fishing.

That really struck a chord with me - Although I'm known for my uncanny ability to land huge fish - I dont want every cast I make, to be a chore to retrieve.

I often bring a heavier outfit but I never start out using it to search for fish. I'm land based these days so I find fish with crystals and palm readings

But all that gets thrown out the window when 8kg snaps are likely to be encountered - I work on a top 5% rule - if 95% of the fish I am likely to catch are below 2kg - I'll target the 95% and cut my losses
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