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Fly Fishing

Chasing Golden Trevalley on the Magnetic Island flats.


Enjoying one of the many beautiful beaches of Magnetic Island.

Friday 6 February 2009

Tarpon on the chew in the rain

I just got home from an hour or so chasing small Tarpon with Ward. We were fishing some freshwater not too far from town. It was my first chance to try out my new Shimano Sustain 1000FE. And I was not disappointed. I spooled up with 4lb Fireline and was using a 6lb Vanish leader. On the end I tied the smallest of the Squidgie tails and a 1/8oz jig. Any of the tails with a bit of pink or red seem to be best. Small flick baits also work well on the larger fish.

The fishing wasn't spectacular, but consistent enough to keep us happy. Ward landed a half dozen or more of fly, and me a similar number on the plastic. Most of the fish were quite small, but I managed on nice one. It was a good test of the light fireline, and I was able to land the fish with relative ease. This is by far the lightest I have ever fished, and I'm looking forward to chasing Flathead on the same gear.

Incidentally, my Stradic 1000 is up for sale on ebay if anyone is interested. Not a thing wrong with it, I just decided to upgrade to the Sustain. Local pickup would be fine if you want to save on the postage.