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Luderick off the rocks


bobbybaccala

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Hey all,

I've been having some good success with fishing for luderick off jetties, however after trying a few times I haven't caught any at all off the rocks yet. What I don't understand is, with the swell and the chop, the float just keeps getting pushed around everywhere, going under, getting sucked out and generally not performing how I hoped.

Where are you supposed to put the float, out past the wash where it can sit (relatively) calm?

Any advice on using a float from the rocks would be appreciate. I use a running float rig.

Thanks!

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It may have a lot to do with hte type of float you use. Traditionally we use a fixed float with lead on the stem as opposed to a running float. When using thefixed float the majority of the lead is on the float and you have say an inch of sheet lead on the line, the body of the float should ride just under the surface with most of the tip showing if its calm ading additional shot to make it ride lower can be done the float should be ballasted to conditions so it does not get sucked down but you are still able to detect a bite and there is not too much resistance for the fish to get it down! Hope this helps

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It may have a lot to do with hte type of float you use. Traditionally we use a fixed float with lead on the stem as opposed to a running float. When using thefixed float the majority of the lead is on the float and you have say an inch of sheet lead on the line, the body of the float should ride just under the surface with most of the tip showing if its calm ading additional shot to make it ride lower can be done the float should be ballasted to conditions so it does not get sucked down but you are still able to detect a bite and there is not too much resistance for the fish to get it down! Hope this helps

Thanks! Do you put the float right in the wash or out past it?

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And Royce didn't add that this is where a long good quality rod and a good centrepin reel and floating line make the difference. The float needs to move in the wash and current unimpeded, sometimes that means the float needs to take line out, sometimes you need to quickly mop line up by spinning the reel. Most rock spots will see your float moving in very similar patterns time and again, this is good because if there is consistent movement, you will find that the blackfish sit in one spot picking the pieces of weed and small invertebrates that get stuck in the currents. Its also why you need to be careful with burley as it can be counterproductive if it take the fish 100m away. On the plus side, a down on the rocks usually results in a hookup, not always the case from jetties where at times the fish can drive you crazy nipping et baits etc.

Matt

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Working out where to fish for blackfish is relatively easy:

1. Find rock shelves that hold good supplies of sea lettuce or weed.

2. Check out the natural drainage of water off the rocks when it washes through the area that holds the bait around the high tides.

3. Where the wash drains out into deeper water is the spot to fish...often you can put your float into the wash and the current will take it out.

4. Generally blackfish like to be in water that has a bit of aeration through it...not always of course but if you start your drift in close and allow the current to take your float out, you will find the fish quickly enough.

Don't neglect the shallows...blackfish will feed in water only a couple of feet deep over rock that is dry at low tide. A baited hook on 6lb line with a tiny split shot (or not at all) about 30 to 40 cm above the hook can be thrown into the water upstream of the fish, bail arm open to allow the line to spool off freely as the wash drags your bait out will see fish taken when no other tactic will work. They love this and it's great fun.

You'll also find fish in rock pools that are inundated at high tides but on their own when the tide is out.

On big seas, look in the protected corners of beaches, protected rock pools where the fish will hole up till the surf settles down. Again, high tide is the best time to fish.

Go for it.

KB

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