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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 6:28 am 
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There is a resort on Dirk Hartog Island ,off the west coast of Australia, that is highly spoken of for a family friendly holiday as well as superb fishing.

We reached it after taking a small flight from Perth.However, we were stuck for a day in a place named Denham due to heavy rains ,which meant that the shuttle plane from the Lodge could not land or take off from their dirt runway to pick us up.

The next day the rains eased and we were ferried to the Lodge by boat, quickly received by the hosts and then told to just as quickly get ready with our fishing gear for catching red snapper!

It took us 20 minutes to rig the Shimano travel rods,mated to Stella 4000 reels, and I put on 1/4 oz
jig heads with Gulp "Nuclear Chicken" soft plastics.

A quick run by the skipper to a shallow reef, which looked just like any other body of water to our untrained eyes, and we started fishing.

Within seconds of the plastics hitting bottom and being jigged, the snapper started firing and we brought them in by the bucket load.

Apparently, the skipper was stocking up his freezer prior to his return home to Perth and we had to hand over our catch to him instead of releasing it.

Several other species also came onboard,coral trout...Rankin cod ..Black Emperor and the pesky Spotted Mackerel.

We had the coral trout at the evening barbecue and it was the best tasting fish out of them all.

Pictures below ... enjoy.

Kingfish


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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 10:18 am 
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Some more pictures from Dirk Hartog Island trip.......


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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 9:19 am 
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Although this article is titled "snapper on soft plastics", I took the opportunity to try some other lures.

I had good success with the Sebile Flat Shadd, which was the sinking model....it was let down to the bottom and simply jigged up and it's vibration attracted various fish, which were hooked.

Another technique was to cast it and then retrieve it ,however this was a bit risky as it could then snag on the reef structure.

I caught snapper and Spotted Mackerel with the Sebile Flat Shadd and would recommend its use.It does come in different versions and weights, or at least it did before the new variety of Sebile lures have come on the market.


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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 12:02 pm 
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Good variety of fish there. Soft plastic is a great way to go for bottom dwellers.Nice pictures and terrain too.


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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 12:39 pm 
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Thanks Jeen, the area deserves another visit!

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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 5:25 pm 
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Nice catches Kingfish. Enjoyed watching the photos.


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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 9:14 pm 
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Thanks Venkat, let us have some pictures from you ... it is so easy to post them on the forum now!

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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 1:00 pm 
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Loved this post and watching the fishing action!!
Wishing you many more tight lines and fights, Kingfish!! [smilie=coolup.gif] [smilie=coolup.gif]
-Pradeep


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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 4:51 pm 
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Thank you,Pradeep.

May you have success in your angling,as well.

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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 6:50 pm 
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Great report Kingfish! Thanks for sharing!

As Jeen mentioned, can't beat the fun catching bottom dwelling fish by jigging soft plastics....

Maruthu


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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 4:33 am 
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Hello Maruthu,

Thanks, nice to hear from you!

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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 10:03 pm 
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Awesome report mate....We always love reading your trip reports :)


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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 12:50 am 
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@viperdevil

Thank you and appreciate your support.

Wish others would put up reports as well, it is getting kinda lonely at the moment!

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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 11:56 pm 
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nice catch some intresting lures


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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2015 2:02 am 
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Thanks ..... over here, anglers have switched wholeheartedly to catching snapper and other bottom dwellers using soft plastics.

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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2015 2:30 am 
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I attach pictures of the soft plastics I used, as mentioned in this article.
It may be of interest to some of you.

The photos taken with the iPad tend to be a bit grainy but are easy to incorporate into the post.

Kingfish


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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 11:45 am 
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Nice snappers Kingfish. You have a variety of fish there.


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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 11:47 am 
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I have heard good results about the squidgies. How much do the one you have in picture weigh


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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 11:54 am 
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binu wrote:
I have heard good results about the squidgies. How much do the one you have in picture weigh


I was wondering the same thing.
I was looking for some relatively cheap pre rigged soft plastics with paddle tail.

How do they work if you want to bounce them on the bottom of 10' deep water with little current?

Thanks! Maruthu


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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 1:11 pm 
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@ binu

Let me check up on the weights and sizes available in the Squidgy range and come back to you.

Could you possibly advise what fish you are gunning for? As this may have some bearing on what to choose.

Regards,
Kingfish


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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 1:15 pm 
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Hello Marithu,

I will have the info you need shortly and post it.

From my experience of the Squidgies, they work very well in the depths you have mentioned and are really easy to use and, more importantly, to transport and rig up.

PS. Apart from the bottom bouncing, they can be cast and retrieved just like a hard bodied lure,the throbbing tail attracts strikes from nearby fish.

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Kingfish


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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 2:23 pm 
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kingfish wrote:
@ binu

Let me check up on the weights and sizes available in the Squidgy range and come back to you.

Could you possibly advise what fish you are gunning for? As this may have some bearing on what to choose.

Regards,
Kingfish


I am looking to target small barramundi. I used to follow a blog about someone fishing mainly for barramundi and saw this lure mentioned there.


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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 3:14 pm 
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binu wrote:
kingfish wrote:
@ binu

Let me check up on the weights and sizes available in the Squidgy range and come back to you.

Could you possibly advise what fish you are gunning for? As this may have some bearing on what to choose.

Regards,
Kingfish


I am looking to target small barramundi. I used to follow a blog about someone fishing mainly for barramundi and saw this lure mentioned there.


I thought you were targeting very big barramundi :mrgreen:

On a serious note, if it works for small barramundi, then I too shall try it in shallow waters of the west coast :-)

Maruthu


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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 3:27 pm 
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kingfish wrote:
Hello Marithu,

I will have the info you need shortly and post it.

From my experience of the Squidgies, they work very well in the depths you have mentioned and are really easy to use and, more importantly, to transport and rig up.

PS. Apart from the bottom bouncing, they can be cast and retrieved just like a hard bodied lure,the throbbing tail attracts strikes from nearby fish.

Regards,
Kingfish


Thanks for the info kingfish. Another aspect I liked about the lure was that it is so pointed at the snout and the lure being more streamlined, I could drift it across a sideways current where I find a storm wild eye lure not very ideal. I generally prefer something like a tsunami split tail minnow that has a thin profile, but this lure has both the thin profile required and a paddle tail to add more action....

Maruthu


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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 5:21 pm 
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binu wrote:
kingfish wrote:
@ binu

Let me check up on the weights and sizes available in the Squidgy range and come back to you.

Could you possibly advise what fish you are gunning for? As this may have some bearing on what to choose.

Regards,
Kingfish


I am looking to target small barramundi. I used to follow a blog about someone fishing mainly for barramundi and saw this lure mentioned there.


I thought you were targeting very big barramundi :mrgreen:

On a serious note, if it works for small barramundi, then I too shall try it in shallow waters of the west coast :-)

Maruthu


Maruthu, that was a secret [smilie=smack.gif]


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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 7:38 am 
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@binu and @ lure-fisherman

Gentlemen, please see my new post on Squidgie soft plastics in the Bait&Tackle section ... it should answer your questions.

Regards,
Kingfish


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:59 pm 
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Nice report and pics Kingfish.....TFS


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:52 am 
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Thank you.... I must say that the new procedure for posting pictures is a godsend and helps make posts visually appealing.

Kingfish


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