By Rob March
When I get a day off from working at the tackle shop and the family is at school I like to hit one of my favourite spots for a shore based bash at a lake on the Gold Coast which is fed by two pipes on the high tide. This style of fishing is open to everyone and it may surprise you what is available in these places.
My favourite outfit for this is a samurai 203, 2000 freams with 3lb fluro straight through. Casting cranks is so easy with this rod and distance is sometimes very important in these man made lake systems.
My most recent excursion turned out to be a good little session with 6 fish landed and the biggest going 33cm fork. The lure that did the damage was the Atomic deep crank in ghost brown shad and I had to subtly change my retrieve in order to attract strikes. It alway pays to be flexible in any fishing and try different techniques to maximise your catch.
The retrieve was a little different to the norm, with a few quick cranks to get the lure down then a pause followed by a slow long draw with the rod, when the lure stopped and I took up the slack most hits came then. When fishing this type of water I find that a slow paced attack is best used and the crank is perfect for this.
Remember you don’t need a flash boat to get good fish ,have a look at your local water ways and you might get a surprise.