Daniel Chiu Story of his catch

There’s a bit of a story to this pic. We got to Browns Mountain about 7am cracking day flat as, we started to cube and never broke the trail all day damn it was boring not a touch no surface action nothing, soaked livies on the surface and down low. Come about 4 in the arvo and then it started first Rod with a livie under a ballon started to scream for the next two hrs or so it was chaos had them at the back of the boat ranging from jelly beans to about 40kg.I can remember seeing Sonny landing smaller ones by hoisting them out of the water like the old long polers used to do but catching them under his arm like footballs, unhooking and passing them back to the ocean in about 30 seconds. So good. Decide to head back in just after 6 and when we got back into radio range the two way starts going nuts, coast guard calling us cops looking for us on land and sea. It turns out my Missus got worried because she couldn’t contact us for so long she called the coast guard. This fish is my biggest to date, as you can see my other mates Rod went nuts while tying to take this pic that’s what he’s looking at. Doesn’t get much better than that. Good time Good mates Great fish.??

Fishing with different baits


Worms can get swept into lakes and rivers during a strong rain or storm. They are a tasty protein-rich treat for any fish, and most fish would be glad to snack on one if presented with the opportunity.

You can purchase your worms at a bait shop, they are not too expensive, or as with all of the live bait, you can catch them yourself. There are a few variety of worms.

Catching Worms

Look for worms in parks, your backyard, or at your fishing spot.A great time to collect worms is after it rains: just pick them off the street or grass. If you are looking for worms at night,use a lens cover on the flashlight (in yellow or red), because worms are very sensitive to bright light and will try to burrow back into the ground. A piece of colored plastic wrap works well.

When you spot a worm on the ground, it will almost always only be partially exposed. Grab the worm by the part that is closest to the ground. Don’t try to grab it by the head. Hold on to it, but don’t squeeze it. Have a little patience and allow the worm to begin to contract before slowly (and carefully) pulling it out of its hole to make it easier.

Caring for Worms

To keep your worms healthy, keep them away from heat, light and vibration. Try to recreate their natural environment: cool and dark. They like moisture, but you shouldn’t drown them. Bait containers for worms can be purchased at tackle shops, but you can easily keep them in an old coffee can as long as you perforate the top so they can breathe.

Hooking Worms

There are several ways to hook a worm. For small fish you can cut a worm into pieces and thread the pieces onto a small hook. Large worms can be hooked through the collar once, or if it’s a big worm it can be hooked through the body a few more times. Be sure to bury the hook and barb in the worm, to keep it from sliding off. Small worms can be treated the same as worm worm pieces; hook several on the same hook.


Also called spikes or grubs, maggots are a great bait to use for panfish like bluegill. Spikes have a bad reputation among non-anglers. But, you should know that maggots are one of the cleanest baits available. Maggots purchased in U.S. are the larval form of the blowfly. Like worms, they will catch almost any freshwater fish.

Hmmm. As sanitary as they are, I leave maggot breeding/catching to the professionals. Do yourself a favor and just purchase these at the bait shop. They come in a small Styrofoam container, like worms.

Caring for Maggots

Caring for maggots is easy. Keep them cool and out of the sun while you’re fishing. You can store any left-overs in your refrigerator. The cold will make them inactive and they should keep for week or two.

Hooking Maggots

Because of their small size, maggots are much easier to thread on a small hook. This is great way to fish them because you can hide the entire hook in the bait. You can also put several maggots on one hook by piercing them through the middle. For best results, be sure to hide the end of the hook in this rigging too.


Hoppers make great bait for summer fishing, and they can be fun to catch. Children especially, can have a great time trying to catch these for you

Catching Hoppers

Grasshopper and crickets can be caught from almost any grassy field, use your hands, a hat or baseball cap, or a small net. You can also make a hopper trap by laying out some sugary bread on the grass and covering it with a piece of cardboard, cloth or newspaper. Leave it overnight and carefully lift the cover in the morning to collect your hoppers.

Caring for Hoppers

Hoppers are easy to trasport. Keep them in a coffee can, a store bought bait box, or a water bottle. The advantage of using a water bottle is that you can shake one out at a time. Be sure to punch a few small air holes in the bottle.

Hooking Hoppers

You need to use fine wire hooks with hoppers. You can hook them right behind the head through the collar, or if you want them to last longer you can avoid hooking them altogether; Use a fine wire and twist it around the shank of the hook, then very gently twist it around the body of the hopper. A small rubber band would work too.


Minnows are small baitfish usually found in freshwater systems. They make excellent bait, as long as they are lively.

Minnows can be purchased in a bait shop on your way to your fishing spot.

If you want to catch your own, you have a few choices. Just be sure to check that the method is legal in your state.

You can catch Minnows with a dip net. If you’re having trouble with that, use a bigger net and lay it down in shallow water. Place some small pieces of bread or dog food kibbles on the net and lift it straight up to capture the minnows when they swim over the net. They also sell commercially available minnow traps in tackle shops.

Caring for Minnows

Minnows need cool, clean, oxygen rich non-chlorinated water. Invest in a one of those minnow buckets with a battery operated aerator. Keep it out of the sun. If the day is very hot, put the whole bucket in your cooler with a little ice to keep the water temperature comfortable.

Hooking Minnows

Where you hook a minnow depends on how you plan to fish it. If you’re going to use a float, then a hook the minnow through the back, be careful not to injure the spine or you might kill or paralyze it. If you are going to allow the minnow to swim freely without weights, for maximum natural action, hook it through the tail. If you are going to cast and retrieve or troll it (drag it behind your boat) hook it through the lips.

There are other live baits you can use like leeches, some people even use frogs. Look around underneath rocks and around your fishing area for likely candidates. But, remember to check on the legality of your bait, because some baits are illegal in in some waters and bait is always a no-no on “artificial-only” or “fly-only waters.”


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Snapper Recipes

Serves: 4 

  • 1 whole snapper, cleaned
  • olive oil, for brushing
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 sprig fresh bay leaves
  • 1 small lemon, thinly sliced

Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:50min 

  1. Preheat the barbecue.
  2. Lightly score the snapper with a sharp knife in a diamond pattern on both sides. Brush with oil inside and out and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Rub the ginger into the cuts.
  3. Place the fish on sheets of heavy duty aluminium foil. Place a sprig of bay leaves in the cavity and lay the lemon slices over the uppermost side of the fish. Wrap the fish securely in the foil, sealing the edges tightly.
  4. Place the fish on the barbecue and cook 20 minutes. Turn the fish and cook 20 minutes more.

Fall Fishing Tips for beginner Fishermen

There are many reasons to get out on the boat this season. Fishing for freshwater fish is on the top of this list in Fall! The months from September to late November are perfect for catching a plethora of species.  Stunning surroundings make this hobby all the more worthwhile. Let us walk you through what to expect, and how to maximize your haul!


Early fall marks the beginning of dropping temperatures with corresponding cooler waters. There are also increasingly shorter daylight hours. This stimulates fish to move from their summer homes to their winter habitats.


Progressing further into the fall fishing season, the water cools even more. This increases oxygen levels which stimulate fish causing them to become more active.


Later into the season means fish begin to get slower. As we near winter, fish will already have gorged earlier in the season. They start to become lazy, swimming less to strike a lure. Prepare to go deeper, and think strategically.


The most popular species in fall are large and small-mouth bass, walleye, northern pike, lake trout and salmon. The best tactics depend on where in the county you are and what you’d like to catch. However it can often be productive to make your way to greener pastures. Seek out deep healthy weeds near bays and tributaries in fertile lakes and rivers. Some species, such as pike, look for cover. This causes them to move away from the shorelines and into the rich vegetation and deeper waters.

However the contrary applies to largemouth bass and walleye, who tend to migrate towards shallow waters. They do this in order to keep warm, keeping close shoreline vegetation for cover. The easiest way to determine the most productive waters is to keep your eye out for baitfish. Your chances to score a catch will increase where the natural action is. Here’s some quick tips on catching some of the top fall fish this season.