Ed: The following report was sent in by the H man: On my recent trip to Jarvis Bay I visited Kracken Bait and Tackle in Huskisson. A minute in the shop my eyes were drawn to the biggest softplastic grubs and shads I had ever seen. Turns out they are Boneyard Bait 11” grubs and they are new in Australia. Boneyard Baits is a well-established brand in the US, with several world record fish caught on their softplastics and Kraken is the official distributor for them in Australia.
Naturally I've already started fielding questions about which lures I'm going to be focused on using during my upcoming solo kayak fishing expedition and no doubt this will continue long after the trip is over. To pre-empt that somewhat and provide somewhere that I can quickly point the eternally curious to I thought I'd compile a quick list of the lures I'm packing and why.
Many of us are used to wash our rods and reel down after every outing. That’s actually not good reel maintenance practice because it drives sand and salt into the reel and the gears. Here are the experts from Okuma explaining how to properly service your reels. Is this video helpful? Absolutely!
If there's one thing I hate (there's actually loads of things I hate) it's treble hook points and barbs getting tangling up with other lures, which among other things, can make it a clumsy affair extracting a certain lure. I don't like to have my tackle boxes open for very long out on the water, so eliminating the potential for tangled lures has been a habit of mine for some time.
I'm a little bit excited about a couple of new lures added to the collection lately. A couple of new ultralight Rapala's: an Ultralight Profile Minnow (ULM-6) and a deeper diving Ultralight Profile Shad (ULS-4). I've been introducing some bigger lures into the tacklebox lately which have been superb when the action is on. Lateley the bite has been somewhat light on, and possibly smaller offerings are what's needed to match the hatch or entice a bite.
With just a few weeks to go before Carl, Holger and I set sail for Fraser Island for yet another annual kayak fishing odyssey, I've started thinking about which lures to pack. There are numerous potential scenarios for us to consider that we're now well familiar with so we've all got a pretty good idea on what to pack. Due simply to the sheer distance we will traverse throughout the week (anywhere between 200 - 300 km at a conservative guess), obviously we'll be doing a lot of trolling. So trolling lures will be the primary weapon of choice. But which flavour?