Here is a Selection of Quick Tips for November!

Clint Bauer, YHQLD

When fishing for bream around pontoons, Clint has found that most jigheads are too heavy and sink too fast for his fishing style.  

To remedy this, Clint uses the right amount of Blu Tack on his favourite Mustad Aberdeen hooks.  In this way he can completely tailor make the right weight for the right drop rate.

Top tip, thanks Clint!

Charles Duffield, YHQLD

Charles has an absolute cracker of a tip about something we have no doubt all done at some point.  Not long ago Charles saw a Hobie owner end up in the drink, and because of it and he lost everything to the bottom, including his chair.

When you are landing a fish, make sure you use the net in the hand that is on the same side as the fish.

Cross over those arms and you are almost guranteed a dip as your yak passes the tipping point.

Charles loves to fish in the rivers and creeks as much as he does fishing outside.  He is also a pretty adept designer, putting together the amazing brag mat you see on the left.    Release the cord and the mat goes floppy, rolling up to the size of a large water bottle.  Amazing stuff, seeing as it is 1m long!

The Palomar Knot, Wayne Petherick, YHQLD

The palomar knot is one of the more simple knots to tie.  Not only is it simple, it is super robust boasting a knot strength of 95 - 97%.  For those of you who don't like to tie off on the water, this knot is the perfect partner to your fishing adventures because it is quick and simple.  I've been using the palomar since I started and have found that the leader will often give way before the knot on a snag.  While there are about five steps to this knot, it takes seconds to tie and the process is very simple and easy to remember.

The great thing about this knot is that it works on jig heads, snaps, swivels, and a host of other terminal tackle.  It isn't so great on hard bodies because of the trebles, but it can be done using a big enough loop.  If you want to use this knot with hard bodies, you are best off using snaps, which will make changing out on the water a breeze.
Step 1

The first step in the palomar is to feed your main line through the eyelet of whatever you are tying off.

The length of the line you feed through will be dictated by what you are tying off.  A snap will use significantly less line than say a 4/0 jig will.
Sed pede ullamcorper amet ullamcorper primis, nam pretium suspendisse neque, a phasellus sit pulvinar vel integer.
Step 2

Once you have fed the tag line through the eyelet, turn it over and feed it back on itself.

This will result in a loop on one side and the main line and tag line on the other side.
Step 3

Holding the jig or line in one hand (it is sometimes easier to hold one side of the line, y9ou want to tie a half-hitch in the line.  

Think the first half of a granny knot.  Make a loop and feed the line back on itself and through the hole created.

You are oevr half way there!
Sed pede ullamcorper amet ullamcorper primis, nam pretium suspendisse neque, a phasellus sit pulvinar vel integer.
Step 4

After Step 3, you will end up with a loop on one side.  Because I am a rightie that usually ends up on the right hand side.

Take this loop and pass it over the snap, jig, swivel, or other end of line tackle.  

You want to make sure this clear any lips or snags.  If you get caught up on the way around this can negatively impacts  on the overall knot strength causing line or lure loss.
Step 5

Once you have cleared the line over whatever you are tying on, pull the loop up and over the half hitch you have made on the eyelet.  Then pull the line tight to finish the knot.  

Sometimes pulling both the main and tag line won't pull the knot in hard, so you might need to pull only the tag line or main line to pull it tight.

Some say that you can add an extra half hitch to the line to give it 100% strength, though I finds this is not generally needed.  There is certainly no harm in doing so though, and this does not add uneccesarily to line bulk.

Hendo's Quick Tips!

The Yak Hunter recently caught up with Luke Hendo (YHQLD) to get some hints and tips for keeping your gear in the best shape.  Hendo has been fishing for 26 years, and during this time he has done a lot of his own servicing and maintenance.  Recently though, Hendo started Luke's Lines so he can keep YOUR gear in top shape and purring like a kitten.  A lot of malfunctions leading to repair costs can be avoided if you just go through a few extra steps after a trip, especially if you have been on the salt.  Hendo shared these little rippers with us for the November edition!

Now don't get us wrong, we have nothing against WD-40 personally.  It's a great little lubicant and degreaser for many household and garden shed purposes.  You can probably find a can or five in most Aussie households.  

That doesn't mean it is any good for your fishing gear though.  Remember, WD is a degreaser also which means that if it gets into the inner workings of your reels it can strip away whatever proper libricant (oil or grease) has been put in there to protect your gear and keep it working.

Hendo reckons it is pretty common to see the signs of WD-40 use on reels, and he says that it does more harm than good as a rule.
Wash Your Tips!

The top eyelet probably comes in more contact with water than any other eyelet on your rod.  This is because the wet line will pass through this eyelet before any others, finaly making its way back onto your reel.  This will strip away salt, water scum, and debris from your braid or mono.

Unfortunately, much of this will get deposited around the top eyelet, causing buildup that can turn into corrosion.

The solution to this buildup long term is pretty simple.  Grab some soapy water and a soft bristle brush, and give the top eyelet a good scrub when you get back from your trip.  While you are at it, give the other eyelets some love too.  Your rod will thank you for it!

Personal note from the Ed:  I take REALLY good care of my gear and can say that Hendo pointed out a fair bit of corrosion around the top tip of one of my fave rods (thankfully it hadn't become rust just yet).  I was shocked to say the least knowhing how well I clean my gear.  I now do this every trip, without fail.
Don't Forget to Give Your Roller Bearing a Little Oil 

Over time the roller bearing may lose lubrication causing friction on the reel or line causing unnecessary wear and tear.

After your trip (using proper reel oil of course) squeeze a drop or two of oil on the roller bearing.  

A very simple trick to work it into the bearing is to cut a rubber band in half and feed it through the roller.  Grab each end, then run the rubber band back and forth making sure the bearing is spinning.  This will work the oil into the bearing and keep it in top order.
Carry a Bottle of Fresh

It goes without saying that you should always carry water on your adventures, especially in summer.  Dehydration can cause serious issues so you need to stay topped up with H2O.

But your gear can benefit from a splash of fresh now and then too.  One killer lurking in your tackle box can be salt water contamination from putting a lure used in the salt back in the tackle box with unused or clean lures.  This salt can spread and over time cause significant corrosion and rust.

If you drop your reel in the water, this can also be a life saver.

A very simple trick is to carry a squirt style water bottle (think Pump or something similar) full of fresh with you each outing.  When you are finished with a lure, give it a quick toot of the fresh water, leave it somewhere to dry for a few minutes, then these can be put back in with your other kit!  A good first line of defence if you rod and reel take a dunking can be a good squirt with the water to remove as much salt as possible.
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