Khean "The [insert fish name here] King" Mak, YHQLD
Khean is a crack fisho on the fresh and the salt and he can be seen stalking waterways around South East Queensland regularly. He could catch a cod in a pot hole puddle with a piece of string and a paperclip.
He loves chasing toga though and he has become pretty damned good at getting these notoriously difficult to catch fish interested in what is on the end of his line. Read on to find out more!
Lets Talk Toga fishing! What can i say...those who target them regularly would agree with me on one point: they're one of the most fustrating fish to target/chase at times but that makes it sooo rewarding when you do land one!
They're one of those fish you got to put in the miles and million casts for before you even get the slightest tap, and if finding them isn't chellenging enough, then you've got to try and keep them on while they dance around mid air trying to fling your lure!!!
Casting distance is key here -stealth mode- avoid making too much noise, sit down while hunting and avoid standing up, no point if the fish has spotted you before you spot them.
Now lets begin with what type of gear to use:
Rods - Any Light to Medium light Rods are Plenty!!
(as well as your standard bream outfits)
1-3kg rod from your L through to you M
*light perfect casting for those smaller lures
5-10lb rod...Major Craft MXS672 ML (my person weapon)*. This is still light for those small to medium lures and has a bit more power in the rod to control the fish more whilst among thick timbers. Reel - anything from your 1000-2500 is plenty. MainLines - I pesonally use the YGK G-Soul Upgrade X8 & Major Craft Dangan braids. In saying that any braid with the rating of
6-14 lb is plenty. Leader line - I use Berkley Vanish in most of my fishing in 6-12lb. Some may prefer to go heavier but i personally had never use more than 10lb. This also depends on what lure you intend on using, and if im going to use a patricular lure which it has a chance of inhaling it down its gob I would go a bit heavier! Hence, why I prefer to use hardbody lures such as your jerkbait styles. Lures - To save you who wants to jump the queue to avoid that overwhelming feeling standing at the tackle store isle scratching your head on what to buy or look for I'll reccomend a few of my TOP Lures that has been a success for me chasing these fish. For Suface - D'Style...slow roll across the suface with a few short pauses but you can also use as a popping style lure to attract attention then roll it as if a bug is trying to escape. Jerk style lures/minnows - *Crazee minnows (my personal favorite )
*Diawa Double Clutch
Key points for catching toga: There will be 3 strike phases.
Retreival techniques are all the same, cast as close you can to the intended target and let it sit as this is most likely as you have just landed on its HOT strike zone (phase 1 the drop). If by now your lure survived the drop do a few short jerks away alternating pauses, this will intrigue the toga in stiking if he's eyed it out from the bottom or stalking it (phase 2). This again as the strike period is as important as the drop. Now onto phase 3! At this moment if hes still holding back the strike you roll with couple of jerks along the way back to the boat.
Sometime you have to pester that location with a couple more cast before it even commits.
Toga's most likely hide outs: Snag/Bays/Coves - From my experience what I'm about to recommend may contridict other fellow toga fishos out there. Say for the likes of Borumba Dam where I found their behaviour is a bit different to say Hinze Dam or NPD Togas look for snags, fallen trees and stumps. Tip= - Be picky with these, overtime it will indicate to you what type of snags they would mostly use for shelter otherwise you'd find yourself casting at every single tree, now imagine fishing Hinze like that! Bays/Coves - Calm sections tucked away from the winds are prime locations. Lilly bays - Prime location which provides cover for Togas and also shelter their food source such as baitfish. Now that I have built a picture for y'all that togas prefer to shelter up near snags/struture, the Borumba togas on the other hand dont always play by this rule! They love to roam and hang around out in the open where there's not a single tree nor snag in sight.
Hopefully these few tips will get you all on to a few togas .
Good Luck and Tight Lines!