Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Guest contributor Rhett Thorne from Mad Keen Yak Angling takes us through his lure tips for freshwater lagoon fishing.

The Blue Fox Vibrax Super Minnow

After stocking up with some of the new lures by Rapala brands, I had the pleasure of trying out a few of the smaller models in my local, freshwater lagoon. 

The first to be tied on was the Blue Fox, Vibrax Super Minnow, in the orange colour, because it covers the greatest amount of water due to castability and variable depths. Being the first time I’ve ever used a spinner lure, I began with a standard retrieve before switching to a stop and go retrieve around the snags to help entice the fish out of the timber.
After snagging up in over the shallow weed beds, I swiched to the Rapala Original Floating minnow lure in the new Orange Tiger colour. This lure has the ability to work from the surface down, depending on the style of retrieve.
The most productive retrieve I use with this floating style lure is to cast it out into the snags and let it float on the surface. A sharp twich pulls the lure forward, causing it to flick up water and dart just under the surface. The lure then floats back up and the retrieve continues. After the lure is out of the snags and is in relatively open water, a sharp, sub-surface twitching retrieve helps to immitate a wounded baitfish and produce strikes.
While using this retrieve I hooked up on a solid Barramundi that darted towards the snag. The drag of my little Okuma Avenger II reel screamed as the fish zig-zagged through the water. The fish put on a bit of an aerial display jumping through the air before cruising along the bank.

The Rapala Original Floating minnow in the new Orange Tiger colour 

The Barra was landed using my Okuma Lip Grips before being taged and released after a few quick pictures.
To say the least my new Okuma combo of the Avenger II 25 reel and Taurino 2-5kg rod performed exceptionally well. 

The wounded minnow action of the Rapala Original lure combined with the orange tiger colour proved to be a dynamite combination and by far the best lure, by outfishing the competition. Next time I head down to BCF I will for sure be buying a couple more for the tackle box.

My Okuma Avenger II reel and Taurino rod

Words and Pics: Rhett Thorne - reproduced with permission. Read more from Rhett's at Mad Keen Yak Angling.

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