Words: Kosta Linardos Images: Thomas Pinter The evolution of live sonar has without doubt forever changed fishing and the way we find fish. For those of you unaware of what live sonar is, it’s essentially as described – sonar that you’re seeing in real time. When anglers first started using it and making YouTube videos showing how well it worked, it certainly caused its fair share of online controversies. In one camp, some anglers claimed it was cheating, and why would you want to look at a screen all day. I believe that 98% of these anglers can’t afford it and the other 2% can’t be bothered learning how to use it. These arguments aren’t unique to live sonar –
Words & Images: Colby Lesko The start of the cool weather in southern Australia means it’s big Murray cod time. After spending two weeks drifting the Murray River fishing for cod last season and having a magic time, it was back on the agenda for me in 2022. May usually marks the first month of cool weather turning the big fish on, while not being brutally cold at night for camping. May 15 also marks the end of irrigation season in many of the rivers, meaning slower, more consistent flows and clearer water. Therefore, it made sense for me to get the planning under way and start to pull the strings to get 14 days free in May. Luckily, plans
Murray cod are a lot smarter than most anglers think. In fact, animals are a lot smarter than most people give them credit for. For instance, you just have to peel back the surface of the countless studies and research papers into animal behaviour (before you ask, none of which include the name Scooby-Doo or Bugs Bunny). Probably the most lauded and well known is that of Pavlov and his pooch. (Stick with me here, it’s relevant to cod fishing, I promise.) Every time Ivan Pavlov gave his pooch a feed he’d ring a bell. He then started simply ringing the bell but didn’t produce any Chum for his dog to eat. Yet, through learned conditioning and association, his dog
Words & Images: Kate Norman Lake Eildon holds approximately six times the volume of water in Sydney Harbour, and the sheer size of this lake can be overwhelming to most anglers and make it an extremely frustrating place to fish. There have been many heartbreaking trips made, with hours spent on the water, hundreds of casts, challenging weather conditions and at times no fish caught. Although I love this place, I also know how absolutely soul-destroying it can be – trust me, I’ve felt it. Unfortunately, when it comes to fishing, the amount of effort you put in does not always reflect the rewards you receive. No words can describe the feeling of a Murray cod smashing your lure, though;
It’s the 2022 Murray Cod Special. We have four awesome features covering cod- Colby Lesko graces the cover and reports back on his recent drift down the Murray chasing big fish on surface lures. Dean Norbiato discusses where and how smaller and more traditional styles of lures will often out-fish big baits. We talk to Thomas Pinter, 3-time consecutive Mulwala cod champion about how he uses his Lowrance ActiveTarget to catch fish and we finish off with a great piece from Kate Norman on fishing Lake Eildon at night, solo, while six months pregnant, catching multiple metre+ fish! We review the new Sportsman Island Reef 17 and we have 10 pages showcasing all the latest news in tackle and electronics!
Words & Images: Kosta Linardos Regular readers of Hooked Up will have seen the many reviews we’ve done on Sportsman’s Masters series of boats. Hooked Up runs a Masters 207 as our company boat and we have reviewed the larger 227 and 247. They are exceptional bay boats that offer outstanding fishing versatility and a perfectly executed fishing platform. They’ve dramatically grown in popularity since the first models landed here about four years ago, thanks to some clever marketing (Hooked Up) and the fact these boats answered the call for many anglers desperate to find a balance between a boat that can handle some rough conditions in the bay and light offshore work with a vessel capable of navigating rivers
The world of saltwater stickbaits is vast and varies in price and quality, from poorly built models that are best left in a bargain bin through to hand-made lures that can cost more than $200. A stickbait needs good design for it to swim well and be effective, and while they may look simple, getting it right so it swims with an enticing action is something many stickbaits on the market don’t quite achieve. You also don’t want a lure that requires too much input from the angler to get a good action – getting a stickbait to swim well isn’t the easiest thing to master, but neither should it be hard or tedious. I was recently sent the the
When I refer to outfit in this article, it’s not what you’re wearing out on Saturday night, but your rod, reel, line, leader and lure- the whole package. The biggest mistake most anglers make is overdoing it by choosing an outfit that’s too heavy for the size of fish they’ll be encountering most of the time. It’s a natural and healthy thought to imagine the fish of a lifetime when you’re picking a new outfit. No one wants to lose that trophy catch through being under-gunned; however, you’ll be surprised at how well modern tackle can deal with very large fish. You’d think it’s obvious but there are a lot of variables involved and if you don’t look at them