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TOTALLY HOOKED: Holidays see schools of tailor

Ben Pirolo with a tailor he caught at the beach.
Ben Pirolo with a tailor he caught at the beach. CONTRIBUTED

MANY camping anglers are making their way to Noosa North Shore and further afield to Fraser Island with thoughts of great surf fishing on their minds.

The September school holidays is probably one of the best times to target tailor. For those of you who don't have a 4x4, the beaches along the coast from Noosa to the Maroochy River are also hot-spots with great schools of tailor still making their way up the coast.

Fishing the rocky headlands and looking for those deeper gutters with a good tide as well as fishing the low-light periods will also improve your chances.

This is the time of year that anglers love nothing better than getting down the beach with the sun setting behind them and good surf rod in hand. This brings us to the age-old question: Which is the best rod and reel for the job?

Tailor can get quite big at this time of year so fishing a larger rod like the Live Fibre Champion Trophy 13'6" and the Snyder Glass low-mount range is perfect for tangling with a big tailor or jew.

Team this with any of the Alvey 650 series surf reels and you have got most of the larger species covered.

For those more into the spin rods, the same rods are available in medium mount which means the butt section of the rod is slightly longer and has a smaller stripper guide. These also are a great choice. When these rods are teamed up with the Shimano Big Baitrunner or the new Penn Slammer III with a sealed body system, there is not too much that will outgun you.

If you have a low-mount rod and would like to upgrade to a spinning reel, this can be done, but if you are using the Alvey reel on a medium butt, it will hinder your cast.

If spinning with lures is your passion, the range of rods in this section has grown with the introduction of high modular graphite rods built purposely for this task. A fantastic example is the Shimano Aerowave rod series. Obviously this is a family time and the kids will find casting a 12-15 foot rod a bit of a challenge.

 

Pat Holden with a nice feed of tailor.
Pat Holden with a nice feed of tailor. CONTRIBUTED

The Gary Howard Breambo is an ideal rod for the kids and its reel seat position is great for both spin and side-cast reels.

At 10½ foot, this rod is perfect for chopper tailor, bream, dart and even whiting while still being able to cope with larger tailor.

So the next point of controversy is which line to use on your Alvey reel: monofilament line at 15 to 30 pound for the larger species and 8 to 12 pound for light surf and the kids is great.

The spin anglers have the choice of monofilament or braided lines and I love using braid when lure fishing for tailor. Its thinner diameter runs through the guides faster and gives a greater casting distance.

If you are using braid, make sure you run a fluorocarbon leader such as the Shogun Ice-Clear which is highly sensitive and abrasive-resistant to help with the toothy critters.

 

Log on to www.fishingnoosa.com.au for bar and fishing reports and drop into Davo's Tackle world Noosa or Davo's Northshore Bait & Tackle at Marcoola to find out where the fish are biting. Remember: tight lines and bent spines!

Topics:  fishing, outdoor-living


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