BERKLEY SUPERTAKE

10 JUNE 2019            

The team from the Berkley Super Fishing Tank will take you on an underwater journey with a massive display, complete with up to 20 live fish, usually the almighty Barramundi.

Part portable fishing show, part mobile fish tank and part educational program, the 14,000 litre Berkley Super Fishing Tank is designed to give the public a fish-eye-view on the world of angling.

The presentations include catch and release techniques, preserving your catch for the dinner table, mastering lures and gear tips for first timers.

The team will also demonstrate how the many different types of fish react to different lures and techniques used by many of today’s top anglers

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Berkley Supertank

Live demonstrations from the Berkley Supertank offer audiences to see exactly how different lures and techniques work. Spectators can use these techniques easily in many different areas to improve their fishing results next time they’re on the water. The 20-25-minute demonstrations are educational, exciting, entertaining and FREE! 

The Supertank holds 14,500 litres of drinking-quality freshwater that is heated, treated and filtered to make it perfect for the fish to swim in over the course of the show. 

The fish are sourced from local farms along the east coast.  

Barramundi are an easy choice of fish to go in the tank for several reasons; 

  • They are the one fish species that all sportfishing anglers want to catch on rod and reel.
  • They acclimatize to their surroundings quicker than other native species of fish, meaning less time needed to set the tank up and get it ready for the show 
  • The natural aggressive nature of Barra makes them the perfect choice to use in lure demonstrations as they will, at times, attack some of the lures involved with the shows 

A few favourite fish to catch and ways to lure them! 

Snapper 

The use of soft plastics on snapper over the last couple of years has become very popular, slow subtle presentation of the lure is the key to good success when fishing for snapper in our local and favorite haunts. 

Identifying fish on fish finders (depth sounders) and seeing what depth the fish are holding at is important when trying to get the lure in front of the fish.   

Anchoring the boat up current of the fish and casting ahead of the boat letting lure move naturally back with the flow will increase the chances of getting strikes, a little burley in the water will also help bring the fish to the back of the boat. 

Flathead 

Its amazing how many flathead inhabit our estuarine waters. 

Anglers fishing from the bank or boat can catch plenty of flathead all year round with spring and summer being the times to enjoy the best flathead fishing. 

The most important thing to remember about catching flathead is that flathead are bottom dwelling fish that use their colour as camouflage and launch ambush attacks, by shooting off the bottom grabbing their prey, then nestle straight back to the bottom, all lures must regularly hit the sea floor in order to catch flathead. 

Soft plastics, Deep diving lures, Blades and tailspinners all work well on flathead!  

Bream 

Known for being finicky at times, bream is more commonly caught on bait than on lures. Bream are a great lure fishing proposition; they will readily hit lures that are presented in the right way. Targeting these wily fish close to some form of structure will get the best results. Casting small natural coloured diving lures close to cover and using a steady retrieve can see many bream being caught. Soft plastics and Blade lures hopped along the bottom will also produce fish in deeper water. Sharp hooks are a must for anglers pursuing bream. 

Barramundi 

Many angler have the barramundi on their “bucket” list of must catch fish before going to that big fishing ground in the sky.  

High flying, strong running and hard fighting are all phrases used to describe Barra fishing. All fishing lures will work on these fish at times, the most popular lures to catch Barra are the conventional diving lures, casting to the bank pinpointing any feature that the fish might be sitting close too, then using an erratic twitchy type retrieve produces many fish for the northern angler. Trolling these lures back and fourth making many passes will also produce fish. Key areas to target barramundi on diving lures are the mouths of any feeder creeks that run into main rivers, especially if there are scattered snags (drowned trees or rocks) close by. 

A new style of lure that has receive rave reviews on Barra in the past year or so are the soft vibe range, these lures feature a soft plastic body, that feel real to the Barra. When retrieved through the water they send out an amazing amount of vibration that will attract Barra, they can be used in the same way as the diving lures mentioned earlier, but come into their own when used with a lift and drop technique in and around snags, drop offs and rock bars. 

Tough leader, strong main line and watching the show should help in capturing this magnificent Aussie legend! 

Hook’em Big! 


ENDS

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