by Simon Goldsmith
We all have a species or style of fishing that rings our bell. For me it’s sooty grunter and fishing crankbaits in timber, and it’s was during a shoot for an up and coming The Fishing DVD issue 23 episode that I got to indulge both. Fishing Eungella Dam near Mackay Shannon Watson and I got to experience impoundment sooty fishing about as good as it gets.The process was straight forward, throw 2 ½” shallow and deep crankbaits to standing and laydown timber, slow roll it back and wait for the fish to nail the rattling intruder.
While the lure and retrieve was nothing new our choice of tackle, namely the rod, reel and line had somewhat of a new twist on it. Using a combination of spin and baitcaster gear, it was the Steez and Tournament Master-Z guided ranges that did most of the work. The low modulus Steez Tornado was perfect for the treble armed lures we were using while the Tournament Master Z-G Flats Master was matched up with the new Certates and Steez spinning reels. These outfits were dynamite at muscling XOS sooties away from their snags.
Baitcaster outfits followed a similar trend with the Steez Blitz and Tournament Master Z-G Topwater Tapdancer used when we were looking for a bit more grunt. These were matched up with the Steez 103 and new Zillion 100H-DA Type R baitcasters.
All the reels were also spooled up with Daiwa’s latest super fine braid, the Tournament Hyper PE and this was the first time it was used on film and it lived up to all expectations, delivering super smooth casting and A1 pulling power.
Look out for this story in the upcoming Fishing DVD, for more information go to – www.thefishingdvd.com.au