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DAIWA FISHING TIPS: Starting Out. Surface Lures over Coral – Dave Rae

Coral reef ecosystems are amazing places to visit. Not only do they offer amazing snorkelling, the fish that inhabit these places are fantastic sport fishing options.

If you were to ask me the most exciting means of fishing the coral I would suggest you try casting surface lures over the edges and into the drop offs; or visa versa if you are walking the edges on low tide.

This is do or die fishing at it’s best. There are no second chances because you are fishing over razor sharp coral and lines are cut very very easily.

There aren’t any fish that come to you without a fight, and if you hook a coral trout, jobfish, red bass or sweetlip they will head straight for the coral. Trout are the known demons, but if you can halt the initial run, chances are much improved. Even decent sized sweetlip go hard and they tend to keep going hard.

Other species, namely GT’s, bluefin trevally and mackerel, swim hard and fast when hooked. They don’t tend to bury themselves in the bottom, but in shallow water they can cover so much ground, so quickly, that line is dragged across coral for the same result.

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Therefore, tackle needs to be tough and the angler should be on the ball and ready to brawl. Equally the choice of tackle should be designed and built to handle the job. Two outfits that I can highly recommend are the 20 Demon Blood S792-4/6 matched with a 21 Certate SW 14000 XH, and the second is a Spartan S80 6/8 paired with a Saltiga 18000 H

As far as lures go, try XL poppers and stick baits for the big guys. A lure 300mm in length is ideal. For the smaller fish, try 150mm – 250mm; but be warned that smaller fish will hit big lures and visa versa. Once hooked, turn their head and keep them coming, and hopefully the guy on the motor can motor the boat out into deep water. The Saltiga Dive Star is a gun lure for this style of fishing and with the name Saltiga attached to it you know it's going to stand up to whatever you throw at it.

In classical literary terms, “I’ve saved the best till last”, in that with a good pair of polarised sunglasses, you’ll see the fish coming!

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