Wednesday, May 30, 2012

One New BarraGuru.

Hi there,

Yes I have been very lucky, I was offered one more BarraGuru fishing lure.
And once again, it is a very beautiful timber one.

How come I got this lure?
Well it is very simple, I was having a little chat with Tony B. the maker of the BarraGuru lures, and of course it is very easy to guess what we were discussing...
You are right, fishing lures, yes...
And as I was showing him one of his lures in a display, I told him that I really liked the colour and shape of this one, as for some obscure reasons it made me think of an old cafe racer. It was a yellow lure with a black head.
I don't know what chord it strung with Tony, but he smiled at me and said: "I will make you one like that".
This was music to my hears, and I thought that if I was lucky, in a few weeks, maybe months, I would be the happy recipient of a new great hand made fishing lure.
Well, bite me, but in the same week, (talk of a spoilt kid) Tony got this great lure delivered to me.
Thank you Tony.

Here it comes:

My second BarraGuru.

This one to me, will be the cafe racer of my little collection.
Don't ask why, but it remind me of these old motorbikes from the 1960's.

From above.

To me the head and bib look a bit like an ace of spades. And every time that I see an ace of spades, this old song from when I was a tad younger, came back in the back of my head... The song of course is called Ace of Spades by the band Motörhead... 
A tune that I really liked as a kid, which has stuck to some recess of my memory.

Signed under the tail.

Yes 2012 seems to be a very good vintage for the BarraGuru production.

The face.

This is a very well finished wooden fishing lure.
This one too, is made from the Red Cedar that had been stocked by Eric Moller, under his house for his own production. And was later given to Tony by Eric Moller grandson.
The wood this very lure is made from, was stocked in far North Queensland before being moved to Darwin in the Northern Territory, to finally being transform in a beautiful fishing lure.
The origin of the wood, combined with the great work from Tony, make this a very special object in itself.

Now, with this lure, I have decided to do a thing that I normally would never do with any of the lures from my collection...
I will actually try to catch a fish with it.
I would love to be able to give Tony a photograph of a fish caught with one of his lure.
It would be just one fish, and back to the display case.
I know that the lure, might be scratched, and may loose a bit of its original paintwork...

But hey, it could be worse.
Have a good day,

Friday, May 18, 2012

Hot From The Press.

Hi there,

Three of my photographs have been published in the fishing magazine North Australian Fishing & Outdoors.

Hot from the press.

This is in this very magazine , the May/June/July 2012 issue.

You may have already seen the photos in one of my previous post on this blog.

The Stonefish story.

The story was also posted on the FFF forum, where the editor of the magazine, Matt Flynn, saw them, and asked me if he could have them for the magazine...
I said yes even before thinking about it.
This was an opportunity to join two of my passion in one go: photography and fishing.
It might sounds childish to some of you, but for me to see some of my photographs in a fishing magazine, is like a kid's dream happening in real life.

And I will also soon have another very cool story to tell you about this magazine...
But you will have to wait a little bit more before anything transpire...
And after all patience is every angler best asset.
Sorry but you will just have to kill a bit of time, and you will soon know.

But hey, it could be worse.
Have a good day,

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Classic Scorpion.

Hi there,

Here comes my first ever Classic Scorpion, a very neat fishing lure.
I have had some Classic Barra, or some RMG Scorpion before, but never a Classic Scorpion till this one.
The lure was given to me by Seano from the FFF Forum.
Many thanks Seano!

And because it is a beautiful and tough lure, we are going to start with the photos before the historic...

The Classic Scorpion.

In a very nice black, and green chrome colour.

The Classic Scorpion logo.

It is wearing the Classic Scorpion on one side, and the RMG Lures on the other side.

The RMG side.

One of the differences with the Scorpion made by Halco today, is the tow point, straight on the nose of the lure. Today's Scorpion are bib towed.

Eyes and tow point.

Another difference is that this lure is not moulded plastic, but made by foam injection, it is made of urethan. 

Here comes a bit of historic about this lure:

The lure is a RMG Classic Scorpion 150 Urethane. 
It is chrome plated, then dye-painted over chroming. 
They were made by Rob Gaden between 1994 and 1996 in urethane. Then the business was sold to Halco, and soon after the lures were converted to ABS 2 pieces plastic. 
All of this took place while Rob lived in Glen Innes, NSW, before moving to Darwin, NT.
There were about 8-10 000 of the 150mm Scorpion made by Rob, (moulded by Lively Lures).
During that 2 year period, 80% of these were sold through one shop in Darwin: Fishing & Outdoor World by George Vokolous. 
This shows the confidence Darwin's anglers got in this lure, in the pursuit of Barramundi and other scaly critters. 

I would love you to believe that my knowledge about fishing lures is without limit. But no, I have to confess that when it comes to lures culture, I am just an absolute beginner...
All of this I learned by asking directly to the renowned Australian lure designer Rob Gaden, the very man who produced this lure.
Thank you Rob for your patience and replies to my many questions.

Ok, just one last image for the road:

Nice, isn't it?

So, I have just one of them, while there has been around 10 000 of them wandering out there...
I can't help but to wonder how many are left, forgotten and languishing in some dark backyard sheds, collecting dust, remembering some happier days...

But hey, it could be worse.
Have a good day,

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Never High Stick On A Fish ...

Hi there,

As the title says, never high stick on a fish, especially if this fish is resting on a step mud bank... Because this is the story of how I broke one of my favourite fishing rod.
But let's start from the beginning.

on a Saturday morning, I received a phone call and a text message from my good mate Seano, asking if I wanted to go fishing with him latter on in the afternoon.
If you know me, you could easily have guessed that I said yes.
So of we went, to one of his secret spot, and rest assured that his secret spot is safe with me. As we had to drive for a relatively long time in the four wheels drive, through the bush, with the aid of the GPS unit to arrive to the location. Definitively not a place I could go to on my pushbike.
Once the car had stopped in the middle of nowhere, we made our way to a mangrove, and started to walk through it for a little while.
I always found walking inside the mangrove a bit eerie and pleasant at the same time.

Mangrove trekking.

If it wasn't for the mosquitos that would have been a very pleasant walk, but they were out in numbers and apparently starving. We had to reapply insect repellent at very regular intervals.
But in the end we arrived to this beautiful fishing spot, and it was well worth the effort.

The river.

The river was nice and calm, with now and then some ripples on the water, indicating that life was abundant under the surface.

Before the first flick of my lure, I found a lure, a B52's from Reidy's in a colour that I had never seen before, stuck in a tree. Someone must have fished here not that long ago.

In the first few cast we started to have some strikes, but no hookups. 
Then Seano got unlucky and snagged his lure on the other side of the river. 
This is not a large river, and any average swimmer could crosse it in no time, but with the number of crocodiles that live in there, in no way someone would try it. So he had to break his line and loose the lure.
I had decided that for this trip, I was only going to fish with the Duo Lures that I was sent by Duo Australia not long ago, this was going to be a test. And what a test it was going to be.
At first I put a Tide Minnow SLD-F at the end of my line...
And it worked so well, that I left it on the line t'ill we went back home, and haven't yet tested the other ones.
Has Seano was re-rigging his outfit I casted this new lure in the water, and got my first fish of the day!
Now this was not a huge Barramundi, but I will still remember this fish for a long time...
As it is the one on which I broke my fishing rod...
It was only 53cm (20.866142 inches), not even of a legal size! I could not have a revenge on it by cooking it, I had to release it...

The rode breaker.

In fact, it was sorely due to my own fault. Has I had the fish on the mud, standing a few metres from the water edge, because of potential crocodile, I high sticked the rod instead of having it at a low angle, and tried to pull the fish which was stuck in the mud...
The result was a great fishing rod, full of good memories for me, snapped in three pieces.
That was really upsetting, but we had just been driving and walking for long enough to arrive there, and we had just started fishing. So I could only try to take it as best as possible, and continue to fish, with a very very short rod...
At least, even if I was to not catch anything else, I knew that the lure worked.
And it continued to work.

Seano was now ready to fish and we were both casting our lures all around the place.
And getting a lots of hits, and loosing many fishes, but we got a few little one, all just under the legal limits.

Here are a few of my fishes:

Fish number two for me.

Fish number three.

With Seano hard at work, in the background.

Barramundi number four.

Yes I didn't need to change the lure, it was working very well.
We were fishing and now and then, walk a bit along the river.
At one stage Seano pointed out to me a Bull shark cruising in front of us, another good reason not to enter the waters.
Not long after the appearance of the shark, the fishing slowed down in a big way.

We walked a bit further down, Seano got the only legal fish of the day at 59cm (23.228346 inches).
And me, guess what I got?
Yes I did get a hit from a very nice Barramundi, that would have been more than legal, but lost it on the first half jump...
Now what I finally got on the line and hooked proper, was a little shark...

Little shark on the lure.

I brought it up on the bank, and looked for my pliers, I had lost them.
They were old and rusty pliers, but would have come very handy at this very time.
In the end it was with the help of my fish scaler that I was able to unhook this little critter. 
This was my last fish of the day.

And now, here is a photo of my broken rod, to give you an idea of what I was using to fish after it broke.

R.I.P dear fishing rod.

Yes this short rod, didn't had a lot of flex to fight the fish that I hooked after it got broken. At one point we even joked with Seano, that anyway, flex was for soft anglers, and that I was going to fish hardcore, with no flex and a full on drag.
Sometimes you have to make the most of what you have, and laughter often help.

So to me this was a trip from which I came back without a feed, despite the very good results obtained with the DUO Tide Minnow SLD-F.
Where I lost my pliers, and broke one of my preferred fishing rod. The one that Double Haul had got for me at the opening night of the Barra National 2010.

But hey, it could be worse.
Have a good day,