Yes, I was lucky enough to win a round of the FFF Seadogs 2016.
And not any round but the last one, basically I really got in by the skin of my teeth.
So first what is the FFF Seadogs competition?
It is a friendly fishing competition organised by the FFF fishing forum, in Australia.
The competition is made of eleven rounds, and the angler with the best fish in a round win this round.
At the end of the year, the person who had the biggest number of points (Allocated by the sizes of fish entered in the competition each rounds) win the Grand Prize of Seadog of the year.
Now, I have entered this competition since it's beginning, and it is only the very first time that I win a round in it. This is a testament to the quality of the many anglers who compete in it every years.
And my win was I believe due more to sheer luck than anything else.
But hey, I will take it anyway.
So what did I win?
Yes, all of this!
Now let's have a closer look at all these goodies.
First the Rapala:
Three Rapala fishing lures.
Yes, note one, not two but three Rapala fishing lures.
One Max Rap and two X-Rap XR-12.
The Max Rap swim at 03 to 09M (1-3FT.). And the two X-Rap dive to 1,2-2,4M (4 to 8 FT.).
Then come the Halco / RMG:
Three fishing lures from Halco / RMG.
This lot is made of a 40g Outcast in white, one of my favourite lure when fishing for Queenfish and other small pelagic from the shore. It cast like a bullet and fish love it.
Second is a Laser Pro 120MT, with a swimming depth of 1M. I have never fished with a Laser Pro, but many of my fishing buddies told me that they love it for Barramundi, so I will definitively try it.
And third is the ever reliable Poltergeist 80. A great little lure, which already caught me plenty of fish, and that I rate highly.
Then come the Reidy's:
Two of my favourite Barramundi fishing lure.
One of them is a B52...
Yes, I have said it before, my first ever Barramundi on a lure was on a Reidy's B52.
I have since always had some in my tackle boxes, and always make sure to have a few with me when ever I go fishing.
The other is a Little Lucifer, these are great lures when fishing the billabong, or at the start of the run off season, when the bait is still relatively small. I have caught some fish with this lure too.
And then came the timber lure:
Deep River Lure.
This one is a Deep River Lure Mugil.
Deep River Lures are handcrafted in Queensland, and are very well finished. I already had two of them, and really like them, even if they are nearly too beautiful to be fished.
They are even signed under the belly:
Deep River Lure Mugil.
But what does the average angler would be with shiny lures and nothing to attach them to?
So here come the fishing line, from Platypus:
Platinum+ Braid by Platypus.
This comes just at the right time. It is here the beginning of the run off season. The time when I get my reels serviced and change the lines that need to be changed. With 300 years of 30lb braid, I will be ok for a little while. Platypus fishing lines are made in Australia and as such are well suited for the harsh condition under which we fish.
And last but not least, the Tonic sunglasses:
Tonic Evo polarized sunglasses.
Each round winner for 2016 was supposed to chose the frame of their choice, and they should have come with polycarbonate lenses. But the guys at Tonic Eyewear decided to give us a nice surprise, and send the glasses with real glass photochromic lenses.
Now that is some super cool stuff!
I already owned a pair of Tonic glasses with photochromic lenses, but I had them for several years and they have suffered the bad treatment that I inflict on my fishing accessories. So a brand new pair is more than welcome.
Oh and what kind of fish did I catch to get rewarded with all these nice things?
Do you remember a post I did in December 2016 about a Barramundi that broke my fishing rod?
That the one!
Yes it did broke my fishing rod, but it brought me a lot more.
I would like to give a big shout out to the FFF Forum for organising this great fishing competition.
And to all the sponsors in no particular order:
Reidy's, Halco / RMG, Rapala, Deep River Lures, Platypus fishing lines, and Tonic Eyewear.
Thank you all, you are making this competition even better.
Now what are my chance to win a round in the FFF Seadogs 2017?
Well, I wouldn't ask you to hold your breath on this one...
As so far I am yet to catch a Barramundi in 2017...
But hey, it could be worse.
Have a good day,