Giving them stick

I’ve never been one to follow crazes just because it’s the trend. I like to think I’m more of a pragmatist – I do what needs to be done and I like form and function. If a thing doesn’t serve a regular purpose I don’t need it to clutter my world.

You’d have to wonder how that could possibly be true with all the different tackle we already have, but each and every item came into our gallery of gear to serve a useful purpose we had at the time. Outfits like our numerous top quality baitcasters might only get a run every few years we make a trip into barra country and for the rest of the time they pretty much just sit idle, but come those all-too-rare tropical trips we would not want to be without them. That’s not clutter or craze, that’s acquiring the right tools for the job, without compromise.

Learning is fun at Montes

We all fish for fun. All sorts of different kinds of fun – the hunt, the finding, the tempting and the take, the weight on the line, the battle, the meal at the end of the day; all sorts of different ‘enjoyment’ factors, but it’s all fun nonetheless.

Fishos who do it for a living often still get many of those same thrills, if not always then certainly often enough to keep doing it, but for the pro fisher the ability to find and catch fish is the fabric of their livelihood. For them no fish means no pay.

Right knife but wrong gun fight

I've raved before about the value of a decent two-handed 2.1m spin stick in the fisho’s rack of tools. That sort of outfit falls into three different ranges – well it does for us. There’s the lighter side at say 4kg, the mid-range at 6-8kg, and then into the heavy-as-you-need range of anything 10kg and over.

We needed another mid-range spin outfit in the 6-8kg bracket and this is far and away our most used piece of two-handed spin gear.

Logical option for anyone wanting portable seating

Camp chairs have been extremely popular in Australia for a number of years now.

Able to be instantly folded down when not in use for easy transportation and storage, they are the logical seating option for anyone wanting portable seating.

Whether you are a grey nomad, a camper or a beach fisherman, or maybe you just host the family Christmas lunch each year, the chances are you own a durable camp chair or four for your adventures.

Oztrail have now taken that idea of a compact folding chair to the next level with their ultra-light Compaclite series, which can be packed down to an incredibly small size to make these chairs even more user friendly and extremely portable.

Boat ramps can be extremely slippery

Anyone who has spent any time launching boats knows how potentially dangerous it can be.

Boat ramps can be extremely slippery and many an unsuspecting skipper or crew member has gone belly up when their feet have suddenly gone out from under them.

This can lead to some painful injuries and I have a nasty memory of losing my footing at Woodman Point unexpectedly one afternoon.

My feet went from under me without warning as I walked down the ramp.

I landed heavily on my side and although I soldiered on for a few hours out on the water, eventually had to come back in as the pain became severe due to badly bruised ribs which laid me up for a few days.

The business end of the Anchormax

If you love a feed of fresh crayfish, but don’t like doing the hard work pulling the pot up then the Maxwell Anchormax might be the perfect solution without breaking the bank.

The Anchormax is a versatile vertical capstan which doubles as a one-way general purpose winch, popular with boaters as it is small but powerful, and doesn’t draw excessive power.

For WA boaters it can be used to pull pots or as a davit winch, and can even be used on a tinnie to retrieve an anchor.

Easy to install, the Anchormax has an extremely high power to weight ratio.

It has a maximum pull rating of 330kg and a speed of 32 metres per minute and these qualities have made it one of Australasia’s most popular capstans.

In particular, it shapes as an ideal option for anyone looking to make life easier for the next cray season, especially those getting on in years or with a bad back, or who can’t find a regular deckie to assist.

The 2017-18 recreational cray season opens in October in the bottom half of the State.

Hooks you can trust

What's the lowest common denominator that all of us line fishers share in doing what we love? What is the one piece of kit we all have in the arsenal?

Somewhere in the shed or in the rod rack, we’ve probably all got a carbon fibre rod, but it is also likely that there’s a fibreglass rod somewhere. Maybe we all have a threadline reel, but then we might also have an overhead. We might have some wire trace, or swivels, sinkers and lures. However, none of those would be 100 per cent guaranteed to be in the kit of every single fisho in the WAngler readership.

Fin-Nor reputation no waffle

WHO can remember the Polly Waffle (an extinct chocolate bar if you have to ask), or the proper series of Combat, in black and white?

I can't be the only one, surely?

If you're reading this and silently recalling things of the past you might also recall what was, back in our day, a range of top-of-the-line fishing reels that most of us could only ever dream of being able to own – the mighty Fin-Nor range.

In its day, Fin-Nor was a marque of sheer engineering magnificence, the reputation of the brand for performance, cutting edge design and build quality was truly well earned. Fin-Nor was one of those standout USA-built quality products which we could really only dream about being able to afford, or rather, being able to justify the asking price.