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3 October 2013    

 
 

 

Flathead

Hi All,
Hi all, I have been mainly trolling and occasionally casting the Smitys diggas over the past month in the Noosa river system and the variety of species that I have been catching is quite amazing.

The digga is an old school lure specifically designed to catch jacks that I first started using about 12 years ago with great success on the Gold Coast and then in Cairns. Production of the lure stopped shortly after, but recently the Digga has been launched back onto the market.

My main target has been Mangrove jack which have been a bit slow between the lakes compared to the last few years. Although I have managed a few average specimens, there has been plenty of bi-catch to keep the sessions amusing.

What has really surprised me is the amount of jew fish I have been catching. The great aspect of trolling is that you can take the family for a Sunday outing which is fun for all and they have a great chance of catching decent fish, my daughter caught her first jack at 4 years of age trolling between the lakes at this time of year.

flathead

The areas that I have been working are the mouth of lake Cootharaba and the stretch for 300 mtrs down stream, in particularly the northern bank gutter, The top end of Cooroibah to the deep hole on the first big bend between the lakes and the 6 knott zone near Johns Landing.

trevally flathead

 

The Woods Bay areas and the back of Noosa sound have also worked well. Trolling at idle speed has worked best averaging 1.4-2.4 knotts. The best trolling times have been around the high and low tide changes.

tailor jack

The ideal depth to troll the digga is 3-3.5 meters although if you want them to dive a little shallower just add 4-5 meters of 40lb plus leader to the lure and it will track in the 2.2-2.8 meter depth.

My mate Johnny has been trolling them late at night really slowly along rock bars and jetties with an electric motor and has been scoring some absolute thumping jacks.

jack

The diggas are now exclusively available at Hooked On Angling on the Sunshine Coast.

Cheers
Greg Carter

 

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