07
Oct

Lures are not cheap. Good ones anyway. I had never even owned a lure until about two weeks ago when I found one. I was fishing in a local Broadbeach, Gold Coast canal with soft plastics flicking a minnow over the edges of a sandbank hoping to snag a flathead when I spotted something floating near a small rocky outcrop. As I made my way closer I noticed what appeared to be a lure. So I ripped my shorts up, put the rod down and carefully made my way over with a pair of scissors in tow. Sure enough here was a lure alright, rigged to some heavy braid and leader coiled around a rock.

Turns out it was a mint Lucky Craft PT78XD172SXCRSD (no it didn’t come in a box!) Sexy Chartreuse Shad. The only markings on the lure were ‘Pointer XD’, once again the Internet to the rescue:

Pointer 78XD ~Extra Deep~

This little sucker retails for $15 USD and The Pointer 78XD is an extra-deep diving jerkbait, diving to a depth of 7ft.

  • Length: 3” (78mm)
  • Weight: 1/3oz (9.5g)
  • Class: Suspending
  • Belly: #4
  • Hook Tail: #6
  • Max Diving Depth: 9-10ft
  • Line: 10-12 lbs

So I had my first lure. I’m going to keep this one as it’s special.

Speaking of special, I’ve since bought a lot more and started fishing with them for at least half of each session. You’d think finding a $15 lure would save you some money, but nope. Now I need to try and catch fish on all sorts of the bloody things. I’d always wanted to try swim a lure but one of my good mates growing up was always too tight to let me play with his beloved Calcutta 400 baitcaster for fear of me stuffing it and he used to get enough birdsnests himself!

Shortly thereafter I was researching a guy by the name of David Green, David is a flathead expert and as this has been my beginner target species I have been following the dots and reading all I can that he has written. Some good examples here and here. He suggests using blades and Lipless Crankbaits/Rattlers/bibless minnows, and as I was getting sick of just using soft plastics all the time I thought I’d get some. Long story short, I have a swag of them on the way purchased and sent to my missus in USA. Can’t wait to see them and not long now 😀 Back to David Green for a second, if you want to learn more about Flahead, go start reading all you can find in Google, try ‘David Green Flathead’ and when you find some good articles in one site, search deeper using the search term ‘site:website.com David Green’ and it will pull up all the pages in that site. Plugging something like ‘site:fishingworld.com.au David Green’ into Google should get you started!

Back to the topic at hand: purchasing lures continued when I bought some lures of ‘MicksGoneFishin’ from the Nugget Fishing forum. 7 tiny lures for $35 bucks, Evergreen super sledge CBS, Lucky craft bevy shad 50f, Evergreen spin move shad 50mm, Nilsmaster (can’t remember model name but it’s the smallest one), 2x rmg scorpions, Killalure 45 mm unsure of name (no hooks). All used except the clear evergreen. Micks a legend and gave me some good local tips and I look forward to wetting a line with him someday up North.

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OH NO! I also decided that I needed to have an Aussie timber lure and that I needed to start collecting them. This amazing revelation was bought about after reading a blog by The Rambling Expat, which I in turn found after reading this fantastic fishing blog by Secret Barramundi (an amazing mostly rock fishing diary from Darwin by Hiro). So I firmly blame The Rambling Expat for introducing me to LureAndMore.com where I started getting all these BAD, BAD ideas that I needed a collection of lures too.

Off to ebay and find something reasonable, timber and signed I came up with this (sellers words not mine):

“Here is three very hard to come by collectible lures from Rockhampton.
First is a new one still on the card, “Little Terror”. The Little Terror is without a doubt the best lure from the Richo stable.
The pink one is a mid 90’s model with what I believe to be his wife’s hand writing on the belly, hard to read.
The one with it belly up is the oldest, and clearly has the name Little Terror writen on the belly by Richo himself.”

The seller is from Gympie and I even got a copy of the Gympie Times as well (now that is a bonus). I bet the seller Craig would laugh if he knew grew up in Kandanga and went to kindy at Upper Kandanga Creek school and my sister was born in Gympie!

I’m hooked: Like a hook embedded in your finger, I can’t get lures out of my mind!

So since that fateful day of simply finding a lure, I’m proud (and not so proud) to say I’m hooking myself on far more lures than fish. I’m trying to buy with Cairns in mind to as when I move there it will all change. I have 8 more in my possession with many more on the way (you could safely say more than 35), in addition to the above. Now the next step will be to make sure I’m catching more fish than lures. But we all know lures catch more fishermen than fish!

Thanks for reading and tight lines to you all!