After 4 years of learning, living and breathing American bass, Toowoomba's Carl Jocumsen has finally cracked qualification for the Bassmaster Elite Series in 2015. This is fantastic news for Carl and all of his thousands of followers, both in Australia and abroad.
Steve Morgan caught up with Carl via phone and recorded this interview. Listen if you want to re-live the drama of Carl's final day in his third Central division qualifying event...
Noosa’s North Shore will be a hive of activity at this time of the year as the tailor starts to run. With Easter upon us this is a great time to pack up the family, dust off the camping gear and head up the beach for a couple of days tailor fishing.
As you are cruising up the beach to your favourite camping area make sure your passengers are keeping a close eye on the surf for the all-important gutters. What you are looking for is that gutter with a good entry and exit point that the water will run through with the most prosperous area being near those entry and exit points. The fish tend to hang around these areas just out of the current line and wait for a passing baitfish to devour.
A standard pilchard rigged on a gang hook is the most popular way to target the ferocious feeders, but there has been a recent change to the use of the Black Magic Snapper Snatches. These New Zealand hand-made rigs consist of two hooks rigged with attractor skirts really add attraction to your baits and help bring the fish to you! By then putting half a pilchard on this rig and allowing it to ‘dance’ around in the surf, you put yourself in the best possible chance of catching a tailor or 10.
Not to be outdone, the Noosa River is also a great place to snag a nice tailor or trevally. The tailor tend to school up around the back of Noosa Sound, feeding on baitfish and prawns. Early in the morning, these fish are often seen busting up on the surface in a feeding frenzy! At this time of the year, it’s not uncommon to come across schools of trevally and tailor right throughout the system, so it pays to always have a rod rigged up with a surface lure ready just in case!