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How to use crab lures
Steve Starling | December 2016

The author with an absolute horse of a black bream taken on a Cranka crab.

There are several different makes and models of crab-imitating lures on Australian tackle store shelves, but many anglers still seem confused about how to best present and work these offerings. Lures and fly patterns intended to imitate crabs have been around for many years, but there’s been a real surge of interest in these cunning crustacean copies over the past few seasons, thanks largely to the immense success of Steve Steer’s highly innovative Cranka Crab range.
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Stayin’ alive!
Steve Starling | December 2016

A few very basic steps can not only improve your enjoyment of summertime fishing, but also dramatically reduce the likelihood of injury from accidents and mishaps.
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Finessing the heavyweights
Steve Starling | November 2016

The concept of finesse fishing doesn’t only apply to the lighter end of the fishing spectrum. It can also pay big dividends when dealing with our true heavyweights!
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Putting on a puppet show
Steve Starling | October 2016

Even the best crab-imitating lure is unlikely to get eaten unless you work it to look like a crab. That means dead slow and on or near the bottom.

It turns out that successful lure fishing and puppetry have a great deal in common!
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Beating the baitcaster blues
Steve Starling | September 2016

Baitcaster reels are particularly popular amongst anglers chasing Murray cod and other heavyweight targets in both fresh and saltwater.

Mastering modern overhead reels isn’t so difficult, if you follow a few basic steps.
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Left verses right
Steve Starling | August 2016

The author reckons that cranking spinning reels with his non-dominant (left) hand — and therefore not having to swap hands after every cast — has caught him a lot of extra fish over the years. Having your dominant hand holding the rod can also be especial

It’s an argument almost as old as fishing itself: which hand should you crank your reel with?
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Working with water temperature
Steve Starling | July 2016

In most areas, barramundi become much more active when the water warms above 25°C. However, in mid-winter estuaries chill to just 20°C or less, finding areas even half a degree warmer can produce the goods.

Water temperature can be a key factor in dictating where fish will be found and what ‘mood’ or activity level they’re likely to be display. In other words, how ‘catch-able’ they will be. At no time of year is this more critical than in the depths of winter.
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Take better fishing photos
Steve Starling | June 2016

Everyone loves to capture a great photo of their catch, and in the era of social media, it’s fun to share those images with friends, family and fellow fishers. But how can you ensure that your fishing happy snaps are up to scratch? These days, just about every angler takes a camera with them whenever they hit the water, even if it’s only the one built into their mobile phone.
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Learn to overcome your fear of flying!
Steve Starling | May 2016

Flyfishing has a reputation for being a mysterious and difficult art, mostly practiced by crusty, pipe-smoking old toffs in tweed jackets resplendent with leather elbow patches… But the times have indeed changed! These days, flyfishing has largely been demystified, and it’s no longer solely about catching trout!
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