What is Rock Fishing?
Well for one thing, you do not go rock fishing with rocks tied to the end of your fishing line. Rock fishing is actually the process of fishing from rocks that extend out into the sea. Rock fishing is one of the favorite pass time in Australia and...
Rock fishing is a dangerous pass time though. In the first 6 months of 2009 there were 12 deaths from drowning on the Australian coast that involved rock fishing. The Randwick Council area, near Sydney, has had 10 rock fishing related deaths from 2004 to 2009. As more fishermen become aware of the need for safety, more and more of them are taking to wearing life jackets when rock fishing.
A couple of thing to help keep you safe while rock fishing are:
Always wear a life jacket when rock fishing
Take along a fishing partner to help if there is trouble
Before you venture out onto the rocks, watch the waves and how they are breaking. Your life is worth more than a day spent rock fishing.
There are two things that I would like to mention before you start on your rock fishing adventure. The first thing is that you need to have a long pole, 8 feet is a minimum for me but I prefer a 12 foot rod as I can cast farther with that size pole. The second thing is that I use spoon shaped weights. You know the ones that are tear drop shaped smashed flat. These are excellent for rock fishing because when you reel them in, they tend to lift off of the bottom and reduce the possibility of snagging.
If you have ever fished from a boat, the same bait that you use there can also be used for rock fishing. If your rock fishing spot seems to be a place that has a lot of smaller fish or you find that you need to cast a long distance, then you need to look for a tougher bait that will stay on your hook. Squid or mullet are always a good choice to use when rock fishing if you need a tougher bait.
There are two ways that most people set up their rock fishing rigs.
The running rig or slip rig is the rock fishing setup that allows the sinker to slide freely on the line. The swivel keeps the sinker from sliding all the way down to the hook. This is a great rock fishing setup as it allow the hook to move freely with the currents of the ocean.
The second way to rig up your rock fishing gear is what is known as the dropper rig. With this rock fishing setup, you will have a weight attached to the end of your line instead of above the sinker. The hook is then attached by the use of a loop created in the leader. The loop for the hook is created by using what is known as a dropper knot. The biggest advantage of this rock fishing setup is that you can cast further and you can add more than one hook to the line. The only disadvantage is that the bait does not move as freely as it does with the running rig.
There you have it, now get out and do some rock fishing. For more great fishing tips visit our web site at http://www.fishcatchingtips.com
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