There is always a good chance of enjoying more a session of Night fishing to a day time session, this is due to you are more likely to hook on a descent size fish.
This fishing technique that I am going to discuss today is fished with a rod & reel . I personally like to use a 4 to 5 meter Rod as it allows you reach most swims especially were you find ledges & other drop-downs to cast beyond them & same again when retrieving the line back in case of having a fish hooked on. For this method you do not need to carry too much gear with you , all you need is the rod & reel or two all depends how adventurous you are. I would suggest not to do so, as if you have two lines out at the one time & you manage to get bites on both of them you might disappoint yourself losing them. The type of gear that you use will be all dependant on were you fish , if you fish in open water would recommend a more robust rod from the ones you would use in ports. The line thickness in the spool can vary from .16 to .30 also depends on the capability of the individual and as long as the line is one of good quality say 'Top Knot by Ellevi' which does not frey when fish bite. The only other thing you would need is a hook at the end of the line you have on your spool, when it comes to size all depends to the individual recommended would be sizes from 2 to 6 and same again to the type long shank to avoid the fish damaging the line , short shank to enable you to hide the hook .
The best technique that I enjoyed using with good results this year was one that I do not usually use during the day but I tried it out & was satisfactory. I used this system due to the seas have been very clear lately & you could see that there was some descent size Parrot fish going for the ground bait but they were not biting when I was fishing with led weight on the bottom. The only ones that were going for the bait were the smaller sized parrot fish which I was releasing straight away to enable them to grow, this species tend to grow in a short space of time they can grow from 500 grams to a little bit more than 1 Kilo
The technique I used was by means of a 6mtr hand pole all depending on the depth of water you are fishing, in my case 6 mtrs was enough. Just adjust to whatever depth of water you are fishing at , importantly that you can have the lead touch the bottom , rocks or ledges. I used 0.16 Ellevi Top Knot Line from the tip all the way down to the bottom where I used a size 9 Hook long shank & quite robust quality. Using a good branded line is important as the Parrot fish has sharp teeth & is very easy to cut the line also when it takes the bait it can easily cut your line on a snag hence the quality of the line is important. All that is required is a roughly 1 gram shot lead about a meter away from the hook to enable the bait to sink. At the same time not having too much weight enables the bait to sit better in the water. Bait wise I used Korean Worm as there was quite a lot of smaller fish & if I baited shrimp they will soon rip the shrimp of the hook easily. Once the lead was hitting the bottom I was just tightening up the line by moving the pole slightly , I can say that on occasions when I was going to start moving the pole to take the slack of the line I could feel the bait I presented in a different manner worked as the Parrot Fish was Hooked on.
I hope that you will have the same success rate as I did with this technique & always keep it mind to release the smaller fish to enable sustainability for future fishing & upcoming generations.
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Peter Paul Azzopardi