Reef fishing in the Indo/Pacific is a serious business, with coral trout being a popular species. Chris Rushford and Ross Newton, from Reel Teaser Fishing Adventures, share their playbook on fishing for coral trout, discussing techniques, lures, and boat operation. They cover water movement, lure choice, cadence, lure size, color, rods, reels, and tackle. The wealth of experience in reef fishing makes learning easy. The video can be applied to other programs and helps fish smarter.
Coral Trout - Reef Fishing(00:35:38)
Location: Western Pacific and Eastern Indian Ocean.
Experience: Magical feeling of the ocean's raw power.
Fish Characteristics: Powerful fish with exaggerated tail fin structures.
Main Species: Coral trout with varieties like passionfruit trout, roving coral trout, vermicular coral trout, and bluespotted coral trout.
Destination: Rowley Shoals in Western Australia with Reel Teaser Fishing Adventures.
Fishing Experience: Targeting coral trout in the Indo/Pacific waters, exploring Clerke Reef, and understanding the tide movements.
Key Techniques: Moving constantly, using poppers and stick baits, and understanding the reef structure.
For In The Spread, I journeyed to Western Australia's Rowley Shoals with Reel Teaser Fishing Adventures. Roddy Hays, a close friend, had spoken highly of the pristine fishing there. The Rowley Shoals are massive atolls atop the continental shelf in the eastern Indian Ocean, rising from depths of over a thousand feet. Reel Teaser Fishing Adventures, with their extensive experience in billfish, reef fishing, and backcountry trips, is the only choice in this region. Their diverse expertise makes them invaluable. Their team, some of the best fishing instructors, provided an unforgettable experience.
Given the widespread presence of coral trout in the Indo/Pacific waters, our goal was to focus on them and share effective reef fishing techniques. This In The Spread video showcases Chris Rushford and the wise Ross Newton exploring Clerke Reef. All our catches were released.
The essence of fishing on these atolls involves navigating the "bommies" or coral heads, the coral trout's stronghold. Tidal movements dictate the fishing windows, and while the conditions might not always be ideal, the abundance of coral trout, including some sizable ones, is undeniable.
Chris Rushford, seasoned beyond his years, offers invaluable insights. He'll guide you through these secluded reefs, sharing his experiences and techniques. Whether you fish in this region or elsewhere, there's something to learn from these experts. Their shared wisdom can be applied universally, enhancing your fishing game.
Chris emphasizes the importance of mobility when fishing these reef structures. Staying in one spot for too long can scare off the fish. Utilize tidal currents for drifts or use your motor to move between spots. This approach exposes you to more fish, increasing your chances of a catch.
Starting with poppers is always a good strategy. If fishing with a partner, one can use a popper while the other opts for a stick bait. Chris and Ross have their preferred lures, with Halco tackle being a top choice. Their expertise in manipulating these lures is evident, and Chris delves deep into the mechanics of his technique.
Both anglers use robust gear, preparing for the potential of a massive fish attacking their lure. They discuss their preferred rod and reel combinations, and the type of line each reel is loaded with.
While this coral trout fishing video is largely tactical, understanding how to navigate the reef is the primary takeaway. Whether you're looking to fish for coral trout on similar reefs or seeking insights for your own fishing endeavors, there's a wealth of knowledge here. Learn from the best and elevate your fishing game.
The author traveled to the Rowley Shoals in Western Australia to fish with Reel Teaser Fishing Adventures.
Some key techniques include constantly moving to cover ground, using poppers and stick baits, understanding the reef structure, and working with the tide movements.
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