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The 'not so' finesse fishing?

There’s ‘heavy’ fishing and there’s ‘finesse’ fishing. But what happens when you mix non-finesse gear with finesse baits? The answer’s simple, you get the ‘not so' finesse type fishing. The idea seems a little odd to start with, but once you get used to the hang of it, everything goes. Well, not for me at least. This happened on a day when Fishnut (Malaysian Fishing Net forum member) and I were ‘invited’ to fish at one of the private ponds of a tackle distributor in Malaysia.

A pink tilapia to start the day. This one was caught on a 1/16 oz jig with curly tail grub.

Until we actually landed the first fish of the evening, we didn’t even know what do expect. Fishnut landed a few pink tilapias at one of the many stagnant ponds. It didn’t take us long to realize that we wanted something more hard fighting. We got what we asked for when we located a pond full of pacus.

I was thinking snakehead, but it turned out to be otherwise. The fish had certainly hit the lure like a giant snakehead.

To my surprise, our ‘not so finesse techniques’ worked quite well, but it wasn't perfect. In all, it’s just a simple technique similar to jigging. Instead of doing it with heavy jigs, we were using 1/16 oz jig head with 2” curly tail grub. The idea, again simple, was to hop the jig at the bottom at short stop-start intervals until a bite is felt.

First pacu of the evening, on a 1/16 oz jig with curly tail grub (yellow chartreuse).

Catching pacus on jigs was something new to me then. I just could keep with the 'hit and run' takes. This was the difficult part for me due to the heavy spinning rod I was using. In all, I was experiencing more hits than hook-ups. Fishnut on the other hand, was feeling quite at home landing fish after fish.

Catch number 'n' ready for landing by Fishnut. He is seen here using a St. Croix Legend Elite spinning rod with a Shimano Twinpower spinning reel.

One of the many nice size pacus by Fishnut.

Not wanting to sound like I’ve just tasted 'sour grapes', its experience that counts and Fishnut’s again proven he lacks none. As for me, why on earth was I even using a heavy spinning gear with finesse baits?

Anyway, thanks for reading.
[ 2011/01/24 21:34 ] Category: None | TB(0) | CM(0)
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