Fishing: The perfect catch for Christmas
FISHOS of all ages delight in seeing a special little something under the Christmas tree.
Normally I'd go through what's hot, what's new and all the bargains from local tackle retailers but let's cut to the chase and see what these people would like for their very own Christmas gift.
I'd better own up first. Mine would be a Lindy Glove, left hand, large size.
Hands, um, down, it's the most awesome fish-gripping glove ever and is impervious to flathead spikes, dogfish spines and those razor-sharp tail scutes on big trevally and surgeon fish.
At around $40 it's not cheap but it's durable and washable. I know, because I've been using a right-hand one for five years now.
I should have bought a leftie, so I can grip the fish in my left and remove the hook with my right. They're worth every cent.
Brett at Ballina Bait and Tackle wants some Bassman Pup downsized spinnerbaits and Jawknocker shaker blade lures for his bass tournament weekends. They're the latest creations from local Glen Casey, of Bassman spinnerbaits.
Staffer Squidgy Palmer is dropping Brett unsubtle hints for a new Samurai Reaction 181 rod for casting topwaters and plastics.
Chris Doust, at Suffolk's Sports Store in Lismore, reckons he needs to kit himself out with a new suite of reels. He'd go for the latest Shimano Twin Power, a 2500 size for bass luring, a 5000 for snapper on soft plastics and a 10,000 size for light jigging and heavy spinning. He's not sure if Santa will cough up for the three.
Mitch at Dave's Bait Shop, Ballina, didn't have to think long and aimed high, selecting a Shimano Stella 2500FI "because it's the best".
The Stella's feel in the hand and smooth cranking has helped build its reputation at pretty much the top of the heap. But they don't come cheap, with not a lot of change from a grand.
At Casino Outdoors, Craig Urquhart has been threatening to get a one-person canoe for the local river and maybe in the Clarence, the Evans and Emigrant Creek.
With wife Joy, their Old Town 160 Guide two-person has been great for some years so he's heading for the Old Town Discovery 119 kayak. It weighs just 19kg but can carry 215kg, plenty for an overnight camp.
Neil at Evans Head Sports and Marine says he's a middle-of-the-road type of gear purchaser, so he's aiming for a modestly priced kayak-type rod with a 250 Sedona reel loaded with 2kg braid and a bunch small Gulp plastics in the new colours. And he also wouldn't mind seeing under the tree some tickets for a holiday in February!