Aqua Sinka is a New Zealand company that produces non toxic, lead free fishing sinkers.
They offer two different fishing sinkers, Sinka and Soaka. These products are made from naturally occuring ironsand and if lost during use they will eventually return as natural, safe components to the environment. Soaka has the added feature of acting like a burley bomb. The Soaka sinker absorbs approx 20% of its volume in the specially formulated SOAK-IT fish attractant. The slow-release attractants seep from the Soaka sinker while it sits near to where you want it to be, your baited hook!
The Aqua Sinka products are available from their shop at the following website: http://www.aquasinka.com/
As a father of young children it is sometimes difficult to go fishing. And even when I do, there is sometimes the guilt factor that I'm out enjoying myself and leaving the family at home.
Thankfully my daughters are still young enough to want to hang out with dad and they seem to like adventure, so when possible and appropriate, I try to bring them along on expeditions.
However doing so isn't as simple as grab the rod and go. When going with kids there are lot's of things that need to be considered and prepared.
Making sure the kids are safe and happy has to be the priority but trying to involve them, if possible, is also important. It could be as simple as winding the handle on the reel during a retrieve, or carefully touching a fish.
If they want to be involved it's important to try and include them so they are enjoying the experience and don't just feel like they are being dragged around by dad.
However you can never be sure that things are going to go smoothly, no matter how well you plan. For example on a recent trip I ended up with a treble hook in my thigh (ouch!) and my youngest daughter threw my phone in the river (I still have no idea why) after taking a happy snap of me with a fish. This ended up with me getting soaked with shoes, wallet, keys and all as I raced in to retrieve it.
So when I take the children I leave expectations at home. I have learned to put the kids experience first and expecting to do some serious fishing last. This way everyone has a good time. And if we catch a fish it's a bonus.
Recently the Fishing Tackle Traders team headed off in the dark of pre-dawn chasing New England freshwater natives. As with most fishing trips, expectation was quietly optimistic with thoughts of trophy sized fish that would be eagerly munching our lures one after the other in the hours that would soon follow. But first we had to drive to our destination through the kangaroo lined country road that was still covered in the black of night.
Of-course the cheerful banter between 3 mates who had known each other since high school was the first of the excursions highlights with ridiculous jokes, wisecracks and gentle ribbing the constant theme of the conversation. And when yours truly headed down the wrong track cutting into our precious fishing time, they weren't going to let me forget it.
Unfortunately when we actually got to wet a line, the first hour was mostly uneventful. Apart from the beautiful morning and scenery the catching fish part was starting to look grim and as one of my companions jokingly put it, some of us were on "suicide watch".
But somewhere in the second hour, Dan (who was still running his mouth at the time), felt the solid rod bending weight of a fish on the other end of his line. We all were keenly waiting to see what the first fish of the day was going to be and were very relieved to see the golden sides of a yellowbelly, which breathed much needed hope back into a couple of us, me included.
Thankfully things slowly improved from that point and as we worked our way down river we found a nice rocky pool to try our luck. This is when that magical moment that a lot of anglers dream of happened. In a brief period of confusion and splash I heard the words "Big Cod" and I quickly wound in my lure to drop the rod and grab the camera.
Matt had hooked up to a beautiful 1 metre specimen of Australia's Murray Cod. We were all in awe of this large fish with it's magnificent colours and pattern.
After some photo's this captivating fish was let go to return to her home, as were all the fish captured that day.
Unfortunately for me, all I could jag was a catfish. And because it was pinned in the side, the large fish fought well which led me to exclaim "it's a good fish!". This obviously got me more good-natured ridicule from the boys for the rest of the day.
Despite the disappointment of not landing one of our target species it was a very worthy adventure with fantastic experiences like getting close to nature, beautiful scenery, smiling faces, lot's of laughs and learning from the lessons of my mistakes and others success.
And one of the added benefits at the end of a hot days fishing, whether you catch fish or not, is that you can always go in for a swim.
Kids and fishing? How on earth could they mix? One word, PATIENCE!
There is no perfect set age, every child will vary with their capabilities and level of interest. When they request to go fishing is probably a good age to start.
Make them feel involved through participation and be PREPARED to repeat yourself over and over again! Understand that you will encounter fluffed casts & tangled lines. But practice makes perfect. A must is approaching a fishing outing with a positive attitude, the experience should be fun and the child needs to feel fully involved.
DO NOT make fun of your children's efforts! Any new skill takes practice, practice and more practice, and lots of patience! Never make fun of your chlids failed attempts to learn.
If starting very young, look at starting them off with a few basic casting skills with a junior rod & reel. Kids Kits, make it much safer for adult & child. Be careful not to buy a line that will be too heavy for the rod and reel being used. Children have hard enough time casting without adding difficulties.
There are great combo's on the market in this day and age that can ease your child into fishing!
Actions speak louder then words. Children 8 years and up benefit most from being shown a physical demonstration rather then just being told. It is important to use simple language; take it one step at a time and always talk to your children while taking them through the exercise.
Don’t expect too much from younger children. When it comes to fiddly things such as knots, fine motor skills come into play, so it will depend on each childs abilities individually whether they are capable yet or not. Let them have a go and remember, patience, patience, patience.
Remember to get children to look at the spot they are aiming for when they release the line while casting.
When teaching a child to cast, concentrate on accuracy rather than distance. It’s the constant repetition that leads to greater distances in time. You can allow junior anglers to fight the fish. Always set the drag on the reel just right, so that the line won’t break easily or the fish won't run off easily taking line.
Always be aware that children need constant supervision around waterways of any nature.
Basic first aid kit is a must, as well as sun and skin protection like hats, should be considered as essential as the rod 'n' reel. Life Jackets may also be required.
Make sure the area you fish is safe for both child and adult. Always check what sort of dangerous marine life is in your area and their most active time of year. Don’t let children handle fish you are unsure of. And check the weather forecast before heading out.
Avoid fishing too close together as this will make it harder for casting with children. Allow at least 2 rod lengths distance between anglers. Tangles with other anglers are not really appreciated by anyone.
No matter what the child wants, ALWAYS return undersized fish and fully explain why you need to do so.
Take a tape and measure your fish as per state rules, do the right thing and your children should follow suit. And also take the camera for a happy snap!
Last but not least, enjoy the experience and the bond that will develop between yourself and your children from shared adventures.
Livingston Lures bring forth a whole new generation of ‘technology fishing’.
With an incredible amount of research and proven effectiveness these lures are well worth a go and Australian anglers can't go past the Dive Master 20 and Pro Ripper.
Livingston lures are a combination of the look, action and sound of a real bait fish. These lures act as prey with incredible sound technology emitting noises of a struggling fish in distress to attract predators to strike for an easy kill. They also feature ‘advanced rattles’ and Mustad Hooks.
Dive Master 20 - At 3 inches in length this floating crankbait can get down in deep water to about 6.1 metres. It features electronic sounds that mimic a natural bait fish and this generates higher fish strike rates even when the lure is paused; it also has flashing LED lights in the lures eyes that fade in and out. The Dive Master 20 has a wide wobble and is designed to come through cover without hanging up. Ideal for targeting Australian native species like Murray Cod, Yellowbelly, Barramundi and many more.
Pro Ripper - is a sinking vibration lure, a.k.a. lipless crankbait, but it has a very special feature. Enhanced with what they call "Electronic Baitfish Sound" (EBS) it has a fantastic ability to call and attract fish to it. The best way to use this little beauty is to cast it out, let it sink to your desired depth, then slowly retrieve it using your preferred method. But make sure to add at least one pause in so fish really believe it's injured prey. Great for many Australian species like Murray Cod, Yellowbelly, Bass, Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Flathead and more.
Livingston lures come in a range of attractive, vibrant, as well as life like colours. If you’re considering giving them a try, don't wait, get them now! And see for yourself why they say "the difference is clear"!