Seeing the action!

Story by Andrew Badullovich

Fishing is so much better when the action is visual. Being able to see your target and present it an offering is one thing; however, watching your target light up and smash your offering another!

I love sight-casting to fish on the flats. This style of fishing is active and exhilarating; nonetheless, extremely challenging. There are a few particular subtleties that will indicate a fish’s presence; such as, a skipping prawn or a small crater of discoloured sand. Presenting your lure in the appropriate manner will all boil down to be able to see and read the fish’s behaviour, and this is made a heck of a lot easier with the appropriate style of polarised lens.

For bright days, I really favour the G2H5 lens, as this provides awesome contrast with reduced surface glare. I recently had a spectacular day’s fishing where I saw bream and whiting with their noses down in the mud, as well as both fore mentioned species hunting down skipping prawns. My approach – I had two rods at the ready, one rigged with a surface lure and the other with a small minnow. If the fish were fossicking among the mud, I would twitch the minnow into their faces: and if they were in pursuit of a prawn, I opted for the surface lure. It was awesome to watch a whiting turn to hunt down my surface lure; however, it was even better to see a bream emerge from its muddy cavern and inhale my suspending minnow!

I can’t describe through text, just how exciting this style of fishing is, so I recommend that you try it for yourself so you can experience the action first hand. Sight fishing is difficult; however, it certainly becomes easier with a decent pair of polarised sunnies.

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