DougieK wrote:Google maps is the single greatest invention ever, closely followed by this forum.
First I decide what my target species will be, let's say today it's squid. I've never caught a squid before, so i'm going to jump on youtube and type in something like "squid fishing melbourne". Oh LOOK! That beno guy who does the awesome salmon video's also does some squid ones. OK, so I need a couple of squid jigs which is easy enough, he's in the Mt Martha area but he's in a boat, I dont' have a boat! So i'll have a look at the mt martha section of the forum and also the squid section, find out what the go is. Here's a post from Nhillboy that says I can get whiting, pinkies and flathead off the rocks at Martha, and several different posts about squid. OK so jump on google maps, lets use the earth button and the street view to find out where a good spot might be. There is a bit of sand followed by reef straight off hearn road, that looks good!. Reading some more of Nhills posts, I might take a 10 foot surf rod, my 902 spin rod and my 7 foot ultra light spin rod. I can soak a pillie fillet on the big one, and either cast for salmon or squid with the other two.
^ That's pretty much how I started fishing Mt Martha, with quite a few PM's back and forth.
Gunnamatta was the same thing but with CarlG and FC talking me through the gearing process. Rod Bender has put me onto a few different trout spots. IMO once you're educated about which species goes where, Google Maps and a bit of friendly help on here is the best way.
I know this is an old thread/post but I came across looking at landbased fishing options and I have to say this is a cracking response to a question. It's pretty much what I do. Education is key I think. Education not only on the target species, but once you locate where you want to go, then educating yourself on the area also. Things like tide times, particular issues/hazards to be weary of, and anything else that may be of concern/useful.
The other thing I might add is, just get there and have a crack. If you're fishing a spot and not having any luck, go back, investigate, ask questions and try again. I fish 99% of the time from my kayak these days but when I started landbased fishing it took me about 6 or 7 trips out to catch my first fish because I had no idea what I was doing, going at the wrong times, wrong places for the wrong fish, etc. Each time I came back with a donut I investigated into WHY and learnt more each time til I caught eventually. From there it was just a constant phase of learning.
Very good reply though DougieK !