Heading to the Abrolhos Islands WA to pre-fish before a tournament, Halco Madeye soft plastic designer, Jadon Wilder, offers some insight into the extreme fishing conditions he encountered off WA’s Coral Coast.
DAY one on the water began fishing deep. We chose to use Madeyes Paddle Prawns in 5in layered with an array of Octo Skirts to entice whatever species were nearby. This combination worked a treat, with Justin landing a nice spangled emperor and trout in no time. The sharks soon found us, moving in and wreaking havoc, so we shifted to the shallows.
Paddle Prawns and Flick Sticks were now the weapons of choice. Spangled emperor were abundant on the flats, but it was soon time to move on. We found a nice lump in about 15m of water and chucked on a few Paddle Prawns. Ben hooked up quickly to a sand snapper (painted sweetlip) in time for a photo and release. Snapper, trout and sweetlip couldn’t resist our super stretchy madeyes, with the new pink fluoro colour near unstoppable!
The final day we couldn’t resist heading back out deep, this time towards the south of the Abrolhos Islands. Wind and current certainly weren’t cooperating, and made for a hard day’s fishing. Weather factors aside, this region proved to be abundant in fish life. Jadon managed to find a break between wind and sharks, and hooked onto a nice dhufish, and Ben found himself a vibrant baldchin groper.
All in all it was a super successful pre-tournament warm up session at the Abrolhos. The new Madeyes Paddle Prawns were absolutely dynamite on a huge range of species, and the OctoSkirt was a strike-effective addition to the jigs. We are confident in the new colour range and can ensure the new Halco Madeyes range reflects our ethos of a high quality and effective product.