15 year old boy wants to be a good fisherman any tips.

Im Jacob Clarke.

I have a boat.

I have my skippers ticket.

I have tackle.

I really wanna catch some big fish can anyone help me.

I live in Perth Western Australia.

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 doing great for a 15 year

Wed, 2014-12-03 17:40

 doing great for a 15 year old , awesome stuff, were do you live exactly champ and what size boat. do you have your dad, mum or mates go out fishing with ya. plenty of places to fish once we have a better idea of what sort of gear and boat you have.


welcome aboard aswell

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Good fisherman

Wed, 2014-12-03 18:13

 Learn to think like a fish, where would you go for a feed, would you take what was on offer, make freinds with kingfisha1 & lachieH, they are open minded and on the right track 

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  I'm open minded and on the

Wed, 2014-12-03 20:28

  I'm open minded and on the right track, KF1 can tell his side of the story


Fishing the swan for bream, it's just an obsession

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Wed, 2014-12-03 18:24

If in doubt, call out. In other words if you are unsure of what you are doing or how to go about it the right way, ask!
There are plenty of us on the site ready and willing to give you the advice you need. Just don't be scared to ask and take notice of what the bloke down from you is doing if he is catching while you are getting bugger all.

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Happy to Help

Wed, 2014-12-03 19:03

Happy to help mate.  I have put my young one onto a few big fish lately, but as Gilly says give us a bit more info so we can point you in the right direction for what your equipment is capable of. 


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 Thanks heaps guys for your

Wed, 2014-12-03 19:22

 Thanks heaps guys for your replies. We live in Clarkson. My pop passed away last year. He had just bought a new boat to catch crays . We never went out with him because him and dad didn't get on. It's a 5.7 Mclay fisherman.

Dad hates fishing Si has no clue. I used to fish at mindarie a lot. Pop has some gear because he used to troll quite a lot and lots of lures if this helps.


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 ok bud, ill just start by

Wed, 2014-12-03 19:50

 ok bud, ill just start by saying boat fishing can be incredibly dangerous if not done correctly, so first advice is you and dad get your skippers tickets so you learn the ways of boating. secondly i would recomend trying to fish in the river to get used to the boat ( the way it rolls in chop and motor reliability ), trying for tailor bream whitting etc and finaly i would suggest trying to go boat fishing with a few experienced guys first that way you can learn by watching. 

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Be patient - keep trying

Wed, 2014-12-03 19:47

Be patient - keep trying different things if what your doing isn't working.

If you have a bait or lure in the water your in with a chance

And remember no fish is worth your life so check the weather before going and if in doubt don't go.


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Hey mate, welcome to the

Wed, 2014-12-03 20:02

Hey mate, welcome to the site.
I'm 17 and regulary go out on our 4.6m boat from Hillary's and would be more than happy to take you out. I have found fishing out of Perth (especially starting from near scratch) requires a lot of effort and time out on the water, eventually you will get into good fish. If you wanna chat anymore just sendme a pm, more than happy to help.


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Safety first

Wed, 2014-12-03 20:29

 hi mate,  welcome.  First things first, have you got the required safety gear for your boat. EPIRB, flares, life jackets etc. Get comfortable with your boat first,  river or close in, calm weather. Worry about the fishing after.  Fishing wise,  pick a target species, maybe herring,  whiting, bream or squid are all a good place to begi. Do  some searching on here, ask questions here and at your local tackle shop and go from there. Easy to get carried away but always  more success if you target something specific. Also maybe try and pick up a deck spot with another member or take out someone with a bit of experience to give you some pointers. Good luck mate! 

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what the hell

Wed, 2014-12-03 20:35

why arnt you breaking into houses and stealing cars and beating up oldies ????? . Could it be because you have good well adjusted parents who gave you some values in life???.
your welcome on my boat any day young feller

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Wed, 2014-12-03 20:38

He asked a perfectly innocent question, the least ypu could do is respect that. Not every young kid these days is "breaking into houses ans stealing cars and beating up oldies"

Edit: well done for addig in that last part, made it a lot better

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he was having a joke I think

Wed, 2014-12-03 20:52

he was having a joke I think


Fishing the swan for bream, it's just an obsession

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take it easy mate

Wed, 2014-12-03 20:45

was paying him a complement

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Onya Peter

Wed, 2014-12-03 21:10

I gathered nothing but respect from his comment LOL


Just one more cast , honest !!!  

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 More than welcome to follow

Wed, 2014-12-03 21:27

 More than welcome to follow me out mate and get a feel for the boat. I'm in yanchep probly head out Friday at this stage. Got a similar size boat mate 


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 As Gilly said, get you boat

Wed, 2014-12-03 21:37

 As Gilly said, get you boat out on the river, Mellville waters preferably in a good southerly chop. Do it a few times to get the feel of you boat and learn it's limits. When going on the ocean study the weather and the corrolation of swell and seas and wind direction. 


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 Blue and white flag means

Wed, 2014-12-03 22:03

 Blue and white flag means divers in the area, stay 50m clear, slow down and dont run me over 




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Thu, 2014-12-04 09:41

At the fads I like to think of them as aquatic speed bumps.


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 Hey Jacob, probably worth

Wed, 2014-12-03 22:56

 Hey Jacob, probably worth trying for some big mulloway in the swan while getting the feel of ur boat.  Always worth trolling along inshore reefs for some big tailor when the swell allows for it.

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handy tip my dad told me....

Thu, 2014-12-04 08:10

 Dont run with scissors! To this day got both eyes!  ;-)

But seriously folks.... 

Best tip I can give you is go on youtube and learn your knots! Practice tying em until you are dreaming about them.

Sadly im a slow learner and therefore was one of the founding members of the involuntary catch and release club.

Good luck! Look forward to your first potm pix!

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 my tips would be:- target a

Thu, 2014-12-04 10:00

 my tips would be:

- target a specific species

- practice your knots

- use the search function on this website and google in general to research locations and techniques

- take members up on their offers of assistance. Fish with as many different people as possible. Copy the good ones and respect their secrets.

- keep a journal including solunar tables, tide info, weather details, details of your catch and general observations.

- pay attention to detail 


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Thu, 2014-12-04 10:29



Fishing the swan for bream, it's just an obsession

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Good comments above

Thu, 2014-12-04 13:47

First - play save. 15yr old only know one thing, and thats flat out. So hold back on the testosterone and learn. As mentioned no fish is worth dying over. Was about 15 when I took the dads rig (27ft) out to Rotto and the first trip there and back was very timid as I was learning how to handle the boat by myself. With experience everything came easier.

Also had him insist on protected water so we fished around Garden Island, Stagglers etc to always have some protection until we got the hang off it.

Get more safety gear then the minimum. NEVER go out without Logging in and confirm ETA. If this changes inform someone.


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agree with you

Fri, 2014-12-05 20:38

your right about stragglers , fished it for the first time a few weeks ago you certanly need to be on the ball and watch the swell there, its very different to Pilbara fishing

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Gday Clarkey - Im in Jindalee and got a similar size boat

Thu, 2014-12-04 14:10

If your boats got a sounder/chartplotter combo learn to use it well. If it hasnt got one ask for one for christmas or a birthday or go get one second hand. The sounder will help locate structures and fish and the chartplotter is for marking spots and above all - safety. Check seabreeze and Perth BOM constantly before going out. Maybe try stay in general area's around other boats and be safe first good luck mate  

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 Thanks heaps guys. Me and

Thu, 2014-12-04 18:23

 Thanks heaps guys. Me and dad have just got out skippers tickets and we do have a sounder called a Simrad nss8. Are they any good? Anyone have one? I'm going to work on my knots as well guys. Just wish my dad would fish! 

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 Nah, they're no good mate.

Thu, 2014-12-04 21:16

 Nah, they're no good mate. I'll swap it for my old black and white one if you want 


Seriously they're a great unit and if you learn to use it then finding fish should be easy as


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You'll have no worries with

Fri, 2014-12-05 06:38

You'll have no worries with that boat mate, the McLays are an awesome boat.

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Fri, 2014-12-05 09:39

funny how jokes keep coming out about young fellas breaking into houses etc. if you look at the news most the people doing the crime are in their 30s. seems younger kids nowdays are more interested in their iphones, which is better than home invading but definately not as good as what this young guy is doing and actually learning something outside and awesome. so respect to you mate.


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Leapfrog into unicorns???? Yeah the sounder has symbols of fish

Fri, 2014-12-05 19:24

 but I don't know if they are right? I thought you got arcs on an echo sounder? 

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these are arcs you will be looking for

Fri, 2014-12-05 20:34




the thicker dark lines in the screen are "ARCS"

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Welcome Clarkey

Fri, 2014-12-05 21:05


Welcome to the site Jacob, the McLay is a nice boat, you are off to a good start

So your dad doesn't like fishing, what a shame, nothing better than father and son spending quality time fishing

If this is the case, do we need to organise towing to the ramp for you and your boat???? afterall at 15 you don't have a licence yet.

As all of the guys have said, simply ask and the people on the site will be happy to assist. Some really knowledgable people.

Good luck mate and I hope you get some good fish when you get out, but safety first always.