by Chris Lees
FRESH bait equals fresh fish.
It's an old adage but one that's still true for LJ's Compleat Angler.
The tackle store just received fresh 100 kilograms of garfish, 200kg of mullet and plenty of squid in preparation for next weekend's Boyne Tannum HookUp.
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Managing director Liam Jones said the bait, which was caught on Friday morning, had come from Agnes Water.
"We're just trying to get some good fresh bait for everyone that's fishing in (HookUp)," he said.
"It's not too often they get a chance to get fresh locally caught bait."
Mr Jones said the next week would be busy for the store.
"It's the biggest fishing comp in Australia, so it's great for all local businesses," he said.
"Hopefully we get some good weather and it will be even better."
Mr Jones said to get to the shop quickly as the bait would not last long.
He said they would get some more in next week if they needed.
In terms of catching fish, Mr Jones said fresh fillets of mullet were a good option for many species.
"Whole fillet will be good at the reef for your red emperor, snapper, coral trout, the heads will be crab pot bait and you can cut the fillets up into strips for bream, grunter, jacks and everything," he said.
The garfish are good for chasing Spanish mackerel, and Mr Jones said they were a good overall bait, as was squid.