Drifting over offshore reefs and gravel patches while bait fishing using paternosters or dropper rigs weighted with fairly heavy sinkers is a great way to catch a feed of snapper, morwong, flathead and various other species. This sort of “bottom bouncing” action is available right around the country, with the mix of targets on offer varying from place to place.

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    Rods for bottom fishing are generally quite short and stiff, although Starlo prefers a slightly longer rod (around 2 metres) with some tip flex. He always chooses Shimano rods.

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    Both spinning and overhead reels work well in this role, but Starlo loves his Shimano Talica lever-drag overhead for the job.

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    PowerPro raided lines in the 20 to 30 pound range works well, but always add a rod length or two of clear monofilament as a wind-on leader. Starlo prefers Shimano Ocea fluorocarbon leader material and used 20 and 30 pound Ocea in this segment.

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    A ranger of snapper lead style sinkers from 90 to about 400 grams, some three-way swivels and a selection of Octopus or Suicide-style hooks from 3/0 to 6/0 cover most of your offshore bottom bouncing needs