Fishbrain and I fished Tallebudgera creek this morning and we did not have much luck. So we packed up and headed on up to Clear Island Waters to give the bass a go. As it turned out we did not do much good there as were had shallow diving bream and whiting lures there with us or maybe our mojo was just out of town for the day.
But the highlight for me today was meeting Graham, well Wally as he calls himself back at the Launch point, the Dog Park. Although he was fishing in a small tinny the three of us had something in common, our love for bass fishing. He was a bit of a character, much older than the two us but as I said we had something in common. Anyway he asks us what lures we were using and we went through the details, so Wally tells us that we should be using Jonesy Lures. I said straight away that I know them and he was shocked as he said he has so much trouble finding them as he had a story to tell about them. I have been using Jonesy Lures for years and I have had Rods colour chart on my website for years, see here.
Wally was fishing in Hinze dam one day and he said he snagged one of the lures he was using, so he got out his tackleback and proceeded to get his lure back. In the process he brought up another lure and it happened to be a Jonesy Lure. He said he tied it on straight away and he caught some bass and good ones too. He said he went to alot of tackle shops on the Gold Coast and know one had heard of them until he walked into the one at Southport who pointed Wally in the Direction of Rod Jones who lives at Southport too. So Wally went to Rod's and now he is a good customer of Rod's as he had many Jonesy Lures with him today.
So when he initially went to Jonesy and told him about the lure that he had found, Jonesy told Wally he had only ever made 6 of that lure and he had only ever painted it in the one colour, and sold them to two buyers. I mentioned Denis Shaw's name(durayaka) to Wally as I know Denis is a huge fan of Rod's lures, but to Wally the name did not ring any bells. So today as I had a bit of time I dropped in and saw Rod on the way home. Anyway getting back to Wally, he said that he often launches at Clear Island Waters, and he was telling is about another angler who he comes across quite abit and never wants to give up to Wally how many fish he has caught. I said to Wally that he wouldn't fish from a kayak would he and he said yes, I said a yellow one and he said yes, I said it wouldn't be Wazza, and he said Yes. So now we had something else in common Brad and I both knew Wazza. We proceeded to Chat about Wazza and we only talked of good things that had happened between us. It was a great thing to meet some one on the side of a dam as a total stranger only to realise he knew somebody that we all knew. The three of us continued to talk and Brad mentioned that I make my own lures so naturally I gave Wally a lure to try out. We swapped contact details and infact Wally texted me tonight(well yesterday now) and told me he scored 4 bass all on Jonesy Lures. After a while we parted company and we were on our way in all different directions.
So I went to Jonesy's on the way home and told Rod the story, yes he knows Wally and the lure story about Wally finding his lure at Hinze was correct and in fact yes, he only ever made six of that lure and one of the guys that bought three of them was Denis, it was a busy boy lure with an elle bib, a deep diver.
Here it is, the Lure in Question.
Anyway the moral of my story is that while I did not catch a thing today I feel a better man for meeting Wally at Clear Island Waters and as he is from an older generation from me(76) I feel enriched by meeting him and it just goes to show how small the world can be, and how amazing fishing can be that it can link us all together without even knowing it until it happens on a day such as today.....
Thanks Wally you made my day!