Sunday, 29 July 2012



Millerods Logo

I am trulely honoured to having co designing my very own rod with Ian Miller in which he personally hand carft's, the benchmark in custom rods.
Ian Miller's family buisness is located in NSW's South Coast of Ulladulla, Ian is famously renouned for building some of the best designed rods including the top of the range Shimano sticks, his famous range being the T Curves, but also designs a variety of rods used to target species like Billfish, Tuna, Bass, Bream and Trout.

Ian has also designed many high successful rod models like the two iconic series of Shimano models "The Starlo" rods and the "Starlo Squidgie" rod models.
Most of you know when you here the name "Starlo" or "Steve Starling" automatically associate him to the most successful and renoun fishing journalist of Australia. But steve also is involved in a number of other things in the fishing world like pro creation of the Soft Plastic's
"Squidgies" with co-founder Bushy, this particular rod is personally designed to fish with Soft Plastic Squidgies.

Steve Starling Shimano/Miller Squidgie Creation

Ian is a master in his class of rod building especially with in his range of Raider Rods in spin and Baitcast moldels that specialise in lure casting accuracy, Also his involvement in the Tiagra game fishing range of rods in which Australia can owe its gratitude to being the best Australia has to offer.
The 6'9" Miller Beast Buster Creation

Ian's comapny "The Australian Rod Builder" continues to provide customers with the oportunity to design a rod that is specific to their means of fishing by individually hancrafting only the best quality to your needs.
My New Millerod I Designed With my Name Monogrammed

Millers Extensive Range Of Rods

Ian incorporates the best components like Fuji and his own custom built blanks and handle fittings as his benchmark of designs soar through the competion to bring you only the best rods you will ever need to use with his knowledge thrown into the product and its production. Ian also offers the option of monogramming your very own name of choice on the rod blank.

With an extensive range only a few quantities of custom rods are built each year and are not mass produced,  in fact like I said they are hancrafted, the attention of detail is remarkable and is costistant in providing second to none.

Take his range the "ControlFreak" for example in which I have collaborated the handle into my own miller rod myself withe the Beastbuster 6'9"Blank, and have equipped this rod with a Shimano Stella FE 4000. Millerods are so well known with quality,
in fact the design and performance of his rods will never be compared.

Millers Controlfreak Range 7ft up to 7’6”in Length

With no suprise at all Ian Miller’s new Control Freak range of rods
are built, with performance all the way.
The Control Freak's built with all its accuracy for the angler to experience a much better performance either fishing for Bass, Barra, or Bream in all his range and certainly leading the way as a rod builder for Australian Anglers
Saying that my Millerod balances beautiful on a Shimano Stella FE 4000 but is  typical. These rods are two-piece with a removable handle, meaningthat they are ideal for any travelling angler.
You can choose between 7ft up to 7’6” in length, There is a number of guide options but the most popular are the Fuji SiC and the Fuji titanium SiC, both in the new K-shape frames. K Alconites are also an option.

Ian Himself with his bream Creation


Style: Spinning rods
Length: 7ft to 7’6” custom length
Blank: Custom Millerods blend
Action: Fast
Pieces: 2
Guides: Fuji SiC and the Fuji titanium SiC, both in the new K shape frames as well as K Alconites
Line rating: Barra Vibe 6-10kg; Toad 6-15kg
Lure weight: Barra Vibe 10-40g; Toad 12-50g

RRP:     $450-$650 depending on component selection

Bottom line is Millerods trulely are the best Australia has to offer and may say that they are the best quality and are considered to be benchmark in precision as compared to  G Loomis.

MILF - "Man I Love Fishing"


Gladesville (Sydney)

Today we went out in search of some Bream and Flathead, targetting them on Soft Plastics and Blade Lures.
Heading out to Gladesville in Sydney's South-West fishing off a quiet little rock, Jake and I were keen to bag a decent feed.

I was flicking some small Soft Plastic Squidgies while Jake was using some Blade Lures in hope of finding some good size Bream for the dinner plate, after about half an hour jake had a hit on his Blade. At first we thought it was a good size Bream as it didnt hit very hard, but began to take line out and we beagan to call it as a soap Jewfish. but to our amazement we began to see a Yellow Cordal Fin emerge through the water and knew it was a Kingfish.

Very strange that a Kingfish had taken a small blade in an area where Bream should have been in abundance and definately not a Kingy, but definately a great bycatch especially being in the cooler months where Kingfish usually go off the bight.

Was a beautiful day to fish very sunny but sadly that was the only fish that was caught today.

Here is a nice kingfish recipe of my own enjoy!!!   MILF "Man I Love Fishing"



2 cup of plain flour
2 cup of rice flour
1 cup of breadcrumbs
1 cube of chicken stock
2 teaspoon of rosemary
2 teaspoon of oregano
2 tablespoon of parsley
2 teaspoon of paprika
2 teaspoon of black pepper
Olive oil (To Cook)
3 eggs


1 cup of soy sauce
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
3 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar


Fillet kingfish and cut into bite size pieces, combine marinade iingredients in a bowl and marinade   the fish for around and hour in the fridge.

Combine all coating ingredients and stir until fully mixed.
Whisk 3 eggs, dip each piece of fish into egg  and lightly crumb the cube.
deep fry or shallow fry in olive oil on medium heat until golden

Serve with chips and salad

Sunday, 15 July 2012


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Sunday, 1 July 2012



Spent the whole weekend in Swansea this weekend opened up a series of Australian Salmon accounts for a few of my friends, some reaching well into the 60cm's. We camped from Friday night to Sunday in a caravan park with around 10 people in search of the acrobatic and elusive Australian Salmon a species in which i have been targetting alot lately in these cooler months for those people that have been following my blog in the last few months.Also with the waether on our side was quite warm and good sunny days.

Part Of Our Campsite

Amongst great company is also the beautiful coastal place of Swansea also a handful of people know that this is a place that I hold  in high regards for not only for the fishing but is an absolute amazing coastal paradise even in the winter, especially being a stone throw from Lake Maquarie the largest salt water lake in the southern hemispere.

The Stunning Lake Maquarie

Being nightime when alot of people had arrived to the campsite we decided to head out and grab a few squid for live bait in the mornings sunrise, very few squid around as Jake was the only one to actually hook one and land a good bait sized squid, but Wayne had managed to snag a good plate sized Octopus on a squid Jig.

Wayne's Octopus

In the morning we had baited up and a few rigged up with metal slugs and spanyids and headed for Blacksmiths notorious breakwall that should be renamed "The Pelagics of the North" and began targetting the Salmon. With no bites in the first 40 mins Wayne was the first person to open the account with a healthy 65cm Salmon, being so exited as he had never really caught a good size fish from landbased before and exitement he should have had, as I remember when i landed my first Salmon landbased, Wayne also landed a few more Salmon and Tailor

Wayne Smith 65cm Australian Salmon

After a few more hookups on the full ganged pichards for a few people Jake had manged to hook and land a beautiful 61cm Salmon after steering him away from his favourite species to target, "The Kingfish"on a metal slug medium paced retrieve on his Lox Irridium Ultra light Snapper rod equipped with the Daiwa Certate 2500, amongst a few common Tailor. Great way to fish and spin for this amazing species, as the Australian Salmon are really not very picky when it comes to the feeding and will generally take most bait at all levels in the water column as alot of anglers love to target this species on the fly with great success.

Jake Coxon 61cm Australian Salmon

One person in particular i was quite impressed with was my partner Jess as she really had her heart set on targetting the Silver Trevally as she really didnt like the way a Salmon fought. But i managed to convince her to fight her first Salmon and she did with ease on light bream outfit i may add her first being around 50cm and backed it up with an easy 60cm Salmon for her second catch.

Jessica Fitzpatrick 60cm Australian Salmon

Brad hooked a great Salmon on a metal Spanyid lure around 50cm and fought it with many acrobatic jumps to the end of the breakwall and with this particular spot we were fishing it is quite hard to actually land the Salmon cause as soon as you get them close enough to the end of the breakwall and they see the rocks in sight they dart under them and bust you off in a blink of an eye, but regardless even the ones we lost were still awesome to fight.

Brad Webb 50cm Australian Salmon

Now Brock is another angler that specifically targets Kingfish also so it was a great sight to see this bloke fishing for another Pelagic species other than a Kingy. Brock managed to hook and land a healthy salmon in the 55cm range. Yet again this species performed to their ability to bust you off at the end of the breakwall as quick as they can but really good to see everyone helping assist to net and land these fish.

Brock Coxon 55cm Australian Salmon

Daniel while fishing for salmon on ganged pilchards caught a Banjo Shark as a by catch or some people call this species a Fiddler Ray, actually quite an amazing fish as they are part Shark part Sting Ray but having no stinger this fish is quite harmless as they also have no teeth much like a Stingray or Shovel Nose Shark.

Danial Clarke Banjo Shark

Having the most distictive markings on the top part of the fish much like the markings of a Tiger, making them a great predatory species as they camouflage themselves in the sand followed by an ambush on their prey. Daniel also caught a few Tailor and Salmon in which I never photographed

Was a great getaway with some good mates and the fishing was just the added bonus!!!

MILF - "Man I Love Fishing"