Matt And Nick Wells
Fishing Writers and Sponsored Anglers
The Wells Boys Talk PNG Black Bass Fishing
- Go with the right attitude. Expect and embrace the adventure of travelling to a third world country. Be excited about fishing for black bass, but don’t expect too much. Black bass in the Terapo area can be fickle and lots of things have to go right (eg a little rain on the mountains can change the ball game)
- Mobile phone and internet are available at Terapo and the food is great. Accommodations are comfortable but rustic. The 240km road from Port Moresby to Terapo is not for the feint hearted.
- Expect to spend a lot of time travelling. It’s not unusual to cover a lot of kilometres of river only to find that conditions have changed since yesterday and that you’ll need to try another spot. Conditions on the river can change daily, if not hourly.
- Come equipped with quality gear and carry plenty of spares. The Wells Boys didn’t lose a lot of lures, despite the very snaggy environment. They recommend bringing 4 rods, 5 reels and a good selection of lures.
- Black Bass can surprise you by taking the lure well away from structure, giving the angler a false sense of security. Once hooked they can surprise with incredible bursts of sheer power and speed, taking the lure back into the snags.
- Beef up rings to 2X strong and make sure your hooks are good and solid.
- Metre plus barramundi are a prolific by-catch and are almost considered a pest by black bass guides. Matt and Nick found that Terapo barra seem to be better at spitting lures than their Australian cousins.
- Be prepared to persevere. The boys sometimes cast consistently for 5-6 hours without a bite but also got a few fish in quick succession at times.
Black Bass Fishing Tackle
- Matt and Nick are sponsored by Wilson Australia and used Venom Black Bass Rods with 200 size ATC Combat Plus baitcast reels. The reels were used straight from the box, drags tightened with multigrips and were loaded with Platypus 80lb Platinum Plus braid, 80lb. An 80lb Schneider Line leader finished the outfit (100 lb leader would have been better but the knots were too bulky for casting).
Suggested Black Bass Fishing Lures
- Most of the bass the boys caught came on 120mm Zerek Tango Shads, which dive to a handy 4.5 to 5m and are a great profile for casting and fishing.
- The Zerek Pelagic Z was also successful, but being shallower diving (3.5 to 4m) had more limited application
- Darkwood Lures Hutchos Custom Jig Heads make some awesome hand-made lures for jewies and barra, and the boys commissioned a few deep divers to take to Terapo for the bass.
- Most Hard Bodied Barra lures of around 120mm will work fine fishing ambush points and snags. Rapala’s, Classics and others work well.
The Wells Boy’s Sponsors
Sport Fishing PNG
Episode 593: Great Sandy Straits Autumn Fishing With Ryan Holdsworth
The Great Sandy Strait has almost unlimited barramundi, mangrove jack and threadfin habitat….. you just need to know how to fish it. Fortunately, today’s guest Ryan Holdsworth gives his tips freely and will put you on the right course to success!
Episode 591: Mackay Headlands Barramundi With Jono Clark
Jono Clark is probably best known as an gun impoundment barra angler, but he also chases barra (and a ton of other species) in shallow water on headlands. Today he gives us the good oil on how to go about putting some solid fish on the deck.
Episode 581: Chambers Bay Runoff Barramundi With Tristan Sloan
The barra fishing in NT during the runoff period is legendary and today’s guest has had plenty of opportunity to experience it. Tristan Sloan shares his tips and advice for one of his favourite runoff barra haunts – Chambers Bay!
Episode 577: Lake Tinaroo Barramundi With Brodie Quaas
Lake Tinaroo is famous for producing some if the largest impoundment barra you’ll find anywhere, and our guest in Episode 577 is fast developing a reputation for putting his clients onto some massive specimens!
Episode 547: Fishing Around Exmouth In Spring With Steve Riley
Every time I interview Steve Riley about fishing the Exmouth area I get blown away by the opportunities on offer, but I think this interview could be my favourite so far. Steve spills the beans on five land-based fishing spots that are available to visiting anglers during spring. In the course of the conversation we cover everything from bream and whiting to tuna, reef species and pelagics including monster GT from the beach. What a destination!
Great show Greg, best so far. Please consider more shows where aussie anflers tackle international waters!
I also loved the interview with Crossy. It has prompted me to suggest more interviews with lure makers. Mick Molnar is a gold coast based tackle maker responsible for the Splash prawn , catches everything that eats a prawn check out mmdfishing.com.au
love ya work Greg!
Many thanks for your kind words Mal! An I’ll definitely go and check out Mr Molnar 😉