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CFC round 3 BP Dam

Tag | First Published: February 2015   »  Regular Features / Tournaments /

Over 140 anglers fronted up at Yallakool Caravan Park on Bjelke-Peterson Dam for Round 3 of the Austackle – Bluefin Country Fishing Classic. The weather was hot, and so too was the fishing!

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Cook and clean lobster

Lynn Bain | First Published: February 2015   »  Regular Features / Cooking /

The steps to making delicious lobster thermidor has to start with thorough preparation and gentle cooking.

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Sportfishing The Great Sandy Straits

Mark Bargenquast | First Published: February 2015   »  Feature Articles / Queensland /

During the past 10 years’ guiding in Hervey Bay, I have had many people ask me what fishing is on offer in the Great Sandy Straits. Without a little bit of local knowledge, it can be very tough — finding the fish, navigating the numerous channels and sandbars, and working out the tide heights can be hard going.

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Still enough swelter for a belter

Scott Bradley | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Central QLD / Hervey Bay /

It's been a good start to the New Year with better weather, great fishing and we still have a couple of months before it starts to get cold again!

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Cast a net over Mackay (for prawns)

Keith Day | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Mackay /

February sees two important tasks for Mackay anglers and the most important is chasing barra now that the open season has started—the other task is the never ending one of mowing lawns as February and March are traditionally our wettest months.

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Predators carving up the canals

Josh Dunn | First Published: February 2015   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

The fishing is mostly red hot at the moment, although it has been up and down at times. The trevally is one species that has been getting around and anglers are catching quite a few. There’s also bream, the odd flathead, jacks and whiting. Dead bait, live bait and lures have all been working a treat in the canals.

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Summer days and red hot fishing

Jason Ehrlich | First Published: February 2015   »  Feature Articles / Queensland /

It’s been a while since I’ve put in a full day on the freshwater.

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Pot of gold at the end of Rainbow Beach

Ed Falconer | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Rainbow Beach /

We have been enjoying a good run with the weather lately, and as a consequence there’s been some great fish caught.

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Baitfish bring bread and butter species

Grayson Fong | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Northern Bay /

What good fishing weather we’ve had! Yes, we have had the occasional rainy overcast day and windy weekend but on a whole the days have been quite favourable for anglers both inshore and off.

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Waiting for the speedsters to arrive

John Gooding | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Brisbane Offshore /

So far this season, the pelagics have been fairly erratic east of the South Passage Bar, but there has been enough positive signs to think we could get a good run of both Spanish mackerel and wahoo in the coming months.

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The Goldy’s on the boil

David Green | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Gold Coast /

GOLD COAST OFFSHORE GROUNDS

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Barra season opening

Alan Gurney | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Karumba /

We have had an awesome start to the wet season up here, and with the barramundi season opening it should be a great time to catch them. Please check road reports because we can be cut off for periods of time between Normanton and Karumba.

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Rain quells dry spell

Lynton Heffer | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Port Douglas /


The real first signs that the wet season was gradually taking a stranglehold in the tropics started in early January as we received substantial rainfalls, changing the landscape overnight.

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23rd Annual VMR Hervey Bay Family Fishing

Tag | First Published: February 2015   »  Regular Features / Tournaments /

KEEN fishers planning a holiday next March should mark the Fraser Coast as a definite for their diaries. The 23rd Annual VMR Hervey Bay Family Fishing Competition organised by the Hervey Bay Boat Club Fishing and Social Club will be held from Thursday, 5 March to Sunday, 8 March at Dayman Park in Pulgul Street Urangan Hervey Bay.

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Good news for the grunter hunters

David Hodge | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Townsville /

The offshore scene has been fairly consistent, but the wind has kept the smaller boats back in the calmer waters.

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Have fun, but check the rules!

Von Ireland | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Central QLD / Stanage Bay /

The weather has been a bit stormy and unpredictable, but despite this the fishing both inshore and offshore has been good for the most part.

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Back to work for fish and fishos

Nabeel Issa | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Southern Bay /

Well with the holiday period over and everyone back to work and school, the fish have finally had a chance to recover and in the next month we should start to see some great fishing to finish off the season.

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Fraser Island access update

Phil James | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Central QLD / Hervey Bay /

On October 24 last year, the Federal Court granted Fraser Island native title to the Butchulla People. Quoting from a spokesman from the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing "…the determination allows the Butchulla People non-exclusive rights to be present in the area, to camp, hunt, gather, conduct ceremonies, and maintain places of importance and significance on their traditional lands in accordance with traditional lore and customs, subject to the laws of the Commonwealth, State and Local governments..."

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Sweet water jungle jack

Angus James | First Published: February 2015   »  Feature Articles / Queensland /

As an angler, it doesn't get much better than waking up early with perfect weather conditions and hitting the blue for some line peeling action. Unfortunately as most of us have experienced, those ideal days seem to fall perfectly on the days we have to drag ourselves out of bed and into the daily grind.

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Light tackle champions offshore

Ben Job | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Gold Coast /

It’s been the best light tackle marlin season we’ve had for a few years and, with a bit of luck, February could be when it’s at its peak!

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February fishing frenzy

Dan Kaggelis | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Ayr /

It’s with a heavy heart that I pen out my last QFM area report for Bowen, as it’s time for me to search out some new water a little further north.

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Freshwater fly rod fun for cod

Wayne Kampe | First Published: February 2015   »  Regular Features / Flyfishing /

I caught my first Murray cod on fly tackle back in 1987 in a New England stream. Since then I have taken them in various waters around Canberra out to Bonshaw in New South Wales, as well as around Stanthorpe in good old Queensland.

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Euro styling - Karnic Bluewater 2250

Wayne Kampe | First Published: February 2015   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Euro styling, long a big selling point in automobiles, now comes to boats. The well appointed and well finished Cyprian built Karnic Bluewater 2250 is a fine example of what European stying is all about in water craft.

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Big bags close to home

Scott Lynch | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Central QLD / Yeppoon /

The offshore fishing has gone from strength to strength as we move into the New Year. We are getting a whole range of species without having to do the large mileage we are used to doing.

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Frothing for February fishing

Gordo | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Brisbane /

February can be a really mixed month and the quality of fishing will depend on how much rain we have experienced in recent weeks. In years past, many of the creeks and rivers have been in flood during this time, making fishing extremely tough.

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The big tease

Gordo | First Published: February 2015   »  Regular Features / Technical Tricks /

Offshore trolling is extremely popular these days due to the quality of fishing available and the excitement that every hook-up brings. You do not need a floating hotel to get out and troll up some awesome pelgics, a moderate craft of 4.5m or so will do in the right conditions.

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Summer is on fire

Brad Mckendrick | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Caloundra /

Summer is really on fire across the Sunshine Coast with schools of munching mackerel and hard-fighting tuna smashing bait from Caloundra to Noosa.

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Bundaberg barra bonanza

Jason Medcalf | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Central QLD / Bundaberg /

It's been a typical start to a Queensland summer; hot, stormy and muggy. Bundaberg has had some pretty steamy days of late and this should continue through February, which means fishing is way more comfortable early in the morning or out for a late arvo session.

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Barra's back on the market!

Ryan Moody | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Hinchinbrook /

What a stinker! The summer that is… With these above average temperatures, lets hope it’s building for a reasonable wet season, but I’m not holding my breath too much.

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Finessing February flatties

Mick Morris | First Published: February 2015   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Gold Coast /

February is a great time to go fishing now that the holiday period is over and there will be less boat traffic out on the water.

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