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Part I: Soft plastics for dummies

Steve Starling | First Published: April 2015   »  Regular Features / Back To Basics /

Starlo launches a series of columns covering the absolute basics of fishing with soft plastics by looking at the all-important subject of how to best rig these highly productive lures.

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The rocks are a rockin’!

Alex Bellissimo | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Sydney Rocks /

At this time of the year you need as many arms as an octopus, with each arm stretching out for a species option. What do I chase? Off the beaches there’s whiting, bream, tailor, salmon, mulloway, sharks and more, while from the rocks drummer, luderick, snapper, bream and pelagics like kings, bonito, frigate mackerel, mac tuna, salmon and tailor are available.

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It’s prime cod time

Tony Bennett | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Yarrawonga /

Autumn — undoubtedly the best time of year to be in search of a mighty Murray cod or 2 around Yarrawonga/Mulwala's cod rich waters. With Lake Mulwala being the home of the Murray cod, a bit of skill mixed in with a touch of patience and an ounce of luck should see anglers in with a great chance of tangling with 1 or 2.

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Taking the Wheel

Christian Bold | First Published: April 2015   »  Feature Articles / New South Wales /

Jockey wheels are used on 99% of all boat trailers, the question is though, which is the best one to use? And what do you need to look out for when buying one? With a tonne of choices, considerations, and options, there’s a lot to ponder when it comes to selecting the right jockey wheel for your trailer.

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Mackerel make up for missing marlin

Glen Booth | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / Coffs Harbour /

Well the amount of rain ex-tropical cyclone Marcia dropped on the Coffs coast hasn’t done what has been a pretty tragic game fishing season thus far any favours.

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April - my favourite fishing month

Gary Brown | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Sydney South /

What can you expect to find in the southern Sydney region during April? Well there’s bream, whiting, flathead, silver trevally, kingfish, tailor, salmon, bonito, luderick, drummer and leatherjackets. That’s why April would have to be my favourite month of the year. If you put the time and effort into your fishing, there are so many choices it’s sometimes hard to know what to target first.

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The weather’s cooling, but the fishing remains hot

Greg Clarke | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Illawarra / Illawarra /

The first of the sou’ westers have started to come though in recent weeks, making the mornings crispy cool and the ocean calm and flat. The water is still warmish, with some very good fishing still to be had over the coming weeks before the cold fingers of winter start to tighten their grip on the region.

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Fish feeding up before the spawning season

Wayne Dubois | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Batlow /

With the heat of summer now a distant memory, it is transition time for most fish species. The trout are feeling the temperature drop and starting to think about their annual spawning run and will be out to feed hard.

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A heady mix of fish species to target

Gary Earl | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Central Coast / Hunter Coast /

How time flies by; we are already over another summer season of exceptional fishing and with the water and currents turning and running back up-hill, we can expect this month to see both warm and cooler water fish species mixed together.

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Good marlin and everything else at Eden

Kevin Gleed | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far South Coast / Eden /

As we head towards another winter, the months ahead provide some of the best fishing around here. There are few visitors to the area, but this is the time for keen fishermen to enjoy the great fishing the Eden area can offer.

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Mallacoota sizzles

Kevin Gleed | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far South Coast / Mallacoota /

The town is still busy, and the caravan park is abuzz with visitors. The weather has been good despite the wind, and we have been lucky with the rain, missing the heavy stuff that fell further to the north.

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Ripper reds and lots of them

Stuart Hindson | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far South Coast / Merimbula /

The fishing around Merimbula has been nothing short of exceptional, with a host of species on offer using a variety of techniques. It really depends on what you want to target and where as to the results you will get.

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An outstanding marlin season

Stuart Hindson | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / South Coast / Narooma /

Well what a game fishing season it has been thus far, with a host of bluewater species showing up. This action should only get better as we head further into the month. Marlin is still the word amongst sportfishers, with some switched on crews getting 6-8 shots a day. That's awesome fishing in my books, with a mixture of black and striped marlin, and the occasional blue turning up out wider around the second dropoff.

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Some species are leaving, while others arrive

Paul Lennon | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / Port Stephens /

Over the last couple of reports, I’ve been saying how we are coming into the best time of year to be fishing in Port Stephens. Well here we are now, right smack bang in the middle of it.

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Bluewater Swim Shad

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

Catching fish on soft plastic shads is nothing new for inshore anglers. In varying sizes, these are popular offerings for everything from bass to snapper and even have their uses for tropical reef species and numerous others.

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Socks up in the sun

Rod Mackenzie | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Robinvale /

With the full crux of the summer/autumn sun sizzling down on the noggin of any would be fishos, it’s fair to say the cod bite has slowed to a trickle. Early January was unseasonably cool and the cod seemed to enjoy the break, chowing down on both bait and lure. These mild conditions produced as good a bite as I have seen for that time of the season.

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The Harbour is going nuts

Craig Mcgill | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Sydney Harbour /

Over the years, Easter has etched itself in my mind for 2 things; atrocious weather or superb fishing. Before I owned a boat, I spent many years on the rocks fishing for game fish and rock species. Easter either went 2 ways — a complete write-off as wild seas and rain swept the platforms, or phenomenal fishing sessions. These usually provided the year’s highlights, to the extent that the rest of the year would be spent fishing in anticipation of next Easter or reminiscing over the Past one.

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Buying a new trailer for your pride and joy

Steve Morgan | First Published: April 2015   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Whether you’re selecting a new trailer for your old trailerboat, or picking a new trailer for your new boat, you’ll soon be confronted with the massive amount of choice when it comes to optioning a trailer to get your boat to and from the ramp in one piece. Understanding the options available is pretty important, because not all trailers are suitable for all hulls. We’ll have a look at some of the choices here and what’s available.

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Mercury launch ground breaking 350 and 400hp Verados

Steve Morgan | First Published: April 2015   »  Regular Features / Boating /

You know that it’s going to be a pretty special product when Mercury Australia fly you to the Miami Boat Show in the USA to cover the launch of an outboard motor. And although Mercury did its best to keep the launch a secret, my Aussie mates were telling me that it was going to be a 400hp Verado added to the stable.

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Bountiful billfish, big lizards and terrific tailor

Wes Murphy | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Illawarra / Nowra /

The mornings have really started to cool down, but the water temperatures are still hanging around in the low 20s. If you’re up for a last ditch attempt at catching a marlin, then don’t leave it any later than right now! Yes, now! Put this magazine down, jump in the boat, and finish reading this otherwise excellent column when you get back! Alternatively, take it with you, as you’re bound to have plenty of spare time up your sleeve while puttering around the big blue towing lures waiting for a strike. Keep an ear on the radio for chatter and you might be able to hone in on where the fish are.

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The Manning Is On Fire

Ian Pereira | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / Harrington /

This year, the weather conditions in the Manning area have provided a magnificent buildup for the coming mullet run. There have been a couple of ‘freshes’ in the river, and quite a few storms in the headwaters to keep the water dirty in the upstream parts. This has forced the prawns and shrimp downstream and provided plenty of feed for the bream and flathead in the lower parts of the estuary.

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Hit the rocks for some LBG action

Ben Pilch | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far North Coast / The Clarence /

April is the start of our land based game season. Hopefully the rains that we had at the end of summer won’t mess with the season too much. The Spanish mackerel don't mind a little colour, but the longtail tuna are a bit more finicky.

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Local streams invigorated

Bryan Pratt | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Canberra /

Trout fishing has picked up nicely in the Canberra-Monaro district in recent weeks, providing a pleasant contrast to the poor fishing experienced early in the season.

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Tackling the offshore scene

Gabe Quercigrosse | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Botany Bay /

As mentioned in last month’s edition I list a number of reefs that are close enough for the small boat fishers and also appeal to the larger boats.

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April — it’s a prime time to fish

Darren Redman | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / South Coast / Bermagui /

Calm seas, plenty of fish and mild weather are the order for the middle of autumn. Just about all forms of fishing are at their prime, and this is my favourite time of year to fish.

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Predators patrol the coast

Darren Redman | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far South Coast / Tathra /

It’s a fabulous time to fish in the Tathra area, with the calm weather of autumn creating great fishing conditions for boaties and shore-based anglers alike.

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It’s mulloway month

Jamie Robley | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Central Coast / Central Coast /

What a fantastic time of year it is right now. Sure, things are beginning to get a little crisp in the mornings, but April is normally a red hot month as far as our local fishing goes. It’s always been my favourite month for mulloway, but there’s also a lot more on offer.

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Port’s offshore action peaking

Mark Saxon | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / Port Macquarie /

Port Macquarie’s great offshore fishing run looks likely to continue into the next month, as continued reports and pics come in of anglers tangling with small black marlin and Spanish and spotted mackerel. The beauty of this is that it is all happening from Plomer Bay to Grassy Head!

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From the lake to the shelf, the fish are on

Jason Scerri | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Central Coast / Swansea /

Well what a month it has been. The offshore season has been an absolute cracker and there is no other way to describe it. The numbers of inshore black marlin have been fantastic once again for local and visiting anglers alike, and they have stretched all the way from Swansea up to Port Stephens.

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School’s out — the running of the mullet

Dave Seaman | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / Forster /

The Easter break is traditionally the start of the mullet run, and a refocus on species that spill out of the estuary with them. The long, dark clouds of mullet pump out along the breakwalls like a steady pulse, and gather under the waves of nearby beaches. Commercial fishermen hauling the sandy strip interest the visitors and locals that care to stroll the wall, and I’m sure there’ll be plenty of fish caught.

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