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Welcoming towards winter

Scott Bradley | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Central QLD / Hervey Bay /

As we approach the end of one of the longest hottest, driest and windiest summers for sometime, most anglers can't wait for winter to get here. But before it disappears for another year, it's time to make hay while the sun still shines!

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Asian spring rolls

Lynn Bain | First Published: March 2014   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

This is a step-by-step guide to making Asian spring rolls.

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Hot, humid and hectic

Keith Day | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Mackay /

February brought plenty of rainy days, and the rest have been hot and humid. These conditions will continue through March and into early April. Visitors to our area from the south are often amazed at the rainfall, where 200mm+ overnight is not uncommon, but Mackay’s catchments are all fairly short creeks and rivers and they clear up pretty quickly. This means that the creeks and rivers are still producing plenty of fish even though the water may not be the characteristic clear water we have much of the year.

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Active monsoon brings on the bite

Karim De Ridder | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Townsville /

The open barra season brought all forms of anglers out to test their skills against our iconic sports fish.

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Save the fishing, help ourselves

Lindsay Dines | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Teewah Beach /

Pleading looks from ‘Zico’ my kelpie cross, as well as curiosity, had dog and supposed master on the beach for a walk as the honeyeaters were waking on the morning of January 25 this year. Zico has an endless supply of pleading looks, but I was curious as to whether there would be any signs of fish or seabirds feeding, shells that might be collected or fish being caught by the surf anglers that were sure to be fishing.

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Top water action set to explode

Josh Dunn | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Gold Coast /

Now that the slightly cooler weather and the rain has started to set in, we should see a lot more top water action and activity throughout the local canals.

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Luring the fresh in March

Jason Ehrlich | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Freshwater / Freshwater QLD /

With a wet season looming in the northern part of the state and one cyclone already impacting the lakes from Gladstone north, the weather will play a big part in what the following month has to offer. Already some lakes in the tropics have had a top up but in the southern part of the state, the lake levels are slowly dropping.

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Fab weather marches on

Ed Falconer | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Rainbow Beach /

We have had another nice little run of weather that allowed us to get offshore a few times with fantastic results.

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Testing climate promotes fishing

Grayson Fong | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Northern Bay /

What a month we have had! With Mother Nature’s minor hissy fit during the early stages of last month, northern bay anglers were ducking for cover and retreating to their favoured estuarine haunts in desperation.

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Mackerel mania

John Gooding | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Brisbane Offshore /

Cyclones and tropical lows during January and early February kept offshore fishing to a minimum but when the wind and the seas settled, the mackerel fishing was red hot!

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Wahoo not waning

David Green | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Gold Coast /

If the weather settles down this should be a great month for chasing game fish off the Gold Coast. The marlin have been in good numbers around the bait schools on 36 and 42 fathoms and the Spanish mackerel have arrived in numbers on the close in reefs.

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All systems are go!

Alan Gurney | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Karumba /

Last year at this time I was expecting that we would get a late wet, but we missed out totally. This year we got a wet happening and all systems are now go! Water will flush the barramundi out of the lagoons and put them in anglers’ way.

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The March medley

Lynton Heffer | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Port Douglas /

The Far North has had as a normal and healthy wet season leading into March. There have been good rains distributed across the top end which began from around mid-January and have been consistent since. There’s been tropical lows and a few cyclones to keep an eye on but you expect that for a normal wet season. We can expect much the same for the coming month.

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Full steam forward

Phil James | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Central QLD / Hervey Bay /

I really do love being optimistic, like I was when I wrote last month’s column. After the succession of most unfriendly conditions during the first weeks of 2014, we must look forward with as much enthusiasm we can muster into the months ahead.

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Offshore is going off – big time!

Ben Job | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Gold Coast /

March is always a great month to attach ourselves to a wide range of species in our area. This will be a bit of a transition month where our warm water pelagic are still around in healthy numbers but a range of tasty reefies will start to present themselves as our coastal currents slow.

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Inshore and offshore delight

Dan Kaggelis | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Ayr /

The late run to the wet season will be a big disappointment to creek anglers this month, as the lack of run-off before the 1 February will see spawning opportunities for the big barra lost before the commercial nets do their toll. However there will still be plenty of barramundi on offer for those seeking out a big chromie and Bowen’s many creeks and estuaries are prime this time of year.

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Pathfinder V6 – Bigger and Better

Wayne Kampe | First Published: March 2014   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Nissan has taken some bold steps with their new fourth generation Pathfinder. Gone is the 4x4 low range capability; likewise the diesel option. However, the newbie is larger all round, styling has been upgraded to a more conventional, smoother look and there are some terrific seating options in its very spacious interior.

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Pack your trunk for Dunk

Wayne Kampe | First Published: March 2014   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

I recently had a great stay at the Dunk Island View Caravan Park on Wongaling Beach. Where is Wongaling Beach? I hear you ask. I didn’t know either. Turns out it’s one of several suburbs that make up the picturesque Mission Beach area east of Tully in Far North Queensland. That’s settled: we’ll move on.

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March into a tuna on fly

Wayne Kampe | First Published: March 2014   »  Regular Features / Flyfishing /

The beginning of autumn can be the start of some very good tuna fishing for flyfishing enthusiasts. There have been reports of mac tuna and the larger longtail or northern blue tuna in their usual haunts, including Moreton Bay, for most of summer.

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Boat Test: Kapten 610 Waverider Centre Console – X

Wayne Kampe | First Published: March 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Previously I reviewed the Kapten Waverider 490 powered by a 40hp Titan outboard. In the seas off Mooloolaba the Waverider’s radical hull – with its remarkable similarity to the successful features of the very well received Kapten Boat Collar – proved itself as a soft riding straight tracking craft with enormous potential.

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Fish flood the Fitzroy

Scott Lynch | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Central QLD / Yeppoon /

The Fitzroy River was the place to be for barra opening last month and since then we have had some rain giving a fresh boost to the system and improving the catches all the way from The Barrage down to Port Alma.

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Wet arrives as season opens

Josh Lyon | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Weipa /

The arrival of the barra season in early February also saw the arrival of the wet season big time up here on Cape York, and since then it hasn’t and doesn’t look like it will let up any time soon.

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Heading towards the end of the season

Brad Mckendrick | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Caloundra /

If there was one word that we could use to describe the summer weather it would have been ‘windy’. It’s funny how it can put a bit of a dampener on the fishing but the positive side is that the fish are just waiting for a good feed so it has its advantages.

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Dawn of the prawn

Jason Medcalf | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Central QLD / Bundaberg /

The southeasterlies have been relentless over the past couple of months with only a handful of good boating days. This should start to ease off a bit this month but I wouldn’t hold my breath as the monsoon season is still in full swing in the north of the country. Your best bet is to plan a few trips around lakes, rivers and creeks and if the Huey the weather god decides to give us a break grab your chance while you can!

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Barra going off their chops

Ryan Moody | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Hinchinbrook /

The barra season is in full swing and we’re getting some settled weather again which is great. I bet most tackle shops have just about run out of lures now as anglers have started to take advantage of some prime conditions for hunting down Australia’s most sought after sportfish.

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Boat Test: Bonito 5.6m CC with 115HP Suzuki

Steve Morgan | First Published: March 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

A lot of fantastic, Australian-built boats have humble beginnings. Built by passionate and knowledgeable people, there’s been no shortage of local offerings that are tailored to local waterways available to boaties over the last few decades. South East Queensland has always been a hub of boat building activity – from the giants Telwater, Haines and Riviera – right through to the shed-born gems.

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Bring on the March rains

Mick Morris | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Jumpinpin /

Well the unusually dry summer has slowed up the fishing, but as soon as those rains arrive then I’m tipping it is going to fire up! It will spill much needed nutrients into the system and I can’t wait to get out there and get amongst it.

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Reap rain run-off rewards

Clayton Nicholls | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Central QLD / Yeppoon /

After the recent January and February rains, the late February and early March run off barra fishing has been amazing.

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Trophy fish patrolling inflows

Tim O’reilly | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Cape York /

The wet season has well and truly kicked into gear and the northern Peninsula area has had some fantastic rains recently. This deluge is supercharging the rivers flowing into the Gulf of Carpentaria, providing ideal conditions for newly hatched and year old barramundi to venture upstream in search of their ideal feeding habitats.

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Chilling out the season

The Sheik | First Published: March 2014   »  Regular Features / Sheik of the Creek /

People in a new relationship might be glad that the nights are getting colder.

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