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Open season for lovely lobster

Shane Lowery | First Published: November 2014   »  Regular Features / Spearfishing /

November heralds the unofficial beginning of the spearfishing season, with the weather really heating up along with the quality and variety of species available.

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Great month for fluff chuckers

Shane Stevens | First Published: November 2014   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Ballarat /

Fishing in and around the Ballarat district has really fired up with our spring weather well and truly here.

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It’s gummy time!

Will Thompson | First Published: November 2014   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / East Coast / Ninety-Mile Beach /

Spring is here and anglers are flocking to the Ninety-Mile Beach for the annual run of gummy sharks.

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Gippy’s tricky trout

Will Thompson | First Published: November 2014   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Central Gippsland /

Finally, trout opening is here and everyone seemed to get out to test the waters to see if the trout were going to behave this year. The good news is some of the rivers showed a lot of promise.

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Calamari are everywhere

Will Thompson | First Published: November 2014   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / East Coast / McLoughlins Beach /

We don’t talk about Calamari all that much in this reports as it does focus on McLoughlins Beach, but I think we need to talk about Port Albert a bit as the squid fishing has been nothing short of amazing.

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What’s happening to our trout streams?

Ross Winstanley | First Published: November 2014   »  Feature Articles / Victoria /

Fisheries Victoria is responding to anglers' concerns about the state of trout fishing in the State's northeast streams, but how much of what's happening is inevitable and irreversible?

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Big bluefin bonus

Mark Gercovich | First Published: November 2014   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / West Coast / Warrnambool /

It was late March, 2006 when Ken Hinze and Cameron Order caught a 70kg tuna, which is recognised as signalling the rebirth of the south west SBT fishery.

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‘Lake Disappointment’ no more

Steve Haughton | First Published: November 2014   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

Blue Rock Lake is fast becoming the local hot spot for anglers. Having been dubbed ‘Lake Disappointment’ in the past, the fishing in recent times has shaken off that tag with more and more anglers reporting good fishing. All of which is credit to the successful bass stocking program by Fisheries.

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Port Phillip Bay, Carrum

Mitch Chapman | First Published: November 2014   »  Regular Features / Hot Spot /

This month, Chappy looks at the southeastern Melbourne Suburb of Carrum. This well-known launch site provides comfortable surrounds for visitors and some top access to Port Phillip Bay.

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Bostock jigs to win

Tag | First Published: October 2014   »  Regular Features / Tournaments /

Peter Bostock claimed victory in the 2nd Haswing BASS Electric Major of the 2013 Bluefin Boats BASS Electric Series with the 42year old BCF Manager fishing a deep water ice jig approach to catch his fish.

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John Noble wins at magical moogerah

Tag | First Published: October 2014   »  Regular Features / Tournaments /

On Sunday 31 August, 2014 Moogerah Dam in southwest Queensland’s scenic rim hosted round 3 of the Hobie® Kayak Bass Series presented by Daiwa.

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Spring on the sweetwater

Steve Starling | First Published: October 2014   »  Regular Features / Back To Basics /

Spring is a fantastic time to wet a line in any of our diverse freshwater environments, from the cool trout waters of the deep south all the way to the jungle perch and sooty grunter streams of our tropical rainforests. This month, Starlo offers some valuable freshwater fishing tips for new chums and old hands alike.

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Snapper coming on the chew

Alex Bellissimo | First Published: October 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Sydney Rocks /

The beginning of October to the last week of this month will be vastly different from the last two months. For a start daylight savings kicks in, it should be near the end of the westerly influence, the water temperature is rising slightly, and fish are on the verge of migrating in larger numbers. Snapper will be coming on the chew, especially towards the end of this month. Options are wash fishing or distance casting. Hmm, what should I do?

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Boat Review - Bar Crusher’s 670HTP

Stephen Booth | First Published: October 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

What a great boat! Yep, that’s my impression after spending a day on the bay in the 670HTP from Bar Crusher.

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Hoping for a spring bite

Glen Booth | First Published: October 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / Coffs Harbour /

It seems miles off at this stage, but some seriously encouraging numbers of juvenile black marlin being tagged in northern Queensland (150 plus in one tournament alone) suggests we might have a boomer black season here this coming summer. Of course, this is dependent on suitable current, bait, wind, rain (or lack thereof), and a number of other factors — like a useable boat ramp. Meanwhile, winter continues to linger here, with some welcome precipitation turning up to give the creeks a decent flush out in August — the best drop since March in fact.

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Stick to your guns

Gary Brown | First Published: October 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Sydney South /

It can be very hard to decide what species to chase in October. Maybe whiting off the beaches or the sand flats? Bream on surface lures or bait fishing in the channels? Maybe snapper on the close offshore reefs and rock platforms? Squid could be in with a chance over the kelp and weed beds or maybe the artificial reefs, and what about mulloway with soft plastics or baits in the deep water. Decisions, decisions, what to do?

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Beginners Guide for Kioloa to Lake Tabourie

Gary Brown | First Published: October 2014   »  Feature Articles / New South Wales /

For this Beginners Guide I’ll start at a small coastal hamlet located about 30 minutes south of Ulladulla and 30 minutes north of Batemans Bay, called Bawley Point. Bawley Point is located in the Shoalhaven region of the South Coast of NSW, strategically located between the Murramarang National Park, Morton National Park, the Meroo National Park and the Kioloa State Forest.

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Prawning season kicks off

Greg Clarke | First Published: October 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Illawarra / Illawarra /

I love prawns, particularly Lake Illawarra prawns. They taste great, are fun to catch and are about the best bait you can use in any situation. Few fish in an estuary system or the beach can swim past a live kicking prawn.

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Have a fish with Tim

Tag | First Published: October 2014   »  Feature Articles / New South Wales /

Tim is 26 years old and was born in Sydney with a rare genetic and mild intellectual disability. Tim also has type-2 diabetes. He lives at home with his parents, and for someone with a disability he is impressively independent in many ways, as he is considered ‘high functioning’.

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Set for a great trout season

Wayne Dubois | First Published: October 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Batlow /

The trout season is finally here. October 4 will see the official opening of the 2014/2015 trout season, and the staggering results during the last half of last season indicated what could possibly be a great season ahead.

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Hoping for change

Gary Earl | First Published: October 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Central Coast / Hunter Coast /

As I get stuck into this month’s report the whole of the east coast of NSW is getting soaked with rain – 100mm in places on the south coast and the northern rivers district. In our area we haven’t missed out on the rain either; it’s been making rivers dirty and causing algal blooms. Newcastle beaches have been covered in bluebottles and the waterways are near unfishable, so this is going to be a hard month for predictions.

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Fun on flathead

Glenn Ellis-Helmers | First Published: October 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Central Coast / Central Coast /

It can be quite a mixed bag at this stage of the year, with some nice warm days and inside water temps on the rise. At the same time, the ocean is typically still very cold and fishing overall can be patchy.

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Evans Head Classic

Tag | First Published: October 2014   »  Regular Features / Tournaments /

The 19th Annual Evans Head Classic is over for another year. It was held from the 4-11 July and was host to over 690 adult anglers and 60 cadets and 260 juniors.

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Flathead on plastics

Billy Gillon | First Published: October 2014   »  Feature Articles / New South Wales /

Flathead fishing for me used to be all bait. Whenever I did take soft plastics out to give them a half-hearted go, the bites on my bait rod would continue to distract me and I never got to give plastics a real chance. However, after hearing continually about the success of plastics I decided to have a soft plastics only trip. With me casting a 5” Gulp on one side and my father fishing with bait on the other, the stage was set to find out which was truly better.

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Quality flathead in spring

Billy Gillon | First Published: October 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / Port Stephens /

We’re now halfway through spring and I’m really looking forward to the season to come. Hopefully through this month the water temperature should slowly creep up, and if we are lucky we may even see a few of our regular summer fish coming through later in the month if the currents are right.

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Fishing on the improve

Kevin Gleed | First Published: October 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far South Coast / Eden /

The past month has seen some great weather with clear skies and little rain. You still need to rug up though because its pretty cold!

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Salmon and tailor smashing bait

Kevin Gleed | First Published: October 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far South Coast / Mallacoota /

In recent months winter has really made its presence felt, and everyone has been looking forward to warmer weather. There has been little rain and this has allowed the water in the lake and ocean to clear right up after the heavy rains in winter.

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Grabine Freshwater Fishing Tournament

Tag | First Published: October 2014   »  Regular Features / Tournaments /

The 14th Grabine Freshwater Fishing Tournament was held at Grabine Lakeside State Park on August 29-31. The final three days of winter were absolutely stunning, to the delight of the 916 strong crowd that attended – especially for those who had attended the 13th Grabine Classic and could still remember last year’s wet and wild conditions.

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GTS Ballina results

Tag | First Published: October 2014   »  Regular Features / Tournaments /

The final round of the Gamakatsu Team Series was held in Ballina, and very poor weather conditions met the anglers on the pre-fish. Few teams had a successful day locating the fish but this didn’t stop the anglers as they all knew what was at stake: those all-important TOY points to get into the Grand Final with a $20,000 cash for the winner!

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Hawkesbury Fishing Classic

Tag | First Published: October 2014   »  Regular Features / Tournaments /

Once again the Pitt town Fishing Club will host the Annual Hawkesbury Fishing Classic over the weekend of 14-16 November, 2014. This is our 22nd year and the Hawkesbury Fishing Classic has become the largest, dedicated estuary competition in the southern hemisphere. With entries capped at 1000 and truckloads of spectators at the weigh-in, it’s sure to bring a smile to any angler’s face. Each year it attracts entrants from all over NSW and interstate.

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