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Whittley CR2180 is a real rocket ship

Steve Morgan | First Published: June 2017   »  Regular Features / Boating /

What do you get when you cross a fishing boat with a luxurious cruising boat and then add some extra horsepower? The answer is Chris Odgers’ Whittley package that we took for a spin recently out of the Patterson River on Port Phillip Bay.

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Yellowfin 7400 with twin Suzuki 115hp

Steve Morgan | First Published: June 2017   »  Regular Features / Boating /

It’s fair to say the John Stav from JV Marine loves his Yellowfin boats. In fact, there’s a full range of the hulls in stock in the JV Marine yards. Built in the Telwater factory in Southeast Queensland, the northern boat is eminently suitable for taking on nasty southern seas.

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Tilapia

Charlie Carruthers | First Published: June 2017   »  Feature Articles / New South Wales /

Do you ever look at photos in old fishing magazines and books and think you were born too late, or wonder what the fishing would have been like 70 years ago?

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Grinning at Glenbawn Dam

Toby Grundy | First Published: June 2017   »  Regular Features / Kayaking /

I’d always wanted to fish Glenbawn Dam. There is just something about a big bass dam that has always excited me, even way back when I was a young fisho living in Canberra where there are no bass within a hundred kilometres.

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Lowrance HDS Carbon an impression innovation

Nabeel Issa | First Published: June 2017   »  Regular Features / Testing Booth /

It’s no surprise that marine technology is constantly changing. In the past when it came to fish finder technology we would have to wait years before anything new hit the market. Now we don’t have to wait long at all! Some anglers like the fast advances and some don’t. Either way, it means the consumer is getting access to bigger and better things, which I am all for.

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Great fishing ahead in June

Peter Le Blang | First Published: June 2017   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Pittwater /

Last month saw a few patches of great weather, and hopefully the next month will see more of the same.

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The ever-charming Jounama Creek

Adam Smith | First Published: June 2017   »  Feature Articles / New South Wales /

Jounama Creek is a small creek that winds its way from the Snowy Mountains high country to the base of Talbingo Mountain. Believed by some to be an natural trout spawning stream, Jounama Creek is packed with small rainbow and brown trout boasting beautiful colours and markings. It was my pick of the mountain streams this summer.

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Tilapia

Charlie Carruthers | First Published: June 2017   »  Feature Articles / Queensland /

Do you ever look at photos in old fishing magazines and books and think you were born too late, or wonder what the fishing would have been like 70 years ago?

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Breaming with winter options

Steven Pryke | First Published: June 2017   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

The Gippsland Lakes water temperature has started to decrease, but the fishing hasn’t. Large schools of Australian salmon along with plenty of silver trevally are frequently found working drop-offs and shallow flats chasing schools of baitfish throughout the lakes system.

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Tuna season May be starting late

Stuart Hindson | First Published: May 2017   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / South Coast / Narooma /

It’s a cracking time to fish the waters off Narooma with the sportsfishing fraternity licking their chops in anticipation of what’s on offer over the coming month. May is traditionally the start of tuna season, although over recent years it’s been a little later. The water was still quite warm and hovering around 22°C recently.

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Water temperatures dropping to a new degree

Stuart Hindson | First Published: May 2017   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far South Coast / Merimbula /

The Merimbula region has received some much needed rain over recent weeks giving the local estuaries a good flush. This has really fired the fish up. Both Merimbula and Pambula lakes are fishing extremely well. The rain has discoloured the water to a degree and the water temperature dropped, but fish don’t seem to mind.

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Sudden temperature changes are taking their toll

Kevin Gleed | First Published: May 2017   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far South Coast / Mallacoota /

Once again the town is busy. The caravan park is still full. It’s worth noting this is one of the biggest parks in Australia with over 800 powered sites all booked out. This year has been a bumper year for all businesses in Mallacoota. The past month has seen some good fishing both offshore and in the lake with a few fish also caught off the beach.

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Pleasant weather tidings from Eden

Kevin Gleed | First Published: May 2017   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far South Coast / Eden /

The great weather just keeps on going. We’re into autumn, but you wouldn’t know it with little rain and warm to hot days. It’s hard to tell that winter is just around the corner.

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Cold water anglers will have a whale of a time

Dave Gaden | First Published: May 2017   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

It’s a true season change this month with the last of the mackerel and other warm water pelagics heading north. The first of the whales are migrating in the same direction, so you know the water temperature is dropping. Colder water usually means better fishing, both in the estuary and offshore. Sure, we don’t have the excitement of the summer pelagics, but anglers can consistently catch a feed of fish.

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The changing of the guard

Gary Earl | First Published: May 2017   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Central Coast / Hunter Coast /

The fishing has been pretty good around here lately, especially for luderick anglers. These guys have been bagging out along Horseshoe Beach and the lee wharves.

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No one is too cool for cool water schools

Wayne Dubois | First Published: May 2017   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Batlow /

If the redfin fishing we experienced at Blowering Dam through the warmer months is anything to go by, this winter could offer some incredible fishing.

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Easter is looking good for Iluka anglers

Ross Deakin | First Published: May 2017   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

We wanted rain and boy, did we get it! Heavy falls in and around the northern rivers turned the river into a torrent of brown water. This will bring a lot of species down our end. Now that we’ve had things settle down, fishers have been making excellent bream catches with many fish around the 1kg mark.

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Murray cod don’t mind the May weather

Rhys Creed | First Published: May 2017   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Wagga Wagga /

May rolls in and we notice the drop in temperature as the seasons prepare for the change into winter. This drop in temperature can slow down some styles of fishing, but it’s also the recipe for some of the best freshwater fishing conditions in the region!

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The blending of the seasons means blending of the species

Anthony Coughran | First Published: May 2017   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far North Coast / The Tweed /

With summer leaving us and winter coming, we have a blending of species this month. Most summer species and winter species are able to be caught. Mulloway and snapper are mixing with summer species like jacks and mackerel. Now is definitely the best time of the year to wet a line on the Tweed.

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What’s willing to bite with winter coming

Greg Clarke | First Published: May 2017   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Illawarra / Illawarra /

The sun goes down early and gets up late this month and it can be cold at both times. Don’t let that stop you from hitting the beaches. We get some nice balmy days as well and these are even better to chase excellent whiting along one of our golden beaches in the Illawarra.

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Goodbye to a well-seasoned angler

Gary Brown | First Published: May 2017   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Botany Bay /

For those of you that don’t know, Gabe Quercigrossi passed away on Friday 17 March and will be sorely missed by all those who knew him through his shop at Milperra in the early years, then at Narellan, and his column on Botany Bay.

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Less rainy days for May, please

Gary Brown | First Published: May 2017   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Sydney South /

Hopefully we will have less rain in May than we have been experiencing in Sydney over the past couple of months. Many anglers who regularly fish Botany Bay and the Port Hacking would find that during the month of May, trevally, bream and luderick make up the bulk of their bags.

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Still tough fishing on the solitary coast

Glen Booth | First Published: May 2017   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

If I’m ever asked what the peak month for blue marlin on the Coffs Coast is, my stock answer is March. The wind is largely settled, the shelf current has backed off to a manageable pace, bait is reasonably prolific and the blues are here… except this season of course.

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Lake Mulwala is cod central right now

Tony Bennett | First Published: May 2017   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Yarrawonga /

You could be forgiven for thinking that each month I just rabbit on about the same old thing. There’s plenty of cod, surface lures, Mulwala this and Mulwala that. It’s hard to report anything but the truth and the truth is Lake Mulwala has never fished as good as it’s fishing this season. The past month has been nothing short of outstanding with plenty of cod being reported.

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Chill times for anglers

Alex Bellissimo | First Published: May 2017   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Sydney Rocks /

We’re getting up in the morning and sensing the chill. A large percentage of the fishing fraternity think “it’s getting cold up here so it must be getting cold down there”. Well it isn’t – not yet anyway, and it won’t be for quite a while. It is still the transition of species period, and this month your winter species will be mixed in with the summer species.

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Why fit a ‘lecky?

Steve Starling | First Published: May 2017   »  Regular Features / Back To Basics /

Those who’ve never used them sometimes look askance at the expensive electric motors mounted on other angler’s vessels and ask what the point is in owning one. In the first of a two-part series on the benefits of using electric motors, let’s answer that important question.

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Awesome active fish are feeding up

Joe Allan | First Published: May 2017   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

The beaches and rock walls around Ballina have had some great activity over the last month. The dirty water has really stirred up the mulloway and they’re on the chew big time. There have also been some tailor showing up in very consistent numbers.

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Pulling out the big gun lures

David Allen | First Published: May 2017   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

May is finally here with the cold weather. It’s big fish time. May would be one of the best months to chase the big Murray cod that Copeton has become famous for. This is the time to be using the big guns, heavy tackle and big lures. The last 12 months have seen some major advances in tackle, which have been driven by the desire of fishers to be able to cast bigger and bigger lures.

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Bream season is in full swing

Peter Jacovides | First Published: May 2017   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

We finally have to admit to ourselves that winter is nearly upon us. As much as we will miss hot sunny days and balmy evenings, and the fishing opportunities the warm weather offers, the cooler months offer some great fishing too. The bream season is in full swing and whether you target them for food (damn, they’re yummy) or as a sportfish, they really are the whole package.

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Selecting the right boat for the job part two

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2017   »  Regular Features / Boating /

In last month’s issue I covered a lot of ground in considering some of the more important factors that can influence the selection of the right fishing boat for a given fishing situation. Pretty obviously this is one mighty big topic given the differing fishing scenarios that exist and the fact that we use virtually everything from paddleboards to big ocean-going rigs to chase our fish!

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