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Tips for the novice boater

Wayne Kampe | First Published: April 2016   »  Regular Features / Boating /

So, you have finally landed the big one: a boat of your own! The first move is to get to know the new boat, whether it’s a small tinny towed behind a four-cylinder family sedan or a larger vessel that sits sedately behind a big 4x4. Either way, that boat is going to be a part of your life, and take up a surprising amount of time out of the water. It will reward TLC handsomely, and pay back any neglect just as thoroughly!

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Escaping the shark tax

Brent Kirk | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / South West Rocks /

April is the pinnacle of pelagic fishing in the Macleay region. This month may not result in huge numbers of fish however the diversity of pelagic species that the strong southerly currents bring to our area at this time each year is incredible. The water rarely drops below 25°C in April and the ocean is alive with action.

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Get my drift?

Peter Le Blang | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Pittwater /

With all of the warm water that has been travelling along the coast, the bottom fishing has been amazing. Along Pittwater there have been brief periods of surface activity, mostly in the early morning. If you are lucky enough to see some working seagulls, head over to the activity with 4-6” soft plastics and have a ball with some light gear.

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Yellowfin 6700 kicks goals in rough conditions

Will Lee | First Published: April 2016   »  Regular Features / Boating /

What do you do on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast when the forecast is 20knots of southeasterlies and seas of 2.5m+? Most of the time you’d swap the fishing rods out for the golf clubs or rack up some brownie points with your better half, however if the opportunity presents itself to step on board one of the newly released Yellowfin Plate boats and put it through its paces you grab the bull by the horns and hang on!

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Mulloway dreams become an April reality

Paul Lennon | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / Port Stephens /

If you can’t catch a fish in Port Stephens in April than it’s time to take up golf. The fishing is as good as it gets and the hardest part is often the decision on what to target.

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Autumn cod begin to fire

Rod Mackenzie | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Robinvale /

The season has been very good so far in our local waters, with numerous big cod landed on bait and lures. Word spreads fast where fishing is concerned, and a hot bite will often draw anglers from far and wide.

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How to turn a gar into a king

Craig Mcgill | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Sydney Harbour /

We have been getting some spectacular king fishing of late, and hopefully with the late start to the season we will get a late finish, taking the warm water and kings right through to May. This is the time of year for bigger than average kings so you need to expand your tactics. While I’m generally a strong proponent of fresh squid for bait, big kings do develop a hankering for garfish at this time of year. This is not surprising given that we get a good run of gar in the harbour about now.

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Spinnerbait success in The Peel

Adam Mears | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Tamworth /

With summer past us and the shadows of winter approaching, it is now the time of year when anglers are torn between fishing for the smaller run of natives and hoping for big numbers, or thinking big and probing the older snags in the river to look for some size.

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April makes for a fishing Shoalhaven

Johnny Nolan | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Illawarra / Nowra /

April – I love it! It’s got to be the best month of the year for fishing, hands down! Mulloway on the beaches, big black bream in our estuaries, drummer off the rocks and the hint of winter in the air to indicate that the trout spawning season is about to kick off down Eucumbene and Jindabyne.

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The Manning fires up

Ian Pereira | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / Harrington /

The last month has been a great time for anglers in the Manning area. The river has cleared of the muddy water brought down from the upper reaches by the couple of heavy downpours that we experienced, and the fish have moved back up the river.

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Get a massive mud crab in your pot!

Ben Pilch | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far North Coast / The Clarence /

April and May is our pelagic season, where better quality fish come out to play and rip line off our reels. If you want to tick a big Spanish mackerel or longtail tuna off the bucket list now is the time to put in the maximum amount of effort.

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Massive cod in the Googong

Bryan Pratt | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Canberra /

February to March is traditionally the wettest time of the year in the Canberra-Monaro district. Normally we get some brief showers, but often even more prolonged rain periods. Flooding is not uncommon. The extra water usually creates good fishing as conditions settle down, but more importantly it provides an opportunity for fish to migrate. A chance to move to better food supplies, to deeper water to provide shade and added protection, or a chance to meet a mate and breed are all factors that improve the fishing. All of our local fish are migratory to some extent and the added water simply facilitates their annual behaviour.

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Follow the rising tide

Darren Redman | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / South Coast / Bermagui /

As winter approaches, estuarine fish will look to condition and fatten for the cooler months ahead. This is a time for anglers to cash in on these feeding events here. Often it’s easy to catch lots of fish in a short period of time.

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The beaches of Tathra

Darren Redman | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far South Coast / Tathra /

The title sounds a bit like that movie the Witches of Eastwick, however the only ‘witches’ here are which beach to fish as the areas has so many on offer! Starting north, Middle Lake Beach is well worth a look and from there if you move south you have Gillards Beach and then Cowdroys Beach. Both are worth investigating, and the latter is one of my favourites.

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A pleasant month across the board

Jamie Robley | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Central Coast / Central Coast /

If pressed to nominate my favourite month of the year for fishing and anything else for that matter, April is definitely in the top spot. We’ve still got all the warm water angling options, without those persistent onshore northeasterly winds, heat or humidity of recent weeks. Sure, you’ll have to start rugging up of a morning from this point on, but the days tend to be quite pleasant and the fishing can be red-hot.

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Build a great bream tacklebox!

Jamie Robley | First Published: April 2016   »  Feature Articles / New South Wales /

Lure casting for bream sits right at the top of the Aussie-angling list. This branch of the sport has grown from humble and experimental beginnings four decades ago into a multimillion-dollar growing industry.

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Don’t let a little bit of bad weather deter you!

Mark Saxon | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / Port Macquarie /

Everyone loves the sound of the ratchet screaming as line races off the reel, and this is the sound we are hearing now after a great start to the season for anglers chasing mackerel! This action should continue to impress with Spanish and spotties in the spotlight at least for the next month.

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More marlin on the cards

Jason Scerri | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Central Coast / Swansea /

‘Hooley Dooley’ is really all I can say in regards to the marlin fishing over summer. The fishing offshore for anglers chasing marlin has been nothing short of mind-blowing with anglers all up and down the coast getting great numbers of quality fish and the best part is that the weather has also been kind on most days.

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Pelagic paradise

Dave Seaman | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / Forster /

For anglers that enjoy the wide blue yonder, April is a real gem in the calendar. The last of the warm, northern current trickles down the coast close to shore and carries large numbers of bait and predators. Spotted mackerel, cobia, mac tuna, small black marlin as well as a variety of mixed reef fish all contribute to a great day wide of Forster. Slow trolled slimies or lures are the best way to attract the bigger pelagic fish, while live baiting close to the headlands is a relaxed way to mix it up and possibly attract a big snapper to the hook. I don’t think this year will see the same amount of Spanish mackerel off Forster late in the season but the spotties certainly are a real possibility.

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Mull over a mulloway trip

Dan Selby | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / The Hawkesbury /

I hope you all had a great Easter break with plenty of opportunities to get out and wet a line with friends and family. The return to normal Eastern Standard Time from daylight savings is the start of the mulloway season on my boat and we have already had some great school mulloway action.

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All sorts of species hitting hard on The Tweed

David Solano | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far North Coast / The Tweed /

Around seven weeks ago, Pete Kyvetos (a mate of mine), bought a sea going boat and hasn’t been able to take it outside as every weekend it’s been blowing a gale. I can tell it’s getting to him as he is dying to get out with me and get into some awesome Tweed fishing. Now we wait patiently for the weather to play the game!

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Team Starlo and Jo win Freshwater Masters

Tag | First Published: April 2016   »  Regular Features / Tournaments /

The third and final round of the hard-fought Australian Freshwater Masters tournament series was staged in mid-February this year on the waters of Lake Mulwala, a picturesque impoundment straddling the NSW/Victorian border, an hour or so west of Albury.

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A victory most sweet!

Glen Stewart | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Lithgow-Oberon /

If you get up early enough you can feel the frost coming down. The frost reaches into exposed areas high up in the mountains, you feel it first on rosy red cheeks and exposed ears as you throw the frozen hard flap of the swag back, a quick glimpse over at the fire for any sign of warmth before venturing out and waiting impatiently for the jug to boil and the coffee to brew.

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A victory most sweet!

Glen Stewart | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Lithgow-Oberon /

If you get up early enough you can feel the frost coming down. The frost reaches into exposed areas high up in the mountains, you feel it first on rosy red cheeks and exposed ears as you throw the frozen hard flap of the swag back, a quick glimpse over at the fire for any sign of warmth before venturing out and waiting impatiently for the jug to boil and the coffee to brew.

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Mahimahi still showing off

Anthony Stokman | First Published: April 2016   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

The striped marlin bite may have slowed down but there is hope that an improvement in water and more bait may spark up a bit of a late bite coming into the tail end of the season as fish move back up the coast.

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Playing the gamefish

Darren Thomas | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Sydney North /

Terrific fishing has been had out off Sydney’s north, with more mahimahi and plenty of marlin landed from inshore and offshore locations. Some fish have been sighted very close to Sydney Harbour with a list of great reports coming in.

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Splash about some orange for spawning trout

Steve Williamson | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Jindabyne /

Welcome to April, cooler weather and maybe the start of the brown trout spawning season. The trout are just waiting for a little rain to start to run up the bigger rivers and streams. This also means a start to lure and flyfishing for some of the much larger aggressive spawning trout.

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The inflatable option

Justin Willmer | First Published: April 2016   »  Regular Features / Kayaking /

About fifteen years ago a few mates and I bought cheap inflatable boats so that we could dodge the crowds around the local jetty and surrounding riverbank, launch our simple craft and paddle to the opposite bank. Although it was only twice the distance of a good cast away, we had the bank to ourselves and were fishing water that wasn’t anywhere near as pressured as the easily accessed side of the river. The result was a few fun and memorable trips, with plenty of nice flathead landed on soft plastics.

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Come and tangle with a toothy mackerel

Stephen Worley | First Published: April 2016   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / Coffs Harbour /

Normally in this issue of NSWFM we’d be talking about the Easter weekend of fishing and the local Easter Classic, but this year it’s all over and done with by the start of April! The holidays are still on their way though, so many of you reading this may be from out of town looking for the inside info on what’s likely to be swimming around the Coffs Coast at the moment.

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Quintrex relaunches Yellowfin range

Will Lee | First Published: April 2016   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Telwater are recognised as the leading boat manufacturer in Australia and have just relaunched their Yellowfin brand through the Quintrex dealer network. The Yellowfin offshore plate boats have had a revamp, and at a recent media day held on the Sunshine Coast I had the opportunity to step aboard and run my eyes over the entire range to see what Yellowfin has to offer.

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