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Reef action is getting reel

Scott Lynch | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Central QLD / Yeppoon /

Just about any species caught offshore around here is very active at the moment. Mackerel, cobia, tuna and other pelagics have been caught and will be about for the rest of the month at least. Coral trout, tuskfish, cod, sweetlip and various red fish dominate the majority of reef captures. Big large-mouth nannygai have moved into the closer rubble patches just behind the islands.

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The New Year season is o-fish-ally open!

Gordon Macdonald | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Brisbane /

Hopefully once everyone has recovered from their Christmas festivities, they will manage to get out onto the water and experience some of the quality fishing on offer. The run of pelagics in the bay should continue to improve over the coming month or so with the fishing getting easier due to a slight decrease in boat traffic and fishing pressure. It’s now time for serious anglers to reap the aquatic rewards in the form of mackerel, tuna, threadfin salmon, mangrove jack, estuary cod, crabs, prawns and numerous others. The sun is beating down and the temperature is rising quickly in the mornings, however the quality fishing on offer is definitely worth tolerating the elements.

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Bluewater bait rigging

Gordon Macdonald | First Published: December 2016   »  Regular Features / Technical Tricks /

The warmer months see a noticeable increase in the number and variety of pelagic species in our bluewater environment. Numerous billfish species including black, blue and striped marlin, as well as sailfish are caught – with the occasional spearfish as well. Additionally, desirable pelagics such as wahoo, mackerel (Spanish, spotted, shark and school), mahimahi, yellowtail kingfish, cobia and tuna (yellowfin, longtail, mack and striped) are all also on the agenda. These as well as many demer...

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The early bird gets the worm

Jason Medcalf | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Central QLD / Bundaberg /

January holidays are great fun, but with crowds, heat and family holiday commitments it can be frustrating for the obsessed angler.

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Cool down the water and heat up the fishing

Ryan Moody | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Hinchinbrook /

I hope you all had a safe start to the New Year. It has certainly been a hot start to the year, with no real indication of decent rain. For some reason we just keep missing out on the storms associated with the trough lines, from heat lows that come through the southern states. Just seems to make it as far as the Burdekin, but no further north.

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Make this year about fishing

Mick Morris | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Jumpinpin /

Happy New Years to all. Let’s hope this is our best fishing year yet and everyone finds more time to get out on the water to catch more fish. Last year was a great year for fishing the ‘Pin and now that the system has had a good flush, the fishing should be set to improve.

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Another year, another fish

Clayton Nicholls | First Published: December 2016   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

Hopefully all the avid readers got stockings full of lures over the Christmas period and picked up some great bargains on all the sales days that followed. I know I certainly added some new gear to the collection.

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Reef fishing in Cape York

Tim O’reilly | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Cape York /

Fishing reef and offshore areas on Cape York’s east coast will be the pick of the options for fishers. Heading out wider than usual is possible during much of the year – however, storms on the horizon can be a constant companion. Rewards in the deeper reef areas and current convergences will go to those rigged with trolling lures, surface lures, metals slices, soft plastics and jigs. After a long and hot dry season, January will be a crucial month in breaking the rain deadlock, with early rain models suggesting a transition year between El Niño and La Niña, we could be in for yet another wet season across the far north.

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No run, no fun

Damian Parker | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Caloundra /

This year has started with a consistent run of pelagic species. Spotted and school mackerel have turned up thick and fast across Caloundra 5, 7 and 12 mile reefs, Hutchinson Shoals, Gneerings and the Barwon Banks.

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Pelagics are pulling lines

Danny Sands | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Gold Coast /

Happy New Years! Hopefully Santa left some fishing goodies to play around with. January is always a busy time on the water and some days it’s rougher inside on the Broadwater than the deep blue sea. The wind plays a big role in January as the northerly winds will turn blue water into green lifeless conditions. This will make fishing quite tough, so hopefully the southerly winds will keep the blue water nice and close to our shores.

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Fishing is on fire

Ryan Smith | First Published: December 2016   »  Regular Features / Junior /

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the readers out there! Summer is in full swing, and the Southern Bay is on fire with many species being caught. Bream are in large numbers around the local foreshores, jetties and rock walls, as well as cruising the flats during the lowlight periods. Bait such as prawns, strips of mullet fillet, squid and chicken breast have been popular baits to soak. Slowly rolling hardbodies across the flats has been very successful, with popular lures for this w...

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All I want for Christmas is a mangrove jack

Peter Wells | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Noosa /

With summer now in full swing and Christmas over, what better time to head to the Sunshine Coast to fulfil that fishing addiction? With plenty of action on the rivers, offshore and on the beach, anglers have been really spoilt for choice!

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Fishing in the New Year

Jeff Wilton | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Hinchinbrook /

As another year passes, I like to set myself some goals for the New Year. Last year I wanted a 60cm mangrove jack from my local waters, which is a tough challenge in NQ. I didn’t achieve this, but got a couple around the 58cm mark – close, but can’t tick that box yet. 2017 for me will be learning a lot more about impoundment barra

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Throwing a spanner in the works

Michael Fox | First Published: December 2016   »  Feature Articles / Queensland /

Spanner crabs are one crustacean that you don’t hear a lot about unless you’re sitting at a seafood restaurant table reading the menu. This is probably because you can’t just wander down to your local creek, throw a trap in from the bank and catch a feed of them. You need to venture offshore in a sea worthy vessel and put a bit of time into the preparation, and on a recent fishing trip to Wooli on the Northern New South Wales coast, I did just that.

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That’s why they call it ‘Red’cliffe

Reece Thomas | First Published: December 2016   »  Regular Features / Kayaking /

If you are a kayak fisher that has ever dreamt about catching big snapper in shallow water in Queensland, then you may have ventured to Redcliffe, or put this location on your bucket list.

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Emperors are red; Spaniards are blue

Paul Prokopuk | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Cooktown /

Happy New Years readers, I hope you all have had success on the water over the holiday period. With the festive season coming to a close, the true summer period of Cooktown is in full swing. Battling the hot, humid days, sudden downpours and the occasional storms was a true trial but those fish in the esky made every second of it worth the trouble. The lucky anglers who decided to stay in Cooktown for the holidays were blessed with perfect weather and great fishing. There has been a plethora of reports coming in, telling of success in both the rivers and reef – it would have made for some incredible seafood feasts to celebrate Christmas.

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Swing into Southern Bay

Tyler White | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Southern Bay /

With the New Year here already and Christmas over, hopefully you were all able to dodge the poor weather, and have found some time to get on the water and have a fish. With the holidays still in full swing, the boat traffic on the water is extremely high, and luckily, this hasn’t stopped the fish from biting – with plenty of fish being caught throughout the bay.

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Racing stripes

Kaspar Lenigas | First Published: December 2016   »  Feature Articles / Queensland /

Spanish mackerel and wahoo are by far one of the most targeted and sought-after pelagic species offshore during our summer pelagic season. Not only do they taste great, they’re also excellent sportfish that fight hard and fast.

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Cod action reaches boiling point

Robbie Alexander | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Wangaratta /

January in the Wangaratta area is usually all about Murray cod fishing for most anglers. Many anglers will travel to target redfin, trout and yellowbelly, but here in town it is the Murray cod that lure anglers to the water’s edge.

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Overload of options

Dylan Brennan | First Published: December 2016   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

The post Christmas holidays can be an excellent time to go fishing, whether you’re a seasoned pro or just taking the family out to make the most of the sunshine. There are plenty of freshwater options around the city, from active lure or fly fishing, right through to soaking some worms from the bank.

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Lakes bound to heat up

Nick Brown | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Shepparton /

Summer is well and truly here. We were lucky that our spring was cooler and wet. The weather has been hot and is predicted to be very dry and very hot in January. This isn’t a bad thing, as we will get a nice steady water level and hopefully this means clearer waters to chase big natives.

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Port Phillip Bay Carrum

Mitch Chapman | First Published: December 2016   »  Regular Features / Hot Spot /

Carrum Boat Ramp is located on the banks of the mighty Patterson River. What makes it appealing to most snapper fishos are the facilities it has on offer; with bait, food, drinks and petrol all readily available.

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A new year, a new beginning

Jarrod Day | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Central / Western Port /

Despite the dismal start to snapper fishing on the Port, things are finally on the improve. By mid November the water temperature lifted enough to get the fish more on the bite than previous weeks, and as quick as they were on the bit, they were off, and heading back out offshore to end their spawning cycle for yet another year.

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Summer whiting tactics

Jarrod Day | First Published: December 2016   »  Feature Articles / Victoria /

King George whiting tick all the boxes – they put up a fair battle on light tackle and on the table they’re an absolutely delicious treat. Caught right around the state, Western Port’s whiting are particularly popular due to their sheer population throughout the summer months and they’re still are a viable option year round.

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Get your rigs and baits – summer awaits

Wayne Diffey | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / West Coast / Apollo Bay /

Finally we’re seeing an improvement in the weather, fishing-wise that is. We’ve seen a bit more activity off the beaches with the salmon and reports of reasonable catches of up to 2kg, with the odd bigger one. Blue bait or squid are the most common baits, using a paternoster rig, single or double. Many fishos like to use a double paternoster rig, with bait on the bottom hook and a surf popper on the top dropper.

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Snapper are sticking around for summer

Wayne Friebe | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Central / Port Phillip Bay /

Mild weather has continued for the most part over the last month in the bay. We still haven’t had the hot days that we are used to at this time of year. We all know this can change pretty quickly, and soon we’ll all be whining that the weather is too hot.

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Summer fun in the Gippy Lakes

Brett Geddes | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / East Coast / Gippsland Lakes /

You have to love the sting of the hot summer sun – for the Gippy Lakes, it means flathead time has arrived and the prawns are back on the menu. There are pinkie snapper, luderick, tailor, trevally, flounder and hopefully big kingfish to play with again. The real highlight is the excellent lure fishing for bream. It’s a very busy time of year and I’ve got plenty to report on.

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On the chase and on the chew

Mark Gercovich | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / West Coast / Warrnambool /

Spring was a non-event weatherwise, so hopefully we get a long hot flat summer so anglers can make the most some of the excellent fishing available this time of year.

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Tasmanian break – time to get reel!

Kelly Hunt | First Published: December 2016   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Tasmania & Flinders Island / Tasmania /

It beggars belief, but another year is done and dusted – poof, gone! It’s January and a new year means 12 months’ worth of holidays saved up. Hopefully now you can take some. This month is about getaways and shack life. The weather has improved dramatically and the daylight hours are long. These are perfect conditions. It’s time to get away and enjoy some coastal fishing and a slower pace for a while.

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McLay 651 CrossXover – family friendly fishing machine

Peter Jung | First Published: December 2016   »  Regular Features / Boating /

New Zealand plate boat manufacturers McLay Boats continue to make inroads into the Australian market with their quality aluminium trailer boats. Their range includes everything from tiller steer styles to cuddy cabins and hard top cruisers. All are manufactured with fishing and recreational boating in mind.

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