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Finding fish on new waterways

Roderick Walmsley | First Published: March 2014   »  Feature Articles / Queensland /

There was already a boat anchored in the bay we were heading towards so we lowered the electric and slowly worked past him.

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Small windows of chance produce

Troy Wegner | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Southern Bay /

The fishing weather window has still been closed due to the persistent strong southeasterlies we’ve had for the last 5 weeks. It has made getting out on the bay very hard. Anyone that has lucked out and had a day off on one of the rare good weather days, have done well.

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A change is in the air

Peter Wells | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Noosa /

The changing seasons also mean a change to the cooler weather and a change in target species.

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Waiting for the weather

Jeff Wilton | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Hinchinbrook /

By now everybody has started to get over the barra fever and, all going to plan, there have been plenty of jumping chrome bullets on the end of lines.

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Boondooma Dam Yellowbelly Fishing Competition

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

There was a great turn out for the 24th Boondooma Dam Yellowbelly Fishing Competition that was held 8-9 February 2014. A total of 658 competitors, including 145 juniors, weighed in 430 fish. A total of 84 Australian bass were also caught and released in the new catch and release section.

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Buck up for barra

Craig Floyd | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Central QLD / Gladstone /

There are so many options within the Gladstone region, and all produce great fishing. Larger waterways in the area push up into the fresh where there are healthy populations of barra and mangrove jack to smash your bait or lure.

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2Deadly’s 2-punch combo

Nicole Penfold | First Published: March 2014   »  Feature Articles / Queensland /

In my cynical moments I feel that some manufacturers aren’t so much creating lures as throwing coloured lumps of plastic at us. Fish-shaped lumps that look and behave much like the fish-shaped lumps of plastic I already have.

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Power Charges To Victory

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

Team Power (Trent Power/Donovan Power) took out the first event of the 2013 BARRA Tour, the Peter Faust Evening Event. Team Power’s tournament limit of 9/10 for a total of 925cm saw them secure a comfortable victory and provide the perfect start to their 2013 ABT tournament season.

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Kinchant Shines For Night Championship

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

Kinchant Dam hosted the second event of the 2013 BARRA Tour, the Kinchant Night Championship. This was the first time Kinchant Dam had been used for an ABT BARRA event. Add to this that Kinchant Dam was recently used for series 10 of the Australian Fishing Championships (AFC) BARRA rounds and all anglers were excited about what lay in store.

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EJ Todd go hard and soft for Teemburra win

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

Team EJ Todd (Craig Griffith and Trent Short) 10/10, 623cm claimed victory in the final round of the 2013 BARRA Tour at Teemburra Dam using a combination of hardbody lures and soft plastics. Fishing points and the backs of bays, the pair focused much of their attention at the mouth of Teemburra Creek.

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Reel Love

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

Over the next few issues, I plan to look at the basic care and maintenance of your fishing gear, starting this month with those most important, complex and costly items of tackle: your reels.

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Getting stuck into whiting

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

March signifies the start of migrational movements for some species. By the end of the month you’ll see surface schools of mullet and bream, along with increased numbers of whiting and bigger tailor on the beaches. The mulloway and kingfish will be following these species that are schooling up for their spawning run.

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Quality cod off the surface

Tony Bennett | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Yarrawonga /

Lake Mulwala, the ‘Murray cod Mecca’, is the only place to be if you want to give yourself a better than average chance of catching a cod at this time of year. January to May generally considered to be the best time of year to fish this region but February to April tends to produce the best numbers of cod.

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BETS Hawkesbury Results

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

A total of 90 breamin’ teams had a shot at the first BETS event for 2014 on the Hawkesbury River. Team Duo Lures/Costa Sunglasses (Gavin Joyce and Nick Geogiadis) slow rolled hard baits off the sloppier edges of Cowan Creek and found quality fish hanging close to edge willing to follow the lure out and give it a crack.

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Let the bluefin games begin

Lee Rayner | First Published: March 2014   »  Feature Articles / New South Wales /

There has already been southern bluefin tuna caught on the west coast as early as late January. In fact some anglers found and caught fish not long after Christmas. Incredible, my mate and well-known west coast angler Scott Gray saw and hooked tuna as far back as November!

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Berleying up a storm

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

Over the past few years Botany Bay has undergone a number of changes. One of these was the extension of Port Botany, which has taken away many great fishing spots. In the northern section of the bay in this area you could get out of those northerly winds and drift for flathead while using baits or lures. It was a place that you could troll for tailor salmon and kingfish.

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Mystery mix in March

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

March is the best fishing month of the year. The weather is great, the ocean is warm and it is swarming with fish. There’s no better time to take the kids out fishing because you can almost guarantee a heap of fun.

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The talk of the town

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

Blowering Dam is the talk of the freshwater fishing scene this year thanks to the high number of 1m+ Murray cod that have been caught there since the season opened in December. If you are on social media at all you’d know that there haven’t been many days where there haven’t been pictures of massive Murray cod caught at Blowering Dam.

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Masses of baitfish

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

In recent weeks we’ve had a mass influx of shark sightings and beach closures, but from an angler’s point of view this is actually pretty exciting. You know the sharks’ presence means that masses of bait have arrived, and that also means great fishing as the sharks aren’t the only ones feasting on them.

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Enjoy it while it lasts

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

March is one of my favourite months to get out on the water, regardless of what type of fishing I’m doing. The results are normally pretty good and the weather is easier to deal with than midsummer or midwinter. It’s simply a great time of year.

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Hot targets in warm water

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

March is easily my favourite time of year to fish Port because it’s when the warm currents become more consistent, bringing a whole new host of tropical species. Longtail tuna, mackerel and inshore black marlin are just a few of the tropical fish which ride the currents down here at this time of year. Also our resident snapper, mulloway and flathead thrive in these warmer temperatures and can always provide a reliable target.

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Getting the timing right

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

The busy time of year has been and gone with plenty of tourists here for the Christmas break. Plenty of the visitors are here to go fishing but those heading offshore have really had to pick the right days. The ocean waves haven’t been an issue, the problem has been the wind which has been blowing relentlessly. An early start is needed if you want to catch a few fish.

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Up and at it early

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

Another holiday season has been and gone, and this year the town didn't feel as busy as it has in years past.

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Bale/Brundson take Port Mac GTS Event

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

Team Hastings Bream and Bass Club, consisting of local anglers Wayne Bale and Jeff Brundson, had what was needed to rise to the top of this very talented field at the Atomic Port Macquarie GTS Event in February.

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Pambula out punches the rest

Stuart Hindson | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far South Coast / Merimbula /

The local estuaries around Merimbula are firing on all cylinders with Pambula Lake just to the south being a standout. This skinny bit of water is only a puddle but, gee, it fishes well. All species are having a chew with flathead, whiting, blackfish, bream, and tailor in great numbers.

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Tide change the key

Stuart Hindson | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / South Coast / Narooma /

The Narooma region has returned to some sort of normality after the school holidays. With the decrease in boat traffic the estuaries have really fired up with Wagonga Inlet and Tuross fishing excellently of late. Both systems are producing bream, mulloway, whiting and blackfish.

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Hefty speedsters offshore

Brent Kirk | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / South West Rocks /

If you enjoy catching and eating mud crabs, you will not get a better opportunity than now! The Macleay valley is in the middle of one of the best runs of crabs in recent memory. Due to the lack of rain in our area the crabs have pushed up the highest reaches of just about every creek and waterway. Reports of crabs have come in from as far upstream as Frederickton on the Macleay.

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It’s Kingfish Central

Peter Le Blang | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Pittwater /

Over the last month we once again saw a lot of kingfish caught on Pittwater and along our coast. Unfortunately most have been small but there is still the odd good fish around to keep you on your toes.

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Too hot for native fish

Rod Mackenzie | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Robinvale /

You know it’s hot when you bounce out of the ute barefoot and you can feel the tar move beneath your feet.

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Local lures produce the goods

Scott McAuliffe | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Wagga Wagga /

March is a great month for chasing natives in the local area. It’s generally the last month before the water temps drop below a level that is comfortable for golden perch. We will almost certainly see a decline in the number of these fish caught between now and the next report, so if you like chasing goldens you need to make the most of this month and get out there with your small 50-60mm hardbodies and small single-blade spinnerbaits. Purple is a very hard colour to go past for golden perch or, if that doesn’t produce, bright green has worked quite well for a couple of local anglers lately.

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