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A winter to remember

Will Thompson | First Published: July 2014   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

This year has been the best at Ninety Mile Beach I can remember and if next season is a half as good as this one, I will be a happy camper.

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Positive end to the season

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

I hate the end of trout season, however the long weekend allowed us to see some good catches of fish and, with some well-timed rain, there were plenty of good trout and bass caught in Gippsland.

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Monster salmon on cue

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

Those who fish Mcloughlins Beach regularly in the colder months would know May and June is when the big salmon enter our south Gippsland estuaries, and sure enough, the salmon played by the rules and turned up again right on cue.

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Shallow water flathead

Mitchell Fredericks | First Published: June 2014   »  Feature Articles / Queensland /

The reason I like chasing flathead in shallow water is because, being in my teens and with no access to a car, I can walk or even ride my bike to some shallow sand flats near home and have a great time fishing. Many healthy estuary systems with nice flowing current and sand flats make perfect habitats for flathead. Walking the flats to find the fish can take up a full day’s fishing pretty easily.

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Weather turns our way

Scott Bradley | First Published: June 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Central QLD / Hervey Bay /

With the water temperature finally dropping, the winter species we look forward to every year are on the increase.

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Hot smoked reef fish fillet

Lynn Bain | First Published: June 2014   »  Regular Features / Cooking /

It is often said that hot smoking may be man’s oldest method of flavouring meat and fish. Not so vintage but time proven nonetheless, I’ve been using a smoke oven for the best part of 20 years.

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Snapper here and on the job

Keith Day | First Published: June 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Mackay /

With the cold weather, Mackay anglers can look forward to some great fishing if the weather cooperates. Mackay’s winters are fairly mild, with temps usually in the low teens and the odd night down into single figures. Days can be either very windy or, all too rarely, simply glassed out, providing ideal conditions for fishing. Those glassed out days give small boat anglers plenty of chances to tangle with migrating snapper as they come close inshore to breed.

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Options far and wide

Karim De Ridder | First Published: June 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Townsville /

Townsville has embraced the coming of winter this year, which has brought on some great fishing around our city’s waterways.

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Flush out flourishes canals

Josh Dunn | First Published: June 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Gold Coast /

As the cooler weather sets in, along with the rain that flushed out the canals a few months ago, it's a good time to head out into our canals. Big bream, whiting, tailor, trevally, plenty of mullet and the odd flathead will fill our bags this month.

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Offshore insanity continues

Ed Falconer | First Published: June 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Rainbow Beach /

Another pretty good run of weather allowed us quite a few trips offshore.

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Centre riggers and WWB

Kim Bain | First Published: June 2014   »  Feature Articles / Queensland /

With the purchase of my new 58’ game boat I’ve finally got into using a centre rigger on a regular basis. It is nice not to have to put a 50 wide outfit on strike drag in the t-top rod holder and then having to try to pull it out while a wahoo is screaming drag after hooking up.

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Sunshine amongst the clouds

Grayson Fong | First Published: June 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Northern Bay /

What’s that sound? Oh yes, it’s my teeth chattering! Call me dramatic but you could easily mistake South East Queensland as the North Pole with this sudden onset of cold weather that has left Brisbanites diving into cupboards for their winter woolies.

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Snapper on the rise!

John Gooding | First Published: June 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Brisbane Offshore /

If you’ve complained about the mackerel season we’ve just experienced, you’re certainly hard to please as there were plenty caught right along the coast. As I mentioned in an earlier report, there were lots of smaller fish caught and that’s probably the result of a couple of good spawning seasons. The end result will be continuing good stock numbers and some solid models coming past our part of the coast during the next couple of years.

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Mixing it up on the troll

David Green | First Published: June 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Gold Coast /

The water temperature has remained high throughout autumn and as things slowly cool and the East Australian Current slows down, there should be some great fishing off the Gold Coast. There will be a mix of winter and summer fishing for both pelagic and bottom fish.

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A new chapter begins

Lynton Heffer | First Published: June 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Port Douglas /

After a lengthy but healthy wet season we’re now settling into our beautiful tropic winter stretch. The days are generally very appealing and it’s a fantastic time to head to the reef if the winds allow.

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Isisford Fishing Comp

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

The Isisford Barcoo Recreational Fishing Club invites you to their annual fishing competition, on the banks of the Barcoo River at the good old ‘Oma Waterhole’. It will be held on the weekend of 27-28 July, 2014.

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Safety through the holidays

Phil James | First Published: June 2014   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

In one of the year's busiest periods, island visitors were keen to make the most of the long weekend with many extending through the following week to the next long weekend. At Inskip Point, long queues of vehicles waited for barges for the short trip to the island while at River Heads extra barges were needed to cope with the demand for transport to the western coast of the island.

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New species to target

Ben Job | First Published: June 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Gold Coast /

As things start to cool down and the days start becoming shorter there will be plenty of new species to target. You will find that the offshore reefs will become easier to fish as the current starts to slow and the sea will start to get calmer.

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Pelagic power play

Dan Kaggelis | First Published: June 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Ayr /

The signs of a cracking pelagic season have been extremely positive leading up to June with the Spanish mackerel showing up in big numbers already out wide.

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Turning old into new

Dan Kaggelis | First Published: June 2014   »  Feature Articles / Queensland /

Many offshore anglers believe in the saying that offshore fishermen are only as good as their fishing spots. As a result, it’s often the fishing spot or the skipper’s collection of secret marks which get the credit for a sensational catch.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Wayne Kampe | First Published: June 2014   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Claiming a world first, Mitsubishi has released its 2014 Outlander PHEV as the first plug-in hybrid SUV. Smart marketing has seen the new Outlander PHEV introduced to a market that’s clamouring for SUVs yet with the added bonus of electric power to minimise fossil fuel usage. It’s a great concept and has the potential to make the Outlander PHEV ideal for a lot of families living and working in the city.

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Tide change the key

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

The Solitary Islands Game Fishing Club held its fourth Heavy Tackle Challenge recently, with 20 boats fishing under near perfect conditions. The water colour and temperature, so often the key to good offshore fishing, was more than adequate, and the current had eased up appreciably so it was possible to work a known hotspot without vanishing down the coast.

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High powered Watts

Gabe Quercigrosse | First Published: June 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Botany Bay /

Watts Reef is where all the action has been happening in recent weeks. It hasn’t been uncommon to go out on this reef and catch big bluenose bream to 1.5kg. It does rough up in any sort of weather, but it’s easy to get to and the fishing has been really good. The best time to fish has been on the run-up tide, and the best bait has been live nippers.

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Maroochy Palms Holiday Village

Wayne Kampe | First Published: June 2014   »  Regular Features / Camping and 4WD /

Nestled on the banks of the Maroochy River in Maroochydore, right in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, is the fabulous Maroochy Palms Holiday Village. At a mere 5km from the Maroochydore CBD and very handy to the Sunshine Coast airport, Maroochy Palms blends old fashioned customer service with some of the best modern facilities to be found within any holiday park on our coastal strip. A 4.5 star rating will come as no surprise to anyone staying there.

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Impoundment bass on fly

Wayne Kampe | First Published: June 2014   »  Regular Features / Flyfishing /

Without the customary summer floods our South Queensland impoundment bass have been confined to quarters. There’s been none of that ducking over the dam wall to take a look at what lies beyond! Populations remain stable, impoundment edges remain much unchanged so flyfishing for these great fighting fish isn’t too difficult.

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Boat Test: Formosa’s 500 Barra

Greg Livingstone | First Published: June 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

I love the ingenuity that North Queenslanders display. They have to deal with a lot of interesting situations, not the least being cyclones and rain that will swell rivers in hours. But the crazy anglers up that way still manage to get out fishing more often than not and the team at The Tinnie Shack in Mission Beach is a case in point.

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Bait brings the predators

Scott Lynch | First Published: June 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Central QLD / Yeppoon /

The Capricorn coast is fishing as well as ever at present. Because of the drop in rainfall from the big wets of previous years and the Fitzroy not pumping massive quantities of freshwater into the bay, it has given the bay the opportunity to clean up a bit. This has bought back the big bait schools that travelled wide avoiding the almost fresh dirty water.

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Outwitting the sharks

Josh Lyon | First Published: June 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Tropical North / Weipa /

The fishing in May has been nothing short of spectacular and going by current weather patterns it looks like June will be the same.

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Snap back on track

Brad Mckendrick | First Published: June 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Southern QLD / Caloundra /

The winter species are in full swing with some amazing reports of quality snapper and other reefies being caught right across the many reefs on the Sunshine Coast. The weather came on with a cold front that nearly froze everyone and, with that, everything changed around the area. The good news is that the fish are in close at the moment so long trips in the cool night air can be avoided if you know the spots to target.

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Wake to winter glory

Jason Medcalf | First Published: June 2014   »  Area Articles / Queensland / Central QLD / Bundaberg /

It's time to get ready for winter and as we live in paradise that really isn't such a big ask is it? In fact, I can't remember the last time I wore a pair of long pants to work during the day, and even on the water in Bundaberg you have to strip of any warm layers you have on by 8am anyway. So now we have established we really live in a great part of the world what can we expect this month?

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