Winter beach fishing basics
Jamie Robley | June 2016

Tailor are one of the main species encountered along our beaches through the cooler months, particularly on the north coast.

When beach fishing comes to mind, it’s only natural to associate this great Aussie pastime with other summer traditions like cricket and the good old backyard BBQ. The truth is though, beach fishing can be a rewarding activity during any month of the year. Like other types of angling though, a few adjustments need to be made in order to make the most of what each season offers.
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Fish handling IV: ice brining
Blake Hudson | May 2016

Premium flake ice may be harder to source than cube ice from the servo, but either are suitable.

Welcome to the fourth and final part of the fish handling series. This month we take you through a critical and concluding step to sophisticated handling. I guarantee you will be taking home premium quality product for the dinner table!
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Stuarts Point – a friendly hideaway
Ryan Limpus | May 2016

Stuarts Point Holiday Park is one of the best-kept holiday parks the author has stayed in.

I’m a sucker for small riverside/beachside fishing villages. They remind me of years gone by, family holidays in the early 80’s when there was plenty to explore and options to try and catch a few fish. I have some great memories of staying at a similar sleepy fishing village with my parents. My days revolved around meeting up with other kids on holidays and going swimming and fishing all day and only heading back to the tent or van when it was time for dinner. Sadly, days like these are now rare. The holiday park at Stuarts Point however, provides an experience much like the one I have described. Here you can indulge in a carefree holiday in a relaxing environment with plenty of options for fishers and their families.
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Finding pre-winter predators
Jamie Robley | May 2016

If catching a solid inshore kingfish is your goal then May is the month to put in the effort. Live calamari squid or live garfish are right at the top of the list for kingy baits.

During the summer months and into early autumn larger oceanic predators like marlin, Spanish mackerel and sharks move down the east coast, often close to shore. Plenty of smaller pelagic fish including bonito, kingfish and mac tuna also invade inshore waters during this period.
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Cracking the ‘Coota code
Jason Scerri | May 2016

The author’s daughter Bella with her first ever solo lure caught fish where she cast the lure and retrieved the fish unassisted. A very proud daddy indeed.

For many anglers, bream anglers in particular, a fishing trip to a place such as Mallacoota is as good as it gets. Unfortunately for many of us, it is a very long trip to get there so it’s just not practical to fish it as often as I would like. I am hoping that by reading this article, you can get a little insight to help prepare for your own trip to Mallacoota and hopefully, I can provide some useful info and tips that allow you to make the most of your time there and hit the ground running. It really is one of those places where a month of fishing it would still leave most of it untapped.
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Lure a luderick – tips and tricks
Gary Brown | April 2016

Targeting luderick will bring a smile to your face after a successful outing.

Some anglers I’ve known over the years argue against catching luderick. They say, ‘it’s boring to watch a float for hours on end,’ or, ‘they taste terrible,’ and worst of all – ‘you only go luderick fishing when you get old!’ How wrong they are!
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Part III: Brain spiking – Ike Jime
Blake Hudson | April 2016

So far in this series, we have looked at a couple of easy ways to look after fish for the table or for release. One way is to use a simple piece of saturated sponge as a landing surface, to support and calm the fish. To further eliminate the uncontrolled flipping of fish, equipment such as a cotton glove worn on your bait hand will give you more effective control of your catch.
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Build a great bream tacklebox!
Jamie Robley | April 2016

With such an enormous variety of small lures on the market these days it’s not always easy to make the best choice. The simple tips outlined in this article should set a few things straight though.

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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Marlin for beginners
Glen Booth | March 2016

Away from the Cairns heavy tackle fishery, blues are the largest marlin east coast anglers are likely to regularly encounter.

That first marlin: it’s a significant angling milestone, certainly on every fisho’s bucket list, and there’s no better time to do it than right now. Billions of words have been written on how fantastic they are to catch, but let’s look at some basics to get you successfully hooked up for the first time.
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