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Finley with his PB Bream of 32cm caught third cast.

It’s crazy to think that a third of the year has already passed. Time flies when you’re having fun. Talking of fun, on a recent trip I was assigned a task to get a good mate, Finley, onto some decent fish and thought, what better way to do it than throw small hardbodies in 2ft of water?
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Jayden Douma with a little queeny. These can be found in great numbers around the pylons.

Night time is when many predatory species of fish such as barra and salmon become much more active. While fish might hug the structure and ignore lures and baits during the day, once darkness falls they will begin to become active. Certain tactics that during the day seem to be quite useless often prove very effective by night. Knowing your tides and barometer can also help when chasing species such as barra and black jewfish.
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Having success in the shallows
Ryan Smith | March 2017

You can catch a couple squire in the shallows with the right tools and technique.

Many anglers say the shallows hold small fish or even no fish. However, you’d be surprised at what is lurking in water only a few feet deep.
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Soft plastics are the go
Jackson Bargenquast | February 2017

The author and his mate Axel with a 100lb+ groper caught on a soft vibe.

The Gulf of Carpentaria is a place where everyone can catch a fish. Everywhere holds fish. It’s a place where the fishing can be absolutely insane. Nonetheless, there are times when even this ocean paradise can shut down. When this happens, catching a fish is difficult and new tactics need to be invented for success.
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Early bird catches the worm
Ryan Smith | February 2017

Justin Parkin took this solid bream cruising the flats early in the morning.

Low light periods can be the best time to go for a fish, and you would be surprised what you can find creeping up in the shallows before the sun’s up.
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Fishing is on fire
Ryan Smith | December 2016

The author with a bream caught on a ZMan Slim SwimZ cast tight to structure.

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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Go light for a better fight
Jackson Bargenquast | December 2016

Jarred displays the fish of a lifetime, a 10kg+ golden trevally sight casted on the flats!

Chasing large fish on light gear was once a crazy idea – something that shouldn’t be done. These days it’s a popular form of sportfishing. To chase a fish on lighter gear is a challenge. Nothing’s impossible, but it takes a lot more skill to land the fish of a lifetime.
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Lure basics for bream
Ryan Smith | December 2016

The author caught this bream casting Cranka Crabs at boat hulls.

Known as a bread and butter species, the humble bream can be difficult to catch in some cases. Simple lure techniques done properly can undo these finicky fish. Bream fishing has taken off in the last few years and numerous tournaments over the country test anglers’ skills to get a bag of these fish. With a few tricks, you can be on your way to becoming a successful tournament angler. There are thousands of bream lures on the market and you can categorize them into three main groups ...
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Weipa deep secrets
Jackson Bargenquast | October 2016

Bottom bashing is an old form of fishing from way back in the day. Whether you’re using lures or bait, if the depth of water is deep or shallow, this form can be deadly on a wide variety of species. The tropical Western Cape York in Queensland is basically a giant fish-rich bay. A huge variety of species can be found, including mackerel, tuna, golden snapper, tuskfish, black jew and many more exceptional sport and table fish. All can be caught in abundance on the shallow and deep reefs.
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