Fishing

Hinchinbrook in a tinnie – part two

THIS month we’ll be looking at part two of our Hinchinbrook tinnie trip. The morning after our epic mangrove jack session, we took dad out to end of Lucinda Bulk Sugar Terminal. Almost everything lives around the terminal, so you never know what’s going to eat your lure next. I landed a small coral trout on a Zerek Fish Trap …

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Fishing therapy in Cape York

TOM and I were motoring up a small side creek on the electric against a slow run-out tide. The waterway was barely a cast wide but had already produced a few feisty barramundi and a couple of bumps from big blue-lipped pikey bream. Overhead, the tops of the mangrove forest were buffeted by typical dry season trade wind but only …

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Trying new things on the reef at Turkey Beach

AFTER our Swains sortie, George and I decided to head to Turkey Beach for an overnight fishing trip because we hadn’t fished that region since October last year. Weather, circumstances and other commitments kept getting in the way and unlike many other fishers, we chose not to fish the area during the COVID-19 lockdown good weather, when social distancing and …

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Broadwater brings the action on blades

THE Gold Coast Broadwater has been fishing remarkably well and has had a great variety of fish on the bite. School mackerel normally appear in the southern Broadwater at this time of year because they begin their annual migration from the north. I have never seen this many though – we’ve had large numbers of schoolies feeding every day for …

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Lose boat options and catch more fish

LOSE a few options when you’re buying a new boat and catch far better fish much more frequently. The greatest aid to catching fish is not sold in boat dealerships nor marine chandleries – it’s professional knowledge. You can always buy the optional boat gear later, but you need the knowledge now. That’s the key advice from a man who …

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Fish habitat action in a tributary of Tuckean Swamp

AUSTRALIA’S only fishing conservation charity OzFish Unlimited has partnered with Tregeagle Landcare Group and private landowners on Boggy Creek – a tributary of Tucki Tucki Creek which flows into the famed Tuckean Swamp. OzFish are working on several ways to improve the native fish habitat in the area, including planting trees on the creek bank. The project site is about …

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Cashing in on marine by-products

AS exploitation of wild fisheries and marine environments threaten food supplies, Flinders University scientists are finding sustainable new ways to convert biowaste, algal biomass and even beached seaweed into valuable dietary proteins and other products. In one of several projects underway at the Flinders Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development, researchers are looking to extract value from crayfish shells and other …

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Seagrass restoration kick-started at Mourilyan Harbour

A PILOT project to restore seagrass meadows at Mourilyan Harbour southeast of Innisfail, has started with input from local recreational anglers and university researchers. The trial will assess the success of a unique seagrass restoration technique – deploying seagrass fragments or sprigs attached to mesh frames into a designated section of the harbour. The work is a collaboration between James …

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Operation targeting illegal activity at Port Kembla

THE Australian Border Force (ABF) has carried out a high visibility operation at Port Kembla to detect and disrupt organised criminal activity in the area. Today, 13 August 2020, 25 ABF officers from NSW Maritime Operations, Regional Investigations, the Dog Detector Unit, along with officers from Aviation and Maritime Security conducted a crew and ship search on a vessel docked …

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QYSEA FIFISH V6 underwater drone review

I would like to talk a little about a new product, that over the past six months I’ve had the privilege to become the main Australian affiliate for, and that’s the FIFISH V6 underwater drone from QYSEA. No doubt many of you would have seen my videos on Facebook showcasing what this machine can do. This drone can dive to …

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