Fishing Articles

Hot action at Bli Bli Barra Fishing Park


Hi folks, this month I’m pleased to report on a recent trip to the Bli Bli Barra Fishing Park with my son and some friends. It had been a little while since I’d been to the park for one reason or another, including major surgery during the peak fishing season last year, so it was good to be back. On …

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Inshore snapper on soft plastics


A lot of anglers start their soft plastics fishing journey chasing bread and butter species such as bream and flathead, with the perception that snapper are a more exotic species reserved for anglers with big boats travelling long distances. This is not the case. Over the years, improvements in fishing tackle, electronics and watercraft have seen small boats and even …

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Whitsundays sortie – Part 2


Picking up from Part 1 in the April issue, the forecast looked a lot better for the following day so, as none of us had been to Bowen before, we decided to give that a run. I’d done a heap of research on the Bowen area before this sortie and had a few marks that sounded quite good. We also …

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A smorgasbord of bay species on offer


We’ve had fairly ordinary weather over the past three months – so much rain and wind. Some people look at it in negative way, but I see it as Mother Nature enforcing her own closed season. Almost all species have had a chance to recover, so now they should be ready for the picking. All that rain floods our waterways …

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Dead bait for solid spanish mackerel


Hello everyone, I hope you were able to catch a break in the weather and head out for a mackerel or two. On the Gold Coast, the wind and swell were non-stop for at least two weeks straight, making it very difficult to get out. Finally, there was a nice window of good weather that created a great opportunity to …

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May is fishing magic month


Is it just me or does time seem to be flying by? We were only recently celebrating bringing in the new year and, in the blink of an eye, it’s May already. A few more casts and I’m sure the jolly old fat man will be burning that sleigh around the corner. It’s a timely reminder that, with the year …

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Luring whiting and other species


Hi everyone, as we’re heading into cooler weather, this month I’m going to talk about some great new lures. First though, let’s look at the latest local fishing happenings. It was definitely one of the hottest and wettest summers in southeast Queensland memory. This has continued into autumn and has resulted in the waterways staying quite muddy.   It has …

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Hooking big catches


If there was one single fishing related thing I hate seeing, it’s a hook or lure randomly lying on the ground waiting for someone to step on it. Such was the case when my daughter in-law to be Rebekah Ellis walked into our garage recently and trod on a 10/0 treble that had been lying in wait for its victim. …

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Flat out on mud crabs and flathead


This year has been one of the wettest we’ve had for a while. Constant downpours have kept the rivers browner than we would like. The fish don’t seem to know whether they’re coming or going. As soon as the water looks to be clearing up and the fish start pushing back in, it rains again and we are back to …

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Spanish and spotted mackerel


Mackerel are still all the rage this month. While not the worst season, they have been patchy, particularly the spanish variety. Spotted mackerel have been consistent without being thick. I came in with a bag of spotties recently that averaged 4kg a piece, so the quality has been fairly good for the most part. In previous seasons, my daughter Keira …

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