Fishing the western watershed streams

western watershed streams

WHILE penning this piece relating to fishing the western watershed streams during the grip of one of the most prolonged droughts in living memory, just for contrast, rain is falling across the region concerned. Here too in the southeastern corner of the sunshine state we’ve been blessed with liquid sunshine, albeit in lesser amounts than those of us in rural …

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East coast black jewfish fishery closed

A cm black jewfish that was caught and released.

East coast black jewfish fishery CLOSED The annual catch limit for the east coast has been reached. Black jewfish is a no-take species on the east coast for all fishers for the rest of the 2020 calendar year. Penalties apply to any fisher caught taking black jewfish on the east coast during this closure. Penalties of up to $400 000 or 3 years imprisonment apply to any …

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Dirty water in southern bay makes fishing tricky

dirty water flathead

WE had a reasonable run of weather for the start of the year and then it turned and we’ve copped heaps of rain and subsequent dirty water. We’ve had fewer days on the water and unfortunately my dud back has decided to play up again. For some reason it seems to do it at this time of year. One recent …

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Rain and small weather windows prove tough but rewarding

small weather windows river to reef fishing charters

SUMMER is quickly coming to a close, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. With consistent rain and lighter wind around central Queensland, fishos have been waiting for the small weather windows between the rain to get out and fish the blue water. These weather windows have become increasingly uncommon in recent years, so it has been a welcome change. …

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Push for Wellington Point artificial reef

Push for new artificial reef at Wellington Point

A REDLANDS Coast political team is pushing for additional artificial reefs including an inshore reef off Wellington Point. Member for Oodgeroo Dr Mark Robinson and LNP candidate for Redlands Henry Pike are determined to see more reefs delivered, starting with the Point. “I will keep fighting for an inshore reef off Wellington Point and aim to deliver it should the …

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Shimano SpeedMaster LD II

shimano speedmaster ldii

THE new Shimano SpeedMaster LD II is a multi-purpose lever drag reel with gear strength comparable to the trusted Talica series. The Shimano SpeedMaster series now consists of four sizes – a 12, 16 and the newly released 20 and 25 sizes – that all feature High Efficiency gearing in two speed ratios. Two-speed gearing enables the angler to increase …

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Okuma Komodo baitcast rods

okuma komodo baitcast rods

THE Okuma Komodo SS baitcast reel has a reputation for strength, reliability, stopping power and good looks. It makes sense then that the matching series of Okuma Komodo baitcast rods follows the same design principles, from quality finish to 30T Toray carbon blank construction and Seaguide Hero Hi-Grade Low Frame Casting Guides, the attention to detail in bind and metal …

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Fish smugglers schooled at Melbourne Airport

Fish smugglers schooled at Melbourne Airport

TWO prospective fish smugglers have been intercepted at Melbourne International Airport attempting to bring 122 live fish into Australia on a commercial flight. Head of Biosecurity Lyn O’Connell said the seizure was a joint effort between the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and the Australian Border Force. “As part of an intelligence-led operation, the two passengers were selected …

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$53,000 fine for illegal crab haul on Gold Coast

operation turbo reef illegal crab haul red handed crabbing rules queensland aussie salvage squad fined commercial fisher fined $12,000 deter black marketing

TWO people were fined a total of $53,000 after being found in possession of an illegal crab haul comprising a large number of female and undersized crabs and undersized fish taken from Paradise Point on the Gold Coast. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said: “While the vast majority of fishers do the right thing, there are …

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Coral parenting put under the microscope


A TOWNSVILLE scientist is undertaking new research to investigate the best way to produce diverse corals that might be used to restore and maintain healthy coral reefs. Researcher Annika Lamb has mixed the eggs and sperm of multiple corals together and is using genetic markers to identify the parents of the larvae produced. “We recently collected corals from the field …

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