Fishing

Flathead Classic 2019 wrap-up

Classic 2019

I’VE been a bit quiet on the writing side of things, with work once again taking precedence over fishing, and the days I made it to the water being nothing short of shockingly below average. Classic 2019 What can I say but that was an absolutely crazy and unusual lead-up to this year’s Gold Coast Sportfishing Club Flathead Classic 2019. …

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Requesting rain on Northern Rivers

Northern Rivers

HELLO and welcome to this month’s edition of BNB. I can’t believe I am about to say this given I live on the NSW Northern Rivers – but oh my goodness we need some rain! Now I know plenty of others places around the state and entire country need rain, however, given this has to be one of the wettest …

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More than one thousand native fish rescued in Lower Darling operation

Lower Darling

The NSW Government has successfully relocated more than 1100 native fish as part of a targeted fish rescue operation in the Lower Darling, where drying pools and warming temperatures pose an imminent threat to fish survival. Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall recently visited Menindee and the Lower Darling River where the latest efforts were focused. “The relocation operations have been …

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The bizarre watery world of Gulf mangrove jack

mangrove jack

IF there’s one species that holds a very special place in sportfishers’ hearts, it’s got to be lutjanus argentimaculatus, the mangrove jack. This handsome, brick red-coloured ball of muscle is the bully boy of the mangroves, an ambush expert powered by a broad tail, an operator so smart, it’s already heading back to its snaggy home by the time the …

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Thousands set to go fishing this Sunday, October 20

gone fishing day sunday october 20 2019

NSW Department of Primary Industries’ fifth annual Gone Fishing Day is set to attract thousands of individuals and families to the water this Sunday, October 20 for a fun-filled day of fishing. NSW DPI Group Director Recreational and Aboriginal Fisheries Pete Turnell, said Gone Fishing Day offers the community a great excuse to get outdoors to celebrate our love of …

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Sojourn to the Swains – part two

swain

FOR those who missed last month’s part one article, I recently embarked on the trip of a lifetime with a crew put together by Wilson Fishing. We went on a Swain Reef adventure chasing everything from big GTs to awesome-looking coral trout and everything in between. The aim of this trip was to destroy some fishing gear (well, test its …

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Shark Control Program science and research

shark control program queensland shark control measures

FISHERIES Queensland supports ongoing research as part of Shark Control Program operations. Several projects and a Scientific Working Group are examining the effectiveness of the program and investigating better ways of reducing the accidental capture of other marine animals (non-target species). Review of shark control alternatives The Queensland Government has committed $1 million a year to research and trialling alternatives …

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Saltwater fly fishing for sailfish

saltwater fly fishing for sailfish

I HAVE been saltwater fly fishing a bloody long time! The legendary Ron Pearson, regarded as the father of saltwater fly in this country, took me under his wing when I visited him in the Kimberley during a round Australia trip in 1973. He helped me to catch my first couple of fish on the long wand, then passed me …

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Getting your weights right offshore

weights right offshore fishing

NOTHING beats the feeling of finishing the working week with big plans of heading out on the water over the weekend. There’s generally only one type of person who will leap out of bed at a ridiculous hour of the morning while most sane people are sleeping, and that’s fishers. So with around an hour and a half of driving …

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Exciting time as Gold Coast water temperatures rise

gold coast water temperatures rise

G’DAY everyone, in this month’s article I would like to discuss some options for October and there are plenty, as this month can be very exciting for us anglers. The reason this month can be a lot of fun is it’s the start of our summer period and our more common winter fish, the likes of flathead and bream, will …

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