Fishing

Great Barrier Reef poachers fined and convicted

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MARINE Parks helicopter patrols across north Queensland are continuing to catch fishers poaching in green zones, with several offenders fined and convicted in the past month. A series of no-take green zone poaching offences recently went before the Cairns, Townsville and Mackay Magistrates’ Courts, with fines up to $2850 and four convictions recorded — three out of the four were detected by aerial surveillance. …

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Terrific Turkey Beach a flat-out favourite

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HI all, I hope everyone has been able to get out for a fish since the last edition of Bush ‘n Beach hit the shelves. Over the school holidays, I was lucky enough to squeeze in a trip to one of my all-time favourite fishing destinations, Turkey Beach. The annual boys’ trip to Turkey Beach is something I look forward …

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A beautiful bounty at Turkey Beach

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I’D been sitting around home admiring the broad spread of isobars on the weather map that indicated some very light wind heading our way and was keen to get offshore again. I didn’t know it was going to result in plan B. This good weather was going to coincide with a fishing booking for a group I have had out …

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Exploratory sojourn to Swain Reefs

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A FISHING trip to Swain Reefs had been on my bucket list for many years and was continually reinforced each time I read a BNB scribe’s epic trip report. As mentioned in last month’s editorial, I got the call up to accompany a select crew put together by Wilson Fishing including Troy (Dicko) Dixon, Clint Fannin, a number of tackle …

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Having a ball on Lake Borumba

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I’VE had one hell of a month fishing Lake Borumba with multiple clients. At this time of year we experience some of the best fishing you can experience at the lake. The bass move into the deep water to school, just as they would in saltwater estuaries. But because they can’t get to salt water, all they do is school …

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Brisbane threadfin and jewfish captures continue

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THIS month will see winter coming to end. Towards the end of the month the weather generally starts to warm and we might even receive a couple of afternoon northerly breezes. In years past I’ve had good success on mangrove jack in late-August. Most anglers believe it’s too early for mangrove jack to be getting active, but if you’re willing …

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New generation of fisheries patrol officers inducted

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THE longest-serving Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol Officers have welcomed a new generation of recruits to Parliament House on their induction day. The fisheries compliance officers are part of a new intake under the Queensland Government’s $20 million Sustainable Fisheries Strategy 2017-2020. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the inductees included three Indigenous officers and an …

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Prawn farmers breathe easier after negative white spot disease tests

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THE latest round of surveillance tests conducted by Biosecurity Queensland show no signs of white spot disease in southeast Queensland waters, more than two-and-a-half years after the virus devastated the big prawn farms on the Logan River. It’s a big relief for the prawn farmers whose stocks were destroyed after white spot disease was first discovered two-and-a-half years ago, and …

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New Zerek Fish Trap colours

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ANGLERS who love the Zerek Fish Trap will be excited to hear seven new colours have arrived! The new colours have been developed with the assistance of gun anglers across Australia and with the help of tackle stores. Needless to say, Zerek has delivered an exceptional new range. Within the range are the following colours: BF – Blended Frog; GC …

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Commercial harvesting to control carp

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CAN Australia successfully manage a pest fish population such as carp by commercial fishing? And would it have a lasting success? The answer is probably not on its own, at the continental scale. Commercial harvesting to control carp could be used to support biocontrol methods such as the virus control being investigated by the National Carp Control Plan. The research …

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