Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic 2024


If you want to be part of the $200,000 cash and prize action at the 2024 Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic and Expo, the time to enter is now. In its thirty-seventh year, this epic event is on everyone’s fishing calendar and from June 2-8 this year, whether you’re an adult, teen or junior, you need to get among it. …

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Sunshine Coast – weekly fishing report

Welcome to this week’s Sunshine Coast Fishing Report. Well it’s raining again! After a few picture perfect weeks, the gloomy weather has returned, with showers predicted for the long weekend. Windy conditions will make offshore fishing tricky, so we’d recommend sticking to local rivers and estuaries – just make sure you pack the wet weather gear! More rain means prime …

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Bundaberg – weekly fishing report

Inshore Fishing The inshore fishing right in close to our coastline has been incredible during the small weather windows we have had! The mouth of the Burnett right out along the leads and south along the coast towards Bargara has been absolutely riddled with baitfish. These massive schools of bait have brought with them plenty of mac tuna, all types …

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Alternatives to proposed nannygai management changes


In his paper entitled ‘Critique of and alternatives to proposed changes to the management of saddletail and crimson snapper’, Klim Martin discusses the proposed modifications by Queensland Fisheries to the managing of these species on the east coast of Queensland, as at March 2024. Saddletail and crimson snapper have a number of common local names, including red jewfish, large-mouth nannygai …

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Junior angler’s one percenter flathead tips


Flathead are a highly sought-after fish that eat basically anything vibrating or wiggling in front of them. This makes using soft plastics a lively way of targeting them. But it isn’t easy all the time, so here are some tips for fishing the tough bite and improving catch rates. Gear for flathead Generally, you want to find a rod and …

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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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Persistence pays off at K’gari


With trips offshore few and far between for me of late, I jumped at the chance to get up to K’gari for what looked like a nice little weather window. Those who frequent K’gari and beach launch inside Waddy Point would be well aware of the preparation and planning required for such trips. On this occasion, the weather person was …

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Impacts of sewage spill in Albert and Logan rivers


The City of Gold Coast Council was working with environmental regulators following the detection of a sewage spill in the north of the city on Monday April 8. The council said it was alerted to a sewer main break in a paddock near the Albert River in the Yatala Stapylton area – about 400m east of the M1 – and …

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Yabbies never cease to fail


Hi everyone, what a long and hot summer it was. Many of us have been looking forward to the cooler weather and it has finally arrived. The long-term average temperature range on the Gold Coast for April is a comfortable 17-26C. In the coming months, from June to November, lures come into play a lot on my daily charters when …

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Whitsundays sortie – Part 1


At the end of 2023, Shaun, Benny and I started planning a trip. Our idea was to head north around the Whitsunday Islands for a couple of weeks. When organising a sortie north, going at the beginning of the year is always a little risky. Heavy rainfall and the threat of cyclones can put an end to any plans made …

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