Fishing

Breaking the back of winter

THE doldrums of winter are behind us, but spring brings its own difficulties. Northerly wind, offshore currents and clear river water make things challenging. For river anglers the answer is simple – that is to fish upstream. I know I bang on about it all the time, but it’s because I firmly believe your best bet is above Tumbulgum in …

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Travelling the golden highway – rock ladders for golden perch

Moving up and down our inland river systems is essential for golden perch (aka yellowbelly), but with more than 10,000 barriers to fish passage across the Murray-Darling Basin in NSW, it’s often easier said than done. rock ladders for golden perch Our native fish experience a highway littered with permanent road blocks and speed bumps as they try to make …

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Cape York heats up in October

OCTOBER is an exciting time to explore Cape York. Fishing will fire up as water temperature continues to increase. Better weather windows will also present with the build-up to the wet season. This allows avid boaties to travel further and access exceptional fishing. Spanish mackerel will certainly be one target species, which will increase in numbers in the coming months. …

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October opens up Tin Can Bay options

OVER the past few weeks, we’ve had plenty of tourists through Tin Can Bay. Many came for a day visit to feed a dolphin, others to dust off the caravan and stay a few days, and plenty for a fish and to explore the Great Sandy Straits. The hard stand in the marina has been pumping! Boats have been in …

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River action is heating up

THE weather is starting to heat up and spring has certainly sprung in and around Northern Rivers NSW. The beauty of fishing during this time is there are so many awesome options to choose from. In freshwater, bass are firing up and it won’t be long before they’re happily attacking surface lures. The same goes for flathead and whiting in …

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Jewfish biting in Broadwater

IN this month’s article I hope to give you a few tips on what species to target and the best techniques to target them with. I call October a transitional month, because several winter species start to slow down and local species that relish warmer conditions start to fire. Whiting thrive from spring through to summer, particularly during the weeks …

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Warm weather wakes up Noosa fishing

WITH winter behind us, water temperature is increasing and the species list on offer is improving. Estuaries will see packs of whiting and bream during the day, with flathead one of the biggest targets and there are huge models out there. Offshore we can expect to find large jewfish, trout, cobia, pearl perch and even early pelagic action. In dams …

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Tough conditions on Fraser Island

MY second Fraser Island trip this year was a particularly challenging trip for a few reasons. We had weed along most of the eastern beach, while on the western side we had regular strong northwest or southwest wind blowing in our faces. But all was not lost. On the eastern beach, we tested the water by doing quick gutter hopping …

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Unforgettable jew session at Iluka

EVERY now and then you have one of those dream fishing sessions that you don’t want to ever end – such was the case recently when Mischa decided to have a few casts for jewfish at the southern end of the Iluka Bluff using soft plastic lures. Iluka jew When he arrived at the headland, gulls and terns were diving …

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Rainbow Beach charter produces goods

ON August 16 we booked a charter with Rainbow Escape Charters, to leave Bullock Head boat ramp aboard an 8m Cougar Catamaran with twin 250hp engines. I had fished with two local charters for years and didn’t know of Rainbow Escape Charters, skippered by Dave. We opted for the extended charter, which was a 13-hour session and left the ramp …

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