Fishing

Trying a new area and tasting success

I THINK most anglers do a lot of the same style of fishing over and over because they know it and most times have success doing what they are familiar with. Having success with something different can be a real buzz, whether it’s a new lure, style of fishing or in the case of this article, new location. When fishing …

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Gearing up for Capricorn Coast offshore action

IF I had to pick a favourite month of the year to head out and get into Capricorn Coast offshore action, it would be May. Whenever I go back through old diaries of past trips, May seems to be a winner on the offshore scene. I’m very pleased to report the weather has been pretty kind of late here on …

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Hectic Hervey Bay fishing action

hervey bay fishing action

HI all, I hope everyone has been getting stuck into a few fish since last month’s edition of BNB. I have been taking full advantage of the Easter school holidays, enjoying fishing in both local and out of town destinations. I recently had my first experience of the bluewater fishing options at Hervey Bay with good mates Mitch and Josh. …

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Land-based game fishing gurus visit Iluka

land-based game fishing iluka tuna

AS I predicted last month, April saw longtail tuna, jewfish and tailor dominate catches along the Iluka/Yamba breakwalls and most of the headlands here on the mighty Clarence Coast of Northern NSW. Catches of spanish mackerel from the walls have come to a grinding halt, however given the large numbers of tuna about, they would have to be quicker than …

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Lure Show moves to Beenleigh Showgrounds

Beenleigh

THE popular Lure Show (as Garry Fitzgerald’s Australian Lure, Fly and Outdoors Expo is affectionately known) isn’t a stranger to moving location. From its birthplace in Fernvale in the Brisbane River Valley, it first migrated downstream to Ipswich after a couple of years of seam-bursting crowds. From there, Ipswich seemed to be a great fit for the show, which attracts …

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Blue carbon mapping to help save Great Barrier Reef

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A GROUNDBREAKING project led by Deakin University will soon begin mapping Queensland’s blue carbon resources to provide scientists with a new weapon in the fight to help save the Great Barrier Reef. Deakin Associate Professor in Marine Science Peter Macreadie, Director of the University’s Blue Carbon Lab, said the project, funded by the Queensland Government’s Land Restoration Fund, will reveal …

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A fishing competition with a difference – Wynnum Fishing Classic

OzFish Unlimited Wynnum Fishing Classic

THIS May will see the 2019 OzFish Unlimited Wynnum Fishing Classic come to Moreton Bay. It is the only competition of its kind for Moreton Bay, with all proceeds from the event being directly invested back into the region to support habitat restoration and in turn, raise fish populations in the bay. OzFish Unlimited Moreton Bay Chapter president Robbie Porter …

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Stock assessment of the Australian east coast spotted mackerel fishery

spotted mackerel season hervey bay stock

AUSTRALIAN east coast spotted mackerel, scomberomorus munroi, is a pelagic fish species that forms a single genetic stock in New South Wales and Queensland waters. Spotted mackerel exhibit schooling behaviours that form prominent spawning and feeding aggregations between Cairns and Port Stephens. When present, their highly aggregated, near surface, and catchable behaviour makes them susceptible to overfishing. Catches of spotted …

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Are shark numbers increasing?

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WE’VE all had hooked fish taken by sharks! It’s part of the fishing equation – the ‘taxman’ in his grey suit getting his share. Sharks will always make up a significant proportion of a healthy marine environment. But lately we’ve seen numerous complaints of increasing numbers of sharks mauling hooked catches. Facebook and similar social media sites have been riddled …

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