The FG Wizz is a great gift for any fisho

fg wizz

FROM time to time a new product appears that can make a positive difference to your fishing and save time and effort. I have had the opportunity to test drive a fantastic Australian-designed and manufactured product over the past month or so. It would make an ideal Christmas gift for that special angler in your life… or if you’re like …

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Enjoying epic Cape York

epic cape york

THIS is a seriously exciting time of year! For while barramundi in tidal waters remain off the target list, the reefs and headlands on both sides of epic Cape York are now beckoning. Doldrums weather generally rules at this time of year, having taken over from the blustery ‘mango winds’ (there can be exceptions though). Nothing is quite like boating …

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World-class fishing experience not a passing FAD

fad fads southeast queensland fish attracting devices

QUEENSLAND fishers are set to reel in a great catch with the installation of 10 new fish-attracting devices (FADs) off the southeast Queensland coast this week. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the FADs are floating buoys tethered offshore to attract fish. “We’re creating a world-class experience by investing $1 million in these structures that will …

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Exceptional extended trip with Carlo Fishing Charters

carlo fishing charters great barrier reef

GOLDEN opportunities don’t come along too often, so when they do, you’re well advised to grab them with both hands. I was lucky enough to find myself in this situation recently when owner and operator of Carlo Fishing Charters Karl Kleimeyer invited me on a seven-day Swain Reefs fishing trip aboard the recently completed Carlo II mother ship. Karl has …

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Gold Coast Broadwater booming and full of fish

gold coast broadwater fishing

HI everyone, I am thrilled to become a regular contributor to Bush ‘n Beach, a magazine I have been reading for a long time. I have been working in partnership with Brad Smith doing Gold Coast Broadwater and estuary charters for over five years. Smithy has been guiding for more than 25 years in the Tweed River and on the …

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New shellfish reef for South Australia

shellfish reef

An exciting partnership between the South Australian Government and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is set to build a second shellfish reef for the state. With South Australia’s first 20-hectare shellfish reef near Ardrossan – Windara Reef – soon to be completed, a second reef for the state is now in the works. The new reef will be constructed in Adelaide’s …

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Protecting our water quality – carp virus

Carp feeding on dead fish

Carp Virus – Researchers at the University of Adelaide found that in many Australian inland waterways, risks to water quality associated with the potential release of the carp virus would be minimal in many areas and manageable in others. “If the carp virus is released to control carp,” explains Principal Investigator Justin Brooks “the ecosystem will need to cope with …

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New moon brings second coral reef fin fish fishing closure for 2019

coral reef fin fish fishing closure 2019

CORAL reef fin fish will be off-limits again from Sunday, November 24, 2019 when the second of two annual fin fish fishing closure periods commences to protect these fishing during spawning. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Manager Tony Loader said the five-day closure coincides with the new moon when key coral reef fish species aggregate to spawn. “October and …

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Barry Alty’s game fishing journey – part 1

barry alty game fishing journey

Before sadly losing his battle with cancer on August 19, Barry Alty was busy writing articles for Bush ‘n Beach. With the consent of his son Brett, we will be publishing Barry’s final articles over the next few months.   THERE is a photo of me at about age four sitting in my father’s lap with both of us holding …

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Week-long fishing pilgrimage to catch Cape York barra

cape york barra

IN the previous edition of BNB I penned an article on preparations for our annual week-long fishing pilgrimage to chase Cape York barra in the upper reaches of one of my favourite top end river systems. This year’s trip was titled the ‘Cape York 2019- Beer and Barra Classic’. A lot of planning goes into these extended trips, as we …

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