Fishing

Brisbane beach, bay and estuary

AS I write this article, the so-called Queensland winter species of tailor, winter whiting and bream are still fishing well. These should still be available in October, though the schools will start to thin out. For winter whiting, I find the schools can move around a bit as the months change and the water gets warmer. Brisbane beach bay estuary …

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Discovery of 500m tall reef

Australian scientists have discovered a massive detached coral reef just off Cape York on the Great Barrier Reef that’s taller than the Empire State Building or the Sydney Tower. The scientists found the reef, which is more than 500m high, as they were mapping the northern Great Barrier Reef seabed from aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor. “The base …

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Tuna back in Hervey Bay

AT the time of writing, tuna have slowly made a start in the bay. Though the catches have been quite patchy and not in substantial numbers, there have been enough all the same. The majority are mack tuna and a few longtail have made their presence felt in mixed schools, with most fish being less than 90cm in length. tuna …

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Recaptured Spanish mackerel sets new record

A Spanish mackerel originally tagged by gun fishing father and son team Vic and Zane Levett has gone on to be recaptured. Zane (pictured) caught the fish during a hot bite on the NSW Mid North Coast back in April 2019. Estimated at 13kg, the mack was quickly subdued on relatively heavy tackle. The fish was brought alongside the boat …

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Early 1770 raid

Ian and Stefan decided to do an early raid to Seventeen Seventy, fishing midweek as a precursor to the annual BNB Trophy competition in September. The main target was to be big red fish – but anything from up there was going to be more than welcome in the Esky. The weather was awesome, though the fishing on the first …

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Stanage Bay open again

IT has been a while since we posted an article, this having been such a tumultuous year after the pandemic broke out. Stanage Bay closed the doors completely to both our Stanage Bay Marine and Accommodation guests. Thanksfully, we are back open. Bevan and Maree also closed the Crab Pot Bar during that time, so Stanage was very quiet for …

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Bass and saratoga shine at Somerset

SUMMER is just around the corner, so we should start seeing super hot surface action at the back of Somerset Dam, with regular catches of saratoga and bass. We have been spending a fair amount of time in the timber regions of the dam throwing punch rigs and skirted jigs – these have been exciting catches as the strikes are …

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Tips for Moreton Bay snapper and flathead

Applying a more targeted approach with select techniques on the right part of the tide, with a particular species in mind, has definitely caught more fish lately. I haven’t had that much time on the water this month, but even so I have managed to pick up quite a few nice southern bay fish on lures. There were a couple …

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Doing it different at Glenlyon Dam

After years of reading the reports of fellow Bush N’ Beach Fishing writer Brian Dare, we decided on a trip to Glenlyon Dam. This was a big gamble for me as I’m a tidal saltwater guide and have only tried fishing for the iconic inland species of yellowbelly and mighty Murray cod a few times – in rivers, not a …

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Fines for fishing in Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve

Two men were issued fines totalling $1600 after allegedly fishing in Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve in May this year. Several reports made to the NSW DPI Fishers Watch Phoneline on 20th May this year led to fisheries officers intercepting two men near North Head, Manly NSW. Investigations resulted in the officers issuing penalty notices to the men both from …

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