Logan River prawn farms back up and running

logan river prawn farms back up and running

THREE prawn farms on the Logan River previously affected by white spot disease are now back in production after a twelve-month fallow period. The ponds on the prawn farms are currently stocked with post larvae which will be ready for harvest next year. Biosecurity Queensland will regularly visit and work with the farms to monitor their progress during the production …

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2018 Rocky Barra Bounty wrap-up

2018 rocky barra bounty

BEFORE I get into the success of this year’s Rocky Barra Bounty, I would like to run through a quick local report. With the saltwater barra season closure, a lot of anglers have headed for the impoundments. Callide and Awoonga dams are only a short drive from Rockhampton and have been fishing very well. Anglers have reported fantastic double-figure sessions …

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Campaign to restore Australia’s waterways launched in Queensland

moreton bay shellfish recycling centre

AUSTRALIA’S recreational fishers are being encouraged to get behind a new national campaign to restore degraded waterways, improving habitats and fish numbers. National not-for-profit organisation OzFish Unlimited has partnered with leading retailer BCF to launch the ‘Give Back to Habitat’ initiative. The opening of the Moreton Bay Shellfish Recycling Centre is just one part of the journey to restore Australia’s …

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Shark researchers to bid on Cid Harbour research project

cid harbour shark plan research

THE Queensland Government is delivering on its commitment to research into the numbers and behaviour of sharks in Cid Harbour following recent attacks at that location. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said a request for quote was issued today to a number of research organisations and companies. “We want to know what’s going on at Cid …

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Exploring Fraser Island’s northwest coast


COMING into the cooler months always excites me, knowing it is usually the period of calm oceans and clear skies for the most part with the occasional windy change pushing through. After a fairly blowy start to the cooler months leaving me little chance to head offshore, I knew the only way to get out there was to plan a …

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‘Do not swim’ warning signs and buoys in place at Cid Harbour

cid harbour do not swim shark attack

‘Do not swim’ warning signs and marine marker buoys are now in place at Cid Harbour following this week’s tragic fatal shark attack in the Whitsundays. There are sharks in all Queensland waters. Be alert when choosing where and when to swim and follow these swimmer safety guidelines: – Swim only at patrolled beaches and between the flags – Obey …

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How to game fish successfully

game fish

THIS series of articles will focus on fishing for blue marlin but will address other species too. I will start at the logical place, which is the start. The biggest problem with game fishing is learning how to do it with a high level of success. It is obvious that all the world’s knowledge is in books, these days the …

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Finding fish in Gold Coast estuaries


G’DAY everyone, in this month’s article we will discuss some options for finding fish in our estuaries during November. The water temperature will rise to about 25C, which means the typical winter species including bream and tailor will slow down while mangrove jack and whiting fire up. Mangrove jack are without doubt the biggest bucket list fish targeted in the …

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Second annual closure looms for coral reef fin fish

second annual closure

CORAL reef fin fish will be off-limits from Monday, 5 November 2018, in the second of two annual closures to protect these fish during spawning season. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Manager Tony Loader said the closure would start immediately after midnight at the beginning of 5 November and end immediately before midnight at the end of 9 November. …

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Preparing for charter fishing


WITH an increase in surface activity on the Fraser Coast during spring, I find myself hosting many new guests. Often they have had very little experience with this style of charter. It’s lures only, and with little to no trolling involved it can be a bit daunting, particularly when the unsettled weather of mid-spring is thrown into the fray. There’s …

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