Fishing

SCF competition win

November generally means very hot days for South East Queensland. And the hot weather translates to the water temperature rising in rivers and creeks, so mangrove jack will be in full swing. SCF competition Jack are a very popular target at this time of year. Their aggressive nature, speed and bad attitude can see anglers getting very addicted to chasing …

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Brisbane spring and summer jewfish

THE Brisbane River is home to a huge array of fish including  bream, flathead, snapper, cod, king threadfin salmon and jewfish. The trick with the river is knowing how and where to target these species. In this article I’ll cover how to catch big jewfish in spring and summer, as there are less soapies around later in the year. summerjewfish …

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Capricorn Coast closed season choices

IF you’re like me, it’s a sad time when the saltwater barramundi season comes to a close. But on the upside, they get a well-deserved break, which lets them go about creating more little barra for this fantastic area, which is a benefit of the Capricorn coast closed season. What we are in desperate need of is a flood – …

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New oyster shell washing facility for Moreton Bay

A NEW oyster shell washing plant has started operation at the Port of Brisbane to boost shellfish reef restoration efforts. The washer will be used for washing and preparing shells recovered from Brisbane restaurants, pubs and professional shuckers to be reused to restore shellfish reefs of Moreton Bay. The facility is the work of the local Moreton Bay Chapter of …

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Booking a charter in Hervey Bay

It’s already November and it seems summer is already here in full swing with warmer water species taking centre-stage in southeast Queensland. Mangrove jack have already been terrorising our canal and natural structure systems, while offshore we are already seeing our mahi mahi and yellowfin tuna showing up in plague proportions. Hervey Bay charter With COVID-19 and our first year …

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Can’t blame it all on COVID

RECENT trips offshore have seen more days of slight current, which has resulted in good snapper being caught on the 29, 33 and 35-fathom reef lines. While I haven’t had snapper success beyond this depth lately, the quality of pearl perch in depths anywhere from around 75-105m has more than made up for this. COVID fishing Float lining for better …

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Springtime surface strikes

IN the spring, a young man’s fancy turns lightly to thoughts of surface fishing… I may not have quoted Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poem word for word exactly. In the realm of sportfishing anglers, almost inevitably they will find a few scenarios to which they are drawn repeatedly. Surface strikes For several it’s a preferred species, for others it may be …

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Weedless soft plastics guide

THE weather is warming and we’re starting to see more bass, barramundi and mangrove jack photos popping up on social media. Many of the photos feature a soft plastic and a weedless jig head locked firmly in the jaw hinge of the fish, making it difficult for it to throw or dislodge the jig head during the fight. weedless soft …

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Mulloway recaptured … for the third time!

A SCHOOL sized mulloway originally tagged and released in the Shoalhaven River by an unnamed angler on 31 March 2020 has been recaptured…. for the third time! Including the original tag and release, the fish has now been caught an unbelievable four times in just 186 days. The recapture summary is as follows: Originally tagged in the Shoalhaven River on …

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Fun while waiting for mackerel to arrive

AS we head into summer, the fish on everyone’s lips is mackerel. Anglers are already waiting with bated breath for the imminent arrival of the oceanic speedsters. We’ve started to see a few wahoo arrive and we’ve had a good run of doggy mackerel in the Gold Coast Broadwater recently, which is super unseasonal. I personally haven’t been out on …

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