Fishing

Trying for trout

BEING from the sunshine state means our main freshwater targets are warm-water native species, with bass, barramundi, sooty grunter and golden perch topping the list. A novel change can be had by heading south to flick a lure or fly for a few of the acclimatised salmonids from the northern hemisphere that can be found through much of Victoria and …

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Solid swim for recaptured samsonfish!

A samsonfish originally tagged south of Sydney has recently been recaptured. Matt Ryan (see second image) recaptured the fish near South Solitary Island, off Coffs Harbour, on 27 February, 2021. The samson measured in at 95cm and an estimated 7.5kg. Matt re-released it with the original tag in place in the hope that it would be get recaptured again. A …

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Testing times on Swain Reefs

WELL, it’s been a while between articles but after a crazy 2020, which I’m sure many experienced, I’ll endeavor to try a little harder this year. I did manage an epic trip to Swain Reefs in my 7m boat and followed this up with a drive to the central Queensland coastline near Yeppoon, where we fished from the Shoalwater Bay …

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Wet season freshwater opportunities

THE rain finally arrived, and as soon as the water cleared up, I was making my way to the top of the river. The clear water of the upper stretches of our river systems offer unique fishing opportunities, and it is with much anticipation that I await this time of year. Wet season fresh The increased water level allows you …

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Fishing for recovery lands big smiles!

NSW DPI has partnered with community groups in Forbes and the New England region to take those recovering from breast cancer and the devastating past year of drought, fires and floods out fishing with new friends for the day. Twelve amazing women learnt the fine art of fly fishing from DPI Fishcare Volunteer and expert fly angler Rodney Tonkin at …

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Chasing dogtooth tuna

WHILE long-range trips exploring remote areas are what I live for, to get a shot at our target species this sortie – the mighty dogtooth tuna – we would have to push further than ever before. These fearsome predatory fish have been on my bucket list for a long time, both on line and spear. Dogtooth tuna Their brutal fighting …

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QLD fishing licence debate

WOULD you be prepared to pay for better fishing? I’ll bet that as soon as most fishers are asked that question, they immediately think of a fishing licence imposed by the government, then imagine the funds for that licence disappearing into government coffers as per most of our other taxes. QLD fishing licence  Well, what if we were guaranteed that …

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Avoid a fine this Easter

From 1 July 2020, fines for illegal activities in the Marine Park have increased. Recreational fishers caught poaching from Marine National Park (Green) Zones will now face a $2220 fine. Know where you’re going and what’s allowed. Download this free app to access and understand zoning rules in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. shows what zone you’re in and what’s allowed …

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Doing things different offshore

HOW many of you have ever taken your fishing outside of your comfort zone and done something a little different? We’re quite comfortable taking out the regular crew for a regular fish in the same old spot for the same result, yes? Well, that’s what I thought too but then with everything going on over the past year and so …

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Prepare for Plan B

IT has often been said “It’s called fishing, not catching,” especially after a session that wasn’t overly productive… or even worse, a dreaded donut, zilch, zip, nothing. Over the years, I’ve managed to avoid donut days by having a Plan B – and often even a C, D and E – just in case the chosen technique, location or species …

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