Fishing

March madness in the Bay

WELL, the spotted mackerel have shown up in reasonable numbers and have been found mainly in the paddock, with bird activity showing the way, especially from the sandhills across to the measured mile. While doggy mackerel are around in good numbers and a fair few were trolling up using paravanes in the Rous Channel and near the Amity Banks drop-offs, …

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Fisher fined for hiding crabs

A Brisbane fisher has been fined $17,000 for taking 146 under-sized blue swimmer crabs and hiding them in a concealed compartment on a boat. QBFP officers searched a Birkdale home after receiving a tip from Fishwatch. Redlands QBFP, assisted by the Gold Coast team, conducted surveillance and gathered intelligence on the defendant before seizing the boat, and auditing logbooks and …

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Prawning time from the boat or on foot

IT’s fair to say that March is one of the peak months for prawns in southeast Queensland. Hopefully by then the catches will be a bit more consistent. Banana prawns Speaking to a few regular banana prawn fishers from the northside of Brisbane, this season started very late and, at the time of writing which was the end of first …

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Land-based prospecting in CQ

IF you’re anything like me, you spend far too much time monitoring weather websites waiting for the perfect opportunity to head offshore. Of course, when the weather comes good, that thing called ‘work’ often gets in the way. Then there are current conditions, swell and a stack of other variables to consider if you’re running with a smaller boat as …

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March joy on jacks

HI everyone, this month I’m going to provide a few tips for novice anglers to catch fish on lures, but first a quick round up of Gold Coast estuary fishing this month and recently. We are right in the peak of the mangrove jack fishing season in Surfers Paradise. March jacks If we don’t get floods, this will continue until …

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A plan works at Wivenhoe

WHILE chatting with a group of old and new friends around the campfire during a recent hunting trip, the frequency of my team’s successes was commented on. In retrospect, we surmised that significant contributing factors to those attainments were the formulation of practical plans and sticking to them. Wivenhoe plan This habit has been entrenched in all facets of life …

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Mangrove jacks in Tin Can Bay

G’DAY crew, hope you are all well and have been able to get out and enjoying our beautiful Tin Can Bay over the holiday period. So how has 2021 been treating you all, full of bent rods and fresh fish I hope? We have been flat out at the shop the past few weeks – our feet have barely had …

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Huge boost For flattie stocks in South Coast Fishing Havens

After being hard hit by bush fires and COVID, the NSW South Coast is set to benefit from a huge boost to recreational fishing opportunities following the stocking of almost 40,000 juvenile dusky flathead into the Lake Conjola and St Georges Basin Recreational Fishing Havens. Highly regarded as being one of NSW’s most popular and accessible sport and table fish, …

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Huge selection on inshore reefs

WITH March shaping up to be a cracker, it is this time of year we tend to see solid weather patterns come through. On the plus side, the school holidays are a distant memory and the swell keeps most of the smaller craft inside the river, making for quieter conditions offshore. Inshore selection The best fishing will be had over …

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Mackerel arrive in northern NSW

IT’S hard to know where to start… Last month I struggled to scratch up a couple of photos due to the lack of fish I had caught. This month however the situation has changed, with good fish coming from all of, the different fisheries. Offshore hasn’t been easy with swell on the Brunswick Bar, but when we’ve made it out …

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