Fishing

Big tuna off Moreton

WE certainly had the weather turn on for a week or so during the recent school holidays and the fish even decided to play the game as well. Adam and Jet headed off Cape Moreton with a couple of friends on one of the better days to do a bit of trolling around. They found big mahi mahi in plague …

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Southeast Cape – Cape Melville magic

MY final article on destinations in southern Cape York focuses on the magical Cape Melville area, tucked away in a remote corner of the east coast. This place of stunning scenery features picturesque coastlines and islands set against the rugged backdrop of the Melville Range’s huge granite boulders. The main camping area is within Cape Melville National Park at the …

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QLD Licenced Prawn Trawler Operator Apprehended

A QLD licenced Prawn Trawler operator from Iluka has been apprehended during a joint response by NSW DPI Tweed Heads Fisheries Officers and NSW Police Marine Area Command. On 12th of August this year officers boarded the Queensland endorsed prawn trawler, which operates out of Southport, QLD where investigations identified that the trawler was operating illegally without endorsement to take …

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New fishway working wonders

Prior to the construction of a fishway at Paradise Road, Slacks Creek, only around 4 fish per day could successfully ascend a vertical drop at the base of a road culvert. Most of the species caught were the few species capable of climbing: eels and striped gudgeon. After the rock ramp fishway was constructed, over 1300 fish per day were …

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Barra structures a hit at Kinchant

OVER the past three years 197 fish-attracting structures have been installed in Kinchant Dam in a joint venture between council and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Recent electrofishing surveys revealed a staggering three-fold increase in barramundi numbers at the 36 sites where structures have been installed in the dam. Mayor Greg Williamson said this was a tremendous result for …

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Annual camping trip to Weipa

MY annual trip north with my friend Dave is over, but it was a cracker. We weren’t sure if we’d get to Weipa to begin with because people on the northern forums said it was closed for the rest of the year due to COVID-19. Weipa camping A good friend, who was heading north to camp at the same spot …

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New NQ fisheries FADs deployed!

Far North Queensland fishers listen up! Fisheries Queensland just finished installing four new fish aggregating devices (FADs) off Weipa and they can’t wait for you to check them out. All of the FADs are proving to be very popular with excellent catches of pelagic fish reported. You can check out the GPS locations here.

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Queensland Fisheries updates app

Queensland Fisheries are excited to announce a new version of our recreational fishing app – ‘Qld Fishing 2.0’! This new app will allow you to:  identify catch by submitting a photo and leveraging the app’s fish recognition functionality, which uses artificial intelligence to identify a limited number of common fish species (you can help improve the fish recognition functionality by …

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Last chance to get your barramundi fix

OCTOBER is a month of mixed emotions. It’s one of the best months to chase saltwater barramundi on the Capricorn Coast, but sadly it’s the final month of the season. East coast saltwater barra closed season starts on November 1 through to January 31. This means October is the time to grab your barra gear and head out for a …

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Persisting through tough conditions

FOR the most part fishing can be so simple and straight forward, but at other times it can be frustrating and tiresome. I’m lucky with what I do, and as a guide I know somewhere, somehow, something will give, even on the toughest of bites. Staying sharp when fishing is slow is critical. Mental fortitude will allow you to make …

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