Great Barrier Reef

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day

Happy World Oceans Day! Did you know about 70% of the planet’s surface is covered by oceans? That’s one of the many reasons it’s so important to protect our seas. Sustainable fisheries are just one way we can ensure our oceans stay healthy, so future generations can enjoy fishing as much as we do. World Oceans Day is an international …

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Trip to Saumarez Reef

THERE’S not much to report on my fishing charters because I’ve only been out once over the past month. We caught a couple of flathead and a few small snapper, but I just haven’t been able to line up with any good weather, so hopefully next month will be better – we’ll see how we go. Saumarez Reef On the …

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Winter trip to Swains

THE snapper and pearl perch closed season for this year is now done and dusted and the overall feedback from most people is very supportive. There have been a few negative and veiled swipes at the closure conducted through the media, but they all link back to people who have a vested interest or who earn good money from being …

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Recent spike in Great Barrier Reef zoning offences

gbr zoning offences

DESPITE issuing a pre-Easter warning, Great Barrier Reef authorities were disappointed to encounter a high volume and array of illegal activity, including zoning offences, threatening the health of the Reef, and the communities dependent on it, over the long weekend. While data is still coming in from partner agencies, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and the Great Barrier Reef Marine …

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Extended Swain Reefs charter part 2 – the fishing action!

swain reefs charter fishing trip carlo fishing charters

PICKING up where I left off last month on my week-long live-aboard Swain Reefs charter trip with Carlo Fishing Charters, we’d just wrapped up an incredible morning of fishing a glassed-out Great Barrier Reef. This unreal start to the fishing had us salivating, but not for lunch, rather to get back out in the dories and catch more epic fish! …

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Exceptional extended trip with Carlo Fishing Charters

carlo fishing charters great barrier reef

GOLDEN opportunities don’t come along too often, so when they do, you’re well advised to grab them with both hands. I was lucky enough to find myself in this situation recently when owner and operator of Carlo Fishing Charters Karl Kleimeyer invited me on a seven-day Swain Reefs fishing trip aboard the recently completed Carlo II mother ship. Karl has …

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Don’t zone out on the Reef this summer

great barrier reef zone

KNOW your zones and protect your patch when you’re out on the water this summer — that’s the message from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in the busy holiday period. With several recreational fishers convicted in recent months for fishing in no-take green zone areas, the Authority’s field management assistant director Ben Kettle said it was a timely reminder …

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Bad weather abates for Turkey Beach trip

turkey beach goldband

The good news is the goldbands were still there, as were huge pearlies and big snapper. George made another spectacle of himself with a great double hook-up of the largest redthroat of the trip and a big snapper. We were impressed by the consistent size of the parrot and redthroat out deep and the quality of the pearl perch was …

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Australia’s underwater natural wonder in never-before-seen detail

underwater natural wonder gbr

Minister Canavan said the data is the product of a four-year scientific partnership between Geoscience Australia, James Cook University and the Australian Hydrographic Service. “The Great Barrier Reef is an Australian icon and natural wonder and Queenslanders are lucky to call it their own,” Minister Canavan said. “Having 1.5 million sq km of data shows us the reef’s structure and …

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