Offshore

Best-ever trip fishing the Bunker Group

I HOPE everyone has been keeping well and getting about on the water. Restrictions have eased in Queensland and allowed us to travel through the state. The first place we headed was the Bunker Group at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. We took my old man’s Sailfish 2800 cat for its maiden reef voyage and all I …

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Volunteer Marine Rescue and Coast Guard Queensland

Volunteer Marine Rescue

THESE two outfits offer volunteer marine search and rescue services to the boating public across 2700km of Queensland coastline. For a paltry $77 per year you can receive these services with no other charges. If you are not a member, it can cost a fortune to have either of these services called out to your boat in distress, especially the Volunteer …

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How to game fish successfully

game fish

THIS series of articles will focus on fishing for blue marlin but will address other species too. I will start at the logical place, which is the start. The biggest problem with game fishing is learning how to do it with a high level of success. It is obvious that all the world’s knowledge is in books, these days the …

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Offshore mulloway magic in southeast QLD

offshore mulloway

IT is that time of year when we are spoilt for species to target offshore. On the shallow grounds we’ve seen a lot of offshore mulloway or jewies as they are affectionately known. Most people associate them with inshore estuaries, rock walls and structure close to river mouths, but they certainly aren’t limited to those areas. The range of these …

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Aerial shark surveillance under way for NSW school holidays

nsw dpi aerial surveillance

HELICOPTERS and drones will again be circling the skies on the NSW north and mid north coasts, as aerial surveillance and further drone trials get under way in time for school holidays. NSW Department of Primary Industries acting deputy director general fisheries Sarah Fairfull said helicopters will fly daily, weather permitting, from Point Danger (Tweed Heads) to South Ballina; Wooli …

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Making waves on World Oceans Day

WORLD Oceans Day will be making a splash around the globe today—and in Australia it’s a great opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the crucial role that sustainable oceans play in our health, wealth and way of life. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston said this year’s World Oceans Day theme—‘Our oceans, our future’—highlighted the importance of sustainable management …

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Spanish mackerel turn it on at Brunswick Heads

It was forecast to back off a touch the next day and everyone had the same idea. I reckon 50 boats went out the Brunswick Heads Bar and mine was one of them. Pretty good bait was around in the form of big slimies and a few pike. I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I just threw the anchor …

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Why is the water colder after northerly wind?

northerly wind

WITH the constant northerly wind we’ve been copping lately and a number of our writers discussing the cooler water offshore as a result of such wind, I’m sure a few people will be wondering why this is the case. So what causes a northerly wind to make the water colder? Most fishos associate southerly wind with cool air temperatures and …

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