Species

Fixated on flathead in snapper closure

WELL, another month has passed and, with the tricky weather and the forecast all over the place, it’s definitely been difficult to plan trips. Let’s hope by the time this issue comes out the weather has settled into a nice winter pattern. With the snapper ban on, most of my charters have been focussed on chasing flathead because there’s a …

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Targeting tailor in the rivers

G’DAY everyone, over the past two months we have seen huge schools of tailor enter our local rivers and bays. While this is not uncommon for winter, this season has been a cracker and is probably due to the massive amount of rain we have received. The abundant numbers of tailor should still be around this month too, so let’s …

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Targeting arrow squid in the Straits

THE winter months in The Great Sandy Strait produces some nice arrow squid. Targeting arrows is a great way to enjoy a day on the water with the family and an awesome way to put some food on the dinner table. This is a simple style of fishing – all you need is light gear such as a 7’ 2-4kg …

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Chasing Murray cod with paddlers

UNFORTUNATELY, or fortunately, Murray cod can be the fish of a thousand casts. Cracking a pattern without experience can be a tough thing to work out. This is where I hope to impart a bit of knowledge to make it a little easier, but I am by no means an expert. Like most anglers that chase these elusive fish, I …

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Winter tactics for tackling toothy tailor

AS daylight hours get shorter, the temperature falls and cool breezes blow in from the west, tailor anglers begin to gear up to take on schools of the aggressive feeding and hard fighting tailor that invade our beaches, headlands, river mouths and estuaries. Large groups of anglers have been found standing shoulder to shoulder on beaches and headlands, while clusters …

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Capricorn coast firing with barramundi

AROUND six years ago, the Rockhampton area was closed to commercial netting. There was a lot of chat around if the right decision had been made. Tempers were flaring, rational thinking occasionally went out the window and social media lit up with arguments for and against. Capricorn barramundi To this day, all you have got to do is mention the …

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Tips for snapper in Moreton Bay

WITH winter upon us, it’s time dust the gear off and head out into Moreton Bay, as now’s the time to get serious about targeting snapper. Snapper generally feed while on the move – bottom feeding on octopus and small crustaceans – and will also feed mid-water for squid and baitfish. Moreton snapper tips As offshore fish enter the bay, …

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Trolling soft plastics for flathead

In spring, the bigger flathead move towards the estuary entrances to spawn, while in winter flatties are very much available, provided you know where and when to look. During winter, fish tend to head upstream seeking out warmer shallow waters. trolling soft plastics flathead Trolling with plastics Trolling is simply towing a lure or bait behind your boat with your …

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Tuna casting tips for Hervey Bay

IT’S tuna time! Plenty of tuna are around but that doesn’t necessarily guarantee success. Tuna, as for any fish, can be fickle and I find the mack tuna are the worst. Throw shark attacks into the fray and what could have been a five fish day turns out to be a doughnut. Hervey Bay Tuna There are many things you …

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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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