Lake Monduran Barra Classic 2024


Monduran Anglers Stocking Association – also known as MASA – held the 2024 Hummingbird Barra Classic at Lake Monduran on March 22-24. This year, the weather gods did not listen to our wishes of ideal fishing conditions for the classic. Twelve months previous, you set a date and hope the weather will be as good as the moon phase you …

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Spanish and spotted mackerel


Mackerel are still all the rage this month. While not the worst season, they have been patchy, particularly the spanish variety. Spotted mackerel have been consistent without being thick. I came in with a bag of spotties recently that averaged 4kg a piece, so the quality has been fairly good for the most part. In previous seasons, my daughter Keira …

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Fishing flathead with soft plastics


Flathead really are the people’s fish as they are readily available, eat a wide variety of bait and lures and the next trophy fish could be caught land-based next to the boat ramp. In this article I want to look at key areas to target flathead, a few of my favourite soft plastic presentations and a handful of tips to …

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Maximising mackerel mayhem


Hi everyone, sorry I missed an article last month. Right on crunch time, when it was due, I had my appendix removed. A very common procedure I know, yet it had me out of action for a couple of weeks, on doctor’s orders. I’m still on light duties, though the doc did say I could go fishing… if I had …

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Tips for catching sand whiting


Hi everyone, well we are coming towards the end of a hot, wet and windy summer, which is a relief! On the plus side, the fishing has been epic. I know I’ve been talking about sand whiting a lot lately but this month I will share again some tips for targeting these hard-fighting and delicious fish. Summer rainfall at the …

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Northern Territory must act to protect barramundi fishery


The Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory, the peak body representing the recreational fishing sector in the Northern Territory, is calling for urgent weight-based barramundi catch quotas to be introduced for key Top End catchments, including the Daly River and Roper River. This follows concerns that commercial fishers were targeting bigger harvests from important recreational and Traditional fishing areas, …

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Cracking catches on Capricorn Coast


This month I was going to cover the Shimano King of Kings competition but unfortunately, I’ve run out of time. Keep an eye out for an in-depth run-down next month. For this issue, we’ll have a good look around at what’s been happening locally. With the warmer weather, the estuaries have all been about grunter, fingermark, mangrove jack and barramundi. …

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Surprise snapper success


Well, what a dismal start to 2024! snapper With all the rain earlier in the year, the water around the southern bay islands was very ordinary, to say the least. Throw in the wind and trying to coordinate dates when people can go fishing with the days and weather windows available and we’ve managed only one day on the water …

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Spotted mackerel ring netting update


The recent commercial netting activities in Moreton Bay, initially raised on social media, has triggered a reaction from many recreational fishos. With most of these anglers having fished the bay for years, they no doubt saw the damage ring netting did to fish stocks back in the 1980s – which has taken years for the fishery to recover from. Before …

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Mackerel pre and post closure

G’day everyone, I hope you found my previous article useful in trying to get yourself onto a spanish mackerel or two. As most of you would know, we have two separate closures for Queensland tidal systems – one was February 1-21 and the second closure starts March 1, finishing March 21. Up until this point, I’d been right into the …

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