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Cape York’s wonderful Wenlock River

WELL, with all the who-haa that’s been going on, here at Cape York we locals finally got a late OK from authorities to travel within the Cape’s ‘biosecurity region’. So, my wife Shelley and I decided to tackle the 8-hour lap from Cooktown to Weipa to visit our kids, and of course get out for a fish in that magical …

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Nowhere to hide for illegal fishers

Illegal fishers have nowhere to hide in NSW waters following the launch of the NSW Government’s largest ever offshore patrol vessel. Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall officially named and launched ‘Solitary Ranger’ at Coffs Harbour today and said the $3.3 million vessel would be a valuable tool in the NSW Government’s arsenal. “This is the largest and most technologically advanced …

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Catching squid – basic techniques

Catching squid

CATCHING squid is one of my favourite forms of light tackle fishing. It presents a unique challenge involving slightly different gear, plus the results are delicious.  Though a boat will often dominate the photos you see of squid catches, you can have just as much fun catching them from the shore, and there are a lot of dedicated shore-based squid fishos …

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State of confusion

State of confusion

FOR anyone who fishes and enjoys boating, the past few months have been full of change, uncertainty, confusion and totally compounded by a severe lack of good leadership by those in charge of boating and fishing in Queensland. The state of confusion started at the commencement of COVID-19 restrictions when the boss of Maritime Safety Queensland came out hard in …

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WA leads the way in monitoring snapper stocks

snapper on sounder

In a first for Australia, active acoustic equipment (echosounder) and unBaited Remote Underwater Video (uBRUV)cameras have been used together to assess snapper stocks as they aggregated to spawn in the waters off the northern end of Bernier Island. For the past three winters, these waters off Shark Bay have been closed to fishing for pink snapper from June until August, …

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Technology to identify seafood

Commonwealth set to combat seafood fraud

The Coalition Government is backing the development of world first portable x-ray fluorescence technology that aims to easily identify Australian grown seafood and protect against seafood fraud. Our Government is investing $202,500 into the Australian Nuclear Science Technology Organisations world-leading project, which is one of 16 to share in $4 million in funding under the first round of our Traceability …

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Southern bluefin tuna fishing survey

Australian recreational fishers can continue to enjoy southern bluefin tuna fishing into the future, just as they are today, following preliminary results from a world leading scientific survey. At the same time, commercial fishers will enjoy the benefits of having increased certainty about their future catch levels. To better estimate the recreational catch, the Commonwealth Government funded the nation’s first …

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Deviating to the Dampier Peninsula – Offroad adventure

Gumbanan's traditional mayoorr fish trap at sunset

IT’S time to recount our visit to the Dampier Peninsula, located north of Broome, Western Australia. The turn-off is about 30km east of Broome township and heads due north. The road is only bitumen for 10km and then it’s back to dirt and corrugations. At the time we were travelling, they were doing major roadworks and there was talk of …

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Bundaberg fishing report

Monduran barra

BUNDABERG INSHORE The inshore reefs around the Bundaberg area should be firing this weekend. With all the bait around, fishing in close this time of year is super-exciting. The queenfish and spanish mackerel have been in full swing. Fast-retrieving Flasha spoons vertically off the bottom and throwing poppers on the surface are super-exciting and effective ways to catch them. There’s …

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Tips for the weekend around Noosa region

Well what a week of weather we have had here in the Noosa region! March has certainly remained consistent with weather patterns similar to years previous. Offshore Offshore has been on hold due to winds in the 20 knot range and the driving rains that have stayed. On a positive note offshore has had a break from boats and anglers …

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