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Reliability with Penn Spinfisher VII


The Bastard Smith Brothers, based in central Queensland, live and breathe adventure. If they’re not hunting a hog in the scrub, they’re sending it to the reef to fill an Esky with some of the finest table fish found on the east coast! Here they test drive the Penn Spinfisher VII – click here to check out the video and …

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Guide to catching your own bait


While considered ‘old school’ by some in the fly or lure-only fraternity, the truth is bait fishing will always have a place in fishing, from the beginner to the experienced. And while I love lure fishing in a variety of scenarios – from tossing lures off the beach to trolling lures for everything from mackerel to marlin in the salt …

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Sea Jay Boats celebrates 35 years


Sea Jay Aluminium Boats is a family company founded in 1989 in Bundaberg by Col and Janelle Glass. Both Col and Janelle were proactive in many aspects of boating, including recreational fishing, tournament fishing for the mighty barramundi, water skiing and boat racing. Boating has always played a major part in the Glass family life, spanning many years.   Manufacturing …

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2024 Gold Coast Tailor Fishing Classic


It’s that time of year again! The eagerly awaited Gold Coast Tailor Fishing Classic is almost here and promises to be bigger and better than ever. The event kicks off on Friday, July 26 at 4pm, with fishing ending in time for everyone to be at the weigh-in, from 10am to noon on Sunday, July 28. This year, the fishing …

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Cracking shallow inshore reef codes


When possible, we like to get out to the reefs off Redcliffe. These shallows provide natural and manmade structures, which open up ambush and protection points frequented by both predatory and bait species. Gear Generally, the gear you’ll want will be an upgrade on flathead and bream gear, with the lighter weight and lure range capabilities, as the harsher natural …

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Yellowfin’s new line-up making waves


In its fortieth year of production, Yellowfin, Australia’s most established plate boat brand, relaunches one of its most sought-after product lines, releasing a string of product updates and new innovations to the market. Set to make waves on Queensland soil, the brand debuted an overhauled Extended Cabin range, formerly known as the Southerner, during the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, …

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Finesse fishing with plastics


One of my favourite types of fishing is shallow water finesse plastics fishing, targeting species such as bream, flathead, grunter, trevally and tailor. Throughout the colder months, I find there is an influx of bait in the river and estuary systems, along with cooler water temperatures, which encourages fish to get up into the shallows to feed. In the shallows, …

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Tips for fishing Moreton Bay


Well, with the colder weather coming through in May, the cooler-water species have definitely hit their straps, along with a couple of year-round favourites. So here’s a summary of a few of the popular targets in Moreton Bay and its surrounding islands. Tailor Over the past couple of years, tailor were very hit and miss in southeast Queensland, however this …

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Bringing oyster reefs back


Around Australia, hundreds of people are coming together to help a once-prized but decimated and largely forgotten marine ecosystem. They’re busy restoring Australia’s native oyster and mussel reefs. Alongside the high-profile national Reef Builder campaign, community groups have become inspired to do their bit, in their own backyards. Fortunately, there’s more than one way to rebuild a reef. And you …

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Hot action on a mix of species


July is a great month to be on the water around Brisbane. The action can be hot, with multiple species available. The wet start to the year had all the rivers and creeks running brown for quite a while. Yet the rain stopped and the start of winter kicked off with a bang. The rivers have cleaned up nicely, which …

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