How to use flashers offshore with bait


Yes, that’s right, offshore flashing. flashers But not as we normally associate flashing. This month, I give a run down on the key practice of using ultraviolet and glow-enhanced flashers to change the way fish view a bait. In essence, a flasher does what it says on the tin, but what’s the purpose other than sparkle? The short answer is …

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Cool offshore live baiting tactics


The way I see it, there’s no better time and place for offshore fishing than winter in central and southeast Queensland. At the time of writing, the first of the bitterly cold westerly wind gusts were striking the east coast, making for fresh mornings and clear blue skies. Though the current wind speed won’t allow for an offshore trip, the …

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Reef fish Bundaberg


Recently we have had a couple of small weather windows to head offshore from Bundaberg to chase a few reef species. By putting in the research, time and effort you can be rewarded with some great fish off Bundaberg. Generally, red emperor and a mix of other tasty reefies are the target species, so I’ll usually head out 35NM from …

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Prepping for an off-grid trailer boat adventure


For the outdoor, four-wheel-drive and fishing enthusiast, it doesn’t get much better than setting off-grid to an isolated part of the country with a boat in tow. For me, putting in the miles in both the car and boat to escape the crowds and exploring a new area with a group of equally keen friends is what I look forward …

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Solid jacks, flatties and reefies

Tin Can Bay

G’day crew, I trust you’ve all been well and have been out and about enjoying our local waterways, if you’ve been lucky enough to visit Tin Can Bay recently. Over the past few weeks, the area has been pumping, with plenty of new faces walking through the door together with some repeat customers. We love seeing families coming back year …

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Warmer weather triggers pelagic fish action


November is a great time to be an angler, with the start of the warmer weather. The wind tends to blow from the north, which gets the air temperature up and the barramundi anglers excited. Our pelagic fish start showing up, especially around Hervey Bay, K’gari and down towards us in southeast Queensland. For those fishing offshore, the fish aggregating …

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Squid and flatty on gold coast

If the next few weeks are anything like the past couple have been, we’re all in for a real treat. Both gold coast inshore and offshore fisheries have been out of control, with numerous prized catches coming in from everywhere. Let’s start with inshore first. Only 100m from the gold coast boat ramp I launch from, there were squid galore. …

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Major news for spanish mackerel anglers!

📢 New arrangements for the east coast Spanish mackerel fishery are set to begin from October 2022. 📢 These changes have been made following significant consultation and aim to rebuild stocks and provide more controlled access for recreational and commercial fishers. Management changes for east coast Spanish mackerel. The management actions for the east coast Spanish mackerel include the following: …

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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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