Offshore

Shark attack at Booti Booti

[First published on www.abc.net.au] A 65-year-old man who was bitten by a shark while he was surfing on the mid-north coast of NSW is “quite happy” and in stable condition. Police said the man was attacked just off Booti Booti after 9am by a shark later confirmed to be a great white. He managed to swim to shore and contacted emergency …

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Hectic fishing on Hinchinbrook Island holiday

On the first cast another large coral trout ate my plastic and swam straight into a bommie. I have never felt so out-gunned when using such a high calibre of gear. After hits and misses, a few little reefies such as stripey seaperch, a spanish mackerel and various sweetlip, we left the area with a score of coral trout five; …

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NSW North Coast shark net trial legislation passes

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NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair recently welcomed the passing of legislation through NSW Parliament with bipartisan support to expedite a trial of shark nets on five North Coast beaches. “Passing this legislation is an important step towards getting the shark net trial in place on the North Coast by the summer school holidays by streamlining the approvals process, …

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Wilson Fishing Wreck Reefs expedition

The 20,000-litre fuel tank provides plenty of fuel capacity for the long haul out to Wreck Reefs and back..  As for your freshwater needs, she holds 13,500 litres of fresh water for showers, cooking and hosing off gear and the deck. Upstairs on the bridge, she’s equipped with all the latest electronic equipment such as a 64 nautical mile Furuno …

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Shark control nets being removed due to dangerous conditions

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SHARK control nets on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are being removed from the water due to forecasts of strong winds and dangerous sea conditions. Fisheries Queensland Manager Shark Control Program Jeff Krause said a total of 22 nets were being removed. “With the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting winds in excess of 70km/h and ocean swells over 5m from this afternoon to Friday, we are …

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Ghost net retrieved from northern Australian waters

“MBC and its partner agencies are committed to protecting Australia’s natural wildlife and resources. “However, the Australian public is also a valuable partner in helping MBC to identify maritime threats, so if you do encounter a ghost net I would urge you to report it to Border Watch on 1800 009 623.” More information on how Australia is working to …

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Windarra Banks Fishing Well

Some good pearl perch were caught on the new moon in May, so definitely give them a go on the same moon in June if the weather allows. Pearlies really are one of the delicacies of the reef. The 50-fathom line is also holding a lot of squire but they are so small it’s not worth the effort and half of them …

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Rainbow Beach Fishing Trip

On Wednesday it was still blowing, so they decided to try something different – chase squid at the mouth of Carlo Creek. Not saying it was breezy or anything, but the parachute had to be deployed just to slow the drift enough for the poor squid to get a look at the jigs. Just when the anglers thought it couldn’t get any …

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Techniques for How to Catch Fingermark in Queensland

As the squid come in towards the light you can use the squid net to scoop them up quickly.  The dimmer switch comes into play if the squid are staying out of reach of the net.  Once you have attracted the squid to the light, slowly dim the light and the squid will come closer until you can reach them. …

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