Offshore

How to Troll – The Art of Trolling

I always try to set my lures about 20m behind the boat and my trolling speed is a slow idle. It is difficult to put an accurate speed to this technique but I always imagine that my boat is moving at a good walking pace. Another vital link in the chain is to remember that when you commence trolling, you …

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Vinegar kills crown of thorns starfish

HOUSEHOLD vinegar could soon be called on for its most important mission yet: saving the Great Barrier Reef. Researchers at Queensland’s James Cook University have described in a new paper the effectiveness of vinegar in killing crown of thorns starfish. Outbreaks of the venomous, coral-eating animals are considered one of the most significant threats posed to the Great Barrier Reef. The paper’s …

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Minnie Water Snapper Action

 If the lure got to the bottom before the boat drifted over the top of it, we’d give it a few bounces before bringing it up to go again. We found that the feeding fish were nowhere near the bottom and all plastics were hit on the drop from the cast. Most of our big fish were caught on plastics, with …

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2015 North Coast Fishing Bonanza set to sizzle

This year adults will compete in a variety of fish categories including snapper, pearl perch, mulloway, tailor, kingfish/cobia, amberjack/samson fish, whiting, bream, blackfish, flathead and bass. For cadets, there is a range of offshore and inshore categories including snapper and mulloway, bream and flathead to target, while juniors can fish for the usual estuary suspects of flathead and bream as …

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Green zone restrictions imposed on commercial fisher

great barrier reef zone

THE Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has taken steps to prevent a twice-convicted commercial fisher from engaging in further illegal fishing by barring the fisher from anchoring in a green zone. A series of restrictions have been imposed on the fisher through an enforceable direction — the first one to be issued by the agency. The fisher has been …

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Net-free fishing zones

THE Queensland Government will deliver on its election commitment and move ahead on the implementation of three net-free fishing zones in Queensland before the end of the year. Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne said Cabinet had considered the feedback from more than 6300 public submissions received during the recent consultation process. “Ninety percent of submissions were in favour of …

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Grey Nurse Shark Allegedly Speared

NSW Department of Primary Industries Fisheries officers are appealing to anyone with information on the alleged spearing of a grey nurse shark near Mona Vale Beach on Sunday, August 2, 2015 to call the Fishers Watch Phoneline on 1800 043 536 or report online. Two males were allegedly seen leaving the water with spearfishing gear and drove away in a …

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Chasing Tuna

We recently went to Double Cone Island and found huge schools of longtail tuna, with some fish weighing over 15kg. The noise of these schools sounded like a waterfall and we laughed with excitement at the sound and spectacle. Throwing small silver and chrome slugs at the bust-ups proved the only successful technique and we boated four fish in quick …

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Red-hot red action

On our last drift before anchoring we boated a good red and pearlie, with yours truly hooking up to a noah. We decided to anchor on this little patch and on the first drop another red came aboard, then another. But then the tax man moved in and we lost a big red before our baits began getting walloped every drop. The …

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