THE leading pocketbooks for anglers and boaties on Australia’s eastern coastline – Tide Guide and Angler’s Almanac – have been improved for 2021 and are available now from retail outlets.
The Angler’s Almanac, which provides a ready reckoner for the best days and times to go fishing times according to lunar and solar cycles, also features a new section on the best months to target select species, as well as a guide to the latest seasonal fish closures. It includes new colour plates to assist anglers in identifying their catch, shows which species are protected and indicates which are known carriers of the debilitating ciguatera toxin.
Angler’s Almanac has sections on the transition southwards of traditionally northern fish species, as well as the usual diagrammatic guides to tying the best fishing knots. The super-fast summation of moon phases extrapolated into the times you are most likely to catch a fish (providing the weather plays ball) remains a winning feature. The Tide Guide companion publication is a must for recreational fishers and four-wheel-drivers, as well as boaties looking to dodge sandbanks.
Since 1991, both books have been providing the most likely times to catch fish, the best times to safely travel along sandy and rock-laden surf beaches, the best times to cross a coastal bar in a boat, as well as other helpful information and tips such as how to fling a cast net properly. The titles are available through tackle and outdoor equipment stores, select marine dealerships, and convenience and related stores in river and seaside locations along the east coast of Australia, from Bundaberg to Mallacoota-Eden on the NSW-Victoria border.
The 2021 editions of the Tide Guide and Angler’s Almanac include information through to December 2021 and are priced at $8.25 each. The author of the books Peter Layton said despite inducements from elsewhere, he has once again continued to print both publications in Australia. “That’s a 30-year tradition of backing local printers and jobs, which seems very appropriate for publications aiming to help local fishers and boaties,” he said.
“Once again we’ve unravelled the complexities into easy-to-understand guides that enable instant reference to the best dates and times for fishing, and have packaged them in a convenient format so they can be kept in a glovebox, boat, tackle bag or pocket.”