Exploring Fraser Island’s northwest coast


COMING into the cooler months always excites me, knowing it is usually the period of calm oceans and clear skies for the most part with the occasional windy change pushing through. After a fairly blowy start to the cooler months leaving me little chance to head offshore, I knew the only way to get out there was to plan a …

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‘Do not swim’ warning signs and buoys in place at Cid Harbour

cid harbour do not swim shark attack

‘Do not swim’ warning signs and marine marker buoys are now in place at Cid Harbour following this week’s tragic fatal shark attack in the Whitsundays. There are sharks in all Queensland waters. Be alert when choosing where and when to swim and follow these swimmer safety guidelines: – Swim only at patrolled beaches and between the flags – Obey …

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How to game fish successfully

game fish

THIS series of articles will focus on fishing for blue marlin but will address other species too. I will start at the logical place, which is the start. The biggest problem with game fishing is learning how to do it with a high level of success. It is obvious that all the world’s knowledge is in books, these days the …

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Finding fish in Gold Coast estuaries


G’DAY everyone, in this month’s article we will discuss some options for finding fish in our estuaries during November. The water temperature will rise to about 25C, which means the typical winter species including bream and tailor will slow down while mangrove jack and whiting fire up. Mangrove jack are without doubt the biggest bucket list fish targeted in the …

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Second annual closure looms for coral reef fin fish

second annual closure

CORAL reef fin fish will be off-limits from Monday, 5 November 2018, in the second of two annual closures to protect these fish during spawning season. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Manager Tony Loader said the closure would start immediately after midnight at the beginning of 5 November and end immediately before midnight at the end of 9 November. …

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Preparing for charter fishing


WITH an increase in surface activity on the Fraser Coast during spring, I find myself hosting many new guests. Often they have had very little experience with this style of charter. It’s lures only, and with little to no trolling involved it can be a bit daunting, particularly when the unsettled weather of mid-spring is thrown into the fray. There’s …

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Fish are deep but hungry


SPRING is finally here and it’s the time of year I always look forward to. The water temps are gradually increasing and the native fish in our stocked impoundments really spring to life and start gorging themselves. This means a great time to be on the water, particularly in the warmer afternoons. Boondooma Dam In last month’s article I mentioned …

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Tagged fish vital for Cressbrook Dam research project


Anglers fishing in Toowoomba’s Cressbrook Dam are being urged not to take 60 fish tagged as part of a research project to improve fishing in dams. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Principal Fisheries Biologist Dr Michael Hutchison said 30 Australian Bass and 30 Golden perch have each been tagged to evaluate the use of fish attractors in dams. “Each …

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Freshwater fishing and stocking workshop Nov 3-4, 2018

fishing patterns south burnett

THE Freshwater Fishing and Stocking Association of Queensland is excited to announce a freshwater fishing and stocking workshop will be held from November 3 to 4 at the YMCA Camp Leslie Dam. For more information, including the agenda for the workshop, click the PDFs.

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Zerek Live Swimbait is next level

zerek live swimbait

THE Zerek Live Swimbait takes the famous Live Mullet body profile to the next level. The Live Swimbait uses the same concept as the widely acclaimed Live Shrimp – to emulate natural prey movements to trigger strikes. To achieve this goal, the designers used a segmented thermoplastic body held together with Kevlar webbing, giving strength and unparalleled freedom of movement. …

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