Fishing Articles

Trip from Bribie Island to Yeppoon

After about five minutes I managed to regain most of my line and finally lifted the fish off the bottom, but it was almost as determined to stay near the bottom as I was to get it to the top. It must have been 10 minutes later when we finally saw some colour and I became really excited. About 3m …

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Jew and threadfin in Brisbane River

I’ve heard of people cooking them and the worms disappearing, but I think I would struggle to eat the flesh knowing worms were in there. Snapper have been another decent target in recent months. I went chasing them in mid-August with a mate and ended up hooking a jewie over a metre on the first cast. It was definitely a bit of …

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Gladstone barra and jacks active

WINTER in Gladstone year has been very mild until recently, with temperatures rarely dropping below 12C on the central coast. This has seen the water temperature staying higher over winter and fish such as barra and jacks remaining a common capture. As the temperature begins to rise towards the end of August, these fish will start to bite for longer …

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Sneaky squid session

Changing to a 4g jig gave me enough distance to reach the back of the target area and allowed me to slowly work along the bank, keeping the old 10’ glass rod high to compensate for the weight of the 4g jig over the shallow reef. The only modern aspect to the rod and reel combination that has changed since …

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Gold Coast rivers ripe with fish

August coincides with fantastic tailor action on the lead-up to the moons in the lower reaches of the Tweed and Gold Coast river systems. Tailor tend to spike in activity around the tide changes and in particular the first couple of hours of the run-in tide. They can often be easily located by either bird or surface activity as they …

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Drop in Mercury Signals Snapper Season

THE annual drop in the mercury is always an exciting time for me, as it is for most serious snapper anglers around the Brisbane area. Knowing where to be and when to be there is half the battle and discovering this information takes quite a lot of trial and error, which can be very frustrating at times. Even I sometimes draw …

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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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Sunshine Coast reefs and beaches fire

The swivel clip is important to allow the star sinker to spin on retrieval, helping to prevent line twist. For hook selection, try ganging two Mustad 540 bronze size 1 or 1/0 hooks together with a swivel and present strip baits from pilchards, bonito or slimy mackerel. I have found this type of presentation works well for bream. The slower …

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