Vic McCristal Sportfishing Writer Scholarship recipients announced

Sportfishing Writer

With an additional scholarship awarded, Warren Steptoe was called upon to join Bill Bowtell and Adam Royle to lend a mentoring hand and gladly accepted the offer. ANSA Qld vice president and fellow mentor Adam Royle said, “Warren is a respected member of the sportfish writing fraternity and is a welcome addition to the pool of mentors available for our …

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Fraser Island annual fishing closure starts August 1

Anglers at Fraser Island are reminded to ensure they fish outside the closed waters area that runs between Indian Head and Waddy Point during the annual fishing closure. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Manager Greg Bowness said the closure was in place from midday 1 August to midday 30 September 2017. “During the closure, all fishing is prohibited on …

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Catch a Catty Family Fishing Competition

catch a catty

THE Paradise Stocking Association is holding its seventh Catch a Catty Family Fishing Competition on August 26 and 27, 2017. A boat package is up for grabs for the senior major draw on Sunday and the junior major draw is a kayak.  The competition is held at Mingo Crossing Caravan and Recreational Park on Gayndah Mount Perry Rd.  Mingo Crossing …

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Fish research casts doubt on estuarine reserves

New USC-led research has gone beneath the surface of the Moreton Bay Marine Park, along the coastline from Pumicestone Passage to the Gold Coast, to find the preferred environments of estuarine fish species. And the results surprised the USC team led by Research Fellow in Coastal and Marine Ecology Dr Ben Gilby. “Our team compared the number and diversity of …

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Zerek Live Mullet

THE Zerek Live Mullet is a soft plastic jointed swimbait available in three sizes. Built from super-strong TPE thermoplastic, the Live Mullet uses the same concept as the widely acclaimed Live Shrimp to emulate natural prey movements and trigger strikes. To achieve this goal, the designers used a segmented body held together with a Kevlar webbing, giving strength and unparalleled …

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Anglers warned: using pest fish as bait is out of line

Seqwater is urging recreational fishers to take care when removing and disposing of tilapia from South East Queensland waterways, with reports of people using the noxious fish as bait. Seqwater Biosecurity Officer Perry Ward said the invasive fish species had managed to dominate natural waterways across the region since they were first introduced into Australia in the 1970s. “Tilapia are …

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Asian green mussel: Surveillance under way in Weipa waters

Asian green mussel Weipa

AVOIDING crocodiles and hunting mussel DNA are two priorities as the surveillance effort continues in the hunt for Asian green mussels around Weipa, following the discovery of a single mussel south of the town in May 2017. Biosecurity Queensland officers have spent time working with local businesses and the community to check areas where the mussels may take up residence, …

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Successful multi-lateral operation targets illegal foreign fishers

illegal foreign fishers

Operation NASSE, a multi-lateral regional maritime surveillance operation between Australia, the US, France and New Zealand, ran from July 3-13 and covered the waters between Exclusive Economic Zones of regional countries. Its aim was to deter illegal fishing in some of the most intensely fished sea-lanes in the region, the Western and Central Pacific Oceans. Together, the operation resulted in …

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Hosting Creek to Coast for epic nannygai action

nannygai coral trout hinchinbrook creek to coast

It wasn’t a bad run to the islands, but as we pushed out past them we became really exposed to the swell, so we just took our time and anchored up on the first rock. Almost as soon as the bait hit the bottom, the boys were on, with a couple of solid fish of about 3kg coming over the …

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