Fishing

Don’t zone out on the Reef this summer

great barrier reef zone

KNOW your zones and protect your patch when you’re out on the water this summer — that’s the message from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in the busy holiday period. With several recreational fishers convicted in recent months for fishing in no-take green zone areas, the Authority’s field management assistant director Ben Kettle said it was a timely reminder …

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Seized black marketer’s boat serves as a warning

seized black marketer boat red claw

A FISHING boat has been seized and forfeited to the state and a recreational fisher and restaurant manager fined more than $8600 for black marketing of red claw. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner welcomed the successful court prosecution, as the Queensland Government moves to further strengthen fisheries laws. “Unlicensed selling of fisheries resources undermines the legitimate …

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Big barra lurking in Lake Monduran

big barra monduran

HAPPY New Year to all anglers. I hope Santa was able to take care of your wish list this year. With the warmer days and nights, the big barra have been on the boil. The first new moon of the year should prove to be a great time for catching some of those bigger barramundi lurking in Lake Monduran. The …

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Zerek Barra Tour a true test

zerek barra tour 2018

I MANAGED a trip north late in 2018 to fish the Zerek ABT Barra Tour with mate Lachie Reed at Peter Faust, Teemburra and Kinchant dams. This year’s Barra Tour was certainly a tough event for us, with our pre-fishing hot and cold on all three dams. We spent the time sounding around finding structure, and the Lowrance HDS-9 Live …

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New threat to jewfish stocks

jewfish stocks queensland

FISH swim bladders have become the latest fad in the seemingly insatiable Asian market for natural substances that enhance sexual prowess. Here in Queensland, our two major species of jewfish stocks are ‘well endowed’ in the swim bladder department, to the extent that their stabilising organs are now suddenly worth many times the value of their fillets. The rush to …

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More shark safety measures for NSW north coast

nsw north coast shark net trial measures

THE NSW Government and Surf Life Saving NSW recently announced $14,000 worth of measures to further protect beachgoers on the NSW North Coast this summer. Two additional drones will be added to the current suite of drones, as well as investing in essential equipment for shark incident response, including shark alarms and PA systems, megaphones and lifesaving heavy-duty trauma kits. …

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Guide to catching mangrove jack around Brisbane

catching mangrove jack brisbane

FIRST of all, happy New Year. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and got out on the water to enjoy the warm weather. I have been fishing quite a lot over the past few months in the hope of catching mangrove jack. These fish can be extremely hard to catch and I hope the tips and insights in this …

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Battling the current to boat big red fish

battling current double island point

BETWEEN bad weather and doing a new electronics refit to my boat, it had been a while between offshore fishing trips. With the new Furuno DFF3D, autopilot and another Furuno TZtouch2 multifunction display installed by Quality Marine Electronics I was keen to try it all out. With a reasonable weather forecast predicted, we soon found our way out the Wide …

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Be sun smart this summer with Shimano

sun smart

WHO doesn’t love summer and all the fun in the sun it offers. Whether it is getting out on the water, deep into the bush or simply to the beach, park, creek or lake, it pays to stay sun smart. As you head out into the sun with your family, friends or mates, be it camping, trekking, boating, sailing or …

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Hints for finding fish these holidays

holidays

HAPPY holidays to all Bush ‘n Beach readers. Hopefully 2019 brings us all plenty of fishing opportunities. January will be another busy month on the waterways around Brisbane. Heaps of people will still be on holidays, so expect the rivers and creeks to be busy with all types of watercraft. The key to finding numbers of fish this month is …

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