Fishing

Crew caught with concealed crabs: fined $20k

THREE crabbers have been fined a total of $20,650 and had their fishing boat, motor, trailer and crab pots seized after they were caught with a stash of undersized and female concealed crabs. The three were found in possession of 58 illegal crabs stored in a hidden compartment in the floor of their vessel during an interception by a Queensland …

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Wilson Moreton Bay & Offshore Family Fishing Classic

THIS year’s Wilson Moreton Bay & Offshore Family Fishing Challenge will be held from June 5-8 over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. The event attracts not only the locals but keen anglers from across southeast Queensland. Entertainment This year the entertainment is based on the whole family coming down and spending some quality time together, with rides and face painting …

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Monduran winter barra tips

AS most barra anglers know, the colder months can make fishing at Lake Monduran hard but not impossible, and for those anglers who regularly fish Monduran, many love fishing at this time of year. Some solid fish are still being caught, the only difference is instead of that big straw hat and an Esky full of cold drinks it’s a …

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Good times fishing Fitzroy Reef

At this stage the broomstick actually has a noticeable bend in it and instinct says you need to either reach for the gaff or the landing net fairly soon. Anyhow, George was up to all his favourite tricks around Fitzroy and it was no big surprise that on the first few days he managed to land the biggest coral trout …

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Big lures not always better

When it comes to soft plastics and metal blades, once again I mostly look for and choose smaller presentations because this methodology supplies my clients and I with more fish and a wider variety of species, with the bonus being trophy-sized fish are also on the cards. I would like to mention that many people over the years have boarded …

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Get involved! Queensland Fisheries Management Review consultation

FISHING is an important part of the Queensland lifestyle and economy but the existing management processes need to be modernised. The Queensland Fisheries Management Review moved ahead with the recent release of the independent report by consultant MRAG Asia Pacific. The report recommends a comprehensive suite of management reforms aimed at completely changing management arrangements. There are 80 recommendations in …

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Lake Boondooma and Barambah fishing report

We’ve also got a pending world length record Australian bass of 51cm. This fish was caught from Boondooma, so it will be great to see this verified and in the record book for years to come. Lure fishers have had great success all over the dam, but particularly in the timbered arms. The Boyne and Stuart arms have produced very …

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First yak-caught barra

It must have been one nervous fish in among these barra. As I continued up the bank I came to another section of lilies with a cutting through them. I dropped my lure towards the back of the cutting and it was almost instantly monstered by a slightly smaller barra. Fortunately it took off towards the middle of the river …

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Hot mackerel action on Gold Coast

Mud crabs were running after the rain, with the kids getting the adults a good feed of four to eight crabs each trip. We had a visit from NSW Fisheries officers, which was unexpected, as someone who can’t count or doesn’t know the new rules for NSW must have made a complaint. I suppose having 17 traps stacked up may have …

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Tips for late-season jew and threadfin

May is often regarded as the end of the prawn run in the southeast Queensland rivers, but it can go for a couple more months depending on the season. For example, I was still getting big numbers of prawns in July and early August last year. Jew and threadfin The huge numbers of jew and threadfin salmon that have been hanging …

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