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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Red-hot red action

On our last drift before anchoring we boated a good red and pearlie, with yours truly hooking up to a noah. We decided to anchor on this little patch and on the first drop another red came aboard, then another. But then the tax man moved in and we lost a big red before our baits began getting walloped every drop. The …

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Commercial Quantity of Crabs Lands Fisher Court Conviction

A 40 YEAR-old Port Macquarie man has been ordered to forfeit his boat, outboard motor and boat trailer after pleading guilty to possessing a commercial quantity of mud crabs in Port Macquarie Local Court recently. Acting Director Fisheries Compliance Pat Tully said Department of Primary Industries fisheries officers were conducting a surveillance operation of the Hastings River in March when …

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Fishing shack bust – more than 3200 shark fins seized

“Six crab pots – four unmarked and two not marked appropriately – as well as two commercial fishing nets and two non-compliant mesh fishing nets were also found. “An additional commercial fishing net was seized at the Gympie residence.” One fisher was fined $7750 for the shark fins, mud crabs, unmarked pots and illegal nets, and the other two fishers …

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Commercial fishers netting sea mullet

COMMERCIAL fishing activity in the Great Sandy Strait and Fraser Island waters will increase during the annual sea mullet run. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Greg Bowness said the traditional winter migration of sea mullet provided commercial operators with an important opportunity and netting activity had already escalated. “Seafood wholesalers should have a plentiful supply of fresh local …

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Hitting the Barrier Reef these school holidays?

FISHERS heading out to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park for the school holidays are reminded to pick up a free zoning map and keep an eye on their location before dropping a line. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority field operations manager Mark Read said it’s an ideal time for locals or visitors to explore the wonders of the …

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2015 Wilson Cleveland Classic

The event will feature a single weigh-in beginning at 11am on the Sunday, allowing anglers to fish whenever they want during the competition hours. Anglers are able to fish anywhere they want, however fish taken from tidal lakes, saltwater impoundments and stocked impoundments will not be accepted. Thousands of dollars in prizes will be given away and all junior competitors …

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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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