Fishing

Smoking hot bass bite

Simply tie up to a tree, drop your bait to the bottom and slowly move it up and down. It won’t be long before you get a bite. Trollers have also done quite well on the yellowbelly in the timber of the Boyne and Stuart arms while towing smaller deep-diving hard-bodies. Make sure you take a tackle retriever with you because you’re …

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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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2015 North Coast Fishing Bonanza set to sizzle

This year adults will compete in a variety of fish categories including snapper, pearl perch, mulloway, tailor, kingfish/cobia, amberjack/samson fish, whiting, bream, blackfish, flathead and bass. For cadets, there is a range of offshore and inshore categories including snapper and mulloway, bream and flathead to target, while juniors can fish for the usual estuary suspects of flathead and bream as …

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Green zone restrictions imposed on commercial fisher

THE Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has taken steps to prevent a twice-convicted commercial fisher from engaging in further illegal fishing by barring the fisher from anchoring in a green zone. A series of restrictions have been imposed on the fisher through an enforceable direction — the first one to be issued by the agency. The fisher has been …

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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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Know how to measure your catch correctly

Mr Depper said mud crabs were measured from point to point across the widest part of the shell and must be a minimum size of 15cm. Blue swimmer crabs are measured from the notch immediately forward of the base of the largest lateral spine on one side of the crab to the notch immediately forward of the base of the …

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Watch your winter whiting limit

“If we are to continue to enjoy fishing, everyone must share the resources and abide by the laws.” Mr Bowness said recreational fishers often confuse trumpeter whiting (winter whiting) with sand whiting (summer whiting). “Trumpeter whiting have a silvery grey back with a paler belly featuring a silver horizontal band,” he said. “Sand whiting are uniformly silver (no blotches) with …

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Freshwater fish stocking kicks off across NSW

NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair has announced the start of the 2015/16 fish stocking season, which will see millions of fish released into NSW waterways to maintain and enhance our inland recreational fisheries. To kick start the highly anticipated freshwater fish-stocking season, Department of Primary Industries fish hatchery staff last week released up to 50,000 juvenile Australian bass into Glennies …

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