Fishing

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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Abusive fisher fined $9700

“Three commercial (monofilament) mesh nets were found and while the defendant had previously been licensed as a commercial fisher, his licence had been revoked and as such, he was not authorised to be in possession of the nets.” The defendant was charged for five offences under the Fisheries Act, fined $6000 for obstructing officers and $3700 for possession of illegal …

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Lee Rayner selects Mercury FourStrokes

AFTER running two-stroke outboards for eight years, high-profile fishing expert Lee Rayner decided to change up to more modern technology – and he’s selected Mercury. Lee, who’s currently presenting the hit national show Fishing Edge on Channel 10 and ONE, said he did his homework before deciding that Mercury was the way to go. “This is my profession so I …

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Bundaberg crab bust – fisher fined $13,300

“The crabber had a total of nine pots in his possession and on closer inspection, they were found to contain 40 female mud crabs and seven undersized mud crabs. “Officers seized the excess crab pots and returned the crabs to the water alive.” Mr Bowness said regulated product must be immediately sorted and released at the point of capture and …

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