Stakeholder advice remains important for Small Pelagic Fishery science

STAKEHOLDERS will continue to have opportunities to contribute to advice on the science of the Commonwealth-managed Small Pelagic Fishery following members of the resource advisory group completing their term. Parliamentary Secretary to the Agriculture Minister Richard Colbeck said members of the Small Pelagic Fishery Resource Assessment Group were appointed for a set period, which ended on June 30, 2015. “The terms of …

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2015 Wilson Cleveland Classic

This year the Interclub Shield is once again up for grabs and will be awarded to the club that accumulates the most points based upon the following: 10 points will be awarded for the first-placed fish in each of the senior nominated species; five points will be awarded for the second-placed fish in each of the senior nominated species; and …

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Reduce wildlife entanglements: fish responsibly

HUNDREDS of birds and wildlife are injured or killed in Gold Coast waterways every year due to unattended or discarded fishing lines. Fishers are being urged to attend to their lines and think before they throw when disposing of unwanted gear. Wild Bird Rescues Gold Coast founder and operator Rowley Goonan said unattended and recklessly discarded fishing lines cause much …

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Hinchinbrook crab pots clean-up

A WHOPPING 144 unattended and abandoned crab pots have been seized in the Hinchinbrook Channel during a three-day operation by Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol. QBFP district officer Rob Ibell said abandoned fishing gear was a growing environmental issue, with numbers being recovered on the rise. “Some of the pots found had been reported stolen and were returned to their …

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Drop in Mercury Signals Snapper Season

THE annual drop in the mercury is always an exciting time for me, as it is for most serious snapper anglers around the Brisbane area. Knowing where to be and when to be there is half the battle and discovering this information takes quite a lot of trial and error, which can be very frustrating at times. Even I sometimes draw …

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VMR Family Fishing Classic this weekend

The annual VMR Family Fishing Classic will be held over this weekend at the VMR base at Burnett Heads. This year there is over $50,000 in prizes including two boats to be won. By the number of entry forms we’ve received in store at Tackle World, it looks like there will be a record number of entries. Once again this …

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Lure Expo Set to be Bigger Than Ever

Exhibition Building, Ipwich Showgrounds – 81 Warwick Rd, Ipswich July 18-19, 9am to 4pm OVER the past few years the Australian Lure Fly & Outdoors Expo has grown from small beginnings in a country hall in Fernvale to be the largest tackle show in the country. In 2014, the lure expo had expanded so much that a move into a much …

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Chasing Tuna

We recently went to Double Cone Island and found huge schools of longtail tuna, with some fish weighing over 15kg. The noise of these schools sounded like a waterfall and we laughed with excitement at the sound and spectacle. Throwing small silver and chrome slugs at the bust-ups proved the only successful technique and we boated four fish in quick …

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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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