Fishing Tips

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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Is your mud crab full of meat?

“A crab that has recently moulted will have a very clean, shiny and intact shell. “Sometimes the shell will appear translucent. “Full mud crabs often have algae or barnacles on the shell. “Their shells are also likely to exhibit some general signs of wear and tear, such as worn inner ‘teeth’ on the claws. “You should also look for the darker-coloured maltese cross on …

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Freshwater fix from a quick flick

This was a good reminder for me to check the Seqwater website when water levels are down in dams. Hopefully I’ll get back into some Borumba fishing soon. Monduran Dam Recently I was lucky enough to head to Monduran Dam with my mate Jackson for a much-anticipated barra fish. This dam is huge and upon arrival we met up with one of …

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Time to hit shallow reefs off Double Island

I will try to do a few trips chasing mackerel, snapper, tasty grass sweetlip, pearl and moses perch and estuary cod. At this time of year there should be plenty of large-mouth nannygai around. These fish love the big trawler squid that I get off my mate Nathan Dum-schat, as well as big green prawns. The bonus is all this …

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Recent rain revitalised Broadwater region

The area between Crab Island and the mouth of the Coomera River is the place to find them. The best spot for tailor south of the Seaway has been the eastern edge of the main channel to Marina Mirage, fishing at the top of the tide or just on dark. Now I must confess the past couple of months for me …

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Current dictating offshore options

On a little 2m rise nearby there was a school of fish sitting vertically about 4m high over the east side of a ridge. A floated bait on an 8 ball sinker nailed good midsized snapper and all within less than a kilometre. Another kilometre away we placed the boat to drift along a little valley between two pinnacles. It …

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Tactics for Tough Fishing

WORKING as a guide means you will regularly contend with less than desirable angling conditions, be it weather, fish moods or fish numbers. But you get paid to put fish in the boat, so that’s what you aim to do even when it’s tough fishing. Whether it’s one or hoards, you can’t let anything get between you and the fish. Mentally you …

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Guide to landing coronation trout

Fishing the same smaller reefs time and again will rarely see coronation trout caught from the same spots.  Because of this, the most important advice for targeting these fish consistently is to find new ground that has seen little to no fishing pressure. On the larger reef systems these fish move around a little and will take up residence in suitable …

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Tips when trolling for jacks

  G’DAY; I hope you had a great Christmas and new year holiday break. There is no doubt the mighty mangrove jack are bucket-list fish for most anglers in southeast Queensland and northern NSW due to their aggressive, hard-fighting nature and the fact that they will respond to an array of well-presented lures and baits. It should also be mentioned the …

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Tips for targeting flathead

targeting flathead

you can try outside the normal cast and retrieve pattern is a simple one that I have nicknamed tea bagging. Tea bagging is based on fishing the deeper holes where I locate bait on my sounder and positioning the boat directly over the top of it. I commence the same three short lifts as mentioned but instead of winding the …

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