Freshwater

Forecast heavy rains never came

WITH warnings of a big rain event last weekend most angler warmed up the couch and settled in for a quiet one in front of the telly. Well this wasn’t the case as weather conditions were nothing like what was forecast and were perfect for a day on the river. Noosa River has been exceptionally clear over the last couple …

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Mackerel, tailor, trevally, queenfish around Bundaberg

LOOKING at the latest forecast, things around the Bundaberg area may come good for some offshore fishing, so fingers crossed. Also, keep an eye on the latest forecast before heading out, as the predicted northerlies can be unpredictable. The mouths of most of the rivers have been fishing well with some school mackerel, tailor and a mix of trevally and …

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The spin on spinnerbaits

Jason and I agree that the market doesn’t need more of the same old drab colours, and rather than cod seeing the same thing over and over, why not present them with something they’ve never seen before? I’ll be honest. Ninety percent of spinnerbaits on the market will catch fish – even the cheap and nasty $2 Chinese spinnerbaits, but …

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Freshwater cod closed season

IN Queensland, Mary River cod and Murray cod closed season runs from September 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officer Coby Walker said the annual closure during spawning season is an important measure to allow the species to reproduce so there are viable stocks of these fish for future generations to enjoy. “For Mary River …

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Australian bass is back

The annual closed season for Australian bass in Queensland tidal waters ends this week. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol manager Ian Fricke said Australian bass had been off limits in tidal waterways from 1 June to 31 August to protect the species during its breeding cycle. “Fishers can return to their favourite tidal waterways to catch Australian bass from Thursday, 1 …

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North Pine Dam bass tagging

My Sea Jay 370 Creek Masta entered the water two hours later and we collected our tags and recording sheets and waited for the go ahead. I had a casual flick off the bank while watching the sunrise and a little bass decided my Z-Man Slim SwimZ looked like a good breakfast. So that was the first one for the …

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Freshwater Fishing Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme Expanded

“Fish stocks are a limited resource,” he said. “While previously only one permit was needed per couple the expanded scheme requires all anglers over the age of 18 to have a permit. “The permit fees have been fixed for the next five years at $50 yearly, $36 for an annual concession and a weekly permit is $10. Fishers who hold an existing …

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Murray Cod in Northern NSW

Not to mention an enjoyable discussion of Murray cod and lure making that added to our experience. When we arrived home in the wee hours of the morning it was bitterly cold and we sensed impending frost. We rose early to take advantage of the icy morning on Myall Creek. If you know cod fishing, you will know a frost …

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Boost for Recreational Fishing in Dams and Weirs

RECREATIONAL fishers will have the chance to cast a line in an additional 31 dams and weirs from July 1. The Queensland Government is almost doubling the number of stocked impoundments where anglers will be allowed to fish under the popular Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme. Minister for Agricultural and Fisheries Leanne Donaldson said the expansion of the program will give fishers …

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