Offshore

How to Cross the South Passage Bar

If you like the easier approach, just drop down a livie and hang on to the rod, waiting for the tip to drop sharply upon hook-up. When the trag are on, double hook-ups are very common, with some big fish among them. Live baits have been excellent, as have bonito, mack tuna and large squid and octopus. When the trag are hungry …

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Hot Mackerel Action off Gold Coast

I HOPE everyone is enjoying the Christmas break and getting plenty of time on the water. The Tweed River Bar is getting really shallow out the front and starting to collect any sort of swell, so pay attention when coming in or out. Currumbin Creek Bar is still very shallow out the front. The dredge left recently, so that’s it for this …

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Pointers from Pilgrimage to Hinchinbrook

MY family and I recently made our annual trip to Hinchinbrook Island in north Queensland. The best barra of the trip (caught by yours truly) was landed off the bank at night. Good thing there weren’t any snapping handbags around because to land it I had to stand in the water. Yes I know the dangers of crocodiles but we didn’t have …

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Entertaining Fishing Trips Offshore

HELAINE Wilesmith took the reins at the monthly meeting while Rob Schomberg was off gallivanting around the world. The pain for Rob was further multiplied when H’s plastic rod took off. She struggled to get it out of the rod holder and it didn’t take long to realise it was well and truly a decent fish. It took off on several …

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Putting Viking Kayaks Through Their Paces

EVER since I had first heard about the new Viking Kayaks models being released, I had been fairly keen to get out on the water to see how they fared. When I eventually had the fish at the surface I realised it was a spotty mackerel and I debated how to get it on board with no gaff or lip …

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Sunshine Coast Offshore Fishing Heats Up

In the rivers  The Noosa River has seen great numbers of bigeye trevally, GTs, cale cale trevally, bream, flathead and whiting. Big predatory fish are hanging around the bait schools coming in and out on the tides at the mouth. The best time to fish this particular spot is during the tide changes. Soft plastic lures cast out on light graphite outfits are …

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How to Troll – The Art of Trolling

I always try to set my lures about 20m behind the boat and my trolling speed is a slow idle. It is difficult to put an accurate speed to this technique but I always imagine that my boat is moving at a good walking pace. Another vital link in the chain is to remember that when you commence trolling, you …

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Vinegar kills crown of thorns starfish

HOUSEHOLD vinegar could soon be called on for its most important mission yet: saving the Great Barrier Reef. Researchers at Queensland’s James Cook University have described in a new paper the effectiveness of vinegar in killing crown of thorns starfish. Outbreaks of the venomous, coral-eating animals are considered one of the most significant threats posed to the Great Barrier Reef. The paper’s …

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Minnie Water Snapper Action

 If the lure got to the bottom before the boat drifted over the top of it, we’d give it a few bounces before bringing it up to go again. We found that the feeding fish were nowhere near the bottom and all plastics were hit on the drop from the cast. Most of our big fish were caught on plastics, with …

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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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