Offshore

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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Fun times at North Coast Fishing Bonanza

Changes to recreational fishing rules And with thousands of jobs on the line, creating more parks and closing existing ones will mean longer queues for the dole. Do the Greens really want NSW to become another Tasmania, which has just about become a welfare state. How many jobs has this radical group cost with its impact on the forestry industry, marine …

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Techniques for some new lures

Revamped Bassman 4×4 Spinnerbait Bassman Spinnerbaits is an Australian business that designs and makes all its lures here in Australia, specifically for our native species. Knowing their target species, the staff have recently improved the design of the 4×4 Spinnerbait. This lure now has three armatures instead of two, with four Colorado blades on two of the arms and one …

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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

The larger reefs and bommies generally hold better numbers of coronation trout purely because more structure is on offer, but a small rock the size of a car can also produce these fish as long as that rock has the protection the trout needs. Coronation trout are aggressive feeders and will usually smash baits as soon as they hit the …

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Hot Hinchinbrook action

fishing Hinchinbrook

A number of times I have been in the middle of a great jack bite when a boat has gone past and rolled wash onto the banks and the fish have instantly gone off the bite. I hope Santa Claus is good to you and your stocking is filled with fishing lures and apparel instead of socks and un-dies.  Raylene …

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Top trolling and reef fishing

reef fishing

visit www.bitememarlincharters.com.au Scotty holds a certificate of survey for eight people on day trips and six for overnighters. Thanks for a great day mate. For my next trip it was back to my little 4.3m tin-nie with me old mucker Mick Slade for an early morning bombing mission to the areas around Quartz Rock. We were on the water in …

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Good-quality catches around Cairns

large-mouth nannygai

We have experienced varying success on spanish mackerel, and mackerel numbers seem to be down a little. However plenty of large fish in the 15-20kg range have been reported. Our best effort was a monster 35kg specimen that gave one lucky angler a real fight. We normally put a floater or live bait out while at anchor and troll lures …

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