Fishing Articles

Enjoying epic Cape York

epic cape york

THIS is a seriously exciting time of year! For while barramundi in tidal waters remain off the target list, the reefs and headlands on both sides of epic Cape York are now beckoning. Doldrums weather generally rules at this time of year, having taken over from the blustery ‘mango winds’ (there can be exceptions though). Nothing is quite like boating …

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Exceptional extended trip with Carlo Fishing Charters

carlo fishing charters great barrier reef

GOLDEN opportunities don’t come along too often, so when they do, you’re well advised to grab them with both hands. I was lucky enough to find myself in this situation recently when owner and operator of Carlo Fishing Charters Karl Kleimeyer invited me on a seven-day Swain Reefs fishing trip aboard the recently completed Carlo II mother ship. Karl has …

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Gold Coast Broadwater booming and full of fish

gold coast broadwater fishing

HI everyone, I am thrilled to become a regular contributor to Bush ‘n Beach, a magazine I have been reading for a long time. I have been working in partnership with Brad Smith doing Gold Coast Broadwater and estuary charters for over five years. Smithy has been guiding for more than 25 years in the Tweed River and on the …

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Barry Alty’s game fishing journey – part 1

barry alty game fishing journey

Before sadly losing his battle with cancer on August 19, Barry Alty was busy writing articles for Bush ‘n Beach. With the consent of his son Brett, we will be publishing Barry’s final articles over the next few months.   THERE is a photo of me at about age four sitting in my father’s lap with both of us holding …

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Week-long fishing pilgrimage to catch Cape York barra

cape york barra

IN the previous edition of BNB I penned an article on preparations for our annual week-long fishing pilgrimage to chase Cape York barra in the upper reaches of one of my favourite top end river systems. This year’s trip was titled the ‘Cape York 2019- Beer and Barra Classic’. A lot of planning goes into these extended trips, as we …

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Sojourn to the Swains – part three

swains

THIS is the final piece of my three-part series on an epic Swain Reefs fishing trip. If you have missed either of the first two parts, you can find free digital copies of the articles at issuu.com/bnbfishing To give you a brief rundown on the adventure so far, Wilson Fishing compiled a motley crew to test some of their awesome …

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Plenty of fishing options during saltwater barra closure

barra closure

WITH the saltwater barra closure in place on the east coast as of November 1, we are lucky to have so many options available to small boat anglers. Sometimes deciding what to target or which way to go is the hardest part. Fantastic grunter move into the estuaries and in good numbers. Add to this many other estuary species firing …

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Requesting rain on Northern Rivers

Northern Rivers

HELLO and welcome to this month’s edition of BNB. I can’t believe I am about to say this given I live on the NSW Northern Rivers – but oh my goodness we need some rain! Now I know plenty of others places around the state and entire country need rain, however, given this has to be one of the wettest …

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Sojourn to the Swains – part two

swain

FOR those who missed last month’s part one article, I recently embarked on the trip of a lifetime with a crew put together by Wilson Fishing. We went on a Swain Reef adventure chasing everything from big GTs to awesome-looking coral trout and everything in between. The aim of this trip was to destroy some fishing gear (well, test its …

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Saltwater fly fishing for sailfish

saltwater fly fishing for sailfish

I HAVE been saltwater fly fishing a bloody long time! The legendary Ron Pearson, regarded as the father of saltwater fly in this country, took me under his wing when I visited him in the Kimberley during a round Australia trip in 1973. He helped me to catch my first couple of fish on the long wand, then passed me …

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