Fishing Articles

Barra fishing expedition to Awoonga Dam

awoonga dam barra

NOW Wazza is doing a lot more of the Moreton Bay Charters work, I have a bit more free time, so I decided to sneak up to Lake Awoonga and try my hand at barra fishing. It was something of a last-minute trip because we were planning on heading up the inside of Fraser Island to do a bit of …

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Guide to slide baiting

guide to slide baiting

THE aim of slide baiting is to get big baits into the strike zone, often 80-120m out from shore. To achieve this, you need the right setup and a desire to hunt the big ones. So, what do you need to successfully go slide baiting? Rod You’ll need a rod capable of casting 6-10oz weights. It must also have enough …

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2018 Rocky Barra Bounty wrap-up

2018 rocky barra bounty

BEFORE I get into the success of this year’s Rocky Barra Bounty, I would like to run through a quick local report. With the saltwater barra season closure, a lot of anglers have headed for the impoundments. Callide and Awoonga dams are only a short drive from Rockhampton and have been fishing very well. Anglers have reported fantastic double-figure sessions …

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Exploring Fraser Island’s northwest coast


COMING into the cooler months always excites me, knowing it is usually the period of calm oceans and clear skies for the most part with the occasional windy change pushing through. After a fairly blowy start to the cooler months leaving me little chance to head offshore, I knew the only way to get out there was to plan a …

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How to game fish successfully

game fish

THIS series of articles will focus on fishing for blue marlin but will address other species too. I will start at the logical place, which is the start. The biggest problem with game fishing is learning how to do it with a high level of success. It is obvious that all the world’s knowledge is in books, these days the …

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Finding fish in Gold Coast estuaries


G’DAY everyone, in this month’s article we will discuss some options for finding fish in our estuaries during November. The water temperature will rise to about 25C, which means the typical winter species including bream and tailor will slow down while mangrove jack and whiting fire up. Mangrove jack are without doubt the biggest bucket list fish targeted in the …

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Preparing for charter fishing


WITH an increase in surface activity on the Fraser Coast during spring, I find myself hosting many new guests. Often they have had very little experience with this style of charter. It’s lures only, and with little to no trolling involved it can be a bit daunting, particularly when the unsettled weather of mid-spring is thrown into the fray. There’s …

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Fish are deep but hungry


SPRING is finally here and it’s the time of year I always look forward to. The water temps are gradually increasing and the native fish in our stocked impoundments really spring to life and start gorging themselves. This means a great time to be on the water, particularly in the warmer afternoons.Hungry. Boondooma Dam In last month’s article I mentioned …

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Wonderful whiting on the way

wonderful whiting

BOTH the air and water temps are warming and this means a lot of us will be looking forward to wonderful whiting fishing in the Nerang and Coomera rivers. While you can catch whiting all year round on the Gold Coast, it is at this time of year when they become more plentiful and easier to find. For the next …

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King of the River a success

king of the river

KEPPEL Bay Sportfishing Club, in conjunction with the Criterion Hotel, hosted a cracker king threadfin competition on the Fitzroy River in late August. Participants said they had a very enjoyable time and are really looking forward to next year. With the Fitzroy River net free for almost three years, expectations were high for plenty of fish. However, the report from …

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