Paddling the picturesque Mary River

paddling mary river

And that’s why the Mary River is one of my favourite paddling destinations. What the Mary offers better than most other locations in Queensland is a trail. A trail offers a challenge and some excitement on a paddling journey. It gives a traveller a sense of purpose, a one-way journey through new country with new things to experience around each bend …

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Lure fishing for mangrove jack from kayaks

lure fishing mangrove jack

By about 5pm we had reached one of our favourite rocks walls. We cast into the bank and Hayden got absolutely smashed. He was using 30lb braid and leader with a locked drag but this fish grabbed his plastic, pulled drag with ease and busted him off within seconds. Hayden and I looked at each other and were so happy, …

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The great debate – fibreglass v plastic canoes and kayaks

fibreglass v plastic canoes and kayaks

It produces a consistent product and suits complex shapes and the addition of accessory fitments such as nut inserts. The key to the success of rotomoulded PE is its flexibility. This property allows it to give slightly when under impact and prevents it from cracking or chipping as stiffer materials tend to do. The downside of this is reduced stiffness in the …

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Taking kids paddling in canoes

kids paddling

For children under 12, this is compulsory and it’s a great idea for all other passengers in the craft to wear PFDs too. There are two really good reasons for this. First, it sets a great example to little ones and makes them less likely to fight having to wear a PFD. Second, it makes you a lot more able …

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Five great spots for new paddlers

new paddlers wivenhoe dam

bundant wildlife along the stretch of water between Twin Bridges and Lowood Bend make the trip interesting. The return trip is about 8km, and last month’s article on Canoe Go Paddling featured an easy 6km return trip suitable for families. Lake Kurwongbah On Brisbane’s north, Lake Kurwongbah is one of two water supply dams in the area. With new changes …

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Smak Lures Kayak Round

Smak Lures Kayak Round

One Co-Angler is going to win the title and also a trip to the US to compete in the 2018 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship. With quite a few anglers still able to take out the title, this event will be one of the hottest all year, so look out for the blow-by-blow highlights at bassaustralia.com.au

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Paddling the upper Brisbane River

Indeed, in our very diverse group we had canoes being paddled by a single adult, by an adult and child and even by two adults with three children on board and occasionally a boat-hopping dog. The ease of paddling, combined with excellent load-carrying ability meant the canoes could cater for nearly any combination of paddlers and passengers and still give …

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Tips for kayak safety in winter

kakay safety winter

Tony chooses to err on the side of caution and always sticks with shorts when we hit the coast, reasoning that the discomfort will be short lived. Fortunately, the weather patterns that give us our coldest mornings are calm and clear, which means the day will quickly warm within a few hours of sunrise. If you ever want to experience …

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Squidding in Moreton Bay

squidding moreton bay

When reeling squid in, keep them in the water and don’t lift them out because when you do, they tend to fire ink, and in a kayak it’s likely to be right at you. Once alongside, slide the net under the squid and point the top of the tube in your direction so any ink gets shot away from you, …

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Fly fishing from a yak

I leave off rod holders and keep the deck of my kayak bare for the fly line. If I take other rods, I don’t sit them upright in rod holders, I lay them down either in a hatch or secured along the side of the hull. My fly rods are over 8’ long, so I use a landing net with …

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