Mangrove Jack

Cracking close to the fishing year at Hinchinbrook

cracking fishing year hinchinbrook

FIRST, a big g’day to everyone and I hope this finds you well.   Another fishing year is almost done and dusted. We’ve had better fishing as the year has come to an end, with good catches both inshore and offshore. It seems the heat has brought out the fish and the going is tough when you’re out on the water …

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Barra closed season but other species around Gladstone rock bars

rock bars gladstone

THE first day of November is a sad one because the saltwater barra closed season starts with it. However, the closure is also a good thing because it gives these great fish a chance to breed and their numbers to increase. On the upside, loads of other fish species are there to take their place, and with the increasing temperature, …

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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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Wetting a line in Weipa

fishing Weipa

AFTER a particularly long wet season up here on western Cape York, it’s finally over and the Peninsula Development Road is officially open, signalling the start of tourist season. In coming months, adventurers, grey nomads and anglers alike will descend on Weipa from all over Australia with the intention of wetting a line in the waters around this little slice …

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Tuna, snapper and jewfish throughout Moreton Bay

jewfish throughout moreton bay

FINALLY southeast Queensland has got some much-needed rain and relief from the heat and wind. Dropping water temperatures and the influx of fresh water should fire up the prawns and fish over the coming month and make for great fishing. Tuna Longtail tuna have improved in numbers and regularity, feeding off the surface throughout Moreton Bay since cyclone Oma. Unfortunately, …

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Top 10 tips for fishing success

top 10 tips fishing success

FISHING is a sport where we are forever learning and over the past few decades I have learnt from magazines, television, the internet and other anglers, developing my knowledge and skills based around different species, techniques, environments, weather and water conditions, lure selection, knots and more. As we learn more and discover more pieces to the puzzle, we begin to …

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Increasing your odds via kayak

increase your odds kayak fishing

THE new year has once again kicked off at a pace many of us cannot keep up with, but among the frantic rush of the ‘silly season’ a fisher must get his or her fix, regardless of the crowds. How might you improve your odds in a time of mayhem when enough boats are on the water to require a …

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Guide to catching mangrove jack around Brisbane

catching mangrove jack brisbane

FIRST of all, happy New Year. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and got out on the water to enjoy the warm weather. I have been fishing quite a lot over the past few months in the hope of catching mangrove jack. These fish can be extremely hard to catch and I hope the tips and insights in this …

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Fast fish around Hinchinbrook Island

fast fish queenfish hinchinbrook island

WELL hasn’t the year flown. December already, wow. It’s been a crazy year for us, with clients from all over the world and Australia coming to experience the fishing at Hinchinbrook Island. We have had so many amazing trips and met so many fantastic people from all walks of life, all enjoying the same passion for fishing. We have created …

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Guide to fishing Brisbane rivers and creeks

fishing brisbane threadfin

IT’S been a really good winter for fishos in southeast Queensland and this month should be no different. August is generally a very productive month for a wide range of species. The local flathead run will still be going strong and the jewfish and threadfin will remain active for anglers fishing Brisbane’s rivers and creeks. Good numbers of quality grunter …

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