Exhibition Building, Ipwich Showgrounds – 81 Warwick Rd, Ipswich
July 18-19, 9am to 4pm
OVER the past few years the Australian Lure Fly & Outdoors Expo has grown from small beginnings in a country hall in Fernvale to be the largest tackle show in the country. In 2014, the lure expo had expanded so much that a move into a much larger venue was required and the Exhibition Building at the Ipswich Showgrounds was chosen.
Now in 2015, the increased demand for exhibitor space has seen the second floor of this site being occupied to accommodate. Lure makers from across Australia are set to make their annual pilgrimage to southeast Queensland, bringing their wares with them, be they small hand-crafted lures or larger mass-produced lures.
The expo’s foundations are well grounded, with the live lure making and fly tying demos always being a hit. Jamie Judd from Gobsmacked Lures will be showing visitors how to take a block of timber and turn it down to a lure on his wood lathe, while Patrick Jones from Southern Cross Lures will be demonstrating carving and sanding techniques.
Rounding out the lure making demos will be Byan Power from Power Lures, showing painting techniques with an airbrush. You can even learn how to make your own soft plastic lures at the U-Make-Em stand.
Fly tying is not forgotten, with Peter Cherrett from Waspy Flies and Gavin Dunne Custom Flies weaving their magic throughout the weekend. A range of speakers will feature on the Humminbird Fishing Stage (see table below) for every hour of the expo, covering topics from understanding imaging sonar to fishing Moreton Bay for snapper, learning bass and bream basics, inshore pelagic tactics and picking up info on fishing far north Queensland and the Daring Downs.
The expo has attracted the attention of international players, with the likes of Jackall and Atomic taking note and lining up to join the Aussies at the expo. Where once local lure makers may have looked like poorer second cousins to some of the overseas manufacturers, the Aussies are now up there with the best from around the world in design and finish.
The annual Lure of The Year Awards see some healthy competition among the Aussie lure makers and the goal posts have moved forward in leaps and bounds every year. Some of the latest work simply has to be seen to be believed.
As always, rare and collectable lures will be on show, with a team of enthusiasts on site to help identify those old lures you may have found in a box in the shed. Be sure to bring them along to see if they’re worth anything.
Maybe that old lure you paid $12 for 10 years ago is worth enough now to fill a new tackle box! The increased space at the 2015 expo has allowed for some associated products to be put on show. The lower floor will be a major boating hub, with boat, motor and trailer packages from Stones Corner Marine, Brisbane Yamaha and Karee Marine on show.
Some camping gear from RPM Products will also be on display, and for those wanting to get into archery or hunting, the team from Darryl Reeks Archery will be on site with advice and gear to get you sorted out. Let’s take a look at some of the expo exhibitors.
Kuttafurra Lures is a household name among the new generation of Australian lure makers and owner Aaron is recognised as one of the most skilled lure carvers and painters in the game. Aaron won the Most Artistic Lure Award at last year’s show with an amazing crayfish imitation. He will be attending the show again this year and is looking forward to catching up with the other lure makers and all those who bought lures from him last year.
Stones Corner Marine
This year’s Lure Fly & Outdoor Expo will be the first for Stones Corner Marine. The team will be showcasing a range of Sea Jay boats from light car toppers to side consoles for sport fishing.
Models on display will include the new 448 Avenger Sports (ideal for the all-round fisher), the Creek Masta (specifically set up for the impoundment/estuary angler) and the Nomad (Sea Jay’s number-one car topper). So whether your passion is impoundment, saltwater or estuary fishing or you’re a travelling angler, Stones Corner Marine will have the boat for you. Stones Corner will also match your new boat with a Yamaha four-stroke or two-stroke outboard to suit.
One of Australia’s best-known spinnerbait manufacturers, Bassman Spinnerbaits will be launching some new concepts in spinnerbaits and mumblers to add to its long-established range.
A major sponsor of the expo, RPM Products will be showcasing a range of LED camping lights, car driving bar lights and unique folding camping fire pits among other great products at the expo.
Darryl Reeks Archery
To satisfy those who are into hunting, Darryl Reeks Archery will have a range of hunting gear, competition archery equipment, beginner sets and 3D targets on display.
Electronics are a new feature at the expo, and Humminbird and Garmin will have working units on display and for sale.
Reidy’s Big Ass B52 bags biggest barra at Barra Nationals
Darryn Bromley from Team Cranky’s Crew landed the biggest barra (115cm) for the tournament on a gold Big Ass. Craig Angel from Team Carlton Dry landed the second-biggest Barra (113cm) on a Big Ass B52 in a soon to be released colour (Cuss).
Travis Wyatt, also from Team Carlton Dry, came in third with a 112cm fish also caught on a Big Ass in Cuss.
The new model was handed out to competitors on the last day of the comp, with many reports of barra being taken on the lure. Krystal Withers, a guest of the Barra Nationals, landed a 111cm barra on the Big Ass in Cuss colour and well-known Darwin local Wayne ‘Buff’ Ross snared a 113cm model on a gold Big Ass B52.
Check out the range on the website and meet the Reidy’s team and see the lures at the Australian Lure Fly & Outdoors Expo. For more information visit www.reidyslures.com
Brisbane Yamaha showcases Hornet and Explorer Trophy
Quintrex is Australia’s biggest boat manufacturer and its range of aluminium boats is designed specifically for sport fishers, including the famous Blade Hull, Eclipse Hull and now the Fighter Series bow in the Explorer range.
One of the best-selling boats from Quintrex is the Explorer range of V-nosed hulls, which are ideal for lake and estuary conditions. Upgraded to the Fighter Series this year, the Explorer range features the pickle fork nose as standard in 3.9m and above models. This hull now offers even greater stability at rest, a fuller bow and a finer entry to give you a better ride when under way.
Check out the F390 and F420 Explorer Trophy models at the Brisbane Yamaha stand. The Quintrex Hornet range is a standalone model line in the Australian boat market. Unique in design and with now-legendary status among Australian fishers, these boats were first used in the inaugural ABT series. The Hornet is still recognised as the ultimate hull for lure and fly anglers. A newly designed rod locker is part of the standard package in the F481 Hornet.
This is arguably the best rod storage system available on the market. Brisbane Yamaha will have an F481 Hornet Trophy on display at the show and it is fully kitted out with a Yamaha F80 four-stroke, Minn Kota iPilot Link and Humminbird 898c GPS/Side Imaging sounder.
As an exclusive Humminbird Pro dealer, Brisbane Yamaha offers the full range of Humminbird and Minn Kota products at its dealership on the Bruce Highway in Burpengary, just north of Brisbane.
Brisbane Yamaha offers expert knowledge of the product range along with the peace of mind of a three-year warranty on all electronics fitted in its workshop. Furthermore, all Yamaha four-stroke outboards sold and serviced by Brisbane Yamaha come with an exclusive six-year engine warranty – the best available in Australia.
And as anglers know, Yamaha-powered boats are quieter in the water, meaning you catch more fish.
Brisbane Yamaha dealer principal Aaron Goodchild said: “We are proud to be part of Australia’s largest lure event.” “It is an opportunity for manufacturers to showcase the best Aussie-designed lures.
“This year’s show looks set to be bigger than ever, so come and see us and take a look at our range on display.”
Last Cast Spinnerbaits focuses on quality
All Last Cast Spinnerbaits come fitted with a handmade soft plastic tailored to every spinnerbait in a colour to suit.
If you like fishing for freshwater predators such as Murray cod, bass and yellowbelly, be sure to stop by the Last Cast Spinnerbaits stand at the Australian Lure Fly & Outdoors Expo.
Ninja Lures ideal for fresh and saltwater needs
The company offers quality products that are effective and won’t break the bank.
A range of standard colours and designs that catch fish are available, though custom colours are also an option.
From spinnerbaits and hard-bodies designed for freshwater giants through to soft plastics and surface poppers for saltwater goliaths, there is a Ninja Lure capable of providing a reel screaming time. Check them out on Facebook.
No matter your destination, there is a Ninja or two ready to provide you with a memorable capture.
For more information and to shop online, visit www.australianlureshop.com.au/ninjalures
Jeff passionate about JH Lures designs
Spending countless hours creating and refining new designs has become a real pleasure for the JH Lures owner. Jeff uses timbers such as cedar, beech, quandong and mango for nude as well as painted lures.
Belly weights and rattles are added in some designs, which are useful for enticing a strike from barra and mangrove jack in snags.
JH Lures offers more than 16 lure varieties for different fish species, ranging from 50mm lures to 150mm GT poppers. Most JH lures have flat sides to create flash and the eye sockets are recessed to incorporate 3D eyes and mother of pearl and paua shell eyes in collector lures. Jeff is looking forward to the Australian Lure Fly & Outdoors Expo where he will be selling his lures and unveiling some surprise designs. Jeff has definitely been lured by the lure.
Wealth of knowledge goes into Hillie’s Lures
He has deckied on game boats in Cairns with some of the best game boats in the business and fished with the likes of Jack Erskine among others.
Neil always made his own tackle and lures before expanding his hobby to make them for friends and family and now he is making a business out of his quality handmade in-line spinner lures.
His in-line lures range in size from 4cm to 21cm.
Recent catches include a 1.5m threadfin salmon and ripper barramundi in the Northern Territory and a 57cm yellowbelly from Lake Leslie near Warwick.
Neil is happy to customise lures for customers at no extra cost.
New release Mack Bait displayed by Lively Lures
Lively Lures will be displaying its full range of lures at the Australian Lure Fly & Outdoors Expo to show off just how diverse its products are.
Best of all, with Lively Lures recently opening a direct online store (www.livelyluresonline.com.au), visitors to the expo can go home, log into the site and buy whichever lures took their fancy, safe in the knowledge that they have handled the lures and know what they are getting.
A brand-new 9” Mack Bait will be released at this year’s expo.
This versatile lure is designed to target mackerel, tuna, wahoo and most bluewater species.
The Lively Lures stand will be a must visit at the expo. If you can’t make it check out the website.
Karee Marine has you covered for fishing boats
The Nitro Z6 is the best-selling tournament boat in the US and comes standard with a recirculating live well, rod locker, drinks Esky, Lowrance sounder, Minn Kota freshwater bow-mount motor, heaps of storage, is powered by a Mercury 115hp Pro XS outboard and rides on a Dunbier trailer.
Karee Marine will also have the latest Clark 435 Dominator on display.
It comes standard with a live well, sports dash and heaps more, is powered by a Mercury 60hp four-stroke motor and rides on a Dunbier trailer.
So to see these boats in the flesh and talk deals with the Karee Marine team, be sure to visit the stand at the show.
Modern Aussie lures by Jelly Fish
Based on the Gold Coast, Jelly Fish Lures is known for being at the forefront of lure-making technology, predominantly creating soft plastic lures using the highest-quality plastisols and ingredients.
The company also makes spinnerbaits, buzz baits, jig heads and flipping jigs and can customise your bait to your requirements.
Utilising his vast knowledge of local fish and their habits combined with intense and ongoing research of modern lure-making methods, he set about creating the perfect lures for all situations and set up Jelly Fish Lures in 2009, selling his creations at the Caboolture and Bribie markets.
Since then the business has grown substantially to include online sales across Australia and even the US.
So if you want top-quality, state of the art, Australian-made lures designed specifically for Australian fish, don’t settle for inferior, imported, machine-made lures; contact Jelly Fish Lures – the professionals in customised handmade soft plastic lures.
For more information, visit www.jellyfishlures.com