Winter beach fishing basics
Jamie Robley | June 2016

Tailor are one of the main species encountered along our beaches through the cooler months, particularly on the north coast.

When beach fishing comes to mind, it’s only natural to associate this great Aussie pastime with other summer traditions like cricket and the good old backyard BBQ. The truth is though, beach fishing can be a rewarding activity during any month of the year. Like other types of angling though, a few adjustments need to be made in order to make the most of what each season offers.
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Fish handling IV: ice brining
Blake Hudson | May 2016

Premium flake ice may be harder to source than cube ice from the servo, but either are suitable.

Welcome to the fourth and final part of the fish handling series. This month we take you through a critical and concluding step to sophisticated handling. I guarantee you will be taking home premium quality product for the dinner table!
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Stuarts Point – a friendly hideaway
Ryan Limpus | May 2016

Stuarts Point Holiday Park is one of the best-kept holiday parks the author has stayed in.

I’m a sucker for small riverside/beachside fishing villages. They remind me of years gone by, family holidays in the early 80’s when there was plenty to explore and options to try and catch a few fish. I have some great memories of staying at a similar sleepy fishing village with my parents. My days revolved around meeting up with other kids on holidays and going swimming and fishing all day and only heading back to the tent or van when it was time for dinner. Sadly, days like these are now rare. The holiday park at Stuarts Point however, provides an experience much like the one I have described. Here you can indulge in a carefree holiday in a relaxing environment with plenty of options for fishers and their families.
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Finding pre-winter predators
Jamie Robley | May 2016

If catching a solid inshore kingfish is your goal then May is the month to put in the effort. Live calamari squid or live garfish are right at the top of the list for kingy baits.

During the summer months and into early autumn larger oceanic predators like marlin, Spanish mackerel and sharks move down the east coast, often close to shore. Plenty of smaller pelagic fish including bonito, kingfish and mac tuna also invade inshore waters during this period.
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Cracking the ‘Coota code
Jason Scerri | May 2016

The author’s daughter Bella with her first ever solo lure caught fish where she cast the lure and retrieved the fish unassisted. A very proud daddy indeed.

For many anglers, bream anglers in particular, a fishing trip to a place such as Mallacoota is as good as it gets. Unfortunately for many of us, it is a very long trip to get there so it’s just not practical to fish it as often as I would like. I am hoping that by reading this article, you can get a little insight to help prepare for your own trip to Mallacoota and hopefully, I can provide some useful info and tips that allow you to make the most of your time there and hit the ground running. It really is one of those places where a month of fishing it would still leave most of it untapped.
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1770 Agnes Water: Offshore
Eve Malone | May 2016

Catching reds on artificials is a lot of fun.

1770/Agnes Waters is famous for its fishing, and one of the biggest drawcards here is the glamorous red emperor. These fish can grow to over 1m and over 20kg, but the average size in this area is 6-8kg. A 10kg+ fish is a trophy catch. The minimum size for red emperor is 55cm, and there’s a bag limit of five. Here’s how to catch them.
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1770 Agnes Water: Estuary
Jason Medcalf | May 2016

Middle Creek golden snapper (fingermark) are great sport and even better eating.

For many years 1770 has been the jewel in the crown of the Coral Coast, with its beautiful scenery and piscatorial diversity. The area has much to offer the traveling angler, from amazing reef fishing for coral trout, mackerel and everything in between to a maze of rivers and secret creeks that hold iconic sportfish like barramundi and mangrove jack.
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Cool water options in Hervey Bay
Mark Bargenquast | May 2016

Jacko with a nice pikey bream taken while hiding up a creek from southerly winds.

It’s that time of the year again when the mornings have a cool crisp feel to them. For me, it used to be a frustrating time of the year as I was a barra nut and back then I knew it was ending for the season. I must admit, I do love my barra, and salty barra were once thought hard to catch when the temperatures drop.
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Three of the best whiting from the day laid out on the kitchen cutting board.

The whiting of Moreton Bay are tasty, plentiful, easily caught and much sought after. I’ve fished for these hard fighting little scrappers since I was a lad. All I needed to fish off the beach at Victoria Point was a hand line (line on a Coke bottle) and some garden worms, and I’d come home with a feed for my three siblings and parents.
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