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Chase your dream fish over winter
David Allen | June 2016

A beautiful bird surface lure, designed to catch the big girls.

Shiver with cold and excitement as winter is here and it’s big fish time. If you ever want to live your big Murray cod dream, then now is the time to be at Copeton.
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Take better fishing photos
Steve Starling | June 2016

Everyone loves to capture a great photo of their catch, and in the era of social media, it’s fun to share those images with friends, family and fellow fishers. But how can you ensure that your fishing happy snaps are up to scratch? These days, just about every angler takes a camera with them whenever they hit the water, even if it’s only the one built into their mobile phone.
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Iluka rustles up stunning snapper
Ross Deakin | June 2016

Huge snapper like this one can be found around Black Rock this month.

The Iluka region has experienced excellent weather over the last month and fantastic fishing – especially offshore, and on the beaches and headlands. A busy tourist influx, and very kind weather conditions led to many very happy anglers.
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Hunter Valley hotspots
Peter Fogarty | June 2016

What a perfect day to be fishing for some healthy Glenbawn bass!

After a few frosty mornings a lot of fish are now sitting close to the rockwall or in the heavy timbered bays that retain heat from the day. Start in places like this to find some good Hunter Valley bass!
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How to select an estuary rig
Wayne Kampe | June 2016

Open dinghies allow full work room. Some upmarket versions provide side pocket storage, but in most dingies you just put your gear wherever there’s space.

Estuary rigs cover a whole range of boats, from the standard dinghy right through to the pointed punt style of rig. The most popular sizes are from 3.2m right up to 5m, which means there’s a great variety of boats to choose from depending on the kind of fishing you want to do.
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Horizon 525 Scorpion cuddy
Wayne Kampe | June 2016

Sleek lines and a well-balanced mix of cuddy area and fishing work room are characteristics of this well turned out craft.

The Horizon 525 Scorpion has a family-oriented layout, so with this in mind we tested it with three aboard. Scott James of Horizon Boats showed how easily the craft could be launched, while Fishing Monthly’s Steve Morgan and myself enjoyed the ride.
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Go on – tell me that this isn’t the dream inshore boat for a lot of Aussie anglers. It’s able to travel comfortably across some nasty water, has a place for everything, and is the pinnacle of nearly 50 years of design.

I first saw a Robalo Cayman 206 at the Melbourne Boat Show in 2015. Like a lot of other patrons, I thought, ‘man, I could take that to some pretty awesome places and catch some kick-ass fish out of it.’ Seriously.
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Hard yakka pulls in big mulloway
Anthony Stokman | June 2016

Sam Hay with one of the many mulloway around at this time of year.

As we get into the swing of winter, start downsizing your leader in the estuary as the water cools and becomes clearer and clearer. You can also start to venture out to the coastal rock platforms where the bream are moving out and the snapper are flocking to.
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Dane Osman used finesse to connect with shut down fish during the Pride of Perch.

Canberra’s tournament season started in September 2015 with the Big Burley Bash, continued with the Pride of Perch and wrapped up with the Native Cup in March 2016. Each event took place on Lake Burley Griffin.
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