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Chasing Flathead

Chasing Flathead

Flathead are bottom dwellers and like to ambush their prey, often burying themselves in the sand or mud often found on the edges of weed and sandy drop offs. The Dusky’s love to pounce on small fish, prawns, crabs, squid and the big girls have been known to grab smaller flatties.  They like to spawn in lower reaches of estuaries late spring and through summer, which is when I like to target them. But don’t be fooled, you will catch them all year round.  My personal preference for chasing these...

Chasing Aussie Salmon

Chasing Aussie Salmon

One of the most common of the sport fish here in Australia, is the good old Aussie Salmon & when they come within reach of anglers casting from the shore on the southern coastline, mayhem begins. Every angler within ear shot is out to get a piece of the action & it’s not hard to see why fisho’s go to extremes to catch these fish. The Aussie Salmon is a powerful fish, they run hard & fast and are quite acrobatic, displaying plenty of aerials, strong head shakes and put...

Catching Mangrove Jack – Lutjanus argentimaculatus

Hunting the Mangrove Jack in South East Queensland, Australia is the highlight of my fishing sessions. Mangrove Jack fishing is a skill that will take time and patience to achieve that trophy fish. Experiencing the moment when you land your first Mangrove Jack will be highly worth the wait and somewhat addictive. My first encounter with a Mangrove Jack was when I was sitting in my boat just fishing for bread and butter species. I was up stream of a skinny Estuary on a nice quiet calm day when I...

Catch and Release

Catch and Release

Native fish populations play vital roles in the delicate balance & ecology of our rivers, creeks & waterways. By practicing Catch & Release fishing, you are helping Conservation & sustaining fish populations for future generations of Anglers. If you are new to Catch & Release Fishing, here’ s a few tips to get you started. EQUIPMENT Using suitable tackle for the type of fish you are targeting, reduces stress on the fish with quicker landing times, whilst minimizing bust-offs. Rubberized gloves help maintain the protective slime coating on the fish...

Carp

Most people in Australia see Carp as nothing more than a pest that destroy our waterways & kill our native fish. With the proposed release of the Koi Herpes Virus CyHV-3 from the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP), Matt Barwick, NCCP Coordinator & deputy PM Barnaby Joyce, has stirred up a lot of debate regarding other options. Many of these options include utilizing Carp rather than trying to wipe them out. In this article, I plan to explore the idea of using Carp as a resource rather than rubbish. On...