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From the Editor’s Desk... November is here and, as my good mate Jason Medcalf would say, it’s brown jocks month. Jason is a bit sad as he couldn’t try to get his brown jocks title past the editorial team this month as he’s on holidays in Europe, but I love the thought of the title. The idea behind the title is that the jacks in his area around Bundaberg start to get vey angry in November and you really should be wearing brown jocks to cover up any accidents. But this doesn’t just apply to the jacks around Bundaberg. I know the Gold Coast jacks are big and nasty in November, in fact a few of the local gurus are buying out all brown jock stocks in the area. Mick Horn is one of those anglers and he recently got his PB at 63cm in a river! Now that’s some jack but it didn’t come easy with plenty of scary moments and bustoffs before this beast made

its way to the net. And our Bowen reporter Dan Kaggelis recently hosted The Fishing DVD crew for a jack session up there and with a string of 40-50cm jacks coming, who wouldn’t want to wear brown jocks? So I hope that covers jacks and the take home message is get into it – they are awesome fish with a very nasty attitude. We had the pleasure of fishing the Gold Coast Flathead Classic again this year and I must applaud the organisation team. What a massive event to undertake! The site was bigger and better than ever, the competitor numbers were at record levels and the wind decided to come in force as well. It was tough fishing but we managed to sneak into 12th overall, which was a good effort given the talent of some of the anglers fishing. We’ve got a full report inside this issue, including interviews

with the winners that reveals how to go about getting some really good results on Gold Coast flathead. Steve Morgan also takes us through the new wave of excitement in his exposé on Gomoku fishing. This is a micro-jigging technique that uses specialised tackle to make it easy and fun. Like any jigging you can do it with other tackle, but it works better and is way more fun using the tackle designed for the technique. You can even win a Gomoku outfit by entering the competition on the page, so make sure you check that out. And in a real positive for tourny anglers, ABT has announced their BARRA Tour with some great changes that will make this event awesome. Held in late November, the BARRA Tour will visit Peter Faust, Kinchant Dam and Teemburra Dam and these lakes are firing right now! Changes to a team’s

format, the re-introduction of night sessions and some massive barra will make these events something you must participate in if barra are your game. Give the guys at ABT a call on (07) 3387 0888 and get involved. So as we sneak towards another summer I am desperately trying to plan trips to barra lakes, find some time try out the tips and tricks I learnt form the flathead gurus, trying not to spend too much time crying about not getting to Weipa again (I’m sorry Weipa, I still love you and I will come back!) and I need to go to the local store and grab some brown jocks and chase some jacks. I think I’d better get offshore in the new rig too and see if I can grab myself a cobia and an early season mini-marlin! Options aplenty. November: An amazing month to be on the water chasing that fish of a lifetime. so get it on.


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There are two ways to target fish: one is to keep on the move from spot to spot and to chase the fish by casting to them; the other is to wait for the fish to come to you. You can just wait for this to happen or you can increase your chances by using berley. Berley is a mixture of small pieces of food and oil that you place in the water

to either waft around the area and/or move off with the current. A side benefit of berley is that the oils that come off the berley often smooth the water’s surface and allow you to see into the water more effectively at your fishing spot (such as the back of your boat). There are two main components to berley – the berley concoction itself and the method of delivery. One berley system that I use is to cut pilchards (or another oily type fish such

as mullet or tuna flesh) into cubes. Then I line them up on the cutting board and flick these cubes over the side one at a time. The general spacing used for these cubes is to flick the next one out when the previous one has just about disappeared from view as it drifts away with the current. This is probably the simplest delivery system however it really only covers the surface layer of the water. Another way to distribute a surface layer berley system is to use a berley bucket

A mesh onion bag, with some prawn shells, fish skins, and bread crusts amounts to a simple yet very successful berley mix and delivery system. Tie off the top of the bag with string and you can hang it over the back of the boat. Putting a rock (or fish head) inside the bag before you tie it off will allow you to lower the bag over the side and set it at the depth (often the bottom) at which you want to attract your target species.

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mounted on the back of your boat and to mash the berley with a masher. These set-ups can be noisy and may put the fish off. This noise factor can be partially addressed by putting a rubber pad (or other soft spongy material) on the inside base of your berley bucket and to use a PVC pipe as a masher. An even better way to cut down on the noise is to use a hand mincer to mince up the fish flesh. You can do this at home. After mincing the flesh up you can then freeze this flesh in ice cream type ‘buckets’ that will then give you a brick of berley that you can drop into your berley bucket. No masher required. One method that I have incorporated into the surface approach is to tie the frames of filleted fish to a rope and hang them in the water from the back of the boat. As a young brat, we’d catch tuna on perhaps the

Crab shells and the ‘muck’ inside them make good berley. Fish and crab cleaning sessions are often a great source of berley. Place the scraps in a bucket and freeze them in your freezer. Saturday. Then on Saturday night in the marina we’d fillet the tuna in order to eat some sashimi and also to get some bait for Sunday. Then later on Saturday night, on the turn of the tide, we’d hang these


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tuna frames off the back of the boat and use them to attract bream. We’d then have a lot of fun catching these fish until we fell asleep on the floor of our family’s 15’ centre console. Other delivery systems for distributing berley involve using some sort of container or mesh bag that you lower over the side of the boat down into the depths (often all the way to the bottom). That way you get the fish attracting offerings down to where the fish are. The idea is to attract the scattered fish to the region under and around your boat. Sometimes the effect is to bring in small fish that get attracted by your berley and then in turn these small ‘baitfish’ will then attract larger fish like mulloway and flathead. Inside this container I place a rock to act as a weight. Additionally a fish head, some prawn shells and a couple of pieces of bread crust complete a very simple berley mix. This arrangement gives a genuine fish/seafood

scent trail as well as some morsels of bread that drift out of the bag that the fish just love to nibble on. In faster currents you may add additional quantities of all of the berley ingredients. An alternative is to use a more solid container with smaller holes. My favourite delivery device has always been a mesh onion bag. Simply place the berley inside the onion bag and you have an easily stored berley and delivery system. You can use them unweighted at the back of the boat so that it covers the surface layers. Then weight another onion bag with a rock and drop it on a string/rope to the required depth. Alternatively, instead of dropping the minced fish flesh into your berley bucket, place a frozen berley block inside the onion bag. The frozen block regulates the rate of dispersion of the berley because the morsels only break away as the block slowly thaws. One way to get your delivery system down to the depth where your bait is, and keep it near to your bait with the hook in it, is to attach the berley device to your line just above the hook. This can be a little complicated, but in certain situations it works quite well. An example might be when you are anchored in

around your spot to hold fish that swim through. It’s a great way to fish the shallow backwaters, saltwater and brackish creeks. Chopped pieces of worm, squid and saltwater yabbies mixed into sand balls make ideal whiting berley around low tidal flow yabby banks. Berley will increase your catch and it only takes a little

‘keeping it simple’ effort to incorporate it into your fishing system. Keep an eye on the Fisheries regulations when using berley. The number/ amount of prawn and worm pieces, fish frame quantities with respect to bag limits, crab shells, fillet size and legal lengths are all things to consider.






Spangled emperor behind the reef are susceptible to berley that incorporates crustaceans, especially crab shells. still water behind a reef and the coral trout and/or other reefies are hanging tight to bommies that you can’t get your bait to. Putting a bait down on the bottom with a little berley bag attached can work wonders. This is typically best done at the turn of the tide when there is less current and less chance of tangles. Also there is more chance of your berley lasting longer and staying around

the hook bait. Freshwater anglers regularly employ this technique by using a small canister of berley rigged on the line above the hook. All the equipment to do this is available from coarse fishing suppliers that specialise in European coarse fishing. This approach works well for whiting and bream in the saltwater too. Luderick anglers may

berley by mixing chopped weed and sand into compact balls that fit into the palm of their hand. These balls can then be thrown into the area that they are fishing. The idea is for the berley to attract nearby luderick to the ‘green’ baits that are hanging underneath the angler’s floats. Many other food and/ or berley offerings can be incorporated with the sand (or bread) balls and scattered

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Summer has well and truly arrived. But did we even have a winter on the Tweed? The odd cool morning with water temperatures only just dipping under 20°C was about it. All we can do now is hope for a mild summer to complement the mild winter and it will be all good. Considering that clement winter, we may just see some of the summer species kick in to action a bit earlier than

previous years. A good tip is to keep an eye on the sea temperature websites and when you notice a line of hot water being pushed in to the coast, grab the trolling gear and head out there. These early season bursts of hot water don’t usually last very long but the fish can turn it right on. If you are in the right place at the right time, you can load up. I remember a couple of years ago heading down to Palm Beach Reef early in the season. There was only our boat and one other on the reef and every live bait

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we put in the water was eaten by a spotted mackerel. The fish were smashing the surface all around the boat and we eventually left with our bag limit. It was unbelievable. The northerly blew up by the afternoon and started to cool the water and shut down the fish by the next day. Everyone had heard about the action by this stage and the place was full of boats on the weekend, but very few fish were caught. That was in October and not many people were really expecting the fish to be there yet. It really pays to keep an eye on the conditions and you can get lucky like we did. November is usually the first of the dedicated summer months. The water temp is fairly consistent by this time. The river is warm, the weather is hot and the fishing can be quite good – if the rain stays away. The past few years have been pretty good up to around Christmas and then the heavens have opened. It can be a bit of a lottery as to what is going to happen this year, with some forecasting heavy rain and others tipping a dry summer.


I don’t think any of the weather pros can say for sure what is going to happen, so let’s all hope for the best. I am looking forward to a good summer with plenty of time dedicated to fishing. RIVER The Tweed can be a top place for summer species, like mangrove jacks, trevally, bream, flathead and whiting. The key to catching these fish consistently is to focus on one species and then specifically target it. If you were heading out to chase a few whiting, then look at using light spin rods and focus your attention on the shallower sand flats reasonably close to productive yabby banks. Baits like worms, yabbies and even casting poppers will be the techniques. Light lines and small hooks will also increase your chances. At the other end of the scale, this technique and tackle would not really be effective if targeting mangrove jacks. You need to upgrade the tackle to a heavier rod/reel combo with heavier line or leader material, larger hooks and, to a degree, larger bait or lures.

Jacks like this are well worth getting up early for. Jacks also generally frequent slightly different areas from whiting so you would need to look for them in deeper water that has sufficient structure. These same areas are also frequented by a host of other species, like bream and flathead, so the upgrade in lure or bait size will help you to focus on getting more bites from jacks. OFFSHORE The offshore options will be starting to lean more towards the pelagic species. You can expect the current to play a major role in what

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This month the current will start warming up, the water will turn blue and it’s time to dust off that pelagic gear because things will start hotting up! November is the start of our annual juvenile black marlin season and although numbers may not be as plentiful as later on in the season, there will be still a few to tangle with. Last year the

run started early so hopefully it will happen again this year. I was recently offshore and the pilchard schools are starting to come through. Along with mahi mahi, wahoo and various tuna species the small blacks will be able to be targeted consistently on most local reefs in the Gold Coast and Tweed areas. Kirra Reef, the Gravel Patch and Nine Mile reefs will always hold a few early season pelagics. Trolling lures such as locally made Black Snacks, Pakulas and one of Hawaii’s top lures,

the Pula Kai, is a good way to cover ground and work areas thoroughly to try and entice these warm water speedsters. Keep an eye out for birds, current lines and of course baitfish. These can be very reliable fish beacons in what can be a very barren ocean. If you come across a nice school of bait, especially if it is ‘balled up’, then try trolling or drifting a few livies down into the bait school. For best results try using a few of your baits with a heavy sinker attached to get them down deep, as this




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Ben and southern visitor Dave Wright with a pre-Classic flathead taken on a trolled Micro Mullet. I find bouncing plastics such as McArthy shads and deep diving minnows such as the Ecogear SX60, Lively Lures - Mad Mullet and Bomber lures are a very effective way of targeting these hard hitting fish. This hasn’t been the best flathead season as shown in this year Gold Coast Sportfishing Club’s Flathead Classic, but there will still be a few nice fish around. Those cooler days that aren’t much good for jacks are prime time for flathead and although they may have already spawned, there will still be a few nice lizards to be had. Try slowly hopping plastics around drop offs and weed edges in the main body of the rivers for best results. Like this year when the fish are shut down I’m a big fan of using blades. The Ecogear VX50 blades are one of the best of them for flathead fishing. The other technique I like to use is trolling, which has made a resurgence in the last couple of years. It is hard to go past the Lively Lures Micro Mullet when using this technique. Whiting will be in full swing this month, and as they are a great table fish they are always a very popular option. These fish are great fun to catch and around the mouth of Currumbin and Tallebudgera creeks there

should be plenty of these tasty fish to be caught. When fishing the mouth of creeks and rivers it’s pretty hard to beat a few live yabbies or beach worms as bait. The mid reaches of the Nerang River will hold a few more of those larger whiting with fish around the 40 cm mark not being as uncommon as you may think. When fishing more up the river, baits like soldier crabs, jelly prawns and blood worms being more the bait of choice. In all applications of whiting fishing a running sinker, a long trace and a size 6 chemically sharpened hook is usually the best way to target them. If you’re keen to try something different, cast small poppers over the sand flats with a nice light fluorocarbon leader to allow your popper to work most effectively. The Hinze Dam will start to fire this month with plenty of bass and a few saratoga being caught in the early morning and late afternoons on surface lures. As it gets later in the day try 1/2 and 5/8 ounce Bassman Spinnerbaits around the points and weed beds. Spinnerbaits are best fished with a slow rolling action and to get the best out of your spinnerbait add a 1/0 Gamakatsu Si Wash hook with a small piece of rubber tube to turn those bites into hook-ups.

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It is hard to predict what will unfold on the blue water as it has been an unusual season so far. The water temperature out wide is already over 22ºC and blue marlin have been caught all through winter and early spring. November usually sees the start of the push of the East Australian Current. In 2012 quite a few small black



marlin turned up very early, and while the run of juvenile blacks up north in winter has been patchy, most of the fish have been a bit bigger, averaging 20-30kg. By the time they turn up off the Gold Coast they’ve generally added another 10kg to that weight. I think there will be a few blacks caught trolling in close this month as well as mahi mahi and small wahoo. There has been quite a bit of bait around on the 24 and 36 fathom line and hopefully this will hold the fish for a

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to 2/0 and using prawns and squid as bait is a good way to chase this species. They are also partial to small soft plastics. In closer to shore Palm Beach is worth a look and November can be a very good month to chase cobia, with the chance of a few spotty mackerel and Queensland school mackerel. Live baiting while berleying and fishing pilchards can be effective. Spanish mackerel rarely show up in November. If the current is running over the reef the fishing is better. It is also a good time to stock up on bonito and small tuna for troll baits for the coming season. Fishing at night on the close reefs off Southport and Surfers will produce a few mulloway, teraglin and snapper. The mulloway season on the offshore grounds generally outlasts the estuary night run by a few months as the mullet numbers in the estuary drop off. Live slimies fished on deep rigs are very effective, and using circle hooks can increase your success rate. In general you won’t get many mulloway in November before sunset. Out on the wide grounds the blue marlin should be in full swing this month, and already, in the last few months (traditionally the quietest on the calendar for blues) plenty have been caught. Put your lures in on the 50 fathom line and keep heading east. I like to troll in depths 150-250m. Blue marlin from small boats are extremely challenging fish to catch, and the prospects are very good this month. GOLD COAST ESTUARIES The water quality through early spring has been very poor. Constant hot north westerlies have made the flathead fishing quite tough, and in brown sludgy water full of weeds it has been tough to get good numbers of fish. The deep water near the entrances has also been

Mangrove jack will come on the chew as the weather warms up. particularly slow. This month is generally the last month I target flathead, and most of my fishing is concentrated around the estuary mouths in the cleaner water on the run-in tide. Deep jigged plastics are generally quite effective, as are blades and vibes. If it is really hot work the deeper channels as the fish don’t stay up on the flats for long. November is a great month to target jacks on the Gold Coast. Mick Horne is the local mangrove jack guru, and he’s been getting some great fish as conditions warm up. Most of his fish are caught on soft plastic Z-Mann 4” Swimmerz. He’s a cracker of an angler and I greatly admire his dedication and passion for these great fish. There was a ripper of 62cm on his Facebook page recently. I like to fish for jacks either at dawn or dusk and into the night. Both casting and trolling are effective. The biggest boom in jack habitat over the past decade has been the plethora of floating pontoons. These provide jacks with perfect ambush platforms regardless of the tide, and they sit just under the pontoon facing into the current waiting for baitfish. Jacks are like ibis: they adapt to the habitat we provide for them, and are in increasing numbers. They aren’t an easy

fish to master and you lose quite a few lures along the way. As well as pontoons, try rock bars bridges and the corners of canals. The hit is quite amazing, like a bass on steroids. Whiting will be in good numbers in the Nerang and Pimpama rivers this month and these areas should fish well on the run-in tide on Wriggler worms, yabbies and small soldier crabs or shrimp. The Nerang also fishes well at night. Quite a few good fish over 40cm will be caught this month. Jumpinpin sometimes fishes well for mulloway on soft plastics in November. Work the deep channels around the entrances using lures such as 7” white Gulp Jerk Shads. On the run-in work the edges of the ledges and the back eddies and as the water slows fish the deep snags. Quite a few over a metre will turn up this month, but a lot will be under the minimum legal size of 75cm. Overall, November marks a month of transition for fishos on the Gold Coast. It is worth getting a few exploratory trolling trips planned in case the marlin arrive, and if you’ve only got a few hours to spare try for a jack in the evening. There are plenty of good options.


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November is a great time of year to fish the Pin as all of your favourite species will be on offer and none better than the most caught fish in the Pin area, bream. Plenty of small to medium size fish should be on offer all month, which are great fun if you’re taking the family out for the day because everyone’s happy when they are catching fish. For larger bream concentrate your efforts towards the last 2 hours of the incoming tide and the first of the run out tide around Kalinga Bank, Cobby Passage, Rocky Point, the mouth of the Coomera and the Seaway. Using larger baits like banana prawns, half pillies, strip baits and big balls of mullet gut tends to entice the larger fish. Jacks and cod will be highly sought after now the water temperature has risen. Fishing for these fish can sometimes prove difficult as they live in heavy snags and fight

coverage will most likely house a resident jack or cod: the trick is to get them to bite. Flathead will still be around in good numbers as their breeding season comes

The jacks will come on as the water temperature heats up and they get more aggressive.

Snapper will still be about in good numbers this month, so don’t head offshore without giving them a crack.

A rare catch. This barramundi was caught near Jacobs Well while Graham was trolling for flathead in the shallows! extremely hard, usually resulting in loss of gear for you. Using heavier line to prevent getting blown away is a good way to start and by using large live baits and flesh baits the pickers are usually taken out of the equation too. This allows your bait to stay in the strike zone longer. The Coomera and Pimpama rivers have lots of rock walls and sunken trees to fish or you can also give trolling lures a go, which allows you to cover more territory and find where the fish are. But any mangrove lined bank with plenty of snags and

to a close. What a great lizard season it has been and it just goes to show that the size and bag limits are working as I’ve never seen this many juvenile flatties in the estuaries of

the Pin system as now. For a few flathead try around the mudflats at the mouth of the Logan River towards the Powerlines and Browns Bay. Kalinga Bank is always a favourite and you can’t go past the top of Crusoe Island without dropping a pilly or flicking a plastic. Whiting like the warmer conditions as well so grab yourself some bloodworms or beachworms and head out to the Gold and Green banks, behind Diner Island, Slipping Sands and the Neverfail Islands near Tipplers and you can bag yourself one of the best table fish in the Pin. Now the water temperature has heated up, pelagic species like

tuna, mackerel, cobia, wahoo and marlin will start to show up in good numbers. They will be chasing schools of baitfish so look for surface action like birds diving and fish busting up as the fish feed and you can either try flicking metal lures into the schools or try trolling around the edge of the school with diving hard bodied lures. My favourite lure is a +7m Halco Crazy Deep diver with a white body and red head. The reefs close to the Pin like Sullys, Alfs and the Dragon are always full of live bait (slimeys, yakkas etc) at this time of year so concentrate on jigging at these spots, get yourself some livies and use them to catch these great fighting fish. Make sure you take the crab pots with you as the muddies and sandies will be in full swing. For the muddies try up in the mangroves at high tide or the mouths of the feeder creeks as the tide falls. For sandies try in the main North/South channels near the Powerlines to Cabbage Tree Point or in Canaipa Passage. It’s going to be a hot summer so don’t forget to cover up during the day and apply the mozzie

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Shallow catches for sweetlip SOUTHERN BAY

Troy Wegner

It just seems to be northerly after northerly lately with very few days in between that they are not blowing. This makes it quite hard to fish the bay as there is not a lot of protection from them. In saying that, there are still some good fish to be had if you can get out. Species like mulloway and snapper

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are still in good numbers, you just need to do a bit of searching to find them schooled up. Snapper are normally associated with the cooler months of the year, because they are generally schooling up ready to spawn so they are a little easier to target. In saying that, it doesn’t mean that it is a waste of time chasing them through summer. You will still find the juveniles up to about 45cm schooling up but the bigger

fish will normally be in ones and twos. Fishing around the shallow reefs through summer will also see the grassy and spangled sweetlip turn up, one of the tastiest fish getting around. Sweetlip, for their size, are probably one of the toughest fighting fish. These fish inhabit the same sort of areas as the juvenile snapper and bream. You will find them out along the dropoffs, and my favourite area to target them is in the 4-8ft



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range. I love throwing small hardbodies or plastics for them, and you can also target them on bait. If bait is your option and you are up in the shallows then berley is a must. This will bring the fish to you while you are anchored. Small squid or squid strips would be my first choice of bait with small green prawns a close second. The only shallow rig that I would tie on would be a 2/0 or 3/0 circle hook; you shouldn’t need a sinker fishing in that depth. If the current isn’t allowing your bait to get down then tie on a little sinker, only enough to just get you to the bottom. Targeting sweetlip on lures is a lot of fun and you will have plenty of heart-inmouth moments as there are lots of rocks and bommies to bust up on. When a sweetlip comes on your lure, the bite is very subtle, they won’t come

Bream are a welcome bycatch when up in the shallows. They love shallow minnows like the Maria MC-1 Crank. the plastic back), I use a 1/8oz jighead and a curl-tail or paddle-tail plastic with a slow roll as well. I use a heavier jighead in shallow water so that the lure tracks at the same depth and doesn’t work its way up in the water column.

and smaller juvenile snapper on hardbodies are the Maria Cranks 38mm, Maria Shad 45 and the Lucky Craft Bevy Shad 60mm. When using plastics the Z-Man 2.5” Grubz, 3” Minnowz and 4” Streakz Curly Tailz rigged on

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Sweetlip of this size are a lot of fun in shallow water and pull really hard. This one fell victim to a Maria MC-1 Crank. up and belt your lure. This isn’t a problem if you are using hardbodies as they have a rear treble and 99% of the time they hook up on that, but if you’re using plastics then a small 3-4” plastic is much more effective. Use a slow roll retrieve for your hardbodies. When using plastics I tend not to do the standard retrieve (hopping

When you are throwing hardbodies for them, you don’t want to be fishing too light as you will loose a lot of lures, so without going too heavy I use 10-12lb braid with a leader of around the same breaking strain. By not going too heavy will also give your smaller lures a better action. Some of my favourite lures for targeting sweetlip

a 1/8oz TT Headlockz 3/0. I hope this information helps a few people out in targeting one of the most fun and tasty summer species, the grassy and spangled sweetlip. It’s time to start packing and head down for the Annual Gold Coast Flathead Classic so next month I will have a run down on how it all goes. Until next month!

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Dust off the troll rods OFFSHORE

John Gooding

With the water temperature on the rise, anglers will be dusting off the trolling gear looking for early season pelagic action. The billfish brigade has already been tagging a few billies (marlin and sailfish) and with a little luck we might also see a repeat of last year’s awesome action

when we had a very good early run of wahoo and Spanish mackerel starting in late November. The wahoo were not big fish by any standards, but there were plenty of them around Point Lookout and Hutchinsons Shoal off Cape Moreton and they responded well to small skirted lures as well as hardbodied divers like Halcos and Rapalas. The Spanish mackerel quite often turn up early in the Point Lookout Area and

A great cobia caught while floatlining for snapper in the Shallow Tempest area.

both Shag Rock and The Group will usually hold a few fish so it’s well worth a troll in these areas with a well rigged dead bait or a slow trolled livie. The Point Lookout area this time of year gives anglers an opportunity for both pelagic and bottom fish with the Cathedrals just south of the Point often fishing well for quality snapper, especially if there’s a bit of current around and bait is schooling in the area. Back to the bottom fishing and the first couple of weeks of October saw no change with the deeper reefs off Moreton Island still holding good numbers of snapper and on charter we’ve had no trouble getting our bag limit. The quality has gotten better with a lot of fish getting up to and over 2kg. As mentioned last month, Shallow Tempest is a good option for quality bottom fish in spring and the area has been a consistent producer over the years and it’s a delight floatlining in shallow water after spending several months working the deeper reefs. Remember to fish as light

These are typical Point Lookout Spanish mackerel that most anglers will find at this time of year. as possible to increase the number of strikes when fishing this shallow water. With the warmer months with us there will be more current out wide on most days and although it makes it hard and the fishing a little tougher, the old saying of ‘no run, no fun’ is so true. With the aid of a quality sea anchor you can still get a nice drift with

the current and maximise your opportunities. On the deeper reefs yellowtail kingfish, amberjack, Samson fish and trag jew can really fire up with some good flow in the water. On charter at this time of year we fish livies on braid outifts and the species previously mentioned respond well to this style of fishing.

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during November. MACKEREL One of the favourite species for bay anglers during the warmer months is mackerel. These silver streaks are not only awesome sportfish but they are also prime table fare. Both school and spotted mackerel can generally be found in reasonable numbers throughout Moreton Bay. The school mackerel always turn up first and then the spotties a little later, sometimes not until December, although it pays to be ready. Anglers chasing mackerel can tempt and target these fish in many ways on both artificials and baits. Obviously we all love it when we come upon a surface-feeding school of hungry mackerel. Because a surface explosion can erupt at any time, having a highspeed spin rod pre-rigged with your favourite lure can almost guarantee some tasty white fillets for the table. Often, however, you will need a more concentrated effort to find the fish. School mackerel are generally a lot more widespread than the spotties and can show up almost anywhere – from shallow flats and the bay island margins to the deep channels. Many anglers use the humble pilly to flush out any mackerel in the area. The standard approach is to pin the pilly on ganged hooks and suspend it beneath a float in likely areas such as the bay island margins, the edges of prominent banks, within major channels, and around the beacons and markers of the shipping channels. Adding a little berley into the area, generally in the form of finely sliced pilchard pieces, will often increase results on mackerel, but may also attract sharks. The Measured Mile is a very popular spot and can be reached by tinnies over 4m leaving from the Brisbane River mouth during decent weather conditions. Anglers generally anchor in this zone and float out pilchard baits,






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The author recently trolled up this decent Brisbane River snapper from along the Caltex Reach. although spinning lures can also produce. The mackerel, schoolies and spotties, will generally come forth sporadically with almost every rod in the water going off in a short period when a school turns up. Early morning high tides offer the best opportunity at the Measured Mile. When fishing around the bay islands, whether on the drift or anchored, floating out a pilchard can be extremely worthwhile. Mackerel and larger snapper are the most common captures. When fishing soft plastics I often drift a pilchard out the back, and this has produced good results. The beacons throughout the bay, especially those in the northern bay, are also likely to attract a few mackerel if they are holding bait. These beacons can be probed by jigging with chromed metal lures or by sinking pilchard baits into the zone adjacent to them. Trolling with small, deepdiving minnow lures allows you to cover a decent area of water in a short time. The edges of major channels are good places to try initially, however trolling can produce mackerel in a host of locations throughout the bay, even on top of major flats during the higher stages of the tide. If you find surface-feeding schools, you can work them over with small chromed slugs and slices retrieved at high speed. The melee as these fish feed voraciously can often be sighted from some distance away, the birds signalling the action below. However, a keen eye will also spot the small V-shaped wakes produced by mackerel cruising just below the surface. Mackerel action should increase over the coming months so get geared up for their arrival. SHARKS A popular sportfishing target, whaler shark numbers will increase dramatically now that the warm weather is here. This action extends from within Moreton Bay to well up the creeks and estuaries.

Although sharks can be annoying at times, they can also provide a lot of fun when caught on moderate line classes. Within Moreton Bay, I usually use 3-8kg monofilament to target catch sharks to well over 40kg. While the average whaler is less than 10kg, don’t take them for granted as they are exceptionally strong and can still inflict a life-threatening wound if you are careless. To target whalers within the bay, I generally float out a whole fish bait (gar, pike, saury or large pilchard) into a tuna oil slick as I drift. The areas adjacent to the bay islands, especially the spoil grounds, are prime locations, but sharks are widely spread throughout the bay. In the rivers, your best results will come when using live offerings such as mullet and catfish. Due to the currents experienced, I generally find that berley does not work that well, however the vibrations emitted by a struggling bait will quickly attract any shark within a short distance. Most whalers encountered in the rivers will be less 8kg but large specimens will show up from time to time. When dispatched and filleted quickly, especially immediately after death, shark meat (or ‘flake’ as it is colloquially referred to) can be fairly tasty. MANGROVE JACK Another species that will continue to attract the attention of estuarine anglers during November is the mangrove jack. These fish respond well to a broad array of lures and live baits and generally favour well-structured areas such as mangrove snags, bridge pylons, rock walls, jetties, pontoons and other submerged structure where baitfish species are likely to pass. Anyone with a lure or bait in the water has a chance of hooking a jack, but landing a quality jack generally requires a good degree of skill or plenty of luck. Most of the major river and creeks systems, as well as the canals, are worth investigating.

High or rising barometer readings are worth noting and will definitely increase the activity and aggressiveness of the mangrove jack. The period before a thunderstorm will often produce some great mangrove jack action, however being outdoors waving a graphite rod around may not be the smartest thing to do. I have written a little about targeting mangrove jack over the last two months. The warm mornings and afternoons over the next few months are the perfect time to put these principles into practise. Bycatch when targeting jacks can include trevally, estuary cod, flathead, bream, mulloway, tarpon and numerous others. Mangrove jack are an awesome sportfish so you should limit the number of fish you keep, if any at all. COBIA As I type this report the numbers of cobia aren’t promising, but this should hopefully improve in the coming weeks. Drifting live baits around areas such as the Comboyuro Ledge, Western Rocks, Yellow Patch and the beacons in the northern bay can be a successful approach. Whiptails, slimy mackerel, yakkas, bonito, sand crabs and various reef species (adhere to any size limits) can all be employed in your bid to tangle with a black king. The various artificial reefs and FADS deployed in the northern end of the bay and trench are worth investigating as they readily attract cobia due to the amount of juvenile species they attract. Quality tackle sporting line classes between 8kg and 24kg will suffice most of the time, but close to structure a large cobia is hard to stop. If you do bring aboard a quality cobia, it will yield enough tasty fillets for several meals. TUNA Schools of tuna can be found throughout the bay at the moment. Longtails, mack and frigates are all possibilities, as well as both species of bonito. These can be targeted with

the same chromed slugs and slices that you would use for mackerel, with the Maria Mucho Lucir being the best I have yet used. Longtails also show a liking for pencil poppers, stickbaits and numerous plastics, especially jerk shads. Often tuna can be extremely profile-orientated and will show interest only in exact replicas of the bait they are currently feeding on, which is often miniscule. Such tiny bait imitations are hard to deliver on conventional tackle, and in this situation the flyfishers reign supreme – providing they can get close enough to the feeding fish to deliver their offering into the general zone. The area around the mouth of the Rous Channel, the Harry Atkinson, Pearl Channel, Middle Bank, Rainbow Channel, Greasy hole and zone between the Measured Mile, Mud Island and Four Beacons are prime locations to search. When cruising around looking for surface feeding schools, especially wide of Mud Island, beware of the large Green Zone as it’s easy to venture into when going from one surface boil to the next. If you are caught in the Green Zone, the fine will definitely spoil your day and put a big dent in your fishing budget. BRISBANE RIVER The Brisbane River never

ceases to amaze me with the quality of the fish that it produces. Considering that it snakes its way through a major Australian city (with a dense population along both banks) for the majority of its length, the Brisbane River is a relatively healthy and thriving fishery. A broad array of species can be encountered here including king threadfin salmon, mulloway, estuary cod, flathead, snapper, bream and crabs, as well as less desirable species like rays, sharks and catfish. The majority of the fishing is undertaken in the lower reaches from the Gateway Bridge all the way down to the mouth, however various saltwater species are caught right up to the brackish reaches near Mount Crosby. Above this, the freshwater reaches produce bass, golden perch, Mary River cod and several others. For anglers probing the lower reaches, the fishing can take some getting used to but with a bit of effort you’ll be confidently targeting a range of species in a short time. Casting lures or live baiting along the edges of the prominent dropoffs into the main riverbed and submerged ledges, especially around the start of the falling tide, will generally produce species such as king threadfin salmon, mulloway, flathead

and snapper. Around more structured areas, such as the bases of jetty pylons and rock walls, you can expect snapper, bream, estuary cod and numerous others. Live baits such as banana prawns,

herring, mullet, gar, greasy prawns and pike can be caught using a cast net at area such as Clara’s Rocks, the sewerage chute, Boggy Creek, Aquarium Passage and numerous other locations. These can be used to

Quality longtails are tough yet rewarding to catch. Martin had a tough fight with this solid specimen recently.

tempt most inhabitants of the Brisbane River when fished close to the bottom around jetties, rocks and underwater contours and ledges. Cut fillet baits (pike, mullet etc.), prawns, squid strips, pilchards and numerous other offerings will also produce desirable species. However, they are also more likely to attract sharks, pike eels, rays, catfish and the like. Popular spots include Claras Rocks, the ledge adjacent to the oil pipeline, the rock retaining wall at the mouth, under the Gateway Bridge, the Sunken Wall and around the numerous jetties and wharves. There is some pretty awesome fishing and crabbing to be experienced once you get this system wired and it offers a convenient area to fish, especially when conditions don’t allow you to venture further afield. OFFSHORE PELAGICS Anglers fishing offshore at The Group (off Point Lookout), the Trench, Hutchinson Shoals, Flinders Reef and numerous other offshore locations are likely to encounter some decent pelagic action throughout November. Trolling lures is generally the best way to locate and hook these speedsters on hardbodied minnows, bibless minnows, resin head skirts, metal head skirts, large blades and


numerous others. Likely captures can include wahoo, mahi mahi, tuna, Spanish mackerel, sailfish and black marlin. Last season was the best for juvenile black marlin that we have witnessed in almost two decades; if you were out there with a spread of small resinhead skirts in the water, your chance of success was nothing short of awesome. This year is looking promising so start thinking about getting set up and out there, no matter if you are trying to catch your first or 500th billfish. SPOILED FOR CHOICE Fishing is looking awesome for November with a broad array of piscatorial targets on offer throughout the Moreton Bay region. In addition to the saltwater fishing, plenty of freshwater targets are available in the nearby impoundments, rivers and creeks. With hot pelagic action available offshore plus plenty of snapper, sweetlip, pelagics and others throughout Moreton bay and a plethora of piscators in the healthy creek and river systems, November is looking like an awesome month to be fishing the region. Slip, slop and slap before getting out onto your favourite patch of water because you aren’t going to catch much with your butt glued to the couch.



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This is why we love Queensland! If it’s not the muggy humid days we experience on a weekly basis, it’s speedy and frightening storms we seek refuge from that makes our state one of the most interesting places to live in as an angler. But with this kaleidoscope of weather patterns comes positivity on

the fishing front, especially around the northern bay. Estuaries are showing great form with good flathead and bream numbers in the upper reaches of all our creeks. The occasional rainy day pushes bait and their predators to the mouths and creek entrances rewarding anglers who have their finger on the pulse. The spike in temperatures has also brought out everyone’s friend (or foe) the prized mangrove jack with anglers wising up to their ways

and producing good catches in noted hotspots. Summer whiting have definitely made their presence known with numbers fluctuating as regularly as Aussie cricket team scores, but anglers have been more than proud of what they can score in a session. Estuary cod have been the surprise of late. This noted warmer weather roamer surprised anglers with appearances in unfamiliar places leaving fishers

This 61cm flathead was taken on the surface. gobsmacked at their presence. Let’s see what has been going on around our northern bay. BRISBANE RIVER Night stalkers have been rewarded with decent mulloway and king threadfin salmon coming out of the deeper expanses of the river closer towards the mouth. Larger plastics and vibration baits are fashioning the way this summer. Z-Man StreakZ and SwimmerZ, Atomic Plazo Jerk Minnows

winds and producing good catches in the early and last of the daylight hours. After a good winter on the snapper front, the odd table-sized juvenile snapper has still been caught with fishos encountering goodsized bream and tailor at the same time. Bream numbers have been patchy of late with the disappearance of bait schools but numbers have been found towards the southern end of the peninsula around Woody Point and Clontarf.

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As the weather warms up the bream should be on the move to the upper reaches. and Shads Lures Flicktails are certainly the pick of the plastics and for the lure-minded amongst us Atomic Semi Hard Vibes, Shads Jew Candys and Jackall Mask Vibes have yielded good returns. If chasing flathead and bream in the river it’s hard to go past the reclaimed rock wall on the western and northern sides and the middle sunken wall on the high tides. Ensure you are there for the top of the tide as fish flood up to these areas to feed. REDCLIFFE PENINSULA Redcliffe Peninsula has been the standout this month with anglers braving southeast




Also down that end of the Peninsula locals have been getting amongst the summer whiting at Suttons Beach with bloodworms being the pick of the baits. As water temps are on the rise, the presence of weed has diminished slowly bringing the flathead out of the creeks and rivers into the Peninsula seeking variety in their feeding prey. Hot spots for flathead have been the mouth of Newport Waterways, Queens Beach, the Wells under the northern end of the Ted Smout Bridge and the mouth of the Pine River under the Houghton Highway.

Mullet strips and pilchard halves have worked well for the baitos. For the lure fanatics, the normal bream lures and shad style lures have been working a treat. PUMICESTONE PASSAGE The Pumicestone Passage has been the place to be for whiting as anglers finding the bottom end of the island quite fruitful. Red Beach, Buckleys Hole and Skirmish Point are the choice of the locals with bloodworms again doing the damage; bait and tackle shops are finding it hard to keep up with demand. Bream numbers have been quiet of late in the passage but as the weather warms up the bream should be on the move to the upper reaches. Flathead quantities have been rising also in the passage with the popular spots being Turners Creek Road and White Patch to name a few. LOOKING AHEAD While these muggy days are becoming more frequent, so are the late afternoon storms. As people are ducking for cover on land to avoid lightning and even hail, be sure to stay safe if you happen to get caught out on the water. Seek refuge where possible and try to avoid fishing, as your favourite fishing rod can become your least favourite lightning rod! With this safety warning comes a lighter side though. During this period of pre and post storm activity, anglers can experience the most electric (pardon the pun) and exciting fishing ever. This is usually due to a spike in barometric pressure just before a storm arrives, which fires fish into a feeding fenzy before the heavens open up. Elements of this barometric spike remain after the rains, keeping the fishing at its premium for a good 30-40 minutes. So next time you are caught in a storm don’t just get ready to keep dry, get ready for some great fishing.

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34ºC. This has predictably seen the water temperature jump back up from a pretty warm winter temp. Wahoo are on at Hutchies and the odd yellowfin tuna are keeping the trolling brigade happy. On the reef lines there has been a continuation of a snapper season that has been out of the box, considering the lack of typical winter water temperature drop. Knobbies ranging from 11kg down to pannies are scattered throughout Wide Caloundra. The pick having been at the 60m line if you work it right along north-south and on the 90m ledge. A west-east drift has been producing good fish as you drift down the hill. Good pearlies are taking the bait on the top of the hill and if you continue the drift down the slope, you will find the snapper holding midway down the slope. Best baits have been

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Knobbies ranging from 11kg down to pannies are scattered throughout Wide Caloundra. whole squid with a pilly insert and mullet strips. No one bait has out-fished the other so it’s just a case of try each and see what they are after. Pearl white jerk shads 7.5” have also accounted for a lot of fish hitting the box. Trag jew have been about in good numbers along most lines but in particular 70m and deeper. They have been of excellent size for Wide Caloundra and more like their nearby southern mates. While not carrying the same table raps as pearlies they go alright on the chew and are welcome in the box. We have tried a couple of exploratory drifts through Hutchies for mixed reefies and as yet nothing of any substance to report so stay tuned on the arrival of the summer box fillers. The odd yellowtail kingfish is being boated but more often on trolled gear at this stage of the game. Investing in new technology and equipment is a must to provide clients with the best possible day out. I recently updated the sounder on Incredible to the latest Furuno model from an older model. In one trip I have marked more new ground that I have done all year, spotted new lumps and bumps all holding fish nearby to existing marks that the old girl just didn’t have the ping to see. Makes every trip a new day of exploration and discovery and seeing the old ground in a whole new and much more detailed light. Likewise, new fishing gear is aboard Incredible. A new set of Shimano Tyrnos 30s have made the fishing so much easier with their fast retrieve, meaning quicker and more drifts per day and naturally more fish in the box for the guys to take home. Finally I will make mention of a recent guest who is an avid QFM reader and school mate of my son Bryce. Nick Khunert came out on a recent trip and bagged a pearlie for dinner. A quiet day on the fish (sorry Nick!) with a pretty ordinary moon phase

,but that’s fishing! Thanks for coming Nick and keep enjoying QFM. MARINA COST Servicing and maintaining your vessel for offshore operations is critical and an ever-increasing cost that does not seem to have any foundation. The usual oils and filters are fairly static in cost but what has gone literally through the roof is marina fees. My vessel isn’t trailerable so when it’s service time I need to lift it out at a marina and change oils and anodes and filters. Averaging 11 hours engine time per trip it’s a frequent event every 6 weeks or so.

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Despite an ordinary day on the water, Nick Khunert had great fun catching this little pearl perch on the Incredible. I was mortified recently when ringing around local marinas as to the cost of a simple ‘lift and hold’, which involves lifting the vessel and leaving it in the slings for an hour or two while the service is conducted and straight back in the water. It has skyrocketed and seems to me certain marinas are cashing in unfairly on the boating public. I used a local marina and the cost was about $260 plus $85 for a pressure wash, which allowed 1 hour in the slings. With a howling southerly blowing the oil sideways, it took much longer as instead of simply draining vertically I had to hold the container for the waste and catch it. When it came time to pay I was charged $470! That got me 1.5 hours in the slings and a sloppy Gerni wash. If you don’t pay and contest the charge they hold

afternoon. The boating public have to wear it without any recourse. I intend compiling a further article on this matter to identify their actual costs versus the fees they charge and detail the most reasonable marina fees and where they can be found. If you have had a similar ‘highway robbery’ moment then please let me know on the contact details below. Yes, it’s a cost that is part of the game but that in my mind is outrageous. Once the steam coming out of my ears died down we did manage to venture out and do some fishing. • If you would like to fish Wide Caloundra or other offshore, Moreton Bay destinations with Incredible Charters call Brendon Watson on 1300 655 818 or 0431 332 468 or email brendon@
















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This month the hot water action really kicks into gear. Mud crabs, mangrove jack and elbowslappers will be the three main targeted species taken in the passage. There will also be some decent grunter thrown into the mix as well as the stray estuary cod, which will be worth a photo and a quiet brag with your mates. The humble flathead are still there for the taking but the hotter the water gets the more likely these guys are going to shut down. Don’t rule them out of your target species, just don’t expect to pull great numbers of big fish. You can still get a good flattie session in if you keep your brain switched on and think like a duskie, then chances are you can target them with good success all year round. This is just one of the reasons I am a huge fan of this species. Just remember these guys are our number one soft plastic eater in the ocean. They are like little kids in candy stores; they will eat until their belly’s hurt and then eat some more. Elbow-slappers are the number one on most estuary angler’s hit list right now and this will continue for months to come. Due to the power to weight ratio and A1 eating quality, make the whiting a very heavily targeted species. Although you can catch them all year round they really relish in the warmer waters. Size and numbers will reward anybody targeting these fish. Worms are by far the best bait for whiting but if


A decent mangrove jack taken from the passage. They will be a top target for summer. you can’t pull or dig your own they can get quite expensive to purchase. This can make the humble old yabbies look pretty good to a lot of anglers and they work a treat. Red Beach has been the go-to spot for most but the passage holds its fair share if you want to venture

up around the middle reaches, like the mouth of Hussy and Coochin creeks. The jack will have their nose out now and for months to come. Don’t underestimate these guys as they can pull and snap line and rods like twigs. So if you are purchasing

some new gear to target jacks spend as much coin as you can afford. Remember the quality will remain long after the price is forgotten. The Donnybrook Jetty is back up and running thanks to a handful of the locals who chipped in giving up their time, skills and goods to lend a helping hand. High five to them! This is a great spot for the landbased angler to enjoy with the family. There are BBQs and swings close by and great food across the road at the general store. They sell fuel, bait and tackle as well. Please treat this place with the respect it deserves. The mud crabs have been a worthy target with some good quality bucks being potted. My last crabbing venture left me with a few decent rusty bucks and a handful of A1 quality sand crabs. When I go again I’ll be chasing the sandies as they seem to of taken over the passage. Crabs are an extra tasty target at the moment but I expect them to drop off a little by the end of this month, so get in while the going is good. Just remember to slip, slop, slap, slurp and hook in!

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It has been a very fast start to summer this season with hot weather and strong northerlies blowing in since the beginning of September. Normally the bluebottles follow inshore with these winds keeping you on your toes when you are enjoying the water. We don’t hear too many reports of anglers getting stung but it happens quite often because the bluebottles attach to your mono or braid line and are wound onto your reel, stinging you somewhere along the process. The fishing has slowed a fraction, which is fairly normal at this time of the year, but get set for the explosion of tuna and other faster predators across the Sunshine Coast. Mahi mahi can be targeted around the buoys and FADs or any piece of debris on the water, like a log or old net. When you get close to these temporary structures, stop and remain around 30-50m away and cast a chrome slug or spinner around the area. If that does not reap the rewards then put on a pilchard or other bait and give it a run.




Wahoo can still be caught during the summer months. Trolling is the next best method to attract these fast hitting predators and a mixture of shallow, surface or deep divers may get you a fish. Pearl perch will still be hiding around all the areas with wire weed and working out in deeper water areas will serve you well to get a hold of what they call ‘the chicken of the sea’. Wide Caloundra is a popular spot to target wahoo and mackerel, and when they are quiet there is always a chance of picking up some quality reef species for a feed.The heat of the summer months makes targeting species easier in the early mornings or around dusk into the evening. The fish are less lethargic during these hours

so try and plan your trips with corresponding tidal changes where possible. Trevally will be fairly well spread this month and quite often are so thick that you can’t get bait to the bottom. If you find these circumstances try moving about 10-20m away from the pinnacle, wreck or spot that you are fishing and fish the gravel areas around the mark. Quite often fish will school outside of the target area waiting to pick up scraps and individual fish that stray into the target area; a very good example of this is snapper. Deeper water spots up near the top end of the Barwon Banks would be ideal to try over the coming weeks because the bigger fish will move into these areas

throughout these periods so take a good look around and find either the bait or the fish. It is important to set aside part of every fishing trip to explore new ground because you may find a spot that no one else knows about. Cobia will be around in numbers this month so hit the wrecks and areas like Hutchies for best results. Live yakkas or slimies make the best bait for these thumping fighters but if they are not available then big pilchards can do the trick. Kingfish on jigs is a good challenge at this time of the year but again you will need to be fishing the deeper marks. This month flathead are the main target in the estuaries along with summer whiting as they school up. Fresh prawns, yabbies or flesh baits are the pick of the baits and if you have a cast net then look around Gemini Pontoons for some herring, as flathead love them. Mangrove jack have been smashing baits around the mangroves near McKenzies Bridge and within the canal areas around Pelican Waters. Further north near Twin Waters Resort there have been some thumpers caught

on mullet flesh. Jack will hit just about any bait that comes into their strike zone and if it is live, it will stand no chance. There are still bream around the pontoons inside the Pumicestone Passage and throughout the canal systems for those that love targeting them. Smaller soft plastics like Damiki and DOA Prawns are working a treat. The same rules for the estuaries apply in that you should target the fish around dark and into the night through to the early mornings. Normally the Pumicestone Passage is so busy with jet skis, sailing boats and boats throughout the day it makes the fish run and hide. The other option is to fish the deeper channel

area from the Caloundra Bar around Happy Valley down to the Boardwalk area as big trevally and tailor cruise along this path. So this month work the deeper waters offshore for best results and if you are going to target the inner reef systems plan them later in the day or early in the morning for best results. Look for bait schools breaking the surface because the tuna and mackerel won’t be far behind them and look for a few early school mackerel coming in around Sunshine Reef and Point Cartwright. Target flathead and whiting in the estuaries and see if you can get a mangrove jack or two this summer. Have Fun!

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Fishing in Noosa last month has been nothing short of exceptional with the river in particular fishing extremely well. The warmer weather is well and truly upon us, and king threadfin salmon to 7kg have been caught. The elusive barramundi has also appeared in catches but their location is a closely guarded secret by the anglers; even bribery has not worked! The only barra info we have been able to pry from them is that it is all about live bait and big poppers. There are also some decent flathead in the river with good catches on Squidgies soft plastic, Gastronomics and Gladiator Prawns on a slow roll.

Night fishing is really producing the goods. A lot of people don’t realise how good the fishing can be at night, particularly with lures and light gear. Stealth is the key with little or no light and all quiet on board the boat. You can really target those larger fish as the bigger fish tend to come out and feed during the night. One such fish that responds well to lures at night is the mangrove jack. Jacks hide in their snags all through the day but come out to feed at night. They can be found feeding out on the flats, so large paddletailed soft plastics worked slowly can produce some great jack fishing. For those of you who have a boat with an electric motor, sneaking around the jetties along the banks of the canals can really pay off. Casting hardbody or

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Izaiah Schwerin from Davo’s Compleat Angler caught and released this 50cm bass in the Noosa Everglades. If you are on the beach look for the gutters with the water moving in one end and out the other; bream, whiting, flathead and plenty of dart should be around. A couple of my most favourite baits for the beach is a lightly weighted peeled prawn, as well as small pillies on 1/0 ganged hooks cast out into a surf gutter and allowed to drift under the foam and whitewash. By using these techniques, other fish species like trevally, tailor and maybe even the elusive mulloway may be caught. There have also been reports of some large mulloway fish off the rock at Point Arkwright. We recently had a free diving spearfisherman in our Marcoola store that reported seeing them up to 1.5m long in the same area, at that size they would be touching the 25kg mark a real challenge for those fishing off the rocks at night. Fresh mullet and tailor fillets are perfect bait for the mulloway as they tend to roll it around in their mouths before taking it, so be patient and wait for the run before setting

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Guarded optimism for improved beach fishing if they didn’t continue into November. Flathead are being caught from all along the beach and many are 60cm and over. Dart haven’t been plentiful but there are positive signs for increasing numbers in coming months. High recruitment has taken place last year with this year juveniles being more abundant than previously. The same can be said for whiting and with reasonable pipi and worm populations to assist their growth, the years ahead could see a solid recovery in both species. Experimentation with baits and lures in various formation types at different times of day and tide can be fruitful at this time of year. Many species come into play such as yellow-tailed kingfish, queenfish, tarpon, permit and several species of trevally. It should be revealed this month what the region’s prospects for inshore catches of mackerel and tuna, which aren’t uncommonly taken from the beach, are likely to be this coming season. These schooling pelagics which historically arrive in the Hervey Bay region during November and then move south to Cooloola and the Sunshine Coast appear to have


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‘So far so good’ would describe Teewah Beach and Fraser Island. The prognosis outlined in last month’ s report of an algaefree October and increased recreational catches has proved a reality. Impossible as it is to know whether the algae will make appearances as temperatures rise into summer, the signs are only positive at this point. The clean surf is coinciding with increased fish numbers this year along the South East Queensland coast, with tailor being of particular note. Catches from North Stradbroke have been excellent since August where 2-4kg fish have been common. While I am only aware of tailor caught in the Cooloola and Fraser Island region up to 2kg, it would seem that bigger fish could be found with persistence. Fish of 30-40cm are being caught in small numbers at dawn and dusk but all catches are mainly taken over the new and full moon phases. The catches this season are encouraging following 3 very lean years and it would be surprising

diverted around this region for the past 3 years. A good early season in Hervey Bay for these species generally indicates a bountiful inshore season over Christmas and into autumn on the Sunshine Coast. Spanish mackerel are often taken during November on the Sunshine Coast and can also indicate where the following pelagics may focus their seasonal feeding migration. Perhaps given the current indicators, this year might see a return of all these terrific sports fish and be available to anglers that are land-based or in small craft or kayaks. Mulloway are another species that appear to be increasing in numbers. Regular catches from the surf at Fraser Island have been occurring over the last 2 years although large fish are rare. Similarly, schoolsized mulloway are often being reported from Teewah Beach, which in my lifetime has never produced too many captures. Double Island Point and the immediate vicinity to the south of the headland are the locations most likely to hold mulloway although the Noosa River mouth to 3rd cutting stretch of beach can also be worth trying.

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Happy catches for most Fraser Island anglers FRASER COAST

Phil James

It seems that most Fraser Coast anglers have been happy with their catches during the latter part of winter and spring. On the outside of Fraser Island, as well as the dominant tailor, there has been no shortage of big dart, bream and tarwhine. Check out businesses from this area in the new

TRADES AND SERVICES GUIDE This year’s tailor season probably won’t go down in the books as a record breaker but there is still time this month for some good catches. In fact I am aware of a number of serious tailor anglers who delay their annual trip until November as they see it as the best time to catch the top quality fish. At the risk of repeating myself I must express my delight in seeing sand

whiting catches on their way back to what we expected ten years ago. They are not really there yet, but it is promising for the future of this fabulous species. On a negative note, sharks have been making life difficult for anglers chasing mulloway during the early evenings and into the night. It has been common to see large sharks cruising the shoreline and entering some of the smallest gutters as they search for food. I am often asked by prospective guests if it is OK to swim along the ocean beach. The answer is always easy – no. Not only on the basis of sharks, but also because there are no patrolled beaches along a beach riddled with dangerous rips and, quite often, plagues of blue bottles. It simply does not make sense to put yourself in a dangerous position when help is a long way away. Along the western beaches of Fraser Island, whiting have been in fair supply with flathead and bream around the creek mouths and coffee rocks.

So far, these beaches are still clear of weed, but as the seasonal northerly winds build up this month we can expect to see winter weed growths breaking away and being washed into the beaches and this will disrupt the fishing for a little while. LOCAL LAND-BASED ACCESS In my column last month I wrote the first of what will become a number of segments looking at shore-based opportunities in the Hervey Bay Area, extending from Toogoom to River Heads. In the first segment I looked at Beelbi Creek at Toogoom. Between here and Point Vernon, the shoreline is fringed by a wide area of sand and mud flats, which would suggest a very boring and uninteresting place to fish. However, these wide intertidal areas are very productive resulting in rich food sources for fish that move in when the flats cover with water on a rising tide. Although there is no permanent pattern to the gutters that are woven through the banks, most

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tide can be worked as effectively as the flood. Some species, flathead in particular, are not often the first to invade the shallows on the flood tide. Rather they will move in once the tide is well in, but be the last to leave as the tide ebbs. And this gives

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of the flats. The most popular way to fish the flats is to work the flooding tide, as fish are keen to move in to feed on the bounty that the shallows produce. Whiting are undoubtedly the most common capture with smaller numbers of bream, flathead and gar also being taken by anglers keen to experience these great flats fisheries. Working each gutter as it fills, then moving to the next is the way to go, provided the way back is not going to be made difficult by a fast flooding tide filling gutters closer to the beach. Contrary to some common belief, the ebbing



anglers a reason to stick around after the high tide passes There are two significant creeks whose mouths cut across the flats. The small O’Regans Creek and its associated wetlands separate the localities of Toogoom and Craignish. Its mouth fishes well for flathead and there is always a chance of a jack from one of the deeper holes. It can be reached by taking Ries Road or Petersen’s Road to the beach then a short walk east or west to the mouth. The mouth of Eli Creek is easily accessed either from the Esplanade at Gatakers Bay or following Martin Street from the Point Vernon Esplanade to the site of the old dump at




along a deeper stretch do the creek. On a flooding spring tide, this spot can turn on some good bream during the cooler months. In conclusion I need to say that this stretch of Hervey Bay’s coastline can be subject to invasions of washed in seaweed in much the same way as can the western beaches of Fraser Island. Washed ashore, the rotting weed not only brings fishing to a standstill but makes life on the beach very unpleasant. For most of the year however, the land-based angler can expect to have some rewarding fishing. In a later column I will look at The Gatakers Bay, Point Vernon and Pialba rocky shore opportunities. 7A

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We have experienced different spring weather this year, more like early summer conditions, but the fishing provided some good highs. OFFSHORE Although we have had to put up with strong offshore currents and more northerly winds than normal, we are still been having a good time, particularly on snapper. We have targeted them on most of our trips and seen great results. A bit of patience and lots of berley has paid off big time. Some days we have had knobby snapper smashing our baits and plastics halfway down to the bottom. Other species biting well are parrot, Moses perch, sweetlip and some whopper spangled emperor. We are also picking up red emperor on our northern grounds when the strong current backs off enough to make it fishable. ON THE BEACH Whiting have again been

These guys had a cracker of a day fishing for snapper on the Keely Rose. the pick of the fish to target. They are in big numbers and biting well along most stretches of the beach. Tailor are being caught at Rainbow Beach in good numbers. Middle Rock in the late afternoon has also been the hot spot for some good greenbacks. GREAT SANDY STRAITS Whiting are the target

fish in the Straits with reports of big catches coming from around the bottom end of Fraser Island and Kauri Creek. A mixture of beach worms and yabbies are working very well. November in the past has been a good month for big snapper – more of a ‘quality than quantity’ month. The warmer weather has

seen early fish spawning and arrival of lots of baitfish. We may even see mackerel make an appearance later on during this month, rather than next month. • To enjoy a day on the water with Keely Rose Fishing Charters phone Ed Falconer on (07) 5486 3150 or 0407 146 151 or visit www. keelyrosefishingcharters.

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The past few months have been hard fishing with northerly winds howling for days on end and south easters not much better giving little opportunity to wet a line. On the days you can get out the fishing it has been hit and miss with many boats returning home fishless. We all have days like that and that’s why it’s called fishing and not catching, but there are still options to anglers on the Fraser Coast even when the water turns soupy.

This whiting was caught on the edge of a dirty water mark pushed up against a rock bar from a strong south-easter. Dirty water lines are great places for just about any predatory fish and whiting a surprising predators. THE FLATS Sand crabs are everywhere lately scouring the shallows looking to feed and breed and the number of jennies loaded with eggs is a promising sign for the future. Flathead are still thick but with all the weed that has been blown in from the northerlies, if you don’t hook up in the first few meters your lure is covered in weed. In this situation I’ve been switching to poppers and chasing whiting. In the dirty, weedy water they have been smashing poppers




with no hesitation. Keeping a constant flutter on the surface with an occasional pause has worked a treat for me and you can’t beat watching a school of fish fight for a swipe at your lure. THE REEFS There haven’t been too many reports from out wide due to the weather, but locally the Arty, Moon Ledge and Bagimba are fishing well for blackall, coral bream, golden trevally, squire and cod. Bait fishing has produced most of the fish in the dirty

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Welcome in the whiting BURRUM HEADS

Brad Dyason

The Burrum River has been producing well recently. Whiting up to 44cm, 500g, have been caught with the average size coming in around 38cm. Locals and visitors have been getting numbers around 30 on the incoming tides at day break in up to 3m of water. Bloodworms have been the pick of the baits for whiting and grunter. The humble yabby bait is maintaining form on the whiting, with bream ranging from 36-42cm and flathead upwards of 48cm also taking a real shine to the tasty critters. The live bait scene has been very good with cast nets pulling herring and mullet in good supply along with good ‘hook sized’ prawns. TIP: Pump yabbies on the rising tide, they move closer to the surface for the cleaner water. It’s less pumping and saves your back for landing the big one!

OFFSHORE Recently there have been limited windows of opportunity with very strong winds from the north making life difficult for a fishing adventure. Good mate JB had one such window and hit the 8 Mile Reef and landed a corking tuna. Despite the winds there have been opportunities to head around North Point and get amongst the prawns with most reporting good size and volume reaching bag limits very quickly. While the mud crabs have slowed down, the offshore sand crabs have been getting a bit of attention. THE FISHING AHEAD The warmer months will now see mangrove jack in the river come to life, along with grunter. With the Burrum River very clean at the moment the waters are clear so look for the early morning or late afternoon/evening and hunt around the mangrove banks and structures for best results. Offshore we are eagerly awaiting the mackerel run,

which should also see cobia join the party. With some of the best all-round fishing on the east coast right here at Burrum Heads we are certain it will provide you with some great fishing tales while you catch up on some well-earned R&R. Local traders are well supplied with bait, tackle and all the fishing essentials to help all members of the family to have a great time. TIP: Locals love a chat so ask for some local knowledge and hints. FISHING ADVENTURES I would like to extend my apologies for missing the October edition. Having turned 40 in September I had a calling to ‘go west’ so I took the family into the Northern Territory for 5 weeks and we had an amazing experience. While we were in Katherine we entered the kids into a small local fishing comp and we had an absolute ball fishing the structures along the Katherine River for barra,

This is the type of feed visitors can expect from the Burrum Heads area over the coming months. Tasty whiting, great flatties and the odd stonker bream thrown in for good measure. catfish and what they call black bream (very different from what we know as black bream). Then we shot off to the Daly River where even Amanda (my better half) hit the banks for barra, we were ably supported with local

knowledge from wonderful new friends of the Nauiyu community. One of the interesting live baits through the NT is what is known as Cherabin; it looks like a cross between a prawn and red claw. Barra absolutely smash these and I got busted

Fiery start after northerlies LAKE MONDURAN

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As predicted, northerly winds have delivered a fiery start to the season. Three weeks of constant warm winds have produced some of the best barra fishing we experienced since the 2010 floods. The fingerlings we have stocked over the previous three years are coming through in large numbers ranging in size from 40-80cm. Every now and then I scan up bigger barra that are moving through with these smaller fish. While boating plenty of these 60cm and 70cm specimens, during the past month my clients have encountered a hook up or two with some bigger barramundi; up to 96cm. This a very encouraging sign for a bumper barra season ahead.

This typical Mondy barra provided Jayden with some great memories. And he didn’t stop at one barra! The barra that have been caught have all been in superb condition – fat and healthy, making it apparent that these fish continued to feed throughout our mild winter. Anglers who have fished the lake pre floods would know that these impoundment barra can put on a huge amount of weight in a short period of time and we expect nothing less from this next generation of barra.






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Here’s a 96cm barra caught by Gary Brentnall from Mudgee on Guidelines Fishing Charters. It shows some great fish are still swimming around Monduran.

The 70cm and 80cm fish are gorging themselves on anything that comes within striking range and this shows in their appearance. They have fat bellies and broad shoulders and plenty of power to match. There have been plenty of bust ups from other anglers, which now tells us that we should look at upsizing mainline and leader. I have experienced a few of these bust ups myself on 40lb-50lb leader so I now use nothing less than 30lb mainline and 60lb leader, given that you sometimes have to fish structured areas. This is very reminiscent of several years ago when most of the fishing here was done in heavily timbered bays and creeklines. While lure casting is the most productive way of targeting barra there is also other options at hand. Trolling lures through the original creek beds, shallow bays and particularly the main basin can be very worthwhile throughout the next few months.

The main basin will attract bigger barra as Nov, Dec and Jan are their breeding months, instinct will tell these barra to head to the lowest part of the lake as they need to make their way to saltwater to breed. While they are in the basin they will feed up on baitfish. The baitfish will school up around the thermocline, which is generally at 3-5m of depth depending on temperature. Lures like the Predatek Vipers, RMG Scorpions in the 3-5m depth range should be trolled throughout the Basin for best results. Bait fishing is another option. Live shrimp have been used by a number of anglers over the previous month with good results. You will need 3/0 or 4/0 hooks, a float and about 1m of leader, set your livebait up to hang a foot or two below the surface then position your bait around lily pads and structured areas. Just be prepared to get your fair share of catfish if using this technique. • For all your tackle needs we stock a huge range of Jackall Squirrels, Smash minnows, RMG Scorpions, Tilsan Barra’s, a range of soft plastics and a whole lot more at the Lake M Office/kiosk. Don’t hesitate to give us a call for any further info on how the lake is fishing or what lures are working best. We look forward to seeing you this season at Monduran for some barra action.

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Barra season heats up and set to be a cracker ROCKHAMPTON

Clayton Nicholls

Large tides flushed the systems out and made the past month extremely good for fishing, which can be seen from the recent Barra Bounty results. However, as of midday November 1 the closed season for barra starts meaning they are now a no-take, no-target species to recreational anglers. FITZROY AND THE NARROWS It’s now time to get out for a lure fishing session to target the many jacks, blue salmon and king threadfin salmon in the river not to mention the large bream and grunter up in the Narrows. The Fitzroy and the Narrows all warmed early this year from the lack of cool weather in winter, and now the fish are going off! Typical estuary lures are in high demand and are all pulling fish, especially the blade market with hardbody and soft body blades. The hundreds of new prawn imitation lures are also working just as well. Plastic vibes should be cast right into the snags and

BCF manager Darryl Yarrow caught this stonker salmon running live baits off the pontoons. worked slowly up and down to the boat. The Narrows has been highly successful for a variety of species and 60-70mm shallow divers worked slowly from the edge are picking up the most fish. It is far more productive to fish on the smaller tides where there is less flow and current. The recent barra competition in the Fitzroy saw many large barra caught with an overall average

length of 70-80cm. Prior to the close season, some great barra had been caught over the 1m mark and most of the fish were sitting along the rock formations in the river. MOUTHS, CREEKS AND BEACHES Rock bars along the creek mouths and close to shore islands are producing massive grunter on hardbody vibes and live mullet. Tannum Sands, as usual, is producing many good fish that are coming from the

Boyne River, Wild Cattle Creek and South Trees. Many fish can be found schooled up along the rubble beds just inside all these areas. Lightly weighted crab or prawn imitation plastics will pull these fish time and time again with a small deep diving minnow working equally as well. Yabbies are also a great way to go, especially if you’re taking young ones down to the beach for the day as they attract many species of fish and are easy to find and gather. Many people tend to break off the nippers on the yabby but I have always had more luck leaving them on. For any estuary situation some 6-8lb fluoro leader is a great place to begin, with some size 0 sinkers and a size 2 longshank for the yabbies. FRESHWATER LAGOONS With the hot, high humidity days currently experienced, the freshwater lagoons and creeks are riddled with fish. Surface walkers and poppers have been getting them regularly when erratically twitched and slowly worked over the top of the water.

By keeping your rod almost vertical and shaking the tip while slowly reeling, the lure will get the perfect presentation required. The reason for this action, and not the constant bloop, is because if you take the time to look at many of the water boils and surface takes there are little insects erratically moving on the top trying to get to the bank. This is what we are trying to imitate. CRABBING If you want to catch a crab or two, the best bait lately is reef fish frames, with mullet head coming a

close second. Fortunately mullet head can be bought from anywhere and take no time at all to rig a pot up with them. A simple bait clip between the eyes and the mullet head is good to go. The rules still apply at 4 pots per person with the pots and floats both named. Label kits can be picked up for next to nothing and come with a waterproof marker, labels and zippy ties. Do the right thing when out crabbing to preserve this fishing method for future generations. Fish light get the bite!

This barra was captured on the tide change on a vibe style lure before 15 knot winds blew in and killed the bite!

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The art of Deadly Duddliness BRISBANE

The Sheik

I had two very interesting experiences today. Both were very typical of being a Dudd, and these sorts of episodes show more than a thousand pictures what skill, bravery and duddliness you need to survive in our group. Firstly, Boobs texts me. He lives about an hour away, sometimes more depending on road conditions. “You coming up for a fish?” he sends. Now this is strange for a couple of reasons. Firstly, because his son Nutter has a badly broken arm. I thought Boobs would have been pretty well house confined until Nutter had at least had a chance to get to a doctor. Maybe it was the fact that his MIL was staying with them that caused this dash for freedom. Not sure. But the other issue of note was that my son was having his engagement party that night. Now Boobs and his smashing wife had been invited to aforementioned show. There was a small chance he’d actually remembered this and was texting despite this fact. A very small chance. I know what punters want, a 2% chance. Just in case the long shot had come home on the

outside, I mentioned this in my reply. “Got work today then have to get ready for Fat Albert’s engagement party.” A puzzled 30 seconds of empty screen followed until the envelope appeared. His reply says everything about Dudds. “And?” I didn’t bother replying. What could I say? What could I do? Well for a start I could head up the road and forget about weddings, work and probably being a participant in a functioning marriage myself, which might not be a good example for Albert. So I resisted the urge and resumed bending wire coat hangers to make lantern hangeronerers. You could imagine what fun that is, seeing how lovely and malleable that coat hanger wire is. It’s like trying to bend double strength high tensile barbed wire with only opposing thumbs in Glen Innes at 4am on a July morning with no gloves. And none of them worked anyway. I know that because I went to the party after work. The entire ten cartons of beer and prime rump steak is consumed, vomited and then they wind their way out to waiting cabs some time after one in the morning. And that’s just the bride and groom… While I was setting up, of course Stuffer texts. After Boobs, I’m a little wary of texts but this one seems

harmless when I read it. “What will tides be at Bundy next weekend?” That’s more like it. I can handle that. “Full moon yesterday so next weekend will be two days after neap tides and building towards newmoon low tide at three on new moon so four days before will be low at just before lunchtime with some run but not much, might be good with smaller run offshore.” He replies “Ah…ta.” Always keen to tag along on any trips going I call him that night. “You heading out from Bundy? “Nup.” “So what’s with the tide times?” “I got nominated,” he says, no emotion in his voice. This is a calamity. I shudder. This occasionally happens to Stuffer. Because he talks about fishing and dreams about fishing, the people in the bush town we come from think he knows something about fishing. And they know I write a column, but being: a. Too lazy to read it. b. Too busy to read it. c. Unable to read it, or d. All of the above. Very few of them have actually read Sheik of the Creek, and are therefore unaware that Stuffer, being a Dudd, fishes about as well as the referees

in Cowboy’s semi-finals count. So Stuffer was at a bull sale this morning and young old mate was talking up going out on a trip. So Spen (stud owner and local shirt stirrer) walks past and drops the bomb. “You want to know anything about fishing, Kenno’s your man. He’s got the whole thing down like a real pro. Just ask him anything, he can tell you.” Now whether Spen actually believes this or not is hard to say. It could be a cunning plan to keep all the young people in the district away from fishing. If they do what Kenno says, it’s very likely their trip will be such a disaster they’ll never fish again. If they live. Or maybe Spen really does believe it. But I’ve always believed he’s smarter than to believe Stuffer knows much about anything. I mean, Spen can tie his shoelaces for goodness’ sake! And he can read! So Stuffer is left floundering. But if there’s one thing he can do, it’s obfuscated (that’s a big word that Stuffer uses which means cover up the facts with bullshite). His other big word is Deniliquin, which he says has four syllables. We don’t argue because we don’t know if that’s true. Well Doughers

would know but his face is usually applied to a can, and only comes off the can to say important words, like “More beer” or “Wally Lewis” or “More beer, Wally Lewis.” So in the end Stuffer was able to repeat my tide predictions. Apparently young old mate nodded slowly as Stuffer explained the goods and bads of fishing off Bundaberg the following weekend. And Spen? Well I don’t know. Stuffer reckons he

disappeared in the direction of his offshore boat, out behind the machinery shed with a sly grin on his face. Maybe to get it ready for a lightning trip over to the coast. Maybe to polish his downrigger and dream of red emperor and big mouth nannies. With a bloke like that it’s hard to tell. And I haven’t heard back from young old mate about whether his trip was good. Maybe Stuffer will text me with an update. Or maybe he won’t…

Mangrove jack feel the warmth SUNSHINE COAST

Lane Hoffman

One thing that excites many South-East Queensland anglers is the warmer season fishing - a time when the mangrove jacks become a lot more active throughout the various estuaries. Jacks are one of the most sought-after fish in these estuaries; they fight hard, even the smaller ones, and readily take baits and well-presented lures. Sometimes it may take some persistence in order to catch these fish, but it does pay off! When looking for a good location to target these fish, anywhere with a good amount of structure in the water will most likely hold a jack. This can be mangrove systems, rocky patches and rock bars, bridge pylons, fallen trees, jetties or moored boats. Look for eddies that have formed due to water movement on the down-current side of structure, which looks like a ‘flat spot’ on the water. Jack will most often sit in these areas as they are able to sit and wait 46



for vulnerable bait to swim past. Also, like always, fish where there is bait present as predatory fish are always on the lookout. Where there is bait it is always worth a shot casting around the area. At the moment there are jacks being caught all throughout the Noosa River amongst the various artificial and natural structures. When targeting most species of fish, it comes down to what you’re using and how you’re targeting them, and where and when. I prefer targeting jacks with lures as I feel it’s much more rewarding ‘hunting’ the fish, instead of sitting and waiting for them to take the bait. I love the moment when you’re slowly working the lure out of structure and then all of a sudden, BANG! A hit that is characteristically a jack. However, it’s still fun no matter how or what you use to target jacks. Outfits that you’d use to target these fish must be of good quality, a reel with a good drag system and a rod that loads up nicely when put under pressure. A rod that would be most suitable for targeting these fish is something in the range

of 8-15lb, with a reel to suit, either spinning or bait cast. Use braided lines of around 10–20lb, with leaders within the same range. Obviously the breaking strain of the line you’re using will depend on where and what kind of structure you’re fishing, this is just a guide. Bait-wise, live herring or mullet are the most effective. Most of the time, a small ‘pea’ sinker and a 3/0 suicide hook is all that is needed when using these live baits. The small weight will allow it to swim freely, which is definitely a lot more natural to a predatory fish. If you’re into using lures, jacks will take a variety of plastics and hard bodies. At the moment, prawn imitation lures have been working the most effectively. These include Zerek Prawns, Ecooda Live Prawns and Gladiator Prawns. Letting the prawn lure sink alongside, or when rigged weedless, inside the structure, then applying sharp twitches of the rod tip is a good approach. Hard bodies including Jackall Squirrels, Atomic Shiners and Maria divers are good options for these fish. Any sort of gold

colour on these hard bodies has been found to work the best. Use a slow roll technique alongside structure, but make sure you’re not working the lure too fast in order to keep it in the strike zone for a longer period of time. Another way to target jack is using surface lures. This is a very exciting way to fish for them as they hit the surface extremely hard, almost crunching your lure. Use a surface popper like the Jackall SK Pop Grande which puts out a lot of sound when the action is put into it, annoying the jack enough to come up and whack it! Remember, surface fishing is always better toward the times of dusk and dawn. Position the boat parallel to the bank and then cast your lure alongside the structure. This will allow your lure to cover more ground and increasing your chances of hooking a jack. I prefer to fish for jack in the early mornings or late afternoons, and toward the turn of the top of the tide, before it begins to flow back out. However, on low tides, jacks may sometimes move out of shallow structure into deeper sections of water, so it is definitely worth it fishing

The best thing about catching a jack is taking some nice shots, and then releasing it back into the water. the deeper holes within the local estuaries. If you’re hooked onto one of these fish, especially of the larger specimens, it is key to just take your time in fighting the fish, and don’t rush. Eventually the fish will tire, if it hasn’t already busted you off, and you will be able to start winding line back, letting the fish run when it wants to. Once you’ve landed the jack, while being careful of its extremely sharp teeth, practice catch and release. These fish look great in photos, take a few nice shots, and then release it back into the water. Helping to sustain the population of these

fish is vital. Mangrove jack fishing can, at times be very exhilarating. It is always good to have good quality gear and tackle with you when going out to target these fish. Line and leaders, and also your knots, must be fairly strong, as they are the vital link between you and the fish. Remember these tips when fishing for them, and you will increase your chance of catching them. If you’re fishing the Noosa area, drop into Hooked on Angling and Outdoors in Tewantin, and the team will give you the best advice on how to target this great species!

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Geez, summer’s not yet here and it is hot! We can look forward to more of the same through November, but the compensation is the fishing around Mackay is also red hot. November brings heat storms, hot northerly winds, dust from the last of the cane harvest and an inkling what the rest of the summer will be like until the wet season proper starts. It also signals the start of the no-take closed season for barra, except in the local impoundments, which will see an upsurge in activity. Fortunately all 3 of our local Mackay area dams are firing well so far, and all indications are that will continue right through to the year’s end. The star of the 3 dams has been Kinchant, which has been regularly turning up barra around the 110-120cm mark and they are very solid fish. A worthy catch for any angler. Kinchant is primarily an irrigation supply dam and as such is subject to quite dramatic drawdowns during the hot weather. The dam is also topped up by water harvesting from the Pioneer River that can only occur during periods of set flow rates. This means that the environment at Kinchant is in a constant state of change during the hotter months; luckily this doesn’t seem to affect the barra and sooties too much. If anything, it makes the dam easier to fish

Not all the dam barra are big, but they are all feisty and fun to catch. The author managed to winkle this barely legal barra from a heavy snag using a silver Rapala X-Rap. during the lower water levels as there is simply less places for the fish to be and they are easier for anglers to find. The barra are all over the dam, and there is no one hot spot, but on those hot still afternoons, get up in the shallows around weed beds and lilies as that’s one sure place to find them. Use poppers or walk-the-dog lures in the shallows and get ready for some exciting times. The take of a decent barra on a surface lure is something that I never get tired of and it still gets the knees shaking. In the deeper water, look for barra along the edges of the weeds, or around the weed ‘islandnnnnmnbs’. These can be fished with soft plastics like the Slick Rigs or similar, and hardbodies as well. Use any of the well-known Aussie brands of barra lures and have a variety of types and colours. Imported lures like the Rapala X-Rap series are very effective, but have weak

hooks and rings that need upgrading. [The recently released Triple X-Raps will solve this concern - check out the What’s New pages this issue - Ed] For the flyfisher, Kinchant is great as it has no trees or big snags, just extensive areas of open water and huge weed beds. Heed the advice of my old mate Wayne Kampe, with barra flies—plenty of bulk and flash, and don’t worry about finesse in tying them. Work them of an 8wt or 10wt with an intermediate line using short sharp strips, pause then a longer strip and hang on! Teemburra and Eungella dams are fishing ‘hot’ at present; Teemburra turning up plenty of 60-90cm barra with the odd monster thrown in. Again they are spread all over the dam, but most are caught in the main basin, however there are plenty of spots in the 3 creeks that run into a plethora of little gullies and bays. It is near

full so there is plenty of water mixed in with the fish. MAFSA Inc has recently stocked another 12,000 barra into Teemburra, so they will get a real growth spurt over the summer and be legal size and ready to tangle with anglers next spring. Good days ahead. Eungella’s sooties are thriving and playing ball with anglers so far during the hotter months. Eungella can be very windy, but on those still calm days, it is bloody hot and the fishing for sooties is unreal. There are also barra well over a metre in Eungella, as it was the first dam in our area stocked by MAFSA Inc way back in the early 90s. On the saltwater scene, the creeks have plenty of fish on the chew, but barra are now off the list for 3 months. Fortunately a few other species tend to dominate over the closed season. Jacks, golden snapper and cod are the main snag dwellers, while



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Hot weather stirs up the local jacks and even little fellas like this one will smash a lure and provide some excitement among the snags.

flathead, trevally, grunter and the odd king salmon will be elsewhere. Jacks are fantastic fish to chase and catch, but the casting has to be spot on. A decent session snag bashing will improve casting accuracy out of sight. Use any barra lure, as the main requirement is placement, not size, shape or colour, although lures with red sections are popular; possibly a nod to the jacks cannibalistic habits. Lures like Reidys, Warlocks, Koolabungs, Tropic Angler, Lively lures all work just as well on jacks as they do on barra. Softies and flies are the same story . Look for jacks towards the bottom of the tide, around snags and rock bars and get your lure, fly or bait in close and in their face. Golden snapper are much the same, although more orientated to deeper holes preferably with some rocks or other heavy snags. Not the place to be fiddling around with ultra light gear, that’s for sure. Small macks and other pelagics are around all through the district during November and will be found around the islands, reefs and Mackay Harbour. Keep an eye on the northerly winds, and check the southern harbour breakwall for action, as when the macks

are on there are plenty of anglers on the walls chasing them. Spanish mackerel are predominately a winter or cooler months fish in our area, although the odd one is still mooching around during the hotter weather. Springsure angler, John Groves, recently had a great trip off Mackay on

the Spanish. Not only did he and his mates bag out on Spanish, but John also scored a beautiful sailfish, which was released after unhooking. The sail was caught near Prudhoe Island and was seen just on the surface, before a gar-trolled bait enticed a hit. Reefies are well and truly on the chew so

when there is a gap in the weather the bigger boys are out to play. Good catches of sweetlip, red throat and trout have been the staple recently. Remember to be mindful of the reef closures, don’t be stupid enough to chase them during closed periods. So what does an angler do if he doesn’t have a

small boat or is a visitor to the region? First step is to contact the local tackle outlets and seek their advice. They are not dills and with the right approach will help out with some good info. Remember, we have literally hundreds of kilometres of good beaches that offer plenty of fishing opportunities, for those

prepared to do a bit of walking. Off the beaches, catches can include, whiting, bream, flathead, dart, grunter, trevally, snub nose, and the oddball catch like longtail tuna and such. As I said at the start, November and the fishing are both red hot with plenty of opportunities for locals and visitors. See you at the ramp!


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social media. “Thanks to concerned members of the public, a number of people illegally buying and selling noxious fish online have been caught,” he said. Mr Hohenhaus said noxious fish have negative

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Nor’-easters get up early this year EVANS HEAD

Tony Zann

North-easters, often savage afternoon storms and the first real promise of some tropical water head the menu this month. Unless that forecast wet spring we’ve heard so much about finally eventuates, the ocean and the estuaries are likely to remain very clear. The offshore boats will be returning by mid-morning, with whitecaps from the northeaster snapping at their heels. With a nor’-east chop and swell colliding against strong outgoing tide over all of the local bars, they can become quite dodgy. That’s especially so at Evans Head, where almost all of the reefs are south of the bar, which faces into the teeth of the breeze, and the bay seems to funnel in plenty of moving water back onto the bar. There hasn’t been a great deal of current at all lately, which has led to reduced catches on the close grounds and not a lot of joy on the bottom fish front apart from patches of trag and the odd jew. Trag and mulloway have

large swim bladders and suffer badly from barotrauma when brought up from water much more than 15m deep. So there’s a strong chance that a lot of throwback trag aren’t going to survive. Makes you wonder what might happen if the bag limit is indeed cut to two. The best way of ensuring their survival is to use a release weight, a kilo-sized lump of lead hooked to the bottom jaw and lowered to the bottom on a line. Jiggle it and the fish is free and pressurised at depth again. Out wider, pearlies, better reds, kingfish and amberjack will be targets in 80m-120m until the East Australia Current begins to kick in. As the snapper trap bubbles begin to submerge in the increasing run, the mahi mahi should make their presence felt. This is also when the first spotted mackerel sneak into Shark Bay at Woody Head. Look for the first couple of days after a strong southerly, especially leading up to the new or full moon. Back on the beaches, whiting and dart become the major catches, although whenever some baitfish are around there’s always

the chance of tailor, bream and mulloway. WHITING First light is the best time, although if you have live beachworms you’ll be able to catch some smaller whiting and plenty of dart for most of the day, until the nor’-easter blows you off the beach. The whiting have already started to filter back into the estuaries. North Creek at Ballina and the Evans and Brunswick rivers have produced fair numbers early in the season. But anyone who really wants to catch large whiting should try fishing over the shallow yabby flats at night on the top 30% of the tide. Use unweighted live prawns or rock shrimps on fine wire hooks and 2lb-4lb line and try to make as little noise as possibly. Of course, it’s also surface lure time for whiting. When the water is glassy and clear you might see plenty coming up behind your lure, but it can also be very frustrating when they shy away. I’m no expert but I have found my best surface whiting results have come on grey days when there’s been at least a ripple on the water, and sometimes even a decent chop.

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Keen-eyed whiting are alert to predators from above and rougher conditions make them harder to spot. The warming estuaries have also got mangrove jack on the prowl. Best results in the clear, shallow Brunswick and Evans rivers come at first and last light but the Richmond guys seem to score well on deep lures and livies around the rock walls, in bright conditions at times. Flathead remain in spawning mode with the big gals likely to be down deeper in the holes and around the boulders at the bases of the rock walls low in the systems. There should be enough frisky males around to provide a feed and you can let the big females go to keep restocking the estuaries with more flatties. If the high-tide water in

Jackson Mitchell, of Ballina, with a luderick caught on a soft plastic in the canals at Ballina Quays. the morning is too clear and calm, a falling tide and an afternoon north-easter isn’t such a bad time to find the flathead. A bit of chop and slightly discoloured water from upstream can help these ambushers remain concealed. It won’t hurt to look for flatties around the edges of the flats where you’ve found

Water temps rising ILUKA

Ben Pilch

This time of year we see warm water pushing down the coast bringing with it all those summer species like whiting, flathead, mackerel, tuna and those jacks. Last year I was lucky enough to see some insane fish, including a 64cm red devil caught by one of those very secretive Clarence Valley jack fishos. The big female flatties will all be down the lower end of the river, lying up along the walls, deep holes and reefs. Remember to release these big breeders after a couple brag photos. But if it’s a feed of flatties you’re after,

places like the North Arm or Oyster Channel are top spots to chase some eating quality 40cm-50cm flatties. Throwing around plastics has been dynamite on the flathead lately, as have the BJP Machete Blades in solar flare and blood prawn. The whiting should be in full swing by now in places like North Arm and Browns Rocks. The best baits are live worms and live yabbies but if you can’t get hold of them, some fresh peeled prawns might get you in the chase. If you’re keen to find some good-sized whiting, you could do a lot worse than fish at night on the new moon at places like Sleeper Island on the run-out tide. SURF JEWIES On the rocks and from the beaches, this is a good month to try to find some good-

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This is the quality of whiting on offer in the Clarence and off the beaches this month.

sized jewies on the big high tides. Fresh large squid and big hardbody lures are the pick presentations. The beaches have had a few nice dart and whiting, with pipis and live worms being a safe bet. Outside fishos will be waiting with baited breath for the first whisper of mackerel and then the madness will begin. If everyone just uses a bit of commonsense and courtesy can make everyone’s day a bit easier. One important way we can do this is to have our boat completely ready to launch before we reverse down the boat ramp. There have been plenty of tempers flare when someone that has been waiting in line for 15 minutes reverses down the ramp and then takes the next 5 minutes to fiddle around and get ready. Another way is to just fit in with everyone else when trolling. Usually when you arrive on the ground there will be a certain direction that everyone is trolling. Just go the same way everyone else is and leave a nice distance between you and the boat in front of you – don’t drive in their spread of lures. And last but not least, if you see someone hooked up, don’t see how close you can get to them! Give them plenty of room to fight their fish; there is no worse feeling than losing a good fish because some muppet cut you off. If we just use a little common sense and courtesy we can make everyone’s day, after all that’s why we do this to relax, not to get agro.

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It’s all about the heat and humidity in November and this will be the number one contributing factor as to what will be on the bite. Out wide the reefs around Bowen such as the Wallabies, Gould and Olde Reef will be firing up in a big way as the water

begins to warm and the coral reef fin fish begin to get into spawning mode. The conditions will see fish like coral trout and sweetlip congregate in big numbers and even more significantly become voraciously hungry, which is great news if you’re an angler waiting above with baited hook or rigged soft plastic. Many people still prefer to fish the outer reef with

baits such as squid or pilchard, however big plastics like 7” jerk shads or big grub-like plastics can often bring out the bigger and better fish. The trick to using these big plastics is to work the front pressure side of coral structures and jig the plastic up and down in the bottom third of the water column. It’s also a good idea to let the plastic thump into the bottom every now and then as this can bring out the more inquisitive coral trout. A 2oz jighead is usually preferred when fishing out on the reef, however if you are in the shallows you can get away with a much lighter jighead. Just make sure your drags are tight and your leader is abrasive, as fish like coral trout love to dive for structure straight after taking your lure which often means turning their heads to the surface as quickly as possible. If you are using bait then here’s a little trick I picked up from a pro trout fishermen. When you get to a new spot drop down five or six pilchards or squid first without any hooks and let them settle on the

bottom. This will often bring out the smaller hussar and stripeys, which in turn attract fish like coral trout and red throat emperor. When you drop down your baits, these fish will be ready and primed to get in on the action while the pickers are out of the way. This is also a great way to use berley out on the reef without bringing in the sharks, which can spoil a spot in no time. One last thing, if you are using smaller fish like hussar and fusiliers for bait don’t throw your frames over the side as this can also bring in sharks and other unwanted predators, such as barracuda. It’s a much better idea to dump your frames as you are leaving. The reef will not only be the place where the fish will be biting and the deep water shoals will also be firing up. As the weather gets warmer the large and small mouth nannygai fishing tends to get a little more difficult during the day, however the night can see some absolutely arm stretching sessions on these fish. Once again most people

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Red throat emperor are a much sought after species out on the reef and will be one fish that will be feeding hard as the water warms up. prefer to use bait for these fish and if you are planning on using the smelly stuff make sure you leave the squid and pilchards at home and use large slab baits. I use large mullet or mackerel slabs rigged to ganged hooks. Smaller baits are often lost to smaller pest fish such as hussar, iodine bream or even worse the dreaded triggerfish. By using large slab baits it gives your bait time to find a solid red fish to come along and suck it down. Soft plastics are also a very worthwhile option when targeting reds and once again the bigger the better in this case. The only problem with fishing for reds at night in November is the onset of storms, which can often brew very quickly. Storms can turn glassed-out conditions into washing machines very quickly so it’s best to keep an eye out on the radar for any cells making their way offshore. Don’t forget the Coral Reef Fin Fish closures, midnight 30 October to midnight 4 November 2013, which will see many of these fish off limits to target. The hot and humid conditions will also see a hot bite in the creeks and, with barramundi off the target list, many anglers will turn their rods toward the might mangrove jack and golden snapper. Jacks will be best targeted

around snags on the bottom of the tide and all creeks around Bowen will be ripe for the picking this time of year. These fish will respond the best just before or right after a storm as it tends to send them on a feeding spree. I love chasing jacks on lures this time of year as they are actively feeding and don’t need much encouragement to come out and wolf down a lure. Surface fishing is a great way to tangle with these fish and medium walk the dog style lures are an excellent way to enjoy a jack attack. The other prize creek fish will be the golden snapper and the best way to tangle with these fish is to bounce soft vibes like Thready Busters or Transams around the deeper holes and rock bars. These are more prolific down the southern end of the bay in Bowen in creeks like Billys and the Gregory. Once you find a bit of deep water structure it’s a good idea to drop these to the bottom and rip them through the bottom third of the water column. Don’t be surprised if you come up tight on some absolute freight trains as these fish fight just as hard and as strong as a mangrove jack. Next month will see much the same except we will see more rainfall, which will only serve to stir the reef and creek fish up even more.

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It may seem all doom and gloom with the barra off the target list from November 1 but fear not as there are literally 30+ of other fish species to throw your line at. The creeks and rivers still offer some great fishing and changing your techniques can see you hook into a few of these wicked fish. One in particular is the king threadfin salmon and you are best to fish in the deeper holes to target these great fighting species. Soft plastics are doing excellent on the threadfin with the Gulp range very effective along with soft vibes such as the Jackall Transam and Strada Senseye models. It is quite important to keep your lure close to the bottom when going for threadys with a simple

jigging action working fine. Slowly hopping it along the bottom should attract the attention of any foraging fish. The bite can be quite subtle so keeping in touch with your lure should see you connecting too a few more. Mangrove jack is another favourite amongst anglers and these can be caught when casting smaller live baits and slab bait into the snags. Rock bars are another prime spot to fish for jacks with the structure of the rocks providing excellent cover for these red brutes. Using top quality leader is a must when fishing around nasty structure as it is a well-known fact that a good fish will drag you back through it. Productive systems fish are the Haughton and Bohle rivers along with the large Hinchinbrook Channel to the north of Townsville. All these areas


The barramundi closed season on the east coast is from midday 1 November until midday 1 February. The closed season means you can’t take a barra or intentionally target them. It is quite a hot topic on what you are supposed to do if you catch one; it happens a fair bit unfortunately. It is best to remove the hooks from the fish and release it as quickly as possible while trying to not remove it from the water.

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All over for another year AYR

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November, and it’s all over for another year. The barra season is closed and those anglers who have been making a big effort to catch a fish or three over the past few months can go back to living a normal existence – until February next year. Actually, it was a rather disappointing lead up to the closed season, with many estuaries turning on pretty average fishing for this time of the year. Trophy fish were few and far between and even the numbers of rats were well down on previous years. Fish in the 60-75cm range made up the bulk of the legal-sized catches. Most Burdekin anglers are blaming a lack of rain, and anglers from as far a field as Darwin, Karumba, Cape York and numerous spots up and down the east coast are also blaming the drought for the same quiet fishing in their areas. Burdekin estuary anglers can now concentrate on the mangrove jack, golden snapper (to 80cm) and large grunter, of which there seems to be no shortage in the inshore and estuarine waters of Bowling Green Bay in particular. Other estuaries are also producing smaller samples of these three species, but the bay is certainly the place to be if you fancy tangling with a few XOS specimens. Golden snapper are responding well to live baits

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and trolled lures, provided they are fished close to the gutters, drop-offs and bottom structure that attracts and holds this species. For grunter try squid, slabbed mullet, whiting or gar, or whole herring. Jacks are suckers for a well-placed lure or a bait of whole baitfish (up to 10cm) or slabbed mullet. WARMTH BRINGS LIGHT WINDS One of the welcomed changes that warming weather brings to North Queensland is a drop in the southeasterly winds which have buffeted the coast for much of the winter. As we slip from winter, into spring, and on towards summer, Burdekin boaties are enjoying increasingly light conditions during the mornings, with predictable afternoon sea breezes in the afternoons. Those windows of good weather have allowed many reef anglers to hit the water, but results have been patchy. While some headed out wide to spots like Eagle Reef and bagged out on sweetlip, others struggled to bring home a feed of fish. Those with good secret spots reported excellent catches of large-mouth nannygai, sweetlip and red emperor to 8kg. Morinda Shoals, a favourite destination of skippers with smaller boats, produced good largemouth nannygai, while Old Reef yielded trout for those who knew just where to drop a bait. The Alva Shoals have been quiet for a while, with Spanish mackerel numbers tapering off as the temperatures climb. Bottom fishing has produced a few nannygai, but you have to be quick to get them past the sharks. LURING SUCCESS If you’re a lure fisher, can you remember the first fish you caught on an artifical? I’ll bet you can! For me it was a lowly barracuda taken on a timber minnow I had made myself. They’re the memories that last and lead

to a lifetime passion for lure tossing or trolling. The Elliott boys, Josh (14 years) and Dominick (12 years), got their first taste of luring recently and they didn’t do it with a dirty old barracuda barely legal size. Their Dad, Ben, arranged for them to fish with a gun fishing mate of his (Tom Tinus) and they each managed to catch their first barramundi during a couple of hours trolling late one afternoon at Ocean Creek. Josh’s fish measured in at 61cm and Dominick’s at 58cm. Now to say the youngsters were hooked on luring would be an understatement. They badgered their Old Man for a repeat trip so much that he borrowed a tinnie, bolted a 4hp onto the stern and a few days later they were back on the water, along with the rest of the family consisting of their Mum (Danilla) and their little brother, fouryear-old Cooper. Ben said he didn’t have high hopes of scoring more fish that morning, but was surprised when their trolled gold Bombers took hits right from the start. Most fish missed the hooks, but they did land (and release) undersized barra, grunter and cod, while two keeper flathead taken by Dominick and measuring 50cm and a touch over 60cm found their way into the ice box. That’s two successful trips within a few days. The end result, of course, is that Ben is now in the market for a more serious luring boat and the boys are bound to be putting in a lure order for Christmas. But Ben will have to lift his game if he wants to keep up with the young’uns. “The kids have caught one more barra than me,” Ben quipped, just as pleased as the boys with their success. There’s fun times and great memories ahead for the Elliott clan.

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Last month, in my ongoing examination of the way the senses of fish affect our ability to catch these creatures, I looked at the basics of sight in fish. This time, I’d like to explore that subject a little more deeply… So, what do fish actually see? According to most fisheries biologists, science can’t yet answer this question with very much certainty. The majority of research in this area involves monitoring the responses of fish to particular stimuli, such as colours, diagrams and pictures. Applying the test results from such experiments in the lab’ to practical fishing scenarios can be tricky. However, we can definitely assume that most of the fish we chase in coastal waters, bays, estuaries and freshwater environments, as well as all those pelagic fish that hunt in the surface layers further from shore, rely heavily on sight to detect and track

their prey, and that almost all of them can differentiate between colours when the water is reasonably clear and light levels are high. As an example, sight in marlin has specifically adapted to a clear water environment with lots of light. A marlin’s eyes are effectively split into two sections: The part of the eye that faces upwards contains more colour photoreceptors (cones), while the part that faces down contains more photoreceptors that are sensitive to light (rods). Furthermore, as much as 30% of a marlin’s brain is dedicated to processing and interpreting vision. This fact

alone indicates just how important sight is to these billfish (and to many other pelagic predators, which also devote a lot of brain space to the sense of sight). We also know that lots of fish, including species as diverse as carp, slimy mackerel, brown trout and damselfish (to name just a few), can see light reflected off objects at the ultraviolet end of the spectrum: wavelengths which are invisible to our human eyes. This allows them to see patterns and shapes we could never hope to identify, and also to detect UV-reflective objects at greater depth or distance through the water.

Pelagic fish like this wahoo do a lot of their feeding near the surface in clear water. They rely heavily on their sharp eyesight to find and track prey.

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It’s also believed that other fish (including bait species such as anchovies) can see “polarised” light, which is mostly encountered early and late in the day, or in the reflections given off by the very silvery scales of these fish themselves (and possibly by some of the predators that hunt them).

In dirty water or low light, fish rely much more heavily on their sensitive rod cells than their colourdetecting cones. As a result, they’re most likely seeing their world in shapes and silhouettes consisting of various shades of grey rather than in colour when light levels are low or the water is discoloured. Obviously, in such low-light environments, the shape, size, silhouette and action of your lure will be far more important than its actual colour. As light levels and water clarity change, many popular angling targets have the ability to switch their reliance from cones to rods, and vice versa. However, this changeover process is thought to take some time (possibly as long as an hour), and this may help to explain why many species are more susceptible

to being fooled by our lures during the so-called “change of light” periods around dawn and dusk. It’s also likely that some predators have adapted to change their reliance on cones or rods faster than their prey, giving them a distinct hunting edge at this time of day. We still have an awful lot to learn about the way fish see and interpret their watery domain, but we can be reasonably certain that most of the species we hunt with our lures have good to excellent eyesight, can perceive a broad range of colours and tones under the right conditions, and that many can see light reflected at wavelengths that are invisible to us (such as ultraviolet). However, as we’ll learn next month, the colour palette in the underwater world is quite different from the spectrum of hues we see above the waterline…




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In the lead-up to the barramundi closed season, the fishing was hit-and-miss. Even with a short winter and a very hot spring the barra still refused to eat some days. There were plenty of frustrated anglers and I found myself secondguessing the sounder as it displayed plenty of barra ‘shows’, but after throwing my entire tackle box at them I still got very little response. But hey – that’s fishing. Now we have to focus on other species until the barra season re-opens in February. HINCHINBROOK CHANNEL Flashes of red and snapping jaws will signal that the mighty mangrove jack is really ready to play ball. They are such a terrific fish to catch as they attack with everything they have, and if you’re not alert they’ll add your rig to their collection. Jacks can be found throughout the entire channel and the many mangrove creeks that Hinchinbrook has to offer. Some creeks seem to hold better numbers then others but




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current will attract serious attention. Fish with heavy set drags and be prepared to use your fingers; if you don’t stop them on the first run for cover you won’t get a second chance. I enjoy chasing jacks on artificials more than anything else. Using small hardbodied lures or plastics as I silently drift down my chosen set of snags is something I will never tire of. GOLDEN SNAPPER With the heat comes the golden snapper. This month the bigger fish will enter the channel from the numerous headlands and islands they call home. Golden snapper can be caught on baits or lures but they seem to prefer areas that have rocks as the main

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source of structure, or snags that have rocky areas in the vicinity. Also look for them in the deeper sections of creeks or holes in the channel. Keeping a good eye on the sounder will give away their location. These fish are suckers for live herring and squid. Unfortunately, squid can be difficult to get a hold of, but you’ll find that two herring pinned back-to-front will usually get demolished by a hungry golden snapper if they are about. The incoming tide always seems to fish better for golden snapper and they can be caught in good numbers if they are schooled up. Golden snapper are slow growing fish, so please resist the urge to keep more than you need for a feed. Any angler who has caught one over 70cm will understand what an amazing fish they really are. REEF AND ISLANDS Water temps are higher, so to get better results you should start fishing deeper. Trout are a species that will change feeding patterns according to the water temperature. In November you should fish for them in depths of 30m or deeper. Your positioning is very important when fishing for trout. Just finding a good

Ignore the crazy eyes! Long hours are worth it for golden snapper. bommie isn’t good enough to consistently catch them. Anchoring upcurrent from the area you hope to fish and feeding your baits with the current into the front of the bommies will see plenty more trout in the icebox. Good fresh baits or small livebaits are the secret to getting into quality fish, and recently I’ve been spending more time jigging up livies to maximise my chances of getting trophy fish. The summer months are also great times to target XOS GT on poppers around low tide on the reefs. All reefs have resident GT but Britomart and Rib reefs are my favourites. They regularly see us go home with depleted tackle boxes and sore arms!

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Ryan Moody

The barra season has been a good one with plenty of happy clients, but a few frustrated ones when their fish were intercepted by an unusually bad run on bull sharks. Maybe the early NW winds have brought the sharks in early. Some days we have had every fish tampered with,

including some lovely metreplus barra and king threadfin salmon. We always have a run of sharks at certain times each year but this year has been the worst. Even offshore anglers are bleeting that they can’t get fish past them. Hopefully they will be finished soon and we can get back to some unhindered fishing. Bread and butter anglers have been reporting some great catches on the golden grunter or javelin fish. Fish, up to 75cm, have been reported

and they have been caught over a wide area. Squid and mullet strips are always a popular bait, but you can’t beat a live greenback on a running rig for the really big grunter. They would have to be one of the most targeted species among rec fishers in northern Australia; probably because of their superb eating quality. We have been catching some outstanding golden snapper in recent weeks. Soft vibes have been accounting

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for many decent fish to 78cm. Deep rubble areas and pinnacles seem to hold the best fish and if you can find a new spot that’s never been fished then some entertaining sessions can be expected. Remember only take a couple and let the rest go as this could end up a vulnerable species if it’s overfished. It has been a reasonable Spanish mackerel season with some great captures coming from the reefs, such as Otter and Britomart. Most Spanish are now offshore until next winter and let’s hope they get in a good spawning run to keep them ticking over. The light tackle billfish tournaments are now all finished for this year and once again some good numbers of billfish were tagged. If we can get a good wet this year it should see to it that there will be plenty of baitfish out on the grounds, and it should produce some excellent fishing next year too. Great to see the tournaments raise the line classes to 10kg these days. In November I’m looking forward to targeting black jew, king threadfin salmon, and golden snapper with the barra being off limits. November is the best month for black jew. They

A great end to this year’s barra season. Young Lucy with her first barra at 105cm. are mainly an accidental capture while targeting golden snapper. They respond well to live mullet and greenback herring, as well as soft vibes and plastics. They are a stunning fish to eat but they are not that plentiful in northern waters as they used to be. Over-fishing in the early days saw their downfall but they are slowly making a return. King threadfin salmon are a popular fish and these days I’m doing almost as many thready charters as I’m doing barra trips. They are so hard to capture that most anglers give up trying and many sportfishos will say they hold a threddy more prized than a barra. We will be mainly using soft plastics on them during

the warmer periods. Deep water and hard mud or rubble bottoms that house many small crab are a good place to start looking for the king threadfin salmon. They run their whisker through the bottom as they forage along looking for tasty morsels. They are also the number one target for bull sharks so be a little wary if handling them alongside with no landing net. We do lose a few to sharks every year but that’s nature doing its thing and we just have to put up with it sometimes! • If you coming up this way in November or December and would like to do a charter contact us via our website at www.hookdon


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The heat will be on this month, with November often the hottest and driest time of the year in the Cairns area. The only relief will come with storms and hopefully some early wet season buildup rain. The fishing has been surprisingly good considering the miserable wet season we had at the start of the year, but another failed wet will spell disaster for fishing in the short term. While it might be hot, it is generally mostly calm seas, so as long as you work around the heat and not in it, there will be some good fishing to be had. Early morning, late afternoon and tidal changes are the main ingredients to work with this month, unless we get enough rain to run a fresh in the rivers. With barra off the agenda from midday on 1 November, mangrove jack, golden snapper and grunter will be the main target species for those chasing a feed. Queenfish and trevally of all types will keep the sport fishos happy. The fish feel the heat as much as humans, so use the middle of the day to curl up under a shady tree, or better still, in the air conditioning. When fishing the estuaries or inshore, my main plan of attack is to always come or go in the dark. If seriously early starts are not your forte, and I’m talking before 4am, then that leaves the afternoon and evening as your best option. Between 8am and 4pm, it’s all over, bar the sunburn. Sometime this month there should be a huge hatch of bait fingerlings that will appear inshore and in the estuaries and with them will come trevally and queenfish. Matching the hatch can be difficult unless you are a fly fisher or enjoy tossing small silver slugs and working up a sweat with super fast retrieves. Live baiting is a more sedate approach but catching suitable bait can be a real challenge at times. While there are massive schools of fingerlings for the pelagics to feed on, finding bait big enough to go on a live bait hook can prove frustrating. Trevally will mostly be on the small side but there will be the odd monster giant and golden trevally getting in on the action and smoking undergunned anglers. Bait soakers will find grunter and salmon their most productive target species, with the top of the tide the best option for both species. Work the early morning and late afternoon/evening high tides around the new and full moons for the best results. Using 500g of eating

Jordy Wedrat with a typical golden snapper he caught while live baiting the rough bottom along the coast. prawns and squid from the local seafood supplier will give you some excellent grunter bait and small mullet and large sardines will put you in the money for salmon, along with the fresh prawns. If there are storms around, they can really stir the fish into overdrive, so provided it’s safe, be on the water around the storms, for some great action. If there is sufficient rain to bring a fresh to the streams, fish the mouths as soon as the water starts to clear and remember the crab pots. If there has been little to no rain then forget about crabbing. Chasing mangrove jack in the heavy timber will be a worthwhile exercise, with fresh local squid or cuttlefish about the only bought bait worth bothering with. It is far better to catch other bait with a cast net, before wetting a line. Using live baits around snags in the barramundi closed season could see you run foul of the B&F patrol, so it’s best to stick to dead baits. Live baiting for golden snapper on deep water structure is less contentious and can be very productive this month. Live sardines, mullet, prawns and squid are top baits, with a dropper rig made using 30-50lb fluorocarbon leader and a 5/0 to 7/0 octopus style hook is a very successful combination. The inshore reefs, rubble patches and wrecks are also worth a visit for golden snapper, trevally and big mouth nannygai. Overnighting at the reef is a good option, as long as a very close eye is kept on the storm situation. Mobile phones, notepads and notebooks now make it very easy to check the radar on the BOM website and I wouldn’t go to the reef at night without this technology, now that it is so readily available. Coral trout will be on the chew after the final Coral Reef Fin Fish closure for 2013, which ends at midnight on 4

November. Focus your efforts in the 25-40m water depths, as these areas will have had less of a hiding from the live trout dories that hammer the reefs off Cairns at this time of year. Keep a floating pilchard or live bait out the back, as there will still be the odd Spanish mackerel and cobia on the prowl. There have been plenty of quality large-mouth nannygai and red emperor on the chew in recent months, so chasing trophy reds on the 40m+ rubble and around isolated bommies is a great overnight option. Sharks have continued to be a problem this year, so be prepared to lose a few good fish to the razor gang and don’t hesitate to move if they get too aggressive. A lot of people shy away from using expensive leader and hooks at the reef, due to the attrition rate from snags, getting bricked and sharked. I can’t recommend highly enough using quality fluorocarbon leader, especially hard types like Black Magic Tough Fluorocarbon and Sure Catch Fluorocarbon and chemically sharpened hooks. Compared to the cost of the reef boat, fuel and bait, it is a very good investment. When you are paying $40-60 a kilo for coral trout and red emperor fillets, one good fish will more than cover your tackle cost. The heavy tackle season will still be underway for the well healed, while the small boat brigade will find plenty of action on sailfish, mahi mahi, yellowfin tuna and wahoo out around Linden Bank, Opal Ridge and the Continental Shelf. Skipping garfish and trolling deep diving lures are often productive methods at this time of year. Working around the prevailing weather conditions, like storms, rain and the searing heat, rather than suffering through them, will result in a more comfortable and productive November. QFM



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Everything has been in full swing in Far North Queensland in all aspects of the fishing world, with big game, reef, coastal and river fishing all being well represented. The heavy tackle marlin season really gathered some momentum at the start of October, with a range of different sized marlin being registered from the Cairns/ Port Douglas grounds right up north to the Ribbon Reefs. As it often happens, the smaller models turned up in good numbers in anticipation of the big females arriving from the Coral Sea waters. There were a lot of 200-300lb males tagged and released with the odd ‘Big Julie’ up to 900lb bobbing up from time to time. As the weeks progressed, more and more sizeable fish turned up on the edge of the Continental Shelf for the mating season and found themselves face-to-face with many a game boat. There’s no doubting that the Ribbon Reefs are a prime spot to target these amazing fish

during October, and with a strong contingency of boats fishing that far north the numbers of fish caught and released are quite healthy. As November comes around, however, the marlin concentration tends to gradually move south. This is the time when the fishing between Escape Reef, Opal Ridge, Linden Bank and the Jenny Louise Reefs becomes red hot. It’s also the time when we start to see more monster fish about, and there’s no doubt that quite a few will surpass the magic 1000lb range. Once you’ve witnessed a monster fish on the end of a line you become addicted for the rest of your life. It is a moment that lives with you forever! The once-quiet waters of the shelf will be buzzing with boats of all sizes chancing their arm at the Holy Grail of fishing. The up and coming Port Douglas Marlin Challenge will also see the best boats in the country compete over a 4-day tournament from November 7-10 to see who can tag and release the most marlin. The competition has grown in statue in recent years and is now considered a must-do Blue Ribbon

Tournament amongst the industry. It’s not all about the marlin during November because the light tackle scene on the same grounds offers some absolutely brilliant fishing. Already there are bumper yellowfin tuna schools working the edge and, with a lot of these fish pushing the 40kg size, catching one is no mean feat. Coupled with a steady supply of wahoo also working the waters, the stand up light tackle gear becomes a fun-filled session once you tap into a feeding frenzy. The mahi mahi will also gather momentum during November and there’s always a realistic chance of picking up a sailfish or two well up in the more shallow grounds. For the more relaxed fisho the reef fishing on the outer reefs has continued to roll along nicely. This should continue throughout November but as the days get warmer and warmer the action will taper off to some degree. The majority of reef species did spawn during the early parts of October and they could do again at the start of November. There’s been some amazing catches a

The 2013 Port Douglas Marlin Challenge from 7-10 November promises to be an action-packed event. couple of weeks prior to the spawning period, especially on the coral trout. They tend to go into lockjaw mode as the new moon approaches and following the spawning period will feed ravenously in the shallows before dispersing back out to deeper waters. The numbers of largemouth nannygai seemed to drop off margainly during October but I can assure you the quality did not. There were collectively across the region a lot of big fish caught between the 8-10kg range. Between the coastal and outer reefs there’s been a bit of pelagic activity; mainly northern bluefin

tuna and school mackerel. While travelling, always keep a roving eye for birds working the water and have some lures ready to present in amongst the action. Casting stick baits, poppers and metal slices have all experienced success as well as trolling hardbody and small skirted lures. The barramundi closures take effect for the next few months but the mangrove jack and golden snapper fishing has been excellent in many of our local tributaries in recent times. They’ll really hit their straps this coming month and as the days reach boiling point, low light and after dark periods will probably produce your

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that have not made it out to sea yet and Mark Privett from Gone Fishing Charters recently guided his clients onto a massive 1250mm barra that was a genuine 50lb wild fish. After a few happy snaps he was quickly returned to the water and his clients left knowing that they had just caught a true fish of a lifetime. The local wharf to river mouth stretch of the Endeavour has been firing for a variety of line burning pelagics, like golden trevally, queenfish, and some fantastic giant herring. These big herring go like the clappers when hooked on light gear. Tom Nevins from Cooktown Barra Charters has been targeting the 1m+ herring with clients over the last month. Even the more experienced clients that had not caught the

Giant herring are a fast-paced sportfish that are simply fun to catch. species before couldn’t believe how fast they were and were stoked with their sport fishing abilities when chased on 4lb. The month ahead will see some better weather come in to allow smaller local boats to get a bit more serious in chasing reds and

big summer golden snapper around the headlands at night. • Until next month, stay safe on the water and be sure to check out the range of hand-made timber barra lures that I make. You can find them by searching Twin River Lures on Facebook.

Time to chase jewfish KARUMBA

Alan Gurney

This time of year is one of change. We’re waiting for what will be an awesome wet season to make up for the no-show from last year. How is that for confidence! Drinking water is in short supply, and I would like to thank everyone for doing the right thing and not wasting water during the year. The Carpentaria Shire Council has also done an awesome job of suppling a wash-down facility at the point for boats. Big signs saying ‘don’t use for drinking water’ did not stop some travellers from filling up their caravan water tanks, much to the amusement of locals. They got a rude shock when they went to drink the water. There are public toilets at the point boat ramp and one lady got more than she bargained for when caught by our local law officer. He heard a drill and she came out with a roll of toilet paper she had unwound from the dispenser. I don’t think it occurred to her that other people might need to use it. FISHING FORECAST November marks the start of very hot conditions with 98% humidity, so you’ll want to have shade on the boat and drink plenty of water. Now is also a great time to chase black jew in the river. There are some good

Glen with a decent black jew. Now is a great time to chase these fish in the river. deep holes at the mouth of the Four Mile and Six Mile creeks. Look to be set up at least two hours before the bottom of the tide and fish through until two hours after for the best result. Place a bait in the hole and place a livebait on the edge near the bank. The bait is for a black jew and the livebait is for a king salmon. Be patient when getting a bite, as the black jew can just mouth the bait before swimming off. Striking early could cost you an awesome fish. Be sure to bring some crab pots as we are having a good mud crab season up here (please check up on the rules when placing your details on the pots). Sometimes it can be tempting to look in someone else’s pot to see

whether there are crabs in the area, but it’s really not worth it. It counts as tampering with someone else’s gear, and you could be hit with a fine of $1100. Normanton is a great place to catch fish at the moment, as a couple of off-duty policemen found out. They had just arrived in Normanton and put in their tinny to have a go. They managed to catch a few smaller fish before catching a 1.1m whopper… catfish. They took some photos before releasing it and headed back to the station to confirm they had only caught catfish. They showed the photo around to some bemused colleagues who informed them that they had in fact caught a king salmon.

Wet woes fire up fish WEIPA

Josh Lyons

Hot is probably the best word to describe the fishing and temperatures in Weipa during November. The wet season build up will really start to fire up with beautiful calm mornings followed by an afternoon sea breeze sucking into an evening storm. A lot of fish in the estuaries and offshore use this build up time to become active, spawn and just generally get around feeding up before ‘the wet’ gets into full swing. While there are a lot of fish well and truly on the move, they will also spend plenty of time stacked up on various spots that seem to suit them for a certain time frame. Finding these areas can take a lot of time and effort but the results will be worth it. I have areas like these that I only ever fish this time of year. I often still scratch my head wondering why all of a sudden these areas load up with fish for a few weeks then you struggle to get a bite for the rest of the year.

Many will be familiar with these habits regarding barra. With the season now closed throughout Queensland there are plenty of other desirable species that behave in a similar way that can be targeted with great success. In the rivers, blue and king salmon will really get moving with nondescript shallow bays and deeper points holding ridiculous numbers of fish at times. Black jewfish and grunter usually wait until the first good rains to come out of hiding and go about their business.

Offshore, Spanish mackerel will be in huge schools on the deeper shoals. With certain currents hitting different areas they can also be found in what would appear to be the middle of nowhere. It will be consistent birds and bait schools that will give away these locations, as well as time and patience if you are keen to find these areas. Golden snapper, coral trout and tuskfish will also do their thing in the lead up to the wet with certain areas holding good numbers of breeding fish. The fishing can be insane, so if you

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Small to middling sails are a real option as Team Runamuc found out at the Weipa Billfish Competition. come across or already know one of these areas remember to only take what you need for a feed then move on. Leave these fish alone so the fishery stays as healthy as it can into the future. WEIPA BILLFISH CLUB October 5-7 saw the Weipa Billfish Club hold its second ever Billfish Tournament with great success. Nice weather for most of the 3 days saw 20 teams work over the wider waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria with great success. Overall 44 billfish were tagged, mostly made up of sailfish and a few juvenile black marlin. An estimated 80-plus fish were raised. I was asked to fish aboard Duane and Linda

Jays new 7.2m Trophy Get ‘N’ Any. With a lovely 220hp Cummins inboard diesel at the back we were keen to christen it with a billfish or two over the weekend. We all had a great time with plenty of miles done to find fish. We managed to tag 4 sailfish and a small black to finish not too far from the top teams and the new boat performed beautifully with exceptional economy. Monday evening saw plenty of sunburnt and weary anglers assemble at the Carpentaria Golf Club for the presentations and general wrap up of the event. Making it two years in a row Tag Team skipped by Darren Lee won the event with 8 tags, while Last Cast

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With end of year holidays just over the horizon this is a great time to think about summer camping and what steps can be taken to make it as enjoyable as possible. Looking back on some of our really great camping trips this year there were several things that showed us that our camping

set ups were spot on for the circumstances. Our trip to angler’s paradise Cape York saw us camping in rough circumstances. Firstly, we had sand and red dust under foot from start to finish, so the shade cloth on the ground was brilliant. This stuff can be swept when necessary and is a great idea. Secondly, with day temperatures in their low thirties and no natural

shade on hand, the big poly tarp we set up overhead had to endure some very strong winds so the use of an adjustable spreader bar across the centre to maintain shape was vital. Also, an Explore portable fan from BCF made humid 30°C nights bearable and would be a really handy item for campers this summer. Power draw was minimal at 1.7Amps on low setting, which was fine.

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Action simmering away TOOWOOMBA

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With a warm and dry start to spring, some species have fired up early and we can expect consistent results due to stable water levels. This may change a bit in coming months if the dry weather continues and we start to see dams and rivers falling as the water is released and sucked out for irrigation and

town water supplies. Luckily, many feeder creeks are still running despite the lack of rain so it may take some time to see these falling water levels, which can have a negative impact on the fishing. Golden perch have started to get more active and should really be at their peak over the next month or two. Barramundi have fired early and will continue to bite in the dams and rivers - provided we fish the right way to continue catching them as the water

heats up. Some of the bass schools around the dams have started to break up and scatter already so you can bet the lure trollers will be rewarded over the coming months. There’ll be plenty of choices to make. Most locations are producing fish if you put in some effort. Some spots will perform better than others so read on before planning your next excursion. Until next month, buckled rods from The Colonel.

SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND CRESSBROOK CLOSEST TOWNS: TOOWOOMBA, CROWS NEST After a few quiet months, Cressbrook has started to fish a little better. Quality bass over 40cm have been caught throughout the dam. Deer Island has been one of the more reliable spots. Some days the bass will be sitting on the point in 6-8m of water while at other times they can be wide of it and suspended in the deeper water. Casting 1/4oz jighead rigged plastics to the concentrations of fish will get them tapping away until they hook up. With suspended fish more common, trolling soft plastics can be one of the best ways to entice them. When the fish are around 3-4m deep opt for a 1/4oz jighead, 5-6m deep a 3/8oz head, and 7m+ deep a 1/2oz jighead. Trolling speeds of 2-3km/h are ideal and are best achieved by using an electric motor. Boat speed and the amount of trailing line can be varied to get the lures running at exactly the right depth. There has been a bit of action around the major points in the dam’s main basin as well as the Toilet Point up Bull Creek end and along the steep rock wall near Eagles Nest. If fish can be found, live shrimp will put plenty in the boat. The trick is to fish the bait at the same depth as the fish.

Hopping soft vibes to the deep fish holding up past the trees in Cania Dam will produce some quality bass. This can be tricky if bass are suspending in very deep water. Try to measure the amount of line you let out as accurately as possible. A live, flicking shrimp right in their face won’t go untouched for too long. If you are heading to the dam, don’t forget your $3 in coins to get through the boom gate and the 8 knot speed limit which is in place. For all your supplies, expert advice and to check on the boating restriction, call in at Fish’n’Bits in Alderly Street,

Toowoomba, or give them a ring on (07) 4636 6850. The boys at the store all compete in bass tournaments and really know their stuff. SOMERSET CLOSEST TOWNS: ESK, KILCOY After a smashing start to spring, with some of the biggest bass ever seen, Somerset has started to slow down. The big winter fish will now start to lose their condition but that is not to say there aren’t still monsters

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23 Impoundment Dams 1 Tinaroo Falls Dam 2 Peter Faust Dam 3 Burdekin Falls Dam 4 Eungella Dam 5 Teemburra Dam 6 Kinchant Dam 7 Cania Dam 8 Lake Monduran 9 Isis Balancing Storage 10 Wuruma Dam 11 Lenthalls Dam 12 Boondooma Dam 13 Bjelke-Petersen Dam 14 Lake MacDonald 15 Gordonbrook Dam 16 Borumba Dam 17 Somerset Dam 18 Wivenhoe Dam 19 Pindari Dam 20 Copeton Dam 21 Moogerah Dam 22 Maroon Dam 23 Leslie Dam 24 Connolly Dam 25 Coolmunda Dam 26 Clarrie Hall Dam (NSW) 27 Hinze Dam 28 Lake Cressbrook 29 Callide Dam 30 Lake Awoonga 31 Lake Samsonvale 32 Fairbairn Dam 33 Koombooloomba Dam 34 Cooby Dam

to be caught. Anglers tend to stop weighing their catch and go back to measuring fish once they start to slim up. With 50cm+ bass on offer, the attraction to tangle with arguably Australia’s biggest bass will still be there. Schooling fish have been found around The Spit, Pelican Point, Eagles Nest, Bay 13 and Wide Queen Street over the last couple of months. There should still be some schools in these areas this month but I’m guessing the bass will start to break up and suspend in deeper water as well as the flats and drop-offs they are known to hang around. The better action has taken place towards Kirkleigh over the last two months. I’m tipping a swing and there will

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be a good response from the bass schools at The Spit. When the bass are found, they are eating slow and medium retrieved soft plastics and hopped blade baits. This action will continue but results are going to be hit and miss. An awesome day can be followed by a tough bite for no apparent reason. This is just the nature of Somerset fish. Anglers will be able to increase their success rate by slow trolling soft plastics. Trolling under electric motor power at 2-3km/h is a great way to keep the lures covering plenty of water when the bass schools scatter. It is particularly effective if the fish are suspended and you can work out the right jighead weight, line out and boat speed combination to have the lures

DAM LEVEL Report DAMS JUL AUG SEP OCT Atkinson 100 99 96 89 Awoonga 98 98 97 95 Bjelke-Petersen 100 100 97 94 Boondooma 96 95 93 92 Borumba 100 100 100 99 Burdekin Falls 98 95 91 85 Callide 81 80 79 76 Cania 100 100 99 98 Clarendon 99 98 96 91 Clarrie Hall 100 99 100 97 Cooby 100 100 98 97 Coolmunda 93 93 90 85 Copeton 73 86 74 n/a Cressbrook 99 98 97 96 Dyer/Bill Gunn 99 99 99 96 Eungella 100 100 99 98 Fairbairn 76 75 73 68 Glenlyon 92 91 92 n/a Hinze 100 100 98 96



right in their face. At a guess, I’d be aiming at trailing a 1/2oz 3” plastic 40m behind the boat on 6lb braid and travelling at 2.4km/h. Some people consider trolling to be an easier and more laid back option. A switched on angler can really use it to their advantage and pinpoint certain fish holding at specific depths. Taking it to the next level, the angler can troll at a slower speed and use a retrieve and drop back during the troll to make the lure work more of the water column. I have found this technique works exceptionally well when bass are schooling up directly under the boat. As the boat moves over the bass, they move in to where the boat Continued page 69

For fortnightly updates Julius 80 80 80 80  Kinchant 100 97 94 82 Koombooloomba 85 79 61 43  Leslie 74 76 75 74  Macdonald 100 100 98 98  Maroon 100 100 99 98  Monduran/Fred Haigh 100 96 98 93  Moogerah 99 99 99 95  North Pine/Samsonvale 88 88 87 84  Peter Faust/Proserpine 97 97 95 93 Pindari 65 66 63 63  Somerset 100 100 100 99  Storm King n/a n/a n/a 97  Teemburra 100 100 99 97  Tinaroo 78 76 73 68 Toonumbar 101 100 100 99  Wivenhoe 99 100 100 97  Wuruma 100 100 100 96

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is but because it is slowly moving along, they drop off and stay bunched up in a line behind the boat. This effectively bunches heaps of bass in the areas right in the path the lure is about to take. Golden perch will be a lot more active this month. Trolling deep diving hardbody lures like Blitz Bagas and Golden Childs will see good results. Because the bass are starting to scatter, you can expect a mixed bag of bass and golden perch. The flats, dropoffs and steep banks between the dam wall and Kirkleigh seem to be the best at the moment but it may also be worth a try up in the timber to the north of Kirkleigh. The action on bait has been slow but it should pick up more due to the hotter weather. A mixed bag of bass and golden perch can be expected when fishing in 8-10m of water. If tilapia or banded grunter find your fishing spot, they will quickly deplete your bait supply so move on if you want to catch something else.

BORUMBA CLOSEST TOWNS: IMBIL, GYMPIE The warmer weather will have the saratoga fired up. These fish can be caught up all the creeks. Yabba, Kingham and Borumba creeks all hold good numbers of saratoga. Casting surface lures early and then spinnerbaits, beetle spins and hardbodies during the day should see you connected to one of these awesome fish. Toga love structure. Keep an eye out for submerged timber, lilies and weed near the edges of the lake. Overhanging vegetation is another favourite due to the fact it provides cover and delivers food. The toga’s eyes are always trained on what’s going on above. Bass can be targeted around the start of the trees at the junction of the Kingham and Yabba arms. The fish are likely to be scattered and suspending through this area so you will need to fish lures at the right depth by counting them down and then retrieving. Soft plastics on 3/8oz jigheads are perfect and it’s hard to beat the 7cm Powerbait Ripple Shad or 3”

Gulp Jigging Grub. Bait fishers will be able to pick up goldens and bass from The Junction and up into the creeks. Live shrimp are the best bait.

The 1/2oz models are ideal for working the contours of the weed beds. Borer Creek, the 3 Ways and up around the Palm Plantation have all produced fish and should

Technology certainly helps when finding fish. Here the barra are cruising close to the boat midwater on the left hand side. MACDONALD CLOSEST TOWNS: COOROY, NOOSA The bass should be on the move and loving reaction style presentations this month. There have been fish caught all over the dam with spinnerbaits doing a lot of the damage.

continue to do so. Early starters can look forward to some surface action for the first couple of hours before the sun gets too high. Try fishing the same areas mentioned with walk the dog style stickbaits. The Zip’n Ziggy and 3B Scumdog 68 are

ideal lures for this approach. While fishing both surface and spinnerbaits anglers stand a reasonable chance of hooking a saratoga. Last month, an impressive 82cm toga was caught and released and there are plenty of smaller models cruising the lake. MOOGERAH CLOSEST TOWN: BOONAH Early in the morning, a few bass have been caught around the edges on the western banks behind the timber. These fish have been quick to move out onto the deeper flats in the timber and can be caught on lipless crankbaits, soft plastics and blade baits. Look for signs of fish in 7-11m of water by puttering around in the timber. Discard the deeper water and concentrate on the ridges and flats using the nearby trees as a reference point if you don’t have a GPS. Trolling deep diving lures like the Blitz Baga, Kezza Freak or 8m Halco 50mm Poltergeist is a good way to explore for fish while keeping a lure in the water. Trolling can be particularly effective if the schools break up and scatter.

DARLING DOWNS GRANITE BELT REGION COOBY CLOSET TOWNS: HIGHFIELDS, TOOWOOMBA Cooby has slowly started to improve. Where there was only the occasional golden perch being boated over the past couple of months, the fishing has picked up to the point where most boats are getting at least one or two fish on bait. Some boats are hitting the right spots and having a lot more success. The bank opposite the boat ramp has produced quite well with boats packing in around the green pipe. Live shrimp and saltwater yabbies are still the pick of the baits. Luring has been very slow with trollers lucky to even get a strike. Lure

casters will pull a few fish on jigged blades and ice jigs provided they locate concentrations and don’t waste time fishing barren water. Cooby is an electric motor only dam and is well suited to kayaks and canoes. The concrete boat ramp is on a shallow angle when the dam is full and can be slippery in places but a big electric powered boat can still be launched with care. Outboard motors can be left on the boat but must not be used. A boom gate at the entrance requires $3 to open and the dam hours are 7am-8pm. Live shrimp and saltwater yabbies can be purchased from Highfields Bait and Tackle on the New England Highway in Highfields.

Jigging ice jigs and small blades will be a good option for the caster now the water has warmed up.

HINZE CLOSEST TOWNS: NERANG, GOLD COAST Hinze Dam has been fishing quite well with some of the better action taking place around the fringes of the lake. The edges have fished well for bass with anglers tossing reaction lures like lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits rewarded for their effort. Spinnerbaits with a white base colour seem to be one of the best options available when cast to the shrubby edges of the lake. Early and late in the day should produce the best action with the hot, bright part of the day forcing the bass a little deeper. At this stage, try deeper offerings like blades, baits and soft vibes. Early in the morning has been the time to get into some surface action. Bass are being caught on the Zip’n Ziggy and Sammy 65 stickbaits as well as various cicada imitations. Toga have been elusive but the warmer weather may see more of these fish being caught. COOLMUNDA CLOSEST TOWN: INGLEWOOD Coolmunda has been a little quiet but there are still fish being caught. This should change in the next month or two as Coolmunda usually fires up towards the end of the year with anglers bagging out on golden perch on lures and bait. Luring has been slow but there will be a notable increase in the fish being caught next month. Trolling out from the rock wall will and on the flats between the boat ramp and dam wall be a good way to pick up a few golden perch. Up in the trees, trolling the drop-offs to the creek beds will require a little more skill and boat navigation. Lures that dive 5-7m are ideal for Coolmunda’s golden perch and will also Continued page 70



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take a cod if you are lucky enough to drag it past one’s nose. Casting lipless crankbaits to the trees will score some quality golden perch and there is a reasonable chance of hooking a big cod. Allow the lure to sink to the bottom before slowly retrieving it back to the boat. Once you have a hit, give the area a thorough work over as there should be plenty more fish holding there. The Coolmunda Caravan Park is only around 1km away from the lake. The park is just off the Cunningham Highway but far enough away from the noise of trucks to get a good night’s sleep. It offers camping sites, cabins, caravan facilities, tennis courts, a swimming pool, BBQ shelter and a camp kitchen. To take advantage of this and the great fishing opportunities in the lake and

the river below, give the park a call on (07) 4652 4171. LESLIE CLOSEST TOWN: WARWICK The golden perch activity at Leslie Dam will be picking up with the warmer weather, with more fish being taken on lures. Bait anglers will enjoy the action too. With falling water levels the old spots like The Black Boys might be starting to get too shallow. Fishing back out towards the basin where the water is between 5-7m might be a better option. The area around the dam wall (outside the exclusion zone) will be worth a shot with fish being caught there last month. Live shrimp and saltwater yabbies will see you getting plenty of bites. Lure fishers will be able to cast and troll up the fish. Early in the mornings, the banks up towards The Black Boys will be worth a

cast with small spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits. In the deeper water casters can try hopping lipless crankbaits and blades along the bottom. Trolling in 5-10m of water with lures running close

to bottom will also bag some fish. If the action is slow, it is hard to beat a slow trolled lipless crankbait worked in 4-6m of water. Use an electric motor at a speed that has the lure just vibrating or opt for a

WIDE BAY AND BURNETT REGION BOONDOOMA CLOSEST TOWNS: PROSTON, KINGAROY Slowly Boondooma is starting to pick up. The better action has been taking place up past the timber in both arms and the basin, which is dirty, has been quiet. Live bait anglers have accounted for most of the fish in the trees. A mixed bag of golden perch and bass can be taken on live shrimp. Lure fishers are best working from the start of the timbers upstream. Casting Jackall lipless crankbaits and Smak Mini Coop Spinnerbaits to the edges in the mornings and afternoons

worked early in a session before a switch to blade baits will see the fish keep on coming. If you are not having any luck after 20 minutes on your bank, make a move and try another – unless the fish are on your sounder. There have been plenty of just legal bass caught around the Bass Point area with bigger fish coming from the banks up near the timber at the back of the dam. While most of the bass are smaller just legal fish, there are a fair few 40-50cm models mixed in. Golden perch have been sitting in around 7m of

stop/start trolling run to allow the lure to sink and then take off from the bottom as the boat speeds up. If you are chasing any supplies for the dams in the Warwick area or want

to tangle with some of the cod and goldens in the river, call in and see the guys at Warwick Outdoor and Sports. The store is in Palmerin Street which is the main street running through Warwick.

have you all geared up and ready for action in no time. CANIA CLOSEST TOWNS: MONTO, BILOELA Cania Dam is still fishing well in the upper reaches past the timber. Most of the action has started to take place in slightly deeper water with only smaller bass being caught around the lake’s edges. Schools of bass have been moving around in the timber and there are some quality fish in them. At times the fish are suspended at around 4m deep. The suspended fish respond well to soft plastics and hardbody lures either cast and retrieved

and swimming pools. It’s worth a visit to the park just to see some of the rare and beautiful wildlife that regularly drop in and live in the area. With bush walking through the gorge a must, there is plenty to do when you’re not wetting a line. MONDURAN CLOSEST TOWN: GIN GIN The barra have continued to chew well at Monduran with plenty of fish in the 40-80cm size being caught. Smaller suspending hardbody lures have continued to produce the goods. Halco Hamma 85’s and Jackall Hank Tune Squirrels are ideal. I’m a big fan of the Halco Hamma as it has an interchangeable bib system. The smaller bib is great for twitching and has the lure diving to around 1m. This is ideal early and late in the day. During the middle of the day, switch to the 3m bib, which sees the lure plummet and attract those deeper holding fish. Most of the action has been taking place up past White Rock in the main river and its offshoots. Barra have been caught from there right up to F and in both the north and south arm of B. Structure filled bays with lillies have been worthy of a cast. Last month there were reports of fish closer to the ramp from bay areas like The Rainforest. The tackle store in Gin Gin, Foxies, stocks a range of effective barra lures. The store will mail order and you can check it out online at www.barratackle. Be sure to call in and get directions to some of the best barra fishing in the area or pick up one of the detailed maps. Accommodation can be booked through Lake Monduran Kiosk and Tackle Shop. They look after all the cabins, houses, powered and unpowered camp sites, as well as house boats and boat hire. You can also make bookings for Guide Lines fishing charters through the kiosk, on (07) 4157 3881. Jamie Bein runs Lake Monduran Barra Charters and fishes that dam more than anyone I know. His regular visits ensure he has a good understanding of what’s going on. Contact Jamie on his mobile, 0407 434 446 or through his website w w w. l a k e m o n d u r a n .


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Smaller barra will be on the move at Monduran Dam. should draw some response. During the middle of the day, try working deeper water and keep the lures closer to the bottom. Small blade baits hopped along the bottom are probably one of the best ways to fool the fish into biting. If the action is slow, slow down your retrieve using smaller hops and then pausing the lure on the bottom briefly before the next hop. BJELKE-PETERSEN CLOSEST TOWNS: MURGON, GOOMERI A few competitions held in September/October were just what the dam needed to bring anglers back to the dam and find out there are still plenty of fish waiting to be caught. Most of the action has been taking place in the upper half of the dam up past Bass Point. Casting lures to the edges has caught bass and golden perch. Lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits

water in the same areas and at times can be found in big numbers. When this occurs, jigging blade baits and ice jigs vertically below the boat can see awesome results. Live baiting with shrimp is also hard to beat and will see plenty of goldens hitting the deck when you are in the right spot. Bjelke is still holding some monster goldens. Mixed in with the smaller class of fish are quite a few in excess of 3kg. As the water continues to warm, trolling medium diving lures will be one of the best ways to achieve a mixed bag. Lures which run 5-8m worked upstream of Bass Point around the banks and submerged ridges will see plenty of interest. For help catching Bjelke and Boondooma fish, call into your local Bass 2 Barra store. You can see Matthew at Kingaroy or Dylan in Dalby and the boys will

or trolled. When the fish are closer to the bottom, a hopping retrieve with a blade bait or soft vibe is the best way to draw a response. While the bass around the edges have been smaller, the area may still be worth a flick with a spinnerbait, beetle spin or lipless crankbait as saratoga will be on the prowl in the mornings and afternoons. Bait fishers working the timbered areas can expect a mixed bag of fish. Bass will be common but golden perch and silver perch will also get into the action. Try using live shrimp in 5-8m of water. To find out more about the lake or to book some great accommodation nearby, call the Cania Gorge Caravan and Tourist Park on (07) 4167 8188. There are excellent facilities including camp sites, cabins, a playground

CAPRICORNIA REGION AWOONGA CLOSEST TOWN/S: BENARABY, GLADSTONE While the occasional whisper of a barra or two from Lake Awoonga has reached me, most of the action has taken place in the Boyne River below the dam. Plenty of anglers have hit the freshwater reaches and nailed some nice fish on soft plastics. Be aware that this area will now be

covered by the barra closed season which runs from the 1 November through to the 1 February. If you are keen on trying to tackle some fish in the dam give Lyn and Mark from Awoonga Gateway a call on (07) 4975 0033. At Awoonga Gateway you’ll find clean, modern cabins and your hosts will be full of useful advice to help you try to land that barra of a lifetime.

WHITSUNDAY REGION PROSERPINE CLOSEST TOWNS: PROSERPINE, AIRLIE BEACH Proserpine is in a transition phase where a lot of big barra will start to migrate from the timber up the back of the dam and into the main basin. Over the next few months some of these fish will eventually congregate up towards the dam wall where

Flat out in November CAPE YORK

Tim O’Reilly

October produced some great pockets of weather interspersed with some bordering on atrocious. Fortunately, November usually brings variable and light winds, which give anglers the chance to head farther afield. The big game boys heading out from Cairns, Port Douglas and Cooktown will be hoping for some smooth runs out across the paddock, and many adventurous souls up in the Cape will be hoping for mirrored surfaces as they head out towards their favoured shoals and reefy grounds. With warm water temperatures now combining with the end of spring and the spawning season for many of the far northern species, food webs will be super-charged and ready to go. Bluewater species such as mackerel will be aggregating, as will some of the coral reef fishes, meaning anglers fishing relatively shallow waters will be in for some superb fishing. Isolated patches of reef and shoals will be particularly fishy areas. Finding bait on your sounder or up on the surface will be a key to success. A good combination for finding the most popular reef-dwelling species up in the Cape will be to find areas where current (heading into and out of neap tides) is pushing against structure, and bait is holding in the general area. Anchoring or drifting with baits, sort plastics, jigs, metal slices and hard body lures will all lead to success, however the common denominator for predators holding up will be the availability of a food source. Golden snapper (fingermark) are a fantastic sporting and tablefish, and they’re reasonably prolific throughout Cape York and the entire North Australian coastline. They will feed throughout the tide around

a huge variety of structure at various depths. But as voracious and competitive as these fish are, you will need to track down their prey before finding them in any descent numbers. Other members of the Lutjanidae family are equally as popular with anglers. These include the iconic mangrove jack and red emperor as well as less-revered moses perch, stripies and so forth. All will respond to the same stimulus, and some will bite both night and day, moving in schools of similar size to different areas over the course of the tides. Finding rubbly ground anywhere between 8-40m of water with a scattering of life carpeting the bottom on the sounder will be as good a start as any. On the West coast of Cape York, anglers will be faced with an incoming tide, often in the afternoon or early evening and sometimes late morning, which will test their ability to find fish feeding with more water around. Let’s face it, fish can be harder to track when there is more water for them to hide in, often making the bottom half of the tide easier to fish. However, these tides can be worked to your advantage if you use patience and stealth to sneak into shallow areas where baitfish are congregating. Fishing late into the afternoon and early evening can be crucial to success, and avoiding the afternoon sea breeze will also be a key factor in finding cooperative fish. Black jew and grunter in the bays, creeks and gutters are two species which move around with the tide and bite voraciously at key times. Discovering when these fish move up into shallow water and how they feed can make a huge difference to your catch rate. Fishing scented soft lures, prawn imitations and small vibes can produce surprising results, even off featureless sand. You just need to find current lines, back eddies and pressure points where the fish can hug the bottom with little effort and feed with the incoming tide.

Fishing plastics and poppers over shallow reef country for coral trout can be awesome in November. The chance to jump out of the boat and chase crayfish and other tasty morsels with a speargun is also high on the priority list at this time of year. Calmer weather will mean schools of garfish and fusiliers will be easy to spot around reef edges – and the tell-tale signs of trevally, queenfish, barracuda

they are easy to troll up on deep diving ures. Despite the fish being on the move, reasonable numbers are still being caught. Trolling and casting deep diving lures around the channel at the power line cutting and the 45 alley running off of it will produce some quality fish. The average barra has been around 1m long with some smaller and bigger ones mixed in. Some of the better lures have been the 5m Poltergeist and the 5m and 8m RMG Scorpion 125. When casting to the structure, try upgrading the hooks to the Owner ST66 and add some belly weight with stick on lead strips to make the lure a slow riser. Trolling around the full moon on the 17 November will definitely be worth a go. By this stage more fish may have congregated in the basin. If you are in the area call in and see the boys in town at Proserpine Bait

and Tackle. Lindsay Dobe has spent years running charters on the lake and has a good idea where the barra will be and how best to catch them. If

you are interested in a charter make sure you get in early with your booking. Lindsay can be reached through the store on (07) 4945 4641.

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A decent mangrove jack taken on a vibe off the sand. and mackerel herding them up can be seen from a long way off. I can’t promise you will get back every lure you cast along a reef edge when the big toothy critters are around, but you will have a ball trying! CALM WATERS Last November I had the unusual privilege of taking my 5.8m South Wind on a 23-day Torres Strait excursion which began in Thursday Island, ventured all the way out to the Eastern Islands of Murray, Darnley and Stephen Islands and back through the central group of islands. Like the east coast of Cape York, it’s known for its ability to blow consistent trade winds throughout the dry season. However, the Torres Strait really turned on the glamorous weather in November. Day upon day of mirror-calm mornings with light north-easterly breezes in the afternoons before dropping away again the evenings. Covering vast distances in a small vessel can be exhilarating when conditions suit and treacherous when they don’t. If conditions look dangerous, DO NOT GO!





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The Crazy Charlie is an iconic and ubiquitous used pattern by flyfishers all over the world. This small pattern was originally designed for targeting bonefish but will tempt a broad array of species in fresh and saltwater. I would hate to try and recall all the species I have taken on the Crazy Charlie and all its various clones. This is an extremely simple pattern to tie and fish with. The Crazy Charlie does not imitate any food item too closely, which is probably why so many species show interest in it. Like many patterns that have survived the test of time, the Crazy Charlie has a rather interesting story attached to its invention. HUMBLE BEGINNINGS Charlie Smith was a chef at the Lightouse Club, Andros. In addition to his talents in the kitchen, Charlie was also a keen and accomplished fisherman. In fact he once caught an 18lb bonefish from the beach directly in front of the resort. However, because he was a coloured Bahamian man in a different era, his feats were never officially recognised. Nevertheless, it is reported that the bonefish fed 25 guests at the club that night. The Lighthouse Club was a prestigious hot spot for big spending celebrities such as George Bush Sr, Ted Williams and numerous others associated with the ‘Rat Pack’. Anyhow, due to circumstances and a lack of quality guides, Charlie was called upon to leave the kitchen and guide two dignitaries, Bahamian Prime Minister Lynden Pindling and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who were visiting the resort. Charlie was told by his boss that it was very important for him to produce fish and keep them happy, and he feared that his job relied on it. Charlie was very nervous about his responsibility and stayed up at the tying bench until 2.30am until he was happy with the new pattern, which was initially dubbed the ‘Nasty Charlie’ and then later became known as the ‘Crazy Charlie’.

It was essentially a hook, weighted eyes and a chicken feather; yet this pattern produced five nice bones for the anglers the following day and Charlie Smith’s reputation and job were both saved. From here the Crazy Charlie has undergone several slight changes and variations but the format of the pattern remains the same. MATERIALS The materials list for the Crazy Charlie is fairly minimal and there are loads of variations for you to experiment with. The pattern is tied on a basic O’Shaunnessy hook and although I have used a Gamakatsu here, other suitable hooks are made by Mustad, Tiemco, Black Magic and numerous others. Gamakatsu have recently released a special Bonefish SL45 hook which is chemically sharpened and has a fine wire construction for easy penetration. Generally the Crazy Charlie is tied in sizes #4, #6 and #8. The winging material is commonly calf tail (or kiptail), which is the best, but numerous other materials could be experimented with including Streamer Hair, Hivis, bucktail, Kinky Fibre, Slinky Fibre, DNA Holo Fusion and Ghost Fibre, to name a few. The ribbing on the hook shank is Minnow Body material however great substitutes could include Larva Lace, Clear Rib, Jelly Rib, Vinyl Rib, Mini Sparkle Braid or Diamond Braid. The bead chain eyes are ideal for shallow water however Cyclops eyes, I-Balz, Real Eyes, Painted Eyes, Brite Eyes and Hourglass Eyes could be used, especially when fishing in deeper water or faster currents. The Crazy Charlie is generally fished with two or three, short, sharp strips and then a pause to allow the fly to sink. Heavier eyes will increase this sink rate and may be required in certain situations. The minimal amount of flash adds some life-like appeal to the Crazy Charlie. The combination of materials, colours, sizes and eyes available are endless, which allows plenty of experimentation with the Crazy Charlie pattern.




Palmer (wrap) the thread along the hook shank until you are at the end of the shank where the bend starts. Tie in four or five altering, yet short, pieces of Krystal flash at this point so that they are pointing slightly downwards. Return the thread back up to the bead chain eyes. Wrap the minnow body material firmly back along the hook shank with each wrap butted against the last. Once up to the eyes, wrap the minnow body material around the eyes in a figure-of-eight. Secure the end of the minnow body material with thread in the space between the hook eye and the bead chain eyes. Whip finish and add a little vinyl cement but do not remove the remaining thread.

Place the hook securely in the vice and attach the thread with a jamb knot just behind the hook eye. Lay down a bed of thread for around 5mm along the shank and then attach the bead chain eyes with a series of figure-ofeight wraps about 3mm behind the hook eye.

Just behind the eyes, secure the end of your minnow body material. Holding this material slightly upwards, secure it to the back of the hook shank with a series of firm thread wraps. Return the thread to just behind the eyes.


6 Next cut a small portion of calf tail with the longest strands approximately one and a half times as long as the hook shank. Don’t use too much volume as the pattern is best when dressed sparsely. Tie these strands in at this same point and then whip finish, cut away the remaining thread and add a little vinyl cement.


Turn the fly over in the vice. Cut four or five strands of Krystal flash that are one and a half times as long as the hook and secure at this point.


HOOK...................Gamakatsu O’Shaunnessy #4 THREAD...............Flat-waxed nylon – Fluoro orange EYE .....................Bead chain – medium nickel FLASH..................Krystal Flash – orange RIBBING..............Minnow body material – pearl WING....................Calf tail – tan FINISH..................Vinyl cement 72




Your Crazy Charlie is now ready to be put to work catching species as diverse as bass and bonefish. Enjoy each and every species this pattern will catch for you and thank Charlie Smith for his ingenuity.


SILVESTER SNAPS TO GRAND FINAL GLORY BASS Pro Dean Silvester claimed the ultimate honour in Australian BASS fishing with victory in the Smak Lures BASS Pro Grand Final on Cania Dam, 14/15th September. Grabbing the lead in session two and never surrendering the number one spot, Silvester eclipsed a talented field of anglers including event runner-up Steve Kanowski, Matt Johnson in 3rd, and threetime Grand Final winner Matthew Mott in 4th. Victory for Silvester was a blade and plastic affair, with the GF champion catching his Session One fish snapping blades in a small gutter located in a shallow bay at the back of the lake. A 12-minute run from the event start line, the gutter featured the occasional large tree and a smattering of small flooded bushes on the bottom. “The fish held next to

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to make sure there was a belly in the line before I snapped the lure,” Silvester

Dean Silvester and Callum Munro with the fruits of their Grand Final and AOY wins in 2013. the big trees, on the bottom and on the edge of drop-off,” explained Silvester. Making short casts, Silvester sunk his Ecogear ZX40 blade to the bottom then gave the lure a short, sharp snap on slack line. “I found it was important

explained. “If there wasn’t, the lure would dart too far and the fish wouldn’t eat it.” More often than not it was when Silvester went to snap the lure again that a fish would be on it. The approach delivered Silvester his limit in an hour and a 3.12kg bag

for the session. Heading straight back to his gutter in Session Two, Silvester picked up where he left off, with his snapping blade technique producing his limit in no time at all. With managing his fish at the forefront of his mind, Silvester changed location – a move that he hoped would preserve his fish for the third and final session. Heading back down the lake, Silvester found suspended fish in deeper water and began throwing an Ecogear 3” Power Shad rigged on a 3/8oz TT jighead. This approach delivered three upgrades for the session, and had him sitting in 1st place heading into the final day. Far from rested after a sleepless night littered with thoughts of what lay ahead, Silvester once again returned to his gutter, hopeful that it would deliver the goods for one final day. “I was worried that I’d caught all that the place had to offer,” he said. “I even had thoughts of starting the session somewhere else. In




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the end I just went back to the gutter to see what it had left”. His decision to return was a correct one, with Silvester catching his first

fish on his second cast and his second fish three casts later. This time it wasn’t a snapped blade that did the

Dean Silvester was red hot this year and showed it at Cania, claiming the boater BASS Pro Grand Final title.

damage, but rather a roll and paused Power Shad that tempted the suspended bass. Forty minutes and a few bass later the bite shut down and the gutter had given up all that it was going to give up for the tournament. “Rather than just beating my head against the wall and hoping that I could scratch out a couple more fish, I moved and went looking for active fish,” explained Silvester. Targeting schooled fish in deeper water in a gutter similar to his first one, Silvester caught a few more fish but didn’t add much extra to his bag. However, in the end he had more than enough (2.37kg) to maintain his number one position and claim the Grand Final win. “To fish AFC and win the Somerset BASS Pro this year was more than I could ever have hoped for,” he said. “To top it all off by winning the Grand Final as well is hard to comprehend and something that I’m incredibly proud of. If I never win anything again I can die a happy man!”

SMAK LURES BASS PRO SERIES Kanowski Kills it for Second Steve ‘Killer’ Kanowski once again lived up to his bridesmaid tag and fell short of claiming one of the few bass titles he hasn’t won, the Smak Lures BASS Pro Grand Final crown. Fishing a trio of locations to catch his fish, Kanowski focused on flooded bushes in 8-14ft of water near the timbered area not far from the event start line. “The standout bushes were the ones that were adjacent to drop-offs and deep water,” he explained. The lure and technique

that did the majority of the damage, catching all bar one of his fish, was a 1/4oz Evergreen Little Max blade fished vertically and worked with short, aggressive hops. The biggest fish in his limit for the tournament didn’t

fall to the Little Max but instead ate a plum/ chartreuse coloured 3” paddle-tail soft plastic. Kanowski’s double lure approach had him sitting in first after Session One, second after Session Two, and ultimately second at

the end of the tournament. “Sure – I would have loved to have won the event, but at the end of the day Dean caught the bigger fish and I just didn’t get the bites I needed to come out on top,” concluded a resigned Kanowski.


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Steve Kanowski was once again the bridesmaid at the Grand Final, finishing second to Silvester.

Young Gun Fires to Win dam Radosevic once again used his two blade combo, but after getting blown away by five fish he was beginning to wonder whether it was going to all fall apart on him. “I just couldn’t land a fish,” he said, “so I upped my leader size and that’s when it all turned around.”

1 Dean SILVESTER 6/6 8.36 2 Stephen KANOWSKI 6/6 8.27 3 Matt JOHNSON 5/6 7.02 4 Matthew MOTT 5/6 6.91 5 John BRIDER 6/6 6.70 6 David REYNOLDS 6/6 6.58 7 Mark LENNOX 5/6 6.41 8 Gavin DUNNE 5/6 6.35 9 Ian WRATTEN 6/6 6.06 10 Adrian MELCHIOR 5/6 6.01 For full result listings see

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Hervey Bay student and bass young gun Dane Radosevic secured victory in the non-boater division at the Smak Lures BASS Pro Grand Final with a 210g win. Fishing with Trevor Stead on Day One and Barry Reynolds on Day Two, Radosevic fished a combination of Nexgen and Evergreen blades. Day One involved fishing vertical timber and working his blades with a series of single and double hops. The approach was spot-on, with Radosevic catching his limit within the first hour of Session One. Session Two, however, proved a lot more difficult with Radosevic catching one fish for the session. “I just couldn’t get the second fish I needed to complete my limit,” explained Dane. Leading by a meagre 10g heading into the third and final session, Radosevic needed – and was praying for – a repeat of Session One to be confident of securing the win. Fishing the upper reaches of the


The move was just what he needed to get his tournament back on track, and he finished the session with a 2.51kg limit. Claiming the event win over a strong finishing Terry Allwood, Radosevic in the end secured an easy victory. – ABT

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1 Dane RADOSEVIC 5/6 6.78 2 Terry ALLWOOD 6/6 6.56 3 Michael THOMPSON 6/6 5.40 4 John KOCH 5/6 5.24 5 Joshua EVANS 5/6 5.02 6 Tom SLATER 5/6 5.00 7 Duane MACEY 4/6 4.84 8 Glenn WOJTASIK 5/6 4.68 9 Andrew WOODS 4/6 4.45 10 Ben SCOTMAN 4/6 4.37 For full result listings see

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Dane Radosevic claimed the non-boater title, anchored by his 3.42kg bag in Session One.

Winner’s tackle Rod: Dobyns Champion Extreme 702 spin Reel: Quantum EXO 25 spin Line: 10lb Sunline Rock fish Leader: 6lb Sunline Shooter FC Lure: Ecogear ZX40 blade (dark night colour #445), 3” Ecogear Power Shad (eel colour) rigged on hand-painted 3/8oz TT jighead Winner’s edge The key was snapping the blade up off the bottom on slack line. If you didn’t do this the lure wouldn’t dart correctly and the bass wouldn’t eat it.

Entries: Entry forms for all ABT Tournaments can be found in the 2013 ABT Tournament Angler Guide. Simply photocopy the entry form, fill in the relevant details and send it in with your cheque or money order to; ABT, PO Box 7196, LOGANHOLME, QLD 4129 Alternatively you can download an entry form from At any time you can call ABT on (07) 3387 0888 for help with your entry during business hours.

2013 Daiwa-Hobie Kayak Bream Series CameRon milks mooloolaba Mathew C a m e ro n , a 25-yearold exercise physiologist, produced two successive 4-fish limits to secure his maiden Kayak BREAM victory at Mooloolaba, QLD. Cameron’s first day limit (1.410kg) had him sitting within striking distance of the leaders, and on Day 2 he backed it up with the only 4-fish limit (1.565kg) weighed in. “Having never fished Mooloolaba before I decided to approach it like my home waters, the Clarence River,” he explained. “It’s similar in terms of pontoons and structure located near flow, and I targeted areas in current around the backs of pontoons and trawlers. Over the course of the tournament there were two distinct bite windows – the first hour and then around 1.30pm near the bottom of low tide. Outside of those times it was really a struggle. “I caught fish straight away targeting pontoons about 200 meters from the start area. My second legal fish came shortly after, before I moved to fish the trawlers. By 9am I had three, but I had to wait till 1.30pm before I caught my final

Rogan finds day two tough Luke Rogan stormed out of the gate on Day 1, weighing the tournament’s largest bag of 2.17kg. Rogan’s bag was anchored by the event Boss Hog of 950g. The 27-year-old fitter and turner from Brisbane targeted fish in the Newport Canals to fill his Day 1 limit. Rogan hit the surface early, looking for fish before switching to a Squidgy Wriggler fished weightless on 2lb FC straight through. Rogan’s first legal fish came at 8am before he converted to a hardbody lure, a ZipBait Khamsin Jr. “I cast the lure close to pontoons,” he said. “My second fish came around 8.10am, and after a quick fight I landed my largest fish for the session [950g]. After this the bite slowed and I had to work hard to find any further legal fish. I eventually found two more fish, one falling to a plastic and the other to a hardbody.”

land a fish during this time. After that window shut the bite died and I started to look for active fish again.” Rogan tried going upriver before hitting other canal systems. As the temperature began to climb, bites became increasingly harder to come by. “I hooked a flathead and one other small bream,” he said. “It measured legal, but when I got back to the weigh-in I put it on the ruler and it wouldn’t go the correct length ,so I gave the fish an early mark and put it back in the water. “I hope to get to the Grand Final later this year. I know the quality of fish available in the region and would love the opportunity to compete against the best BREAM Kayakers in Australia.” Rogan’s outfit consisted of a G. Loomis DSR Dropshot 6’9” rod teamed with a 1500 size Daiwa Steez reel spooled with 2lb Sunline FC fished straight through. – ABT


Mathew Cameron took out the event with a full 8 fish limit for just under 3kg. him with fish on Day 1. As soon as he started fishing there, he was rewarded with his first legal fish. “I lost my first fish, but it gave me confidence that I was in the right location,” he said. “I soon had two fish before making a move to my next location. By 7am I had three, with a legal bream coming off a pontoon. I then moved to fish the trawlers.” The local community came out in support, with many locals trying

“Eventually at around 1.45pm I caught my final legal near the yacht club,” he said. “It was a great relief to catch my limit each day on a new waterway.” Returning to the weigh-in, Cameron’s goal was to finish in the top 10. With conditions becoming more difficult and many anglers returning without limits, it became clear that a limit would elevate an angler up the leader board. “I was anxious,” he said.

BASS ELECTRIC SERIES On Day 2 Rogan headed back to the Newport Canals. After a struggle with an estimated 50cm mangrove jack on 2lb line, Rogan renewed his focus and set about catching the key species. “About an hour after I started the fish turned on,” he said. “It was a brief 10-minute window, but I was able to



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Luke Rogan shows off the event Boss Hog winning bream.


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winning notes fish from the bottom of a boat ramp.” On Day 1, being unfamiliar with the area, Cameron spent a lot of time looking for bream, gauging the waterway and narrowing the number of locations that held fish in numbers. All this time spent scouting meant he finished the day near the bottom of the leader board. On Day 2, he noted that no anglers were fishing the pontoons that had provided

to point Cameron in the right direction. “People were trying to tell me where to go or mentioning their brother/ sister/father had caught a 2kg fish from there last week,” he said. “It was nice to have their support.” Cameron kept working away, aware that the bites were harder to come by, but spurred on by the knowledge that one more fish could make all the difference.


“because I was up against local anglers and talented pros. When I realised that I had done enough to win, I was very relieved and excited. My angling has been progressing since 2012 and in my last three events I have now placed 2nd, 5th and now 1st. I am over the moon to make the Grand Final at Marlo. I will have to start my research and invest in some new lures for the event.”


Winner’s tackle Rod: 7’ 2–5kg Mark Newcombe custom rod. Reel: 2000 Diawa Certate Line: 4lb Unitika FC Lure: Cut down Gulp Crabby in camo colour rigged on a 1/28th HWS TT jighead Winning Edge The key according to Cameron was to cast tight to structure and let the lure sink slowly. TOP 10 NON -BOATER


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Luke Rogan caught the Hogs Breath Boss Hog on Day 1. The 950g fish fell to a ZipBait Khamsin Jr lure cast tight to a pontoon in Newport Canals.


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2013 Megabass BASS Megabucks Somerset Dam played host to the 2013 Megabass BASS Megabucks event. Given the reputation of Somerset Dam the expectation was high that the event would produce quality fish. Combine this with a no-holds-barred skins format and large payouts, all the signs pointed to an exciting two days on the water. Ultimately the weather and fishing did not disappoint and delivered one of the 2013 BASS season highlights.

on a 1/2oz TT Tournament Series jighead the team were able to quickly land four bass and fill their tournament limit. Fishing in 35ft of water the anglers deduced that the smaller fish were holding tight to the bottom while the bigger fish were sitting suspended in midwater, around 15ft deep. By 9.30am this separation had become more defined and the bass duly responded to the team’s lures. Silvester explains, “The size difference between

stopped and dropped back to entice a strike. “In all we caught 10-12 legal bass. The majority of our fish came when the field moved away from the area and there was less pressure,” said Stead. 3rd place Nexgen Lures Team Nexgen Lures fished two main locations, Bay 13 and Eagles Nest. Sitting in 32-36ft of water Nexgen Lures would target bass sitting outside the main school. Upon finding more

finding patches of active fish. Once a fish was caught the school would scatter and it was a matter of finding another active patch of fish. Generally we would try and stay about 50-100m away from other boats as the pressure made the fish less responsive. Occasionally when the midwater bites died we would target fish on the bottom as this often brought on the bigger bass again.” Team Quantum/ Lowrance again found fish in midwater, and were able

session 1

Place/TEAM Boater 1 Boater 2 F1 W1 Payout 1 Quantum/Lowrance ................ Dean Silvester ....... David Green ............ 4 .......... 9.89........$1500, $450 2 Impact Tackle/Pimp My Lure .... Dan Stead.............. Peter Morgan .......... 4 .......... 7.32........$1,100 3 Nexgen Lures ......................... Matt Johnson ......... Dean Thompson...... 4 .......... 7.29........$700, $150 The skins format rewarded the three highest placed teams each session as well as the session Big Bass. This format gave all teams an equal chance each session to take home the great cash prizes on offer. Throw in Megabass rods

the smaller bass on the bottom and the larger suspended fish was huge. Using a retrieval technique that incorporated an initial twich, steady retrieve and freespool pauses, we were able to secure the bigger bites.”

active fish they then targeted them by slow rolling plastics (Ecogear Power Minnow in rainbow colour rigged on a 1/2oz TT jighead and Lunker City Grubster in goby colour rigged on a 1/2oz Nitro jighead) through the school.

to secure their tournament limit. A move was made in the last two hours to a ridge opposite Bay 13. The team changed presentations to a Squidgy Fish in silver fox colour rigged on an Impact Tackle 1/2oz Headz jighead. “The goal was to secure

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Place/TEAM Boater 1 Boater 2 F1 W1 Payout 1 Quantum/Lowrance ..................Dean Silvester ........David Green ............. 4............10.05 ...... $1500, $450, $300 2 Gamakatsu ................................Steve Otto ...............Adrian Melchoir ........ 4............8.45 ........ $1,100 3 Samurai Reaction/TT’s .............Glyn Barkhuizen .....Simon Barkhuizen ... 4............8.06 ........ $700 and reel prizes and you had the perfect recipe for a high adrenaline, no-holds-barred battle royal. SESSION ONE 1st place Quantum/Lowrance During the event prefish Silvester noted that the fish weren’t responding to traditional patterns. By

2nd place Impact Tackle/Pimp My Lure Team Impact Tackle/ Pimp My Lure caught their fish in Bay 13 using a ultraslow rolled 70mm Squidgy fish in silver fox colour rigged on a Impact Tackle 1/2oz Headz jighead. Stead explains the choice of lure.

Dan Stead and Peter Morgan from PML cashed in again at the Somerset Megabucks. applying erratic twitches and shakes to his retrieve Silvester was able to get the bass to respond. Using this knowledge Team Quantam/ Lowrance hit Pelican Point to begin their tournament. Finding no fish, the team made a move to Bay 13. Using an Ecogear Power Shad in eel colour rigged 78



“The lure profile works well, especially with fish on the bottom. It is a classic case of big presentation equalling big fish.” Fishing in 28-30ft of water the team would employ a slow, yet constant, retrieve to generate bites. When bites were forthcoming, but not hooking, the lure would be

Short strikes saw the team add an additional trailer hook, which improved the hook-up rate. Also of note was the tandem approach employed; one team member would constantly slow roll a lure through the school while the other would slow roll then drop the lure back to entice any following fish. This latter technique accounted for the team’s largest bass through the session. Big Bass Fishing Monthly Mike Connolly of team Fishing Monthly caught the Big Bass for session one. The bass came from Pelican Point in 35ft of water. The 3.79kg bass fell to a Slider in baby bass colour rigged on an Impact Tackle 1/2oz Headz jighead. The 61cm total length bass was a personal best for Connolly. SESSION TWO 1st place Quantum/Lowrance Session two saw team Quantum/Lowrance return to Bay 13. Immediately they noted the increased number of boats fishing the area and realised they would have to adapt in order to land fish during the session. Silvester explains their approach, “It was a matter of

bigger fish. The larger lure profile and slightly larger jighead hook helped us to get the bass to respond and keep them on.”

Dean Silvester and David Green cleaned up at the Megabucks, winning every session to finish $6150 richer. of Pelican Point, fishing the edge of the old creek bed. The team positioned themselves in 30-40ft of water before making long casts to the bass. Melchior explains, “The fish were sitting in the 15-20ft deep section of the water column. We would cast and let the lure hit the bottom before making a quick retrieve. The fish came straight on as soon as we arrived. The bigger bass seemed to follow the lure until it was halfway back to the boat before striking.” The team found success with a 2 1/2” Atomic Big Bass paddletail rigged on a 1/2oz jighead. The lure was repeatedly scented with garlic Megastrike.

schooling up so we decided to drift over a large area of around 500m to maximise our chances of hooking up. The key lure was a 70mm Squidgy fish in silver fox colour rigged on a 1/2oz jighead. The technique was a slow roll punctuated with pauses where we would open the bail arm. It was about keeping the lure as close to the bottom as possible. Most of the bites came immediately after we began winding the lure in,” said Glyn Barkhuizen. Big Bass Quantum/Lowrance The session Big Bass (2.73kg) was caught late in the session from a ridge opposite Bay 13. The bass was caught on a Squidgy

Adrian Melchior and Steve Otto finished second and picked up the Big Bass in session two. The team used the same retrieval technique used in the first session and found the larger fish required to capture the session victory. Their largest fish, 2.73kg, went on to take out the session Big Bass. 2nd place Gamakatsu Team Gamakatsu caught their bass at the eastern end

3rd place Samurai Reaction/TT’s Team Samurai Reaction/ TT’s fished off Pelican Point in 30-35ft of water. The team targeted a ridgeline that dipped into deeper water each side. “The bass were holding on the drop-off. They were scattered as opposed to

fish in silver fox colour rigged on a Impact Tackle 1/2oz Headz jighead. SESSION THREE 1st place Quantum/Lowrance In the final session team Quantum/Lowrance headed back to Bay 13. They sounded big fish sitting midwater and

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Place/TEAM Boater 1 Boater 2 F3 W3 Payout 1 Quantum/Lowrance ................ Dean Silvester ....... David Green ............ 4 .......... 8.12........$1500, $450 2 Tonic/Evakool ......................... Matthew Mott ......... Dylan Mott ............... 4 .......... 7.84........$1100, $150 3 Yamba Pro Prawn Blades ....... Ian Wratten ............ Mark Lennox ........... 4 .......... 6.36........$700

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.............Dean Silvester .......... David Green........... 12/12 .......... 28.06


...................................Matthew Mott ............ Dylan Mott ............. 12/12 .......... 21.65


.............................................Steve Otto................. Adrian Melchoir...... 11/12 .......... 21.26


....................................Glyn Barkhuizen ....... Simon Barkhuizen... 12/12 .......... 19.56


NexgeN LureS ........................................Matt Johnson ............ Dean Thompson .... 12/12.......... 19.41


......................................Callum Munro ........... James Munro ......... 12/12 .......... 19.13


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area. When bass were directly below the boat we would mix it up with an ice jig to get the fish biting. We used a Smak 12g priceless darter in silver colour,” said Matthew Mott. 3rd place Yamba Pro Prawn Blades Team Yamba Pro Prawn Blades fished two locations in Bay 13; a sloping bank that dropped into 35ft of water and suspended fish sitting in 35-45ft of water. Lennox said, “Initially we hit the sloping bank where we found bass. The technique was to cast up shallow and work the lure down the slope. We would give the reel five slow winds then let the lure fall naturally to the bottom. This was repeated all the way down the slope. “The suspended fish were larger than those on the sloping bank so we positioned ourselves in water between 35-45ft deep. The fish were holding in 15-25ft deep. We would cast out and count down the lure for 12-15 seconds before slow rolling it back to the boat.” The key lure for the team was a 65mm Squidgy fish in silver fox colour rigged on a 1/2oz Gamakatsu flathead jighead. The lure’s tail was coloured with chartreuse dye and a stinger hook was added to convert short strikes. Big Bass Tennessee The session Big Bass went 3.6kg. Caught from a drop-off at the end of the Spit the bass fell to a slow rolled Slider in baby bass colour rigged on a Nitro 5/8oz jighead. The bass was caught with only 10 minutes remaining in the session. The Megabass BASS Megabucks brings to an end the 2013 ABT BASS Pro season. A big thank you to all the sponsors who made the series possible, and to the anglers who attended the events throughout the year. ABT looks forward to seeing you on the tournament trail in 2014. MONTHLY

attempted to catch them using the techniques applied in sessions one and two. Finding the fish unresponsive the team moved to Pelican Point and the ridge opposite Bay 13 with little success. Eventually, with one fish in the livewell, the team settled on Bay 13 as their location. Sitting wide in 40ft of water the team sounded up fish and proceeded to target them using a combination of the Ecogear Power Shad in eel colour rigged on a 1/2oz TT Tournament Series and the Squidgy Fish in silver fox colour rigged on a PML/ Impact Tackle 1/2oz jighead. As the session wore on the suspended fish became more responsive and the team consistently increased their limit throughout the session. “The fish were under a lot of pressure with most of the field in the general vicinity. It was a case of getting a bite followed by the fish scattering, then having to find them again. This process was repeated throughout the rest of the session,” said Silvester. 2nd place Tonic/Evakool Team Tonic/Evakool fished in Bay 13 to secure their tournament limit. The team positioned themselves in 30-35ft of water and cast towards a ridge in 25ft of water. Once on the bottom the lure was slow rolled back to the boat. This technique allowed the team to fill their limit before they made a move out wider. Once relocated in 50ft of water the team cast back into 30ft using a tandem presentation. The lures used were a Slider in white colour rigged on a 5/8oz Bass to Barra painted jighead and a 70mm Squidgy fish in silver fox colour rigged on a 5/8oz Bass to Barra painted jighead. The retrieve was slow and constant. Persistent bites resulted in the angler freespooling the reel to entice a strike. “The sounder was the key to staying in the right



BASS BrotherS .....................................Dave Young............... Gavin Dunne .......... 12/12.......... 14.76


................................Dan Stead ................ Peter Morgan ......... 10/12 .......... 14.61


...................................Craig Simmons ......... Wayne Gordon ....... 10/12 .......... 14.41


...........................................................Kris Hickson ............. Daniel Brown ......... 12/12 .......... 13.81


..................................................Shane Anderson....... Jack Gold ............... 12/12 .......... 12.47 BundaBerg


................................Barry Reynolds ......... James Reid ............ 9/12 ............ 10.63


........................................Mal Draper................ Luke Draper ........... 10/12 .......... 10.48


...........................Aaron Sharp ............. Steve Eldred .......... 9/12 ............ 10.19


teNNeSSee ...............................................John Brider ............... Gavin Sticklen ........ 6/12............ 9.23


...........................................................John Picton............... Jody Vernon ........... 7/12 ............ 8.75


grAiN trAderS......................................David Reynolds ........ Noel Griffiths .......... 8/12............ 8.43


..................................................Jason Shepherdson .. Tracey Johnson...... 6/12 ............ 8.34 toowoomBa

Dylan and Matthew Mott were as consistent as ever, cashing in two out of the three sessions and finishing second overall.


BArrABASS rodS .................................Simon Saint .............. Rory Saint .............. 6/12............ 8.27


................................................Rob March ................ Tristan Taylor .......... 9/12 ............ 8.15


SAS BrAid .................................................Mark Reinbott ........... John Kennedy ........ 6/12............ 8.00


wArwick outdoorS ANd SPortS ..Jamie Facer .............. Michael Thompson... 7/12............ 6.49


....................Tracey Mammen ....... Alan Britcliffe .......... 3/12 ............ 6.45


............................................................Greg Mitchell ............ Todd McCormack ... 6/12 ............ 5.83


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2013 Daiwa-Hobie Kayak Bass Series BostoCk rips and pauses for Bass Win B C F Manager P e t e r Bostock claimed victory in the 4th round of the 2013 Daiwa-Hobie Kayak Bass Series, with the Brisbane kayaker compiling a 3 / 3 , 118cm limit to

claim his maiden bass kayak win. Not to be overshadowed was longtime bream kayak angler, and first time bass angler, Jonathan Chen (3/3, 112cm) who finished 2nd and Anthony Correnti (3/3, 107cm) 3rd. Victory for Bostock was an

all jerkbait affair, with the Maroon Dam winner fishing a Pontoon 21 Greedy Guts 66SP tight amongst flooded timber and weed beds. “I’ve had plenty of success at Maroon in the past fishing jerkbaits so I went with what usually works when the water’s cool and clear,” explained Bostock. B o s t o c k ’s thinking was spot-on, and

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Chen hits the Ground runninG Having only caught his first ever bass the day before the tournament, ACT kayak fan Jonathan Chen hit the ground running to finish second at Maroon Dam and book a spot in the November Grand Final. Fishing weed and lilycover points, Chen threw a combination of Fish Arrow spinnerbaits and Best Shad hardbodies to catch his fish. “The lilies were important,” he said. “If you found them there was usually a fish not too far away.” The technique for both baits involved throwing the lure close the edge then slow rolling it back to the kayak. “Most of the hits came half way back to the boat,” Chen explained. Far from beginners’ luck, Chen’s edge bite


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Peter Bostock claimed the win at Maroon fishing jerkbaits in the timber.


his technique involved throwing his Greedy Guts into the gaps in the weed and trees, giving it a couple of rips then pausing it. “The pause was the key to the technique,” said Bostock. “Sometimes you let it pause for up to 20 seconds.” The approach was very productive, with Bostock landing four legal fish for the session. “I got bricked by a couple of fish in the timber, but I guess that’s the price you pay for fishing tight to structure and fishing 4lb,” he said.


Winner’s Tackle Rod: 5’6” Penn Pinpoint Tour Reel: Shimano Scorpion DC Line: 4lb Berkley Nanofil Leader: 4lb Vanish Lure: Pontoon 21 Greedy Guts 66SP in CB Natural Yamane colour Winning Edge The key to Bostock’s jerkbait technique was the pause. Bostock would let the lure sit motionless for up to 20 seconds. ATERS TOP 10 NON-BO


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The 20th Anniversary, 2013 Gold Coast Flathead Classic, run by the Gold Coast Sportfishing Club, was another great success with anglers finding a way to cope with the tough conditions and the tough fishing to secure some impressive fish. Top of the tree was a Sydney-based 2 person team,

the Soft-Ons, who battled out the competition from the Pin to Russel Island amassing a very credible 2101 points, the only team to score over 2000 points for the tournament. Making up these points were 29 individual fish that measured a combined length of 14.61m. If you remember back to last year when Team Dog amassed almost 4000 points, it’s clear evidence at just how tough this year was when compared to last year’s fruitful event. Soft-Ons’

average fish size was just over 50cm and I reckon plenty of teams would have loved to have that average over the competition. Taking out the top 3 person team was Switchbait with an impressive 1931 points. This team nailed the fish all tournament for an impressive 91 fish landed and 33.8m of flathead bought to the boat and measured. Switchbait’s average fish was just over 37cm, showing the incredible importance of maintaining the


Soft-Ons go hard to win while Mayhew wins Individual Champion For overall winners, Soft-Ons, the tournament was a raging success and the Sydneybased, 2-person crew had an absolute blast of a time fishing the Flathead Classic. I spoke to Andrew Mayhew, Overall Senior Champion, about their spectacular effort. “Thursday was a bit of a fail for us.” Said Andrew. “We had very few fish but some great advice and a bit of searching on Friday turned everything around. “On Friday we looked for shallow water between 0.5m and 1.5m deep and trolled a mix of Austackle Bonehead and Lively Lure Micro Mullets. I used the Austackle Bonehead in purple with black stripes and Friday was the day that it shone. “We trolled at about 3 knots and covered plenty of ground between the Pin and Russel Island until we found a good patch of fish. We landed 13 scorers and that jumped us right into contention. “On Saturday we found a different patch of fish in the same general area, but it was Dean’s turn to shine as I struggled to turn a reel. Dean landed an 86cm and 72cm fish in quick succession on the Micro Mullet and set up our win. “My Saturday was a little more interesting with a lure not swimming and a bit of gear failure leading to a broken rod, a dropped outfit and me going for a swim fully clothed to rescue the outfit. Dean thought it was hilarious,” said Andrew. The team caught no fish on plastics for the entire tournament and coming from Sydney, competing as a 2-person team and winning overall is a sensational achievement. Dean and Andrew finished in the top 5 to finish what can be described as one of the great performances in one of the toughest tournaments the Flathead Classic has seen.

catch rate. You really do have to keep the score card ticking over. This year saw a record 503 anglers compete across the 2 1/2 days of what proved to be quite tough fishing conditions Despite being in temporary housing due to the Commonwealth Games development, punters reported that the tournament precinct was the best yet. It was bigger, there was more seating and more exhibitors and sponsors came on board to make quite a spectacular tournament precinct. A big thanks to those sponsors who had displays and

Michael Fox from the Flathead Assassins with a typical flathead his team found in the Classic.


Longest Flathead Overall and Casting:.....Brenden Whyte, 95cm Longest Flathead Trolling:..........................Jamie Pollock, 87cm Longest Mulloway:......................................Brenden Whyte, 106cm Longest Trevally:..........................................Scott Blair, 53cm Longest Tailor:.............................................Jason Heller, 49cm Longest Mangrove Jack:.............................Bill Hossack, 43cm Longest Estuary Cod:.................................Carl Lorrigan, 47cm Longest Whiting:.........................................Chris Byrnes and Luke Haber, 40cm Longest Bream:...........................................Craig McKenzie, 40cm Random Junior Boat Winner:.....................Aiden Cross Random Senior Boat Winner:.....................Ryan Dixon

Junior random draw winner Aiden Cross is presented with his new BlueFin Catfish fitted out with an Evinrude outboard and presented on an Oceanic Trailers trailer. JUNIOR RESULT

The Soft-Ons were the first 2-man team to take out the overall win in a lot of years – and they did it easily!











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Rank Angler Score 1...................Stuart Grice................................945 2...................Cooper Sands............................754 3...................Emily Backus..............................548 4...................Rebecca Hay..............................460 5...................Madeline McKenzie....................368 6...................Harry Morgan.............................361 7...................Ben Freeman..............................322 8...................Aiden Cross................................311 9...................Jack Burt....................................293 10.................Brandon Leonard........................279 11.................Aidan Scott.................................269 12.................Taj Faraone.................................223 13.................Jordan Sherring..........................208 14.................Kaden Webb...............................204 15.................Carter Oliver...............................164 16.................Reece de Beer...........................145 17.................Timothy Angus...........................144 18.................Nicole Sands..............................138 19.................A Junior......................................132 20.................Lilly Black...................................122 21.................Jacob Sands...............................122 22.................Shannon Souter...........................83 23.................Cooper Hornburg..........................79 24.................Lucy Macdonald...........................77 25.................Liam Burt......................................67 26.................Hunter Austin................................55 27.................Poppy Macdonald.........................45 28.................Kyle Trewin...................................40 29.................Brayden Kliendienst.....................40 30.................Mariah Neilsen.............................25 31.................Jaimee Horner..............................20 32.................Logan Calnan...............................20 33.................Brandan Aubrey............................10 34.................Tom Napier-Hill.............................10 35.................Kyle Paterson.................................5 36.................Flynn Jekyll.....................................5

added signage this certainly contributed to the atmosphere, it made this into an event, not just a fishing tournament. The largest fish caught over the comp was by Brenden Whyte from Team Evinrude Whyte Boyz, who also came in fourth overall. This fish was an absolute cracker at 95cm and was caught in deep water on a Jackall Transam near Crusoe Island. The second largest fish was a 94cm corker of a fish caught on the last day in the final 10 minutes of the competition, also in deep water near Crusoe Island. So while there were not many fish in the deep, there certainly was some impressive size about them. Taking out the junior prize was Stuart Grice who amassed a very impressive 945 points to edge out young gun Cooper Sands who tallied up 745 points. To put this into perspective, these kids would have finished 6th in the seniors for Stuart and 16th for Cooper. In a very hard competition, that is very impressive fishing and shows the talent of the kids coming through. The major senior prize of a Blue Fin Wild Cat, Evinrude E-Tec 50hp, Oceanic Trailer and a Bonza wrap was much sought after by the crowd and the random winner, Ryan Dixon, walked away with it and he was absolutely blown away! He is replacing a very shabby tinny and will be proudly fishing this boat very soon. The Junior random draw winner young Aiden Cross who walked away with a Blue Fin Catfish, Evinrude 3hp and an Oceanic Trailer. The look on his face was priceless. Everyone who was lucky enough to participate in the random draw finale


Switchbait switches it up to take 3-person team Team Switchbait, the suppliers of the fantastic tournament shirts for this year’s Flathead Classic, changed their tactics and location constantly over the three days to secure their fish and complete a fantastic overall 3-person team win. Dan Hickey said “We didn’t manage to do much prefishing as a team, however we had a bit of a plan going into the event of hitting our old spots and working from there. “On day one we struggled in our tried and proven locations, but after a bit of spot hopping we found a heap of fish in tight to the mangrove edges that were nailing

The boys from Switchbait moved a lot and fished a lot of different lures to catch fish like this and take the 3-person team win. walked away with some great products including fishing gear, eskies and electronics. So how did Fishing Monthly go? We were pretty happy to finish 12th overall in the competition and found

the fishing exceptionally tough. We landed 32 fish for the tournament at an average length of almost 44cm. Most of our fish were caught on the troll, but Shayne McKee started our tournament off on

plastics. We caught a heap of fish, but really struggled to find bigger fish and we spot hopped a lot. “We were fishing bright coloured plastics in the dirty water and moved from down near the Seaway all the way up to Tipplers on day one without finding a really reliable pattern”. Day two arrived and Switchbait decided to brave the elements and hit the Pin in 25-30 knot southerlies. They struggled to find fish early and made the decision to move back to the Tipplers area and fish the edges of the mangroves again. Dan said “The edges produced a few fish but not enough so we switched up to trolling and chose the ever reliable Lively Lures Micro Mullet. “Colour didn’t seem to matter as all the colours we used got hit. What was important to us was to show the fish something different and the Micro Mullets are a vastly different presentation to the plastics,” said Dan. Day three started slowly and it wasn’t until 9:30 that the Switchbait team got their first fish, a fish around 60cm that was quickly followed by another. The key here was that they had switched tactics again, lightening up their leaders and using vibration baits such as Jackall Transams and TT Switchblades. Again Tipplers was the chosen venue. “I think it was important to switch presentations over the course of the competition and I have to thank David Green and Danny Sands for pointing out that the fish get lure fatigue. They said that sometimes, something different is more important than finding somewhere different and this proved spot on during the competition,” said Dan. With a team total of 1931 points, Switchbait finished almost 150 points in front of the next team to finish second overall and claim to 3-person team title in 2013. the right foot with a 67cm fish on his third cast. It only got tougher from there for us and to finish 12th was a real bonus. Make sure you check out the fact boxes with the winner’s interviews and log onto www.

goldcoastsportfishingclub. or check out the Gold Coast Flathead Classic Facebook page for a heap of photos, some great info and all the results.

TEAM RESULTS Rank Team Name Team Type.....Points 1 Soft-Ons....................................................... Senior.............. 2101 2 Switchbait..................................................... Senior.............. 1931 3 Team Sands................................................. Mixed............... 1777 4 Team Evinrude Whyte Boyz......................... Senior.............. 1755 5 Team Dog..................................................... Senior.............. 1616 6 Beer & Bullshit.............................................. Senior.............. 1584 7 Team Hi Seas............................................... Senior.............. 1580 8 Flatliners....................................................... Senior.............. 1555 9 Dusky Deviants............................................ Senior.............. 1539 10 The Mad Hueys............................................ Senior.............. 1524 11 Furious Flickers............................................ Senior.............. 1485 12 Fishing Monthly............................................ Senior.............. 1481 13 M.A.D........................................................... Senior.............. 1467 14 Great Northern Brewing Co......................... Senior.............. 1438 15 Austackle 2................................................... Mixed............... 1416 16 The Geriatric Duo......................................... Senior.............. 1401 17 Ballina Bait and Tackle................................. Senior.............. 1387 18 Wilson Fishing.............................................. Senior.............. 1379 19 Fishing World............................................... Senior.............. 1360 20 TNT.............................................................. Senior.............. 1360 21 Gold Coast Trailer Supplies.......................... Senior.............. 1340 22 Popeyed Scare Bears.................................. Senior.............. 1336 23 Lizard Wizards............................................. Senior.............. 1268 24 Hardheaded Hookers................................... Senior.............. 1260 25 Flat Out Flickin............................................. Mixed............... 1234 26 Anglers Connection Bait & Tackle................ Senior.............. 1221 27 Lizard Tuggers.............................................. Senior.............. 1197 28 Team Z-Man................................................. Senior.............. 1182 29 Outermark.................................................... Mixed............... 1181 30 Hella Marine Team On Strike....................... Mixed............... 1166 31 Team Big Fish.............................................. Senior.............. 1131 32 Sébile........................................................... Senior.............. 1130 33 Team M.S.G................................................. Mixed............... 1129 34 Dougie’s Tackleworld.................................... Senior.............. 1128 35 Abbott & Costello......................................... Senior.............. 1120 36 Tinny 2......................................................... Senior.............. 1120 37 Go Camping................................................. Senior.............. 1105 38 Crazy Casters.............................................. Senior.............. 1090 39 Wildfire......................................................... Senior.............. 1078 40 Team Head Hunters..................................... Senior.............. 1070

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You beauty! Ryan Dixon raises the arm in victory and then accepts the keys to the BlueFin/Evinrude/Oceanic Trailers package as the senior random draw winner.

Champion Club Junior, Cooper Sands is presented with one of the best trophies going.

Big Girl for Brenden Brenden Whyte, from Team Evinrude Whyte Boyz was lucky enough to catch the largest flathead of the competition, a cracking 95cm girl that came as a bit of a surprise. “We were fishing in the deep water (around 25’) near Crusoe Island looking to find a patch of 40cm fish on the run out tide to keep the scorecard ticking over,” said Brenden. “The water was very dirty and I was fishing a Jackall Mask Vibe in clown colour with a lift and drop retrieve under the boat. The tide was racing out and the big girl hit just like a mulloway. The first run was a classic with the fish taking around 30m of line. “After the first run, the fish basically gave up the ghost and as it neared the boat I saw its tail and that’s when all hell broke lose on the boat. “All of a sudden everyone was focussed on getting this fish into the net as we knew it was big. Luckily my crewmates, Nick and Dave, are good at their jobs and the big girl slid into the net and we were amazed. “Measuring 95cm overall, she just fit inside our 1m long measuring device and we were stoked”. But Brenden did not stop there with the big fish as he also took out the biggest mulloway, a cracking fish at 106cm. Brenden said “The jew came from around Short Island and took a 5” McCarthy plastic in chartreuse. The fight lasted around 15 minutes and we knew it was a good mulloway from the way it was violently shaking its head and taking line at will. This fish was also caught in dirty water”. I asked Brenden about his tackle and he said it was nothing special, a simple 2500 Certate reel matched to a Loomis NRX 803 rod capable of handling the 20lb braid and leader he uses was it. Simple and effective!

Brenden Whyte with the biggest flathead of the competition, a cracking 95cm beast.

SENIOR RESULTS Rank Angler.......................................Score 1 Andrew Mayhew........................ 1132 2 Alex Hallam............................... 1090 3 Murray Rogers.......................... 1063 4 Dean Hanckel............................. 969 5 James Nishida............................ 956 6 George Sands............................. 921 7 Danny Sands.............................. 920 8 Brad Donald................................ 903 9 David Hill..................................... 891 10 Troy Dixon................................... 881 11 Kazi Rembacher......................... 867 12 Jamie McKeown.......................... 833 13 Paul Neilsen................................ 776 14 Kevin Lappin............................... 768 15 Geoff Carey................................. 761 16 Con Vouts.................................... 758 17 Brett Dixon.................................. 743 18 Roy Latter................................... 728 19 David “The Doctor” Green........... 723 20 Jason Heller................................ 708 21 Dale Haw.................................... 706 22 John Rafton................................. 702 23 Benny Job................................... 695 24 Blake O’Loan.............................. 693 25 Shane Holding............................ 687 26 Nick McKeough........................... 679 27 Grant Waine................................ 674 28 Thomas Ryan.............................. 668 29 Steve “Ankles” Booth................... 662 30 Michael Fox................................. 660 31 Brenden Whyte........................... 648 32 Carl Lorrigan............................... 647 33 Jamie Pollock.............................. 645 34 Tony Zann................................... 638 35 James Mavroidis......................... 635 36 Matthew Hill................................ 629 37 Guy Mc Connell.......................... 622 38 Shayne “Cuddles” Mckee............ 621 39 Nick Whyte.................................. 615 40 Jack Gleadhill.............................. 614 41 Brett Rayner................................ 613 42 Charles Felsman......................... 608 43 Michael McErlean....................... 587 44 Graham Dodds............................ 572 45 Shane Gartner............................ 567 46 Josh Pagura................................ 565 47 Mathew Tyler............................... 560 48 Ashley Bryant.............................. 558 49 Michael Angus............................ 556 50 Dale Giddings............................. 553 51 Jim Harnwell............................... 543 52 Joel “JS” Scott............................. 541 52 Mike Smith.................................. 541 54 Robin Shearer............................. 534 55 Skye Needham........................... 522 56 Zac Charlton............................... 518 57 Lee Hill........................................ 515 58 Ross McCubbin........................... 511 58 Shaun “Hazza” Harrington.......... 511 60 Craig McKenzie........................... 509 60 Rob Mckinnon............................. 509 62 John Hall..................................... 500 63 Matt Fraser.................................. 496 64 Justin Willmer.............................. 495 65 David Whyte................................ 492 66 Craig Backus............................... 487 67 Gary ‘Squidgie’ Palmer................ 484 68 Christian Cross........................... 483 69 Dean Lapham............................. 480 70 Tom McLeod............................... 478 71 Colin Powell................................ 477 72 Patrick Kiely................................ 476 72 Aidan Hurry................................. 476 74 Damon “Smoke” Nichols............. 472 75 Bryce Evans................................ 470 76 Peter Macgregor......................... 462 76 Rob See...................................... 462 78 Tim Nagano................................ 461 79 Charles Britton............................ 457 80 Brad Farrell................................. 456 81 Michael Kelly............................... 454 81 Jake Neilsen............................... 454




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Benjamin Cole............................. 451 Darren Caldwell.......................... 449 Mick Mckinnon............................ 447 Alex Glassington......................... 446 Dayne Taylor............................... 443 Karl Rembacher.......................... 441 Paul Tamis................................... 436 Chris Brown................................ 435 Trevor Kelly................................. 435 Glen Jackson.............................. 434 Craig Robinson........................... 433 Jeremy Flintham......................... 433 Craig Templar.............................. 428 Luke Slavin................................. 424 Rob Payne.................................. 423 Wayne Lodington........................ 420 Nathan Tuskes............................ 417 Roy Souter.................................. 417 Jayson McKenzie........................ 416 Pete Major................................... 412 Daniel Hickey.............................. 410 Terry Ryan................................... 409 Dave Litzow................................. 404 Cameron Golightly...................... 402 Bill Hossack................................ 400 Keith Woods................................ 399 Josh Mclaren............................... 397 Shane Levesconte...................... 393 Anthony Fullarton........................ 391 Nick Salter................................... 391 Liam Mcmahon........................... 376 Brad Job...................................... 374 Theo Delios................................. 373 Mick Stewart............................... 372 Shane Podmore.......................... 371 Brendon Knight........................... 368 Nathen Frecklington.................... 367 Ian Ackland................................. 367 Shane Suliman............................ 366 Ben Harris................................... 365 Kenny Allison.............................. 364 Luke Rafton................................. 364 Luke O’Connor............................ 362 Barry Martin................................ 362 Garry Rayner.............................. 356 Scott Sellens............................... 353 Ross Dalzell................................ 353 Ashley Rabbit.............................. 353 John Ward................................... 353 Phil Alder..................................... 352 Troy Wegner................................ 350 Alan James................................. 350 Cody Haynes.............................. 350 Kristie Ahmet.............................. 347 James Paterson.......................... 346 Scott Blair.................................... 344 Don Fulton.................................. 340 Brad O’Rourke............................ 338 Dean Dibler................................. 338 Mick Horn.................................... 337 Ashley Ward................................ 336 Ian Davies................................... 335 Shane Austin............................... 333 Andrew Woods............................ 332 Chris Smith................................. 331 Grant Flesser.............................. 330 Stuart Calnan.............................. 327 John Durre.................................. 325 James Innes................................ 322 Paul Phillips................................ 316 Andrew Lewis.............................. 315 Nate Lapham.............................. 313 Tom Slater................................... 313 Matt Goodall................................ 313 Scott Waine................................. 311 Lindsay Stevenson...................... 311 Steve Vella.................................. 310 Robert Bekkers........................... 307 Chris Mitchell.............................. 304 Neil Decker................................. 302 Brandan Trewin........................... 301 Ben Prendergast......................... 299 Carol Brown................................ 296

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Evan Harvey............................... 295 Jeff Robinson.............................. 294 Joel Sorensen............................. 294 Philip Hill..................................... 288 Scott Gregory.............................. 286 Morne de Beer............................ 284 Neal Caruana.............................. 283 Martin Zietsch............................. 280 Robbie Wells............................... 279 Allan Brice................................... 278 Wayne Smith............................... 277 Ben Collins.................................. 276 Mitchell Ferris.............................. 275 Nathan Sheiles............................ 273 Danney McDowell....................... 272 Dave Wareham........................... 271 Sean Chambers.......................... 267 Greg Butterworth........................ 266 John L McGrath.......................... 266 Stuart McCready......................... 266 Dave Kahler................................ 265 Andrew Jekyll.............................. 259 Ben Richards.............................. 259 Marc Huisken.............................. 256 Matthew Day............................... 253 Daniel Hogg................................ 253 Darryl McMahon......................... 250 Trent Jepson............................... 249 Scott Fleming.............................. 249 Tracey Mammen......................... 246 Todd Payne................................. 246 Allan Davies................................ 243 Neil McDonald............................. 242 Michael Broun............................. 241 Andy Graham.............................. 240 Paul Gill....................................... 240 Luke Jarzynski............................ 239 Treena Clarke.............................. 238 Andrew Reeves........................... 237 Nic Catasti................................... 237 Christine Hunt............................. 235 John Goodall............................... 234 Dougie Burt................................. 232 Adam Long.................................. 232 Thomas Seebach........................ 232 Chris Byrnes............................... 232 Steve Nash.................................. 231 Brett Martin................................. 231 Jim Bowers................................. 228 Jason Kuit................................... 228 Tony McQueen............................ 228 Mark Wetton................................ 226 Glenn Owen................................ 224 Matt Paterson.............................. 224 Sean Conlon............................... 222 Steven Grisinger......................... 213 Rodney Cook.............................. 212 Mark St. Ledger.......................... 208 Tamara Andersen........................ 206 Jade Durand............................... 204 Chris Robertson.......................... 202 Glen Phillips................................ 202 Robert Scott................................ 199 Greg “Man Lure” Livingstone...... 198 John Thwaites............................. 198 John Burke.................................. 197 John Siggs.................................. 195 Jon Felsman............................... 195 Rodney Milkins............................ 193 Peter Jung................................... 191 James Ross-Munro..................... 191 Shane Wohlsen........................... 188 Brett Jordan................................ 187 Peter Crompton........................... 187 Brett Horner................................ 186 Mark Grice.................................. 184 Trevor Blackstock........................ 183 Dave Goodyear........................... 182 Aykut Ahmet................................ 180 Phil Holtmann.............................. 179 Justin Hewitson........................... 177 John Stanton............................... 177 Simon “Avocado” Marshall.......... 172

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Troy Malkin.................................. 171 Robert Slavin.............................. 171 Glanville Heydenrych.................. 170 Nigel Middleton........................... 169 Jessica Souter............................ 168 Alan Osborne.............................. 167 Evan Zikos.................................. 165 Brad Shorter............................... 165 Matt Walker................................. 162 David Gibson.............................. 162 Scott Cooper............................... 159 Corey Murdoch........................... 158 Darren Davis............................... 157 Scott Clarke................................ 156 Chris Jordan............................... 155 Tim Rough.................................. 155 Mark Greer.................................. 155 Mark Warren............................... 155 Stephen Wilson........................... 154 Andrew Griffiths.......................... 154 Patrick Conduit............................ 153 Jai Endersby............................... 151 Rhondda Wetton......................... 151 Eddie Kettley............................... 151 Mitch Zischke.............................. 149 Tom Fisher.................................. 148 Ross Richards............................. 147 Monica Irvine.............................. 145 David Naggy............................... 145 Darrin Crowley............................ 143 Garry Harman............................. 142 Steve Andrews............................ 141 Darryl Cheetham......................... 140 Nick Bielby.................................. 140 Shane Kliendienst....................... 138 Glen Birch................................... 137 Nick Cleary................................. 134 Fay Rohweder............................. 134 Todd Haber................................. 133 Blake McIntosh........................... 133 Barry Henderson......................... 128 Lyndsey Lazzaro......................... 125 Christian Pulvirenti...................... 121 Dennis Kliendienst...................... 121 Lionel Khun................................. 118 Bruce Ruttley.............................. 117 Dion Crack.................................. 115 Steve Dunlop............................... 114 John Hockings............................ 113 Sam Taylor.................................. 111 Wayne Dawson........................... 110 Cameron Ward............................ 107 Tim KIepe.................................... 105 Jesse Hill..................................... 105 Darren Mann............................... 104 Brett Boyton................................ 104 Nick Blanche............................... 104 Jay Cottrel................................... 104 Kevin Sands................................ 103 Tim Dalzell.................................. 103 Stuart Dowie-Bridges.................. 102 Clint McClennan.......................... 100 Mat Hubbard............................... 100 Jason Clifford.............................. 100 Jamie Douglas.............................. 99 Kyle Windsor................................. 95 Ian “Big E” Phillips......................... 94 Justin Calvert................................ 93 Wayne Watson.............................. 93 Nick Morcus.................................. 92 Jamie Knox................................... 92 Ryan Dixon................................... 92 Chris Head.................................... 91 Brad Haskins................................. 88 Mitchell Vercoe.............................. 88 Matt Long...................................... 88 Irene Robertson............................ 88 Brad Beckerly................................ 86 Will Lee......................................... 86 Gavin Smith.................................. 85 Shane McGrath............................. 83 Josh Herbert................................. 83 Kenneth Thompson....................... 81

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Steve Ward.................................... 81 Aidan Robertson........................... 79 Stone Needham............................ 77 Gerard Wilkins............................... 75 Mark Cherry.................................. 74 Paul Flanders................................ 74 Jack Lenne.................................... 73 Adam Haber.................................. 70 Richard Bumpus........................... 70 Dean Houghton............................. 69 Michael Boyle................................ 67 Kerri Jekyll.................................... 67 Paul Gregory................................. 66 Kurt Bougen.................................. 63 Neil Duncan.................................. 62 Mat Kennedy................................. 62 Josh Drinkwater............................ 62 Ian Duncan.................................... 62 Alan Young.................................... 61 Luke Funch................................... 60 Shane Gallard............................... 59 Wendie McDonald......................... 59 Shaun Forrest............................... 58 Ian Woodward............................... 55 Joakim Odlander........................... 55 Michael De Simone....................... 53 Luke Geale.................................... 51 Bill Aubery..................................... 51 Johnno Dempsey.......................... 51 Nathan Andersen.......................... 50 Macintyre McKenzie...................... 48 Mark Burrows................................ 48 Drew Pearce................................. 48 Glen Hazlett.................................. 43 Damian Mann................................ 43 Trent Griffin................................... 40 Jan van der Kwast......................... 35 Jason Reid.................................... 30 Chris Paterson.............................. 30 Nick Fleming................................. 25 Matt Siggs..................................... 25 Brennan Webster.......................... 25 Malcolm Trotter.............................. 25 Dylan Cook................................... 20 Dave Lawless................................ 20 Dave “Coal Train” Taylor................ 20 Tyson Upton.................................. 20 Wayne Kemp................................. 20 Dan Hockings................................ 15 Bernie Hockings............................ 15 Liam Andrews............................... 15 Luke Tilney.................................... 15 Patrick Aubrey............................... 15 James Thompson.......................... 15 Anthony Bailie............................... 10 Colin Macdonald........................... 10 David Granville.............................. 10 Chris Bell...................................... 10 Sam Ingham.................................. 10 Darren Conduit.............................. 10 Justin Welsh.................................. 10 Peter Dick...................................... 10 Joe Bowen.................................... 10 Oliver Braben................................ 10 Jason Kennedy............................. 10 Lee Hennessy................................. 5 Adam Urbaniak............................... 5 Michael Aubrey............................... 5 Clinton White................................... 5 Lachlan Ma..................................... 5 Michael Cole................................... 5 Michael Wood................................. 5 Robert Hay...................................... 5 Tom Ingham.................................... 5 Bruce Andersen.............................. 5 Shaun Lee....................................... 5 John McGrath................................. 5 Luke Haber..................................... 5 Brenton Stemm............................... 5

2013 Daiwa-Hobie Kayak Bream Series Flash Mobbs takes First win W a d e Mobbs, a 16-year-old student at St Paul’s Port Macquarie, has had a dream debut to his kayak BREAM career with victory at the Daiwa-Hobie Gold Coast Canals qualifier. Mobbs (3/4, 2.03kg) targeted bream in Lake Intrepid using surface and subsurface presentations before reverting to plastics to find his third and final legal fish. “I started in Lake Intrepid casting an Atomic Shad 38 Deep parallel to pontoons,”

Mobbs said. “I kept the rod tip relatively high as I only wanted the lure swimming just beneath the surface. This technique accounted for my first fish which came around 8am. I then switched to a surface presentation using an Ecogear PX45, and half an hour later had my second fish.” Mobbs then struggled for the next three hours, finding only undersize fish in the clear sunny conditions. Moving out into the main channel area of Mermaid Water canals, he switched up his technique to

try to elicit further bites. “I switched to a cut-down Gulp Craw rigged on a 1/28oz TT HWS size 1 jighead,” he said. “I cast to likely looking edges, rocky points and the bottom of submerged boat ramps. I continued to catch undersize fish, but off a rocky point I hooked and landed my third legal fish. A few more undersize fish came and went and I lost a possible fourth fish – but that’s fishing.” “The action with the plastic was just to deadstick the lure and wait for a fish to pick it up and swim off with

Maas crabs his way to second Stephen Maas (4/4, 1.95kg) used his experience and a new lure to secure second place. Maas also targeted fish in Lake Intrepid to fill his tournament limit. “I went to the back of Lake Intrepid in order to find my fish,” he said. “I initially went with a confidence plastic, the 100mm Squidgy wriggler in bloodworm colour, and had a fish early off a pontoon.” Maas then made a switch which ultimately had him challenging for the victory. Maas tied on a Cranka Crab and targeted the back posts of jetties in shallow water [1ft deep]. The bream quickly responded with three small fish falling to the lure straight away. “Most of the bites came on the drop,” he said. “If no bites came, a slow winding retrieve put the lure into action and prompted any fish


Maas claimed another BASS Stephen ELECTRIC SERIES podium finish, finishing second. to come and investigate. “This was the first time I have used the Cranka Crab, and my confidence just grew and grew as the session went on.” Maas made a move back to the main channel area where the upgrades continued to follow. “I caught an upgrade


which was then followed by two more in succession,” he said. “I was using the Cranka Crab in tough country, skipping it into dark holes and managing to retrieve it with no issues. The snag resistance was amazing and allowed me to fish without altering my aggressive approach.” – ABT

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Wade Mobbs with a brace of Gold Coast winning bream.


it. I concentrated on the line to see the tell-tale little tick that indicated a bite.” At the weigh-in, Mobbs’ quality 3-fish bag always had him in contention, and ultimately he was able to seal the deal against a number of seasoned kayak anglers. “It was great to fish well at this event,” he said. “My first bream kayak event has gone as well as possible and now I can look forward to the Grand Final later in the year. It is going to be an amazing challenge, but one I very much look forward to.”


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The sensational Stumpy No. 2 FMG

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This seems a little, well actually a lot overdue; a review and how-to on the sensational SumpJumper No. 2, my all-time favourite and most productive native lure casting lure. The No. 2 StumpJumper

lure started on my first native lure casting trip way back when I was just starting university (and that was 1989!). A mate suggested we come up to the Murray and check out what they’d been doing with cast lures and I jumped at the chance. Our first trip was a memory in itself. My mate suggested we tie on a No. 1 Stumpy and go troll a particular stretch

to a set of snags along the edge of the river around the third bend near the reeds. That’s sounds easy! Third cast and a golden of 45cm crash tackled the Stumpy and set the hook on my love for Stumpies as much as it set the hook on itself. Since that first trip, Stumpies have generally been the first and the last lure tied on whenever I

My favourite colours include: (left to right) 28 green scale, 44 people eater, FWF pink and purple (not available) and the ever-reliable 45 pepe. And yep, I am a fan of the clear, deep diving bib. is the smaller brother of the well-known and respected No. 1 StumpJumper. Originally the middle lure in the range of three, there are now 6 models of StumpJumper lures on the market and all catch fish hand over fist. My love affair with this

of river. We had gone all of 20m when the rod buckled over and a 63cm cod came flapping to the boat. Next? He then suggested we tie on the pink and purple No. 2 StumpJumper from Freshwater Fishing and cast

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fish the Murray. Countless golden perch and a stack of cod have been taken on the No. 2 StumpJumper in the last 20-odd years, and even with their subtle changes in manufacture and features, they continue to produce the goods. But it’s not just

goldens and cod, as redfin, Australian bass, flathead and trout have all succumbed to the power of the No. 2 StumpJumper. To say I am addicted to them is a bit of an understatement. CASTING AT STRUCTURE Casting lures at snags seems a simple task. Find a snag, chuck the lure at it and wind it back. And guess what, that approach works sometimes. But there are better ways and ideal areas to use a No. 2 StumpJumper. These areas take into account the diving limitations of the lure on the cast and also the incredible snag resistance. If you know what areas to look for, you’ll have success. I like to fish in areas from 3-6’ (0.9-1.8m) deep that have a bit of current and some obvious structure. Lay down logs, dead trees, weed and reed edges with timber and rocky walls all fit the bill. On the cast the No. 2 Stumpy gets down to around a metre and when you add in snags, slower retrieves, pauses and twitches, the lure may actually only ever get down 60cm or so. Don’t fret though, this is enough depth in water less than 2m deep. The easiest of retrieves, and one that works really well in cooler waters, is a

The purple people eater Stumpy is one of my all-time favourites. This is my legendary 20-odd year old model attached to one of the hundreds of cod it has caught. with much less violence and speed. Again cast beyond the snag and wind the lure down to achieve a bit of depth. As the lure approaches the snag pause the lure briefly and jerk the rod tip down from 1-3 times. Wind up the slack and repeat. If you feel the lure is getting too high in the water you can use a few quick and steady winds to get a bit more depth, but the longer you can jerk the lure around while it is in amongst the structure, the more likely Mr Cod or Golden will come looking. The benefits of this retrieve include a massive amount of noise and vibration, the ability to make the lure look injured and disoriented, with

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really slow roll. To do this cast well beyond the snag you are targeting and give the reel three or four quick winds. This gets the lure down around a metre deep. From there, slow everything up and try to keep the rod tip bobbing with the beat of the lure. You should aim to hit the snag at some stage of the retrieve as this throws a bit of variation into the swimming action and also creates a fair bit of noise underwater. Goldens love this retrieve. The benefits of this retrieve include a constant and deeper running depth, more time for the fish to locate and smash the lure and an easy way to cover water. The most common retrieve is the underwater jerk retrieve. This is similar to the retrieve used when fishing for barra and jacks in snags, it’s just done with a Stumpy and

plenty of pauses thrown in to allow a fish to attack. One retrieve used a lot by one of my mates Dirk Wendt is like a slow swish of the rod. Again cast out past the snag and get the lure down to depth. From there, slow the retrieve and introduce the occasional swish of the rod. This speeds up the lure a bit before it essentially stops, then it darts off again. This needs to be done with a slow and steady retrieve and is deadly. Well it’s deadly or Dirk is just way better at native fishing than me! The advantages of this retrieve are you retain your depth better while still offering a target that darts and pauses and doesn’t look fit and healthy. And it’s dead simple. Of course you can do a variety of all these retrieves at any given time or on any given snag - experience and judging the fish’s mood on the day will help you get the best results. THE LURE ITSELF The StumpJumper No. 2 is 75mm long and weighs a very easy casting 16g. The lure, with the deep diving bib, has a very strong and vibrant action that speaks to cod and goldens like the Pied Piper to the rats – they simply cannot

With fish like this caught on a cast and retrieved No. 2 Stumpy, why wouldn’t you want to clip one on?

resist its charms. As a casting lure for native fish in shallow water it is close to being without peer. And no it’s not just that I use it the most, I use it the most because it works so well for me. These days the No. 2 Stumpy is made offshore as demand for this little gem overtook the ability of the Australian manufacturer to keep up. That’s praise enough in itself. The newest models also contain rattles. This is a contentious subject with me as I reckon they don’t need the rattles – maybe they could bring out a silent version (like the older models) and

Good mate Adam Royter was searching for a golden in a lake when around 3.6kg of Aussie bass slammed his No. 2 pepe coloured StumpJumper. Awesome!

A recent pic with an old Stumpy colour. The Freshwater Fishing pink and purple Stumpy was once termed the illegal lure by our fishing crew because it simply caught too many! If only I could find a hidden stash of these somewhere.

then I could chop and change between noisy and outright, heavy metal band loud whenever I felt like it! On the subject of noise, my regular fishing buddy Marc Ainsworth and I did a test on a heap of lures one year in the backwaters of Mulwala. We ducked down under the water, cast the lures out and listened for the noise. The No. 2 Stumpy was loud and easily heard a full cast length away. Just imagine being a grumpy old cod or golden and hearing this annoying rattle get closer and closer, then hearing the lure crunch over the snags or rocks and then have it appear out of the gloom. If the fish isn’t hungry, its territorial instinct

has to take over and the lure gets smashed, either way. In regards to toughness, Stumpies are very tough. I have a purple veteran that I’ve owned for over 20 years that is still working (with the original clear deep diving bib) and still catching fish. In fact I use it for one fish every trip nowadays to continue its great work and to make sure that the old veteran doesn’t feel too left out! Battle scars, hook scrapes and plenty of work with various tackle retrieving devices have not impacted on this lure’s fish catching ability and that is as good a testament to their strength as any that I can find. Snag resistant? Yep, their name is no misnomer. They walk over snags very well and if you have the right feel, you can walk a Stumpy through some horrendous structure. One interesting point is that when you retrieve your lure over a larger snag, the lure will actually flip on its back and swim over the snag rubbing its back on the log. This keeps the hooks away from the timber and aids immensely in the snag resistance. I’m not sure if this was intentional as other good native lures do the same, but only if you keep winding. THE RANGE Currently there are 36 standard colours in the range and in an exciting recent

development there are three additional and new UV enhanced colours – the yellow peril, python and tiger snake. I already own these lures and I cannot wait until I get the chance to swim them past some of my favourite snags. Whether it’s trout, goldens, cod, redfin or bass, there is a colour suitable and a size suitable so Stumpies have an enormous breadth to their use. In fact there have even been barra, jacks, tuna and snub-nosed dart (permit) caught on them – they’re

that good! My favourites? Well that’s easy. I’ll take a No. 2 in people eater (colour 44), pepe (colour 45) or green scale (colour 28) any day, but it wont stop me from using the new UV colours the next time a Murray River snag presents itself to me. I can’t wait! You can check out a short video we made from some Murray River highlights on our Facebook page, just search for Fishing Monthly Magazines.

Unusual only by the fact that this golden was pinned on the rear hooks of this green scale Stumpy. Usually they will take the lure belly first and get tangled up on the middle treble.




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Given the long list of features found on Shimano’s new Technium FD series of spin reels, you’d expect them to be quite heavy, but that’s where you’d be wrong. Thanks to the use of XGT7 in the body and XT7 in the rotor, these reels are light yet strong, and are no problem to hold whether actively spinning with lures or patiently waiting for a bite. The Technium FDs feature X-Ship for more efficient power transmission when winding, three SA-RB bearings, Aero Wrap II line lay on the AR-C spool for effortless and accurate distance casting with Power Pro braid or nylon, and Floating Shaft II. These light to medium class spin reels are going to prove very popular with anglers fishing freshwater lakes, rivers, estuaries, even offshore, and are all covered by Shimano’s exclusive 10-year reel warranty. Price: from approx. $140

The new Folding Nets from Berkley feature a folding hoop section and retractable handle for easy storage. They’re available in kayak, general purpose and boat sizes to cover all applications. The mesh is made from fishfriendly silicon netting to minimize damage to the fish’s protective slime layer, scales and fins. It’s a great option if you want to give released fish the best chance of survival. Other features of these quality nets include lightweight, corrosion-resistant aluminium construction, and EVA handles for a secure grip. Price: from RRP $79.95

Fulling Mill is recognised as Europe’s leading quality fly manufacturer. It has a pedigree which dates back to the early 1930s, and has made over 200,000,000 flies. Australian tackle distributor Mayfly Tackle recognised that the commercial flies reaching Australian shores were tied for price rather than quality. They felt that a high percentage of fly anglers who had little spare time to tie their own patterns were more than willing to pay more for flies tied on quality hooks with quality materials. “When tackle retailers viewed the range at the recent AFTA Tackle Trade Show, they were left wondering whether we had sub contracted local custom fly tiers – that’s how good the flies were,” said Andrew Summers from Mayfly. “The quality has never been seen before at commercial scale.” Mayfly Tackle has added the popular whistler patterns to their range and plans to add Australian patterns to the range over time. “An expensive fly rod, reel and fly line are pretty much useless if you have a poor quality fly that doesn’t sit on the surface or swim correctly,” Andrew explained. “The Fulling Mill brand is worth chasing down at your local tackle store.” Price: from RRP $2.95

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FEaTurE proDucT daiwa tatula Designed to meet the durability and performance requirements of pro anglers, Daiwa’s Tatula has a rugged gear train that’s fully supported within rigid aluminium housing. Loaded with proven technologies – Real Four, Digigear, Magforce Z and Ultimate Tournament Drag (UTD) – the Tatula also introduces Air Rotation, new generation TWS ‘T-Wing System’, and a super tuned large capacity spool. A precision-designed solid aluminium frame and gear side plate deliver maximum power and unrivalled durability, while the ergonomically designed reel profile fits effortlessly in the palm of the hand. The 90mm handle delivers maximum cranking power while its swept handle brings the cranking handle closer to the reel’s centre of balance, allowing for increased balance, power and comfort. It also features supersized non-slip paddle knobs and a large-armed ratcheted star drag. The T-Wing System delivers improved casting performance and line control, a reduction in line noise and friction, and greater reel stability and balance. It has shattered the concept of traditional levelwind systems, with a moving line guide that pivots forward and back between the cast and retrieve position. Of course, it’s just as strong and reliable as its predecessor. New Air Rotation technology makes turning the handle almost effortless. The Tatula’s precision designed and machined gearing delivers buttery cranking and unrivalled smoothness when under load. Magforce Z combines the best attributes of old-fashioned mechanical braking with

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tackle boxes or worse looking for all the bits and pieces. I even chuck in a pair of scissors and my leader material on top of the plastics so I don’t forget those two vital pieces of equipment. And yes if you’re wondering I have forgotten leader and scissors and tying jigheads directly to braid is interesting. Still caught fish, it just simply felt wrong. Summing up, the Plano Liqua-Bait Locker System is the system that has it all as far as I am concerned. It allows a simplicity in approach that I love and I am now not forgetting vital tools of the trade when I am in someone else’s boat and we’re chasing flathead on plastics. Tough, durable, waterproof and does the job. What more could you want?

Look out for these boxes at your local tackle store and think about how it will help organise your tackle and make your time on the water more about the fishing than the finding. And God knows I need all the help I can get to concentrate on the fishing rather than the finding. The units are sold separately so you can mix and match them how you want. In fact I have just purchased an extra Liqua-Bait Wallet to store larger jigheads for fishing deeper water and larger soft plastics. A brilliant system. - Stephen Booth Price: $70-$80 for all three boxes together


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The Plano Liqua-Bait Locker System is one of the best systems I own for soft plastic lure fishing. Why’s that you ask? Let me explain. This system is specifically designed with soft plastics in mind and offers a peace of mind not found in many other plastic storage systems. I have a Liqua-Bait Locker, the Liqua-Bait Bottle, that comes with a set of tongs to allow users to get into the LiquaBait Bottle and extract their plastics, to store stinky, moist soft plastics like Gulp that need to be stored in air tight containers and juice. Lastly I have a Liqua-Bait Wallet, which is a smaller box that is ideal for odds and ends that I use for jighead storage. The main box itself is big at 36cm x 23cm x 8cm and this size allows a heap of soft plastic packets to be stored easily. Best of all it’s totally water proof, in fact every container in the system uses a durable o-ring seal, non-corrosive pinned hinges and an advanced

latching system to ensure your plastics stay fresh and secure, and your boat and tackle bag stay odour free. While all this is good, in fact it’s great, the best part for me is that I can store all of my flathead soft plastic requirements in one box. In the box I have around 20 packets of plastics. I use the Liqua-Bait Wallet (18cm x 11cm 4cm) to store my jigheads and the Liqua-Bait Bottle (18cm x 9cm x 6cm) is used to store some Gulp plastics of various sizes and shapes. This means that when I jump on someone else’s boat I can have all my terminal tackle in one neat box, not take up much room and get on with the job of outfishing them, or as is more common, being a good net-boy for them! Being a clear box, the boxes are actually made from Duraview material, you can see that you have the right box and can then get on with the job of rigging up rather than sorting through wallets,

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Hama Kuru is a new lure in Jackall Australias arsenal. A 75mm, floating, 8gm tripple jointed surface crawler designed to imitate a wounded reptile or fish. The vertical bib keeps the lure on or just waking the surface to attract strikes from wary surface feeders. Bass, saratoga, sooties and cod are just a few of the fish that come to mind when you look at this lure but anything that feeds on or close to the surface will smash them. Testing on some lakes has shown this lure to pull hookups from larger fish that the usual more common surface poppers etc could only get looks or short strikes. This lure comes with all the usual Jackall high quality features. Price: RRP $25

The ZMan 4” DieZel MinnowZ was born from the success of the ZMan 3” MinnowZ, a compact paddle-tail that has a knack for attracting the attention of everything from bass, flathead and jewies to mangrove jack and metre-plus barra. After numerous requests from anglers for a larger version of the MinnowZ, ZMan created the 4” DieZel MinnowZ. Like all ZMan ElaZtech plastics, the DieZel MinnowZ is 10X tough, so you catch more fish per lure. It’s also super-soft and flexible, for maximum action and a realistic feel that keeps fish biting. It’s an extremely versatile and popular plastic that maintains the lively yet subtle tail action of the 3” MinnowZ, with a slightly longer, slimmer and deeper body profile that will appeal to larger predators and those that are feeding on larger profile baitfish. The inclusion of a belly slot allows for effective weedless rigging, and it’s a great place to squirt a bit of scent for added attraction. There are 10 colours in the range, including pearl, electric chicken, Houdini and opening night, with five DieZel MinnowZ per pack. Price: SRP $8.95

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Designed in Australia for the toughest, hard-fighting fish, Rapala’s Triple X-Rap comes equipped with the most durable construction for a lure in its category that Rapala has ever released. Complete with moulded bib, 4X strong split rings, 6X VMC Perma Steel treble hooks, through-wired construction and a secured solid tow ring, the Triple X-Rap leaves nothing to chance. Ideal for both casting and trolling, with a slow rise on the pause, this beefy 10cm lure won’t just prevail over tough encounters, it will encourage them – with its reflective holographic eye and unique X-Rap colour schemes that fish find irresistible. Available only in Australia, the Rapala Triple X-Rap is currently available in eight unique colour patterns. Keep an eye out for it at your favourite tackle store. Price: $24.95

With a swag of high-end features, the Ecooda Black Hawk combo looks like a $1000 outfit but without the premium price tag. The Black Hawk rod sports a transparent matte black blank made of 30 tonne Japanese Toray carbon, with custom painted high-gloss reel seats and Fuji guides. With actions superior to other rods in its class, the Black Hawks have been specifically designed to suit all anglers. The series consists of spin models ranging from 6’10” to 7’0” in ultra-light, light, medium and medium-heavy in one and two-piece. With its stealth design, precise performance and slick cosmetics, the Ecooda Black Hawk reel will tackle any challenge. Features include a Ecooda exclusive laser-etched custom ported spool, ultra-slim aluminium body, carbon fibre rotor, precision line lay, patented carbon fibre drag system, and 5+1 stainless steel ball bearings. It’s available in 2000, 3000 and 4000 sizes. The rods and reels are available separately, or you can get the perfectly matched Black Hawk combo. Price: RRP $249 for the combo


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When Berkley’s Power Hawg first burst onto the bream scene in Australia it quickly became a go-to shape for tournament anglers when fishing structure. Still true to this day, this durable creature bait is deadly. The Hawg’s long flapping appendages create an enticing action that fish can’t resist, especially when combined with the fish-attracting power of PowerBait. Now the Hawg is back in a range of original and new colours. Anglers will remember watermelon and Japanese green pumpkin, and now banana and pepper prawn have made their way into the new Hawg line-up. Price: RRP $7.95


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The Caldia SHA introduces new innovations and unparalleled designs, with the combination of Magseal, Air Rotor and Zaion, along with other features such as ABS, Digigear and Airbail, making it one of Daiwa’s most technically advanced reels. The Caldia uses Magseal, which eliminates the intrusion of dust and water, eliminates oil spray, improves reel life expectancy and delivers friction-free rotary performance. Caldia SHA uses Air Rotor, which is hollow for reduced weight, and has more surface area to create increased strength and sensitivity. This decrease in weight, increased surface area and new resin construction transmits lure vibration to the angler like never before. The machined Zaion body is extremely rigid, incredibly strong and amazingly light. In manufacture, it is first ‘cast’ and then machined to the same precision as metal bodies, and has comparative strength to magnesium or aluminium while being fully corrosion-resistant. Daiwa’s Digigear II features a highprecision cutting technique that achieves perfect gear meshing and ultra smooth performance. Digigear II is also ultra strong, corrosion resistant, and impressively light. The Caldia SHA 4000 will be available early next year. There will be four models, ranging from the 2000 (6.0/81cm ratio, 9+1 (5 CRBB) ball bearings, 6lb/190m, 8lb/150m, PE 1/200 m, 1.5/150m) to the 4000 (4.9/86cm, 9+1 (5 CRBB), 16lb/250m, 20lb/200m, PE: 2.5/300 m, 3/250 m, 4/180 m). Price: Too new!

The Yamashita Egi Oh K delivers superior action in tough conditions thanks to its Hydro System design. The Hydro fin at the rear helps maintain a stable falling angle and avoids unnatural action while sinking. The pentagon shape of the body, with its flat bottom, further improves the jig’s stability while it’s falling. The flat Hydro eyes contribute to a smooth darting action, and the UV Glow (keimura) pupils sit within a lumo iris to create a unique double-impact appeal. The Hydro sinker is lead-free and contains tuning holes for a slow sink. The double crown rear hooks are opened out slightly wider, to maximise the hook-up rate. The reflective lateral line creates a strong appeal in all conditions, and its patented Warm Jacket converts light to heat to make the jig slightly warmer than the surrounding water to maximise its attraction. Price: $25

The Samaki Zing Xtreme is for all the dedicated Zing followers. The Xtreme boasts 30 and 40 tonne Japanese Toray Carbon for premium action, Fuji K Guides for casting accuracy and hardened EVA camouflaged grips for the perfect Samaki cosmetic. With a huge line-up ranging from 7’6” extra-light spin models to 7’0” medium-heavy spin, 5’4” medium-heavy bait cast to 6’0” heavy bait cast, there’s an action to suit all your needs. Price: RRP $199.95

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Kayak, canoe, which one for you THE TWEED

Roderick Walmsley

Working in a specialist kayak and canoe store really fires up your interest in more remote fisheries. It’s very rewarding to fish somewhere that powered boats can’t get to. There are lots of other good reasons to get a kayak though, and there are plenty of kayaks out there that are

good all-rounders, suited to a variety of activities and conditions. Other craft are designed to suit specific fishing applications. When you’re a first-time kayaker, it’s easy to select a craft based on how it fits your budget, rather than thinking about what its main use will be. This is a problem, because when you start using it you’ll find it’s not really enjoyable. It will end up sitting idle in your garage, or worse – on the internet for sale.

Let’s take a look at some of the styles of kayaks and canoes on the market and what makes each one different from its close cousins. With all the variety out there, you’ll be able to find one that suits your needs without breaking the bank. KAYAK – SIT ON TOP This is one of the most popular styles of light watercraft on the market. It is easy to use, generally quite manageable to

launch and can easily be transported on a set of roof racks. These kayaks come in dual and single person versions, which makes them attractive to both families as well as anglers. Because you sit on top of them rather than inside them, they can handle much rougher conditions. Due to the nature of these craft, you will usually be a bit higher off the water with no ‘gunwales’ to negotiate when casting or paddling. Sit-on-top kayaks usually have drain holes that allow excess water that comes over the bow, stern or sides to rapidly drain away. The downside to this is that water will also slop up through these drain holes while paddling. You can stop this by adding scupper bungs – tapered plugs that you can push into the drain holes. If you do find yourself in a situation whereby the kayak takes on water, you simply yank the bungs out and the water will drain away. These bungs can be a big plus on cold mornings.

The Ocean Kayak Tetra is a great multipurpose kayak. paddle, but are more stable. Long and narrow models are faster but less stable. There are slight variations to this rule, depending on specific hull designs. Some of the

Sit on top kayaks like this are a great rough water fishing boat.

Longer kayaks with sleek hulls can be a pleasure to paddle. Sit-on-top kayaks can be used in a host of different ways, from the surf to calm water in both the salt and the fresh. When you’re buying one, look at the shape first. Models that are wide and short are harder to

major brands, which can be admittedly be more expensive, put a lot of R&D into their hulls to make them paddle faster while still being quite stable. Another factor to consider is what material

the craft is made of, because Australian conditions can be harsh on watercraft. Good quality UV stabilised polyethylene will rapidly increase the working life of your kayak, and ensure that it can handle many of the knocks that these craft often have to endure. The storage in sit on top kayaks is limited to the amount of hatch or compartment space in them. Using dry bags is a must if you don’t want your gear to get wet. KAYAK – SIT IN Because you sit inside these kayaks rather than on top of them, you’ll normally have a lower centre of gravity. The fact that these craft have sides also means you’ll stay drier. It’s great in the colder months because you can rug up against the cold without having to worry too much about getting wet. The only water that you will get in your kayak will be drips from your paddles, but if you adjust your paddle stroke, and if your paddle features a good

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set of drip rings, you can cut this right down. The downside to a sit-in kayak is that it’s not ideal for rough conditions. Unless you wear a quality spray skirt that fits over the top of your boat to make it watertight, you don’t want to use a sit-in around rough water. Sit in kayaks are known for their exceptional paddle ability. They come in single and dual-person models, with the dual-person models usually preferred by touring kayakers that

want to use the boat for extended paddles. These craft are often the choice of calm water boaters due to the fact that you can store items in the seating area as well as in the designated storage compartments. As with the sit-on-top kayaks, you’ll find that the better boats usually cost a bit more due to hull design and material quality. CANOES Even though canoes can be used to fish areas with rapids, they are usually a dedicated calm water craft.

Canoes are favoured by boaters who want plenty of internal space, which is why these are such a good option for extended trips. They handle weight reasonably well and the large models (designed to carry two or even three people) can be extremely stable on the water. They are often designed to allow for electric or even outboard motors to be added, and can accommodate batteries and motor brackets. A good quality canoe will paddle really well,

Sit on top kayaks are easy for a single paddler to operate and if you’re going one up are probably the best option.


and will be a pleasure to use when travelling long distances on our river systems. The material they’re made from can greatly influence their lifespan and, to an extent, how they perform on the water. A good quality UV-stabilised polyethylene will allow your canoe to withstand the harsh Australian conditions, and if you step up to something like Royalex you’ll decrease its weight substantially. RIGHT FOR THE JOB Once you have chosen the model and make of your canoe or kayak, you need to get down to the nitty-gritty. As yourself whether you want it to be a fishing platform, or for exercise. You can opt for a craft that does both, as long as you bear in mind there will be slight compromises in certain areas. If you want a dedicated fishing craft, you’ll be spoilt for choice. These models have rod holders, tackle storage features and stacks of other anglerfriendly benefits. How much you want to add to your craft to make it more user-friendly is also entirely up to you. The kayak and canoe accessories are endless – anchors, drogues, rod

holders, fish finders and sails are just a few of the accessories out there. Another important question to ask yourself is, what are the seats like? You’ll be spending a lot of time sitting down so you want a comfortable seat. A backrest is very important

buoyant or do you need to add flotation? These are the questions you need to ask yourself or the salesperson. You don’t want to be one of those people who has to put their canoe or kayak up for sale at half the purchase price because it was simply the wrong boat for them.

Canoes like this Old Town Guide 147 can be spacious and comfortable to fish out of. They can also accommodate sounders and motors quite easily. as well. I recommend one that is adjustable and will provide lumbar support while you’re paddling or fishing. One thing I cannot stress enough is to do your research. If one craft is more expensive than another, look at why. Check the material it is made of – is it

When you make the right choice, you’ll find that kayaking and canoeing can be great fun. It can take you to some of the most beautiful places around Australia – places that you would never have had the opportunity to visit otherwise. Just pick the right one for you and you’ll never look back.



I knew the bites would be subtle and the fight nothing short of brutal when I fished the Bass Pro Grand Final 2013 at Cania Dam. That is why I chose to fish a Dobyns Champion Extreme 701. The Extreme range is super sensitive and light weight whilst maintaining the power required to stop big bass. The 701 combined with Sunline’s strong braid and tough leader was the perfect combination. The pairing of Dobyns and Sunline gave me the confidence and ability to convert those subtle bites and secure the bass I needed to win.

- Dean Silvester: Winner of the 2013 ABT Bass Grand Final at Cania Dam. Check out Dean’s winning combination:

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The election is done and dusted and it now remains to be seen if the new government will be open and communicative with the recreational fishing sector. My concern is that the Greens have had such a strong negative effect on government policy that we may now see some knee-jerk decisions that will not just repeal some green legislation but swing it too far in the reverse. Of particular concern is port development in Queensland. In addition, recreational fishers have multiple restrictions placed on what they love to do. Many bag and size limits appear to have sustainability value but others are arbitrary and not backed by science. Very few popular species have had any in-depth research done into their biology, and none of the recognized R&D funding suppliers place this research on their priority funding lists. Better science means better management and greater understanding by anglers. Fisheries managers seem reluctant to support research that may not support previous management decisions. I think most anglers would like fishery managers to be proactive, and I don’t think we’d be angry about any reduced bag and size limits which were based on suitable scientific investigations.

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Many Queensland waterways and impoundments currently have their management plans either under review or under construction. Please have a good look at any proposed in your area; many of the draft statements have been written by departmental officers who have no contact with recreational fishing. The draft Gold Coast Waterways Management Strategy, 2013-2023 is one of these. The draft strategy does not mention recreational fishing. This is a major omission given the importance of angling in the area. The recreational fishing sector would welcome specific details on how their activities will be managed, enhanced, and properly catered for into the next decade. We will have a draft available on our website shortly and encourage everyone to submit comments on this plan and others in your area.

October 2013 Roma Street Parklands Bribie Island Townsville Bribie Island- Redcliffe Special Schools Mount Isa Scouts Moreton Island November 2013 Deception Bay Wynnum Sea Scouts T Jetty Wynnum effects of the supertrawler, Margiris, which was banned by former environment minister Tony Burke. He ordered the prohibition continue until a scientific panel completes its work in a report not due until October 2014. The incoming parliamentary secretary for Fisheries, Richard Colbeck, confirmed he wanted a new scientific survey of the target small pelagic fishery, in addition to the panel’s work. “Once that scientific work has been done, we will make our decision based on the science,” Senator Colbeck told the ABC. “Senator Colbeck’s support for a new stock survey should raise the antennae of the Australian public, who so strongly rejected supertrawlers last year,” said Greenpeace oceans campaigner Nathaniel Pelle.

Children enjoying a Sunfish Kids Fishing Day at Biggenden. More Kids Fishing Days will be held around the state in the coming months.

March 2014 Bjelke Petersen Dam Roma Street Ingham Broadwater Parklands Miora April 2014 Bushland Beach Lake Moondarra Weir Waterpark Charters Towers Lake Corella May 2014 Jacobs Well Multicap Lakeside Complex, Dakabin

Senator Richard Colbeck with recreational fishing identities. We’re all hoping that open communication will continue.

January 2014 Bellara Bayside PCYC February 2014 Burketown

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Mr Pelle said after leaving Australia the Margiris was now fishing in a small pelagic high seas fishery off Chile, where it also ran into trouble earlier this month. On calling into the Chile port of Valparaiso, it met a protest by local fishermen, before the vessel hastily left the port. Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said that in opposition Senator Colbeck strongly backed the supertrawler, and the Coalition had not clarified what action it would take if Seafish was successful in overturning the ban. Recreational fishers, who backed the Coalition at the election, remain opposed to the supertrawler. “We definitely support the expert panel doing its


work,” said Allan Hansard, managing director of the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation. “We want to see good science on stocks, and also on the economic and environmental implications for small communities,” Mr Hansard said. Seafish Tasmania is awaiting an imminent Federal Court decision challenging the ban, and its director, Gerry Geen, has repeatedly said he still wants to fish an 18,000 tonne quota his company holds, according to The Age. - Judy Lynne

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Gomoku style fishing – will it storm across Australia? FMG

Steve Morgan

At the recent AFTA (Australian Fishing Trades Association) Trade Show on the Gold Coast, Rapala Australia invited their Singapore-based angling talent, Fred Goh, out to show and tell Aussie tackle stores all about their ‘Gomoku’ style of light jigging.

jigging concept and shrinks it down to tackle that is a size that is manageable for nearly all anglers. By simultaneously reducing the size of the lures, the range of available species increases. So Gomoku will be suitable for such species as snapper, flathead, mackerel, tuna and trevally in the salt and bass and redfin in the fresh. Fred’s been an advocate of the Gomoku style throughout the development

Aussie fish are limited only to your imagination – and to those species that eat a fingerlength baitfish! Fred’s main experience with this style of fishing is in the hard-fished Asian waters near his hometown of Singapore, but there’s three main techniques that will definitely work Down Under. SURFACE PRESENTATIONS Schools of tuna or other small pelagics busting up all


Currently, there’s three Storm Gomoku spin rods available and two baitcast. Ultra Light PE0.4 to 1.0 40g jig max. SPIN Light PE0.8 to 1.5 120g jig max. SPIN Medium PE1.0 to 3.0 160g jig max. SPIN Light PE0.8 to 1.5 120g jig max. OVERHEAD Medium PE1.0 to 3.0 160g jig max. OVERHEAD

Gomoku micro-jigs will appeal to all predatory species that think a little baitfish is a tasty option. And although this event was dealer-only, Fishing Monthly was lucky enough to get Fred out on the water for a day and ask him all about this concept. Essentially the Gomoku concept is a fusion of deep jigging (that we’d do for amberjack and kingfish) and light inshore lure fishing. Although deep jigging is exciting and the fish are big, the size of the tackle is often daunting to a majority of anglers. There are very few anglers I know who have the stamina to jig all day and the offshore locations where deep jigging is most effective are limited to when the winds and currents are suitable. Gomoku takes the deep

of the concept – which at the moment is typified by easily distinguishable white rods with colour-coded grips – and is more qualified than most to spread the Gomoku word. “There are no rules when it comes to Gomoku – it’s all about having fun,” Fred explained as he outlined the concept for the YouTube video (see factbox for details). Although there are dedicated Storm Gomoku slim jigs, and jigs or heavy spoons in the recommended weight ranges will suit the tackle, Fred likes to rig the baits with assisthooks to minimise snagging that can occur with a treble rigged at the tail of the bait. Indeed, the applications to

over the surface are common right around Australia – whether it’s northern bluefin in the Gulf of Carpentaria or Australian salmon in Pittwater, they all get focussed on small baitfish and don’t mind a bit of speed in the retrieve. The surface retrieve is simple – lead cast the jig across the schooling fish and bring it back through the school at speed. The fish will tell you their preferred retrieve speed. Some days it’ll be flat-out and others it’ll be slower with a pause or two. Either way, once you get connected on Gomoku gear, it’s gloves-off. The soft tips

Rapala’s Fred Goh shows off the quality of fish that Gomoku tackle can knock over. readily fold away and let you fish this tackle to the limit. MIDWATER OFFERINGS Trevally, snapper and even bass or redfin schooling midwater will be partial to a micro-jig worked through the school. With modern electronics, we’re all getting rather good at identifying depths at which these schooling fish sit. And just like deepwater jigging, there’s no use expending time and energy fishing where there’s empty water. Count the jig down to the depth that the fish are schooling at and let the lure dart and flutter through the fish. When you’ve worked it through, free-spool the lure back through and repeat the process. The long butt of the Gomoku rod sits under your arm and allows this technique to be very efficient. BOUNCING THE BOTTOM Flathead in particular won’t be able to help themselves when it comes to micro-jigs. Flutter them to the

bottom, let them sit there for a second and pop them up off the sand. The assist-hooks minimise the chance of snagging up if the country is a little rougher than you expected and also offer some abrasion resistance with a lizard’s teeth. Like standard soft-plastic fishing for flatties, you can tell when the lure hits the bottom by the slack dropping into your line. Pop it up and repeat. OVER TO YOU But enough of us yammering on about Gomoku fishing. The proof of the pudding will be how it works on your water. Try the lures or go the whole hog and try the outfits. We’re sure that Storm (distributed by Rapala Australia) would love your feedback on their Facebook page (F: Rapala Australia)! Best of all, though, is that the Rapala guys have offered a Gomoku/Okuma outfit as a prize for a reader in each of the three magazines (QFM, NSWFM and V&TFM) – see the competition box nearby for full details.


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How to crack a crab for an awesome feed BRISBANE

Lynn Bain

Lynn Bain shows us a detailed photo sequence on extracting crab meat

from the shell, in this case a delicious sand crab. First cook your crabs. Around 7 minutes is the cooking time for sand crabs. Bring a pot of water

to the boil and place the crabs into the boiling water. You time the cooking time from when the water comes back to the boil. I cook sand crabs on the stove in a clear lidded

Baccarat 16.5 litre stock pot and I’ll fill it from half to three-quarters full with water and bring that to the boil. This sized pot and the associated volume of water is very important. Smaller

pots will boil over and will limit the amount of crabs that you can cook at a time. The larger deep sided pot allows you a larger volume of water to crab ratio which will therefore heat back to

the boil quicker. Although the clear lid does steam up, it still allows you to see what is going on inside the pot without having to lift the lid (remember escaping steam burns).


Hold the crab in one hand and with the other hand lift up under the tip of the tail flap to start to remove the top shell.

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To make things easier to view in the photographs, we start with the underside of the crab upwards. Now, remove the two large claws by breaking them off at the body. Set the claws aside for cracking and removing the meat later.

A handy oyster knife is a great ‘secret-tip’ to use when cracking apart a crab. The blunt knife slots in well under the tip of the tail flap to pry it up.

Prise the rear of the carapace away from the body. If you are having trouble prising the rear of the shell away, then relocate your effort to one of the ‘points’ and then to the point on the other side. The carapace may also prise away from the face/ front. Don’t despair, the carapace will lever off.


Grip the eye-socket frame and mouth and pull (or cut off) the face, mouth and eye stalks of the crab where it joins the body and remove the internal organs by scraping them out with a knife or brush (or spoon).

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Pull off the gills (aka dead man’s fingers) and discard them into the compost (or berley). Remove the gills form both sides.


Discard any intestines that have remained with the body (hopefully most of the intestines will have gone with the carapace). You may wash/ rinse the crab at this point in order to remove any “muck” that may get in the way of your seeing what you are doing.



Use a large heavy meat cleaver to split the body down the centre. TOOLS

Much of the white meat in the body of the crab is located in the chambers separated by thin walls of cartilage/ shell. To access this meat, using the Boker ceramic paring knife, make a flat cut from front to back of the underside of the crab, just above the leg joints. This cut is important because it shaves the shell like ‘top’ off the body, thereby exposing the flesh. Repeat the process for the other side of the crab. Having left the legs on helps in giving you something to hold onto when making the cut. Do the other side as well.


Lever off (do not pull off) the remaining legs where they join the body. It is advisable to keep the thumb of the other hand pressed securely over the body meat when removing these cuts.


• Oyster knife • Brush (not shown) • Cleaver • Nutcrackers/crab crackers

• Paring knife • Kitchen shears (optional) • Crab pickers • Crab

Once all the legs are off, get out the crab picker and start removing the meat from the body pieces (make sure you don’t get any of the cartilage mixed in with the body meat… it’ll add crunch to your sandwiches and crab cakes)


Crack the joint to give you just the biggest part of the claw to work on. The less willy-nilly cracking of shell that you do the less the risk of getting the teeny weeny pieces of shell in your mouth when eating it later. (tip: some of the joints are best sucked out, peeler’s perks) Continued page 104

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From page 103

Alternatively you can tap the claw with a heavy all-metal steak knife (or small hammer) just below the pincher (both sides) to make a straight, clean cut in the shell.

Then crack the claw near 13 to the scissor joint with either crab crackers or nutcrackers. Then gently break the claw open with your fingers and remove the shell. Then remove the exposed meat. Remove any flecks of shell and the internal clear membranes from the meat and reserve the meat. Continue the procedure on the other claw.




Open up both pincers and get the meat out if you like, not much on meat reward from a sand crab, but a reasonable return with lots of flavour on a big mud crab.

I like to crack the knuckle-joints away from all long pieces that you are trying to remove meat from, thus you have just a single section of crab leg to work on. 18


Then crack the outer shell of the long piece that you are working on – crack it all the way around

Then pull the broken pieces apart from each other ad now lift out the meat. Hopefully it comes in one piece – if not then it’s time to employ those D-line brand crab pickers and push the picker through from one end which will force the meat out of the wider open end in one-piece – if not a crab picker then use a crab claw. Some of the smaller segments from the legs are best squeezed to get the meat out.


The reserved crab meat ready to be used in crab cakes. Everybody should confidently have their own specialty crab cake recipe in their bag of tricks. Another, very sensible option is to use the bigger pieces of crab flesh in the classic crab meat sandwich; and reserve the smaller pieces of crab meat from a few crabs for your crabs cakes. You should get approx. 125g of meat per sand crab.

Crab stuffed pasta shells BRISBANE

Lynn Bain

Creamy and crab flavoured is an excellent description of these crab-filled pasta shells. CRAB FILLING •••••••••••••••••••• Use the meat from the claws, as well as the meat from the crab’s body to make up the crabmeat stuffing. Ingredients 500g cooked crab meat 500g cream cheese, softened 100g freshly grated Parmesan 2 cloves garlic, finely grated 2 green shallots, finely sliced A good pinch of dried chilli flakes 12 or so fresh tarragon leaves, finely chopped (optional) Freshly ground salt and pepper 200g pasta shells 104



Sauce Ingredients 3 cups cream (or natural yoghurt) 2 tablespoons green shallots, finely sliced 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish Method 1. Combine the crab meat, softened cream cheese, parmesan cheese, garlic, green shallots, chilli flakes and tarragon in a bowl. Season to taste with freshly ground salt and pepper. Place this filling mixture in the refrigerator until you are ready to stuff the cooked pasta shells. 2. Cook the pasta shells in boiling water, according to the directions on the packet. When cooked, drain the pasta shells on a clean tea towel. 3. In a small saucepan combine the cream and green shallots. Heat the

6. Remove the baking dish from the oven and sprinkle the extra Parmesan cheese over the top.

contents of the saucepan over a low heat, until the sauce mixture is reduced by half and thickened. 4. Preheat your oven to

200C/400F. 5. Spoon the reduced sauce into the base of a baking dish. Carefully stuff the pasta shells with the

crabmeat mixture and place them on top of the sauce in a single layer in the baking dish. Cover with alfoil and bake for 20-25 minutes.

COOKING SAND CRABS •••••••••••••••••••• Using a large (approximately 16L) stock pot, fill 3/4 full of water and stir in 2tbsp salt and 1tbsp of sugar. Bring to the boil. Place the crabs into the boiling water. Cook for about 7 minutes starting from when the water starts to re-boil. Put the lid on when cooking. At the completion of the cooking time, remove the crabs from the boiling water and plunge them into either a sink or large container of cold water. You can add ice to the water to cool the crabs more quickly.

Parsun outboards: they’re for the long run FMG

Travis Davies

After seven years Parsun outboards have become a huge part of the Australian boating scene. Thanks to a solid distribution network and a growing reputation for reliability and value, the brand has grown fast. The only way for that to happen in a country like Australia is to earn a reputation and in the case of Parsun outboards, that has been achieved. We recently were offered a run with the new Parsun 25hp two-stroke outboard and it seemed like an offer too good to refuse. We arranged to hit the water for a tour of the amazingly scenic Woronora River. We met Garry Baikovas, the owner of Island Inflatables and distributor of Parsun Outboards, at the ramp.

keeps and eye on everything inside for you. The specs are below for the motor, as I said it’s confusing to the point that I know it’s a manual 25hp, you tilt it up and down manually, it has forward, neutral and reverse, you pull start it and it goes well! We launched the boat jumped in and bang, one pull and away it went. In my opinion as all 25hp motors should; they are just little workhorses that run forever. There were two of us in the boat (I got out to take pictures) and away we went with no plans, just to run around get a feel for the motor and boat and see this amazingly scenic river. We cruised along in the 6 knots zone hardly hearing the motor. I loved this, as a lot of driving in 6 knots with a noisy rattling two-stroke is something I wouldn’t like. I must say the motor was very new with only a few hours on it, so I suppose it should be quiet.

We travelled about 20 minutes up the river, we both had a go at driving and then we took a few pictures and headed back. It was a flat day so there was no chop to speak of. We created some chop ourselves by swinging into a few circles and the boat ripped through it and we threw the boat into some sharp turns and it all held well. There was very minimal cavitation coming out of sharp turns and when straightened it just pulled away again. You can tighten or loosen the adjustable

A simple tiller steer arrangement that has tension adjustment to allow the skipper to control the craft better. Once outside of the speed zone we opened it up and with the buoyancy

of the inflatable there was no real hole shot, it just took off. I am not sure of the speed but it was going as fast as the boat would allow. In fact we pulled back the throttle to pull down the revs and run smooth. This didn’t really adjust the speed, just made for a quieter run.

Internally the Parsun outboards offer all the refinement needed to ensure the product works as expected. A 2 year manufacturer’s warranty gives buyers good peace of mind.


On the small Island Inflatable, the 25hp 2-stroke had no dramas getting the rig moving at speed. Naturally, the new motor was fitted on an Island inflatable, a hypalon 2.7m boat. I put 2 and 2 together and came up with the conclusion that this boat was going to fly! The boat weighs only 52kg, actually the same weight as the motor, so with its buoyancy it was really going to get up and go. Now I am not one to understand all the specs when you’re researching a motor. There are some big words and some strange numbers, but to have it laid out and sold to me by the salesman, basically to dumb it down for me, actually made sense. I was shown it’s as good as other motors on the market but for a smaller price tag! The motor is made from a high-grade marine aluminium alloy. This means it’s made from a quality material to give you the ultimate corrosion protection. The motor itself has a thermostat watercooling system, which

steering friction lever to get it just the way you want it. Changing gears was also very smooth from neutral to forward and back and into reverse. The motor is fitted with a vibration reduction system; it made sense of its smooth running. When deciding on your purchase, you have many choices even once you know you want a 25hp. Your boat transom height will determine whether you need a longor short-shaft motor. Ask your dealer which suits your boat.

Length Overall.............. 849mm Width Overall................ 399mm Height overall................ 1.134m Transom height............. 381mm Weight............................ 52kg Full throttle range ........ 4500rpm-5500rpm Maximum output .......... 18.4kW/25hp @ 5000rpm Engine type................... 2-stroke Cylinders....................... 2 Displacement................ 496.0cc Ignition........................... capacitor discharge Starting.......................... manual Gearing ......................... FNR Gear ratio....................... 2.08 (27:13) Trim & tilt ...................... manual Fuel ............................... 24L remote Max fuel usage.............. 11L/h Fuel-oil mix.................... 50:1 Gear oil capacity........... 320cc Propeller ....................... 3-9 7/8” x 11 1/4” Warranty........................ 2yr manufacturer’s

You can have manual start or for extra you can order an electric start, it’s up to you. But these motors do start easily with a pull anyone could achieve. So decisions, decisions. There are a lot of 25hp motors on the market but when looking and planning for your next motor, consider a Parsun outboard – they are here for the long run. The motor comes with a factory two-year warranty and as tested costs $2,570, including a fuel tank. Check w w w. for your local dealer or contact Parsun direct on 02 9532 0002.




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Sea Fox 256W Voyager BRISBANE

Wayne Kampe

The Sea Fox 256W Voyager is a 7.6m-long piece of hand-laid fibreglass with almost every component keen anglers seek in a fishing boat and enough stylish comforts to make a perfect family craft as well. Built in South Carolina, this boat has almost every conceivable feature to ensure comfort and efficiency for serious fishing and family fishing. No timber was used in its construction, with 20cmwide fibreglass stringers, glass/composite transom and the interior liner bonded to the hull before closed-cell foam is injected. The result a strong and very quiet hull. The beamy (2.8m) walkaround has easy access forward via steps and ample hand holds on the massive hardtop. But with an electric anchor winch up there I can’t imagine people moving up forward except to chase a fish or cast, or maybe take in some sun. OPULENCE The test Sea Fox did offer a fair few optional extras, including an aft bench seat, anchor roller, Silver Shark coloured hull, full covers for the massive Ultima version hardtop and stainless propellers for the Mercury 150hp four strokes.

The fully lined cabin has shelves and a lockable bi-fold door. With an infill the v-berths convert to a double bed and there’s a removable dining table, large woodgrain cabinet, sink with pressurised water and a butane stove. The electric refrigerator, four cabin lights and the marine toilet under the starboard bunk were also standard.

insulated storage box with a further compartment in the companionway for tackle trays and lure bags. The mate’s seat had a 51L Igloo removable cooler under it, great for on-board tucker and cold drinks. There’s more sealed storage in the floor between the seats. The 256WA’s dash was somewhat plain Jane,

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Hull length............................................. 7.6m Beam.................................................... 2.8m Length on trailer.................................... 9.4m Height on trailer.................................... 3.5m Hull weight............................................ 1861kg Transom deadrise ................................ 20° Fuel....................................................... 568L Rec power............................................ 200hp-400hp Max adults............................................ 10 Towing.................................................. large 4WD or small truck Test boat supplied by JSW Powersports of the Gold Coast. Price as tested with braked tandem trailer and all options mentioned: $139,385.

Up in the wheelhouse section there are twin sliding swivelling seats mounted on storage boxes that have aft-facing squabs for additional passengers. Under the skipper’s rear squab us a very large

Clean, uncluttered lines put this big featurepacked Sea Fox in a class of its own.

That livewell is so large that you could bath a small child in it!

although it has room for a couple of 10” multi-purpose displays above the helm. Rocker switches are above and to port of the three-spoke wheel, with engine ignition assemblies to starboard. Analogue gauges, including speedo and two tachometers, fuel, volts and other dials stretch upwards on the starboard side of the helm. The engine controls are neatly recessed into the cab side and in easy reach. Helm seating was very comfortable with all-round visibility and a skipper’s footrest. The wheel was tilt adjustable and linked to hydraulic steering. A louver window in the centre of the windscreen could be tilted to allow fresh breeze – neat. Seated under the hardtop with the optional side and front clears, one could not help but be impressed by the massiveness of the sheltered area. That hardtop also houses four lockable cabinets, two for personal items and charts and two lockable rod racks large enough to take game rods with ease. There were also spreader lights, an electronics box, Jensen AM/FM radio with MP3 adaptor and four speakers, eight LED lights and a rear rocket launcher for seven rods.

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Pushing hard at near top speed, the Voyager leaves a very clean wake.

The mist system was a novel touch, spraying a very fine mist through nozzles along the hardtop – made for a Queensland summer’s day! COCKPIT Almost half of the Voyager is cockpit – fishing room packed with treats. Aft in the non-skid self-draining floor are two 1m long fish boxes with macerator pumps. Rod holders and drink holders were in strategic places, along with horizontal racks. The live-bait well has four rod holders at its rear, a blue gelcoat interior to keep occupants happy, and a massive clear lid. In front of the bait well is a removable upholstered seat for two. The boarding ladder is to port. PERFORMANCE Although the hull was rated to 400hp, performance was never lacking from the twin Mercury 150s, which would offer some savings. They were amazingly quiet and even at full revs made nothing more than a subdued deep roar. With three aboard the Voyager planed at 13 knots (24.3kmh) at 2800rpm. At 3000rpm my GPS recorded 17.4 knots (32.3kmh); at 4000rpm 31.4 knots (58.2kmh) and at 5000rpm 39 knots (72.5kmh). At the max 6000rpm we were doing a brisk 46 knots or 85.3kmh.

Hole shot was impressive, with the big hull simply rising up onto the plane without any excessive bow lift.

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Top Left: The layout of the Sea Fox is well thought out. Top Centre: The SeaFox 256 Voyager’s front deck is large enough to spread out and take a nap. Top Right: The Ultima hardtop comes will all the bells and whistles, including a mist-producing freshwater spray for hot days. Bottom Left: A handy icebox is stowed under the passenger’s seat. Bottom Centre: There’s all the room in the world for additional electronics of any size on this dash. Bottom Right: A comfortable galley makes dining aboard the Voyager an additional pleasure of ownership.

FISHABILITY With a plethora of fishing features, tremendous performance, soft ride and nimble handling, the Sea Fox 256 Voyager is a fishing craft of the highest calibre. Offshore anglers are going to find the rock-like stability and easy, unfussed ride a huge bonus. With an interior side height of 690mm and exterior sides of 1040mm, seakeeping is of the highest order. A very high standard of finish will engender pride of ownership in the Sea Fox while almost every useful and desirable fishing feature makes it a fishing craft of exceptional quality. • Please bear in mind that the 2.8m beam means this rig exceeds most states’ transport regulations for regular towed vehicles. Your state may require the driver of the vehicle towing this rig to be in possession of a permit similar to the Queensland Class 394-TH-13, which comes with a set of specific towing conditions. • Quoted performance figures have been supplied by the writer in good faith. Performance of individual boat/motor/ trailer packages may differ due to variations in engine installations, propellers, hull configurations, options, hull loading and trailer specifications.



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Hammer it with the Hammerhead 5300 Dragon Fly BRISBANE

Wayne Kampe

On a recent trip to Townsville I was offered the opportunity to test one of the renowned Hammerhead plate alloy craft. I came away with some very favourable impressions of the 5300 Dragonfly/150 Mercury 4-stroke combination. The 5300 Dragonfly was a very large ‘small’ boat and was in many respects a big step up from what I expected of a 5.3m long craft. Hammerhead Boats have been making inroads into the North Queensland offshore boating scene for over four years. They currently build custom alloy monohulls from 4.5m to 10m, and powered cats from 5.5m to 10m. All Hammerhead craft are designed by naval architect Chris Tucker to AS 1799 standards, and are constructed entirely from 4mm thick 5083 marine grade plate aluminium. The construction is of a built-to-last standard. A total of 9 full-length under-floor stringers are complemented by full cross bulkheads every 600mm within the hull’s frame to ensure utmost rigidity and longest service life for owners. A five year structural warranty throughout the Hammerhead range is standard. The Hammerhead 5300 Dragonfly I reviewed was an entirely open craft designed to maximise fishing space, plus offer ample freeboard and sea keeping capability. This beamy (2.3m) side console was equipped with virtually every item a serious angler would want on a purpose-designed offshore boat. Rod holders? Four per side! A kill tank aft and recirculating live well within the transom were standard, as were transom tackle drawers. An enclosed rod locker was set up within the port side of the cockpit with a powerful deck wash set into a side pocket aft. Cruising range – so important for northern anglers wanting to

Top Left: So cleanly does the Dragonfly ride, you could be forgiven for thinking it was riding on an air cushion. Top Right: The side console was functional yet took up little room, and the skipper’s pedestal seat was well designed and supportive. Middle Left: The boat as tested had large recirculating livewell, a handy bait station, plus a set of tackle trays. Note the high sides and full height transom. Middle Right: The Dragonfly’s rod locker put to good use, with tackle fully protected from harm. Bottom Left: Looking aft from the bow of the Dragonfly it’s easy to see the huge amount of work room on hand. Bottom Right: Under floor dry storage is courtesy of the Dragonfly’s cast deck hatch.

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head to the Great Barrier Reef – was guaranteed thanks to a 200L longitudinally located underfloor fuel tank. SPACIOUS LAYOUT The 5300 Dragonfly has tremendous room within its 5.7m overall length. Up front, the lined and drained anchor well was large enough to hold a useful amount of ground tackle complete with an obligatory float. A heavy duty bollard and bowsprit plus low-profile bow rails completed bow features, while a 450mm high casting deck aft of the anchor well provided ample sheltered storage capability. Stepping down into the main work area of the craft, it’s the Dragonfly’s large amount of fishing room that catches the eye. With its fully sealed alloy (carpeted) self-draining floor areas and matte gun metal grey sides, the Dragonfly’s interior finish was designed to eliminate glare. This is a very important feature in any alloy craft as far as I’m concerned. The craft also had a welldesigned side console plus transom lockers and a 4-rod work station at the transom. With the Mercury 150 mounted on a lip on the craft’s stern, twin boarding rails allowed access for a diver or swimmer with entry over the full-height transom. The privately owned test craft was customised with the owner’s specs. Paired, strongly made and supportive pedestal bucket seats were set up aft within the cockpit, with a large padded area atop a 90L removable icebox installed ahead of the side console for a passenger. The Dragonfly is rated for up to six persons, with seating left to an owner’s requirements. WELL SET UP SIDE CONSOLE Gauges and instruments were set up on the Dragonfly’s sleek, shelf-equipped side console. Topmost on the console was a Lowrance HDS 7 unit, with room for additional

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nav aids also on this upper shelf area. Lower down were paired Mercury Smart Craft gauges with a Simrad NNS 8 unit next down. Switches were installed to port of the craft’s steering wheel, which was linked to Morse Teleflex steering. A marine radio was installed with the console shelf, tucked away but within easy reach. In all, a very neat side console unit, purpose-built to be functional with minimal work area intrusion. RIDE AND HANDLING With the forward controls for the Mercury 150 EFI side mounted by my right arm, it was a pleasure to review the Hammerhead’s speed and performance. The helm seat provided great support – very important in less than ideal conditions – and with ample leg room under the console I was very comfortable with the driving position. I tested the Dragon Fly in a freshwater section of the Ross River in Townsville, with three aboard. Clearly, the 5300 Dragonfly is an offshore craft, and smooth water running wasn’t ideal for determining its true sea-keeping ability. Still, there was no disguising the effortless capability of the Hammerhead’s 16.5-degree vee hull with its massive outer reversed chines to handle some solid wash

from wake boarding craft. Even at full speed of close to 41.5 knots (77km/h), the solid plate hull slipped over solid walls of chop as though they weren’t there. Cornering at speed saw the hull sitting very flat, recovering rapidly

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regularly take their 5300 Dragon Flys on 100km round trips to the Reef without hesitation. I wasn’t surprised, given the 1m side height of the craft, stability and easy riding capability, designed to provide excellent sea keeping ability. Naturally, as the craft is an open 5.3m boat there’s some potential to get wet at times – something to be expected in open boats of this size. However, I did notice that when belting the Dragon Fly over big fat wash sections from wake board craft, no spray came anywhere near the hull’s 700mm high interior. The large spray chine that extended aft from the bow, forming a reversed chine aft, certainly took care of spray issues. It appeared that the faster the Dragon Fly flew, the cleaner it ran! OVERALL The Hammerhead 5300 Dragon Fly is an extremely

such was its excellent design. FISHABILITY Two privately owned Dragon Fly craft were involved in this review, one used as a camera boat, and I spoke to the owners to get their opinions. Both

A side view of the Dragonfly in flight. Note the clean, unfussed wash. from any inclination to lean. The top powered 4-cylinder 3L EFI Mercury 150 was very quiet throughout its rev range but had a pleasing degree of overall power and responsiveness. A push of the throttle lever brought instant acceleration, which can obviously be very important in uncertain sea conditions. Overall, I saw the Merc as a great match for the solidly

(47.8km/h), 5000rpm 32 knots (59.6km/h) and 5400rpm 41 knots (76.6km/h). In all, great performance from a well set up fishing boat. Stability within the Dragon Fly was outstanding, with virtually no leaning despite deliberate crew positioning to induce some out-of-level attitude. Three people on one side caused only the merest inclination for the hull to lean,


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With all the kit sorted and fitted, it was time to get my new little girl wet and see how much of a water baby she was going to be. This is the most exciting time with a new boat and also the most nervous. You want everything to be perfect but you know in your heart of hearts that there will be lots of little things that could be better. Some you’ll learn to live with (like the dog snoring!), while others will need to be fixed to

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The SeaTrail trailer was adjusted to perfectly carry the rig. It’s oversized for the boat, but that allows me to store a bit of camping gear in the boat while travelling. make the boat easier to use. Being somewhat of a custom build there were always going to be things out of place, simply forgotten about or perfect, and my

little girl had all of these. But let’s first have a look at how she ran. The first trip out after water testing was on a blustery day with three in the boat

and that meant any open boat was going to be wet, and we got wet. A gentle 25 knot southerly had short, sharp waves building against the tide and add onto that swells from 40-75’ cruisers and you can imagine the test this gave the boat. But those conditions were perfect as it would give a really good indication of how everything handled pretty ordinary conditions. Apart from the spray being pushed into the boat the first thing I noticed was that the boat rode a little flat. I’m used to tinnies where you can trim up and get the nose high but this just wasn’t happening. It felt like the hull needed to hit the water a little further back. But the best thing was that when we hit, went through or came over the top of the waves and boat wakes, there

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was almost no thumping or jarring. It was awesome. I took the spray on that first day because I was simply loving how well the rig coped with the chop and wake. It made me remember all those conversations I’d had with the go fast tournament guys about how well fibreglass rode – well it’s true. The 60hp Honda 4-stroke was all of 20 minutes old on that trip and she got the fairly heavy boat up on the plane reasonably quickly and pushed her out to a maximum speed of 27 knots. This wasn’t too bad as Tony from Galeforce predicted 30 knots. As an aside the most recent trip out saw us reach 31 knots 2 up, so Tony knew his boat. The Honda was perfect for what I was after. I didn’t want blistering speed. I wanted reliability and good fuel economy and I reckon I have both of these in spades with the 60hp Honda. Internally everything seemed pretty much right apart from the passenger’s seat that hit the port side gunwale. This is one of those annoying problems that I cannot live with and I will fix it by moving the seat forward a touch and a touch towards the middle of the boat. As a bonus this move will free up tiller arm space as well. With the fishing not exactly firing, we still managed to get amongst a few



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The hatches and front casting deck had plenty of room for two anglers with the third angler having room if needed. It was almost perfect for what I wanted. Usually I fish 2 up so the front casting deck was perfect. I think I will look into getting piano wire hinges down the track. The trick will be finding them at the right stainless steel grade. This is not super important but at some stage it will matter – just not today. The tiny custom built console was brilliant. I love it. It fits the Humminbird 898 perfectly, has two rows of switch panels and the livewell timer and is about to get a NMEA gauge installed as

well. Robin’s Mobile Services also installed a hard wired 12V socket on the console and this has been amazing for charging the phone and running a hand held spotlight at night. And speaking of lights, the Korr Boat Lights that were fitted throughout are exceptional. I have a switch that turns on the cabin lights and also a switch that turns on the lights in the hatches. Look out whiting and mangrove jack this summer! Underneath the mini console is a 20L food esky. Tony at Galeforce thought to place this here as I had run out of ideas and it’s a great idea. It gives me plenty of food and drink storage and the esky

The livewell is spacious and the Flow Rite system works a treat keeping fish alive and healthy for release or for the table.

acts as a footrest when making longer runs. It’s really nice to have a food storage place away from fish, really nice. Lastly the trailer. What can I say about the trailer from R & M Marine other than it works brilliantly. After the boat was finished I dropped off the entire rig to their factory and they adjusted every nut and bolt to achieve the best support, launch and retrieve result. I could hardly be happier with it. I-beam aluminium and I love it. WHAT I’D ADD The one thing I reckon I missed was a large side pocket. I’d run this down the port side and that will store things like fish measurers, crab measurers, gaffs and odds and sods. It wasn’t until I packed in all the gear I normally take that I noticed the beautiful clean deck was missing that little bit of easy-grab storage space. This can be fixed and at some stage I’ll get a side pocket built in. I am also thinking of placing another seat bracket further towards the bow. This will enable a passenger to sit facing the stern when I’m trolling offshore, and make no mistake, on the right day this rig will chew up some offshore fishing. Apart from those additions I’m struggling to come up with more add ons, which is really good I reckon.

The mini-console fits everything on it well. A NMEA gauge is being installed in the middle to monitor fuel use, engine performance and more. WHAT I’D CHANGE I’ve mentioned the passenger seat already and the piano hinges but apart from that I might tinker around with the electric battery position to see if it will help get the nose up a bit. At present they are located in front of the livewell. This adds a lot of

weight to the nose of the boat. I’d also investigate other avenues to raise the nose a little. Things like wedging the motor, raising or dropping the motor, repositioning weight or simply learning to drive the rig better. I’m happy to admit it’ll take me 6 months to really get to understand the new girl.

OVERALL There are a few issues that need to be addressed and when they are this rig is going to be a fishing weapon. Into the wind and chop the Galeforce rides magically, with the swell and across the swell it does get a little wet. On my most recent trip though I reckon I was starting to work everything out a bit better and we didn’t get nearly as wet as the first two trips – maybe I can learn a thing or two. I’m not sure I am cut out to be the guy who custom builds boats. It’s just not my thing and I reckon once is enough for me. But I have enjoyed immensely learning a heap about how boats are built, how engines are mounted, how all the electronics work and how easy it is to get things wrong. Am I happy? Yep. I really love the way this thing rides, but I will need to sort out the spray issue. The soft ride means I can’t complain about a sore back anymore. I really like the way this rig fishes too, especially two up. From squid to flatties, from jacks to tuna the Galeforce 4.8m Tiller with 60hp Honda 4-stroke is going to be a busy boat. I can’t wait to get to know all her foibles and revel in her brilliance over the next few years.

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Raymarine has launched the groundbreaking ECI-100 Universal Engine and Control Interface, an innovative device for boat builders and system integrators that bridges the gap between engine instrumentation, drive-by-wire propulsion systems, and Raymarine network navigation systems. The ECI-100 collects and connects engine information to give the user simple and immediate access to engine performance data, fuel consumption and alarms via a full range of customisable information screens on Raymarine’s multifunction displays. It also integrates with Raymarine’s Evolution EV-2 drive-by-wire autopilot for control from any Raymarine multifunction display. Simple to fit, each ECI-100 comes with a standard DeviceNet port which connects directly into the industry-standard NMEA2000 or J1939 Engine Data Bus used by major marine engine manufacturers. ECI-100 then connects to any NMEA2000 network backbone using Raymarine’s SeaTalkng cabling system. Vital engine data can be displayed alongside Raymarine’s radar, sonar and navigation via a single touch screen display. Raymarine is committed to delivering seamless integration with leading marine engines. See au for the most up-to-date list of compatible engines. – Raymarine

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The Australian-designed Quickboat is a flat-packed boat which can be assembled in 60 seconds, launched from anywhere and easily fits on any car’s roof racks, on a shelf or under a bed. The entire boat packs down to one 36kg bag of 3.6m x 70cm x 13cm and another of 18kg a mere 1.5m x 1.2m x 80cm. The boat unfolds to 3.7m long and 1.7m wide, comfortably fits four adults and can travel in enclosed waters at 20 knots with a 9.8hp engine. It is made of high-end fibreglass and Kevlar. Quickboats can be purchased for $4375 exclusively from You can see a Quickboat being assembled in 40 seconds on the site. – Quickboats

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Mercury has taken the next step toward making your boating even more enjoyable and affordable with the launch of Mercury Finance, the new way to get out on the water. “This is very exciting,” said John Temple, Mercury Marine’s Australian GM. “We see it as a natural extension of what we do – help people enjoy themselves on the water.” Mercury Finance – available through your participating Mercury retailer – features competitive rates, loan terms up to 84 months and the backing of Mercury, It can be used to buy new or second-hand engines and trailer boat packages. Mercury Finance is not a bank product with a Mercury sticker on it. Subject to normal lending criteria, Mercury Finance is available now. For more information visit – Mercury

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Following the success of the 685HT, Cruise Craft has just released the Explorer 625HT, the second hardtop model to protect serious blue-water fishers from stormy skies, windblown spray and blistering sun. The two-piece moulded hardtop has a smooth gelcoat liner that makes it easy to clean and maintain and the robust, stylish stainless steel aft supports double as secure handholds for the crew. In its most basic offering, the hardtop has a full-height toughened glass windscreen with sliding glass side panels to port and starboard. An electric wiper on the starboard screen is standard. Those standing behind the seats are well protected by the hardtop and a slide-out canopy is optional for further protection. For more information call Cruise Craft on 07 3390 4877 or visit www. – Cruise Craft

the bluefIn Guarantee

Gold Coast builder Bluefin Boats has announced the Bluefin Guarantee, an industry first supplement to their standard warranty which promises customers from October 1 full replacement in the event of failure brought about by defective materials or workmanship. Director Brad Richey said Bluefin aluminium boats and trailers were manufactured to the highest possible standard and the Bluefin Guarantee meant that should the structural integrity of a Bluefin boat suffer from a severe failure caused by defective materials or workmanship, the vessel would be replaced with a brand-new one. “This represents the belief we have in the Bluefin product,” he said. “We are that confident in our boats that we are willing to offer a full replacement across our 125-plus models in the range. As an Australian manufacturer we face constant pressure from imported products built to a price, so to ensure our customers continue to have faith in locally built products, we need to offer additional value and reassurance in our products.” For more information visit or talk to your nearest Bluefin dealer. – Bluefin

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Do you hate having to wear a raincoat when it’s sunny, just to avoid getting drenched by salt spray when you’re riding in your boat? A great Australian boating product is guaranteed to reduce spray and help keep passengers dry and comfortable, even through chop. The Kapten Boat Collar is well known for its stability- and performance-enhancing properties, but what is less known is the Collar’s amazing ability to improve ‘wet’ boats. The specially designed foam Boat Collar creates a massive spray strake when fitted to small boats. When the craft is under way, water and spray are trapped under the Collar and forced downwards. Because the Collar runs the full length of the boat, all spray is deflected down and away from the boat and the improvement to previously wet boats is, in one word, drastic. For more information on the ‘dry’ Kapten Boat Collar, call 07 5441 3636 or 0423 499 047, or visit – Boat Collar

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Clark unveiled its feature-packed 5.45m Challenger plate cuddy cabin at Karee Marine’s stand at the Brisbane Boat Show. Clark has 4.85m-5.15m cuddies, but the 5.45m has 4mm plate sides and bottom and an ‘egg crate’ rib and stringer build for maximum strength. This boat has hydraulic steering, transom door, folding ladder, removable folding rear lounge, upholstered bunks with storage below, a lined cabin interior, cabin windows, 150L underfloor fuel and a lockable cabin. Rated to 150hp, this is a no-nonsense boat built tough and designed well at an affordable price. It’s said to deliver a solid ride, stability at rest and is quick onto the plane. Call Karee Marine on 07 3875 1600, Pacific Marine Centre on 07 3801 1722 or visit – Clark

Bar Crusher’s new 730HT is an offshore fishing machine for hard-core blue-water anglers. Constructed from heavy-duty, hightensile 5mm (bottom) and 4mm (sides) marine plate aluminium, the 730HT measures 7.30m LOA with a 2.47m beam. Rated to 250hp, its Waveslicer deep-vee hull delivers a smooth ride, the Rigideck sub-floor system ensures maximum hull strength and the Quickflow water ballast ensures stability at rest. The 730HT, with more cockpit area than even the flagship 780HT, has self-draining deck, step-through transom, marlin board, berley bucket, rod holders, live-bait tank, in-floor fish storage and big side pockets. Rocket launcher, hydraulic steering, dual battery system and Hella low-voltage coaming lights are standard. The options list is impressive. Call Bar Crusher Boats on 03 9792 2999 or visit – Bar Crusher

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