We slowly navigated our way through the very shallow river mouth, unsure if we’d make it but Sam assured me he’d get out and push should we put my 21ft Sportsman on the sand. There was a strong air of excitement once we made the deeper waters of Bemm River and we didn’t move far upriver before we found some likely fish-holding snags. The target species was EP and it’s the perfect species to test the new Shimano Sustain FJ C3000 I had for review. This size reel perfectly complements and balances with rods from 1-3kg through to 6-8kg with a line capacity that can handle almost all inshore applications. The new model is without doubt the best Sustain yet
We kick things off in the tropical rainforests of Northern Queensland chasing jungle perch. Next, we gently try to inspire snapper anglers to modernise their bait outfits and offer a heap of affordable options- it might be time to put away the old heavy and slow glass rods and 6500 size reels. It’s then up to the high country looking at trout opening, yes, there’s been a big delay to kick-off, but it will open with a bang, and we give you some great insight on how to approach it. We also have the drop on a heap of new product that’s hitting stores through September.
Giant trevally popping is by far the most physically hardcore form of sportfishing there is – it’s like the bull riding of the fishing world. Explosive surface takes, along with locked drags and treacherous terrain, make for some exhilarating fishing. Giant trevally (or GTs as they are commonly known) are one of the hardest-fighting fish in the ocean and have one of the most aggressive attitudes there is. Giant trevally are the true thugs of the reef and will destroy any fish, squid or even bird they can fit in their mouth. Due to this angry attitude the fish will often smash the largest, loudest lures you can throw. Big poppers and stick-baits are the go-to lures when GT fishing.
Going on a fishing trip when the moon is full, and the region had recently received over 100mm of rain, I had reason to doubt how successful I might be. But when the second cast of the morning with a brand-new lure gets hit on the drop by a 44cm bream, you start to worry about peaking too early. When I then caught further fish on the fifth and sixth casts, I stopped worrying and took more notice of what I was casting. In this case it was the Pro Lure Paddle Grub. Pro Lure is a small Australian brand that makes a range soft plastic and hard-body lures designed here on Aussie soil. It’s important to note these lures
Blue Fish Imports is taking the industry by storm with the arrival of X-Braid. A new range of line and leader landing on Australian shores in the coming months, X-Braid by YGK is expansive and exciting bringing you the ultimate in new lines and some reborn favourites that are sure to get anglers around the nation excited. Renowned for innovation, technology and market leading quality YKG has been manufacturing in Japan for the past 70 years. YGK has developed their own unique range for anglers, one that offers a model to suit every application. Within it, X-Braid is taking fishing to the ultimate level utilising the exclusive WX method of weaving enabling you to have a line specifically designed for
The 3DB Jerkbait 110 is a suspending lure with an irresistible minnow shape. It is designed with flat sides which make it perfect for stop & go retrieves, or a pause/jerk/pause technique. The new weight transfer system makes for unbelievably long casts and the “head down” position during pauses in the retrieve are features developed by Yo-Zuri’s product development team. All baits in this series feature Yo-Zuri’s exclusive “Wave Motion Technology” that sends vibrations throughout the water column. Available in a shallow and deep dive version. Shallow: Suspending, Length: 110mm, Weight: 15grams, Depth:1-1.5m Deep Diver: Suspending, Length: 110mm, Weight: 15grams, Depth:2.5-3.5m tacspo.com.au
The team at Bluewater Lures are excited to launch the new Bluewater Minnow into stores in July 21. This lure has been on the market for well over a decade and has kept evolving as new technology has become available. Version 3.0 comes with an integrated Bib and the Ghost Mould Body allowing for finishes and colours that have never been seen in this type of pelagic lure. The integrated bib is an important design function, when a lure is hit at 60km/h by a large predatory fish it can sometimes throw off the tunning of a lure. The new bib design has ensured the lure swims straight out of the box and can take the roughest of punishment and
Mike Bucca’s love for swimbait fishing led him to start his own swimbait company, Bull Shad. Pretty soon Mike needed a specialized rod to comfortably throw his larger 6″ to 11″ baits and the Dobyns Bull Shad MB836SB was the result. While described as fast action, this 8’3” rod is on the slower side of fast, making it an excellent casting rod for lures from 2-8oz. The MB 836SB Bull Shad Special is sure to be a big hit with swimbait anglers targeting big murray cod and barramundi. The high modulus graphite blank is Kevlar wrapped to make it tough and is finished with Sea Guide’s XO guides, Fuji reel seat and full length 14” EVA handle. ejtodd.com.au