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Yo-Zuri Ebi Q

When squid jigs were still in their infancy in the early 2000s, the Yo-Zuri Shrimp Hunter came out and changed the game forever. It was different from any squid jig on the market and not only did it look amazing with its prawn imitation aesthetics, it caught more than anything else available at the time. It’s still sought-after by collectors and anglers who swear by its effectiveness. It was so popular in Australia that it took years for Japanese squid jig manufactures to educate anglers that squid jigs were designed to imitate fish, not prawns, and that the Shrimp Hunter was an exception. I’ve often heard it asked why some squid jigs look like prawns, and catch squid even if

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Reviews

Huk Rogue Wave Boots

I’ve navigated various terrains, weather and other challenges during my fishing expeditions. I’ve had all manner of clothing to protect me against the elements but the thing I was missing was a great pair of boat boots. About five years ago I noticed almost all American salt and freshwater anglers wearing these cool-looking boots that looked like a rubber Blundstone. My cousin and I both thought they looked great and seemed like they would be comfortable. It was at a stage in my life where I was well over wearing sneakers on a boat and the longer-style Bogs boots I wore in winter were just too bulky.  The brand was Huk and we tried unsuccessfully to buy them and have

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Shimano Bantam ArmaJoint

Swimbaits have become extremely popular over the past six years, and with good reason – they catch a variety of big fish on a regular basis thanks to their lifelike action and size, which produces excellent reactions from predatory fish. They’re fun to use and they’re effective.  One of Shimano’s latest swimbaits is the ArmaJoint190SF, a unique design that has consistently produced big fish for me at both extremes of the country over the past six months targeting big dusky flathead in the south and barra up north. Aesthetics & Features The ArmaJoint has several features that set it apart from others on the market, starting with the Flash Boost system in the body, which is a small reflective plate

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E-Mag

Hooked Up 143 April 2024

The April edition has started rolling out into stores so grab one FREE from your local when it arrives. Sammy Leys takes the helm for our cover story and provides some invaluable information on chasing big duskies in Autumn as the weather cools. It’s a great piece any keen angler chasing big duskies will appreciate. Lee Rayner heads north for the barra run-off where he chases down some quality fish on the might Roper River using a swag of different lures. Colby Lesko takes us to the cool and pristine alpine waters of the Swampy Plains River, a river that he believes holds some of the biggest trout across Victoria and NSW. We review the Yo-Zuri Ebi Q, Bantam ArmaJoint

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E-Mag

Hooked Up 142 March 2024

Our cover story this month is all about how to catch broadbill swordfish! It’s not for everybody but it’s the pinnacle of game fishing and a bucket list species for many anglers. Tasmanian author Jonah Yick has caught many so he’s a great angler to learn from. We then shift our focus to a much smaller fish, and with very easy to understand instructions and diagrams we clearly show how to tie a King George whiting rig. It’s simple but many get it wrong. It’s then time to leave the deep south and head way up to the tropics of the Great Barrier Reef where Colby Lesko has a dream trip slow pitching for big reefies. The story is titled

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Reviews

Glowbite Jack Flash and Grumpy Fish

The new Glowbite jigs out of New Zealand are certainly the most advanced I have ever seen. They feature water-activated flashing lights, rattle chambers and scent-dispersing cavities. It’s a lot of tech packed into your normal metal jigs. I was sent two styles from what’s a fairly extensive range for a new and small company – a kabura jig as well as a slow-pitch jig. Both styles are extremely popular and will catch a range of fish species. I tested these jigs in far north Queensland where a range of pelagic and bottom species are found. The Jack Flash is shaped like a standard leaf-shaped slow-pitch jig and was the first to get tied on. I worked the Jack Flash

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Reviews

Samaki Redic SF90

In the realm of Australian fishing, pursuing trophy-sized flathead with lures has evolved into one of the most popular angling styles. While large soft plastics, swimbaits and glidebaits are all now flathead staples, my preference still leans toward using shallow-diving jerkbaits. Among the plethora of options available, the Samaki Redic SF90 stands out for its exceptional success rate, durability and price. The Redic SF90 is a 90mm slow-floating jerkbait that weighs 11g. It’s fitted with BKK 4X trebles and split rings and has been designed specifically for Australian anglers targeting flathead, mangrove jack, mulloway, barra and trout. With a diving depth of 0.8m it’s perfect for working shallow flats and rivers.  The addition of a sliding magnetic cast weight is

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Reviews

Daiwa Bait Junkie 2.95″ Flick- Review

Flick baits were once the king of fish imitations but have lost the limelight to the classic paddle tail over recent years, so I was interested to see a new take on this profile. The Flick Minnow features a shovel tail design, which is its most notable feature. Rather than dual forks on the tail, one side is a spoon-like design that adds a subtle yet effective dimension to its movement in the water. Crafted from Bait Junkie’s Elastomax material, durability is outstanding, withstanding various testing conditions and multiple fish without showing signs of wear. The added buoyancy from Elastomax, initially designed for ultra-light jigheads in shallower waters, surprisingly translated well to deeper settings of 3 to 4 metres. During

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