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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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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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E-Mag

Hooked Up 141 Feb 2024

Our cover story is all about topwater whiting, where to find them and how to catch them using surface lures. We then move further north where we provide some great tips on how to troll for Spanish Mackerel and get the big fish. It’s then back south and out into the deep where we let you know how to catch blue eye trevalla using electric reels. Then for this month’s gear talk we look at choosing overhead outfits and let you know the differences between the 3 major styles when it comes to light tackle game rods and reels. We have the lowdown on 5 all-new Japanese made reels from both Shimano and Daiwa plau a heap of other new

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How to Catch

How To Catch School Bluefin Tuna

If someone had said to you 15 years ago that you would be able to catch loads of southern bluefin tuna during summer, you’d have thought they were crazy. These days, however, the run of summer tuna along the Victorian coastline is nothing short of amazing, and every year it just gets better and better. When it started years back, the summer bite was confined to locations such as Portland and Port Fairy. Then as the years passed the tuna showed up in little pockets all along the coastline, to the point where there are now days during summer and autumn when the fish stretch pretty well all along the Victorian coastline. And while each season can see the bulk

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Reviews

Shimano Extraction

Shimano extraction Rods Review Over the course of six weeks, I rigorously tested the new Shimano Extraction series of rods in Port Phillip Bay targeting snapper. As an avid snapper angler, I’m constantly on the lookout for exceptional snapper rods, but I have often found this niche to be underserved in terms of research and development. The pursuit of snapper, especially in Melbourne, demands a unique rod that can meet the challenges of this distinctive style of stray line bait fishing where anglers fish with multiple rods in snapper racks. When it comes to graphite rods, I don’t know of many that have the fundamental features under $300, and those rods that exceed this price range aren’t designed specifically for

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