How to Catch

Summertime Golden Perch

Golden perch prove a worthy foe in the warmer months when the mighty Murray cod won’t come out to play Golden perch are not often a freshwater species that gets much attention under the blistering rays of the summer sun. After taking centre stage in spring, which coincides with the Murray cod closed season, the yellowbelly fall down the pecking

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Summer Southern Bluefin Tuna

When you hear about summer tuna they are still just the normal southern bluefin tuna. The only other tuna species regularly encountered in Victoria are albacore and they are found only in deep offshore areas. The quality size of these summer fish is often impressive – not the barrel-sized fish that many anglers target later in the year, but good,

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Impoundment Barramundi

The lure of metre-plus barramundi was enough to get Colby Lesko sending it straight for  Lake Proserpine. Impoundment barramundi are one of the best fishing options for Aussie anglers in spring/summer and I always make time to visit a barra dam or two during this period. As always, life commitments get in the way and this year, I didn’t find

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Casting The Reef Flats

Hard-fighting fish and amazing scenery make this one of the best fishing challenges around Casting the reef flats is the most visually stimulating form of fishing I can think of. When you’re not watching dark shapes mow down your lure in a metre or two of crystal-clear water, you’re looking down at the amazingly colourful Great Barrier Reef. As the

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Cod Opening – Plan C

Be prepared to roll with the punches if you want to catch a heavyweight cod this season Mike Tyson was famously quoted as saying, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”  Well, the annual springtime sojourn to Windamere in the central west of NSW well and truly punched us in the mouth. Yes, this is a

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Glidebaits on Trout and EPs

These killer lures are dynamite for more species than just cod, flathead and barra. In recent years glide baitinghas become a popular technique for targeting large predatory inshore fish such as barramundi, flathead and Murray cod.  I was keen to do some of this myself and was all kitted up with a barra and cod trips planned.  However, what do

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Snapper Bait Fishing Basics

With snapper season here in Victoria, there’s plenty of tactical food for thought, writes Lee Rayner It was hard not to get excited as the sounder marked up snapper spread out and scattered across the bottom in 14m of water. With first light coming soon it was time to get the anchor in and rods baited up. While the bulk

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Understanding Mangrove Jack

From estuary to reef, this is a favourite target in the north of Australia, writes Colby Lesko Mangrove jack are one of the angriest fish in the estuaries. I don’t think any other fish in the estuaries that rival their speed and hitting power. Jacks will smash your lure off the surface the second it lands and run for cover

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The Art of Release

Catch and release allows other anglers to share the thrill of capture – and helps build scientific data on fish movement, writes Mark Gercovich A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (before, say, the early 80s) seemingly pretty much every fish that was pulled from the water died. Eaten, used for bait, lined up for a photo,

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