How to Catch

Snapper on plastics

If ever there was a ‘fish popularity’ contest carried out Australia wide you could pretty much guarantee that snapper would take out first or second place. The first and rather obvious reason for this popularity stems from their very large distribution range across our country. Along with this snapper also gain huge respect courtesy of their handsome looks and powerful

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Trolling hard bodies for snapper

I think it would be fair to say that snapper (Pagrus auratus) are targeted by more anglers in Australia than any other species and this is due to a few reasons; they are one of very few fish in the country that inhabit six states, they can be caught off piers, jetty’s, break walls, in the shallows, and from kayaks

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Saratoga on small soft plastics

Without a doubt, Saratoga, affectionately called “Toga” by many, are one of Queensland and the Northern Territories premier freshwater sports fish. Great distances are traveled by many to have a crack at these prehistoric looking specimens known for their hard hit and aerobatic displays. When I first set out on a campaign to land my first Toga, all the “usual”

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switch baiting for sailfish

Any type of surface fishing will get every angler’s adrenalin pumping. Targeting sailfish is one of those styles where the action and excitement is like nothing else. There are plenty of styles and techniques that are used to entice these elusive fish to the surface and the one I like best is ‘switch baiting’. Switch baiting is a highly visual

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Bottom Bouncing For Red Emperor

When fishing offshore in Northern Australia, no fish is more sort after than the mighty red emperor. These fish are top of the list for the most common style of fishing in the world, which is commonly referred to as bottom bouncing. Either drifting or anchored, dangling a couple of baits above a snapper sinker is an Australia’s favourite technique

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land based murray cod on lures

In Australia the Murray cod is one of the most commonly targeted species. It’s easy to see why so many of us target these fish, their stunning looks, size and awesome power with which they hit lures will have any fisherman develop a slight addiction to chasing Murray cod.  Anglers generally target these iconic fish in the warmer months of

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Downrigging For Kingfish

Well it’s summer time and half the country is going to be hell bent on chasing kings! Everyone loves kingfish. They look great, taste great, fight great and you can catch them a million different ways. One very effective way of targeting this amazing fish is by using a downrigger. Most boats aren’t equipped with downriggers and this can sometimes

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spanish mackerel on bait

With a combination of speed, power and aggressive good looks mackeral remain an enormously popular species for the bluewater brigade. Throughout the last decade various trends have emerged for targeting mackeral with everything from throwing poppers and stick baits to micro jigging, with all being  incredibly fun ways to target these aggressive predators. However as aggressive as these fish can

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Mulloway On Bait

Words & Images: Gawaine Blake The Argyrosomus Japonicus, what’s that you ask? There are many more common names for this wonderful and most prized sports fish; the ghost of the estuaries, secret silver, jewfish, dusky kob in South Africa and as it is most commonly known to Australian anglers, mulloway, an indigenous word meaning ‘the greatest one’. All of these

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