How to Catch

Deep Dropping

The ocean is an incredible source of surprises. Giant squid, white whales, odd-looking floaty clear things and fish with lights attached to their heads, just to mention a few. The Jules Verne novels and tales of deep-sea creatures that lurked in the inky black depths captivated me as a child, and to this day I often wonder what is still

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Swords In Shorts

Words & Images: Dean Linardos Of all the gamefish species available to Victorian anglers, none build as much excitement and anticipation as the mighty broadbill swordfish. It’s one of the most exciting forms of game fishing and a night before a sword trip fills anglers with the same excitement and anticipation as a child on Christmas Eve.   The summer holidays

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Best Hardbodies For Spawn Run

We’re now entering the start of the trout spawn run in Victoria and NSW and no location grabs the attention of anglers like the Eucumbene River. If you’re wanting more info on the river and the spawn run fishery check out the link at the bottom of this article. The lures presented here are not only great for Eucumbene but

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Slow Pitch Jigging

Words & Images: Colby Lesko Back in 2014 it seemed like Australia was starting to embrace the idea of slow pitch jigging, a Japanese technique with specialist tackle that changed how anglers could target fish on the bottom in deep and shallow water. It did away with the heavy broomstick-like jig rods and instead offered a slower, less physically taxing

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How To Catch Big Redfin

Redfin are spread right across southern Australia’s freshwater dams and rivers, with a strong hold in the state of Victoria. Many of us southerners have fond memories of catching a feed of ‘reddies’ at some stage in our lives. Redfin are a hardy fish as they fully self-support their own populations, successfully spawning in both lakes and rivers. Fisheries now

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Preparing For Bigbait Season

Words & Images: John Cahill I don’t fish for cod with any degree of zest (or at all) until we get our first frosts at sea level in Victoria, usually in mid to late May – then it’s time for me to get excited.  In reality, though, preparation starts in March (when I am writing this piece).  For many the

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Yellowtail kingfish on Surface Lures

Yellowtail kingfish aren’t anything new as a premium sportfish, and for southerners they have been at the top of the target list for a long time. What has changed, however, are the target methods. A growing number of anglers are now dedicated to chasing kingfish on topwater presentations, mainly stickbaits and poppers.  Your first topwater king is a massive achievement,

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How To Catch Yellowbelly

Words & Images: Dean Norbiato The gluttonous golden perch, affectionately known as yellowbelly, is the staple freshwater species of our inland dams and rivers. This heavy-set appearance often earns the species a number of unflattering names such as pigs, porkies, fatties, horses, dinner plates and, of course, footballs. These prized ‘footballs with fins’ quench the thirst of inland anglers looking

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Advanced Bigbait Basics

Words & Images: Matthew Perdrau Back in January 2016 I penned an article for Hooked Up on the introduction, and subsequent rise in popularity, of swimbaits and more importantly bigbaits in Australia. Since that time we have seen considerable growth in the number of bigbaits and associated gear available in tackle stores. But the increased availability of bigbait gear has,

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