How to Catch

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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How To Catch 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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Welcome To The Jungle

Jungle perch are an amazing species of fish found in North Queensland. They live in some of the most pristine tropical rivers Australia has to offer and this makes for some of the best scenery I have ever experienced when fishing. The perch push up high into the tropical rainforest rivers and streams and these are extremely beautiful places to

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GTs On Topwater

Giant trevally popping is by far the most physically hardcore form of sportfishing there is – it’s like the bull riding of the fishing world. Explosive surface takes, along with locked drags and treacherous terrain, make for some exhilarating fishing. Giant trevally (or GTs as they are commonly known) are one of the hardest-fighting fish in the ocean and have

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Longtail Tuna From the Rocks

A dream scenario in just about any form of angling is the overwhelming and exciting visual where we are able to ‘spot’ our prey. Those moments where you have seen a fish actively feeding and ‘tailing’, or even simply cruising towards you, before presenting an artificial are adrenaline-fuelled occasions. It can also create feelings of anxiety and downright nervousness. With

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