Picture: Cam Gow with a nice sooty from up a creek in Teemburra Dam
Well folks, with November we welcome a lot of things – afternoon storms, a cold beer after mowing the lawn, blow-up pools etc – but it also means that we say goodbye to chasing wild barra. With that in mind, I thought this week I'd give you a few options, and challenges, to keep you busy while barra are off the target list. Let's get the ball rolling!
By Don Porter
Grass emperor (above) and spangled emperor inhabit rocky spots on offshore islands, but make sure of proper identification.
In North Queensland we enjoy a wide and varied range of habitats in which to fish, dependent on the species sought, and in theory no anglers should go home without a feed.
Lee Brake looks at some common mistakes many new anglers make when chasing big reds
Chasing big red emperor and nannygai is a type of fishing all in itself and it all too often gets lumped in with "reef fishing". The thing is, you're not fishing the Barrier Reef. You're fishing deep water, isolated structure and using completely different methods.
By Dan Bowater
Isn’t it bizarre how a seemingly nightmare turn of events can dramatically transform into something incredible? There have been countless moments in sports like basketball when a team has basically conceded defeat and morale has struck rock bottom.
By Adam Royle
Welcome to part two of tips and tactics for fishing deep water. As I explained last month, some anglers find it daunting making the shift from fishing the shallow protected reefs or inshore waters to the deeper offshore shoals and rubble patches.
By Dave Donald
Just about every fisho these days has a few soft plastics stashed in their tackle box. In many cases, the softies only hit the water when all else has failed, a practice that hardly encourages confidence in their ability to produce. The only way to ramp up this ability is to rig them first and try a variety of retrieve styles. Assume the mindset that plastics are more like bait than a lure and you’re on the right track.
By Iain ‘Cossie’ Cossart
We all know that on most occasions, live bait out-fishes dead baits at a significant rate. Even though fish sometimes seemingly bust a brain valve and will hit nothing but oozing, flaccid dead baits, that’s definitely an exception to the rule that live baits.. er.. rule!
By Bill Bowtell
Famed US short story writer O. Henry would frown and scowl at the mere thought of referring to Brisbane’s Moreton Bay, as a “Banana Republic”. For it was Henry who first coined the term, way back in 1904, to describe (amongst other things) a country which is politically unstable and which has a single-source economy based on primary production.
By John Boon
It was so depressing sitting at home and looking out the window at the trees almost being blown over and touching the ground. The last few months had been absolutely atrocious weather here on the Capricorn coast with strong sou’ easters and the occasional showery day. A glimmer of hope appeared on the horizon with a drop in wind for the coming weekend.
By Josh Behrendorff
I’ve always been somewhat envious of fishing charter operators, not so much for the customer and business interactions, but more so for the fact that these people have been able to make a living by going fishing and putting people onto fish.
For the unlucky north Queenslanders who weren’t in Mackay on the Monday following the Boat Show and super-boat races, let me state categorically that it is was cold. Bloody cold! It was, in fact, colder than it was in Brisbane. So, I feel vindicated for my small faux pas during the testing of two of Australian Master Marines’ (AMM) finest.
Feeling peckish (if not absolutely ravenous) after a days fishing? The following dips are easy to make and will go a long way towards satisfying that empty tummy feeling.
Dips are an important arrow in a food party host’s quiver. Let’s say that the main course is running behind schedule, or maybe