Eight top tips for slow trips

By Tyson Manley

Atherton Tablelands

As a primarily land-based angler, I’m left in the lurch when it comes to fishing technology. I don’t have any of those magic tools everyone else seems to have that makes fish just appear on their hooks (like a $2000+ sounder).

Moon Phases November 2014

Fishery stock assessments Qld

Tim tells us why there's too few recreational species assessed and too little monitoring!

By Tim Trollworthy

Fantastic to see the great letter to the editor last month from Phill Kliese on recreational fishing licences. Though I don’t agree with Phill’s perspective on recreational fishing licences, the F&B Editor prompted me to start writing a column in F&B to bring readers a wider perspective of management and science matters that effect recreational fishing. I strongly encourage other letters and points of view. It is only in this way that we can be more informed and have an increased ability to influence change for the betterment of recreational fishing in Queensland. The topic of a Queensland recreational fishing licence is not likely to go away any time too soon! 

2014 BCF Barra Championship

A Gladstone fisherman has been crowned the 2014 BCF Barra Champ after winning the annual Barramundi fishing competition. Sun Valley angling aficionado, Scott McAuley, netted the title with his whopping 127cm catch.  This is the second time Scott has won the competition, which is now in its third year. The event has become a staple on the angling calendar, attracting contestants from across Australia. The inaugural Barra Champ in 2012, Scott spent a grueling three days fishing for his 127cm monster barramundi in the Calliope River. 

Ciguatera: the hidden toxin

Trout of this size are known Ciguatera carriers, especially when caught on the continental shelf area

By Nathan Billing

After recently becoming another unenviable statistic of someone who has contracted Ciguatera Poisoning, I thought I would do whatever is possible to make other people aware of this toxic poison and the risk that it poses in our area.

Caesar Flathead

Perfect partners: Caesar salad and Caesar Flathead

By Anthony Davies

Recreational Fishing Licence QLD

By Tim Trollworthy

Not surprisingly, recreational fishing interest in the QLD fisheries review has hotted up over the last month. The public consultation meeting dates for the review were announced in mid-August with the first meeting in NQ starting in Rockhampton on 26 August and then finishing in Mackay around 15 September.

Government monitoring zero

Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan

Please find attached contents of a draft 1 page letter to assist F&B readers in sending their submission to Governments on the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan.  Even if recreational fishers don't wish to type much themselves they can just cut and paste this suggested text and submit as a bare minimum.

Speak up now or lose the Redclaw fishery!

Letter to The Editor by Jennifer Mondora

The Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Mr John McVeigh, visited Tinaroo on Friday 26th September to meet with members of the Tableland Fish Stocking Society, tourist parks, local businesses, and concerned anglers to hear their concerns.

Repairing a Broken Rod

By Josh Behrendorff

Regardless whether you fish twice a week, twice a month, or twice a year, the chances are that we have all had a rod or two that has broken during a fishing trip.

Lilies - Friend or Foe?

By Lee Brake

Last week I headed for Teemburra Dam, a place I hadn't ventured in months. My aim was to hook into a few of the barramundi that this dam is known for, but it was always going to be a risky trip.

Things to do in closed season

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!

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