Thank Cod!

I have a soft spot for cod, I don’t keep any as they are a bit like feisty puppy dogs. They don’t go fast but have low end strength, like an old 4wd. They take poppers, plastics, divers and bait without hesitation and their marking are very impressive. Most are protected in my area at…

Lure Colours

This is a touchy topic for some anglers, individuals can get attached to one or two colours when it comes to lures. My favourite colour combination is orange and black, there aren’t many lures that are that colour… This combination needs to be done subtly, the main colour needs to be black, I’ve no idea…

When rivers turn to mud

Fishing has been terrible lately and it’s because of all the rain. It’s pushing sediment and flotsam downriver in huge amounts. It’s the worst midriver to the entrance. The first fish that seem to come back are the bream, lure fishing for them isn’t very effective, they are more scavenging and not actively hunting. It’s…

Lots of rain equals Mangrove Jacks

If it’s not fire it’s rain! The north coast has been battered by rain this year and the rivers have turned to mud. Upriver the only fish that hang around seems to be the Bass, they are being caught near structure right down to the main highway bridges. The fresh water seems to push the…

The lucky ones

It’s a very dangerous place in the fishy world, ending up as a meal for other hungry critters is usually the way it happens. I doubt many die of old age, once a fish is wounded or getting old they are lucky to live long. Yesterday I caught some nice whiting on poppers and as…

Boat Reno

I’ve had my boat for 21 years now, it’s gone through a few motors and three trailers but the hull is still in fine shape. I have always been disappointed in boat builders, they mostly take short cuts in the building process especially under the floors. The floor under the pedestal seats was soft and…

When the macs arrive

Lots of locals on the mid north coast get very excited about the mackeral season. They buy up on traces and the absence of pilchards at fishing shops reflects this keenness. It’s still quite early for them to appear in numbers but that dosent stop the armada of boats that want these speedy fish. The…

Should we release all the big fish?

It’s well known that big fish are the optimal breeders of a species, anglers will go on about releasing large flathead, bream, Mulloway etc but not so much fish like snapper, kingfish and whiting. Surely they are also breeders? Perhaps anglers should be rethinking their need to go for big fish…if food is what is…

Cutters

Not often thought about but good cutters are so essential when fishing. The small almost disposable ones will do for a short time then either start to rust or break. I got sick of this happening and bought a pair of Gerber braid cutters…they are absolutely a quality product and not to expensive. Totally recommend…

Creature features

Lures that work really well but look like nothing in particular have always had me stumped. If it looks like life then there’s always the chance something will want to eat it however these odd lures often out fish more realistic options. Could it be their oddness makes them more of a curiosity to predators?…

Tagged Mulloway recapture

A few of us have been tagging Jewfish over the last year or two, I estimate about 20 have been tagged mostly from the upper sections of the river. A tagged fish was recaptured recently only 49 days after release, the details are below. It seems pretty obvious the person that recaptured the fish so…

Old lures that can out fish new ones

The development of lures has jumped ahead big time, with more anglers and companies getting more competitive and new methods of manufacturing it’s become a crowded marketplace. I still use some very old lures that have proven themselves over time. Some are hand carved wood and others have lived fast lives and died young. Below…