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Rick Huckstepp looks at one of Australia's most versatile lures

Versatility is an attribute not often found in singular lures available to the Australian angler. Sure, there are some that swim fast and slow, with ease. Some have adjustable bibs that allow them to dive deep or shallow as required.

Ocean currents and gamefishing

by Rocky Carosi

Ocean currents are nature's highways and food chain providers of the open seas. Off Tasmania, East Coast gamefisherman await the arrival from the North - the East Australian current carrying the complete marine food chain and gamefish.

Looking at Lures - Trolling for Squid

Michael Bok is always looking at "new ways to skin a cat'.

Trolling lures for squid is a technique that  Michael has spent quite a lot of time trying. Contrary to what most people think you can catch squid by trolling a lure, rather than just jigging for them. It requires a little bit of homework and research to produce results, but it is worth the effort.

Great Lake - one of our best - for shore

Greg French looks at shore-based fishing at Great Lake

At the beginning of November Great lake was already within .8m of the all-time high level mark of 1035.48 (i.e. 3.89m below full supply) attained in October 1997 - and it was still rising. There is a distinct possibility that this coming summer the lake will edge out over new ground. Such an event dramatically affects trout behaviour.

Getting started

Rodney Woodward explains the easy way to get started on the fishing journey.

With the weather on the improve, and school holidays on us, many people decide to take up the sport of fishing. Retirees, children or friends are all opportune targets for you to hook on this wonderful sport. Getting started is tough though, with a huge number of choices to make before you start actually fishing. Just choosing a rod and reel is difficult.

Flathead facts

Sand Flathead Sand flathead have a long and narrow body with broad, flattened head. They are pale brown or mottled colour above and white below with occasional  reddish brown spots along sides. There is a distinctive black spot on the tail.

Chasing trout chasing Duns

Mayflies and trout, a combination intertwined in the legend and mystique of fly fishing. Neil Grose explains his theories on chasing trout feeding on mayfly duns. 

As we move into mayfly time, we can expect the magical times, the memorable times, and often the frustrating times as the mayflies we love so much begin to hatch in regular profusion.

Bead flies with a difference - Bead "bulging" nymphs

by David Higgins

One of the greatest innovations to fly fishing and fly tying, particularly in recent times, is the use of "Bead Heads" nymphs.There is no doubt that bead head flies in their many forms catch fish. Over the years, a huge number of fascinating fly patterns have been developed.

Inland Fisheries interviews with anglers

Inland Fisheries inspectors interviewed 3000 anglers last year. Of these 30% of anglers were bait fishing, 23% trolling, 22% spinning and 25% fly fishing, noting that some anglers use more than one method of fishing. A total of 2,028 fish were caught by these anglers; 1,714 (85%) were brown trout, 249 (12%) rainbow trout, 45 (2%) Atlantic salmon and 20 (1%) brook trout. More details will be found in the IFS Annual Report, which is out soon.

The Other side of the Hill - David Scholes Biography

The full story on David Scholes has finally been published. Written by Launceston gynaecologist, Don Boden it is a remarkable story of an Aviator, Angler, Artist and Author.

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