FishLife Issue #7 – Preview
Issue #7 Synopsis
Few types of bait are as prolific and productive as the humble prawn, so it’s perfectly logical for lures to mimic them. Matt Young examines a range of prawn imitations and discusses their effectiveness on inshore, estuarine and freshwater fish species.
4 Dams in 4 Days
Mackay in central Queensland is fortunate to have four stocked impoundments within two hours’ drive of town. David Granville made a flying visit to sample the fantastic barramundi and sooty grunter fishing these dams can provide.
Wide Open Breaming
Readers who equate the catching of bream on lures with methodically working natural and man-made structures are in for a big surprise as Starlo lifts the lid on one of the sport’s best-kept secrets!
The Dark Side of the Moon – Cod on Top
A bite on a surface lure is a heart-stopping experience, but the encounter is magnified 100-fold when it occurs in the pitch dark, and the king hit is delivered by Australia’s most iconic freshwater sportfish, the Murray cod. Chris Baty explains.
Australia’s remote north west coast is rarely heralded for its flats fishing, let alone one of angling’s most challenging targets. Local anglers rarely wade the shallows other than to collect bait or retrieve a stranded boat, but a small group of dedicated fly anglers continue to unlock the secrets of a shallow watter permit fishery, from the Pilbara to the Kimberley. Mark Davis shares some of the story so far.
Warren Steptoe heads south to Tasmania in search of different fishing experiences, finds several, and learns a whole heap about fly fishing — amongst other things — while he’s there.
Rosco on the Bello
FishLife has just taken delivery of a new canoe from the Rosco stable. Coen and Scott Amon recently put this Aussie-made craft through its paces on the Bellinger River.
Boat Test – Tournament 1900 Centre Console
A centre console is the ideal platform for a lot of anglers, especially if it has the seaworthiness to chase pelagics offshore, but also get up into the estuaries for hard fighting sportfish. The Tournament 1900 Centre Console is a boat that might just do the trick.
Boat Test – Offshore Marine Master 650 All-Rounder
Offshore Marine Master is developing a growing reputation for rugged custom-built boats, and the 650 All-Rounder is the latest offering from this small Queensland company.
Plus all the regular columns:
- On the Hook Glen Booth
- Dr Fish Julian Pepperell
- Think Like a Fish Steve Starling
- Fishermum Emma George
- Out There Warren Steptoe
- Grass Roots Gary Howard
- Young Guns Coen Amon
- Hot Bytes John Featherstone
- Rod Wrapper Ian Miller