Summer Fraser fishing goes swimmingly
Scott Bradley | December 2016

Owen Howe with his first marlin caught at Rooneys on a stickbait.

December was a scorcher on the Fraser Coast with hot days and strong northerly winds dominating the lead up to Christmas. Hopefully we get a reprieve from the wild weather this month.
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See you at the ramp
Keith Day | December 2016

More anglers are discovering how versatile soft stickbaits can be, as demonstrated by Troy Taylor with this nice queenfish.

January is a time to look back over the past year, and to look forward to angling pursuits in 2017 – and how better to look forward, than with all our new fishing gear from the Christmas score. Reflection is good, but anticipation is great, as we look at new opportunities on the fishing front.
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Topwater time in the fresh
Jason Ehrlich | December 2016

Awoonga barra like this fine specimen can be caught on suspending lures in the main basin. This fish ate the popular Jackall Hank Tune Squirrel.

In the hot lead up to Christmas, anglers found more success in the mornings and afternoons. It’s not a bad idea to dodge the midday heat as the fish feel it too, especially in clear or shallower water. With the hot conditions often come storms and care needs to be taken to avoid getting caught out in these. The wind can whip up the dams and have waves rolling through when things turn nasty.
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A big New Years for fishing
Ed Falconer | December 2016

Ash Bradnam from Nova FM with a beautiful red emperor.

The weather is hanging in there and the fishing is still fantastic.
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Start the year with your new fishing gear
Grayson Fong | December 2016

Ryan Dixon landed a great estuary cod.

As we roll past another festive season, it’s always great to start the year by christening your newfangled fishing gear on the waterways you’ve grown to love. The Christmas period is always loaded with extra boat traffic around the Northern Bay, and this year has been no exception.
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Summer fishing forecast looks good
John Gooding | December 2016

These quality fish were caught from from 70m.

I hope everyone got through the festive season okay and Santa got you that rod and reel you wanted. At the moment on charter we’ve still been pulling good numbers of quality squire with the odd snapper tossed in, from both the wider grounds in the 70-90m and also the Shallow Tempest area.
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Pulling ‘em past the sharks
Luke Griffiths | December 2016

The author helping Renegade client Glenn with his first-ever sailfish.

Happy New Year! We made it through the silly season and hopefully made some resolutions to stick to. December was a bit of a mixed bag with all sorts of weather, though it was fantastic to see so many people out on the water last month lapping up the holidays, and hopefully relaxing a little before the year kicked off.
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Dressed in his ‘You can't see me’ gear, Tannhym got dragged all over the place before landing his first freshwater jack. A soft tipped rod like the Samurai Inflict makes long casts easy.

It’s an awesome time of year to be a North Queensland fisher. It doesn’t seem to matter where you go or what you want to chase – there’s always something biting, if you don’t mind the heat too much. With the anticipation of a good wet, the mood has lifted amongst fishos. The freshwater reaches of the Ross are legally fishable during the closed season with the purchase of a SIPS permit, so it’ll be interesting to see how many people give it a go.
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Pier into the water
Phil James | December 2016

Hervey Bay’s iconic Urangan Pier

Before taking a look at the prospects for January, a quick review of the past year along Fraser Island’s beaches and inshore Hervey Bay would seem appropriate.
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