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EP stands for more than estuary perch
Brett Geddes | June 2017

Around 80% of the author’s EPs are taken on soft plastics and 90-100mm shads or grubs work a treat.

When talking about EPs even my closest fishing buddies call me sneaky, deceitful, and swampy, and for good reason. Actually they call me a lot worse and I love it! You see, it’s all about finding the perch, catching the hell out of them and not saying where. Then you share photos with dodgy background clues!
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Taming the mighty Tyers
Jarrod Day | May 2017

Bream are abundant throughout Lake Tyers and are a willing lure taker.

Situated around 3.5 hours drive east of Melbourne, Lake Tyers is a quaint little town, boasting some amazing fishing.
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The big bass bite back
Brett Geddes | May 2017

Joel Petzke has unlocked many local bass secrets and he prefers big heavy spinnerbaits.

“I’m convinced that this liberation of bass is the greatest stocking success of native fish we have ever seen in this state.” This is what I said during my recent conversation with Gippsland’s Senior Fisheries Officer Errol Parmigiani. He agreed and told me about the countless number of bass caught in rivers, creeks or dams over the past few years. Victoria is now on its way to being a bass fishery that may one day challenge states north of the border.
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Welcome to Lakes Entrance
Peter Jung | May 2017

Gippsland Lakes are a huge body of water and there is no better way to check it out and learn more about the area than on one of the cruises available.

The East Gippsland Lakes system is the largest lakes system in Australia and its final destination before entering the Pacific Ocean is Lakes Entrance.
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Spoilt for choice offshore!
Tony Kemna | May 2017

Makos will often make an appearance once you’re out of the bar, so ensure you’re prepared with a big bait rigged on wire!

Although the Gippsland Lakes system is huge, with fishing options around every corner, the true anglers’ paradise can be found through the Lakes Entrance Bar. Bread and butter species such as snapper, gummy sharks and flathead are all within easy reach of the entrance with pelagic species like kingfish, mako sharks and marlin seasonally available on the outer grounds. Add to that the broadbill swordfish fishery and the deep water species like blue eye trevalla and ling, and it’s easy to see we are spoilt for choice.
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Lakes Entrance spotlight
Steven Pryke | May 2017

Lakes Entrance has options to suit almost any type of fishing.

The seaside town of Lakes Entrance is located 3.5 hours’ drive east of Melbourne, and while small, this village offers a wide variety of activities and accommodation.
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Knowing what lure to use
Jarrod Day | April 2017

Trout will cannibalise at certain times of the year, and this is when trout coloured lures will work well.

Catching fish is one thing, catching them on lures is a total other ball game. Lure fishing for those same species you have spent most of your fishing life targeting with bait keeps the fishing spark alive in your blood and adds another challenge.
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A beast bluefin slides towards the boat.

As anglers, the vast majority of us are a curious bunch and from curiosity, knowledge grows. The switched on angler is the curious angler. If there is a way to increase knowledge, the general result is to refine proven techniques, expand knowledge into new realms and for the dedicated, break new ground or begin a revolution.
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Searching for perch in the South West
Colby Lesko | March 2017

Getting fish in consecutive casts is common once a perch school is found.

That old saying ‘10% of anglers catch 90% of the fish really does ring true for the elusive estuary perch. While many anglers are avid perch anglers and know every little hidey-hole to find a perch in their local estuary, to many others they are a fish that is seen in photos, yet never seem to make an appearance on the water.
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