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Radical river fishing
Joe Allan | February 2017

Tayla Egan with a solid bream caught on an Atomic Metalz Blade.

The fat man in the red suit has come and gone and everyone is back at work or school again. Some great times were had on and around the Richmond River over the holidays. Offshore has produced quality fish when able. The 32s are holding snapper of average size and you can pretty much guarantee a good feed. The FADs are holding mahimahi. The bigger models come from the 48s when the tide is really moving. However, the mackerel and marlin have been a bit quiet since Christmas.
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Prepare for a wild bass chase
Steve Starling | February 2017

Kayaks and canoes are ideal vessels when it comes to chasing river-dwelling Australian bass. Light to medium spinning tackle works well.

Summer time is bass time, and chasing wild bass in our coastal rivers and creeks is an extremely addictive pastime. The natural range of Australian bass includes coastal rivers and creeks stretching all the way from Bundaberg in Queensland to Wilsons Promontory in Victoria.
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Catching wind of some boring northerlies
Ross Deakin | February 2017

Spotty mackerel have been popping on morning sessions occasionally. These anglers sure got them going!

Rain would be nice, if it wasn’t just a sprinkle. We need a few solid days to flush the old Clarence, green the grass and get this end of the river in gear. As we all know, you just can’t count on normal weather patterns anymore.
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Warm water pelagics storming in
Dave Gaden | February 2017

Some fantastic mackerel have showed up in recent weeks.

The holidays are over and with that, Yamba will start to quieten down somewhat. In the 1970s when I first came here, Yamba was almost a secret except to those who fished it, now it seems that everyone has heard of Yamba and the town and waterways are busier every year.
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Hot hatch: Suzuki Vitara Turbo
Wayne Kampe | February 2017

Looking every part the SUV, the Vitara is a handy vehicle for the young and young at heart.

Suzuki has made an art form of releasing new models at just the right intervals to make a good impression on potential buyers. First came the neat Vitara SUV with a four-cylinder 1.6L petrol engine in both manual and auto guise, outputting 86kW of power and 156Nm of torque. Then the punchy 1.6L common rail direct injection turbo diesel (another four-cylinder engine) came onto and stole the scene, thanks to it’s well-tuned output of 88kW of power and 320Nm of torque – double the torque of the 1.6L petrol model.
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That’s a decent live well. Optioning for one that large would be great.

So you’ve got your own boat. As it’s coming from the factory, there are options aplenty. Customisation of features is something that a lot of makers are putting across the table these days. The options can be highly attractive too, with factory spec sheets showing such goodies as live wells for bait and catch (plumbed or otherwise), extra seats with accompanying spigots, drink holders, berley buckets, custom wraps, a bimini, storage bins, rod lockers, rod holders, rod racks, cleats and rails, cockpit lighting, deck wash and side pockets.
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Googong green and gold
Toby Grundy | February 2017

The author with a solid chunk of Googong green.

I first fished Googong when I was 18 on the recommendation of an old timer who owned what was then one of the few tackle shops in Canberra.
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Redfin eating anything that moves
Ian McLean | February 2017

Tracy Mclean with a redfin that took a 4” Gulp Turtleback Worm in watermelon. She went on to catch around 30 fish in one hour.

The fishing has been pretty good lately, with the standout being the redfin. They’re cruising around in huge schools in Burrendong and Carcoar, and have been biting their heads off.
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Hottest month on the water – take care
Peter Phelps | February 2017

Local club Hunter Native Fish released fingerlings into Lostock Dam in December.

February is the last month of summer and it’s a hot time of the year to be fishing in the Hunter Valley. The surface water temperatures in the lakes will be at their peak, topping out at nearly 30°C in the middle of the afternoon.
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