Hot temperatures mean hot fishing
Jackson Bargenquast | November 2017

Winter is over. As the cold recedes the comfortable warmth of summer creeps in to welcome anglers far and wide. At least, it was like that back down in Hervey Bay. Up here in the Cape, winter temperatures are as high as the bay’s summer, and the summer up here is in a nutshell, hot ­­– very hot. Nonetheless, warm water temperatures improve the fishing. Most predatory fish will feed constantly during warmer months.
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Summer is quickly approaching – warmer and longer days are in the near future. November is going to be an excellent month for a variety of species in the southern bay, which include a large number of flathead and bream cruising the flats!
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The basics of the magic wand
Ryan Smith | July 2017

Jack Burling with a bream caught on a small bread fly.

Flyfishing is a very technical type of fishing and is used all around the world. Flyfishing is when an angler uses a hand-tied fly with little to no weight.
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Swimming in sweet surface strikes
Jackson Bargenquast | July 2017

This keen eyed barracuda around 15kg followed the author’s stickbait all the way to the boat and then smashed it, followed by screaming runs.

A surface strike of a feeding fish is something that always seems to amaze us, whether it’s a bumper bass sipping an insect in the glare of the morning sun or a monster giant trevally exploding into a school of bonito on sunset. This is truly when we get to see the pure power and grace of how predatory fish feed.
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Every fish at its fullest
Jackson Bargenquast | June 2017

Georgie Bargenquast got amongst the pelagic action landing her first golden trevally and a metre queenfish.

The tropical waters of TNQ are one of the best examples of nature ‘on steroids.’ Everything alive is at its fullest. These fish-rich waters contain many different ecosystems that contain their own fish stocks and have their own successful ways of fishing.
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Winter is coming
Ryan Smith | June 2017

The author with a bream caught on an Atomic Crank 38.

Winter is starting to set in, which means cool westerly winds and crisp mornings are becoming the norm. Most fish will go deeper as it gets colder, so that means you have to change your tactics to suit the movement of the fish.
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The harder it pours, the more fish come aboard
Jackson Bargenquast | May 2017

There are still some big barra to be found like this impressive 85cm fish caught by Scott Gorman.

The wet season is still in full swing up here in the Cape and the fishing is still going off. The drains aren’t flowing as hard and the spawning time of most fish is over. The hot humid temperatures still result in explosive fishing. Offshore reefs, estuaries, beaches and even freshwater creeks are going off at the moment.
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Quest to find the hidden gem
Ryan Smith | May 2017

Jack Burling with a bass that couldn’t resist a 3” Keitech Easy Shiner.

Exploring the internet with resources such as Google Maps the night before a trip is something I have recently been doing with some surprising results. Small creek run-offs, lakes and drains are places I have been trekking to in search of some fish.
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Land-based run-off barra
Jackson Bargenquast | April 2017

Night fishing can be successful when chasing these awesome chrome bars. This fish was taken late at night on a Storm soft vibe worked over a mud flat. This is the author’s PB land-based barra at 76cm.

At any time of the year, the wild environment of Cape York always produces good numbers of fish. The species you catch and how and where you catch them can vary dramatically. This month I will be focusing on barramundi and the variety of other species that can be caught when chasing them. At this time of the year, barra fishing can be very successful. With all of the rain, why shouldn’t it be?
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