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September Edition Contents

Saltwater Estuary
Catching Fish Can Do Your Head In.

With a little research, forward
planning and local knowledge
can be the difference between
catching a cold or a feed. Darren
Beesey takes you through his
thoughts and tips on making the
most of your time on the water.
By Darren Beesey
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Saltwater Sports Fishing
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Mackerel On High Speed Metal

Heart Stopping Adrenaline
Pumping action packed sure fire
technique for nailing mackerel.
Malcolm Brown explains the
how-to tips and tricks of
targeting these speedster on
sliced metal.
By Malcolm Brown
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Freshwater Fishing
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Cold Water Cod

Long winter nights, frosty
mornings and cold water. Fishing
Murray Cod in these conditions
may not be easy can be big.
Young Gun cod angler Joe Press
shares his knowledge about how
to catch cold water cod
By Joe Press
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How To's
How to tie The Mrs Simpson Fly

Have you ever considered
tying one of our most popular
and effective trout flies? Sean
O’Rourke takes you by the hand
with a step by step tutorial how
to tie the perfect Mrs Simpson
By Sean O’Rourke
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Freshwater Fly Fishing
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Fly Fishing The Dams Of The Central Tablelands NSW

John Coles is a fulltime
Professional guide, armed with
the knowledge of this area.
John takes you on a tour of the
central tablelands NSW dams.
Practical advice to Fly Fishing
these waterways.
By John Coles
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Saltwater Fly Fishing
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Just Add Salt

From Mako’s to Barra saltwater
fly fishing is as challenging as
it is addictive. Chris Beech a
commercial fly fisher of 26 years
shares his thoughts on many
consider the ultimate form of
sports fishing.
By Chris Beech
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Rod Building
The Rod Builder Perspective

Master Rod Builder Steve
Duff shares his thoughts and
knowledge about the evolution
of the not so humble bream rod
and what it takes to create that
perfect bream rod.
By Steve Duff

Plus much more in between.

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  1. 1. Fishing September 2012A U S T R A L I A
  2. 2. FAM C on t e nts September 2012 Fresh Water Rod Building Cold Water Cod The Rod Builder Long winter nights, frosty Perspective mornings and cold water. Fishing Master Rod Builder Steve Murray Cod in these conditions Duff shares his thoughts and may not be easy can be big. knowledge about the evolution Young Gun cod angler Joe Press of the not so humble bream rod shares his knowledge about how and what it takes to create that to catch cold water cod perfect bream rod. By Joe Press By Steve Duff Sections How to Editorial How to tie The Mrs Grant Johnson Simpson Fly Have you ever considered DPI News tying one of our most popular How to’s and effective trout flies? Sean Knots and Rigs O’Rourke takes you by the hand Grant Johnson with a step by step tutorial how Barometric Pressure to tie the perfect Mrs Simpson Fly. Grant Johnson By Sean O’Rourke Fishing WebCover Image Joe Press With a Grant JohnsonBeautiful Cold Water Murray Cod.Image Courtesy Joe Press Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Kids Saltwater Estuary Fly Fishing The Dams Of Darren Beesey The Central TablelandsCatching Fish Can Do Product Reviews NSWYour Head In John Coles is a fulltime Jason HarripWith a little research, forward Professional guide, armed with Product Spotlight planning and local knowledge the knowledge of this area.can be the difference between Screeming Reels John takes you on a tour of thecatching a cold or a feed. Darren central tablelands NSW dams.Beesey takes you through his Fishing Reports Practical advice to Fly Fishingthoughts and tips on making the these waterways. NSWmost of your time on the water. By John Coles Captain Roscoe By Darren Beesey VICSaltwater Sportsfishing Fly Fishing Saltwater Chris Pitman Will ThompsonMackerel On High Speed Simon RinaldiMetal Just Add Salt From Mako’s to Barra saltwaterHeart Stopping AdrenalinePumping action packed sure fire fly fishing is as challenging as Kayak Fishing it is addictive. Chris Beech a Australian Kayaktechnique for nailing mackerel. commercial fly fisher of 26 years SpecialistsMalcolm Brown explains the shares his thoughts on manyhow-to tips and tricks of consider the ultimate form oftargeting these speedster on sportsfishing. Boatingsliced metal. By Chris BeechBy Malcolm Brown
  3. 3. Fishing Australia Magazine Issue 1 September 2012 EditionEditorialOur First CastW elcome to the first issue of Fishing Australia Magazine. In 1974 I started a journey that has led Editor Grant Johnson me to where we are today the first issue of Fishing Ph: 0468 454 870Australia Magazine. 1974 my dad Noel took me to Woody Jetty which is the southern end of the Redcliffe Peninsula 30 minutes north of beautiful Brisbane. That afternoon he Contributers Darren Beeseyintroduced a 5 year old to a life long love affair with all things Malcolm Brown www.fishingtownsville.netfishing I clearly remember catching two small Dusky Flathead Joe Pressthat afternoon and I was hooked. From that point on I fished chance I had. Throughout my teenage years I fished Sean O’Rourkemostly around Redcliffe but had some memorable trips north 1770 and as far south as Ulladulla NSW. John Coles 2004 I had my greatest catch when comes to fishing I and a new journey into Chris Beech fishing opened up to me. Over the past 8 years that I have Steve Duff Fishing Australia it has cemented its place among the 10 fishing websites on and seen more than Jason Harrip www.yakkintackle.comfew great websites come and go in that time. Captain Roscoe 2007 I had an idea I wanted to take fishing Australia create an online digital Magazine which was practically even with broadband speeding our internet Chris Pitman creating the Magazine was not impossible just not Will Thompsonrealistic at the time. 2012 the game changer MagCast is unleashed a publishing Simon Rinaldi to create high quality online digital magazines thatare media rich and specifically developed to publish to Apples Advertising Grant Johnson Marketing Ph: 0468 454 870Newsstand for iPad. Design The Concept. Fishing Australia Magazine is like no otherFishing Magazine in Australia. The primary goal of the Publishing MagCast www.magcasting.comagazine is to help not just myself but to help all Australian Distribution Newsstand. Apple Inc.recreational fishing business or services find an audience. Subscription Rates Its simple our goal is to create high quality content for 1Year/12 issues $23.88 - $1.99PMfisho’s that is relevant and timely. Our goal for business is to 6Mths/6 Issues $17.94 - $2.99PM 3Mths/3 Issues $11.97 - $3.99PMcreate a platform where you can showcase your products and Per Issue $5.97 - Singleservice for free in exchange for creating content to promoteyourself or business/service that has value to the reader and Fishing Australia Magazine.subscribers of Fishing Australia Magazine. All content in this magazine is copyright by Fishing Australia Magazine or the respective owers of third With that being said I would just like to thank all the party digital content. No part of Fishing Australia Magazine maybe reproduced without the expresscontributors to Fishing Australia Magazine for their efforts permision of Fishing Australia Magazine or owners of third party digital content. The opinions offeredbringing this great content and Magazine to you. Without by the contributors to Fishing Australia Magazine are considered as a guide and the opinion of thetheir support FAM would not have been possible. And also contributor. Pricing of products within Fishing Australia Magazine is considered correct at thea huge thankyou to MagCast for making dreams Possible. time of publication however prices may change before or after publication Fishing Australia“AWESOME”. Magazine take no responsibilty for price changes. I dedicate this first issue to my Dad, brother, best mate Fishing Australia Magazine and drinking buddy “Noely” Ph: 0468 454 870 ABN: 33 316 291 360
  4. 4. Saltwater Fishing | EstuaryCATCHING FISHCAN DO YOUR HEAD IN By Darren BeeseyY ou have all the gear, a beautiful boat, We have embarrassed a few of these enough bait to feed a small African ‘big boat, big ego’ fellas over the years nation and a super positive frame of with big bags of our target fish, often onlymind. At this stage you can’t wait to get 50 to 100 metres away. A little researchyour line wet and simply can’t imagine why goes a long way. What do I want tothe fish won’t be queuing up to jump on catch, what do they eat and how do theyyour lines. I have watched this scenario find it when we aren’t presenting it on aplay out in my local fisheries time and time hook? There is plenty of great info on theagain. My fishing buddy and I watch these internet these days, you just have to look.people and generally have a friendly chat is a great placeas they are putting their beautiful boats in to start!! My recommendation, though, isthe water. “Don’t needany advice champ”, is acommon retort. I don’tblame them really. My buddy and I fishin a beaten up, plentyold, 12ft blue tinny thatsports a 9.9hp little buzzbox on the back. We haveit set up with the stuffwe need, not ALL thestuff you might need ina year’s fishing. We havecomfy seats, a couple ofrods usually one set upfor bait and one riggedfor lures, we have enoughbait for the session, afew drinks and maybe abite to eat. These guysusually fly out, plonktheir boats anywhere,anchor up and toss their lines in. A few to chat with the bloke at the local fishingget lucky and land a few. Most get unlucky store. And I don’t mean the cheap fishingwith a couple of toadies and sun burnt section at a supermarket! Go into the localfaces. Even the best fisho’s don’t catch fish tackle shop, spend what amounts to a fewevery time they venture out. But there are extra dollars on the stuff you need anda couple of things they do BEFORE they go listen to what he has to say. You are aboutout that greatly increase the chances of to fish in this bloke’s back yard. It’s in hishooking the fish they are targeting. interest to help you catch fish. >>
  5. 5. Saltwater Fishing | SportsfishingM ackerel would have to be one of species. Mackerel can be caught using dead the most targeted offshore species bait, live bait, trolling lures, plastics, hard in North Queensland. Relatively bodies or metal slices. In fact, just aboutcommon, hard fighting, easy to locate anything will catch a Mackerel, even a dirtyand fantastic on the plate, Mackerel could old sinker! But for my money, the mostalmost be considered a bread and butter exciting way of catching these ferociousspecies of the North. There are several predators is with high-speed metal slices.species of Mackerel that frequent Northern Its a very simple technique, but is thewaters, including Spanish, Spotted, Shark, most adrenaline pumping, heart stopping,Grey and School or ‘Doggie’ Mackerel. and action packed technique you will everBut by far the most commonly targeted use! It is also a technique that will oftenare the offshore Spanish Mackerel, and continue to produce fish throughout thethe more inshore Doggie Mackerel. While day when all other techniques fail. >>Mackerel can be found all throughout theyear, the fish favour cooler water, making “It’s a very simplewinter time prime time for chasing these technique, but is the mostspeedsters off Townsville. The techniquediscussed here will work equally well on all adrenaline pumping, heartMackerel species, but I will concentrate on stopping, and action packedthese two extremes in size. technique you will ever One of the biggest draw cards to use”chasing Mackerel is the varied number oftechniques that can be used to target the Tania Brown with a nice Spanish Mackerel spun up on Maggie Shoals.
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  7. 7. Freshwater FishingW ith the Murray Cod season coming must still feed and average size of fish to a close I must now sit back will often be improved greatly. To find fish and reminisce upon the season through the tough conditions, having thepast, but most of all those ‘hot’ sessions right lure in the right place is almost crucialexperienced during the colder end of the with many of those one off or hits in theseason which seen many unforgettable most unlikely place becoming very rare.memories being made. Many choose to Casting into structures of all varieties andstay home and keep warm as the water attempting to think as a fish would, willcools down and the frosts move on in, find you running into many more fish. Whathowever those that do stick it out, prove structures to fish and how to target themtheir patience and battle the often trying will depend mostly on what style of lureconditions will mostly find themselves you’re using and the time of the day.rewarded with some great fish and A common trend which I followmemories. These rewards can be viewed throughout the year but certainly in colderby some as more-or-less flukes but more conditions is earlier in the morning, fishoften than not they’re the results of time, the shallower water and snags which areeffort and carefully placing your well held up closer to the waters edge. As thechosen offerings where they’re needed. day moves on and the sun rises higher, The cold months are far from easy and focus more strongly on the deeper sectionsthey do involve many long, quiet and often of water, scouting around for likely fishunsuccessful sessions in very cold and holding structures such as drop offs, rockyeven windy conditions. This does leave outcrops and large timber snags oftenthe fishing up to those who are often very found by ‘reading’ the banks lining thededicated and considered mad. There’s water for old broken river gums. >>endless proof that the cold water doesgreatly slow the activity of fish, but they
  8. 8. There are some flies you tie with more vigourthan others because they have caught youtrout in the past and will most likely do so inthe future, this fly is definitely one of Them.
  9. 9. How to Tie the Mrs Simpson Fly The Mrs Simpson Fly by Sean O’RourkeO ne of the most popular lake flies on the feathers can vary slightly. So you used in Australia and New Zealand. It can vary your flies as well such as a dark originated in New Zealand to imitate brown, light brown and tan and a mutantbaitfish found in New Zealand lakes. green version. This fly could represent There are quite a few feathers used many things, I think it is an excellent mud-in this particular style of tying, but the eye (dragonfly nymph) representationresulting silhouette created when retrieved foremost, as well as crustacean and ofthrough the water makes it worth the course small baitfish.effort. Use an intermediate or sinking line on no The feathers are off a ring neck pheasant less than a 6wt rod with a 9ft leader andand they have a very buggy looking pattern some 4 to 6 pound Tippett and vary theon them. As you can see in the photo speed of your retrieve. If you are searching(Bottom right) the patterns and colour the water or “blind casting” as they say and you want to cast good distances with less false casting and less effort and still have a shoulder left at the end of the day, then I suggest a 9wt rod. >> Tying instructions Next Page.
  10. 10. Fly Fishing | FreshwaterT he Central Tablelands has been a conditions hopefully warm a little. Much Mecca for fly fishers since the late of the insect life is not available in winter 1940s. Many fly fishers make a bee- so foods such as snails, small bait fishline for the streams of the area and often and yabbies are main food items for theignore the impoundments. The still water trout. Many dams hold large amounts offishing of this area should not be over snails and the fish feed eagerly on them,looked theres some very good fishing to particularly on windy days when the snailsbe had, about a three hour drive west of are dislodged and float sub-surface, it’sSydney. 
The area has several large dams, almost like dry fly fishing. You can PolaroidLake Oberon, Ben Chifley, Lake Wallace, trout often less than a rod length of theThompson’s Creek Dam and Lake Lyell and shoreline. The secret of polaroiding innumerous smaller private dams stocked by winter is to wear clothing that blends you in with your surroundings and move very slowwwly. When the trout go deep an intermediate line with a Woolly Bugger or a bead head Mrs. Simpson have brought good trout unstuck. In winter the mature trout that are ready to mate will make their way up the feeder streams looking for cool, fresh water and suitable gravels to lay their eggs in the redd (nest). Some dams do not have suitable spawning streams. The trout in these dams can be seen close in around the edges trying to matefarmers and anglers. Each dam has its own on windy days in the waves. This is usuallyrules, some do not allow boats so check not very successful for the fish, but anglersbefore you set off, theres plenty of public can target them with egg imitations suchaccess points on most dams.
In general the as Glow Bugs or Red Setters. >>dams have been low for many years butafter the last two years of rain the dams Photograph: Peter Smith With aare spilling, Oberon Dam last spilled in Nice RainbowAugust 2000! The new water levels covernew knee high grass, it will make for greatfishing. In winter when the streams are closedthe dams can produce good fishing as longas you are prepared for possible Siberianconditions. The fishing in winter is usuallymid morning to mid afternoon as water
  11. 11. Fly Fishing | SaltwaterT he mention of fly fishing often conjures up images of fresh water trout sought by the privileged few.However, in recent decades itinerantanglers have traveled the globe in searchof new and exciting fish species andexperiences – much of it involving a saltwater environment. Salt water fly fishing has grown inpopularity since the 1950’s and has spreadworld wide, as anglers seek the challengesand rewards offered by a coastalenvironment. The combination of stunningscenery that is readily accessible andclose to amenities means that destinationssuch as those found around Australia arepopular with holidaymakers who, whetherout of good will or guilt, include their familyin a fishing holiday or cunningly includefishing in their family holiday. where shallow sand flats and reef edges are explored in the quest for fish. Boat hire is often unnecessary – simply gain permission from the local authorities, maybe hire a local guide who knows the area and head off on foot. It’s a matter of carrying a rod, a few simple supplies, and you are off along the shore in search of your quarry. Inshore fly fishing encompasses that Sight fishing, referred to as ‘polaroiding’ which exists between the shallow flats and(a name derived from the use of polarized off shore waters. Many pursue this fisherysunglasses to spot the fish) is perhaps the for the sheer variety of fish species that ismost rewarding aspect that salt water fly on offer, not to mention the thrills of thefishing has to offer. The fish is located by environment that often includes bommies,sight before an accurate cast is made to crystal clear waters and all mannerdelicately place a hand tied fly in front of of creatures that pass by. A commonit. The combined concentration and skill adversary found Australia wide will benecessary to pull off such a stunt offers the one of several species of trevally, many ofpunter rewards that aren’t always a fish in which carry spectacular colour schemeshand… that appear in varying sizes and states of Flats’ fishing is the most readily mind. >>accessible form of saltwater fly fishing,
  12. 12. Rod Building | The Rod Builders PerspectiveEvolution of Bream Rods I ’d like to welcome all the readers to the first edition of “THE ROD BUILDERSPERSPECTIVE”. Each edition I am going 40mm lures, some we bought but a lot that we made ourselves for bream. Now I fish the weed beds, edges and drop offs ofto share my perspective of what I do for the Gippsland lakes to get my fix.a living, designing and building fishing From that day to present the drop shotrods. We’ll run through the thought behind blank has been the most popular in ourcertain designs and uses and I’ll through sport. Back then the material was mainlyup some rod recipes for everyone to try fibreglass were as today its ultra-sensitivefrom time to time. carbon with attention to guides and handle This edition I thought I’d run through the set ups to match the sensitivity. Theserods that I have built the most of and that days the array of different blanks andhave bought me personal success over the tapers is immense however a large part ofyears from tournaments to work. the rods I build are still based on the drop From the time I was 13 years of age I shot, but now with the ever increasing usehave been throwing small hardbodied lures of fluoro straight through we find ourselvesfor bream. Back then some 33 years ago developing blanks to suit this style ofas kids we used to wade the flats at Speers fishing. >>point on lake Macquarie throwing small
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  15. 15. VictorianFishing ReportsGeelong and further aboard success is clean water. With some of the windy conditions of late big swells haveReport by Chris Pitman of Q-Tackle / rolled through dirtying up the water but ifQueenscliff Bait & Tackle. you find this just head round to the mouth of Swan Bay as the water clarity is fine With the arrival of August squid is on the most of the time.mind of most anglers around the Geelong Each year the biggest squid takenregion. Reports of the annual run of large usually fall to a well presented bait jig ofsquid off the Queenscliff bight have started either silver whiting or tommy ruff. As wellto come in. Most successful method has as squid, large numbers of whiting havebeen to fish large jigs size 3.5 & 4 in continued to stay on the chew with Stnatural looking colours down deep over Leonards a firm favourite, here pippies orthe kelp beds, another common factor to mussels have been the stand out baits with anglers finding bag limit captures realistic. Most of the whiting at St Leonards have averaged around the 33-35cm mark. Around to Portarlington and Australian Salmon have showed up making the pier their home. These fish respond well to small metal lures and soft plastics and make the perfect target for someone looking to get into lure fishing. On the lead up to high tide the salmon schools will move in and around the shallows. Most fish average 600-700grams but for what they lack in size they make up for in numbers. The Geelong waterfront has seen the large winter snapper continue to bite with customers reporting the rocks at St Helens boat ramp still producing fish to 8kg for those prepared to put in the hours. This time of the year most of the standout reports we hear in the shops come from the Victorian western district lakes. Lake Tooliorook just outside of Lismore has to be the standout so far this year. Fishing from the bank with power bait has been a fantastic approach. JustAbove: Queenscliff recently I gave this method a try andCaught Squid managed two very nice rainbow trout of 1.5kg and a smaller fish of 1kg. >>
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