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Modern Fishing June 2018

For over 55 years Modern Fishing has been the cutting-edge voice of the Australian recreational fishermen. Packed full of informative feature articles, techniques, new gear reviews, species spotlights and inspiring travel destinations.

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3 min.
land-based legends

On page 52 of this issue you can read Sammy Hitzke’s column where he details the heartache of losing a big landbased jewie to a shark. Sammy gets more than his fair share of quality fish and this one still cut him to the bone. This got me thinking about landbased fishos and in particular how much harder it is to catch quality fish from the shore. When you’re in a boat you have so many advantages that the landbased guys don’t. First and foremost you can go pretty much anywhere you like. There’s no such thing as, “the school was just out of casting range.” The frustration of seeing quality fish busting up all day and have them never come into casting range is one that all landbased guys know…

1 min.
through the lens

THE PRIZE We know that fishos around the country love a good fishy image and we want to showcase those epic shots of yours and give you the chance to WIN BIG! WINNER HOW TO ENTER It’s pretty simple. Each month, we’ll be posting the competition on the Modern Fishing Facebook page and all you need to do is drop your best pics in the comments section and tag a fishing buddy. It’s that easy so get snapping! !…

12 min.
the mighty   queensland   reds! part 1

When the days become shorter, and the humidity drops from 95 per cent down to 90, those lucky enough to reside in the Southern third of the sunshine state turn their attention towards a different shade of red, one that’s a bit pinker, with a blue spot or two When you hear someone talking about snapper, you could be forgiven for automatically assuming their probably from South Australia or even that small little country across the ditch, New Zealand. I mean, they are the undisputed homes of the snapper aren’t they?! Not that they have too many other claims to fame to be honest. In South Australia, snapper represent one third of their states targetable species, while New Zealand, aside from big snapper, the only other thing they’ve got is Rugby…

13 min.
crack a flat!

If you’ve happened to stumble across any of my previous articles, two things; 1. Thanks for reading them, and 2. You’ll have most likely picked up that offshore fishing really floats my boat. But, like many other anglers this wasn’t always the case. My first boat was a 3.85m Stessel Edgetracker which I obviously couldn’t take offshore, even on the best of days. So, I was confined to the estuaries chasing all the usual suspects. Flathead, whiting, trevally, jacks and I even managed to get well and truly infected by the bream bug as the ABT tournaments did the rounds on TV. I chased them in all the usual ways, in the canals on surface, on plastics, deep vibing, hard bodies along rock walls all that stuff. But, where I had…

3 min.
small circle success

Circle hooks have become standard kit for many anglers, especially those after larger, hard hitting targets. But this love affair with circles seems to now be infiltrating just about all bait fishing applications, right down to the smallest of species. What started as tentative inclusions of circles into our ‘small fry’ bait efforts has rapidly evolved into almost circle hook domination when it comes to chasing many smaller targets in my neck of the woods. Like any change from proven and long-term tactics, making the switch from J hooks to circles for these fish didn’t happen overnight, but was rather a gradual inclusion of the hooks into our attack as confidence built and results stacked up. Forcing our hand to make the change was so many session saving moments where mini circle…

11 min.
lessons on the stones

I worked my way along a gnarly precipice as the first hint of light squeezed its way through the thick, low hanging tea tree. I moved methodically, ensuring solid footing with each step while at the same time weaving my rods through the narrow canopy of native flora. It was tedious at times but warranted to ensure safe passage to my chosen rocky headland. After fifteen minutes I welcomed the opening at the top of the cliff where I could finally stand fully up right and survey the water from above. A perfect coating of foamy white water encompassed several pockets of nutrient rich water that would hold many piscatorial wonders. As eager as I was to get down to water level and commence dispensing some berley, I watched the…