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                                      September 2012

A   U   S   T   R   A     L      I     A
FAM C on Te 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

                                    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 Web
Cover Image Joe Press With a                                            Grant Johnson
Beautiful Cold Water Murray Cod.
Image Courtesy Joe Press            Fly Fishing Freshwater              Fishing Kids
Saltwater Estuary                   Fly Fishing The Dams Of             Darren Beesey
                                    The Central Tablelands
Catching Fish Can Do                                                    Product Reviews
Your Head In                        John Coles is a fulltime            Jason Harrip
With 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 the
catching a cold or a feed. Darren   central tablelands NSW dams.
Beesey takes you through his                                            Fishing Reports
                                    Practical advice to Fly Fishing
thoughts and tips on making the     these waterways.                    NSW
most of your time on the water.     By John Coles                       Captain Roscoe
By Darren Beesey                                                        VIC
Saltwater Sportsfishing             Fly Fishing Saltwater               Chris Pitman
                                                                        Will Thompson
Mackerel On High Speed                                                  Simon Rinaldi
Metal                               Just Add Salt
                                    From Mako’s to Barra saltwater
Heart Stopping Adrenaline
Pumping action packed sure fire
                                    fly fishing is as challenging as    Kayak Fishing
                                    it is addictive. Chris Beech a      Australian Kayak
technique for nailing mackerel.
                                    commercial fly fisher of 26 years   Specialists
Malcolm Brown explains the
                                    shares his thoughts on many
how-to tips and tricks of
                                    consider the ultimate form of
targeting these speedster on
                                    sportsfishing.                      Boating
sliced metal.                                                 
                                    By Chris Beech
By Malcolm Brown
Fishing Australia Magazine Issue 1              September 2012 Edition


Our First Cast
          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 454 870

Australia Magazine. 1974 my dad Noel took me to Woody                             

Point Jetty which is the southern end of the Redcliffe Peninsula
30 minutes north of beautiful Brisbane. That afternoon he                 Contributers      Darren Beesey

introduced a 5 year old to a life long love affair with all things                          Malcolm Brown
fishing I clearly remember catching two small Dusky Flathead                                Joe Press
that afternoon and I was hooked. From that point on I fished                      
every chance I had. Throughout my teenage years I fished
                                                                                            Sean O’Rourke
mostly around Redcliffe but had some memorable trips north                        

to 1770 and as far south as Ulladulla NSW.                                                  John Coles
   2004 I had my greatest catch when comes to fishing I                           

purchased and a new journey into                                    Chris Beech

fishing opened up to me. Over the past 8 years that I have                                  Steve Duff
owned Fishing Australia it has cemented its place among the                       

10 fishing websites on and seen more than                                     Jason Harrip
few great websites come and go in that time.
                                                                                            Captain Roscoe
   2007 I had an idea I wanted to take fishing Australia                          

and create an online digital Magazine which was practically                       

impossible even with broadband speeding our internet                                        Chris Pitman
browsing creating the Magazine was not impossible just not                                  Will Thompson
realistic at the time.                                                            

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Saltwater Fishing | Estuary

CAN DO YOUR HEAD IN                                       By Darren Beesey

      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 only
mind. At this stage you can’t wait to get       50 to 100 metres away. A little research
your line wet and simply can’t imagine why      goes a long way. What do I want to
the fish won’t be queuing up to jump on         catch, what do they eat and how do they
your lines. I have watched this scenario        find it when we aren’t presenting it on a
play out in my local fisheries time and time    hook? There is plenty of great info on the
again. 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 place
as they are putting their beautiful boats in    to start!! My recommendation, though, is
the water. “Don’t need
any advice champ”, is a
common retort. I don’t
blame them really.
   My buddy and I fish
in a beaten up, plenty
old, 12ft blue tinny that
sports a 9.9hp little buzz
box on the back. We have
it set up with the stuff
we need, not ALL the
stuff you might need in
a year’s fishing. We have
comfy seats, a couple of
rods usually one set up
for bait and one rigged
for lures, we have enough
bait for the session, a
few drinks and maybe a
bite to eat. These guys
usually fly out, plonk
their boats anywhere,
anchor up and toss their lines in. A few        to chat with the bloke at the local fishing
get lucky and land a few. Most get unlucky      store. And I don’t mean the cheap fishing
with a couple of toadies and sun burnt          section at a supermarket! Go into the local
faces. Even the best fisho’s don’t catch fish   tackle shop, spend what amounts to a few
every time they venture out. But there are      extra dollars on the stuff you need and
a couple of things they do BEFORE they go       listen to what he has to say. You are about
out that greatly increase the chances of        to fish in this bloke’s back yard. It’s in his
hooking the fish they are targeting.            interest to help you catch fish. >>
Saltwater Fishing | Sportsfishing

       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 about
common, hard fighting, easy to locate          anything will catch a Mackerel, even a dirty
and fantastic on the plate, Mackerel could     old sinker! But for my money, the most
almost be considered a bread and butter        exciting way of catching these ferocious
species of the North. There are several        predators is with high-speed metal slices.
species of Mackerel that frequent Northern     It's a very simple technique, but is the
waters, including Spanish, Spotted, Shark,     most adrenaline pumping, heart stopping,
Grey and School or ‘Doggie’ Mackerel.          and action packed technique you will ever
But by far the most commonly targeted          use! It is also a technique that will often
are the offshore Spanish Mackerel, and         continue to produce fish throughout the
the more inshore Doggie Mackerel. While        day when all other techniques fail. >>
Mackerel can be found all throughout the
year, the fish favour cooler water, making              “It’s a very simple
winter time prime time for chasing these           technique, but is the most
speedsters off Townsville. The technique
discussed here will work equally well on all
                                                   adrenaline pumping, heart
Mackerel species, but I will concentrate on       stopping, and action packed
these two extremes in size.                          technique you will ever
   One of the biggest draw cards to                             use”
chasing Mackerel is the varied number of
techniques that can be used to target the

                                                                      Tania Brown
                                                                      with a nice
                                                                      spun up
                                                                      on Maggie
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Freshwater Fishing

        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 the
past, but most of all those ‘hot’ sessions    right lure in the right place is almost crucial
experienced during the colder end of the      with many of those one off or hits in the
season which seen many unforgettable          most unlikely place becoming very rare.
memories being made. Many choose to           Casting into structures of all varieties and
stay home and keep warm as the water          attempting to think as a fish would, will
cools down and the frosts move on in,         find you running into many more fish. What
however those that do stick it out, prove     structures to fish and how to target them
their patience and battle the often trying    will depend mostly on what style of lure
conditions will mostly find themselves        you’re using and the time of the day.
rewarded with some great fish and                A common trend which I follow

memories. These rewards can be viewed         throughout the year but certainly in colder
by some as more-or-less flukes but more       conditions is earlier in the morning, fish
often than not they’re the results of time,   the shallower water and snags which are
effort and carefully placing your well        held up closer to the waters edge. As the
chosen 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 sections
they do involve many long, quiet and often    of water, scouting around for likely fish
unsuccessful sessions in very cold and        holding structures such as drop offs, rocky
even windy conditions. This does leave        outcrops and large timber snags often
the fishing up to those who are often very    found by ‘reading’ the banks lining the
dedicated and considered mad. There’s         water for old broken river gums. >>
endless proof that the cold water does
greatly slow the activity of fish, but they
There are some flies you tie with more vigour
than others because they have caught you
trout in the past and will most likely do so in
the future, this fly is definitely one of Them.
How to Tie the Mrs Simpson Fly

             The Mrs Simpson Fly by Sean O’Rourke

        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 mutant
baitfish 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) representation
resulting silhouette created when retrieved     foremost, as well as crustacean and of
through 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 and
and they have a very buggy looking pattern      some 4 to 6 pound Tippett and vary the
on 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.
Fly Fishing | Freshwater

      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
      1940's. Many fly fishers make a bee-   so foods such as snails, small bait fish
line for the streams of the area and often   and yabbies are main food items for the
ignore the impoundments. The still water     trout. Many dams hold large amounts of
fishing of this area should not be over      snails and the fish feed eagerly on them,
looked there's some very good fishing to     particularly on windy days when the snails
be had, about a three hour drive west of     are dislodged and float sub-surface, it’s
Sydney. The area has several large dams,     almost like dry fly fishing. You can Polaroid
Lake Oberon, Ben Chifley, Lake Wallace,      trout often less than a rod length of the
Thompson’s Creek Dam and Lake Lyell and      shoreline. The secret of polaroiding in
numerous 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 gravel's
                                                                  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 mate
farmers and anglers. Each dam has its own on windy days in the waves. This is usually
rules, some do not allow boats so check      not very successful for the fish, but anglers
before you set off, there's plenty of public can target them with egg imitations such
access points on most dams. In general the as Glow Bugs or Red Setters. >>
dams have been low for many years but
after the last two years of rain the dams    Photograph: Peter Smith With a
are spilling, Oberon Dam last spilled in     Nice Rainbow
August 2000! The new water levels cover
new knee high grass, it will make for great
   In winter when the streams are closed
the dams can produce good fishing as long
as you are prepared for possible Siberian
conditions. The fishing in winter is usually
mid morning to mid afternoon as water
Fly Fishing | Saltwater

      he mention of fly fishing often
      conjures up images of fresh water
      trout sought by the privileged few.
However, in recent decades itinerant
anglers have traveled the globe in search
of new and exciting fish species and
experiences – much of it involving a salt
water environment.
   Salt water fly fishing has grown in
popularity since the 1950’s and has spread
world wide, as anglers seek the challenges
and rewards offered by a coastal
environment. The combination of stunning
scenery that is readily accessible and
close to amenities means that destinations
such as those found around Australia are
popular with holidaymakers who, whether
out of good will or guilt, include their family
in a fishing holiday or cunningly include
fishing 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 fishery
sunglasses to spot the fish) is perhaps the for the sheer variety of fish species that is
most rewarding aspect that salt water fly       on offer, not to mention the thrills of the
fishing 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 manner
delicately place a hand tied fly in front of    of creatures that pass by. A common
it. The combined concentration and skill        adversary found Australia wide will be
necessary to pull off such a stunt offers the one of several species of trevally, many of
punter rewards that aren’t always a fish in which carry spectacular colour schemes
hand…                                           that appear in varying sizes and states of
    Flats’ fishing is the most readily          mind. >>
accessible form of saltwater fly fishing,
Rod Building | The Rod Builders Perspective

Evolution of Bream Rods
 I  ’d like to welcome all the readers to the
    first edition of “THE ROD BUILDERS
PERSPECTIVE”. 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 of
to 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 shot
rods. We’ll run through the thought behind      blank has been the most popular in our
certain designs and uses and I’ll through       sport. Back then the material was mainly
up some rod recipes for everyone to try         fibreglass were as today its ultra-sensitive
from 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. These
rods that I have built the most of and that     days the array of different blanks and
have bought me personal success over the        tapers is immense however a large part of
years 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 use
have been throwing small hardbodied lures       of fluoro straight through we find ourselves
for bream. Back then some 33 years ago          developing blanks to suit this style of
as kids we used to wade the flats at Speers     fishing. >>
point on lake Macquarie throwing small
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FISHInG                                             REPORTS
Geelong and further aboard                    success is clean water. With some of the
                                              windy conditions of late big swells have
Report by Chris Pitman of Q-Tackle /          rolled through dirtying up the water but if
Queenscliff 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 taken
region. Reports of the annual run of large    usually fall to a well presented bait jig of
squid off the Queenscliff bight have started either silver whiting or tommy ruff. As well
to come in. Most successful method has        as squid, large numbers of whiting have
been to fish large jigs size 3.5 & 4 in       continued to stay on the chew with St
natural looking colours down deep over        Leonards a firm favourite, here pippies or
the 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
                                                 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. Just
Above: Queenscliff                            recently I gave this method a try and
Caught Squid                                  managed two very nice rainbow trout of
                                              1.5kg and a smaller fish of 1kg. >>
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