ON THE COVER:
Front Cover: NAFA Good Gear Model, Suzette Edwards, was thrilled to have caught this and other barra in Arnhemland. The boys from Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge are also hooked up. (Photo by AJ)
Table of Contents - NAFA Fishing Magazine
14 THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
By John Mondora. The quality of offshore reef fishing along the Great Barrier Reef is just as good today as it was 50 years ago. If you follow the techniques outlined in this article, you’ll go a long way towards getting your piece of the action.
22 Seascape Dreaming
By Kim Courtenay. High-speed spinning from the rocks was a huge craze during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Kim Courtenay recalls a time when the metal cleats worn by young, energised anglers clattered the rocks of Sydney as they chased and pelted lures to passing tuna schools
26Trouble shooting kingies
By Bushy. It is no secret that kingfish have made something of a comeback along Australia’s east coast. A whole new crop of anglers is fast becoming aquainted with a fish that has the speed, power and weight to expose any weakness in an angler’s game. Bushy gives us a few clues on finding and taming the tackle busters.
32 THE THUMPING BIG REDS OF WALLAROO
By Alex Julius. SA’s Spencer Gulf is home to the biggest snapper in Australia. In a whirlwind trip from Darwin, AJ sampled it at its very best.
40 EAST COAST SNAPPER
By Steve Starling
46 THE SEARCH FOR MELBOURNE’S BIG SNAPPER
By Jarrod day. At the beginning of each September, snapper become the talk of the Melbourne fishing scene, and the pinnacle for a Victorian snapper angler is to catch that monster, that fish that gets knees trembling in excitement as it is lifted over the gunwales – a genuine 20 pounder.
53 Kimberley Cultural Experiences
By Leeann Payne. Thanks to the Bardi people at the stunningly-beautiful One Arm Point in the west Kimberley, travelling anglers can pull in, camp and experience traditional fishing styles whilst also taking on the prolific local fish population with more conventional sportfishing tackle.
61 Albany...Kinjarling...The Place Of Fishes & Rain
By Ira Leitis Fehlberg. Photos by the author & Jack Dawson. Once the last operating whaling station in the southern hemisphere, today Albany is an angling smorgasbord.Here you’ll find WA’s biggest bream, best salmon fishing, great inshore and offshore variety, and many kilometres of rarely-fished rock ledges.
70 Trolling Tips for the Daly River
By Chris Errity
77 NT Pelagics
By Peter Zeroni
84 PRIME ROCKBAR REAL ESTATE
By Alex Julius. The Top End of the Northern Territory surely boasts the very best wild barra fishing Australia has to offer. One place that contributes immensely to this reputation is the famous Rockbar that is accessed from the remote Arnhemland Aboriginal community of Maningrida.
90 Snapper Research
By Chris Errity et al
92 From Vic to the Victoria River
By Karl Fedke. For interstaters who are thinking of going barra fishing in the Territory, places like Shady Camp, Daly River, East and South Alligator Rivers and Corroboree Billabong spring to mind. They are all iconic locations and gathering information to help you plan a trip is easy. But if you want to go somewhere that isn’t quite on the beaten track – like the Victoria River – planning a trip can be more difficult, especially if you’ve never been there before. Karl Fedke made the big trip and offers the following advice.
97 Overlapping Barra & Blue
By Peter Zeroni. There are lures and tackle designed specifically for barramundi and there are lures and tackle designed specifically for the blue water. That’s all well and good, except that some barra might not necessarily follow what we determine to be fishing tackle protocol.
103 ARNHEMLAND FLY WEEK
By Peter Morse
112 Fly Basics
By Dave Magner
130 A GLANCE
Fiction by Sol Bannura
134 Recreational Fishers = Real World Conservationists
By Dr Ben Diggles PhD. Quality fisheries rely on a healthy environment for regular recruitment, hence recreational fishers will always be pro-environment. Even though some green groups nowadays are trying very hard to convince politicians and the wider community that recreational fishing needs to be banned from large areas of the ocean, Dr Ben Diggles believes the recreational fishing industry will drive the next big changes required to protect our aquatic environments from the real threats they face today.
144 FISHING KEEPS GETTING BETTER
By Steve Cooper. From the estuaries to the bays to the freshwater and even to offshore, the quality of fishing in the state of Victoria has improved dramatically in recent years, and Steve Cooper reckons that improvement is continuing.
150 POPPING FOR GIANT GIANT TREVALLY
By Jarrod Day. You can’t afford to make one mistake when you’re splashing lures half as big as your forearm for the monster GTs that predate the bait schools along Australia’s northern tropical reefs.
158 Tropical Trolling Tricks
By Al McGlashan. There is a huge variety of tropical sportfish that can be caught on trolled lures, but there’s more to it than simply chucking some plastic over the back and pushing the throttle handle forward.
166 4WD & Camping
172 4WD Good Gear
By Dick Eussen
192 Boats for the Missus
By Warren Steptoe
203 Boating Good Gear
206 Stacer Latest Release
By Alex Julius
213 Sea Jays Boat Test
By Dave Krantz
214 Good Gear