ON THE COVER:
Front Cover: Melissa Jordan on location at Eco Beach Broome Resort and posing with a big golden trevally caught with Barramundi Sportfishing Charters. (Photo by Alex Julius)
Back Cover: There are more than 120,000 elephants in Botswana's Chob National Park, and the nearby Zambesi River is home to the amazing African Tigerfish. (Photo by Alex Julius)
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Table of Contents - NAFA Fishing Magazine
12 AJ’S TAKE
14 ROMPIN SAILS…MILLIONS OF THEM!
Rompin, on the central east coast of Malaysia, accesses one of the world’s great sport fisheries. Alex Julius was there when it sizzled!
28 GUIDE TO SOFT PLASTICS ON THE REEF
Jason Wilhelm details some highly-productive fishing techniques for coral trout and other reef fish casting soft plastics on the Great Barrier Reef.
34 IN LIKE FLYNN
When the pelagic schools enter Sydney Harbour, the deep waters of Watson’s Bay are the first place they visit. Phil Atkinson reports.
40 EAST AND WEST OF THE PROM
Wilsons Promontory offers some the very best fishing available in Victoria. John Cahill explains how, when and where it fishes best.
46 FISHING THE TERRITORY
49 SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH!
Starlo bids a fond farewell to Australia’s Top End.
54 MAKE MINE A BIG MAC
Peter Zeroni reckons there are plenty of ways to catch big Spanish mackerel, but whipping a long, metal knife jig past their salivating razor-lined jaws is certainly one of them.
64 RUNNING THE COAST FOR A BARRA BONUS
The Territory is still blessed with vast areas of remote coastline and tropical rivers and estuaries that are subjected to minimal fishing pressure. With proper planning, a comfortable base to fish from and an understanding of tide and conditions, Chris Errity explains that some wonderful barramundi fishing can come your way.
73 THE THRASHER
Dave Krantz introduces The Thrasher, a deadly bluewater jigging contraption that is easy to make and a lot of fun to fish with.
78 TOP TWO THE PICK OF THE TERRITORY
Starlo nominates his pick of the best two fishing lodges currently operating in the Top End.
A Short Story by Sol Bannura.
104 THUNDERBOX COD
The Murray cod is Australia’s largest freshwater fish, and it will eat just about anything, including a crow with a jam tin on its head. Steve Cooper gives us an insight.
110 A BORDERLINE STORY
Warren Steptoe reports on important volunteer research on the Murray cod populations of the Border Rivers region…but the Qld funding has been torpedoed.
114 CEDUNA…BY GEORGE!
Ceduna accesses a wonderful King George whiting fishery. Alex Julius reports on a brand new venture that’s designed to get you catching, and eating, this yummy Australian favourite.
126 WHEN THE SALMON WINDS BLOW
A Short Story by Kim Courtenay
132 TACKLING TOWNSVILLE
Townsville is one of Australia’s great fishing locations. It also proved an idyllic location for our regular NAFA Good Gear Model shoot. Pictorial by Alex Julius.
150 BURRINJUCK GOLDENS
Ira visits one of Australia’s oldest and biggest dams, and finds more amenities than you could ever dream of, with golden perch fishing that’s not too bad either. For much of Burrinjuck’s huge expanse, the scenery is super cool.
158 SPRING TIME FLATS FROGS
Catching flathead on lures in the months leading up to summer is not just fishing; it is very much also hunting, especially when your home turf are the estuaries of Victoria. Jarrod Day explains.
162 PLATTING THE BIG HORN
Our intrepid Aussie traveller, Steve Cooper, does a runner at Little Big Horn with his friend and enjoys a real North American trout-fishing experience. .
170 ONCE WERE WARRIORS
Heading out from Tauranga into the Bay of Plenty, you can access some brilliant NZ deep-water jigging grounds where the resident hoodlums will test your warrior skills to the max. Jarrod Day reports.
177 GOOD GEAR
184 NAFA ON BOATS
186 BACK TO THE FUTURE
After introducing what surely must be more innovations than most other aluminium boat builders put together, Quintrex is getting on with building serious fishing boats. By Warren Steptoe.
190 Lowrance Expands HDS® Gen2 Line.
192 BOATING NEWS
196 THE SPECIAL SIGNATURE
The all-new Haines Signature 575RF is a hard-core fishing boat that also caters for family boating fun. By Warren Steptoe.
63 Forty Years of Fishing and Outdoor World
70 Darwin Barra Fishing Tours
166 Mustad: One Man’s Hooks
178 New From Waeco: The CFX fridge/freezer range
Table of Contents - NAFA's Outdoors, 4x4 Travel & Camping
4 WILD PLACES
6 MUDDY MOMENTS
The last thing the average fisho wants to do is to get bogged on his way to a fishing spot. Great “avoidance” advice from our 4WD Editor.
12 OUTFOXING FERALS
Feral rabbits, foxes, cats…these are an ongoing major threat to our native bush environment. It’s no surprise that targeting them as vermin is highly condoned. Here’s how to do it.
18 YOU AND ME AND AN MTB
With so much of Australia’s coastline beach and or remote, and inaccessible even to 4WDs, there’s much to be said for taking your mountain bike fishing.
24 TOYOTA NEWS
26 THE DUMMIES’ GUIDE TO OFF-ROAD TRAVEL
Practical suggestions for trouble-free off-road driving…with boat in tow.
32 ARB’S SKYDOME SWAG & BOOTSWAG
For those who like to tent it, this guide is essential reading.
38 HUNTING PORKERS
Guide to guns and ammo for hunting wild boar.
42 TRANSIT OF VENUS
A short story by Dorian Mode.
44 BLACK WIDOW 4WD ACCESSORIES
45 2013 CAN-AM OUTLANDER 500 DPS
48 THE OUTBACK & FISHING
The fishing can be pretty damn good in the Outback.
56 OUTDOORS ESSENTIALS