ON THE COVER:
Front Cover: NAFA Good Gear Model, Josette O’Sullivan, with a pinkie she caught whilst on location at beautiful Coffs Harbour, northern NSW. (Photo: Alex Julius)
Back Cover: The Landcruiser 200 Series crosses the Liverpool River in the middle of the Top End dry season. In Arnhem Land, it can take several months after the wet season for the rivers to stop flowing over the road crossings. (Photo: Alex Julius)
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Table of Contents - NAFA Fishing Magazine
14 AJ’S TAKE
16 FROM BAIT TO ARTIFICIALS OFFSHORE
Anglers who ﬁsh offshore reefs with lures do well, but sometimes, as Lee Brake explains, a small amount of bait can assist in finding and catching ﬁnicky ﬁsh.
22 BLACK MAGIC 2
Our second black marlin pictorial feature from the camera of Kerry Dalling Fallon.
28 A BAD DOSE OF MULLOWAY MANIA!
According to Starlo, chasing jewfish on lures during daylight hours in our southern estuaries isn’t a
hobby... it’s an obsession!
36 THE MAGNIFICENT MULLOWAY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Chris Errity dreamed of catching a big mulloway off a beach, and did it. However, the one that got away has him hankering to go back.
44 PLAYING WITH PLASTICS
The weather was uncooperative, but the crew didn’t let a bit of rock and roll spoil the party. Dave Donald gets down and dirty with the big end of Berkley’s soft plastics.
52 WARDING ‘IT’ OFF
Rod Mackenzie delves into a world of superstition and says power comes to anglers carrying the stink; however, he warns anglers to be wary of others dwelling in the piscatorial abyss known as ‘IT’.
59 FISHING THE TERRITORY
60 CLUB MARINE INSURANCE BARRA NATIONALS 2014
In possibly the toughest Barra Nationals ever, if you caught a big one in this tournament, you didn’t need to catch too many more to be in with a chance of winning. AJ reports.
73 TARGETING DARWIN’S INSHORE SPEEDSTERS
Peter Zeroni explains how spinning for pelagic species around Darwin can be a much easier day on the water than towing a tinny a couple of hundred kilometres to ﬁsh the Territory’s big barra rivers.
80 FINKE BAY METREYS
Big barra sessions are not as common as most of us would like but, when they happen, and anglers get to taste the sweet fruits of success, the experience is always worth the effort. By Chris Errity.
90 ALLIGATOR FISHING CLUB CHALLENGE
The Alligator Fishing Club Challenge, held every October, welcomes everyone, and is a great place to kick-start some competitive fishing. Andy Ralph explains.
96 JEWFISH ENIGMA
When Winston Churchill described Russia as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”, Steve Cooper says he could have been referring to jewfish.
108 WET, WILD & RAW PART 3
Al McGlashan continues to lead the way with his amazing dub-surface images.
115 REDS ON RUBBERS: REVISITED
Although tuned-in anglers have been targeting snapper with soft plastic lures for more than a decade, Dave Rae says there are still anglers mentioning a desire to try rubbers for the first time.
120 PORT PHILLIP BAY REDS – HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED…
Snapper ﬁshing in Port Phillip Bay is an institution. The ﬁsh are the same but methods and tackle have evolved over the years. Jarrod Day reports.
124 VARYING YOUR TUNA TACTICS
Most southern tuna anglers chasing southern blueﬁn troll, but as John Cahill explains, there are other methods that will produce results.
130 OLD DOG... NEW TRICKS... OR BOTH?
Johnny Mitchell believes many anglers are hell bent on reinventing the wheel and finding something new, but they are missing some great results by not combining proven old school techniques.
136 TEMPTED BY TASSIE TROUT
Warren Steptoe explains that Tasmania has a world-class trout ﬁshery, and a legion of professional ﬁshing guides willing to show visitors the ﬁner points of ﬂy casting and ﬁshing.
142 COFFEE WITH RON PEARSON
Legends are pioneers and, as Steve Cooper explains, among saltwater ﬂyrodders, few anglers stand as tall as Ron Pearson.
147 CAPTIVATING COFFS
In our regular NAFA Good Gear Model Shoot, we travel to beautiful Coffs Harbour NSW, and feature stunning Sydney model and presenter Josette O’Sullivan. Pictorial feature by Alex Julius.
158 GOOD GEAR
162 THE FIRST CONSIDERATION
Safe boating can be a life-saving experience. Here’s some sage advice from Warren Steptoe that everyone should follow.
168 BOATING NEWS
172 TWO NEW STACERS
Stacer introduced to the market this year two exciting new models, the 519 Assault Pro and the 449 Proline Angler. Review by Alex Julius.
178 RIVER TO REEF 500 TOMMYCUT
Territory Marine’s River to Reef 500 Tommycut is a winner all round. Alex Julius reports.
186 STACER’S NEW RANGE OF PLATE BOATS
For the angler shopping for a seriously-robust offshore plate trailerboat, Alex Julius reckons you’d be smart to check out Stacer’s new Ocean Ranger models before making your decision.
192 SAVAGE FIBREGLASS CABIN 585
Alex Julius explains how the Savage Fibreglass Cabin 585 makes an ideal fishing platform whilst offering both comfort and relaxation on the water.
194 YELLOWFIN SYNERGY 6400
There’s plenty of ﬁshing space in this big Yellowﬁn… and the ride’s not too bad either.
71 Katherine Rod & Rifle Tackleworld
86 Darwin Barra Fishing Tours
94 NT Fisheries: Tools We Use to Manage Fisheries
102 The Helifish Business Plan
176 Two New Four-Stroke Yamahas
184 BRP Introduces a New Era in Outboard Engines
188 The Latest from Navico
190 New Products from Mercury Marine
Table of Contents - NAFA's Outdoors, 4x4 Travel & Camping
6 WILD PLACES
8 NORTH QUEENSLAND’S RINYIRRU (LAKEFIELD) NATIONAL PARK (CYPAL)
Queensland’s second largest (and most iconic) national park, encompassing about 544,000 hectares in area, is always worth a visit.
16 THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED
Steve Cooper road tests the new Jayco Conquest.
24 ADELAIDE RIVER’S SOARING SAURIANS
Dick Eussen explains that crocodiles are part of the adventure in the Top End.
28 ATV RIDING SKILLS
Dick Eussen helps you get the best out of these new-age toys, safely.
32 AFTER THE MEGA FAUNA
Kim Courtenay gives an insight into how “controlled” savannah burning reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
38 SHANKS’ PONY TO A PALOMINO
Hunters wanting to cover large areas of territory have a range of transport options. Rod Harrison explains.
42 EXPLORING YOUR OWN BACK YARD
Starlo finds adventure much closer to home than he’d ever imagined possible.
47 OUTDOORS ESSENTIALS
22 Bridge Toyota – Travelling the Territory?
27 ARB Deluxe Steel Roof Racks.
37 Gourmet Innovations - The Bradley Smoker.
46 Thermal Cookware … Its Energy Efficient.