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Front Cover: SNAP! Louise Davey of MDM Media, captures the moment a barra estimated at 115cm throws the lure. It happened during the 2016 Club Marine Barra Nationals. At the other end of the line, we suspect Corey Morrison, of Team DILLIGAFF, collapsed in shock.
Back Cover: Out bush with Toyota, ARB and Waeco
(Photo: Alex Julius)
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Table of Contents - NAFA Fishing Magazine
16 QUEENSLAND’S MONSTER BARRA
There’s no doubt that Queensland has its share of truly big barramundi, both in the wild and in the freshwater impoundments. Alex Julius reports
19 CLICKBAITING – FISHING IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Starlo takes a hard look at the impact of social media on our lives in general, and on recreational fishing in particular.
30 DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
At the Diamond Islets off the mid-north Queensland coast, the fishing is brutal. Lee Brake stopped shaking long enough to send us his candid report.
36 SPECIAL SPORTFISH SPECIES
Greeny delves into what makes a great sportfish and describes a handful of his favourites.
42 NAFA SCALES… News Snippets
44 FINDING REDS EAST OR WEST
There’s something about red emperor. Ben Knaggs explains that refining your red-fishing tactics to suit the country you’re fishing may find you celebrating a lot more often.
53 FISHING TERRITORY
56 RUNNING THE DALY RIVER GAUNTLET
If ever there was a barra tournament fraught with danger, excitement, adventure and thrills, it was the 21st Club Marine Insurance Barra Nationals. Alex Julius and Miro Mitrovitch report.
66 MILLION DOLLAR FISHING
The NT’s recent Million Dollar Fish promotion set a new benchmark for recreational fishing events, and Season 2 starts in October. Dave Donald travelled to the Territory to have a shot.
77 FIELDS OF GOLD
A morning’s jigging Darwin offshore and catching some stonker golden snapper make for a good read, but there are also some great tips from Darwin’s jigging Maestro: Peter Zeroni.
85 HOW TO TROLL TOMMYCUT CREEK
Chris Errity gives the low down on trolling this big barra hotspot.
91 APPOINTMENT ON THE DALY
Two days on the Daly for Alex Julius and mates failed to produce a barra sporting a red tag. It was champagne run-off fishing nonetheless.
98 AURORA KAKADU KLASH 2016
This year’s Aurora Kakadu Klash on the South Alligator River offered up a few surprises, but none so surprising as the quality of fishing. Alex Julius reports.
106 FINESSE BARRA FISHING
On those days when the barra are there but not responding to conventional lure-fishing techniques, Roger Sinclair reaches for a light spinning outfit and adopts a finesse approach.
112 FLY FISHING ROMPIN SAILS
Ever wondered how good is the Rompin sailfish fishery? Peter Morse summarises 13 five-day periods from 2009 to 2015.
120 THE KING RETURNS
Victorian anglers love catching kingfish. John Cahill writes about the last two summers being the best seasons in memory.
124 BLAST FROM THE PAST
We look back at some of our Good Gear Models photographed on location in years gone by.
132 BOILED LOLLIES TO CHOCOLATES: VICTORIA’S TUNA HISTORY
One fish can have a major impact on a small community and be a catalyst for an extraordinary turn of events. Steve Cooper reports.
138 CAMDEN HAVEN
Camden Haven which hosts almost every saltwater species common to east coast waters, as well as bass in a number of freshwater creeks and rivers. Guide by Jamie Robley
144 THE FISHING FAIRER SEX TITLE
There are all manner of women who fish, from all different backgrounds and for a variety of different reasons. Rocky Edwards explains it’s a positive phenomenon that is worth understanding.
150 PADDLE-POWERED PISCATORIAL PURSUIT
Yak fishing is booming, and Kim Courtney practises his craft in the piscine wonderland that is Roebuck Bay, Broome.
156 CHASING SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MEGA COD
The secret is out: the South Australian stretch of the Murray River is home to the biggest cod in Australia. Rod Mackenzie blows the whistle.
160 WORKING ROCK-BARS
Northern predators like barramundi, jewfish, fingermark and threadfin love hanging around rock-bars. Jarrod Day’s tips on catching them ‘off the rocks’.
164 THE UNBREAKABLE FUTURE – ANSA
Dorian Mode explores the impact of braid on sportfishing clubs in Australia.
166 GOOD GEAR
169 NAFA ON BOATS
170 STACER CROSS FIRE 509
The all-new Stacer Cross Fire 509 is a versatile, fun boat that still offers 100% fishability with a simple reconfiguration. Review by Alex Julius.
176 FORMOSA 580 TERRITORY
Chris Errity’s Formosa Tomahawk 580 Territory was designed for strength, seaworthiness, comfort and a spacious working deck. Chris explains.
180 QUINTREX YELLOWFIN BOATS
The new-look Yellowfin boats incorporate a host of practical design features. Steve Cooper takes us for a spin.
186 NEW SAVAGE RAPTORS
The all new Savage Raptors in basic and pro ranges offer a number of options for the budget-minded boat buyer who still wants some serious fishing fire power. Review by Alex Julius.
188 BOATING NEWS
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169 Yamaha Full Vmax Sho Line-up
173 Telwater/Evinrude & New G2s
174 Sydney & Brisbane Boat Shows
179 Lowrance Integrates Mercury Engine Data
184 Simrad Halo Radar
54 Fishing & Outdoor World’s New Super Store
74 AANT Roadside Assist
84 Katherine Rod and Rifle Tackle World
87 Corroboree Park Tavern
88 BE CROCWISE When Fishing
94 Favourite Barra Lures – 6 Anglers Reveal
104 FISHERIES NT – Tomorrow’s Fishing Starts Today
12 AJ’s TAKE with Alex Julius
14 THE THINKING ANGLER with Jason Wilhelm
28 LESSONS LEARNT with David ‘Greeny’ Green
110 FISHING OZ with Steve ‘Starlo’ Starling
Table of Contents - NAFA's Outdoors, 4x4 Travel & Camping
3 WILD PLACES
4 TOYOTA FORTUNER CRUSADE
Karl Condon gives the low down on Toyota’s Fortuner Crusader – a vehicle with serious off-road capabilities and a great many new and innovative features.
13 PORTLAND ROAD & IRON RANGE
Arguably an under-utilised region is the Iron Range National Park. If you are heading north, Dick Eussen urges readers to add it to their Bucket List.
20 PRODUCT AWARENESS: FOSSIKING WITH MINELAB
22 ESSENTIAL OFF-ROAD GEAR
Intrepid off-road adventurer, Dick Eussen, offers sage advice for readers wanting a safe outback experience.
27 YOUR TOP END AGENDA
Spirit of Kakadu Adventure Tours, Crab Claw Island Resort
32 PRODUCT AWARENESS: NATIONAL 4X4 OUTDOORS SHOW – MELBOURNE.
34 CHECKING OUT SA’S EYRE PENINSULA
South Australia has much to offer travelling anglers. Even diehard spirits from the Top End, like Chris Errity, braved the cooler climate to make a return visit.
39 A MEGA (FAUNA) TRIP
Steve Cooper writes that sometimes being on the road raises questions that can become a focal point for travel: a reason for going.
44 KEEP YOUR COOL (STAYING HYDRATED)
Dick Eussen emphasises that keeping the body cool is a must when engaged in strenuous activities under a hot sun.
46 OUTDOORS ESSENTIALS
10 ON THE TOW with Steve “Scoop” Cooper
38 BEATING AROUND THE BUSH with Neil Schultz
42 DOWN THE BARREL with Rod “Harro” Harrison