ON THE COVER:
Front Cover: Shane Compain dishes it out to yet another barra on his way to winning the NT Barramundi Grandslam. Tynan Bartolo is ready to net his Barra Nationals point scorer.
Back Cover: Pulling out from the Daly River public boat ramp, and capturing the event with the NAFA Phantom 4 Pro drone.
(Photo: Alex Julius)
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Table of Contents - NAFA Fishing Magazine
16 THE THIRTY POUND CLUB
Every South Aussie fisho who ever cast a line has, at some stage or another, lusted after a 30lb snapper. Ben Knaggs offers great advice on just how to do it.
22 THE LAKE OF 1000 CASTS
Jez Johnson explains how he discovered why Lake Tinaroo has become something of an iconic waterway for consistently producing some of Australia’s biggest barramundi.
28 NO RUN, NO FUN – RUBBISH!
“No run, no fun” goes the old saying. It lies. Lee Brake finds that fun is there for the taking for those willing to experiment, especially offshore.
34 GAME OF DRONES – FISHING WITH UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES
Drone fishing: is it the next “big thing” in the world of recreational angling? Starlo reveals all in this exclusive NAFA report.
42 TERN TALK
When you are out looking for some pelagic action, Kim Courtney reckons you should watch out for terns, and check out their conversations.
48 VICTORIAN WHITING…A DEFINITIVE GUIDE
The humble King George whiting has gained a reputation around the southern half of the country as a challenging adversary. Jarrod Day reports that their characteristics are the same, no matter which state.
55 FISHING TERRITORY
Our mega NT Fishing Section.
58 THE MOOD OF THE DALY
The 2017 Club Marine Barra Nationals left some competitors battling in its wake. Meanwhile those more savvy to the conditions caught barra in numbers. AJ reports.
68 THE $MILLION BARRA RUSH
The second season of NT Tourism’s Million Dollar Fish campaign was a winner. The partnership with Crownbet continues into Season 3, and promises to deliver great ongoing economic spinoff for the Northern Territory… and some pretty good spinoff for those lucky anglers who bag a red-tagged barra. Dick Eussen reports.
74 IN HEAVEN AND IN HELL
Some fishing trips are so bad that they make for a good read anyway. Stewie Martin shares two trips: one heaven sent; the other made in hell.
86 REDBACKS LOVE BIG MACS!
A pair of rising-star Sheffield Shield cricketers go fishing with Peter Zeroni and bag a pair of big macs on a red-letter jigging jaunt at the Vernon Islands.
92 THE BIG WET OF 2017
It was long overdue but when it came it was like a tsunami had settled across the Top End’s big-river floodplains. AJ explains the profound consequences of the 2017 record wet season.
100 AURORA KAKADU KLASH
The 2017 annual Aurora Kakadu Klash surprised a few competitors with the sheer number and size of barra in the river. AJ reports.
106 INTERVIEW: SHANE COMPAIN REVEALS HIS BARRA TOURNAMENT SECRETS
Shane Compain has blazed a winning trail across the NT barramundi tournament scene. Just how he goes about it is explained in this revealing interview.
114 TIPS FOR FISHING WITH KIDS
Glenn Dinwoodie provides some sensible tips on making the most of a family fishing trip, based on experience.
120 BARRA LODGE EVOLUTION
The Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge is widely acclaimed as the gold standard by which all other North Australian fishing lodges are judged. Shaun Taylor reports how last year was a success, and so far 2017 is exceeding expectations.
130 CRUISING DOWN CORROBOREE
The venue for this pictorial feature was the iconic Corroboree Billabong where the NAFA team spent time on a Mary River houseboat.
140 PAST PRESENT FUTURE
Fishing has changed, and is forever changing. The best way to look at the future is to look back at the past, and David Green’s article is about the evolution of fishing over the past 30 or so years.
147 BREAM ON LURES... TIPS FROM A MEXICAN
John Cahill has found that Victoria is blessed with quality bream and, better still, they love eating lures… sometimes.
152 LAKE MURRAY BLACK BASS
Chris Errity and mates travelled to Papua New Guinea to catch the fabled black bass. The trip was a winner.
158 THE THREE-SECOND WINDOW
The bigger the cod, the smarter the cod… Codmac finds that’s because they’ve seen and heard enough lures and boat noises to not easily be tricked.
162 OLD ROCKS NEW TRICKS
Technological advances and trends influence different forms of fishing in different ways and to a varying degree. Jamie Robley describes how this applies as much to rock fishing as to any other facet of our sport.
168 TOURING TASSIE - Apple Isle Fishing Travel Tips
Tasmania enjoys a well-deserved reputation for world-class trout fishing. However, as Starlo explains, there’s even more to the Apple Isle than trout!
174 GOOD GEAR
178 NAFA ON BOATS
180 NEW QUINTREX APEX HULL… plus, plus!
Quintrex has released a radical hull design, the Apex, and upgraded many existing models for its 2017 range. Steve Cooper reports.
186 TWO NEW OUTBOARDS FROM YAMAHA
We review the exciting new Yamaha F90 and F25.
192 CROSSXCOUNTRY’S LAPSTRAKE
CrossXCountry boats are going from strength to strength with a devoted army of followers who are rapt by their lightness, durability and overall handling.
198 LATEST EVINRUDE E-TEC G2S
Evinrude releases its new 150, 150H.O., 175 and 200 G2 outboards.
203 BOATING NEWS
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190 LOWRANCE HDS CARBON HAS LANDED
196 BIA’s 2017 SYDNEY AND BRISBANE BOAT SHOWS
197 HONDA’S NEW POWER GENERATION
202 FOUR-STROKE “TORQUE” FROM TOHATSU
56 FISHING AND OUTDOOR WORLD
66 NT RECREATIONAL FISHING UNIT
83 FINS BRAIDED LINES
90 MUSTAD JIG HEADS
103 ROD AND RIFLE TACKLE WORLD KATHERINE
104 BE SMART – BE CROCWISE
117 CORORBORREE PARK TAVERN
118 TOP END HELIFISH ADVENTURES
177 SHIMANO TRANX 300HG
12 AJ’s TAKE with Alex Julius
14 FISHING OZ with Steve ‘Starlo’ Starling
40 LESSONS LEARNT with David ‘Greeny’ Green
138 THE THINKING ANGLER with Jason Wilhelm
Table of Contents - NAFA's 4x4 Travel & Hunting
6 WILD PLACES
8 REVIEW: TOYOTA LANDCRUISER 70 SERIES DUAL-CAB
Dick Eussen enthuses about the rejuvenation of a great old workhorse.
Roadkill is a fact of life on Australia’s outback highways. Steve Cooper explains.
18 GOLD PANNING
Dick Eussen offers a cost-effective way to start you on the road to riches.
26 THE MAGIC AND MYSTERY OF BOABS
The bottle-shaped boab tree is one of the great botanical mysteries of the world. Report by Kim Courtenay.
30 OUTDOORS ESSENTIALS
32 GOOSE HUNTING ACCESSORIES FOR THE SERIOUS MG HUNTER
Bart Irwin’s nitty gritty on the gear you will need.
40 THE THREE GUN BATTERY
If you were to own only three firearms, which calibre and model would you choose? Dick Eussen explains his choices.
44 ADVANCED PIG HUNTING STRATEGIES
There’s more to pig hunting than pulling a trigger. Greg Morianos talks tactics and planning.
50 HUNTING VARMINTS
Rod Harrison’s guide to hunting these little baddies.
29 ON THE TOW with Steve “Scoop” Cooper
56 DOWN THE BARREL with Rod “Harro” Harrison
24 KAKADU TOURISM