Front Cover: NAFA's Crystal Neal jigged up this spectacular Kuri Bay coral trout on a Mustad Big Eye metal jig.
(Photo Alex Julius)
Back Cover: Four Mile Hole is a very special inland lagoo in the Top End. The big Toyota Landcruiser is a great way to tow your boat there.
(photo Alex Julius)
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Table of Contents - NAFA Fishing Magazine
16 DAM BUSTING
From barra to Murray cod to Australian bass, Starlo offers some priceless tips on finding native fish in our impoundments.
24 SCREENSHOTS VERSUS HOOK-UPS
There’s a huge difference between being good at scanning and good at catching, AND between interpreting inshore and offshore sounder imagery, as Lee Brake explains.
34 SA'S GOLD OFF THE TOP
In a state that is whiting mad, Shane Murton details the thrill of targeting SA's yellowfin whiting off the surface.
41 FISHING TERRITORY
Our mega NT Fishing Section.
42 CATCH A MILLION DOLLAR FISH
It’s Season 5 of Australia’s richest fishing competition with more than $2 million in prizes. Steve Cooper reports.
48 AURORA KAKADU KLASH 2019
The mighty South Alligator did not disappoint in the annual Aurora Kakadu Klash, and AJ was there.
56 REFLECTIONS ON THE DALY
The Daly River is one of those iconic fishing locations that gets in your blood. For so many anglers, it is their favourite stretch of water. Greeny waxes lyrically.
66 A SPIRITUAL EASTER
You can tell from this feature that AJ just loves visiting the iconic Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge on the Cobourg Perninsula… it’s a tropical fishing paradise.
76 CLUB MARINE INSURANCE BARRA NATIONALS 2019
Battle-scarred boats, engines and many competitors were testimony to just how tough the 2019 Barra Nationals really was. AJ’s report.
90 LOW-DOWN ON DARWIN HARBOUR FLATS
Darwin barra fishos are blessed with several harbour arms. Stewie Martin reckons it makes for great flats fishing, whilst maintaining gentleman’s hours.
98 UNDERWATER WORLD
Al McGlashan’s regular pictorial feature once again captures the true essence of fishing that only anglers witness.
105 STANAGE BAY – A LAST FRONTIER
Jarrod Day visits Stanage Bay North Queensland. The bay is home to some of the biggest mud crabs in the country, and the fishing experience is not bad either.
110 THE FISHING LEARNING CURVE
Fishing is about time, effort and passion writes Kim Courtney. It’s a learning curve filled with memories.
116 COPPERLODE – NAFA GOOD GEAR MODEL SHOOT
This issue, our regular NAFA Good Gear Model Shoot comes from Copperlode Falls Dam, near Cairns North Queensland. Pictorial by Alex Julius.
128 MURRAY COD SURFACE ACTION
Codmac (Rod MacKenzie) reckons casting surface lures for Murray cod and getting a hook-up is an exhilarating exercise, the ultimate freshwater rush as the water detonates and a jolly green giant inhales your offering.
134 COMPLEXITIES OF A BASS SEASON
River bass fishing is a complex and intertwined series of environmental elements and understanding them will help develop a plan for better fishing. Dave Seaman helps unravel the facts.
140 GOOD GEAR
NAFA ON BOATS
144 NEW YELLOWFIN PLATE BOAT LINE-UP USE LEAD PIC MEDIUM-LARGE
150 SIMRAD RS40-B VHF/CRUISE CHARTPLOTTER
152 STACER 589 SEA MASTER
143 BEAUTIES FROM SAVAGE
157 NEW LOWRANCE GHOST ELECTRIC MOTOR
158 BOATING NEWS
30 MUSTAD BIG EYE JIGS
54 FISHING AND OUTDOOR WORLD
64 STAY CROC-SAFE WHILE FISHING
75 CORROBOREE PARK TAVERN
84 ROD AND RIFLE TACKLE WORLD KATHERINE
86 DARWIN’S NEW ARTIFICIAL REEFS
88 HELI-FISHING TOURS & ADVENTURES
97 MY COOLMAN PORTABLE FIRDGE/FREEZER RANGE
114 GREAT ACCESSORIES FROM MUSTAD
132 SHIMANO SLX DC
133 FINS FIGHTER and FINS FORCE 5 SPECTRA BRAID LINES
143 RIO FLY LINES FOR AUSTRALIA
12 AJ’s TAKE with Alex Julius
14 LESSONS LEARNT with David ‘Greeny’ Green
32 FISHING OZ with Steve ‘Starlo’ Starling
Table of Contents - NAFA's 4x4 Travel & Hunting
6 WILD PLACES
10 ALL-NEW TOYOTA RAV4
The all-new Toyota RAV4 has raised the bar for SUV performance, safety, technology, style and refinement.
16 TRAILER TRAVEL
Towing a trailer boat to remote fishing spots can be daunting but, as Dick Eussen explains, with foresight and planning, it can be done with confidence.
24 PORTLAND FROM THE OUTSIDE
The deep waters off Portland in Victoria’s south-west ARE renowned for their bluefin tuna. However, it has more to offer travellers. Steve Cooper reports.
30 THE HIGH GROUND
According to Rod Harrison there are two choices hunting the high ground: to be mobile and head off in search or create an opportunity with the help of magnetic stimulants like game calls.
36 GOOSE STRATEGY 2019
Hunting geese is almost a rite of passage for shooters in the Northern Territory. Bart Irwin provides some information to help you improve your returns.
42 SHOOTER’S SHOP
44 ON THE CAPE
Going on a bush trip with a crew? Make sure you know everyone well. Dick Eussen explains that it only takes one disruptive person to make it the bush trip from hell.
48 Darwin Women Hunting & Fishing
Hunting and fishing with our kids is a joyful experience for everyone involved, and there’s much to be passed on and learnt. Catherine Baker shares her thoughts.
52 OUTDOOR ESSENTIALS
28 ON THE TOW with Steve “Scoop” Cooper
50 DOWN THE BARREL with Rod “Harro” Harrison
13 ARB – Van solutions and tyre pressure monitoring remotely.
14 MINE LAB – Detect on any soil with Minelab’s Equinox 600 and 800 detectors.
22 TOURISM TOP END – Things we love to do in the Top End
40 NT DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT & RESOURCES – The 2019 Waterfowl Season has been announced
51 WINCHESTER – Protect your hearing with Decibullz.