ON THE COVER:
Front Cover: Alex Julius with 95cm of Daly River barra caught in the 1996 NT Barra Nationals, a five-day catch-and release tournament. It helped the NAFA Media Magnates team, which included Brenton Ellis and Roger Gentle, win this inaugral event. (Photo by Brenton Ellis)
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Table of Contents - NAFA Fishing Magazine
4 NAFA ANGLE
10 TRAVELLING AND FISHING NORTH OLD
John Mondora puts his decades of experience on the line and even rates his choices on a scale of one to five.
19 TO CATCH A CROCODILE
Robert Vaughan nearly bites off more than he can chew in this hilarious account of a big crocodile that didn't want to leave the Kimberley.
29 SOLLY AND THE ROLEX WATCH
Sally the barra guide returns as the champion of bush philosophy. Great fiction from Lex Silvester.
36 BARRA ON THE NILE
Col Roberts heads for Africa on a quest for the Nile Perch, and assesses how this barra lookalike stacks up against our own premier national sportfish.
42 THE JEWIE MAN
Steve Starling blends fiction and fact to portray the secret approach of the men who catch big jew.
46 NAFA NT TROPICAL FISHING HOLIDAY COMPETITION
Win a fabulous 9-day holiday for four to Gove and the Wessel Islands.
48 AN ANGLER'S GUIDE TO MELBOURNE
Pull out your Melway Street Directory and follow Geoff Wilson as he rounds up the fishing locations in the Victorian capital.
54 TALES OF NAFA
Cartoon satire from the pen of Col Wicking.
57 DARWIN BILLFISH UPDATE
Bryan McManus on the latest exciting developments in our northern capital.
61 PERTH'S SUMMER FISHING
Mike Roennfeldt’s comprehensive guide to Perth's top fishing when the weathers warm.
66 SMALL BOAT OFFSHORE -TACKLING UP FOR SOUTH-EAST QUEENSLAND
David Green opens the tackle shop and offers good advice on what you'll need to make the most of the Sunshine State's bottom corner.
73 FISHING TERRITORY
From barra to mackerel, from Gove to Borroloola. Alex Julius and Matt Flynn present this mammoth guide to fishing and touring the Northern Territory.
130 PRODUCT AWARENESS: $300,000 DALY RIVER PUB FISHING COMPETITION
Elizabeth Jenkins explains how you can get into Australia's richest barramundi fishing competition.
134 NAFA INTERVIEW: GARRY BARMBY
He sends more people to more fishing locations than any other fishing tour agent in the country, and he's not a bad cricketer either.
136 THE LEGEND OF THIRSTY BERT
Paul B Kidd spins another great yarn. This one about a Sydney pisshead who goes fishing and finds fame amidst a sea of grog.
138 ROCKHOPPING 2000
Dave Harrigan looks into his crystal ball and predicts rock fishing trends for the 21st Century.
144 COBOURG - A FISHERMAN'S PARADISE
The majestic Gurig National Park on the Cobourg Peninsula is managed jointly by the local Aboriginal custodians and the NT Parks and Wildlife Commission. Kathy Williams takes you on a tour and explains how well the system works.
148 THE FLATHEAD
There's more to flathead than just a flat head. Warren Steptoe delves into what makes this popular species tick.
155 BOOGER PART 3
The tailor are on the bite but as usual Booger can't get his act together Matthew Flynn with another funny episode.
156 PRODUCT AWARENESS: MUSTAD HOOKS
The icon of hook manufacturers is catering for the rapidly-developing needs of all anglers. Alex Julius explains.
Our gallivanting television reporter finds time to build his own Tassie trout pond. A delightful account from Charles Wooley.
166 THE BOX JELLYFISH
Kim Courtenay explains why this dangerous marine animal keeps thousands of people out of the water every year.
170 PRODUCT AWARENESS: MINN KOTA UPDATE
An incredible 55 pound thrust in a 12 volt electric outboard? As Alex Julius reports, there's that and more in the latest Minn Kota lineup.
173 LONG LIVE THE KING
Brenton Ellis with the good oil on catching South Australia's hallowed King George Whiting.
176 PRODUCT AWARENESS: ABU'S NEW REELS
Jazzed up and sweet to use, from bass to barra to mackerel, ABU's new baitcasters are worth considering. Alex Julius puts them through their paces.
178 BROOME FLIES AND SAILS
Peter Morse explains everything you need to know about catching sailfish on fly.
186 JOHN BETHUNE'S TOP 10 BASS TIPS
Australia's foremost exponent of bass fishing lets the cat out of the bag.
190 PRODUCT AWARENESS: HUMMINBIRD & CETREK
Finding fish and knowing where you are have never been easier than with the Humminbird range of fish-finders and GPS. and the sophisticated Cetrek Chartnav 345 plotter.
192 THE SALMON
This is not about the Australian salmon, but about a bloke who goes fishing for one to forget a tragic loss. Fiction from Phil Heitmann.
196 THE GUIDE FROM HELL
Hang on to your ribs as the newly-weds take their honeymoon with Wally "Wildman" Walsh. the Guru of the Gulf. Fiction from Jackson Baraz.
200 FISHING NORTH AUSTRALIA
Alex Julius presents a pictorial feature of the great fishing experienced during the making of the Top End's own fishing show.
222 KAYAKING FOR TUNA
It's not everyone's cup of tea, but it can be exciting if not dangerous. The master of Kayak angling, Kim Courtenay, explains the techniques.
228 A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE ON FLATHEAD
Ken Stien has been chasing flathead since the 1960s. In this informative article, he tells why the flathead is one of his favourite fish.
234 THE VALUE OF ONE
One kilo tackle for sportfishing may well be the ultimate challenge. Bushy explains how to go about it.
238 AN ANATOMY OF MANGROVES
Where there are mangroves, there are also fish, but you need to understand how the two work in concert. Dave Donald certainly does, and passes on his considerable experience which will help you catch more fish.
242 BOAT REVIEW: QUINTREX 420 HORNET
A barra boat with a radical blend of V-bottom design and punt, accentuated by a flared bottom and deep-entry keel. According to Bob Carter, it's a combination that works.
245 TRUE GRIT
Peter Horrobin reckons a thinking approach to beach fishing will improve the catch, and he itemises a few species with special advice.
251 GOOD GEAR
New and old products that we like.