ON THE COVER:
Front Cover: NAFA Good Gear Models, Natasha Dillon and Shelley Malony, with that fish of dreams for many anglers - a great big barramundi. (Photo by AJ)
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Table of Contents - NAFA Fishing Magazine
8 NAFA ANGLE
10 FIFTY YEARS OF FISHING EVOLUTION
In his own inimitable style, John Mondora recounts the monumental changes he has seen in recreational fishing during his lifetime.
18 JEKYLL & HYDE
There is more to consistently catching bream than most anglers realise. Peter Horrobin with some brilliant advice.
23 PRODUCT AWARENESS: ABU ANTI-BACKLASH BAITCASTER
The AB5600 turns a novice caster into a pro.
24 LURING TROPICAL MANGROVE CREEKS
Ken Stien gives us the good oil on how to make the most of a trip to a tropical estuary.
30 YEPPOON'S MONSTER MACKEREL
QLD's Capricorn Coast has plenty to offer the visiting angler. Bill Bowtell focuses on the region's XOS Spanish mackerel.
34 TALES OF NAFA
Another hilarious cartoon strip from the pen of Col Wicking.
36 PRODUCT AWARENESS: THE KILLALURE CONSPIRACY CONTINUES
From barra in the north to bream in the south, this major Australian lure manufacturer is not content to rest on its laurels.
38 STILL WATERS
Steve Starling reveals the true secrets for successfully targeting natives in Australian freshwater impoundments and lakes.
46 CUTTING IT WITH THE BIG BOYS
Leeann Payne with some female-to-female advice for the growing brigade of female anglers wishing to get serious about their sport.
50 FICTION: SOLLY AND THE CLIENT
Solly gets himself into some cold water with a very talented female angler. Lex Silvester with more comic adventures about this Top End fishing legend.
54 BOAT AWARENESS: QUINTREX OCEANRIVER REVISITED
Twelve months of serious inland and offshore boating under its belt and the Quintrex OceanRiver continues to impress.
58 A HISTORY OF LURES IN AUSTRALIA
Kim Courtenay gives readers a history lesson on the use and development of artificial baits in Australia.
64 BARWON'S WINTER JEWIES
Geoff Wilson's update on the latest techniques for bagging jewfish in this Victorian river are applicable right around the country.
70 THE UNTOUCHED FISHERY OF FRASER ISLAND
There is much more to Fraser Island than its famous tailor run. Gary Howard fills us in on the area's exciting billfish potential.
76 PRODUCT AWARENESS: NALCO'S BEST OF BARRA LURES
Rod Harrison reports on this expanding range of great barra lures.
78 FICTION: THE LADY AND THE LAKE
Phil Heitmann's delightful tale of a lake, a fish and a spiritual guardian.
82 TIPS FOR FISHING SAFETY
David Green puts on his surgeon's hat and offers good medical advice on treating fishing-related injuries.
84 WEST AUSSIE SALMON
Mike Roennfeldt shows that persistence pays off when targeting this Western Australian favourite.
88 CROCODILE AWARENESS
There's more to Australia's biggest and most dangerous reptile than meets the eye.
88 SCRAPING THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL
Fisheries scientist Ben Diggles' forecast for the future of the aquatic food chain is not good.
97 FOCUS ON FLY — NAFA'S HUGE FLY-FISHING SECTION
98 FLY FISHING POTPOURRI
Fly Fishing Editor Peter Morse's comprehensive update on exciting happenings in the world of fly fishing.
106 THE FLY BOYS
Lex Silvester spends time on the water with two Northern Territory specialised fly-fishing guides.
109 PRODUCT AWARENESS: TODD'S FLY-TYING ACCESSORIES
Both hobby and professional fly tyers will find it hard to go past this mouth-watering spread.
110 SWAFFING AROUND WEIPA
Wielders of the long wand have plenty of great options on the west coast of Cape York. Dave Donald reports.
115 BILLFISH FLY TACTICS
For many the thought of a billfish on fly is dream material. Dean Butler explains that the right tactics will turn a dream into simple reality.
120 PAKULA POINTERS
Lure maestro Peter Pakula's commonsense tips on getting the most out of your fishing.
121 PRODUCT AWARENESS: G.LOOMIS SALTWATER SERIES
The new range of saltwater rods from the world's finest rod manufacturer.
124 SMALL LURE SECRETS
David Green explains the value of having a stash of not so big lures in your tackle box.
129 FISHING TERRITORY
This fully updated 64 page guide is full of valuable information for anyone considering a fishing trip to the Northern Territory.
194 PRODUCT AWARENESS: The HUMMINBIRD NS 25 SOUNDER GPS COMBO UNIT
A GPS plotter and a fish finder in one compact and easy to use unit from the innovators in marine electronics.
197 FICTION: LARSEN'S CROSSING
Steve Starling's yarn about an extraordinary afternoon for the patrons of a normally quiet and isolated north Australian pub.
202 A CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC
One team goes against the flow and comes up trumps in the famous Barra Classic. Alex Julius was there to see it happen.
204 PRODUCT AWARENESS: DAM COMBO
David Green reports on a baitcasting combo designed to maximise the advantages of the increased popularity of gelspun lines.
206 INTERVIEW: Dr JOHN GLAISTER
The NSW Director of Fisheries talks candidly on the management of the fisheries resource in Australia's most populated state.
208 DAVE DIXON EULOGY
Kim Courtenay mourns the passing of an angling icon and true gentleman.
210 CLUB EXCHANGE
Up and coming young Queensland angler Kim Bain reports on the value of exchange visits with international fishing clubs.
212 TURN OF THE CENTURY BOATING
The pace on the river might be as leisurely as ever but changes within Australia's boating industry are coming at breakneck speed. Ron Calcutt reports.
216 ECO BEACH
Col Roberts lets the cat out of the bag on one of Western Australia's great fishing destinations.
220 KEEPING A CLOSE REIN ON TERRITORY FISH REOURCES
Kerry Sharp reports on the current fisheries activities of the NT Primary Industry and Fisheries Department.
224 PRODUCT AWARENESS: MUSTAD'S USER-FRIENDLY RIGS
Mustad pre-rigs are designed to make an angler's life a lot easier without sacrificing the ability to catch fish.
226 THE GREEN FISH SAGA
Australia's various native freshwater cod species are in trouble. Warren Steptoe examines why and reports on moves to improve the situation.
232 PRODUCT AWARENESS: ABU SOLID TIP RODS
A comprehensive range of tough rods offering quality and value for money.
233 TROPICAL MAULER
Dick Eussen on everything you need to know to catch mangrove jacks.
236 SOUTH-EAST QUEENSLAND'S SOMERSET DAM
Steve Davies explains just what it takes to nail freshwater natives in one of Queensland's most popular impoundments.
239 PAKULA POINTERS
More handy tips from the probing mind of Peter Pakula.
242 FICTION: THE HEADHUNTER'S BASS
Jackson Baraz takes us to the highlands of Papua New Guinea where fish are worshiped in a very disturbing way!
245 PRODUCT AWARENESS: FRENZY LURES
These new lure offerings from Berkley are certain to turn quite a few fish heads.
246 HAVE A LOOK AT THAT!
Great pics and stories from behind the scenes of Channel 8 Darwin's top rating Fishing North Australia television series.
260 FISH WITH ATTITUDE
Way out there in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the aquatic inhabitants of a pristine coral atoll really do think they own the place. Alex Julius reports on some very comical fish.
267 NORTHERN EXPOSURE
On location with the fabulous Good Gear Models.
276 WET SEASON BATTLES
Robert Vaughan explains that half the thrill of fishing remote locations is just getting there.
282 PRODUCT AWARENESS: FISHING THE HOTSPOTS
A go-ahead fishing tour company is able to offer the right advice because it is situated right in the middle of the action.
284 FLINDER'S FINALE'
Lynn Bain knows how to catch them and how to serve them up.
287 PRODUCT AWARENESS: NALCO LASER PRO
A bluewater beauty from one of the country's leading lure manufacturers. Rick Huckstepp writes.
288 FICTION: CRAB BAIT
Rod Harrison turns his hand to fiction with a story of skullduggery in the mangroves of Cape York.
293 4WD AWARENESS: PAJERO TOUGH
The roads have been tough but 12 months on the Mitsubishi Pajero GLS turbo diesel has proven itself to be tougher.
296 MODERATION IS THE KEY
According to Bryan McManus, Barra Nationals number three was another outstanding success.
299 GOOD GEAR
A selection of tackle and fishing accessories that we think are worth closer inspection.