You probably know John Haenke as the producer and occasional presenter of Fishing DownUnder, but did you know John is now guiding fishing charters in the Hervey Bay and Fraser Coast area, and taking specialised trips to the Fitzroy/Capricorn coast region. John was one of the very first producers to bring recreational fishing to our screens, he has seen a lot of fishing and changes to the fishery in his long career. John worked in the TV industry from the moment he left school, starting in the film department at Channel 0 (nowadays Channel 10) then moved into production and… read more →
Threadfin Salmon have been around in good numbers recently, check out some of the action you can expect to see on this video!
Most summer species have been arriving late this year, probably due to the cooler temperatures we’re still experiencing. As soon as we get a good run of warmer weather things should really start to pick up. Having said this though, there have been schools of Mac Tuna and small longtails in Platypus Bay, feeding on very small baitfish, along with a few XOS cobia. There are also school mackerel in the mix, chasing the baitfish and providing some good light tackle action.. On the freshwater scene, Bass are really firing at the moment, with plenty of surface action for those… read more →
Spring is here and Summer is on the way! Daytime temperatures are in the high 20s, and water temps are also on the rise, getting up to the mid 20s. We’ve had some great flats fishing over the past couple of weeks, with Permit being consistently caught in less than knee deep water. There were numbers of mega-sized fish in the shallows, one in particular was feeding hard with its back and tail exposed – unfortunately it didn’t eat the crab fly that was cast to it… The northerly winds are starting to kick in, which probably means the end… read more →
Fishing the flats this week with Dane Radosevic and Taz Jefferys, we had an absolute pearler – blue sky, light south easter, sight casting gin clear water! At different stages of the tide big GTs and Queenfish were cast to with large stick baits. Learnt a lesson with this though, they can be very spooky around large lures in clear shallow water. The GTs ignored them, and the Queenies buzzed all over them on a couple of casts, but just would not eat. Also saw some Mack Tuna up on the flats, and landed one on a plastic in deeper… read more →
It was only recently on a bass fishing expedition that I was reminded of the sinking characteristics of fluorocarbon as opposed to standard monofilament. Not having changed my fly leader from the last trip when I was fishing deep for schooled up bass, my first cast with a small gurgler style fly resulted in the end of my fly line and the fly both submerged – not the outcome I wanted. A quick change to standard monofilament and the problem was solved. This is one of the disadvantages of fluorocarbon, if you want a small floating fly or lure to… read more →