Freshwater

Carp on lures

Its been a long time since I used to regularly target carp on soft plastics. Given my recent passion for chasing them on fly, I thought I may as well write what I can remember of my previous efforts using spin gear. You don’t need a fly rod to chase carp on artificials, a bream stick will be just fine and…

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Offshore, Stuff we've learnt, Think like a fish- fishing techniques

When is the best time to catch kingfish?

Another in the Q&A series of posts, where we will endeavour to post commonly asked questions and quick, straight to the point answers. Question: When is the best time to catch kingfish? Answer: Kingfish are easiest to catch when the ocean currents are quite warm, which is generally in late summer and throughout autumn. The best months are arguably February…

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Estuary, Stuff we've learnt

How do you kill a flathead?

Another in the How to and Q&A series Question: How do you kill a flathead? Answer: Some people’s idea of killing a flathead involves throwing it in a bucket. This is pretty stupid, firstly because of ethics (and maybe even karma), secondly because it won’t taste as good as if you treat it properly and thirdly, because you will give…

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How to fillet Australian salmon

Another in the ‘how to and Q&A series’. Salmon should be promptly killed and bled after capture. This is best achieved by slipping the fingers under the gills, with your thumb on the fish’s head, and snapping back firmly. This will kill the fish instantly and sever the main artery. Leave the fish head down in a bucket or in…

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Estuary, Stuff we've learnt

How to fillet flathead

Welcome to the ‘how to and Q&A’ series. Flathead are one of the tastiest and most accessible fish for us south-east Australian anglers. They are fun to catch, have a high fecundity (meaning they reach sexual maturity quickly and can be prolific breeders given the right conditions) and are delicious to eat. Filleting them is pretty easy, but there are…

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