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Northern Australian fishing and a few free tips to help

Dean Martin
As winter sets in, many Tasmanian anglers take a northern sojourn as a way of escaping the winter blues and adding a trophy tropical sport fish to their species lists. Many direct their endeavours on what many consider the nation's premier sportfish, the barramundi. The Northern Territory is the el-dorado, but many are also focusing their attention to the man made impoundments of Northern Queensland. Others target equally desirous species as queenfish, giant trevally and other saltwater or estuary species which based on the number of articles in the various national publications is a matter of turning up and tossing a lure in the nearest billabong, estuary or dam and winding them in.

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What's so good about kayak fishing?

Craig Vertigan

Cremorne Channel and Fredrick Henry Bay kayak fishing

Craig Vertigan reports on one of his favourite locations.
The weather is warming up and now is the ideal time to start targeting that most delicious of table fish the flathead. I met up with a group of like-minded kayak fishermen during early September in the hope of getting onto some early season flathead. Flathead and Salmon are usually a sure bet anytime from October through to April, with the hotter months providing the best action.

Installing an anchor system for a kayak

Craig Vertigan
One of the most useful things to aide fishing from a kayak is an anchor system. I say "anchor system" rather than just "anchor" since an anchor on its own attached to a kayak can be dangerous and a sure fire way to tip yourself out of your kayak.


John Pollard
So you've read or heard about this new sport of kayak fishing and you want to get involved, but where do you start? Surely it's as simple as heading down to my nearest sports store, outdoor shop, chandler or fishing shop, grab a kayak and off I go? Isn't it?

Canoeing Rivers

Leroy Tirant
There are many rivers in Tasmania that are just waiting to be explored using a canoe or kayak. These let you fish those inaccessible parts of rivers that are heavily overgrown and too deep to wade. Some of these sections have had little or no angling pressure and can hold some big fish.

Choosing a fishing kayak

James Ainslie
Kayaks provide a great fishing platform for the recreational angler. They allow you to fish waters that would be impossible to access from either the shore or a larger boat. They are also very easy to transport and handle to the water. With more and more kayaks appearing on the market, the kayaking angler is now faced with a bewildering choice of boats. Following are a few pointers that should help you choose a boat that meets your needs and provides years of enjoyable fishing.

Kayak fishing

Jamie Harris
We are lucky in Tassie to be surrounded by water and with so many lakes and river systems and there are endless opportunities for us keen anglers.
With skyrocketing fuel costs, one of the most affordable and perhaps the most enjoyable way to access these waters is by canoe or kayak. Now I am a small boat owner myself,  but the trusty kayak still gets as much, if not more use than the tinny.

Kicking butt from a kayak

Jamie Harris
Some ten years ago I decided to purchase my first kayak. I really wanted a boat at the time, but couldn't afford one so I went for the next best thing. At the time I already owned and was using a float tube and whilst it was great for a lot of fishing scenarios it still limited me by the amount of water I could cover. And usually the more water you can cover the more fish you may find and be able to fish to. In a kayak or canoe you can slip along quietly at a reasonable pace from spot to spot with surprisingly little effort.

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A kayak is an ideal way to enjoy a peaceful day on the water. It is incredibly relaxing to silently glide across the surface of the water without the annoying drone of a motor and its subsequent fumes. Unlike sailing however a kayak allows its user to go where they want when they want without having to rely on the often intermittent wind.

Cheap Thrills.

Have you ever been stuck on shore with a salmon school turning the water to foam or rising trout just beyond casting distance? Maybe wondered about the fish hanging on the weed beds beyond your reach or in that inaccessible stretch of un-wadeably deep river protected by dense bankside willows? Can't afford a boat, nowhere to store it, don't want the hassle or the need for a bigger car just to tow it? A solution is at hand. Get yourself a kayak.

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