Getting onto a few black marlin may seem out of reach for the average boatie, but with a bit of knowledge and the right gear, these magnificent sportfish are well within the grasp of trailer boat owners.
There are a few species of saltwater grunter, or javelin in Australia, namely the silver, blotched and barred javelin. These fish are found across most of temperate and tropical Australia in the estuaries and sometimes offshore, particularly when they get to larger sizes.
Our much-loved Australian bass can be caught in a range of environments, but to many bass die-hards, they are at their best in small, skinny streams. These places are the domain of the land-based angler with a sense of adventure.
European carp have a bad wrap in this country, and there are good reasons for that. Since their introduction to Australian waterways in the 1960s, their numbers have exploded and this has had lasting ecological effects.
For many anglers, estuary perch (or EPs as they are often known) are something of an enigma – a kind of ghost of the estuary. While similar and even identical in many ways to their better known cousins, the Australian bass, they possess their own quirks that set them apart.
If you’ve ever had flake from a seafood joint, it was most likely the meat of a gummy shark. Native to most southern waters from about Mid NSW and Perth southwards, this species is prized for its soft, flaky flesh.
Often it’s the case that the further north you go, the bigger things get. This is true for most fish, however in the world of whiting, it’s quite the opposite. King George whiting live in most of our southern waters, including parts of Tasmania, and can be found as far north as about Gippsland in the east, and Perth in the west.
In our northern estuaries there’s one fish that dominates the headlines and social media posts, and that’s the barramundi. There is one fish, however, that while offering much the same in the way of sport and eating qualities as barra, constantly flies under the radar.
Squid are becoming an increasingly popular target species all over the country, with several species available. One species that often fails to get a good mention is the tropical northern variety, the tiger squid, or bigfin reef squid.
Luderick or blackfish have somewhat of a cult following in their home waters, which extend from southern Queensland and right through the NSW coast to Victoria, and some parts of Tasmania. There is something about the peculiar techniques used to catch them that endears them to their most loyal followers.