Thursday, June 30, 2011

Date Claimer - Brisbane Boat Show 2011 August 25-28

This year's Marine Queensland  Brisbane Boat Show is at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre from August 25-28, 2011.

The 51st annual Brisbane Boat Show promises even more than previous years, including a dedicated sailing stage, nautical fashion and swimwear exhibits as well as the latest in luxury boating and water sports and of course, for FishMax readers,  best of all, the best fishing boats and accessories.

Headlining this year's array of exhibitors are  the 37ft Boston Whaler and the Sea Ray 370 Sundancer.

For fishing enthusiasts, the 2011 Brisbane Boat Show will deliver all of the latest of fishing technologies, tried and tested techniques and top tips on prime fishing locations from the Fishing stage.

And if that's not enough,  this year the Waterskiing World Championship team  including Lauryn Eagle (Ed: Stay tuned, we have an interview with Lauryn coming soon!) will be stopping in, as will seafood expert Bart Beek.

Also returning to the Brisbane Boat Show in 2011 is the Bream Fishing Tournament. Teams of anglers will deliver their live catches directly to the fishing stage across the weekend aiming to secure their spot in the QLD Bream Classic finals to be held later in the year.

The always popular Kids Marine Zone will also return this year with plaster mould painting, rock climbing and professional fishing lessons.

For information  visit

What: 2011 Brisbane Boat Show

When: August 25-28

Time: Thursday 25th 10am to 8pm

Friday 26th 10am to 8pm

Saturday 27th 10am to 8pm

Sunday 28th 10am to 5pm

Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Cost: Adult $16

Adult 2-day pass $28

Concession $12

Kids under 15 (Accompanied by adult) FREE

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Fastest Fish on the Planet

Have you seen these amazing Atlantic Sailfish photos taken of the coast of Mexico by German photographer Reinhard Dirscherl?

These fantastic fish photos show Atlantic Sailfish in large groups darting in and out of schools of their favourite prey, sardines.

You can see more of these great Mexican Atlantic Sailfish photos here.

Port Douglas Marlin Challenge

November 2010 saw the first Port Douglas Marlin Challenge and judging by this video, there is a lot of fun to be had! (check out the 1100 pounder at 3.07 and 3.30).

If you're after more info  on the 2011 Port Douglas Marlin Challenge, this year it starts on 2 November and runs for 5 dasy. Visit the website at

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fly Fishing Legend Shares More

Fly fishing author Philip Weigall's latest book "Fishing Sense" (Exisle Publishing)is a must read for any serious Australian Trout Fisherman .

A perfect book for Father’s Day , Philip knows the mind of a trout inside out and over many decades of flyfishing has learnt the ideal conditions that will make catching your next big trout a success.

In "Fishing Sense", Philip Weigall reveals what he calls his flyfishing “truths” - “After decades of flyfishing, I find that much of what I learn and discover only leads to more questions, in large part because, as hard as I try, I cannot actually get inside the head of a fish, or in this specific case, a trout. So rather than making any claim to have ‘nailed’ flyfishing for trout in a single book, this one is simply about those things that have become, if you like, my flyfishing ‘truths’.”

Chapters in Fishing Sense include:

A bit about trout“While some people are obstinately uninterested in flyfishing, most can at least be persuaded that trout are interesting animals. Suppose you are a trout. Your field of vision is so wide that the only blind spot is a small area behind your head. You can use either eye independently to scan for food or danger then, if you want to grab a dragonfly scooting along a metre above the water, you can employ both eyes to precisely calibrate distance and snatch it from mid air. Meanwhile, your capacity to see in low light is extraordinary — even a cloudy, moonless night provides ample illumination to locate prey.”

Feeding“Part of the reason trout have become such an iconic sportfish in both hemispheres is surely tied in with their feeding behaviour. Before I go any further, I need to remind me as much as you that trout are comparatively primitive predators. They can’t reason like we can, they eat their own babies if they can catch them, and they can’t analyse things well enough to avoid taking flies with obvious, protruding fish hooks.”

Hiding“Trout are incredibly good at hiding. In terms of physiology, they have cells called chromatophores in their skin that are capable of quite chameleon-like feats. Chromatophores can very quickly lighten or darken the skin in response to changes in a trout’s background. When transferring trout from shady hatchery ponds to cream-coloured fibreglass transport tanks, I’ve watched the fish lighten in a matter of minutes.”

Cover“Trout love cover and being aware of this simple fact has caught me more fish than I can hope to count. Of course, flyfishers mostly don’t like cover, not intuitively anyway. Overhead structure makes casting and fly presentation more difficult, while subsurface cover like weed and snags can catch the fly. Deliberately seeking clutter doesn’t come naturally, but if you can force yourself to do it, fish-catching opportunities improve immeasurably.”

Water temperature“There are few natural variables more significant to trout fishing than water temperature, and yet this element is among the most widely misunderstood by flyfishers. That’s if it’s not ignored altogether. Trout are rightly classified as cold-water fish. They can tolerate chilly water up to the point when it actually freezes solid. Short of being set in a block of ice, the only negative effect trout suffer as the temperature drops towards zero is a slowing metabolism and therefore a reduced demand for food — more a problem for fishing than the fish, which we’ll cover later.”

Fishing Sense is a beautifully presented book and is sure to thrill flyfishermen in pursuit of their next big catch! Available August 2011 in selected bookstores and online.

About the AuthorPhilip Weigall is considered to be one of the best writers on flyfishing in Australia. Philip has been flyfishing since he was a young child and has built his career around guiding, teaching and writing about his favourite pastime. He currently is a flyfishing guide and instructor at Millbrook Lakes, Victoria, and otherwise fishes and travels as often as he can. Philip has been writing regularly on all things flyfishing for twenty years. He is presently a columnist and feature writer for Freshwater Fishing magazine, and editor of Flyfisher magazine.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Road Test the Bar Crusher 610HT Hard Top

For those looking for an all-round recreational fishing boat at about the 6m mark, take a look at Bar Crusher’s brand new 610HT.

Designed for Australian conditions, the 610HT measures 6.10m LOA with a 2.25m beam, and is constructed from high-tensile 4mm  and 3mm marine grade plate aluminium. The 610HT, like other Bar Crusher models,  delivers one of the smoothest rides of any aluminium boat on the market.

Bar Crusher builds its boats with a whole lot of science. The new 610HT, The smallest model in the award-winning Hard Top range, includes Bar Crusher features you'd expect including  Waveslicer™ non-pounding, deep-V hull, which slices through chop and performs brilliantly in a following sea, the Rigideck™ sub-floor system for maximum hull strength in all conditions and Quickflow™ water ballast technology.

The 610HT’s toughened safety glass windscreen and all-weather hard top allows full standing room and an unobstructed 360 degree view from the helm, while the there is plenty of fishing room in the cockpit for all onboard.

I nice touch for hardcore offshore anglers, Bar Crusher has also designed the dash of the 610HT to accept the larger flush- or bracket-mounted screen marine electronics displays.

Rated to carry up to a 150hp outboard, the 610HT's sperformance capabilities, 140L fuel capacity, large cockpit fishing area, heavy-duty treadplate deck, optional anchor winch and forward bunks (with optional bunk extensions) are just a few reasons why this new Bar Crusher will join the ranks of its larger siblings with a reputation as one of the most versatile Hard Top trailerable sportsfishing boats in its class.

For more information, visit or see them at your local boat show.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Welshman Catches Monster Catfish

Dai Kent from Tenby in Wales has recently been announced IGFA record holder after landing a world record catfish in Thailand after a 55 minute battle last November. The 7-feet long monster weighed 260 Pounds (about 120kg) and if you can believe it, was caught on a "tiny piece of corn" according to Kent.

Welshman catches world record Mekong Catfish

Kent, 54, a retired  Royal Navy officer was delighted with his catch - he  is used to catching 4 and 5-pound bass on the Pembrokeshire Coast in Wales.

The previous record Mekong Catfish was 191 pounds.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Just How Drunk Are You Going to Get?

Noone would argue that fishermen often also enjoy a drink or two, and some have been known to overdo it (you know who you are)!  Of course, if you're the skipper, booze and being in control of a boat is never a good idea and unfortunately it's true that sometimes we do need to be reminded to be sensible.

One of our readers sent us this great funny fishing sign pic from Koh Phi Phi in Thailand which we loved. hats of to the Thai authorities who have addressed a serious subject with a sense of humour!

Pic by Tom Forrest

Seen a funny fishing sign? Make sure you send it in to

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Fish Recipes Men Love

Lana Vidler Cooks Fish Men Love
We recently received a review copy of a new cook book called "Meals Men Love" by  Lana Vidler.

 Ms Vidler, a talented young cook and writer from Sydney,  set out to design simple recipes full of the kind of meals that men in particular would love and of course, that means heaps of seafood recipes. Our favourite is the very simple salmon dish called "Wrap me up Salmon".

2 fresh boneless salmon steaks
6 slices prosciutto, finely sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil


Preheat oven to 180°C. Wrap each salmon with three slices of prosciutto, leaving ends exposed*. Heat oil in a non-stick fry pan over medium-high heat. Lightly sear each side for 2 minutes or until prosciutto is lightly crisped. Place on a lightly greased or lined baking tray.

Season with freshly ground pepper and a drizzle of oil.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Serve hot. Serves two.

* Alternative: drizzle fillets lightly with oil and sprinkle with Italian dried herbs then wrap

The "Meals Men Love" cook book also includes what could quite possibly be the simplest fish dish we've ever seen in a recipe book. It's called "Fishing for Compliments" and here it is:


2 pieces fresh fish
2 tablespoons plain flour
9 teaspoons butter
½ cup fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped

Coat fish in flour seasoned with salt and pepper. Heat butter in a large non-stick fry pan over medium heat
until bubbling. Add parsley, add fish and cook for 3-4 minutes each side or until golden and well-cooked.

+ Serve hot with tartar sauce . Serves two.

You can purchase a copy of this simple, easy to use cookbook for $19.95 at selected homewares and bookstores and online at . Recipes reprinted with permission.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Wild Video of Sharks and Spearfishing

Check out this wild video of a sharks attacking a fish which has just been speared by Western Australian spearfishermen.

Details of where and when this happened are still sketchy but we're trying to track down the spearfisherman who took this video and we'll let you know if we can get more details.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Honda Outboards Hands Out Cash

Thinking about buying a new Honda powered boat/motor/trainer package? Well Honda Australia has just announced a little sweetener that might just close the deal which it is running during this years boat show season.

Beginning on 9 June (start of Melbourne Boat Show) and finishing on 4 September 2011 (end of Darwin Boat Show), the offer applies to current model Honda outboards from the compact BF40 right up to the BF225 so there is something for everyone.

Customers who purchase a BF40, BF50 or BF/BFP60 will receive $400 Honda Dollars; a BF75 or BF90 will receive $500 Honda Dollars; a BF115, BF135 or BF150 will receive $600 Honda Dollars; and a BF175, BF200 or BF225 will receive $700 Honda Dollars.

Honda Dollars must be spent in store at time of purchase on anything within the dealership – including accessories, merchandise and servicing – from which the outboard is purchased.

To locate your nearest Honda Marine dealer, you can call 1300 1 HONDA (1300 1 46632) or go to

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

May Fishing Photo Caption Contest Winner

We had some great entries to our May Funny Fishing Photo Caption Contest and as usual it was difficult choosing this month's winner. Congratulations to Fay W from Melbourne for this entry.

A great prize comprising a T-Shirt and fishing DVDs valued at $79.95 is on its way to Fay.

To see all the great entries from this month, visit our Facebook page or click on this link. If you've seen a funny fishing or boating picture, don't forget to send it in to - we're always looking for great photos for our funny caption contests!

Effects of Barotrauma on Reef Fish

We all know not to take more fish then we need for a good feed, and most if not all fishermen and women take this seriously. Catch and release is a growing trend (some fishers we know do nothing else) and again,  most of us make an effort to release fish in the best condition we can.

One issue is releasing reef fish caught in deep water (more than 10 metres) as fish can suffer what is known as Barotrauma caused by the sudden changes in pressure during assent.

Research indicates that many Australia tropical reef fish species are unlikely to survive being released when caught in water deeper than 10 metres due to the effects of barotrauma.

Fish caught in water deeper than 10 metres can suffer the fatal effects of barotrauma as gases expand in their
bodies causing internal injuries, similar to a diver getting the bends.

Even fish that are returned to the water in apparently good condition may have suffered fatal internal injuries.

NT Fisheries has released some handy suggestions on ways to manage the effects of baratrauma on reef fish to increase the likelyhood of survival including:
  • Try targeting different species that are less susceptible to barotrauma (eg. mackerel, tuna, barramundi).
  •  Consider moving if you are bottom fishing in deep water and continually catching juvenile and unwanted species, instead of staying in the hope of catching keepers.
  • Learn correct release techniques as reef fish caught in shallow waters (<10 m) can survive if handled properly.
  • Consider using large non-offset circle hooks to help prevent the capture of smaller fish and decreases the incidence of gut-hooking fish.
For more information visit

Remember, do the right thing now, and we'll leave the marine environment better than we found it for our kids and grand kids.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Fishermen Bitten By A Rabid Beaver! Only in America

God bless the home of the brave and the land of the free, which provides us with so many great stories. This week it's not so much the story as the chance for some fantastic headlines to grab the attention of you dirty minded fisho's!

This week officials from the Pennsylvania Game Commission  announced that a beaver (possibly a rabid beaver) had been attacking fishermen! First we checked that it wasn't April fools' day, but this story, which sounds like it's straight out of a B-grade hollywood comedy staring Leslie Nielsen is in fact true!

According to official reports, on June 1, a husband and wife were fishing on a creek near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania when a big beaver bit the woman's leg. As her husband attempted to assist her, the beaver turned and bit him in both arms and chest area.

The  rampaging rodent, which officials fear may be carrying rabies, was later caught and put down by park rangers, but not before also attacking and biting a small child.

"At this time, we have no specific information about what has caused this beaver to attack humans," an official said. "However, all indications are that this likely is a case of rabies. While we are attempting to search the area for other animals that may be infected, we are asking people to not enter the area along Pennypack Creek until further notice."

This is not the first "Rabid Beaver Bites Fisherman" story from the area, in late April a rabid beaver was found in the White Clay Creek area of Chester County. According to officials in that incident, a local angler heard a splash behind him and turned to see a beaver swimming toward him.

"The beaver bit the angler on the back of his leg and attempted to come at him again," the ranger said. "The fisherman was able to drown the beaver after quite a struggle and suffered another bite on his hand. I met him at the site to retrieve the carcass, which was then submitted for rabies testing and, unfortunately, it came back positive."

Indeed serious circumstances for those involved, but we couldn't help ourselves from laughing! We reckon we'd rather NQ Crocs any time over rabid beavers (at least your mates wouldn't burst out laughing when you told them you got bitten by a croc!)

Gear Review - White Knight Rods from Rivergum

When it comes to a good fishing rod, there are alternatives to the "big name" rod makers.

We recently got our hands on a 6' White Knight Rod from Rivergum Fishing Tackle and we have to say we're impressed as it out performs many other rods that cost significantly more (the White Knight retails for about $75).

The rod was well balanced and comfortable - a real pleasure to use. These are quality rods which won't let you down.

Melbourne based,  Rivergum Fishing Tackle was established in 2006 by Steve Smith and Ken Firth.  Both are keen fishermen, and have spent many many months of research and development designing a range of fishing gear specifically designed for Australian conditions.

Steve and Ken do most of the fishing shows, so make sure you catch up with them and do the "bend test" before you buy your next rod.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Celebrity Fishing Interview - James Moffat - The best is yet to come

Exclusive FishMax Interview

As the son of legendary Australian motor sport hero, Alan Moffat, James Moffat grew up around cars, but he also loves to drop a line when ever he gets a chance.

James is the newest recruit to V8 Supercar team, Dick Johnson Racing / Jim Beam Racing.  As the only Rookie in the 2011 Championship, Moff will steer car #18 (the same car that won James Courtney the Championship in 2010). 

Unlike his team mates Dick and Steve Johnson, James is not a mad fisho, but he likes to get out and wet the line when he can. This week we put James Moffat on the bench and ask him about fishing.

FM: What’s your earliest fishing memory?

JM: I think I was around 8 or 9 when I went to a fishing farm – obviously had no trouble catching my first fish.

FM: Catch and release or take home to eat?

JM: Depends on the fish and of course whether it is legal size or not

FM: Where is your favourite fishing spot?

JM:Don’t really have a favourite fishing spot, as I don’t get to fish as regularly as I would like, but usually wherever you catch a lot of fish is a favourite at that time!!

FM: Your best fishing story?

JM: Still to come

FM: Favourite fish recipe?

A good salt and pepper calamari

FM: What’s the biggest fish you’ve caught?

JM: Caught a whole bunch of whiting one day – think the biggest was just under 50 cm

FM: How often do you go fishing?

JM: Maybe twice a year, if I'm lucky

FM: Where is the most exotic place you’ve been fishing?

JM: Still waiting to go fishing there!

FM: Do you have a fishing tip you’re willing to share?

JM: Not sure I am a good enough fisherman to be giving out tips!!!  But I'm willing to receive any if anyone has them!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Holy Sh*t or Bull Sh*t - Fish Racing

This week we've been asked if the story about US animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) calling for an end to Gold Fish racing is real or b.s.

Seriously, gold fish racing?

Apparently the latest craze said to be sweeping the USA's bars and pubs is goldfish racing and PETA are not happy about it. They say it places stress on the fish and is cruel, but is this just one big hoax? Is anyone actually trying to race goldfish?

Well it turns out that yes, there is actually a  watering hole called Coach's Bar and Grill in Albuquerque, New Mexico that is racing golfish and PETA are not happy about it! See the full story here:

FishMax does believe that beer and fish (and fishing) go together in dozens of combinations (beer battered whiting anyone?) but frankly, this seems to take it a bit far! Only in America!

If you have a fish or fishing story you've heard but don't know if its true or not, send it in to us at and we'll investigate!