Monday, December 16, 2013

Merry Christmas and Safe Boating

Fishing Boat with Propulse Propeller
The team at Fishmax wishes all our readers a safe Christmas.

Unfortunately Christmas time does mean an increase in boating incidents and accidents, so remember, if you're on the water, take care! See you all in 2014!

Monday, December 9, 2013

new Lowrance Elite 4 and Mark 4 HDI



Lowrance has  the newest addition to its Elite and Mark family of compact fishfinder and chartplotter products, the Elite-4 and Mark-4 Hybrid Dual Imaging (HDI) series. Setting a new performance standard for affordably priced navigation and fishfinder electronics, the new HDI units feature a built-in GPS antenna, high-definition mapping options, and the Lowrance exclusive Hybrid Dual Imaging technology that combines Broadband SounderTM and Downscan Imaging for the best possible view beneath your boat.
Replacing previous Lowrance Elite-4 and Mark-4 models, the larger and super-bright Elite 4.3-inch colour and Mark grayscale displays have 70-percent more pixels and 36-percent more useable screen area. Available in fishfinder-only, chartplotter-only (HD) and fishfinder/chartplotter combo models, the new addition to the Lowrance HDI series offers a full selection of top-performing sonar and navigation features in an easy-to-operate, space-saving design.
Built into the new Lowrance HDI Skimmer® transducer design, Broadband Sounder technology is ideal for marking fish arches and tracking lure action, while Downscan Imaging provides easy-to-understand, picture-like views of structure and bottom detail. With the exclusive Lowrance Downscan Overlay feature, boaters can combine the Downscan Imaging view with the Broadband Sounder recording for a stunning presentation that separates and clearly exposes fish targets from surrounding structure. Overlay transparency is fully adjustable.
Lowrance’s Advanced Signal Processing (ASP) maximizes fishing time by reducing the need to manually adjust settings to see fish, structure and bottom detail more clearly. Exclusive TrackBackTM functionality allows anglers to scroll back in recorded sonar history to review structure, transitions and fish targets, and pinpoint locations with a waypoint (on chartplotter models) — eliminating the need to circle back and retrace their path.
All Elite-4 and Mark-4 HDI models with chartplotter capability feature a highly accurate built-in GPS antenna.  A micro SD card can be used to display Navionics® Gold, HotMaps® Premium and Jeppesen C-Map MAX-N charts. All HDI/HD chartplotter models are compatible with the new online Insight Genesis™ map creation service, which allows users to make their own custom, high-resolution contour, bottom hardness and vegetation maps from recorded sonar logs.
The Elite-4 HDI line consists of Elite-4x HDI fishfinder-only, Elite-4m HD chartplotter-only and Elite-4 HDI combination models. The Mark-4 HDI is available as a fishfinder/chartplotter combination unit only. Elite-4 and Mark-4 HDI models with chartplotter capability feature a highly accurate built-in GPS antenna.  A C-Map bundle model is also available and includes C-Map MAX-N charts covering all of Asia Pacific including Australia and New Zealand. Optional charting upgrades are also available with Navionics® Gold and HotMaps® Premium, and C-Map MAX-N Wide (via micro SD card).
Protected by a one-year limited warranty and the Lowrance Advantage Service program, the Elite-4 and Mark-4 HDI series can be purchased from authorised Lowrance dealers and distributors beginning in January 2014. Lowrance Elite-4 HDI combo models range in price starting at AUD $449 RRP and the Mark-4 HDI fishfinder/chartplotter can be purchased for as low as AUD $279 RRP. For more information on the Lowrance Elite-4 and Mark-4 HDI series, the entire Lowrance line of marine electronics, or to locate an authorised Lowrance dealer, please visit www.lowrance.com.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Muurikka Smoking Oven - The Easy Way

Smoking meat and fish isn't as popular in Australia as it is in some countries, but maybe that should change.

We recently tried the Muurikka Electric Smoking Oven and were really impressed with how easy it was to use and how good the results were.

Smoking food has been around for a long time and people love the flavour of smoked food and the health benefits of no-fat cooking.

We followed the instructions to smoke some great flathead fillets we'd caught the day before, and the smokey flavour really added a new dimension. It took about 25 minutes for the fillets to cook, but this will depend on the size and thickness of the fillet. You'll know the fish is ready when the bones and skin lift easily.

We prepared the fish with a simple wash of salty brine water about 15 minutes before, but another good tip is when making the salty brine to dress the fish, replace half of the water with white wine.

You can also use the oven for chicken, beef, lamb, pork, sausages and even  cheese or vegetables!

The smart attractive design of the Muurikka oven was light, portable and weatherproof and best of all this
electric smoking oven simply plugs in and you’re ready to go. It’s simple to use and easy to clean and as it is only 57 cm long, 28 cm wide and 43 cm in height you can  and weighs just 4.5kg it’s highly portable, so you can take it camping or fishing and simply plug it in to any standard generator.

Muurikka is apparently a big name in outdoor cooking in Scandinavia and now you can try it too. Muurikka Electric Smoking Oven is  sold online through www.muuri.com.au and a limited number of speciality stores.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What's Under the Tree This Year?


Santa Knows What It's All About

Each year at about this time, we have to focus on the "chore" of listing what we want for Christmas.

We all know we can't trust anyone else to buy rods, reels or other important tackle (and god forbid, the wife finds out how much we spend), so we've again put together a list of great suggestions for those good fishing boys who want something under the tree they'll really enjoy.

Click here for our 2014 Christmas Gift Guide for Blokes.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Honey Let's Buy a Boat!

Now there are words that many a man has uttered, and unfortunately a few have lived to regret.

Australian author Darren Finkelstien has written a great book which will hopefully help any prospective boat owner identify the possible pitfalls and Darren sure knows his boats, he's been messing about in boats for most of his life. For the past 10 years he has earned his living in the industry as Dealer Principal of St Kilda Boat Sales in Melbourne.

Recently he took to a computer keyboard with the single and simple aim of demystifying a process that is his passion. "I wanted to let everyone know that buying and owning a boat is not a massive hurdle," says Darren. "If you apply some common sense and seek good advice, you and your family can be out on the water enjoying the boating lifestyle."

The result is "Honey, let's buy a BOAT!", a straightforward guide through the seeming maze of power boat purchasing.

"Honey, let's buy a BOAT!" is a 360-page book packed with information both general and comprehensive.
It includes a detailed description of 20 different kinds of power boats, from the simple tinnie to the massive Flybridge Cruisers. Each includes a pricing guide as well as engine and accommodation options.

There is a section on hull construction types ‐ aluminium or fibreglass ‐ along with the positive and negative points of each, a guide to the plethora of engine options and a straightforward explanation of berthing options. Do you store it in your shed or your yard, rent a garage or rent a berth at a marina? What is a dry-stack or a hard stand?

Each chapter is illustrated with photographs and Darren has added useful tips throughout the narrative, from a warning about trailer brakes to a tip on flushing an outboard engine.

He has provided tables for working out the full cost of boat ownership and an entire chapter each on the process for buying a boat at the best price and value (they are not necessarily the same) and selling your boat for the best price.

You can buy this great book online just in time for Christmas at letsbuyaboat.com.au  for $29.95 + P&H.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Grunter Fishing on Lure, Fly or Bait

Karumba is often touted as the grunter capital of the world by lure, fly and bait fishers alike. Grunter fishing is great for those who like the idea of soaking squid, and if it is barra you crave then Karumba also has plenty in store for you.
 
Lure fishing for barra on a secluded beach is what all fishers can daydream over. The thought of sand between your toes and barramundi jumping all over the ocean is appealing to all. Catching fish from a beach where there is little chance of being busted-up in snags, allows for a nice clean battle – completely enjoyable.

WHERE TO START
The most obviously starting point is at that the beach – but not just any beach. Barra around Karumba love hanging around the mouths of rivers and creeks looking for action and a bite to eat.

For successful barra fishing on the beach there must be a steady food supply in shallow water. Most of the thriving beach spots in and around Karumba are on the rising tide when the food is channelled into the main river along a beach gutter. The gutters don’t need to be deep, as mullet and whiting only need centimetres of water to move on the incoming tide. It is important that the end of the gutter has an area from where the predators can ambush. There are no snags or rocks so the only camouflage for a predator barra must come from discoloured water or a deep edge.



HOW TO GO ABOUT IT
The next part of the beach fishing equation is tidal changes. The beaches in the region fish well on the incoming tides. This is because the bait is moved by the current along the beach and into the river or creek.
The sand bar will produce on the run-out tide if there is a deeper section left on the bottom. This leave’s nowhere for the bait to congregate as the tide drops away.

As the tide rises and the water starts to trickle in and around the point of the beach, it’s time to start casting. Begin by working the deeper edge first as the barra will know that the tide is rising. At times there might only be the slightest run and not looking appealing to the angler, but the fish will know and hole-up 20-30m off the drop. A deep diving lure or a jig like a Prawnstar is a valuable tool and allows for some bottom research as the tide begins to flow.


As the tide begins to push harder around the point of the beach then the fish will move up right onto the edge of the channel, especially if it is dirty water. Barra will sit right on the edge and await their rewards for such bravery. Mullet, whiting and prawns drift along the shallow channel on the migration up the beach without the knowledge that a deeper edge is just in front of them.

Once there is enough water to comfortably and safely cruise into the shallow gutter the barra and salmon move in. If the tide is fairly strong then sometimes a pressure wave presents itself as the two tidal forces meet. This discolours the water and is a favourite place for the predators as eddies are created giving them a free parking space with little current and disorientating the poor old food item.

TACKLE
Normal baitcasting rules apply, but it should be of good quality. Some other demons lurk in the same area and a good quality outfit with plenty of line may allow them to be chased in the boat and captured. Light threadline outfits are also fun to use – just pretend barra are just like big whiting that jump.

Prawnstars are unbeatable at the start of the tide in a deep hole and along the edge. Even with the tide higher they work as they bounce along the bottom. The Prawnstars do extremely well as prawns are a major dietary intake for the estuary predators as they migrate up and down the beach.

 

Fly selection is simple – pink thing first, middle and last. At the beginning of the day tie one on and you will catch fish. There is probably other fly patterns that will work equally as well but I can’t tell you what they are as the old pinkie has never let me down – never change a winning formula.


 
OTHER SPECIES
Barramundi are the main target species off the beach. All of his usual mates can make an appearance with the most common gang members being the king and blue salmon, queenfish and fingermark. As mentioned above, even demons like big GT join in on the act just to spice things up.


 
WHEN TO GO
In our neck of the woods, straight after the wet is the time to start looking for a beach scene. Anytime from February to April depending on the size and length of the wet. The end of the year would no doubt be good but our seasonal northwesterly winds put an end to too much travel up and down the coast. If you are fortunate enough to have vehicle access to the northern areas of the bottom of the Gulf, and the rain hasn’t started, you are in for a show.

Smaller tides are the go at any time. However, as the weather cools at the end of April and into early May the bigger tides seem to keep the barra clan in the mood. The smaller tides early in the year are still pretty big and it is a major consideration before attacking the beach. The bigger tides can still be fished by anchoring the boat in the beach gutter and fishing back into the pressure wave but this certainly doesn’t get the sand between you toes.



Monday, November 11, 2013

2014 Robe Boats and Fishign Festival dates announced.


Robe Boat and Fishing Festival 2014 Date Announced
The historic township of Robe nestled gently on the South Eastern coast of South Australia, where the vineyards and lush pastures of the limestone coast meet the aqua marine waters of Guichen Bay.

Robe is many times blessed with beautiful buildings dating back to the 1850’s, abundant seafood caught daily by our fleet of fishing boats, which include specialist Cray fishing boats, which supply southern rock lobster to the great restaurants of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo as well as the wonderful eateries of Robe.

This exceptional village also boasts a picturesque harbour with world class marine, safe bay beaches, renowned surfing beaches along the placid lakes and water ways. Rugged ocean beaches ringed by graceful dunes. All part of state parks alive with all manner of birdlife.

Robe attracts many artists, writers, musician and food and wine lovers to its many festivals that celebrate all things robe has to offer.

The corner stone of the Robe events calendar is the annual Robe boats and Fishing Festival which takes place in January. The 2014 Festival will be held on January 18 & 19 and will showcase everything Robe has to offer, along with a huge collection of boats, tackle, electronics, 4 wheel drive vehicles, rubber boats, engines, sailing dinghies, a seafood feast, wines, local beer, an art show featuring the harbour and its boats plus much more.

In January 2014 the festival will include many extra entertainments including 2 Australian first events.Dining on Board with The Fisherman isunique to Robe. The Skippers of 12 of our Cray fishing fleet welcome 10 guests each on board their boats for a lobster banquet accompanied by the best wines from our Limestone Coast region.

The proceeds from this event are donated by the Fisherman’s Association to a local charity of their  choice. The Fishermen and their families are the back bone of Robe village and the gesture demonstrates the great sense of community that exists in this wonderful village.

In addition the Fishermen put on a display of their boats capabilities. This is a sight not to be missed. Mighty 45 foot plus state of the art planning Hull fishing boats performing maneuvers on the sparkling waters of Guichen Bay just off the shore next to the Festival site. At 12 noon a Grand Parade of boats will emerge from the bay and enter the harbour, we expect over 30 boats to take part including 6 large Riviera ocean going cruisers, 60ft fishing boats and every type of craft you can imagine down to a 75 year old gaff rigged sailing boat.

The flotilla of Riviera cruisers will motor down from Adelaide for this event. P

And in the air the excitement will continue with a fly past by the Robe Aviators Society which will include a Tiger Moth performing aerobatics and a 60 years antique fabric covered Auster. Plus many more light aircraft.

At lunch time patrons will graze on several crayfish dishes, local whiting, snapper, sushi & sashimi, great Limestone Coast beef and lamb on the Lions Club BBQ accompanied by the best wines of our region and a few soft summertime tunes.

For more information, contact
aitkencorp@bigpond.net

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sneak peek at Honda’s new BF80 and BF100


New Honda BF80 Outboard

Honda has just released details of its brand new BF80 and BF100 outboard engines, which will hit the market next year to coincide with Honda Marine’s 50-year anniversary.

The BF80 / BF100’s 1.5L, SOHC, 16-valve, inline four-cylinder engine is inspired by the same engine that powers Honda’s number one selling motor vehicle, the ‘Jazz’. A range of Honda-exclusive technologies combine to deliver exceptional power, superior environmental performance and best-in-class fuel economy.

Incorporated within the BF80 / BF100’s lightweight and compact design is BLAST – advanced ignition timing control system, which significantly improves hole-shot performance; ECOmo – sophisticated lean burn fuel control system, which contributes to excellent fuel economy; and VTEC (BF100) – variable valve timing technology, originally developed for Formula One race cars, to deliver incredible power.

A refined high-performance gear case enhances hydrodynamic efficiency, while engine exhaust is even further reduced – inline with Honda’s unwavering commitment to the environment.

An optional Trolling Control function allows precise control of engine speed, with adjustments in 50rpm increments from 650rpm to 1000rpm, which is ideal for various styles of fishing and slow speed manoeuvres.
BF100 Honda Outboard

Honda's new BF80 and BF100 are also NMEA2000 compliant, allowing engine-to-electronics data communication to deliver engine management and performance data to compatible marine electronics displays. (Honda’s marine engine line-up from the BF40 to the BF250 is now fully NMEA2000 compliant.)

The new engines can also be networked with Honda’s VeeThree multi-function digital gauges. Designed to provide a comprehensive range of information to users, the gauges also feature Honda’s unique Eco light, which indicates when ECOmo mode is in operation (for best fuel efficiency during cruising).

Further strengthening Honda’s comprehensive marine engine line-up, the new BF80 and BF100 are scheduled to be available in Australia from early 2014.

For more info, visit http://marine.honda.com.au


New Lifejacket standards

Watersnake inflatables
Make sure you've got the right lifejackets


UPDATE YOUR SAFETY GEAR TO THE LATEST STANDARD

The former Australian safety standard that labelled lifejackets as PFD 1, PFD 2, etc., has been superceded by new Australian Safety Standards. Here's a preview of the new Watersnake PFD Level 150 Yoke lifejackets that comply with the latest AS4758.1 safety ratings.
The Watersnake Inflatable PFD Level 150 Foul Weather Offshore Yoke is designed for all-day comfort, with a soft neoprene neck-liner to avoid irritation or chaffing on the back of your neck. It is designed to wear over your clothes and has a large 50mm webbing belt with a twin-tab synthetic nylon buckle for quick and easy fitting.
The tough and durable material is nylon Oxford 420D with convenient access for maintenance and servicing. It is rated for adults heavier than 40kg+, with chest sizes 80cm to 140cm.
This Watersnake Inflatable PFD is designed flat for easy storage and has a manual inflation system that is easily activated by pulling down on the toggle to initiate the release of the 33g CO2 gas cylinder. There is also a mouthpiece for oral inflation.
Watersnake Level 150 lifejackets are designed for general offshore and rough weather use, where a high standard of safety and performance is required. They are designed to maintain a fully clothed person in a safe position on their back with their head clear of the water without any action required by the user. They are now also available in five colours: black, blue, red, pink and racing-car green. 
Click here for more information on Watersnake marine safety products.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Iron Man Fishes from Back of Ski



Exclusive Fishmax Interview: Champion Ironman Zane Holmes’ dedication to Surf Lifesaving led him to create the Medibank Wave Warriors Junior Challenge, an annual event now in its 4th year.  What a lot of people don't know about is that Zane has a very interesting fishing technique.

FM: Zane we know you've been competing in ironman events since a young age, but what’s your earliest fishing memory? 
ZH: Going out with my dad about the age of 5. We had a Seafarer VC and used to go out off the Gold Coast all the time to the reefs.

FM: Where is your favourite fishing spot?
ZH: Lord How Island, is great, I had an amazing fishing experience there but nothing beats the GC.


FM:  Speaking of fishing your local beaches, you have a rather interesting fishing technique that not a lot of people would know about. Tell us about that?
ZH: I fish off my racing ski a lot. My technique is to troll a lure attached to a bike tube which I put over my shoulder while I paddle. I Usually catch tailor and bonito in the surf zone but I caught a fair size Mac tuna one day which was a real buzz trying to haul that in just by hand.
 
FM: OK, and when you catch them, how do you like to  eat them?
ZH: I love a simple recipe like garlic butter grilled on the bbq. Works great with whiting, flathead and any reef fish but my favourite fish is definitely tuna sashimi or lightly seared tuna though. 

FM: Tell us more about the Wave Warriors challenge
ZH: The Medibank Wave Warriors Junior Challenge, is open from under nine to under fifteen year old competitors and  is a beach and surf spectacular.

My goal was to create a unique ocean and beach spectacular for junior lifesavers (Nippers) so they can come together from around Australia to participate in an exciting competition.

The Medibank Wave Warriors Junior Challenge has events across all surf sports disciplines with individual events such as beach sprint, beach flags, surf race, board race and iron person and team events including surf teams, board relay, warrior relay and a two kilometre all age beach relay.


The four events in the series are:

·         Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October, 2013 - Greenmount Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland
·         Sunday 24 November, 2013 – Sunday 24th November , Perth, WA
·         Saturday 4 January, 2014 - Ocean Grove, Victoria
·         Saturday 1 February, 2014 – Newport,  NSW

The national finale will be held on:

·        Saturday 22 February, 2014 - Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

For more information about Wave Warriors go to – www.wavewarriors.com.au

Words: Stevo Perry Pics: Zane Holmes' private album 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Booth onboard with Team Honda Marine


Fishing writer, editor, author, presenter and ‘all-round nice bloke’ Stephen Booth is the latest industry identity to join Team Honda Marine.

Stephen’s lifelong passion for fishing has grown into a successful 20-year career, which began with a part-time job as a sales assistant with the Compleat Angler retail chain.

After completing an environmental science degree at university, Stephen moved on to an editorial role with Freshwater Fishing Australia and is currently the managing editor of Queensland Fishing Monthly, New South Wales Fishing Monthly and Victoria/Tasmania Fishing Monthly.

Along with having countless articles published over the years, Stephen has written two books, appeared on several television programs and is a regular on various radio shows up and down the east coast of Australia.

Honda Australia marine manager Robert Johnson said Stephen was a very welcome addition to Team Honda Marine.

“Well-liked for his honesty and willingness to assist in growing Australia’s fishing and boating industry, Stephen has a wealth of information to share with our community,” Mr Johnson said.

“As a Team Honda Marine Pro Angler, he’ll be sharing his favourite techniques for a range of species and how his Honda BF60 helps him achieve these results.”

With access to every outboard brand in the country, Stephen said his Honda BF60 was a “perfect complement” to his 4.8m Galeforce boat, which has been fully customised for freshwater, estuary and inshore fishing.

“Environmentally, you just can’t go past Honda and its advanced four-stroke technology,” Stephen said.

“Together with exceptional fuel economy and unequalled reliability, Honda really delivers the entire package.”

Promoting environmentally-friendly fishing and boating, Team Honda Marine – teamhondamarine.com.au – encourages members' participation through competitions, blogs, special offers and more.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fishing Hawaii: Avoid the Subs and Navy Seals!


Our some time motoring journalist Digger, takes time out of his US trip testing out some great American made cars to try his hand fishing Hawaiian waters, avoiding Navy Seals and Nuclear subs on the way.

A recent trip to the USA gave me the opportunity to stop over in Hawaii to break the long trip back from the East Coast. I took the opportunity to get out on the salt water by taking a half day fishing charter on the 'Wild Bunch' out of Waikiki.

 'WildBunch' is a very nice looking 41' Hatteras and very professionally skippered by Dax and crewed by Opy. The boat was fully kitted out and had an awesome fighting chair in the rear deck. The chances of hooking a Marlin were pretty low as the season had just ended, but a quick lesson in how to use the chair, land the monsters, and some stories about the biggest fish and toughest fights were really entertaining.


We left the dock at 6am for the very short trip out of the harbour and stopped to pick up some live bait less than half a mile out. We were catching Cigar Minnows (much like our pillies) 10 to 20cm long which would be a tasty treat for Tuna, Mackerel or Mahi-Mahi, which the guys were expecting to be around.


After filling up the live-well, we were treated to a really spectacular sunrise over Diamond Head as we motored towards the outside entrance of Pearl Harbour.

It wasn’t long before we were trolling, using big skirted lures at a range of depths and spread. There is a big drop off that follows the shape of the shore about 1 mile out. The drop off has both living and fossilized reef and some big cliffs where the depth drops from 30m to 150m in a band about 100m wide almost right around of the island. While there weren’t many other charter boats around, we did have to give a wide berth to some Navy Seals training in RHIBs and an even wider berth to a big nuclear sub making its way out of Pearl Harbour.

The fishing wasn’t producing much in the way of our target species but we could see Dax and Opy were working really hard to find us something. When the sounder showed some good fish schooling at the top of a ‘cliff’ at about 30m deep, we changed rigs and hooked up some live bait. The Hawaiians use a single hook through the nose of the Minnows. I was a bit worried that there was enough hook presented for ‘tail biters’ but the guys assured me that the fish would be big enough to take the hook as well. The fish turned out to be Rainbow Runners, and we managed to get quite a few aboard about 1m long. The fish went straight off the bite once we ran out of live bait and just couldn’t be tempted with the frozen bait.

An interesting fact with the Hawaiian charters is the ‘fish policy’. All the fish caught are split up evenly between the charter; cleaned, skinned, filleted or however you prefer. This doesn’t apply to any individual fish over 100 pounds which is kept and sold by the crew. This allows the cost of the charter to be kept low, and provides a great incentive for the crew to put you on to some really good fish. Unfortunately, the guys would only make minimum wages on the day I went out.

It was a really good day out. Great weather, flat water, and even a few fish to top things off. An excellent way to break the trip and ease my way back in to work once I got home.

Words: Digger P Photos: Digger's personal album & Widlbunch charters

Friday, October 25, 2013

Lee Rayner's Fishing Edge - First Episode this Saturday 26th Oct


Join Lee Rayner in the first ever episode of Fishing Edge this Saturday on ONE HD! This episode sees Lee head to Port Stephens on the mid north coast of NSW which is known for its sensational blue water game fishing. On this trip Lee meets up with his good friend George Trinkler where they fish close to shore for big longtail tuna.

To view a preview of this episode click here

The premier of Lee Rayner's Fishing Edge can be seen this Saturday 26th October on ONE HD at the following times -

VIC, NSW, ACT, TAS - 5:00pm
QLD - 4:30pm
NT - 4:00pm
WA - 3:00pm
SA - 5:00pm


Please check your local guides for more information.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mark Twain Fishing Quote



"Don't tell fish stories where the people know you;
but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish."
                                                Mark Twain


Monday, October 21, 2013

Chumming to catch fish - you need a secret weapon!

At Fishmax we get heaps of great fishing gear to review, and one of the latest gadgets to hit our desk has really impressed.

Called "The Secret Weapon", the manufacturers of this chumming device obviously feel it's something special, and so far we have to say we agree with the results.

In our humble opinion this is simply the best chum bomb we've tried. Easy to use, and with a patented operating mechanism to ensure that your chum is delivered at the right time and at the right depth, it fits all our criteria for a good chum bomb.

The trick is an adjustable weight cartridge, which puts control back in the angler's hand - with many Australian target species, chumming on the surface is simply a waste of time and money.

The Secret Weapon Chum Bomb is available at good fishing stores and online at www.secretweapon.com for just $24.99 (including free shipping).

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Qld Cricketer Talks Fishing

Michael Kasprowicz with a PNG Black Bass

Queensland cricketing identity, fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz is also a keen fisherman. Kasprowicz was known for his swing and relentless and hard-working approach on the field, and he takes a similar approach to fishing, however the man known as the the "Subcontinent Specialist", for his unique ability to generate pace and take wickets in India finds that, like many of us, success doesn’t always follow him fishing.

When we asked him about his earliest fishing memory, Kasprowicz said “I was 8 years old and was armed with a rod, tackle box, a bucket and a block of frozen mullet gut to ‘empty’ the mouth of the Brunswick river. The bucket returned empty that day and seems to have remained ever since.”

He clearly loves fishing though, telling us that his most memorable fishing trip was to Melville Island in Australia’s far North. “The Melville Island fishing lodge in the Tiwi Islands is the most exotic place I’ve fished. It was awesome!” Kasprowicz told us. “The trip to Melville Island helped raise two hundred thousand dollars for the community. It was the brainchild of Guy Reynolds of Macquarie Bank and my mate Matthew Hayden. While the season wasn’t ideal and the barra weren’t on the ‘chew’, I was one of 20 people that enjoyed an amazing and truly rewarding week.”

Kasprowicz certainly enjoys fishing with his cricketing mates.  In response to our question about his favourite fishing spot, he answers with a grin “On Andy Bichel’s boat as he gets to clean it later.” And he enjoys telling us that his most memorable trip is out fishing Andy and Andrew Symonds on a trip to PNG. “I caught a horse of a ‘black bass’ - the biggest fish I’ve ever caught" For more on fishing PNG, be sure to follow our special feature on New Guinea Black Bass coming soon.

Words: Stevo Perry Pics: Michael Kasprowicz Personal Album

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Cairns Black Marlin

Nothing beats the excitement of a fight with a powerful game fish and the thrill of bringing it in.

In early September every year, these highly prized queens of the marlin group flock to the waters off Cairns to breed and spawn along the 250 km stretch of the Great Barrier Reef. The stretch of the reef between Cairns and Lizard Island is the undisputed best place for anglers to catch the biggest Black Marlin in some of the best conditions in the whole world.  

The Marlin is one of the fastest species of fish. If you’ve ever attempted to reel one in, then you’ll know they’re also pretty strong. Black Marlins usually weigh in at around 750 kg, but greater weights have been recorded. If you want to try your hand at bringing in one yourself then hop on cheap flights to Cairns before the end of December, head out into the Coral Sea, and try your luck before they head back north. Or, plan your trip for next year.  But make sure you take advantage of the best big marlin fishing in the world. It’s right on our doorstep!

There are a few different options for getting out on the water and beginning your Black Marlin hunt. For serious anglers, the best way to take advantage of these superb conditions is to charter a multi-day trip and live aboard the boat (you can also sneak in some diving, snorkelling and swimming on the reef!). You’ll also be able to follow the fish as they move, and angle at various different locations on the reef.

Otherwise, many operators offer day trips from Cairns. Of course, Black Marlin are not the only fish that are going to give you a nibble. There’s plenty of Wahoo, King Mackerel, Tuna, Giant Trevally and Mahi Mahi that make perfect bait for the Marlin and a delicious dinner.

Nothing gets the adrenaline pumping like a few bites from a monster marlin, not to mention hooking one, the fight and eventually bringing it in.  If you’ve got a few days to kill this Christmas season or are itching for some angling action, get up north to Black Marlin territory. 

For more info on Black Marlin fishing near Cairns, try http://www.fishingcairns.com.au/page1-5.html.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

QUINTREX’S NEW BLADE HULL CUTS THROUGH ANYTHING

The Blade Hull is Quintrex’s latest innovative new hull design to hit the market and it’s already making a name for itself as the smoothest, driest ride yet.
The Blade Hull which features across most of the new 2013 Quintrex Range has done away with ‘clicker’ style pressings in favour of new smooth look, side sheets.
The Blade Hull is created using advanced design software, virtual modelling and stretch forming technology resulting in a concave flare in the side and bottom sheets offering a smooth and stable ride at rest and underway.
With increased hull efficiency the Blade Hull sees boats perform better on lower horsepower with lower planning speeds and improved top-end speed.
Fine tuning the balance of convex and concave shapes the new Blade Hull cuts through choppy water and deflects spray with ease. 
The new Blade Hull also features a sharper deadrise and narrow shoulder for the ability to handle all water conditions.
Quintrex National Account Manger Cameron Wood said the new Blade Hull combined with the famous Flared Bow and the new smooth side pressings meant it was the most advanced Quintrex hull design ever.
‘There have been big changes for Quintrex this year with one of the biggest being the introduction of the new hull and the move to the modern plate look side. It has really given the range a fresh look- I don’t think customers will be able to resist the upgrade to a newer model.’
‘The Blade Hull performs with a near zero nose high attitude which is great for visibility at slower speeds and getting onto and coming off the plane is a breeze,’ Cameron said.
The New Blade Hull is featured across various models in the new 2013 Quintrex Range, for more information on the entire Quintrex Range head to www.quintrex.com.au

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Doh - How obvious

Have you seem the internet picture claiming to be of a real book called "How to Avoid Huge Ships" a?"

 A lot has been written both online and in mainstream newspapers and magazines about whether "How to Avoid Huge Ships" is indeed a real book! Most comentators take the view that it doesn't even exist, or at best its a joke title to a book that isn't really about how to avoid big ships.

While "How to Avoid Huge Ships" is listed on Amazon.com it says it's currently out of stock, and most of the 101 reviews treat it as a joke.

Well, we know it might be hard to believe, but, this is a real book!  Published in 1992 by Cornwell Maritime Press and written by Capt. John W. Trimmer (ISBN: 9780870334337)  "How to Avoid Huge Ships" contains 112 useful pages [Ed: surely "Keep a Watch Out" is all that is needed?], it's a  serious piece of work written for the small boat skipper, especially those taking their boats into areas where large ships pass through regularly.

If you thought "How to Avoid Huge Ships" was an improbable name, you're not alone. In fact it has won the The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year along with such other improbably named books as 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais (winner in 2008) and Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories (winner in 2003).

If you have a hard to believe fishing story, photo or video, send it in to holyorbull@fishmax.com.au and our journos will track down the true story!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

After a good day fishing - Try this new beer

After a good day fishing, nothing beats a cold beer. While most Aussie fishermen and women will stick to their favourite beer brands (VB and XXXX have the lions share), more and more we're seeing Aussies step outside their comfort zone and try premium, exotic and flavoured beers.

One of the newest flavoured beers to hit the Aussie beer Market is from The Beltz group called Kwencher Clingstone Peach & Darjeeling Tea Infused Lager and in our opinion it's certainly something we'd say you should try whether or not you generally like your flavoured beers.

Inspired by a trip to Morocco in 2008, husband and wife team David Burns and Elly Meltzer fell in love with sharing peach iced tea and icy local beer. The idea of blending the two flavours became a reality upon their return to Australia when they developed the Kwencher Clingstone Peach and Darjeeling Tea Lager.

Produced in the home of the mighty Cats, Geelong,  Victoria, the flavours  of this peach and tea beer are all natural and preservative free and are dosed into the brew prior to bottling.

The Kwencher peach and tea brew is a pale, straw colour and has great clarity and an inviting aroma. We found it refreshing and while it won't necessarily become our every day fishing beer, there is certainly room in the beer fridge for a few to share with friends after a good day on the water. Enjoyed on the weekend with a couple of mates, the Kwencher peach and tea lager even got compliments from the most diehard of lager loyalists.  

The tea and peach beer also has a talented brother, with the Kwencher Pale Ale Voted Australasia's best pale ale at the 2013 Asia Beer Awards, so this is definitely a beer brand we'll see more of.

For more information on these two great new beers, visit http://kwencher.com.au/, buy it from a beer shop online or ask for it at your local liquor barn.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Kayak Fishing Takes Dangerous Turn


Aussie Kayak fishermen come back with some great tales, but they're not alone in the 'yak fishing world. Take a look at these great photos from a recent fishing Kayak trip off the coast of Texas by Robert Field.

Robert, a regular contributor to Fishing Fury blog,  had quite and escapade and one hell of a story to tell.




Read the full story and see all the photos here.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Bar Crusher’s latest hard top Fishing Weapon released


Bar Crusher’s new Fishing Weapon 730HT is a bullet-proof offshore fishing machine for hardcore bluewater anglers.

Whether charging the bar as you’re heading out fishing or punching into a messy sea on your way back to the ramp, the Bar Crusher 730HT will get you there – quickly, safely and in comfort.

Constructed from heavy duty, high-tensile 5mm (bottom sides) and 4mm (top sides) marine grade plate aluminium, the 730HT measures 7.30m LOA with a 2.47m beam. Its high-tech Waveslicer™ non-pounding, deep-V hull delivers an ultra-smooth ride, the expertly-engineered Rigideck™ sub-floor system ensures maximum hull strength and Bar Crusher’s exclusive Quickflow™ water ballast technology ensures the boat is extremely stable at rest.

The 730HT’s toughened safety glass windscreen and all-weather hard top allows full standing room and an unobstructed 360-degree view from the helm. Deluxe helm seats are mounted on top of heavy-duty seat boxes with convenient tackle storage, while the functional helm station allows for installation of the latest large-screen marine electronics. The comfortable bunk arrangement provides accommodation for overnight trips.

Interestingly, Bar Crusher’s design team has managed to build the new 730HT to have the largest cockpit fishing area of all Bar Crusher models – even larger than the flagship 780HT. This was possible through rearranging the sub-floor framing and moving the cabin forward, to achieve the best combination of usable bunk length and maximum cockpit space.

The massive cockpit fishing area is ready for serious action too – self-draining deck with scuppers, step-through transom, marlin board with berley bucket, rod holders, plumbed livebait tank, in-floor fish storage tank and large-volume storage pockets which will easily accommodate tagpoles, gaffs and other essential equipment. The fully-welded checkerplate deck is extremely easy to clean after a solid day on the water.

Rocket launcher, hydraulic steering, dual battery system and Hella low-voltage coaming lights are fitted as standard, while Bar Crusher’s impressive options list for the 730HT includes lock-up cabin, deck wash, overhead LED lighting, Stress Free anchor winch, Sarca anchor, electric macerator toilet and more.

Rated to carry a 200-250hp outboard, the 730HT’s superior performance capabilities, 280L fuel capacity and all-weather protection are just a few reasons why this model will follow in the footsteps of other models in the Bar Crusher fleet to earn a reputation as one of the most versatile hard top trailerable sportfishing boats on the market.


For more information call Bar Crusher Boats on (03) 9792 2999 or visit: barcrusher.com.au

Friday, August 2, 2013

The BBQ School a Treat for Fishlovers

FishMax had the pleasure of recently joining a fun group of fishlovers at the Beer & BBQ Seafood class run by the Bar-be School.

Held at the iconic Shafton Hotel, chefs Aanat and Rob took the class of 12 guys and 2 girls through all the steps necessary to prepare a 4 course Seafood BBQ feast.

The fresh Tuna, Cobia and Red  Emperor dishes were magnificent and the mussel dish a real highlight.

The atmosphere was relaxed and enjoyable - in our class,  3 of the attendees had signed up after doing earlier classes with the Bar-be School guys, so that's probably evidence enough that it's a well run, enjoyable event.

As well as great food and plenty of it, all courses were matched with James Squire beers and for those who wanted, there was always a refill available.

Bar-Be School offers a range of BBQ Courses nationally throughout the year in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Hunter Valley.

The classes demonstrate the ease and versatility of what we can all achieve when cooking and entertaining on the BBQ. As well as delicious seafood other classes also cover  BBQ Meat,  BBQ Game & Poultry, BBQ Cocktail and Canapes

Classes are both demonstration and hands on and are all inclusive which means you don’t have to bring anything other than a big appetite!  Bar-be school also provides a recipe book and  notes with all recipes for you to take home and try your hand at!


For more information call 1300 22 77 45 or visit http://bbqschool.com.au

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Maybe I won't go out

Ever had those days when you get to your boat but something tells you its just not the day to go out? This guy did:


Monday, July 29, 2013

What would Putin Catch? Pike of course!

Russia's most famous fisherman Vladimir Putin hooked a 21 kg Pike on a recent weekend trip to Siberia.

According to  Kremlin sources,  Putin was joined on the trip by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev,who looked on as Putin pulled the massive pike out of the water, with the fish then having the dubious honour of being kissed on its gills by the Kremlin chief.

Several pictures published by the Kremlin also showed Putin fishing in his now traditional summer pose of naked torso and dark sunglasses.The television pictures did not show Medvedev doing any fishing but instead standing on the bow of a motorboat taking pictures with a telephoto lens.

The "very beautiful" pictures taken by Medvedev had now been put on the Kremlin website.
Putin hooks big pike on fishing trip
Vladimir Putin shows off his catch. Picture: AP
The spokesman added that the trip had taken place in the remote Tuva region in southern Siberia, which lies on the border with Mongolia.Tuva is the home region of Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, one of Putin's closest allies and friends who was also present.

Media coverage of Putin's fishing and other leisure activities is carefully managed by the Kremlin to cultivate his image as a tough nature-loving action man, which his minders believe still appeals to many Russians.

Earlier this month, Putin dived in a small submersible to inspect a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
Putin hooks big pike on fishing trip
The Russian leader was as usual quick to get his torso out for the cameras during the mini-break to the Tyva region of Siberia. Picture: AFP