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Kiribati – Christmas Island trip report

January 4, 2020 • REPORTS, VIDEOS • Views: 2321

Christmas Island, Kiribati or CXI, Whatever you know it as, I bet you have only heard about it as an amazing fishing destination, and more specifically a great Bonefish destination. I recently had the opportunity to head over to CXI, do some filming and also get a bit of fishing in for myself. The

PICTORIAL: Wilderness Bass Trek

December 19, 2018 • REPORTS • Views: 2805

The opportunity came up for Josh and I to complete a Aussie Bass wilderness trip which we had been looking at doing for quite a while. We hiked and waded through some spectacular country, covering around 20km on foot carrying all our gear for a few days. The fishing had its ups and downs, but

Sea Sherpa 2018 North Shore Challenge

November 15, 2017 • REPORTS • Views: 4426

With the approach of the Southern summer season, our attention begins to turn once again to pelagic species. Long-range wind forecasts are scanned on phones during work meetings and brownie points are dutifully stowed in high interest savings accounts, ready to be cleaned out for the Australia Day

Daiwa: TD Zero Light tackle rods

August 12, 2017 • AFTA 2017, REPORTS • Views: 7836

2017 had given a heap of new products from the crew at Daiwa, enter Daiwa’s new TD Zero light tackle range of rods. With a sexy graphite and orange colour scheme, state of the art Daiwa features and a reasonable price tag, this well specced rod got me very excited at this years AFTA trade

AFTA Day 3 coverage – other bits and pieces

August 12, 2017 • AFTA 2017, REPORTS • Views: 4019

Along with all of the cool new reels and rods we checked out at AFTA, there was plenty of new accessories and gadgets coming out also. Too many for us to see in fact. So here is but a handful of bits and pieces we saw while wandering around. Daiwa Fish measure/brag mat 130cm nylon/PVC …

Daiwa – TD Sol Light Tackle Rods

August 7, 2017 • AFTA 2017, REPORTS • Views: 6559

Daiwa released quite a few new rod models this year at AFTA, and brought back some oldies like the TD Sol. This range has had a few incarnations over the past decade, and this one looks like it is going to be a good one. Daiwa are targeting the mid range market with these 14 …

13 Fishing Concept Z – Ball Bearing Free Baitcasting Reel

August 3, 2017 • AFTA 2017, REPORTS • Views: 6913

For as long as I can remember a fishing reel’s quality was judged by its ball bearing count, the more ball bearings, the smoother a reel was considered to be. While there is a certain truth to this, there is a whole lot of other factors that make up a quality reel. 13 fishing takes aim

Daiwa – TD Hyper Light Tackle Rods

August 3, 2017 • AFTA 2017, REPORTS • Views: 8944

Daiwa introduced a few new light tackle rod series at this years AFTA show. One of which was the Team Daiwa Hyper series. This Olive green and black styled series of rods is aimed at the cheaper end of the market with a retail price starting at $119. Featuring Nanoplus HVF graphite, x45, and

Daiwa TD Sol III Spinning Reels

August 3, 2017 • AFTA 2017, REPORTS • Views: 14337

One of the most exciting products we saw at AFTA 2017 was Daiwa’s brand new TD Sol III spinning reels. The new Sol features Daiwa’s new “LT” (Light Tough) concept to suit the new generation of PE/Braided lines. Boasting higher line capacity, higher drag capacity &

Daiwa x Tide Collab Apparel Collection

August 2, 2017 • AFTA 2017, REPORTS • Views: 4921

Tackle heavy weight Daiwa Australia combines forces with master minds at Tide Apparel to bring together a collaborative range of apparel for the upcoming season. The collection includes a spray jacket, tournament shirt, board short, cargo short, long-sleeved tees, headwear and buff, all

AFTA 2017 – Coverage – Fishing lines

August 2, 2017 • AFTA 2017, REPORTS • Views: 4003

A handful of new Braids were released at AFTA this year, and we were there to have a good look. Berkley, Fins and Sunline went head to head for best new line honours. Berkley Fireline Ultra 8 Carrier Re-design of Berkleys’s Fireline product into a new fused 8 strand dyneema PE fiber braid.

Jackall BPM BC-73XH-SB Swimbait Rod

August 2, 2017 • AFTA 2017, REPORTS • Views: 7000

There’s no doubting that swimbaits seemed to be a reoccurring theme amongst the traders at this years AFTA show. The technique is definitely the flavour of the moment and consumers can hope to see a lot of new lures and rods on the market in the coming months. Jackall Australia is on the

AFTA 2017 – Day 2 Coverage – More Lures!

August 1, 2017 • AFTA 2017, REPORTS • Views: 4180

As expected we missed a few bits and pieces on Day 1, So here is some more new lures that we checked out today at AFTA 2017. Atomic Hardz Vibe 2 new sizes for the Atomic Hardz vibe range. 50R is a 50mm 5.4g and the 70R is 70mm and 15.5g. Both have rattles. 18 …

AFTA 2017 – Day 2 Coverage – Rods

August 1, 2017 • AFTA 2017, REPORTS • Views: 9347

Day 2 saw In Depth Angler take a really good look at new fishing rods and reels at AFTA 2017. Below is a quick glance at what we found, we will bring you some more detailed photos and details on individual ranges over the next few days. Abu Garcia Veritas 3.0 28 models in the …

AFTA 2017 – Day 2 Coverage – Reels

July 31, 2017 • AFTA 2017, REPORTS • Views: 6858

A quick run down of a few of the new reels released at AFTA 2017, soon to be available in a tackle shop near you. Keep an eye out for more detailed pics and information from us over the coming weeks. 13 Concept Z Bearingless,  4 Models, Left & Right hand, 6.6:1, 7.3: & 8.1:1 RRP:$349

AFTA 2017 – Day 1 Coverage – Lures

July 30, 2017 • AFTA 2017, REPORTS • Views: 7820

In Depth Angler takes you through the latest tackle releases at the 2017 AFTA trade show, being held on the gold coast. In this article we take a look at the new fishing lures available for the Australian market. A great range of soft plastics, swimbaits, topwater and hard bodies were on show this

To Catch a Metery – Part 2 – Cod Fishing Lake Eildon

May 21, 2017 • REPORTS • Views: 7339

So I’m not sure exactly which god Josh and I have pleased lately, but for us both to get our first meter plus Cod only a week apart means we have been definitely doing something right! In all seriousness though, most people don’t see or realize the amount of fishless trips that we have both

To Catch a Metery – Cod Fishing Copeton Dam

May 15, 2017 • REPORTS • Views: 22494

Well where to start. If I had started writing this piece a few days ago, it would be a very different article from what your about to read, but more on that later. Copeton dam is a destination any keen cod angler will know about. Its hard not to have heard of the iconic location with …

Sea Sherpa North Shore challenge

February 11, 2017 • REPORTS • Views: 2573

REPORT:  Offshore kayak fishing competition in Portland, Victoria In the last 6 months of 2016, my Wife and I busied ourselves organising the Sea Sherpa North Shore Challenge.  The goal was to put on Victoria’s only dedicated offshore kayak fishing competition over the Australia Day long

REPORT: Hervey Bay Tuna

December 18, 2016 • REPORTS • Views: 2500

Something I’ve been trying to do regularly is head north during the cooler months, to experience some of the fishing that the tropical regions of Australia has to offer. Hervey Bay is a place that I have found not only ticks all the boxes fishing wise, but is also an easy trip for a few

REPORT: 2015 Vic Bream Classic – Mallacoota, Round 5

October 20, 2015 • REPORTS • Views: 4539

A bit of a write up of our latest round of the Vic Bream Classic held down at the beautiful Mallacoota in far east Gippsland. And beautiful it was! Sunny warm weather made for great boating, but probably made the fishing a little bit slower than normal for this time of the year. PREFISH Prefish

Toolondo Calling

July 9, 2015 • REPORTS • Views: 4473

With the rivers closed for the trout to do their thing, it was time to head off and battle the cold for a few days chasing some big trophy lake trout. The destination was Lake Toolondo in the state’s North West, a lake which had received much media attention over the last 12 months regarding

Lake Wendouree – Urban Trout fishing

June 13, 2015 • REPORTS • Views: 18281

Lake Wendouree is definitely one of those hit and miss fisheries. Too many times have I heard “you should have been here yesterday!” after bracing the icy winds of Ballarat for a day of trout fishing only to catch one half decent sized trout. But if you do happen to get there on a day …

PICTORIAL: A Whole New World – Winter Cod Fishing

June 10, 2015 • REPORTS • Views: 3152

With the Melbourne forecast for the June long weekend looking less than desirable, Joel Bramble and myself hit the highway to explore a river I have wanted to check out for a long time. In a short but adventure filled few days we traveled 1600kms by car, 25kms on foot and spent countless hours

REPORT: 2015 Vic Bream Classic Round 2 – Gippsland Lakes

March 30, 2015 • REPORTS • Views: 3205

Round 2 of the 2015 Vic bream series was held at Metung in the Gippsland lakes. Last year we were restricted to the major rivers due to bad weather but in stark contrast this year we had amazing weather, light winds and plenty of sunshine. While the nice weather was great for boating and moving

Wingan It!

March 10, 2015 • REPORTS • Views: 4299

Spontaneous fishing trips are usually some of the best, the type where you just get up and go with no real plans or expectations. The March long weekend crept up rather quickly and with a few days off Josh and I decided to head east to explore a small tidal estuary system reserved only for …

PICTORIAL: Fishing Victoria’s Alpine Region

February 10, 2015 • REPORTS • Views: 4247

With hot weather predicted for Melbourne, we decided to head to Victoria’s alpine region to escape the summer heat. There’s so many options to explore and fish in this part of the world, spring fed creeks, hidden lakes and boulder filled rivers, we only just scratched the surface in the

Summer Holidays – East Gippsland Style

January 1, 2015 • REPORTS • Views: 5907

Summer holidays always come around quicker than expected and often just the thought of going away at the same time as thousands of others can put a halt to any plans before they are even made. I myself have been in this situation many times before, always thinking of things to do over the Christmas

REPORT: Vic bream Classic 2014 Grandfinal

December 14, 2014 • REPORTS • Views: 3662

The 2014 vic bream classic grand final was held down at the amazing mallacoota inlet in far eastern Victoria. Generally a bream fishermans paradise, the Mallacoota system can give anglers some of the best bream fishing they will ever come across, but for the 50 anglers who made the 2014 vic bream

REPORT: Vic Bream Classic Round 5 – Hopkins River

October 17, 2014 • REPORTS • Views: 3125

The 5th and final round of the 2014 Vic Bream Classics was held at Warnambool on the Hopkins River over the weekend. Such a small system can make fishing with 50 teams quite interesting and is a system known for its tough conditions and shy fish. This weekend was no exception. Pre-fish day gave us