Mission Beach is a tropical holiday destination between Townsville and Cairns that is known for its world-heritage rainforests, idyllic beaches, island getaways, adventure activities and amazing fishing.
Mission Beach, with its resident population of about 4,000, is 165km south of Cairns and 235km north of Townsville. Its four villages – Bingil Bay, Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach and South Mission Beach – are linked by 14km of palm-fringed beaches.
The tourist destination enjoys a warm tropical climate with temperatures up around 26ºC in the Australian winter (the dry season of May to October) and 30ºC in the wet season (November to April).
Eildon is one of Australia’s most diverse, productive and popular waterways. It is also a massive piece of water that can be very daunting for anglers.
THE HISTORY OF LAKE EILDON
In the 1860s the town of Darlingford was founded (so named after the Governor Sir Charles Darling). It was close to the junction of the Goulburn and Big rivers, and people came from around the globe after gold was discovered. Darlingford had a small school, log gaol (jail), seven pubs, five police officers, shops and a post office. With the construction of Sugarloaf Reservoir, Darlingford itself was flooded and a new town began to grow; now known as Eildon.
What a spot! Most people still call Southern Pumicestone a hidden paradise, but over the past few years the waterways have come alive. It’s gone from a few tinnies running around to a plethora of water activities attracting visitors from all across the state. The main recreation is still fishing, because it’s heaven for most species.
Filleting flathead is one of those things most newcomers find a little difficult. And let’s face it, they are pretty weird looking fish. But they taste great, are reasonably abundant along the east coast and there are ways to make the most of your catch.
The following is how I was taught to clean flatties by an ex-commercial fisher when I lived in Victoria. It’s quick, easy and maximises the fillet yield. And these are all important because you don’t want to be wasting fish.
So if you’re keen on getting some boneless, tasty flathead fillets on your plate, check this method out and give it a go if you’re struggling with filleting flathead.
You can check out a short video we made of this process via a link on our Facebook page – search for Fishing Monthly Magazines.
Any serious lure fisher in Australia would be familiar with the Ecogear brand of hardbodied and soft plastic lures. Although very popular in Australia, Ecogear is a small branch of the international powder-bait producing giant, Marukyu. This old Japanese company based north of Tokyo is a major player in coarse and other manufactured baits around the world.
Burrum Heads, found on the shores of Hervey Bay and the Burrum River, is a thriving town that is endowed with spectacular natural beauty, amazing fishing opportunities and a range of amenities, accommodation options and recreational pursuits to suit just about any level of desire.
Jacobs Well is a fishing hub that is ideally placed to take advantage of the magnificent Gold Coast waterways and the Jumpinpin area.
Found at the northern end of the Gold Coast, Jacobs Well is a small town on Moreton Bay opposite Kangaroo Island, 48km south-east of Brisbane. The origin of the name is obscure, possibly from the Biblical Jacob or the son of a pioneer, Johann Gross, who settled in the Pimpama district.
Jacobs Well is predominately a sugar-growing area and the surrounding area is virtually all set aside for sugar cane.
If you were to sit down with a piece of paper and draw the perfect southern holiday and fishery destination, you would without doubt come up with East Gippsland.
East Gippsland stretches from Sale in the south all the way up to Mallacoota just near the border to New South Wales. In between lies some of the best recreational fishing opportunities and family friendly holiday destinations in Australia.
Whether you like surf fishing, bream and estuary perch fishing in the estuaries, offshore light game fishing, free diving or freshwater fishing for trout, bass and perch, you will find your passion in East Gippsland.
Author: Katie Day
When I was growing up whenever anyone asked my dad how things were at home in Mackay he always had the same response: “You know mate, it’s just another perfect day in paradise.”
And as far as I was concerned it was paradise. Weekends were spent swimming at one of the numerous beaches, exploring the bushland that made up some of the ten acres where we lived, long drives up the Pioneer Valley into the rainforest and countless adventures that are only possible when you see the world through the wonder of a child’s eyes.
The Gold Coast 2012 Flathead Classic is a great event and is on from October 3-6.
Whether you are a tournament regular or a first timer this iconic tournament, now in its 19th year should be on your calendar next year. It is so much more than a fishing comp with a great event wrapped around excellent fishing. The Gold Coast is renowned for its big flathead and there is no better time to go crocodile hunting than this time of year. The format is over 2 1/2 days and is an eco-friendly catch and release comp, so no live wells are needed. What you do need though is a digital camera to capture your catches against the tournament ruler, which is provided at the briefing. Please note it is a lure and fly comp so sorry, there is no bait allowed.