S-Bend in winter

Flashing lights in the distance, red and blue and approaching fast, were the first sign of trouble ahead. First one, then a second and finally a third ambulance emerged from the wet and inky blackness and raced past us toward Perth, many miles behind. Soon after, we were diverted onto a side road to continue our journey north, with the sobering news from a cold and bedraggled emergency worker that there'd been a fatal road crash.

Hot spots for Christmas


With the arrival of the wet season, the weather will be sticky but the fishing should be equally hot. Jelly prawns will pushing out of the creeks and provide plenty of food for barra, which makes them more selective, and it’s a similar story for threadfin. Live bait is the best bet for barra when the prawns are running, but lures can be harder work.

The mighty Fitzroy

Fishing for barramundi on the Fitzroy River is an incredible and often testing experience, as SCOTT COGHLAN found out when he tagged along with a local expert.

THE FITZROY River is one of the handful of legendary spots that hold a special place in West Australian fishing folklore. Regarded by some as WA’s premier barramundi fishing waterway, it is simply known as ‘the Fitzroy’ and its name nestles comfortably alongside other iconic fishing destinations such as Steep Point, Quobba, Rottnest Island, Ningaloo and the Ord River.

Thevenard Tour Diary

It started with an episode of Men Behaving Badly and at various stages threatened to end up as one. SCOTT COGHLAN records the highs – and lows – of the 2009 Western Angler Celebrity Adventure.

SATURDAY – ON THE ROAD AGAININ A potential warning of what lay ahead over the next week, the trip up to Carnarvon passed quickly, with much hilarity provided by episodes of Men Behaving Badly on the in-car DVD player. We were towing the Western Angler project boat – the Fraser 1900 centre console built by Commodore Marine. There were some familiar faces, and boats, when we fuelled up and grabbed a feed at the 440 just north of Geraldton. Once in Carnarvon, most people took the chance to unwind with a few quiet beers and a barbecue dinner at the Best Western. Some took the chance with more gusto than others, as the pile of empties outside one room (no incriminating names, they know who they are) the next morning proved!

Western Angler Celebrity Adventure 2010

Russ Waterman and Mike Roennfeldt with a Mackerel Islands local.AFTER a full house at Thevenard Island this year, the Western Angler Celebrity Adventure is on again from August 22-28!

And the week continues to get bigger, with former West Coast premiership player Adam Hunter joining the crew for his WACA debut and another big name from the cricket world set to join Kim Hughes and Geoff Marsh for a week of action on and off the water.

Prevelly family fishing

The sandy bottom of the little reef hole glowed an inviting light-blue amongst the browns and blacks of the surrounding reef. Tom and I waded out thigh deep across the smooth limestone, pausing briefly whenever a bigger wave pushed through. We were both wearing wetsuits and reef boots, and felt confident that the small swell from the light nor-wester at our backs presented no danger.

Fergie's folly

Of all the windswept, sun-blasted cliff-tops, rock ledges and overhangs I like to cast a lure from, on the western side of the fishiest piece of coastline in the entire galaxy, there's one particular place that scares me witless every time I go there. Sure, you can kill yourself pretty easily at plenty of other spots too, within a kilometre or two. But by comparison, there's nothing quite so spooky as this evil, magnetic place.

S-Bend Revisited

The word was out that the tailor were running in force between Geraldton and Dongara. Not the jumbos around 4-6kg that the area is famous for, but fish around a kilo that would be regarded as good ones back down in the metro area. It gave us an excuse to get up to S-Bend again for around the fourth or fifth time in not much over a year.