December / January 2012

EDITORIAL
Scott looks back at 2011, and what transpired on and off the water in recreational fishing

SHORE ANGLES
Smithy takes the high road to offer his tips for successful cliff fishing

TACKLE AND TACTICS
Hal farewells Western Angler with a poignant look at a fishing life well spent

OFFROAD ANGLER
Putting in the hard yards on foot pays off for Bomma with a memorable double on a morning to savour

WILLY’S WISDOM
A quick trip to Exmouth sees Willy G-banging with a new sportfishing charter

BOATING ANGLER
A trip to the Monte Bellos had Darryl contemplating some of the crucial aspects for charter fishing success

TOURNAMENT ANGLER
The competitive aspect is just one part of tournament bream fishing that appeals to Shane

EXPAT ANGLER
Stanno has some radical suggestions to make the WA salmon fishery a world leader

KAYAK ANGLER
Brett looks at the rods and reels that make up his kayak fishing quiver

JUNIOR ANGLER
There are a few things you can do to improve a new reel, or rejuvenate an old one

BACK LASH
A hastily arranged fishing trip in Costa Rica proved a memorable experience for our intrepid writer

ONE SUMMER
By Luke Church
Luke winds the clock back 12 months to recount some of the highlights of one of the most extraordinary seasons of metro pelagic action ever. What will this summer bring.
 
METAL SPOONS IN SALTWATER AND ESTUARINE ANGLING – Part One
By Andrew Krajewski
Andrew takes a close look at the exactly how metal spoons, one of the oldest lures known to man, work, and exactly why they still attract predatory species so successfully.

JACKS ARE WILD
By Scott Coghlan
Mangrove jacks are something of an iconic species in the North-West and Scott was converted by some memorable sessions on these crimson terrors around the creeks and rockbars of Exmouth Gulf.

READING THE WET
By Dick Pasfield
As another wet season sets in around the Kimberley, Dick looks at the barramundi lessons learned during the incredible downpours of the 2010/11 wet.

ONE PERFECT DAY
By Sam Colvin
Billfish have rarely been as accessible to metro anglers as they were this year and Sam capitalised on this rare opportunity on a day charter out of Jurien Bay.

UP THE POLE
By Bob Longmore
Coarse fishing comes to WA, as Bob reveals his pole fishing passion, which he uses to good effect on redfin perch and feral goldfish in his local fishing holes on the Blackwood River.

BOAT REVIEW
By Darryl Hitchen
Darryl is warming to power cats after testing an impressive LeisureCat.

October / November

EDITORIAL
Scott speaks to Nathan Harrison from Fisheries regarding some of the pressing issues in local management

SHORE ANGLES
Smithy takes a risqué approach to his first column by adding boats, of sorts, to the beach fishing equation

OFFROAD ANGLER
Air compressors have come a long way and Bomma investigates some quality new additions to the market

FISH TALES PICTORIAL SPECIAL
Kletch dives into the Southern Ocean to swim with feeding tuna

WILLY’S WISDOM
Mulloway are a species that Willy simply marvels at

BOATING ANGLER
Hitch offers his thoughts on what you need to look for when settling on a sporfishing boat

ADVANCED ANGLER
Mark looks at switch baiting for shallow water sailfish north of Broome

CAMPING ANGLER
Like a caveman discovering the joys of fire, Tony’s outdoor world has been revolutionised by LED lighting

JUNIOR ANGLER
Ando sheds some light on spring fishing delights

BACK LASH
Jamie’s prejudices are put to the test when the fairer sex shows him how to fight seasickness and win

SERIOLA BUSINESS
By Luke Church
The Seriola clan – samson fish, yellowtail kingfish and amberjack – have become a staple of the metro offshore fishing scene over the last decade and Luke’s got some tips for tackling them.

DAYS OF CLOVER
By Scott Coghlan
The dry summer of 2010-11 was bad news for freshwater anglers in the South-West, but Scott reports that there is an impoundment option for those keen to tackle a trophy trout.

FISHING CLARITY
By Jo Moyle-Reiter
Once destroyed by a cyclone, Eco Beach, near Broome, is up and running again and the fishing is as good as ever.

MONTE BELLO SAFARI
By Gary Wotherspoon
A group of WAngler readers explore the Montes from a houseboat base and sample a wide vareity of exciting fishing.

ALBANY ALTERNATIVES
By Morris Wilkinson
Albany native Morris Wilkinson takes a look at the many fishing options available around the south coast town for both locals and visitors.

ONO ISLAND TOP WATER EXPERIENCE
By Brad Bell
The Travelling Angler heads to Fiji, where Brad discovers exciting surface fishing for giant trevally and red bass.

WEST KIMBERLEY BARRA
By Craig Williams
The West Kimberley offers some exciting barra fishing in some magical locations and Craig pays tribute to the region in pictures.

February / March

GO HARD FOR PINKS
By Brett Ozanne
One of WA’s best kayak anglers, Brett makes his feature debut with
a look at the techniques he employs to slow troll hard-body lures
for metro pink snapper with great success.

WEST SIDE STORY
By Scott Coghlan
Sal Salis proved an ideal base for exploring the Ningaloo coast by
foot, boat and kayak, with three days of exciting and varied fishing highlighted by a huge sailfish and the author’s first marlin.

SECRET BARRAMUNDI BUSINESS III
By Dick Pasfield
Dick continues his in-depth look at one of Australia’s iconic angling
targets with some more insights into the when and how of barra fishing.

SOUTHERN JEWELS
By Andrew Jarvis
Korg offers his thoughts on how to target queen snapper, a species he believes is vastly under-rated by southern anglers.

AGE ROADS GREAT WHITE
By Scott Coghlan
A once-in-a-lifetime encounter with a white pointer feasting on a whale carcass just off Perth offered the chance to capture some amazing images.

MULLOWAY MAGNET
By Bruce Olsen
It proved to be a night to remember for Bruce when he landed not one, but two fish of a lifetime in the form of a brace of massive mulloway.

BOAT REVIEW
By Barry Wiseman
Tough, unsinkable and well regarded by their owners, Barry looks at Poly Longboats.

EDITORIAL
Some marine parks myths are easily exposed by a little research

SHORE ANGLES
A trip north with Ant Simper offered some interesting insights into different shore-based approaches

TACKLE AND TACTICS
Hal looks at the impressive new Saltiga 2010 reels and finds the perfect casting rod to match

OFFROAD ANGLER
Bomma was pleased to read some recent research that added some balance to the 4WD safety debate

BOATING ANGLER
Once a sceptic, Darryl has a new appreciation for what soft plastics offer to offshore anglers after an eye-opening Abrolhos trip

BACK LASH
The incredible metro run of southern bluefin tuna last year was a huge bonus for many Perth boat anglers, including Jamie

FISH TALES
Kletch reports how fish have quickly adapted to manmade environments, in the form of disused mine pits, in the Kimberley

ADVANCED ANGLER
Mark looks at techniques for targeting shallow-water tuna

JUNIOR ANGLER
Fishing has always been about patience, but these days anglers often want immediate success when Ando reckons they just need to be prepared to learn their craft

LAST CAST
Between the gas hub and his past plans for a canal, Bluey is not sure about Colin Barnett’s vision for WA

April / May

GO WEST!
By Scott Coghlan
If you can’t find fishing options at West Moore Island, you simply aren’t trying hard enough. From barra to bluewater, it’s all there.

TACKLING SALMON WAngler special
Some of WA’s leading salmon anglers offer their advice for making the most of the annual run of this great sportfish. Covering gear, rigs, lure selection and a heap more, there is something for everyone from beginners to experts...?

IT’S ONLY NATURAL
By Mark Smith
Rottnest Island remains a favourite destination for many metro anglers and Mark offers his insight into the marvellous fishing available at the Natural Jetty.

PILBARA JIGGING
By Mark Davis
There are angling options aplenty in the fish-rich waters of the Pilbara and Marks looks at some tackle testing jigging action.

WONDERFUL WHITSUNDAYS
By Darryl Hitchen
In this Travelling Angler, Darryl samples the piscatorial delights of the Whitsundays in five-star style.

BOAT REVIEW
By Barry Wiseman
When it comes to fishing and diving, the Bar Crusher 680C struck a chord with Barry.

EDITORIAL
The Editorial Coghlan has found something as addictive and expensive as fishing – photography.   

SHORE ANGLES

In a Shore Angles special, Gary recounts a superb four-wheeler exploratory mission north of the Murchison River.

TACKLE AND TACTICS
A morning mission with Shikari Charters was a learning experience for Hal in the way fish react to the sound of boats.

BACK LASH 
Jamie looks back at a remarkable mulloway feeding frenzy, the likes of which he may never see again.

BOATING ANGLER
Over his fishing life, Darryl has developed a real affinity for spanish mackerel, which he believes are just about the ultimate sportfish.

KAYAK ANGLER
His recent addiction to bream fishing has seen Brett also become a lure tragic, and he likes the look of the new Sebiles.

CAMPING ANGLER
Dragged kicking and screaming onto one of those new-fangled aeroplane thingies, Tony recounts a trip where he met a bloke as fascinated by giant catfish as he is with wirrah.

JUNIOR ANGLER
Ando offers up some basic gear recommendations for those looking to get into fishing.

LAST CAST
Twenty years on and Bluey still can’t bear being parted from One Tree Beach. It’s an enduring love story.

June / July

EDITORIAL
The shenanigans afoot with regards to marine management in the Kimberley must have Malcolm Douglas turning in his grave.

SHORE ANGLES
A trip to a beach near Albany yielded an unexpected salmon bonus for Gary.

TACKLE AND TACTICS 
Hal’s more confused than usual after a barra trip that turned his theory on trolling tactics upside down.

OFFROAD ANGLER 
It might be out of sight, but the underbody of a 4WD will be anything but out of mind if something goes wrong.

ADVANCED ANGLER
Mark suggests some ways in which metro anglers can set themselves new challenges and become better fishers in the process.

BOATING ANGLER 
Darryl looks at the lessons learned by fishing with a metro dhufish guru.

FISH TALES 
Kletch tries to get to grips with the mystery of where the Swan’s flathead go when the nights grow cold.

EXPAT ANGLER
In the first instalment of this new column, former Perth fisho Chris Stannage recounts his fish of a lifetime.

KAYAK ANGLER
Filming his adventures is Brett’s latest passion, and he’s got some advice on making your own fishing videos.

CAMPING ANGLER
How the mighty fall as Tony recounts a trip where the fickle finger of fate was pointed firmly in his direction.

JUNIOR ANGLER
Ando looks at the subtle differences between leaders and traces and what they each offer to anglers.

BACK LASH 
You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends, and judicious selection of fishing partners is very wise.

SECRET BARRAMUNDI BUSINESS IV
By Dick Pasfield In the final instalment of the series, Dick has a closer look at the fish themselves and contemplates the little things anglers can do to tilt the odds in their favour when chasing barra.

60 MINUTES
By Scott Coghlan There is a wealth of excellent bream fishing options with an hour’s drive of Perth and Scott gives his thoughts on what they each have to offer.

HARD TIMES
By Mark Davis With another generation of new hard-bodied lures now on the market, Mark reckons there has never been a better time for anglers to go hard.

THE CATHEDRAL
By John Bormolini Bomma lifts the lid on a favourite fishing destination near his old home town of Karratha that rarely failed to deliver sportfishing excitement.

TRIALS OF A LURE TRAGIC
By Kim Courtenay The loss of many of his beloved lures left Kim reeling, but with the help of fellow anglers he was soon back on the water doing what he knows best, catching good fish from his kayak.

USING THE FORCE
By Bob Harnett A fishing trip is never just about the angling for Bob and he recounts a  trip to Coral Bay that took plenty of interesting twists and turns and even produced some great fish.

August / September

EDITORIAL
As the end of the submission period for the draft plan on marine parks in the South-West nears, Scott ponders the environmental benefits of catch and release fishing.

SHORE ANGLES
Gary farewells Shore Angles after nine years with a look at lessons learned by keeping a fishing diary.

TACKLE AND TACTICS
Hal says the summer of 2010-11 was the best he has ever experienced for metro pelagic fishing.

WILLY’S WISDOM
Paul Willis returns to offer his amusing take on the passion he and his Japanese friends share for squidding.

OFFROAD ANGLER
Bomma reviews the impressive new Jeep Grand Cherokee.

BOATING ANGLER
Darryl finds much to enjoy in a little piece of paradise at Bremer Bay.

TOURNAMENT ANGLER
Keen competition angler Shane Owens joins the WAngler team with an insight into the tricks of his trade.

EXPAT ANGLER
Stanno braves sub-zero temperatures to experience the wonderful world of trout fishing in British Columbia.


KAYAK ANGLER
Brett recounts a night to remember on an early-season Cockburn Sound snapper mission.

CAMPING ANGLER
Early setbacks overcome, here is part two of Tony’s memorable maiden trip to Dirk Hartog.

JUNIOR ANGLER
Ando says preparation is absolutely crucial when it comes to big fishing trips.

BACK LASH
A last-chance phone call led to a fishing session to remember on monster longtail tuna for Jamie.

FISHERMAN’S PARADISE
By Lincoln Kirby
It’s a fair hike from most places, but Kalumburu rewards effort with some exceptional fishing opportunities in an entirely magical location.

TROUT’N ABOUT AROUND GERO
By Dave Miller
A chance trip to the Abrolhos during what was meant to be a brief stay in Geraldton turned into a lifelong love affair for Dave, who is hooked on the local fishing and is especially fond of coral trout.

TOUR DIARY
By Scott Coghlan
There is never any shortage of action on and off the water when the WAngler team hits Thevenard each year, but when newcomer Bruce ‘Chook’ Reid catches a billfish on borrowed gear you know things are on fire.

LIGHT TACKLE POPPER ACTION
By Damian Bowman
Damo can’t get enough of surface action on light gear around Exmouth and offers his tips for topwater success.

CARIBBEAN DELIGHTS
By Chris Jones
The Travelling Angler takes us to the Caribbean, where Chris discovers amazing flats and offshore fishing for a range of species, including bonefish, tarpon, wahoo and amberjack.

BOAT REVIEW
By Darryl Hitchen
The Tattoo 550 Jeep is both distinctive and impressive on the water, making an instant fan of Darryl.

MOOREY’S MOMENT
By Ian Moore
Catching a marlin from the rocks was a defining experience for Moorey.

SUNSET SAILS
By Mark Davis
Mark captures some stunning images during a frenzy of shallow-water sailfish action near Broome.