December / January 2014

Main Features
OVER THE EDGE AT THE MONTES
By Steve Hart
Deep dropping is growing in popularity and a trip to the Montes aboard Mahi Mahi III offered the chance for Steve to try the technique in a new location. The results were impressive.

LET’S GO METRO SPANIARD FISHING
By Scott Coghlan
The scene is set for another summer run of spanish mackerel in Perth waters and they aren’t as hard to find as you might think.

SOUND ADVICE
By Andrew ‘Korg’ Jarvis
Right in the heart of Albany, King George Sound offers fishing opportunities that are far more varied than you might think. Korg offers his tips for fishing the area.

SMASHING SPILLWAY BARRA
By Dick Pasfield
Dick reports on an amazing white water barramundi fishery that blossomed for a few years in Lake Argyle’s Spillway Creek. The good news is that the stocking of Lake Kununurra may see it rise again.

BAY BONANZA
By Scott Coghlan
Noted charter skipper Al Bevan has been exploring the waters at the edge of Shark Bay and there is no doubting the area’s fishing potential.


Columns
EDITORIAL
Scott catches up with Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland.

SHORE ANGLES
You don’t always need to go a long way to catch fish and getting to know your local stretch of coast can pay big dividends.

TACKLE AND TACTICS
Al McGlashan headed to Malaysia to test out the new Saragosa and came away with a new live baiting technique.

OFFROAD ANGLER
Bomma investigates the whys and wherefores of modern 4WD traction control.

BOATING ANGLER
Darryl wraps up his Australian tour with a visit to Cape York, where the tuna and tiger sharks were waiting.

FISH EYE
Paul offers some tips on what to look for when chasing a new lens.

WHAT’S COOKING
Chef Dale Sniffen joins the WAngler team with a simple recipe that is sure to please.

KAYAK ANGLER
The biggest fish aren’t always in deep water and a kayak can be a good way to sneak up on them.

ISLAND LIFE
There is nothing a bit of fencing wire can’t fix, even a bung outboard.

FISH TALES
Kletch ponders the life cycle and movements of the Swan River’s enigmatic giant herring.

JUNIOR ANGLER
The humble skippy still has plenty of offer WA fishos.

BACK LASH
Protecting big spawning female fish sounds like a great idea, but things are not always what they seem down below.

Feature
BOAT REVIEW
By Darryl Hitchen
Darryl looks at the most portable of boats, the Quickboat.

February / March

EDITORIAL
It seems the Editorial Coghlan is starting to pass the fishing bug on to his family.

SHORE ANGLES
Softly, softly can be a good approach, as Smithy proved with one of his latest captures.

TACKLE AND TACTICS
Al looks at the recent revolution in squid fishing.

OFFROAD ANGLER
Compact rods are a good way to open up new fishing opportunities.

BOATING ANGLER
Recent experiences have Darryl convinced the offshore fishing in Perth is as good as ever.

EXPAT ANGLER
Stanno considers some recent experiences as he takes a very broad look at the issue of service.

FISH EYE
You’ve got all the camera gear, but there are still other factors you need to consider to get the pictures you want.

JUNIOR ANGLER
Ando ponders how techniques and tackle have changed, but the fish we target haven’t.

BACK LASH
Jamie bursts out of his fishing funk thanks to sail power.

BOAT REVIEW
By Darryl Hitchen
Darryl gets back to the classics with a look at the Quintrex Renegade 520.

MONKEY MAGIC
By Gary Wotherspoon
Shore fishing guru Gary Wotherspoon samples the land-based fare around the holiday town of Monkey Mia and discovers a huge range of shallow water fishing options waiting to be explored.

TOUR DIARY
By Scott Coghlan
It was the end of an era as the Western Angler Celebrity Adventure descended on Thevenard Island one more time, and there was again plenty of action on and off the water.


CONQUERING THE PERFECT STORM
By Steve Hart
A rough charter trip to the Abrolhos tested both anglers and crew, but they came up trumps as this famous fishing location showed it could fire in any weather.

BARRA, BUCCANEERS AND BLING
By Andrew Jarvis
Korg leaves the comforts of Albany behind to explore the Kimberley with Buccaneer Sea Safaris on a trip that appeared to prove that technique is every bit as important as tackle.

THE MULLOWAY MAN
By Ian Moore
Kalbarri’s Ash Van Viersen must be one of WA’s most ingenious anglers and Moorey unlocks some of his secrets in this Angler Profile.

TOXIC BALDIE
By Dave Holbery
A story with a difference as an unlucky Dave recounts a baldchin spike that proved to have major ramifications.

April / May

Main Features

TRAILERBOAT OVERNIGHTERS
By Brad Bell
Camping out on the water is a great way to experience some memorable fishing, especially in WA’s North-West. Brad offers his tips to ensure these trips are a triumph rather than a tragedy.

MONTES GIANTS
By Sam Colvin
Sam Colvin and friends do it themselves on a small-boat trip to the Monte Bellos and are rewarded with some awesome GT action.

A KNIFE TO A GUN FIGHT
By Nick Reygaert
The quest for more memorable fishing footage led out intrepid filmmaker to the Abrolhos Islands, where he discovered that some fish are too strong to be stopped by a fly rod.

THE QUEST FOR LAND-BASED SPANIARDS
By Tim Lee
Chasing spanish mackerel from the shore has been a steep learning curve for Tim and he looks at some of the tactics that have helped him enjoy plenty of early success.

SOUTHERN LESSONS
By Scott Coghlan
The Travelling Angler returns to the Land of the Long White Cloud, which lives up to its name, forcing a change in tactics that showcased another side to South Island trout fishing.

BOAT REVIEW
By Scott Coghlan
Scott puts the new Hobie Pro Angler 12 to the test.

Columns

EDITORIAL
There is one unfortunate soul who makes all other unlucky anglers look blessed. This chap is haunted by The Curse.

SHORE ANGLES
Smithy hits the jackpot on a Rottnest sojourn.

TACKLE AND TACTICS
Al has learnt from experience that it is always worth having a live bait out.

OFFROAD ANGLER
Ice hole fishing in Japan isn’t about catching monsters, but it is a different variation of offroad angling.

BOATING ANGLER
When you own a boat it pays to know a good marine mechanic.

KAYAK ANGLER
Shallow water jigging from a kayak can be extremely productive.

CAMPING ANGLER
The caravans are coming for Tony, and he may not be able to avoid them.

FISH EYE
Paul looks at what filters have to offer fishing photographers.

JUNIOR ANGLER
Ando considers the two core rigs all new anglers need to know.

BACK LASH
Jamie turns rogue angler to catch the fish of his dreams.



June / July

Main Features

THE IKEJIME ADVANTAGE
By Dr Ben Diggles
Ben explains why brain spiking is clearly the best way to kill fish that are to be kept for the plate.

ESPERANCE’S GREAT LAKES
By Scott Coghlan
There is a lot of top quality fishing on offer around the popular holiday town of Esperance. While the bream fishing doesn’t necessarily receive a lot of attention, it is up with the best in WA, as Scott discovered.

HAMMA TIME
By Brad Bell
One of Halco’s new lures has made a real impression on Brad, who has found the Hamma 85 has a variety of uses and appeals to a wide range of species, with the ability to switch bibs and alter the depth it dives to proving a particular advantage.

FLY FISHING FOR DUMMIES

By Dick Pasfield
Slowly but surely, fly fishing has taken a hold on the Kununurra local, who has found it an effective way to target a number of species, including big barramundi.




HUNTING HENRY
By Andrew Jarvis
The quest for the fabled 50cm black bream leads the intrepid ‘Korg’ all the way to the Apple Isle in this Travelling Angler.

Columns

EDITORIAL
Events of recent months suggest recreational fishers are developing some political clout.

SHORE ANGLES
Smithy joins his shore angling mentor, Ross Cusack, for a day to savour.

TACKLE AND TACTICS
Fishing is full of surprises and the only way to discover them is to keep trying your luck.

OFFROAD ANGLER
Shore-based fishing trips to places like Steep Point and Quobba require a great deal of prior planning.

BOATING ANGLER
Darryl discovers some fantastic fishing east of Esperance.

ADVANCED ANGLER
Often found trailing bigger companions, cobia are always an exciting target.

EXPAT ANGLER
Stanno contemplates the respective thrills offered by two of the most popular pastimes, golf and fishing.

FISH TALES SPECIAL
Having discovered the joys of stickbaits, Kletch puts them to good use on big metro tailor.

FISH EYE
Paul looks at the options for protecting your camera gear while on the water.

KAYAK ANGLER
Sharks are part of the fishing landscape in WA and their presence is something kayak fishers need to consider.

JUNIOR ANGLER
Ando looks at the specifics of travelling light for your fishing fix

Regulars

COGHLAN’S UNDERCURRENTS

NAUTICAL NEWS

NEW WANGLER VIDEO/PHOTO COMP

JUNIOR ANGLER COMPETITION

WHAT’S NEW

TACKLE TEST

August / September

METAL ADDICTION
By Brendon Webster
Metal jigging has gained a huge following among WA anglers and Brendon is another convert. The great thing about jigging in his local Pilbara waters is the lucky dip nature of the fishery.

DIGGING DIRK
By Tim Lee
Dirk Hartog Island holds a special place in the heart of many WA shore anglers, offering an incredible range of land-based action, as Tim discovered.

UNDERSTANDING SOUNDERS
By Peter Anderton
Modern sounders are a vital piece of the boat angler’s arsenal, but they are of little use if you don’t know how to work them for the best results. Ando explains the finer points of sounder use.

PACIFIC PARADISE
By Scott Coghlan
The Travelling Angler heads to Vanuatu, where Trees and Fishes Lodge offers a combination of a fantastic Pacific island getaway and the chance to target iconic game fishing species such as dogtooth tuna and giant trevally.

CONQUERING LBG
By Con Asvesti
Land-based gamefishing is a specialised pastime for its devotees, of which Con is one. He offers his thoughts on the gear needed to successfully tackle seriously big fish from the shore.

HAPPY DAYS
By Dave Geldard
Dave is lucky enough to have spent a large part of his life exploring the Kimberley, but some experiences stick in the memory and he looks back at one of his favourites.

BOAT REVIEW
By Mike Hunter
Mike takes Emma George’s beloved LeisureCat 7000 for a test run.


EDITORIAL
It was once said that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, but some anglers are scared of much more.

SHORE ANGLES
Smithy turns baldchin fishing on its head with his success on poppers.

TACKLE AND TACTICS

A trip to the Abrolhos offered a perfect chance for Al to try out some prototype lures with pleasing results.

OFFROAD ANGLER
Bomma considers what suspension upgrades offer to four-wheel-drives.

BOATING ANGLER
Darryl hits South Australia on his around Australia mission and enjoys a variety of inshore angling adventures.

FISH EYE
With the emergence of smartphones, a huge number of photography apps have also emerged and PK looks at the best.

KAYAK ANGLER
Paul marvelled at the spaniard action enjoyed by metro kayak anglers last summer.

JUNIOR ANGLER
Hopes and dreams are what fishing is all about and Ando fulfilled a few at Shark Bay.

BACK LASH
It’s great to have the bling, but sometimes the most basic angling experiences are still the best.

October / November

Main Features

LET’S GO REEF FISHING
By Gary Wotherspoon
A seasoned shore angler with a liking for wave-washed ledges, Gary takes a look at the fundamentals of successful, and safe, reef fishing in WA.

LOVING NANARUP
By Scott Coghlan
A new fisherman’s lodge just east of Albany offers a perfect family friendly base for hunting black bream, salmon and many more species in the local waters.

GOING DEEP ON SHY FISH
By Ben Little
Adding a downrigger to your boat fishing armoury is not as daunting as you might think, and Ben reckons the results speak for themselves.

LAKE ARGYLE’S SECRET BARRAMUNDI
By Dick Pasfield
It shouldn’t be long before Kununurra is home to a world-class impoundment barramundi fishery. However, Dick reports that there have previously been big lake barra available in the area.

DAMPIER DAYS
By Luke Church
Many southern anglers spend their days dreaming of their next trip to the fish-rich waters of the Dampier Archipelago, and with good reason.

Columns

EDITORIAL
Some researchers question whether the global impact of marine parks in Australian waters is actually a positive one.

SHORE ANGLES
A new restocking program is set to result in better mulloway fishing in the southern half of the state.

TACKLE AND TACTICS
Whether it’s the relationship between recreational and commercial anglers, or bluefin on the troll, Al is always looking for a way to improve results.

OFFROAD ANGLER
Choosing an offroad vehicle can be a tough task and Bomma offers his tips on narrowing the search.


BOATING ANGLER
In a Boating Angler Special, Darryl spends a magical few days at Clearwater Island Lodge as his round-Australia odyssey continues.

FISH EYE

There is a mind-boggling array of lenses on the market, but does price always reflect quality.

KAYAK ANGLER
Stealth is one of the big advantages of kayak fishing, enabling anglers to sneak right up on their quarry.

ISLAND LIFE
Meet Jim Alston, the man behind Wilderness Island.

CAMPING ANGLER
Tony has made the big decision to invest in an OKA for his future fishing and camping adventures.

JUNIOR ANGLER
Certain things are verboten in the Ando fishing world and one of them is a bent fruit.

BACK LASH
Jamie hasn’t looked back since he finally broke the cobia curse.

BOAT REVIEW
By Mike Hunter
Mike casts his eye over the Tattoo Dominator 435 and finds a boat perfect for sheltered waters.