February / March

Main Features
TERRIFIC TAINAWAS

By Jamie Chester
Tainawa hooks are not a new invention by any means, but Jamie believes they don’t get the credit they deserve and he won’t leave home without some in his tackle box.

HOUSEBOATS, HELICOPTERS AND HORSES
By Scott Coghlan
Steve Hart’s 1.18m barra was the highlight of a trip to Kununurra during the sweltering heat of the build-up. The Kimberley town offers access to a number of varied fishing opportunities, and there could be another plum one coming.

SHARK BAY REBORN
By Peter Anderton
Once known almost exclusively for its pink snapper, Ando reports that the inner gulfs of Shark Bay are also host to a number of fantastic light tackle fishing options.

EXMOUTH TOUR DIARY ‘13
By Scott Coghlan
The Western Angler Celebrity Adventure hit Exmouth in 2013 and it was another big week on and off the water, with some unlikely billfish dreams realised.

GOURMET FISHING
By Chris Stannage
This is a feature to get the taste buds tingling, as Stanno puts his angling and culinary skills to the test in the Scottish Highlands.

Columns
EDITORIAL

Fishing havens have been touted as a long-term solution to concerns over reduced access for anglers.

SHORE ANGLES
Smithy recounts a couple of strange but true yarns involving samson fish.

TACKLE AND TACTICS
Al reckons trolling is deadly on big tuna, both bluefin and yellowfin.

OFFROAD ANGLER
Bomma is impressed by the new Jeep Grand Cherokee.

BOATING ANGLER
Darryl catches up with a farmer mate who has moved to the coast and come up trumps.

FISH TALES
Kletch fishes with a true legend.

KAYAK ANGLER
Paul confronts the big questions in kayak fishing.

WHAT’S COOKING
Chef Dale has a summer favourite with whiting on the menu.

ISLAND LIFE 
Mud crabs rock, but watch the claws, and the crocs.

JUNIOR ANGLER
What exactly is a paternoster rig and why does it work.

BACK LASH

Jamie finds himself in hot water when he visits an old stomping ground.

Feature
BOAT REVIEW
By Darryl Hitchen
Darryl looks at a trailerboat of substance, the Genesis 800XL.



April / May

Main Features
LET’S GO BALLOONING FOR PELAGICS
By Eng Goh
LBG specialist Goshie offers his tips for using the gas ballooning technique to tackle pelagic species such as spanish mackerel from the stones.

SOUTH COAST SALMON ATLAS
By Ryan Street and Scott Coghlan
In recent years, the best salmon action has generally been restricted to the south coast, and Ryan and Scott look at where and how to target these great sportfish.

EXPLORING THE BUCCANEER ARCHIPELAGO
By Ashleigh Boyce
The incredible Buccaneer Archipelago in the Kimberley is a playground for adventurous anglers, and Ashleigh explains how it can be fished from small boats.

BIG FISH AND SMALL BOATS IN EXMOUTH
By Andrew ‘Korg’ Jarvis
Korg takes a close look at some the great inshore and small boat options on offer around Exmouth for the trailerboat brigade.

FREAK OF NATURE
By Nick Reygaert
The Travelling Angler heads to South America as Nick Reygaert explores an incredible lake trout fishery that really is one of a kind.


Columns
EDITORIAL
The Editorial Coghlan catches up with a fishing guru and contemplates this fishing life.

SHORE ANGLES
Smithy is onto a new method to get big baits out to where the action is and it’s called paddle power.

TACKLE AND TACTICS
Sometimes the best fishing activity actually lies below a surface feeding frenzy.

OFFROAD ANGLER
Bomma still has a soft spot for the Quobba sharkie run.

BOATING ANGLER
Jurien weekends are one of Darryl’s great delights.

EXPAT ANGLER
Even on the best of trips, the red mist of frustration and anger can descend, ruining the day, or providing much mirth for mates.

ISLAND LIFE
Jimmy reckons there really are barra around Exmouth, even though he keeps hearing otherwise.

KAYAK ANGLER
Brett looks at his five top locations for offshore kayaking in WA.

WHAT’S COOKING
Here’s a recipe for those fish you’d normally give away.

JUNIOR ANGLER
Ando explains how to gang hooks.

BACK LASH
Jamie ponders some of the wild claims made during the shark cull debate.

Front cover
Steve Anderson with an Augusta salmon.




June / July

Main Features
MONTES KAYAKING
By Scott Coghlan
The Monte Bellos have long been recognised as one of WA’s best fishing locations, but what about fishing the area from kayaks.

LECRAS ON DHUIES
By Mark LeCras
When he’s not kicking goals for West Coast, Mark can usually be found out on the water chasing big dhufish, and he’s got some great tips for anyone wanting to do the same.

TRAVELLING LIGHT
By Gary Wotherspoon
Sometimes the best way to find new spots is also the oldest way – on foot! Gary looks at some of the important considerations when hoofing it to a location.

COLD WATER BARRAMUNDI
By Dick Pasfield
It’s the time of the year when many people head north looking for warmer temperatures, but it’s also when barramundi are widely considered to be less active. However, Dick says there are ways to dramatically improve your chances of success.

KIRITIMATI REVISITED
By Mike Roennfeldt
Our favourite veteran fishing writer finally got the chance to reacquaint himself with the bonefish of the Pacific and it was a trip to remember.

Columns
EDITORIAL
An encounter with a broadbill is an experience to remember.

SHORE ANGLES
Smithy offers some vehicular customisation tips for the shore-based angler.

TACKLE AND TACTICS
There are few secrets in fishing these days, but hidden jewels can still be found by the adventurous.

OFFROAD ANGLER
A combined camping and fishing trip still has a special allure for Bomma.

BOATING ANGLER
Darryl has struck up a fishing friendship with former Test cricketer Geoff Marsh and it includes shared boat ownership.

KAYAK ANGLER
They taste great, are fun to catch and can often be found in very shallow water, making squid an ideal target for kayak fishers.

ISLAND LIFE
You can never have enough sauce when are you stuck on an island.

WHAT’S COOKING
Battered fish still takes a lot of beating, especially if you make the effort to spice it up a little.

JUNIOR ANGLER
Look, listen, learn and benefit, especially when fishing new locations.

BACK LASH
No matter how much you do it, fishing will always throw up some unexpected surprises.

August / September

Main Features
22 WILBINGA WEEKENDS
By Tim Farnell
Ace shore angler Tim Farnell has some revealing insights into a great beach fishing location on Perth’s doorstep.

32 RAMBUNCTIOUS REDFIN
By Luke Church
Luke’s got some great tips for redfin perch, which are officially regarded as a pest by Fisheries, but can also be a fun angling option in the coming months.

44 WILDERNESS SURPRISES
By Scott Coghlan
The waters of Exmouth Gulf continue to offer exciting new surprises for keen kayak anglers.

56 BOUNCING BARRA AND THE KIMBERLEY WILDS
By Mark Davis
A mothership trip can be a fantastic way to visit the Kimberley in comfort and also experience some incredible fishing for iconic barramundi.

62 AMAZING ALASKA
By Robert Vaughan
Bluey’s back, but he trades the risk of giant crocs for the threat of massive bears as he visits a remote salmon fishery in Alaska in the Travelling Angler.

 


Columns
EDITORIAL
From humble beginnings, Biggles Carter has soared in the local tackle industry.

SHORE ANGLES
Prior preparation prevents poor performance, especially on fishing trips.

TACKLE AND TACTICS
Good timing is one of the best attributes an angler can have.

OFFROAD ANGLER
From Binningup to Mandurah, there are plenty of offroad angling options.

BOATING ANGLER
Hitch catches up with an old friend at the Abrolhos.

ISLAND LIFE
Sometimes you need to become inventive in a crisis.

KAYAK ANGLER
Tuckers recounts one of the best days of his fishing life.

JUNIOR ANGLER
A little bit of forethought and planning paid off for Ando on a trip south to Bluff Creek.

BACK LASH
 Jamie cops the raw prawn when he hits Malaysia with a legendary Spanish lothario.

October / November

Main Features
BREAMING'S GOLDEN RULE
By Scott Coghlan
When it comes to lure fishing for bream, Scott keeps coming back to one colour over all others for tricking wily blacks.

TACTICAL SQUIDDING
By Peter Anderton
The popularity of squidding only continues to grow and Peter looks at the various approaches that will pay dividends on cephalopods.

FISHING THE FITZROY
By Ashleigh Boyce
It's prime time for barramundi fishing and the Fitzroy River is one of WA's best spots, offering the chance at the elusive metre barra. Ashleigh offers her tips for joining that exclusive club.

EXTRAORDINARY EXMOUTH
We enlist the expertise of some of Exmouth's best anglers to cast an eye over the many fishing options available around the town.

OUR HISTORIC HATCHERY
By Monica Mumme
Any keen freshwater angler in WA knows their trout come from the Pemberton hatchery, but how many know the real story behind this tale of persistence and community spirit.

Columns
EDITORIAL
Public image is a big issue for recreational fishing and we need to adapt with the changing times.

SHORE ANGLES
Every now and then shore fishing in WA produces a real surprise.

TACKLE AND TACTICS
Why settle for hooking one fish when you can have two, or three.

OFFROAD ANGLER
Offroad exploring is a great way to find new spots, but it also pays to do a little bit of homework first.

BOATING ANGLER 
A smaller boat has opened up solo fishing options for Darryl.

ISLAND LIFE
Water is a precious commodity at Wilderness, and so is ingenuity.

KAYAK ANGLER
Always pack a travel rod and some tackle, because you never know when a kayak fishing opportunity will arise.

WHAT'S COOKING
Make use of that leftover fish in the freezer to make a tasty pie.

JUNIOR ANGLER
Custom rods are not all that common these days, but they still have much to offer.

BACK LASH
Marlin fishing is often described as long periods of boredom broken by occasional moments of excitement, which is how Jamie found it.

Feature
BOAT REVIEW
By Darryl Hitchen
As Hitch knows only too well, good things come in small packages, like the Tattoo 485 Abalone.

Regulars
COGHLAN'S UNDERCURRENTS
NAUTICAL NEWS
FEATURE KNOT: HOMER RHODE LOOP
FEATURE SPECIES: YELLOWFIN WHITING
WESTERN ANGLER SUBSCRIPTIONS
WHAT'S COOKING
JUNIOR ANGLER COMPETITION
WHAT'S NEW

December / January 2015

Main Features
SWAN FLATTIES
By Scott Coghlan
‘Tis the season to be merry for metro flatfish aficionados. Flathead, and flounder, move into the shallows of the Swan and Canning in summer and make for exciting light tackle fishing.

MICRO JIGGING MASTERCLASS
By Lloyd Lyons
Micro jigging has boomed in recent months and Lloyd details just why this style of fishing is taking the local angling scene by storm.

TRICKY TRIPLETAIL
By Ben Little
Tripletail are one of the more mysterious northern species, but they pack plenty of power and can offer some fantastic fishing opportunities.

AMAZING ALBANY
Albany could well be one of the best-kept secrets in WA fishing, with a wide range of easily accessible options on offer.

TRIPPING TO TASSIE
By Shane Mensforth
The Travelling Angler heads to the Apple Isle to sample some of Tasmania's best trout fishing destinations.

Columns
EDITORIAL
Slot limits offer the chance to manage fisheries to enhance the angling experience.

SHORE ANGLES
Smithy tries a little baitcaster that has plenty of punch.

TACKLE AND TACTICS
Even a trip to the outback can be a chance to learn a little more about fishing.

OFFROAD ANGLER

Exmouth is an iconic fishing destination, but even it still has some hidden gems.

BOATING ANGLER

Darryl takes a walk on the wild side to find out what happens in depths over 50m.

KAYAK ANGLER
Pink snapper have become a firm favourite for metro kayak fishers.

WHAT'S COOKING

Dale is out to prove that salmon can taste just great on the plate.

JUNIOR ANGLER
The lure craze shows no signs of slowing, but bait is still a crucial part of an angler's armoury.

BACK LASH
Metro demersal fishing has never been better and Jamie looks at why.

Feature
BOAT REVIEW
By Darryl Hitchen
Darryl takes the impressive LeisureCat 9000 for a spin and finds a cat with claws.


Regulars
COGHLAN'S UNDERCURRENTS
NAUTICAL NEWS
FEATURE KNOT: IMPROVED SNELL
FEATURE SPECIES: SPANGLED EMPEROR
WESTERN ANGLER SUBSCRIPTIONS
WHAT'S COOKING
JUNIOR ANGLER COMPETITION
WHAT'S NEW