December / January

Main Features

UNPLANNED – THE QUOBBA COAST

By Tim Lee

Even a well-known spot like Quobba can still surprise. Tim recounts a trip which offered much more than expected.

THE SOUTHERN STONES

By Chris Dixon

The quality of shore fishing available on the south coast is often overlooked by anglers chasing their rock fishing fix, but Chris knows all too well about the opportunities on offer.

AWESOME AUGUSTA

Summer is the perfect time to hit the south coast and Augusta has plenty of variety to offer anglers.

EXPLORING THE MOORE

By Scott Jessamine

Located just north of Perth at Guilderton, the Moore River is home to a great little black bream fishery, as Scott reports.

SIX OF THE BEST FOR KIDS

By Emma George

Emma is one keen fishing mum and she looks at six favourite summer holiday fishing destinations for her tribe.

A PUSH IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION: RUDDERS

By Jo Starling

Jo continues her series on kayak fishing basics by examining the difference a rudder can make.


Western Angler Magazine issue contents

Columns

EDITORIAL

All fish are not created equal in the eyes of we anglers, as one catch by the Editorial Coghlan proved!

SHORE ANGLES

Smithy recounts some magical winter beach fishing around Kalbarri.

TACKLE AND TACTICS

Ando looks at some of the finer points of good leader selection.

OFFROAD ANGLER

There are an ever-growing range of vehicle options for the offroad angler.

McGLASHAN’S MUSINGS

Social media is massive these days and it can even influence your fishing habits, as Al discovers.

BOATING ANGLER

The simple things in life are often the best and Darryl explains why anchor and berley has worked so well for him over many years.

KAYAK ANGLER

Summer means a whole new range of targets for adventurous yak anglers like Tuckers.

WHAT’S COOKING

Dale turns his hand to hot smoked cobia.

ISLAND LIFE

Deaf Dave has made quite an impression on Jim, especially with his tenacity and problem solving.

JUNIOR ANGLER

A charter boat is a good option for the junior angler looking to broaden their horizons.

BACK LASH

Are recreational fishers getting bang for their bucks?

Western Angler Magazine issue contents

Feature

BOAT REVIEW

By Darryl Hitchen

We’ve all dreamt of a boat you could simply drive into the water.

Now the remarkable Stabicraft 2100 Supercab ST makes those dreams come true!.

Western Angler Magazine issue contents

Regulars

UNDERCURRENTS

WIN WITH WANGLER

NAUTICAL NEWS

WHAT’S COOKING

FILLETING WITH THE PROS – PAN-SIZE PINKIES

TACKLE TEST

FEATURE SPECIES: BLUE BASTARDS

WESTERN ANGLER SUBSCRIPTIONS

NEXT GEN

JUNIOR ANGLER COMPETITION

WHAT’S NEW

October / November

Main Features

FLATS WHITING AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

By Glenn EdwardsThe yellowfin whiting season is looming in the southern half of the state and Glenn offers his tips to make the most of this brilliant shallow water light tackle fishery.

LAND OF THE GIANTS

By Scott CoghlanGiant herring are one of the most exciting sportfish on offer in WA and these tropical speedsters are turning up all the way south to Albany. For sheer size though, it’s hard to go past the ones Scott and friends found in the Exmouth Gulf.

CHARTERS TO THE MACKS

By Scott CoghlanCharter boats are still a great way for many anglers to get amongst some of the offshore fishing options in WA. Scott joined Top Gun II for an exciting few days out of Exmouth that left him with renewed appreciation for these sorts of operations.

64 MANDURAH BOAT SHOW

Western Angler will again be running the Fishing Stage at the Mandurah Boat Show, and there will be a number of displays that will be of great interest to local fishers.

THE HERRING GRAIL

By Domenic PansiniDomenic takes an entertaining look at one of the most fundamental of angling targets in Western Australia. His top secret Bieber Mix will have the little scrappers coming from miles away.

PUSH COMES TO SHOVE

By Ben LittleThe wet season in the Kimberley is not far off and that can mean some exciting barramundi fishing in the coming months. Ben looks at the particular opportunities ‘The Push’ provides in the Ord and Fitzroy rivers.


Western Angler Magazine issue contents

Columns

EDITORIAL

When it comes to golf, going fishing is always a better option!

SHORE ANGLES

Smithy looks at some of the insights into mulloway the restocking program along the west coast is providing.

TACKLE AND TACTICS

Ando puts some rods to the test to find out just how hard we anglers are working.

OFFROAD ANGLER

He bought a Jeep, and having clocked up around 40,000 clicks, Bomma looks at how it’s performed.

McGLASHAN’S MUSINGS

It’s easy to become set in your ways and Al heads overseas to check out some new techniques.

BOATING ANGLER

Darryl reports that Kalbarri still has plenty to offer the keen offshore angler.

KAYAK ANGLER

It’s never nice being caught in a storm, and the consequences can be dire in a kayak.

WHAT’S COOKING

Simple ideas are often the best, as Dale shows with a recipe anyone can master.

ISLAND LIFE

Jimbo marvels at the amount of gear some people bring to his island, especially the WAngler kayak crew.

TOURNAMENT ANGLER

Brett looks back at this year’s bream tournaments.

JUNIOR ANGLER

A fishing journal is a great way to record your captures and improve your fishing success.

BACK LASH

Jamie proves his many doubters wrong by showing off his squidding skills in Malaysia.

Western Angler Magazine issue contents

Feature

BOAT REVIEW

By Darryl HitchenA Rigid Inflatable proves a much better fishing option than Darryl expected.

Western Angler Magazine issue contents

Regulars

UNDERCURRENTS

NAUTICAL NEWS

FILLETING WITH THE PROS – FLATHEAD

WHAT’S COOKING

WIN WITH WANGLER

WESTERN ANGLER SUBSCRIPTIONS

FEATURE SPECIES: THREADFINSALMON

NEXT GEN

JUNIOR ANGLER COMPETITION

WHAT’S NEW

TACKLE TEST

August / September

Main Features

18 DUNSBOROUGH OFFSHORE DELIGHTS

By Alex Burgoyne Dunsborough is a great base for small boaters, as Alex reports. Good fishing is on offer all year and the catches only seem to be improving.

42 KALGAN KINGS

By Scott Coghlan There is a fantastic little sportfishing opportunity that often gets overlooked in Albany’s Kalgan River. Mulloway are a realistic target of artificial lures and offer a fun catch and release option for shore, boat and kayak anglers.

54 THE EXMOUTH BILLFISH CALENDAR

By Ben Knaggs Ben has been blown away by the quality of the year-round billfishing off Exmouth. He looks at just what anglers can expect at different times of the year.

60 KIMBERLEY RICHES

Its mix of rugged grandeur, rare isolation and hungry fish makes the Kimberley region one of the great angling destinations, but huge tides and restricted access can make life tough. Our experts offer their tips for Kimberley success.

66 METRO JIGGING FUNDAMENTALS

By Steve Hart It is prime time for demersal jigging in metro waters and this craze shows no signs of slowing down. Jigging aficionado Steve offers his tips for anyone thinking of giving this style of angling a try.

72 BASIC KAYAKING PART II

By Jo Starling Jo looks at one of the most important aspects of kayak fishing – dodging a dunking!


Western Angler Magazine issue contents

Columns

7 EDITORIAL

This edition marks 30 years for Western Angler and Stages and Cuey offer their thoughts on the milestone.

11 SHORE ANGLES

Smithy looks at the difference line selection can make when push comes to shove.

15 TACKLE AND TACTICS

Rod selection is an important part of the angling equation and Ando looks at the key role a rod’s action plays.

25 OFFROAD ANGLER

Subaru has created a good niche for itself in the offroad vehicle market.

29 McGLASHAN’S MUSINGS

Trout season looms and Al talks up the unique delights of small stream fishing.

33 BOATING ANGLER

Darryl finds an isolated south coast gem for some R&R.

51 KAYAK ANGLER

Spanish mackerel from the kayak was the aim when Tuckers ventured to Kalbarri.

53 WHAT’S COOKING

Squid fishing is booming across the globe and Dale offers his favourite way to cook them.

78 JUNIOR ANGLER

A basic fishing kayak can open up a whole new world of junior angling options.

86 BACK LASH

Fishing books have played a big role in Jamie’s life and he considers some of his favourites.

Western Angler Magazine issue contents

Feature

37 BOAT REVIEW

By Darryl Hitchen The sea was a little bit angry when Hitch put a new boat to the WA market under the microscope, but it passed the test with flying colours.

Western Angler Magazine issue contents

Regulars

41 NAUTICAL NEWS

48 FILLETING WITH THE PROS – MULLET

65 TOP GEAR

71 FEATURE SPECIES: RED EMPEROR

77 WESTERN ANGLER SUBSCRIPTIONS

80 JUNIOR ANGLER COMPETITION

82 WHAT’S NEW

June / July

Main Features

BUNBURY BREAD AND BUTTER
By Robert Goodlich
It's not a city that gets talked up as an angling destination too often, but a move to Bunbury opened Robert's eyes to a world of opportunities that exceeded his expectations.

THE ROEBUCK REVOLUTION
By Ben Little
The decision to remove commercial netting from Roebuck Bay in 2013 has paid immediate dividends with the recreational fishery rebounding in stunning fashion.

LAKE KUNUNURRA'S BARRAMUNDI OBSESSION
By Dick Pasfield
As the stocking program in Lake Kununurra gathers momentum and an impoundment barra fishery draws closer, Dick looks as some of the tactics that have served him well in past incarnations.

THE REAL PILBARA
Some of the fishiest locations in WA are along the Pilbara coast. It's an area renowned for its mineral resources, but there are also riches on offer for
recreational fishers.

OFTEN OVERLOOKED AND UNDERRATED
By Dave Miller
The trailer is an often overlooked part of the boat fishing equation, but it shouldn't be.

ROTORUA RICHES
By Scott Coghlan
The North Island of New Zealand is the destination in a Travelling Angler where the rare opportunity to catch two trophy trout of different species in one day beckons.

Columns
EDITORIAL
Once again the spillover benefits of sanctuary zones are being touted, and once again the story doesn't quite add up.

SHORE ANGLES
Smithy looks at the South-West wire rig and the advantages it offers.

TACKLE AND TACTICS
Ando needed a new reel and finding the right one was tougher than he expected.

OFFROAD ANGLER
Engel fridge-freezers have become an integral part of the offroad experience in Australia.

McGLASHAN'S MUSINGS
Getting in the water with fish has been an eye-opening experience for Al.

BOATING ANGLER
Darryl didn't have to go far to get his boating fix over the Australia Day long weekend.

KAYAK ANGLER
Brett turned to solar when looking for a way to power his new sounder.

WHAT'S COOKING
Dale reckons his marinated seared tuna steaks will impress even the fussiest seafood eater.

ISLAND LIFE
Sometimes timetables get turned on their head when the fish come on the bite, and the consequences can be dire.

JUNIOR ANGLER
Curtis looks at how a well-prepared pushbike can open up new fishing opportunities.

BACK LASH
Jamie ponders what lessons have been learned in the sometimes troubled management of the blue swimmer crab fishery in WA.

February / March

Main Features
THE DAY OF THE CHIP
By Hal Harvey
Western Angler remembers Hal Harvey by revisiting one of his popular features on
an almost unprecedented metro salmon bonanza.

SOFTIES DOWN DEEP
By Ben Knaggs
Ben offers an insight into the range of tactics that can be used with big soft plastics
to entice deep water demersals all along the coast.

THE KING OF WHITING
By Morris Wilkinson
With their enticing combination of angling and eating qualities, king george whiting
continue to be a favourite target in the southern half of the state and Morris has
some tips for KG success.

KALBARRI COCKTAIL
With its mix of quality shore, boat and river fishing opportunities, the popular holiday
town of Kalbarri certainly has something for every angler.

ACROSS THE INDIAN OCEAN
A chance discovery in South Africa shone a light on the journey of drifter buoys
used for Fisheries research into dhufish and other species.

Columns
EDITORIAL
The late Hal Harvey left a rich legacy for recreational fishing in WA.

SHORE ANGLES
If you don't give your choice of sinkers much thought then it is time to reconsider.

TACKLE AND TACTICS

Al tries his hand at sight casting for marlin on the flats at a unique east coast location.

OFFROAD ANGLER
The range of accessories for four-wheel-driving just continues to grow.

BOATING ANGLER
Darryl looks at the process of refurbishing his boat.

KAYAK ANGLER
The national kayak fishing finals were held in WA and Brett was in the field.

ISLAND LIFE
There is always a booby prize, and at Wilderness Island it is a special piece of clothing.

WHAT'S COOKING
Save yourself the job of filleting and try steaming your catch.

JUNIOR ANGLER

Using the right hooks is a sure way to improve fishing success.

BACK LASH
There are not many things that will get Jamie out of bed at 3am, but crays are one of them.

Feature
BOAT REVIEW
By Darryl Hitchen
Darryl turns to the dark side to put the Bar Crusher 730HT through its paces.

April / May

Main Features

QUOBBA VS STEEP POINT
By Eng Goh
They are two of WA's iconic fishing platforms, but just which is the more productive location for shore anglers? Goshie gets the ruler out.

TROLLING WITH LIVIES
By Gary Wotherspoon
Everyone knows that salmon love lures, but what about when they appear to be shut down? Live baiting is another option and it can produce fish when other methods won't.

THE LURE OF THE ABROLHOS
By Jamie Chester
An opportunity to test some new lures at the Abrolhos was too good for Jamie to pass up. The fishing was as good, and varied, as he remembered.

BASIC KAYAKING: PACKIN' THE ‘YAK
By Jo Starling
Carefully setting up your fishing kayak to suit your needs is important if you are to achieve the best results from your new vessel.
 
BAY OF PLENTY
Geographe Bay offers a broad range of fishing options, easily accessible from the popular holiday towns of Busselton and Dunsborough.

DON'T PUT YOUR LIFE ON THE LINE
By Andrew Shepherd
With the salmon season in full swing, Andrew looks at the ways anglers can catch good fish without becoming a fatal statistic.

Columns

EDITORIAL
Merv Hughes never shied away from a confrontation on a cricket field, but he met his match on a fishing trip to Exmouth.

SHORE ANGLES
The beach less travelled suits Smithy just fine.

TACKLE AND TACTICS
Ando makes his T&T debut by examining a reel he never even knew existed previously.

OFFROAD ANGLER
The lure of the Kimberley is still strong for Bomma, decades after his first visit.
McGlashan - Al pays tribute to the late John Dunphy, a powerful influence on recreational fishing in this country.

BOATING ANGLER 
Darryl got himself reacquainted with aluminium boats when his pride and joy was sidelined.

KAYAK ANGLER
Small south coast estuaries can provide a magical kayak fishing experience.

WHAT'S COOKING
There's more than just fillets to dhufish and cheeks are on the menu.

ISLAND LIFE
Over the years there have been some memorable catches at Wilderness Island.

JUNIOR ANGLER
Teenager Curtis Waterman joins the WAngler team with a look at the lessons he learned through chasing bream.

BACK LASH
What is biogeography and what does it mean to anglers? You're about to find out.


Regulars

 

  • COGHLAN'S UNDERCURRENTS
  • NAUTICAL NEWS
  • FILLETING WITH THE PROS – GUMMY SHARK
  • FEATURE SPECIES: QUEENFISH
  • JUNIOR ANGLER COMPETITION
  • WHAT'S NEW
  • WESTERN ANGLER
  • SUBSCRIPTIONS