December / January

Main Features

GULF GOLDENS

By Ben Knaggs

Goldens don’t have the angling reputation of their bigger cousins, but Ben believes they are a special fish in their own right. Exmouth Gulf is home to some of the biggest goldens around and he loves to target them.

SOUTH COAST SURPRISES

By Will Chaloner

The arrival of the warmer months also often brings with it some surprise piscatorial visitors to the south coast. Shark mackerel, longtail tuna and even cobia can turn up when the weather warms up, not to mention giant billfish.

THE FULL MONTES

By Curtis Waterman

For his 18th birthday Curtis was given a special treat with a trip to the Monte Bellos. The fishing was outstanding and some of his angling dreams came true during a week to remember.

THE FISHING EXPERIENCE

By Luke Church

Luke looks at why the best fishing trips are often about more than just the quality of the angling. Good company and a great location is a perfect start.

CHARTER FIREPOWER

By Jamie Chester

Perth-owned Cannon Charters hosted the Travelling Angler for a trip out of Darwin which certainly didn’t disappoint.

MAKING SOUND DECISIONS

Jo Starling

Sounders have become part and parcel of kayak fishing and Jo looks at the advantages they provide.


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EDITORIAL

A tale of obsession and frustration at sea, based on true events. Sounds like the basis for a great novel.

SHORE ANGLES

Winter came and went and did little to impress shore anglers, and left Smithy wondering about the implications.

TACKLE AND TACTICS

Star drag overheads are having their second coming and Ando is on the bandwagon.

McGLASHAN’S MUSINGS

Al returns to PNG to battle brawling black bass in a remote river and gets more than he bargained for.

OFFROAD ANGLER

Bomma casts an eye over the new Toyota Fortuner.

BOATING ANGLER

Hitch has some serious concerns about the fate of Ningaloo Station

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CAPTAIN’S LOG

There is a lot of ocean out there and Josh offers his tips for reading the blue water to give yourself the best chance of success.

KAYAK ANGLER

For 10 years Yakfishwest has been bringing kayak anglers together.

ADVANCED ANGLER

Micah reveals some of the secrets to better casting technique.

ELECTRONIC ANGLER

Lowrance’s HDS units revolutionised marine electronics, but Luke believes most users are failing to utilise their full potential.

JUNIOR ANGLER

If you want to try your hand at jigging, Curtis has some tips on how to improve your results.

BACK LASH

Jamie believes the Americans have come up with a great solution to habitat problems with their Rigs to Reefs program.

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RECFISHWEST

FILLETING WITH THE PROS – Shucking oysters

WHAT’S COOKING – Festive fish ceviche

FEATURE SPECIES – Northern bread and butter

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October / November

Main Features

ROCK FISHING HEAVYWEIGHTS

By Tim Lee

The rugged cliffs of the North-West are home to some of the toughest fish in the ocean. These bruising brawlers put tackle and angler to the test and Tim has some suggestions for turning the odds in your favour.

EXPLORING ESPERANCE

By Brody Ogle

Brody is a young fisho with a big future and he’s been catching plenty of good fish around his home town of Esperance. He looks at just how much the picturesque south coast town has to offer keen shore fishos.

THE QUEEN OF FISHES

By Leon Normore

Leon caught the queenfish bug a few years ago and can’t get enough of these silver-sided speedsters. He reckons they are the perfect sportfishing package.

MANDURAH BOAT SHOW

If you love fishing and boating, get along to the Mandurah Boat Show. There will be plenty to see and the chance to catch up with the WAngler team.

HARTOG’S HIDDEN GEMS

By Jadon Wilder

The shallows of Shark Bay offer some great fishing in their own right. Jadon takes a pictorial look at this skinny water paradise for sportfishers.

MELVILLE ISLAND OPTIONS

Nick is back in Australia and he’s taking the Travelling Angler to Melville Island to sample the saltwater fly fishing on offer in this great location.


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EDITORIAL

No fish is worth dying for, and yet rock fishing fatalities which could easily be avoided still happen.

SHORE ANGLES

Smithy looks at some of the great tackle storage options available these days.

TACKLE AND TACTICS

Ando ponders whether lures or baits work best for spanish mackerel.

OFFROAD ANGLER

Tyres are often overlooked when it comes to vehicle maintenance, with dire consequences.

McGLASHAN’S MUSINGS

The explosion in shark numbers along the west coast shocked Al on a recent trip West.

BOATING ANGLER

Hitch revisits one of his all-time favourite lures – the humble lead-head – with great results.

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CAPTAIN’S LOG

Josh explains why being prepared is a trait of the 10 per cent of anglers who catch 90 per cent of the fish.

KAYAK ANGLER

Tuckers leaves the yak behind on an exploratory mission into some dense Queensland forest.

ADVANCED ANGLER

Micah returns to the Abrolhos Islands and tries some new tricks with some well-established lures.

ELECTRONIC ANGLER

Luke looks at software which will greatly improve your waypoint management.

JUNIOR ANGLER

Moving to light tackle requires a learning curve for the angler.

BACK LASH

This year’s salmon run was a prime example of the community value of recreational fishing.

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FILLETING WITH THE PROS – Australian Salmon

WHAT'S COOKING - Multi-grain fish risotto

FEATURE SPECIES - Sailfish

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TACKLE TEST SPECIAL

August / September

Main Features

THE EVOLUTION OF SINGLES

By Ben Little

Most lures have traditionally been fitted with trebles to maximise hookup rates, but does that really stand up to scrutiny, and are single hooks in fact better for both man and fish?

GREGORY TO KALBARRI

By Gary Wotherspooon

The beaches north of Port Gregory are heaven for a passionate surf fisher like Gary and he reports on his latest trip to the area.

GLORIOUS GAMEX

By Emma George

It’s one of the biggest, and best, fishing tournaments in the country and draws hundreds of anglers to Exmouth each year. Emma reports on this year’s instalment.

EMPEROR EMPIRE

By Kieryn Graham

Several species of emperors are among the range of species which are bobbing up beyond their traditional range in WA, as revealed by the Red Map program.

A ROD FOR YOUR OWN ‘YAK

By Jo Starling

The demands of kayak fishing are rather unique, so do you need a specific rod for the job? Jo offers her thoughts.

ELECTRONICS ON THE GO

There are an amazing number of portable fish finding devices on offer for kayakers, stand-up paddle boarders, small boaters and even shore anglers these days. We look at the options.


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EDITORIAL

A young south coast angler found himself in hot water when he caught and released a large tiger shark.

SHORE ANGLES

Smithy reveals that bait cotton is a great way to add extra bite to your bait presentation.

TACKLE AND TACTICS

This year’s metro salmon run offered Ando the chance to put some gear to the test.

OFFROAD ANGLER

Big tailor are often the reward for anglers who make the effort to get out of bed on cold winter mornings.

McGLASHAN’S MUSINGS

There has been an explosion of interest in broadbill swordfish in recent months and WA anglers are not immune from the fever.

BOATING ANGLER

A day out of Jurien turned into a brush with disaster for Darryl and his friends.

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CAPTAIN’S LOG

Josh outlines the basics for fighting big fish from small boats.

KAYAK ANGLER

Tuckers believes kayaks make a perfect vessel from which to target tailor in inshore waters.

WHAT’S COOKING

Coral trout with green thai curry is on the menu for Dale.

ADVANCED ANGLER

Leading angler Micah Adams joins the WAngler team with some advice on thinking outside the box.

ELECTRONIC ANGLER

Boating expert and keen angler Luke Chivers joins the WAngler team with a look at waypoint management and how to avoid heartbreak.

JUNIOR ANGLER

Kayak angling has become a favourite pastime for Curtis.

BACK LASH

As anglers, we owe it to any fish we plan to release to give them the best chance of survival possible.

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FILLETING WITH THE PROS – RED SNAPPER

FEATURE SPECIES: LONGTAIL TUNA

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June / July

Main Features

SQUID SECRETS

By Andrew Jarvis

Even with squid fishing, there are tricks you can use to put the odds in your favour. Korg looks at some of his favourites.

WINDY EXMOUTH

By Ben Knaggs

What do you do when your fishing trip to Exmouth looks set to be blown out? Happily, Ben reports there are a number of great fishing options in almost all weather conditions.

LURING TERRITORIAL TROUT

By John Bormolini

Coral trout have long been a favourite with WA anglers and Bomma offers his tips for plucking these aggressive ambush predators from shallow water.

SUBLIME SHARK BAY

From Steep Point to Carnarvon and including the islands in between, the vast expanses of Shark Bay are an angler’s playground.

FISHING UNDER SAIL

By Louie Van Praag

Not many people think about fishing from a yacht, but Louie has found it is a great way to both catch good fish and overcome seasickness.

BOW TO THE KING

By Nick Reygaert

The Travelling Angler finds its way to Costa Rica, where an amazing fishery for schooling tarpon attracts anglers from all over the world.


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EDITORIAL

The plan to trial commercial trap fishing in the Gascoyne stirred up a hornet’s nest.

SHORE ANGLES

Smithy looks at the way winter anglers can keep the cold at bay.

TACKLE AND TACTICS

Ando returns to a reel brand which once served him extremely well and finds a pleasing return to form from the manufacturer.

OFFROAD ANGLER

There are a handful of relatively inexpensive tools which can help make sure your offroad trip doesn’t end in disaster.

McGLASHAN’S MUSINGS

Al tries a different approach with a canoeing trip and some freshwater fishing.

BOATING ANGLER

There’s a new charter business in Jurien Bay and Darryl finds himself on a familiar vessel for a great day’s fishing.

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CAPTAIN’S LOG

Exmouth charter skipper Josh Bruynzeel joins the Western Angler team and his new column will look at trailerboat gamefishing tactics.

KAYAK ANGLER

Outriggers are integral part of kayak fishing in many parts of the world and Paul is becoming very aware of the benefits.

WHAT’S COOKING

Who doesn’t love a feast of crabs, even in the middle of winter.

ISLAND LIFE

Jim has a new offsider, problem is he prefers fishing to helping around the camp.

JUNIOR ANGLER

A weekend trip to Jurien Bay to chase spaniards ticked all the boxes for Curtis.

BACK LASH

The shark problem continues to bedevil anglers in the North-West and Jamie had to look to the depths to avoid the tax men.

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FILLETING WITH THE PROS – SNOOK

FEATURE SPECIES: SPANISH MACKEREL

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April / May

Main Features

SOUTH COAST SPECIALS

By Andrew Jarvis

Drift fishing can be very productive along the south coast and Korg considers some of the prized catches this method of fishing often yields.

GNARALOO CAN-DO

By Gary Wotherspoon

Gnaraloo, north of Carnarvon, has long been a favourite spot of Gary’s and little wonder given the excellent fishing it offers. There are plenty of options on offer for the visiting angler.

DAMPIER BILLFISH TACTICS

By Andrew McNaboe

With the annual Billfish Shootout looming, Andrew looks at what he discovered were the most effective ways to tackle Pilbara billfish.

EMBRACING ARTIFICIAL REEFS

By Ben Carlish

The deployment of two new artificial reefs in Geographe Bay a couple of years ago shaped as great news for recreational fishers, but just what has been happening around these underwater structures.

GAMBIER GAMBLE PAYS OFF

By Steve Hart

The Travelling Angler treks to a remote Pacific destination and the reward is some stellar action on GTs, dogtooth and monster coral trout in a pristine location few people have fished.

BASIC KAYAKING IV: FIXIN’ FOR A FIGHT

By Jo Starling

The test of a good kayak angler inevitably comes when they hook a big fish and Jo offers her tips for passing this exam.


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EDITORIAL

While the Cockburn Sound fish kill was a disaster, the Snapper Guardians project which followed was a great success.

SHORE ANGLES

Not many anglers target shovelnose, but they can offer a real challenge from the sand.

TACKLE AND TACTICS

There are a great many lures out there, but only a few Ando keeps coming back to for trolling up pelagics.

OFFROAD ANGLER

Quad bikes are becoming more common as the offroad vehicle of choice for many anglers.

McGLASHAN’S MUSINGS

The more he travels the more Al comes to realise we Aussie fishos are spoiled for choice.

BOATING ANGLER

Darryl sets the alarm clock and gets involved in the crayfish rush.

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KAYAK ANGLER

The 2015 snapper season in Cockburn Sound was one out of the box for kayak anglers like Paul.

WHAT’S COOKING

Dale has a new take on spanish mackerel.

TOURNAMENT ANGLER

Brett is very excited by the 2016 schedule for the kayak bream events, which features several new locations.

JUNIOR ANGLER

What was meant to be a sedate kayaking trip down the Hill River proved anything but for Curtis.

BACK LASH

Jamie arrived late to the jigging party, but he’s starting to understand the appeal of this style of fishing, and the value of good advice from a tackle shop.

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FILLETING WITH THE PROS – TROUT

FEATURE SPECIES: GIANT TREVALLY

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February / March

Main Features

FISHING THE PILBARA CREEKS

By Andrew McNaboe

A passionate Pilbara angler, Andrew believes the fishing in his local creeks is vastly underrated. With barra, threadies, jacks and more waiting, there are plenty of options.

METRO SALMON DREAMING

By Jamie Chester

The annual South-West salmon run is nearly here again and metro anglers can only hope for a repeat of the memorable 2015 season. Jamie ponders an incredible salmon bonanza.

FABULOUS FLATS

By Scott Coghlan

They may look featureless and fishless, but study them a bit closer and you can find some amazing fishing on the many sand flats around WA. Scott looks at some of his favourite local flats and what they produce.

THEVENARD REBORN

By Darryl Hitchen

The Mackerel Islands are back in business in 2016 and Darryl’s reconnaissance mission ahead of this year’s Western Angler Celebrity Seafari indicated the fishing was just as good as ever, if not even better.

BREAMING – NOT THAT HARD

By Daniel Coughlan

A keen bream angler, Daniel joins the team with his tips for using hard-body lures to catch bream. If you’ve ever wanted to try lures for bream but not been game to try, Dan’s article will steer you in the right direction.

IMPOUNDMENT OPPORTUNITIES

By Andrew Jarvis

A trip to the motherland was an eye-opening experience for ‘Korg’, who discovered just how good impoundment fishing in the UK can be. In this Travelling Angler, he wonders why similar opportunities are going begging in WA.


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EDITORIAL

A trip to Kiritimati had the Editorial Coghlan wondering just what constitutes good marine management!

SHORE ANGLES

Smithy didn’t need to visit the Pacific to find bonefish, they were waiting for him at Kalbarri.

TACKLE AND TACTICS

Ando looks at couple of his favourite 2.1m spin sticks, which offer heaps of versatility.

OFFROAD ANGLER

They are the spots you usually whiz past on your way north, but they have an appeal of their own.

McGLASHAN’S MUSINGS

Not many fish get the better of Al, but he had little answer to the powerful black bass of PNG.

BOATING ANGLER

Darryl looks at the benefits of hiring a boat for a fishing trip.

KAYAK ANGLER

When the fish you catch weighs more than your kayak, then you’ve got a hell of a story to tell.

WHAT’S COOKING

Metro prawns are back on the menu.

ISLAND LIFE

Jimbo’s not sure about all the fuss over barramundi.

JUNIOR ANGLER

His first big fishing trip to the Abrolhos was an experience to savour for Curtis.

BACK LASH

Jamie reckons the Cockburn Sound fish kill last year proved recreational fishers cared more about the environment than many of those who would see angling removed from the marine equation.

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FILLETING WITH THE PROS – YELLOWFIN WHITING

FEATURE SPECIES: PERMIT

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