Oct / Nov

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Overview

The October - November 2017 edition of WA's only fishing magazine, Western Angler, is out now and it’s the definitive source of WA fishing information. It's once again packed with great articles on fishing in Western Australia.

Plus two lucky readers could win a Halco Tackle Pack simply by subscribing to Western Angler.


Main Features

BLOOPING FOR BARRA

By Andrew McNaboe

Pilbara local Andrew looks at how fishing surface lures can be dynamite for barra over the coming months. It’s effective and entertaining!

SHORE TROPHIES PART II

By Tim Lee

Tim examines the tactics and tackle needed to subdue gamefish from the WA rocks. A must-read for anyone keen to try this style of fishing.

ABSOLUTE PEARLER

By Scott Coghlan

Scott received an invitation to try out a new fishing camp in the Kimberley and was blown away by the sight fishing opportunities it provided, not to mention the comfort of camp at Kuri Bay.

BUNBURY BEACH BONANZA

By Craig Racco

There are some great shore-based fishing opportunities around Bunbury if you know what you are looking for, especially over the warmer months. Craig offers his tips for success.

BEACH BANDIT

By Alesandro Daniele

Alesandro gives the WAngler project boat its maiden beach launch and it passes the test with flying colours.

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Columns

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EDITORIAL

Gut feel and technology can both play a part in fishing success, but which offers the greatest satisfaction?

SHORE ANGLES

Smithy has been visiting Dirk Hartog Island for the best part of a decade and has learnt a lot.

TACKLE AND TACTICS

Ando is very pleased with his new inshore combo.

McGLASHAN’S MUSINGS

Al looks at the basics of fighting big fish.

OFFROAD ANGLER

It’s back to a Cruiser for Bomma after a few years with a Jeep.

BOATING ANGLER

The demersal closure is upon us but there are plenty of other options.

Columns

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CAPTAIN’S LOG

It’s the time of year for sailfish in Exmouth Gulf and Josh is an expert on catching them.

KAYAK ANGLER

Spring has sprung and that’s freshwater season for Tuckers.

ELECTRONIC ANGLER

There are three main types of marine radios available but which is best for recreational skippers.

JUNIOR ANGLER

Curtis attempted to put theory into practice when chasing billfish off Exmouth.

BACK LASH

Jamie pens an open letter to the Fisheries Minister, calling on him to leave a significant legacy for recreational fishing in WA.

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UNDERCURRENTS

NAUTICAL NEWS

FEATURE SPECIES: Barramundi

WHAT’S COOKING – Pickled octopus tasting plate

WESTERN ANGLER SUBSCRIPTIONS

JUNIOR ANGLER COMPETITION

WESTERN ANGLER NEXT GEN

WHAT'S NEW

Aug / Sept

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Overview

The August-September 2017 edition of WA's only fishing magazine, Western Angler, is out now and it’s the definitive source of WA fishing information. It's once again packed with great articles on fishing in Western Australia.

With a Smash Crab eating coral trout on the cover, there's a look at the best ways to target this popular species by Ben Knaggs.

Chris Dixon has a very informative article on how to get started with slide baiting, a tricky technique for shore anglers which is slowly becoming more popular.

Jamie Chester looks at the legacy Halco Tackle has left in WA fishing and Paul Cunningham delves into a little known style of lure, the lipless minnow. There’s also a look at small boat fishing in the Exmouth Gulf.

For junior anglers, Curtis Waterman looks at shore options around Exmouth, and there’s a preview of the Perth International Boat Show.

Thrown in articles on hook selection, fishing footwear, cobia and charter options, plus much more, and there is plenty of great reading in the new Western Angler.

Plus you could win a Life Cell Yachtsman simply by subscribing to Western Angler.


Main Features

LIPLESS MINNOWS

By Paul Cunningham

The lipless minnows to which Paul refers are a little-known style of lure which combine surface and sub-surface action in one irresistible package. He loves them.

TARGETING TROUT

By Ben Knaggs

For many anglers they are the perfect catch and Ben looks at simple ways to increase your success on these stunning demersals.

PERTH INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

The annual boat show has a new home at the Convention Centre. There will be plenty to see and the Western Angler team will be there.

LETTING IT SLIDE

By Chris Dixon

Chris explains why slide baiting can be an extremely effective way to target big fish from the shore and explains how to get started with this style of fishing.

EXPLORING EXMOUTH GULF

Scott Coghlan

A trip to Exmouth offered the chance for Scott Coghlan to test out the Rusty’s Marine Westerberg Bandit. It proved ideal for sportfishing around the gulf.

THE HALCO LEGACY

Jamie Chester

From humble beginnings as a home business in Mosman Park, Halco has become a global fishing tackle success story. Jamie looks at the reasons behind its success and canvases some leading anglers for their favourite Halco lures.

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Columns

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EDITORIAL

Recreational fishing has become click bait in recent times.

SHORE ANGLES

What goes on your feet is often an important consideration when you are fishing from shore.

TACKLE AND TACTICS

Ando takes a closer look at some of his hook selection.

OFFROAD ANGLER

Bomma looks at the piscatorial delights WA’s many offshore islands offer.

BOATING ANGLER

Hitch finds a unique charter operation out of Carnarvon which is eminently suited to anglers of his vintage.

Columns

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KAYAK ANGLER

With an ongoing review into marine safety including kayaks, Paul looks at the value of PFDs for paddlers.

JUNIOR ANGLER

Curtis reveals his favourite shore-based fishing spots around Exmouth.

BACK LASH

Jamie conquers some of his fears to have a look at the underwater world from another angle.

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UNDERCURRENTS

RECFISHWEST

NAUTICAL NEWS

FEATURE SPECIES: Cobia

WHAT’S COOKING – Roasted tomato, garlic seafood marinara

WESTERN ANGLER SUBSCRIPTIONS

JUNIOR ANGLER COMPETITION

WESTERN ANGLER NEXT GEN

WHAT'S NEW

TACKLE TEST

June / July

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Overview

The June-July 2017 edition of WA's only fishing magazine, Western Angler, is out now and it's got plenty of essential reading on fishing around WA and beyond.

For those who are becoming part of the caravan and camping revolution, Glenn Edwards looks at fishing option for nomads. Tim Lee reveals some of his fascinating secrets for successful land-based game fishing and Ben Knaggs has the goss on how to target trophy red emperor.

Lloyd Lyons looks at the fun Mid-West fishery for mangrove jack and Andrew Jarvis visits the Mother Country to enjoy some fabulous pike fishing.

There's also a number of great columns.

Callum Dowell is on cover with a horse bream and inside he offers some tips for catching big blacks along the south coast.

Editor Scott Coghlan catches up with Recfishwest CEO Andrew Rowland, and Mark Smith looks at communication options for anglers heading to remote locations.

Darryl Hitchen tries out the Westerberg Bandit project boat and Paul Tuckwell explores the Donnelly River by kayak.

There's also a look at safety beacons, and Peter Anderton takes a closer look at the Fin-Nor range of reels.


Main Features

SHORE TROPHIES PART 1 - FINDING THE FISH

By Tim Lee

Tim loves spinning for game fish from the rocks and in this two-part series takes a close look at the specifics of successful LBG fishing. He starts with a look at how anglers can maximise their chances of being where the fish are.

NOMADIC FISHING

By Glen Edwards

More and more people are using their caravans as bases to get amongst some great fishing around WA. Glenn looks at what this can offer and suggests some of his favourite spots to set up camp and wet a line.

FISHING FOR NOMADS

The Western Angler team looks at the caravan and camping options around WA for those who like to wet a line.

FINDING BIG RED

By Ben Knaggs

Big red emperor are a prized catch for northern anglers and Ben looks at ways to increase your chances of finding real trophy reds.

MID-WEST JACKS

By Lloyd Lyons

While more commonly associated with locations farther north, Geraldton's Lloyd has cracked a fun little fishery for jacks in the Mid-West.

POMMY PIKE

By Andrew Jarvis

One of the most savage ambush predators in the piscatorial wold, impoundment pike proved to be a big highlight of Korg's trip to England. Don't forget the travel rod when visiting the UK!

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Columns

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EDITORIAL

Scott chats to Recfishwest CEO Andrew Rowland.

SHORE ANGLES

When it comes to fishing extremely remote spots like Point Culver, you need to have your safety and communication bases covered.

TACKLE AND TACTICS

Once a flagship of the tackle industry, Fin-Nor are back in town according to Ando.

McGLASHAN'S MUSINGS

Pensioner Ray Johnstone set social media alight with his search for a fishing buddy, and Al came to the rescue.

OFFROAD ANGLER

Bomma reckons Kimberley anglers will be beneficiaries of a bumper wet season.

BOATING ANGLER SPECIAL

Hitch winds back the clock as he runs the rule over the Western Angler Westerberg Bandit project boat.

Columns

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CAPTAIN'S LOG

Gamex is the premier event on the Exmouth fishing calendar and with good reason.

KAYAK ANGLER

Camping and kayaking can be a great way to sample the fishing at some fantastic spots like the Donnelly River.

ELECTRONIC ANGLER

Luke looks at the importance of safety beacons and what is available.

JUNIOR ANGLER

A trip to New Zealand was a reminder of the value of good local knowledge.

BACK LASH

Jamie believes a sharp drop in commercial effort is the driver for the big improvement in salmon fishing over the last three years.

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UNDERCURRENTS

RECFISHWEST

NAUTICAL NEWS

ANGLERS PROFILE: Callum Dowell

WHAT'S COOKING - Braised tomato and garlic fish soup with rustic crusty bread

WESTERN ANGLER SUBSCRIPTIONS

JUNIOR ANGLER COMPETITION

WESTERN ANGLER NEXT GEN

WHAT'S NEW

TACKLE TEST

April / May

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Overview

The April / May 2017 edition of WA's only fishing magazine, Western Angler, is now available and the main focus is on the annual salmon run.

There's a fantastic feature on the best ways to catch salmon in the South-West, backed by tips from our writers on how to make the most of salmon season and the fishing opportunities it offers.

It's not all about salmon though, and Dick Pasfield is back with a look at the new and burgeoning fishery for barramundi in Lake Kununurra, which has been restocked and is starting to produce trophy fish.

Scott Coghlan looks at what the south coast has to offer bream fishers chasing trophies, and Stephen Davey sheds light on metro inshore gems. Jamie Chester takes a light-hearted look at a trip to Shark Bay for a fishing competition.

As always, there is heaps of information in the regular columns, including a look at shore fishing around Wedge Island and summer squid fishing, tips for chasing GTs and spaniards around Exmouth and an insight into metro kayak fishing for salmon.

Back Lash considers metro dhufish sizes and the Electronic Angler looks at what NMEA connectivity means for fishos.

All subscribers go into the draw to win a fantastic prize from Engel.

There's some great drone footage of salmon in the Emag as well!


Main Features

AUSTRALIA’S NEWEST BARRAMUNDI HAVEN

By Dick Pasfield

After a fantastic stocking program, Lake Kununurra stands on the verge of becoming a world-class impoundment fishery for barra. The next 12 months will likely see some big fish caught from its waters.

BEST WAYS TO CATCH SALMON

By Scott Coghlan

It’s that time of year again, with the annual run of salmon in the South-West. Scott looks at the various ways you can target them and what they each offer.

SALMON SEASON

Experts from around the South-West look at the how and where of catching these great sportfish over the next couple of months.

SOUTH COAST HONEY HOLES

By Scott Coghlan

The south coast of WA is the bream coast. It offers a multitude of fantastic fishing opportunities for these increasingly popular estuarine sportfish. But is there one ultimate spot to catch them?

METRO INSHORE INSIGHTS

By Stephen Davey

Quality fish are well within the reach of inshore anglers around Perth, if you take a considered approach to chasing them. Stephen offers his tips for shallow water success.

EXPLORING SHARK BAY

By Jamie Chester

Jamie takes a light-hearted look at a trip to Shark Bay for the 2016 Fishing Fiesta. It was a journey of personal exploration and quality fishing.

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Columns

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EDITORIAL

Recreational fishing has its enemies, but the pros for this great pastime are unquestionable.

SHORE ANGLES

Located just north of Perth, Wedge Island has long been a favourite destination for metro shore anglers.

TACKLE AND TACTICS

Gaffs aren’t the most glamorous piece of the tackle collection, but Ando has a couple which he absolutely loves.

OFFROAD ANGLER

Bomma was most impressed by the new Ford Everest.

BOATING ANGLER

Hitch enjoyed the simple pleasure of squid fishing over summer.

Columns

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CAPTAIN’S LOG

Josh offers his tips for two Exmouth staples – giant trevally and spanish mackerel.

KAYAK ANGLER

It’s not often Paul struggles to catch his target species, but for some time salmon proved an unlikely stumbling block last year.

ELECTRONIC ANGLER

NMEA connectivity is a great way to get more from your boating experience.

JUNIOR ANGLER

Salmon are a species well within the capabilities and reach of junior anglers.

BACK LASH

When he’s not contemplating his navel and procrastinating, Jamie worries about the size of metro dhufish.

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UNDERCURRENTS

RECFISHWEST

NAUTICAL NEWS

WHAT’S COOKING – Swan River chilli crab Po’ boy burgers

FEATURE SPECIES – Mangrove jack

WESTERBERG BANDIT PROJECT BOAT

WESTERN ANGLER SUBSCRIPTIONS

JUNIOR ANGLER COMPETITION

WESTERN ANGLER NEXT GEN

WHAT’S NEW

TACKLE TEST

February / March

Main Features

SOUTH COAST SHORE KGS

By Fabio Varrone

Fab is a shore fishing specialist and has proven that great king george whiting can be caught without the need for a boat. He has some timely tips for south coast success on one of our most popular species.

POPPING PEEL WHITING

By Joff Weston

The Peel-Harvey yellowfin whiting fishery just continues to gain followers and the next couple of months are prime time. Joff reveals his top tips for targeting Mandurah yellowfin.

BACK TO THE MACKS

By Scott Coghlan

Western Angler returned to the Mackerel Islands last year for the first Seafari since 2012. Awesome weather and spectacular pelagic fishing made for a marvellous week. Scott looks back at the highlights as we prepare for the 2017 instalment.

WINJINGARRA WONDERLAND

By Glenn Edwards

Glenn’s first trip to Peter Tucker’s famous Freshwater Cove fishing camp certainly didn’t disappoint, with the best of Kimberley fishing out of a superb home base.

BACK COUNTRY BONES

By Scott Coghlan

The Travelling Angler returns to the Pacific to chase bonefish at Kiritimati, where normally dry flats offered some special fly fishing opportunities.


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Columns

EDITORIAL

Another year has passed and there were some notable angling highlights for the Editorial Coghlan.

SHORE ANGLES

Smithy looks at the key factors which determine whether shore fishing is worth attempting on a given day.

TACKLE AND TACTICS

There are a couple of clever and locally-designed tools which are great aids to successfully releasing fish.

McGLASHAN’S MUSINGS

Net-free zones are proving a great recreational fishing success in Queensland and Al hopes the idea expands across the country.

OFFROAD ANGLER

Many 4WD owners barely give shock absorbers a second thought, but they can be an important after-market upgrade.

BOATING ANGLER

As he turns Grey Nomad, Hitch has found the perfect boat loading solution for his adventures.

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CAPTAIN’S LOG

It was another big year for Josh, with some memorable moments.

KAYAK ANGLER

They are hardly a glamour species, but redfin can still be a lot of fun to catch.

ADVANCED ANGLER

The importance of preparation was brought home to Micah when he chased big marlin off Cairns.

ELECTRONIC ANGLER

The right transducer is critical for a fishing boat and Luke looks at the different types available.

JUNIOR ANGLER

Curtis looks at how he turned his old tinnie into a bream boat.

BACK LASH

Jamie considers the vexed issue of minimum size limits, where everything is not always as it seems.

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UNDERCURRENTS

NAUTICAL NEWS

RECFISHWEST

FILLETING WITH THE PROS – Mulloway

WHAT’S COOKING – Braised fish in a bag

FEATURE SPECIES – Squid

WESTERBERG BANDIT PROJECT BOAT

WESTERN ANGLER SUBSCRIPTIONS

JUNIOR ANGLER COMPETITION

WESTERN ANGLER NEXT GEN

WHAT’S NEW

TACKLE TEST