Dec / Jan
The December 2017 - January 2018 edition of WA's only fishing magazine, Western Angler, is out now and it's got plenty of essential reading on fishing around WA andbeyond.
On the cover is a solid south coast blue groper and inside Chris Dixon takes a fascinating look at what is required to target these elusive beasts from the shore.
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.
Peter Anderton puts bait selection under the microscope to offer plenty of tips for better bait fishing.
Ben Knaggs looks at the fun small creek mangrove jack can offer northern anglers, while Michael Green says summer is shark season for metro anglers.
And Jamie Kiddle puts some new gadgetry to the test on the WAngler project boat from Westerberg.
As always there are plenty of regular columns, with a look at the tourism potential of fishing in WA and Darryl Hitchen checking out Tamala Station.
There’s tips for Exmouth blue marlin, Mark Smith examines surf mulloway behaviour and Luke Chivers ponders how to best use sounders. There’s much more, including the junior angler competition and gear reviews, while all subscribers go into the draw to win a fantastic prize pack from Tonic Eyewear.
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BACK CREEK JACKS
By Ben Knaggs
You don’t need deep water to find fishing action in the North-West. Some of the most exciting fishing can be in skinny water that hard-hitting mangrove jack like to call home.
BIG BLUE BRUTES
By Chris Dixon
Sometimes the blue groper he catches are almost as big as he is and Chris has honed his approach to targeting them over many years. It is rarely easy but the rewards can be huge for those who make the effort.
DON’T FORGET THE BAIT!
By Peter Anderton
Using bait is the time-honoured way to catch fish and still deadly effective. Ando looks at the options available to bait fishers and some of his suggestions are a little left-field.
METRO SHARK FISHING
By Michael Green
There seems to be more of them in Perth waters than ever and summer is prime time for metro shark fishing. Michael enjoys chasing sharks and has some valuable tips for anyone keen to do so.
By Jamie Kiddle
The arrival of some brand new gadgetry for the WAngler project boat was the perfect opportunity for Jamie to put it to the test, with impressive results.
As tourist numbers dwindle in WA, why do local fishing opportunities remain largely unpromoted to a wider audience?
Smithy looks at the patterns of behaviour for surf mulloway.
TACKLE AND TACTICS
Fishing off Broome taught Ando some valuable lessons as he battled fussy fish and hungry sharks.
Summer is a great time to be alive if you enjoy your shore fishing in WA.
Tamala Station proved to be an ideal destination for Hitch.
Josh looks at how to target big blue marlin off Exmouth.
Paul slips away from the crowds to experience some fantastic shallow water fishing in the metro area.
What you see on your fish finder is usually not what’s under the boat at that exact moment in time. Luke looks ways to get a better picture of what lies beneath.
A new lure had Curtis rethinking his stance on certain colours.
Jamie followed a hunch to enjoy a memorable catch under the glow of the metro lights.