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December

"Obsession and Passion Number 1...."

Now that I’m officially a part of the E-NATION family, I’d like to tell you a little bit more about myself. My name is Domenic (most people call me Dom) and I have been actively involved in the Australian fishing community for over a decade. I have held multiple positions in an Australian Bass Fishing club, in roles as Secretary, President, and Web site creator and more recently the owner of multiple fishing and boating websites. I am also actively involved with some of the leaders in Fishing and Marine outboard brands in the world.

My family and friends would most likely describe me as totally obsessed, bordering on being obsessive compulsive with all things fishing and boating and a diehard Lure and Fly angler. My obsession for fishing and boating was inevitable, in that I stem from a long line of multi generation fishermen.............Read More

"E-Nation Saltwater Fishing - To Tournament or not to Tournament"

Hi and welcome to the E-Nation Online Community.

If you were to ask yourself what would be the most satisfying, relatively inexpensive, highly rewarding, steep leaning opportunity, extremely enjoyable and a challenging experience all at the same time that one could take part in? The resounding answer would have to be a team based tournament, and just a short 12 months ago I did just that I signed up for the Berkley Evinrude Team Series (BETS). This team based style tournament has been an absolute revelation, immensely successful and the numbers of new participants to this style of tournament have been astronomical..............Read More

 

November

"Bream Fishing the Moorings"

On my home waters of the Parramatta River in Sydney there are myriad options for the avid lure fisherman.

We are spoilt in our choices, with natural rock walls, manmade walls, rock bars, wharves, pontoons, bridges, flats, deep holes and my personal favourite, moored boats, of which there are literally thousands to choose from.

The depth of water around these structures varies from around 50cm to 15 meters and all hold good concentrations of BREAM, WHITING, FLATHEAD and JEWFISH in particular. It should also be kept in mind that other species such as KINGFISH, SALMON and TAILER can be encountered around these structures, so you should be prepared for when that unknown monster pays you a visit.

In this article I will look specifically at fishing for BREAM around moored boats.

Let’s start with the gear required for this style of fishing.

First off a suitable boat is essential.

There is little point in attempting this type of fishing from a 20’ half cabin, as stealth and manoeuvrability are the keys to successfully catching fish around moored boats. You need a smaller type “tournament style” boat and it is essential your boat has an electric motor, preferably bow mounted, as this makes for quiet and easier manoeuvring in tight spaces..............Read More

 

September

Illegal fishing near power stations sparks action:
22 Sep 2011–A four-month fisheries compliance operationin the Hunter and Central Coast regions has resulted in the detection of57 offences relating to illegal fishing at the hot water outlet canalsof NSW power stations.
NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSWDPI) fisheries officers targeted the Eraring and Vales Point power stationson Lake Macquarie and Munmorah power station on Budgewoi Lake, on the CentralCoast.
The operation involved 11 fisheries officersfrom the Hunter, Central Coast and Port Stephens Districts and the State-wideOperations and Investigations Group. Police officers from the NSW MarineArea Command also provided valuable assistance during the operation.
NSW DPI Director Fisheries Compliance, GlennTritton, said fisheries officers detected a range of offences including;taking fish from waters protected from recreational fishing, possessingfish illegally taken and possessing prohibited sized fis..............Read More

 

August

Danger down under:
15/08/11: –The conservation work of the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) staff at Narrandera Fisheries Centre will be highlighted in a documentary on the mighty Murray cod, which will be screened nationwide next Monday (22 August) on the National Geographic channel. The program titled 'Danger Down Under' was filmed in the Riverina and is part of the monsterfish series which covers large freshwater fish from all over the world and showcases many major rivers including the Mekong and the Amazon basin. NSW DPI Narrandera Fisheries Centre research scientist, Dr Lee Baumgartner, said a film crew visited the Riverina region last year to film the documentary and raise awareness about issues facing the iconic Murray cod. “Over the years Murray cod have suffered substantially due to overfishing, habitat loss, poor water quality, pest species and river regulation,” he said. “The main message of the documentary is that the Murray cod might be one of the few monster fish species in the world that are recovering, thanks to a basin-wide initiative to recover native fish in the Murray-Darling system. “Murray cod will be one of the few success stories covered in this monsterfish series, and a story that communities around the world can learn from.” ..............Read More

Grants for reahabilitating fish habitat:
03/08/11: – .Over half a million dollars worth of grants are now available for individuals or groups interested in rehabilitating fish habitat throughout the State, NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) Fisheries Conservation Manager, Charlotte Jenkins, said today. “Applications are now open for grants of up to $40,000 as part of the NSW Government’s Habitat Action Grant program,” Ms Jenkins said. “If your local creek, river or estuary isn’t as productive as it used to be, the cause could be poor fish habitat. “Good habitat is vital for our native fish as it allows them to find food, take shelter, hide from predators, grow and most importantly to breed. “It is essential that we not only look after fish habitat but also rehabilitate degraded fish habitat.” ..............Read More

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