Australia 2015-2016

Fishing the Gold Coast of Australia

I have been in Australia for 10 months now and have put in my fair share of fishing; with that said I have managed to catch MANY species of saltwater, brackish and freshwater fish.

One of the most important things when it comes to fishing is PATIENCE, some days you will go fishing and catch absolutely nothing, where as other days you will go out and catch fish after fish…literally.

Some of the most important tips I could give for fishing on the Gold Coast include:

1. Fish the incoming tides during the day and the outgoing tides at night (or the incoming at night if it’s at a time you can go fishing, the tides are always changing).
2. Invest in fishing gear that is going to last; remember..you get what you pay for.
3. Get yourself a good tackle box with removable trays; lugging around a huge tackle box is a pain in the butt and with removable trays you give yourself the option to put the most important gear in your trays and put it in a backpack or carrying bag so it’s easily accessible.
4. Invest in a good cast net, paying for bait can become expensive if you fish as often as I do. Investing in a good cast net will allow you to catch FRESH bait that is far more superior to frozen bait from the servo.
5. Do your research, ask locals, and join a forum. This is probably one of the most underrated pieces of advice I can give you; most fishermen and women aren’t going to give up their special spots as they don’t wait them to become overfished, therefore you will be stuck fishing in spots where it’s crowded and overfished. Ask locals, get on forums, and do your research as to where certain species your trying to target are frequently found. With Google Maps you have the ability to look at the best fishing spots without even having to leave your seat.

Personally when I’m fishing the top five pieces of gear that I like to carry are: (excluding the actual rod and reel)

1. Circle hooks in sizes 1/0, 2/0, 3/0 and 4/0.
2. Size 5 and 6 sinkers.
3. Mono trace in 20lb, 40lb, and 60lb.
4. A quality filleting knife.
5. A quality pair of pliers.

In terms of fishing spots, I frequently visit the following spots. Although I will leave out some of my secret spots, these are all places where you can have a great day fishing with your mates, family, or even just yourself.

1. Coomera River Fishing Platform
2. Coomera Weir
3. The Spit
4. Paradise Point
5. Jacobs Well Jetty & Beach
6. The Broadwater
7. The Broadwater Pier
8. Nerang River

My favourite gear to use while fishing is mainly Shimano and Abu Garcia brands. It’s important to use gear that you’re most comfortable with and feel the best with. I have Shimano Cazna, Shimano Sedona, and Shimano Stradic reels, as well as an Ugly Stik reel, and I have Shimano Sahara, Shimano Sonic Pro, Shimano Snapper Pro, Ugly Stik GX2 and Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0 10-15KG rods however my current and favourite set up is:

1. 10-15KG Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0 (Rod)
2. Shimano Stradic 4000 (Reel)
3. PowerPro Braid 20lb
4. Mustad Circle hook(s) in sizes 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0 and 5/0.
5. 20, 40, 60, and 80lb mono trace, and 120b wire trace.

Below are some of the fish I have caught in both freshwater and saltwater bodies of water; enjoy the pictures

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Springbrook National Park

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit Springbrook National Park with a few friends and had the time of my life; if you’re a nature person and enjoy beautiful waterfalls, vegetation, and breathtaking views than Springbrook National Park should be on your bucket list.

When visiting it’s best to check the weather beforehand as getting up the mountain has a lot of twisting turns which can make driving difficult if you’re from another country like myself. Be sure to bring snacks, LOTS of water, and good walking shoes; you can easily walk 5-10km throughout the entire day depending on how many of the sights you want to see.

Below are some pictures I took while visiting the park,

Enjoy !

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Fishing at “The Spit” – Southport Australia

A few days ago I had the opportunity to go fishing with some friends over at a beach commonly known as “Southport Spit” or “The Spit” which is located in Southport on the Gold Coast of Australia.

If you’re ever in Australia on the Gold Coast this is a MUST VISIT place if you enjoy fishing, hanging out with friends/family, and the opportunity to see an amazing sunset.

We managed to catch some “Toad Fish” which looks like a species of puffer fish, a few baby flounder, and a flathead. It’s possible to catch sharks and rays over at the Spit but because of the amount of boats in the water I’d imagine it spooked many of the fish away.

Here are some pictures from our short fishing trip – Enjoy !

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Greetings from Australia

I just wanted to post an update for all my followers who have probably been wondering why I haven’t posted anything as of recent. In February 2015 I moved to the Gold Coast of Australia in order to attend school at Griffith University to study Business with a major in Marketing.

For everyone wondering…YES I am still keeping plants of course, however I have downsized my stock significantly in order to keep things simple for my father who is looking after everything for me. I am still approaching things with a “high tech” method, but with “low tech” plants, more so of the Anubias, Microsorum, and Cryptocoryne species which are not as demanding as some of the stem plants or grass like plants I was keeping before.

Back home in Canada I shut down all of my emersed and submersed aquariums, however I left one emersed tank and three submersed tanks still running. As soon as I get an opportunity to post some pictures of the progress I will be sure to post an update as I’m excited to see how some of the rare Cryptocorynes I own are doing.

I haven’t had the opportunity to get an aquarium set up and running here yet but once I am completely settled into my new apartment, you can count on it that I will be keeping many rainbow’s, gudgeons, goby species and Eriocaulon species (or whatever I can get my hands on).

I just want to thank everyone for your continued support, e-mails, and comments – You’re all awesome, here are some pictures of Australia for you all to enjoy as well as a final shot of my aquarium before I left.
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Kirk
TorontoPlantMan