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Species Spiels: Australian Bonito, by Nick Martin

Australian Bonito, by Nick Martin

Common names: Australian Bonito, Bonnie, Horse Mackerel or Striped Bonito.

Identifying features: The Australian Bonito is a very aesthetically pleasing fish with a dark bluey-green back, bright silver sides and dark longitudinal bands running from just below the fish's back down to its mid flanks. They also have a powerful mouth filled with small sharp teeth.

Size: Between 1 -8 kilograms. In Sydney Harbour they found in the 1-4kg range however most often found around the 0.8-1.5kg mark

Diet: Predominantly smaller fish

Distribution: In Australia the Bonito is found from southern Queensland to southern Victoria and eastern Tasmania. They are also found in New Zealand.

Fishing techniques: Recently Bonito have been caught using a variety of techniques. Predominantly, trolling deep diving minnows along North and South head. Also casting small metals and soft plastics into wash around these headlands and also as a bi-catch when throwing metals and soft plastics into school of Salmon. If the Salmon are proving difficult to catch let your metal or plastic sink for 5-10 seconds before you retrieve and chances are you will pick up a Bonnie.

Eating qualities: Bonito are quite commonly misconceived as being only good for berley or baitfish. This is not the case, if bled and chilled immediately they make fantastic sashimi.
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1. Mix in avocado, lime zest and lime juice with your wasabi for an interesting new flavour.
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3. Serve with shaved horseradish and pickled ginger for a contrast in texture and flavour.


Stuart Reid's 50lb Pending World Record PNG Black Bass

Pending World Record Black Bass

Papuan Black Bass are renowned the world over as the toughest pound for pound freshwater fish in the world, and the place to find the biggest Black Bass is PNG's Gulf province. The current all tackle world record Black Bass of 46lbs, and the fish pictured (caught on 19/6/14, by Stuart Reid, Fishabout) which is the pending world record at 50lbs, were both caught from these rivers.

Once you feel the strike you know that no freshwater fish can come close to the power. Watching 100kg guys get knocked over on the strike, reels give way, rods break in half and 130LB pound braid snap from the pound for pound strongest fighting fresh water fish is a sight to behold. If would like to experience the thrill of targeting PNG Black Bass and Barramundi in remote areas with very low fishing pressure contact us now. *2017-18 spots selling now* ... read more

Kadavu Island - Great Astrolabe Reef

Fiji Macky

The pristine Fiji Islands are home to the South Pacific's finest sport and game fish, including massive GT's, monster dogtooth tuna, yellowfin tuna, dolphin fish, wahoo, spanish mackerel, black marlin, blue marlin and plenty of reef fish. Many of these species are endemic to the Great Astrolabe Reef (one of the largest barrier reefs in the world), which is the reef that encompasses Kadavu Island, Fiji.Fishabout now offer 6 and 8 day fishing packages to explore this marine wonder of the world, which include 3 and 5 days fishing respectively. For more information call us on (02)8922 2651 or click here

Endyalgout Remote Fishing Camp

Sunset at Endyalgout

Fishabout is pleased to now offer remote fishing trips to Endyalgout Island, one of the best fishing locations in Australia. (Nestled on the south east of the Coburg Penninsula).

Situated on a shell grit beach under shady trees, are several permanent tropical friendly safari style tents, raised on wooden platforms.

Looking out past the resident Crocodile you can see miles and miles of enticing mangroves, barely touched creeks, rivers, rock bars and channels, all calling your name.

From monster Baramundi up to 130cm, to big Black Jewfish, Threadfin Salmon, various Trevallies, and some of the biggest Golden Snaper to be found anywhere, Endyalgout Island is truly a dream to fish.

Pricing ranges from $4350 (4 days, 3 anglers per boat) to $6910 (7 days, 2 anglers per boat)

For more information please call us on (02) 8922 2651 or click here