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Species Spiels: Giant Australian Cuttlefish (Sepia apama) - by Nick Martin

Giant Australian Cuttlefish (Sepia apama) - by Nick Martin

Identifying features: The Giant Cuttlefish are hard to mistake with a thick solid mantle and a short stout head and tentacles. Like calamari, these Cuttlefish have control of their chromataphores (colour bearing pigment cells) and can subsequently change colour in less than a second. Most often these cuttlefish will be seen as a maroon colour however, during breeding season the males with adopt changing bright colours and striking patterns to dazzles the female cuttlefish.Size and lifecycle: The Giant Australian cuttlefish is the largest cuttlefish in the world!!!! The largest recorded cuttlefish had a mantle length of 520mm, a total length of over 1 metre and weighed over 10kg!

The Giant cuttlefish live between a depth of 1.5m- 100m and spend most of their time resting, camouflaged against the sea floor or hiding under a rock ledge. Research suggests that they spending as little as 3.7% of their time foraging, suggesting that they are incredible hunters using a combination of stealth and camouflage to capture their prey.
These cuttlefish have a relatively short lifecycle of between 1-2 years where they live a relatively solitary existence coming together only for breeding. This breeding can be quite spectacular with a density of 1 cuttlefish per cubic metre during the mass aggregations.
After spawning these cuttlefish lay eggs and then die which is why we see quite often see cuttles on the beaches around southern Australia.

Diet: The main diet of cuttlefish consists of small fish and crustaceans (such as prawns and small crabs). When they feed, the cuttlefish shoot out two tentacles, which are usually tucked away in pouches under their eyes. This is done in a rapid whip-like action to seize their prey, then holding their prey within their arms while they consume it. If they are feeding on a hard-shelled animal, they use their strong beaks to crack open the shell and their tooth lined tongue for rasping away at the food.
These cuttlefish are in-turn eaten by Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins who have developed a technique of removing the ink and cuttle before eating the cuttlefish.
Distribution: The Australian Giant Cuttlefish is endemic to Australian waters and its distribution extends from Southern Queensland to Port Cloates in Western Australia including northern Tasmania.

Fishing Qualities: Cuttlefish do make quite good bait. In South Australia a small commercial fishery exists which harvest them to be used as Snapper bait. If caught in the harbour they can be used as kingfish bait in particular the belly and also the tentacles. However, I do not suggest this as they are very cool creatures and squid make a much better bait.
Fishing techniques: These cuttlefish are often caught whilst squidding using the typical squid jig in a variety of colours. Whilst they do inhabit Sydney Harbour I would not suggest targeting them specifically as they can be few and far between.


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