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Fishing Feature: Fishing with the Times 2013-11-16

As the influx of summer species continues in coastal waters and throughout estuaries, as does an increase in the number of anglers patch of water, drop off and jetty space. At this point, patience is necessary as space will become precious and fish will be harder to trick as boating traffic increases.

As the saying goes; the early bird...predawn is ideal to hit to water if heading offshore or to the beach, plus often if coupled with a rising tide in the estuaries. Some people like to wait for the fish to come to them, but times have changed with increase infrastructure, habitat destruction, and increased boating/jetski traffic to spook fish - meaning today you must go actively hunting. When chasing big prizes like snapper and mahi mahi, you need to constantly be on the move, using a fishfinder to help you, and stay for 20 minutes before moving if you don't get a bite. Remember, patience is a virtue.

Fishing gurus nationwide will tell you to think outside the square as there are no set rules in fishing yet many seasoned anglers are set in their ways and avoid change. Fishing is luckily a sport and recreational pastime we can change, develop and learn new things along the way.

Embracing technology and using it as a tool to your advantage is one easy way to adapt - if only for local information, fishing reports and checking out the rogues gallery of recent catches. These days we have fishing forums, online weather updates and even the ability to see sea surface temperature charts at our fingertips.Junior anglers are increasingly reliant on smart phones for realtime weather reports and even Facebook for fishing updates. Technology is here to say stay and it's a godsend for anglers. If you're not confident with a computer, talk to someone a little tech savvy or you will be left behind.

Learn how to reading the signs of the sea. It is not as unpredictable as your mother would have you believe The trick is to take time to study your surroundings and familiarize yourself with landmarks and patterns, you will start to see subtle signs everywhere. One of the most obvious is the birds - interpret their behaviour and lead yourself to fish. Seagulls, for instance, enjoy flying around drop-offs looking for baitfish. Birds of prey, will follow a large school of fish. While if fishing in an estuary on the run out tide, watch for gutters and holes which have the most herons or egrits hanging around.

Do your homework. The more research you do before you hit the water, the better your chances are of hooking up. Fishing mates aside, the Internet chat forums, charterboats and local tackle shops are excellent sources of information most these days have a website with local catch reports. For a great starting point, check out www.swanboathire.com.au as we have daily reports on fishing from Noosa to Caloundra, links to a youtube channel full of local angler catches and even an online webstore with locally made lures and specialised tackle products.

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