In the past few years Steez spinning reels have become the ultimate standard tournament fishing reel, ultra cool in name and function. Steez became the first choice for the serious tournament angler, whether it was bass or bream, these stylish reels became the ultimate fishing fashion accessory. The new Steez sets the bar even higher for cool high end spinning reel design.
The new Steez Spinning Reels are arriving in August, until then you can read more about them here.
Daiwa’s flagship baitcaster that took Japan and Australia by storm is reborn with an all new look and design. It is the lightest, easiest casting metal-bodied baitcaster in existence. With its “super metal” magnesium frame and side-plate, it weighs in at an incredible 155 grams, just like holding air in your hands! The ultra-compact body and full-sized gearbox house an incredible 12-bearing system and supports the free-floating super-lightweight Duralumin dimpled spool. The “swept” handle and drag star deliver pure cranking comfort and perfect balance.
The new Steez Baitcasters are arriving in October, until then you can read more about them here.
The New Era Fly reels can now be matched up with Daiwa’s new range of fly rods. Developed to match Daiwa’s highest rod performance these new rods will push the boundaries of power and accuracy. Read more about them here.
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The New Era is unique amongst the fly reels and now it is now available in the 5/6 size. It’s the only interchangeable cartridge fully machined aluminium fly reel. The New Era comes with 2 spare colour coded cartridges and in a matter of mere seconds a new flyline can be changed, simply by undoing a self retaining spool cap, the spool can be removed, no tools, no loose parts and definitely no time lost on the water! With each cartridge locking firmly in place, they are entirely reversible, made from precision machined aluminium and finished off with colour coded anodising. This is system is the fly reel anglers have been waiting for.
Daiwa’s new fly reel is perfectly suited to all fly situations, its ultra smooth performance is powered by corrosion resistant components and stainless steel ball bearings. New Era will handle just about anything that swims from mountain stream trout to oceanic speedsters like tuna or sailfish, and to make sure your tippet won’t part its backed by one of the best drags available. The oversized disc drag system uses carbon washers for smooth powerful line release, and it is quickly adjusted by an ultra large knurled, easy grip dial.
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Trout produced from the Department of Primary Industries’ freshwater hatchery at Snobs
Creek are the equal of their Tasmanian cousins.
Some anglers have historically questioned the genetic integrity of Victorian rainbow trout
compared to their interstate counterparts, however new findings dispel that myth once and for
Acting Fisheries Victoria Executive Director Jon Presser said new research funded by
recreational fishing licence fees showed Victorian trout grew and thrived just as well as trout
in Tasmania. “The research demonstrates the quality of the fish being bred by Fisheries Victoria is equal to
any in Australia, with nearly 460,000 rainbow trout stocked last year,” Mr Presser said.
The three year scientific trial compared the performance of Victorian strain rainbow trout
produced at Snobs Creek with Tasmanian strain fish sourced from the Great Lake population
at Liawenee. The rainbow trout were fin clipped by Fisheries Victoria staff to distinguish them and released
into privately owned catch and release lakes outside Ballarat.
Expert anglers who fish these lakes regularly monitored the performance of the rainbow trout
and kept detailed records of their catches. To ensure the trial was not biased, even the owners of the lakes did not know the origin of the
trout stocked in their waters. The results showed the Snobs Creek trout performed almost identically to the Tasmanian fish
with similar longevity, growth rates and catchability. Both strains survived until they were three to four years old when the trial ended.
Mr Presser said the results were good news for thousands of Victorian anglers who had been
enjoying bumper trout fishing in many lakes that were stocked with rainbow trout from Snobs
Creek following the drought breaking rains of this year and last.
“Many of these rainbow trout are growing exceptionally well in these lakes with many fish now
weighing over 1.2kg,” Mr Presser said.
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The Department of Primary Industries recently stocked more than 16,000 Atlantic salmon into
two South West Victorian lakes to boost recreational fishing opportunities.
Fisheries Victoria Executive Director Anthony Hurst said 8,160 Atlantic salmon were released
into Lake Bullen Merri and 8,500 into Lake Purrumbete, both near Camperdown.
“The crater lakes of Purrumbete and Bullen Merri are popular freshwater fisheries with well
deserved reputations for producing quality trout and salmon,” Mr Hurst said.
“Each lake received a mix of yearling 30-60 gram salmon and two-year-old fish averaging
more than 200 grams.”
Mr Hurst said the two lakes were stocked annually with brown trout and rainbow trout, and
also received Chinook salmon when available.
“We have stocked Atlantic salmon this year to maintain a salmon interest in these crater lakes
and as an interim arrangement until Chinook salmon become available again.”
Atlantic salmon were stocked into Lake Bullen Merri and Lake Purrumbete between 2002 and
Mr Hurst said the most recent salmon stockings would provide anglers with some great new
Last year, Fisheries Victoria stocked more than 700,000 trout into waterways throughout the
For more about fish stocking visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishing
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The annual closed season for trout and salmon fishing begins at midnight on Monday June 13
and will run until September 2.
Executive Director of Fisheries Victoria, Anthony Hurst, said during this period anglers were
not permitted to take or possess trout or salmon in rivers and streams throughout Victoria,
with the exception of waters classed as ‘sea-run trout rivers’. (table below).
Sea-run trout rivers are those coastal streams which run into the ocean and provide the
opportunity for trout to move between the freshwater and oceans.
“In addition, all hook and line fishing is prohibited in the tailrace sections of the Goulburn,
Mitta Mitta, Tanjil and Kiewa rivers regardless of the species being targeted,” Mr Hurst said.
“Anglers who target fish in these waters risk prosecution and significant fines.
“There will still be plenty of good fishing options for trout in Victoria in the many lakes and
impoundments which are stocked with rainbow and brown trout that are grown at the DPI
Snobs Creek hatchery near Eildon.”
During the cooler months of June through to September trout and salmon make their way
upstream to spawn in the shallow gravel beds of our streams and rivers.
The recent rainfall in Victoria has seen many popular trout rivers and streams that were
severely impacted by drought once again return to healthy flows, able to support strong
populations of trout again.
“The coming 2011 spawning season is vital for the recovery of wild populations of trout
species which will deliver excellent fishing opportunities and the associated economic
benefits to local communities over the next few years,” Mr Hurst said.
If you suspect illegal fishing activity, call the fisheries offence reporting line on 13-FISH (13
For all other information regarding fishing throughout Victoria call the DPI Customer Service
Centre on 136186 or visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishing
Those waters classed as ‘sea-run trout rivers’ are:
Aire River Downstream -Great Ocean Road Bridge
Avon River Downstream -Stratford Railway Bridge
Ford River Downstream -Great Ocean Road Bridge
Gellibrand river Downstream -Great Ocean Road Bridge
Hopkins River Downstream -Hopkins Falls
Merri River Downstream -Bromfield Weir
Mitchell River Downstream -Princess Hwy Bridge
Moyne River Downstream -Toolong Bridge
Tambo River Downstream -Bruthen Rd Bridge
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Recreational anglers can ‘have their say’ about fisheries management issues at 12 roundtable forums
being held across Victoria in May and June.
This is the third year that Fisheries Victoria has toured regional Victoria listening to anglers and updating
them about what is happening with their fisheries.
Fisheries Victoria Executive Director, Anthony Hurst said last year’s forums had generated dozens of good ideas.
“We have taken many of these ideas on board and implemented them,” Mr Hurst said.
“These include stocking larger numbers of freshwater fish or stocking more frequently and planning to build
more fishing reefs like those off Frankston, Seaford and Aspendale.
“The first meeting will be at Frankston Yacht Club on Wednesday, May 11 and the final one at the Bendigo
Legion Angling Club on Thursday, June 30.
“These meetings are a great way for anglers to suggest improvements for their sport.
Come along and learn more about developing new fisheries, fish stocking in waters recovering from
drought and floods, what local Fisheries Officers have been doing and infrastructure improvements in your
area such as fish cleaning tables and fishing platforms.
“We want all fishers to contribute new project ideas that enhance fishing across the state,” Mr Hurst said.
Location Date Time Venue
Frankston Wednesday 11 May 7pm Frankston Yacht Club, Long Island Drive
Geelong Tuesday 17 May 7pm Geelong & District Anglers Clubs & Fish Protection Society, 9 Yuille Street, Geelong West
Portland Wednesday 18 May 7pm Portland Arts Centre, Cnr Glenelg & Bentick Streets
Shepparton Wednesday 25 May 7pm Country Comfort Parklake, 481 Wyndham Street
Mansfield Tuesday 7 June 7pm Mansfield Community Centre, Bank Place
Corryong Wednesday 8 June 7pm Memorial Hall, 79 Harris Street
Mildura Wednesday 15 June 7pm Mildura Visitor Info Centre, 180-190 Deakin Avenue
Port Albert Tuesday 21 June 7pm Port Albert Hall, Victoria Street
Bemm River Wednesday 22 June 7pm Bemm River Community Centre, 12 Roberts Road
Swan Hill Tuesday 28 June 7pm Swan Hill Town Hall, 53-57 McCallum Street
Horsham Wednesday 29 June 7pm Banksia Room, DPI Office, 110 Natimuk Road
Bendigo Thursday 30 June 7pm Bendigo Legion Angling Club Station St, Kangaroo Flat
The Fishing DVD issue 22 is out now with an awesome array of stories and tips that will keep you entertained for hours.
with Steve Starling & John Haenke
The Fishing DVD visit an extraordinary wilderness retreat located on a tropical island off Gove (Nhulunbuy), on the north east corner of Arnhem Land. The extraordinary fishing action they encounter in these turquoise waters is only exceeded by the hospitality and creature comforts of the camp itself… this one is very special!
AWOONGA BARRA ON FLY
with Peter Morse and Jason Wilhelm
Stocked impoundment barra are perhaps even less predictable than their wild cousins and this makes them a great challenge, especially for fly fishermen. Utilising a range of flies fished at different depths and using a variety of retrieves Peter Morse catches a string of feisty impoundment barra.
with Brad Sissens and friends
Brad Sissens is joined by some of the top fishing reel engineers from Daiwa’s Japanese headquarters for a couple of days of knock-down, drag-out, no-holds-barred tackle testing on the big, green-backed hoodlum kings of Tairua. You have to check this out!
EXPLORING CURTIS ISLAND
with John Haenke & Mark Bargenquast
The crew climb aboard a luxury mothership and head for the waters around Curtis Island, between Gladstone and Rockhampton, to check out some wild and lightly-fished country. Despite wrestling with strong winds, dirty water and unfavourable tides for the first few days, the team hang in there, proving the importance of persistence and ultimately scoring a champagne popper fishing session around the offshore islands, and also includes some great estuary fishing tips as well.
TASSIE TROUT ON PLASTIC
with Steve Starling and Chris Bassano
Starlo joins gun trout guide, Chris Bassano, on a Tasmanian Central Highlands lake in search of wily brown trout using small Squidgy soft plastics and finesse spinning tackle. Their results prove just how incredibly effective this approach can be, even in adverse weather conditions! Great tips on finding fish holding spots and how to overcome weed beds.
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The long running Japanese Tv show “The Fishing” is now available to watch on line. Daiwa Japan has been the sponsor of this program for the past 27 years and show cases the latest trends in japanese fishing styles and tackle. If you are interested in whats happening in Japan then you can now go online to - www.fishingch.jp/index.html , click on “The Fishing” icon on the far right of the page. Although the content is in japanese many anglers will find it both interesting and fascinating to watch some of the worlds finest anglers using the most advanced techniques.
Revenue received from the sale of Victorian recreational fishing licences has provided valuable fish habitat and improved fishing opportunities in one of East Gippsland’s most visited rivers.
Using $85,000 from the Recreational Fishing Grants Program, the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority has placed 30 log structures into the lower Mitchell River, below the cut at Eagle Point.
Fisheries Victoria Executive Director, Anthony Hurst, said the Mitchell River has experienced a gradual reduction of suitable fish habitat.
“Installation of the submerged logs will provide new in-stream habitat for key recreational fish species such as estuary perch, black bream and luderick,” Mr Hurst said.
Strategically placed, the timber structures will enhance links with existing habitat, and host plants and small animals that will soon become food and shelter for fish.
The eight metre long logs have been secured to single piles driven into the river bed, a method that has been successful in the lower Genoa and Snowy rivers.
Catchment Planner for the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, Jen Smith, said the placement of log structures has been monitored over several years and proven to be successful in providing excellent fish habitat, shelter and food.
This project forms part of a broader program to restore the lower reaches of the Tambo, Nicholson and Mitchell rivers.
Since its inception in 2001, the Recreational Fishing Grants Program has funded more than 345 projects worth more than $13.5 million throughout Victoria.
For more information about how angling licence fees are being spent to improve fishing opportunities visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishing/feesatwork.
Freshwater anglers at Lake Wendouree have plenty to celebrate now the lake is full, trout stocking has resumed and two fishing platforms built with licence revenue can now be used.
The City of Ballarat built the northern Durham Point fishing platform many years ago, followed by another one at St Patrick’s Point, completed in 2006 when the lake was dry.
Both fishing platforms were built using $78,386 from the Recreational Fishing Grants Program, which reinvests money from the sale of fishing licences into projects that improve angling opportunities.
Built over dense bank side vegetation, the St Patrick’s Point fishing platform ensures land-based anglers have access to the deeper sections of the lake and enjoy clear casting to open water.
These platforms contribute to a broader rejuvenation program in the Lake Wendouree precinct.
With both platforms providing access for all, the City of Ballarat is improving visitor facilities for the lake, focusing on path, bridge and beach access points.
Revenue received from the sale of recreational fishing licences has also been used to stock Lake Wendouree once again.
Executive Director of Fisheries Victoria, Anthony Hurst, said the high lake level and improved water conditions allowed the release of 90,000 rainbow trout fry in November.
“We are looking forward to restoring Lake Wendouree to its former glory as one of Victoria’s most popular and productive trout fisheries,” Mr Hurst said
Since its inception in 2001, the Recreational Fishing Grants Program has funded over 345 projects, worth more than $13.5 million.
For more information about how angling licence fees are being spent to improve fishing opportunities visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishing/feesatwork or ring the DPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
More than 187,000 trout have been stocked into formerly drought-affected lakes and reservoirs across Victoria, thanks in part to $231,000 from fishing licence revenue. Ballarat’s Lake Wendouree received the majority of 90,000 rainbow trout fry stocked in November while another 75,000 brown trout fry will be released into waterways around the state this month. Peter Walsh, Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, and responsible for fisheries,said a large number of small trout had been sourced at short notice from the Department of Primary Industries’ own hatchery at Snobs Creek and other private trout hatcheries in northeast Victoria. “We have been fortunate to find so many trout available, given few growers had anticipated such a wet season after many years of lower than average rainfall,” Mr Walsh said. “To have so many lakes fill with water in one year, and to stock them so quickly, exceeded most freshwater anglers’ expectations.” Mr Walsh said anglers could look forward to improved fishing over the next few years with an increase in funding under the Coalition Government. “The Baillieu-Ryan Government has committed to returning all the revenue raised from the sale of recreational fishing licences to the industry for infrastructure works, stocking and education programs,” Mr Walsh said. “In addition, we will increase funding to the industry by $4 million over the next four years.” Other stockings into recovering waters include: . 4,000 into Greenhill Lake, near Ararat, and 2,000 into Lake Beaufort . 15,000 into Cairn Curran Reservoir near Maldon . 3,000 into Teddington (Top) Reservoir and 1,500 in Teddington (Bottom) Reservoir . 10,000 into Hepburn Lagoon and 7,000 into Newlyn Reservoir . 2,000 into Deep Lake at Derrinallum . 4,000 into Barkers Creek Reservoir, Harcourt, in addition to 1,000 stocked in June . 10,000 into Rocklands Reservoir, Balmoral, in addition to 5,000 stocked in July . 10,000 into Tullaroop Reservoir, Carisbrook …/2 . 10,000 into Tooliorook Lake, Lismore . 5,000 into Bostock Reservoir at Ballan . 5,000 into Lake Bolac . 4,000 into Batyo Catyo Lake at Rich Avon . 5,000 into Lake Burrumbeet, near Ballarat Fisheries Victoria executive director Anthony Hurst said while the trout stocking season was drawing to a close, preparations were underway for the beginning of native fish stocking season. “Several recovering lakes will receive Murray cod and golden perch this summer, so it’s an exciting time now the rain has finally come,” Mr Hurst said. For more about fish stocking visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishing
Revenue from the sale of recreational fishing licences continues to fund projects that
improve angling opportunities throughout Victoria, with a further 14 grants provided
through the Small Grants Program.
Half of the projects involve promoting recreational fishing to children through active
participation while others focus on research and minor infrastructure development.
Since its launch in March 2010, the Small Grants Program has funded 45 projects worth
more than $141,000. The program is open year round for small grants up to $5,000.
Executive Director of Fisheries Victoria, Anthony Hurst, said the 14 projects ranged from
junior clinics in regional centres to education products aimed at increasing awareness of
The 14 projects are:
$5,000 to assess fish populations in the Anglesea River after recent fish deaths
$4,960 to conduct a ‘Junior Fishing Day’ event at Corinella Jetty
$4,560 to evaluate pipi stocks in the Cape Liptrap Coastal Park
$2,500 to co-fund 2,000 pipi buckets to promote the reduced bag limit at Cape
Liptrap Coastal Park
$4,500 to conduct a ‘Learn to Fish’ convention at Lakes Entrance
$3,950 to conduct a ‘Mates Day on the Bay’ fishing event
$3,664 to conduct six ‘fishing for diversity’ events at Barwon Heads
$3,400 to conduct a ‘Family Fishing Day’ at the 2011 St Kilda Festival
$2,965 to replace parts of the fishing platform at Deep Lake Recreation Reserve
$1,900 to conduct a ‘Student Fishing Day’ at the Curdies River
$1,975 to conduct a ‘Junior Fishing Clinic’ at Lake Boga
$1,530 to conduct a ‘Junior Angler Workshop’ at Kyabram
$1,215 to co-fund a pilot program to install fishing line disposal bins at 21
locations around Port Phillip Bay and
$1,425 to conduct a Family Surf Fishing tuition day at Venus Bay.
“These projects are terrific examples of ‘your fishing licence fees at work’ to improve
recreational angling opportunities and I encourage any organisation to consider applying
for a grant,” Mr Hurst said.
Since its inception in 2001, the Recreational Fishing Grants Program has funded over
345 projects worth more than $13.5 million. For more information or to apply for a Small
Grant, visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishing/feesatwork
Freshwater anglers are set to benefit in years to come thanks to an expanding Australian bass
stocking program that released over 100,000 fingerlings into seven Gippsland waters, including
three rivers for the first time.
Executive Director of Fisheries Victoria, Anthony Hurst, said recent advances in the genetic
knowledge of Victorian bass stocks confirmed Gippsland bass are essentially one stock rather
than several, as previously thought.
“This means broodstock bass from many Gippsland catchments within their natural range can
now be used when breeding fingerlings, which has increased broodstock collection opportunities
and consequently, fingerling production,” Mr Hurst said.
“Australian bass are a highly regarded sportfish and these stockings cement the Department’s
commitment to developing new fisheries for this species.
“Stocked bass fisheries in north-east New South Wales and south-east Queensland have proved
very successful so we are keen to ensure that Victorian anglers get the opportunity to enjoy bass
“Lake Glenmaggie, near Heyfield, received 22,000 bass while Blue Rock Reservoir, near Moe,
“These two lakes were stocked last summer with 30,000 and 22,000 bass respectively so we will
have consecutive year-classes in the water, which is ideal.
“The Macalister River below Lake Glenmaggie was stocked with 4,000 bass while Lake
Narracan received 20,000.
“New to the list of waters to receive Australian bass fingerlings are the Mitchell, Avon and
Thomson rivers, which contain low density populations of wild bass, some of which have been
used to breed the fingerlings being stocked.
“The Mitchell River received 15,000 bass, the Avon 15,000 and the Thomson 11,000 at Cowarr
“These bass fingerlings are about 1 gram and 3cm long when released and are expected to take
several years to reach the legal minimum length of 27cm.”
The expanded bass stocking program has benefited from extensive broodstock collection by
researchers from the Arthur Rylah Institute (DSE) and is well supported by VRFish, Native Fish
Australia and local Gippsland anglers.
For more information about fish stocking visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishing
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