Spincast tackle, also know as closed face reels, are very user friendly. They’re great for all ages, especially children with their trouble free casting after just a little practice. Shannon Watson from Daiwa Australia gives a brief ‘how-to’ to get you going. See the video here>>
We have added new models to our popular Aird rod range as well as our Aird Pre-mounted Combo range.
Check out the Aird rod range here >>
Our extensive range of Aird Spin PMCs >>
Aird Baitcast PMCs can be found here >>
Andrew Badullovich joins our Pro News crew with a great article about introducing kids to angling and how D-Shock Combos are the perfect rigs for doing so. Check it out here.
The new Aird PMC’s have arrived. For more information click here.
The new high performance Laguna rods for anglers on a budget or those who want a back up rod have arrived. For more information click here.
The Fishing DVD #26 is jam-packed with action, information, tips, destinations and product reviews… and you don’t have to read it! In just over two hours of spectacular, high-definition vision, this broadcast-quality “DVD Magazine” brings it all to your lounge room, den, holiday house, offi ce or laptop computer – whenever and wherever YOU choose to view! Watch it all, from start to finish, or choose the stories and segments you like most, then view them over and over, at your leisure. Re-wind, slow mo’, freeze frame and fast-forward to all the juicy bits..
The new Team Daiwa T rods will be available through BCF stores Australia wide from the middle of December.
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The Fishing DVD no 25 is out very soon with great stories on the following.
-How to catch trout in the Snowy Mtns with the kids.
- Hard Body Snapper tactics
- Estuary fly fishing
- Salifish in Mooloolaba
- Sydney Surf fishing
- Brisbanes Moreton Bay
Plus lots more features on cooking and understanding propellers.
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The new Laguna is Daiwa’s finest budget baitcaster reel ever developed. For superior cast control it features Magforce which controls the spool speed to avoid over runs, but the new design features an open access low profile frame for more thumb control.
Its hand fitting comfort and high performance matched with its amazingly low price makes it ideal for anglers wanting to venture into baitcaster reels.
For more information click here.
Aird is Daiwa’s latest most feature packed reel ever developed in the price range. With all of Daiwa’s unique designs like Digigear, Airbail, ABS etc this reel is easily mistaken for its more expensive cousins.
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Revenue from the sale of Victorian recreational fishing licences continues to fund projects that improve angling opportunities, with another ten small grants announced today.
Fisheries Victoria Executive Director Anthony Hurst said the Small Grants Program is open year round to Victorian fishing clubs and associations, not-for profit organisations, schools and government agencies and incorporated bodies for small grants up to $5,000.
“Many of the latest projects encourage sustainable and responsible fishing to the community through participation in clinics,” Mr Hurst said.
The ten small grants are:
$4,860 to conduct a Family Fishing Day at the ‘Nagambie on Water Festival’
$3,785 to conduct a ‘Family Come and Try Fishing Day’ at Green Hill Lake
$3,455 to conduct a ‘Family Fishing Day’ at Rowville Lake
$3,350 to conduct a ‘Family Fishing Day’ at Bealiba Reservoir
$2,734 to conduct a ‘Community Fish-a-thon’ at Kennington Reservoir
$2,110 for a ‘Fisherman’s Breakfast’ promoting safe fishing practices and advising of a litter prevention program at the Warmies in Hobsons Bay
$1,518 to conduct a ‘Catch-a-Carp Day’ at Bairnsdale
$1,100 to install angel rings at fishing locations around Port Phillip Bay
$775 to conduct a ‘Come Fishing with Jimmy’ event to promote responsible fishing at Manns Beach
$595 to conduct a ‘Family Catch-a-Carp Day’ at Lake Guthridge.
“These local community projects are great examples of ‘your fishing licence fees at work’ to improve fishing in Victoria,” Mr Hurst said.
The Recreational Fishing Grants Program has funded over 350 projects worth more than $13.7 million, since its inception in 2001.
For more information about how fishing licence fees are being spent to improve angling opportunities visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishing/feesatwork
Recreational anglers visiting coastal fishing spots now have the luxury of cleaning their catch in comfort thanks to 20 new fish cleaning tables across Victoria.
Fisheries Victoria Executive Director Anthony Hurst said new tables had been installed at key fishing destinations in recent months, bringing the total number installed by Fisheries Victoria to more than 30.
Fifteen of the new tables are adjacent to boat ramps and popular fishing spots while another five have been installed on piers for use by land-based fishers.
“Whether you’re a serious angler who wets a line several times a week or a family fishing from a pier, these new tables make it easier to take some fillets home for the table,” Mr Hurst said.
Fish cleaning tables have been installed at:
Curdies River at Curdievale
Yambuk Lake boat ramp
Public Reserve on the Glenelg River, Nelson
Apollo Bay boat ramp
Apollo Bay wharf
Ocean Grove boat ramp
St Helens boat ramp, Corio Bay
Two tables adjacent to the Port Welshpool boat ramp
Main wharf at Port Franklin
Jetty at the main boat ramp at Inverloch
Dawsons Cove at Paynesville
Fishermans Wharf at Paynesville
Shaving Point at Metung
Johnsonville boat ramp on the Tambo River
Fishermans Landing, Lake Tyers
Main boat ramp at Lake Tyers
Karbeethong (near Mallacoota) boat ramp and a second table on the jetty
Main boat ramp at Mallacoota.
All of these new fish cleaning tables feature slanted stainless steel surfaces and many are roofed to protect anglers and their catch from the elements.
Australia’s leading fishing publication is packed full of great information this month and also features Daiwa’s latest Tournamnet Master x-G rods on the inside cover.
Surface fishing for bream
Species guide: Dolphin fish
Top 10 bream lures – Part 1
Practical: DIY reel servicing
Destinations: SA kingfish
Destinations: Cape York, FNQ
Destinations: Gold Coast holiday hotspot
Destinations: Sydney’s Hawkesbury River
A life spent Fly fishing
Plus Australia’s best columnists, loads of news and new products and the bonus Boat Fishing magazine featuring tests on new boats plus practical boating tips.
Fisheries Victoria scientists have begun surveying Lake Nagambie and the anglers who fish there to determine the success of recent fish stocking.
Fisheries Victoria Executive Director, Anthony Hurst, said native fish stocking was reintroduced into Lake Nagambie in 2008 when 200,000 golden perch and 100,000 Murray cod fingerlings were released.
By the end of this summer, more than 600,000 golden perch and 150,000 Murray cod will have been stocked into Lake Nagambie over a three year period.
“It is now time to start evaluating how those fish have survived and grown using two different approaches,” Mr Hurst said.
“The first will involve interviewing anglers between December and Easter about their catch, time spent fishing, their target species and level of angling satisfaction.
“The second approach involves directly sampling the fish in Lake Nagambie to quantify the survival, growth and proportion of stocked fish within the overall populations.
“If the stocked fish are abundant, it indicates that fish stocking has been successful so far and anglers can look forward to better fishing in years to come.
“It is hoped the interviews with anglers might also reveal keen fishers who are willing to play a bigger role in monitoring stocked fish over the longer term.
“We’d like avid anglers to be an ongoing point of contact for Fisheries Victoria scientists so we can use their information to help gauge the success of the stocking program and fine tune our management strategies.
“With more native fish scheduled for release this summer, it will be important to assess the benefits from stocking using the best and most cost effective research available through the Fisheries Research Branch.
“The stockings and fisheries assessment are well supported by the Nagambie Angling Club, whose members are keen to see the fishery return to its former glory as a regional fishing hot-spot for locals and visitors.”
For more about fish stocking visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishing
NSW Rockfishers are being reminded that safety, not fish should come first, when dropping a line over summer, NSW Primary Industries Minister Steve Whan said today.
“Rock fishing is a favourite sport for many recreational fishers in NSW, but unfortunately it’s one that can prove very dangerous,” Mr Whan said.
“This summer, don’t become a statistic. Rockfishers should make sure they always put their safety ahead of landing the catch of the day.”
The NSW Government funds a number of important safety programs through the NSW Recreational Fishing trust to further educate and assist rock fishers in NSW to help keep them safe.
• the Angel ring program, with more than 100 life buoys installed at popular rockfishing spots along the NSW coast. The program is administered by the NSW Branch of the Australian National Sports Fishing Association (ANSA).
• A series of workshops to educate rockfishers, especially of a non-English speaking background, of some simple safety measures coordinated by the Recreational fishing Alliance of NSW and Surf Life Saving Australia.
• the production and distribution of the successful Rockfishing Safety resource folder. The folders include DVD’s on how to rockfish safely, translated into Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese, which are distributed free of charge to anglers.
• a research study by the Royal Life Saving Society to identify and examine recreational fishing related deaths, including rock fishing, since 2002.
The NSW Government has also provided additional funding of $90,000 to extend these programs, including distributing multilingual safety information to recreational fishing licence holders and signage at angel ring locations.
ANSA Angel Ring Program Coordinator Stan Konstantaras said despite the wide-ranging safety programs, it was disappointing that rock fishing deaths continue to occur.
“Rockfishing deaths are on the rise because many are inexperienced anglers who fish during dangerous conditions,” Mr Konstantaras said.
“Fishing is fun – but it should never be at the expense of your life.
“Always rockfish with a lifejacket, check the weather and tidal conditions prior to going out, wear the right clothing and footwear, fish with other people, and tell someone of your fishing plans.”
Mr Whan said the NSW Government also urges those going rock fishing to use common sense and check the swell and tide conditions prior to going.
Further information on rockfishing safety, including coastal reports, Maritime alerts and multilingual brochures, can be found at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/saltwater/safety or www.safefishing.com.au.
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
As a parent, I think it’s natural that we secretly hope that our children will share our passions. I think it is also one of the greatest privileges to watch them as they succeed in their endeavours.
So as a keen fisherman, you can imagine how proud I was to fish a Bass Tournament with my 10 year old Daughter, Anja, and to watch her land her first Australian Bass. The following are her own words as she recounts our weekend on the water together.
Last weekend my family and I drove to Lake Glenbawn. There was a Bass fishing tournament taking place and I went to fish with my Dad, Greg Seeto and his friend Josh Carpenter. I’ve fished in a tournament with Dad before, but I was very excited because this was my first Bass tournament and I am always asking Dad when I can fish another comp with him.
We entered the tournament as Team Daiwa. Each morning we got up at 5.00am to be on the water for the start at 6am. We fished for 8 hours on Saturday and for 5 hours on Sunday. Brad from Daiwa lent me a D-Shock and a Royalcast rod and reel for the weekend and I caught my first ever Bass on Saturday.
Josh kept telling me to cast as close to the edge as possible and wind my lure past the trees and weed in the water. I caught my fish on a spinnerbait in clear water, using the D-Shock rod and reel. Dad was so excited.
Listening at the weigh in, a lot of the people caught their Bass on spinnerbaits. I was so proud of myself because this was the first Bass I have ever caught and it was the second biggest out of the three we caught on the first day. I didn’t catch any fish on Sunday, but I still caught more than Dad. Luckily Josh caught two for us. So our total for the weekend was 5 out of a possible 8, not bad considering Dad and I don’t go Bass fishing very often.
I had a great but very tiring weekend. It was cool to try the 2 new rods and reels as well. The D-shock is like my other fishing rods that Dad taught me to use, but the Royalcast was easier to cast. I love to fish with Dad and can’t wait till we do another tournament together.
If you’re looking for a fishing combo for the kids, the D-shock and the Royalcast are great inexpensive options, depending on the level of experience of the children.
D-shock is a spin outfit with many features found in Daiwa’s high end reels, including ABS, Twistbuster and Digigear. The Royalcast reel on the other hand is a Spincast reel, perfect for kids. Available in a matched rod and reel combo it will assist with line management, reducing tangles and allowing for easy casting.
Al McGlashan ran one of the most successful kids fishing days recently, hosted by the Sydney Game Fishing Club with kids combo’s supplied by Daiwa. Here’s the letter of appreciation from the SGFC President, Steve Warne.
I would like to show my appreciation in conveying many a good wish that was expressed from Eighty excited juniors and there accompanying parents who attended the recent Sydney Game Fishing Club Junior Fishing Clinic Day.
Sydney Game Fishing Club through means of support and goodwill from sponsors with special mention to Diawa in providing Twenty Five Rod & Reel combo’s that were subsequently handed out along with individual junior bags helped demonstrate the involvement and commitment that is necessary in providing the guidance and nurturing of upcoming youth in the form of Juniors who we consider to be the very foundation and future to all concerned.
Many thank you letters and emails showing appreciation where sent into the club by both the juniors and parents with many good stories recounted particularly in light of the fact that for the greater majority of these juniors attending it was their first experience in catching and releasing a fish.
The Junior Fishing clinic was a resounding success for SGFC particularly in regards to the encouragement and participation shown in family involvement to fishing in general , and resulted in many accolades and well wishes from various institutions and Government authorities with post discussions held between SGFC members agreeing in it being the best received community event that has ever been held in Sydney Game Fishing Club’s Proud long History and to that aim on behalf of SGFC I also would like to convey my appreciation and well wishes to both yourself and Brad Sissins of Diawa in respect to both your contribution in the day’s events.
For more information on Al go too – www.almcglashan.com.au
For more information on Sydney Game Fishing Club go too – www.sgfc.com.au