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Hello D.Y.F.C Members!

Welcome to the November edition of the D.Y.F.C newsletter, delivering you all the latest updates and information on the Daiwa Young Fishing Club.   

CONGRATULATIONS
Last Month's Winners

I LOVE FISHING

Jack Rolender

This is my first Barramundi caught all by myself on a lure Dad gave me. I caught this in the Fitzroy River at Rockhampton. My Dad, brother and I were on a road trip to Mackay to catch a barramundi. It was caught on a Crossfire rod and reel.

ECO ANGLERS

Brad McNiven

Releasing his catch to fight and breed another day. Brad McNiven showed his love for catch and release fishing by setting his recent catch free. Awesome effort Brad and great to see you looking after the anglers of the future.

Keen to get involved?



Simply take a photo and submit your image online together with some details about your entry for either our “I Love Fishing!” or “Eco Anglers!” categories.

 Monthly prize giveaways, enter to

WIN 1 OF 2 DAIWA PRIZE PACKS 

valued at RRP $50.

Winners will be judged on both originality and creativity.

How To Cast A Fishing Rod

Casting a rod is one of the basic skills you need to learn in fishing. It is a skill learned through constant practice. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, spending some time practising can make you a better angler.

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Welcome to our first D.Y.F.C newsletter. Each month our newsletter will deliver to you all the latest releases, updates and information on the Daiwa Young Fishing Club. Announcements of our photo derby winners, tips and tricks to help your fishing, water and sun safety advice, and of course giveaways and comps to entertain and fuel your love of fishing will all feature in your monthly D.Y.F.C newsletter.   

CONGRATULATIONS
Last Month's Winners

Tucker Hardie

“I love fishing because it’s fun and exciting”, explained 7 year old Tucker who was super stoked with his new PB yellowbelly. Measuring 51cm Tucker caught his awesome fish from one of the only two fishing spots he had available to fish in his local LGA during lockdown.

Jai Baxter

While a recent trip out on the river didn’t produce any fish Jai still managed to get up close and personal with this larger than life Murray cod mural. Super cool, this super-sized cod just might be the lucky charm for Jai’s next fishing adventure. 

Keen to get involved?



Simply take a photo and submit your image online together with some details about your entry for either our “I Love Fishing!” or “Eco Anglers!” categories.

Monthly prize giveaways, enter to

WIN 1 of 2 Daiwa prize packs





valued at RRP $50.

Winners will be judged on both originality and creativity. 

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How to Setup a Fishing Rod

Fishing is a fun and relaxing activity enjoyed by many Aussies. If you're planning to start fishing, the good news is you don't have to be a pro to enjoy this activity. All you need to have is the right set of equipment and know the basics. 

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Water Wise Tips:

Five Sun Smart Steps:

1. Slip on Clothing
Choose clothing that covers as much skin as possible, for example, collared shirts with long sleeves.

2. Slop on SPF 30 (or higher) Broad-spectrum, Water-resistant Sunscreen
Apply a generous amount of sunscreen to clean, dry skin at least 20 minutes before you go outside. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.

3. Slap on a Hat
Choose, a broad-brimmed, legionnaire or bucket style hat which shades your face, nose, neck and ears, which are common sites for skin cancers.

4. Seek Shade
Use trees, built shade structures, or bring your own (such as a sunshade tent)!

5. Slide on Some Sunglasses
Sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat worn together can reduce UV radiation exposure to the eyes by up to 98%. 

1. Check For Hazards

Check the water and shore for hazards and don’t fish where it’s dangerous. Hazards can include, step banks, fast running water, waves, rocks and logs, and excessive boat traffic.

2. Never Fish by Yourself

You can’t be saved if you can’t be seen so it is important to fish with someone else, and ideally with an adult. Let people know where you’re fishing and be safe by the water by fishing with others.

3. Watch & Learn

Look and watch the water to see what the conditions are like. Are there waves breaking, is the tide coming in and going to flood the area that you’re fishing? Look and learn and assess the water, how it’s behaving and if it’s changing.

4. Plan An Escape Route

While you may not plan to get into the water, accidents can happen. If you fall in or the tide comes in, it’s important to know how, and when, you’ll be able to get back out of the water.

5. Wear a Lifejacket

If you’re fishing from a boat or near deep water make sure you wear a lifejacket. Check your local lifejacket regulations so you know who (children) is required by law to wear one and make sure the lifejacket you wear is in good condition, suitable for the intended wearer, and serviced and maintained as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Fish smarter, cleaner, and greener with our earth friendly eco-fishing tips. 

1. Know Your Bag and Size Limits 

Knowing and adhering to your fishing bag and size limits helps to minimise over fishing and ensuring sustainable fish stocks for the future.

2. Practice Catch and Release

Only keep what you immediately need to eat. When you practice catch and release don’t keep your fish out of the water for too long (keep them wet), use your D.Y.F.C Measure Mat to measure them, handle the fish carefully with wet hands, then release them safely and gently back into the water. Remember to watch out for prey, like pelicans, when releasing your catch.

3. Dispose of Your Rubbish

Always take your rubbish with you when you leave and dispose of it in the bin. While you're there why not go one step further and pick up some extra rubbish. The fish and wildlife will thank you for it.

4. Tread Lightly

Don’t forget when you’re fishing you’re in nature so look after it. Don’t go digging in the river banks, climb on and break the mangrove trees or stomp on seagrass beds. Tread lightly and limit your impact on the environment. 

5. Tell Your Friends and Family

Share your love of the outdoors and fishing and how awesome it is. Tell your friends, tell your family, and of course tell your teacher, because the more people there are fishing, the more people we have to protect our oceans, rivers, and waterways.

AUSTRALIAN BASS

Bass are a medium sized freshwater fish found in eastern-flowing coastal rivers and streams along the east coast. They have been introduced to select impoundments over the last 30 years. They are opportunistic foragers and hunters, eating most small prey that enters their domain. Bass can be silvery in colouration in brackish or muddy water, but can also display a dark, almost black colouration in tannin-stained or clear water.

TACKLE SELECTION

Australian bass are one of Australia’s best freshwater sportfish to catch on lures. Catchable in rivers and lakes, bass will take a huge variety of lures.

Here are some tackle recommendations for your next bass trip.


Rod: 6’- 7’2” light to medium heavy Daiwa Spin or Baitcaster Rod

Reel: 2000-3000 Daiwa Spin Reel70-150 Daiwa Baitcaster Reel

Line: 6-30lb PE lineLeader: 6-14lb Flurocarbon Leader

Lures: 2.5” & 3.2” Bait Junkie Minnow, Steez Popper/Spinnerbait/Cover Chatter, 60SP & 75SP Double Clutch, Jig Spinner SS 

The Daiwa fishing family is broad and diverse and ranges from the young to the young at heart. For many of us fishing is more than just a weekend activity, it’s a way of life, sometimes a profession, and most notably a deep seated passion.

In our D.Y.F.C ‘Meet the Family’ series we meet and introduce the members of the family that live to fish and are fuelled by the desire to share their passion for the outdoors.

Name: Tom Slater

Occupation: Product Development Manager, Daiwa Australia

Age: 30 years old

Age Started Fishing: 5 years old

Favourite fish to target: Australian Bass, or Largemouth bass if we’re allowed to choose internationally.

Favourite type of fishing: Tournament fishing.

Most memorable captures: There’s quite a few tournament fish that stick in the memories, whether it’s fish that have ultimately won me a tournament or were just really nice fish under pressure in the heat of a tournament.

Why do you fish: I was fortunate to grow up around a family that also loved fishing, my father was a keen angler and handmade his own lures & rods. This probably was the start of my obsession with the finer details of fishing.

As I grew up I actually stopped fishing for quite a period of time when my family moved from Collinsville in Northern Queensland down to Brisbane. I became obsessed with golf and played competitively throughout my childhood and adolescence.

When I turned 17 I ended up going halves in a small tinny with a good friend Anthony and that reignited my passion for fishing.

We’d tow the little tinny around all parts of Southeast Queensland in search of fish to catch, and it was the perfect boat to make the most of the electric only dams which scatter throughout Southeast Queensland which is where I got my taste for tournament fishing.

Once I had discovered the world of tournament fishing that was it, it catered to the competitive nature I’d always had and filled the hole left by competitive junior golf. Since then, I haven’t looked back.

Who/What inspires you to fish? 
In the beginning it was definitely my father, he got me started and lit the fire for me. These days it’s about my desire to continually find new and better ways to catch fish. As a product designer, that’s what keeps me coming back time and time again.

What is your next dream catch? I’ve been fortunate enough to fish a lot throughout the world and I’ve caught a lot of awesome fish. For me, I’d love to catch smallmouth bass on lake Champlain in New York. That’s my ultimate fishing destination!

Each month we’ll present you with the opportunity to get in touch with your artistic side with our interactive fishing inspired activities.

Grab your pens and pencils and add a touch of colour to this awesome looking snapper. Click the link to access, download and print out your very own D.Y.F.C colouring in sheet.  

SNAPPER

Snapper, or pink snapper as they are known in WA, are a medium-sized demersal fish of the family sparidae, which includes bream. They range in colour from a pale pink to almost bright red, and juveniles can often sport vibrant blue spots. Larger models can sometimes have large bumps on their head, giving them the nickname 'knobbies'.

Tackle Selection

Snapper are excellent species to target for the recreational angler and can be caught with a variety of tackle, lures and baits. Here are some tackle recommendations for your next snapper trip.

Rod: 7’ medium to medium heavy Daiwa Spin Rod

Reel: 3000- 5000 Daiwa Spin Reel

Line: 15-30lb monofilament or PE line

Leader: 16-30lb Flurocarbon Leader

Lures: 5” and 7” Bait Junkie Jerkshad or Kohga Bay Rubber 

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The Daiwa fishing family is broad and diverse and ranges from the young to the young at heart. For many of us fishing is more than just a weekend activity, it’s a way of life, sometimes a profession, and most notably a deep seated passion.

In our D.Y.F.C ‘Meet the Family’ series we meet and introduce the members of the family that live to fish and are fuelled by the desire to share their passion for the outdoors.

Name: Brett Habener
Occupation: Digital & Creative Manager, Daiwa Australia
Age: 35 years old
Age started fishing: 2 years old
Favourite fish to target: Australian Bass
Favourite type of fishing: Flyfishing & Freshwater
Most memorable catches: Spot Tail Bass & Blue Bastard

Why do you fish?
Fishing has always been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. It has offered me the opportunity to travel around the world in pursuit of dream captures as well as forge a career path within the fishing industry. From starting out catching my first fish at a Victorian trout farm at the age of 2 years old with my family to hiking the remote mountain rivers of the Solomon Islands with my best mate targeting spot tail bass in recent years, fishing has always been a constant source of my fondest memories.

Who/What inspires you to fish? 
My father has always been a mad keen angler and it was his passion for the sport that inspired me when I was young and still does to this day. I loved nothing more than waking up super early with my dad in the freezing cold to go and soak some mudeyes under a float for Trout in Victoria’s western lakes. These days are exactly the same and I love nothing more than gearing up for a trip and heading out early in the morning to go and target some Australian bass in the Hunter Valley dams west of Sydney on the weekends. Creating lifelong friendships and accomplishing goals is what always keeps me motivated to get outside and go fishing.

What is your next dream catch?
I would love to catch a permit on fly. It is considered the holy grail of Fly Fishing and it is something I have not had the opportunity to do yet. They are extremely spooky and fishing for them is incredibly visual and technical so it will be the ultimate challenge.

Each month we’ll present you with the opportunity to get in touch with your artistic side with our interactive fishing inspired activities.

Grab your pens and pencils and add a touch of colour to this awesome looking snapper. Click the link to access, download and print out your very own D.Y.F.C colouring in sheet.  

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