Author: John Steele

A little TLC goes a long way when it comes to outboard motors. At the very least, you should get your motor checked over at the beginning of every season by a professional mechanic. But there are other good maintenance habits that will save you...

Spending a day on a fishing charter is a great way to explore a new fishing location. But it is also a chance to improve and refine your fishing skills. When I see charter customers spending the day taking in the sun instead of getting...

Snags and bite-offs are one of the most frustrating aspects of fishing. On several occasions, I have nearly thrown my whole rod setup overboard in pure frustration at a snagged line. Not only is it a nuisance but it can become costly if you keep...

Few places in the country offer an angling challenge quite like the Barwon River estuary. Structure is in short supply, and what is there isn't easily visible. Tidal flows can be unpredictable and visibility is often poor. Despite the challenging fishing conditions, the Barwon River estuary...

A lot of angler parents have written extensively about using live bait and teaching kids to fish with basic setups and easy applications. I would like to put the case forward to starting kids off on soft plastics. Over the last few years, my seven-year-old...

Rope for docking, anchoring, and towing is an essential item on any vessel. However, it is often overlooked, both in the boat's maintenance, and when it comes to selecting the right rope for the right job. The difference between a good, well-maintained rope and a...

With white sandy beaches, turquoise water and idyllic island setting, it is easy to see why the Whitsundays tops most people's lists for places to visit in Australia. To fully explore the islands you will need a boat. But with so many options of bareboat...

It is a glorious day out on the continental shelf, 20 miles away from shore. You have been trolling lures for Blue or Black Marlin all morning without any luck when you hear the sweet sound of your drag and you know you are onto...

Turning a passion into a livelihood is everyone's dream. When it comes to fishos, what could be more exhilarating than breaking the nine to five mould and starting your own fishing charter? The market can seem saturated. Hundreds of charters have sprung up in recent years,...

In my time on the water, I have seen and done a lot of things. I have been caught short and run out of bait and had to improvise many times, sometimes using centipedes or millipedes or anything else I can get my hands on...