Coastwatch Vault Fishing Videos

South Sraddie Bream

From the Coastwatch Vault, this story with experienced Jumpinpin angler Les Clark is full of good info on how to catch a feed of Sea Bream at the northern end of South Stradbroke Island. These Sea Bream, or "Snowy's" as they are called, are much better eating than bream caught in rivers and estuaries.

Coastwatch Vault: From 1994 until mid 1999, Brownie's Coastwatch was a half hour TV show produced for Channel 7 Queensland. These videos are segments of that show.

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Nerang River Jacks - Matt & Scott Fraser

From the Coastwatch Vault. In 1998 two brothers Matt & Scott Fraser, walked into the Coastwatch office with some video footage they had shot on catching Mangrove Jack in the Nerang River and asked us if we could do anything with it. The boys had done an excellent job and from their footage we were able to put this story together. The tackle might have changed over the years, but knowledge, technique and wisdom doesn't date

Cast Netting Banana Prawns

From the Coastwatch Vault this story on cast netting Banana Prawns around Jacobs Well and the mouth of the Logan River with experienced angler Les Clark. Before you go cast netting make sure you have checked the rules regarding net sizes and how many you are able to keep.

Land Based Lure Fishing

From the Coastwatch Vault, this story shot in 1998 with Gold Coast guide Brad Smith shows that you can still enjoy fishing if you don't own a boat. Brad walks the banks of the lower reaches of the Tweed River casting lures and catching a few fish. They weren't monsters, but if you fish for the sport of it, this is fun. The tackle in the story is dated, but the same principle still applies today.

Flicking for Flathead

It's sad when the great characters of Queensland fishing pass away and we lose their knowledge built up over a lifetime of observing and angling. Mal Ferguson was one of those characters and an excellent beach fisherman. Mal passed away in 1997, but some of his knowledge lives on via this video from the Coastwatch Vault shot in October 1994 with his tips on flicking for flathead off the beach. Size limits for dusky flathead have increased since we shot this. In Qld they are now minimum 40cms and maximum 75cms and the bag limit is 5. In NSW, the minimum is 36cms and the bag limit is 10, with only one fish allowed over 70cms.

Tangalooma Flathead

From the Coastwatch Vault, this story with Aaron Fogarty on catching the ferry to Tangalooma on Moreton Island, walking to Tangalooma Point south of the resort, catching flathead and walking back to the resort jetty in time to catch the ferry home. A great way to fish on Moreton Island for a day if you don't have a boat to get there.

Live Baiting Jumpinpin Flathead

From the Coastwatch Vault, this story shot in October 1998 on live baiting flathead at Jumpinpin with experienced anglers Les Clark and Dave Smith shows how to go about it. These days a lot of flathead are caught on shorter sport fishing rods and reels and soft plastics. However, there are still plenty of anglers who like to use a longer rod, a trusty Alvey reel and bait, so although shot some time ago, the wisdom and experience in this story still applies.

A Great Save

From the Coastwatch Vault this classic moment in September 1995 on the Tweed River when Kev Gilbert caught a nice flathead. Wife Liz netted it, but the net had a hole in it. Watch the video to see what happened.

Land based Flathead on plastics

This video from the Hook & The Cook has good tips on land based flathead fishing using soft plastics

Flathead on lures

Dr David Green has a stressful life, having for many years run the emergency section of Southport Hospital. His pressure relief valve is fishing and he's very good at most species ranging from blue marlin to whiting. He's excellent at flathead on lures and has been part of the winning team 6 times in the annual Flattie Classic held at Southport. This story from the Coastwatch Vault shot in August 1998, is a nice little yarn about Greenie taking his kids, Jacquie and Michael fishing and teaching them how to do it. The kids are now grown up and Jacquie is a social worker and Michael a doctor working with his dad at emergency at Southport Hospital. They all still love fishing.

Catching Mud Crabs

From the Coastwatch Vault, this story we shot in February 1998 has good tips on catching mud crabs in Hayes Inlet off the Pine River Wayne Olsen and Darren Purcell. These guys know their stuff and show a really easy way to tie a mud crab after it's been caught, using a plastic bag. Although it was shot some time ago, the technique they use still works today.