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HORSES FOR COURSES

Spring has sprung, which means so will the horses from the starting gate at Randwick very soon. So dust off those fascinators and suits that fit just a little too snugly, and get ready to lose some money. Or win it. Apparently that can happen sometimes, although I’m yet to experience it. This year’s Spring […]

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GETTING BACK TO NATURE

What would we all do without our mates – mates to get you into trouble, mates to get you out of trouble, mates to make you laugh so hard your facial muscles hurt, and mates who are there for you in tough times or just to give you shit. Weekends away with a group of […]

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WAITING FOR THE WINTER BLUES

Last month’s article touched on the annual run of tuna that sweeps up the south east coast of Australia, often reaching Sydney’s far wide fishing grounds during July, August, and September. Whilst these majestic and sought after fish have not turned up wide of Browns Mountain or even around Heatons Hill just yet, they are […]

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THE RODEO CLOWNS ARE BACK IN TOWN

On Saturday, July 22, the cowboys are coming to Sydney’s Olympic Park. No, not the footy team. Genuine cowboys. Blokes in big hats with wide gaits and strong jaws. You better lock up your daughters and twinks.* “This is not a rodeo,” they attest. “It’s the one and only Professional Bull Riders.” I am not […]

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EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY

With the coldest May and June days on record for some time making us all face up to the fact that winter has well and truly arrived, it’s time to execute plans to get the hell out of here, or rug up and find time to go fishing or diving when the conditions and time […]

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Dirty June Thirty

Imagine if your employer texted you this evening and told you not to come in tomorrow; they’ve sold you. To another company. In another city. You start next week. No, you can’t bring your cat. You might be so unhappy in your present state of malaise that you welcome it, but for most it would […]

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IT’S TIME TO BUCKLE DOWN AND HATCH PLANS

With winter on the doorstep, it’s time to buckle down and hatch plans for local adventures and far flung fishy missions with mates. Last week a group of my most fanatical fishing buddies and I did just that. After months of careful planning with a close eye on the moon phase, tides, holiday breaks, and […]

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A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

There are few things more patronising than a male talking about women’s sport. I know this. And I know I’m on a hiding to nothing here with certain types, desperately poised with 140 characters of venom to throw at anyone who misspeaks or doesn’t 100 per cent fall in line with the way they think. […]

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CATCHING FISH WHEN IT’S BEEN RAINING CATS AND DOGS

With all the crappy weather over the last couple of months, I thought it would be interesting to contemplate openly the difficulty of finding and catching fish consistently in the estuaries when the ocean has been turned chocolate brown and pea green by rough waves and bucket loads of rain. It certainly isn’t the easiest […]

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THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD

“Turn and face the strange ch-ch-ch-changes” Sydney. Are you ready for it? I’m not sure you are. Especially not here in the Eastern Suburbs. Sydney’s not a one swan town anymore, there’s a giant new bird down the local, ruffling feathers and generally running amok. If you’re struggling to follow (which, I admit, would be […]

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