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OUR VISION is for every Australian fisher to enjoy rich & satisfying experiences while fishing — now, & forever — & for all Australians to embrace the positive influence that recreational fishing can have on our society. CLICK HERE to read the MISSIONS of our public & members-only sites.


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Every time you load Fishotopia on your computer or device, you’ll be greeted with a set of timely tips, reminders & insights to keep you inspired and on track. The Almanac updates daily!


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Aussie Angler Almanac details and dates are true — to the best of our knowledge — at the time of production, but regulations often change. If you know of an update, please click the button and let us know, so we can tell all Aussie fishers.

This is a Map and key to the Aussie Anglers Almanac Regions. Grey denotes the region north of the line from Exmouth to Hervey Bay. Blue denotes the coastal region stretching from Albany to Exmouth in Western Australia. Orange denotes all freshwater fishing south of the Tropic Of Capricorn, including Tasmania. Green denotes the southern coastal region stretching from Port Phillip Bay in Victoria to Albany in Western Australia. Yellow denotes the eastern seaboard from Hervey Bay in Queensland to Port Phillip Bay in Victoria. Fishotopia.

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OUR VISION is for every Australian fisher to enjoy rich and satisfying experiences while fishing — now, and forever — and for all Australians to embrace the positive influence that recreational fishing can have on our society.

Fishotopia’s MISSION

To influence positive growth and transformation in the recreational fishing sector by helping each and every fisher become better at what they love doing — fishing!

The Inner Circle’s MISSION

To create an inspiring and supportive community for passionate recreational fishers to innovate, collaborate, learn and celebrate fishing, while also building a nation-wide and international network of fishing mates, in line with the Fishotopia VISION.

Recreational fishing is Australia’s heritage. It’s intrinsically woven into the fabric of our culture. When you think about it, it has the power to heal many of our society’s woes… but you have to THINK about it.

Not only does it get us off our butts, away from our screens and back into the wilds, it teaches us about ecosystems, their fragility and our place in them, as both predator and protector. It teaches us empathy, as well as humility — and much, much more… when you think about it.

~Jo Starling, co-founder of Fishotopia.


HAVE YOU DISCOVERED THIS YET? click to preview A Fisherman’s Life.
Do You Know What This Is?

Do You Know What This Is?

The folk at OceanWatch are seeking help to identify this piece of marine debris. Any ideas? The team at Tangaroa Blue recently found this device on one of their beach cleans. It was classified as fishing gear but OceanWatch are not quite sure what it is exactly....

Barra’Prentice Gets Sister Team

Barra’Prentice Gets Sister Team

Not only does The Barra’Prentice program build self-reliant and empowered female anglers, it also builds strong bonds between team mates. At the end of every program, we find it very hard to cut the bow lines and set our newly graduated ’Prentice adrift. That’s why...

Gap-titude Test

Gap-titude Test

  Have you heard “The Church Of The Wandering Stream”, a song by Ben Winship and David Thompson? I’ve been singing it a lot lately. Nature is a wonderful mentor and, if there were such a church, she’d be its highest deity. This past month has been extremely...

The Ugly Truth Plaguing Rec’ Fishing

OMG! Are you as gobsmacked as I am over the discordant cacophony of babble and bullying that surrounds the concept of guarding the health of our fish stocks? It’s like living in the fable of Babel — with the incessance of social media dumped on top! Some folks are...

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Starlo's Fishotopia
Starlo's Fishotopia

Here's a free event to put on your calendar for later in the month if you are on or will be on the south coast of NSW near Batemans Bay. I'll let you know more about it as we get closer to the time, but...

Starlo's Fishotopia
Starlo's Fishotopia

Steve Morgan and the crew at Fishing Monthly Magazines have done an excellent and very comprehensive evaluation of some of the more popular fluorocarbon leader materials, all in their 20 pound (rated) strengths. The video is fascinating, and the full published results will be in...

Starlo's Fishotopia
Last year, we took on the massive task of testing all of the 20lb class, branded braided lines on the market. We got 24 different varieties to run through a ...



RSS …from the public blog

    Below is a copy of the transcript of my talk at the 2019 National Recreational Fishing Conference in Hobart, accompanied by some of the screen shots from my PowerPoint presentation: To introduce myself and give you some background: I’ve been a keen recreational angler for over half a century, and for the past 40 years, […]
  • A Dry Argument March 2, 2019
    Below is my editorial from the February 2019 “Fishotopian” newsletter. To subscribe to these free monthly newsletters from, please click here. Unless you’ve been overseas or off grid for the past few months, you’ll have seen coverage of catastrophic fish kills in outback NSW, especially along the Darling River near Menindee. The scale of […]
My Fly Gear Gap Year — facebook
My Fly Gear Gap Year - Jo Starling
My Fly Gear Gap Year - Jo Starling

In this uncertain times, a little compassion goes a very long way. Here is a little compassion exercise that I hope can help calm the fraught souls who a struggling…

My Fly Gear Gap Year - Jo Starling
In this uncertain times, a little compassion goes a very long way. Here is a little compassion exercise that I hope can help calm the fraught souls who a struggling…
My Fly Gear Gap Year - Jo Starling
My Fly Gear Gap Year - Jo Starling

I found another bruiser, hiding behind a snag! Again, it took a desperate fight to get this old fella out... he wrapped me around some submerged timber at one stage, but giving him a little slack saw him charge into the open, thankfully 😅 He...

If you are a serious angler… possibly even an addicted angler (as we are), then you belong in Starlo’s Inner Circle!

Members of this premium club are the “one percenters”. As such, they enjoy direct access to Starlo (and each other) through a totally private group forum that is fast becoming the “thinking anglers’ meeting place”. But that’s just the beginning. As part of Starlo’s Inner Circle, you’ll also have full membership to a growing library of incredibly detailed how-to features, in-depth articles, magazines, e-books and even activities for the kids… AND you’ll receive personal invitations to members-only events and get-togethers, as well as news of deals and new releases before they’re made public… PLUS videos and podcasts that no one else outside the group can access. Inner Circle Membership is without question the best way to fast-track your fishing success, and it costs less than the price of a packet of hooks every month. We reckon that once you’re in you’ll want to stay, especially as numbers will be capped, but should you wish to, you can opt out at any time.

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