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WHAT IS FISHOTOPIA?

Fishotopia is the online home of Starlo & Jo, Australia’s best-loved fishing couple. It’s also the most entertaining & informative online hangout for Aussie anglers.
If you can’t be fishing,
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OUR VISION

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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If you’re a serious angler… possibly even an addicted angler (as we are), then you may well belong in Starlo’s Inner Circle!
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A collection of fishing-related activities to keep you occupied when you can’t be out
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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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Click on the region button below for an overview of what’s happening in that area. You’ll also find a month-by-month overview to help you plan ahead.

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.

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NSW Mackerel In The Frame

NSW Mackerel In The Frame

Do Your Bit For Mackerel Research! As the East Australian Current continues pushing south, many NSW North Coast anglers have changed their focus from snapper and pearl perch to chasing pelagic speedsters in the form of Spanish and spotted mackerel. This season, New...

Eastern QLD Black Jewfish OFF LIMITS for 2020

Eastern QLD Black Jewfish OFF LIMITS for 2020

Black Jewfish OFF LIMITS on East Coast QLD.   East coast black jewfish fishery CLOSED The annual catch limit for the east coast has been reached. Black jewfish is a no-take species on the east coast for all fishers for the rest of...

Competitive Round Closing Soon For FRDC Expressions Of Interest.

Competitive Round Closing Soon For FRDC Expressions Of Interest.

FRDC Competitive Round Call for Expressions of Interest Closing date for applications 16th February 2020 Call for Applications  The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) that address research,...

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...

Nadia Taylor — Exit Interview 2019

Nadia Taylor — Exit Interview 2019

2019 was the year of curve balls, but everything has a funny way of turning out how it should and the resulting journey has been epic! The 2019 Barra’Prentice was Nadia “Nadz” Taylor, and effervescent and contagiously enthusiastic IP lawyer from Sydney. Many have...

My Floggy — A Retrospective

My Floggy — A Retrospective

  Here we are in 2019! It’s officially one month past the end of My Fly Gear Gap Year and I’m well past deadline for a summary blog. So, here it is… I was very clear about my objectives and the outcomes I hoped to achieve during 2018, my nominated fly gear gap...

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  • SPANISH MACKEREL STOCKS UNDER THE MICROSCOPE July 3, 2021
    The on-line publication of an ABC News item on 14 June, 2021, marked the first time most of us had heard about a startling new assessment concerning the depletion of Spanish mackerel stocks along the eastern seaboard of Australia. According to this news report, a meeting of the East Coast Spanish Mackerel Working Group in […]
  • COULD CITIZEN SCIENCE SAVE RECREATIONAL FISHING? December 30, 2019
    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, […]
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My Fly Gear Gap Year - Jo Starling
My Fly Gear Gap Year - Jo Starling

Couple of chunks from the Native Watercraft yesterday 🙂 in such good nick! Exhilarating, torrid battle to get them out of their lairs, long enough to get both back on the reel. Thank goodness for the direct drive propeller on my ‘yak!!!

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…

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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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