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.


First-Ever Great Aussie Fishing Dash Happens December 1

First-Ever Great Aussie Fishing Dash Happens December 1

Fishotopia’s Great Aussie Fishing Dash is a one-day, nationwide tournament exclusively open to members of Starlo’s Inner Circle of Fishotopia. Members pay NO additional entry fees to compete. The regions for the competition are the same five geographic regions used...

2019 Barra’Prentice Diary

2019 Barra’Prentice Diary

The 2019 Barra’Prentice year has come to a close, but it will never be forgotten. Never before has there been a Barra’Prentice like Nadia “Nadz” Taylor! Nadz has overcome more obstacles than any ’Prentice before her and shared her entire journey with anyone who was...

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 uplifting...

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  • A Dry Argument March 2, 2019
    Below is my editorial from the February 2019 “Fishotopian” newsletter. To subscribe to these free monthly newsletters from Fishotopia.com, 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 […]
    On 15 January, 2019, I received some very exciting news from NSW DPI Fisheries. It seems that a large dusky flathead I tagged and fin-clipped for DNA analysis on 16th October, 2018 had recently been recaptured and re-released. The fish measured 84.5 cm when I caught it in mid-October, in the lower reaches of Tuross […]
My Fly Gear Gap Year — facebook
My Fly Gear Gap Year - Jo Starling
My Fly Gear Gap Year - Jo Starling

Wouldn’t ya know it?! I fly out in the 15th 😩 what a great opportunity for anyone who can make it!

My Fly Gear Gap Year - Jo Starling
My Fly Gear Gap Year - Jo Starling

I'm REALLY looking forward to this! I haven't been to one of these since 2012... and that one really opened my eyes. Plus, I met some dead-set legends who've remained great mates and fishing buddies ever since!

Of course, it's in...

My Fly Gear Gap Year - Jo Starling
My Fly Gear Gap Year - Jo Starling

OMG! How good does THIS look? I have absolutely loved every experience I've had at Currawong Lakes. This event sounds perfect! If only I wasn't fully booked 🙁 Sharing with you guys, so you can get in early, if it's of interest. There's only ten...

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