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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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...

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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...

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Another one from the old slide vaults: The only halfway decent jewie I’ve ever caught off the beach. That’s a look of pure, unadulterated relief on my face after all the nights of nothing, the days of trying, the false hopes that turned out to...

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  • 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, […]
  • 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 […]
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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
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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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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...

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

Had a white-knuckle fight to pull this 44cm beast from amongst the snags behind! Best fly fight I’ve had to date. Fly was designed and tied by Steve Peach. This is one I’ll never forget!

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