Walking the beaches of northern Australia with a rod in hand can be extremely rewarding, although anglers need to be aware of the potential threats posed by saltwater crocodiles and stinging sea wasp jellyfish: stay out of the water! The greatest thrill involved in this style of angling is what’s referred to as “sight fishing”: seeing your target first before casting a lure or fly to it. In Starlo’s book, fishing doesn’t get much better than this!

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    Light spinning (threadline) tackle based on 2 to 2.5 metre rods is great for casting lures at tropical fish cruising the beaches and flats, but using fly casting gear takes the challenge to a whole new level. An 8 or 9 weight fly outfit is perfect. Starlo chooses Shimano spin rods and G.Loomis fly rods.

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    Medium weight 2500 to 4000-size Shimano spinning reels fit the bill. Starlo and Jo used Shimano Stradic and Navi reels.

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    Fine, strong braided main lines work a treat, and Starlo prefers PowerPro in 10, 15 and 20 pound breaking strains for this task, with a 25 to 50 pound leader of Ocea fluorocarbon. Remember, lots of northern species have teeth!

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    range of Squidgies soft plastics and Squidgies jig heads and some metal slices such as Raiders cover the bases well for lure fishing, while smallish baitfish, shrimp and crab-pattern flies also work a treat. Quality polarised sunglasses are also essential for this caper. Steve and Jo wear Mako Eyewear exclusively and swear by their glasses.