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Steve Cooper

Show BioHide BioSTEVE COOPER won two Walkley Awards for investigative journalism but his great love is fishing and he is renowned as one of Australia’s foremost writers and broadcasters on the subject.

11 posts

Fly fishing at dawn, in fog, is a surreal experience.
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Time to fly

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JUST IGNORE the cold and enjoy the pleasure. STEVE COOPER wades into the wonderful world of fly fishing. More »

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Fishing for Cash

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THERE’S a million dollar catch swimming around up North and STEVE COOPER offers some tips on how to land it:   Anglers heading to the Northern Territory between October 1 and February 28 have a chance to win $1 million. That’s the value of the prize hangi... More »

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Get the name right

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Not Familiar with pillies, snotties, duskies or goodoo? Sportshounds fishing writer STEVE COOPER takes us on a tour through the strange, murky waters of fish names More »

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Line up for the likely lakes

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It can be biting cold fishing the Crater Lakes but STEVE COOPER reckons you feel nothing when the fish are biting: Freshwater fishing in Victoria in winter is about lakes and impoundment, and trout are a perennial favourite. You know it’s time to go fishing wh... More »

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Campfire yarns on the mighty Murray

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STEVE COOPER has caught many fine fish and has devoured some imaginative yarns by the campfires on the riverbank: “Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.” That quote, attributed to Don Marquis (1878 – 1937), may have some meri... More »

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Keep your eyes on the squid

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Looking a squid in the eye at close range can be a big, inky mistake as STEVE COOPER reveals: Late autumn and winter has not been kind to Port Phillip Bay anglers. King George whiting have been patchy, the winter snapper run failed, and although there are scho... More »