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Luring Bonefish in Christmas Island

16 Jun 2017 9:11 AM - Chris Baty learns Christmas Island has loads on offer for lure fisherman

While most people think of flats fishing for Bonefish as solely the realm of the fly angler I decided to spend a bit of time on a recent trip to Christmas Island seeing how successful spin fishing could be for this...

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Lake Murray PNG - Trip Report

24 May 2015 10:05 AM - Customer Rob Sturzaker reports on his May '15 trip to Lake Murray PNG

Helping traveling anglers is one of our specialities and it's always great to get feedback on their return.

Lake Murray h...

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Winners are Grinners

6 Jul 2014 7:04 PM - Compleat Angler Melbourne voted Best Small Bait & Tackle Store in Australia

It was a humble and proud Chris Baty who stepped up on stage at this year's AFTA gala dinner to accept the award for Best Small Bait & Tackle Store in Australia on behalf of all the team at Compleat Angler Melbourne.


We we...

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Costa Sunglasses - The Best by Far!

14 Jan 2014 3:25 PM - We're proud to stock Costa Del Mar sunglasses

The range of polarised glasses available from Costa is astonishing. There is a style to fit every face with lenses suitable for every situation the angler will ever encounter.

We're very proud to be...

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HIGH UV BUFFS BACK IN STOCK!

10 Dec 2013 12:37 PM - We've got our hands on a great range of colours in the High UV Buffs.

It's taken a while but we've finally received new stock of the original BUFF High UV headwear.


The High UV Buff® is the proof of Buff®'s technology competence. It is the highest cooling hea...

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The Uni Knot

8 Dec 2013 10:10 AM - Without doubt the most commonly used knot for our staff!!

Whether tying 1kg or 45kg line to a hook, swivel or lure the uni knot is a simple, strong and easy to learn knot that won't let you down.


Here's a quick clip to help you master this knot. Learn how to tie it and then learn to ...

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5 Tips for Luring Stream Trout

7 Sep 2013 11:53 AM - The Trout season is upon us so here's a few tips to help you increase you chances this season .

You've got to love trout. They live in beautiful places, are opportunistic feeders that fight hard and put on great acrobatic displays. With the season now open we thought it time to give you a few tips to help you increase your catch rate this...

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Cranka Crabs Available Soon

7 Aug 2013 10:29 AM - That's right, the award winning Cranka Crabs are due in September

It's been a hard road for Crankas Steve Steer. After taking the award for "Best New Hard Bodied Lure" at the 2012 AFTA show Steve was plagued by production issues that have held these lures up for nearly 12 months now.

To his ...

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Carnarvon Trip Report 2013

5 Aug 2013 10:32 AM - 5 Day on a live aboard fishing around the islands off Carnarvon proved to be a lucky dip of species.

With the wind dying down a little we pointed the bow of the Shikari Charters Liveaboard vessel Temuri J into the swell and headed to a patch of fish we couldn't safely fish the previous afternoon.

Once again the sounder showed ...

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Shimano Stella SWB now Available

6 Jul 2013 11:11 AM - The much anticipated Stella SWB has arrived!

The news that Shimano Japan was set to release a new range of Stella reels was hot news on Social media earlier in the year as news hit the streets of this exciting new range before Shimano Australia had officially notiified retailers and the p...

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Cairns Sooty Grunter

1 Jul 2013 12:06 PM - Chris returns from the far North after a week of chasing sooty grunter.

Just back from a great 5 day break in FNQ. While the aim was to amble around over our break Bec and I quickly settled on a nice camp site in the Tully River Gorge and spent our mornings and evenings chasing sooty grunter and jungle perch on sur...

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Light Tackle Southern Bluefin Tuna - Our story so far.

26 May 2013 11:00 AM - Catching big fish on light line is at the very core of game and sportfishing, giving the fish a real chance of beating the angler and the tackle. Here Chris Baty details his journey of chasing SBTs on ever lightening line.

OK so this story goes way back to when I was a young fella just starting out in Compleat Angler. The guys that I worked with liked to push the envelope by catching big fish on light line........and the concept was addictive. So one day while we...

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The Bass Lodge

6 Mar 2013 11:01 PM - Feb 2013 saw the first of what we hope to be many trips to the Macleay River to chase Australian Bass

There’s a moment on a road trip, well the long ones anyway, where you’ve done all the catching up and the conversation dies a natural death. At least that’s how it is with old friends.........new acquaintances seem to feel the...

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Out Of The Dark - Cod On Surface Lures.

11 Feb 2013 10:23 PM - Chasing Murray cod on surface lures is one of the most explosive ways to target this species. Here Chris Baty outlines some of the things that'll help you on your way to your first surface strike.

It's late afternoon, the temperature's up, the barometer on the rise. Kookaburras laugh in the trees above and roos jumped across the track on your walk down to the river. This is fishing Australian rivers, this is a big part of why we do it......

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