Rex Hunt's Fishing Australia

The king of Australian fishing, Rex Hunt, is well-known not just for kissing his catch, but for his down to earth, practical guides to fishing in Australia. In this offering, he presents his favourite fishing spots around Australia, from Port Phillip Bay in Victoria, to Dirk Hartog Island off the Western Australian coast and Cape York.

For each fishing district, Hunt shares stories of his own fishing adventures, as well as loads of practical advice on how to best fish that location. There is also a guide to how to get there, the best time of year to fish there, the type of fish to be caught there and the best gear to use. The book is also filled with colour photographs – of Rex and his acquaintances with their prize catches, and of the scenery of the various destinations.

This is a no nonsense guide which will appeal to all anglers and would make a wonderful Christmas gift.

Rex Hunt’s Fishing Australia
Macmillan, first published 2004, this editon 2005

How to Catch a Fish, by J.D. Thornton

Recreational fishing is an important activity for about 3.36 million Australians, and many of those keen anglers are children. Scholastic has something special to offer those youngsters, with How to Catch a Fish, a snappy little offering full of tips, hints and sensible information for any child who wants to take up fishing.

Covering subjects from choosing a fishing spot, to selecting and assembling gear and on to cooking your catch, this is an easily accessible guide written in kid-friendly language and using plenty of diagrams, including a four page full colour guide to identifying the most common Australian fish species.

This is the first instalment in Scholastic’s new 99.9% Guaranteed Guide series, and would be a handy Christmas gift, with the summer holidays coming up.

How to Catch a Fish, by J.D. Thornton
Scholastic, 2005