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Co-owners Dale Welldon and Pat Dass enjoy more than 60 years combined experience in the North Queensland fishing tackle industry. Together, Dale and Pat have hand-picked some of the regions most passionate and successful anglers to complete Team Fishing Warehouse. Specialising in all facets of fishing including lure-casting, flyfishing, bait, estuary, inshore, bluewater, game and reef fishing, this team of dedicated and knowledgeable anglers offer supreme service and advice to Fishing Warehouse customers. It's no accident then that the Fishing Warehouse remains Townsville's leading bait and tackle outlet catering for both novice and experienced anglers alike. Meet TEAM FISHING WAREHOUSE...

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The Fishing Warehouse Team

Dale Welldon
Co-Owner Manager
Finding his way to Townsville in the mid-eighties, Dale Welldon, a sparky by trade, opened his first bait and tackle store on Ross River Road. The Tackle Shack was the spark that lit a fire – one that’s been burning brightly ever since and fueled by Dale’s undeniable passion for fishing and the fishing tackle industry. Dale has spent plenty of time over the years doing the game fishing thing – and very successfully too. But these days, as FISHING WAREHOUSE Co-owner, Dale derives special enjoyment watching his grandchildren catch fish and ensuring satisfied customers leave his store with the biggest smiles on their faces.
Pat Dass
Co-Owner Manager
FISHING WAREHOUSE Co-owner Pat Dass has been involved in the Townsville fishing tackle industry since the late 1980’s and during that time, he has gathered incredible product knowledge. Pat’s attention to detail and customer service is exemplary, so much so that customers will just continue browsing the extensive FISHING WAREHOUSE range of stock until they find he is free to help. And that queue can be a little longer than one might expect when Pat ensures each and every customer is treated to the best possible service and advice. It is fortunate then, that there are another half-dozen equally capable staff to help out!
Tedla Morgan
Rod Repair Technician
Tedla Morgan is an integral part of TEAM FISHING WAREHOUSE. Ted has been around a bit and gathered plenty of fishing experience along the way – right across the globe in fact – the Jamaican born angler only to happy to share his extensive knowledge with our equally valued customers. Ted’s fishing passion is split equally between fly-fishing pursuits and his love of ultra-light tackle. And when Ted is not waving fur & feather or listening to the sweet drag on a little spin reel, he’s most probably giving a little love to a customers rod, most repairs and modifications undertaken by the skillful rod builder.
Luke Neill
Young Gun Angler
Introducing Luke Neill, the latest addition to TEAM FISHING WAREHOUSE. A young man of already accomplished fishing skills, Luke, 17 is set for a career in the fishing tackle industry and he gets the best possible start at Townsville’s FISHING WAREHOUSE. Luke says there’s not a species that swims that he doesn’t want to catch, and that’s already evident with his accomplishments with rod and reel. Luke is a quiet young man but yahoo’s the loudest when he’ just landed a thumping 20 kilogram mackerel or set the hooks into a meter-long barramundi. Welcome to the team Luke. We’re sure you’ll fit in just nicely.
Garry Dunkley
Expert Bait Angler
By his own admission, Garry ‘Crumpet’ Dunkley is the dinosaur among TEAM FISHING WAREHOUSE, but we suspect it’s a badge he wears with pride. Crumpet is well-known throughout the Townsville fishing and boating community, spending time in both industries since arriving from Melbourne nearly 30 years ago. Ask Crumpet about his adventures with his old mate Rex Hunt. Popular with customers both young and old, and loved for his weekly radio fishing reports, Crumpet is unselfish with advice – particularly about his favourite tropical species, grunter or barred javelin fish, although his fishing experience extends to all tropical sportfish species.
Heath Kerr
Reel Repair Technician
The bloke in the FISHING WAREHOUSE reel service and repair engine room is Heath Kerr, a local man and avid angler who has spent considerable time in the fishing tackle industry. But Heath knows about plenty more than just the working bits of a fishing reel. Estuary and inshore options have been Heath’s fishing preference for as long as he can remember, but that’s all changed in recent years, Heath finding an undeniable attraction to light tackle game fishing for small to mid-size marlin and sailfish. Heath is just one of several smiling faces to greet customers when the FISHING WAREHOUSE doors swing open.
Hodgey
Expert Lure Angler
David ‘Hodgey’ Hodge, aka The Barefoot Fisherman, knows plenty about all things estuary and lure-casting. Hodgey is the bloke most suited to CELEBRITY ANGLER status among TEAM FISHING WAREHOUSE. This affable fella is well-known on the fishing and boating show circuit and especially for his freakish casting abilities – which leads to equally freakish catching abilities! Originally from Tamworth, NSW, Hodgey did time on all things freshwater including XOS Murray cod, but these days is happiest dragging any amount of mangrove jack and barramundi from North Queensland tropical creeks and rivers.
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THE FORWARD CAST - An extended spell of good boating conditions is certain to lure anglers to deep-water reef grounds and beyond this weekend, forecasts suggesting light winds and slight seas to hold well into the new week.

Headland, bay and estuary waters are also set to host plenty of boat traffic with gentle tides offering easy fishing conditions and the advice for weekend fishing options from our Warehouse lads is all good.👍

✅TEDLA gets excited just looking at a tide chart and he reckons the ebb and flow this weekend will keep him committed to landbased fishing options.
“From flathead right through to barra… they’re all good possibilities this weekend,” Tedla said.
“The beachside flats – water will be clean, and along the breakwalls will all produce, but the conditions are just screaming ‘shallow waters.’” 
Tedla says he really likes the promise of barramundi throughout the afternoon flood tide following the late morning low.
“A drive north to places like Toolakea could be on the cards; using shallow minnows and soft plastic paddle tails around the rocky foreshores and near the mouths of the creeks for anything from flathead to barra,” Tedla tipped.  
“And the bait guys should know that there are plenty of yabby beds at the mouths of most of those northern creeks and that’s a perfect and obvious bait for whiting, flathead and grunter – almost anything really that tends to forage shallow waters.”
If you find yourself in the far northern beaches area and there’s a bloke waving a flyrod – his preferred weapon of choice – it’s likely to be Tedla doing his thing. Give him a wave.

✅Garry Crumpet Dunkley is all about doggie mackerel this weekend. He says Cleveland Bay conditions couldnt get much better, except for perhaps a little more run in the tide, but a little berley should fix any hesitancy that mackerel might show this weekend.
“The Alligator Creek weed beds and deeper waters wide of Long Beach, anywhere in the bay this weekend should be a chance at mackerel,” Crumpet said.
“Pillies, that’s the bait, and fish them under a float or keeping it simple – unweighted except for maybe a short wire trace to stop being bitten off. That’s how most mackerel will probably be caught in these conditions.”
Crumpet said he especially liked the self-berleying properties of baits like pilchards. He says the soft fish tends to break up when hit by a fish and the morsels dispersed in the water column not only keeps other fish in the school interested, but also does something for other species like grunter, trevally and even cobia and larger Spanish mackerel.
“The nice part about fishing the bay for doggies is that larger species like cobia and Spanish mackerel – even large GT’s and queenfish – will all come in at some stage chasing the very bait schools that entice the doggies. Sometimes you’d be correct in thinking that those predators are in fact chasing the doggies!” Crumpet said.
Crumpet did remind anglers to be aware of precisely where in the GBR Marine Park they are fishing.
“A good portion of the bay is covered by a yellow zone, so that means only 1 line and 1 hook – a gang of hooks is classed as a single hook – per person, unless you are trolling,” Crumpet said. 
“So, if you’re drifting a bait in a yellow zone, that’s it. You run the risk of a big fine if caught also throwing a metal slice at the same time.

✅Heath agrees with Crumpet suggesting that anglers might want to elevate mackerel to the top of the angling options list this weekend. He says though, that he’d contemplate traveling further afield to put fish in the boat.
“The markers in the shipping channel, Middle Reef, West Point, Burdekin Rock and back inside the bay like Crumpy has suggested… they’re all promising spots for a mackerel catch this weekend,” Heath said.
“My tip is to be prepared to travel and find your own little piece of mackerel paradise. I think boat traffic plays a significant part in spooking doggies in shallow waters so less traffic can equate to more fish.”
Heath says baits are often the GO to put numbers of fish in the icebox, but he’d be prepared to throw metal jigs or slices around once numbers of fish are found.
“Trolling barra size minnow lures is also an excellent way to catch doggies and you get to covers heaps more territory too,” Heath said.
“And in the yellow zones, you can troll up to 3 lines per person.”

✅Dale was busy with a tackle rep trying to nut out the best possible deal for our Warehouse CUSTOMERS, so we let him be and pre-empting his Forward Cast contribution, we’ll suggest Spanish mackerel and billfish options this weekend, particularly with the fast-approaching Townsville Game Fishing Club’s Billfish Challenge.
Dale has years of experience in gamefishing circles and we’re pretty certain he’d be up for a spot of billfishing this weekend, both marlin and sailfish showing in good numbers in Bowling Green Bay waters.
Skipping gar, swimming mullet and switch baiting techniques will all work while some experienced gamefishers will prefer to troll skirted lures to good effect.
Billfish are pretty much a sport and gamefish only in these parts, rarely kept for the table and as such, mostly released.
Spanish mackerel are a different story with the tasty critters usually swung aboard on the end of a gaff.
Dale doesn’t mind mackerel battered, crumbed or any which way and we’re certain he’d choose large baits like 5-spot gar to fool a fish this weekend. He’d likely rig it as simple as it gets – pinned to one of our Chin Guard rigs and trolled at any number of headland, island and shoal hotspots, the Mack Patches wide of Cape Cleveland and Twelve Mile shoals out from the Haughton prime spots in recent weeks.

This week’s Forward Cast delivers mostly mackerel options given the superb conditions forecast, but we’re expecting plenty of reef and deep-water reports along with some landbased tales early in the new week, so keep your baits soft and please let us know how you fare. 
Perhaps take a photo of your catch and enter it in our popular  FISH OF THE MONTH competition?📸  
Have a fishy weekend everyone🎣

THE FORWARD CAST - An extended spell of good boating conditions is certain to lure anglers to deep-water reef grounds and beyond this weekend, forecasts suggesting light winds and slight seas to hold well into the new week.Headland, bay and estuary waters are also set to host plenty of boat traffic with gentle tides offering easy fishing conditions and the advice for weekend fishing options from our Warehouse lads is all good.👍✅TEDLA gets excited just looking at a tide chart and he reckons the ebb and flow this weekend will keep him committed to landbased fishing options.“From flathead right through to barra… they’re all good possibilities this weekend,” Tedla said.“The beachside flats – water will be clean, and along the breakwalls will all produce, but the conditions are just screaming ‘shallow waters.’” Tedla says he really likes the promise of barramundi throughout the afternoon flood tide following the late morning low.“A drive north to places like Toolakea could be on the cards; using shallow minnows and soft plastic paddle tails around the rocky foreshores and near the mouths of the creeks for anything from flathead to barra,” Tedla tipped. “And the bait guys should know that there are plenty of yabby beds at the mouths of most of those northern creeks and that’s a perfect and obvious bait for whiting, flathead and grunter – almost anything really that tends to forage shallow waters.”If you find yourself in the far northern beaches area and there’s a bloke waving a flyrod – his preferred weapon of choice – it’s likely to be Tedla doing his thing. Give him a wave.✅Garry "Crumpet' Dunkley is all about doggie mackerel this weekend. He says Cleveland Bay conditions couldn't get much better, except for perhaps a little more run in the tide, but a little berley should fix any hesitancy that mackerel might show this weekend.“The Alligator Creek weed beds and deeper waters wide of Long Beach, anywhere in the bay this weekend should be a chance at mackerel,” Crumpet said.“Pillies, that’s the bait, and fish them under a float or keeping it simple – unweighted except for maybe a short wire trace to stop being bitten off. That’s how most mackerel will probably be caught in these conditions.”Crumpet said he especially liked the self-berleying properties of baits like pilchards. He says the soft fish tends to break up when hit by a fish and the morsels dispersed in the water column not only keeps other fish in the school interested, but also does something for other species like grunter, trevally and even cobia and larger Spanish mackerel.“The nice part about fishing the bay for doggies is that larger species like cobia and Spanish mackerel – even large GT’s and queenfish – will all come in at some stage chasing the very bait schools that entice the doggies. Sometimes you’d be correct in thinking that those predators are in fact chasing the doggies!” Crumpet said.Crumpet did remind anglers to be aware of precisely where in the GBR Marine Park they are fishing.“A good portion of the bay is covered by a yellow zone, so that means only 1 line and 1 hook – a gang of hooks is classed as a single hook – per person, unless you are trolling,” Crumpet said. “So, if you’re drifting a bait in a yellow zone, that’s it. You run the risk of a big fine if caught also throwing a metal slice at the same time.✅Heath agrees with Crumpet suggesting that anglers might want to elevate mackerel to the top of the angling options list this weekend. He says though, that he’d contemplate traveling further afield to put fish in the boat.“The markers in the shipping channel, Middle Reef, West Point, Burdekin Rock and back inside the bay like Crumpy has suggested… they’re all promising spots for a mackerel catch this weekend,” Heath said.“My tip is to be prepared to travel and find your own little piece of mackerel paradise. I think boat traffic plays a significant part in spooking doggies in shallow waters so less traffic can equate to more fish.”Heath says baits are often the GO to put numbers of fish in the icebox, but he’d be prepared to throw metal jigs or slices around once numbers of fish are found.“Trolling barra size minnow lures is also an excellent way to catch doggies and you get to covers heaps more territory too,” Heath said.“And in the yellow zones, you can troll up to 3 lines per person.”✅Dale was busy with a tackle rep trying to nut out the best possible deal for our Warehouse CUSTOMERS, so we let him be and pre-empting his Forward Cast contribution, we’ll suggest Spanish mackerel and billfish options this weekend, particularly with the fast-approaching Townsville Game Fishing Club’s Billfish Challenge.Dale has years of experience in gamefishing circles and we’re pretty certain he’d be up for a spot of billfishing this weekend, both marlin and sailfish showing in good numbers in Bowling Green Bay waters.Skipping gar, swimming mullet and switch baiting techniques will all work while some experienced gamefishers will prefer to troll skirted lures to good effect.Billfish are pretty much a sport and gamefish only in these parts, rarely kept for the table and as such, mostly released.Spanish mackerel are a different story with the tasty critters usually swung aboard on the end of a gaff.Dale doesn’t mind mackerel battered, crumbed or any which way and we’re certain he’d choose large baits like 5-spot gar to fool a fish this weekend. He’d likely rig it as simple as it gets – pinned to one of our Chin Guard rigs and trolled at any number of headland, island and shoal hotspots, the Mack Patches wide of Cape Cleveland and Twelve Mile shoals out from the Haughton prime spots in recent weeks.This week’s Forward Cast delivers mostly mackerel options given the superb conditions forecast, but we’re expecting plenty of reef and deep-water reports along with some landbased tales early in the new week, so keep your baits soft and please let us know how you fare. Perhaps take a photo of your catch and enter it in our popular FISH OF THE MONTH competition?📸 Have a fishy weekend everyone🎣 ... See MoreSee Less

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5 days ago

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This winter has been unusually good for mudcrabs - probably one of the better off-seasons for several years - so if youre not into the mackerel thing, why not set a pot for a feed of the tasty crustaceans⁉️ 🦀
In stock NOW - COUCOM CRAB POTS
✅Aussie made. 
✅Split legs for easy assembly and hassle-free storage.
✅Several sizes/models available.
✅Bait holder standard in all models.

This winter has been unusually good for mudcrabs - probably one of the better 'off-seasons' for several years - so if you're not into the mackerel thing, why not set a pot for a feed of the tasty crustaceans⁉️ 🦀In stock NOW - COUCOM CRAB POTS✅Aussie made. ✅Split legs for easy assembly and hassle-free storage.✅Several sizes/models available.✅Bait holder standard in all models. ... See MoreSee Less