Last month Starlo talked about the absolute basics of using a modern depth sounder or sonar. This time, he takes it a step further and moves into the realm of slightly more advanced sonar signal interpretation.
This is the month when the fishing really accelerates! I live near the ocean and, like a lot of locals, fishing, swimming, surfing and snorkelling are just some of the water activities I take advantage of. For a day or two the water temperature is milder than invigorating, which is a way of saying it is chilly! Then a swell and/or the currents come closer to the coast and the temperature jumps up a couple of degrees from 18-19 to 20-21. Suddenly, it is quite enjoyable to be in the water. It can vary that much.
All trailers need to have working lights fitted to them to be legal on the road, but a we all know that one day your lights will be working and the next they’re not. Trying the line, “They were working when I left home, Officer” is usually responded to with, “Sure they were” as you are handed a fine.
The spring striped marlin bite off Coffs Coast has been the best for many years. What’s more, it’s all occurring nice and close to home too, with the wave recorder in 70m east of the port being the centre of attention, which is roughly 6 miles out.
Simple tinnies are a dime a dozen right? Well, yes they are, but finding one that can do what you need it to do is still an important decision. Enter the Clark 395 Predator tinnie, a simple and clean tinnie that will get you and a couple of mates out on the water with ease and at a price that’s hard to beat.
First of all, I would like to wish all the readers of NSW Fishing Monthly a Merry Christmas and I hope that Santa fills your stocking with many fishing presents. December for me is one of those extremely busy months where I have my wife Leanne’s birthday, our wedding anniversary, Christmas nights out, the last of the fishing classes for the year, Christmas Day, and yes, plenty of time spent on the water fishing.
You could spend a whole life-time fishing the Shoalhaven River and Jervis Bay and still not fish all the great spots it has on offer to both the novice and experienced angler. If you really enjoy fishing, you'll find every type of fishing on offer from freshwater dams, rivers, lakes, the rocks, beaches to open ocean game fishing.
We don't have any real rivers in the Illawarra, mainly due to the escarpment being so close to the coast for much of its length, and the area that does have a bit of width is covered by lake Illawarra with its various small tributaries feeding into it.
Finally, the Murray cod season is upon us once again! It has been a long spring for diehard cod fishos, but now that the season is about to crack open, the time has come to dust off the big rods and get stuck into some solid fish. I’m anticipating a great season ahead, and with the new changes to Murray cod regulations, the fishing should continue to get better and better each year.
At long last the fishing has returned to its normal state. We have a good saltwater balance in the river, and offshore the fish are playing and feeding in the warm water that is rising in temperature daily.
The year has flown by so quickly that it’s hard to believe it’s now summer and the holidays are about to begin. Even though the weather has produced some very warm days lately, it feels like winter only ended a few weeks ago.
This month should produce some great fishing from both inside the estuaries and offshore. The water temperature will be slowly increasing as the month progresses, providing a far more suitable habitat for visiting tropical species.
With Christmas around the corner, everyone is ready for the busy time with visitors to the area enjoying the summer weather.
The past month has seen things really warm up and it’s great to see the winter weather behind us.
The Gamakatsu Teams Series 2014 Grand Final was heavily contested, with the best bream tournament anglers battling it out for over $20,000 in cash and prizes. Some 42 teams scoured the fish-rich waters of Queensland’s Gold Coast to try and take home the ultimate prize — the Gamakatsu Teams Series Grand Final Champion trophy, $17,000 cash, and a Lowrance HDS7 Touch sounder.
I get a few raised eyebrows and doubtful looks from anglers when I start to talk about the bass fishing opportunities at Lake Lyell, as it’s better known for its trout fishing. The truth is that the summer bass fishing at Lake Lyell can be as good as it gets for this now well established species.
With summer well and truly here and water temperatures upwards of 23°, it’s no wonder locals and visiting fishos alike are having a ball with the pelagic action offshore from Merimbula.
The game fishing fraternity is getting excited, as yellowfin tuna numbers continue to increase as the weeks pass. The fish are widespread, from the 60f line to the second dropoff, and the water is hovering around the 21° mark. Most are schoolies, with the average around 30kg, although a few bigger models have been encountered.
As the sun rose over the waters of Queensland’s Lake Macdonald for the final day of competition, anglers busily prepared their Hobie kayaks for the 8 hour, day two session of the Hobie Bass Series Grand Final which would see a new champion crowned.
The 2014 Leigh Martin Marine Mercury Classic, Lake Hume was held on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of November. 332 anglers were lucky enough to produce 317 fish, made up of 104 yellowbelly, 8 trout, 63 redfin and 142 carp.
What would you do if you lost all your GPS marks? Are you just one click away from disaster? Hours of hard work, sounding around, finding new ground, all gone! It’s a thought that would make most of us cringe.
Macleay River bass fishing is firing at the moment, and these fish cannot get enough of surface lures. Plenty of fish are still around in the middle reaches of the river from Frederickton through to Turners Flat, making them easily accessible from land, boat or canoe.
With good flows in much of the Murray River, it’s not surprising that the fish have really come on the chew this past month.
This season has been one of the best I can recall for salmon and silver trevally. The salmon have been thick right throughout the system, from the heads to the upper reaches. They are easier to catch than usual, have been taken on both lures and bait, and generally haven’t been fussy about size.
Although summer has been a bit late arriving this year, the water temperatures are starting to rise in the dams. Due to a lack of good rainfall, the levels are dropping and the rivers are in need of a good flush.
Finally, river levels are steady around Mildura after enduring a time of rise and drop. While making some attractive backwaters for yellas, it has been difficult to access good spots from the bank and boat. Water clarity is okay to good, and certainly good enough for luring.
Over the last month we have seen the productivity in the fishing increase within the Bendigo region. Water clarity has improved in most locations mainly due to the minimal amount of rainfall the district has received.
We get to test all sorts of craft at Fishing Monthly from six-figure offshore boats through to sub-grand paddlecraft. Every so often one comes along that bridges the gap between genres.
December, and with it, Christmas, signals the time of year when fish really start to make their home in the shallows. Species such as whiting, bream and even big flathead can be caught in water just half to 1m deep without much effort — if you know what you’re doing.
The cod season is finally upon us; hopefully it will prove to be worth the wait. With many anglers reporting catches of cod during the closed months, which were returned to the water, it all looks promising for a bumper start.
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