The seasons are a changing. September signifies the start of spring, but more importantly for our freshwater anglers, it signifies the recommencing of the Aussie bass season.
Welcome to spring – big news this fishing season, Lake Jindabyne’s water level is extremely high already, and there is still more snow to melt. Recently, the rain and snow melt has put water in the lake and a great thing for anglers is that with water up into last year’s grass, the trout are in close. Anglers are having the time of their lives.
Over the years I have had the pleasure of introducing many a keen angler to the sport of kayak fishing, helping them to get their head around handling the kayak, working with the wind and tides, anchoring techniques, using lures and most importantly, having a plan for the session.
Gold Coast plumber Trent West has claimed victory in Hinze round of the 2016 Bluefin/ePropulsion BASS Electric Series. Fishing within eye sight of the lake’s dam wall, and adjacent to the dam quarry, West called on his extensive prefish experience on the lake to pin point where the fish would be holding.
Every year the snapper begin entering the bays for the late spring and early summer run. That signals that it’s time to think about entering the Tea Tree Snapper Competition!
Southern bluefin tuna are coming alive this season, with captures in the waters off Sydney. Bluefin up to 130kg have been landed, and plenty of yellowfin in the 35-65kg range are being boated. Trolled skirted lures have been working well on big barrels, and so has cubing up a berley trail. Great fish have been caught this season on baits and lures, so be prepared to use both tactics. Reports of fish are sporadic, and a long way offshore we might be able to close this season with some decent captures. Regular reports have come in from Long Reef wide to the back of the southern canyons.
You never know with tuna season. Just when you think it might be over and they’re too far to reach, conditions are slowly changing day to day. All of a sudden those gradual changes can end up completely. It was a disappointing August with bluefin so far out, then packing bags and heading south. We saw water starting to push back in, and with it came albacore and some good yellowfin tuna, and even the return of bluefin. Yellowfin off Batemans Bay and Tuross were on fire.
The tailor are on the bite big time and I’ve been doing a bit of exploring, walking the rocks of the Tweed chasing these classic fighters.
It’s early to be jumping for joy in praise of spring around these parts. Winter’s grip is tight and the uncurling of its fingers takes some time. With the sun’s warming rays, you can watch them slowly unfold – the first signs are like pointers. The more you look, the more you see – green buds on the willow down by the creek, a warbling magpie chasing another on the wing, wood duck pairs landing in trees, all signs that spring is on the way.
As spring emerges and the chill is a distance past, anglers optimistically look forward to the challenges and triumphs to come. A new outfit, refined rig or prospective new spot to fish are all motivators for keen anglers, as the days get longer and warmer.
I’ve heard the decree that it’s been the coldest winter in memory, and on the odd frosty morning, I’ve entertained the thought – but only on the day. To be truthful, this winter has been remarkably pleasant. More days have been over 20°C than I can remember in the winters I’ve lived in the area. Warm days make it pleasant to be out fishing. If you get a chance to head offshore, take it.
With the close of cod season, now is the time to get your arms stretched by golden perch around the region. Cod season will open up again on December 1. Hopefully those months provide time for Murray cod to breed and the water to clear up around Mildura region.
Many anglers will not miss winter – cold westerlies, early starts, numb fingers and face! It’s now September and the start of spring, which means mild days and the changing of the fishing seasons. What really gets my casting arm twitching this month is the time to re-acquaint ourselves with those bronze river brawlers, the iconic bass.
Welcome back to September, and the great spring weather that comes with it. This is many anglers’ favourite time of the year and certainly one of mine. Generally, September sees both ambient temperatures and water temperatures begin to rise, as we lead into summer. It’s still early, and as a rule there should be no big jumps in temperature, but it’s great to be on the upswing. Fishing here on Lake Macquarie can be exceptional during September and things are looking promising.
Now is a beautiful time of year to spring into action. With a relatively wet winter behind us we now find ourselves heading towards spring for another year. Spring is a fantastic time of year to chase one of my favourite saltwater estuary fish – the humble dusky flathead.
The Great Northern Brewing Co Flathead Classic now in its 23rd consecutive year and now Australia’s premier catch and release tournament.
It’s always great to say goodbye to the big deep freeze and look forward to a new season of fishing ahead. In recent years, it’s warmed up quickly in September and remained hot right through spring and summer. This season might be the same.
A new bass season is upon us and keen anglers have stocked up on new lures and serviced their reels, all ready for the good times ahead. Unfortunately, things might not kick into gear just yet, as water temperatures are still on the cool side.
The Tathra area got trashed again, with heavy rains, floods and damaging seas earlier this year, some of which will be to the advantage of anglers, but others not so.
When fishing, all anglers want that advantage whether it be finding a new secret lure or fly, a particular way to rig or put a bait on, or some special place that no one knows you visit, but where you always seem to come back with fish.
As the name implies, the Moons have been shining during the last few weeks with excellent catches reported. Personally I have landed over 50 mixed species including whiting, bream, trevally, flathead and school mulloway over the past three months.
We have experienced a winter like the 1970s – plenty of cold weather, winds and frosts. In fact, one frost a week ago was right down to the beach, which is very rare in this area. We suffered a lot of erosion on our beaches and Crowdy Beach is flat to Diamond Head. This sort of winter will give us an excellent start to spring, not only for the fishers, but the farmers as well. Winds are blowing west to south and are keeping the seas flat. What we need are some northwesterlies, to set up the beaches with gutter, and white water to bring in the baitfish. Then we’ll get tailor.
Living in Canberra, there are three attractive options for fishing this time of the year. You can head to the coast and chase the enigmatic bluefin tuna migrating through our most accessible waters. Try Burrinjuck Reservoir for a native or redfin. Or if you want to take a punt on the weather, you can visit the Snowy Mountain lakes and try for a prime brown or rainbow trout.
It’s the time of year when birds are chirpy and bees are buzzing. Sleepy golden perch that lay dormant in winter have come out of the corner swinging like prize fighters. With the abundance of water that flowed through our inland rivers, both the dams and rivers are looking healthy and promising.
We’ve had one of the worst winters I can remember – cold, windy and wet. September is going to be most welcome, especially by fishos who are shore bound over the winter months when they couldn’t line up fishing trips in the short breaks we had from the weather. Now that’s all behind us, we can look forward to a fishy spring and summer season, with good weather and plenty of fish, or can we?
Luderick are a favourite winter fish that can usually be relied on, even during the worst shut down. This doesn’t mean they’re not available through the summer, they’re a worthy opponent in their own right.
Good rainfall has transformed dry arid landscape to one of carpet green. It’s a great start to the cropping season, and one that has more promise to come. As the wet continues, many smaller creeks and rivers have swollen and the good flows have carried into the main body of the Murray River.
September is a reset button on the fishing season in Port Stephens, once we hit it everything starts again. Winter fish fade away. At the same time, other fish are coming on with each month from here, bringing bigger numbers as well as new species to target.
Fishing along Pittwater and Broken Bay has been a little tricky to say the least over the last month. Over the next month, we’ll see better fishing, if you’re prepared to put up with the chilly mornings.
Coastal bars are extremely scary to a lot of boaties and they have every right to be worried about crossing them, particularly in big seas. But with a good understanding and knowledge of how a bar works, bar crossings can be very safe and easy.
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