Joseph Urquhart, a 23-year-old patio installer from the Gold Coast, took out the season ending Bluefin BASS Electric Convention held at Lake Cressbrook.
With stable weather conditions and temperatures pushing up to 30°C in recent weeks, the fishing should only improve as water temperatures continue to rise.
The Richmond River in the last month has seen some great catches of one of my favourite fish in the rivers, the estuary perch. I know a lot of anglers who reckon this species is right up there with the best, and feel like it’s the Holy Grail when one is landed.
Lots of anglers still struggle to crack the ‘bream on lures’ code. Truth is, these fish are no pushover. But if you follow Starlo’s simple, five-point plan, we’re confident you’ll be posing for a photo with your first bream on a soft plastic very soon!
As water temps start to get consistently warmer, those warmer water species we long to catch off the rocks, beaches and land-based estuaries are more readily available. For the Sydney region the inshore water temperature is still fluctuating around that 18-20° degree mark, occasionally slightly more, but that should be more consistent by mid-November. Let’s check out what to expect for this month.
Once again it's a guessing game this time of year – when and where will the yellows fire in and around Lake Mulwala! As pen hits paper, we're in the middle of a great spell of warm weather and that might be all that's needed to get yellowbelly up and about.
The game fishing season here in Coffs Harbour is off to a rollicking good start. The yellowfin out around the 1000 fathom line remain moody, but there has been sufficient striped and blue marlin, and even a couple of spearfish, back along the shelf edge to keep everyone entertained and less inclined to go wide.
Bjelke-Petersen Dam, located near Murgon in Qld, has long been a favourite of bass anglers from around the country. BP, as it is affectionately known, has been rested as an Australian Bass Tournament venue for a number of years to give the budding stock of Australian bass and yellowbelly plenty of opportunity to grow and flourish. So it was with a little trepidation that anglers attended the Toray BASS Pro event on 29-30 August. Would the dam produce the number and quality of bass that were a hallmark of years past? Or would it react to the pressure of Australia’s best tournament anglers going full throttle in their quest for success? In hindsight, anglers needn’t have worried – the bass came to play and they left nothing in the tank.
Even if you don’t have a boat, you shouldn’t be deterred from going for a fish in Southern Sydney. There are so many land-based spots that it would take a lifetime to fish them all. Sure – some are better than others, but if you take the time to suss out each one you will start to work out the best times to fish them.
Shallow Approach – Depth Not Desired
The kingfish scene has been quiet for some time now but at last a few have started to filter through to the local reefs to give us anglers a bit of an arm stretching. The best we could look forward to over the past months was spending hours going to the shelf to chase tuna – which was hit and miss at best. Now there is finally some local action on these hoodlums.
It’s come to our attention that one of our great rivers is currently under threat by preventable erosion of its banks.
You’d have to be mad not to enjoy this time of year! The days are getting longer but the temperature is still quite comfortable. This means the fish are generally at their most active during the middle to later parts of the day – great news for those with an aversion to late nights and early starts!
I’m happy to report that this summer season is shaping up to be fantastic. There have been some great fish taken over the past couple of months and it doesn’t look like changing.
Water levels are still on the rise in Lake Glenbawn and Lake St Clair, which will only improve the fishing.
With the recent unprecedented late run of massive bluefin tuna on the South West coast this season, who knows what else lies around the corner for this November.
The past month has seen a bit more rain falling on the far south coast – great news for fishing in the months ahead.
Regular columnist Jason Kirk has been on holidays, so the following report comes from Brett Gleeson.
This month the fishing really heats up for both stream and lake anglers in the region. The streams of West and South Gippsland will start firing up with late-spring insect hatchings that will excite stream trout and fly anglers alike. Blue Rock Lake is fast becoming a bass hot spot for sport anglers and with insect hatchings and warmer waters bringing bait fish to the surface, there’s no doubt there’ll be some hot bass surface action over the coming months.
What a great time of year to fish the Merimbula area! A range of species are available to target so whether you’re a local or a visiting angler there's something for everyone.
The local estuaries around the Narooma region have well and truly fired up over recent weeks – partly due to increased water temperature from offshore currents hitting the coastline. More importantly longer warmer days means more heat on the water with temperatures rising quickly especially in the shallows. This has been evident by the increased action on the flats with bream and whiting starting to play the summer game.
The 22nd Flathead Classic once again proved that the Gold Coast waterways are a prolific flathead fishery. A total of 551 competitors in 217 teams – the largest ever field – made their way to their favourite locations trying to catch a humble flathead.
In the car heading to Echuca to do this boat test, I tried to picture how I was going to tackle a boat test on a pontoon style boat – a style of boat often referred to as a ‘party boat.’ I tried my best not to have too many pre-conceived ideas, but that proved to be impossible! I went into the test with some positive expectations in regards to comfort, space and family orientation but found myself unable to find too many angler friendly thoughts to go with them.
The Stessco 450 Catcher SFX SC is an angler’s boat through and through. Being a side console alloy craft, it offers a large amount of useful fishing room within its modest 4.5m length. It’s powered by a 3-cylinder, 60hp Suzuki 4-stroke so it was no slouch on the water either.
November is the start of a transitional period for South West Rocks and the mid north coast. No species have been outstanding, but it’s possible to fish for both winter and summer species in the same outing and still have a successful day on the water.
Spring is upon us once again, and it’s time to start catching fish! Last month saw the water temperature slowly climb and even after the opening of Warragamba Dam into Pittwater it still remains a toasty 18°C.
With the weather really staring to warm up this month we can expect water temperature to do the same, both inside the estuary and outside the heads.
Along the Murray River it’s business as usual, with the river producing great numbers of golden perch on bait. It’s a seasonal recipe that never fails. Just mix a month of warm weather with a high spring flow and you’ll get a run of golden perch that are relatively easy to catch.
November is renowned for being a fickle month with water temps alternating between hot and cold. The east Australian current should be pushing through by now with predominately warm water, but back eddies can creep in between with cold water.
The river around Mildura has been running dirty and low for the past month or so making lure fishing very difficult. Fortunately, water clarity is improving which should see lures work more effectively. In the meantime we have seen some nice yellowbelly caught on bait.
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