Gippsland Lakes North Arm specialist Brad Hodges has taken out the Mercury Marine presented BREAM Qualifier, relegating WA native Charlie Saykao to runner-up.
Cameron Whittam has taken out the Costa Mallacoota BREAM Qualifier with a 10/10 fish limit weighing 8.56kg. The Victorian stalwart of the BREAM series took home $3,400, plus a new pair of Costa sunglasses and the $250 Yamaha owner’s bonus.
With a cyclone around the East Coast of Australia at the start of March, the swell bashing the coast has been nothing short of impressive. In turn, the fishing has certainly been stirred up in the wake. The beaches around Ballina and Lennox Head have fished really well and should continue to get better.
As predicted, Water NSW finally turned off the tap to the irrigators out west, and now the water level has stabilised at just under 17%. Unfortunately the rain has stayed away but the fish are definitely on the bite.
Luderick or blackfish are widespread and prolific. They occur in good numbers close to many major population centres. Yet, relatively few anglers specifically target these wily, hard-fighting and tasty saltwater fish, which seems a little odd.
Without wanting to give the impression there’s only one lake in the land to chase cod, you’d have to have a screw loose to pencil in any other destination when it comes to targeting cod than Lake Mulwala. The reason we’ve heard so many reports recently is a result of numerous factors including great weather, super water quality, new refined techniques and switched-on anglers but the most overwhelming factor I believe these days is social media.
This column usually has an unapologetic marlin bias, but we can’t start this month without talking about the razor gang — not just the mackerel (which have been about in spectacular numbers), but wahoo. Wahoo, wahoo and more wahoo.
By now the luderick will have started to increase in numbers, both in the estuaries and off the rocks. That means it’s time to start dusting off that luderick outfit, checking the guides on your favourite floats, and restocking your tackle box with sinkers, swivels, hooks, beads and so on. And most of all, you should be on the look-out for some of that quality green weed and cabbage.
If you’re after a boat that allows you to take family and friends out for a day on the water either fishing in the estuary or offshore, skiing behind or just cruising about taking in the sights, then the Atomix 560 Targa with a 115hp 4-stroke Mercury outboard would definitely be worth having a look at. With its CAD designed CNC machined hull, the 585 has less resistance through the water, which gives you greater speed, improved handling and improved fuel economy.
Some anglers I’ve known over the years argue against catching luderick. They say, ‘it’s boring to watch a float for hours on end,’ or, ‘they taste terrible,’ and worst of all – ‘you only go luderick fishing when you get old!’ How wrong they are!
There are a number of factors that make the 484 Pro Sniper Anglapro stand out above the pack. You’d think that as an aluminium boat extra noise, extra vibration (whether at rest or when travelling) and that extra flex in the sides of the boat would be standard – this is not the case when it comes to the 484 Pro Sniper Anglapro.
Easter came early this year in March so the snapper didn’t show in the numbers that they generally do over the very close reefs and bommies during the Easter full moon.
There have been some great fish caught in the Iluka area of late but wind and swell conditions have made fishing a challenge, especially offshore. Spotty mackerel are the flavour of the month and have taken a liking to pink squid skirts. The odd Spanish mack has turned up along with a few reports of big fish taken on the Iluka break wall.
In the greater Batlow area it’s a cracking time of the year with great weather, great scenery and good fishing to boot. One of my absolute favourite places to fish at this time of the year is the Tumut River. Mostly because it is normally in low flow, but the giant poplar trees shedding their stunning autumn leaves makes for a spectacular backdrop to you fishing and for the pictures when you land a good fish.
After the dismal report last month I can promise you this month is going to be red hot, especially on the beaches. The big whiting have moved in and the tailor schools are following them into the gutters also.
Eden is still a hive of activity with plenty of visitors about enjoying the good weather. For the game fishers that big pool of warm water is here, and with it are the fish. Plenty of striped marlin are about, along with striped tuna, sharks and mahimahi. The water temperature will stay warm for a few months so the fishing should only get better.
The past month has seen more visitors arriving, and the fishing has been excellent in the lake, offshore and on the beaches. The town will be busy right through until after Easter, and the fishing just keeps getting better with some of the best fishing in the lakes and rivers over the winter months.
What a cracking game fish season we are having around the Merimbula region! It’s all systems go as game crews get among the marlin action, which has been nothing short of sensational. In fact, I’d say the last two seasons are the best I’ve seen for over a decade. This red-hot action should continue for another month at least, as long as the bait stays there and the water conditions remains the same.
The offshore scene continues to fire for game fishers, with marlin, marlin, and more marlin on everyone’s agendas. It’s been a cracking month, with almost all crews getting fish. If the bait and water conditions remain the same, I can’t see this changing any time soon. You know it’s red-hot when switched on game crews, recreational and charter boat operators are getting five or six shots a day.
In an epic start to the 2016 Hobie Fishing calendar, and the first of 5 qualifying tournaments for the 6th Hobie Fishing World Championships, 105 anglers descended on the tiny bream fishing Mecca of Bemm River in East Gippsland, Victoria.
Engel Round 2 of the 2016 Hobie Kayak Bream Series was located on the mighty Blackwood River and kicked off in near perfect conditions for the 44 competing anglers. Come the 10am start and anglers were greeted with plenty of sunshine and a rising tide, the only obstacle was going to be the possibility of an increasing wind throughout each day’s session.
So far in this series, we have looked at a couple of easy ways to look after fish for the table or for release. One way is to use a simple piece of saturated sponge as a landing surface, to support and calm the fish. To further eliminate the uncontrolled flipping of fish, equipment such as a cotton glove worn on your bait hand will give you more effective control of your catch.
So, you have finally landed the big one: a boat of your own! The first move is to get to know the new boat, whether it’s a small tinny towed behind a four-cylinder family sedan or a larger vessel that sits sedately behind a big 4x4. Either way, that boat is going to be a part of your life, and take up a surprising amount of time out of the water. It will reward TLC handsomely, and pay back any neglect just as thoroughly!
April is the pinnacle of pelagic fishing in the Macleay region. This month may not result in huge numbers of fish however the diversity of pelagic species that the strong southerly currents bring to our area at this time each year is incredible. The water rarely drops below 25°C in April and the ocean is alive with action.
With all of the warm water that has been travelling along the coast, the bottom fishing has been amazing. Along Pittwater there have been brief periods of surface activity, mostly in the early morning. If you are lucky enough to see some working seagulls, head over to the activity with 4-6” soft plastics and have a ball with some light gear.
What do you do on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast when the forecast is 20knots of southeasterlies and seas of 2.5m+? Most of the time you’d swap the fishing rods out for the golf clubs or rack up some brownie points with your better half, however if the opportunity presents itself to step on board one of the newly released Yellowfin Plate boats and put it through its paces you grab the bull by the horns and hang on!
If you can’t catch a fish in Port Stephens in April than it’s time to take up golf. The fishing is as good as it gets and the hardest part is often the decision on what to target.
The season has been very good so far in our local waters, with numerous big cod landed on bait and lures. Word spreads fast where fishing is concerned, and a hot bite will often draw anglers from far and wide.
We have been getting some spectacular king fishing of late, and hopefully with the late start to the season we will get a late finish, taking the warm water and kings right through to May. This is the time of year for bigger than average kings so you need to expand your tactics. While I’m generally a strong proponent of fresh squid for bait, big kings do develop a hankering for garfish at this time of year. This is not surprising given that we get a good run of gar in the harbour about now.
With summer past us and the shadows of winter approaching, it is now the time of year when anglers are torn between fishing for the smaller run of natives and hoping for big numbers, or thinking big and probing the older snags in the river to look for some size.
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