Adrian Melchior has begun his 2014 Toray BASS Pro season with a bang, taking out the season opening Toray BASS Pro Qualifier at Lake Glenbawn, NSW. Melchior (6/6, 7.38kg) was a picture of consistency on day one producing two identical limits of 2.25kg. Come day two Melchior would not be denied, as he produced the tournaments largest limit of 2.88kg to secure victory by 330g from his nearest competitor.
Sydney Harbour once again proved its worth as one of the standout tournament venues on the BREAM tour with quality and quantity hitting the scales in the opening round of the 2014 13 Fishing BREAM Series.
Fish hooks are arguably the most important items of tackle we use, yet their selection is often overlooked or placed well down the list when gearing up. A little common hook sense goes a long way toward improving your catch rates.
With over $23,000 in cash and prizes on offer, 58 of Australia’s premium tournament bass anglers took on the challenge to become the inaugural winner of the Atomic B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Series at the Damiki Lake St Clair Classic in NSW.
We’re at the peak time of the year and that will last for the next couple of months at least. Off the rocks virtually all species are on the bite. Kingfish are being caught to 82cm with some anglers catching them to 120cm. However, kings being kings, there are your good days and OK days. The mediocre days are still producing fish, but most are only just over legal with a few undersized fish. The very next day could be completely different, with a run of 70 to 80cm fish and larger.
Numerous reports of cod measuring in excess of the magical metre mark point towards Lake Mulwala. It’s the place to be this time of year for those looking to tangle with the mythical Maccullochella peelii (Murray cod). Along with the odd monster, you will encounter cod in the 45-75cm bracket as they are the norm with up to 8 being the average for a day’s return.
In near ideal conditions, the beautiful St Georges Basin provided yet another fish fest for competitors fishing the TT Lures BETS Round 3. It all came down to who could secure the better quality fish, and sounding out fish in the deep was the key!
May is a changeover month for our region. It’s a time when the beach angler can catch summer whiting, flathead, mulloway and dart one day and then salmon, tailor, bream or trevally the next. And as for the estuary anglers, they could be getting amongst dusky flathead, yellowfin whiting, flounder and bream on surface lures and then a few days later be pulling in luderick, garfish, mullet and trevally.
The Canberra Native Cup 2014 was held over seven legs from the 6 February to the 13 March on every Thursday afternoon, with the top 20 anglers advancing to the finals in week eight.
It’s not struggle time yet but the parking at the local boat ramps seems to be much less congested than even a few weeks ago. That means more places to fish and much less traffic at a time when the fishing is still quite good for most species and not too cold.
We are into that stage of the year when fishing is either red hot or as cold as ice. May can be one of the hardest times to pick what to target when you get the chance to get out and wet a line, as we all know water temperatures and current strengths really determine the factor on what is around. Since we are going into the cooler months from here on in, most fishing will be had right on the coast, beaches, rock shelfs and local close reefs.
After a very long, hot and reasonably dry summer that extended well into autumn, things have finally cooled down and suddenly we’re staring down the barrel of winter. Even though we’re not quite there yet, we should still make some adjustments to fishing techniques and target species.
After months without any rain it has finally happened! The rain moved its way down the coast and so far the Eden area is coping a heap. It's definitely needed as the rivers and creeks were looking very low and barely flowing.
With great weather over the past month, the visitors to the area have been out on the lake enjoying the fishing. There has been no shortage of tourists this season, this has been the busiest I have seen Mallacoota and it’s not looking like slowing down.
The Gamakatsu Team Series North Round, sponsored by Mako, was great event for all. We had never seen the Clarence River system in such good condition, with the mid and upper parts of the system filled with bait and fish. The top five bags were all over the 3kg mark, with varying techniques and locations. Team Ballina Marineland managed to secure first place with a 3.78kg bag. They also took home the Big Bream prize with a cracking 1.24kg specimen.
The local beaches around the Merimbula region are fishing extremely well at present, with some thumping big salmon being caught. Most fish are falling to pillies rigged on ganged 4/0 hooks on an Ezy Rig combination. Paternoster rigs with a bait/surf popper combination are also producing some outstanding results. Fish to 3kg are plentiful, with the odd salmon to 4.5kg being captured.
Finally the Narooma region has received some much-needed rain. With so much fresh about a lot of anglers will give the fishing a miss, especially in the estuaries. Do this at your own peril! Some of my best days have been when the water looked more like chocolate than clear saltwater.
The 535 Bluefin Stormcat is another of the ‘Cat’ series of tournament-orientated punts from the Bluefin stable. These are powerful, well appointed boats combining a neat blend of luxury and fishing features with raft-like stability in a well finished alloy hull. And with a 150 Mercury four-stroke on the back, let me tell you that this cat can really storm!
Yamaha has released two new versions of the 115 and the 175 4-strokes engines. The 115 is the new F115B and the 175 the new F175A.
May is here already and you can feel the change in the air. Cooler starts and finishes to the ever-shortening days bring with them a whole new range of species to target. Although it can sometimes be hard to find the motivation in the cooler weather, if you put in the effort you will be rewarded.
I love fishing at this time of the year. We are starting to get to the changeover period when the summer species seem to fade off into a distant memory and the winter species start to show up.
Have you ever wondered on the many things that influence cod fishing? A billion and one variables that can be traced and blamed on specific things, some as far removed as one could imagine.
The Murray cod fishing in the region continues to deliver outstanding results to those anglers who put in the work.
May is one of the most diverse months of the year. All the summer fish are feeding up frantically to put on some fat for winter, and some of the winter fish are starting to make an appearance. You will generally pick up the bigger specimens of most species at this time of year.
As we move into the end of autumn the weather patterns have been fairly consistent, with several days of constant high pressure and luckily not too much wind. The fishing has been a bit fickle, with some good days and some very ordinary.
By the time you read this the start of the cold season will well and truly be upon us. Wintertime in the New England can be bittersweet; the cool air comes down and turns early tranquil mornings into picturesque frost-lined banks, lined with willows that show a bare skeleton of their once striking green appearance.
For many anglers, catching Australia’s legendary Murray cod is passion second to none. They live, breathe and dream about cod. Some of us west of the Great Dividing Range are lucky enough to encounter these iconic fish on a regular basis, but it’s those in the big cities or those new to the country who have the dream to catch these awe-inspiring natives, and why wouldn’t they?
Grab your jumpers and beanies as we head into the cooler parts of the year, which is also a magical time for big cod anglers.
With the influx of rain into our local waterways in recent weeks we have seen the rivers get a really good flush out, and the water turned over after a very dry summer. This has given the aquatic life a fresh start as we head into the cooler months, which should see the bass and estuary perch making their move downstream a little early to start their spawning run.
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