Let’s face it, crustaceans play a large part in the diet of many fish species, with prawns, shrimp, yabbies and of course crabs. So it makes sense to use lures that imitate these common food sources. For this article I will be focusing on crabs and the lures and techniques I use to catch fish. The main species I target are bream but these techniques can be applied to any fish species that eat crabs.
With the bad weather recently along our part of the coast there haven’t been many opportunities to get out on the water to catch fish. But for those that are able to withstand the cold winds and rain there are still a few fish out there.
The depths of winter on the Coffs Coast means shallow water snapper, big blue nose bream, silver slab mulloway and XOS kingfish!
Not since Jesus played full back for Jerusalem has the fishing industry seen such an exciting new piece of gadgetry as the Deeper Fish Finder, or the Deeper smart sonar.
About 30 years ago, when I was a young tackle rat, as opposed to the older tackle rat I am these days, I picked up three cheap hardbodied lures from the boat show and loaded them into my tackle box ready for a weekend away with the family.
The mountains are now all white and the snow bunnies are everywhere. August is the busiest month for Jindabyne township, and traffic jams are common early and late in the day as everyone heads to and from the ski resorts.
Some serious water temperature drops have invaded Sydney’s north side this month with most of our winter species arriving in good numbers and all on the lookout for a feed! Big schools of salmon, slimy mackerel, tailor and trevally are frequenting local reefs and shorelines with plenty of reports flowing in. Winter is one of the better times of year to catch fish. It’s all about changing target species and tactics, follow these tips to keep you in the zone to catch some good fish during the colder months.
Bluefin tuna have hit Batemans Bay and hit it hard. We are stoked to have them off the bay in such close proximity.
It was late August last year, water temperatures had bottomed out, the wind was howling, and small white cap waves were breaking on the rocks. I was out chasing early season golden perch in Windamere dam. The little 3/8oz skirted jig hit the bottom in 10ft of water and with two small hops I was on. Water movement in dams can concentrate food, and when this happens all manner of species respond.
The river fishing has been going great guns, and the recent rains have really brought it to life!
Recently the weather went south with a decent-sized fresh dropping water temperatures and reducing the salinity and visibility throughout most of the river. Good news for anglers is that these fresh water inflows deliver necessary nutrients that provide plenty of food for the macro invertebrates, crustaceans and molluscs. These are the main food items of baitfish and predators and will make for a great spring on the mighty Hawkesbury.
Winter has seen a late run of luderick and tailor drawn out through the month of June and early July. The traditional run period of mullet was delayed and with it, the corresponding travels of other fish.
A couple of nasty east coast low-pressure systems certainly dented the coastline recently and Port Macquarie got its fair share of rain and wind, which wreaked havoc on the fishing. So what good comes from an inundated river or ocean?
Another winter is coming to an end – and what a winter it has been. The fishing hasn’t let us down and some fantastic fish have been on offer here on Lake Macquarie. It’s been another great season for chasing flathead and mulloway in the deeper parts of the lake, and many other species also played the game, which made the winter bearable.
It is common to find big fish sitting high in the water column during the winter months. Cold frosty mornings and big high-pressure systems are consistent during a Mildura winter, and this weather triggers big cod to feed up on the massive schools of bait in the area.
Aussie anglers are lucky to have an enormous variety of fish to target right around the country, from small freshwater streams, through to the wide blue yonder. Some of our fish are brutally tough fighters that can rip out hundreds of metres of line in a single blistering run, while others have a habit of making a complete mockery of supposedly heavy tackle.
As we begin to say farewell to winter’s icy grip, so it’s natural to assume fishing will soon kick back into gear. Unfortunately, the truth is water temperatures are about a month or more behind land or air temperatures, which means an increase in fish activity is a little way off just yet.
It has happen again, one of those big winter lows has thrashed the coast and dumped mega proportions of rain on the area, so what will be the outcome?
June this year provided one of the fiercest east coast lows to hit our coastline in many a decade, and it’s not since the 1970s that a storm cell has had the wave force or flooding rain that this one did.
The massive run of prespawning brown trout in the Thredbo and Eucumbene rivers this year was one of the largest many anglers can remember and has given rise to an unprecedented number of trophy fish photographs for fishers to admire in future years.
Even though it has been bitterly cold, with plenty of rain to dampen enthusiasm and flush out systems. Diehard fishos that have braved the conditions have been rewarded with outstanding catches.
We have experienced a variety of winter weather over the past few weeks. Some beautiful warm days and cool nights have been ideal for all kinds of fishing, contrasted with rain, wind and southerly seas to 4m. Throw in a few days of northeast gales and you’ll start to see the pinwheel of weather we have experienced.
I must admit, I’ve never been that big on attending live music events – I could count them all on one hand, even if I lost a few fingers to braided line related injuries.
Getting out of bed is hard at 4am when the temperature is -2°C and everything has frost on it. Aaron Graham and I loaded the boat and headed over to Windamere with high hopes to land some big fat footballs (golden perch). We pulled up to the boat ramp and started to set the boat up, pulled the rods out of the lockers and tied on the lures that we thought would work for the day. We put the sounders on and rugged up.
In the states they call it a white Christmas and the weather in Tamworth this season has been much the same with a wonderful white winter! The snow has been regular on the hills surrounding Nundle and up towards Bendemeer and Uralla. However, even though the snow is beautiful and well worth seeing make sure you take every precaution to ensure your family’s safety and the safety of other families on the road. If I can offer any advice it would be to visit these icy conditions in a 4WD vehicle only, as normal 2WD cars won’t handle the conditions.
The warm water retreat has been slow this year, and as a result the winter species are only just starting to trickle in. The upside is that kings are still hanging round the harbour and due to some huge seas, fish like snapper and drummer have been going nuts in close.
Winter this year has been a rollercoaster ride with east coast low-pressure systems giving our coastline an absolute pounding. High winds and huge swells have been very common and have caused massive shifts in sand along the beaches, around most of the headlands and in the small local creek systems. These wind conditions have given the fishery a massive shake up and turned it into a fairly productive winter.
While August is certainly not the best month of the year to be fishing out of Port Stephens, it’s by no means a write off, you just have to know what to target.
How much do you enjoy early morning rises where cold fingers fumble at the matches as you try to reignite the overnight campfire?
Bream are a highlight of fishing at this time of year. With a reputation of being tricky, picky, and generally shy biters, there is one situation where bream can become outright easy, and that’s when fishing around wash.
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