Steve ‘Killer’ Kanowski returned to the winner’s podium at round two of the 2014 Toray BASS Pro Series with the 50 year old tournament veteran claiming victory in the Yamaha presented Boondooma event.
Starlo reckons you can’t beat the simplicity of beach fishing, and offers some valuable tips for those just getting started in the surf.
We decide that storing our fishing gear away is what we’re meant to do at this time of the year. We tell ourselves it’s not worth fishing for anything right now. This is so far from the truth!
Winter has finally hit us with a bang and the fishing action has slowed plenty as if the big fella from above pulled on a giant hand brake!
It’s been another busy period in the world of bream and bass fishing! So many anglers, so many fish! Let’s do a quick roundup of the recent BETS results.
Winter means a bit of a break from gamefishing if you want it, with the potential for yellowfin tuna out wide and striped marlin as a 50-50 proposition inside the shelf, depending on the bait situation. As a matter of interest, a longliner unloaded a 174kg striped marlin trunk not so long back. Whole and on rod and reel, that would be a world record on any line class you care to name. Two stripes over 145kg were weighed in off Sydney the following week, so there’s a couple of rippers kicking around (or there were).
The Trident plate boat range from Quintrex was released last year and this month Quintrex has released the Hard Top range of Tridents with a 650 and a 690 model hitting Quintrex dealers.
Part of this month’s column is going to be about the various reports I’ve had emailed to me of other anglers who have been getting amongst a few fish. I’ll also give you tips on how to catch fish yourself this month.
The westerlies are still blowing and it’s cold but there is some light at the end of the tunnel, with a few warmer days towards the end of the month making life bearable. The pickings are a bit thin on most species but for a few there are plenty on offer. More on them later.
During August the water level in Blowering Dam is generally slightly on the rise. It is common knowledge that slowly flooding water over new ground, weed beds and snags is normally associated with fantastic fishing no matter what species you are targeting. These sorts of conditions draw fish up into the edges of the dam to hunt for food that has just been submerged by the rising water levels, and these fish are normally very active and can be quite easy to catch.
The extremely cold weather has hit us, and anyone in a aluminium boat sure knows what I mean – don’t leave your cushions at home, and make sure you wipe the heavy, frosty dew from the vinyl seats.
August is a notoriously tough month for fishing along this part of the coastline, and not only due to persistent westerly winds; the clear, cold water doesn’t help things either.
Tailor have been in very healthy numbers and size over the last couple of months so hopefully they’ll continue to hang around. Trolling diving lures like Laser Pros and X-Raps usually produce some nice fish. Both headlands produce fish but I’ve had noticeably more success on the southern headland between the gun torrent and Mrs Murphys. Little Island also produces good numbers of greenbacks and salmon.
Winter weather has finally arrived on the far south coast, with many locals already looking forward to summer. With cold windy weather over the past month you really need to rug up if you want to spend a day on the water.
The past month has seen the town quieten down. The fish must love this, as it’s a reprieve from the months of constant fishing pressure.
When spring rolls around I like to get out and catch a few big fish early on in the season. Getting a few quick points on the board is important because it helps build my confidence again after the leaner winter months.
Wild weather and freezing temperatures tested the anglers who contested the Samurai Rods Forster round of the Gamakatsu Teams series. With 20+ knots predicted for the comp day, all of the anglers were keen to get to their spots and get their fish before the change hit.
Fast becoming an icon for its trout fishing on the central tablelands, Thompsons Creek Dam has been open to fishing for about 15 years. Over this period it has endured the highs and lows of droughts and floods along with high water temperatures and algal blooms, but one thing has remained constant: the trout fishing opportunities.
It's been a windy month so far around the Merimbula region but when the weather has allowed the offshore sportfishers have been getting amongst it. ‘Tuna’ is the word at present with a mixture of both yellowfin and southern bluefin being caught mainly by fishos trolling a mixture of bibbed minnows and skirted pushers. The yellowfin are between 40-70kg though there have been a few bigger fish lost recently.
If we were ever in doubt that Narooma and its surrounding waters had slowed as a tuna hotspot, those doubts have now been squashed. Hot off the press is the awesome news that local charter boat Playstation owned by Ben Bolton and skippered by young gun Nick Cowley have caught a yellowfin tuna of a lifetime for many. The whopping barrel weighed 98.2kg after spending a few hours on the deck, and would have been the magic 100kg fish straight out of the water.
The weekend of the 21–22 June, 2014 saw the Hobie Kayak Bream Series presented by Daiwa head to Redcliffe, one of Queensland’s most iconic and notorious Bream tournament venues. Some 33 anglers descended on the venue, all determined to put themselves at the top of the leader board and to book their spots at the Grand Final later this year.
With the shortest day of the year well behind us now you can already feel the good times that are ahead. Longer days mean the nine-to-fivers like myself get a better chance at the species that are on offer at this time of year.
Once again the last month has seen the fishing great one day but garbage the next. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to enjoy time on the water and to meet new people but it is a little frustrating when the fish are on the sounder but refuse to play.
Fishing can lead you to some amazing places to target a variety of extraordinary fish species. A recent invitation to visit Malaysia had my head spinning with thoughts of fishing in a new and exciting location. Few anglers are aware of the terrific fishing potential which Malaysia offers. Experiencing the culture, amazing food and locations were just a bonus, as I was about to find out.
Winter is the season that reminds you that angling is most often practised by those who care little for comfort. Wind and sideways rain have made for several memorable trips lately, and while the weather might be a little cold the angling has remained quite good as we continue to fish our way through one of the best cod seasons I can remember.
As is to be expected during this time of year, the fishing in the Murrumbidgee and its tributaries is pretty slow and like most winters it’s only the big guys that are playing the game.
One fish that should come on in good numbers over the next few months is the silver trevally. There are very underrated fish – they’re excellent fighters and, if they are prepared properly, are an excellent eating fish.
This can be a very enjoyable time of the year to be out on the dams chasing bass and goldens as the rivers are still no-go until the end of the month.
Over the last month the crisp mornings and moderate winds have taken their toll on our native treasures, with many trips yielding lacklustre results. It’s not all doom and gloom though – those anglers willing to put in the hours will eventually be rewarded. It helps to focus on the warmer periods of the day between 10am and 2pm when the water temperature is slightly higher and the Murray cod are on the move.
It is time to pack away the trolling rods and time to start casting the snags for Murray cod. As the landscape changes with the seasons, so do the techniques employed by anglers to draw out those giant fish.
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