Round 2 of the Gamakatsu Elite Series sponsored by Samurai Fishing Rods was contested by Australia’s best bream anglers in the beautiful Forster on the weekend.
Round 3 of the Gamakatsu Team Series sponsored by Samurai Fishing Rods was run and won over the cold and windy weekend of 28-19 May in Taree.
Snapper have been coming in good numbers and size lately. The best areas to target are the close-in reefs in approximately 10-15m. If you want to soak some bait, float cut baits, squid and blue pilchards with the current. If you’re into throwing lures and plastics, try 60-80mm lipless crankbaits around 1/2oz in weight.
Water temperature can be a key factor in dictating where fish will be found and what ‘mood’ or activity level they’re likely to be display. In other words, how ‘catch-able’ they will be. At no time of year is this more critical than in the depths of winter.
The seas are very cool this month, but don't be overly concerned. The winter species we catch off our diverse range of rock and beach platforms means you should keep those rods out! Let’s check out what’s biting and what you can expect this month!
As we coast into winter, it’s interesting to look back on the game fishing season that was on the Coffs coast from the catch stats of the Solitary Islands Game Fishing Club. With a few weeks still to go at the time of writing, club members had tagged 99 marlin and weighed just one that came up tail-wrapped. The breakdown was quite an even spread, with 34 blues, 34 blacks and 31 stripes. Billfish-wise, this is the most successful year in the club’s young history.
One thing that I can’t predict is the weather, and I have to rely on the local weather forecast or a number of websites. Do they always get it correct? No, but at most times it does help for me to organise my fishing trips. One of the main things that I look at is which direction the wind is coming from, and at what strength it will be.
This is it, we are right in the middle of snapper season all along the Illawarra coast. The new moon is at the beginning of the month, and the full moon is on the 20 July, so those two weeks in between should be prime snapper time.
When it comes to fishing in the Riverina region – July is probably the toughest month to fish. This is probably the same for most freshwater fisheries in the country. Everything shuts down – with one exception.
It’s been an awesome time to be fishing in the Iluka area, and anglers have revelled in the fabulous weather both in and offshore.
It can be pretty cold up in the greater Batlow area during July, but if you dress appropriately it can be a great time of the year to be on the water. Thermals, beanies, hoodies and a jacket are necessities at this time of the year and if you buy quality gear, you will barely notice the cold.
By the time you’re reading this our warm weather should be cooling, and no one can say it’s been uneventful. What a great warm season we had with the currents running solid very close into the coast bringing fish with it. It let medium size fishing boats get out and have a go. It’s been one of the best seasons in years.
The water temperature has really dropped off, bringing those big winter bass to the edges.
Savage Boats have provided versatile, practical and durable boats for anglers and families to enjoy since 1898, and the latest range of offerings is no exception. The team at Savage have taken on lessons and feedback from their customers to expand on their range and improve the boating experience for all. The new range includes a new Jabaru, a larger Scorpion, updated Bay Cruisers and improved alloy trailers.
Winter is here and the far south coast is at its quietest over the next few months. There are plenty of fishing opportunities though, and those who manage a getaway at this time of year will enjoy the area, with very few visitors around.
After six months of constant visitors, the town has finally quietened right down as we head into winter. Weather-wise you wouldn't know that it’s winter with mild nights and warm days. The fishing over the past few months has been excellent with plenty of variety both in the lake and offshore.
The beaches surrounding Merimbula are some of the most productive along the coast, especially in the midst of winter.
Even though it's the middle of winter, some exceptional fishing is still on offer for those willing to brave the elements. Narooma's Wagonga Inlet should be in shut down mode with the water at a cool 15°C. But this isn't the case, with a host of species playing the game.
It’s hard to find an angler that doesn’t love lures. The prospect of flicking out an artificial offering and fooling a fish into feeding is hard to beat. While lure fishing may seem pretty straight forward, in reality it can throw up its challenges, especially when you begin to make adjustments and modifications.
Stacer offer a veritable feast of boating experiences these days, from small tender-sized punts and tinnies right up to offshore rigs with all the bells and whistles. It means there’s an alloy boat for virtually all fishing requirements.
Very few manufacturers classify their craft as all-rounders. However, quite a lot of boat owners refer to their craft as all-rounders because the like to do a range of on-water activities, not just fishing. Such rigs see a lot of family use, which can often involve nights spent aboard in a selected anchorage, and often combine tow sports and fishing with whatever else is going on. The same craft might be used within an estuary, out on the bay or even involved in an upriver or offshore run. Impoundment fishing? Certainly! The next 6m rig to launch at Lake Awoonga won’t be the last.
After a pelagic season that seemed to go on forever, winter has finally decided to show its true colours in the Macleay Valley. While day temperatures have been fairly mild, there have been plenty of sub zero mornings in Kempsey and further upriver into the mountains making the winter westerly winds cold as ice.
Over the last month, anglers along our part of the coast has once again seen some pretty patchy fishing. The quiet days see the whole river system closed down and hard to get a bite, whilst the good days see fish almost jumping into the boat. I suppose it’s that time of the year when the water temperature is dropping and a new set of predators are starting to show up.
Despite July being smack bang in the middle of winter, it’s always a good month for fishing in Port Stephens. If you can put up the cold, there’s some great fishing to be had with bream, luderick, drummer, tailor, salmon and snapper all on the chew.
As we learn from the best of bites, we equally learn from those trips that fail to tempt a single bump. Each as important as the other, they are mulled in the angling mind until a link or pattern begins to form.
With the warm currents retreating north so slowly this year, it’s anyone’s guess what this month will bring. We are still catching kingfish, there has been a good run of sub-surface salmon, lots of big tailor, fantastic big flathead and plenty of leatherjackets. Blue swimmer crabs have been grabbing baits and while they are not in numbers, they are very big. This is also the time of year for huge squid.
We’re well and truly into winter now, and if you’re not debating staying home and warm by now, then you are a hardy and seasoned angler who lives and breathes fishing. Or maybe you’re like me… just plain crazy!
July on the south coast of NSW is make or break time for us fishers. We can either harden up and put up with the cold, miserable conditions this time of year usually dishes out, or we can be like a big fat grizzly bear and sit in our caves, hibernating and sulking for the next few months until the weather warms.
The weather here has been cold enough, but as July rolls around it will be much colder and wetter. We have experienced a bit of a drought in the Manning since January and the freshwater part of the Manning is barely flowing. However, the local old timers predict that we are in for a wet winter. Some of them are in their nineties and have been correct with their predictions in years gone past.
Despite indifferent weather, with several heavy snowfalls, winds up to 120km per hour and night-time temperatures of minus 8°C, anglers have gathered in large numbers in an attempt to catch a trophy brown trout.
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