February is not only the last month of summer; it’s also the last reliable month for cod fishing in the Wangaratta area. From March onwards we begin to see a more erratic and unreliable feeding pattern with Murray cod. On the opposite side of the coin, as the nights get shorter and average water temperatures start to cool down we start seeing a bit of an increase in trout activity in the creeks and rivers.
The summer has not produced massive amounts of fish so far, but the fish that were caught were enormous. One lucky local managed a meter long cod, and a couple casts later another cod well over 70cm. The big cod were caught in the Broken and Goulburn rivers; with such excellent water conditions in the Goulburn I expect to see more big fish caught in the coming months.
I am pleased to say that over the last few months the snapper started to fire up. On my last three trips I have managed to bag out with fish from 2-6kg. On my last trip I was on the water for only 90 minutes – we had our bag of six fish and were home for breakfast! The 20m mark off Frankston has been the hot spot.
The kids are all back at school and most of us are back at work but that shouldn’t keep you from heading out on the weekend in search of a tasty feed of fresh fish. This time of year is one of my all time favourites as most of the holiday-makers have headed home meaning less boat traffic on the water. There is also a plethora of species available throughout the Western Port region.
For many anglers, fishing is an escape from their day-to-day activities and where the family can get away together sitting by the bank of a river or along the sandy coastline of a beach in hope of catching a fish.
With a hot start to 2016, we Melbournites should have our hands full with local freshwater fishing this year, with most of the local sweet water species fishing as well as they have in recent years.
What a start to the year! With great weather over the Christmas and holiday period here in Portland, we’ve had a big influx of tourist and boaties over the past month.
Long spells of warm weather have been the trend for most of January, and although easterly winds have persisted, the fishing has remained consistent for the bay anglers.
Hot weather plus shallow water equal dusky flathead and whiting. So I’ve got plenty of news about those two species but it’s also prime time to discover hungry bream working in skinny lake water. This is the best time of year to enjoy and explore the vast sand flats and shallow habitats of the Gippy Lakes. The run of prawns has also been fantastic and I’ve got a lot of angler feedback and news to share.
February is the peak time for many summer species, in particular the larger game fish like mako sharks and yellowtail kingfish. The fact that some good specimens have already shown up in early summer is hopefully a sign of some excellent angling once the warm calm February days arrive.
Now is the ideal time to hit Blue Rock Lake to chase surface feeding bass in the evening. It’s also a nice time of the year to escape the summer heat and find a cool mountain stream to hook in to some stream trout action. Either way, if the fish aren’t biting you can always cool down with a swim after!
Over the past few weeks there’s been a major shift in focus as many anglers turn their attention from all things snapper to King George whiting. King George whiting are in fantastic numbers.
Water is the main point of discussion throughout the Wimmera once again, as the dry season continues to take a toll on many lakes. Levels are falling to a critical stage, and given we are having an above average summer already some real carnage may develop over the coming months.
What a year it has been here in Tasmania for fishing! The usual suspects have been cruising their normal haunts, but the early arrival and good numbers of most species has been nothing short of spectacular.
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Recent weeks give a good indication of a great month of fishing in Apollo Bay. Anglers fishing the back of the golf course, Marengo and the Waterfall reefs have caught good numbers of whiting up to 48cm on pipis. Use berley made from bread, pellets and tuna oil to get the whiting fired up and this mix will keep them around your boat for a longer period of time.
February brings sweet relief after another hectic January on the peninsula. One of my favourite months of the year, February brings beautiful hot summery days without the constant buzz of jet skis and long queues at the boat ramps! There’s been some terrific fishing this over the last year and the peninsula really turned it on for the tourists over the January, which has me looking forward with excitement to this month’s fishing adventures.
February is a cracking month to be out on the Glenelg River as there is a distinct drop-off in boat traffic after the end of year holiday period finishes, while the remaining heat of summer keeps water temperatures high.
Earlier in the season it was all about the Delatite Arm, but it’s this time of year that the bottom end of the lake comes into its own.
The entire month of January was absolutely crazy, with hundreds and hundreds of holidaymakers with a passion for water sports really chopping the place up and making the water very dirty.
Offshore, it’s gummy shark galore! For the last few weeks gummy sharks have been found to swim in big numbers close to shore, and anglers have taken advantage of their good fortune.
The weather has heated up in East Gippsland over the past few weeks and opened up a wide range of fishing opportunities for both the holiday anglers and locals alike. With so many options available you may find it harder to choose a spot than to catch a feed.
The Bendigo region continues its long period of hot dry weather and the region is looking very dry, so everyone would appreciate a good rainfall event.
The Ballarat Fly Fishers club recently hosted the 2015 Oceanic Fly Fishing Championships on Lake Wendouree and Lake Fyans with teams from Australia, New Zealand and Canada competing for the Oceanic title.
It’s been a busy month of fishing with plenty of fish caught, but for the most part it’s all about the whiting on offer in the bay. Many anglers have reported the best whiting fishing they can remember.
Extremely hot days over the last few months have disrupted the rivers in the area due to power stations generating power. This always plays havoc on the Murray cod population. Whenever we get a stretch of hot weather, everyone in the city turns on the air conditioners, which leads the power companies to generate more power. This causes the river to rise unnaturally by around 50cm or more.
What a hot little patch of fishing the top end of Western Port has experienced over the last month! A few snapper continue to hang around and the gummies and whiting have really turned it on as we get right into the thick of summer.
Our long, dry summer continues on with plenty of opportunity to get out there and wet a line. Don’t forget the summer essentials – wide brimmed hats and sunscreen are necessary to ward off sun damage. Although most boat ramps are generally still quite crowded, arriving early should guarantee a park as well as avoid a prolonged wait to launch.
I reside in the centre of a trophy trout lake triangle, made up of Bullen Merri, Purrumbete and Elingamite. Unfortunately two of these three waterways are out of action with the third beginning to be affected by dropping water levels.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going! Ross Winstanley says the fishing has been difficult for certain species and definitely the case when seeking snapper inside Corio Bay with only a couple of fish found around a kilogram in weight. Fishing inside Stingaree Bay, Ross caught three pinkie snapper at 40cm and a swarm of juvenile leatherjackets.
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