I get to fish with a lot of different people on a regular basis. I get to fish with experienced people like a few of my mates that I have been fishing with for many years, and I get to fish with a lot of inexperienced anglers, keen to learn more about fishing, some of which come through my guided fishing service.
Steve ‘Killer’ Kanowski claimed the biggest honour in Australian BASS fishing with the 50 year old tournament veteran shaking off the bridesmaid tag to secure victory in the 2014 Toray BASS Pro Grand Final on Queensland’s Lake Wivenhoe, 18-19 September.
Scott Butler, a 30 year old boat salesman from Nitro Marine on the Gold Coast, has gone back-to-back by winning the 13 Fishing Gold Coast BREAM Qualifier. The event-defending champion stamped his authority on the tournament early by weighing in the largest tournament limit on day one of 2.39kg. Butler followed this effort up on day two with 5/5, 2.20kg to secure the event win by 460g.
Team Bush n’ Beach/Berkley (Chris Britton and Anthony Wishey) returned to the winner’s dais at the QLD BREAM Open with the Moreton Bay bream stalwarts claiming victory in the 2014 Power-Pole Micro Anchor presented event.
These days, very few boat fishers venture out in search of angling action without a depth sounder, sonar unit or fish finder fitted to their vessels. Even kayak and canoe enthusiasts are increasingly relying on sonar technology to help find fish. But if you’re one of those people still struggling to interpret what you’re seeing on your sounder’s screen, then read on.
The run of silver drummer is still going but they will taper off with the rising temperatures, preferring the cooler water. They’re up to near 60cm or roughly 4kg, not huge fish but loads of fun on 5.5kg line.
There is always confusion about what types of brakes are needed for what trailer. The majority of fishers will have a mechanical over-ride system fitted to their trailer. This is the most commonly used braking system. The problem is that the bigger and heavier the boat, the higher the rating your trailer needs to be.
The Solitary Islands Game Fishing Club’s first In-Hours comp day was held at the start of September, with nine boats enthusiastically hitting the water after the winter layoff. Boats that fished wide found yellowfin working sauries, with Foreign Exchange having a disastrous 9-9-1 on tunas including a quadruple hook-up that all prematurely released themselves.
One of my favourite types of fishing (I have many) is chasing bream, whiting, salmon and tailor off the beach. After finishing up at my TAFE job I have some extra time on my hands and have been getting amongst a number of fish species. The main two baits that I have been using for the bream and whiting have been beach worms and pink nippers. For the salmon and tailor it has been whole WA pilchards and whole sea garfish.
Ever since I was 14 I have always had some kind of boat. At the moment I have a 4.5m aluminium boat and I will always have an aluminium boat – that’s just my preference.
Ulladulla makes a great base for exploring local natural attractions such as Morton National Park, Lake Conjola to the north and Lake Burrill to the south. Nearby Meroo National Park has a beautiful coastline with access 5km from Ulladulla. An easy, 2km walking track passes through native flora in the South Pacific Heathland Reserve and onward, providing access to great views from Warden Head Lighthouse.
For the second year running, the Chinese Angling Association, along with their generous sponsors, have put together an international kayak fishing tournament.
It's that time of year again when the warm water starts to get a move on down the coast. Even though it may not be tropical summer water yet, and there will be some nasty cool temperature plunges over the coming weeks before the EAC kicks in fully, the whiting already know what's going on and are on the move in anticipation.
Blowering Dam, as is usually the case in spring, has fished really well over the last couple of months and this should almost definitely continue for the rest of this month. Golden perch have of course been the main target for anglers but there have also been some nice trout caught and plenty of bycatch Murray cod as well.
It’s funny how a few weeks can change the pattern in fishing. After suffering through wild weather for nearly a month I’m glad to say everything has cleared up and we’re on track for a great time on the waterways.
At long last the cold weather is all behind us and local estuaries have warmed up nicely. While fishing may not be in full swing just yet, it’s just about there.
The Gold Coast Flathead Classic was a roaring success with 5,566 flathead caught and released over three days with 2,678 of them measuring over 40cm. From deep water through to shallow water, big fish and small fish alike were hitting the measuring tapes and being counted toward the team scores.
It’s time to dust off the bent butt rods and re-spool Tiagras because November marks the beginning of the game fishing season in this part of the world. A current of warmer water should now be pushing down the shelf and the summer species such as marlin and mahi mahi (dolphinfish) shouldn’t be far behind.
With the warmer weather here the town starts to liven up. The days are getting longer and visitors to the area can get out and enjoy all the things the area has to offer.
With winter behind us and spring here it's great to see the warmer days as we head towards summer.
The finest kayak anglers from around the world converged on the Vinkeveense Plassen, 20 minutes outside Amsterdam, during early October for the 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack. They came from four continents and 20 nations to take part in the first Hobie Fishing Worlds to be held in Europe.
Over the September 13-14 weekend, St Georges Basin was the venue for round 13 of the Hobie Kayak Bream Series from which two anglers qualified for places in the 2014 Hobie Kayak Bream Series Grand Final presented by Daiwa. The top two finishers also won places in the Hobie Fishing World Championships held in Amsterdam in October.
Understanding the different frequencies your sounder is capable of using can make a great deal of difference to what you see on your screen.
The Macleay River and Clybucca Creek are alive with both blue swimmer and mud crabs at the moment and they are in very good condition. Just remember that crabbing laws will change slightly from 3 November. You will be allowed two crab traps instead of one and only four witches hats instead of five. The bag limit on blue swimmer crabs has also been cut down from 20 to 10 which is still a considerable amount of crabs per person.
I can’t wait for the upcoming season. Everything seems to be in its place with warm water coming closer to our part of the world each day, bringing with it hordes of baitfish that should drag a plethora of predators with them.
Who said good weather doesn’t make for good fishing? It’s been a cracking month for perch in most of our local waters made even more memorable for the picture perfect weather that’s accompanied most trips.
Normally early spring is my least favourite time of year for fishing in the harbour, but this year has been exceptional. Kingfish showed up in good numbers very early, the flatfish bite is the best I have ever seen and salmon have flooded in with fury.
The weather pattern over the past month has been quite mild with some fairly cool nights. This has led to the water temperature remaining quite low and, combined with the low water levels in the dams, this has greatly restricted the weed growth.
Last month the weather turned on its head and the fishing around the region has been nothing short of sensational. From Keepit to Chaffey and the rivers north and south of town – everywhere is running hot!
Recent weeks have seen some pretty tough fishing throughout the Shoalhaven, with the usual haunts not producing the quality or the number of fish that we are used to at this time of year. However, like all anglers I still see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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