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Part II: Depth sounder basics

Steve Starling | First Published: December 2014   »  Regular Features / Back To Basics /

Last month Starlo talked about the absolute basics of using a modern depth sounder or sonar. This time, he takes it a step further and moves into the realm of slightly more advanced sonar signal interpretation.

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Boom time for rockhoppers

Alex Bellissimo | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Sydney Rocks /

This is the month when the fishing really accelerates! I live near the ocean and, like a lot of locals, fishing, swimming, surfing and snorkelling are just some of the water activities I take advantage of. For a day or two the water temperature is milder than invigorating, which is a way of saying it is chilly! Then a swell and/or the currents come closer to the coast and the temperature jumps up a couple of degrees from 18-19 to 20-21. Suddenly, it is quite enjoyable to be in the water. It can vary that much.

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Is it time to replace your trailer lights?

Christian Bold | First Published: December 2014   »  Feature Articles / New South Wales /

All trailers need to have working lights fitted to them to be legal on the road, but a we all know that one day your lights will be working and the next they’re not. Trying the line, “They were working when I left home, Officer” is usually responded to with, “Sure they were” as you are handed a fine.

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A great game fishing mix

Glen Booth | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / Coffs Harbour /

The spring striped marlin bite off Coffs Coast has been the best for many years. What’s more, it’s all occurring nice and close to home too, with the wave recorder in 70m east of the port being the centre of attention, which is roughly 6 miles out.

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Clark 395 Predator

Stephen Booth | First Published: December 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Simple tinnies are a dime a dozen right? Well, yes they are, but finding one that can do what you need it to do is still an important decision. Enter the Clark 395 Predator tinnie, a simple and clean tinnie that will get you and a couple of mates out on the water with ease and at a price that’s hard to beat.

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Exciting Christmas options

Gary Brown | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Sydney South /

First of all, I would like to wish all the readers of NSW Fishing Monthly a Merry Christmas and I hope that Santa fills your stocking with many fishing presents. December for me is one of those extremely busy months where I have my wife Leanne’s birthday, our wedding anniversary, Christmas nights out, the last of the fishing classes for the year, Christmas Day, and yes, plenty of time spent on the water fishing.

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Beginners Guide to the Shoalhaven River and Jervis Bay

Gary Brown | First Published: December 2014   »  Feature Articles / New South Wales /

You could spend a whole life-time fishing the Shoalhaven River and Jervis Bay and still not fish all the great spots it has on offer to both the novice and experienced angler. If you really enjoy fishing, you'll find every type of fishing on offer from freshwater dams, rivers, lakes, the rocks, beaches to open ocean game fishing.

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Illawarra summer options

Greg Clarke | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Illawarra / Illawarra /

We don't have any real rivers in the Illawarra, mainly due to the escarpment being so close to the coast for much of its length, and the area that does have a bit of width is covered by lake Illawarra with its various small tributaries feeding into it.

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Thank cod for that!

Wayne Dubois | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Batlow /

Finally, the Murray cod season is upon us once again! It has been a long spring for diehard cod fishos, but now that the season is about to crack open, the time has come to dust off the big rods and get stuck into some solid fish. I’m anticipating a great season ahead, and with the new changes to Murray cod regulations, the fishing should continue to get better and better each year.

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Fishing at its very best

Gary Earl | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Central Coast / Hunter Coast /

At long last the fishing has returned to its normal state. We have a good saltwater balance in the river, and offshore the fish are playing and feeding in the warm water that is rising in temperature daily.

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Central coast starts to simmer

Glenn Ellis-Helmers | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Central Coast / Central Coast /

The year has flown by so quickly that it’s hard to believe it’s now summer and the holidays are about to begin. Even though the weather has produced some very warm days lately, it feels like winter only ended a few weeks ago.

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Inshore and offshore fires up

Billy Gillon | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / Port Stephens /

This month should produce some great fishing from both inside the estuaries and offshore. The water temperature will be slowly increasing as the month progresses, providing a far more suitable habitat for visiting tropical species.

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Rain brings new life

Kevin Gleed | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far South Coast / Eden /

With Christmas around the corner, everyone is ready for the busy time with visitors to the area enjoying the summer weather.

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Plenty more fun inshore

Kevin Gleed | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far South Coast / Mallacoota /

The past month has seen things really warm up and it’s great to see the winter weather behind us.

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Committed fishing the secret in GTS final

Tag | First Published: December 2014   »  Regular Features / Tournaments /

The Gamakatsu Teams Series 2014 Grand Final was heavily contested, with the best bream tournament anglers battling it out for over $20,000 in cash and prizes. Some 42 teams scoured the fish-rich waters of Queensland’s Gold Coast to try and take home the ultimate prize — the Gamakatsu Teams Series Grand Final Champion trophy, $17,000 cash, and a Lowrance HDS7 Touch sounder.

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Yakkin’ about Lake Lyell

Alex Hickson | First Published: December 2014   »  Feature Articles / New South Wales /

I get a few raised eyebrows and doubtful looks from anglers when I start to talk about the bass fishing opportunities at Lake Lyell, as it’s better known for its trout fishing. The truth is that the summer bass fishing at Lake Lyell can be as good as it gets for this now well established species.

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Summer fishing is set to get hotter

Stuart Hindson | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far South Coast / Merimbula /

With summer well and truly here and water temperatures upwards of 23°, it’s no wonder locals and visiting fishos alike are having a ball with the pelagic action offshore from Merimbula.

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Great fishing from creek to coast

Stuart Hindson | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / South Coast / Narooma /

The game fishing fraternity is getting excited, as yellowfin tuna numbers continue to increase as the weeks pass. The fish are widespread, from the 60f line to the second dropoff, and the water is hovering around the 21° mark. Most are schoolies, with the average around 30kg, although a few bigger models have been encountered.

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Hobie Bass Series Grand Final

Tag | First Published: December 2014   »  Regular Features / Tournaments /

As the sun rose over the waters of Queensland’s Lake Macdonald for the final day of competition, anglers busily prepared their Hobie kayaks for the 8 hour, day two session of the Hobie Bass Series Grand Final which would see a new champion crowned.

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Leigh Martin Marine Mercury Classic results

Tag | First Published: December 2014   »  Regular Features / Tournaments /

The 2014 Leigh Martin Marine Mercury Classic, Lake Hume was held on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of November. 332 anglers were lucky enough to produce 317 fish, made up of 104 yellowbelly, 8 trout, 63 redfin and 142 carp.

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Save your spots!

Nabeel Issa | First Published: December 2014   »  Feature Articles / New South Wales /

What would you do if you lost all your GPS marks? Are you just one click away from disaster? Hours of hard work, sounding around, finding new ground, all gone! It’s a thought that would make most of us cringe.

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Happy days at South West Rocks

Brent Kirk | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / South West Rocks /

Macleay River bass fishing is firing at the moment, and these fish cannot get enough of surface lures. Plenty of fish are still around in the middle reaches of the river from Frederickton through to Turners Flat, making them easily accessible from land, boat or canoe.

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Bringing out the heavy artillery

Rod Mackenzie | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Robinvale /

With good flows in much of the Murray River, it’s not surprising that the fish have really come on the chew this past month.

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Boom time for salmon and trevally

Craig Mcgill | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Sydney Harbour /

This season has been one of the best I can recall for salmon and silver trevally. The salmon have been thick right throughout the system, from the heads to the upper reaches. They are easier to catch than usual, have been taken on both lures and bait, and generally haven’t been fussy about size.

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Rain needed to stir the fish up

Dave Mclean | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Maitland /

Although summer has been a bit late arriving this year, the water temperatures are starting to rise in the dams. Due to a lack of good rainfall, the levels are dropping and the rivers are in need of a good flush.

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Steady waters create balance

John Menhennett | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Mildura /

Finally, river levels are steady around Mildura after enduring a time of rise and drop. While making some attractive backwaters for yellas, it has been difficult to access good spots from the bank and boat. Water clarity is okay to good, and certainly good enough for luring.

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Attention turns to Murray cod

Roger Miles | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Bendigo /

Over the last month we have seen the productivity in the fishing increase within the Bendigo region. Water clarity has improved in most locations mainly due to the minimal amount of rainfall the district has received.

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Rosco Bass Catcher – a fusion of canoe and boat

Steve Morgan | First Published: December 2014   »  Regular Features / Kayaking /

We get to test all sorts of craft at Fishing Monthly from six-figure offshore boats through to sub-grand paddlecraft. Every so often one comes along that bridges the gap between genres.

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All systems go around Nowra

Wes Murphy | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Illawarra / Nowra /

December, and with it, Christmas, signals the time of year when fish really start to make their home in the shallows. Species such as whiting, bream and even big flathead can be caught in water just half to 1m deep without much effort — if you know what you’re doing.

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Well worth the wait

Ian Page | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Moama /

The cod season is finally upon us; hopefully it will prove to be worth the wait. With many anglers reporting catches of cod during the closed months, which were returned to the water, it all looks promising for a bumper start.

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