Spring is here, and for the first time Copeton Dam is the only NSW waterway that’s NOT closed for cod fishing. In years gone by we’ve had to put away the cod lures for those three months, and it’s going to be very interesting to see if the fish throw caution to the wind from 1 September. Here’s hoping so.
There’s an old saying in fishing circles that the two most important keys to consistent angling success are a strong knot and a sharp hook. This month, Starlo gets to the point — literally — and examines the all-important subject of hook sharpness.
I must say I’m glad to see the back of winter. July and August in particular were incredibly cold, so the arrival of spring is truly welcome by many, myself included.
The weather and a lack of readily accessible game fish has kept most bluewater-bound boats on their trailers or tied up lately, but there are definitely some promising signs out there. Surface bait is thick from the wave recorder up to the FAD, with gannets diving and dolphins pushing it about, but no significant billfish activity as yet. It certainly looks like a good buildup for the start of the game fishing season commencing this month though, so watch this space!
Spring makes many anglers get the feeling that they’d like to go for a fish again. However, it’s business as usual for those of us who have been fishing right through the year catching drummer and bream off the rocks, trevally and bream in the deep waters of Botany Bay, luderick in the Port Hacking and snapper on the close inshore reefs.
For many anglers now is the time to come out of winter hibernation, dust off the boat and gear, and have a poke around to see what’s happening. The fishing is certainly more enjoyable when you’re not being cut in half by a freezing southwesterly blowing off the snow. There can still be a bit of wind from the west at this time of year, so caution will still be needed when heading to sea, but for the most part the weather will get better with each passing day.
After what feels like the longest and coldest winter in history, we finally have some temperatures that are good enough to get us pumped and out there amongst it. These warmer conditions are a trigger for some fish species and none more so then the golden perch.
Winter really reared its ugly head around this part of our coastline, with very cold mornings and afternoons keeping a lot of fishermen from trekking out looking for fish. For this reason I haven’t received a great deal of fishing reports, but hopefully by the time you are reading this things will have changed for the better.
As we head towards spring we can be thankful that winter is all but behind us with the shortest day being 22 June well and truly gone. It won’t be long and we will start to feel things warming up. All the rivers and creeks are flowing well after all the recent rains the estuaries are just starting to clear up after spending a few weeks the colour of a cup of coffee.
Winter is always a quiet time of year with very few visitors to the area, this year, however, is one of the quietest in recent years. It’s not just the Mallacoota area, it’s the same right along the far south coast.
To welcome the opening of the 2015 trout fishing season in rivers and streams, Fisheries Victoria and the Eildon community will again host the Goulburn Fishing Festival on Saturday 5 September.
Merimbula and its surrounds are in the transition period from cooler water temperatures that winter brings to warmer water and air temperatures during the spring period.
With spring on our doorstep it’s all systems go on the fishing front with most species getting out of their winter slumber and ready to feed. The estuaries in particular will be hotting up as each week passes, water temperatures will start to increase and in turn summer techniques will return.
One of the things I have enjoyed doing while working for the magazines for the last 4 years has been going out to experience and test a wide variety of watercraft and boats. It has given me a real sense of how far boats have come since my first boat purchase over 30 years ago.
September not only comes with longer, warmer days but also marks the opening of the NSW bass fishing season.
Early indications are that things are shaping up for a great 2015 Leigh Martin Marine Mercury Classic. The lake is rising and some good quality fish are being caught. Trout in the 2-4kg range, 70cm+, along with yellowbelly around the 45-60cm and redfin up to 4lb have all been caught in the past few weeks.
With winter now behind us we can look forward to longer days, warming weather and water temps and some great fishing. It’s a good time of year because all the typical winter fish are still being caught in good numbers while plenty of other species are starting to appear from their winter hiatus.
We’ve just passed the slippery dip side of winter spiralling headlong into the welcome warmth of spring. It has been a long cold winter along the Murray and while the fishing has been tough some awesome fish have been landed by those prepared to brave the elements.
Water temps have finally dropped down to their normal winter low of 16 degrees. This comes after an extended summer season where water temps held up around the 20 degrees mark well into June.
The past few months of winter have had some of the coldest days and nights that we have experienced in many years. In between the cold weather there has been some unbelievably warm days and nights.
The inshore fishing has still been good for a few squire and snapper in the same old haunts like Woody Head, Black Rock, Angourie and Shellys and further a field down around Wooli and Minnie Waters in that 30m mark seams to be the magic spots for them at the moment.
We had a fair bit of snow in the mountains this winter, and with the promise of more to come this augurs well for later run-off, which will keep the trout streams running for many weeks in springtime.
This is the right time of year to chase blue-spot flathead on the close offshore grounds near Botany Bay. Regularly taken around the 33cm mark, they generally reach their peak around 50cm, but have been known to grow up to 68cm. Colour varies, ranging from a light sandy brown with white spots to a darker configuration with blue spots. Sand corridors and variable bottom contours are excellent locations to fish for them.
Offshore reef fishing is very good with morwong dominating most bags. Mixed in are tiger flathead that are starting to make an appearance and should increase in numbers as we advance into spring.
Most people love a feed of fresh reef fish, and those anglers who live in or visit the Tathra area know just how good these reefs fish at this time of year.
At this time of year, with warmer weather and more daylight hours many anglers turn their attention to casting lures rather than good old natural bait. Common species such as bream, flathead and bass become more active now and will continue to do so as we move through spring, towards summer.
Move over Gold Coast Marathon and the Super V8s the biggest annual event happens in spring on the Gold Coast – The Flathead Classic.
The winter chill should be out of the air and the gear should be in tip-top shape after the winter maintenance. For anglers up here on the mid north coast, things are going to start to fire up.
Isn’t it nice to see a few tuna about for the offshore guys and girls! Although the tuna aren’t exactly what you would call ‘thick’, there are certainly plenty around to keep anglers entertained.
There is little doubt that the coldest of the year’s weather is behind us and spring is on its way. Bass anglers have already made plans for early season sessions and the bream have all but made it back into the estuaries and starting to push up the rivers. The glassy days on the lake will soon be tempered with seasonal northeast winds and the best of the pig fishing should be had this month.
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