We’ve had possibly one of the driest and coolest winters we’ve seen on the Mid-North Coast in years, so let’s hope we some rain this month so it will ad a little colour to our estuarine systems.
Tides play a more important part in ensuring good catches in Botany Bay than a lot of people may think. Almost all parts of the bay fish differently according to the run. Once the tide has a movement of more than 1m between high and low, the water moves at a fast clip and fish take baits more readily.
Things are starting to warm up on land but not so much offshore. That’s OK though, because the warmth is seeping into the upper reaches of the estuaries, brackish, freshwater and impoundments. This is an exciting time of year for fishing and you don’t need a luxurious game boat or a million dollars, just a handful of lures and a packet of bait.
Spring is a great time for offshore bottom fishing, with flathead from the gravel and a mix of species from the reefs all on offer.
We are getting closer by the day to the end of this cold stuff. It has certainly been a cold winter for us but we have also seen some great fishing which helped to ease the winter pain. We have had salmon schools as thick as ever, great catches of mulloway, some solid bream reports, big female flathead and the offshore kingfish have been on the chew so we can’t complain too much.
It is hard to believe that spring is with us already. The mild winter, warm, and clear water all combined to cause a change to the traditional fishing, especially from the rocks.
It’s open season on the bass and estuary perch here in NSW and there will be plenty of anglers heading out chasing trophy fish over the coming months. The upper tidal water from north Richmond to lower Portland fishes well at this time of year as residual schools of fish await the warming water temps before heading further upstream as the heat of summer sets in.
It’s been a tough month on the Richmond River, in fact the last few months have been tough for the regular punters just out looking for a feed. This is mainly due to the lack of rain which has resulted in some incredibly water clarity. In fact, last weekend I could see the bottom of the river in 6m of water while anchored up at the Porpoise Wall on the run-in tide. The only species that has been reliable and biting readily in numbers has been the humble luderick and even then I’ve had to drop down to 2lb trace to get some consistent action, and use a variety of green and black weeds.
The first time I saw a stand-up paddle board or SUP I remember thinking to myself: “Wow, that looks fantastic! I’d really love to try that!” However, almost immediately the more pragmatic side of my brain responded with: “Don’t be a complete idiot! You’re 120kg, have two left feet and absolutely no sense of balance. If you could stand up on one at all, it’d only be for long enough to fall off again.”
Early spring can be a frustrating time to fish the Central Tablelands of NSW. You can get a little taste of the warmth ahead, then a big cold front from down south pushes up and rips it out from under you.
As in previous years the build was slow and steady, but inevitability going to kick in. Bluefin were greeted by commercial boats out very wide as they moved up the south coast. It was only going to be a matter of weeks before they would come within reach of the recreational boats.
Since last edition the Sydney offshore fishing has gone tuna crazy with another awesome season of barrels heading up the coast. Jervis Bay and Bermagui have been having solid seasons and plenty of these fish have ventured north with the currents, and some of the biggest bluefin Sydney has seen have been caught out the front. Ten years ago it was nearly unheard of for Sydney to have a bluefin season but now it’s almost expected.
We certainly had a good start to the snow season this year, which is excellent for the rivers and streams when it melts in spring. At the moment there is 2m of snow on top, which means good lake levels for the spring – we could even end up with 100% capacity again as we already have 88% and the lake is still rising.
I believe Coffs is a world class destination, with world class fishing, world class beaches and a world class hinterland. This month will see the attractions of the Coffs Coast displayed for all to see on a world stage when we host Round 10 of the FIA World Rally Championship for 2014.
Flathead are one of Australia’s most iconic and readily available fish. They’re also a great target on which to hone your fishing skills, or try out a new technique… And best of all, they’re on the chew right now!
In mid-July and were still Spanish mackerel to be caught. How totally weird was that? They weren’t numerous, but that might be because nobody was really bothering to chase them. Most anglers either switched into snapper mode or got the feet up and the boat in bits after a busy gamefishing season.
Anglers dream of fishing pristine locations teeming with the opportunity to land the catch of a lifetime. The reality is this has never been easier for all anglers to experience world class fishing. ABT joined 2013 BASS PRO Grand Final winner Dean Silvester as he travelled with Nomad Sportfishing Adventures to experience Australian fishing at its best.
Usually I start the column off with how good the state of the river is, and here I go again! It’s fishing even better than last month, the water quality is fantastic and so is the quality of the bait. I love checking out the baitfish to see what size and colour they are so I can attempt to match them with a soft plastic or hard bodied lure.
Top ten trout tips, try saying that 5 times really fast!
Spring is finally here and so too is the new trout season, which opens on Saturday 6 September 2014. To say I am very excited is a serious understatement!
After one of the coldest, wettest winters we have experienced for quite a few years, spring is finally at our doorstep and is being welcomed with open arms! Obviously the big news headline is the Victorian trout season, which opens on Saturday 6 September when many people will be out and about before sunrise with anticipation of what will hopefully be a much better trout season than last season.
The Streaker Navigator 4850 has been designed with a user friendly set of goals and I am more than happy to say it meets and then exceeds a lot of these goals.
The Clark 430 Crewmate reminds me a lot of the small estuary boats I grew up with, the difference being that the hulls these days are much more refined and the ride is uncountable better.
Spring is finally here and I am very happy to see the back end of winter. It’s been a disappointing winter on the fishing side of things but it was the best cray season I have ever seen in our region.
The past few weeks have been nothing but sensational in Western Port. With every month that has past, snapper have been a major feature throughout the entire winter period!
While we haven’t completely shaken off the cool weather, once September rolls around it normally gets a bit better every day. Footy finals finish up at the end of the month, trout season for the streams and rivers opens up and the days are starting to get a bit longer…everybody’s winning!
September has certainly come around fast and after such a great tuna season in Portland we can now concentrate on what other fish are in our area. The weather should start to turn again and we will see some warmer conditions. This will be a nice change after a pretty cold winter and some big storms that created 50 knot winds and 10m swells.
A few prolonged periods of clearer and calmer weather over the past month has really given a good old shot in the arm to the fishing on the bay. While the encouraging reports have no doubt increased due to more anglers wetting a line, more settled periods of weather have allowed water clarity to improve, and for more normal feeding activities to resume by many popular species.
It's that time of year again when bream think far less of eating and more about the need to breed. I'm quite sure they are going about this vital business a lot earlier this year because mature spawning fish have been very reluctant to eat bait or lures.
After a long spell of poor offshore conditions, things calmed down again late July and, guess what, there were still tuna everywhere. Around 50m of water off Point Fairy/Warrnambool was the hotspot with school sized fish eagerly taking both trolled and cast lures.
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