February will see water temperatures in Copeton peaking at around 30°C and fish activity will be at its best early mornings and afternoons.
Slow-pitch jigging and micro-jigging are among the fastest growing trends in offshore fishing around the country right now. But what are they?
February is a peak month for a range of species. You can get snapper in the washes and by distance casting, kings off the ocean rocks and in our fantastic estuaries, and a mixed bag off our beaches with the usual suspects like whiting, tailor, sharks and mulloway. Just some of the exciting things happening off the shore around Sydney! The snapper in particular are in good numbers, with good reddies in the washes and distance casting to the gravel/sand patches on a lot of our headlands.
As the smoke clears from the New Years Eve fireworks and the painful screech and squeal of the ‘doof-doof’ boats decreases to a minimal level, we charge into February and prime cod fishing time in and around Lake Mulwala.
This summer has been proof that the wild isn’t as predictable as we’d like it to be. Through the back half of last year, one of the strongest El Nino systems on record was developing. From this we expected to see colder ocean temperatures off our coast and therefore possibly an underperforming season on the summer pelagics.
I love going for a fish at any time of the year, but February is one of my favourite months of the year to fish. It’s a time when you can expect to tangle with whiting, bream, dart and flathead off the beach; bream, trevally, drummer, luderick, salmon and tailor off the rocks; and bream, whiting, trevally, dusky flathead, luderick, tailor, salmon, kingfish, and mulloway in the bays and rivers. It’s a great time to chuck a line in.
I just itch for this time of the year. The air is hot, the water is hot and the fishing is even hotter, with all those sensational fish that come with summer out there now and ready to be chased.
I love chasing Spanish mackerel, and coming from NSW that can sometimes prove a challenge. Queenslanders have them on tap for most of the year, and at times they can even be a pest up there when chasing other species! But for us southerners, it is often a waiting game, not merely for a fish to take your bait but for the fish to actually show up.
What a fantastic holiday period it has been here in the Iluka region. The end of January marked our first year as the new owners of Iluka Bait and Tackle (formerly Dizzy’s Bait and Tackle). Local reports indicate that this has been one of the busier years, with plenty of NSW and interstate holiday-makers enjoying this fantastic area with all its incredible diverse fishing.
February may be a hot one but it does not have to mean no native fishing. There is still great Murray cod and golden perch fishing to be had for those willing to get up super early or start late in the day and fish through the night.
All the action has been out on the beaches and in the estuary, and Stockton and Redhead beaches been produced some nice fish, mainly bream, whiting and flathead. The best baits are pipis and live worms if you can get them, the next best is pilchards and whitebait, frozen beach worms and messy mullet gut.
The reaction bite will slow down this month as water temperature will be around 27-29°C. You will still get some surface fishing in, but you will have to go very early morning or late at night.
As all the caravan parks in the area have been full of visitors over the Christmas period, the town has been abuzz with activity.
Mallacoota has had excellent weather recently, and we’ve even been blessed with some wind free days, which is very unusual for this time of year. Offshore, the water temperature has been up and down which has played havoc with the fishing. Presently the days have warmed up, and it’s good times all round for those heading offshore.
Jigging is a popular technique for targeting a wide variety of fish, from snapper to kingfish. One of the reasons that micro-jigging techniques have found a new niche with lure enthusiasts is it is essentially a scaled down version of more conventional jigging techniques and tackle.
The Christmas crowds are gone after another festive season but thankfully there’s still a huge amount of fish to catch. It really depends on what you want to target and where, but whatever you decide to do you won’t be disappointed.
What a great summer it has been for those fishing the local estuaries around the Narooma region. Both Narooma’s Wagonga Inlet and Tuross Lake have been on fire, and all species have come on the chew at some point during the day or night. Big flathead (to 95cm) and mulloway are high on anglers’ lists, with both species caught in both systems and in good numbers.
Each time I attend the Cod Classic I get a greater appreciation of what the iconic Murray cod means to our native fish anglers. A huge 2825 competitors converged on Lake Mulwala and the surrounding area to compete in this year’s Yamaha Cod Classic. All were hoping to catch themselves a fish (cod, golden perch or carp) and go into the running for $150,000 worth of prizes and the chance to catch Phil the $1,000,000 tagged cod.
I have recently come to the conclusion that I have an infatuation when it comes to fishing scents and the use of them. I have a growing collection of different brands, styles and smells and I would rarely fish a soft plastic or a lure without some scent applied. After thinking about this, I have come up with the following conclusions for developing this obsession.
February is here again as we move into the peak pelagic period for the mid north coast of New South Wales.
Over the last couple of weeks the fishing along Pittwater has been a little tricky for those chasing kingfish, but great if you are prepared to cover ground drifting and trying for flathead.
Port Stephens is famous for its marlin fishery and February is the month where it all starts to happen with consistent numbers appearing both inshore and on the shelf.
The full wrath of summer has seen the fishing slow down considerably along the Murray, with temperatures frequently pushing through the 40°C barrier. Not much fun on the water, with most sessions aimed at first and last light. While angling conditions are less than favourable, spare a thought for the poor cod that are drawn up from the depths into the unnatural furnace like conditions of summer.
February is a great month to nail some big kings in the harbour. They are back from their spawning run and hungry for big squid. The classic spots like Old Mans Hat, the Watsons Hole, the Cakes and Shark Island should hold the big ones. Squid baits are a must and you should find plenty around the deeper kelp beds on the lower harbour.
With the country music festival been and gone, the streets will clear and the dust will settle on our normally quiet town.
I’m sure that we all have the same dreams as anglers – unlimited resources to fish for whatever we want, whenever we want. Some of us work hard enough to be able to live out these dreams. Others buy a lottery ticket each week.
February can be a pretty cool time on the south coast of NSW and a great time for fishing! The crowds have gone and our local waterways have started to become somewhat normal once again. Although the holiday crowds do give a valuable boost to the economy, it’s nice to have the place largely to ourselves again in February. The visitors’ last hurrah is on the Australia Day long weekend, after which time they head back to their busy city lives, or perhaps back out to the western lying towns.
We have experienced a rather dry period for the past few weeks. The Manning has slowed to a trickle and there is a great deal of slimy weed clogging up the pools, making lure fishing difficult. However, the rain started to fall last month, it looks like it will continue.
Everybody is talking about one thing at the moment— Murray cod. After a three-month closed season designed to give the fish a chance to breed undisturbed, the fish are now fair game again and anglers are out in force searching for them.
This month’s report will cover the entrance to the Georges River and surrounding areas which at this time of year fish particularly well for most estuarine species.
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