Keep the first weekend in June free this year for the Noosa River to Reef Family Fishing Classic.
There will be more than $50,000 value in prizes available for this year’s VMR Bundaberg Family Classic to be run from the VMR base on Boat Harbour Esplanade at Burnett Heads from 22-24 June. This includes the addition of a second 4.1m Polycraft Challenger boat with a 30hp Suzuki outboard being added to the lucky draw prize tally.
This rain we have been receiving has kept the muddies out for longer periods than normal, which has had the crabbers reaping the rewards with very little effort.
We are coming into one of my favourite times of year to be fishing the bay and I can’t wait to see what kind of snapper season is ahead. If the early season indications are anything to go by, then we are in for an awesome season.
May is a great time to be an angler in Lucinda with the waters offshore mixing with the cooler currents from down south. This means a transition period which sees the pelagics begin to turn up in better numbers. Let’s get ready to rumble!
Rain has come again and the level of Monduran has yoyo-ed back and forward. This effect of water levels changing doesn’t sit well with the barramundi, as it seems to unsettle the smaller fish.
One of Australia’s oldest and most respected alloy boat marques, Stacer, has released its 2012 range, highlighted by its first venture into plate construction for offshore fishing boats.
Anyone who says a properly set up deep-vee hull – glass or alloy – doesn’t need trim tabs obviously hasn’t used them.
The opening round of the 2012 Smak Lures Bass Pro Series was always going to be a hard fought event with good fishing on the cards and plenty of extra sponsor’s bonus prizes courtesy of Samurai Reaction Rods.
Forster lived up to its reputation as a diverse and fish-rich stop on the Daiwa BREAM Kayak trail. Thirty-five anglers revelled in the action to deliver 115 bream to the scales in the NSW State Title round of the popular tournament series.
A record field of 77 die-hard kayakers attended the sixth round of the 2012 Daiwa-Hobie Kayak Series at Marlo.
As the New England weather continues to cool the local angling action tapers off. While most native species become a little less active, the final month of the trout season gets hot.
Snapper from ‘platey’ to ‘squire’ size ranges have been relatively prolific around all headlands and that is going to be the norm for the next two months or more.
We had a pretty tough time over the ‘Summer’ months with seemingly endless rain and unusually cool temps, but the change of season has brought a vast improvement in weather and fishing.
Fishing in Lake Mulwala should continue to improve as the water clears after the floods of early Autumn.
After looking back over recent columns and talking to some of the Coffs Coast’s game fishing stalwarts who have lived here longer than me, it seems the 2011/2012 season has arguably been one of the best for blue marlin on record.
By now the water should have cooled down a fair bit, causing a number of fish species to also slow down but this is far from the case for silver trevally, bream and snapper.
May is traditionally a calm month as winds go, so the ocean smooths off with the early morning crisp westerlies and can stay that way well into the day and you can fish in comfort and target all manner of species.
There is a crispness in the air and daylight saving is a dim memory but pockets of warm water still feature this month, resulting in a wide variety of species of fish still on offer.
With the onset of Winter and its plummeting temperatures, pounding seas and driving rain, it can be a hard get excited about fishing. The thought of having to don a beanie and multi layers of warm clothing can cause many fishos to switch off until the warm months and pelagic fish return.
It’s time to chase those monster Murray cod and what better place than Blowering Dam to do it?
With cooler weather and the cooler water returning from the south, the main focus for anglers lately has been on tailor and bream from the beaches.
Eden received more than its fair share of rain over the past month, with more recorded than further south at Mallacoota.
As the saying goes, it never rains but it pours and this has been the case at Mallacoota, with deluges and dropping temperatures showing Winter is well n its way.
May is marks peak spawning activity for luderick and bream and the estuary has plague numbers of both.
More than 400mm of rain over the month has made it extremely difficult for anglers to fish, especially inshore, and it’s been a long time since there’s been as much fresh water around.
The Narooma region received upwards of 300mm of rain over the past month, making some sorts of fishing difficult in the short term. Overall, the rains are a necessity that will greatly improve the fishing, especially in the estuaries.
The Clark 510 Dominator with 90hp Mercury EFI four-stroke is a truly impressive family day boat or fishing craft capable of bay, harbour or even inshore work.
Ezy Topper Boats at Toorbul, north of Brisbane, offer a range of infused fibreglass boats that are truly car-toppers yet perform remarkably well in estuaries, rivers or lakes with only modest engine power.
I’ve had a lot of cancelled charters due to weather and sea conditions again this month but when we have been lucky enough to get out, we have found some fish.