Stable weather patterns and ridiculously hot, still days have seen boats of all shapes and sizes exploring our pristine oceans to sample the delights of nearby reefs and shoals.
There are many ways to attack a day’s fishing in an estuary, especially if your chosen location is tidal. There are some tried and true theories that stipulate when the fishing is at its best, and these theories are typically governed around a tide change. For example, fishing the main channel of a particular system on the last hour of the run-out tide should see you score results.
The first round of the Hobie Kayak BASS Series was held at Tallowa Dam, nestled among the undulating hills in Kangaroo Valley approximately 30 minutes west of the small village.
With things starting to settle down and resemble some sort of normality after a hectic Christmas/New Year period, it's time to get back in the boat and attack the home of the Murray cod, Lake Mulwala. Traditionally, January through to May is your prime time to be chasing the Mulwala legends and there is no time better than the present.
Many anglers fall into the trap of thinking that every time they go fishing they should catch a bag limit of fish to take home. When you think about it, if you were lucky or good enough to catch your NSW limit of 20 bream, 20 sand whiting or even 10 dusky flathead, that would be a lot of fish. Do you really need to keep that many? Fishing should be about more than just aiming to catch your limit, surely.
The best piece of advice I can give you right now is this: Don’t miss a day because you will probably regret it. It doesn’t matter what you chase, there is something out there for you.
The waters around the Australian coastline offer some of the most consistently uncomfortable ocean conditions in the world. There are solid southeasters along Queensland and southwesters in Victoria and SA – and then there is Tassie. You don’t want to take that on in a small boat, particularly a mono hull.
No matter what your target species is, the best fishing in February will be had at cooler times of the day – dawn, dusk and night. Avoiding the middle of the day in summer isn’t something that only humans do. Fish also feel uncomfortable in the middle of very hot days and will seek deep water or hide on the shady side of any structure, making them very hard to entice.
Scorching weather and warm waters will make the fish run and hit our area this month. The weather is also making anglers run for the shade, as we have had some extreme heat in the past 2 months. Nobody minds too much though, because the fishing has been scorching hot as well.
February traditionally has high boat traffic and crowded ramps, but it’s a great time to fish the area. Angling up a feed should be relatively easy, whether it be fish or crabs, and as the month goes on things should only get better with the warmer currents pushing down.
Despite the increased boat traffic that both the Merimbula and Pambula Lakes have copped over the last few weeks, it amazes me how both these systems still produce the goods. Some cracking fish have been caught this year.
Narooma and its surrounds have copped their fare share of boat traffic lately, but with quite a few visitors finishing their holiday it just may be the time to get out there and wet a line.
Whether you’re on your annual pilgrimage or just heading out for the day, keeping things like drinks, food and your catch cold are important considerations. I have traditionally grabbed a bag of party ice and dumped it over my drinks in the cool box, then used the same box to keep the catch, but is this good enough?
Summer is in full swing and the fishing and weather are heating up. After weeks of northeasterly winds holding cold green water in close, we have had a few successive southerly winds bringing nice, warm blue water and quality fish with them.
Over the last month the weather has been sporadic and so has the fishing.
The Murray River continues to fish well as we head into the full wrath of summer and its relentless heat.
Nobody had predicted seeing so many quality Murray cod coming out of our local rivers and dams. Since mid-December we have experienced some of the best fishing in over a decade.
Unseasonal 22.5ºC water and wall-to-wall pencil slimies is a recipe for a fishing explosion here in Sydney. The huge nutrient load, courtesy of 2 very wet years, is finally paying off. I can safely say that I have never seen anything even close to the current slimy mackerel mass out there right now.
So far this year the weather hasn’t as hot as last year, so the water temps have started to fall. However, this has actually improved the fishing, and also made it more comfortable.
River levels have fallen and are back in their banks. Flows are to a minimum and water clarity is good enough for catching good fish on lures. This year is gearing up to be a fantastic summer of fishing around Mildura, particularly for the iconic Murray cod in the mighty Murray River.
The summer is well under way with some great weather, and our native fish are really firing.
February is the time when great changes occur in the movements of the fish populations in the Manning River. The big female flathead are still in the lower parts of the estuary and some of them still have to spawn. The smaller fish are spread out in all parts of the river and its tributaries right up to where the freshwater begins.
January is usually pretty busy in Iluka, as it’s smack bang in the middle of the holidays. With the increase in recreational boat traffic through the day, early starts have been essential to get some peace and quiet at your favourite shallow water spot. But February should see things calm down somewhat.
Something is terribly wrong with the rainbow trout in the Snowy Mountains lakes – there aren’t any.
If marlin fever has ever taken hold of you and you just ‘gotta’ have one, well this February is primed! Now is the heart of the season, so let’s go get some. Stripes, blues and blacks are all there following the many schools of baitfish.
The Christmas holiday period around Tathra is a good party time for all to enjoy, but if you’re after serious fishing in a quieter environment, now is the time to be here. Things go pretty quiet around here in February but the fishing is great. Whether you like going out to sea, bobbing around in an estuary or fishing from the shore, now is a perfect time to capitalize on the warm weather and water temps.
We are now well into 2014 and it’s shaping up to be a great year for those anglers lucky enough to fish Lake Macquarie. The water temps are right up there now, and so are the catch rates. Fishing is great regardless of where you’re fishing; inside and offshore are both producing the goods and plenty of fish are also on offer for shore-based anglers.
At this time of year it’s not uncommon for many anglers to be tucked away, up a creek or river enjoying the explosion of life that has developed over the summer months.
What a summer we have had on the Hawkesbury! Great weather and good catches of bream, whiting, flathead and mulloway in the estuary, quality bass feeding on the surface in the sweetwater and some cracking pelagics around the headlands and bays.
February fishing on the Tweed is all about the jacks, and boy it’s been a good season so far; well, maybe not for me, but my mates having been smashing them! The weather is really warming up so it’s only going to get better.
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