What a tough final round of the Hobie B.A.S.S. Australia Nation Kayak Series? With only one fish weighed in, it shows how difficult Wivenhoe can be when your fishing location is limited.
It’s been pretty awesome to watch the species range and size increase over the last two weeks, and there are quality fish showing up every where from the smallest drains to the furthest reefs. The bay has also been turning up a few surprises, and casting the reef has accounted for many species from tuskies to trout of all sizes.
With winter now behind us we can only anticipate what will be on offer for the next couple of months. September is without a doubt one of the best months to target Mondy barra, the reason being that typical trade winds from the north bring stable weather patterns and constant wind from the one direction. These warm northerlies also boost the water temperature up by a few degrees, igniting the barra into feeding mode.
The weather is great and I hope everyone but me is out on the reef and islands fishing.
The last of the cold weather is approaching and it’s starting to really warm up around Brissy! Springtime in Moreton Bay has long been my favourite time of the year. The weather is great, with crisp mornings that warm up quickly and fishing that follows suit. Springtime means mulloway for me, so fingers crossed the jewies start showing up in the big schools that usually come through.
In my last contribution I was able to write down some of my thoughts relating to driving along Fraser Island’s beaches and inland tracks. These included the importance of using genuine high-clearance 4WD vehicles.
Its’ hard to believe September is here already! Soon enough the weather will start to warm up and the fishing will begin to really fire up, especially the sweet water jacks and barra!
Javelin fish or barred grunter would have to be one of the most underrated fish swimming in our waters. For many a year the grunter has swum under the recreational fishing radar, with many anglers writing them off as a ‘bait fishing only’ species. The reality however is a different story as grunter are very much a viable target species on artificial baits, especially soft plastics.
The good old Mitsubishi Triton has been around for over 30 years, and this sometimes mundane utility has seen a lot of changes in this time. Notably, when the ‘new’ model came out in 2006 things suddenly became a lot more refined and business-like in the Triton’s world. A lot of tradies and people looking for a weekday work vehicle/Sunday Funday car suddenly took notice of what the Triton offered: a reasonable ride, lots of load capacity and interior room plus a diesel engine which was adequate but not overbearing in the power stakes, and yet with some economy.
Fringed by the Scenic Rim mountain range, and with Lake Moogerah’s clean waters extending north, south and west from the camp grounds, you have to ask yourself what’s not to like about this camping and caravan park. There’s plenty of level camping areas, ample shade for those warm spring days, friendly and helpful staff, with well set up facilities all round to complement a camping area that’s as pretty as a picture.
September is a great month to catch some of those hard fighting, finicky biting (but great fun to catch) luderick. Few fish will repay a sloppy tackle set up with such indifference as a luderick, but if things are done right they aren’t hard to catch at all. And, because a float is used, there’s an element of sight fishing as well. In this article I’ll go through the usual float-and-fine-line system of taking luderick to make it easy for first timers to understand how the system works.
With a New Zealand heritage, a standard of alloy craftsmanship and overall finish guaranteed to turn heads on both sides of the Tasman, the Surtees brand has become so thoroughly established that these boats require little introduction. Suffice to say that this 6.1m craft with a beam of 2.26m and its ultra strong construction (there are 6 fully welded stringers under the floor) is as solid as a brick. The 5mm thick deep V hulls are water ballasted for ultimate stability both at rest and under way (a flap can be closed to retain water when necessary), and it’s reassuring to note the 610 Gamefisher’s below-floor section includes paired safety buoyancy chambers.
The Bluefin Lake Maroon Fishing Classic is scheduled for 13-15 November 2015. Now in its third year, the competition is shaping to be bigger and better than ever.
2015 is the kind of year that the bay fishers have been wanting for a while. The lack of regular rain has let Keppel Bay clean up so much that we are getting the regular coastal bait fishes coming through in big thick schools.
With the average overall temperatures beginning to rise throughout September, anglers will begin to notice a changing of the guard in relation to the prominent species on offer. As the cool weather species taper off, warmer water species will become more prominent throughout the Southern Queensland waters during spring. As such we should experience a good blend of piscatorial possibilities over the next few weeks. Let’s look at a few of your angling options.
Smoking, one of the oldest ways of cooking, flavouring and preserving meats and fish, combines the effects of salting, drying, heating and smoking. While meats and fish can be cold smoked to preserve them, this process can take several weeks and requires generous salting and a substantial smokehouse to complete the task, especially with larger volumes of product. Hot smoking is easier, and is the most common method used. It can be completed with a minimum of equipment and ingredients, and it doesn’t take long.
The Sunshine Coast is the spot to fish with a large range of winter species being taken across the many reef systems we have at our doorstep. Winter brings snapper, and there’s not one angler who doesn’t have a crack at them when they get the chance.
Bring on the warmer weather, I just love this time of year. September really is the start of a new fishing season with our estuaries starting to fire up with the spring run of flathead and the odd mangrove jack.
The past month still had patches of that unsettled weather which had plagued the north coast all winter. We had only a couple of reasonable periods which allowed offshore anglers to get out wider and get into some good fishing.
September is the best time of year to focus your attention on catching flathead at Jumpinpin. The Pin is one of the best flathead spots along the coast and during this breeding season it will get even better.
The fishing over the last month has been insane, from great offshore activity to absolutely brilliant inshore estuary and river fishing. Thankfully, the last month has seen great weather and that should stay the same through September.
September is a unique month in Cape York – perfect temperatures with cool mornings and just a whisper of breeze. The barra fishing can really begin to fire after the fish shake off their winter slumber.
Spring is finally here after a brisk winter. September is a better month to target big amberjack, kingfish and samsonfish off the Gold Coast. Jigging and live baiting on the pinnacles out on the 50-fathom line and the deep reefs off the Tweed are a great place to start looking for these hard-pulling deep thugs.
The weather gods finally shined upon Cairns’ anglers early last month, with a run of picture-postcard weather. The tourists responded accordingly and it was near impossible to find an empty bed in any of the tourist accommodation in town.
Breaking into the boating market is a Brisbane-based company called Sea Adex. With so many fishing boats on the market, owners Adam Mortimer and Rex Willis knew that if Sea Adex was to be competitive they had to bring something new to the table. This is exactly what they have done.
It the great time of the year when things really start to change, we really have the best of both worlds with the start of the pelagics offshore, the mangrove jacks come out of hiding in the rivers and, of course, this is prime time for tailor and mulloway off the beach.
Light tackle has become popular over the last few years as the quality of the big brand products has gotten better in every possible way, further boosting anglers’ chances of landing trophy fish on super light gear. These advancements have led to many anglers swapping the big 8000 sized reels loaded with 50lb braid and a 24kg glass rod to a 2500-4000 sized reel loaded with 10-15lb braid and a 6-10kg rod. The excitement and adrenalin that rushes through your body when you hook a good fish and it takes its first screaming run is always a great experience. The feeling is even better once it’s in the net!
Earlier this year I retired from my regular gig as a fishing reporter right across all magazines. For a couple of months I twiddled my thumbs, but then I was offered the opportunity to write a trout opening feature – I pounced.
Well that was one of my all time greatest failures! A few months ago I retired from almost all forms of fishing journalism. I decided it was time to take a step back from writing and concentrate on other aspects of my life.
Lake Mulwala is filling at a steady pace, by the time this report goes to print the lake will be full – so guessing at how the lake will be fishing is nigh on impossible!
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