The Gamakatsu Kayak Series Grand Final saw everyone rock up early beneath overcast skies, very keen to get under way in a relatively unknown waterway and chase that $3,000 prize cheque.
Finally the warm water has brought with it a decent amount of baitfish and attendant predators. The last month has seen some great fishing along Pittwater, and while the kingfish are still pretty fixated on live squid, the odd day has seen them also chewing on smaller yellowtail.
The Canberra Fisherman’s Club reached a major milestone when it hosted its 40th ANSA Lake Burrinjuck Convention on October 31-November 2, 2014. Some 195 anglers from 14 fishing clubs gathered at Burrinjuck Waters State Park, located 330km southwest of Sydney and 110km from Canberra, to compete.
The Yucatan knot was first developed in the sport fishing waters off Cancun and Isla Mujeres. It is generally considered to be a good knot for connecting doubled main lines to heavy leaders.
The idea for trolling for snapper all started about 10 years ago after a surprise capture made me think outside the box!
Many anglers find themselves in a position where they feel they are missing out on a huge chunk of what great fishing this state has to offer because they don’t own a boat.
I don't know what we have done to deserve the weather we have had so far this summer but lets hope it continues.
The Cairns Hardware Cardwell Barra Bonanza is done and dusted for 2014, boasting an astonishing 153 competitors and some fantastic catches.
Christmas isn’t far away now, and hopefully you’ll all get some great fishing goodies. I reckon you should also make a New Year resolution to get out on the water more and use that new gear! That’s my plan anyway.
Christmas has finally arrived and with a lot of fish on the bite I reckon we will have a ball! Most baits and lures have been producing some quality fish.
Time flies when you’re working and fishing hard, it’s already the last month of the year. If you haven’t done it already, now is the time to put in an order for some new fishing gear to be placed under the Christmas tree!
We have enjoyed another run of stable weather and gotten into some good offshore fishing.
Summer has now well and truly kicked into full swing and it’s this time of year that gets me yearning to hit the waterways. Air and water temperatures are nearing their peak for the season, and the fish are fully active during the early mornings and evenings, avoiding the heat of the day. For me it’s time to bust out my favourite style of lure – surface lures – in search of those red, toothy, snapping mangrove jacks.
With the warm weather pumping along like a well-oiled machine, it seems Mother Nature has been cruel and kind to us over the last month, giving us a run of good days among the bad, but at the end of the day, beggars can’t be choosers!
The water temperate is rising and with heaps of bait around, this points to the annual run of pelagic being not too far away.
December should really turn on the action, with the annual run of small black marlin and the estuary fish biting their heads off, what’s not to love about the festive season?
Last month we saw some great weather and, consequently, some great fish being pulled onto the deck. We had a good run of billfish throughout the islands and reefs, so it looks like our friends down south are in for a good season as well.
We have some exciting times ahead up here in Karumba and Normanton, with new boat ramp lanes and pontoons being constructed. The Carpentaria Shire Council is doing this work and I would like to thank them for looking after our ratepayers and the travelling public. They have an information centre in both Normanton and Karumba, and I would suggest that they are worth a look if coming for a visit. The work associated with the boat ramps has caused some frustration with fishing folk, but the end result will be worth it.
Proceedings start to get a bit hot under the collar in the tropics this month, in more ways than one. December is traditionally the hottest month on the calendar, as we begin to experience that intense and humid buildup to the Wet season. When it actually kicks into full gear is anyone’s guess, but it normally starts at some point in January. Up until this point a typical buildup sees good rain fall during the night and stinking hot, sultry conditions during the day.
With the barramundi season closed as of November 1, people will still be flicking lures around the same areas for a few months, but now jacks are the main target. Downsizing lures to around the 60-70mm mark with things like Tilsan Barras and Bass, or smaller plastics like the Atomic Prongs and Paddle Tails, is going to be a fun way to not only get a feed, but have some really intense, close quarters battles.
The previous month has fished very well with water temps constantly hitting the 30ºC mark. Once again windward bays and points like Bird Bay, Pig Trap, Jacks, Rainforest and Insane Bay have produced many of the bites. Jackall Squirrels and Zerek Flat Shad soft plastics have accounted for many barra through November and I don’t think things will change in December.
December isn't always the easiest month for scoring a feed of fish along the Fraser coast. Having said that, with some careful planning and the willingness to fish out of office hours, reasonable catches should be on the cards.
I love December! The days are longer and there’s a stack of different species to chase.
Hot, humid weather also means hot fishing this month, especially up the creeks. As the afternoon skies repeatedly fill with dark, rain drenching storms, the mangrove jack action can be nothing short of blistering. These atmospheric conditions are the perfect catalyst for getting jacks to feed, and when they turn on it’s simply unbelievable how many can be caught in a single session.
With several upgrades over the last couple of years, GMH’s Captiva series of SUVs just seem to grow more and more appealing to buyers seeking the advantages this style of vehicle offers.
It’s old news that the tidal and coastal barramundi season’s closed until February, which means there’s not even a spot of catch and release for a bit of fun because this caper upsets the vital breeding instincts of the fish.
December means school holidays, and everyone is looking for a place where they can score a fish and keep the kids busy at the same time.
When fishing soft plastics through heavy structure, anglers have adopted numerous methods to ensure they have a reliable rig to hook their quarry while still being able to work their offering productively through weed beds, mangrove snags, rock walls and other cover.
I really do love this time of year; it’s just about mango season and that means the fishing is also going off its tree. The return of December brings with it humid conditions, glassy seas and afternoon storms that can really fire up the fishing.
At this time of year across the Sunshine Coast we really hit our stride with the summer species starting to come on in numbers taking us though into the first quarter of the new year.
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