The El Nino weather pattern is starting to really bite into summer. The last few months have historically been some of our wettest, but this year the rain has not arrived.
All the attention recently has been on the amazing run of big barrel-sized southern bluefin taken recently right along the western coast of Victoria.
With Christmas and the New Year just around the corner, it’s time to squeeze in an after work or sneaky weekend stream trout fishing or Blue Rock bass session before the festive season begins and another year slips away.
As we enter the final month of the calendar year, the fishing is really heating up across the western shores of Port Phillip. After a somewhat slow start, snapper are firing, but that’s not all! Expect to see some solid blue spot flathead this month, along with plenty of King George whiting, snook and even more squid.
With water levels currently lower than average for this time last year and no rain in sight, some waterways are really struggling and we may see some major losses of stocked and naturally bred fish this summer.
December is here and I am excited! The fishing in Tasmania has been kicking off over the last couple of months, but December is when it really starts to ramp up across the board.
Lake Eildon and surrounding areas provide many options for those of us who are piscatorially minded. Fisheries have stocked the lake, pondage and rivers generously, making this area an ideal destination for keen fishos to take their families with the objective of introducing them to the world of fishing. These great waterways are accessible and provide a better than average chance of catching a fish for little nippers just starting out! The one thing I do know about taking the family fishing is that success is important. If that success isn’t achieved quickly, the objective of the day easily becomes keeping the kids entertained.
As the year’s end approaches and summer officially kicks into action it’s time to charge up the boat batteries and get back out on the water.
December is an exciting time for fishing in the far South West of the state as we roll into summer. The Glenelg River is in pristine condition and promises to be highly productive for both lure and bait fishers alike.
November certainly delivered big time with loads of quality yellowbelly caught all over the top end of the lake. Reports have been coming in thick and fast with the biggest yella a staggering 72cm long – what a beast of a fish!
Now that the water temp is up around 18-20°C, the southern part of Lake Eildon will really start to come into its own this month in the lead up to Christmas. Before the crowds arrive, the fishing promises to be amazing and I for one am very excited.
The fishing is great; fish seem to be throughout the whole Snowy and Brodribb river estuary system and in big numbers, allowing most anglers to get a good feed of their favourite fish for their table.
My last report about this part of the world was all about the numbers of salmon making up most of the bags. While there are still good numbers of salmon being caught the emphasis has shifted and in their place have been very good numbers of big snapper that have been to the 10kg mark.
As is usually the case at this time of the year, snapper and squid make an appearance and the news spreads quickly.
A slow start to spring had local anglers biting their nails in anticipation, some even wondering if the bite was actually going to show up at all. Well I am very pleased to say the wait is over! The water has warmed up and the local fishing has improved drastically over the past few weeks with some fantastic reports filtering through.
The amount of rainfall that the Bendigo region has received over spring has been well below the average rainfall, and this is going to be a major contributing factor on the productivity in the fishing within the region over the next few months.
To follow on from November’s feature on the coastline of Phillip Island, this month we take a visit to the Mornington Peninsula. Located some 60km from Melbourne’s CBD, the Mornington Peninsula is one of the most pristine and magnificent fishing locations in the state.
If the previous weeks of fishing are anything to go by, then it looks like the snapper run may end up continuing up to when the big man in the red suit slides down the chimney with lots of new fishing gear for everyone! Great news as I am sure we can all agree there is nothing better than getting stuck into some crazy snapper action on those hot December days.
What a good couple of months we have had in the area. Hopefully this will continue throughout December and the rest of summer.
December already and the snapper are going completely berserk, but the snapper aren’t the cause of greatest excitement. The whiting are starting to show up in relatively good numbers, the gummies have been a pleasant by-catch, and the mighty mulloway have decided to chew hard with some massive results!
As I put pen to paper, the water level at Lake Elingamite boat ramp (previously precarious for boats) has dropped due to the sudden influx of above average temperatures that hit in the southwest like a sledgehammer from the start of October. By the time this magazine hits the newsstands, not even kayaks will be able to launch unless we get some serious rainfall.
Looks like we could be in for a warm summer of fishing, so don’t forget the sunscreen and hat!
Summer is finally here and December is the beginning of the most productive time for spearfishers with great diving to be had for both pelagic and reef species.
We have just gone through one of the driest winters on record, with spring rains and run off non-existent.
It appears the entrance will close within the next week, which will increase the water levels just in time for the holiday period.
Without a doubt, land based fishing for pinkies on soft plastics can make for some of the most thrilling fishing –simply because they pull like an absolute freight train. What better way to target pinkies than 5 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, and St Kilda Beach and Pier? St Kilda Pier has a reputation of catching a broad range of fish such as big snapper but little is spoken about catching them on lures. Snapper tend to fight a lot harder on a lure such as a soft plastic – which makes for such an enjoyable outing.
The annual Snapper Point Angling Club (SPAC) Tea Tree Snapper Festival was run and won for another year on 30 and 31 October. For many anglers on both bays, the Tea Tree marks the start of their annual snapper pilgrimage and brings many fishers of all ages together in their quest to catch the biggest, and the even more elusive secret weight fish.
The surf has been a little disappointing lately because of weed, this month however there have been a few small periods of fishable conditions that have allowed anglers to get some good fish.
The fishing around Port Albert is nothing short of sensational. More and more snapper are caught everyday, and for the light line fisherman, the pinkies have arrived and are giving the whiting guys a run for their money.
In November 2006, then-Premier Steve Bracks promised to ban commercial netting in Western Port Bay, which would create a recreational fishing haven.
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