Summer in our region has produced some of the best fishing we have seen for quite a few years. After a slow start to cod season, the pace has steadily picked up, and with water temperatures at their peak and a relatively stable level, the mighty Murray is the place to be.
At last the crowds have gone; returned to who knows where to reminisce about the fish caught and the big ones that got away!
February still sees a lot of people chasing mackerel in the usual places like Shark Bay, Black Rock and Angourie.
Summer had an erratic start in our part of the world, with hot weather mixed with violent short storms, quick reversions to winter, then back to warm weather. It still hasn't settled in mid-summer, but at least the fish behaviour has become a bit more predictable and anglers have reported some good captures recently.
Botany Bay is a great attractor of baitfish, and this in turn lures large schools of tailor inside throughout the year. These can be taken both day and night, with the smaller chopper variety more prevalent during the day. These are generally fish around the 400-700g size and best catches are taken on small lures.
This is the best time of year to fish around Bermagui, with all forms of fishing on offer, so do whatever it takes to get out there!
School is back and this is a great time to fish the south coast. It is definitely the best time to try a variety of fishing styles, from the blue ocean, rock or beach, estuary and up into the fresh, so please enjoy.
I’ve got to say, February is a great time on the water here in Port Macquarie and its surrounding waterways. We still have plenty of daylight and many fishing options. February also sees the main holiday crowds back off a bit, meaning less boat traffic and fewer headaches at the local ramps. Let’s take a look around.
Two full days of rain and washed-out fishing trips has me sitting back and thinking about my bass season to date. It was only 2 days ago that we had a 40cm-plus bass chomped in half by an angry bull shark, and then 20 minutes later the misfortune to pull the hooks on a 50cm fish right next to the boat. Disappointment aside, this trip was eventful!
Hot weather, hot currents and hot fishing — does it get any better? If offshore fishing is your thing, then you’ll be on a high this month, that’s for sure. There is plenty of bait around, and bluewater species for those anglers who like to head out on the open ocean.
There is no prize for guessing the usual suspects that are making the most of the summer months in the lakes and tributaries of the mid north coast. The bream have filtered into every inch of the Wallis Lake system, including the very ends of the brackish reaches where they will stay until at least April — unless flooded out with autumn rains.
It’s been a great start to the year, with plenty of fish biting along the Hawkesbury, from the fresh to the salt.
This has to be one of my favourite times of the year for fishing. The mackerel are on the inshore reefs, the marlin are on the wider grounds, the jacks and trevally are well and truly hitting surface lures, not to mention the bass on cicada patterns, and best of all the holiday crowds have finally disappeared. This allows us serious fishermen a bit more peace and quiet on the water, not to mention less crowded boat ramps!
It is with great sadness we advise the passing in January of Shimano Australia’s founder, John Dunphy.
For the most part, to catch fish consistently in February on the Central Tablelands it’s necessary to keep crazy hours. By this I mean being on the water pre-dawn for trout and native species, and fishing through until first light and a bit after, as this is when fish will be most active. Sure you can stay out, change tactics and still catch some, but you will have seen the best of it early.
Okay, we’ll start from the back and work to the front. Bass! Oh my wordy, yes. The bass are well and truly on and it doesn’t matter where you’re at, it’s a bass-fest and plenty of PBs are being broken.
This month I’m going to look at what’s hot and what’s not, to try and up the chances of every one of you landing more fish and bigger ones. We’ll also check out some bait collecting techniques, locations and methods that are working in and around the northern beaches, as well as the usual what’s biting and where. To finish off we’ll do a little on a big mover and shaker for 2015.
Due to the late season and cooler conditions in early summer, fly fishers are only now experiencing the best fly action in years. With lots of bugs about, the trout are leaping for joy!
A recent fishing adventure reinforced to me a couple of the advantages of fishing from a kayak.
February marks the end of the school holidays and back to normal life for almost everyone (although uni students probably still have another month of holidays!). Over the last month we have been slowly slipping into the summer pattern of fishing. The warm currents have been moving in and out from the coast as the nor’ east sea breezes alternate with southerly fronts. With the warm water, mackerel encounters have been slowly increasing in frequency, as well as welcome inshore mahimahi, tuna, and numbers of small black marlin.
Back in the November 2014 issue, I put together a review on Morningstar Boats’ 4.6m Offshore Cuddy Cabin. On the same day I had the pleasure of testing the Morningstar 4.6m Bay Rover G with a 90hp Honda on the back. If you are after a boat that has plenty of grunt to pull you out of the water on skis, plenty of speed to get you to where you want to go, while at the same time giving you and the family a extremely comfortable and dry ride, this is the boat for you.
Finally the warm weather is upon us, and the mornings are mostly calm and perfect for fishing. If you are able to grab a rod and hit the water early, don’t pass up the chance because the sunrises have been simply stunning.
Falling water levels in our impoundments have become the norm during the summer months all over Australia, and is normally associated with shutdown fishing. This is certainly not the case at Blowering Dam though, where plenty of fish are still being landed.
ABT and AFC stalwart claimed the only bream trophy that he was missing with the Taree tournament pro coming from behind on the final day to secure victory in the 13 Fishing BREAM Grand Final on Sydney’s Hawkesbury River.
The biggest teams BREAM event on the ABT calendar hit the iconic Sydney Harbour for the Bluefin Boats/Mercury BREAM Classic Open (11-12 November), with Team Elite Tournament Tackle/TT Lures (Scott Butler and James Howarth) claiming the event win over the talent-laden 72 angler field.
Everyone loves the summer holidays, but if you’re a keen angler, this can be a rather trying time of year! Starlo offers some very timely tips to help beat the crowds and catch a few fish.
Kingfish catches offshore and along the inshore reefs have been nothing short of spectacular, although it’s a different situation for the rock angler. Some large kings to 20kg have been caught and discussed on social media, while some haven’t.
Maccullochella peelii, greenfish, goodoo, ponde or even Murray cod — names that excite freshwater fishos more at this time of year than Santa Claus!
My enthusiasm for the upcoming marlin season has been tempered somewhat since the last column by the endless days of black nor’ easters, roaring current, no current, current flowing uphill, dirty water, and quite simply a serious lack of marlin of any type loitering in Coffs’ waters. If they’re not here you can’t catch ’em — simple as that — but some favourable sea conditions would certainly help to prove it one way or another.
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