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River runs clean and full of bream

Brett Geddes | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / East Coast / Gippsland Lakes /

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.

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Barrel bedlam rages on into summer

Mark Gercovich | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / West Coast / Warrnambool /

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.

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Festive fishing ahead

Steve Haughton | First Published: December 2015   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

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.

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Not just the reds this season

Brent Hodges | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Central / Port Phillip Bay /

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.

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El Nino taking affect

Trevor Holmes | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

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.

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Boom time in Tassie

Kelly Hunt | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Tasmania & Flinders Island / Tasmania /

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.

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Eildon Trout Farm – A fantastic day out for the whole family

Peter Jung | First Published: December 2015   »  Feature Articles / Victoria /

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.

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Calamari Christmas joy!

Daniel Kent | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / West Coast / Apollo Bay /

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.

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Snag bashing season kicks off

Shane Lowery | First Published: December 2015   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

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.

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Spinning for Bonnie Doon goldens

Andy McCarthy | First Published: December 2015   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

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!

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Fisheries success with a hot cod season ahead!

Andy McCarthy | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Eildon /

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.

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Prawns bring on great fishing

Jim Mcclymont | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / East Coast / Marlo /

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.

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Reds replace salmon

Alan Mc Fayden | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / East Coast / Inverloch /

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.

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News of reds spreading quickly

Alan Mc Fayden | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / East Coast / Welshpool /

As is usually the case at this time of the year, snapper and squid make an appearance and the news spreads quickly.

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Flathead fans rejoice

Leigh McVeigh | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / East Coast / Lakes Entrance /

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.

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Dry weather continues

Roger Miles | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Bendigo /

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.

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Spotlight on the gorgeous Mornington Peninsula

Jarrod Day | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Central / Western Port /

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.

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No time for napping when you get snapper-ing!

Lee Rayner | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Central / Port Phillip Bay North /

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.

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Crunch time for cod

Brenton Richardson | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Victorian Alpine /

What a good couple of months we have had in the area. Hopefully this will continue throughout December and the rest of summer.

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The Silver Unicorn

Adam Ring | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Central / Western Port /

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!

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Crossing fingers for rain

Rod Shepherd | First Published: December 2015   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

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.

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Barrels keep coming in…

Neil Slater | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Central / Geelong /

Looks like we could be in for a warm summer of fishing, so don’t forget the sunscreen and hat!

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Victorian reefs fit for a king

Shane Lowery | First Published: December 2015   »  Regular Features / Spearfishing /

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.

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Tough fishing to come

Shane Stevens | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Ballarat /

We have just gone through one of the driest winters on record, with spring rains and run off non-existent.

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River rises as mouth closes over

Robyn Sturgess | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / East Coast / Bemm River /

It appears the entrance will close within the next week, which will increase the water levels just in time for the holiday period.

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Snapper get salty with soft plastics!

Jason Tanti | First Published: December 2015   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

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.

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2015 Tea Tree wrap up

Tag | First Published: December 2015   »  Regular Features / Tournaments /

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.

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Weedy woes

Will Thompson | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / East Coast / Ninety-Mile Beach /

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.

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You can count on calamari

Will Thompson | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / East Coast / McLoughlins Beach /

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.

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Western Port Bay – a fishing haven

Ross Winstanley | First Published: December 2015   »  Feature Articles / Victoria /

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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