Bundaberg based Sea Jay boats have long had the reputation of being bulletproof, but when Jason and Simon from All 4 Adventure decided to do the entire top end of Australia by both vehicle and boat, even these boys were impressed with the durability of the Sea Jay 6.8 Pursuit.
June is here and so is winter. The start to the snow season is not far off, which means so is the close of the river fishing until the October long weekend.
The month of June has a lot packed into the first week here in Coffs. Firstly, by the time you read this you’ll likely have a couple of days to catch your last bass for the season. June 1 is the start of the bass no-take season to give them some wiggle room to spawn in. Most of the bass will have moved down towards the brackish stretches of all the local rivers and creeks to spawn.
Live baiting is probably my most favourite approach to fishing local rivers and estuary systems. There are several types and methods and this month I’ll be looking at the best way to catch mulloway.
We are at that time of the year again where my reports tend to focus on one or two spots in the Kiewa/Mitta Mitta region, which is Lake Dartmouth and Khancoban Pondage. At least with June there is still a little over a week of trout fishing available before the season officially closes at midnight on Monday 9 June (Queen's Birthday weekend).
This current trout season is about to end, and what a shocker it was for so many of us! The good news is that towards the end of April I started to see signs of improvement in one or two waterways.
The Larson 1750FX by Boats and More in Shepparton and Echuca is unreservedly a fishing machine that is built to perform and set up with the assistance of BLA, this incredible rig has the best of everything a lure fishing angler would want or ever need.
It was not without a little trepidation that we made our way to the ramp with the easing wind finally allowing us to get onto the water and give the impressive Streaker 5700 Commander a run.
It went off with a bang! The 2014 Toolamba Easter Fishing Classic was yet again a huge success. There were almost 200 entrants in this year’s event, which is similar numbers to past events. The strength of this competition is amazing and there are countless hours put into making sure it all runs smoothly.
It’s that time of year again when the whiting and snapper have moved out of the bays and gone off to warmer waters. It’s now time to put all that gear away until next season and start chasing trout in the lakes and impoundments, bream in the rivers or salmon on the surf beaches.
Dart Cup Yamaha Fishing Classic 2014 will be held on 6-9 June. Now in its 20th year, the competition is run over the three days of the Queens Birthday weekend, starting on the Friday.
Despite the cooler temperatures settling in over the state, Western Port’s winter fishery is about to fire up in a big way. It is this time of year when many anglers begin to pack up and store their boats for the long winter ahead, but don’t put it all away just yet, there’s still plenty of good fish on offer if you can withstand the cold.
Social media has certainly changed the way we hear and see what other anglers have caught; it seems to be a big bragging board of who has the biggest fish nowadays. However, we often forget about the simple bread and butter species our waters have to offer.
Early winter in Melbourne can bring forth a dilemma if you’re an angler – deciding whether to stay warm on the couch and watch the footy, or grab a few rods and chase some freshwater fish locally. Luckily you can be in for some decent fishing if you decide that the outdoors option is more your thing.
Portland is on fire at the moment with huge catches of bluefin tuna and albacore. We have had some reasonable weather and the boat ramp is filled with guys chasing these great fish.
Those anglers who have been waiting for the rewards of the winter months to arrive on the bay have certainly been given an early present! Although some unusually warm and mild days have occurred over the last month or so, the cold weather trend of crisp early mornings and late evenings on the bay are here to stay, at the very least for the next few months or so.
Winter in Gippsland means two things: frosty mornings and big bream. Back in early April a few rain-soaked cold fronts barrelled across the state and we got some serious Gippsland downpours.
Even though it’s now winter, there are plenty of bluefin, browns and bream around to keep anglers motivated.
Over the last month reports have been flooding in of bass being caught at Blue Rock Lake in good numbers.
The onset of winter generally sees a reduction in angler activity across the western shores of Port Phillip, but that’s not to say it’s all doom and gloom. In fact, now is prime time on the inner reefs to tangle with a few pinkie snapper.
With winter upon us, a change in tactics and methods has seen some great results from the Wimmera lakes.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that June in Tasmania it can be a bit fresh. The key to fishing at this time is equipment, and I’m not talking about tackle and rigs.
The coastal town of Triabunna on Tasmania’s East Coast was filled to the brim with 73 competitive boats and crews on 5-6 April. The turnout in its first year was nothing short of amazing. The Game Fishing Club of Northern Tasmania put together a sensational event.
The cooler weather is certainly starting to settle in, making us all appreciate the warmth of a fire and a hot cuppa. This change has brought on the trout fishing in the Bonnie Doon area of Lake Eildon with good numbers of rainbow and brown trout keen to feed up before they head to do their spawning thing.
Tuna fever has hit Apollo Bay with consistent captures of fish coming from south of Cape Otway. Large schools of baitfish are attracting the tuna to this area and once you find the bait the tuna are never far away.
There’s little doubt winter is upon us now with plenty of mixed weather, a squall or two and our fair share of rain. However, there is plenty of good fishing to be had amongst the gloom – you just need to seek out the species that are still available in numbers. And it’s a great time to apply the ‘keep it simple’ rule.
This is probably one of the slowest times of the year to fish the Yarra. The water has changed from low and warm, to flowing and cold. The fish need time to adjust and realign themselves with this changed environment.
In last month’s report I said I would try and find out why there was such an abundance of bait fish in the lake and, not being even close to knowing how aquatic systems work, it was very interesting to hear why it has happened.
After recent heavy rain, the rivers have been running fast and dirty making it almost impossible to go fishing in the estuary.
As we slide past yet another summer, to be expected the temperatures drop but the fishing continues to make efforts worthwhile.
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