From Port Stephens NSW to Prince Edward Island Canada, Kim Bain has fought and caught large sharks, black marlin, blue marlin, striped marlin, yellowfin tuna and GBT on stand-up tackle. In this pictorial she shows some of the latest gear she uses.
Just like the weather, the fishing keeps getting hotter on the Fraser Coast. It seems fitting that as 2014 goes off with a bang we are smack bang in the middle of another cracker of a billfish and pelagic season.
This is a homemade take on two favourite take out options - fish n chips and pizza.
There are plenty of opportunities here in January but, like anywhere in the north, the wet season can be unpredictable and ruin the best-laid plans. Fortunately, our wet season proper usually doesn’t come in until February, and a moderate amount of rain in the meantime would be a great help as it would stir up plenty of activity.
From an angling perspective, this month is one that can test the patience of the best of us. Weather windows are often only very brief in between lengthy spells of unfishable conditions and competition for prime locations with other recreational users often intense. Making matters worse is that holiday traffic, whether it be beach or boat has the potential to move fish away from the busiest regions.
2013 certainly has been a year to remember for us fishos. Looking back over some of the stories I have written and the events, it has been a richly rewarding year.
As we kick off into a new year, the freshwater fishing scene is looking pretty sweet. During the summer months, all freshwater species are more active and willing to munch lures. My favourite style of fishing, surface luring, will certainly be worth a shot in the mornings and afternoons.
We have been blessed with great weather lately. Calm seas, clear days and some hot fishing as well.
Afternoon storm activity and balmy nights are just the right ingredients to fire the fishing up this month in the northern bay. With water temperatures holding warm and steady, fishing activity has really heated up for estuary and inshore anglers of late with many taking advantage of the holidays to duck down early to their local fishing haunts before an afternoon storm arrives.
When spring arrives, one of my favourite species of fish starts hunting for food and getting ready to spawn. Yes, I’m talking about flathead.
So far this season we haven’t put the trolling gear in the water, but reports coming in are promising with both Spanish mackerel and wahoo getting caught in the Point Lookout and Huchinson Shoal areas.
There is eager anticipation of the arrival of the annual small black marlin run on the inshore grounds off the Gold Coast. In early December quite a lot of fish had been caught in Hervey Bay, so by the time you receive this there should be quite a few small blacks being caught off the Gold Coast.
2013 was a unusual year in that the lack of a wet season changed the pattern of most fish. We found them in places where they had not been before, and we’re all hoping things will go back to normal and we will get an awesome flood. That will make life easier for all of you coming up here to catch a fish. Karumba has always been a great place to get a metre barramundi, and with the help of an experienced guide you’ll find it is even easier.
As we enter another New Year we find ourselves in the tropics slightly ahead of schedule in regards to the wet season.
After a hectic tailor season along Fraser Island's eastern beaches, fishing almost came to a standstill in early November. So rapid was the decline that Island regulars have been wondering why. I am inclined to agree with others that the decrease in clarity of the inshore waters has something to do with it. Many species are reluctant to venture into this turbid water for reasons that evade me.
January will offer a wide range of species to challenge anglers from wide offshore to the upper reaches of our creeks, rivers and dams, so start gearing up because this month is always a boomer!
In the heart of summer most people in the north hibernate in the air-conditioning in an attempt to escape the suppressive heat and humidity. Those anglers in the know however recognise these conditions as being prime fishing time as the extra heat and added humidity send the creek and reef fish into a hungry frenzy.
Saltwater barra anglers will often testify that an impoundment barramundi lacks the aggression and fight of a wild saltwater barra with the central argument being these traits can only be refined through years of living in a wild uncontrolled hostile environment.
2014 is going to be an interesting year for car manufacturers and local distributors alike. Competition in the compact SUV market is white hot; dealers are having to work extra hard to complete a sale with buyers reaping the advantage with dollar savings sweeteners.
Tucked out of the way around one hour’s drive north of Bundaberg, roughly halfway between Bundaberg and Gladstone, is a fairly large waterway known as Baffle Creek. This pristine and totally unpolluted system is regarded as having the highest concentration of mangrove jack in any Queensland waterway. Excited? Read on…
The Murray cod season opened on the first of December, and with the amount of water we’ve had in the New England and southern border streams recently our green fish should be well and truly on the job.
Brand spanking new from McLay is their mighty Fisherman Hardtop, 6.7m of fishing excellence. Hailing from New Zealand and designed to handle that country’s very tough fishing conditions, McLay boats are now sold through selected Australian retailers.
Trailcraft Boats have earned a name as very seaworthy and tough craft. Who could forget the exploits of the late, great Malcolm Douglas and his trusty Trailcraft? He’d park the boat on a reef overnight on a remote beach and wait for the tide to lift it next morning so he could continue his adventures. Stirring stuff!
The end of last year was one of the driest for a while, and if we don’t get decent rain soon it could be hard fishing.
Another new year is upon us and once again I really cannot work out what happened to 2013.
A new year on the Sunshine Coast brings great opportunities to catch a wide variety of fish. This year I intend to revisit the days where I enjoyed a minimum 100 or so days out fishing and set up another run of diary entries to assist anglers with information on exactly where to catch a feed. The weather has been the big stopper of late and hopefully the winds will slow down and allow us all to enjoy offshore action.
It's been a hot dry lead into January this year but I believe the forecast is for a bit rain for the start of our wet season.
Hope you all had a great Xmas and New Year break. I’m sure you are all looking forward to what the following year brings to your fishing calendar. Hopefully a good wet up north will see the fishery prosper and we can enjoy some top class barra fishing throughout the year.
Welcome to yet another year of fishing the Jumpinpin area. Its protected waters are filled with our favourite species of fish that we all love to catch. Bream, whiting and flathead will make up the bulk of catches this month, but there is always a chance of mulloway, tailor, jacks, cod, trevally and any number of other species that find their home in these waters.
January can be a tough month for anglers in Cape York, with unsettled weather and often the first real clean-out of creeks and rivers under the first descent rains of the wet season. You can’t fish for barra either, of course.
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