The waters off Cairns have cooled significantly over the past two months with the arrival of consistent southeasters. They are now getting down to their seasonal average, allowing fishing to return to a more settled pattern. Southeasterly winds are showing indications of moving from consistent to persistent, which has the flipside of restricting fishing, especially at the reef.
Winter is starting to set in, which means cool westerly winds and crisp mornings are becoming the norm. Most fish will go deeper as it gets colder, so that means you have to change your tactics to suit the movement of the fish.
The recent issues in Moreton Bay have had me thinking I was in some sort of bad dream.
As the warmth of the summer nights slowly fades into the arrival of cool winter evenings it can make a few anglers question their motivation for those early morning or night time missions.
With a forecast of cold weather and 15-20 knot southeasterly winds, the 73 competitors in the Maverick World Sooty Championship event held by MAFSA at Eungella Dam on 29-30 April were pleasantly surprised when the reality turned out to be winds of less than 5 knots on day one and less than 10 on day two.
The Noosa River has to be one of the best systems on the coast if you love chasing trevally. Good sized giant trevally have been coming from around the Coast Guard boats near Munna Point as well as the Inner Woods Bay. Surface presentations have been the way to go with smaller walkers and surface poppers doing the job. When fishing these smaller surface lures it is a good idea to upgrade the trebles to cope with the bigger fish.
This month the water should clear considerably. When combined with lighter winds, this should make the southern bay a pleasant place to fish.
Cold waters and hot fishing are here in the tropics as June comes around signalling we’re halfway through another year already. It’s been a year of mixed fishing in Lucinda the last few months. There have been some great sessions followed by slow frustrating trips where you’re left scratching your head trying to work out why the fish are not cooperating. But that’s fishing! If it was always easy everyone would be doing it and the fun and excitement would be gone.
It’s hard to believe that winter has already arrived. It seems like yesterday I was dodging tiger snakes, applying sunscreen and swatting mosquitoes.
The 2017 salmonid closed season in Victoria runs from midnight on Monday 12 June through to midnight on Friday 1 September, so if stream trout are on your list, put down the magazine and go get into them!
It’s been a very mixed bag for local fishos over the past couple of months. Week to week the best location for catching fish changes. One week Kialla Lakes is on fire. The next week it’s dead and the Broken River fires up. This has made targeting certain fish species hard and writing a report even harder.
Located along the Mornington Peninsula is a favourite little hidey-hole of mine. What makes the rock platforms along Mt Martha so special is that you can fish them any time of the year and always expect to have a good crack at catching a few calamari. It has easy access and is a short drive from Melbourne, and an even shorter drive from Cranbourne.
It feels a lot like winter has set in already. Not to discourage anglers from heading out for a weekend fish, but the sudden cold snap early last month really put things into perspective for the coming months.
Hooks are a crucial part of fishing equipment and, quite frankly, without them you wouldn’t be going home with a feed of fish.
The salmon have made quite a return to the local beaches recently. Good-sized schools of decent fish have been showing up at Wild Dog Creek Beach, near Pirates Cove, the back beach at Marengo and Johanna Beach.
It would appear that the autumn fishing, like the weather this season, is late with some of the best fishing conditions over the recent weeks. Fine weather, school holidays and public holidays usually mean one thing – plenty of kids fishing. That has certainly been the case. Over this period dad becomes the bait man and of course the pocket money ATM, but it’s money well spent.
The prolonged warm and settled weather we all enjoyed for the first few months of the year is all a distant memory now. We have moved into the cold weather patterns and into winter.
The weather has been very kind, so no wonder everyone has been fishing so hard. Big flathead have been the real standout fish this month. Bream still seem to have lockjaw, but those who persevere with baits or lures have eventually scored big fish.
When talking about EPs even my closest fishing buddies call me sneaky, deceitful, and swampy, and for good reason. Actually they call me a lot worse and I love it! You see, it’s all about finding the perch, catching the hell out of them and not saying where. Then you share photos with dodgy background clues!
June marks the beginning of winter, which is a depressing thought for most, but not for anglers who are keen on some big southwest trout. A wet year last year, combined with a not-too-hot summer and an autumn with a few significant rainfalls (in what is often a dry time of the year) should result in some excellent trout fishing opportunities.
We say goodbye to another stream trout season for the year when the season closes on midnight 12 June. Not all is doom and gloom in the West Gippsland region though. Blue Rock provides anglers with a retreat to beat the winter blues.
What do you look to chase in Tasmania in June, I hear you say? It is unequivocally and unashamedly all about jumbo bluefin tuna. A ‘jumbo’ is a bluefin over the magical 100kg mark. This time of year is the time to find them.
I have done a number of boat tests on the Queensland-manufactured Clark Aluminium boats and the thing that has stood out on each occasion is the value for money they represent.
Several years ago, while holidaying in Mallacoota, I was faced with a dilemma. Our trip coincided with the week leading up to a Hobie Kayak BREAM Series event, which I was competing in and with the pre fish ban in full swing, I was unable to fish the inlet.
June promises to be a great month to fish the Glenelg River as well as many other smaller systems on the South-West Coast.
Now that the water levels are starting to rise again I think that the fishing this winter is going to be absolutely first-class with the trout coming up in great numbers throughout May. This month it’s going to continue.
The fishing in our estuary system is always good. Sometimes it’s better than others; right now it’s the other. One of the main reasons is the Snowy River entrance is almost closed. High tides allow water to enter the system and not much is running out to sea, so maybe the lack of tidal flow is altering the fish’s feeding habits.
Rain, wind and cold weather – in among all this, there are some very fishable conditions. Most importantly, there are fish biting! In particular, southern calamari have been and still are a hot target. The squid captures are coming from all areas of the peninsula and the quality lately has been fantastic, with squid to 1.5kg being semi-regular.
What better way is there to test a New Zealand built aluminium boat than in New Zealand-like conditions? Sorry Kiwis, but the only way I could describe the nasty storm we drove the McLay 591 Sportsman into on the test day was “New Zealand like”.
Conditions can change very quickly when you are planning a trip, so it always pays to check the local conditions before heading off. The Bendigo region has received some record-breaking rainfall over the last month. This has already impacted the productivity of the fishing in some locations in the region.
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