The late season fishing in the Wangaratta area was very slow.
The first thing that will jump out at you when you see this fishing report is the lack of fish photos! There are a few landscape and fishing related photos, but no photos of actual fish.
Well here we go, August already and a new trout season begins. That didn’t take long did it!
I have spent some time recently looking over my past two years of reporting for the month of August. It was no surprise to me that the current fishing conditions are very similar to the past two years.
August in the Hobart region means one thing to the majority of anglers, the first Saturday of the month and the opening of the trout season.
Before I get into the big snapper news, the Australian salmon fishing along the Bass beaches has been extraordinary this season.
Local anglers can almost smell trout opening as it is only a month away, but in the meantime take advantage of some of the family-style lakes which are still offering some great fishing.
While we would all love to be catching fish on the surface when the season opens this year, the reality is that most fish will be down near the bottom somewhere.
Cool and sometimes very cold conditions have certainly prevailed over the last month or so.
I have run out of superlatives to describe the unrivalled fishing recently. Well that was before the big rains arrived and turned everything to mud.
August is the depths of winter but there is still plenty of options if the weather is suitable.
Once again the season is open in the majority of our inland waters, and while dry and cold would be an apt description of the winter so far, at least the season is open.
I’ve been driving and testing boats for a fair while now, I’ve seen some good boats and some truly awesome boats: the Stabicraft 1650 Fisher certainly slots comfortably into the awesome category.
As we head into August there are many more species of fish available in Portland as the run of SBT comes to an end.
With a month still to go until the stream trout season re-opens, all attention is on Blue Rock Lake.
Over the last month or so we have consistently seen the birds diving out in the middle of the bay.
Despite near freezing overnight temperatures, many days this winter have featured clear sunny skies and relatively light winds.
We have broken this winter’s back, battled through June with its short daylight hours and persevered through the cold of July.
I can remember years ago as a young teenager bait fishing at night on the St Patricks River with my school mates getting excited as the bells rang on the end of your fishing rod, then winding it in to find an eel attached, squirming its way up the line making a heap of mess, not to mention the disappointment.
Cool chilly nights on deserted beaches might not be everyone's idea of a fun night out but with the quality and quantity of gummy sharks patrolling the beaches you'd be missing out if you stayed at home.
From my perspective I would have to say that the peninsula has experienced one of the best Australian Salmon seasons in the last 3-4 years.
The river is looking quite good and is at present as cold as a mother in laws kiss.
From time to time nature throws a real curve ball and mid winter was certainly no exception.
The weather conditions here in June were appalling, an east coast low dropped over 10 inches of rain in less than a week.
As to be expected at this time of year the weather conditions have cooled down to such an extent that we now have the water temperature down to 12C in many places.
The one good thing about wintertime is that there are usually no long queues lining up at boat ramps. Contrary to a wide held belief there are very good patches of weather when the returns are great.
It is nearly time to put away the trolling rods because it’s time to start casting the snags for Murray cod.
The cold weather has seen the overall numbers of fish caught quite low.
I think someone forgot to tell the fish that its winter with the past month seeing some incredible action in this part of the Port Phillip.
This winter we have had rain, cold, wind, rain, ice rain and rain and it has made fishing in general quite tough.