It has well and truly cooled off now and it’s only going to get colder. This will be the time many anglers pack up the rods to collect dust for the next three months in wait for the warm spring. If you’re reading this report then you’re in for a few secrets that will put you ahead in the fishing game and maybe convince you to keep the rods out for a little longer.
The Iluka region has experienced excellent weather over the last month and fantastic fishing – especially offshore, and on the beaches and headlands. A busy tourist influx, and very kind weather conditions led to many very happy anglers.
With only a couple of weeks left until the end of the trout season, my first recommendation for this month would be to go and get your trout fix before that option is taken away from you. Most anglers who have not already gone up will be heading to the Eucumbene River to get stuck into some XOS trout as they attempt their spawning run, but if you are not into shoulder-to-shoulder fishing, then there are still plenty of options for you.
The fishing has picked up to the point where if you can’t hook a fish you should sell your fishing gear and take up another hobby! Hairtail continue to school in the basin and there have been some big mulloway taken from both Nobbys and Stockton breakwalls. The bream are moving along the beaches, and the flathead have been on the bite in the estuary, what more could you ask for?
After a few frosty mornings a lot of fish are now sitting close to the rockwall or in the heavy timbered bays that retain heat from the day. Start in places like this to find some good Hunter Valley bass!
The great autumn weather has felt more like summer than winter, with a good day of rain to keep things flowing, but with winter knocking on the door it won’t be long before it cools right down. The town has been busy with plenty of visitors to the area and with the good weather, there have been plenty of fishing options.
Mallacoota has been Victoria’s best-kept secret and judging by the amount of visitors in town and how busy it’s been over the past few months I’d say the secret is definitely out. The fishing is the reason most visitors find their way to Mallacoota, and with the beach, lake and offshore fishing all firing up, the visitors will be going home happy and no doubt already planning their next trip back to Mallacoota.
Winter is here again, but don’t let this deter you as some excellent fishing still exists for those anglers prepared to brave the cold mornings and put in the time.
The local beaches around the Narooma region have been nothing short of exceptional, with some monster tailor making a welcome return. These greenbacks have nudged 6kg on some beaches, brutes for this area and great fun on the right tackle.
Estuary rigs cover a whole range of boats, from the standard dinghy right through to the pointed punt style of rig. The most popular sizes are from 3.2m right up to 5m, which means there’s a great variety of boats to choose from depending on the kind of fishing you want to do.
The Horizon 525 Scorpion has a family-oriented layout, so with this in mind we tested it with three aboard. Scott James of Horizon Boats showed how easily the craft could be launched, while Fishing Monthly’s Steve Morgan and myself enjoyed the ride.
June marks the turning of the season, as we start to get cold on the mid north coast of NSW. Although cold frosty mornings become the norm, the quality of fishing makes it easy enough to get out of bed and get among a few fish.
The coming month should see some great fishing along our coast and in the rivers. We have been lucky enough to have calm conditions, warm water, and blue skies but unfortunately the rivers have been pretty quiet. Thankfully it won’t stay like this for much longer. We should shortly start to see a changing of the guard.
Winter has arrived, and while it may require a little bit more effort to get out of bed on those cold mornings it’s going to be well worth it, with plenty of fish on offer this month.
With the expected seasonal break running late this year, the intermittent hatching of ghost moths had our native fish looking top side for a feed.
The harbour is currently experiencing some of the best fishing of the season with water temperatures holding up longer than usual. Kings are still around in good numbers, and we’ve had some good runs of salmon, mulloway and flathead.
There is something special about this time of year, the freezing cold air and early starts make for some of the most picturesque moments you could hope for while out on the river. Low fog and the crunchy ice covered flora make trekking the rivers an interesting affair, but if you’re keen enough, the rewards are well worth it.
I first saw a Robalo Cayman 206 at the Melbourne Boat Show in 2015. Like a lot of other patrons, I thought, ‘man, I could take that to some pretty awesome places and catch some kick-ass fish out of it.’ Seriously.
Winter has finally caught up with us fishos! A few frosty mornings here and there, some harsh westerly winds no doubt and maybe even a hint of snow on the nearby hills of Sassafras make us all want spring and summer to hurry up and visit us once more! I don’t mind the cold, I love rugging up and hitting the beaches in search of that elusive winter mulloway or going onto the stones to chase big winter drummer from the ledges.
The past month has been a great time for all types of fishing in the Manning area. The sea temperatures have been up, and all sorts of fish that inhabit warm water have been on the bite. The river has had a little run in it and the mullet have schooled just upstream from the mouth of the river. Bream have come down the river to school up, ready to spawn while flathead have moved into all parts of the river. The beaches have formed up really well with plenty of gutters and sand flats where the fish can hide.
There has been a remarkable run recently of oversized Murray cod in Googong Reservoir, which is the backup supply of drinking water for Canberra and Queanbeyan. Normally anglers are prevented from fishing in terminal water storages for supposed health reasons but Googong is a special experiment, which has been running since 1976. Anglers are allowed access to limited areas of the reservoir during daylight hours only and limited to electric motors if they are boating.
The bay continues to fire on all cylinders, as we would expect at this time of year. However, there is one standout location that makes you stand up and take notice. I am referring to Bare Island. This landmark, located just inside Botany Heads, is a hotspot. It’s produced a wide variety of species including mulloway, kingfish, trevally, snapper, groper, luderick, leatherjacket and tailor. The odd salmon school also converges on the area when there are baitfish about.
I remember a long time ago reading a comic strip in a fishing magazine of a police officer pulling up a guy towing a boat for speeding. When questioned the fisher told the officer that there was a hot run of kings up at Montague Island – the response, ‘well I better give you an escort!’ Things haven’t changed, and Montague Island is still worth a look.
If you are into early starts and watching the sunrise, this is the time of year to do it. Although a little chilly, it’s a revitalizing activity and a great way to start your day – especially when you have a rod in your hand!
It took a bit longer to cool down this year, but we are now well and truly in the grip of winter. Over the coming weeks, many aspects of fishing along the Central Coast will gradually change, some for the better, others for worse.
When beach fishing comes to mind, it’s only natural to associate this great Aussie pastime with other summer traditions like cricket and the good old backyard BBQ. The truth is though, beach fishing can be a rewarding activity during any month of the year. Like other types of angling though, a few adjustments need to be made in order to make the most of what each season offers.
It’s the time of year when we look at the prospect of some great deep-water action in our local rivers, the Hastings and the Camden. With bream schooling and mulloway hanging close by, it definitely pays to look at deep-water fishing tactics.
As I mentioned in last month’s report, the temperatures have come down now and the full force of winter is finally upon us. To be honest, we can’t complain, as the summer and autumn period was a lovely long one, so a little relief in the form of some cooler weather is a nice change. Despite the cool weather, fishing remains fairly good and there is a little on offer for most at the moment.
It has been a long autumn season with a lot of straggling bait balls and pelagic species belting around, as we slip into June. Tonnes of mullet were still staging around the leases until the middle of last month and bream were still hitting surface up the rivers. With a flush of fresh and a cooling of water temperatures, there should be some normality brought back to the winter season.
The good run of fishing has continued with the action set to maintain right through winter. Forget about packing away the fishing gear and get out for some laidback hours of fishing between 8am-4pm and enjoy some sensational winter weather and great fishing.
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