Despite the recent decline in both air and water temperature, the fishing remains steady across Port Phillip west.
Mulloway have been in far greater numbers over the past few years. In fact, since the drought-breaking rains back in late 2010, each of the major systems in and around Melbourne, including the Barwon River just outside Port Phillip Heads as well as the Patterson, Yarra, Maribyrnong and Werribee rivers, have seen an influx of juvenile schoolies ranging in size from, well under the 60cm legal limit, up to about 80-90cm and sometimes beyond.
Waiting is a game of patience and at present Wimmera anglers are playing that game and waiting for the cold days to arrive and the big trout to come out to play.
I don’t think we can really start talking about what May will bring for fishing in Tasmania without first talking about what has been happening in the Tasmanian game fishing scene recently.
Finally the onshore easterly winds have backed off with light offshore conditions prevailing over the past few weeks.
It was over a month into autumn before we started to see what I would classically call autumn weather. Cool, crisp mornings met with blue skies and windless days – a beautiful time of year and a great time to get out on the water!
May will be a great month for fishing the Glenelg River for lure and bait anglers with higher water levels and cooler temperatures.
Now the water sports enthusiasts are gone, it’s time for us mad keen fishos to get up and use the quieter conditions to our advantage.
Since I started writing for V&FM 6 years ago this is by far the leanest 4 months of any new year that I can remember and I put it down to a few things.
The fishing is still great and anglers are everywhere! The Snowy River estuary is fishing at a premium with good captures of bream, estuary perch, luderick, mullet, trevally, flathead, salmon and tailor being taken throughout the whole system.
Most land-based and boat-based anglers agree that the long hot summer predicted for this part of the world seems to have missed us to a large extent.
The cooling water temperature during May delivers good and bad for anglers in the Bendigo region. While the drop in temperature reduces catch rates it does bring the big fish out play.
The first of the winter chill made itself felt with some cold wet weather in April, some of that classic autumn weather with sunny days, no wind and plenty of fish to be caught was exhibited too.
The air temperature has definitely dropped a few degrees now and we are rolling into some very winterish weather, but I’m really rather impressed with just how good the fishing has been! There are plenty of species on offer from snapper and calamari, to gummies and whiting so it’s certainly not time to pack the boat away just yet!
Much cooler, autumnal weather has well and truly arrived in the South West with the start of winter only a stone’s throw away.
By May we’re really starting to see a chill to the wind and water surface temperatures are dropping. A few species wane over the colder months so you need to adjust your sights if you wish to land a few with consistency.
May is shaping up to be a fantastic month for avid blue water spearfishers with massive numbers of southern bluefin tuna on the southwest coast. The tuna have been holding in close making them very accessible in the preceding months and the build up on the shelf will continue. All indications are for one of the best seasons in years.
Anglers in and around the Ballarat area are blessed with some magnificent waters to fish, and there’s none finer than Lake Wendouree located in the middle of the city.
The Bemm River is in prime condition at the moment with the closed river mouth and rising river level combining to deliver anglers perfect angling conditions and opportunities.
With a slow start to the season off the surf, due to bad weather conditions, finally some welcomed steady weather on the beach has let anglers catch a swag of fish.
It’s been a tough season this year on the streams, partially due to ordinary weather conditions and low flows.
Well, it was a late start to the season but all things come to he who waits. It’s been probably the best fishing I’ve seen in years and it doesn’t look like it’s going to quieten off anytime soon.
The Easter break was a busy period for many, both on and off the water. We saw a lot of people out on the blue enjoying the beautiful weather, and with all the extra boats out fishing it did make for some busy traffic on a lot of the popular fishing locations.
Fishing this time of year is always going to be fun with lots of great opportunities about. The cooler changes in temperature can be perfect for reaching those untouched areas on foot without overheating from the hot tropical North weather.
When anglers look closely at the fishing in most of southern Queensland’s impoundments, all the attention seems to centre on bass, saratoga and barra.
With the weather conditions starting to get better and the temperature starting to steadily drop, it’s clear that winter is just around the corner.
With the cold weather well and truly upon us, anglers will be slipping on a jumper and slopping on the beanie for those early morning starts.
The past rain and cooler nights has worked wonders for many species in the region, with bait in abundance and plenty of predators in pursuit.
The transition stage between summer and winter species is starting to kick in, making May an exceptional month to go fishing and be out on the water.
Since my report last month where the subject was on launching boats off the sand at Shallow Inlet, I have had quite a few calls from boaters enquiring about the best way to avoid dangerous areas. I have asked them to contact Andrew or Karen Starrett, who run the local caravan park and can point them in the right direction.
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