The first round of the Gamakatsu Elite Series sponsored by Samurai Rods has been run and won with the Elite Teams fighting it out for a massive payout of $1450 or first place.
With the rush of the school holidays over, the amount of boat traffic on the Noosa River has dropped. At the mouth of the river, the ‘Frying Pan’ is the place to get a great feed of summer whiting. Fishing for whiting on surface lures has to be some of the best fun you can have standing up; these feisty little fish punch well above their weight and are great fun on light gear.
When February begins there is no other fish that is on anglers’ minds more than the iconic barramundi.
Every issue of Fishing Monthly is filled with comprehensive articles that suggest tackle, bait, and locations for target species. This month we’re offering fresh information concerning fish handling as opposed to simply how to get them in the box. Welcome to the first instalment of a four-part series focused on caring for your catch. Releasing fish in a healthy condition is important for maintaining sustainable fish populations, and with this in mind I’ll include information on the many benefits associated with proper handling. I’ll also include an easy to follow guide on how to maximize the quality of catch you take home for the dinner table.
Over the last couple of months, the river has been clear enough to lure up some big Murray cod. Flows are to a minimum, and many people have been out on the river enjoying this great time of year. We are gearing up for a fantastic summer of fishing around Mildura, particularly for the iconic Murray cod in the Mighty Murray River.
Last issue we visited a local impoundment where the stocking group released 20,000 bass and 10,000 yellowbelly fingerlings into their new home. We hatched a plan to return to this impoundment, which we hadn’t fished previously and apply techniques that we had learnt from fishing other impoundments to see if we could land a couple of fish.
I’ve known this knot as the ‘perfection loop’ all my life, and my parents before me also called it the perfection loop; in fact let me go out on a limb and say that all Aussies know it as a perfection loop.
I often get asked how I work out where to fish our beautiful lake. My answer is usually the same – it depends on which way the wind is blowing. To know this you can only wait until you get on the water.
We have had a steady start to 2016 with reasonable pelagic action hitting our waters. The water temperature has reached its turn on temperature at above 25°C.
What is it about barra that’s so special anyway? I’d definitely like to know because Skipper gets one about 2ft long or so and suddenly he’s a celebrity, poncing about like he’s done something clever like a two year old with a nappy nugget. It may have been a little bit over 2ft long but that’s not the point really. Barra are so last year.
This should be a very big year for Queensland recreational fishers. Hopefully some recent changes should be the first pushes to improve our recreational fisheries.
Facebook is a wonderful thing – over the Christmas break I had only two things in my feed, Star Wars and fishing, of course the only thing that has changed since then is now I get more fishing. One topic that has come up, especially among the younger locals is the issue of bag limits, especially around sportfish species.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all readers. Now is my favourite time of year because the fishing is red hot and I get to eat and drink like a starved pirate. Remember though at this time of year there is more traffic on the water then normal, so take care. Be patient and make sure you have done your preparation with all your equipment. At the boat ramp take your time and above all, be courteous to all other waterway users.
The start of 2016 has left us scratching our heads and wondering – ‘where did 2015 go?’ January will see a lot of family fishing at Copeton Waters Holiday Park so let’s discuss what the average Mum, Dad and the kids can enjoy at Copeton.
Spinnerbaits are unusual lures that can be deadly on all manner of freshwater fish, as well as quite a few living in the salt. Here’s a basic primer on how to use them.
This month is set to be a scorcher, and temperatures have already soared. Hot days are possibly as much of a discouragement as the freezing winter alternatives. Anglers often make the mistake of attempting to find a utopian day to fish that’s not too cold, sunny, rainy or windy. However, it is much easier to simply fish the conditions faced and put in the work to find what works on those ‘less than perfect’ days.
I hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy the opening of cod season, it’s shaping up to be a cracker! All fishing methods this time of year should see you in with a great chance of action.
Cod season is in full swing, and the fishing is shaping up. The cod season opened on 1 Dec and there were immediate reports of plentiful cod captures, which is great to hear!
The Coffs Harbour Game Fishing Club’s Hot Current Tournament was very well supported, with 25 boats and 102 anglers turning out for the three-day event.
Along the east coast of southern Sydney you will find around 24 different beaches that you can quite comfortably cast a line for bream, whiting, dart, the odd dusky and sand flathead, mulloway, salmon and tailor.
January is when it all starts to happen and fishing just gets better as the weeks roll on with holiday anglers out in force to take advantage of the great weather and better fishing.
When I think about January, I think of long hot days, camping and holiday time. January sure is a great time of the year to be in the outdoors and what better way to enjoy the outdoors then by fishing and camping? Blowering dam has free form camping around the lake, and is a popular spot at this time of year. The lake is massive and there is heaps of camping room so even if there are a lot of people around you’ll still be able to find yourself a nice little area away from the crowds.
Thankfully the warm water is running through our area with temperatures that are bringing us some really good fishing, especially off the shelf. Water is fluctuating between 22-25 around here at the moment in the cobalt blue water, and a lot of fish have been taken from all the FADs from the Hunter Coast, Port Stephens, Newcastle, and Swansea area.
Walking the banks of your favourite dam or river can produce some quality fish. In the river, look for overhanging trees or lay downs. It helps if you get to look in advance at the river or dam to check water levels and to give you a fair idea of where the fish will sit when the water comes back up.
It’s summer once again and that summer weather livens the area up with the visitors enjoying the fishing swimming and seclusion that the Eden area can offer.
Summer is here and the town is abuzz as the locals and tourists alike enjoying the warmer weather.
The south coast estuary systems still amaze me with what species are likely to turn up during the summer months. The last week in Merimbula lake has seen two species that l have never heard of entering a southern estuary let alone staying in there for a while. While these two creatures have certainly turned some heads, they aren’t a viable estuary target.
The summer holiday crowd is with us for the next month or so, but don’t let this deter you, as there will still be some terrific angling on offer.
Stacer have made it their business to keep a close eye on customer demand, and they are always on the lookout for ways to make a good thing even better.
The Macleay River has settled down nicely after the latest fresh through the system, and the local bass fishery has been absolutely firing as you would expect at this time of the year. The whole river system above Kempsey has been a hive of activity with kayak, canoe and land-based anglers all getting into some solid fish.
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