We have enjoyed a great season across the Sunshine Coast; winter has provided numerous opportunities to catch some quality fish and none are regarded higher than a large snapper.
July is bream and mackerel time in our area and both species have really fired up just in time.
One thing’s for sure, I don’t mind this warm winter. With nice, moderate water temps the barra have been fishing well, and our clients have been catching many over 90cm while hand casting lures in the shallows. This is some of the best lurecasting I have seen in a very long while, and having big fish smash a lure at your feet is really something else. This action should continue right through the winter if my predictions are right.
July is just a wonderful time of year to head out to the ’Pin with cool clear days and light winds make for top fishing conditions.
Round 2 of the MTA Sooty Grunter Winter League was held at Eungella Dam on 24-25 May, 2014. Winds had harassed the region for three weeks prior to the comp. However, the wind started to drop on Friday afternoon and by Saturday we had light easterly winds and perfect sunshine and the sooties loved it. There had not been many opportunities to pre-fish the dam other than a few sheltered bays, so the fish hadn’t seen many anglers over the previous few weeks. In light of this lack of fishing pressure and the perfect conditions, the competitors anticipated a hot bite and they were not let down.
The recent cold has provided many opportunities for land-based and boat anglers. The cold waters have created lots of different fishable areas, from awesome early morning flats for estuary species to patches of warm water where big barra are starting to congregate. Bream are firing up in the narrows, flathead grouping together in river mouths and whiting in exceptional numbers – what more could an angler ask for?
Travelling the Cape in July is a pleasurable experience and perhaps the best time for southerners to appreciate the full potential of the tropics. What would you rather do: suffer the cold weather of a south Queensland winter or experience hungry fish biting their heads off in warm tropical weather? It’s more than enough reason to jump in your 4WD with a few mates for a northern sojourn.
Quality king threadfin salmon are a real option throughout the Logan River. Many people mistakenly think king threadfin are a northern species, but the truth is that the Logan River holds reasonable numbers of this much sought-after species.
There's something about good fishing weather that scares the hell out of me.
A windy winter looks to be on the cards, if the start is anything to go by. The good news is that when the winds have backed off enough for boats to venture out, mackerel have been around in good numbers.
During the winter months the sleepy fishing town of Cooktown turns into a Mecca for grey nomads looking to escape the miserable winters in the southern parts of Australia. At this time of year we usually see spectacular blue skies and great temperatures of around 27°C during the day and 14ºC overnight. Are you thinking all this sounds too good to be true? You’re right. There is one downside, and that’s the 20+ knot trade winds that usually blow for the next five months!
Inshore anglers, particularly those down south, often long for a fish that goes hard like the ones offshore and jumps madly when hooked but can be handled comfortably on light tackle. The solution to this problem for me is the Indo-pacific tarpon, and fishing for them takes me to some very strange and interesting places.
This is one of the best months by far for tailor. They come on thick and are well under way on their migration run north to breed. We should make the most of it while it lasts because come mid-August they will be all but gone.
Winter has arrived, but don’t let this be an excuse to hang up your fishing gear just yet, as there is some superb fishing happening at the moment!
Slowly creeping closer to the pylons, my eyes never left the sounder as clear white streaks filled the screen. The Sidescan was revealing a thick school of fish sitting about 5m off the structure and 7m down (I love technology!) A quick flick and the 5” Z-Man StreakZ was slowly drifting through the water column. As it settled on the bottom, a rip of the rod and some quick winds had it on its way to meet its destiny. Sure enough, smack – I was on!
July is really the depths of winter but this certainly does not mean the fishing in the southern bay stops. In fact this can be one of the truly great times to get out amongst the islands and into the fish.
The change in the weather has got the Spanish mackerel going and some good fish have been caught on the northeast side of the sand island. You can berley up for them at the drop-off or you can troll spoons and lures for them. Please stay away from anchored boats as there is plenty of room outside them.
Finally it’s started to cool down and the water temperature has dropped as a result. It has been a slow process this year, which has allowed the fish plenty of time to adjust and therefore keep biting quite well. Even golden perch have continued to fire well for lure fishers much longer than expected.
Selecting the right off roader for the family has just become a whole lot harder. Within a mighty strong field of contenders the Isuzu MU-X seven seater has thrust its way into the mix as well.
Camping in winter at Somerset Park is always a lot of fun, even in winter. All it takes is some warm gear at night around the fire before heading to bed and, with fishing handy, it’s one of life’s rare pleasures.
As I write this, amazingly the Sunshine Coast is in the middle of a hot light tackle bite. We have not seen action this good for May or June since probably the super hot years of 90s. The negative is the blue marlin have been very hit and miss when everyone was expecting a good year. We are now well overdue for a big run of blue marlin on the shelf.
My inspiration for this feature article has come from the continual stream of questions that I field regarding fishing tackle. So many people want to know what the best rod is, or the best reel, or the best combination for under $100, etc. The truth of the matter is that I use what I like, and do not spend hours each day walking around in tackle stores playing with the latest tackle to be released.
Bitterly cold and uniquely beautiful, the mountainous north east corner of Victoria still has quite a bit to offer the adventurist angler brave enough to don the thermals and head out fishing in the depths of winter. This area is dominated by trout at this cold time of the year as most other species struggle to even get out of bed on the cold mornings.
As autumn grew colder the fishing really changed in the Ovens and King river catchments. The Murray cod, which had been biting like crazy all season, slowed right down to a trickle and the trout that had been so hard to find all season started showing up in dribs and drabs. These trout were mainly quite small, but were an encouraging sign of what might be around the corner for next season.
Having just returned from my annual camping and fishing trip along the Murray I thought I’d put together a 10 point tips list of things that I reckon are vitally important for a fun and comfortable trip.
Winter is now well upon us and this makes fishing very tough around our local area.
Over the past month there have been few reports of fish being caught in our rivers. There have been plenty of anglers fishing but they have been frustrated by bait-taking crays, but to some anglers’ surprise, they are actually landing crays from the bank on a rod.
The new trend in bait fishing has seen dozens of crays being caught from the bank. There are a lot more people using alter...
I am off to New Zealand in a couple of weeks to chase the big kingies. It should be an interesting trip; hopefully I can nail a couple of big ones. I will let you know how I went in next month’s magazine.
With the onset of winter closing in, a solid run of big calamari has infiltrated the Port. Cleeland Bight has seen a good run of sizeable cephalopods in close along the shoreline from the San Remo Bridge right down to the entrance.
There is no doubting that a Victorian winter is cold and bleak but on the brighter side, the salmon fishing really hots up. Victoria’s rugged coastline abounds with salmon during the cooler months providing land-based anglers with a few months of sensational fishing opportunities. During early May, hoards of salmon enter Port Phillip Bay and Western Port rounding up large schools of baitfish.
With winter well and truly knocking at the door the fishing around Melbourne tends to slow down. Most people find themselves inside with the heating on, staring out the window wishing it was warm again. But not the diehard freshwater fishers! They are out there braving the wind and rain, and catching fish because of it.
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