The summer weather has arrived late in the South West with some hot days still around but the nights are just beginning to cool off bringing some relief to our impoundment trout population. Early mornings, evenings and at night are definitely the prime times to wet a line in search of a salmonoid.
Prawning season is in full swing, and the many warm nights have allowed those to get out and bag some excellent specimens.
March is perhaps the most exciting month for spearfishing in Victoria. Warmer waters and a great mix of reef and pelagic species make this time of the year a very active and successful time for spearfishers from across the state.
There’s an old saying ‘going from chocolates to boiled lollies’, which has certainly been the case for the anglers in and around the Ballarat district. Talk about boom and bust!
The fishing just seems to get better and better in Bemm River. We are now in our eleventh year and it continues to produce and please.
With some cracking good weather and warm water, the fishing on the Ninety-Mile Beach has never been better for catching a wide range of species.
This article is all about the bass. I apologise to those who are used to me talking about the trout, but it’s very exciting that the bass are finally going great.
What a month of fishing we have had! Warm weather and warm water have brought the fish on the bite, and none more so than Victoria’s favourite fish, the king George whiting.
While the snapper seem to have all but disappeared in Western Port, apart from a lot of small pinkies, the up side is the whiting are around in good numbers.
When it comes to a freshwater fish that pretty much any angler can catch, you simply can’t go past redfin perch.
This is the first in a series of basic technique articles on trout. So why trout? Because trout are arguably the most popular freshwater species in Victoria and Tasmania.
The majority of holidaymakers have now returned back home and the locals are back on the water where the great fishing continues.
This popular spot is really firing with positive reports coming from everywhere. The water is clear and at summer temperatures the great fishing will no doubt continue.
I’ve been extremely privileged to have fished many places around our great continent and by no means have I exhausted all possibilities but I have yet to encounter an estuarine system that goes close to imitating Lake Tyers.
Gamefishing is ideally suited to gadget lovers. They say that you can tell a game boat from a cruiser by the little accessories that the game boat has been fitted out with by its owner.
Green prawns ready to process. The knife is the small blade from the 7-pce Buffalo River butchery kit.
The howling winds from north and south shut down fishing up the island and out wide for most of January. The most frustrating thing about this time of year is knowing the fish are there and not being able to get out and catch them!
February in Mackay means 2 great things: the barra season opens and the wet season proper starts up. The rivers and creeks get a good flushing, renewing stocks of prawns and other bait.
In looking forward, there are plenty of possibilities for 2014. The Burrum River system has some of the best all-round fishing on the east coast. We are certain Burrum Heads will provide you with some great fishing tales while you catch up on some well-earned R&R.
As we move into the last month of summer, the closed barra season will reopen as of midday 1 February. I’ve been feeling the barra bug biting hard and provided there aren’t any big rain events to move fish on, I know where there are some waiting in the freshwater.
What a great run of weather we have had for the summer.
If you aren’t outside enjoying our beautiful summer, then you are not really living. With beautiful hot days and cooling storms in the afternoon, anglers have been rewarded for their early morning starts and late night jaunts maximizing exposure to the best bite periods in the day.
We had a good run of weather up until Christmas and managed to get out on plenty of charters, with good squire and the occasional bigger snapper dominating the catches.
It has been quite an erratic season so far for those chasing pelagic off the Gold Coast. Out wide of the 50 fathom line the water quality has been quite good and there has been a mix of blue, black and the odd striped marlin, with quite an overlap of small and medium blacks mixed with some big blues.
The start of February means the opening of the barramundi season and the excitement is at fever pitch up until midday when we can then catch them.
After a solid trouncing of rain in the tropics during the early stages of December last year, we got no significant rain until the middle stages of January, which suggests the best part of the wet season is still in front of us. For the most of the Christmas and New Year period it was a sweltering affair, offering plenty of calm days to hit the ocean but very hot under the collar.
The Annual VMR Hervey Bay Family Fishing Competition organised by the Hervey Bay Boat Club Fishing and Social Club Inc. will be held from Thursday, March 6 to Sunday, March 9 2014 at Dayman Park in Pulgul Street Urangan, Hervey Bay.
The past three months of fishing at Monduran have been very encouraging to say the least. Once again good numbers of barra are being caught regularly on windward points and in bays.
The Stanage Road is in fairly good condition at the moment with no major holes, corrugation or washouts. However, there is a lot of dust, so if travelling with mates or following another vehicle, be sure to hold back until you have clear vision in front of you.
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