When it comes to towing your trailer, there are a few things to keep in mind regarding the coupling, safety chain and D-shackle. If you’re not aware, all parts related to towing need to be correctly marked and rated with the Australian Standard. If they are not, then you may be towing illegally.
In late April, the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club shut its doors for the last time. An institution on the Coffs’ coast for over 50 years, its demise has, sadly, been a long time coming. Myriad financial and administrative reasons have been slated for its closure, but at the end of the day, something as simple as really poor food meant the locals (who were its backbone outside of tourist season), simply stopped coming. If there’s no money in the till, even a million dollar view won’t save you from the creditors.
Now that winter has really set in, many anglers will still be curled up in bed waiting for the sun to rise and get warm before they decide to go for a fish. Not me. I am up before the sun and at my selected rock fishing spot ready for the sun to appear. The berley trail of mashed up old pilchards and stale bread will have already started to drift out with the current, hopefully to attract bream, trevally, drummer, snapper, tailor and Australian salmon.
It will be pretty tough going this month, but all is not lost as there are a few options that will get you some fish and a bit of fun into the bargain. The big plus at this time of year is you don't have to battle the crowds at the local boat ramps that seem to get larger every summer. For most of June you will have the ramps to yourself, unless the yellowfin tuna come through in numbers.
Winter is finally here and although I love it, it can mean different things to different people. Some anglers will say that it is too cold for fishing, but when dressed appropriately and rugged up with thermal clothing and beanies, this ‘problem’ is overcome. Put simply, it is never too cold for fishing!
As enjoyable as it is, fishing can be a funny thing at times. You can plan a trip for months, right down to the finest of details, do all the research and testing you can, and then struggle to catch a fish when the trip finally comes along. Or the complete opposite can happen, and at the spur of the moment you decide to go for a flick just see what happens and land a fish of a lifetime.
Well if you live on the mid north coast of NSW, you will remember the fierce weather we got back in April, leaving people without power for up to a week and no mobile or internet service either. So hey, what else was there to do, but to try fishing in a very sheltered corner somewhere.
Like all the small towns on the far south coast, Eden has really quietened down after a busy summer and autumn period. The winter months still provide good fishing for the locals and any visiting anglers though.
Well it's that time of year when the visitors have all left the area, and with winter here it will be Christmas before the town livens up again. The past month has seen plenty of rain, with a good flood flushing through the system, followed by another good river rise a week later.
Just as the upper Richmond River was looking good for a fish we saw a low move in over the northern rivers and dump a massive amount of rain causing the Tweed, Richmond and Clarence river to run brown and muddy, bringing with it all kinds of garbage for weeks. The westerly winds should blow hard and hopefully this will bring the bait fish down to the lower reaches and the predators with them this month.
Well the weather has finally turned the corner after the relentless rain, wind and big seas of late. It's good to have a blow and flush the estuaries out, but time has come to get amongst them again.
The last few weeks’ weather has been nothing short of abominable, with rain, wind and huge seas meaning fishing’s been non-existent except a few brave souls chancing it in the estuaries. The ocean has been messy, with a huge swell making it impossible to fish offshore, and for those that fish the beaches you may have to wait a little while yet.
I must admit I was introduced to squid fishing much later in life than I care to admit. I dabbled with it in my early twenties when I realised that it was squid that were attacking my pilchards, fished under a float, while I was targeting tailor off the rocks on the NSW South Coast. Having twigged as to why the float was slowly disappearing under the water, it wasn’t long before an inexpensive jig was sent out and we had some calamari to go with our fish for dinner. As silly as it sounds now, we never went and just targeted the squid. I must get back there one day and have a crack at them.
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Out come the beanies and warm clothes once again, and with the cold weather a vast range of winter fish species to the Macleay Valley. Winter days, although short, usually bring settled conditions, making offshore fishing quite pleasant once you get past the cold, dark mornings.
Winter is upon us again and while you may need a few more layers on and a bit of extra effort to pull yourself out of a nice warm bed, it will be worth it as June is a great time to be fishing Port Stephens.
With the onset of cooler conditions, anglers have dragged out the thermals and donned beanies in preparation for the cooler months that lay ahead. The ‘true’ cod season is about to begin, where size outclasses numbers every time.
The transitional period of autumn into winter has always stood out for its great flathead, mulloway and big squid fishing. Massive squid move in over the deep kelp beds for spawning and can be taken on large jigs. They are great eating, with the double whammy of being great mulloway bait.
What a beautiful time of the year; the icy cold air sharpening the senses of the keenest of anglers, the early morning fog cloaking the banks as we meander down to the water’s edge, leafless willows revealing their hidden pockets that had been blocked in the summer months, ice covered boulders lining the centres of the river, creating eddies that shelter our unseen adversaries.
Winter’s here! This means you should be targeting deeper water in St Georges Basin if you want to hook into the schools of bream and snapper that should be stacking up by now. Leastways, this would usually be my advice, but some rippers are still being found in the shallows, so make sure you have a bit of a hunt around through the cockle beds. You probably won’t get the numbers, but they should make up for that in size.
There’s no doubt about it, we have had some interesting weather leading up to the mullet moving out of the river and heading north.
The cold weather of winter is definitely upon us, so it’s time to pull those beanies out of hiding. Cold weather means 1 thing for me — snapper. Nothing beats an early start, up and in the water while it is still dark, and back before 9.00am with a tasty feed of reds.
Anglers are counting down the days until the start of the annual trout spawning run in the mountain streams, as the first of the twitchy browns show in the Eucumbene and Thredbo rivers.
Well, it has finally arrived! Yes, it’s the time of year to get my whiting gear out and start fishing in earnest. The long weekend in June heralds the much-anticipated whiting run in the middle to upper reaches of the Georges River, with specimens up to 800g not uncommon.
The looming Queens Birthday holiday in June is noted around the country as an excuse to go fishing. Whether it is just recreational or competing in 1 of the many fishing comps held on this weekend, Bermagui is no exception as many an angler descends on the town with a mission to catch the powerful yellowfin tuna.
Yes, winter has now descended upon us and things are cooling down. Not so in the fishing world though, as there is plenty of action to be found.
At last, winter’s grip has taken hold, so let’s hope the good autumn rainfall we had along this part of the coast has our waterways primed for some great fishing this month. The only trouble is that June is also notorious for the strongest east coast lows of the year, so fingers crossed that doesn’t happen.
A lot of anglers are probably guilty of backing off on their fishing in the cooler months of winter, and let’s face it, after working all week then having to get up early to the sound of that alarm on Saturday morning, plus leaving the comfort of a warm bed can be difficult. So let’s jump up and get the kettle on, because the fishing at Port Macquarie can be very rewarding and the fish tend not to worry too much about the weather. They still enjoy a feed, just different techniques may be needed to catch your favourite species.
Well how time flies when you’re having fun, hey. It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through 2015 already. It’s been a good year fishing-wise for most of us here in the Lake Macquarie region, and around the country as a whole we have seen some fantastic results from anglers. Great numbers of bluefin tuna from South Australia, more of the same and some magic swordfish from our friends down in Tassie, and the good news is that locals in our region have also seen their fair share of great fishing.
The clear night skies and the cold air scratching at the door in the morning reminds us how good we have it during the warmer months here on the Mid North Coast. The winter months are far less comfortable, but the fishing options are fantastic. It is especially good if you fish for a feed, with many of the offshore, rock and even the beaches producing great eating Species over this time.
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