Well it’s coming to an end all too quickly for another year. Summer is just about done and dusted, but what a season it has been. There was plenty of hot weather and plenty of hot fishing to go with it around Lake Macquarie over these warmer months.
It seems that the weather can be all or nothing. After a prolonged dry spell, we managed to get a good coastal and tableland soaking through January and into February. It was enough to revive the miserable flow in the freshwater streams and rivers, and as a result the whole system is better for it. One thing it didn’t do was move any of the thick beds of weed that basked and grew in the summer heat, and almost choked some sections of the freshwater pools.
The start of autumn really gets fish and anglers alike fired up, as the days gradually get shorter and the weather and water temperatures become more pleasant. Not that we can’t get the odd 40 degree scorcher this month and next though!
This month is the best time of year to hook a pelagic from the local rocks. If you have your sights set on catching a tuna or mackerel with your feet firmly anchored on solid ground, then you will be seeing a lot of sunrises. If you put in enough effort though, you will be rewarded.
Just recently, I did something I’ve never done before; I bought a filleting knife. As I don’t keep any of the fish I catch, I’ve never needed one. After spending a good 5 hours on the water the other day, I went down to the local fish shop. I really felt like a classic Aussie feed of flathead and chips. Well I looked at the price, and it was a whopping $39.95 a kilo!
I reckon the month of March brings our most consistent weather patterns; cooler nights and warm, predictable days for the most part. I guess that’s why it’s such a popular time of year for campers and travellers — all the gear gets dusted off, thoughts turn to rolling green hills, those clear mountain streams, and that fresh mountain air — so different to the concrete, tar, traffic and people that consume most of us every day.
Well the silliest of the seasons is over and it’s that time of year when locals start to stick their heads out again and can venture back down to the boat ramps without any of the stress of holiday traffic. The screaming, yelling, boats sinking without bungs, and flying boat winch handles have ceased, at least until Easter holidays.
As summer comes to an end, we are finding the fishing here on the Northern Beaches still firing on all fronts. Offshore, the marlin fishos are hooking good fish in warm waters out wide, while the mahimahi are running amok at the FADs and the 12 Mile.
Well what a summer it was! A lot wetter and cooler than we have seen for many years, and it’s not often we complain that we cannot fish the rivers because there is too much water!
March is certainly a time of year many anglers look forward to here in Coffs Harbour. It marks the height of the summer fishing action, but without the craziness of the beginning of the year and the increased crowds of the holidays. We’ve all had time to settle into 2015 now, and there’s plenty of fish around to keep us occupied.
The weekend is here, the weather is fantastic, and for miracle number 3 the lawn hasn’t grown a millimetre since you mowed it last Saturday. You’ve finally got some free time and what better way to spend it than by heading off for a fish. You start packing the gear and then that inevitable question sounds out from behind you: “Where are you going, daddy?”
With summer now officially over, the weather will slowly start to cool, and although some species may also slow down as it gets chillier, others will really start to fire.
After many months of very warm weather and lots of people out on or near the water, there are signs that things are changing. A few mornings have had a distinct chill in the air, and there’s not as much daylight as there used to be. What is great though, is that fishing should really be firing on all cylinders this month.
Heavy summer rainfall has given the Macleay River system the flush out it has been crying out for. The upper Macleay was becoming overgrown with weed, which not only made the bass fishing difficult, but it also gave the fish a haven full of shrimp to eat, making them lazy and hard to entice out of cover.
We usually experience very pleasant weather in autumn, and the fish seem to bite for longer periods right through the day.
Kayak anglers are renowned for personalising and customising their craft to suit their individual needs and fishing style. The purpose of this modification or fit-out is often to address a problem or need that the kayak angler has, be it making their vessel safer, faster, more stable, visible or comfortable, or creating more effective storage solutions.
Looking at some facts and figures the Pajero wagon has been around for a long, long time. Initially hailed as a game changer back in the mid ‘90s thanks to a suspension set up that saw a car like ride from a very capable 4WD, the Pajero was in many respects well ahead of competitors at that time.
The Improved Bristol knot, which is the subject of this month’s back-to-basics, provokes interesting discussion.
How many times have you been told, “Be quiet, the fish will hear you.” Or, “Don’t drop that in the boat.” Like me, probably quite a few times. In this article, I will try to give a few accounts of my experiences and ideas on the subject of noise on the water while fishing.
There was a great turnout for the 25th Boondooma Dam Yellowbelly Fishing Competition that was held on 7-8 February 2014. A total of 649 competitors including 123 juniors weighed in 287 fish. Another 135 Australian bass and golden perch were caught and released in the catch and release section.
Hervey Bay is full of life at the moment with baitfish, crabs, prawns and squid all competing for food while at the same time trying not to become food themself.
The wet season has arrived with plenty of rain giving all our saltwater and freshwater systems a good flush out, scouring out new banks, covering some old sand banks, and importantly giving all the systems a new lease of life with plenty of bait and that is always good for the fishery.
The year is charging by and it’s hard to believe that it’s March already.
This is a tough month for decision-making. Every freshwater fish can be successfully targeted so there are so many options and destinations to consider. A bit of rain at the start of the year has changed a few fisheries but most are still producing if you are prepared to put in the time.
The weather along our stretch of coastline has been a bit hit and miss but the fishing has been great.
One season ends and another now begins with the last half of summer bringing us our substantial rainfall.
I said to my wife, as a New Year’s resolution I’m going to try to see the positive side of things more than focusing on the negative. With so many negative aspects of the world being broadcasted on the news and on social media, it’s very easy to be caught up in bad thoughts and views, leaving you nothing but a little miffed with the world.
This time last year, Spanish mackerel were chewing their heads off right along our part of the coast, but this year they have been a lot harder to find.
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