Now that we have longer days regulated with daylight savings there is no excuse not to go for a fish after work!
Each year in September we see air temps rise, causing a hive of activity on land, but the large volume of water in our estuaries means they take longer to warm up. This month, however, the water temps should get a proper rise. When it occurs, most fish will come on the bite with a vengeance. Anglers should be prepared for some sensational angling.
For me Windamere in October is hard to get away from. It’s a social thing just as much as a fishing thing, as most people know the boat and are happy to chat. It’s great to catch up with people you haven’t seen for months, swapping stories and techniques.
After a bit of a slow tuna run we are looking at targeting inshore snapper and deep dropping for blue eye trevalla. Hands up who is sick of wintery conditions! The colder months aren’t so bad if the fish are biting and the tuna are running, because it’s not long after a hook-up that the layers come off and you’re in a T-shirt and loving life. Especially if it’s also a sunny day, then it’s magic! Winter is very bearable when you get days like that. This past winter was a bit slow though, and it’s only now that we’re seeing some good water returning, giving us hope for some yellowfin and albacore.
With that horrible cold weather all behind us, some ripper fishing is to be had this month out here on Sydney’s north side. You can expect the kings to become more prolific and the snapper bite to head into full swing, not to mention the flatties waking up and the arrival of the marlin offshore.
Spring is definitely here and all eyes are now on the opening of the rivers once again on Saturday October 12th this year. The good news is that the rainbow trout spawning run was very good this year as a result of high rainfall in late August and a good snowmelt that created the perfect spawning conditions. I visited Thredbo River at least once a week last month to establish how many fish I could see and there were plenty! We will have to just wait and see what the river offers up for the opening weekend.
Spring started for us in September, but in terms of water temperatures we’re still in the depths of winter offshore. The current is not likely to return to the coast until we’re well into summer, and with an El Nino system kicking in for us it’s likely that the water will stay quite chilly off the coast all summer.
Ipswich’s Charles West reined supreme in the 2nd BASS Electric Major with the Haswing sponsored tournament pro fishing a deep water approach to secure victory in the Haswing Lake Moogerah BASS Electric Major, 2 August.
The start of spring has bought some great fishing opportunities with it. The wild Australian bass season opened last month, and it wasn’t long before we saw some quality captures around the area.
Trying to inspire anglers about any native fishing opportunities that exist in and around Lake Mulwala throughout September and into early October is nigh on impossible. With Cod season closed until December 1 and a few more weeks of warm weather required to get the yellas up and about, this is the time for a bit of gear and boat maintenance.
As the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club closed its doors, the fate of the Dave Irvine Memorial Snapper Classic for 2015 became uncertain and the tournament was postponed from its regular June long weekend date.
Finally the cold water has started to disappear from Pittwater. It’s being replaced with the warmer water from along the coast, and the difference in temperature has meant that the fish are starting to bite more often.
The river received a good flush with the recent flooding rain, as have all the estuaries in the area. In the upper river the extra flow should have been good for the bass making their annual migration upstream.
Lately there have been reports of some reasonably large tailor taken down around Kingscliff area and Salt Beach. As well as the usual baits and metals, we’re seeing more anglers throwing Zman 5” JerkshadZ plastics, which can withstand damage from the tailor’s teeth.
The improved clinch knots are a commonly chosen choice for tying terminal tackle components like hooks and swivels to light monofilament-type lines under 10-15kg in breaking strain.
Finally, October arrives and the winter begins to thaw. I heartily dislike the cold season for fishing. Don’t get me wrong – snapper, bream, flathead, and tailor are always fun to catch and can provide some great meals but big tuna, GT’s, queenfish and barra are much more exciting to hook and the warm weather will bring them onto the radar as well as making those early starts much easier.
With the northerly winds increasing in regularity through September we can only hope that this month isn’t a total blowout like October has been in some years.
Stir-frying is an active cooking method, with the ingredients being moved around in the wok continuously. So when making a seafood stir-fry, I tend to use the more durable seafood types such as prawns, scallops and calamari pieces (rings or strips).
Spring is here with a vengeance and the northerly winds have seen the baitfish moving in closer to shore and the predators are right behind them, giving local anglers a pelagic fish bonanza right on their doorstep.
Last month, we saw the impoundment bass fishing pick up with some cracking fat bass being caught. Now the water has warmed up a bit we can expect the golden perch to jump on that bandwagon. These fish are known to be lazy, however they will be fired up and willing to chase faster presentations this spring.
We may not have had the greatest run of weather, but the trips we’ve done offshore have been fantastic.
Fresh southeasterly winds have been the order of the month in the Northern Bay as spring gets into full swing. Increasing ambient and water temperature has been favourable for fishing conditions in the local waterways over the last month with the spring season attracting more and more boating interest in all corners of our bay area.
This time last year the snapper were in full swing and managed to stay on in good numbers right through until Christmas. With the water cooling down late, this year is shaping up to be the same.
In October 2014 huge schools of yellowfin ranging from 30-60kg showed up out wide on the 500-1000m line off the Gold Coast and it seems highly likely that this exciting trend will repeat itself this year.
Spring is upon us and we have a spring in our step, because the weather has been kind and so have the fish. Spring is our prime time up here with the weather and fishing turning it on.
September has seen the barramundi turn up and the blue salmon continue to tempt everyone out the front. While we have not had a good year for barramundi so far in the gulf due to hardly any rain, it was a welcome feeling to be able to target and catch them without too much effort.
October is arguably the best fishing month all round in the tropics. It is a crossover period where all manner of species are on the move, whether it be inshore or offshore.
Along with the water, the fishing has been heating up too! The offshore stuff has really kicked into gear now. The numbers of fish aren't ground breaking, but everyone is apparently having a ball.
It’s been an encouraging start to the season with our first constant northerly winds bringing the barra on the bite.
Each year Stanage has wonderful fishing visitors and this past month hasn’t been any different with the weather turning it on for these willing fishers. I’m glad to see and hear that some are taking my advice and using Stanage as a home base to camp overnight near the islands or on the islands to allow them the longest time to fish and to catch both tide changes.
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