The last few month’s cold weather has really slowed things up in the Yarra River’s freshwater fishing scene. A little discouraging I know, but that’s fishing Melbourne in winter!
Rain and cold weather shouldn't deter the keen angler on the Glenelg River in the month of August as the fishing can be hot!
Even though it was a mild start to our winter, the cold is certainly here now so if you’re not fishing it's a perfect time to do rod and reel maintenance and make sure your gear is in good order so you don't miss out on that big one.
Last edition I suggested we usually have an east coast low this time of year that flushes out the whole system. Well the east coast low arrived bringing torrential rain that flooded the Snowy and Brodribb Rivers, flushing away any stagnant pools of water and rubbish that had collected since the last flush.
At the time of this report we have been experiencing a rather mild winter and the warmer than usual conditions has seen boaters and land based anglers trying their luck.
In these southern waters at this time of the year the common word is salmon, and right now the chant is loud and clear.
With an unrivalled line-up of outdoor activities, demonstrations and celebrities, the 2014 National 4x4 Outdoors Show and Fishing & Boating Expo on August 22-24 at the Melbourne Showgrounds promises to be the premier event for fishing, boating and outdoor enthusiasts.
We are currently experiencing a winter of old. Over the last few weeks the days have been cold and wet. The nights have been even colder. Although we have not been receiving huge amounts of rainfall, the rainfall has been consistent. Given these conditions our catchments are now saturated and any significant rainfall from now on is going to produce some good inflows into our waterways.
I have been fly fishing Arthurs for over 40 years and in this time I have experienced the highs and lows: from awesome dun hatches through to tailing trout along the shoreline, to hunting trout polarising to barren shores devoid of anything.
Well we are truly into the depths of winter now with some icy, no make that cyclonic blows over the past weeks that have provided some horrific weather, which in reality has kept the majority of anglers locked up indoors.
It’s cold, it’s windy and it’s wet but we all knew it was coming so there is no point in dwelling on it!
Weather permitting the number one destination for salmonoids would have to be Lake Bullen Merri.
The depths of winter are well and truly upon us but the shortest day has well and truly been and gone and now we stand on the cusp of springlike days.
Greater Shepparton is synonymous with great food, wine, waterways and weather. Greater Shepparton boasts a diversity of cultural, outdoor and sporting activities seldom found anywhere else and from an anglers point of view, Shepp is close to some really good fishing.
The Barwon River in Geelong is brown and cold however a few patient anglers have caught some large carp fishing up near Buckley’s Falls.
With the water finally clearing up the weather is still making it hard for all but the hardiest anglers to get out and catch a feed.
August is another cold and quieter month for spearfishing but those prepared to put up with the cold water will be well rewarded.
It’s music to our ears. I can hear rain falling and it has been falling for over a week now. Could this be the winter weather we are hoping to have?
Winter has thrown all the elements except snow at the Braveheart anglers, but it has not deterred them.
The August report is always the hardest for us freshwater anglers due to the closure of trout season, so I thought I would use this report to share some lake fishing reports and also some long weekend reports as well.
There’s a relatively unknown fishery we have here in South Gippsland over winter. It’s underused, but if you love big flathead, you should learn more about this.
Of all the species you can angle for on the Victorian and Tasmanian coastlines, Australian salmon have to be one of the most exciting. Blistering runs, dynamic aerobatics and the ferocity with which they hit bait and lures make these muscular silver rockets a joy to tangle with wherever you find them.
Shellfish reefs are the temperate zone's equivalent to tropical coral reefs: they provide the foundation and the living structure on which healthy bottom communities and fish populations depend.
We certainly have been experiencing some crazy weather in the last few weeks. Wind, wind and more wind, which has made fishing very hard indeed.
Winter shark fishing the Ninety Mile has been smothered by the news of new camping fees at Paradise Beach and Golden Beach.
The Hopkins River is located in south west Victoria and is ever so popular to local anglers and tourists.
Ronnie Sonter (6/6, 3.82kg) has taken out the Lake Macquarie State Title event of the 2014 Hobie Kayak BREAM Series presented by Daiwa. The win delivered Sonter his second Hobie Kayak BREAM Series victory (Sonter took out the 2013 Marlo event) and instant qualification into the season ending Grand Final. The 33 year old Umina resident regularly fishes Lake Macquarie and drew on his experience to find fish in the clear, calm conditions.
All anglers love bragging about what they’ve caught. It’s built into our genes. Catching a great fish and then telling your mates about it is awesome.
In nine out of 10 cases, according to Starlo, the simplest terminal rig suited to the fishing task at hand is also the best choice for the job.
Matt Johnson (2/2, 2.59kg) has taken out the inaugural Haswing BASS Electric Major at Hinze Dam, Qld. The BASS Electric Major events are new to 2014 and offer BASS Electric anglers the chance to compete for an exclusive sponsors’ prize pool, cash prizes for the event Flow-Rite Big Bass and, to the top three anglers, paid entry into the season ending BASS Electric Convention! With 33 anglers taking up the challenge, it was a class field assembled for the first Major event at a clear and sunny Hinze Dam.
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