Cold weather has set in and things have slowed a little on the fishing front in the southern bay. This time of year can make things tricky, but there have been some good reports coming through for anglers that have put in the time! Just be sure to put on a few extra layers as it has been freezing!
With recent reports of dingo deaths on the island, it’s time for another look at how visiting anglers are affected by their presence, as well as expectations and management rules laid down by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS). For Queensland’s dingos, there are two distinct sets of rules.
How good is fishing? You can enjoy it so many ways. From the hardcore physical sportfishing, to sitting back and relaxing on the jetty, fishing is a great pastime – the number one pastime on the planet! The best way to wet a line is to trek deep into the jungle in search of untouched country. Reach those places that are hidden away from it all. It’s an awesome feeling when you find a new place, spectacular scenery and, not to mention, the amazing fishing!
Tailor turned up again this year after a brief time off. For whatever reason, they show up one year and not the next.
Anglers fishing throughout August are generally faced with cool conditions and westerly winds. These winds tend to create clear water conditions inshore. While this is good for squid, it often makes it harder to tempt other species.
During the latter part of winter and early spring, many anglers make the exodus to Fraser, Stradbroke or Moreton islands or further south to target tailor, mulloway and other beach and rock dwelling species.
Winter fishing has shaped up to be fantastic this season. The weather has settled down with less wind and far better boating conditions for all. Windows of opportunity have widened out considerably compared to the warmer months.
Cold wet and wild, the weather bureau predicted a wetter than average winter. Surprising enough, they have delivered. Bundaberg has certainly felt a bit of winter this year, and August will pretty much continue the same.
In recent weeks, we have seen fluctuations in weather and water temperature that many shallow water demersal species are not too fond of. Some days are brilliant and others just don’t produce at all. This is the case with every winter season in the tropics, as we are prone to the colder wind bursts on some occasions. Then it warms up again before another cold front hits.
This is one of the best times of year to fish the Jumpinpin waterways, as traditionally the westerly winds kick in, bringing cool clear days and great fishing. The tailor have turned up in good numbers along the beaches of South and North Straddie as they make their way up the coast.
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Team Rocky Refrigeration took out the Abu Garcia River Rumble, recently on the Fitzroy River. Big congratulations to them and everyone else that fished the competition. Barra and threadfin have been fun for anglers with the blue salmon and flathead moving up the river. Out wide, you can expect the queenfish and mackerel are going ballistic, along with mulloway and other reef dwellers.
August in Cape York can be a real break-out month as we move into a few of the driest, most settled months of the year. By the end of this month and heading into September, a few calm periods will be restoring faith to East Coast anglers that the weather could ever be good again.
So far, winter has been a weather rollercoaster with limited opportunities for an offshore fishing trip. The few trips we’ve had have been very productive. We’ve managed to visit most of our local reefs and the main species we’ve caught are snapper, tuskfish, sweetlip and pearl perch to name a few.
This dry season the Gold Coast has seen plenty of rain, which has given our estuaries and rivers a good flush out. This will make great fishing in the next couple of months and August will see the dreadful start of annoying northwesterlies that turn clean water brown and lifeless in the estuaries with rough conditions on the outer reefs.
My better third starts to get concerned when she sees me cleaning the boat. And I mean cleaning the boat, not taking the rods, cast nets and dead herring out of it. It’s not a common thing for me to do and once she sees it, she knows there are traumatic times ahead.
If the last couple of years are anything to go by, August should serve up sublime weather interspersed with howlers. Ultimately, it depends on the eastward march of high pressure systems and how much reprieve there is between each arrival. This is characterised by an extended period of howling southeasterlies, along the high ridges up the north Queensland coast.
Cooktown is experiencing magical weather at the moment. The nights are cool, skies are clear and the days are sunny and warm. If you haven’t already made it to Cooktown, then make sure you do over the next few months, because it’s very rewarding and well worth it.
Noosa River has been firing in the colder weather! There’s plenty of quality bream being landed off the rocks at the river mouth, around the dog beach and along Gympie Terrace.
In the last few months it has certainly cooled off, especially in the mornings and at night. For a while there it seemed as though winter was never going to set in, as we were having humid days with rain nearly every night.
Gone are the days when a work ute sat idle over the weekend, the engine cold until Monday morning. These days the humble ute is a rising star in the recreation scene, with some of the more upmarket utes now giving the large 4x4 wagons a run for their money when it comes to market share. Thanks to high levels of creature comforts and enhanced tow capacity to 3.5 tonnes, modern utilities are now a common sight in front of caravans, camper trailers and boats.
Lake Lenthalls is situated 30km northwest of Maryborough, along the Bruce highway. This Lake is one of the most pristine bodies of water available along the Bass to Barra trail. Primarily used as a water supply dam for Hervey Bay, restrictions have been implemented to ensure water quality is of the highest standard.
What an amazing start to winter we have had here in North East Victoria. The fishing has not been amazing, but the cold, dull, overcast and rainy days we have been experiencing certainly have been amazing and will lead into great fishing for most species next season.
Winter outdoors in Melbourne normally means grey skies coupled with a bitterly cold wind and possible rain – hardly conditions to drive even the most avid anglers to make an effort to catch some fish. The saving grace, even in these conditions, is that there are normally fish to be caught within a very close proximity to most suburban estates.
August is the second most important month on the cod fishing calendar – December being the most important.
Well, things were looking very grim as we moved through autumn with record low lake levels across the state. But did we get relief in a big way! Sadly it was too much at once, causing major damage across the state’s water side infrastructure and even worse, no lake levels are worth more than a human life. Extreme flooding was the result of significant falls with close to 300mm falling in 24hr periods in many regions.
Despite the colder temperatures, those braving the conditions have been having a very successful winter on the Port.
Mulloway are often described as the ghosts of the estuary, but as elusive as they are, estuary perch can be quite the ghosts themselves. Scattered far and wide around the coastlines of Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales, EPs as they are more affectionately known are a highly sought species – especially for lure enthusiasts.
Another month has passed and the fishing seems to be at its best, weather permitting. As many are aware, Portland hosted the first annual Portland Tuna Competition, which was extremely successful. Heaps of people got behind the idea, and the local council provided some amazing prize money to stir the anglers into gear.
Continuing and persistent wintery conditions have been the feature for the past month on the bay. Constant and cold northerly and northwesterly winds have been giving the local shoreline regions a real stir up, and regular intervals of rain have been juicing up the food chain along the inshore reefs. Breaks in the weather and calmer days with little or no wind have been the exception rather than the norm over the past few weeks.
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