It’s funny how you can look back on each year and nominate a species that was the highlight. In 2004, the cobia were so thick they were being caught from the breakwall and rocks with regular certainty. In 2012, catching pigs from the stones was a day-and-night, as-many-as-you-wanted affair. Last year it was the cicada/bream surface bite, and I think 2015 might be the year of the blue swimmer crab. It’s an early call, but I’m already sick of eating them!
I trust you all had a great Christmas and New Year, filled with plenty of fishy tales. We experienced some amazing fishing leading up to Christmas and this should continue, with some normality being restored to our waterways as the month closes out.
I’m hoping everyone reading this has had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday, with the added bonus of some well-deserved time off spent fishing!
Happy New Year, it’s that festive time so first up I’m going to mention some of the great family fishing spots around the Tweed.
It’s hard not to get all caught up with the mighty Murray cod, as they have so many attributes that flick switches for anglers. For me, aggression and attitude are high on the list; seeing a big one follow and miss a lure at your feet, fins all erect, turning this way and that, looking, searching, like a junkyard dog that’s just ripped the backside out of an intruder’s trousers.
Marlin, mahimahi, mulloway, whiting, flathead and tailor are the headline acts this summer. With Christmas behind us and family commitments having been met, maybe we are off the chain and now free to do some serious fishing!
Happy New Year from all of us at Steve Williamson’s Tackle Shop and Fishing Adventures. Another year and with all the water about we are currently experiencing some of the best trout fishing for many years.
If you’re hoping for some tips on how to get away from the crowds this month, then you’re in, and out, of luck. This issue I’ll be mostly talking about what’s biting and where, as there is a lot of action to direct you to. If you refer back to last month’s issue though, you’ll find a whole host of options that may help you escape the mob during this busy time of year on the Coffs Coast.
Australia’s richest freshwater fishing tournament and most eagerly awaited social event on the fishing calendar, the 2014 Yamaha Cod Classic and Wilson Fishing Junior Cod Classic was held from December 5-7 at the home of Murray cod fishing, the stunning Lake Mulwala.
The local reefs around the Merimbula area have been going great guns of late, and I expect this action to continue for the next few months. The majority have produced the goods on most days, but moving around and locating the fish on the sounder has certainly improved catch rates for switched on anglers.
Last month proved to be a great time to go fishing, both along the coast and in the rivers.
The days are becoming quite hot and long, so plan to get out on the water early, have a break in the middle of the day, and then fish until sunset when the fish tend to bite quite well.
River levels have dropped and continue to fall back into the banks. Flows have subsided after a flush just before Christmas, and water clarity is good enough to catch some nice fish in. It’s gearing up to be a fantastic summer of fishing around Mildura, particularly if targeting the iconic Murray cod in the mighty Murray.
With most of our kayak fishing taking place within an hour or so of home we have always transported our kayaks using soft racks or simply loaded them into the tray of the ute. However, with a couple of long-range adventures on the cards, the time had come to look into a more permanent and sturdy option.
The bimini twist creates a 'double line' at the end of the angler's main line. It is generally accepted that the bimini will provide a knot with 90-95% of the original line strength of the main line.
It was Saturday the 1 November 2014, 9am, only 3 hours before the east coast barramundi fishing closure, so I thought it would be a last chance shot at a barra. Two hours earlier, my 12 year old son was still in bed and I was having trouble getting him up to go fishing, now he’s glad he did!
The 2014 Rapala BARRA Tour was one for the ages, highlighted by good angler attendance and red-hot fishing across all 3 events. The BARRA Tour visited the quality impoundments of Teemburra Dam, Kinchant Dam and Peter Faust Dam to determine which team would take out top honors. In the end, it was a tight race that went down to the wire with 8 teams in contention right up until the final session. Let’s take a look at the winners of each event and who took out the 2014 Team of the Year.
Now that the silly season is in the rear view mirror, hopefully we get some decent weather for the remaining few months of summer and get out and do more fishing!
The ‘carp out - natives in’ concept was started by a small group of concerned anglers in the Rathdowney/Beaudesert area to get introduced noxious carp out of the Logan and Albert River systems and replace them with native fish.
Pronounced kokonda, but spelt as kokoda, without the ‘n’ as Fijians sometimes do this accompanying photo sequence is the Fijian version of the dish ceviche (coconut fish salad).
With the fish firing it's about time to head into the canals and fish for the summer species; mangrove jack in particular, along with GT, bream and flathead.
Last year raced past and we are already welcoming 2015. The summer months and temperatures are well and truly here, which can make for some uncomfortable fishing during the heat of the day. This brings me to fish handling during the hot months. This time of year can produce some exceptional fishing and anglers will catch well over their bag limit and fish need to be released.
Our fantastic run of weather has continued, allowing for many successful fishing trips offshore.
The weather pattern over the past month or so has been average to say the least with strong northerlies dominating.
This month should be a sensational one for chasing small black marlin on the inshore grounds off the Gold Coast. With earlier great fishing around Hervey Bay, the southern push of the East Australian Current will see huge numbers of 15-40kg black marlin arrive on the Gold Coast this month.
The silly season has been and gone and if you are like me, you would have over-indulged in food and a few bottles of festive cheer. The weather has been kind to us up here over the last month with fair seas and some much needed rain brought on by storms. The New Year should bring some more rain and hot temperatures, perfect for getting out there on the water and enjoying the tropics.
The last half of last year was very windy and made fishing a lot tougher than it needed to be. Some good catches were had for those willing to work hard, but for most it was not what they were expecting. We can only hope for a calmer year this time with a good wet season. Storms are usually a given in January, so always be wary when on the water.
As we look back over the course of 2014, there are a few categories that tell us it was a very productive year.
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