Cod time is upon us so let's get into action! I hope you have all dusted off your heavier gear and put in some maintenance because there is going be some big green bangers coming out to play on the run to Chrissy.
The good fishing continues at Inverloch, which is great news and can be expected at this time of year as we move into the warmer months.
The long cold winter is now behind us and the first thing that anglers noticed was the huge numbers of large squid making an appearance.
The weather is great and the fishing is even better, fishing in the rivers and estuary is excellent with plenty of bream, luderick, mullet, estuary perch, trevally, salmon and tailor on the chew.
Casting and retrieving for Murray cod is both challenging and very rewarding at the same time. There is a real amount of satisfaction that comes from placing the cast correctly, retrieving at the right speed with the right technique and being rewarded with an intense strike form a Murray cod and taking a few photo’s before releasing the fish to fight another day.
With snapper season in full swing there is no doubt that this year has seen better numbers of big snapper than ever before. There have been plenty of fish in the 5-7kg size along with big numbers of school fish that have turned up in the past week.
The snapper are continuing to bite their heads off and the whiting are really starting to school up in big numbers, making this my favourite month of the year to fish!
Lying on the cusp of summer weather is balmy and the living and fishing is easy.
As we rapidly approach Christmas the weather is certainly warming up but our deeper lakes are remaining cool with no need to reach for the downriggers just yet.
This time of year really is a time for diversity on the west side of the bay and the last few weeks had seen bucket loads of reports flooding in.
Summer is finally here and December is the beginning of the most productive time for spearfishers with great diving to be had for both pelagic and reef species.
The Ballarat and district anglers have their eyes on the prize with all the district waters producing the goods at the moment. The only issue, which is a good issue to have is knowing which waters they to fish.
We have seen another extraordinary year in Bemm River with an abundance of rainfall that has seen the entrance opening 4 times.
The 31st Annual Tea Tree Snapper Competition started in ideal conditions at Mornington, Victoria on Friday 31 October.
What can I say… it has been the worst start to the surf season in many years and not because a lack of fish, but because of the pesky Ninety-Mile weed making fishing almost impossible.
It’s safe to say the trout season this year is much better than last year and anglers are taking advantage of the mass amount of trout around the area.
This year has been one of the best starts to the snapper season I can remember. It was amazing to see how many snapper were caught before November and I can’t wait to see how the snapper season shapes up over the next few months.
I get to fish with a lot of different people on a regular basis. I get to fish with experienced people like a few of my mates that I have been fishing with for many years, and I get to fish with a lot of inexperienced anglers, keen to learn more about fishing, some of which come through my guided fishing service.
Steve ‘Killer’ Kanowski claimed the biggest honour in Australian BASS fishing with the 50 year old tournament veteran shaking off the bridesmaid tag to secure victory in the 2014 Toray BASS Pro Grand Final on Queensland’s Lake Wivenhoe, 18-19 September.
Scott Butler, a 30 year old boat salesman from Nitro Marine on the Gold Coast, has gone back-to-back by winning the 13 Fishing Gold Coast BREAM Qualifier. The event-defending champion stamped his authority on the tournament early by weighing in the largest tournament limit on day one of 2.39kg. Butler followed this effort up on day two with 5/5, 2.20kg to secure the event win by 460g.
Team Bush n’ Beach/Berkley (Chris Britton and Anthony Wishey) returned to the winner’s dais at the QLD BREAM Open with the Moreton Bay bream stalwarts claiming victory in the 2014 Power-Pole Micro Anchor presented event.
These days, very few boat fishers venture out in search of angling action without a depth sounder, sonar unit or fish finder fitted to their vessels. Even kayak and canoe enthusiasts are increasingly relying on sonar technology to help find fish. But if you’re one of those people still struggling to interpret what you’re seeing on your sounder’s screen, then read on.
The run of silver drummer is still going but they will taper off with the rising temperatures, preferring the cooler water. They’re up to near 60cm or roughly 4kg, not huge fish but loads of fun on 5.5kg line.
There is always confusion about what types of brakes are needed for what trailer. The majority of fishers will have a mechanical over-ride system fitted to their trailer. This is the most commonly used braking system. The problem is that the bigger and heavier the boat, the higher the rating your trailer needs to be.
The Solitary Islands Game Fishing Club’s first In-Hours comp day was held at the start of September, with nine boats enthusiastically hitting the water after the winter layoff. Boats that fished wide found yellowfin working sauries, with Foreign Exchange having a disastrous 9-9-1 on tunas including a quadruple hook-up that all prematurely released themselves.
One of my favourite types of fishing (I have many) is chasing bream, whiting, salmon and tailor off the beach. After finishing up at my TAFE job I have some extra time on my hands and have been getting amongst a number of fish species. The main two baits that I have been using for the bream and whiting have been beach worms and pink nippers. For the salmon and tailor it has been whole WA pilchards and whole sea garfish.
Ever since I was 14 I have always had some kind of boat. At the moment I have a 4.5m aluminium boat and I will always have an aluminium boat – that’s just my preference.
Ulladulla makes a great base for exploring local natural attractions such as Morton National Park, Lake Conjola to the north and Lake Burrill to the south. Nearby Meroo National Park has a beautiful coastline with access 5km from Ulladulla. An easy, 2km walking track passes through native flora in the South Pacific Heathland Reserve and onward, providing access to great views from Warden Head Lighthouse.
For the second year running, the Chinese Angling Association, along with their generous sponsors, have put together an international kayak fishing tournament.
It's that time of year again when the warm water starts to get a move on down the coast. Even though it may not be tropical summer water yet, and there will be some nasty cool temperature plunges over the coming weeks before the EAC kicks in fully, the whiting already know what's going on and are on the move in anticipation.
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