The population of Forster and Tuncurry swells each year through January with an influx of holiday-makers, and it can be difficult to find space on the water to enjoy by yourself. Even offshore you can fish within sight of other boats but with an early start you’ll enjoy some good mixed reef bags.
I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year period with plenty of time to catch up with friends, family and of course time to fish.
You’ve got to love January on the Tweed! Even though there are lots of tourists around and the waterways are pretty crowded during the day, the fish are beautifully conditioned and the whiting, bream, and flathead are fat and fired up. The healthy state of the river, with baitfish of all kinds is to blame for these gorgeous fish. With all this holiday traffic, if you’re planning a picnic or fish beside the river get there very early as all the good spots fill up quickly.
They don’t call it the silly season for nothing! Water activities on the bigger lakes in the district reach fever pitch during the holiday season, and it’s easy to get caught up in it all and maybe get a little frustrated. There are some measures you can take to ensure a smooth day out on the water. Get up super early to avoid the boat traffic, as some recreational water users enjoy a sleep-in in the morning. Quite often you can get a good few hours in before the melee starts. Early morning is the best time to be on the water at this time of year anyway; with a cooler night and a drop in activity on the water, fish are encouraged to resume normal activities. Night sessions are something that many anglers also enjoy.
Summer is on and it’s crazy times. For most people it’s travelling, work parties, family, New Year, sales and, hopefully, fitting in some fishing and bbqs with mates. If you do head out for a fish and you are thinking offshore then there is a lot of bait out wide and where there is bait, there is marlin!
Sydney is in the midst of a kingfish frenzy at the moment with fish landed from landbased and boat platforms. Some real bruisers are sorting out fishos and fishing gear alike. With all the big fish on the prowl be sure your kit is up to scratch as these monsters will find any weak link in your equipment and smash it!
Tuross Heads is a picturesque seaside location, a short 5-10 minute drive off the Pacific Highway between Moruya and Narooma on NSW’s beautiful South Coast. The township is nestled between two large scenic lakes and while it has a small resident population of around 2200 people, it’s a popular holiday home destination for Canberra locals as well as a favoured holiday destination for anglers and their families from much further afield.
The Canberra Fisherman’s Club hosted the 41st ANSA Burrinjuck Convention on 6-8 November 2015. Burrinjuck Waters State Park on the shores of Lake Burrinjuck, (330km southwest of Sydney and 110km from Canberra), was where 169 anglers from 12 fishing clubs gathered for the annual convention.
Road trips began as early as a week before. From Geelong in the south, as far as Rockhampton in the north, teams of fishers converged on the picturesque town of Mallacoota for Victoria’s premier flathead weekend. The annual Shimano ‘Reel it in’ Flathead Challenge was held on the weekend of 14-15 November in 2015 and brought great excitement to the township of Mallacoota, with 54 teams and 154 anglers keen and ready to go. Only 5 teams were local.
The east coast of Australia is dotted with impoundments. Lakes and dams of various sizes that often allow access to anglers, including kayak anglers, and many of which are stocked with popular freshwater sportfish, including Australian bass, golden perch, silver perch, Murray cod, saratoga, barramundi and more.
Happy New Year from all of us at Steve Williamson’s Tackle Shop and Fishing Adventures. I hope Santa was kind to you and you have some new fishing tackle to try out over the coming month.
I can’t believe we are heading into the New Year and planning our 2016 already! The stars have aligned for a cracking season of fishing ahead. The little black marlin have been working their way down the coast and now we just need the twitchy current to remain inshore long enough to keep them here.
A new Grand Final champion was crowned in November with Nowra’s Liam Carruthers storming through from 6th place on the final day to claim victory in the biggest event on the ABT BREAM calendar, the Berkley BREAM Grand Final, 6-8 November.
Stacer Boats have long been a favourite with Australian anglers who fish a wide spectrum of waterways. However, if you were to look at a breakdown of where most anglers spend the majority of their time, you’d find the answer is at most fishing rivers, estuaries and lakes, therefore it is no wonder that up until recently the number one selling boat in the Stacer Range was the 399 Proline – it has now been narrowly overtaken by their popular 429 Seaway model. To keep up with customer demand and feedback, Stacer have revamped their larger Proline boats by introducing the Proline Striker series for 2016.
A big hello, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from me, Johnny Nolan, your new reporter for the Shoalhaven region in this great magazine. Up until now, Wes Murphy, a good mate of mine, has done a terrific job in bringing you all the latest in fishing info for our area, but it was time for Wes to step back due to work commitments and bringing up a young family – so I’ve come on board. It is a new year after all, so why not start it off with a fresh new face and new outlook and perspective on fishing?
Make an incision just below the skin behind the head and along its body all the way to the tail. Note that the cut runs above the ‘belly organs’ and avoids thinner flesh around the ribs.
Christmas has been and gone for another year, and if you were lucky you may have received a few fishing gifts. If you didn’t, just treat yourself, I sure did! I’ve actually ordered a new boat – but that’s another story!
Where did the year go? The good news is that the fishing has maintained the high standards we’ve grown used to before Christmas. Our creeks, estuaries and local reefs are producing plenty of bread and butter species alongside trophy sportfish. Out wider, reports from the gutters have been few and far between courtesy of the ever-present northerlies keeping all but the keenest anglers’ boats in the garage.
January is a time to reflect on the past year and to start planning our fishing experiences for the coming year. 2015 was a memorable year for Mackay with both positives and some unfortunate negative aspects from the perspective of an angler. Rainfall records indicate that this was the driest year since 2005, which has had a dramatic effect on fishing and fish recruitment for the future. My rainfall readings were about 50% less than 2014. We missed the late spring and early summer storms, which will impact on barra – particularly as these conditions set them off to head to the islands and headlands to breed.
Welcome to 2016! I hope everyone had a safe holiday and enjoyed it. January is set to be a ripper of a month for fishing, with a lot of great signs in our canal systems pointing to plenty of solid fish getting around!
The barramundi fishing has been top notch across many of the lakes where they are stocked. Big fish in excellent numbers have been reported right through the latter part of last year with some seasoned anglers reporting the best fishing in years.
The weather has been a little up and down, but we have still gotten quite a few offshore trips in.
Welcome to the New Year, or as I like to say – Happy new gear! If you were successful at dropping those subtle hints you may have found some great new fishing gear with your name on it under the Christmas tree! It has been great to see our waterways so busy over the festive season, and the weather has given us a reasonable serve of good fishing days over the last month. Sporadic southeast winds have typically peppered the northern bay, which has fed the many rivers and estuaries with a large presence of baitfish. This has made the fishing decent over these steamy humid days.
The weather and the water temperature have certainly turned up the heat, but unfortunately I cannot say the same for Spanish mackerel and wahoo. There was an early run of spotted mackerel down off the Gold Coast, which is unusual, as they tend to arrive a little later. The Spanish mackerel went really late this year and we were still getting fish in August, so it’s possible there will be a late start to their run this season, and if so, they should hit their peak in February, March and into April.
The warm water has arrived off the Gold Coast and the pelagic activity has greatly increased.
The New Year is already here, and the resolutions have been penned – most of which will be short lived. No doubt there are a few out there who indulged a little too much and embarrassed themselves at the work Christmas party. No need to hide in shame though! There’s a whole year to make up for any impropriety!
As we enter into a new calendar year it is interesting to look at the final stages of 2015 to give us some idea of what the month of January will hold.
Even though the rains have been great, there still hasn’t been enough to make a crucial difference to the water levels, or the fishing – but we’ll take what we can get! For those concerned about the fish kill that happened recently at the Barratas, it was officially deemed to be a naturally occurring black water event, caused by water sitting for long periods of time and becoming deoxygenated. Just enough rain overflowed the lagoon and travelled downstream which killed a lot of aquatic life along the way.
What an eventful month at Monduran, there have been plenty of barra caught on the cast and the troll, and we have released around 100,000 baby barra fingerlings back into the lake.
The road into Stanage is still dirt, so please remember to drive to the current conditions, and remain on the legal side of the road, not in the middle. The road is mostly unfenced with stock and wildlife roaming freely, so please slow down and take in the views of this beautiful land we love.
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