This time of year is perfect for fishing, the very hot weather has past and replaced with moderate autumn conditions. The good conditions have seen anglers out in big numbers and by all the reports the fishing is excellent.
Inverloch is one of those fishing areas that always seem to be on the go regardless of what is happening elsewhere. This belief is backed up with what is happening both inside and outside the entrance with boaters and land-based anglers making their efforts worthwhile.
This popular spot is always a must try destination for boaters and land-based anglers and, even though there has been a fair bit of wind this season, the results have been reasonable.
May produces many changes to our local waterways; the most important of these is the significant decline in water temperatures. Even though anglers’ catch rates will often reduce, this time of the year is often the most productive when trying to catch a large fish whether it’s a Murray cod, golden perch or redfin.
While the weather starts to drop off and cool down, the offshore season is starting to pick up with tuna and albacore making their presence across the shelf.
Autumn fishing is settling into its usual patterns and anglers in the know are taking advantage of the great fishing on offer in our part of the bay.
Things have certainly started to calm down a little bit and the nights are getting cooler, but it hasn’t stopped the masses hitting the water in search of feed.
Thanks to a series of thunderstorms followed by a sou’westerly blow, welcomed rainfall was finally felt in mid March in the South West. This is the first serious rain event for the year and hopefully not the last, so bring it on! The scientific boffins are hinting at another El Nino event on the horizon and if that turns out to be the case we can expect lower than average rainfall, which could spell disaster next season!
A short hot summer followed by a mild yet warm and dry autumn has seen water levels drop by over 300mm in the Curdies River estuary. The mouth has been closed for some months now and without sufficient rainfall to keep the system topped up, shallow areas, such as up to 90% of Peterborough Lake, is currently not navigable to most water craft except kayaks and jet boats.
2014 saw the Shipwreck Coast Fishing Classic explode onto the fishing scene and cement itself as a major fishing competition in Victoria. Almost $64,000 in prizes and giveaways attracted around 650 competitors to this annual Warrnambool event.
The Barwon River has cooled off quite a lot and it’s often harder to entice a bite from a redfin at the end of May. If the rain dirties up the water, your best bet will be bait. Live minnow or gudgeon will tempt a redfin this time of year but it will only get more difficult the colder it gets.
While the season started a little slow, the prawn run is in full swing! Lake Tyers has been the highlight, with the best action being around the glasshouse area and in front of the pub on the flats. Some have been up to 9”!
Despite the drop in temperature, both in the water and out, May still offers some great spearfishing.
Ballarat and district anglers are blessed to have Lake Wendouree fishery just at our back door, and a versatile fishery at that! All forms of angling methods work; anytime of the day you can fish out of a boat, canoe or float tube off the shore or from one of the many jetties for a chance of catching a quality fish.
We are having fun times down here at Bemm River at the moment. Sibiera and around the entrance to Mud Lake have been fishing extremely well for quality bream.
The weather is changing and we have hit that autumn climate with mild days and patchy rain, but the water is still warm, so there are plenty of different species to target on the Ninety Mile Beach.
I thought the bass may have slowed down a bit with the colder weather, but this is not the case, we have still been getting good numbers of small bass locally during the late afternoons and a few in the early mornings as well.
I know I have said it over and over but this season has been the best gummy season ever offshore and with the prospect of catching great pinkies and big flathead, why wouldn’t you go over to South Gippsland.
The weekend of the 1-2 February saw 38 teams kick off the 2014 Vic Bream Classic Series by heading to Docklands to battle it out amongst Melbourne’s concrete jungle for the Atomic BIA Bream Classic.
At the time of writing we are mid way through a howling southeaster which has shut down another weekend to all but the most sheltered spots. The wind has affected the whole marine industry in the bay so far this year, with tackle shops and marine mechanics feeling the pinch. That's not even taking in to account all the frustrated anglers driving their family crazy because they are champing at the bit to get out and wet a line!
This is the first part of a two-part series on how to prepare squid.
What a mixed up wet season we have had this year? Plenty of rain, strong wind warnings and potential cyclone threats. Still the wet has rejuvenated the creeks and river systems, stirring up activity and while the dirty water has not been easy to fish, the systems have all benefitted and April will see the last of the wet and the weather settle down into autumn proper.
As is typical for this time of the year, locals start dreaming of calm winter days as they are by now sick of the turbid weather patterns, and are ostensibly caught up in its hot and muggy summer trance.
As some of the anglers are heading offshore in search of one of those Spaniards or yellowfin, some are almost forgetting about how good the canals are this time of year. There are bream, GTs and jacks on topwater with the odd flathead on the bottom which can't resist a plastic or a bit of bait.
We’re already well into autumn and the shorter days will soon mean cooler air temperatures as well. If you’re into freshwater fishing, now is the time to make the most of it. Soon the cooler weather will have an influence on the core temperature of the freshwater lakes and rivers. As the water cools off, it will become harder to lure quite a few species. Golden perch and barramundi are prime examples of fish which have a slower metabolism over the colder months. If these fish are on your hit list, get stuck into them now before they get tougher to catch on lures.
The change of season weather is upon us, with windy days outweighing the calm ones. Let’s look at how the fishing has been.
So have you been enjoying our summer of fishing? Whether it’s estuaries, rivers, inshore and offshore waters there has been a little bit of everything for everyone in all corners of the northern bay. Last month’s run of southeast winds pumped our northern waterways with good schools of hardiheads, giving predators the excuse to stay close in our waters. Partner this up with the annual prawn run we have had through this month and the past month, and you have a recipe for good fishing.
Over the past couple of months the weather has limited the number of days for offshore fishing but the mackerel, as well as the reefies, have kept us all busy. With a bit of luck, this will continue into April and we usually see the bigger Spainiards and wahoo turn up to play.
April should be a good month to chase bigger Spanish mackerel and wahoo. So far the mackerel season has been excellent with a lot of smaller Spaniards and a lot of spotted mackerel caught on all the close reefs inside of 24 fathoms on a fairly reliable basis. There has been plenty of bait and a lot of boats have been out chasing a feed of mackerel.
The weather god has given us a decent flood and the fishing has been red hot in places this year, in stark contrast to last year when it was hard work to catch fish.
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