Lure fishing is all about providing the best deception possible. Whether it is through movement, design, or pattern, finding that extra something from a lure can often be the difference between catching fish and just fishing.
Winter is certainly here now and it feels like we have been short changed on a summer, but there is plenty of prime sport fishing to be done in South Gippsland.
It’s finally that time of year where all hardcore anglers brave the cold to pursue those prime sport fish, the Australia salmon.
July is a quieter time for spearfishers in south eastern Australia with cooler waters and less fish life around so l will keep this report brief and include one of my favourite spearfishing locations as well.
Each year I find myself nervously waiting July. July, being the heart of winter is a month that I have shunned since I was a kid.
As you all know, many anglers have made their way down to Portland to try their luck on the southern bluefin tuna.
The 28-29 April saw 55 teams head to picturesque Nelson on the Glenelg River for the 2012 Alsta Angling Hobie Bream Classic. It was the third round of the 2012 Humminbird Bream Classic Series teams and all competitors were eager to finish well to secure enough points to confirm them a place in the Grand Final at Metung in November.
Aaron Sharp and Steve Eldred of Team Mercury powered to an emphatic victory on the final day of the Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle BREAM Invitational, 23-25 March. While many teams faltered on the final day Team Mercury turned a 430g deficit into a 1.03kg winning margin on their way to claim the Aussea Resources Perpetual trophy.
The paternoster rig, aka double-dropper, snapper rig, or bottom basher, is known and used throughout the world. Most South East Queensland offshore anglers use the double dropper, or variations of it, for all of their bottom bashing and reef angling.
Things are improving after all the rain with the water clearing and reports of prawns, squid and snapper increasing in numbers.
While all the attention lately has been on the barra in the Boyne River, one of my intrepid readers, Craig, ventured up the Calliope River at mid day for a couple of hours. He launched his 11ft tinnie fitted out with a stealthy electric motor at the Calliope Camp Grounds and headed upstream to the brackish waters.
Sautéed Trout with Creamy Sauce
I have just come in from looking at the finished project. I feel as happy and excited as when I got my first fishing rod, caught my first barra, and found out pork chops actually go with Dianne sauce. I know what you’re thinking – try it.
When you hear the name Alison boats you normally think of quality fibreglass boats that have been around for years. Well in the last few years Alison has moved away from glass and now produce quality aluminium plate boats in a variety of models.
In the February issue of Queensland Fishing Monthly I tested a McLay 5.25 side console. This was a great all round inshore/offshore boat. On my next trip to Mackay and to Reef Marine, I was offered a chance to test a McLay once again, but this time it was a boat that is far more than a standard boat. This was the McLay 6.8m Cruiser.
The Stacer name is one that every boat owner and prospective boat owner knows and trusts. After 40 years of making boats, Stacer is held in high regard amongst the boating fraternity.
Last month may have been a transition period, but June is very definitely into winter and we can look forward to some cold weather like overnight temps down to the low teens, but our daytime maximums will still be around 20ºC; it’s sure tough living in Paradise.
Beach anglers along the South East Queensland coastline would be mightily relieved that another summer and autumn of solid onshore winds and ground swells are finally behind us.
Finally, we have some good weather so we can get offshore and experience the great fishing on offer.
Last month I introduced you to a cutting edge style of fishing called micro jigging. It was a pretty in-depth introduction to micro jigs and the rods and reels required to make this specialised style of fishing work. This month I will follow on with a look at the assembly of the free swinging hook, knots and connections, plus the benefits of braided lines and leader material.
Hot coffee, ugg boots, doonas and beanies – here we go again! Winter is here and I for one am excited. There is plenty on offer for those out there early.
An early and very encouraging run of quality snapper off Noosa is a sure sign we are slowly drifting into the cooler months along the Sunshine Coast.
Glenlyon is a place any self-respecting native angler wants to visit or has visited. Sadly I had never been, even though I’d driven within half an hour of it many times going to fish gorge country cod. It was time for that to change.
It was good to get away for a few weeks around Easter to the Gold Coast and do a spot of fishing for myself but the mackerel were non-existent compared to last year.
Water temperatures start to drop and the fishing patterns change with the onset of winter.
If there is any branch of angling growing faster than any other, it is fishing from a kayak.
Our late wet season has allowed many tourists to get here for the hot barramundi bite straight after the wet.
June is shaping up as another wet and windy month, if the pattern of last year repeats itself, but there are still plenty of fish to be had.
The turn into the dry season has seen conditions in the tropics take on a new face. There are more days where we see high pressure systems from further down south pushing the trade mark southeasterly winds right up along the east coast.
The weather here in Stanage Bay and the surrounding areas has been quite inconsistent of late, however there has been more good days than bad. Luckily for local anglers the fishing has been a lot more reliable.