One of the advantages of living in Bermagui is the warmth of our winter days. Mornings will dawn clear, crisp and fresh and burn off to a warm 20ºC day, allowing anglers to enjoy the best of Bermagui’s winter fishing.
If you’re a hunter, winter is the time to venture into the scrub and chase pigs. For the angler it’s also the time to hit the rocks and to chase pigs.
The chilly stuff is really letting us know it’s here, that’s for sure. We’re experiencing very cold overnight temps, and if you’re out on the water when a little wind is also about you really know about it!
I’m not complaining, but the start to winter has been too perfect. I’m waiting for a good southerly to take the heat and crystal out of the crystal clear water that has been hugging the coast. It has meant the mahi mahi have hung around longer and the bluefin (longtail) have taken advantage of the bait schools but it has also meant a staggered start to the pig season.
Water temps have remained quite stable over the last two months but will drop right off this month with a good frost or two, reaching lows of 14ºC around Broken Bay and as low as 10ºC up at Windsor and Penrith.
I recently had one of those fishing sessions that remind me why I love this sport so much. I only had a couple of hours up my sleeve so I wandered down to Flatrock headland intending to cut some cunje and fish the low tide change for bream and drummer. It had been a long and tough week and I really needed to scratch the fishing itch.
This month’s story is a little different because it’s about fishing some of the famous marks out at sea off the Tweed.
The month of July can sort out the men from the boys in the fishing department around these parts. The weather can be brutal at times so dressing correctly is the key. There are some very innovative products out there so you don’t necessarily have to feel like you have half your wardrobe on. Do your research, buy the best you can afford and you’ll be staying out there comfortable and warm when everyone else is heading home. You don’t catch fish in your lounge room.
We have seen a quite a few small yellowfin tuna around 6-8kg being caught along the shelf and very few larger yellowfin at this stage. However, by the time you read this we should have seen some more of the big boys come to town.
Water temps in Sydney are finally cooling down and some winter species are moving in. Good trevally schools in solid numbers are now being encountered inside the harbour and off the coast. The big schools of salmon that we used to get are now a thing of the past, but we are still getting smaller schools visiting so be sure to have metal slugs (small and large) ready to cast should one of these schools pop up in your vicinity.
With the first snow falls on the mountains for the winter season, the brown trout are well on their way for their annual spawning run and the rainbows are getting edgy as well.
Over May and June this year you could have been forgiven for thinking we were in the northern hemisphere spring/summer. The Coffs region is known for having clear and mild winter days but the last couple of months have been much warmer than ‘mild’. The water temperature has also been warm, holding at 23°C+.
The Coffs Coast’s game fishing season has started its run down to winter, with shorter days, colder air temperatures and consistent southwesterlies making fishing wide a bit of a chore.
In the final instalment of our in-depth outrigger series, I will look at tag lines; the lines that are run from outriggers when trolling lures.
With the continuing calm weather there has been plenty of opportunities to wet a line this past month. Local reefs have had plenty of pressure from anglers and on some days the Arty looks like a floating city.
Fishing is one of Australia’s greatest recreational past times, with one in four of us enjoying casting a line. However, with the enjoyment of our rivers, dams and waterways comes responsibility for their sustainability and wellbeing.
Half a year has gone, the Mackay Show holiday is done for another year and the snapper are here! Unfortunately so is the cold weather and fairly strong south easterly winds, but there is not much anyone can do about that! So it is just a case of grin and bear it and take those rare opportunities of light winds when they happen.
The mild start to winter has had local anglers scratching their heads, puzzled at the lack of the normal cold snaps which usually supply our region with the usual winter species in good numbers. Hopefully by the time you read this we’ve had more cold snaps, causing the winter species to show up in big numbers.
While the cooler weather in the past couple of months has hit hard and we have had a fair few cold fronts, the fishing has been red hot with offshore and the canals producing well.
What a great run of weather we've had, so many days of perfect ocean conditions. There have been plenty of chances to head offshore and get stuck into some quality fish.
With a great autumn behind us it’s full ‘cold’ ahead for the winter and, by all vibes, reports and whisperings the fishing has been pretty good around the northern bay.
This past month has been a real mixed bag. Some days the fish want to jump in the boat and other days we’re struggling to get a bite!
This year has been unusual as everything seems to be a month behind on the offshore grounds. The water temperatures have been quite high and the mackerel and wahoo have stayed active right into June.
The tail of the wet season definitely lingered this year, encroaching on the start of the dry season and bringing with it fresh winds and associated rain squalls on quite a few days. The upside to all this was that the currents started running to north and the water temperatures on the ocean dropped quickly, igniting the reef and mackerel species into gear.
They might not yet be at their peak, but these next months should see the great tailor fishing for which Fraser Island is known. They have been improving steadily and should be firing well for the next few months.
It’s that time of year again – bream spawning season! The cooler temperatures excite many bream anglers as larger bream begin showing up in our river systems along the Sunshine Coast.
The pelagic fish will be well and truly running in Bowen waters by July and the prize fish in angler’s sights will be Spanish mackerel.
Some people don’t enjoy winter. Too cold, blah blah. Me? I love it. There’s always a trip to some inland waterway on the cards, or fishing for bass in one of the big southern Queensland dams.
Another King of the Pin competition has been run and won. Our fresh new team of dedicated and hard-working members worked tirelessly for the whole weekend to make our competition the success it was. Our very own Scott Lamond from 91.7FM ABC Gold Coast was MC for the day, and he kept everyone involved and informed as the day progressed. This fresh new team will keep King of the Pin successful for many years to come, and we will be the comp to watch for in the future.
The Longreach Recreational Fishing Club are proud to be hosting their third annual Yellowbelly Classic, being held over 29-31 August. Last year’s event won the Region Event of the Year award from the Longreach Regional Council, a proud support of the event, and this year’s comp is set to be every bit as good.
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