Sunday 20 March saw the numbers of the Sydney round doubled from the 2015 season, with 66 kayak anglers from New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria. Anglers blasted through the Power-Pole starting gates and out onto the head waters of the Georges River and the southwestern reaches of Botany Bay in the first ‘One Day Wonder’ of the 2016 season.
Welcome to May, the month when we really see a change in the weather in the Snowy Mountains. The mornings are often frosty and close to 0°C and the days see temperatures between 15-24°C. The cooling water makes now a great time to catch trout.
One criticism of the Coffs Coast climate from more southern residents is that the four seasons are not very well defined. I have to say that it feels a little like the fishing in this area is starting to lose some of its definition between seasons too. There are a few species that still follow strict historical seasons, but many of the warmer season visitors are starting to look a little like residents.
Welcome to the all-new column for the Wagga Wagga region! It’s great to be on board writing this report for you all and I hope I can help share some secrets and tips that will help you catch more fish! The report I’ll be writing will cover a range of different locations in the Riverina region.
I am lucky to live in Orange in the Central West where it only takes me one hour and a bit to get to the best golden perch dam in Australia. People come from all over Australia to fish here and all over the world to Lake Windamere located near Mudgee in Central Western NSW, and it’s is widely considered a greatest place to catch some whopping golden perch up to and over 60cm.
The past month has been a great start of some productive fishing, and we live in a great part of the world for inshore and offshore fishing.
Burrinjuck and Wyangala reservoirs have dropped alarmingly in recent months as water is bled off for irrigation, but this should have ceased by now and hopefully enough water will remain to enable the fish to survive and thrive, which really should be (but isn’t) an essential part of the management aim of the water authorities.
The hot weather has dragged on into late autumn; these steamy nights keep anglers awake with the heat and the thought of catching some beautiful native fish. This anticipation eventually leads to euphoria when that bait, lure or fly gets nailed and the hand-to-hand battle of fish versus angler is won!
With the start of May we can now look forward to a change of fishing styles. The inshore reds are a great option for boaties; tailor, salmon and mulloway for the beach brigade; tailor, bream and luderick off the rocks; and the mulloway and bream will be moving about in the deeper parts of our estuaries.
The third annual Riverina Classic Catch and Release fishing competition was held over three days on Valentine’s Day weekend in February. Anglers headed to the banks of the Murrumbidgee River at Darlington Point in the Riverina NSW, located 30km south of Griffith and 150km west of Wagga Wagga.
If there was one species that has been designed with kayak anglers in mind, it would have to be the humble flathead. They are easily accessed by kayak anglers, inhabiting rivers, creeks, estuaries and bays, and they love to get up and feed in the shallows. They respond well to all types of lures and are easily handled in the kayak with a landing net and lip grips.
1770/Agnes Waters is famous for its fishing, and one of the biggest drawcards here is the glamorous red emperor. These fish can grow to over 1m and over 20kg, but the average size in this area is 6-8kg. A 10kg+ fish is a trophy catch. The minimum size for red emperor is 55cm, and there’s a bag limit of five. Here’s how to catch them.
For many years 1770 has been the jewel in the crown of the Coral Coast, with its beautiful scenery and piscatorial diversity. The area has much to offer the traveling angler, from amazing reef fishing for coral trout, mackerel and everything in between to a maze of rivers and secret creeks that hold iconic sportfish like barramundi and mangrove jack.
It’s that time of the year again when the mornings have a cool crisp feel to them. For me, it used to be a frustrating time of the year as I was a barra nut and back then I knew it was ending for the season. I must admit, I do love my barra, and salty barra were once thought hard to catch when the temperatures drop.
Currents play a major part in fishing, whether you are dropping jigs or plastics onto offshore reefs, casting lures around inshore structure or even soaking some baits upstream – the way we fish and the success we have is all dependent on the winds of the ocean.
Since the cracker weather over Easter, the winds have settled down, giving anglers plenty of opportunity to hit the water. There have been plenty caught too with catches ranging from reef and estuarine species to late season marlin action.
Skewered prawns are a simple affair, yet they can be enhanced by a little creative presentation.
May is the month the tropical north begins to cool off fairly quickly, which indicates changes in the patterns of species that are available to anglers. It also means we get a large influx of southern visitors who come to paradise to enjoy our beautiful weather and great fishing.
May can be a tricky month to get your head around because it’s the change of seasons from hot to cold. Some days can be a successful, but some days you’ll go home with nothing but the bites from a mosquito!
It seems a few of the lakes are firing up just before the colder weather kicks in. The days get noticeably shorter around this time of year so it only makes sense that fish feed more aggressively in the shorter period of daylight they have. If you hate the South East Queensland cold, now is the time to get out and try your luck before the icy weather arrives.
We’ve finally got a bit of a break in the weather, which has delivered a few trips offshore and some awesome fishing.
Some of us are glad to see the end of the long humid summer we experienced at the start of this year, but to look back is to realise the positive influence this late summer has had on the northern bay fishery.
I spent Easter on the Gold Coast with my family and managed to sneak in a few mackerel sessions out on Palm Beach and the gravel patch. The Spanish mackerel weren’t thick but we did manage a couple of fish every time we went out.
May is a very productive month to fish the offshore grounds east of the Gold Coast. As the water temperature starts to drop there is a transition between summer and winter species. The current decreases on the 36 and 50 fathom reefs, which also makes bottom fishing much more productive.
If I had to think of a way to describe the past month it would be wet and windy. Some ordinary weather during April tried its best to put the handbrake on fishing and trapped people inside their forts, noticeably, with a rise in keyboard warriors trying to spread their bad attitudes throughout cyberspace. However, it didn’t deter the keen anglers from venturing out.
It is safe to assume now that the wet season has played itself out, and what a mediocre wet season it was. Rainfall levels remained well under the average in the past few months and the next phase in the tropics is now moving into the dry season. Looking back I can’t remember a wet season when there was no serious threat of a cyclone.
We all know how much work goes into crabbing, and the rewards are usually a nice feed of otherwise unaffordable seafood gathered personally, which makes it even better. Then, there comes the element of thievery, those who think they should be able to reap the rewards of someone else’s hard work, expense and planning and straight out steal crabs from others pots, and often the pots as well.
The lake has finally settled after a huge rise through February. This and favourable weather patterns through April have fired the barra up.
Recently the wind has been the biggest hurdle for our fishers and boating crews. If you can call it Blowin’ Bowen, what can we nickname Stanage?
Snapper, snapper and more snapper! In the past month, Moreton Bay has put on some awesome snapper fishing! This time of the year certainly puts on some great weather and most weekends have been calm and have enabled us all to get out!
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