With a new season upon us we can thank our lucky stars we haven’t had a series of flood events similar to those that occurred last year. Let’s cross our fingers and hope that we get only enough rain to help conditions, rather than a deluge that will hamper them.
For years now you could almost toss a coin on the bet that this time of year would either be a total washout with torrential rains and flooring, or it would stay dry enough to keep that warm water in close and the pelagics with it.
The far north east corner of the state has been producing some excellent fishing throughout these stinking hot months. The diversity of the fishing has been fantastic with people catching all kinds of species including Murray cod, yellowbelly, trout, redfin, blackfish, tench and even the odd trout cod in the Kiewa River.
The extreme heat experienced during summer has done little to slow down the Murray cod fishing around the Wangaratta area. The great Murray cod fishing just powered through, which it should continue to do right throughout March.
OK I admit it. I like to bag the Kiwis as much as the next bloke. Afterall, I once spent the best part of a decade living in the North Island and copped my share of stick while I was there. One thing I learnt during my time in the Shaky Isles, though, is that our Anzac cousins take their outdoor recreation very seriously indeed – and that definitely includes fishing and boating. That’s why I was pleased to take a spin in some of the Extreme range of aluminium fishing boats with Shane Hemming and Tim Edney from Inverloch Marine.
When the demands of work and family reach their peak, time to spend purely on fishing can be hard to find. There simply aren’t enough days in the year to do everything. For me, the answer is to compromise: I take my family with me on most of my fishing holidays. I’m sure many other anglers are the same.
It’s been a very busy period for me recently with all the planning and organising for the Macs Lures River Rats Family Fishing Classic. It has restricted my time on the water but I have had plenty of helpers with reports this month, which has been great.
As we head into March we’re coming out of the silly season as the water skiers, jet skiers and whatever else churning up the water starts to slow down. This makes fishing that little bit more comfortable, not to mention a hell of a lot more peaceful.
How fast the year goes, it seems like only last week it was New Year’s Eve. But now it’s March, so it is time to dust off the surf gear ready for the annual salmon run.
As this is normally the last month of warm weather here in Melbourne, it’s worth making the most of the fishing that goes along with summer. You only have to blink at this time of the year and Easter has passed, bringing with it the crisp air of autumn.
The weather in Portland over the last six weeks has been up and down. Let's hope we will see some good stable weather from now on.
It sure seems like a long time ago that everyone was moaning about how cold it was on the bay, boy how things changed over the last two months of summer!
It is not often I stick my neck out with wild predictions, especially about fishing, but I'm going out on a limb here by saying that the next few months will provide the best bream, mullet, perch, bass and flathead action we have seen for a long time.
March is a brilliant time for fishing in the South West as all the summer species are still available. The southern bluefin tuna season is now ramping up and hopefully some good weather conditions will be on the cards.
If asked for the best month of the year to fish in Tasmania, I’d opt for March.
This is our final month to enjoy daylight savings and have a decent midweek crack at catching a West or South Gippy stream trout. It is the last of the long daylight hours before turning back the clocks on 6 April.
Warm to hot conditions through the latter part of summer should keep the fishing pumping over the coming month with water temperatures across the western shores at optimal levels for a range of species.
With water temperatures continuing to rise at a rapid rate the fish have been very obliging in most lakes so far, however some are now starting to suffer badly from evaporation. In the past week or so I have heard many reports of the onset of blue/green algae blooms.
Tamboon Inlet has to be one of my most favourite fishing locations in Australia. With the diverse species this place has to offer and the size of the fish, you will see why this place is a destination both lure and bait anglers see as a must fish location.
Tasmania has so much to offer the mainland angler with fabulous fishing grounds that are on par with any in the nation. Some of our species will happily go toe-to-toe with all comers. Bream, squid whiting and bluefin tuna are all world class.
The Whittley heritage goes back 6 decades. Timber construction in the early 1950s gave way to fibreglass, and with the company’s emphasis on best possible finish and presentation it didn’t take long for the Whittley name to become synonymous with quality boating.
I have been inundated with great fishing reports of late and it seems everybody is being rewarded for their efforts out on the water.
Autumn is a fantastic time of the year, as we start to experience some of those calm weather spells. I find it one of the most enjoyable periods to fish.
With the Yarra River at its lowest and warmest, you’d be mad not to try fishing for some of the great native sports fish that live there. Whether you’re a weekend bait angler or a hardened lure aficionado, this is the time to catch the best fish that the river has to offer.
March is looking to be an absolute cracker with the yellas and reddies back on the chew to complement the great cod fishing that we have had over summer.
The warm summer weather and perfect conditions make our area the fishing capital of Victoria. The warm currents have arrived down from the east coast and moved around the corner into Bass Strait, stretching from Lakes Entrance to Mallacoota and the border.
The fishing in the Bendigo region has continued to be productive lately. We recently had a heat wave of several days in excess of 40ºC in a row. An extreme heat wave like this would normally have a negative effect on the fishing, however, water temperatures were still low before this weather event so the hot weather has had a positive effect on the fishing.
The south west has had record temperatures this season and these hot days have produced plenty of calm weather and some quality fishing for both boat and land-based anglers. With more hot weather around the corner and early reports of bluefin tuna, things are really about to heat up!
It seems like only yesterday that we were all getting ready for Christmas and the hot weather, and now here we are looking down the barrel of autumn and a change in the fishing season.
It’s been another seriously hot month and with it has been some seriously hot fishing! The whiting have been crazy, the gummies have been nuts and all the little bits and pieces that go with that have fired as well.
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