For anglers with a sense of adventure, there will always be locations that fire up the imagination and as time goes on they become far more than desirable destinations, they become obsessions.
Snapper and big pearlies have been on the menu of late and as we roll into July the run will continue. Water temps will drop off nicely and good numbers on the 60m line in the northern areas of Wide Caloundra will continue to chew their way into the box.
Winter has arrived, and we have made it through the change of seasons. Transition from summer species to winter species can sometimes be quite tough in the bay. This year there were still some good fish caught throughout.
Snapper are the fish of the month here on the Sunshine Coast and with a bit of luck with the weather it’s looking like it’s going to be a cracker of a season.
There is nothing like a fast, early morning ride in a centre console boat during winter. Even the most sleep deprived fishing madman, such as myself will be wide-awake.
The depths of winter around here really aren’t that deep compared with places further south, but they necessitate breaking out the beanies and thermals and huddling around fires and heaters for a while.
The dry season has arrived and will be here to stay for a few months. The first few weeks of strong southeasterlies have been met with groans from those working on or near the water.
With the westerly winds expected at this time of year there are going to be great opportunities to slip outside the Pin Bar as long as the swell is small.
Paulie looked at me in astonishment like I had a booger on my face.
As much as it pains me to say this, the fishing in the Ovens and King regions towards the end of Autumn was as tough as I can ever remember.
Bream can be almost anywhere in coastal NSW, from creeks and coastal lakes to rivers, bays, beaches, rocky washes and even inshore reefs.
Four-and-a-half hours’ drive down the Princes Highway from Sydney and two hours on the Kings Highway from Canberra, Moruya lies 6km from the coast on the river of the same name.
A lot of anglers seem to put their gear into storage now but July gives me an opportunity to fish for some of the most magnificent sashimi species – trevally and rock blackfish.
What a wonderful time of year to rug up and go in search of a monster Mulwala Murray cod.
Things are certainly cooling down on the Mid North Coast, with night temps occasionally dropping into single figures, but the water remains fairly warm so there's still a mix of northern and southern species to be had.
After reading a premature obituary in the press of the time, Mark Twain wrote, ‘The report of my death was an exaggeration’ and the same might be said of the Coffs Harbour marlin fishery this year.
Snelling or snooding a hook onto a line harks back to a time when hooks had flattened ends and no eyes as such, and therefore the line had to be knotted around the shank.
Even though the water is now cold and many of the fish may be a bit sluggish, there will be still plenty of places where you will be able to target bream, whiting, leatherjackets, luderick, silver trevally and the odd mulloway.
Cold and windy, sometimes wet and mostly miserable pretty much sums up July.
It is shaping up to be a really good Winter with lots of quality fish on offer for those willing to brave the elements.
This can be a great time to be on the water at Blowering Dam. Sure, it’s cold most of the time but if you dress for the occasion with thermals, beanies, hoodies, gloves and a jacket, you will barely notice the cold.
Get out the beanies, jumpers and jackets, it’s that time when the early-morning fisho can nearly freeze to death, especially if you’re shooting along in a boat at speed.
Winter is upon us once again, and the town is back to its quiet season, with very few visitors to the area over this period. And the water temperature continues to drop even more.
It’s time to rug up for a day on the lake fishing; as usual, the cold weather has got the fish on the chew!
Bar Crusher have been making boats in Australia for many years now. It is hard to spend a day on the water anywhere in Australia and not see a Bar Crusher boat go past, especially if you are on open water.
It’s the time of year that is the best to target bread-and-butter species – bream and luderick in the bay, snapper offshore, salmon and tailor off the beaches, while the rocks will have all of the above plus drummer and groper.
We’re smack in the middle of Winter with cold sou'westers straight off the snow, but for those anglers willing to brave the elements, especially those who fish the estuaries, some solid angling can still be had.
Cold southerly winds off the snow are the norm at this time of the year, but those anglers braving the conditions have been rewarded with some exceptional beach fishing.
Bluefin appear to be covering quite a few bases with their range of Scoundrel open alloy boats which, incidentally, share their basic hull design with the Rogue series. The main differences are the interiors and options lists.
With the colder water arriving, fishing has slowed a little but the species that are comfortable in the cool are moving in.