High water level is great for accessing those areas where the fish may be tucked away. The fish activity in the lake and channel has been amazing; along with the warm calm autumn weather. Sundown in the channel has been fruitful for catching any amount of flathead and bream.
We’ve had another great month of surf fishing and with the weather staying hot and dry and high water temperatures, the Ninety-Mile should continue to fish well for a while to come.
Low water levels and high temperatures the trout have been scarce… lucky we have bass.
March brought on some great fishing, and April is set to do the same with excellent water temperatures and good conditions, especially if offshore fishing is your thing.
This month will be a slightly quieter report for the area with the final stages of summer heat starting to blend into a bit of autumnal coolness.
There’s a much-anticipated revival happening within our snapper and whiting fisheries. Fisheries Victoria’s researchers based in Queenscliff have been monitoring annual recruitment or spawning success of snapper and whiting for around twenty years. There are now clear signs of resurgence in both stocks in Port Phillip Bay, as predicted by our scientists in 2014/15.
I have spoken to a lot of disgruntled anglers at some of Western Port’s boat ramps complaining of the lack of fish in the bay and the amount of time spent on the water for only one or two fish.
Tuna time – that precious season all Victorian anglers look forward to. Located about four hours from Melbourne along the west coast lies the pretty, yet very busy town of Portland. In the cold months of winter there is only one thing on anglers’ minds as they head down this way and that is southern bluefin tuna.
Last year produced some great freshwater fishing for a variety of species across Victoria. The humble English perch was no exception, with a number of large redfin caught from a variety of lakes, showing promising signs for a great 2016 season.
How good is the sight of the silhouette of that monster flathead as it rises from depths with your lure firmly pinned in its mouth? The feeling of having the net at the ready only for the big flatty to give one last screaming run. The sense of pride as you release the giant flathead and see it glide away gracefully from where it came.
Around six months ago, I was lucky enough to land a part time job that working on a charter as a deck hand – and I absolutely love it! This job is right up my alley because I just love fishing.
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The Richmond River has fished well over the last month. The fresh water stirred up most of the species in the lower reaches. The long hot days and humid evenings have prompted some explosive surface fishing.
February will see water temperatures in Copeton peak at around 30°C and fish activity will be at its best during early mornings and afternoons. Afternoon storms are very likely at this time of the year, and the build up to these storms results in a rush of fish activity. Be careful on the water as these storms can see the dam become very rough. If caught out on the water during one of these storms, the best course of action is to wait it out; it will usually be over in less than an hour.
Buying yourself a decent pair of polarising sunglasses is one of the best things you can do to not only improve your fishing, but also protect your eyes.
I get to speak to a lot of fishers every week, who frequently ask questions like where are the fish biting? What rig do you use? Which lures? Bait? What tides? The list goes on. But one of the most frequently asked questions is ‘what month or months are the best?’
The holidays are over but who forgot to tell the cod? Never before has the fishing in Lake Mulwala been so good!
Those summer stalwarts, the black marlin continue to attract most of the game fishing effort along the Coffs Coast, with Spanish and spotted mackerel a close second.
That first marlin: it’s a significant angling milestone, certainly on every fisho’s bucket list, and there’s no better time to do it than right now. Billions of words have been written on how fantastic they are to catch, but let’s look at some basics to get you successfully hooked up for the first time.
Even though January and February may have been a bit slow at times in the southern areas of Sydney, there were some great bags to be had and throughout March you will surely see an improvement in the number of anglers getting out and finding good bags of fish.
Ausmarine are the sole importers of the SeaCraft Boats and Seatrail Trailers and they have a new model out called the Fisher 490 side console that would interest any angler out there who is looking for a sleek, well finished, comfortable aluminium boat that has plenty of room to stand up in when either drifting or at anchor.
I live for March – this is the time of year when just about everything in the world of fishing is fantastic along the NSW coast. The weather is almost perfect, while the fishing is 100% perfect in every department.
Holy barnacles it’s been hot in Iluka the last few weeks! Local temperatures have soared into the mid-30s on many days with some hectic afternoon storms.
Normally at Blowering Dam at this time of the year, the redfin in the lake are plentiful and easy to catch. This year they are still easy to catch, but finding a patch of them has been quite difficult for most anglers.
Even though the weather has been hot and humid over the last month, don’t forget to take long sleeves and mosquito repellent with you out fishing. Once again we have copped a bad flood with a lot of rain, which has created ideal breeding conditions for mozzies. A mass fish kill have also been reported in the upper Hunter River. Mozzies and dead fish seem a little bleak, but don’t despair as offshore, rock and beach fishing has been fantastic in recent weeks.
We’ve had some very diverse weather conditions in February, which has made the fishing difficult to predict. One day we suffered through 41°C only to wake up to a 15°C temperature the very next day.
The town has been busy as usual, with many of the visitors here to fish.
It’s been a busy few months in Mallacoota and tourists to the area will be here right through until after Easter, as many people choose to holiday after the busier period. The fishing over the past month has been excellent with plenty of fish caught both in the lake and offshore.
Daylight savings ends 3 April so there’s still a month left to enjoy an after work or after school fish somewhere in the picturesque West Gippsland region. Your options include the impressive streams of the Noojee region including the Latrobe, Toorongo and Loch rivers; or head closer to Melbourne and indulge in the brilliant fishing waters of the Tarago River that flows into the Bunyip River.
The beaches around the Merimbula region have been red-hot of late and anglers who have targeted the bread and butter species have done particularly well. Bream and whiting have made up the majority of bags, with whiting in exceptional numbers.
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