After one of the coldest, wettest winters we have experienced for quite a few years, spring is finally at our doorstep and is being welcomed with open arms! Obviously the big news headline is the Victorian trout season, which opens on Saturday 6 September when many people will be out and about before sunrise with anticipation of what will hopefully be a much better trout season than last season.
The Streaker Navigator 4850 has been designed with a user friendly set of goals and I am more than happy to say it meets and then exceeds a lot of these goals.
The Clark 430 Crewmate reminds me a lot of the small estuary boats I grew up with, the difference being that the hulls these days are much more refined and the ride is uncountable better.
Spring is finally here and I am very happy to see the back end of winter. It’s been a disappointing winter on the fishing side of things but it was the best cray season I have ever seen in our region.
The past few weeks have been nothing but sensational in Western Port. With every month that has past, snapper have been a major feature throughout the entire winter period!
While we haven’t completely shaken off the cool weather, once September rolls around it normally gets a bit better every day. Footy finals finish up at the end of the month, trout season for the streams and rivers opens up and the days are starting to get a bit longer…everybody’s winning!
September has certainly come around fast and after such a great tuna season in Portland we can now concentrate on what other fish are in our area. The weather should start to turn again and we will see some warmer conditions. This will be a nice change after a pretty cold winter and some big storms that created 50 knot winds and 10m swells.
A few prolonged periods of clearer and calmer weather over the past month has really given a good old shot in the arm to the fishing on the bay. While the encouraging reports have no doubt increased due to more anglers wetting a line, more settled periods of weather have allowed water clarity to improve, and for more normal feeding activities to resume by many popular species.
It's that time of year again when bream think far less of eating and more about the need to breed. I'm quite sure they are going about this vital business a lot earlier this year because mature spawning fish have been very reluctant to eat bait or lures.
After a long spell of poor offshore conditions, things calmed down again late July and, guess what, there were still tuna everywhere. Around 50m of water off Point Fairy/Warrnambool was the hotspot with school sized fish eagerly taking both trolled and cast lures.
Chinooks, aka Quinnat salmon, are an introduced salmonoid native from the west coast of North America from southern California to Alaska, and north-eastern Asia. The species has been introduced into several countries, but only in the South Island of New Zealand has a self-sustaining population become established. However, Victoria holds two of only a few land-locked Chinook salmon fisheries in the world.
September 5 sees the season re-open. Don’t expect any fireworks and grand openings; instead there will be a lot of happy stream trout anglers wading the streams or walking the banks of their favourite stretch with a smile on their face.
Spring is in the air and with it comes the much-anticipated Port Phillip snapper migration. While we’re still at least another month away from getting our teeth into the season proper, already there have been some inspiring catches across the top end of the bay, and indeed throughout the lower Yarra River.
While we experienced some good rains to freshen the lakes and streams up this month, the fish have been patchy; jumping all over offerings one day, turning their nose up at them the next. Frustrating but not unusual for this time of year with fish in spawning mode and some already completed the chore!
Bemm River is situated in East Gippsland along the shores of Sydenham Inlet, which is only a short 5 hour drive from Melbourne.
The weather has started to come good and there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel. The wet and windy conditions of August are hopefully far behind. It is not quite daylight savings time, but the days are noticeably longer as we head toward that awesome day in October where we get to turn the clocks forward.
The considerable interest in the recent broadbill action in Tasmania has been nothing short of spectacular. The captures by Leo Miller and his crew put Tasmania on the map as far as broadbill swordfish are concerned.
I know I say it every September but this is my favourite month as it marks the start of the Victorian trout season.
As we wind out of winter and into spring, I can’t help feeling a level of excitement. For me this period of the year heralds the start of the ‘fishing season’.
This month sees the opening of trout season at midnight on Friday 5. So in preparation for this I thought it wise to do a little checklist of the things people often forget to replace, fix and take when heading out for open season!
September is a great month to fish the Glenelg River as the onset of spring brings new opportunities. Water flow in the river tends to slow up in September as we start to receive less rain in the slowly warming weather of spring.
I can’t believe it’s spring already! And it’s my favourite time of the year to fish Lake Eildon as the yellas start to school up and feed like nut jobs. They offer anglers so much fun in the run up to Christmas.
We have moved through the worst of the winter months and endured the cold, wind and rain in an attempt to catch a few fish for the table in an unfriendly environment.
The typical winter weather continues with just a trickle of boats braving the elements. Some are having reasonable returns for their efforts but it would be fair to say there is plenty of water mixed in with the fish.
With good conditions on the way we will be looking forward to seeing an improvement in the fishing, which will no doubt please many boaters and land-based anglers.
September is often a very interesting month to say the least in the Bendigo region. The fishing is not necessarily the most productive during this time but what happens with the weather over the next couple of months has a huge bearing in determining the productivity for the next season.
There have been crazy conditions – horrific weather mixed with some insanely good days, and fishing that just leaves you scratching your head in amazement that the local fish population doesn’t seem to know its been a real Victorian winter.
I really wanted to open this month’s report with that word because it’s the only word that springs to mind when I think about the snapper fishing this ‘off’ season. Get excited everybody because if this snapper bite continues, and all signs point to that being the case, then this September is shaping up to be the best we have seen in quite a long time!
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The end of June and most of July saw heavy but welcome rains fall in the southwest. Although the cold, wet and windy weather was a pain in the backside and curtailed time spent out on the water, anglers are now reaping the rewards.
Mid July saw the manual opening of the Curdies River allowing floodwaters to push existing stale sweet water out of the system into the southern ocean while allowing life giving, oxygenated salt water back into the system.
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