March signifies the start of migrational movements for some species. By the end of the month you’ll see surface schools of mullet and bream, along with increased numbers of whiting and bigger tailor on the beaches. The mulloway and kingfish will be following these species that are schooling up for their spawning run.
Lake Mulwala, the ‘Murray cod Mecca’, is the only place to be if you want to give yourself a better than average chance of catching a cod at this time of year. January to May generally considered to be the best time of year to fish this region but February to April tends to produce the best numbers of cod.
A total of 90 breamin’ teams had a shot at the first BETS event for 2014 on the Hawkesbury River. Team Duo Lures/Costa Sunglasses (Gavin Joyce and Nick Geogiadis) slow rolled hard baits off the sloppier edges of Cowan Creek and found quality fish hanging close to edge willing to follow the lure out and give it a crack.
There has already been southern bluefin tuna caught on the west coast as early as late January. In fact some anglers found and caught fish not long after Christmas. Incredible, my mate and well-known west coast angler Scott Gray saw and hooked tuna as far back as November!
Over the past few years Botany Bay has undergone a number of changes. One of these was the extension of Port Botany, which has taken away many great fishing spots. In the northern section of the bay in this area you could get out of those northerly winds and drift for flathead while using baits or lures. It was a place that you could troll for tailor salmon and kingfish.
March is the best fishing month of the year. The weather is great, the ocean is warm and it is swarming with fish. There’s no better time to take the kids out fishing because you can almost guarantee a heap of fun.
Blowering Dam is the talk of the freshwater fishing scene this year thanks to the high number of 1m+ Murray cod that have been caught there since the season opened in December. If you are on social media at all you’d know that there haven’t been many days where there haven’t been pictures of massive Murray cod caught at Blowering Dam.
In recent weeks we’ve had a mass influx of shark sightings and beach closures, but from an angler’s point of view this is actually pretty exciting. You know the sharks’ presence means that masses of bait have arrived, and that also means great fishing as the sharks aren’t the only ones feasting on them.
March is one of my favourite months to get out on the water, regardless of what type of fishing I’m doing. The results are normally pretty good and the weather is easier to deal with than midsummer or midwinter. It’s simply a great time of year.
March is easily my favourite time of year to fish Port because it’s when the warm currents become more consistent, bringing a whole new host of tropical species. Longtail tuna, mackerel and inshore black marlin are just a few of the tropical fish which ride the currents down here at this time of year. Also our resident snapper, mulloway and flathead thrive in these warmer temperatures and can always provide a reliable target.
The busy time of year has been and gone with plenty of tourists here for the Christmas break. Plenty of the visitors are here to go fishing but those heading offshore have really had to pick the right days. The ocean waves haven’t been an issue, the problem has been the wind which has been blowing relentlessly. An early start is needed if you want to catch a few fish.
Another holiday season has been and gone, and this year the town didn't feel as busy as it has in years past.
Team Hastings Bream and Bass Club, consisting of local anglers Wayne Bale and Jeff Brundson, had what was needed to rise to the top of this very talented field at the Atomic Port Macquarie GTS Event in February.
The local estuaries around Merimbula are firing on all cylinders with Pambula Lake just to the south being a standout. This skinny bit of water is only a puddle but, gee, it fishes well. All species are having a chew with flathead, whiting, blackfish, bream, and tailor in great numbers.
The Narooma region has returned to some sort of normality after the school holidays. With the decrease in boat traffic the estuaries have really fired up with Wagonga Inlet and Tuross fishing excellently of late. Both systems are producing bream, mulloway, whiting and blackfish.
If you enjoy catching and eating mud crabs, you will not get a better opportunity than now! The Macleay valley is in the middle of one of the best runs of crabs in recent memory. Due to the lack of rain in our area the crabs have pushed up the highest reaches of just about every creek and waterway. Reports of crabs have come in from as far upstream as Frederickton on the Macleay.
Over the last month we once again saw a lot of kingfish caught on Pittwater and along our coast. Unfortunately most have been small but there is still the odd good fish around to keep you on your toes.
You know it’s hot when you bounce out of the ute barefoot and you can feel the tar move beneath your feet.
March is a great month for chasing natives in the local area. It’s generally the last month before the water temps drop below a level that is comfortable for golden perch. We will almost certainly see a decline in the number of these fish caught between now and the next report, so if you like chasing goldens you need to make the most of this month and get out there with your small 50-60mm hardbodies and small single-blade spinnerbaits. Purple is a very hard colour to go past for golden perch or, if that doesn’t produce, bright green has worked quite well for a couple of local anglers lately.
Sydney Harbour kingfish are getting bigger and bigger every year. Recently we cracked our two biggest fish in Fishabout’s 22 years of guiding: an 18kg fish followed the next day by a 22kg monster.
This month we should see the weather become a lot more enjoyable for fishing and, because this is the beginning of autumn, the bass can change their eating habits as both the water and air temperatures start to fall. During this time of the season the fish can stay on the bite for longer, which can account for a greater number of fish being caught.
If you haven’t heard the deafening screech of the cicadas by now you might need a hearing check. For some people the sound drives them crazy but for we anglers its music to our ears because it normally means one thing: surface fishing! Watching these green fish belt surface lures is number one on the fun scale and it’s as easy as casting out and slowly retrieving.
With cod season well and truly in full swing, anglers have been taking full advantage of the low river flows and heights, and have been heading out on the water in the hope of catching a big green fish. Reports of catches on lures have been slow but bait fishers are doing well.
In the past couple of months there have been over 50 marlin taken off the tubes in Jervis Bay, with fish ranging from 38kg to 200kg+. While this is a great achievement for all those anglers putting in the hard yards and time out on the ledges, many of these fish have been killed for the ‘glory’! There was one report of a 100kg fish being dumped in the creek at Currarong, just to rot. If these people don’t start practicing catch and release we’ll end up with rock ledges being closed off up and down the coast.
As our weather and water levels have settled down into a more regular pattern, so have our fish. I regard the next three months as the best time to fish.
March is a great time of year to be fishing in the mighty Clarence Valley. The summer species are still fishing well on the beaches; dart, whiting and tarwhine are doing well on baits like pipis and worms.
The Pirtek Fishing Challenge is a competition with a goal to see as many keen anglers fishing in support of Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) all on the one day. It’s a celebration of Australian anglers and their willingness to support a great cause.
ACT and district anglers have taken to the relatively new sport of surface luring for Murray cod at night in spectacular fashion. There have been numerous good catches in the urban and regional lakes and rivers in recent weeks.
The beginning of autumn is undoubtedly the best month of the year to fish the south coast, especially at Bermagui. Estuaries are firing, bass are on the chew in Brogo, Reefs are good, so are the beaches and rocks plus the game scene is fantastic.
Known for its table fish, Tathra has more to offer in the form of small pelagic and light tackle gamefishing than you might expect. There’s a host of small sportfish hugging the coastline, all in reach of small boats or shore-based anglers, with large gamefish only a short distance further out to sea.
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