The regular beach species of dart, whiting, bream and tarwhine have continued to dominate the scene on Fraser's eastern coast over the last couple of months. Dart have been particularly active over the bigger tides and the quality has been outstanding.
I just got back home from a great session chasing JP in one of my favourite systems up the road. But the only trouble was the sweet water jacks were beating them to my lures!
Tucked into a rainforest-covered headland with sea views to the east and lush greenery in virtually every other direction, Broken Head Holiday Park offers a style of camping and holidaymaking that centres on peace and quiet. In fact, it’s usually only birdsong from the nearby forest or the gentle sound of surf on sand that will break the serenity of this well setup camping ground.
Bream are a fish so common, so widespread, that they are a bread and butter species for many anglers. And they are a fish that are all so easy to catch on bait, especially a bait that can withstand a bit of ragging before it passes the many molars in a bream’s mouth.
This alloy craft is a radical departure from the norm. As a centre console rig powered by an 80 Suzuki 4-stroke, there’s nothing out of the ordinary there, but the Procraft 5.35 has a cuddy cab up front under the cast deck.
Nissan’s popular X-Trail has been face-lifted in this third generation model. Svelte lines, some impressive frontal treatment and a fair few rounded curves have moved the X-Trail away from its former boxy shape to a far more modern appearance, which has a striking similarity to big brother Pathfinder. Nissan have also endowed the wagon with daylight LED lighting around the headlights for an increased road presence.
The estuary fishing has picked up a bit lately after a slow end to the previous month. The winter fish, from bream, whiting, trevally and salmon to flathead, are all in form.
Well I am already sick of the cold weather, but am loving the piscatorial action that has been on offer over the last few months. Some of my favourite species are about during the colder seasons — the prime reason for me to don the winter woollies and head out into the chill of a pre-dawn June morning.
Micro jigging has become extremely popular in Southern Queensland during the last year or two. Anglers are honing jigging and retrieve techniques and using an array of jigs to catch a plethora of prime species in the bay and rivers.
Cold westerlies are the usual in June around Bundaberg and if you’re like me, you won’t like them one bit.
Variable weather patterns have thrown a spanner in the works during the past month or two. An unusual cold snap back in April saw water temperatures drop to the lowest I have seen during the months of April, and since then we have seen the fishing turn on and off just like a tap.
Big bream will be the most sought after species this month. They move into the sheltered waters of Jumpinpin to feed up for their breeding season and you will notice the quality and size of the fish will improve dramatically.
Predominately sunny weather and fairly calm conditions in the Rockhampton area has made for great fishing over the past month, especially after the few cold snaps and this trend should continue for the months to come.
There’s boats for this, and boats for that, but there aren’t any boats for this AND that.
The fishing has been pretty good leading into the cooler months in the Cairns area, with coral trout, red emperor and especially largemouth nannygai putting on a good showing out on the Reef. Mackerel have continued to bite and the fingermark have been particularly consistent. Barra and mangrove jack have been taken fairly regularly in the estuaries, with quite a few barra along the headlands.
Mackerel is a great fish to catch and eat, but one of the big challenges with this species is skinning the fillet. Filleting mackerel has pretty well become the norm from the days of slicing the whole body crossways into steaks. The flesh stays moist and offers a lot more cooking options to the age-old mackerel steak.
The offshore scene has been fantastic over last few months with great numbers of pelagics, but as we move into the cooler months the pelagics tend to move north following the warmer currents. This is when we tend to focus our efforts on reef species.
Due to the lack of a Wet season and a seemingly early onset of winter, the fishing changed quickly here at Lucinda. I was fishing the creeks hard and a secret little spot of mine was offering mind-blowing mangrove jack and barra fishing every session, but I was witnessing the water temperature drop daily and the creeks were getting clearer.
Queen’s Birthday weekend in June marks the closing of the Victorian trout season.
Once autumn arrived the Murray cod fishing slowed right down across North East Victoria this year. The cod fishing in the King River seemed to die an instant death the moment the weather started to cool and the Ovens River tapered off quite quickly as well.
Winter has now well and truly set in. In the past month, we have all been waiting and anticipating our first big frost and, for most anglers, now marks the time to start chasing some crayfish.
Well winter is upon us once again and it seems like the older you get the quicker the seasons pass.
From all its glory just a few weeks ago, Western Port quickly put on the brakes as the water temperature took a dive. Those fabulous summer species have now well and truly gone, although there is the odd handful of winter whiting getting about.
Land-based fishing is where many anglers began their fishing careers. Soaking a stinky old prawn on the end of the pier seems to be a common trend amongst many anglers today. Even though some migrate into boats, kayaks and other watercraft, a lot still continue to soak a bait on a pier or flick a lure off a sandy beach.
Just a timely reminder that trout season in Victoria is closed as of midnight on Monday June 8, and will reopen after midnight on Friday September 4. This is not all bad news however, as lakes and impoundments are still open to fish all year round.
We have seen it all in the last month from monster tuna around the South West of Portland towards Port Macquarie, school tuna and albacore out around the shelf, to tuna in 20m of water off Cape Nelson.
Sadly, the shorter and colder days are well and truly upon us, and the longer brighter days of the warmer months have been left behind. The cool days have continued this month and we have also been treated to some substantial rainfall. Hopefully the early months of winter will bring the crisp, calm days that make fishing on the south of the bay a rewarding (yet cold) experience.
With the bream fishing so busy anglers have come out of the woodwork to chase them. I’ve met so many anglers on the water that I haven’t seen in years! With recent rainfall the rivers are flowing just nicely, which should also rev up the early winter fishing.
I adore the common old flathead and I never get sick of catching them, big or little. I really admire and even worship the huge crocodiles that grow to a 1m or more. They have this ugly but somehow handsome, even stunning look about them and they remind me of some ancient fishy relic from the age of the dinosaurs.
Another fine southern bluefin tuna season continues along the South West Coast of Victoria and just across the border into South Australia.
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