It’s been a dry, windy March and the forecast is for a dry April but hopefully without the wind.
So here we go again, off on our Dudds annual trip.
In my early 20s my friends and I would pack my old Corolla to the brim and spend the day driving to various ‘big cod’ spots like Burrinjuck Dam in search of a 100cm trophy. While I cherish these memories, I never did get the big fish I was hoping for.
Last month in this column we looked at the maintenance and care needed to keep your fishing reels in tip-top condition. This time around, the focus shifts to rods.
Yellowtail kingfish should continue to prowl the Sydney rocks this month. If you speak to anyone who pursues kings regularly, they’ll tell you that undersized rats have been a real problem this season. However, in recent weeks there has been a steady increase in numbers over the 65cm legal length. Instead of walking away with no legal fish on at least 60% of outings, you can now reasonably expect to take home a feed.
With a bag full of 40ºC+ days behind us, Lake Mulwala is settling in to the place to be for cod hunters this time of year. A more consistent water temperature, minus the hot blasts, should see a reliable pattern emerge where the fish are biting on a regular basis.
Last time BETS paid a visit to Lake Macquarie for the final round of the 2013 season it was an absolute fish fest – 5-bags every where. Fast forward 7 months and the Lake put on a show again. Over 60 5-bags were presented for weighing, almost three quarters of the field!
Believe it or not kingfish are still being caught inside Botany Bay at places like the end of Monoliex wall, and on the eastern side of the oil wharf at Kurnell on the run-out tide. You could either try trolling live or dead yellowtail and squid about 1-1.5m off the bottom. If you are not into trolling you could try anchoring up at Bare Island and the oil tanker mooring drums. Then try sending down those live baits to about 1-1.5m off the bottom.
Haven’t fully recovered from last month? Well, there is no need to slow down just keep charging forward as this is another cracker of a fishing month! We even have the added bonus of Easter and ANZAC day long weekends only three days apart, so the opportunities are extreme.
A fair bit has been happening over the last few weeks. Bluefin tuna, tailor, big bream and the last of the whiting have been caught recently along our part of the coast, and hopefully as you’re reading this the action is still as hot.
Another great month for Central Coast anglers is now upon us and we have got a broad spectrum of species and fishing styles to choose from. Not only that, if all goes well, we should also get that glorious autumn weather so being in the great outdoors will be all the more pleasurable.
There are plenty of people still around enjoying the good weather, and the fishing hasn't let them down. There has been great fishing reported both offshore and in the estuaries.
The town is still busy with plenty of visitors in the camping areas, and it seems like they all have brought a boat judging by the amount of trailers at the boat ramp.
The wind blasted the exposed pontoon, upending tackle boxes and sending casts every which way. Our baits sat on the edge of a weed bed and though the wind had caused a bow in both lines, we could see it pull straight from time to time as fish tested the baits.
The first Gamakatsu Team Series South round, sponsored by Atomic, was run at Brisbane Waters on 2 March. It was a dual event, with both boats and kayaks fishing for the day, and as usual there were heaps of giveaways for all the anglers and the public.
It's arguably been the best marlin season we have seen off Merimbula for a very long time. I've talked to many locals and visiting anglers and 90% of them think the same, which is awesome to hear.
Offshore anglers around the Narooma region are in for a good time over the coming weeks with 22-24ºC water straight out the front of Narooma. You can expect all marlin species, yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi and a host of shark species to be chewing.
Telwater’s Yellowfin plate boats have a very interesting history. They gained a popular following in the 1980s, were discontinued for a spell, then resurrected in late 2009 as value for money, well finished and strongly constructed plate craft with a ‘modern as tomorrow’ design.
The key to success offshore this month will come down to one small species: slimy mackerel. Gathering slimies for bait is a relatively easy task for most of the year, but it usually becomes progressively harder as we get further into the mackerel season. The last few weeks have been hit-and-miss with slimies but luckily there have been plenty of scads around to fill in as a close second when it comes to live baits.
While fishing along Pittwater over the last month, sometimes you could be excused for thinking you were in heaven. Calm clear warm water, blue skies and very little wind first thing in the morning – an angler’s dream!
As the heat of summer makes way for crisp cool mornings and more favourable fishing weather, it’s a sure sign that the start of the real cod season is about to begin.
April is traditionally a quality month for the Murrumbidgee and Old Man Creek. Many of the old-school die-hard cod fishermen have always said that when the first frosts of the year hit the ground around April, the bigger Murray cod swing into action and start to look for some quality feed before the cold weather shuts down the majority of the river system.
Autumn has always been my favourite fishing period, with mixed bags made up of the last of the summer fish feeding up for winter and the first of the winter fish moving in.
Mid-Autumn can be the most rewarding time of the season, especially when it comes to fishing the local impoundments for bass and goldens.
As the days become a little shorter and the temperature starts to drop, the fishing conditions in the Tamworth region become a lot more bearable, with anglers able to put in more time on the water and get rewarded for their efforts.
It’s starting to cool down, the days are getting shorter but the fishing is heating up!
As we get deeper into autumn we encounter some of our region's best conditions. The results from local fishing competitions over the past weeks indicate our system is in great shape with some outstanding catches being recorded.
The past few mullet runs have not been spectacular to say the least, but this year should produce a big run of mullet. I have spent a couple of weekends up in the freshwater reaches of the Manning and the number of mullet schooling up is nothing short of amazing. There are many thousands of larger sized fish that will run this year, as well as heaps of smaller fish that will not be ready to run until next year.
April is the month when I start to get excited about my rock fishing again! Lots of options start opening up as we get closer to the colder months.
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