Some great catches can be expected this month if the previous month is anything to go by. All species seem to be on the chew from Broken Bay to the head waters. This is a big river so it pays to break it down into sections and species and stay focussed on what you want to achieve.
This time of year is always a bit of a mixed bag. The other day I was doing some bottom bouncing out wide for pearl perch when I saw a mahi mahi well over a metre long cruising past the boat. Unfortunately he disappeared before we could present a bait to him, but with the water temperature sitting at 22°C I wasn’t too surprised to see him.
You start to notice it gradually. It’s getting lighter earlier, it’s slowly getting warmer and that lovely sound of the birds chirping at daybreak just seems to be that much louder. Bugs start appearing on the surface of the river, the bat colonies seem to be on the move… everything is coming to life after the winter hiatus.
With increased daylight hours and a warmer sun overhead, water temperatures continue to climb. Aquatic life is in full bloom – thick and luscious weed beds wave back and forth in water currents and waves, occasionally exposing shrimp and baitfish to the finned predators lurking nearby. All you see is a flash of silver or gold as another hapless shrimp or baitfish becomes dinner. Overhanging branches shade the water’s surface, dropping the occasional struggling insect, and the tell-tale rings on the water tell you nature is at work. It’s great to watch if you take the time to sit back and observe it.
We got the most rain ever, now the most sun ever. I don’t care as long as it’s the most fish ever! And at this stage it is looking pretty good.
We’re getting right into the swing of spring here on the northern beaches, with both the in season and late season species still on the chew. If this keeps up we’re all going to be in for a cracker summer.
The Mighty Bonanza Fishing Competition, run by the Tomakin Sports and Social Club, certainly lived up to its reputation this year. All the children present at the weigh-in on Sunday in any category got something to take home, whether it was a prize, or a free hand-out of vouchers and fishing equipment. There were beaming happy faces all round.
Typical Coffs region climate means that this month we can expect warm to hot days with water that’s only just beginning to warm up. November is typically when things start to get into the warm season swing. The cicadas begin to fire up, northeast sea breezes starts to kick in and storms become a bit more frequent.
Somerset Dam again had the opportunity to showcase its big bass credentials during the BASS Megabucks tournament presented by Edge Rods.
Not being Nostradamus or a fortune teller, predicting when and where the yellas will fire up in and around Lake Mulwala this spring is only an educated guess at best.
Bluefin Boats are synonymous with quality and attention to detail. The Tournament Drifter Pro 455 is a testament to their company motto of ‘Built with Pride’ and, as 4-5m sized aluminium lure fishing vessels go, it has few peers.
Anglers fishing the Merimbula region are in for some serious fun with both offshore and estuary fishers getting among some quality fish.
It's a cracking time of year to fish our local estuaries with most species on the fang. It really depends on what species you want to target and how, but anglers are catching plenty on both bait and lures.
Whittley Marine Group of Melbourne have turned out some very desirable boats throughout the last couple of decades.
The river has been running a bit dirty around Mildura for the past month or so, making lure fishing very difficult in the main parts.
We’re deep into spring and the local waterways are producing some great opportunities, with water temperatures rising, the yellowbelly have been very aggressive and striking both lures and bait.
November is a busy month for trout anglers in the Snowy Mountains. Since the environmental water releases down the Snowy River in October, the lake has been pretty stable and is looking great for all methods of trout fishing.
Over the last decade or more, the variety of plastics on the Australian market has exploded to the point where we are now spoilt with options.
With the rise in efficiency and reliability of modern outboards, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there was only one option for powering your trailerboat. But the outboard isn’t the solution for every single fishing or boating situation. Petrol and diesel sterndrive motors are available in plenty of configurations and horsepower combinations in the smaller (<300hp) sizes.
Last edition of QFM we looked at the standard Albright knot. This month we look at a couple of variations.
Almost all fish all around the world eat or will eat crabs, prawns and shrimps at some stage in their life cycle and if this is understood properly by anglers, we can use it to our advantage to catch more fish!
The Bowen Family Fishing Classic and Wet Weekend is over again for another year but all visiting and local anglers had a blast.
What a cracker year for weather we are having here in the bay with so many weekends of 5-10 variables and the Labour day long weekend a glass out! Let's hope it continues!
The saltwater barra are now off limits until 1 February next year and if the barra bite up to now is anything to go by, then after the opening things should really kick off.
Well, that’s my first Flathead Classic done and dusted. Although the fishing was extremely tough, we managed to have a great time, meet some great people and catch a few fish!
It seems that the freshwater scene has fired up just about everywhere. The bass have been biting, golden perch are going crazy, Murray cod are whacking lures and the barra are on the move.
We've been lucky enough to get a solid break in the weather, which in turn allowed for a good run of charters.
Two months of spring has now past and it’s really starting to heat up, with the days getting longer and water temperatures rising. Add the humidity and the barra closed season and its jack time!
As we draw closer towards the final months of the year, the back end can start to be quite a hectic time for most of us.
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