The calm winter weather we wait all year for has been interspersed with a decent share of windy conditions, but we have managed to get in a few offshore trips.
This month brings a seasonal change we all love to see as we start to exit our cooler months to welcome the pleasant spring conditions we have grown to love as anglers in the South East.
Fraser Island is an experience we should all treat ourselves to at least once. However, for many people the thought of camping pushes this experience down a few places on the bucket list. It’s a shame because there are great accommodation options available for non-campers. If you enjoy the creature comforts of a soft bed, warm shower and a comfortable place to get out of the elements, read on.
The Fraser Coast is one of the few places you can experience some of the most amazing natural experiences in one location. Blessed with the Great Sandy Strait, Fraser Island and the Mary River, the Fraser Coast is considered by many to be the fishing capital of Australia.
August is known for strong westerly breezes, but it is also known for red-hot snapper fishing just east of the South Passage Bar.
August is traditionally a month that’s produces great fishing both in and offshore, with plenty of options everyone who wants to get out and have a crack at either getting a feed or just having some fun catching and releasing.
Dry July – I couldn’t do it and neither could the rain! We have seen some more showery rain this month along with the persistent strong winds. However, we have had some glamour days out on the water, which have resulted in some great fishing.
The Spanish mackerel have been turning up in good numbers and good sizes and this will continue this month until the water starts to warm up. Some of the stories will amaze you, and one in particular would be hard to believe without all the witnesses! A first-timer put his boat in at the point boat ramp and, not knowing where to go, decided he would troll a lure for a barramundi. He headed straight down the middle of the river channel and wouldn’t have gone 250m before his lure got hammered...
The start to the Dry season fishing in the tropics got off to an indifferent start, particularly in the weather department. The month of June proved to be 1 of our wettest months for the year and conditions were not ideal. However, as we entered the month of July we settled into more normal conditions and for the most part it was quite pleasant.
Well, there's been plenty happening for us over the last month, and the biggest news for us has been the purchase of the Pro Tackle store in Townsville. Combining the 2 stores will ensure our growth and ability to deliver the best available service in the area. It's an exciting time, and allows us to continue previous owner Peter Hazard’s legacy of community support and keeping the old school tackle store alive and thriving.
A mild Monduran winter had been the trend until our first cold snap half way through July, but this hasn’t stopped the barra from biting.
An offshore fishing trip to Fraser Island dishes up plenty of challenges when it comes to actually getting there, but there’s spectacular scenery on the way and magnificent fishing when you arrive.
If you were to ask me where I’d like to go fishing tomorrow, Fraser Island would instantly pop into my mind. It’s given me a lifetime of good memories and good fishing and hopefully many more to come. I’m sure countless other anglers and their families would feel the same way I do – Fraser is just one of those unique places and it’s virtually on Brisbane’s back door.
How good it is to be at Stanage. To live here, work here, and be part of enjoying the gift of freedom.
With the great fishing we had last month, August is set to follow suit, with a great winter season continuing on. Reports of great fishing in southern Moreton Bay keep rolling in, from squid and bream to mulloway and snapper. There is plenty out there at the moment to keep everyone happy. The boat ramps have been jam-packed most weekends and it seems that there are a lot of anglers out there getting stuck into the fish.
In our journey up the east coast of Fraser Island we reached Happy Valley. We will take a break this month and return to our journey north as far as Dundubara in the September issue.
It’s no surprise that more and more keen anglers are venturing up to the tropical north to tick the jungle perch off the bucket list!
If you’re planning a Fraser trip, remember that any vehicle destined for the island needs to be a high clearance off-road 4WD in good condition ready for its adventure. There is really no place for low clearance all wheel drives on the island.
If there is one supreme family of fish it would have to be the Lutjanids. With a lineage that includes, red emperor, saddle tail snapper and mangrove jack, the Lutjanid family would be hands down one of the most popular target species for anglers in Australia and throughout the world.
Bass on fly tackle are a no brainer these days. When things are tough on the bass championship circuit, anglers often resort to the fly to take out line honours, proving that it’s indeed an effective method. Still, we anglers are always keen to catch a bigger fish rather than just average ones, and that’s what this article is about. If it works for the competition angler it can work for you.
The cold spell we were after has turned up big time. The winter, we never had, has changed dramatically in recent weeks and it has brought on the usual winter suspects in quantity. The cooler temps bring fish into the shallower areas around the islands that you normally have to travel wide to find.
Anglers getting out on the water over the coming month will be met with plenty of options in the angling stakes. A good range of species will be caught throughout Moreton Bay waters during August, but historically it can be a reasonably windy month with plenty of westerly direction, however with weather patterns all over the place of late, anything could be on the cards.
The cooler months are a great time to catch bream throughout Southern Queensland and even further afield. The larger specimens arrive en masse into the estuaries to breed. Savvy anglers take the opportunity to target them in the creeks, rivers, canals and even along the beaches during this period.
Our winter season has been a cracker, with a broad range of species on offer from the inside reefs to the outer systems.
It’s certainly turning into a windy and wet winter that’s for sure. The grass has not had a chance to go brown this year with a lot of coastal shower activity and some big periods of gusty southeast trade winds.
The breeding season is just getting underway and the lizards should be feeding up. Now is the best time to target big flathead that can grow to in excess of 1m and are a fish of a lifetime. Just remember all large flathead over 75cm have to be released, so if you do catch one try to handle her with care and release her safely back to the water.
Sustainability comes to Brisbane! We have been monitoring mulloway over the last couple of years and now it’s time to take the next step in helping them along.
With the conditions during July far better than months previous, this month should be fantastic for fishing the vast fish species Rockhampton and surrounds has to offer.
August and September can be amongst the two nicest months to live and travel in Cape York, with cool nights and warm days. Although trade winds might puff in the afternoons, there are often morning pockets of fantastic conditions. Coral reefs are super clear at this time of year. Coupled with neap tides, the reef lagoons and coastal flats of Cape York’s east coast are typically postcard clear.
The north westerly winds will start to blow in August, making fishing tough on the wider grounds, but the inshore quite pleasant. A lot of the snapper action will coincide with their spawning run from the 18f reef line all the way out to the 36s.
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