This year has been the best at Ninety Mile Beach I can remember and if next season is a half as good as this one, I will be a happy camper.
I hate the end of trout season, however the long weekend allowed us to see some good catches of fish and, with some well-timed rain, there were plenty of good trout and bass caught in Gippsland.
Those who fish Mcloughlins Beach regularly in the colder months would know May and June is when the big salmon enter our south Gippsland estuaries, and sure enough, the salmon played by the rules and turned up again right on cue.
The reason I like chasing flathead in shallow water is because, being in my teens and with no access to a car, I can walk or even ride my bike to some shallow sand flats near home and have a great time fishing. Many healthy estuary systems with nice flowing current and sand flats make perfect habitats for flathead. Walking the flats to find the fish can take up a full day’s fishing pretty easily.
With the water temperature finally dropping, the winter species we look forward to every year are on the increase.
It is often said that hot smoking may be man’s oldest method of flavouring meat and fish. Not so vintage but time proven nonetheless, I’ve been using a smoke oven for the best part of 20 years.
With the cold weather, Mackay anglers can look forward to some great fishing if the weather cooperates. Mackay’s winters are fairly mild, with temps usually in the low teens and the odd night down into single figures. Days can be either very windy or, all too rarely, simply glassed out, providing ideal conditions for fishing. Those glassed out days give small boat anglers plenty of chances to tangle with migrating snapper as they come close inshore to breed.
Townsville has embraced the coming of winter this year, which has brought on some great fishing around our city’s waterways.
As the cooler weather sets in, along with the rain that flushed out the canals a few months ago, it's a good time to head out into our canals. Big bream, whiting, tailor, trevally, plenty of mullet and the odd flathead will fill our bags this month.
Another pretty good run of weather allowed us quite a few trips offshore.
With the purchase of my new 58’ game boat I’ve finally got into using a centre rigger on a regular basis. It is nice not to have to put a 50 wide outfit on strike drag in the t-top rod holder and then having to try to pull it out while a wahoo is screaming drag after hooking up.
What’s that sound? Oh yes, it’s my teeth chattering! Call me dramatic but you could easily mistake South East Queensland as the North Pole with this sudden onset of cold weather that has left Brisbanites diving into cupboards for their winter woolies.
If you’ve complained about the mackerel season we’ve just experienced, you’re certainly hard to please as there were plenty caught right along the coast. As I mentioned in an earlier report, there were lots of smaller fish caught and that’s probably the result of a couple of good spawning seasons. The end result will be continuing good stock numbers and some solid models coming past our part of the coast during the next couple of years.
The water temperature has remained high throughout autumn and as things slowly cool and the East Australian Current slows down, there should be some great fishing off the Gold Coast. There will be a mix of winter and summer fishing for both pelagic and bottom fish.
After a lengthy but healthy wet season we’re now settling into our beautiful tropic winter stretch. The days are generally very appealing and it’s a fantastic time to head to the reef if the winds allow.
The Isisford Barcoo Recreational Fishing Club invites you to their annual fishing competition, on the banks of the Barcoo River at the good old ‘Oma Waterhole’. It will be held on the weekend of 27-28 July, 2014.
In one of the year's busiest periods, island visitors were keen to make the most of the long weekend with many extending through the following week to the next long weekend. At Inskip Point, long queues of vehicles waited for barges for the short trip to the island while at River Heads extra barges were needed to cope with the demand for transport to the western coast of the island.
As things start to cool down and the days start becoming shorter there will be plenty of new species to target. You will find that the offshore reefs will become easier to fish as the current starts to slow and the sea will start to get calmer.
The signs of a cracking pelagic season have been extremely positive leading up to June with the Spanish mackerel showing up in big numbers already out wide.
Many offshore anglers believe in the saying that offshore fishermen are only as good as their fishing spots. As a result, it’s often the fishing spot or the skipper’s collection of secret marks which get the credit for a sensational catch.
Claiming a world first, Mitsubishi has released its 2014 Outlander PHEV as the first plug-in hybrid SUV. Smart marketing has seen the new Outlander PHEV introduced to a market that’s clamouring for SUVs yet with the added bonus of electric power to minimise fossil fuel usage. It’s a great concept and has the potential to make the Outlander PHEV ideal for a lot of families living and working in the city.
The Solitary Islands Game Fishing Club held its fourth Heavy Tackle Challenge recently, with 20 boats fishing under near perfect conditions. The water colour and temperature, so often the key to good offshore fishing, was more than adequate, and the current had eased up appreciably so it was possible to work a known hotspot without vanishing down the coast.
Watts Reef is where all the action has been happening in recent weeks. It hasn’t been uncommon to go out on this reef and catch big bluenose bream to 1.5kg. It does rough up in any sort of weather, but it’s easy to get to and the fishing has been really good. The best time to fish has been on the run-up tide, and the best bait has been live nippers.
Nestled on the banks of the Maroochy River in Maroochydore, right in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, is the fabulous Maroochy Palms Holiday Village. At a mere 5km from the Maroochydore CBD and very handy to the Sunshine Coast airport, Maroochy Palms blends old fashioned customer service with some of the best modern facilities to be found within any holiday park on our coastal strip. A 4.5 star rating will come as no surprise to anyone staying there.
Without the customary summer floods our South Queensland impoundment bass have been confined to quarters. There’s been none of that ducking over the dam wall to take a look at what lies beyond! Populations remain stable, impoundment edges remain much unchanged so flyfishing for these great fighting fish isn’t too difficult.
I love the ingenuity that North Queenslanders display. They have to deal with a lot of interesting situations, not the least being cyclones and rain that will swell rivers in hours. But the crazy anglers up that way still manage to get out fishing more often than not and the team at The Tinnie Shack in Mission Beach is a case in point.
The Capricorn coast is fishing as well as ever at present. Because of the drop in rainfall from the big wets of previous years and the Fitzroy not pumping massive quantities of freshwater into the bay, it has given the bay the opportunity to clean up a bit. This has bought back the big bait schools that travelled wide avoiding the almost fresh dirty water.
The fishing in May has been nothing short of spectacular and going by current weather patterns it looks like June will be the same.
The winter species are in full swing with some amazing reports of quality snapper and other reefies being caught right across the many reefs on the Sunshine Coast. The weather came on with a cold front that nearly froze everyone and, with that, everything changed around the area. The good news is that the fish are in close at the moment so long trips in the cool night air can be avoided if you know the spots to target.
It's time to get ready for winter and as we live in paradise that really isn't such a big ask is it? In fact, I can't remember the last time I wore a pair of long pants to work during the day, and even on the water in Bundaberg you have to strip of any warm layers you have on by 8am anyway. So now we have established we really live in a great part of the world what can we expect this month?
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