The mornings are pretty crisp now, but it’s well worth getting out of bed to chase the plethora of species available on the Fraser Coast at the moment.
It’s nice to think there may be a ‘silver lining’ for the small coastal town of 1770 after the recent serious marine incident.
The spicy (Schezuan pepper) and briny (freshly ground salt) flavours partner beautifully with baby octopus.
As I put this article together we have had our first little taste of winter with overnight temps dropping to around the mid-teens, but our daytime temps are still in the mid 20s, so we really are pretty spoilt here in paradise.
July is prime time for a large range of species, and also the time of year where the bait is most active on the Gold Coast.
We had quite a big rain event in Southeast Queensland last month. This dumped plenty of rain along the coast but failed to influence water levels at most dams. Lake MacDonald, Ewen Maddock and Hinze were all full after the rain but the rest had only minor rises or no noticeable change at all. This means we can’t blame dirty water for stopping us from wetting a line!
We have had another absolutely fantastic run of weather and fishing in the Rainbow Beach area.
After an extension of summer that some may have called autumn, it’s been quite a pleasant change to have some cool weather. Air temperatures have started to decrease due to westerlies, with the water temperature ever so slowly following the cooling trend. With the westerly winds producing ultra-cloudless days, many anglers have struggled to find fish during the daylight hours. The low-lit hours have taken honours in the ‘ideal fishing time’ stakes.
This past month has been a real mixed bag, as far as the weather and fishing is concerned. On most trips, the snapper numbers have been encouraging. The only time they were hard work was when there was no current or wind moving and we were sitting stationary – no run, no fun!
We’re right in the thick of winter, and this is a great time to be fishing the Gold Coast. The temperatures might be cold, but the fishing action is absolutely red-hot!
We are well into the winter months now and into the annual migration of mammals up our coastline. The annual migration of humpback whales has begun!
With higher than normal temperatures continuing to roll out in the tropics, at the rate we are travelling we could easily bypass the traditional cooler months and be into spring before we know it. Water temperatures in turn are also well above average, which hasn’t deterred the fishing but enhanced it if anything overall.
It’s great when the daytime temperatures drop from the point where you feel like you’re melting, down to where it’s a pleasure to be on the water or walking the banks. Species that were much less active in summer are now making up the majority of inshore lure casters’ and baitfishers’ bags.
Mild winter temperatures through June have produced some great fishing on Monduran. While the majority of barra being caught are around 40-60cm, there have still been some bigger fish hitting the decks.
Hello to all anglers visiting this heavenly part of the world. We recently received some good rainfall here at Plumtree, Stanage Bay. It was low tide when the heavens broke, and the mud crabbers with the good pro pots and fresh bait pulled in good feeds of monster muddies. The water rats are out in force, so be careful not to blame your fellow fishers for cutting your pots to pieces.
Winter definitely took its time, but has finally arrived. The weather is great here in South East Queensland, with some crisp cool mornings and warm days with low wind. The snapper have continued to bite, as they have been over the past few months. This has been fantastic. The cooler weather has fired up the bream, with plenty of big fish around at the moment!
With Fraser Island’s tailor season just about to become serious, a fairly comprehensive tailor article is appropriate. After looking at the prospects of this coming season, I would like to take a look at some historical aspects of this fishery and the way expectations have changed, and how techniques have evolved over the last five decades.
The preparation that goes into any sweetwater mission is always a fun and exciting part of the experience. Before any of my adventures take place, some serious preparation must be done. Not only in deciding what lures to take but it is also vital that safety gear is packed in case things go wrong.
As this issue hits the stands, the cold weather should well and truly moved in. Water temperatures should have dropped a few degrees and the winter species should have moved in. Well, at least that’s what most people think anyway!
Stacer offer a veritable feast of boating experiences these days, from small tender-sized punts and tinnies right up to offshore rigs with all the bells and whistles. It means there’s an alloy boat for virtually all fishing requirements.
It’s hard to beat a trip to far north Queensland in winter. Mild nights, warm days and fish waiting for a chance to slash at a fly make the idea of that trip north very appealing.
As replacement for the Challenger, the new Pajero Sport appears to have taken off from where its predecessor finished and then raised the bar.
Flathead have come on strong, and in the past week there was a large quantity in all of the local estuaries. The majority of these have been fairly big fish with a few oversized girls among them. Flatties are one species that will take any lure within striking range.
You will definitely have the winter woollies out by now for those early morning starts! While cold weather can make the fishing a little less comfortable than usual, the variety of species on offer is refreshing. The snapper run was somewhat delayed this year, but there are decent numbers now being taken throughout Moreton Bay and around the lower reaches of the Brisbane River and the Pumicestone Passage. Other cool weather species that have made their presence known are mulloway, squid, tailor, bream and luderick. Get your casting arm warmed up for some of these beauties.
As the inshore waters cool, anglers who make the effort can be rewarded with quality luderick or blackfish. Not a species that is regularly encountered by chance, specific targeting is required for consistent results.
New fishing targets open up as the temperature drops, and how lucky we are here to have the best of both worlds. Gladstone has ripper summer and winter fishing and now temperatures have dropped enough to play with winter species, it’s time to get out and about.
Wellington Point is approximately 20km southeast of Brisbane. The point itself extends out into Moreton Bay, and is well known for its iconic jetty and seaside village atmosphere. The jetty is a great land-based fishing spot for families and anyone after a bit of light gear fun.
It has been quite a different weather pattern since our rain in March. Ever since then we have had a lot of moist and very windy southeasters, which is the opposite of last year.
One of the best times of year to fish the Pin is during July. Cool clear days, light westerly winds and good water clarity encourage the bream to be on the bite with great catches expected all winter long. Bream are one of the most prolific species throughout the Pin system and are relatively easy to catch, which puts them high on most anglers’ lists.
A nice late May kick to this year’s wet period has seen some decent falls over much of Cape York, especially areas of the mid-west coast and central Cape York. This might give an extra kick to the food web and base flow, igniting some of the Cape’s fish-filled creeks and rivers.
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