The last month has seen the summer species really start to fire up. There have been some great catches of whiting all round. The lower reaches of the river, pretty much from Pimlico Island down have been where the best catches have taken place.
The use of wire trace is one of those necessary evils that anglers must occasionally embrace to target those ‘toothy critters’ that could otherwise easily chop through their lines. Here’s the best way to tackle the need for a little bit of bite insurance.
Peter Phelps (6/6, 7.61kg) has added his name to the select group of anglers who have won an ABT Bass Pro Grand Final. Lake Glenbawn NSW, was the happy hunting ground where Phelps overcame Australia’s best bass anglers to secure the victory. Using all his experience Phelps keyed into a pattern during the pre-fish, and presented a lure that has, until now, been largely synonymous with largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing in the USA.
Whether you’re fishing from rock, beach, or estuary, successful land-based fishing comes down to simply having a plan – where you’re going, tides, conditions, and gear, bait and lures to suit. And you can be fishing in a relatively short time without the fuss of a boat to tow, launch, retrieve and clean down after the trip! The service I provide for my clients is an adventure to some remote spots, where they may enjoy the luxury of fishing and catching a decent fish from the shore and also to catch their favourite species at scenic convenient spots throughout Sydney. With the added bonus, of course of learning new techniques to do it all themselves!
It’s cod season! And that means cod fever down this way. Hand in hand with cod opening goes the iconic Cod Classic fishing tournament, and it’s shaping up to be the biggest ever with the lure of a potential one million dollars on offer for whoever catches ‘Phil’, the specially tagged Murray cod – you would be crazy to miss it.
As far as the start to game fishing seasons go, this one just keeps on giving. When other ports are looking on enviously with green water, cool temperatures and patchy pelagic fishing, Coffs Harbour is still enjoying consistent striped marlin action.
First and foremost I would like to wish all the readers of NSWFM a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I hope that your Santa stockings are filled with plenty of new fishing gear and that you find the time to get out there and enjoy your fishing as much as I do.
If you are looking for an aluminium boat that would be ideal for both fishing in the estuaries and working those close inshore fishing grounds offshore, then the Anglapro Predator 16 centre console with a 4-stroke 100hp Mercury outboard would be definitely worth a look.
It can be feast or famine during December, with the ocean starting to get a good push towards the south as the East Australian current starts to really get going.
The Murray cod season is finally upon us, and if Blowering Dam’s cod continue to fish as well as they have over the last couple of months it should be a cracker of an opening. There has been an amazing catch rate for both golden perch and Murray cod over spring. Hopefully this trend will continue at least for the first part of summer.
Ten or so years ago if one was to talk about a lure angler they would almost instantly think of trollers or anglers trolling lures. Fast forward and sure, trolling is still as popular as ever, but casting lures is now growing in leaps and bounds.
Our region has seen some awesome fishing lately, with a lot of warm water flowing down through our area and some storm systems encouraging some heavy humidity. This means one thing around here and that’s bass – the one fish you can count on in the late afternoon to be on the ball just before a storm hits.
Constant water levels at Glenbawn over the past few years have seen the dam slowly return to its former glory as ‘home of the mega bass.’ When I first arrived here six years ago a 35cm fish was the average, now a 40cm fish is common. Not only have the fish got longer, they’ve also become more diamond shaped with wider shoulders and bigger bellies - a bit like the author.
The past month has seen very little rain on the far south coast with excellent spring weather allowing everyone to get out there and enjoy the area. The warmer weather has seen visitors taking advantage of the quieter times prior to the busy Christmas period.
As we race toward summer, we are seeing very little rain and with the days getting longer and warmer, the visitors are starting to turn up. The months prior saw plenty of rain, and as a result, the water was a lovely shade of mud. The entrance is good and with good flow the system has now cleared right up.
Summer is finally here! Warmer weather plus longer days is an equation that can only equal more time on the water – and I for one can't wait. The increased water temperature is really going to set the fishing on fire in the local estuaries.
Narooma and the surrounding waterways are firing up nicely on the fishing front just in time for the Christmas rush. Narooma's population will triple in size, but that won't bother the fishing fanatics with a smorgasbord of species on offer.
The waterways in and around Canberra are where my love for fishing began. Locations like Lake Burley Griffin, Googong Dam and the Murrumbidgee River hold many fond memories for me both in life experiences, fish caught but they also provided plenty of stories for around the campfire.
December is already here and there is excitement in the air as good warm water pushes down from Queensland and the north coast of New South Wales. With the influx of warm water comes the first run of northern species of fish that inhabit South West Rocks in summer. Black marlin, spotted and Spanish mackerel and mahimahi catches will become consistent from now through to Easter.
With the water continuing to heat up, fishing Lake Burrendong has pescatorial rewards aplenty, and with the end of the cod season, the gloves are off to hunt down the Queen of the basin.
Once again, the kings are back in Pittwater and showing up along our part of the coast. Broken Bay is seeing some surface activity in the mornings, which has given everyone a chance with lures.
Summer is here and the combination of hotter days and warmer water will bring a range of new fishing options to anglers in Port Stephens. Marlin and mahimahi will become more available, whiting numbers will spike on the surf beaches, and the surface bite will start to fire inside the estuary.
The Murray River has experienced a high flush of water in the run-up to the cod opening. This is most certainly an environmental push, and the dirty water has meant that most fish have been caught on bait.
When Fishing Monthly asked me to be part of the Murray cod feature for the December edition, I must say, I got a little excited. So much of last season’s learning had not had time to exit the pen onto paper and this would be the perfect opportunity to share some of the on water action that made last season so memorable.
River levels have been relatively high and dirty during the spring months but have since steadied creating satisfactory conditions for luring. This summer is gearing up for fantastic fishing around Mildura, particularly for those targeting Murray cod in the mighty Murray River.
We love the opportunity to do a bit of head-to-head testing at Fishing Monthly. It puts us in the same position as a customer – what’s the best product for me and my application?
The challenge that a lot of anglers face in their boating life is when they make a family. When you’re young and carefree, you get to buy a boat that gets you to where the fish are. That’s your focus.
No matter what our Christmas budgets are, we all want to give our loved ones presents they’ll actually use. Just don’t forget that the present should also be fun! Your loved one may well use a loo brush, but it’s not a Christmas experience they’ll look back on fondly. And neither will you, seeing as you’ll probably end up being beaten over the head with it.
The past month has definitely been an interesting and rewarding one for all anglers. While the coastal strip has received a bit of rain, the country up river has been in need of a good drenching for the last six weeks. Consequently, the freshwater part of the Manning is clear but water levels are low.
Anglers expecting good fishing in the streams as the trout season opened after a four-month layoff have been disappointed with the outcome in our part of the world. Most streams were in good condition for the opening, with plenty of cover and a good flow of clear, cold water – conditions that should have been excellent right through the region. Unfortunately, it was not to be, with few anglers returning home satisfied from an outing. The fish simply did not show.
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