The typical long cold winter is now behind us so we can look forward to a ripper season, if recent reports are anything to go by.
We are now moving into the spring months and this is typically a time of the year where we can experience many changes within the waterways in the Bendigo region.
Another snapper season is in full swing with plenty of reds being found out in the bay for land-based anglers and those with boats. Best of all, there has been a wide spread of fish with plenty of solid specimens in the shallower areas, as well as the deeper water.
We are well and truly into Westernport’s snapper season now and what an absolute ripper of a start it continues to be.
We have yet again experienced a phenomenal bluefin tuna season with school-sized fish still being caught just several kilometres offshore throughout the month of August and even into September!
Right now is the prime time to get out on our crater lakes and experience nothing short of a trout bonanza.
The next month provides good fishing for estuary perch in the Surf Coast estuaries and, now that we have a fish ladder at the second break in the Barwon River, I wonder how long it will be until we see estuary perch caught further upstream and maybe even around Geelong?
Lake Tyers is open and Pumping! Late August saw the Lake Tyers entrance finally open up to the sea, dropping the water level considerably and giving the system the flush out it desperately needed.
October is the month when we really start to see some major improvements in the weather and with it comes more pleasant conditions for spearfishing.
The Ballarat and district anglers new trout season really kicked off with a bang.
The entrance has recently closed. The fishing has been slow in the past month due to the amount of freshwater entering the lake system as a result of recent heavy winter rains.
The days are ticking by and soon the snapper will begin entering the bays for the late spring and early summer run.
It’s now gummy time at the Ninety-Mile Beach but let’s not forget about the other species such as salmon as they have been around in great numbers over the past month.
It’s all systems go now and when anglers are getting everything from whiting to gummy sharks and big flathead in between, there’s no excuses to not be out there getting stuck into the fish.
The 3-4 May 2014 will be one that will go down in Vic Bream Classic history as one of the worst set of conditions anglers have had to face in the series’ 10 year history.
The weekend of the 14-15 June saw 47 teams make their way to the sleep township of Nelson for the Hobie Bream Classic.
Victoria, along with Queensland, NSW, SA and Tasmania is participating in the southeast regional section of national investigations into the future impacts of climate change on marine environments, fish stocks and fisheries.
Winter has been a cracker, the pelagic fish were about in massive numbers and were hungry and ready to tear things to shreds. September will bring more of the same but the channel will start slowly warming up and the iconic barra will be more willing to open their mouths.
September should see the water temp rise and bring on the jack action, fingers-crossed. Our winter wonders should still be kicking on with snapper still the main target for a little longer yet.
The offshore reefs are really firing up with snapper as the temperature drops and we get that great weather that seems to happen at this time of the year.
A cooler and slightly longer winter than usual has seen good numbers of the typical winter culprits hanging around in good numbers. There are still plenty of bait in both of the local systems and as a result, there has been some decent fishing for the bread and butter species like pikey bream, grunter, flathead and trevally.
The weather was almost perfect again for the 4th and final round of the sooty grunter winter League at Eungella Dam on 19-20 July.
The moderately cool weather this winter has really kicked up the fishing in many areas. All the typical winter species such a bream and flathead are very active, and barramundi are still a good estuary species to successfully target. The systems are full of prawns and smaller baitfish, which is a great sign!
As the seasons change and we move from the grip of a tropical winter, the T-shirts are stored away and we once again reach for our singlet. So what’s in store for us over these next few months as temperatures begin to warm? Read on!
While diving lures and plugs dominate the hand made wooden lure market, I often wonder if the design and construction of sophisticated surface lures is where the cutting edge or lure making is headed.
Winter has finished for another year and it overall ended up being a little quiet. This was mainly due to the water temperature being up around 22ºC instead of the normal 19ºC.
It's time people! The water is warming up and so is the fishing.
We certainly had a melodramatic winter, and it seemed to be one of the longest we’ve had for some time. Several bursts of southern air made their way north, keeping water temperatures well below average for inshore areas. I can’t wait for things to warm up further, and I’m sure there are plenty of northern fishos sharing my exact thoughts. Bring on summer and the awesome fishing that goes with it!
Flathead are the best fish to target in September in the Jumpinpin area. The breeding season is well and truly underway and the lizards should be feeding up. Big flatties can grow to in excess of 1m, which are a fish of a lifetime!
If you live in the Gulf of Carpentaria, or have planned a trip up this way September is your last month on the calendar to chase a barra.
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