March is a period of happiness and sadness for Tasmanian anglers. Happiness for the anglers who rely on warm currents or warm weather as there is still some of that, sadness for those anglers who love their daylight savings as March has the days noticeably shorter working to the date in April when we play with the clocks. Do not despair, as there is still lots and lots to enjoy angling wise.
If you are an offshore angler in Australia and not heard about the broadbill captures in Tasmania you may well reside on the moon. It has lit up those game fishers that know the mystique of the broadbill swordfish.
What a bumper season we are experiencing along this part of the Victorian coast.
It has been an unusual year so far this year as the weather has been all over the place. There hasn’t been the usual run of warm weather, however it doesn’t seem to have effected the fishing too badly.
The next couple of months should begin to see a change in the weather patterns with cooler, calmer days expected. Although we can have some heat early in the month by the end of March we often see a distinct movement toward classic autumn weather patterns. In short, one of my favourite periods of the year for fishing locally!
The Yarra is in quite good condition at the moment, and while the water level may be a little low, optimum water temperature has kept the fish active and biting.
March can be an exceptional month to fish the Glenelg River with continued good weather and plenty of fish on offer.
March is traditionally the start of the peak tuna fishing in the far South West and the 2015 season will be no exception. Early signs have indicated that we are looking at great fishing to come and exciting times for those of us with the ‘tuna addiction’.
Over the summer holiday period there many fishing seminars held for lovers of trout fishing. Designed for anglers of all ages they provided an excellent opportunity for anglers to develop their skills and share their love of angling with others.
Every now and then whilst on a fishing trip something very special happens and recently that's exactly what happened when I was fishing with my mate, Webby.
The fishing at this time of year in the Snowy and Brodribb river estuary systems is excellent, the prawns are still running and are most likely to do so until Easter. The best thing about the prawns is they grow bigger every month, making them more sort after than the fish that have arrived here for their annual feast.
March is a fantastic time to fish for the majestical Murray cod around Sunraysia. Air and water temperatures begin to drop making it more comfortable for both fish and angler. Anglers should change their techniques with the seasons and consider casting lures around timber structure in the hope of a Murray cod over the metre mark.
The productivity in the fishing throughout the summer months has generally been good in the Bendigo region, but the change in seasons brings with it changing conditions.
With some great weather still upon us, now is the perfect time to try some surface lures either early morning or just on dusk as his is a really exciting method of enticing some large cod to attack lures.
It’s hard to believe that we are on the back end of summer and into Autumn, and while the days get a bit shorter and the air begins to cool off, it’s this and the following months that can see some great fishing options for a variety of species.
As the days get shorter and the air begins to cool, Victorian and many other anglers find themselves eagerly awaiting the arrival of huge schools of southern bluefin tuna on the coast of Victoria.
It’s all about the King George whiting in Western Port at the moment and at the top end of the port is a whiting playground. The great thing about this month’s report is that the fish have not been confined to any particular area, which is making the options endless for any angler regardless of where they are launching.
Most of January saw milder than normal weather, which has kept the trout active, and a major downpour in excess of 2” certainly helped maintain water levels in our shallower lakes. In saying that, Lake Elingamite near Cobden had barely 100mm depth at the boat ramp so most craft, except kayaks, are now off limits until the winter rains arrive.
By late January, all of the South West was still under the spell of very late running spring-like weather. Below normal summertime temperatures plus abundant rain and incessant wind put up rather an impenetrable roadblock to anglers.
Redfin and carp are still biting in the Barwon River! As long as the water remains relatively clear, the lure fishing for redfin will remain a priority.
What is this you ask? A lot of anglers in and around the Ballarat district will know it’s time for the return of the black cricket an insect that comes out of the cracks in the ground during the middle of our summer and yes, you guessed it, they are on the trouts’ menu!
As usual, the fishing is firing on all cylinders in The Bemm River. With the entrance still open last month, anglers have been catching plenty of quality bream, trevally and flathead. Luderick have also been on the bite in the channel not far from the Refuge Hut.
With summer being almost non-existent, we have had mild fishing conditions for the most part. The trout have been a little slow but the bass reports have kept coming on strong.
I know it’s a big call, but if you had seen the quantity and average size of the flatties that are being caught down this neck of the woods, you would be saying the same thing.
The first round of the 2015 Atomic Vic Bream Classic Series had everyone excited because it was the introduction of a new tournament arena never before used in the Vic Bream Classic Series.
The South West Anglers Association, after many years of conducting successful closed competitions for club members, have now decided to attempt a public fishing competition.
Southern bluefin tuna scene in Tasmania has always been popular across Australia, but it is really starting to attract some broader attention. This is probably due to social media spreading the word and showing the nation how many cracking reasons to fish Tasmania’s tuna run.
Everyone has been asking where has summer gone, especially after all the dire predictions of a long hot season, but not a great deal has happened.
The season has had its ups and downs but when conditions have allowed there have been some very good results.
March can be one of the most exciting and productive months for spearfishers from right across the state with continuing warm waters and a peak in pelagic species, reef species and southern rock lobster numbers.
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