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Full tide bream fishing

Andrew Badullovich | First Published: February 2014   »  Feature Articles / New South Wales /

There are many ways to attack a day’s fishing in an estuary, especially if your chosen location is tidal. There are some tried and true theories that stipulate when the fishing is at its best, and these theories are typically governed around a tide change. For example, fishing the main channel of a particular system on the last hour of the run-out tide should see you score results.

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Victorians dominate Tallowa kayak event

Tag | First Published: February 2014   »  Regular Features / Tournaments /

The first round of the Hobie Kayak BASS Series was held at Tallowa Dam, nestled among the undulating hills in Kangaroo Valley approximately 30 minutes west of the small village.

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Chase the Mulwala legends

Tony Bennett | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Yarrawonga /

With things starting to settle down and resemble some sort of normality after a hectic Christmas/New Year period, it's time to get back in the boat and attack the home of the Murray cod, Lake Mulwala. Traditionally, January through to May is your prime time to be chasing the Mulwala legends and there is no time better than the present.

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Touchy about temperature

Gary Brown | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Sydney South /

Many anglers fall into the trap of thinking that every time they go fishing they should catch a bag limit of fish to take home. When you think about it, if you were lucky or good enough to catch your NSW limit of 20 bream, 20 sand whiting or even 10 dusky flathead, that would be a lot of fish. Do you really need to keep that many? Fishing should be about more than just aiming to catch your limit, surely.

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Don’t miss a day

Greg Clarke | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Illawarra / Illawarra /

The best piece of advice I can give you right now is this: Don’t miss a day because you will probably regret it. It doesn’t matter what you chase, there is something out there for you.

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Boat test: 485 Mako Cat by Alf Stessl

Greg Clarke | First Published: February 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The waters around the Australian coastline offer some of the most consistently uncomfortable ocean conditions in the world. There are solid southeasters along Queensland and southwesters in Victoria and SA – and then there is Tassie. You don’t want to take that on in a small boat, particularly a mono hull.

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Big results in small streams

Wayne Dubois | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Batlow /

No matter what your target species is, the best fishing in February will be had at cooler times of the day – dawn, dusk and night. Avoiding the middle of the day in summer isn’t something that only humans do. Fish also feel uncomfortable in the middle of very hot days and will seek deep water or hide on the shady side of any structure, making them very hard to entice.

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Scorching hot fishing

Gary Earl | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Central Coast / Hunter Coast /

Scorching weather and warm waters will make the fish run and hit our area this month. The weather is also making anglers run for the shade, as we have had some extreme heat in the past 2 months. Nobody minds too much though, because the fishing has been scorching hot as well.

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Easy to catch a feed

Billy Gillon | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / Port Stephens /

February traditionally has high boat traffic and crowded ramps, but it’s a great time to fish the area. Angling up a feed should be relatively easy, whether it be fish or crabs, and as the month goes on things should only get better with the warmer currents pushing down.

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Top lake turns it on

Stuart Hindson | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far South Coast / Merimbula /

Despite the increased boat traffic that both the Merimbula and Pambula Lakes have copped over the last few weeks, it amazes me how both these systems still produce the goods. Some cracking fish have been caught this year.

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Solid fish on the prowl

Stuart Hindson | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / South Coast / Narooma /

Narooma and its surrounds have copped their fare share of boat traffic lately, but with quite a few visitors finishing their holiday it just may be the time to get out there and wet a line.

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Keeping your cool

Stephen Booth | First Published: February 2014   »  Feature Articles / New South Wales /

Whether you’re on your annual pilgrimage or just heading out for the day, keeping things like drinks, food and your catch cold are important considerations. I have traditionally grabbed a bag of party ice and dumped it over my drinks in the cool box, then used the same box to keep the catch, but is this good enough?

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Quality fish move in

Brent Kirk | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / South West Rocks /

Summer is in full swing and the fishing and weather are heating up. After weeks of northeasterly winds holding cold green water in close, we have had a few successive southerly winds bringing nice, warm blue water and quality fish with them.

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Take the kids out fishing

Peter Le Blang | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Pittwater /

Over the last month the weather has been sporadic and so has the fishing.

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Wrangling the wrath of summer

Rod Mackenzie | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Robinvale /

The Murray River continues to fish well as we head into the full wrath of summer and its relentless heat.

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Defying predictions

Scott McAuliffe | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Wagga Wagga /

Nobody had predicted seeing so many quality Murray cod coming out of our local rivers and dams. Since mid-December we have experienced some of the best fishing in over a decade.

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A fishing explosion

Craig Mcgill | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / Sydney Harbour /

Unseasonal 22.5ºC water and wall-to-wall pencil slimies is a recipe for a fishing explosion here in Sydney. The huge nutrient load, courtesy of 2 very wet years, is finally paying off. I can safely say that I have never seen anything even close to the current slimy mackerel mass out there right now.

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The winds of change

Dave Mclean | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Maitland /

So far this year the weather hasn’t as hot as last year, so the water temps have started to fall. However, this has actually improved the fishing, and also made it more comfortable.

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Hurray to the Murray

John Menhennett | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Mildura /

River levels have fallen and are back in their banks. Flows are to a minimum and water clarity is good enough for catching good fish on lures. This year is gearing up to be a fantastic summer of fishing around Mildura, particularly for the iconic Murray cod in the mighty Murray River.

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Natives are firing on lures

Ian Page | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Moama /

The summer is well under way with some great weather, and our native fish are really firing.

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Fish on the move

Ian Pereira | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / Harrington /

February is the time when great changes occur in the movements of the fish populations in the Manning River. The big female flathead are still in the lower parts of the estuary and some of them still have to spawn. The smaller fish are spread out in all parts of the river and its tributaries right up to where the freshwater begins.

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Calm after the chaos

Ben Pilch | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far North Coast / The Clarence /

January is usually pretty busy in Iluka, as it’s smack bang in the middle of the holidays. With the increase in recreational boat traffic through the day, early starts have been essential to get some peace and quiet at your favourite shallow water spot. But February should see things calm down somewhat.

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Always chasing rainbows

Bryan Pratt | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Canberra /

Something is terribly wrong with the rainbow trout in the Snowy Mountains lakes – there aren’t any.

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Billfish on the bucket list

Darren Redman | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / South Coast / Bermagui /

If marlin fever has ever taken hold of you and you just ‘gotta’ have one, well this February is primed! Now is the heart of the season, so let’s go get some. Stripes, blues and blacks are all there following the many schools of baitfish.

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The crowds have gone

Darren Redman | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far South Coast / Tathra /

The Christmas holiday period around Tathra is a good party time for all to enjoy, but if you’re after serious fishing in a quieter environment, now is the time to be here. Things go pretty quiet around here in February but the fishing is great. Whether you like going out to sea, bobbing around in an estuary or fishing from the shore, now is a perfect time to capitalize on the warm weather and water temps.

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Get down and score high

Jason Scerri | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Central Coast / Swansea /

We are now well into 2014 and it’s shaping up to be a great year for those anglers lucky enough to fish Lake Macquarie. The water temps are right up there now, and so are the catch rates. Fishing is great regardless of where you’re fishing; inside and offshore are both producing the goods and plenty of fish are also on offer for shore-based anglers.

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Big bream come out on top

Dave Seaman | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Mid North Coast / Forster /

At this time of year it’s not uncommon for many anglers to be tucked away, up a creek or river enjoying the explosion of life that has developed over the summer months.

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The agony of choice

Dan Selby | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Sydney / The Hawkesbury /

What a summer we have had on the Hawkesbury! Great weather and good catches of bream, whiting, flathead and mulloway in the estuary, quality bass feeding on the surface in the sweetwater and some cracking pelagics around the headlands and bays.

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Smack the red devil jack

David Solano | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Far North Coast / The Tweed /

February fishing on the Tweed is all about the jacks, and boy it’s been a good season so far; well, maybe not for me, but my mates having been smashing them! The weather is really warming up so it’s only going to get better.

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Things that go bump in the night

Glen Stewart | First Published: February 2014   »  Area Articles / New South Wales / Freshwater / Lithgow-Oberon /

The month of February can be a hot one – surface water temperatures in the lower altitude native fish dams, such as Wyangala and Burrendong, are typically in the high 20s at this time. Higher altitude trout lakes, such as Oberon and Thompsons Creek Dam, will be a little cooler.

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