The lure of Lake Wendouree is large as it is certainly one of a few waters in the district that has really started to fire up as we move through the autumn months and slowly crawl into the cold old days of winter.
Welcome to the first month of winter, which can get very cold down at Bemm River! Don’t let the cold keep you indoors, make sure you rug up and experience some of the great fishing that still goes on in winter.
It’s been another great month of fishing off the surf and perhaps the best fishing we have seen this season, but as the water temperature cools we will see an influx of cold water species such as the Australia salmon.
The fishing closure for trout is upon us and while most anglers will be gearing up to chase the large trout in the lakes, there are still a few bass poking around in the lakes and rivers. However, with recent news, we have to talk about the Hazelwood Pondage barramundi stocking! More on that later.
A slight drop has brought the water temperature back to optimal fishing temperatures and last month we saw everything from gummies to kingfish caught in good numbers.
Clark Aluminium boats are an iconic brand manufactured in Queensland. They produce all manner of boats, from car toppers to offshore vessels. I recently visited Lake Mulwala on the border of New South Wales and Victoria to test a boat designed specifically for the sportsfishing market – the Clark Dominator 455 side console.
Melbourne’s Peter Smith is living the Australian dream. He lives in Melbourne, is retired after running a successful business and now spends his time travelling around Australia with wife Caroline in his customised Whittley, treating his boat as others would a caravan – providing a home away from home on some of the most beautiful and remote parts of the country.
Streaker Marine – a Melbourne dealer for iconic Cruise Craft Australian made trailer boats – had a fairly simple goal with this EX 685 HT. To set up the ultimate snapper fishing boat and display it at the 2016 Melbourne Boat Show.
I first saw a Robalo Cayman 206 at the Melbourne Boat Show in 2015. Like a lot of other patrons, I thought, ‘man, I could take that to some pretty awesome places and catch some kick-ass fish out of it.’ Seriously.
Competitors were greeted with cloudy skies for the first round of the 2016 Bluefin/ePropulsion BASS Electric Series. Throughout the session anglers were subjected to numerous squalls, but this did nothing to dampen the mood of what was a fantastic event. Anglers that adapted to these conditions reaped the rewards, with 41 bass brought to the scales with an average weight of 705g – a fantastic average for this fishery.
For Willow Tree’s Mitchell Cone, October last year at Glenbawn was both a day of heartbreak and joy. Joy that his long-time friend and camping partner Peter Phelps had just punched his ticket to the USA as the 2015 ABT BASS Pro Grand Final winner, and heartbreak as he relinquished his overnight lead, struggling to find the big bites that had come so easily in sessions one and two.
ABT stalwart Mark Lennox has claimed his second victory at Lake St Clair, taking out the Haswing Lake St Clair BASS Pro event, the second stop on the BassCat BASS Pro Series 2016.
The beaches around Ballina have had some great activity over the last month. Tailor have been showing up in very consistent numbers with the best spots being out the front of Boundary Creek and along the front of the Broadwater Rocks.
May is the real start of the big cod on surface season at Copeton. As the water cools and overnight temperatures start to drop towards zero, the big fish come out to play!
The Labour Day long weekend in March saw the Austackle Lakes Entrance Flathead Classic held for its third year. Run by the Lakes Entrance Game and Sport Fishing Club, the event, as the name suggests, targets flathead in the waterways of Lakes Entrance and Lake Tyers.
Flyfishing has a reputation for being a mysterious and difficult art, mostly practiced by crusty, pipe-smoking old toffs in tweed jackets resplendent with leather elbow patches… But the times have indeed changed! These days, flyfishing has largely been demystified, and it’s no longer solely about catching trout!
This month is great for fishing in general. With cool conditions with mild autumn days, I find that it is not too draining because of the heat and not too cold yet. The water temperature is still nice with that 20°C average making it attractive for virtually all species.
The powers that warned every man and their dog in the land to avoid all blue green algae affected waterways had little education behind their poorly planned advisory campaign. What they forgot to tell us is that it does not affect the fishing or the fish themselves – fish have lived in it for millions of years
Well the blue marlin have finally arrived and right on cue for the Solitary Islands Game Fishing Club’s Heavy Tackle Challenge.
There are drummer everywhere, with a few bream, luderick and trevally mixed in for those who have ventured out onto the rocks. Off the beaches, there are still plenty of whiting taking beach worms and pink nippers, while in the estuaries of Southern Sydney there are luderick in just about all the usual spots.
May means we have hit the transition period between the hectic hot bites of summer and autumn and must now brace ourselves for the colder and slower more sedate activities that winter brings.
The Iluka region has experienced excellent weather over the last month, with an accompaniment of fantastic fishing – especially offshore, on the beaches and headlands. The Easter weekend and school holidays saw a busy tourist influx, with very kind weather conditions and many happy anglers.
The weather might be cooling right off but the freshwater fishing in the greater Batlow area is just getting hotter. There are so many fishing options this month it is hard to choose where to fish or what species to target. Big Murray cod are starting to feed hard before the long winter ahead, trout are starting their spawn runs and redfin will be starting to form massive pre-spawn schools.
The big news is the hairtail have returned in huge numbers and are filling up the waters in Newcastle. Nobody knows a lot about these eel lookalikes, as they only turn up once every now and again, and it’s probably been over four years since the last time we have had them move in.
May is one of my favourite times of the year to fish for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s a lot cooler; the water temperature is dropping and you can use a variety of lures and techniques. lf we get an early start to winter, usually after the first frost, fish will start to move to the edge or will sit shallow. This is when we cast paddle-tail plastics. Some of the popular ones are Keitech Easy Shiners in 2” and 3”, Keitech Swing Impacts in 2” and 3”, Sliders in 3” or 1.5”, and Ecogear 3” Power Shads.
With the school holidays, plenty of visitors have come to the far south coast and this time of year is one of the best times to visit. The warm water encourages a variety of fishing options and the weather is still warm. Another month will see the cold winter weather.
The town has recently come alive, with visitors to the area enjoying great weather and a variety of fishing options through the Easter and school holiday period. The past month has seen some action out wide with striped marlin and striped tuna about, and anytime now you can expect the yellowfin tuna to make an appearance.
After a busy Easter period around Merimbula, some sort of normality has returned as the visiting fishos head home. I expect quite a few will have beaming smiles on their faces as the fishing has been excellent over recent weeks, a trend which will continue.
The last few weeks has seen some exceptional fishing around the Narooma region with local and visiting anglers having a ball. Most angling techniques are working a treat, it’s just a matter of what you want to target and how.
Welcome to the fourth and final part of the fish handling series. This month we take you through a critical and concluding step to sophisticated handling. I guarantee you will be taking home premium quality product for the dinner table!
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