Warm Waters Bring Hot Bite
  |  First Published: November 2010

We are having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave!

I can’t remember another time when the water temperature offshore here hit 22ºC well before November. But since early October that’s what the temperature has been offshore.

Considering it is normally early December before we see that sort of temperature, forecasting a very early mackerel run doesn't seem so far fetched.

Perhaps those small black marlin, mahi mahi and wahoo that have given us a wide berth the last two summers might just pay us a visit this season.

I was around 21km off Sandon a couple of weeks back and the water was just on 21ºC. There were flyingfish and sauries all around us and it looked like perfect water and conditions for yellowfin tuna and maybe a striped marlin, but unfortunately we only had deep jigging tackle on board.

Best of all the warm water isn’t just confined to the ocean; the river is warming up nicely too.

Already we are hearing reports of good catches of whiting on surface lures, and there has been the odd giant herring and trevally mixed up with them.

The warm water has given the local prawn population a growth spurt, couple this with a few small clean freshes that have made there way down the river, and we are starting to see the fish condense to the bottom half of the river.

The conditions for the local mulloway population to be hunting in large numbers haven’t been this good for many years.

All the likely spots including the Middle Wall, Oyster Channel Bridge, Browns Rocks and the reefs around Maclean and outside the Broadwater will be worth a look.

Remember to chase the tide and don't work an area over before slack water.

The first run of big breeding flathead have shown up in the bottom of the river. The middle wall, Collis wall, the Skids and Browns rocks area will all see the big lady lizards in good numbers in November.

Mud crabs have started to rise from their winter slumber and good numbers were caught in the deeper water around Brushgrove in October.

By November the bottom of the south arm at Maclean, and the north arm between Maclean and Woombah will be producing the goods.

North Coast Weed

Industry and Investment NSW has commenced a freshwater weed awareness program targeting recreational fishers.

Water weeds are invasive plants that threaten the recreational value of our water bodies. Water weeds form large floating mats, dense submerged thickets or extensive stands along the bank.

They create poor water quality conditions affecting the diversity and abundance of fish and other aquatic life. Heavy infestations restrict watercraft navigation and access to sites for fishers.

Fishers and boaters can spread water weeds. Propellers and anchors can cut plants into fragments and plants hitchhike between water bodies by attaching to boats, trailers and fishing gear. A single plant fragment can start a new infestation.

In the Clarence River and its tributaries there are infestations of the floating water weeds salvinia and water hyacinth and of the submerged weeds egeria, parrots feather and cabomba. Infestations of alligator weed, an emergent water weed, are also present in the Wilsons and Richmond rivers.

You can help reduce the spread of water weeds and prevent new incursions by:

Inspecting and removing any plants from watercraft, trailers and all equipment before leaving a site or launching at a new site.

Learning to recognise water weeds. Be observant for new or unusual weeds.

Avoid accessing water bodies in infested areas and if in an infested area avoid running the engine through weeds.

Report suspicious infestations to your local council weed officer or I&I NSW on 1800 680 244 or email --e-mail address hidden--

They’re Back!

If you have been in this fishing game for as long as I have, you get to see lots of products come and go.

When I was a teenager cutting my teeth on the bass on the upper Nepean River around Camden, or flicking small Celta style lures in the Goodradigbee River at Wee Jasper, my absolute favourite brand of fishing line was Toray.

It was the first Japanese line I had ever used, it was very supple, so it lay very well on my tiny Mitchell spinning reel. It cast light lures a mile, no inexplicable bust-offs, and the funky orange colour made me stand out in the crowd (a very important attribute for a teenager).

Toray line disappeared off the shelves of my local tackle shop and never returned. I never asked why, I just assumed they had closed down so I moved on to other mainstream brands.

Well my assumption was wrong, they certainly did not close down and they have not been sitting on their hands all this time either. North Coast based wholesaler, Fish Tec Solutions has picked the agency and hit the ground running.

The product range has expanded considerably, as you would expect from a company that has been around as long as Toray. It now includes a selection of some of the finest braids you will ever cast and a range of fluorocarbon for both spinning and leader purposes.

Toray have even retained the Solaroam branding that I loved all those years ago.

If you are a connoisseur of fine braids and fluorocarbon Toray has got you covered, we have good stock available in store and through our website, www.shakeandbake.com.au.

For all the latest info call us at the shop, Big River Bait & Tackle, 0266451834 or drop in and see us.

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