August usually means wind but this is not always the case, so we will just have to wait and see.
Even if the westerlies ramp up, they should not deter you from getting out there and chasing a few fish for the dinner plate. I generally target luderick, drummer, silver trevally, leatherjackets, john dory, tailor, salmon and bream during August at spots are out of the wind and when the sun is well and truly up.
I tend to get up a little later in the morning but I make sure that I try to time my session around a change of the tide. It doesn’t seem to matter whether it is low or high tide, as long as there is some movement in the water.
Luderick tend to hang around the edges of the weed beds and along rocky foreshores during the Winter and feed on that long green weed that you would have either brought from a bait shop or have harvested from a stormwater drain or small creek.
Those who prefer to fish for luderick from the ocean rocks tend to use cabbage baits but I prefer to berley with white bread and then use it for bait.
You will be quite surprised at what you can catch with white bread. You just have to remember to only use enough bread to attract the fish, not feed them.
Drummer, silver trevally and bream can be caught using the same bait and berley techniques but you can also use cunje, peeled royal red, Hawkesbury or blue-tailed prawns and strips of squid for bait.
Again, to increase your catch rate, you need to have a steady stream of berley going into the water.
For tailor and salmon, use whole pilchards on 5/0 to 6/0 ganged hooks or try trolling Rapala CD-7 and CD-9 lures along the edges of breakwalls, drop-offs, rocky headlands and washes between 4 and 8 knots.
If this is not to your liking you could always try casting a few metal slugs or some of those new TT Switch blades. I have caught just about everything that has fins on them.
If you like chasing bream and the odd dusky flathead I suggest you head upstream to the shallow flats and mangroves where the bream and flatties seem to hang out in August.
On those windy days I prefer to have two anchors out, one from the bow and one out from the stern to stop the boat moving about and allow my lines to sit at 90° to the boat, preventing the lines from crossing over one another.
Once again, berley will play a big part in whether you go home empty-handed or with a good feed.
I suggest using a leader of 1m to 2m in front of the swivel and sinker when fishing in medium to deep fast-running water and to just have the sinker directly down onto the bait when fishing deep, slower-running water. This will allow your bait to move around more freely and make the fish attack the bait harder, giving you more of a chance of a decent hook-up.
Last, but not least, even in these cooler months you will still need to look after your catch. Bleed your fish and then put them into an ice-saltwater slurry or just put them on ice.
If you have never done this before you will been certainly surprised how tailor and even salmon will taste after you have gone through this process.Reads: 699