Christmas and the school holidays are behind us. As we all get back into things and kids are back at school, the crowds have gone and the fish are coming out to play. Copeton has fished very well right through the holidays. Murray cod were consistent. These are the fish that bring people to Copeton. Many anglers were able to tick a beautiful cod off their bucket list through the holidays.
The fat man in the red suit has come and gone and everyone is back at work or school again. Some great times were had on and around the Richmond River over the holidays. Offshore has produced quality fish when able. The 32s are holding snapper of average size and you can pretty much guarantee a good feed. The FADs are holding mahimahi. The bigger models come from the 48s when the tide is really moving. However, the mackerel and marlin have been a bit quiet since Christmas.
Summer time is bass time, and chasing wild bass in our coastal rivers and creeks is an extremely addictive pastime. The natural range of Australian bass includes coastal rivers and creeks stretching all the way from Bundaberg in Queensland to Wilsons Promontory in Victoria.
It’s the last month of summer and the most humid month as well! I’m glad the holidays are finally over for most. This gives anglers some peace and quiet, rather than fishing spots inundated with holidaymakers.
The smoke’s cleared from the New Year’s fireworks and now it’s time to get back into rewarding fishing. Hopefully the early summer wind has died off, making for enjoyable fishing conditions. As always, cod will be on offer throughout the lake with all techniques producing. I must stress this about Mulwala: if you persist, you will be rewarded. Sure, your average Joe can land an unlucky fish that makes him look like a legend while a gun angler can go without. Over time, numbers will even themselves out.
Our patchy gamefishing season continues to drive local bluewater anglers to drink and the Christmas influx of fishing visitors have found the going particularly difficult as well.
February can be one of the hottest fishing months of the year throughout Southern Sydney for bream, dusky flathead, whiting, snapper, mulloway, morwong, mahimahi, kingfish, Australian salmon, tailor, bonito, tuna and billfish. So, what are you waiting for? Even though you may be busy working, you still should be able to find the time to get out for a fish. With daylight saving still going in NSW, you could spend a couple of hours after work going for a fish off the beach or shore in the estuary, or maybe you could get the boat out for a while.
The estuaries are on fire at the moment and everywhere else is too. It’s a hard choice to decide where you want to go and what you want to catch. There are only so many hours in a day. Sleep deprivation can be a major worry over the next few weeks, as you try to cram in as much action as you can every day.
The East Australian Current bubbles down the New South Wales coastline every summer bringing all those hot water pelagic species that anglers so eagerly await. Marlin, sailfish, cobia and wahoo are all on the wanted list. One of the most wanted is the Spanish mackerel.
The heat is well and truly here but the fishing hasn’t slowed down. With a bumper December and January, we expect to see some more great fishing in the region through February! With the hot summer weather brings the bugs and plenty of activity on the surface!
Rain would be nice, if it wasn’t just a sprinkle. We need a few solid days to flush the old Clarence, green the grass and get this end of the river in gear. As we all know, you just can’t count on normal weather patterns anymore.
The month of February can be a challenging month for anglers, especially those targeting natives in our lakes. The days are long and hot and just like us, the fish would prefer to either get up early or wait until the sun goes down before they go about their business.
It’s truly been a sensational two months for our region, and a great start to the year. Marlin, kingfish, tuna of all descriptions, bream, whiting, flathead and mulloway have all been the drawcard around here, and with such warm weather and currents there have been some tropical species turning up as well – so here’s hoping it stays that way this month.
The holidays are over and with that, Yamba will start to quieten down somewhat. In the 1970s when I first came here, Yamba was almost a secret except to those who fished it, now it seems that everyone has heard of Yamba and the town and waterways are busier every year.
Growing up in the Australian Capital Territory, my passion for fishing began with dropping a line in the rivers, streams and lakes of the Snowy Mountains for brown and rainbow trout. To this day, they hold a special place in my heart. When the opportunity came up to visit the Gaden Trout Hatchery in Jindabyne and go on one of the guided tours, I jumped at the chance.
The busy period is here. All the caravan parks are full and the town is packed with visitors. The fishing has been the major attraction and with the great weather, there has been no shortage of fish caught. The fishing from the beaches has been good, as salmon and tailor can still been caught.
The holiday period saw the town swell and get very busy, with visitors coming from all around and it seemed like all of them had brought their own boat.
Merimbula has come back to some sort of normality. Most visitors have left. For those venturing up now, you’re in for some seriously good fun on the fishing front.
The holiday crowds are slowing up with school holidays over, but for those who are still in the Narooma region, some exceptional fishing is still on offer.
Suzuki has made an art form of releasing new models at just the right intervals to make a good impression on potential buyers. First came the neat Vitara SUV with a four-cylinder 1.6L petrol engine in both manual and auto guise, outputting 86kW of power and 156Nm of torque. Then the punchy 1.6L common rail direct injection turbo diesel (another four-cylinder engine) came onto and stole the scene, thanks to it’s well-tuned output of 88kW of power and 320Nm of torque – double the torque of the 1.6L petrol model.
So you’ve got your own boat. As it’s coming from the factory, there are options aplenty. Customisation of features is something that a lot of makers are putting across the table these days. The options can be highly attractive too, with factory spec sheets showing such goodies as live wells for bait and catch (plumbed or otherwise), extra seats with accompanying spigots, drink holders, berley buckets, custom wraps, a bimini, storage bins, rod lockers, rod holders, rod racks, cleats and rails, cockpit lighting, deck wash and side pockets.
I first fished Googong when I was 18 on the recommendation of an old timer who owned what was then one of the few tackle shops in Canberra.
February is the beginning of the peak pelagic period for the mid north coast of NSW, and in particular, South West Rocks.
With the silly season behind us there is no better time to grab your rods, reels and hit the water for some fun. Over the last month we saw some rather patchy fishing along Pittwater and our part of the coast, but things have changed since then, and finally there are decent fish to tangle with!
February in Port Stephens is a fisher’s paradise, with a huge range of species to target. The crowds have thinned out from the previous two months, giving both anglers and fish a bit more breathing room.
The last two floods along the Murray River have fallen just six years apart and have changed the face of a once vibrant fishery, leaving in its wake an uneasy silence that hides the unknown.
The volume of cephalopods in Sydney Harbour is astounding and they seem impervious to the dangers around them. They’re abundant worldwide and greater in total mass than that of all humans. Then again, so are ants.
The weather is hot, unforgiving and brutal as the soaring temperatures make perspiration feel like rain dripping off sun-kissed skin. It’s something all anglers feel at this time of year as we plop our artificial lures deep into native territory. Beneath the surface behind boulders and windswept willows are the shaded cool pockets of water where our cod and yellowbelly lay poised for their next assault.
We’re almost back to normal! The last of the Christmas holidaymakers have gone for another year, and you’ll have your own little secret spots to yourselves once again.
The fishing has been pretty good lately, with the standout being the redfin. They’re cruising around in huge schools in Burrendong and Carcoar, and have been biting their heads off.
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