The fishing has seen its fair share of fluctuations. Constant weather changes have been the catalyst for that. One day, it’s stinking hot, the next its cool again. It’s a wonder there’s no consistency in the fishing. One species showed up earlier than usual – the ‘fingermark’, or golden snapper. Traditionally, November is the best month for them to aggregate. They’ve done so earlier, but not in massive schools just yet. Some fish have been as big as 70cm.
The Sunshine Coast’s Pat Jones has been fascinated by boats his whole life. You may know him from his successful product, the Kapten Boat Collar, which turns your rock-n-rolling tinnie into a safe and stable fishing platform. He’s also YouTube famous for his surfing a tinnie with a Wave Collar on the bar at the Mooloolah River (search ‘Kapten surfing’ on YouTube) and getting some serious ‘tinnie-air’.
October provides us with great fishing weather as the days are longer and the water temperature is on the rise.
Fishing over the last month has been pretty spectacular, from great offshore activity to absolutely brilliant inshore estuary and river fishing. Some key places would have to be Nerimbera area for the threadies, any coastal headland for land-based mackerel along with inshore islands like Ship Rock for some great pelagic action. Towards the end of October, many anglers start to stack away their offshore gear and arm up with inshore and estuary gear to correlate with the less calm conditions of summer.
The warming offshore waters of the Eastern Cape will be supercharging those outer reefs between Cooktown and Cape Melville. Every year, this area plays home to some of the best big marlin fishing on the planet. Granders are the game and any marlin that gets close to this mythical 1000lb mark goes down in the annals of game fishing folklore.
The good fishing has continued to flow as our water temperature increases. The pelagic specimens have started to fire across the Sunshine Coast, with good numbers of cobia, mulloway, yellowtail kingfish and mackerel on the chew.
October is a transition month for both offshore and estuary species. After a very mild winter and above average rainfall, we’ll start to see summer species making a mark on the Gold Coast. The Nerang River whiting have been in exceptional numbers, throughout winter and spring. For the best results, live bloodworms and canal wrigglers are the go-to baits for whiting. Fishing from the Council Chambers all the way up to the cotton trees will be worth a look. The run-out tide has been the preferred tide to fish.
There’s only one thing worse than having water drip feeding down your Birdsville Track and that’s having wintery ice-cold water dripping down your Birdsville Track. If like me, you fish out of an open boat, then you need to have options for when Huey sends her down.
October typically involves a continuation of extended periods of calm seas and increasing temperatures, interspersed with the odd southeast blast and occasional storm. The fishing is usually hotting up, along with the weather. Warming water temperatures stir up barra, jacks and golden snapper in the estuaries and the trout, red emperor and large-mouth nannygai at the reef.
Cooktown’s breeze has shown signs of backing off, enough for boats to begin hitting the reefs. Currently we’re averaging winds below ten knots one day a fortnight. If you manage to align one of these lulls in the winds with the weekend, then make the most of the reefs. If the lull in the winds falls during the working week, then have your gear pre-prepared and hit the reefs straight after work. Fishing the reefs yields good success at this time of year, because the reefs have had plenty of time to recover and replenish during bad boating weather in winter.
Has your High School got what it takes to win this year’s Queensland Junior Anglers Fishing Competition at Moreton Island on 8 October?
One lucky angler at the 2016 Clancy Corporation Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic could be taking home $50,000. The bounty is once again set for the famous Mount Isa Water Board Tagged Barra! Catapulting the iconic Mount Isa based event back into the title of the richest freshwater fishing competition in Queensland’, the Tagged Barra will join a line-up of over 20 other fishing categories, offering anglers of all ages and skill sets the chance to take home an array of prizes, cash and trophies.
The Sovereign Resort Hotel is proud to present its second annual Barramundi competition. This year’s family fun packed event is running from midday Friday to Sunday, October 28-30. First prize is based on a mystery weight Barramundi, which makes the event fun for everyone. This event is all about family fun in the outdoors, not how many fish you catch or how big they are.
October is one of the best times of the year for anglers. The wind drops, water temperatures start to rise and offshore anglers get the best of both worlds. Off the bottom, we see larger snapper, cobia, pearl perch, spangled emperor, sweetlip and a heap of other reef species. In mid to top water we see great pelagic action with mackerel, tuna and mahi mahi all on the chew. Fishing bottom, micro jigs are the most exciting form of angling to come along in ages.
Anglers often keep a handful of locations that inspire them and draw them back, fuel their daydreaming, recharge their soul and sooth their itchy casting finger. Whether it’s just the amazing fishing or a combination of this and the scenery, serenity, wildlife, family history and good memories, these destinations see us planning months ahead, accumulating a few new toys and meeting around the BBQ to discuss the finer details of the adventure. There are two locations like this for me – the largest sand island in the world and heritage listed Fraser Island, and the spectacular Hinchinbrook Channel. Let’s journey to the latter, load our gear and venture into tropical north Queensland.
I’m going to start by saying this is my favourite time of the year for fishing out of Lucinda. The transition out of winter can take a while, especially if those persistent southerlies keep blowing. Water temperatures are rising and some days you can feel the humidity start to soar… it feels fishy.
October can be a fantastic time of the year to fish in the Wangaratta area. Sadly, there are no real catchable fish species in Wangaratta itself, other than European carp. There are other waterways in the region, which offer great spring.
Located in the North East Victorian hills at an altitude of 550m above sea level, Beechworth is one of Victoria’s prettiest towns. It has a lot of history, particularly surrounding the gold rush of the 1850s, and was also the town where Ned Kelly and his mother Ellen Kelly spent time in prison on various charges.
After a reasonably wet and miserable winter in Melbourne, spring is finally revealing itself. The recent weather provides anglers with a taste of what’s to come. Longer days coupled with mild air do a world of good to angling aspirations and give us the boost we need to put some time in around our freshwater locations.
Our local rivers could either be picture-perfect, dirty or in flood. The late winter and early spring rains have made it hard to predict what’ll happen in October. If we get rain, I hope it’s not all at once. When the rivers have had a couple weeks to settle down, with some rain, it’ll be perfect time to chase Broken River yellowbelly. There are three areas that are best when we get spring rain – the weirs along the Broken and below the lake in Benalla.
Breaking news – barrels are being caught in Melbourne! Every good report kicks off with a bang and what’s better than a few keg southern bluefin tuna, caught off the coast of Flinders. How very exciting for Melbourne Anglers with what seems to fast becoming a regular occurrence around late August/early September each year.
Fishing with kids is a lot of fun no matter where you go or what you fish for, but with children having on average the attention span of 30 minutes to an hour, boredom can set in quite quick if there is a lack of fish and not much happening.
Again we have had a bit more of an extended tuna run here in Portland, with fish over 100kg coming in when the weather permits.
Spring has sprung on PPB. We’ve endured a long, cold and very wet winter. While these were conditions we needed, it didn’t make it easier to take. Being an eternal optimist, I’ve been telling people a while now that the seasons are changing. Now the proof is in the pudding.
“Some of the hottest bream fishing in years” and “I haven’t seen the fish this thick for a long time” are just some of the comments that have been all the talk over recent weeks centred around the Mitchell River.
The Hopkins River has been fishing well recently in the lower reaches, with big seas and high tides pushing in plenty of clean sea water, which has been encouraging the bream in particular to bite.
Snapper are an important recreational target species across southern Australia. They’re found in a diverse range of habitats. With snapper season in full swing, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the fishery we have on the southwest coast of Victoria, and share my favourite technique for snapper on the coast this time of the year.
The trout season kicked off with a boom, as all the coastal streams have excellent flows and plenty of hungry fish.
October is always a welcome relief from the cold of winter and crisp September mornings. The better conditions of October makes it one of my favourite months for spearing.
October up the top end of the lake takes on a different colour at this time of year, and that colour is gold. This is such an exciting time of the year when we know the yellowbelly are starting to school up and get really active.
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