It’s been an interesting month with some crazy weather patterns, including a trough that dropped up to 200mm in places south of Townsville, which isn’t really something you’d see at this time of year.
This month I am going to show you a variation of one of the most popular old school lures ever made. The marabou jig is an extremely popular and productive lure that has been used to target a host of species for more than half a century. The marabou Deceiver jig is a variation of this classic and combines the traditional marabou jig and Lefty’s Deceiver fly pattern. Both of these have been extremely popular on a host of fresh and saltwater species over the years and will still work extremely well in the modern era.
Now that we are flush in the middle of winter, anglers will already have a good indication of the scope of piscatorial targets on offer. Species such as mulloway, snapper, luderick, squid, bream, tailor and numerous others will be on anglers’ hit lists.
Winter is snapper time. They started off slowly, as they travel into shallow waters in the coldest months. It usually takes a cold snap to bring them right in close, which has just happened.
There’s something very special and exciting about catching big snapper on lures. Not only are they a highly-prized catch, but they fight hard and when they grow old, some develop incredibly striking facial and body features that show us how prehistoric and tough these fish are. Being that they are a long-lived fish, they are seen as wary and smart, but it can be quite simple to outsmart and trick these big fish into eating a lure with consistency if you know how to go about it.
With the cooler weather moving in, the winter species have followed. This is an exciting time of year in the Gladstone region. There are still plenty of summer species floating around while the winter species are beginning to show up in good numbers.
Below you will find several excellent fishing options for both land-based and trailer boat anglers for the Cairns Net Free Zone.
Mitsubishi first introduced the Pajero Sport in late 2015 when it replaced the long established Challenger, a five seater wagon built on the Triton’s chassis and running gear, but with upgraded suspension and interior to appeal to family buyers rather than tradies. A combination of sharp pricing, features, roominess, decent ride and hefty towing capability soon saw lots of Pajero Sport wagons in front of caravans, camper trailers and of course, boats.
The first half of the year is done and dusted. I hope everyone has had the chance to make some great memories for the first part of the year and is ready for a cracker next half on the fishing front!
In many of my recent reports I have mentioned River Heads and its prospects for the coming months. This month I have some advice for visiting anglers and what they might expect.
Welcome to all who visit Stanage Bay, Shoalwater Bay and the beautiful surrounds. The road into Stanage Bay is great at the moment.
It’s generally believed that tailor follow a northerly migration pattern from New South Wales then along the beaches of South Queensland, finally making it to Fraser Island. While this sounds feasible, I’m of the opinion that there are other factors coming into play that might at least modify the general northern migration theory.
May and June have turned up the heat on barra in the 50-75cm size range. With a milder winter than usual so far, these feisty barra have shown no signs of slowing down.
For the last couple of years we’ve been lucky in regards to weather, but this year the southeasterly trade winds have returned with a vengeance, pounding the coastline for weeks on end. This may continue moving forward.
Unexpected rain events during May really made an impact on the temperature and things have cooled down considerably since we received 200mm mid-month. The temperature was actually climbing again recently, and during a trip south of town we found 26.9°C, in May! While plenty of people believe this is the time to pack away the barra gear, I think all that’s really needed is a change of tactics to keep the action happening.
Offshore this month sees water temperatures drop and the winds will mostly blow from the west. Despite this, I think there will still be some good marlin action on the wider grounds.
The weather has been a bit windy, but the fishing remains brilliant. Offshore we have had another fantastic fishing month with stacks of pearl perch, huge catches of tuskfish, hussar and Moses perch.
When cruising to your favourite early morning fishing spot, there is nothing more painful than the icy cold shards of wind repeatedly punching your face. With motivation being your only warmth, it’s often hard to get fired up to fish in the early hours of dawn around the cooler months.
With both air and water temperatures dropping, snapper numbers should be on the rise. This time last year, the closer reefs off Moreton Island fished very well for quality snapper and there were plenty of solid specimens of 4-6kg caught along with the odd larger one.
The middle of winter in the freshwater makes things a bit more difficult. A lot of species slow down and this makes catching them much harder. Still, it’s not impossible. By changing our fishing approach to suit the fish, we can get into some hot action. Golden perch and barra will be lethargic due to the cold, but presentations that remain in their face can tempt a bite. Bass will be a little slower, but still easy to locate in schools.
With the cooler weather already set in, we’ve seen some great fishing. The Seaway and Jumpinpin have been firing with tailor on early morning sessions. Some fishers are getting up to 30+ tailor per session on surface lures and metal spoons!
A surface strike of a feeding fish is something that always seems to amaze us, whether it’s a bumper bass sipping an insect in the glare of the morning sun or a monster giant trevally exploding into a school of bonito on sunset. This is truly when we get to see the pure power and grace of how predatory fish feed.
Sweet and sour recipes have been a hallmark of delicious takeaways and restaurant experiences for as long as anyone can remember. While the concept originated in China, many recreations of the sweet-sour combo have made their way onto tables.
With the arrival of mid-winter, not only do we have relatively low overnight temperatures, but we also see a change in the fish species anglers we will be chasing. Our temperatures are predicted to get down to 10°C or just below, which is pretty cool for this area.
The usual southeast winds have arrived in force pushing up a big swell along the coastline. This in turn stirs up the inshore coastal waters making sight fishing tough for flyfishing charters. However, things aren’t all that bad as the creeks and rivers are fishing well for threadies, jacks, barra and queenies.
Matt Johnson has won his second BASS Pro event on the bass-filled waters of the South Burnett’s Lake Boondooma. Storming home with the big bag of the DEPS Boondooma BASS Pro on Sunday’s final session, Johnson was the best on the lake by a margin of 2.5kg over second place Steve ‘Killer’ Kanowski and Peter Phelps in third.
This last month has seen great weather once again, although a little cold in the morning. The cold hasn’t been stopping a lot of people and there has been some great fishing for those that are willing to rug up and brave the chilly conditions.
Korr has an enviable reputation for gear that’s spot on in its application, and reliable as tomorrow’s sunrise. Interestingly, the company started with lighting and electronics, but as a result of their love for outdoor life, it was a pretty natural progression when they also branched into top end camper trailers.
I haven’t written a lot about my hometown of Canberra and the fishing options right in the heart of the city until now. This column has, for the most part, centred on kayak locations in NSW, which are difficult to get to and sometimes hard to fish, but worth a visit.
Snapper, kingfish, bream and luderick are going crazy at the moment. Anglers are catching good numbers of fish at sea and in the river.
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