It’s that time of year when the light bream outfits get pushed aside and the heavier, beefed-up mulloway sticks get their turn to shine! November is prime time for these silver marvels with Narooma’s Wagonga Inlet and Tuross Lake system to the north the areas to fish.
I’m no marine mechanic, but I’m a boat owner who has seen some of the things that can spoil a day on the water. It’s something nearly every boat owner experiences sometime. The boat is humming along quite well and then suddenly, there’s no sound from the engine, or it revs really high and the craft isn’t moving. It’s running rough and can’t seem to snap out of it. None of these scenarios are what boaters want, but things happen. A few thoughts on the topic won’t go astray.
South West Rocks and the mid north coast can be a funny place in November. At this time of year, the waters around the mid north coast start the transition from summer to winter species. It’s possible to have an awesome session on numerous summer and winter species, although it’s also possible to do it tough. There can be so many options, but nothing is firing quite yet.
Last month the fishing was sporadic again along Pittwater and Broken Bay. With the colder water behind us, it’s time to grab the rods and a handful of lures and hit the water.
November is a great time of year to be an angler in Port Stephens. There’s warm weather and loads of good fish to be caught in the estuary, on the beaches, or offshore. Inside the bay, dusky flathead are really starting to turn it on in the back half of the port, with the shallow flats around Tailors Beach, Lemon Tree, Karuah and North Arm Cove all producing numbers. Young champ Jack Hammond has been getting stuck into them over the past few weeks with fish up to 80cm. Soft plastics are accounting for the majority of these fish, with larger sizes from 4-5’’ in natural colours working best.
The almost biblical rains that have fallen across the lower half of NSW and Victoria over the past month have changed the face of a well-trod fishery. All that we have come to know and rely on has been washed away in the turbulent flows of change. Creeks and rivers now run fast with muddy flow and will do so well into the open of the cod season if the rains continue.
After a short, mild winter, the warm water is well on its way with the harbour already recording 19°C. This has brought an early run of surface fish including kings, salmon and bonito. Luderick are still on the bite with some big fish hanging around the lower harbour washes. They’re ravenous for big cabbage weed baits and there are a few good surgeon fish among them, so make sure your tackle is up to scratch.
November – an exciting time of year for fishers on the south coast of NSW. So much is happening or about to happen, let’s jump in and start with the offshore fishing! It’s usually the transition time for the offshore fishers where the last run of tuna for the season are caught before they vacate our waters over the warm water period. Striped marlin begin to show on the shelf in numbers at places like the Kink and the Canyons, depending on where the bait decides to hold up.
The Manning has not experienced any exceptional weather in the past few weeks. What rain we have received has been mainly on the coast and not much at all up in the freshwater. Consequently, there’s very little run in for the fresh water part of the Manning. The saltwater part of the Manning is very clear and blue.
What a start to spring the Hunter has received this year! Mother Nature has been providing the impoundments with a nice constant top up. This slow continuous rise is perfect for the fish, as it gives them time to slowly adjust to the conditions. These unpleasant rainy days should always be welcomed to an impoundment fisher, as the rising water means bass and yellowbelly on the prowl in the shallows looking for their next meal. November is the time to take advantage of the last month of the spring bite before warmer weather really sets in.
Normally, at the opening of the trout season, we’re worried we might not have enough water in the streams and lakes to support a decent fishery. That’s not the case this year. We have an abundance of water. The rain started early in the year and has just kept on coming, to the point where they’re now talking about record annual rainfall. In addition, we have a massive mantle of snow remaining in the high country. Together with the flooded sphagnum bogs in the alpine areas, this should provide water for months to come as they melt or drain to the streams.
Reports indicate a vast improvement on the fishing scene during the past month. Schools of big bream have congregated on the sand and weed corridors between Towra and Bonna Point with fish around the 40cm mark not uncommon.
The spring racing carnival in Victoria hosting the Melbourne Cup is not to everyone’s liking, so what do anglers do when they don’t want to go to the races? Well, they go to Bermagui for the start of the game fishing season. With holidays on offer Victorians have ventured to Bermagui Melbourne Cup weekend for many decades now, so what can they expect to catch?
Tathra Wharf has long been a favourite structure from which anglers can fish for a variety of different species. It’s a meeting place. As a kid, it was a great venture to catch up with mates, fish and do what young people do, creating fond memories.
Spring weather hasn’t been as warm or dry as the previous few years, when we experienced summer conditions as early as September. However, despite the slow start, our local waters are kicking into gear and fishing has definitely improved over the past few weeks.
The Hastings region’s bass season is off to a great start. This month should be another beauty! With all the bass addicts out and about, it may be time to look at a few scenarios for enjoying a session on the water.
It sure is a great time of year to be out and about on the local waterways, and it’s looking like we’ll have a cracking summer once again. I’ll be taking advantage of what the area has to offer this summer. After spending the last couple of years struggling to find a suitable ‘crossover’ style boat that suited my family needs and my fishing needs, I recently bit the bullet and purchased a second boat.
With river levels high with a fast flowing pool here in the Mildura region, water continues to be dirty and makes it hard for the local lure fishers. The dirty water has managed to stay around, but there have been several good reports in some locations around Mildura with the odd fantastic golden perch.
I’ve never complained about moving to and living on the Mid North Coast. If I was pressed for a negative I’d have to say there are too many options to fish and too few opportunities to do so at this end of the year. Even the holiday crowds are bearable, because there’s always somewhere you can escape the masses and find a few fish.
It’s the time of year to look forward to the awesome surface action that summer brings here in Sydney. From bass to bream, whiting to kingfish and salmon to tailor, there’s no better sight than a hungry fish engulfing your well-presented surface popper, walker or stickbait.
Around these parts, it’s like a freshwater fishing smorgasbord of choices and opportunities. Creeks and rivers are flowing well and dams are full to the brim. Life underwater has exploded – it’s easy to see, especially at night with the help of a torch. It’s like a soup, a culinary fish degustation with a thousand courses. It’s a wonder the fish we chase even bother with the lures, baits and flies we present them on a line.
The summer weather is here, that’s for sure. It hasn’t really disappeared. We had one of the mildest winters – while snow and rain dumped everywhere else, we were sunbaking. Another thing that didn’t disappear was the odd marlin. The water seemed warm enough and there was plenty of bait to keep them here.
As the warmer waters make their way back down the coast this month, great reports and captures are coming in from offshore and inshore alike. Marlin and mahimahi are moving in locally and are now becoming regular topics among fishos out here on the peninsula. The inshore reefs are providing action on the kingfish and snapper fronts, while the washes are great venues for targeting a feed when the tide slows and the swell is down.
Last year I wrote about chasing crabs and crayfish from the kayak. There’s no doubt that the kayak is an ideal vessel for chasing crustaceans. You can launch anywhere, travel across shallow areas to get to deeper sections of creeks, even portaging if necessary. You can get up in amongst the structure that often houses these tasty critters, including weed beds, standing timber and mangroves. After a couple of recent experiences with ‘share cropping’ – people checking my crab pots for me – I decided it was time to go kamikaze!
Welcome to November, the last month of spring. It’s closer to summer and even Christmas isn’t far away. After what was a very cold and wet winter and early spring, I think I am looking forward to a bit of summer.
November is always a funny month for us in the Coffs region. It’s starting to feel like summer in the inland waters, but the offshore still feels like winter. This month often has the coldest water temperatures we see off the Coffs Coast, although that’s not so cold considering the winter water temperatures didn’t get much below 22°C. This month we can expect to see similar offshore fishing to the last few months. Snapper will be available on almost any reef, it’s just a matter of choosing how you target them.
Pink snapper are a highly prized, sought after fish. They’re distributed around the Australian coast, commonly caught from the Gascoyne region of Western Australia to South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, and right up the southern coasts of Queensland. Here are some tips about snapper and how to use your sounder to improve your catch rate.
As conditions settle after all the rain we’ve had, all the major dams around Tamworth are fishing pretty well. As I write this, the water is still stained, but guys are still going out every day and catching fish. The water is getting clearer by the day, so things will only get better.
Rain has drenched North East Victoria (and the rest of the state) throughout September, leading to widespread flooding. This is short-term pain for long-term gain in the Ovens River catchment.
November is a transition month for many fish species and many anglers here in North East Victoria. We see the trout begin to slow down in the many small streams as the water starts to warm up, but we generally see the perch fishing pick up as they begin to get more active in the warmer months.
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