The cooler months on the Tweed can be an exceptional time to target trevally species in the river. Not only are they a fantastic sportfish, they are also sensational in beer batter and make even better sashimi.
In the last few articles I have emphasized the need for potential boat owners to have a very close look at their fishing needs prior to making a decision on a new boat. As part of the last article, I discussed the pros and cons of owning both alloy and glass craft and, in fact, I was actually drawing upon my own fishing life. Unable to decide exactly which boat would suit us best, we had two – glass and alloy!
The fine winter weather has meant plenty of anglers have got out to enjoy a spot of fishing, and most haven’t been disappointed with plethora of great sportfish landed.
What do you get when you cross arguably Australia’s most popular mid-range outboard with an aluminium hull configuration that’s favoured by recreational anglers Australia over? You get the Stessco Breezeaway 480 powered by Yamaha’s sensational F70 outboard.
It’s tuna time along the far South Coast of NSW with anglers fishing offshore from Merimbula getting amongst them. Recently we have seen favourable weather with flat seas making the journey to the tuna grounds that much more comfortable!
Offshore anglers, particularly those fishing the bottom, have done extremely well with snapper, morwong and flathead making up most bags. The fish have been moving around a bit, so trying a number of locations until you find them has been the key to success. The reds have been close to shore with the cuttlefish run, with water depths of 15-20m being ideal.
As the currents slow up even more this month to 0.5-2 knots, they dictate the terms of your offshore fishing and can hinder your fishing on the close reefs.
The heart of winter means lots of casts with big lures for the chance at a monster cod. The buzzing activity that is associated with autumn slows right down with the almost freezing temperatures, but the one thing that stays on the prowl is the mighty Murray cod!
Isn’t this time of year awesome? Clear, crisp days and plenty of fish biting. We have had some great fish coming through the shop over the last few weeks, especially tailor. The largest weighed in at 2.7kg and was caught by Cliff ‘Bear’ Andreassen. He caught this fish off the bluff using pilchards, and he caught plenty of smaller fish as well.
If you are like me and go fishing to get out into the great outdoors and away from everyone then July is definitely a great time of the year.
The amount of fish in this area lately has been astounding. Huge bream, tailor, luderick and flathead are in and it’s winter – you tell me what’s going on. I don’t think it’s the water temperature, but the masses of bait that are passing through the Hunter Region. There are a lot of predators following them, so hopefully the fishing will still be red-hot.
With winter truly underway most fishers in this part of the world are excited about the prospects of good fish in good numbers. As nice as it is to be out on a summer’s day in the boat, off the beach or the stones, you just know the fishing is better when it’s colder.
As with the rest of the South Coast, the Eden area has quietened right down. With winter happening, it’s a long time until summer when the visitors will be back once again. The area has just received its first drop of rainfall over the last few months and it’s much-needed. This will be good for the fishing over the coming months.
After a long, busy tourist season the town is once again quiet and the big caravan park is nearly empty. There has been very little rain recently. This winter the cold weather is showing its head.
The emergence of the swimbait trends in Australia in the last 12-18 months has been an angling revolution in many ways. This bait and technique genre has bubbled away quietly under the sportfishing industry surface for many years, but its popularity has now exploded. The increased availability of overseas swimbaits, the proliferation of information via social media channels and the exponential uptake of the technique by anglers has seen it emerge as one of the most exciting developments in lure fishing for quite some time.
There will be pretty much only one thing on most anglers’ minds this month and that is snapper. The cuttlefish will be in full spawning mode and many will die and float to the surface after their big effort, and many more will be predated on by other species and eventually find their way to the top.
Are you looking for a boat to take the family out for a fish in the freshwater chasing a few trout, bass, estuary and golden perch, or in the saltwater targeting bream, flathead and whiting? The Brooker 420R Discovery 2017 with a 30hp 2-stroke Mercury outboard is definitely a rig to have a look at.
I don’t know what the ratio is of land-based anglers to boating anglers. What I do know is that just recently I went for a walk from the Captain Cook Bridge to Brighton-Le-Sands and back and I counted over 50 anglers fishing from the shore. After talking to many of them I found that they were catching dusky flathead, whiting, bream, trevally, tailor, shovelnose rays, stingrays and the odd blue swimmer crab.
Are you at a loss as to where to go to chuck a line in? Have you gone to all your usual spots and turned up nothing? Maybe you now need to think out of the square and try something different from what you have always done. Ever thought about chasing luderick? No? Maybe you should think about it!
The unique 4.4m Sidewinder Micro Cat is an extremely versatile boat that will have you going over a bar and getting into very shallow water with ease – and this boat has been designed with the not just the angler in mind. It could be used by motor and quad bike users, hunters, campers, divers and for BBQs. Or you could stand and cast lures along the edge of mangroves, wash boards of oyster leases, wharves, mud and sand flats and weed beds. The list is endless.
So the icy depths of winter are upon us, and game fishing becomes a very low priority on the list of fun activities. Sensible late starts and inshore reef fishing for snapper, trag, pearl perch and tuskies is now the focus for most of us.
We’re in the coldest month of the year now, and while it appears uninviting to the average fisher, for many anglers that fish throughout the winter months it’s time to take advantage of some of the great results that can be had.
Too many people take the safety aspects involved with handling boat fuel for granted… potentially at their peril!
As the water temperature has gradually gotten cooler, snapper have been coming in more consistently and getting bigger. The best areas are the close in reefs in approximately 10-15m of water. Floating cut baits (such as squid and blue pilchards) with the current is very productive if you want to soak some bait.
Copeton continues to draw cod fishers from around Australia for the winter big fish season. Over the last month, we have had many of the country’s top cod fishers at Copeton and if they haven’t been here yet then they’re on their way.
Joseph Urquhart has taken the victory at the third round of the 2017 ePropulsion Bass Electric series at Hinze Dam with 2/2 fish for 2.18kg with Bass Electric regular Christian Manolea hot on his heels in second place with 2/2 fish for 2kg.
Ross Cannizzaro can do no wrong it seems as the Sydney-based angler took out consecutive ABT Qualifiers across two different species in the space of three weeks.
Kris Hickson has done it again! The man can do no wrong it seems as he convincingly slammed home the victory by almost 2kg from his nearest competitor. The Lews Reels presented round of the BassCat BASS Pro Series returned to Cania Dam near Monto in Queensland for the first time since the 2012 BASS Pro Grand Final.
Recently the entrance has only just closed. It opened late in May and only stayed open for a week. The water level dropped considerably during this period.
It was a mild autumn with relatively stable weather patterns throughout May. South Gippsland fishing remained consistent for species such as pinkie snapper, flathead and even yellowtail kingfish.
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