The weekend of 29-30 April saw a capacity field of 57 teams head to Marlo for the Maria Lures Sunline Bream Classic. The reports in the lead up to the tournament were patchy with low water levels reported two weeks prior to the event.
Bemm River is situated in East Gippsland along the shores of Sydenham Inlet, which is only a short 5-hour drive from Melbourne. It is famous for its exceptional fishing in both the lake and the river, where anglers target big bream and estuary perch along with tailor, salmon, trevally, luderick and some very big and healthy flathead.
Many of us, myself included, who live in our larger coastal cities often travel far and wide to remote and exotic locations in search of that ultimate fishing spot, often ignoring what is right under our noses. The metropolitan cities of Melbourne and Geelong are littered with many excellent kayak fishing opportunities, all within a short distance from the centre of town. This month’s kayak hot spot is a perfect example, located less than 10km as the crow flies from downtown Geelong, providing safe, protected water with easy access. It’s a kayak angler’s dream location!
‘Melbourne’s hidden fishing gem’?
Australia’s BREAM tournament calendar has been missing one very prestigious event in years past. This year saw that event return in spectacular fashion both on the water and online, streamed to tens of thousands of keen observers.
Ross Cannizzaro has claimed victory at the ABT BASS Pro Series round presented by Bass Cat Boats on the banks of the upper Hawkesbury River. This event marked the first time an ABT BASS Pro event has been run on the Hawkesbury River and a keen group of almost 50 anglers registered to have their shot at taming the tides of the mighty Hawkesbury.
After a crazy period, where we saw more water come into the system than we’d normally see in a few years, the river is really starting to fire. The ocean water is pushing back into the river on the run in tide and is getting up around the RSL. By the start of this month, the whole system’s water quality should have returned to normal.
At the end of April, Joel Edwards ran the inaugural JJ’s Plague Topwater Invitational Competition. The rules were simple, you were allowed to fish topwater lures only, no subsurface and no trolling.
Last month we looked at the benefits of using an electric motor. Now it’s time to examine the choices on offer and decide which make, model and configuration might best suit your particular fishing needs.
This month is truly wintery in this part of the world, as you may be witnessing right now. The winds are generally westerly or southwesterly, which adds to that chill factor.
With regular reporter Tony Bennett fishing up a storm in the Northern Territory this month, we have compiled a report from three anglers in the Yarrawonga area: Mat Rogers, Kyle Dalrymple and Mal Stone.
In the face of a complete flop of a gamefishing season, I reckon 90% of the local gamefishing boats have given up chasing bluewater pelagics. Offshore activity always slows down coming into winter, but most people around here put the shutters up back in March!
For many anglers, Port Hacking can be one of the hardest estuaries on the east coast of NSW to fish. Fishing it during the month of June, when the water is usually very clear, will make it even harder.
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Cold days and freezing nights, who would want to go fishing during June? Me, as a matter of fact! Maybe not on freezing nights, I will just stick to daytime fishing. Many anglers will shy away from going out during winter to have a fish. If they’d rather stay home, that’s fine by me!
June is a tough month to fish on all fronts. The weather can be less than kind, it is mostly cold and we are between concentrations of fish. Being ever-optimistic, there is always something you can glean from the lean times.
The slowing of currents off our coastlines will trigger the annual humpback whale migration and with the whales come the winter species. Cobia and kingfish will shadow these giants of the sea and it is always worth having a rod set up with a stickbait or a metal for a quick cast around the back of these beasts, which can often lead to good hook-ups. Keep in mind there is a 100m no-approach zone around the whales.
Many anglers believe that winter is the slow fishing period and the fish go dormant and hibernate for the winter months. That could not be further from the truth! I will agree that the smaller fish and the food all disappear, but the monster Murray cod switch right on!
The mighty Clarence River is finally cleaning up after the ridiculous amount of rain we received in March. Some of the fishing we experienced around that time was incredible, with flathead, bream and mulloway caught down our end after having been washed down. Mud crab numbers were also very good.
Winter is finally here and although the weather is getting colder, the fishing certainly isn’t. The trout fishing this month alone will be nothing short of amazing. There should also be a bit of native action going on as well as plenty of redfin action.
With all the unpredictable weather we’ve had, it’s been hard to find days to get out and have a fish. I don’t know if it’s just me but I think the weather pattern is going troppo – one week it’s great, the next it pours rain, then it gets windy and stormy. Sometimes this can all happen in one day! Still, all is not lost because some fish love this sort of change.
Cold morning winds and the water temperature dropping don’t sound very inviting, but for fishers it means that things are about to heat up (hungry fish-wise).
The autumn weather was very mild and this winter will probably hit overnight, reminding you that you are on the far South Coast. There has been no shortage of visitors in the area, with plenty of caravans travelling along the coast taking advantage of the great weather, and fishing is one of the things on the agenda.
We’ve had excellent weather over the past month with little to no rain here in Mallacoota. The rain has been to the north and to the south of us, but here on the corner it has been missing us no matter where it comes from.
The rain we received last month has helped the local estuaries. Both Merimbula and Pambula lakes are picking up considerably. Over the last couple weeks we have guided there on several occasions and Merimbula Lake is a standout when the wind allows.
Winter’s here and with it comes the promise of cold mornings with westerly winds, especially when fishing the local estuaries.
Winter has officially started and the temperatures have dropped, but the fishing has begun to fire!
Great Wall cars are proudly made in China and now being sold by numerous distributors in Australia to promote the brand and provide vital backup of parts and spares, provide roadside assist, handle warranty claims and all other issues like other major car makers.
In the last couple of issues I’ve cast the net pretty wide in regards to selecting the correct fishing craft for the job. Initially I covered vital issues such as freeboard, sea keeping capability, ride quality and fishing room, as these are essential considerations in selecting a just-right rig for most fishing activities an angler might have in mind.
June on the Mid North Coast usually brings with it some cool, dry and reasonably settled conditions. One thing is for sure though; if you get it right, there is still some red-hot fishing action available.
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