With all of this crazy weather this past month, there hasn’t been a lot of days where boats could get out of Apollo Bay for a fish. When they’ve been able to get out, there have been good catches of gummies, schoolies and decent-sized flatties.
Only 3.5 hours from Melbourne and a short five-minute drive from the centre of Lakes Entrance, lies the ever-popular Lake Tyers. The reason Lake Tyers is so popular is the amount of species that are available on offer, with the prized targets being bream and flathead.
A truly magnificent setting in the foothills of Mount Baw Baw, Blue Rock Lake is a spectacular place to target freshwater species in Victoria. Surrounded by steep, wooded banks, the lake’s edges are jam-packed with fallen and standing timber, combined with rocky points, drop offs and reedy flats. The fish holding structure within the lake is plentiful to say the least. Located in Gippsland near the small township of Willow Grove, just over 1.5 hours east of Melbourne, Blue Rock is easily accessible and perfectly suited to kayak anglers.
November still sees us in the grip of squid mania. They’re red hot in Western Port and Port Phillip bays. Once a patch is located, it’s easy to spear your allowable ten fish. Finding the patch is the only difficulty. Don’t expect any of your mates to divulge hot spots. Get out there and look.
We’re finally seeing a break in the weather, which has been miserably cold, wet and windy in recent weeks. It hasn’t been uncommon to experience four seasons in one day, and these conditions have kept many anglers indoors.
Tom Slater secured his maiden ABT BREAM Qualifier victory almost 12 months after leading the BREAM Grand Final on the very same waterway.
Victorian BREAMer Warren Carter stamped his name on the Power-Pole Angler of the Year title in emphatic fashion, winning the final qualifying event, the Berkley Gold Coast BREAM Qualifier. There’s certainly no better way to guarantee an AOY victory than by winning the final event. With six anglers in contention going into the final event, Carter knew exactly what everyone needed to improve their tally.
Copeton has received great winter rain over the last few months. There has been a slow but consistent rise in dam levels. We have more rain coming, and Copeton was sitting at 29% at the end of August. Great news for all boating enthusiasts is the two-lane concrete boat ramp at Sepoy Knob, now well in the water and ready for the summer crowds.
The Richmond River started to clear from the rains in September, which really dirtied up the higher reaches. Bass season is now open and this is my favourite time to get out and chase these feisty fish. They will be on the move to upper reaches in creeks and main river arms, but don’t overlook main river stretches.
It turns out that successful lure fishing and puppetry have a great deal in common!
Finally it is October! It’s time to have a crack at mulloway off our beaches. With the increasing numbers of whiting and assorted species, there is even more reason for predatory species to hunt. This applies off the ocean rocks and in estuaries like Sydney Harbour and Pittwater. Kings and mulloway will be more prolific as well.
A trip to the dentist or a day’s shopping with mum could be more fun than trying to pull a fish from Mulwala this time of year. With cod season closed, it’s illegal to target our iconic Murray cod until December 1. For the native fishos, you’re left with locally chasing yellas and they don’t tend to fire until mid October. When they do, look out! Cricket scores are not uncommon and quality fish measure well into the 50cm bracket.
The Australian market has seen some exciting new introductions lately, and leading the charge is the second generation of Deeper Fishfinders. The latest version, the Deeper Pro+, took out the John Dunphy Inovation award at the AFTA Trade show on the Gold Coast this year, and when you look at the specs, it’s no wonder why.
It’s still all quiet on the eastern front as far as Coffs Harbour game fishing activity is concerned, but the season should have shifted into gear by the time you read this. So to fill my allocated space this month, I thought I’d indulge in a little crystal ball gazing on what might occur this season based on what has happened in the past.
This month’s report is all about readers who sent photos to me, letting me know about their fishing exploits, suggested techniques, baits and places to go to try your luck out in Southern Sydney.
Lake Illawarra feeder streams have had some decent bream, but the real attraction is the huge amount of tiny baitfish around the snags and in the shallows. It looks like the flatties won’t be far off feeding, smacking plastics and bait.
There are not a lot of new ideas that come around in the world of fishing these days. Pretty much all methods and angles have been covered, at one time or another. So with fewer fish overall these days, it’s down to refining techniques. The result – fishing becomes more technical in the more populated areas.
As always, excitement is starting to reach fever pitch in the lead up to the 17th annual Yamaha Cod Classic! Off the back of last year’s massive One Million Dollar tagged cod promo, competitors can expect the same high-level event, minus the tagged fish. You would be crazy to miss this iconic event held at the home of the Murray Cod, Lake Mulwala!
The cold weather has finally left us alone and we have the beautiful spring weather upon us. Golden perch fishing is now in full swing, in both the dams and rivers. Now is the best time to be casting for fat goldens, as they will be feeding up like crazy before breeding. The alpine lakes for trout are really turning on. Trout are feeding in the shallows and river goldens are beginning to school.
The October long weekend in Southern NSW means trout. The season re-opens and anglers can head back to the pristine waters to spin, cast or wave a fly. This is by far one of the most exciting times of year to target trout – they’re well rested after fishing pressure earlier in the year. The weather is beginning to warm up, which means more bugs and insect activity, the perfect combination for feeding trout.
The mighty Clarence River is still looking pretty turbid due to an unseasonal amount of rain. This was exactly what the river needed – a fresh flush to invigorate fish and fishing activity. We have seen some excellent bream catches, especially around the river mouth and up to Browns Rocks, and some fine flathead caught as well.
It’s that time of year again for a mad keen fisho, where there’s not enough hours in the day, and not enough days in the month. Just about every freshwater species will be at their easiest to catch for the whole year. The trout season opens, and they haven’t been targeted for four months, so they won’t be easily spooked. They’re also hungry after the lean times of winter. Add to this the golden perch fishing, which is fantastic during October, and you see why it’s easy to complain about the lack of time. I didn’t even mention the insane lake trout fishing or the quality redfin.
We’ve had a pretty good winter – mild at times, but far from freezing as it usually is. Fishing has been good, especially on the beach and inshore reefs. Squires are over most of them, and I expect they’ll get bigger as spring brings them over the gravel to spawn. Bream have been on the beaches along with schools of salmon.
Last month did not disappoint. The impoundment bass population fired up as expected in most lakes around Queensland. Somerset was the standout for monster fish and I spent quite a few sessions chasing the elusive bass over 3kg. We managed plenty of 50cm+ fish over these trips with my biggest being a massive 56cm bass, which was as fat as they come.
The Far South Coast over the winter months sees very few visitors, and Eden is no exception, but with the weather warming, it’s not a bad destination fishing wise, with a variety of fishing options available.
The past month has seen little rain, but as usual for our cooler months, there has been no shortage of cold days this time of year, and there are very few visitors to the area. If you head out fishing, you won’t see too many other boats.
Lake Burley Griffin is an incredibly consistent fishery where golden perch, Murray cod and redfin can be caught all year round in good numbers. This is especially true for those who use a kayak, as there are pockets of lake which benefit from a finesse approach and can’t be fished effectively from land.
Spring is in the air. The warmer, longer daylight hours are exciting anglers across the region. Good news is we can start sneaking that after-work fish in, as daylight savings kicks in October 2. By now, the streams are in their prime and Blue Rock has been topped up by the snow melt from Mt Baw Baw. It’s all systems go.
What a cracking month to fish the estuaries around the Merimbula region with both Pambula and Merimbula lakes fishing extremely well. Anglers using softplastics and vibes will have the edge, as the water slowly warms and weeks go by. We’re still getting 15-16°C water, which is quite cool, but the fish don’t seem to mind.
Spring is well and truly here with some warm days making it an ideal time to wet a line. The estuaries in particular will be hotting up as each week passes. Water temperatures will start to increase, and in turn, Summer techniques will come in.
Not quite what you were looking for? Try our advanced search.