I did a product review on one of Deeper’s other products recently – the Deeper unit. The Deeper unit is a portable and convenient fish finder, or sonar device. It’s a small round ball, even smaller than a tennis ball, that can be cast out from the bank or boat. Inside the ball is a fish finder transducer, which records a sonar reading from underneath it, just like many other fish finders.
The fishing this summer has been fantastic, with both cod and yellowbelly providing visitors of Copeton Waters Holiday Park with plenty of excitement. Water levels have been holding fairly steady and the weather has been typically hot through the day, but cooling off in the evenings. If you’re spending long days on the water, it’s worth remembering to Slip on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Slide on sunglasses, and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration – and beer does no...
This time of year is my favourite as the fishing is red-hot and you get to eat and drink like a starved pirate. Remember, there’s more traffic on the water than normal, so take care. Be patient and make sure you have done your preparation with all your equipment. Take your time at the boat ramp and above all, be courteous to all other waterway users.
There are several different makes and models of crab-imitating lures on Australian tackle store shelves, but many anglers still seem confused about how to best present and work these offerings. Lures and fly patterns intended to imitate crabs have been around for many years, but there’s been a real surge of interest in these cunning crustacean copies over the past few seasons, thanks largely to the immense success of Steve Steer’s highly innovative Cranka Crab range.
The stark reality of ocean rock, ocean beach and land-based estuary fishing is the weather. Looking for utopian weather is simply not realistic. In saying that, not fishing because the swell is up a bit, winds are blowing or there might be a chance that showers and rain are predicted, isn’t really a good excuse.
We’ve had such dramas in the lead up to cod season with mass fish kills further downstream due to ‘black water.’ Whether it’s an artificially made problem or results of the floods, hopefully something can be learned from it. This is the second time in five years, so answers and future plans should be a major focus for the controlling authorities. Fortunately, here at Lake Mulwala, we’ve stayed okay.
This endless succession of poor inshore water quality and inconsistant current is really starting to grate with a lot of people. This inconsistency is making it hard for everyone to get any fishing done – there’s either too much current, or the current’s going the wrong way, not to mention the incessant nor’easters.
The Christmas rush and the Boxing Day Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race have long gone. Things will start to settle back to normal as you think about getting out on the water to chase a few kingfish, mahimahi, flathead, bream, whiting, tailor, trevally, bonito, snapper and mulloway, to name a few. January’s a month when most fish species are on the chew, as long as the conditions are right.
Christmas is done and dusted. For many, now is holiday time with plenty of days to hit the water and get amongst the big ones. The offshore scene this month is always looked upon with great anticipation, as it generally sets the pattern for the rest of the summer. If the hot water shows late or the pelagics like marlin and mahimahi are slow off the mark, it can mean a short season. If they hit with a bang in numbers, all will be good for weeks to come.
After all the rain we’ve had in the last four months, Burrendong and Windermere dams are booming with life. The goldens are starting to spawn and school up around the point of the dam and at the starts of the rivers. Water temperatures play a big part in getting the goldens to bite. The dam water temperatures have been around 25°C, but if you can find warmer water like 27-28°C, your catch rate will increase by half. The best way to find warmer water is to fish rocky banks or shallow points.
Looking back, 2016 was a successful year in the region on the fishing front. There was always a style of fishing that produced results during every month. Even during July, which is usually one of the slowest months, turned out to be one of the best!
It’s a beautiful time of year in the northern rivers. Still with clear mornings and afternoon storms, the afternoon winds are unfortunate. That hasn’t dampened the local fishing spirit – great fish have been caught in the last month or so. Summer whiting are on with some amazing size fish in the river and beaches. A lot more people are trying out poppers with great success, but nothing beats fresh beach worms.
The thrill of hooking a solid blue-nose bream amidst the tangle of posts, racks and trays that make up a typical oyster lease is about as good as it gets for NSW estuary anglers. Heavy leader and locked up drags are standard techniques for rack fishing specialists. It goes without saying, that maxed-out tackle and brutal tactics don’t always result in hooked fish being landed. The bream are often only centimetres away from cover when they eat the lure or bait, meaning frayed leaders, lost fish and bruised egos are always on the cards.
Freshwater fishing in our lakes can slowly start to get tough this month, due to the consistent hot weather, high water temperatures and extra angler activity. To maximise your chances of some action this month, you’ll need to focus your efforts super early, late in the day and into the night especially. I say night especially because during the hottest months of the year, the best action for the natives comes after dark. The water and air temperatures drop to a much more comfortable level and the fish – just like us – feel more at ease to head out in search of a good feed.
Lately, in my part of the world, it’s been either a fishing session in the morning or late afternoon. The weather has been so hot through the middle of the day that unless you have a good canopy on your boat, fishing has been out of the question.
Warm weather and warm water have arrived and pelagics with them. January’s not just for the offshore fishos, but also the land-based anglers who catch some amazing fish off break walls at the mouth of the mighty Clarence.
Another summer is here and it’s great to see the town liven up once again. Eden is a great destination for a summer holiday with out-of-the-way beaches, fishing spots and good launching facilities for the trailer boat fishers. The next few months will be a busy time.
Summer is here and the town is abuzz with visitors enjoying the warm weather. The fishing is firing up with the longer, hotter days.
With summer well and truly here and water temperatures hovering around 23°C, it’s no wonder the locals are having a ball on the pelagic action offshore from Merimbula. They won’t have it all to themselves for much longer, as the holiday brigade settles in.
It’s all systems go around the Narooma region with a horde of species on offer for a variety of techniques. It depends on where you fish and what you target, but whatever it is, you’re in for some serious fun. The local estuaries are firing nicely, with monster flathead to 95cm, mulloway, bream, whiting and luderick all having a chew. Both Narooma’s Wagonga Inlet and Tuross Lake to the north are great places to fish. The latter is home to some massive flathead.
It’s a strange thing about human thinking: bigger seems to be better and faster seems to be more fun! Maybe it harks back to primitive times, when brute strength and fleetness of foot ensured survival.
Bass fishing in the reaches of the Macleay River up above Kempsey is now coming into the prime season with these fish at their most active. Cicadas and beetles are out in force now and the surface bite is on fire as a result of their presence. Loud boofs on the surface can be heard right through the day.
I hope that you have all enjoyed the Christmas and New Year celebrations, but now it’s time to get out on the water and enjoy our wonderful part of the coast. It can be hard to drag the kids and us older folk away from our new shiny presents, but if you can, it’s well worth the effort if you hit the water with the family and go fishing.
There’s no shortage of flathead in Port Stephens this time of year, especially around areas such as North Arm Cove, Corlette Groins, Pindimar, Jimmys Beach and Shoal Bay. Soft plastic fishing is by far the best technique for catching numbers of flathead. An old fashioned slow rolled ganged pilchard will also do the trick.
We look for the good news in fishing reports. Unfortunately, that’s not the case here. It must be reported, so we all know the truth – with such water-borne bounty swelling our lakes and rivers these past few months, you might think we could celebrate that our native fish have experienced some of the best breeding conditions seen in years. These were my thoughts last month, but a nightmare has returned, and on a much bigger scale.
This month will see water temperatures reach their peak and knock all the season’s species into top gear, particularly the more resident species like bream, mulloway and flatties – the flathead metabolism is directly affected by water temperatures.
The silly season is over, but the school holidays are in full swing. There’s no better time than now to take the kids outdoors to experience all things fishy. Apart from actually catching fish, kids and adults alike can have just as much fun collecting bait.
Is it any wonder so many people travel to our neck of the woods come Christmas holiday time? Nowra and its surrounding townships have so much to offer, especially for the fishing family looking to throw a line and catch themselves a feed of fresh fish and maybe some prawns or a squid. So where can we catch fish these holidays?
In the Murray River, reports have come in lately of a lot of black water around, which isn’t a great sight and is having an effect on both anglers and our loved native fish. Affected areas seem to be the Edwards River system including Yallakool and the Wakool rivers as well as the Barmah area. Although these may deter you, these fish have survived a lot through thousands of years and numbers are strong now, thanks to river stocking.
At this time of the year, our freshwater anglers’ thoughts are concentrated on the upper part of the Manning, as the MNC Freshwater Championship is nearly upon us. The Manning is flowing very slowly with water levels a bit below normal. The water is clear and there are heaps of mullet schooling in the larger holes.
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