At last the weather patterns seem to be settling into ‘normal’ conditions for this time of year. The aftermath of cyclone Debbie is still being felt throughout the area but gradually life returns to normal.
As winter is underway there is already a great amount of action throughout the canals, Broadwater and Jumpinpin. Baitfish have inundated patches of the canals including the Logan River, Tipplers Channel, Coomera River and Nerang River.
Like it or not, winter is here and with it, changes will occur on the freshwater scene. Water temperatures will already be cool, but expect even colder frosty mornings to drop the temperatures more. It’s not all doom and gloom. Bait fishers will be able to keep catching fish and lure tossers will still be able to get into some action.
The weather has been a bit up and down lately, but the fishing has been brilliant. Offshore has been nearly a repeat of the month before, again with fantastic fishing. There have been even more bag outs on pearl perch on quite a few trips. It’s still early for these fish, but we’ll take that.
The weather has hit the hiatus of comfort. The coolness of these winter mornings is enough to fire all senses up when you inhale that beautiful air on the water. Some say it’s living. I tend to agree, as you would be hard up to find a diehard fisher who doesn’t love this time of year.
In recent weeks we finally got a break in the weather, so the offshore brigade were able to get their fix. They were rewarded with some large Spanish mackerel, which have been taking fresh trolled baits such as doggy mackerel and garfish. If you prefer lures, two of the best producers have been Samaki Pacemakers and Yo-Zuri Hydro Magnums.
With the water temperatures dropping a little more this month, snapper will become the main focus of anglers fishing east of the South Passage Bar. As I mentioned last month, there had already been encouraging signs with solid catches coming from the 33 and 35 fathom reefs.
Out on the continental shelf, the water temperature drops to around 23°C and the current slows down. Despite this, June can be a great month to chase blue and striped marlin. In past decades, many tournaments were held around June. Striped marlin tend to be more common and some monster blue marlin have been hooked in June.
The seasons have changed. Days are getting shorter, water temperatures have dropped, currents have altered, the southeast trade winds are with us and we are into the next stage of winter fishing. There is a lot to look forward to despite some of our more popular species (such as barra) taking a back seat for a while.
For the last couple of weeks the young bloke and I have been out of service as my faithful old Mercury four-stroke has packed it in after 15 years. The last four and a half years have been very hard on her, and she’s delivered us many years of hard work and loyalty. Motors can’t last for ever I suppose, but this one certainly gave it a go.
A month and a half on from the flooding and the lake’s level has finally stabilised. After this significant rain event, who would have thought that our good old Monduran winter bite sessions would prove to be nothing short of amazing.
Welcome to the latest news from Stanage Bay, Shoalwater Bay, Percy Isles and surrounding islands. As per usual we will begin with the Stanage Bay Road, our big driveway. At the time of writing, it’s fair travelling. The first half of the road has a good smattering of large pot holes, but you can see them before you feel them if you are driving sensibly. From the Army turnoff to the Stanage grid, especially the cattle property Couti-Outi, the corrugation is consistent, small but rigid. Make sure your mudguards and wheel bearing maintenance is up to scratch before leaving home.
This month will certainly see the so-called bream season in full swing – the months of winter when the spawning of the species takes place. There’s no argument about this but let’s take a look at a whole year in the life of Acanthopagrus australis.
One of the many great things about fishing would have to be witnessing a mate catch a new species for the very first time! Recently I had the opportunity to fish with a fellow keen angler who is based down in NSW. He had been wanting to tick jungle perch off the list for a very long time and I was more than happy to help!
The Cairns Net Free Zone is blessed with many naturally occurring fish aggregation formations like the rocky headlands between Yorkies Knob and Taylors Point. These areas are the perfect places to begin your NFZ fishing adventures.
Cooling weather and shorter days means that bass are following their age-old breeding patterns and getting together in big numbers to do what comes naturally. Being totally freshwater though, these fish won’t actually be able to breed. This means that right until spring, we can expect to find big schools of bass in our stocked impoundments.
Cichlid is a strange word. Let’s try tilapia. Now we’re talking about a pest fish that seems to be in every South East Queensland waterway and many others north and south as well.
Winter is here at last after the warmest first six months of the year anyone can remember. Winter means the Bs: big bream, blue salmon, black jew, buck crabs, baitfish and even barramundi.
The cold weather has well and truly arrived and anglers will need a little more incentive to brave the chill. Luckily there are some pretty exciting angling targets to encourage anglers to don a beanie, throw on a coat and tracky daks and then pour a flask of coffee before heading out.
Bait is rather expensive these days and can take up a decent portion of your fishing trip budget. Pilchards are an extremely popular bait and are nearly always acquired in a frozen state. IQF (individual quick frozen) baits are handy, as you can just defrost the pilchards a few at a time as required, which helps to minimise waste.
June is when the cool westerlies start, and the offshore bug hits the region. We were lucky in May with some great weather, which gave us a few opportunities to get offshore.
Water temperatures have dropped early this year and while its thrown a spanner in the works for some species, others have been firing earlier. Spaniards have shown up in reasonable numbers along inshore areas but barra have been very sporadic with their bite periods, which has made fishing for them a little frustrating of late.
If you like the colder weather then June is a great time to fish the Pin. The water clarity is usually good and the weather is mostly spot-on right through the month. June has many cold, still nights with small tides – great to head out for a mulloway fishing session.
Winter is upon us. We really got a volatile jump between summer and winter this year – one day it was hot and the next we didn’t even break 30°C.
Cape York is a traveller’s paradise in June. The days are cool in the mornings, cool in the evenings and warm throughout the day. Topped off with some great fishing, who could ask for anything more!
Pumicestone Passage is fishing well at the moment, with anglers picking up bream and whiting off the sand banks in front of Bells Creek on the run-out tide. There are plenty of yabbies and soldier crabs there to use for bait, or if you don’t want to collect your own bait you can use live bloodworms from our shop.
As we push into winter, the long hot days are starting to subside marking the arrival of the consistently strong southeast trade winds. The Far North will be flooded with tourists during June and July taking advantage of the drop in temperature for some Cape York adventures.
We currently find ourselves in a transition period with the change of seasons. Due to our location, Hervey Bay is one of the only destinations that experiences a distinct overlap of both summer and winter species.
The Gold Coast is a great place to be in winter. The westerly winds start to blow, glassing out the ocean. We have crisp blue skies and the water temperature will start to fall. The early rains in April also paved the way for good fishing for winter. All these factors will start the spawning run of many species of fish. Mullet, tailor, bream, luderick and gar, just to name a few, will call the Gold Coast home.
It’s not that I don’t trust Skipper, it’s just that I might not necessarily trust him in certain situations. Like, for instance, being stuck on a small boat in cold weather with him is one of those times I wouldn’t trust him, mostly with my raincoat.
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