AUSTRALIA: Wild Weather Keeps Coastal Anglers On Dry Ground

Wild Weather Keeps Coastal Anglers On Dry Ground
Stormy weather with rain, high winds and big seas put paid to most offshore, rock and beach fishing and much of the estuary fishing at the coast this week, which was unfortunate given the good fishing in those areas immediately before the big blow.

Anglers had reported good catches of morwong, Snapper and sand and Tiger Flathead on bait and soft plastics and kingfish to 80cm on jigs and live bait before the bad weather arrived. Rocks and beaches had fished well for salmon, Tailor, bream and Luderick Flathead, bream, blackfish and large whiting similarly had been biting well in the estuaries. It is assumed this good fishing will return as soon as the rough weather abates.
Heat Then Floods

Inland trout anglers also had a tough time of it. Firstly the hot weather had pushed fish in the mountain lakes down to 10-13 metres and trollers could reach them only with a downrigger or lead core line. Bait fishers mostly could find fish only at night when the temperature dropped. Then came the flooding rain which helped bring the fish back to the surface layers but made road access to many good fishing spots difficult or impossible.

Lightning Risk
During the big storms which swept through the mountain areas fly anglers were quick to lower their fly rods — it is eminently dangerous to be the tallest thing in a bare landscape whilst holding a 3 metre electrically conductive carbon fibre rod. Other anglers with bait and spinning rods also should take note as they face a similar risk.
Rubbish Dangers
One of the most vexing and perplexing problems in fishing areas is the amount of junk that some visitors senselessly and carelessly leave behind when they go home. To illustrate just part of this problem local angler Jamey Bellicanta has sent me a photograph of a Rainbow Trout he caught at Lake Eucumbene. Amongst the stomach contents of the fish was a 3cm piece of sharp-edged broken glass, possibly from a broken beer bottle, that the trout presumably had eaten, mistakenly assuming it was some sort of coloured food. No doubt the person who smashed the glass item in the first place is blissfully unaware of the damage the shard of glass could have caused the trout as it passed through its intestine. To avoid this sort of thing happening the point of the story is simply don’t break bottles. As with the rest of the rubbish, you brought it, you take it home. Leave the trout to feast on natural goodies, not your senseless junk.

Fishing League Starts
Anglers are looking forward to the opening round of the Canberra Native Cup 2013 being held next Thursday 7 February at Lake Ginninderra. The event runs from 6-9p.m., is restricted to native fish and is catch and release only. Participants will be issued with a numbered brag mat on which captures can be photographed prior to release. Photographs can then be transmitted to the organiser who will award appropriate points. The event runs every Thursday night for eight weeks and already has attracted a lot of interest. For further details ring Adam Samios on 0422717077 or Email

Fish Kill At Reservoir
Anglers have reported a significant fish kill, with large numbers of carp, redfin and Golden Perch dead along the bank at Good Hope on the Murrumbidgee Arm of Burrinjuck Reservoir. No cause of death was immediately apparent and the matter has been passed to local NSW Fisheries inspector Tony Day for investigation.

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