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Our Country in review

by Jarrod Day, FishingBoating-World Editor on 12 Mar 2013
Fishing around Australia can take you to some stunning locations. Jarrod Day
Fishing can certainly take you many places and while I have done my fair share of travelling interstate over the past few years, it is good to know what is biting when you’re planning a trip away. Often, we plan a holiday off a whim or try to anticipate good weather in conjunction with good fishing. Not all the time do the planets a line and you may get stuck indoors awaiting a break in the weather which can dampen your morale.

Unfortunately you can never pick the weather when planning a holiday but you can certainly pick the right time of year to travel. In conjunction with the right months and moon phase’s, tides can also play important roles in whether or not the fishing will be productive, if you can get this right, your half way to success.

While I often plan a fishing holiday around 18 months out to secure the time off work, I never know if the weather will be kind but I can always guarantee that I will be fishing the prime time of a particular month when a particular species will be abundant. Of course, nothing is 100% all of the time but providing you do your research, your well on your way.


The next few months around the country are about to explode and with Easter just around the corner, combining an interstate holiday with some fishing may be your plan. If it is, then listed below are a few options you may like to consider.

The Northern Territory is about to fire in the coming months with Australia’s most iconic species, the Barramundi about to swarm the rivers. The approaching wet season is drawing closer and once the torrential rains begin, the fishing will really fire up. The prime to do be in search of Barramundi is from April through to June and while hundreds of anglers from around the country will make the trek north to target them, this is the time worth considering. Sure the temperatures are hot and muggy but if it is some epic fishing you’re after then this is an option worth considering. In saying that, if you up for something with a little less humidity in the air but still want some amazing fishing, you might consider the dry season. The dry season runs from June to September and while the days still average 36 degrees there is very little humidity making things more comfortable. During the dry season it is the pelagics offshore which get anglers blood boiling. These include Spanish mackerel, northern bluefin tuna, trevally, queenfish, sailfish and the like. If this is something you’re up for, then get to the phone and book your trip.

If you are looking for a reputable company to book with for a fishing safari, contact Darwin reef and wrecks for a fishing trip you’ll never forget. Website here

Over in the west, Western Australia is has plenty of species on offer depending on where you have set your sights but it is the approaching marlin season that has every anglers knees trembling. In saying that, WA anglers go giddy over the Spanish mackerel season which is almost upon them now. From Exmouth in the north to Perth in the south, both species can be targeted. The west Australian summer months are certainly the prime months to be fishing off the coast of WA so if you’re planning a trip with a little fishing, get in touch with Blue Juice Charters here.

South Australia is known for its kingfish and Samson fish fishery and if you’re up for a little jigging these guys fit the bill. They are best to be targeted by joining a live aboard trip to access the wider grounds that get little angling pressure. The prime time to be fishing is during the months of March, April and May out of Port Lincoln to fish the rich waters of greenly and Rocky Islands. Samson Fish, Yellowtail Kingfish and Southern Bluefin Tuna are the main targeted species which provide outstanding battles. This time of year is also the most weather stable allowing access to these fishing grounds. If you are thinking of doing such a trip, contact why not fishing charters here.

Though Queensland might fish well all year, it is the cyclone season that should be avoided. This is from November through to April and while the fishing is still good, it isn’t the ideal time to be fishing while there is an approaching cyclone. Amongst the myriad of species available in Queensland it is the month of October when things really begin to hot up. Off Cairns, 1000lb black marlin become the target while further south popping for giant trevally and trolling for mackerel is of high priority. If you’re looking for an outstanding fishing trip off the Great Barrier Reef, check out Northern Conquest Charters for an epic adventure here.

Depending on where you’re situated in the country, New South Wales has a lot to offer the travelling angler. While the state has a lot of coastline to cover, the hottest location to head to is Narooma on the south coast. While marlin and tuna are the pick of species, it is often the influx of kingfish around Montague Island and Eden that gets most of the attention. If you’re looking to head offshore get in touch with www.charterfishnarooma.com. If you want to experience bream fishing at its finest then fishing the Wagonga Inlet estuary may be of interest. To do so check out this website for some mind blowing estuary angling.

Tasmania might be cold over the next few months but that doesn’t deter the keen from flicking a fly. Trout are the main target and with world class trout fishing on tap, it is no wonder why so many anglers head south. The great lakes offer some of the most pristine clear waters where trout are in abundance. Imagine wading knee deep to pitch a fly millimetres in front of a rising trout. With trout in excess on 10lb on offer, Tassie has it all and more. If you are heading to Tas, check out this website for a fishing session to remember.

With the onset of autumn in Victoria, anglers will get to experience a wide variety of fishing but it is the abundance of Australian salmon that are infiltrating the surf beaches. Land based anglers by the hundreds descend on the sand all keen to get their fix. If the salmon don’t sound interesting enough then you may like to look to the west of the state where the annual run of southern blue fin tuna pass by Portland. For Victorian anglers, this time of year creates havoc and with such a prestigious game fish on offer, if there was any fish to invite the travelling angler, it is the opportunity to catch tuna in excess of 100 kilos. If you want to tussle with a tuna, get in touch with Red Hot Fishing Charters here or Reel Time Fishing Charters here.

So with a round up of the country in review, we have pieced together another great line up for this week.


Last week Lee looked at the speedsters of the soft plastic jigging stable, the jerkshads. This week Lee Brake is slowing things down a bit and focusing on those wagging, flowing, twirling curl tail soft plastics that really get finicky fish in a feeding frenzy.


Gary heads off around Sydney in search of Silver trevally. Once classified as mainly a cold water species, silver trevally can be now caught year round and for sport, on light tackle nothing can compare.


Jarrod head’s to an old haunt, Queensland’s Hinchinbrook Island with a few mates to have a flick amongst the myriad of mangrove lined creeks and the main channel. Hinchinbrook Island can be a mind blowing fishery but can confuse anglers on where to start. Amongst its majestic beauty, Jarrod explores the area and explains with almost precision accuracy the exact places to find a fish if your up that way.

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