Fishing Lines | Wet spring brings lots of fishing fun

Wet spring brings lots of fishing fun


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As the water clarity and temperature stabilises in the impoundment, recently filled impoundments fishing should improve.

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Lily Butler holding her first coral trout caught off Cairns in Queensland. If you have a great fishing picture send it to joshandjamiefishing@gmail.com

Lily Butler holding her first coral trout caught off Cairns in Queensland. If you have a great fishing picture send it to joshandjamiefishing@gmail.com

With news of the period between May and September being the wettest on record this has meant a complete turn around from the previous dry years we have all experienced.

Harvest is late this year and hopefully can be completed with a minimum of interruption.

Good news in the form of full and filling impoundments translates to benefits for all the communities that sit downstream both economically and recreationally.

Again, please be careful when boating on the recently filled or filling impoundments with a fair bit of flood debris still floating on the top or just partly submerged.

It will take a few months to settle down again.

Don’t forget we are in the midst of a closed season for Murray Cod and also the Murray Crayfish.

This of course means it is illegal to fish for Murray Cod in NSW until December 1, 2016.

At the same time, the Murray Crayfish season is closed for the next nine months until June 1, 2017.

As the water clarity and temperature stabilises in the impoundment, recently filled impoundments fishing should improve.

Smart anglers took photos and global positioning system(GPS) waypoints of areas and structure that were exposed in low water.

These anglers can now go back and specifically target those areas again now they are completely submerged under water.

Structures in impoundments and rivers is important to target with baits and lures because it can be a refuge for baitfish or become a residence for some of the bigger fish.

It is also timely at this time of year to remind people heading into the outdoors to keep an eye on and become fluent with weather patterns and the associated forecast system.

Recently, some parts of north west NSW experienced a supercell storm event that brought powerful winds in excess of 120 kilometres an hour.

This can be devastating to campsites and tarps, tents, camping chairs and other equipment if they are not tied down and properly secured.

The potential for falling branches are another thing to consider when setting up your campsite. 

We all want to enjoy a fishing and camping trip, but a little bit of preparation before you leave home to check the forecast can make all the different to staying safe this summer.

Keep an eye out on the Seven network MATE TV channel for our fishing shows.

Just search Josh and Jamie in your TV guides.

Value your time on the water and the outdoors with your family and friends and enjoy your fishing.

  • If you have any questions, reports from your area or if you have some fish pics (and a brief story) that you would like to see here, drop Josh Smith and Jamie Condon a line at joshandjamiefishing@gmail.com or visit www.joshandjamiefishing.com.au
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