Hopkins River Mayhem
Well what happened to Victoria’s summer?
Rain, rain, rain and more rain meant Victoria officially had the wettest summer on record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. During January a tropical low pressure system made its way down from the Northern Territory all the way down to Wester Victoria, and with the extra moisture created by ex-cyclones Anthony and Yasi meant that we were in for a very wet time.
With all this unseasonal rains hitting the state something had to give. All the river systems flooded in one way or another. One that got hit in a massive way was the catchment of the Hopkins River that breaks into Bass Strait next to the west coast town of Warrnambool.
Flash J Flatties
With the nice big King Tides at the end of January, I was keen to try some new water and was able to visit the extensive estuary area at Tea Gardens for 2 days shortly after the Australia Day weekend. I'd never fished there before, so I was excited about fishing some totally new territory!
I was anticipating some great fishing, as the Big King tide floods over the flats and mangroves with deeper water than normal – and the fish can take advantage of new hunting grounds that is normally just too shallow for them to get in to.
Tassie Spring Bream
A few of us had a couple of great trips to Tassie’s East coast in September and October last year. Bream were the target, and bream were caught, with only one or two small trevally as by-catch. Trip #1. We fished from kayaks, and didn’t have to go far from the launch spot to find fish. I could see them on the sounder, individuals and schools, holding at about 5-6m deep in an area that ranged from around 7 to 9m, with a fair bit of fresh water from all the rain and little tidal movement.