Jul 102016
6.80m Vindicator Quality Aluminium Fishing Boat “Strike Two”

Like we said last time, fishing can be a lot trickier in the colder months, but we still take the aluminum fishing boat out in winter.  We are lucky enough to enjoy relatively warm water temperatures in our neck of the woods and find that flathead can be caught all year round.

Flatheads adapt to colder temperatures and although they are most active when the water is around 15 – 19 degrees, they can be caught in much colder waters. We recommend you try and pick the warmest day for your fishing trip and look for the warmest water, even a couple of degrees will make a difference. Run-in tides tend to be warmer, and in our experience, you won’t usually find the flatheads biting before about 9am.

Flatheads get nervous about shadows, probably because they are hunted by sea eagles and a shadow can be a signal of impending doom. Overcast conditions help alleviate this problem as does fishing in murkier waters.

Talk to your local bait shop about what the flatties are feeding on to get an idea on which lures to use. When the flatheads are feasting on baitfish they will chase your lure from a distance, whereas if they are in sleep mode you may have to drop the lure right in front of them.

Trolling can work as it allows you to cover a lot more water, just be mindful of the shadow of your boat. Trolling will help you find any active fish that are around. Your Sounder will be a big help when trolling for flathead as it will help you detect the change between mud and sand as well as any baitfish patterns. Trolling rods should be quite soft and a four pound line should be all you need for fishing for flatties in winter. You can rig up four lures, one at around 50 metres away, one as close as around 10 metres and then others in between. A 4 to 6 kilo leader will work for this type of fishing. Try trolling around contours, flats and the edges of weed beds. Trolling is not recommended in windy conditions where a lot of weed is stirred up.

We wish you the best of luck flathead fishing this winter. Let us know how you go.


Jun 272016
Fishing Boats

Australia is a great country full of excellent fishing and holiday spots. Why not combine the two? Our last blog talked about a few amazing Aussie fishing spots, and this week we are featuring a few more.

Fishing in Western Australia

The famous Ningaloo Reef is an amazing area for fishing. It is home to hundreds of different fish species. Exmouth is just a short distance away and a nice place to holiday with plenty of holiday accommodation options including the local caravan park where you can stay awhile.  Anywhere around the Exmouth region is a good place to throw in a line. Camp Range National Park lies along this piece of coastline and camping is allowed. You can even put your boat in from the beach at the National Park.

The whole of Northern Western Australia coastline presents great fishing opportunities. These areas are largely isolated which is probably part of the reason that the region is teeming with fish. The Dampier Archipelago is renowned for Red Emperor, Coral Trout, Spangled Emperor, Scarlet Sea Perch, Snapper and many more tasty fish species.  Karratha has a number of accommodation options including parks for the caravan.

The South Coast of Victoria

Gippsland on Victoria’s South Coast has plenty of excellent fishing spots too, including the Lakes Entrance area. Lakes Entrance is a delightful little town and a nice spot to stay while you explore the diverse fishing spots around the place. This area is also home to the scenic Gippsland Lakes and you can catch Bream, Flathead, Trevally and other species here.  You will find local fishing stores where you can get the good oil on the best spots to go.

New South Wales Fishing

South West Rocks is a lovely holiday spot and another great fishing location. It is situated approximately 450 kilometres north of Sydney and is a picturesque village. It’s a nice place to have a break as it’s not a tourist mecca and you will find it a quiet and friendly place to enjoy some time out.

Jindabyne is also popular for fishing during summer and you can catch Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Brook Trout and Atlantic Salmon. Streams run down from the Snowy Mountains, the air is clean and crisp and the surrounds are picture perfect, all adding up to a nice place to visit. Lake Jindabyne isn’t open for fishing during the winter season.

Wherever you are in Australia, the folk at Watson’s Marine wish you many happy fishing trips. Please come and visit us and check out our wide range of boats, trailers and boat supplies. There are some great specials available as well as competitions to celebrate our 50 years in the boating industry.

May 012016
minkota electric engine

Once upon a time you could anchor your boat, throw in a line and be assured of a catch. As many fisherman know, these days are quite different; fish have become smarter, very timid and harder to find. The only way to keep ahead of the game is to take advantage of today’s improved technology and tackle, and to polish up on your techniques!

Have a Fishing Game Plan

Set out a game plan for your fishing trip. You will need to check the tides and weather. The tides play a big part in the movement of fish. The change of tide (first of the run in and first of the run out tide) is generally always a good time to fish, so time your fishing trip to catch these times and tides. If that means an early start, it will be well worth it when you bring home the fish! We believe very early morning is always the best time to catch fish. Weather is important too and with increased accuracy in forecasting, the angler has got better chances of choosing the right day to go fishing. As everyone who owns a boat knows, it is so relaxing and stress free to sit in a boat on the water with fishing line in hand, watching the world go by.

Don’t Be Afraid to Move your Boat Around

Moving your boat from place to place, will help you find the fish. If you aren’t having any joy in one spot, pull anchor and move along. The more ground you cover, the more chance you have of finding the fish. This is where your GPS/ Sounder will pay off. Your sounder will help you find the areas, likely to attract fish. Reefs, bommies and drop-offs are excellent spots for a large selection of reef fish. Mangrove Jack, a wonderful eating fish, love logs and banks – this is where the side imaging transducer sounders shine. When fishing the dams try travelling up where the old trees & logs are; those fresh water fish like Bass, Yellow Belly and if you are lucky maybe a Barra may be lurking. Your GPS/Plotter can save those spots for next time you go fishing too, also retaining lots of good information that can help you with your next game plan.

There is nothing better than a Minkota electric engine mounted on the rear or front of your vessel to move you quietly around the edge of mangroves for those large Whiting, good size Bream, not to forget those great tasting Flathead and of course, Mangrove Jack. The Minkota is very beneficial when fishing the dams as well. They are becoming very popular with fisherman fishing off shore, using the Minkota to keep them in the right spot and prevent them from drifting too far off the bommie where the fish are congregating. With the more up to date electronic equipment, fishing has become more of a science than good luck. Your depth sounder can help identify where the fish are, so you can make sure your line is long enough and weighted well enough to reach the right depths especially when you are chasing those Spanish Mackerel or Tuna.This is where the Cannon Downrigger comes into play, nothing is left to chance.

Watch for the Signs

Keep your eyes wide open. Occasionally you will spot a school of fish on the surface. Always be prepared and have your line ready, you need to be able to throw in your line  immediately. It is always best to have several lines rigged to target the different areas and fish you may come across. Opportunities don’t knock every day. Watch for seabirds feeding too. Observing the behaviour of sea birds can identify where the fish are running. Watch for the movement of water as well, for this is where the bait fish are feeding.

Remember, practice makes perfect. Go fishing in the water as often as you can. Don’t be left on the bank this season. Come in and spend $20.00 and go into the draw to win a Boat, Motor, Trailer and Fishing & Crabbing Gear from Watsons Marine Gympie & Fishermans Warehouse. We’d love to hear some of your fishing tips and stories. Stay tuned for more tips from us next time.