Fihsing in Pittwater is hot at the moment . Bream and small snapper are being caught everywhere , Flathead are on the chew , bonito and tailor are in schools , they seem to find you , even some mackerel . Small soapy jewies are about amongst the moorings but you have to fish the tides .
For all the locations of where to fish for your preferred species in Pittwater , see my past blogs . They will tell you the gear and where to find them .
For my fishing this weekend , I caught 3 jewies , 4 Flathead , one big tailor , one eel , one flounder . I wasn’t on the water much but more time would have caught a lot more . I was targeting jewies and all the rest were by catches. As usual , all were released except one Flathead .
This weekend , the moon is perfect , so I expect it to be as good again .
I am in Thailand fishing this weekend so I will post next week all the big fish we catch .Read More
Fishing in Pittwater is good at the moment . Water is clear and still warm . You can find plenty of squid . Just look for any weed beds with clear water and start throwing your squid jig around . They will find it . I caught 6 big squid including one giant yesterday . See the photo . They fed 9 of us for dinner with a thai chilli noodle dish . I am using a 2.5 g squid jig in the natural brown colour . It looks authentic in the water but I know the white ones and the pink ones also work in Pittwater . The squid are also in the deep so here I use a running sinker rig and a 1 metre trace from the swivel . You can also use a paternoster rig but I prefer the running sinker rig as you can make the jig dart around .
Flathead are also biting , look for the drop offs and at high tide the flats or shallow areas . Good around the jetties .
Jewfish are also around biting on plastics and live bait . I caught a school Jew yesterday and a small Flathead while moving around to see what was biting . 5″ soft plastics here with 1/4 oz and if in the deep 1/5 oz jig head on 3/0 or 5/0 hook .
I didn’t fish for bream but I know they are around as are rat kings .
The moon is good for fishing this week and weekend .Read More
Fish are biting everywhere in Pittwater so I was told . I set out to find kingies . It took me an hour and a half to get 3 live squid so I thought 3 king fish here . Well for the next two hours I tried various spots . Do you think s kingie came near these tasty squid . Nothing! Even the soft plastics didn’t work on them . In the meantime I did catch that big hairtail on the soft plastic , plus a small snapper and a flathead and a small 50 cm Jewie . All on the soft plastics . It was a 7″ Berkley jerk shad in pearl White on a 5/0 hook and 1/2 oz jig head . Even the Jewie didn’t want the squid . On the way back home I stopped on some flats on Sunday . It was a run up tide so the fish should be there . Wind and overcast perfect . I dropped down to light bream gear with 2.5″ prawn on # 2 hook and 1/16 oz jig head . I only stopped for 15 minutes and managed a nice small bream . Goes to show that you have to be flexible and be aware of the tides . If you are you will always catch fish .
There is plenty of fish about and it is great out there . Give it a go and catch a feed . A nice video of one of the flathead caught . See how clear the water is in Pittwater .
Day one of holidays . Time for some flathead for the fridge for dinner with the first day is always a scouting trip to find out where they are .
6 am start , beautiful weather so we headed for the channel where it was running in up to high . The water was racing so out came 1/4 oz jig head and 5″ soft plastics . Always fish with the current when it is running as the flathead will be facing the current and you bring the plastic down to the fish right in front of its eyes . It wasn’t too long and we had one in the boat . Then another , and another . We finished about 9.30 am to go in for a feed . We had 6 flathead to clean plus 3 smaller ones we let go . Not a bad morning . My feelings are that under 40 cm they go back and over 58 cm they go back . These are either too small or the breeders . See the video of the cleaning table .
The technique I have described many times in the blog but it is simple . Find a channel where the water is running , drift with the current . Cast up stream so the lure comes with the current . I know this sounds wrong but it is right and the lure sinks to the bottom quickly coming with the tide . Your skill is to work the lure so it bounces along the bottom up and down. The fish will hit it . That’s why they are in the current !
Try it and you will catch them . Enjoy the video . Tomorrow we will try new places and tricks . Stay tuned.
Second day fishing we went to try new spots . So over to the other side of the lake to coal point and drift the reef bed towards Toronto .
After two long drifts we had nothing so we went over to green point . It was a rising tide now so we drifted along the bank and we were casting towards the rising shore . Finally one fish in the boat and then another strike with a big flathead that took the drag on a long run . She somehow got off .
Late afternoon we went out again and now it was a falling tide . The three of us bagged 8 flathead and one big 40 cm bream . The gear we used was 2500 reel , 8 lb braid and 10 lb leader . A 3/0 hook with 5″ soft plastic , 1/4 oz jig head . One used a 2/0 hook with 1/4 oz jig head and 3 ” clear jerk shad . The other colours were pearl white and pink . One of the flathead was a big girl at 64 cm so a nice photo and back she went .
Like anywhere you have to find spots according to the tide . Rising tide hit the flats or the drop offs near the flats . Falling tide hit the drop offs or deeper water near drop offs . This is where they will be .
If you are fishing Flats then hit them on the last of the run up and first of the run out . Other times mostly a waste of time.
Wind has been howling at 37 kms so the skill is to find the fish where the wind is protected . So the only way was the fish the FLATS.
Here we could get out of the wind and drift st a normal pace . So the tide was running up to high , an hour to go so we knew this is prime time . We scaled down our gear to bream gear as it was only 1.5 – 3 ft deep . The gear was 4 lb braid ,6 lb leader , #2 hook and 1/16 th oz jig head .. we used the 2.5″ shrimp soft plastic as the prawns are running .
So over the hour and half we caught 4 nice flathead , all between 46 cm -51 cm . Perfect for the table .
THE TRICKS – if y it want to fish the flats and there is a lot of weed and sand patches , go down to light gear . You still get weed caught but not as much and when you get a strike you have a lot of fun getting the fish in .
The tide is best at an hour before the high to an hour after the high . If you are still catching fish then stay but it will decrease . I don’t think it is worth while fishing the lower tides on the flats as the fish reposition themselves on the run out in the drop offs . You may catch a fish or two but the prime time is as above . As the tide goes out reposition yourself to cast into the drop offs . Remember it is always better to cast up stream if there is a current as the fish face the current . See the good video in the flats .
The wind was howling again and in the morning we only got 1 flathead . This was fishing the drop off from the flats as the tide was running out . Same rig , just cast over the flats and bring the soft plastic down along the drop off until you get it to the boat . Keep it hitting the bottom and you should get some fish .
This morning I took our next door neighbours grand son fishing , to teach him the finer points of soft plastic fishing for flathead .
The wind was blowing again so a tough lesson , and into the fast running water channel we went .
casting against the wind and bringing the lure back with the tide and drifting fast was a hard first session for him . As luck would have it he landed the first fish in the boat . And it was his first on a soft plastic . See the photo . So he caught it , cleaned it and ate it for dinner . You can’t get better than that for a 13 year old . Great to see things go right occasionally .
We caught two more and that was the story for the day . I have to go back to Sydney for a day .
We went out this morning to catch some nice big ones and try some new spots . There are plenty of channels amongst the flats in Lake Macquarie so you don’t have to go far . the tide was just starting to run out so things looked good . First channel a small flathead , throw back . Next channel a nice one for the fridge . At the next channel in comes a great 72 cm beauty . Some fast photos , see below and back she went . We thought there might be some males hanging around but not one more touch . So the morning of about two and half hours saw three fish caught , two thrown back and one kept . Not a lot of fish but the big one made up for it . See photo
The wind was high so we went flats fishing again in the protected bay . Now flats fishing is great fun but you need to have two scenarios .
1. A protected bay with weed and sand patches . The weed has to be light , don’t go if the weed is thick and heavy , especially if there are no sand patches . The fish will often hit in the sand patches , they are either there or just hiding next to it in the weed . Fish light and cast with the wind and drift with the wind .
2. Go where there is clear water and you can see the sandy flats amongst darker water . If the sand has ridges where the water is slightly deeper , that is where the fish are . Even better if there is some rocks or weedy patches around . Stick to the slightly deeper water and cast to the shallow water and bring the lure back to you hitting the bottom at all times . If the flats are clear and not weedy you can use five inch soft plastics and heavier jig heads to cast further .
we chose the first option here as it was windy . Light gear as mentioned in previous blogs . Two hits and both of us missed them . Then on he next drift one small flathead , sent back only forty cm . Next drift in comes a beaut fish , 57 cm long , just one cm short of me throwing it back . The fight with this flathead on 8 lb leader and 1000 reel was terrific . This is fishing . It ran and ran , four or five times when it saw the net . Keeping the rod tip down near the water and pressure on the fish got the job done . With light gear and flats fishing keep the drag at 1/3 rd of the breaking strain of the leader and you will have no trouble landing it eventually . See the photos .next time I will get a video . The fishing went quiet so we ventured out into the channel behind an island to get out of the wind . First drift another good flathead 53 cm , and that was it . Nothing else after that . Three nice flathead , two let go .