Catching Jewfish Hawkesbury River
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Last blog I promised to tell you of my adventure into the Hawkesbury river fishing for jewfish . We started out this morning at 6.30 am to get to the first spot by 7.30 am , Half an hour from slack tide . We arrived there to see our friends got here first , so we went to the second spot . Our gear was a flathead rod , 10 lb braid , 17 lb leader , 2500 reel , 1/2 oz jig heads , and 5″ soft plastics . Chris was using the new Boom baits softies , in avocado or motor oil . He switched between them . I was using Z man diesel minnows in the black and silver . I had the two glow beads on my rig . See previous blogs for why and how . We were fishing in 14 – 20 metres of water mostly . By 8 am , Chris had the first Jewie in the boat only a small soapie around 60 cm . He then was broken off by a big one and I lost a smaller one also . Next we both caught a flathead each , nice size for eating so they went in the live bait tank to keep them fresh .
Off to the next spot up the river , nothing ! Off to the next spot , I though I hooked a beaut Jewie but it came in as a trophy silver bream over 40 cm and fat ! Same spot , I thought I has another Jewie but it was a beatuful 64 cm flathead .
Off to the next spot , up the river , I miss one , it failed to hook up . Chris then hooks a beauty , 84 cm of big fat jewfish . What a beauty . That was on the motor oil colour . Ans that was the end of the trip ss the river was running too hard .7.30 am till 11 am fishing , not a bad morning . All the fish are still swimming for someone else to catch except the two flathead at the beginning .
So the summary , one day before the full moon , excellent . Try to fish around the full moons and the new moons . Use the gear above , it is plenty for the big ones . Get out there and find the deeper spots , they are everywhere , and drift . You will get them .
Targeting Jewfish – Hawkesbury River
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I went out jewfish hunting today with two experts or so they said . Gone at 6 am to catch the 8.30 am high tide change in the Hawkesbury river . Only using soft plastics and light gear . The reel was 2500 Stella , 10 lb braid and either 15 lb or 17 lb leader , 2 metres long . Light weight rod , basically your flathead rod , 2-4 kilo . Well it started off well , by 9.30 am one lovely jewie was landed . Unfortunately no photo as the fish jumped over board just before the camera was set . Not to worry we will catch another one .famous last words . For the next 3 hours and numerous new spots , nothing . So we went to the Cowan creek area to fish whilst we waited for the tide to change . Here we caught 3 tailor , one big one , two small snapper , two flathead and one whiting . At 2 pm we headed back up the Hawkesbury for the start of the run in tide . Nothing until half an hour before we had to finish , two beautiful Jewish came into the boat . See the photo below . So the day ended well but for the 4 of us fishing , one guy caught all three . The most unusual fish caught was the puffer fish below . It was a really small fish and it puffed itself up to this big ball . It must be one of the ugliest fish around . All in all a great day but a long one . Many new ideas to try over the winter , and I will keep you posted on all the ideas, gear , and how to catch them .. The soft plastics were all paddle tails , as the jewfish like the movement of the tail on the drop . Hooks were either 5/0 or 3/0 depending on what size paddle tail you had on . Both worked . The size of the jig head that caught the jewies was 1/2 oz . The rest of us used 3/8 th oz jig heads . Weight depends on the depth and the current so you have to work that out yourself .
Fishing Pittwater – Kingfish, Flathead, Tailor and Jewfish.
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Fishing looks good this weekend , for all sorts of fish . Flathead and bream , kingies , and tailor , maybe even the odd jewie . Soft plastics are the go on all the species ,and for the big kings use live yakkas or live squid . Kingies are biting on dead squid and squid strips . Don’t forget if you use a squid strip , cut slices in the end so it looks like a tail fluttering in the water . Flathead will be in all the spots I have outlined in previous blog posts , bream will be amongst the moorings and the weed beds at palm beach flats .
Get out there and give it a go .
Fishing Pittwater – Bream, Flathead and Jewfish
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The day stayed free of rain so we went up the Hawkesbury chasing flathead and Jewies on soft plastics . The first two hours were quiet , with no bites then one flathead hit and got off before the net could get him . We changed spots a lot trying to find anything .
into the third hour and Chris hooked s nice 65 cm Jewie which we released . Quickly after I pulled in s nice 50 cm flathead which came home for dinner . Perfect size . The gear we were using was – 6/0 hook on 1/2 oz jig head , 5 inch paddle tail , both boom baits , one in avocado and one in motor oil . The leader was 16 lb and 10 lb braid . 2500 size reel and 2-6 kg rod . All light gear for the fun .
There is plenty of salmon swimming around Pittwater , as is bream and flathead . Sunday should be a good day for fishing . Have a look at the photos below and the small size of the bream that took the 4″ paddle tail .