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Fishing Pittwater (Snapper, Squire and more)

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Fishing in Pittwater Friday afternoon

I went out for a fish this afternoon in Pittwater for 2 hours .Raining , thunderstorms but no wind . My aim was bream . The result ,about 10 squire ( baby reddies ) around 21-22 cm and one lovely 34.5 cm baby snapper . It was the end of the low tide , so the beginning of the run in . Where will the fish be ? In the deeper water . So I looked for a drop off from shallow to deeper . The place I found was going from 8 ft to 20 ft on a gradual decline . Perfect . So I decided to use a heavier lure , a soft vibe . This looks like a fish but is soft plastic with two sets of trebles . It gets to the bottom faster . All you do is raise the rod slowly and it vibrates . You can feel it on the rod as you bring it up. Then drop it down again to the bottom . Just raise it slowly upwards to maximum one metre then let it drop again. Reel in the slack line and do it again till it gets to the boat . One squire first cast and another two in short nothing for 10-15 minutes . So I moved spots and changed lures to the 2″ prawn ( see photo below ) and a one twelfth oz jig head . ( see photo below ) . Again first cast a baby reddie, and three or four more before the big one hit . With the light line the drag went off and it was great fun for about a minute before it got to the boat. See the photo below . Not the fish I caught but an exact copy caught a while a go . Then a few more small ones and it went quiet again . The spot was in amongst the moored boats . Nothing special .Time to move again . A couple more on the new spot then nothing . As it was still raining , time to go home . The moral here is , if the fish stop biting , move to a new spot or change your lure or do both . Don’t give a spot more than 10 or 15 minutes . If it is not working it won’t .
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Kayak fishing Pittwater (Bream)

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Richard went kayak fishing in Pittwater last week . His catch is below .He used s shimano raider 2-4 kg fines rod , Sedona 1500 reel , and live yabbies pumped at low tide on the sand in refuge cove .his rig was a small running sinker to a Fluoro bead above the bream hook . The biggest bream was 36 cm . Not bad for a bait Fisherman! At least it was live bait .He fished amongst the moored boats .
If in doubt where to fish go in amongst the moored boats . There are always fish there . If you don’t want to drift then , grab a n unoccupied mooring and tie up to it . If nothing after 15 minutes move to the next unoccupied mooring and so on till you find them. Moorings provide a lot of home protection for the fish and plenty of growth to eat .
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Fishing Pittwater – Baby Snapper, Flathead and Leather Jackets

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Plenty of flathead biting in Pittwater, plenty of reddies and small baby snapper up to 35 cm , leather jackets big and small , silver bream , flounder , rat kingies and some legal but they are hard to catch .
We went out on Saturday for the run up tide . Started 1 hour after the low tide .Two flathead 42 cm each ,one big flounder , one very big leather jacket , and plenty of small reddies up to 30 cm which kept us entertained .
We fished the deep this time as the rain has made the water a bit murky . Depth went from 35 ft (11 metres) to 20 ft (7 metres ). All the fish came out of these depths , the flathead about in the 25 ft depth . As it was deeper I used a micro jig weighing 12 gm and Scott used a 2 1/2 inch soft vibe in the clear colour . See photo attached . You could use the bream gear and put a 1/4 oz jig head on a #2 hook and the 2″ prawn or 3″ jerk shad in pumpkinseed . All of these will work in the deep .one of the flathead was caught on the 5″ Berkeley jerk shad in pearl glow colour ( white ) my go to lure when you need to catch something . I used my bream rod with the micro jig – 1-3 kg rod , 1000 reel , 6 lb leader , and 4 lb braid .Scott used a 2-5 kg rod and the same gear as me for the rest .
All the fish came in a 40 minute bite , starting exactly 3 hours after the low tide . Up till then ,nothing not even a bite . Then it went off just as quickly . Shows you must keep moving spots and hunting till you find them . all the fish were released except the flathead which will be beer batter . I will show you how we do the beer batter over the week.

Fishing on Sunday . High tide was 8.12 am so I fished from 7 am till 10 am .weather was perfect , overcast and no wind .It took till my 6 th different spot before I caught anything decent other than a couple of small reddies . On the 6 th spot I caught 4 flathead in a row ,from 9.15 to 9.45 and then they stopped . One 44 cm is now in the freezer for later. Another 30 cm , 38 cm and a big girl 64 cm all went back . Once you find a flathead often there are others around especially if there is a big girl there . Remember if you catch one over 60 cm put it back as they breed all the others for us . The spot I caught them on was fishing towards the rocky shore . I started out at 35 ft and drifted towards the shore which went up to 14 ft. So you can see that this was a sloping drop off from shore to deep . The fish were sitting on the slope waiting to attack anything that came from the shore , as it was a run out tide now .All of them were caught with the 5 ” soft plastic ,pearl glow colour, 8 lb leader ,6 lb braid , and 2500 reel . I used this as I was hoping for a kingie to come along .The lesson here though is to keep moving spots if you are not getting anything. Don’t leave it for more than 15 or 20 minutes before moving and when you do hit a spot that works , note the tide because at another part of the tide it may not work .use your sounder to get the lay of the bottom and depths .
One boat caught a small jewie which he threw back , good to see in Pittwater , near Scotland island . He was using bait .Another young fisho in Pittwater was lure fishing for bream with 4 lb leader and a 90 cm flathead grabbed the fish . After what seemed like an hour he boated the big girl and then let it go . Well done to him .
No birds working this morning to find kingies .

see the 12 Gm micro jig in red colour with two assist hooks ,on the flathead , bream and flounder . The leather jacket was caught with the 2 1/2 -3 ” clear soft vibe .the micro jig brands is storm . Work them like a soft plastic in the deeper water .
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Catching Kingfish at Pittwater

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Perfect morning , run out tide from high,swell low and light wind . Went out chasing kingies at the valiant wreck . No one there early . Plenty of live bait today so used live yakkas . Total count was 12 landed and 4 bust offs . Only two kept that were legal . A great day . Gear we used was ,one rod PE 1.5 -4, 80 lb leader, 6/0 hook and a treble stinger hook . Reel is Shimano 8000 with 50 lb braid . The leader was connected to the braid with a swivel and had a running sinker above the swivel . The hook rig you can buy at the tackle shop but they are easy to tie yourself , so in a future blog I will do a video to show you .
The other rod wa ss light one with a Stella 4000 reel , 30 lb braid , 40 lb leader , same hook rig as above , and a 4-8 kg rod . Today it didn’t matter what the leader was , they were hitting any yakka that was put down . The thing to take note is the high tide was 6 am and we started fishing at 7.30 till 11.30 .A perfect run out and moving tide for them .More tomorrow .

 

 

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Fishing Pittwater – Flounder, Bream and Flathead

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Pittwater fishing is pretty good at the moment . Water is 25.5 c and the weather is calm .My total score this weekend is 6 flathead, 2 silver bream , 2 large flounder , and a few little reddies ( baby snapper ) .
The flathead were all caught at low tide , just before or just after . Sizes 61 cm, 52 cm, 43, cm , 44 cm , 40 cm . 41 cm , all released . I caught 3 in 3 casts in one spot . It was a drop off going from 4 ft to 10 ft to 17 ft to 25 ft . They were in the deeper part waiting for the bait fish . So at low tides fish the drop off , cast towards the shallow part and bring it back into the deep jigging it and Hitting the bottom as you go .Make sure you pause to let the flathead grab it . You will feel the thud. I was drifting from deep towards the shallow water and casting with the drift so you can visualise how the lure is coming down the slop to the deeper water each time .
If you catch one in a spot it is likely there are more sitting around . Keep working it until no further bites , especially if you catch one 60 cm or more as the smaller males will be around her. Gear was 2500 shimano reel ,6 lb braid and 10 lb leader , 1/4 oz jig head ,3/0 hook , pearl glow jerk shad 5″ from Berkeley gulp .See the photo on the jig head . One trick is to use a red bead in your loop knot before the jig head or dip the jig head in red nail Polish or paint . Seems to attract them .
The two big silver bream were caught at the palm beach flats on a rising tide . I used daiwa 1-2 kg rod , 4 lb braid , 6 lb leader , 1/16 th jig head on #2 hook .Lure was the Berkeley gulp 2″ shrimp in new penny colour . See the photos , one was 35 cm and the other 39.5 cm . Really fantastic fight , both took me around the boat before netting them and letting them go .As a by catch I caught 2 big flounder , one the biggest I have caught in Pittwater , bigger than the dinner plate . This came home to be deep fried crispy skin flounder with Thai sauce . I cHstted to a kyak fisherman who only goes for bream , and he uses hard bodies only . He has been catching a lot he said . Shows you there are many ways to catch bream also . I will go through these ideas in future blogs .
Use some of these tips and get out there , fish are waiting !
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Note the red jig head with the pearl glow jerk shad . No fish could resist that .
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2″” Berkeley shrimp on #2 hook and 1/16 jig head .39.5 cm
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The BETS bream fishing Comp Pittwater

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The bream Comp was on today ,over 20 teams fished Pittwater and caught at least 100 bream that they brought back to the weigh in. The biggest haul of five fish weighed 4.96 kg. Three teams were above 4.65 kg for the total of 5 fish .There were many fish over the kilo size and a lot more around 900 gm. As fishermen we would be happy with all of those that I saw at the weigh in . I spoke to those who’d fished Pittwater . The basic method was 1000 to 2500 reel , light spin rods , light jig heads from 1/12 th to 1/40 th when fishing shallow water . Leader was mostly 3 lb or 4 lb but some went as low as 2 lb and some went as high as 8 lb when using surface lures .One team used hard bodies – jackall chubbies , atomic ,and daiwa .Soft plastics were camo crawl ,cranky crab,4″ gulp worm in pumpkinseed ,2″ shrimp ,eco gear Aqua prawn. Hook sizes varied from #2 to 1/0 . Some of the fisho’s used 3 lb flurocarbon all the way through, no braid .So you can see that there is a lot of variety in fishing for bream , depending on depth and location.One thing is for sure , they are out there waiting for us to catch them . In future blogs we will go through how to catch them more thoroughly and what tricks may help us catch the big ones . Have a look at the photos of the comp below.

 

 

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Fishing Pittwater weekend

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The fish are biting at the moment . In Pittwater there are bream amongst the moorings and on the flats at high tide . Also anywhere you can find weed and patches of sand . You will get the occasional by catch of flathead on your bream gear . If you want flathead go to the drop offs and bring your lures into the deep water along the drop offs . See previous blogs for the gear to use for bream and flathead and the techniques .
Trevally are around and they will turn up when you are fishing for bream and flathead . Bonito are also schooling so look for the birds but many times they will also hit you lures when you don’t expect it . Small baby snapper will keep you interested in between . They are there in large proportions .
Plenty of yakkas around if you want to live bait for kingies , but as of last week they were finicky and only hitting small strips of fresh squid . Try anyway .
Up the Hawkesbury , Jew fish are hitting soft plastics , work the slack tides . Also as a by catch you will get flathead , big bream , big baby snapper , tailor and the occasional whiting . Even the occasional puffer fish ! They are all biting but you have to be patient and persistent . Use your flathead gear with 15 lb leader , 1/2 oz jig head and 5″ jerk shads but if you have paddle tails use them . Let it sink to the bottom and then jig jig it back to the boat always getting back to the bottom .
Good luck , I am working so won’t be fishing this weekend .

 

 

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Fishing Pittwater – Bonito and Bream

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Plenty of fish in Pittwater this weekend . Big silver bream are around the moorings . The bonito have arrived and they are fun on your bream gear , trevally are roaming around amongst the moorings and jetties , anywhere there is structure . Kingies are there but they are just not biting . I have live yakkas out and worked soft plastics but they just were not interested . Others were saying that they are biting on short strips of fresh squid . Tailor and salmon are yet to arrive but there is plenty of fish around .
i caught the bonito on my bream gear , 2″ Berkley shrimp , new penny colour , and the fight was terrific , all around the boat . Bream I caught were also on the shrimp new penny colour .
​i have found that the best way this weekend was to go light , 1/16 th jig head weight and fish in 5-7 metres of water and let it slowly drift down to the bottom . Most of the bream I caught hit the soft plastic on the drop half way or 3/4 way down . Be patient , they will hit it . The bonito hit it on the way up when I was slowly jigging the lure up to the surface .

 

 

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Fishing Pittwater – Trevally

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Went fishing Sunday morning for bream at palm beach . Drifted the flats all around palm beach , in depths from 2.5 metres to 5 bream are biting . In two hours I caught 6 nice bream all between 30 cm and 34 cm . I used the 2″ new penny Berkley gulp shrimp , and the camo colour 2.5 ” crabby . Also the trevally have turned up . I caught 3 of these great fish and lost one big one that broke me off . Nice to see the trevally here . They will be great fun all winter . They were hitting my new penny shrimp . My leader as always was 6 lb and my light gear . See previous blogs for all the info on that .
Monday I went after the kingies with live yakkas . The sounder showed plenty of kings in each of the 4 spots I tried in Pittwater , but they just wouldn’t bite so I came home empty handed .
If you want to go after bream or trevally , you will have a lot of fun as they are all around . My tip is to hit the areas amongst the moorings as they are there breeding . Good luck .

 

 

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Fishing Pittwater – Bream and moorings

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Low tide was 3 pm so I went out at 2 pm till just after 4 pm to test the low tide fishing for bream amongst the moored boats . Again it was rainy and windy . Using bream gear and a Berkley camo 2.5″ crabby soft plastic , I had two fish in the boat in half an hour . One reddie at 30 cm and one big thumper silver bream at 34 cm and fat ! Over the session I caught two more good fish on the new penny shrimp ,both slightly smaller than the big one but all of them are fat as they seem to be spawning now . With another 3 or 4 small reddies , it proved that you can fish any tide in amongst the moorings , as long as you drift and move around to find where they are holding . I used the #2 hook with 1/16 th jig head , TT lures hooks . Again I fished in 5-7 metres of water and drifted amongst the boats . As you can see from the photos the weather was very changeable .
Autumn and winter are great times for bream as they come up to breed . They are fat , hungry and in schools a lot . So you just have to be patient with your lure , it will get smashed if you keep working it . I think in winter you should slow the action down a lot , use lighter jig heads so it floats down more slowly and let it sit on the bottom longer like a bait and when you move it twitch it gently .
​ The fish are there so give it a go .

 

 

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