Fishing in Pittwater this weekend has been terrific . It should keep going so get out there next weekend . Flathead , bream , bonito , tailor , jewfish , kingie said are all there for the taking .
On Saturday I set off early to target jewfish in Pittwater .Rising tide to high at 10.40 am . The moon is right . Nothing from 6.30 -8.30 then two jewies by 9 am . Very happy when the plan comes off . I then moved to another spot amongst the moorings , and at 9.3o till 10.00 another two jewies . I left them still biting as I had to go in . I used Flathead gear, 5″ soft plastic jerk shad in white , 1/4 oz jig head and 3/0 hook .the secret is to fish light so 10 lb leader , 2500 reel .All you have to do is find a deep spot amongst the moorings and be patient . Let the jig head hit the bottom and then just jig it up and down aggressively , letting it hit the bottom each time . They will hit it on the drop mostly and also when it is on the bottom , never on the up , so be ready .
Sunday I went after the jewies again . Same deal as yesterday . This time I had 3 jewies in the boat between 6.30 and 7.00 am . One hour after the low tide time . Then nothing for half an hour so I moved to another spot . Then 8.00am another jewie , and then nothing .
I decided then to go up the Hawkesbury to try my luck . Nothing from 10.30 till 1.00 pm . Then a hit , an nice 61 cm jewie . That made 5 for the day and 9 for the weekend . Add to this two Flathead , one tailor and one eel as by catch and a good day . The gear up the Hawkesbury is bigger , 17-20 lb leader , but still 2500 reel and 10 lb braid . Use the same system as I have described above .
Enjoy the photos and video .Read More
I headed out for a fish to target Jewies this morning . Everything was right , one day from the new moon , high tide at 7.10 am , and slightly overcast . Armed with my Flathead gear , 10 lb leader , 8 lb braid , 2500 reel , 2-6 kg rod . My go to lures , a soft plastic 5″ white jerk shad on a 1/4 oz jig head 3/0 hook size .
As I only had 2 hours before I had to go back , I decided to only fish amongst the moored boats in Pittwater . The technique was to cast out let it slowly drop to the bottom and rip rip to make the jerk shad look injured .
i started fishing at 6.15 am and for an hour and 10 minutes nothing ! Then just 15 minutes after high tide ,one hit a small soapie Jew 50 cm .
next cast another slightly bigger , then another on the next cast . Three in a row !. Over the 30 minutes till 8 am , I caught 6 small jewies , the biggest being 58 cm . Then as fast as they came on they stopped . Obviously a school of soapies appeared and went with the tide .
Then the pesky leather jackets appeared and ruined four soft plastics . I landed two in the boat hooked on the side . Even the live tailor I had out didn’t get a hit from anything .
The lesson is that if the tide and conditions are right you will get the fish , whether it be jewies , bream , Flathead or kingies .
Pittwater is fishing well . Have a look at the video of assorted shots of the various jewies .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
Fishing this weekend is looking good . The rain has nearly gone and the moon is working it’s way to full . Here is a video of a nice jewie caught in Pittwater last weekend . Some good bream also and a rat kingie ate a 5″ soft plastic .
if you are fishing this weekend 8 th April , go for bream with light gear amongst the boats moored , flathead around the headlands and any drop offs , kingies will find you when you are fishing so be ready . There are squid around for live bait also as are tailor and salmon.
have a look at past articles for all the gear .Read More
Fishing Pittwater Saturday. The morning was still so I went after bream as it was high tide . Two nice bream in two hours plus plenty of small reds to keep me entertained . I was using 1000 reel , 6 lb leader , 4 lb braid and 2 kg rod . The jig head was 1/12 oz with 2.5″ gulp shrimp in new penny colour . I decided to fish deep , 6 -7 metres as the water was dirty from the rain .
I went out in the afternoon at 4.30 just to try for a jewfish . After about an hour with nothing I hooked this small Jewie which was exciting . Then along came a school of bait fish followed by some rat kings so I threw the 5 ” soft plastic at them and hooked up a rat kingside which gave me a lot of fight . That was the day . The last two were caught on a 5″ Berkeley gulp jerk shad in pearl white , 3/0 hook and 1/4 oz jig head . I fished in 10-12 metres water amongst the moored boats .enjoy the photos . Videos to come later .Read More
Today we were after big yellowfin . The wind was howling and the sea at the fad bigger than yesterday . So we started to troll with big 12″ poppers and a 7 ” soft plastic . The first one was 15 kg then in came the big one at 25 kgs . Two more were caught ,12 kg and 10 kg . A great haul for the morning .
Here is a nice video of the small 50 cm jewfish I caught in Pittwater last week . On a 5″ soft plastic , jerk shad pearl white , on 3/0 hook and 1/4 oz jig head . It was in 11 metres water where there was some structure . Look how clear the water is . Not a bad by catch when you are going for flathead .
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.
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 .