fishing will be tough this weekend as it is a full moon on Sunday and for some reason Pittwater does not like it . But any fishing is good . So I went out this morning at low tide . I wanted to look around as I have not fished Pittwater in 5 weeks , so working out where they are was a priority . I fished from Scotland island to Palm beach , changing lures and rods and gear all the time . Nothing for two hours . Then I found a small reef coming up to 17 ft ( 5 metres ) from 32 ft . I had on 2″ new penny prawn , on 1000 reel , 6 lb leader , 4 lb braid , 1-3 kg rod . Finally some small reddies . I also had a floater out the back behind the boat as I always drift. This was also 1000 reel 1-3 kg rod , 4 lb braid , 6 lb leader . but I had on a one twelfth jig head ,# 2 hook . Slightly heavier .First drift a 30 cm baby snapper . Second drift a 46 cm flathead . But I had on a clear 3 inch jerk shad fish . See the photos below . This matched the fish that the flathead brought up when in the boat . See photo .. You could have used pumpkin seed colour also , it would work .
It always pays to have a floater out the back , especially if you are by yourself .The floater saved the morning .
It also coincided with the change of the tide to start running in .Fishing can change with a tide change so always be aware of when the tide is high and low and changing . It will determine what you do , where you fish and what you fish for . If you follow my blog you will know all the tricks and when to change .
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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Best way to rig a live squid is with two hooks . The one furthest up the line goes into the tip of the squid’s body . The second hook goes just lightly into the skin of the squid near the head . Both hooks must be exposed so they catch the fish easily . See the photos below . If you troll , don’t go any faster than 2 knots , otherwise the squid will die . If you drift , use the lightest lead you need to just get the squid down to the depth you want to fish . Usually two thirds of the way to the bottom is a good plan . You can leave the bottom hook free to drift with the tide if you like , but I don’t as many times the head is hit and the top is not so the bottom hook is the handy one . You can put the hook through the other , that is through the skin and out , but make sure it is exposed . This way is quick and simple and gets the squid into the water quickly . Good luck and hang on ! . Stay tuned and get fishing !
Day two went from 7.30 am till 5 pm .Weather was fantastic, no wind , hot and sunny . There are 4 boats with guides and 3 fishing per boat . Total score was 9 GT’s , 4 in the 6-8 kg ,2 ,10-15 kg , and 3 ,20 kg each . Some big fish .Also there was 4 coral trout in the 3-4 kg Mark, a couple of sharks , and some small stuff in between .overall the fishing was slow and to break it up we had swims and snorkelling in amongst the best coral you could ever see. Lunch was on a sandy island where two of the fisho’s caught a small GT each , site casting soft plastics .This water is crystal clear. One boat had a terrible day with only a few small reef fish . The day was mainly spent casting huge poppers for the giant trevally .Very hot work but when they hit it is amazing and exciting . To break up the fishing some used small nomad stick baits , and I used soft plastics and micro jigs . Most of my coral trout came from 7″ soft plastics , Berkeley gulp in pearl glow , or the pink , with 1oz jig heads , 5/0 hook , 80 lb leader , 30 or50 lb braid , rod PE 2-4 ,5000 Stella reel , and PE 3-5 , 6000 Stella reel . For 12 of us , not a prolific day but an enjoyable one as the location is just fantastic.
See photos below .
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Tim Angus fished port Stephens last weekend ,catching black Marlin. He used live baits on the insure reefs . Check out the photo how close to the shore they were. Nice to see the shot of him letting it swim away .News is that there are plenty of Marlin out wide from Barrenjoey , about 2 kilometres off shore , in 30 fathoms . Live baiting and trolling garfish , and light tackle . We need to get out there. Anyone had any luck ?
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 .
Fishing for bream around the pontoons and jetties is great fun but is more difficult than amongst the moored boats . First you really need an electric motor , so that you can move from jetty to jetty slowly . The trick here is to cast as close to the jetty front , or either side ans let the soft plastic sink slowly down . If there is a fish hiding they will hit your lure . Work each side and front then move on to the next jetty or pontoon .
TIDES – The Best tide to fish the jetties or pontoons is the last two hours of the run up to the end of the first two hours of the run out . You can catch the fish at other times but these tides seem to be the most productive .
LURES – I prefer to fish soft plastics here on light jig heads . I use 1/16 th oz jig head and a # 4 hook . You can use a #2 hook on 1/16 th oz jig head also . I use a Berkeley 2″ shrimp in new penny colour or peppered prawn . I also use the 2″ crabby Berkley ans if things are tough I go to the 2″ camo worm from Berkley . If the water I s deep you can go to the 1/12 th oz jig head but no heavier if you want more hits .
GEAR – I use 1000 reel , 1-3 kg rod 6’6″ length , with 4 lb braid and 6 lb leader .
If it is a sunny day chose the areas where it is shady and not bright sun . This will work better .
Be prepared for the occasional flathead or trevally , they hunt these areas also . Give it a try ! Good fishing .
See the video below . What a great fish to catch and to watch swin about . Nothing better . It was caught amongst the moored boats , in 6-7 metres of water using bream gear . See my previous blogs for all the gear info . This one grabbed a Berkley gulp 2″ shrimp in new penny colour . The jig head was a ttlure and 1/16 th oz , number #2 hook . Light leader only 6 lb . Let is sink slowly and it hit on the drop 3/4 of the way down . Try it , great fun on light gear.
Although you don’t need two hooks for kingfish , everyone uses two . It is either two hooks the same size or one hook and a treble hook they refer to as a stinger hook . Personally I don’t like the treble as it can damage the fish in the fight if it hooks into its side whilst it is fighting you . The second hook does not tend to do this as much and is much less damaging . The second reason is safety as the kingfish on the deck jumps around a lot and this stinger hook goes everywhere if it is not connected to the fish , and for sure it will get connected to your leg .
So watch the video and practice . It will save you a lot of money as the rigs in the stores are expensive and often you need to cut the line as the hooks won’t come out of the fish without damaging the fishes mouth . Once you have tied a few , you will see they are fast and easy to do . I always keep some rigged up on leaders so all you have to do is tie it onto the swivel . Two minutes and you are back fishing and not $5 poorer . The next blog will show you how to rig the yakkas two different ways.