Fish everywhere in Pittwater April29/30.
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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 .
Fishing the Hawkesbury River
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Went out with Ron Osman from Hawkesbury fishing charters with 3 friends . Boy , you learn more in 6 hours with Ron than you do on your own in a year . Pick up at 6 am , the wind was 30 – 35 knots , but this didn’t stop us . First , catch some love yakkas and live squid .Down with the berley and the yakkas come but won’t bite . We caught 6 or 7 and then went after squid . Look for the weed and close to the jetties and wharves . Ron’s tricks for live bait is to have someone on the sabiki jigs and someone on a hand line with one hook and some bait on it . No weight on the hand line . For the squid he says no bigger squid jig than 1.8g or 2 g as the water is not that deep . If you go to the deep put a sinker on, either running , or a paternoster rig . No kingies today but plenty of tailor and quite big ones . One flathead as a by catch . For the tailor Ron uses a small silver spinner that looks like the white bait they are feeding on . Nearly every cast a tailor was hooked . Just cast it out and reel it back fast .
For the kingies Ron uses 65 lb braid and 80 lb leader as most of the kingies get caught amongst the boats and you need to tame them .
If you want to learn quickly where and how to fish go out with Ron , you won’t regret it ! And don’t forget to keep reading my blog !.
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 .
Fishing Pittwater and Hawkesbury
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Went out this morning at 6 am to chase jewies in the Hawkesbury . It was cold but not as much westerly wind as expected . The tide was low at 7.18 am at dangar island so plenty of time to get the slack water and the run up tide .
Right on 7.15 I hooked my first Jewie , a nice 74 cm size . A great start as it was freezing . Nothing for an hour then I hooked a beauty . This was a big fish , not only pulling the drag but shaking its head and moving back and forward . Everytime I pulled the rod up the drag just kept slipping and it was quite tight to pull out . I fought this fish for at least 10 minutes , using the electric engine to get me on top of the fish , whilst the boat was drifting along . A very exciting time . The rod just couldn’t handle this big fish , and eventually the Jewie busted the leader at the lure . What a dissapointment ! I re rigged another slightly heavier rod , 2-6 kg strength .
Next I hooked a small soapie which took my mind off the cold and the big one that got away . Then 15 minutes later I hooked another big one . This time the rod and reel could handle it , but not without a great fight for a few minutes . Into the boat it came , a 103 cm magic silver Jewie . I can’t imagine how big the one I lost was as it fought twice as hard as this one . Photo below of all the fish . So the count was 4 hooked and 3 in the boat . Plus one flathead as a by catch . Not a bad morning , as it was raining by this time to make it more unpleasant . Very worthwhile !! Do it again next week .
The gear I used was a daiwa graphite rod , 2-6 kg , 2500 Stella ci4 reel , 17 lb leader , 1/2 oz jig head on a #5/0 hook , and these new Boom baits paddle tail soft plastics 5″ in avocado colour and motor oil . They did the damage . Apologies for the phot o quality , I was by myself .
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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 .