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Last month, once again fishing has been sporadic along Pittwater and Broken Bay.
With the colder water behind us it is now time to grab the rods and handful lures and hit the water.
This month we should start to see some larger kingfish become more active along the length of Pittwater. Normally each year these fish can be seen first thing in the morning, cruising the edge of the weed beds hunting squid and ultra-small baitfish.
We should also start to see schools of salmon and tailor on the surface first thing in the morning and also on Broken Bay on the high tide.
When chasing Kingfish at this time of the year it can be rather tricky to find them and once found to get them to bite your offerings. This means that if you are going to chase kingfish along Pittwater you really have to cover your bases and take a variety of baits with you.
It is best to collect live squid and yellowtail before you start chasing the kingies. Downrigging is the most productive way to catch kingfish at this time of the year. Downrigger is give you the ability to cover a lot of ground with your bait being presented mid water until a school of baitfish has been found.
If these baitfish are balled up i.e. look like a soccer ball on your sounder, they are under threat from larger predators and ease worth setting your baits on your downrigger is at the depth the school of baitfish have been found.
Areas to catch yellowtail and sometimes slimy mackerel are at West Head, Mackerel Beach and Lion Island. Burly is required at the moment to attract yellowtail to your boat but be careful with the amount of burly that you do put in the water as there are a lot of mado and sweep when too much burly has been put in the water.
Areas to target squid the moment are the usual bays of Towlers Bay, Mackerel Beach, Palm Beach weed beds and on the ocean side of Barrenjoey Head.
Squid are tricky at the moment some days we're finding them eager to pounce on jigs other days they are mysteriously absent. If you find that you are having one of those days when you can't find a squid there is something you can do to increase your chances.
The first is the easiest and it is a simple as applying scent to your jig just above the spikes. Another easy way to attract squid from further away is to grab one of your live yellowtail and hook it through the shoulder above lateral line. Place your rod in a rod holder and have the yellowtail swimming just below the surface so he pops up onto the surface every now and then. Keep an eye on this area as the squid are generally pretty aggressive and will steal your live yellowtail if you are not watching. This method works extremely well over areas such as Palm Beach weed beds.
The areas to try to kingfish at the moment are changing every day but the western side of Pittwater seems to be holding more fish than the moorings on the eastern side. This of course can change overnight and as the season progresses a lot of these fish will use the wrecks and moorings areas of Pittwater to hunt.
Fishing on the bottom along Pittwater at the moment is trying to say the least. The shallow or areas seem to be where most of the activity is happening with species such as flathead, bream and flounder being encounted on the incoming tides. The better baits to use for these species at the moment are whitebait, fresh yellowtail fillets, prawns and of course nippers.
Offshore fishing at the moment seems to be a little bit easier than fishing along the rivers. Along our coast we are starting to see some kingfish show up and there are some big fish amongst them. Areas to try over the coming month will be West reef, East reef, Barrenjoey head, Newport reef and just about every reef to Sydney.
If there are kingfish in an area there is usually some activity on the surface first thing in the morning. The better baits to use when chasing Kingfish along the coast is yellowtail or slimy mackerel on most occasions. When the kingies are on the surface this is prime time to use poppers, soft plastics and other lures. Not only do you catch a lot of fish most the time it is visual as well which adds another element to the excitement of catching kingies.
If you are after a feed offshore there are a number of species that can be found. There are blue spot flathead moving in over the sand and should be encountered over the next month near the 50 m of water mark.
The closer reefs of 30 m are seeing some snapper before sunrise, Nannygai, morwong and trevally. Out a little wider at the 60 m mark there are snapper pouncing on micro jigs as well as previously mentioned quite a few flathead around the edges of the reef.
As always when fishing offshore try and find signs of life on the bottom before sending your lines over the side of the vessel. When you have found a patch of baitfish near the bottom make sure that you plot your path with your sounder so that you can drift back over the area again once the bite thins out.
So as you can see it is worth getting out on the water not only to enjoy some wonderful weather but to also catch a feed of fish for your family.
Remember to limit your catch not catch your limit.
I hope this report helps you get onto some fish in the coming months.
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