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Better times are on the way
  |  First Published: September 2012



I am sure you all are as sick of the crazy weather patterns as I am and on some of the many forced days off the water, I have gathered some astounding weather figures.

In the past 12 months Pittwater has seen 1864.3mm of rain. There were 178 wet days and out of the 187 dry days, a further 43 were cloudy.

To put it into perspective, last summer Sydney registered two days that reached over 30° while for the same period, Hobart had eight days over 30°!

The good news is that it can’t last forever and the coming month traditionally brings calmer weather.

When we have been able to get out we have had some great days fishing Pittwater.

The calmer mornings have allowed us to drift slowly along catching squid. We have been finding most of our smaller squid along the weed beds at Palm Beach and the bigger calamari on the ocean side of Barrenjoey Headland.

The colour of the successful jigs seems to vary from day to day but the natural colours seem to be outfishing the brighter orange and pink.

If you are going to try for a few squid along Pittwater you may have to cover a bit of ground. We have been finding only one or at best two squid willing to pounce on a jig in an area before we have to move on.

Pittwater has a vast area of weed along most of the shoreline and the squid can be anywhere. Covering ground with a variety of jig colours and smaller sizes is the key to success at the moment.

FINICKY KINGS

The big kingfish are still present along Pittwater but they are still very hard to tempt. The western side of Pittwater has still seen most of the action with the first part of the day and the last part offering the best chances.

The key to tangling with a big king at the moment seems to be using small live cuttlefish on the downriggers. With the colder water down deep the fish aren’t all that active and have to be slapped in the face with the bait.

The deep channel that runs along the western side of Pittwater is a bit tricky to downrig deep but if you are confident with your downrigging skills and always have someone watching your sounder, you will be fine.

The danger of this area is that if you go too low with your cannonball it may become wrapped or snagged pretty easily in the rough terrain.

Once you find the kingfish on your sounder you must try to mark the area with your GPS and give the area a flogging for about an hour. You will turn the water white with all of those blistering retrieves while downrigging but you should get a chance at one of those bigger fish.

Soldiers Point through to Longnose Point has been focus for most of the action but on the odd day we have seen kings feeding along Woody Point up to McCarrs Creek.

The other area to try is The Motor and the deeper drop off along the sand bar in front of Palm Beach. Barrenjoey on the ocean side is another area to try if your vessel is large enough to safely fish this area.

OFFSHORE

The reef fishing along the coast is starting to improve. We have been fishing the gravel beds towards Narrabeen, where the fish seem to be spread out from the reef and over the gravel.

There are some small snapper with the odd larger fish showing up to do battle. The same area has also produced some pigfish, morwong, trevally, leatherjackets and marbled flathead.

The snapper like the slow octopus-style jigs as well as squid strips or, better still, fresh squid heads.

If you are lucky enough to fish on a day with little to no wind, anchoring in 50m-60m and berleying deep with a berley bomb is a great way to spend a day.

For those who love to eat flathead, now is the time to hit the 50m line and tangle with some big blue-spot flathead. These fish will devour blue pilchards or just about any other well-presented bait.

On most occasions soft plastics on paternoster rigs will produce two at a time. When catching these fish please remember to take only your immediate needs and then move on to catch something else around the reefs.

Gone are the days when you need to fill a freezer with fish, only to throw them out six months later. Look after our fishing future so our kids and their children have fish to catch.

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