Flatties and kings fire up
  |  First Published: December 2012

The flathead around the Georges River mouth have fired up lately and all looks great for the future.

We’ve hook quite a few good flathead on soft plastics. After working the shallows and then moving into deeper water, mixing it up to find the fish, 3m proved to be the depth the fish were sitting in. Rising and falling tides both produced well.

As the water warms further flathead will move into the Bay and results will come to anglers who put in the effort, work their lures and move around hunting for fish.

Trevally are now firing in the Bay at most spots.

The Oil Wharf has been fishing well on the run-out tide. Anchor out at the required 100m separation zone from the wharf and start a berley trail. Keep it fine; bread, chicken pellets and chopped pilchards, but not too much.

Then float small baits along this trail. I like a size 0 ball sinker running down to a No 1 hook. Fine mono around 6kg or braid, it’s up to you.

Sutherland Point is also fishing well and the Drums are worth a shot. Trevally Alley is always a chance but will be crowed most days.

Trevally and other fish can turn up any were in the Bay, just drop anchor and start a berley trail and give it 20 minutes. If they’re about it’s not long until they move in. Try a few new spots; you will never know unless you give it a go.


Kingfish are now just kicking off and some keen anglers are boating a few good fish. There have good reports from Sydney Harbour, which normally fires a month before the Bay each year.

To catch kings, just find the bait and you’re a great chance.

Squid would be the No 1 bait around Sydney for kings. You need time to find them and, yes, this eats into your fishing time.

Many anglers catch their squid the night before, giving them a head start the next morning.

Wharfs, jetties and boat ramps with lights are great spots to catch squid.

Once the lights come on the squid sit on the shadow line waiting for small fish in the light. Cast your jigs into the darkness and work back into the light for best results.

If fishing the next day, try to keep them alive or on ice; don’t freeze.

Many anglers these days are using downriggers and moving around working their baits.

For me this is tricky. I have six eager anglers aboard and at best you can work only two downriggers, so I usually anchor on a good spot and start a berley trail.

This way they all can fish for trevally, bream, tailor, salmon and whatever else turns up. I then set two squid or live yellowtail under the boat and the kings hook themselves.

Make sure you use circle hooks when targeting kingfish because you will catch undersized fish on most outings. Legal length is 65cm and the Bay produces 50cm-70cm fish and the odd bigger one at times.

Circle hooks are easy to remove from smaller fish because the hook pins in the corner of the mouth just about every time.

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