Kings eat at last
  |  First Published: December 2012

Finally we have found some kingfish willing to eat. Most of these fish have been found along the coast but there are a few to play with along Pittwater and in Broken Bay.

The fish along the coast are taking live yellowtail and live squid. Lures have been getting their fair share as well but to find the bigger fish, downrigging has been the key to their downfall.

Once the school is located, soft plastics, metals or drifting cut bait have all worked on different days.

Areas to try include Newport Reef, Whale and Avalon Headland.

There are fish at Long Reef as well but the number of boats and first-timers tend to make this a frustrating area to fish.

There seems to be little regard for those already fishing the area so don’t be surprised when you catch a fish to look up and see 10 boats around you, some dropping anchors and even some casting lures at your boat as if the fish were under it.

Be aware of the shallow reefs here that suffer from surges and appreciate that those already there are entitled to some space to enjoy their day as well.


The reef fishing has been a bit better lately. The warmer water and increase in baitfish umbers have meant the bottom fishing has picked up.

In 50m over sand are a heap of blue-spot flathead that are pouncing on just about anything. We are catching them on soft plastics, pilchards and prawns.

It is best to mark your GPS plot trail while drifting so when you find a patch of decent fish you can return and pick up more.

The closer reefs have been increasing in activity but the bigger fish seem to be in 60m-plus.

Areas such as Esmeralda seem to be vacant one day but brimming with hungry fish the next. On a good day there have been decent snapper, morwong, marbled and tiger flathead as well as the usual nannygai and trevally.

Newport and Mona Vale reefs also have the same species with a few kingfish hanging around and eating pilchards and squid.

In Pittwater there are fish but they can be a bit hard to find and tempt. They seem to prefer smaller live squid to other live baits.

The better areas have been around structure like The Motor, Bothams Reef, the Cargo Wharf and Longnose Point.

Squid are still pretty tricky to come by but there are some over the weed beds at Palm Beach, Barrenjoey Head, West Head and the Currawong/Basin area. The best jig has been size 2 with the green/natural colour doing most of the damage.

Broken Bay is also waking up after a long slumber with flathead on most of the common drifts, bream, jewfish and tailor. The odd kingfish has been caught at Flint and Steel,

Some big flathead are just sitting in the mud near the back of the rip at Juno Point.

Broken Bay is also hosting surface action first thing in the morning if you are on the water by sparrow’s. Tailor, bonito and kingfish are all in the mix and the smaller Shimano Waxwing lures in chrome colours are working extremely well.

The slower retrieve required also means that the angler preserves more energy to fight the fish instead of trying to impart action on a lure.

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