Strap in for a wild ride
  |  First Published: December 2013

We’ve been hit with another wild ride into summer this season. There has been too much rain in December again. Although we did need it Sydney, the Bay was dirty for weeks. It was windy from the south, southwest and right around to the northeast – all in one day. This pattern repeated itself quite a few times.

However, all of the above will only turn the fishing on in January and into February. Let’s hope the rain will now hold off and the kings will push into the Bay in big numbers, as they have done in seasons past.

If you want to catch kingfish just anchor in deeper water around spots like any of the marker poles, Trevally Alley, Watts Reef, Bare Island the Oil Wharf just to name a few. Any spot in 10-20m will put you in with a chance, with small live yellowtail or squid as bait. Just don’t fish too light. I fish 15kg or heaver because most fish hooked love driving to structure to cut you off. You’ll want 10kg and up to give yourself some stopping power.

Bream in the summer months are a top species for all anglers, but take the kids out and you will have an absolute ball. Just anchor in 3-5m right in the middle of the Bay on the run-in or run-out tides. Fish with a ball sinker, long trace and prawns as bait, and remember that the most important thing you need is tidal movement. If you have no run, move and re-anchor you boat.

Shore-based anglers will also do well along Brighton over the summer months on bream and whiting. Early mornings and late afternoons always seem to fish better when you’re fishing from the shore.

Surface action will heat up for anglers looking for light tackle fun on tailor, salmon and the odd bonito and kingfish. Your key to this is finding feeding sea birds. Once you’re spotted some birds, start a drift above feeding fish and drift into them, casting small metals like Bumpa-Bar lures or small poppers. It’s great fun.

Trevally will be feeding deeper so let your lures sink before working them. I also catch good numbers of flathead under surface-feeding fish, so keep this in mind. Try a plastic along the bottom and you may be surprised.

All in all, summer is a top time to be on the water so drag the kids out and spend a day on the Bay.

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