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Killer kings, good-eating bream
  |  First Published: March 2007



It has been a wild summer with wind from just about every direction. The weather has been hot one day, cold the next, and the water temperature has dropped as low as 16°C which is unheard of in Summer. All is very strange and this has kept anglers on their toes when looking for fish. However, if the weather settles down, the next two or three months should be red hot as far as the fishing goes.

Last month there were good numbers of bream just off the Old Runway. I recommend that you anchor there and work both tides with a long trace and nippers fished on the bottom. This spot can be very productive at times but it may pay to move around a few times to find the fish. Some days I will drop anchor and catch all my fish from the one spot, while the next day I have to move around just to catch a feed.

Spinning with soft plastics while on the anchor around the same area is worth a shot, as good flathead feed in here. Most of the bream that we have caught have been between 27cm and 30cm, but at this size they are great in the pan.

Bream should hang around for the next few months and as long as you have run in the water and nippers for bait you should find a few to tangle with in Botany Bay.

Great recipe for bream

One of my clients last month told me about her method for cooking fresh bream – it’s very simple and tastes tops as the fish stays really moist.

Simply take one bream and place it into a simmering (not boiling) pot of water. Allow it to cook for about 10 minutes or until the flesh is moving away from the bones. While this is cooking add some olive oil, chopped chilli, shallots, garlic, soy sauce, pepper and salt to a fry pan. Allow this to simmer and blend together to become a sauce for the fish.

Remove the bream from the pot, allow it to drain and place on a plate. Give the sauce a minute on high to get it bubbling madly before pouring over the fish. Serve with a glass of white wine or a cold beer and you are in business.

Catching a Kingfish

Kingfish are now showing up again after the cold snap last month. I have scored a few solid fish and have been spooled by a huge fish just around the entrance, so gear up and spend time finding your bait.

Small yellowtail or squid are a must. Squid are stocked at most of the local shops that service Botany Bay, just give them a call and pick some up for your next outing. You can also try catching it on the water – this is not always easy and can be time consuming, but it’s certainly worth the effort to ensure that your bait is fresh.

I have found a good way to target kingfish is to drift or anchor just around the headlands of Botany Bay. These deep ledges are the feeding ground for the kingfish that come into the bay. Kurnell side or Cape Bank are both worth a try over the next month, but remember to gear up. I like to use 15-20kg tackle and still occasionally have problems stopping the odd fish.

March is a top month for kingies, so pick up some fresh squid from your local bait shop and have a shot at a mighty yellowtail king in Botany Bay.

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