While fishing along Pittwater over the last month, sometimes you could be excused for thinking you were in heaven. Calm clear warm water, blue skies and very little wind first thing in the morning – an angler’s dream!
We have been blessed with a few surprise fish show up along the river. Ken Noble, while taking some overseas visitors to fish along Pittwater on his boat Karma, had a great capture. While trolling the western shore of Pittwater with a Rapala lure they hooked up and landed a Spanish mackerel. This very lost fish measured in at 1m and cooked up a treat.
Another great report was one of a jellybean yellowfin tuna being caught in Pittwater. This little guy was caught on a bait jig while gathering yellowtail.
This month, because of these visitors, I suggest that if you are going to hit Pittwater or Broken Bay, catch squid for the kingfish and a few slimy mackerel or yellowtail to entice our northern friends.
The areas to try for squid are the same as last month, Palm Beach weed beds, Mackeral Beach, Currawong Beach and Towlers Bay. The 2.5g jigs are working well but they have changed their preferences to orange. The flashy jigs are still attracting a few squid.
For those that are after the kingies there are a few areas that are worth trying. The western shore between Towlers Bay and West Head is seeing traveling schools of kingfish. They seem to follow the tide and work towards the mouth on the falling tide and move back towards the bays on the rising tide.
The Stokes Point area has been a hot area of late but the fish that are in this area are also traveling and finding which way they went can be a bit tricky. The Supermarket and the Kingfish Highway has also seen a bit of action on the rising tide.
For those of you that can get out onto Broken Bay, Barrenjoey Head has seen schools of kingfish cruising around and aren’t afraid to eat slimies, yellowtail or squid strips. Most fish are of the smaller size but there are bigger fish about, you just have to hope that the smaller fish let one of the bigger ones get the baits.
Another area to try while at Broken Bay is West Head. This area is the live bait grounds and quite often there will be a few kingfish about that are responding to the berley and then the activity that is created when the yakkas show up. While gathering live baits put a livie on the bottom in case a mulloway is around and another pinned mid water to target a kingfish.
Along the coast there seems to be kingfish present at most headlands and closer reefs. There are kingfish to be caught at Whale Beach Head, Newport Reef, Mona Vale Reef and Long Reef just to mention a few. The kingfish in most areas are small but, once again, if you persist and keep moving about there are some bigger kings to play with. The common theme for these areas has been to take a variety of baits and take the time to get live yellowtail or slimy mackerel.
Once again the offshore reef fishing has been rather slow. The fish are still marking on the sounder and with a great variety of baits, there aren’t as many bites as you would expect. Once again the main fish that are being caught are morwong, nannygai and the odd marbled flathead.
There are some leatherjackets that are showing up on the odd reef but they aren’t that bad yet. The better reefs to try are the scattered reefy ground in 80m off Long Reef, 40m of water off Mona Vale and the Newport Reef area. It really is a matter of grabbing half a dozen marks and sound out the area or, better still, drift before plonking out the pick.
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