Although the water often takes a month or to two catch up with the warming air temperature, the early season run of kingfish should have everyone keen,
Make sure your gear is now in order because there is no set date for the start of the new king season. I normally start live-baiting around middle of October and into November. You should also remember that the minimum legal length for kingies is now 65cm so this will add further interest to the new season. It’s worth noting that the New Zealand legal size is 75cm and we all know how big the kingies can get over there.
October is also the start of the breeding season for flathead and Port Hacking and Botany Bay are both holding good numbers of lizards.
I normally target flathead later in the day as they Don’t mind feeding in brighter light. At times we land quite a few good-sized lizards and I think if you have a good feed of fish on board from the morning session, try to release all flatties over 60cm. They will be breeding females so grab a photo that will last forever.
Good eating-size fish are around 40cm to 60cm anyway, so let the big gals go and help keep these areas fishing well for flathead for years to come.
Targeting flathead has come a long way with soft plastics.
Years ago all anglers would normally just drift across Botany Bay with strip baits on the bottom, The smarter groups would yo-yo pilchards on hand lines as they drifted, much the same as we jig plastics.
So what I try to do these days is a mix of both methods, drifting baits and working plastics at the same time. Normally it isn’t long before a hook-up.
Live baits are a sure bet when targeting flathead and a live mullet around 10cm to 15cm is the No 1 bait in my book, although a small live yellowtail is also good.
I like to drift an area that has sandy drop-offs and instead of drifting right across Botany Bay, I find a drop off, work across it and then motor back and do it again. Most of my drifts are only short, around 50m or so.
Anchoring works when fishing live baits, Towra Wide is worth a try, just anchor and fish to the sandy spots that you can see in 2m of water. I like to set out four live baits and then sit back and wait or spin with a plastic around the baits, Spend 30 minutes at each spot, then move around 50m and try again.
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