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Make sure you’re prepared for the big bites!
  |  First Published: March 2016



The north and south walls have seen some epic action. I’ve started fishing the end of the Fingal wall casting into either the surf side or the river. Last time I was out there I used plastics, chicken and a big popper, but I was late to the party and missed out on the best spot, which in my opinion is right out the end on the river side.

Kingfish

The two guys who fished there used pillies and got stuck into the chopper tailor, when all of a sudden there was a huge commotion as one of the boys hooked what looked like a metre plus mulloway. A beautiful specimen, it’s pink stripe glistened in the morning sunlight, however, panic set in as the fisher only had 15lb mono on – he was in a little dilemma. It was way too dangerous to climb down there so he ever so gently tried to lift the fish up; a big wave came through and snapped the line. I learnt a lesson there – buy a rope gaff.

In addition to mulloway, the rock walls seem to have attracted some bigger predators and big yellowtail kings have been caught. Although there is no consistency with kingfish fishing, they are there alongside some decent spotted trevally. Bream have slowed right down on the walls – I’d never eat a bream but I’ve noticed the fishers that do, have disappeared from the walls and have moved up river to fish for them from Drydock Road in front of the cadet school, at the Maritime Museum Bridge.

Flathead

Last month I was the lizard king, this month I’m a burger king – I haven’t caught a decent lizard for a while. The good news is they are around, just avoiding me. They have been caught up the Cobaki and Terranora arms of the river, but for a tastier, fresher table fish, the water out near the seaway is much clearer and at this time of year that’s where the big girls go.

A super spot to target these fish is close to where the waves stop breaking on the Fingal side of the river. There’s a deep hole with the remains of a barge wreck on the bottom, I fished it one day on the high tide and I could actually see several big flathead lying on the ribs of the wreck. To fish this spot you’ll need a boat and a good sounder. I suggest on the high tide with a pair of polarised sunnies to make your fishing experience that much more memorable – without them I’d never have spotted those fish. I recently got a pair of the new Tonic Splice sunnies, which have made fishing very enjoyable.

Whiting are in great condition and live nippers still do the job. Catch whiting in shallow water around or on top of weed banks. Opposite Drydock Road there is an array of sandbanks to pump for nippers on the low tide.

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