Bream and kings lining up
  |  First Published: December 2007

Every December Santa brings lots of great fishing and the way things have been shaping up over the past month or so, there will be plenty for everyone.

Let’s start with bream. Try the rock bars and walls in the upper Georges and Woronora rivers. Many comprise piles of rocks that run out from the shore at any angle and will have some tidal movement over them forming a hole or a sand bar. Fish these on a run-up or run-out tide.

Bream love to hang around rocky outcrops in search of their next meal and can hole up there during a severe change in the weather or flooding.

If you fish from a boat you can have a bit more flexibility than from the shore. Work your soft plastic down the face of the rock bar until you reach the bottom. The trick here is to select the correct weight of your jig head so that you don’t become snagged and you might have to change the weight of your jig head as the speed of the current decreases or increases.

The outfit that I prefer to use here is a Pflueger President 7’ ultralight rod, Pflueger Echelon ECH030 reel and 2kg to 3kg braid.

Bridge pylons come in all shapes and sizes with a series of eddies around them which can scour out the bottom to form a hole or a slight depression. Baitfish seek shelter from their larger predators around the pylons and bream will feed around the bases of the pylons.

Each bridge can require a different technique because of its varying structure and surroundings. The Captain Cook Bridge on the Georges River, for example, needs to be fished very early or late in the day or during the week because it has a lot of boat traffic.

When fishing oyster leases and bridge pylons I upgrade my tackle to 6kg braid and a rod with plenty of power in the butt to get the bream out of the danger zones.


Kingfish love to hang around navigation buoys or markers, mainly because of the yellowtail, slimy mackerel and other baitfish that use these places for shelter. I have always liked to suspend dead or live baits underneath bobby corks and cast right beside the marker. If there is a kingfish hanging around, it won’t take long for the bait to go off.

But lately I’ve tried bringing a dead bait or a soft plastic to life by casting at the markers. You need a jig head that suits the dead bait or plastic and work out what type of retrieve the kingfish will respond to.

Select the structure and cast about 3m to 4m past it. Allow the lure or bait to sink for a few seconds and then wind in the line so that you have no slack line on the water and the rod tip is near the water. Then jerk the rod back towards you fairly hard to make the rig race through the water and the fall for a second or two.

In Botany Bay try kings around the many channel markers, the Hot Water Outlet, and the mooring drums in the middle of the bay. In Port Hacking many of the moored boats hold kingfish, especially those moored in deeper water.

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