Break out the kingie gear
  |  First Published: December 2007

You just have to love the warmer weather and the great fishing that comes along with it.

Not that the cooler seasons were too bad for fishing, it’s just the early starts and chilly mornings that make it a little harder each year.

Now it’s time to drag out your kingie outfits, respool with fresh line if necessary and make sure your rod and reel are in good working order . Check all guides for chips or cracks and make sure the reel drag is smooth – the last thing you need when you are out on the water is for your gear to fail.

The same applies to your lighter casting outfits. New line is rather important here because casting long distances will help hook more fish.

Many anglers will be keen on targeting kingies this season but there is one sure bet this year – 70% of all kings caught around Sydney this year will now be undersize due to the increase in legal length from 60cm to 65cm.

I still think that like me, many anglers are in it for the fight and the thrill of landing a solid king rather than just a table fish. A good photo will last a lot longer and you can brag about your big kingie for years to come.

The lift in size should help improve our season even more and we should see a larger run turn up each year. You have to remember that our bays and harbours provide smaller kings with the ideal feeding grounds in that early stage and each year the small fish will turn up for this reason so return them as soon as you can and fish on for that kingie of a lifetime.

Last season was one of the best on Botany Bay kingfish and each year they seem to improve so this one should be a ripper. Last year I found that squid and live baits brought results but most of the better fish were caught on live bait, so make sure you mix your baits for better results.

Casting with plastics and poppers is an explosive way to fish because hook-ups are on the surface and you know when a good kingie takes a surface lure. Even the smaller fish provide a good show.

I have been using Shimano Starlo Stix Squidgy Spin H two-piece rods for kings, bonito and salmon with 8kg to 10g braid on 4000 FD Sustains. As a live-baiting outfit I have a Spectrum Plus 6`6” glass rod with a Tekota 600 reel for the larger fish.

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